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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Put on a smiley face :-)

By Randy A. Salas

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Every time you sit at the computer, you're confronted with icons, whether it's a sideways smiley-face emoticon in an e-mail or a tiny square image on your desktop that launches a program when clicked. So, here's to all those little groups of pixels that we probably take for granted in our computing and online activities. :-)


The first emoticon (short for emotional icon) as we know it was born in 1982, when Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist Scott Fahlman suggested using :-) to denote a joke in computer-board messages and :-( when the writer was not joking. The idea was that the characters looked like smiling or frowning faces when viewed sideways, helping to convey the writer's emotions, which might not be obvious from the text. Wikipedia's overview includes common examples of ASCII emoticons -- created using characters on any keyboard -- as well as emoticons from other cultures, and graphic and animated ones.


NetLingo offers a continually expanding guide to commonly used emoticons, such as :-/ for skeptical, and a bevy of ones you probably never knew existed. For example, you can offer someone a rose in your e-mail by using @>--;-- . Or you can lick your lips with :-9 . Or you can salute someone with M:-) . The only problem is that if you go crazy with these, you'll have to include a link to the NetLingo guide so your e-mail buddies can figure them out. ;-)


At Ask.com, you can type (or paste) an unfamiliar emoticon into the search box, and it will tell you what it means when you hit the search button. This cool feature was added last summer, as explained in the Ask.com blog (blog.ask.com/2006/08/search_with_a.html).


New Jersey multimedia artist Dan Wade has brought emoticons to unexpected life by interpreting them as real facial expressions. Some of them are hilarious, such as (fittingly) his gape-mouthed representation of the laugh emoticon :-D . Others are more obvious: For the pig emoticon :@) , he simply wears a pig mask. You can view his inventive work as still images, flash video files or animated GIFs. The latter two formats are especially captivating.


Desktop icons are a whole different world, and the Icon Archive makes thousands of inviting creations available for PCs and Macs. Most are free for private use. Say you have a shortcut on your desktop that links to a directory containing a folk-music MP3 collection. You could live with the Windows-default folder icon for the shortcut, or you could download one of the archive's nifty acoustic-guitar icons to use instead. Everything is organized by category, or you can search for something specific. Mac users who want to create their own icons should check out the recently posted how-to guide at Macinstruct (www.macinstruct.com/node/59). PC users can use Icon Sushi 1.19 to create and Iconoid 3.8.4 to manage their desktop icons; both popular programs are completely free and available by searching at www.download.com.


Are the icons on your cluttered computer desktop continually fighting for space? MASO Digital Studio's "Icon's Story" takes that concept to a new level as its clever Flash presentation depicts a battle among Windows XP icons for desktop supremacy. The Internet Explorer icon slices through others, while the My Computer icon strikes back with a death ray and the Norton Anti-Virus icon unleashes electrical energy. The icon for the "Diablo" game finally restores order in a special way that seems fitting. Check it out for a good laugh. :-D

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