So all you have to do is sign up on Ebates to get the process rolling. I strongly recommend adding the Ebates cash back button to your preferred browser, as it will give you pop up to activate the program when you are on any website that they do cash back from – so far it shows up on almost all the big online shopping websites. The amounts back vary from site to site, some as much as 5% or more and some down to as little as a 2%, but every little bit, especially on a big purchase is that much more you save in the form for money back after the fact.
When the pop-up (I use that term, it is just a bar across the top of your browser screen) comes on, you have an option to activate the Ebate cash back program for that site. Basically, behind the scenes it is turning on a cookie so that Ebates will get their affiliate share or whatever it is they are getting – so that in turn they will cut your share out of it and send you a check.
You can sign up by clicking the link/picture below or above. Make sure you use correct information and a valid email so the registration will go through and you will actually get paid out once you make a qualifying purchase.
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The whole idea was to give some more time at the end of the day and save some on the expense of lighting that would be required at that time. Of course this flew in the face of farmers and such who had a cycle of getting up with our slightly before daylight and working until dusk anyway.
But the big question is just how much is saved in regards to lighting these days. And the bigger question is does it really do that much for us?
And I will give you this caveat, I really like the longer evenings when it gets to be spring for extra daylight while fishing, so lets just make the daylight savings setting the standard and be done with it. That gets us the best of it all, we saving whatever we will save and have longer daylight hours of the evening. And lets face it, there is no savings to be had during the winter whichever way you go, as it is dark before and after work regardless that time of year.
To get it, all you need to do is go to this link, agree to the TOC, and download the program. When you are installing it, you will need a key to unlock the software and that is GEPFREE. A few minutes later and you will have your feature rich professional version of Google Earth running on your computer.
So what does this get you? It goes a slightly higher resolution, where available, as best as I can tell. That is the one perk that is almost worth while. The other perks that it includes is things like estimated measurements and distances around various objects that you can find on the map. Those are fun things to play around with, but short of actually needing that in a professional way, it is really not that beneficial.
Anyway, for what is play around and have fun with it.]]>
On to the comments, found within the article that a friend shared with me via Facebook… It was not clear to me to in general what ratio the comments come in, but it is clear to me that Vermont is a rival to our own commonwealth (Kentucky) in the uneducated department.
The general tone of the comments that were presented in the article were that people did not want any Mexican, Central or South American mottos for the state as that state, in general is American – and we only need an American motto there. As if that was not enough, read through the comments. The general lack of a firm grasp of English (not American mind you) by most of the commentors was just appalling and certainly put them in contention with the most backward speaking places in Kentucky.
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First, let me state, that I am happy about the outcome. As most folks know, I lean toward being a New England and Tom/Bill fan. I did not think they were going to the win after the big pass play with Lynch put the ball into a scoring position.
A play or two later and they have the ball on the one yard line and plenty of time for a couple of tries. And what the heck was the Seattle staff thinking when they ran a pass play instead of running Lynch, who had picked at least 2 yards on every play he ran. There are so many comments and such about this out there that I don’t think I need to go further.
On to the commercials, which since Kansas City and Green Bay were both not in the game, was the only reason my wife watched the big game. I personally thought the commercials this time were a little down from years past. And when I say down I am talking about the impact and overall wow factor, though it would be easy to get confused into thinking I was meaning emotionally.
Come on, we don’t need every other spot to be pulling us down like they did this year. I think a few of those downer commercials even went over the line given the potential youngsters view the game with the family.
A final note about the commercials and the lack of impact. The couple of commercials that I thought were pretty good and maybe, just maybe, worth the while of seeing… Well, I had already seen those on the internet in the days leading up to the game. That was historically part of the draw to the big games commercials, but clearly the marketing departments have lost touch with that. The having viewed most of them before the big game is probably a major factor in the feeling of lackluster impact.
** – Image from Wiki, but I assume the got it from the NFL?]]>
Yes, I did just post a white box above as the photo to make a point. Things that match just seem to disappear. I am not sure why in today’s world anyone would still be doing web things using very light-colored fonts on very light-colored backgrounds or vice-versa with the background and font both of dark shades.
I am even more confused why on live television broadcasts that have hosts and such in white attire in front of a white back ground. The particular case that was so incredible from sometime over the last couple of days, the person looked like a disembodied head and pair of hands. I am not sure why this was allowed past wardrobe and such, as this particular case actually had a backdrop in place that the broadcast crew was in front of.]]>
What has brought this up? A week or two ago, a couple of teams in California played a basketball game. The score at the end of the game was a very lopsided affair, like 160-2. A bit more background, the dominate team was 1st or 2nd in the state, the loser was among the bottom ranked state teams. The coaches had agreed that the first half was going to be a full on game, as the dominate team had stiff competition coming up and need to run the offence in a real situation. The second half was all second string and still scored over 60 points. The net result – the coach of the winning team was suspended for two upcoming games.
Look folks, life is a going to have wins and subsequently it is going to have losers. If you don’t like that idea, than I would suggest that you abandon America all together and pursue a life in some communist state – after all that is kind of the philosophy of communism.
I personally believe that we just coddle our kids way to much these days. We want to protect them from everything and make them have few obstacles. And we certainly want them to win everything they attempt, deserving or not.
It does them a disservice in life though to do this. They then expect life to be that way. And it goes so far that they expect to start the first job in the corner window office with totally unrealistic compensation packages instead of working they way up at least a few years and proving themselves.
Let you kids fall and fail on occasion. I can assure you that they will learn a lot more from an occasional failure then winning everything.
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