Fun stuff from the morning show

by Mower on January 18, 2013

in Front Page News,Morning Show Fun

TWO FACEBOOK PRIVACY SETTINGS TO TWEAK BEFORE GRAPH SEARCH STARTS (Fox News):

  • If you would rather not have your friends of friends be able to search for “single women in New York from Kansas who like big bang theory” and come up with your name, you’ll want to take a closer look at your profile. First off, you might want to limit who can search for you in Facebook. To stop friends of friends from seeking you out:
    1. Click the lock icon on the top right of your profile.
    2. Click Edit next to “Who can look up your timeline by name”.
    3. Select Friends from the drop-down menu that appears.
    4. Click Close.
  • Next up, it’s time to check out your Activity Log and make sure you’re happy about all those photos your friends have tagged you in, the likes you’ve shared and the places you’ve checked in. The tedious part here is that you’ll need to review every item ever entered on your timeline. So, settle in, cause this could take a while.
    1. Click the lock icon on the top right of your profile.
    2. Click Use Activity Log next to “Review all your posts and things you’re tagged in”.
    3. Click on the icon of two people’s heads to the right of any post, like, tag, comment, photo, etc. that you’d prefer to limit visibility.
    4. Click Report/Remove Tag (in the event of a photo; language changes depending on type of entry).
    5. Select “I want this photo removed from Facebook.”
    Click Continue. A message will be sent to the person who posted that item, assuming it’s not you, requesting that they remove it.
    The way Facebook work’s its privacy settings these days, you automatically limit future posts to just Friends. But, you may not have the same settings on your past post. To lock out friends of friends from your frat party pictures, you’ll need to:
    1. Click the lock icon on the top right of your profile.
    2. Click Limit Past Posts next to “Limit the audience for old posts on your timeline”.
    3. Click Limit Old Posts. Note, this step cannot be easily undone, per a warning pop-up.

American Idol Recap

Last night (January 17th) on American Idol the Season 12 auditions continued in Chicago’s Adler Planetarium.

The first contestant was 17 year old student Mackenzie Wasner from Leipers Fork, Tennessee, who performed “Whenever You Come Around”. Judge Keith Urban compared her to Lee Ann Womacks first record and described her as very Dolly Parton-esque. She received a “yes” to Hollywood.

Digital media designer Kevin Nabity showed up doing flips on stage and sang an amusing version of “Come Sail Away”. “Do something else. Sing for your own enjoyment. You know, karaoke, whatever.” said judge Randy Jackson. Nabity did not get a golden ticket.

The final performance of the night was by 21 year old ice cream scooper Lazaro Arbos who sang “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Even though he stutters, he was able to put on a good performance. Judge Nicki Minaj said “Your story is very, very inspiring. I think you brought a really great vibe into the room”. Arbos moves on to the next round along with the other 46 idol hopefuls who advance to Hollywood.

White House Ups Petition Signature Response Requirement to 100,000

In an effort to reduce the number of frivolous petitions on its “We the People” website that it has to respond to, the White House on Tuesday (January 15th) upped the number of signatures required for a response from 25,000 to 100,000. This comes after the White House recently responded to a petition asking it to build the Death Star from Star Wars — the answer was no — because it had gotten more than 34,000 signatures. Macon Phillips, the White House director of digital strategy, wrote in a blog post that the decision was the result of the growing popularity of the “We the People” petition site. He said they wanted, quote, “to ensure we’re able to continue to give the most popular ideas the time they deserve.”

iPhone Users Can Make Free Calls On Facebook

Facebook recently updated its Messenger app for iPhone, which until now was limited to text messaging. The new feature to Messenger will allow it to compete with Skype as it allows the user to make phone calls using VoIP, with either a Wi-Fi connection or over the phone’s 3G/4G connection. Messenger is available in the App Store for iPhone for free. (Mashable)

NHL Apologizes to Fans in Full-Page Ads with Hockey Set to Return Saturday

With hockey finally set to return tomorrow (January 19th) for a shortened season, after the 113-day lockout ended earlier this month, the National Hockey League ran full-page ads today and yesterday in major newspapers in every NHL market and national publication in the U.S. and Canada apologizing to fans. It reads, in part, “As your teams prepare for the opening face-off of the 2012-13 season, we thank you for your patience and we apologize to you for the time we’ve missed. From today forward, we will do everything we can to make this season worth the wait. We are committed to earning back your trust and support the same way it’s earned on the ice: with hard work and unwavering dedication.” The letter also notes that the teams are, quote, “planning special events and unique opportunities to welcome you back.” This year’s lockout came after the NHL lost its entire 2004-05 season because of another lockout, the only North American professional sports league to cancel a season because of a labor dispute.

TIPS FOR SLEEPING WELL WHILE YOU’RE SICK (Huffington Post):

1) Be Careful With Cold Meds. Even though your first instinct might be to hit up the pharmacy, turns out, everyone reacts to nighttime medications differently. Some people may even have adverse reactions that keep them up instead of lulling them to sleep, like feeling jittery or anxious, or experiencing a rapid heartbeat. The decongestant pseudoephedrine might be behind these symptoms, according to WebMD.
2) Why Elevating Your Head Works.Propping yourself (preferably up on a wedge pillow to protect your neck) puts gravity back to work in your favor, says Jennifer Collins, M.D., an assistant professor of allergy and immunology at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Instead of choking on that unfortunate post-nasal drip, you’ll breathe more easily through the nose and alleviate any sinus pressure that may have moved into the ears while lying down flat, she says.
3) Get Steamy. Sure, it’s relaxing. But the real reason a hot bath or shower lulls you to sleep is thanks to the cooling effect after you step out of the tub. This drop in temperature helps trigger your body to prepare for sleep. But steam also offers cold and flu symptom relief. That moisture in the air can help loosen congestion in your nose and chest, keep your entire body moisturized and help you breathe easier while you sleep, says Collins. A humidifier can help, too!
4) Try Tea.A little chamomile, passionflower or other “sleepy time” teas before bed can help you relax before bed. “Plus,” adds Collins, “you’re also getting fluids when you drink tea.” Sweeten with a drop or two of honey for the additional benefit of soothing that sore throat, which might otherwise fuel your tossing and turning.
5) Keep H2O Handy. While you might dread trekking to the bathroom in the middle of the night when you feel like garbage, staying hydrated throughout the day will ease congestion and help you feel better all over. A runny nose, breathing through the mouth and coughing all contribute to dehydration, says Collins, but it’s important that your respiratory system stays moisturized. Plus, keeping a water bottle nearby can help you squash any middle-of-the-night coughing.
6) Stick To Cat Naps. If you’re home sick, take it easy, but try to avoid sleeping all day long. While rest is obviously essential to your health, too much napping throughout daylight hours can make it harder to fall asleep at night. Try relaxing activities like board games, reading or catching up on your Netflix queue.
7) Remember Good Sleep Hygiene. Many of the age-old rules still apply to the bedroom, even when you’re feeling under the weather. A sleep-promoting bedroom is cool, dark and quiet, used only for sex and sleep and ideally, free of light-emitting gadgets like cell phones and laptops.While some people might be tempted to try a stronger sleep medication when sleep is particularly elusive, sleeping pills shouldn’t be mixed with most cold medicines, as many are alcohol-based and can cause dangerous interactions, cautions Collins.

Poll Shows Widespread Support for Obama Gun Proposals — Where Do You Stand?

A Reuters/Ipsos poll out Thursday (January 17th) found that about three-quarters of Americans back the main gun proposals put forward by President Obama a day earlier to try to reduce gun violence, which have drawn strong opposition from gun rights advocates, led by the National Rifle Association, and face a tough battle in Congress. In the survey — which was actually mostly taken before Obama announced his recommendations — 74 percent backed a ban on assault weapons with 26 percent opposed, 74 percent also favored a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips and 26 percent were opposed, and 86 percent supported universal background checks of all gun buyers, including those at gun shows, with 14 percent opposed. A proposal to place armed guards in schools, which has been backed by the NRA, was favored by 72 percent with 28 percent opposed.

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