Notes from the Electronic Cottage 8/15/19: URL Shorteners & Terms of Service

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Two topics today: One: how can you be sure that those shortened URL addresses you are often pointed to actually take you where you think they will take you? Here are three services that check on those shortened addresses for you so you don’t wind up someplace on the web you really wouldn’t want to go:,,

Two: we all click “Yes” or “Agree” when we come upon things like “Terms of Service” that we have to accept is we want to use things such as Google Drive. Unfortunately, many of us don’t bother to read them. Sometimes, it is a good idea. Here’s one example.

Quiet Fire 8/14/19: Raw Spirit

Producer/Host: Duncan Newcomer

Outside the Box 8/13/19: Beyond Carrot or Stick

Producer/Host: Larry Dansinger

Esoterica 8/13/19: Extraordinary People

Andree Bella | Writer/Performer

A Word in Edgewise 8/12/19: A $10K Copy of Walden

Producer/Host: R.W. Estela

Poetry Express 8/11/19: “Cider”

Kimberly Cloutier-Green reading “Cider” by Stuart Kestenbaum

Pet Sounds 8/11/19: Loneliness and Social Isolation

Producer/Host: Dr. John Hunt

The Nature of Phenology 8/10/19: Sawyer Beetles

Producers: Hazel Stark & Joe Horn
Host: Hazel Stark

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Perhaps the most distinguishing feature of this hefty beetle was its elegant antennae which extended from its head a full two times the length of its body and formed a brilliant delicate jointed arch which curled slightly at the tip. These two long antennae, sometimes called horns can get this bumbling native beetle into a heap of trouble.