Monthly Archives: March 2015

Five Top Travel Apps


March 31, 2015

Travel season is coming up and it’s time to post a list of great travel apps to make our lives easier. Last year, we featured a list of ten top travel apps for IOS and/or Android devices in the newsletter and on the WIH blog. This year, we asked our own tech guru Liz Weiman to add to that list by recommending five additional top travel apps. Happy travels!

packpoint 1.The Packpoint Packing List Travel app (Free – iOS, Android, others) takes the pain and suffering out of packing. It asks you some simple questions about the nature of your trip (business or personal etc.), and then generates a packing list and a checklist based on your answers. The list can then be customized and saved as a template for future trips. In addition, it makes recommendations based on weather reports from the area, and allows you to share your list with any traveling companions via a personalized and private website set up just for that purpose. If you like to compare apps, Packing Pro is another similar packing app to check out.

miflight 2. Want to find out how long the airport security line is? The attractive and easy Miflight (Free- IOS) gets up-to-date information from travelers around the world. You simply plug in your airport, terminal, and gate, and you will get the estimated wait time.

 

worldmate 3. Worldmate Travel Plans & Flight Tracker

(Free – IOS, Android) This app can function as your own personal travel assistant. All that is needed to forward all confirmation emails to the Worldmate email address, and the app generates a afull, itemized trip itinerary. If you pay for the premium version, you will additionally receive notifications letting you know about flight delays and airport gate changes.

hearplanet

4. HearPlanet – (Lite version is free, also offers premium – IOS, Android)

This app is your own personal tour guide. It frees you up from burying your head in a tour book or scanning your phone for information when you are right in front of your chosen travel site. Instead, all information derived from Wikipedia and more is read to you. Reviewers have likened this app to having your own tour guide in your pocket. The premium version allows you to download content offline so you are not in danger of incurring roaming charges.

tipulator 5. Tipulator- Tipping is a very selective activity, and the amount you leave can cause offense, depending on where you are traveling when you are doing it. Tipulator is a calculator-based app that helps with splitting tips. There are two other apps, Globe Tipping/Tipping Bird (.99 for IOS, Free for Android), which help with the tipping amounts in the context of the culture you are traveling within, and they also suggest tip amounts for different kinds of activities.

Lagniappe: We always like to give extra, so here is an additional app that you might find very handy.

foodspottingWhether you are traveling, taking a “staycation” or looking for a great food app, try Foodspotting (Free – IOS/Android). This app contains reviews from locals from all over the world complete with pictures, details, and ratings.

 

For updated app information, tips and tricks articles, and “cheatsheets” you can go to Liz Weiman’s blog at lessonswithliz.net.

 

How Much Do You Know About … Ice Cream?


March 31, 2015

Warm weather is starting up, and palates begin to turn towards iced drinks and cold treats.  The United States has the world’s highest per capita consumption of ice cream and ninety percent of American households eat ice cream. The typical American consumes an average of 48 pints per year,  making ice cream a billion dollar business. In view of these facts, how much do you know about ice cream?

1. TheWERF-00004304-001 most popular flavor of ice cream in the U.S. is:

A. Chocolate.
B. Strawberry.
C. Vanilla.

 

2.   What country introduced ice-cream to its public in 1670?

A. Iceland.
B. England.
C. France.
D. Russia.

3. The ice cream cone was popularized:

A. At the White House in 1800.
B. At the St. Louis World’s fair in 1904.
C. In New York City in 1903.

4. In a 1718 cookbook written by the royal confectioner to Queen Anne, what modern day ice cream ingredient was missing:

A. Cream.
B. Fruit
C. Eggs.

5. The endothermic effect, first noted in the 13th century, allows fluids to be frozen and involves a mixture of:

A. Ice and sawdust.
B. Ice and salt.
C. Ice and alcohol.

Answers:

1. C – Vanilla represents 20-29% of all ice-cream sold in the US. Chocolate comes in a distant second. However, chocolate syrup is the most popular topping for ice cream.

2. C – France was the first country to serve ice cream to the general public. It happened at the Cafe Procope, in 1670.

3. B – Ice cream cones were popularized at the 1904 St. Louis World’s fair. A Syrian concessions vendor curled a waffle cookie to make a receptacle for ice cream. The ice cream cone was patented in 1903 by Italo Marchiony in New York City, but it did not catch on with the general public until 1904.

4. C – The ingredient that was missing was eggs. English cookery books started to include recipes for ice cream in the eighteenth century. It started with the 1718 edition of Mrs Mary Eales Receipts, royal confectioner to Queen Anne. The earliest recipes called for cream and fruit but no eggs. Over time, recipes included eggs, which with stirring, resulted in a smoother, richer, creamier substance very close to modern ice-cream.

5. B. The discovery of how to freeze things by the combination of ice and salt changed the world in a lot of ways  In the 13th century, it was discovered that there was an “endothermic effect” when mixing ice and salt which draws heat from the adjacent liquids. This realization led to the freezing of fluids, which had not been possible before, and which led inadvertently to the delicious concoction we know as ice cream today.

An interesting page about ice cream facts is the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, where some of these facts were fournd. The link is http://www.history.org/foundation/journal/spring10/icecream.cfm.

Turbulent Times: Crucial Strategies for Investing


March 31, 2015

coinsTop financial consultant Bill Frisco’s upcoming 5-week class “Investment Strategies in a World of Turbulence” begins April 7th, and takes us on a fascinating exploration of the most successful growth and income strategies for today’s volatile market. The class also offers the best methods to help investors reduce risk in their investment portfolio. We asked him to tell us more.

WIH Reporter: In a nutshell, what topics does your class cover?

Frisco: This course is designed to communicate the most up to date and useful information  about today’s stock, bond, and energy markets.

WIH Reporter: What are some common misconceptions about financial matters that we don’t realize?

Frisco: In investing, when something is easy to buy it is almost always eventually the wrong thing to buy. You’ll make quick money following the hottest sectors, and growth stocks are better for young investors.

WIH Reporter: Are there any safe investments in these volatile times?

Frisco: In the current investing climate, there is risk in every investment. The question would be better phrased as ‘What are you doing to control the risk?’ We will cover all the ways to minimize risk in this class.

Bill Frisco’s upcoming class explores every aspect of minimizing the risks to your finances, which can be affected by sources as far away as global disease epidemics, chaos in the Middle East, a pending recession in Europe, a slowdown in emerging markets, and stagnant growth worldwide. This seminar is for investors with limited financial knowledge as well as more experienced investors who wish to sharpen their skills, and it will be conducted in a question and answer format to help participants learn the use of key financial concepts and strategies.  Appropriate portfolios for those in retirement and those planning for retirement will be detailed and analyzed also.

Investment Strategies in a World of Turbulence” starts on April 7th at 10:00 a.m. For more information or to register for this class, click here..