Grubhub, 52 Journey, Zumbox

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Happy Twenty-ten, as we have been advised to pronounce this new year and new decade. I am overwhelmed already by the advances in computer technology and I don’t expect to catch up any time soon. My son kids me about my 25-year old dinosaur of a television set, but it still works for me. It’s all about priorities.

My priorities for surfing have remained the same since the inception of this column more than a decade ago: find interesting, and/or useful family-friendly websites. Each year I find it more challenging to sift through the words and images and movies and audio. My former personal favorites now tend to mimic each other, instead of giving me something creative to enjoy. I have had to change my search tactics. I now keep pen and paper handy when I’m watching the tube. Assorted websites are mentioned more frequently and deserve a glance. What follows are some that I found during our holiday break.

Grubhub ( Serving several major cities including Chicago, this food ordering and delivery service has the potential to save the day for Second City workers. If you work in Chicago and despise the idea of facing the cold winds, sleet and snow of the season to retrieve lunch, then cheer up. Grubhub has contracted with cafes and restaurants across the city and into surrounding ‘burbs to get tasty grub to you easily. Life is good, indeed.

52 Journey ( Dafna Michaelson planned a year-long journey to all fifty states to meet and expose unsung heroes and heroines who, in their own quiet way, developed a solution to a problem that need fixing. Dafna usually found at least two or more of these community solution-makers in each state. She shadowed them, videotaped them, then uploaded their stories on this website for the rest of us to see. For the year-long experience, Dafna created the Journey Institute to expand the community solution model through roundtables and networking and more brainstorming. Talk about a wonderful way to utilize internet resources. When we read about these individuals and their good deeds, it can inspire and motivate the rest of us to follow a similar path. The “just do it” philosophy applies here.

Zumbox ( This site is sowing the seeds for a paperless postal service. At least, its presence on the ‘net, which debuted about one year ago, has the potential to further the green living movement. Similar to the online banking service concept, Zumbox allows people to opt to have selected paper mail delivered instead to their email box. Businesses and organizations can send out notices, newsletters, etc. for about a nickel per mailing address. Zumbox already has everyone’s street address in its database, so it’s a matter of learning about, going to, and signing up for the service. The city of Minneapolis is using Zumbox to mail notices. I am still digesting this whole Zumbox concept, and am not ready to sign up. I am still getting used to my paper shredder. Plus, everyone has a mailbox, but not everyone has an e-mailbox (or computer) yet. But businesses may want to look into this concept, since Zumbox proposes to positively affect the bottom line.

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~ by IndianaDunesPoet on January 13, 2010.

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