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Story last updated at 5:51 PM on Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Homer's Best Bets

If you've been reading the news lately, you might have heard about yet another power struggle down south. Just because two bullheaded parties refuse to resolve their differences, nothing happens.

All the Betsteroid can say is, "Dang it, why can't Apple and Facebook agree?" Ever since Apple put out the iPad, eager 'Pad heads have been waiting for Facebook to release an iPad app. Apparently Facebook developed one, but Apple wants to get into the social media game, too, and Facebook won't release the app. It's enough to make the Betsteroid cruise Facebook the old, pre-2010 way, on a web browser.

Which, as it turns out, can be a good thing considering how much Facebook has tinkered with its interface. On the iPad using a web browser, Facebook looks like it did a month ago. Facebook apparently keeps hiring computer scientists who believe that if you write a really good program that's efficient, easy to use and well designed, something's wrong with it.

Now and then we should venture out in the world. Uh, that would be the universe outside your front door — you know, with grass, trees, moose, mountains and rainbows. You don't need social media to tell you what to do, not when you've got the Betsteroid. Put that tablet on standby and visit some real friends, maybe at some of these Best Bets:


Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

That's the spirit The Mariner cheerleaders stir up a homecoming game crowd last Saturday at Homer High School. Fans helped inspire a long awaited 21-14 victory over the Kenai Kardinals.

BEST ROCKING BET: Homer started out in 1964 as an incorporated city with a real bang. The week before, the big earthquake hit. Share memories or learn about it with "Stories From the '64 Good Friday Earthquake" at 6 p.m. today at the Homer Public Library.

BEST ROLL 'EM BET: Even with the Homer Theatre's new digital projector, owner Jamie Sutton can still say, "Roll 'em" at the start of the annual Homer Documentary Film Festival. It will be spinning hard drives and not reels, though. Go to the barbecue a 6 p.m. today and stick around for "Buck." See story, page 12, for all the info on the big festival running through next week.

BEST SURF'S UP BET: Let's hope the surf isn't too rowdy on Friday when a couple of harbor seals hit Kachemak Bay and go back into the wild. It's always a great story: seal gets stranded, seal gets rescued, seal hangs out at the Alaska SeaLife Center and seal goes home. See the release starting at 3:30 p.m. Friday and stick around for a Marine Mammal Stranding Network appreciation barbecue, all at Bishop's Beach.

BEST GOOD ALTITUDE BET: Stretch out those calf muscles with a nice half-marathon climb up the hill. It's the third annual Run to the Altar race on Saturday. Ah, that will wake you up. Register at 8:30 a.m. at Homer High School. The walk starts at 9 a.m. followed by the run at 10 am.