Clicks of the Day: Monday, April 2, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Monday, April 2 2012′s Clicks of the Day!

    Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

  • Rocky Mountain House, Cold Lake, Wetaskiwin lead Alberta for drunk driving
  • “Rocky Mountain House leads Alberta for rates of impaired driving, records released in late March show. Cold Lake, Wetaskiwin and a neighbourhood in northeast Edmonton also made a top 10 list of Alberta’s 151 postal areas.”

    Drunk driving shouldn’t still be happening. Check how your neighbourhood ranks for drunk driving-related suspensions.

  • Drivers expect to see more radar on Alberta highways this month
  • “In hopes of reducing serious injury and fatal collisions on Alberta highways, April is being declared speed enforcement month. The Capital West Integrated Traffic Unit, which is made up of RCMP and Provincial Sheriffs, will be cracking down on speeders on all commuter highways around the City of Edmonton.”

    Slow down everyone!

  • How will Redford’s government impact Edmonton
  • “Monday marks the beginning of a week-long series Global News is bringing you, called “The Capital View.” We will be asking each party leader what it will mean for Edmonton if their party is in power after the provincial election, starting with the Progressive Conservatives. Alison Redford believes Edmonton is a tremendous metropolis, because it’s economy powers so much of the province. ‘If there are ways that we can work together with the capital region, and with mayor Mandel, to make sure that we’re supporting local decision making that allows Edmonton to flourish we’re going to do that.’”

    Let’s see what all the parties have to say.

    World

  • Former student arrested in California college shooting that killed 7
  • “Police in Oakland, California, took a 43-year-old former student at a small religious college into custody Monday after a shooting spree at the school that left seven dead and three wounded, the city’s police chief said. The motive behind the killings at Oikos University in East Oakland remained a mystery Monday night, Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan told reporters. Detectives had not yet questioned the suspect, identified as One Goh, and no charges had been filed, he said. ‘With a case of this magnitude, with all the victims and witnesses and all the chaos, it’s going to take a few days to put the pieces together,’ Jordan said.”

    This is awful.

  • Japan will intercept N Korean rocket if necessary
  • “Japan says it will shoot down a North Korean rocket if necessary, as new satellite images appeared to show preparations for the launch next month.”

    Hope World War 3 isn’t near.

  • Trayvon Martin Case: Enhanced Police Video Shows Injuries On George Zimmerman’s Head
  • “Last week, a video was released showing George Zimmerman at the Sanford Police Department the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. It originally appeared as though the neighborhood watch volunteer showed no signs of the violent confrontation he told police took place between himself and the teen that night, but ABC news has enhanced the video showing signs of injury on Zimmerman’s head.”

    Hm.

    Health

  • Youth suicide rates rising among Canadian girls
  • “The number of girls committing suicide in Canada has risen in the past 30 years, a troubling trend that’s prompting some experts to question the role played by social media. In a study published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, researchers from the Public Health Agency of Canada report that on a whole, youth suicide rates have declined since 1980. But closer inspection reveals the decline is evident only in males, while female suicide rates rose from 1980 to 2008.”

    Alarming… and sad.

  • Study Finds Dramatic Rise in Skin Cancer Among Young Adults
  • “Mayo Clinic researchers report skyrocketing rates of skin cancer among young adults, probably because of their persistent use of tanning beds.”

    I do all of my skin colour changin’ au naturale~

  • Cancer-Related Deaths on the Rise for India’s Young and Poor
  • “Cancer-related deaths are on the rise among India’s younger and poorer population, according to a report released on Wednesday… seven out of every 10 deaths occur in the 30-69 age bracket. The cause of the disease’s increasing presence? Tobacco, which was found to be the leading cause of cancer in the subcontinent and attributed to 40 percent of cancers in men and 20 percent in women.”

    Sad. Stop smoking. It kills.

  • World Autism Day
  • “It’s a developmental disorder that affects about 200,000 Canadians and one in every 110 children is born with the condition. Still, little is known about what causes autism spectrum disorder. Monday marks the fifth anniversary of World Autism Awareness Day, which was started following a United Nations resolution in 2007. It’s only one of three official health-specific UN Days, and is meant to focus the world’s attention on autism, a global health crisis that affects tens of millions of people worldwide.”

    I’m actually really surprised I don’t personally know anyone with autism, given the rapid rise in children diagnosed.

    Technology/Social Media

  • Teacher’s Aide Fired for Refusing to Let Employer Shoulder Surf Her Facebook Page
  • “The Facebook-related firings have begun: A teacher’s aide in Michigan was let go from her job after a school administrator demanded that she turn over her Facebook password and she refused. The aide, Kimberly Hester, is preparing for a legal showdown with the school system.”

    The saga continues…

  • Consumer Reports recalibrates ‘excellent’ rating for new iPad
  • “The new iPad is so good that the nonprofit Consumer Reports said it had to redo the way it evaluates tablets. All other rivals, which previously had gotten “excellent” ratings were downgraded en masse to “very good.” ”

    Lol wow.

  • Rich people don’t like to game or tweet on smartphones
  • “Wealthier smartphone users are less likely to play games or tweet and will opt for news, travel or finance apps, according to a new study. The research by The Luxury Institute focused on app usage among wealthy consumers, who earn an annual income of $150,000 or more. They tend to be older, with a mean age of 52. The findings are in contrast to smartphone usage as a whole, which research firm Nielsen showed is dominated by games and social networking categories.”

    How hoity-toity of them higher income earners. Lol.

    Business/Consumer/Media/Work

  • Five myths about Gen Y workers
  • Myths including “they lack organizaitonal loyalty” and “they aren’t interested in their work.” Both of which are false when it comes to myself personally. But I’ve always found myself to be a lot more gungho with my work ethic than others, lol.

  • Applicants for Many Social Media Marketing Jobs Must Now Have Pinterest Experience
  • “Lori Gilson, president of Utah-based PRMarketing.com, said many of the agency’s social media marketing clients are now requesting Pinterest accounts along with the popular Facebook and Twitter pages. Looking to enhance their online public relations campaigns, companies scrambled to Pinterest last year as monthly traffic to the website shot up from 418,000 to 11.7 million unique visitors, according to a report from comScore. This has led to more marketing job postings with Pinterest experience preferred.”

    Oh Pinterest. :)

    Environment/Space/Animals

  • 1-in-20-year severe weather events likely to be 1-in-2-year events by end of 21st Century: report
  • “A special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) paints a portrait of a world in which 1-in-20-year heat waves are likely to become 1-in-2-year events by the end of the 21st century. Similarly, 1-in-20-year maximum daily precipitation amounts will likely become 1-in-5-year events. And even though tropical hurricanes may be less frequent in the future, their wind speeds will become stronger and their paths will shift polewards.”

    Sigh.

  • Fire Was Used a Million Years Ago, Study Finds
  • “When our ancestors first used fire has been a long-running debate, and a new study concludes the earliest firm evidence comes from about one million years ago in a South African cave. The ash and burnt-bone samples found there suggest fires frequently burned in that spot, researchers said Monday.”

    We’ve been around for quite some time.

    Entertainment

  • Angry Birds cartoon confirmed
  • “An Angry Birds animated series is scheduled to debut this fall. Rovio’s head of animation, Nick Dorra, has confirmed that the company has created 52 short Angry Birds episodes. Each will be under three minutes.”

    Not exactly the TV show I had in mind (only three minutes en episode?) but still, lol should be fun.

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • [Video]: Adorable Animal Being Adorable of the Day
  • So lazy :)


Thor and (or) Loki Photo of the Day:

Constantly wanting water from the sink tap!


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Clicks of the Day: Dec. 2, 3, 4 2011 Weekend Edition!

Welcome to the three-day roundup …

Weekend Edition (December 2, 3, 4) of Clicks of the Day!

(I only do one Clicks of the Day post for the weekends so that I can actually have a weekend, lol. And amount of content will fluctuate depending on how much of a weekend I actually have!)

  • The NYT tries to get its readers to ‘level up’
  • “The New York Times launched a new commenting system this week that has a number of features, but by far, the most significant one is that certain readers with a history of good behavior will be awarded “trusted” status, which allows them to post comments without having them moderated.”

    Cool idea.

  • Is Gen-Y Shooting Itself in the Foot?
  • “Your grandparents just might be right: young people are selfish and don’t volunteer enough and – brace yourself – they have the data to prove it. The Canadian Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating released in 2010 shows that generation Y is underrepresented in the not-for-profit sector.”

    I should volunteer more.

  • MP advocates universal cell phone charger
  • “The politician unveiled a private member’s bill to create a universal cell phone charger for all new phones. The idea behind the move is to reduce e-waste.”

    And improve convenience. Apparently Europe has a rule like this implemented already. Everyone has to be adaptable with MicroUSB and even Apple has to include a MicroUSB adapter in their box.

  • Is Facebook Being Unfriendly to Major News Outlets?
  • “Is the world’s largest social network acting unsocially? Facebook shared a list Tuesday of what it called “The Most Shared Articles of 2011,” which purports to measure the year’s most talked-about stories. But the list is missing some of the most intriguing news stories of the year as reported by some of the world’s largest news organizations — including FoxNews.com, MSNBC, AOL and others — leaving some observers scratching their heads.”

    Lol, silly Fox.

  • 2 Out of 3 Medical Students Don’t Know When to Wash Their Hands
  • “The doctors-to-be were given seven scenarios, five of which required hand-washing: before contact with patients, before preparing IV fluids, after removing gloves, after contacting patients’ beds and after contact with vomit. (The other two scenarios did not require hand-washing.) Only 1 in 5 students correctly identified what to do in all seven situations.”

    How comforting, lol.

  • Survey: Most young adults go online for ‘no particular reason’
  • “With the seemingly endless amount of content available online, it seems that more young adults are booting up their laptops and tablets to simply wander around the digital wasteland of silly cat videos, Internet memes and Web comics.”

    Lol I can relate to that finding.

  • How infographics jumped the shark
  • “There are so many infographics on the Internet that some bloggers are lashing out against the trend, and there’s even a subset of infographics mocking the uselessness of infographics… Infographics are incredibly useful for cutting through today’s data overload, but their proliferation puts them at risk of being overused, and their impact diluted.”

    Interesting read on infographics! I loved them for a time but as the article points out – there’s so many being spit out now that it’s making it seem silly. I’ve come across a lot of pointless and/or poorly-depicted ones, but there have been some really great ones too and it really can be a great way to convey points quickly and in an easy-to-digest manner. (But then there are ones that make me close out of them immediately because it looks way too complicated to digest the information). Do you love/hate infographics?

  • British Secret Service Creates Website to Recruit Self-Taught Hackers
  • “‘The digital arena is fast moving, and from a recruitment perspective we acknowledge the need to engage with prospective candidates in new and innovative ways.’”

    Hackers are a hot commodity.

  • In a First for Asia, Taiwan to Ban Shark Finning
  • “The law doesn’t stop fisherman from catching sharks entirely, but it does make it illegal to take the fish back in pieces.”

    Good first step. Everyone should do it.

  • Cain suspends presidential bid
  • “Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain told supporters Saturday that he is suspending his presidential campaign, which has become hobbled in recent weeks by allegations of sexual harassment and an Atlanta woman’s claim that they carried on a 13-year affair.”

    I saw a tweet about this that said “Cain is suspending his presidential campaign because nothing happened” – which I agreed with. There is no way all of the allegations against him are lies. He should fess up.

  • Herman Cain Quotes Pokémon: Ex-Candidate Admits ‘Pokémon 2000′ Inspiration
  • “‘I believe these words came from the Pokémon movie… Life can be a challenge. Life can seem impossible. It’s never easy when there’s so much on the line. But you and I can make a difference. There’s a mission just for you and me.’”

    Sooo hilarious!!!!

  • Toronto woman arrested in B.C. for allegedly abducting daughter 18 years ago
  • “Patricia O’Byrne, 54, was locked in a custody battle with the father of their 20-month-old daughter in May 1993, when O’Byrne allegedly fled with the child. An arrest warrant was issued in June 1993.”

    This is a really crazy story. I don’t understand how she was able to flee, change her identity and hide so well for 18 years. It’s crazy that the dad/the kidnapped girl’s brother never gave up hope over the years.

  • Trading one life for five
  • “The vast majority of people would sacrifice one person if it meant saving the lives of five, according to a study released on Friday.”

    Seems logical. If you had to save one group or the other, obviously try and save the greater number of people.

  • Old media executives too busy, private for Twitter
  • “Digital reluctance is particularly strong amongst “old media” leaders, who told this week’s Reuters Global Media Summit they were uncomfortable with sharing personal information, especially in 140-character bursts.”

    Lame-os. Get with it, guys.

  • iPhone, Blackberry and Gmail Users are ‘All Screwed’ says Julian Assange
  • “Surveillance companies like SS8 in the U.S., Hacking Team in Italy and Vupen in France manufacture viruses (Trojans) that hijack individual computers and phones (including iPhones, Blackberries and Androids), take over the device, record its every use, movement, and even the sights and sounds of the room it is in.”

    Well, we all know there’s no such thing as privacy any more, unfortunately.

  • Violent video games alter brain function
  • “‘For the first time, we have found that a sample of randomly assigned young adults showed less activation in certain frontal brain regions following a week of playing violent video games at home’ … ‘The findings indicate that violent video game play has a long-term effect on brain functioning,” Wang said. “These effects may translate into behavioral changes over longer periods of game play.’”

    News the violent gamer does not want their parents to find out about.

  • Alberta probes hundreds of suspect cancer tests as pathologist’s work comes under scrutiny
  • “Alberta health officials are retesting more than 1,700 diagnoses made by an Edmonton pathologist who allegedly misread samples taken from dozens of cancer patients.”

    Such a bad situation.

  • YouTube Gets Its Biggest Makeover Ever, Becomes More Google-Like
  • “The world’s most popular online video service now sees itself as a descendent of cable TV, with millions of channels rather than hundreds — and it’s doing its darndest to encourage you to use it that way.”

    Yay/Nay? Do you like the look? If Facebook has taught us anything it’s that it doesn’t matter if you do or don’t like it anyway, lol.

  • Vietnam police use fishing nets to capture motorbike street racers
  • “Police in Vietnam have given a whole new meaning to the term “dragnet” – in a bid to end dangerous illegal motorbike street racing they are using fishing nets to catch their prey.”

    Lol. That’s a good approach.

  • Smartphone enthusiasts smarting
  • “Users of smartphones and tablet computers are starting to get high-tech blues, as increasing numbers of the techsavvy are coming down with ailments from “text neck” to “text thumb” injuries.”

    Lol, these are first world problems.

  • Great expectations for Dollarama and Costco results
  • “Two retailers that have shown they can deliver big profits in times of economic stress will post results this week.”

    LOVE the dollar store.

  • Research in Motion “may never recover” from Playbook failure
  • “We expect RIM’s performance to deteriorate in future quarters and have little hope for a recovery from the new BBX platform.”

    Lol. Poor RIM. Just on a never-ending downward spiral.

  • Edmonton DJ recommends perfect holiday party playlist
  • “Throwing a successful Christmas party means choosing the right music mix… ‘Everyone’s got a different flavour, so you have to be able to mix it,’ Harman B says. ‘Our knack is reading the crowd. We don’t really come in with a playlist. We read the crowd. If it’s not working, you have to move. You can tell when people leave the dance floor. But if they’re liking it, they’re moving. If it’s going really well in one direction, you go harder.’”

    Lol, Harman B DJed at the Shaw/Global Christmas Party on Saturday and he was awesome!!! Great music.

  • NDP Leadership Debate: Candidates Display Unity In First Public Contest
  • “There were no knockout punches during the NDP’s first leadership debate Sunday in Ottawa, but those watching were left with a better impression of who could sell the party’s message.”

    Pretty passive debate, lol. Who will be Jack Layton’s successor?

  • Gender inequality persists in multitasking: Study
  • “Men may be helping more in the home but working women still do more multitasking in U.S. families than their partners and are finding it stressful, according to a new study.”

    I am an expert multi-tasker.

  • High-tech babysitters
  • “Is it helping or hurting our toddlers when we hand off our gadgets?”

    Good read on a topic that seems to be popping up more and more as we all get more digital. Can’t imagine how plugged in my child is going to be.

  • One-Second Film Festival Proves How Beautiful a Single Second Can Be
  • “The idea is to celebrate the ‘fragile beauty of this short-lived unit of time’… I’m amazed by what people have managed to cram in to a single second, and what’s striking is the range of emotion and feeling you can convey in such a short space of time.”

    Really cool video. It is amazing what can be conveyed in just a second of video! What a cool project.

  • Park Royal launches parking snarl radio station
  • “West Vancouver’s Park Royal shopping centre is launching a radio station that will cover just one topic: parking. The new low-wattage broadcast, due to go live Dec. 3, will direct drivers arriving at the mall to free spaces in the facility’s sprawling parking lot as part of a multifaceted attempt to clear up the maddening traffic snarls that appear around the centre during the frenzied Holiday shopping period. ”

    Lol. So funny. Seems like a bit much.


Thor Photo of the Day:

Always sitting like a Queen.


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Clicks of the Day: July 29,30,31 2011 Weekend Edition!

Welcome to the three-day roundup …

Weekend Edition (July 29, 30, 31) of Clicks of the Day!

(I only do one Clicks of the Day post for the weekends so that I can actually have a weekend, lol. And amount of content will fluctuate depending on how much of a weekend I actaully have!)


Thor Photo of the Day:

Thor loves the laundry basket!


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