Clicks of the Day: Thursday, August 2, 2012 Edition!

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Welcome to Thursday, August 2 2012′s Clicks of the Day! Clicks of the Day is a daily round up of news posted Sunday through Thursday with quantity and quality of content differing depending on how busy Linda’s day is. Edmonton/Alberta/Canada … Continue reading 

Clicks of the Day: Monday, June 25 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Monday, June 25 2012′s Clicks of the Day!

Clicks of the Day is a daily round up of news posted Sunday through Thursday with quantity and quality of content differing depending on how busy Linda’s day is.

    Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

  • Shooting survivor out of ICU, undergoing physiotherapy
  • “The wife of the only guard to survive an armed robbery on the University of Alberta campus ten days ago said Matthew Schuman is well on his way to recovery.”

    I’m glad he’s doing better.

  • City seeking names for LRT lines
  • “Each person can enter up to five names that pertain to either traits unique to Edmonton, non-commercial landmarks famous to Edmonton, or provincial animals.”

    Oh my lord… why can’t we stick to location names? Can you imagine a line being named after an animal? Let’s go to Black Bear station? So silly…

  • Edmonton moves ahead on Hawrelak Park beach
  • “City councillors have officially thrown the idea of a $60-million Hawrelak Beach proposal overboard. But, they’re sailing ahead with a smaller-scaled version that could still cost taxpayers upwards of $5 million. Edmonton’s Community Services Committee voted Monday to move forward with a new idea for a beach area – complete with sand and a wading pool – between the lake and the parking lot.”

    I like the idea of having a beach in the city… :)

  • Scouts Canada: Flawed policies hampered abuse reporting
  • “An arms-length review of record-keeping at Scouts Canada suggests the youth organization has several procedural problems when it comes to handling and reporting allegations of sexual misconduct. The forensic review, conducted by private auditing firm KPMG, explores how the association handled sexual misconduct cases over a 64-year period — from 1947 to 2011. Out of 486 alleged abuse cases, the audit confirmed that at least 65 cases weren’t shared with authorities — either at the request of the victim or due to procedural failings.”

    Well that’s not good.

  • Harper Governemnt rebranding: taxpayers spent over $86,000 helping tories rebrand federal government
  • “Canadians taxpayers have spent more than $85,000 over the last three and a half years helping the Conservatives rebrand the federal government as the “Harper Government.” Government of Canada news releases now routinely credit initiatives as coming from the Harper Government, a term some observers have deemed excessively partisan and a break with traditional practice.”

    Joy..

    World

  • London Olympics on track to be ‘most costly Games ever’
  • “Oxford University research says the London Games are on track to be among the most expensive to date with a projected cost of £8.4 billion in real terms – and at 101% over budget.”

    Wow, 101% over budget?! Plan better, people.

    Health

  • Canadians must debate doctor-assisted suicide: CMAJ
  • “Canadians need to engage in a broad national dialogue on the issue of whether terminally ill patients should have the legal right to physician-assisted suicide, says an editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The editorial — entitled “Choosing when and how to die: Are we ready to perform therapeutic homicide?” — follows a recent report by a Quebec government commission which recommends that dying patients should have the right, under strict conditions, to request medical assistance to die.”

    What do you think?

  • Children as young as 7 injuring themselves intentionally
  • “According to new research, eight percent of third graders, four percent of sixth graders and 13 percent of ninth graders report engaging in self injury. Girls in ninth grade are most likely to harm themselves but kids as young as seven are also at risk.”

    WHY. This is awful.

  • Gluten-free goes mainstream, but expert cautions against adopting food fad on a whim
  • “As the diet — used to treat celiac disease — morphs into a movement of sorts, some experts caution against mistaking a medically required lifestyle for a food fad… some say they are concerned about the growing popularity of the gluten-free diet, fearing it could cause cases of celiac disease and gluten sensitivities to go unnoticed for even longer.”

    No gluten-free food fad jumping for me!

    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • A device to translate sign language into speech
  • “MyVoice processes sign language motions and can translate them using specific algorithms into an electronic voice.”

    Really cool!

  • Tapping into technology helps seniors stay sharp
  • “Seniors are crossing the digital divide and tapping into technology now more than ever, according to a new survey. The Revera Report on Tech-Savvy Seniors shows that of the 27 per cent of seniors aged 75 and older who are online — which is up from five per cent in 2000 — more than half use social media to connect with family and friends. The report also showed that one-in-five seniors use Skype or Facetime to chat with loved ones.”

    Seniors of the future!

  • Facebook changes everyone’s listed emails to ‘@facebook.com’
  • “Without asking for permission, Facebook has changed users’ listed email address to one ending in “@facebook.com.” The changed was discovered Saturday, and has resulted in either users having their @facebook.com address being listed or simply having all of their other addresses be hidden, as happened in my case.”

    Biggest non-issue ever!

  • Microsoft buying social network firm
  • “Microsoft Corp agreed to buy online social network firm Yammer Inc for $1.2 billion US in cash, which will allow the software company to offer a service like Facebook Inc’s to corporate customers.”

    They can buy it but it doesn’t mean people will use it…

  • J.K. Rowling creates interactive book for PS3
  • “Sony is readying a line of interactive storybooks called Wonderbook, which will use the PlayStation Move motion controller and the PlayStation Eye camera to bring books to life on a TV screen. The first title, called Wonderbook: Book of Spells, is collaboration with Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling, who is producing new, original content for the project.”

    Very interesting!

  • Facebook, Twitter, YouTube marketers: This is why you never, ever start campaigns on Friday
  • “YesMail Interactive ran a comprehensive three-month study of consumer social engagement with online campaigns for 20 major retails brands, including Abercrombie & Fitch, The Gap, Ralph Lauren, American Eagle, J Crew, and Forever 21. It discovered some astonishing insights which it’s sharing with the world … such as why Tuesday is such a great day to kick off a campaign.”

    Tuesdays it is!

    Business/Work/Economy/Media

  • Analyst sees RIM losing 90 percent of workers
  • “Gelblum argues that RIM will have to get smaller. How much smaller? RIM will likely deliver 10 million to 20 million devices in the future. To break even on that volume, RIM will need to cut 90 percent of its 16,500 employees to wind up with 2,000 workers. In this scenario, RIM will be a niche device maker focused on high-security markets.”

    Yikes…

  • Almost half of Americans do not have emergency savings
  • “New research published by Bankrate today has found almost half of Americans do not have emergency savings to cover three months worth of expenses. This is three percent higher than last year’s figures. According to a press release, 49 percent of Americans do not have enough emergency savings to cover three months worth of living costs.”

    Three months worth of living costs is a lot…

  • Have consumers maxed out on TV purchases?
  • “For the first time ever—yes, ever—shipments of LCD flat-screen TVs have declined.”

    Well how many TVs do people need, lol.

    Environment/Space/Animals/Science

  • Lonesome George, the famous Galapagos tortoise, dies
  • The giant tortoise Lonesome George, whose failed efforts to produce offspring made him a symbol of disappearing species, was found dead on Sunday, officials at the Galapagos National Park announced. Lonesome George was believed to be the last living member of the Pinta island subspecies and had become an ambassador of sorts for the islands off Ecuador’s coast whose unique flora and fauna helped inspire Charles Darwin’s ideas on evolution. The tortoise’s age was not known but scientists believed he was about 100.”

    Goodbye George. I am sad you had no family :(

  • Cat and dog meat markets thrive in China
  • “In spite of the growing influence of anti-cruelty campaigners in China, cat and dog meat markets are thriving. China is one of few countries where cat and dog meat eating remains legal and socially acceptable.”

    THIS IS NOT OKAY!!!

    Entertainment

  • ‘Newsroom’ debut draws audience of 2.1 million
  • “HBO generated a huge amount of talk — positive and negative — about its new Aaron Sorkin drama, “The Newsroom,” and it managed some better-than-average audience totals for its premiere Sunday night. The drama, about a fictional cable newscast, pulled in 2.1 million viewers for its 10 p.m. debut, a figure that put it toward the high end of recent drama premieres on the network — and much better than comedy premieres.”

    I am watching this online tonight! I hope it’s good!

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • Tim Hortons coffee tester Kevin West sips 75,000 cups a year
  • “Kevin West leads a team responsible for maintaining the trademark flavour of Tim Hortons’ coffee, a process engineered from the company’s facility on the outskirts of Hamilton. Every day he pours a seemingly endless stream of coffee made with beans from around the world. The goal is to ensure that the quality of each is up to expectations, and all together he estimates that he tastes about 75,000 cups each year.”

    What a job. (I wouldn’t like it).

  • Chinese soccer fan died from exhaustion after staying up to watch every Euro 2012 match
  • “Important international soccer tournaments can wreak havoc on fans’ sleep schedules due to time zone differences, and one man in China died last week watching after watching every game of Euro 2012.”

    Wow. Not worth your life.

  • [Video]: Kitten tries to flying ninja kick a toy dog
  • LOL!

  • [Video]: Den of kittens
  • Puuuurrrrrrr.


Thor (and/or Loki) Photo of the Day:

Thor just plops onto Loki. :)


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Clicks of the Day: April 13, 14, 15 2012 Weekend Edition!

Welcome to the three-day roundup …

Weekend Edition (April 13, 14, 15) 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!)

    Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

  • Edmonton in talks with PCL about arena construction
  • “The city announced Friday it’s negotiating a contract with PCL Construction to act as construction manager for the maximum $450-million project, even though the financing is $100 million short.”

    Arena plans chugging along.

  • Local foodies taste and talk at second annual conference
  • “Saturday at NAIT, some 150 people entered the world of local food ­— making everything from cherry butter to rabbit paella — during the second annual Eat Alberta conference. The daylong series of cooking classes, tastings and talks, was put together by a group of Edmonton volunteers and foodies keen on sharing the skills and tastes of provincial products with one and all. Sessions included demonstrations, tastings and cooking classes, a local lunch, and a wrap panel on How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse, featuring local foragers, canners and gardeners with tips on making the most of your own garden, river valley or backyard apple tree.”

    Ugh, SO cool. I wish I could have gone! (Remember I work weekends).

  • Smith won’t condemn candidate’s anti gay blog post
  • “Wildrose Party Leader Danielle Smith refused Sunday to condemn a blog post by one of her candidate decrying tolerance toward gays and lesbians, but reiterated her party won’t legislate on contentious moral issues. Edmonton-South-West candidate Allan Hunsperger, a pastor with The House church in Tofield, wrote on his church’s blog in June of 2011 that “accepting people the way they are is cruel and not loving.” Asked about the writing, Smith noted the party won’t legislate on such social issues but said Hunsperger was free to hold his personal views.”

    Hm. (That’s the most I’ll say to remain non-opinionated on controversial issues in the public eye lol).

    World

  • Secret Service agents relieved in Colombia amid prostitution allegations
  • “A group of Secret Service agents and officers sent to Colombia ahead of President Barack Obama were relieved of duty and returned home amid allegations of misconduct that involved prostitution, according to two U.S. government sources familiar the investigation. The 11 Secret Service members — both agents and uniformed officers — were interviewed Saturday at the agency’s Washington headquarters, after which they were placed on administrative leave, Assistant Director Paul Morrissey said in a statement. They are under investigation after preliminary findings revealed that they brought back several prostitutes to the Hotel Caribe in Cartagena, sources told CNN on Saturday.”

    Awkward.

  • At least five dead in Oklahoma as tornadoes pound U.S. Plains
  • “Dozens of tornadoes tore through parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa overnight and one twister killed at least five people early on Sunday as storm sirens failed to sound in an Oklahoma town and caught people unaware. Storms skipped across what is often called “Tornado Alley” in the U.S. Central and Southern Plains and more were forecast. But casualties appeared limited because many of the twisters hit sparsely populated areas, and during daylight hours or evening when people were still awake.”

    I don’t know why people don’t just pick up and move somewhere else… living in Tornado Alley seems awful.

  • The Titanic’s 1,500 dead remembered 100 years after the tragedy
  • “At sea and on land Sunday, wreaths were cast, memorials unveiled and people stood in silence to remember the 1,500 people who died in the sinking of the Titanic ocean liner a century ago.”

    May they rest in peace. I can’t believe it’s been 100 years! I don’t quite get the fascination with the Titanic but hearing all of the stories is really interesting.

    Health

  • Obesity during pregnancy may pose health risk for fetus: study
  • “A new Canadian study has shed fresh light on a growing problem in the nation’s maternity wards: pregnant women whose obesity poses health risks for the fetus that may be as dire as the effects of smoking or drinking. The swelling ranks of obese, expectant mothers face a heightened danger of miscarriages, stillbirths and premature babies, and more likely to deliver children who develop diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even spina bifida. A study released just this week found obese women were almost 70 per cent more likely than others to have an autistic child.”

    It’s just bad news all around so we all need to start living healthier.

  • The terrifying wedding diets that are all the rage
  • “Pre-wedding diets have become extreme. Linda Lee writes of this awful new bridal “trend” in The New York Times Friday using the headline “Bridal Hunger Games.” Katniss would not approve, though, to be honest, weight loss by feeding tube and the injections of a hormone associated with pregnancy do sound pretty dystopian.”

    Oh god. I’ll lose weight the normal way… working out and eating healthier.

  • The World Happiness Report explains what makes people happy
  • “The report, commissioned by the United Nations Conference on Happiness (yes, that exists), contains over a hundred pages of musings on world happiness (including) … Richer people are happier than poorer people on average, but wealth is only one factor in overall happiness… Unemployment obviously reduces happiness, but not because of what you may think. It’s not the loss of income, but the loss of things like self-esteem and workplace social life that lead to a drop in happiness… Married people across the world claim that they’re happier than single counterparts.”

    So, what makes you happy? Are you happy?

  • ‘Superbugs’ found in 4-million-year-old cave
  • “According to National Geographic, a team of microbiologists, exploring a four-million-year-old cave in New Mexico (the Lechuguilla cave system, located in Carlsbad Caverns National Park) have, at a depth of around 1,600 feet, discovered bacteria which are resistant to most modern antibiotic drugs. What is curious about the discovery is that the bacteria would not have had any contact with antibiotics or, indeed, with human beings.”

    Whoa, scary.

  • Will Cameron’s deep-sea voyage yield breakthrough drugs?
  • “Blockbuster-moviemaker-turned-aquanaut James Cameron’s solo dive in the Pacific to the Mariana Trench’s Challenger Deep site last month opens up a vast, under-explored region of the world’s oceans to researchers. There, scientists hope to discover, retrieve, and study a host of previously unknown organisms and chemical compounds that may someday help solve decades-old medical mysteries.”

    Way to go James Cameron.

    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • The risk factor rises at RIM
  • “f you’re looking for more evidence Research in Motion Ltd. is a changed company in the post-Jim Balsillie era, read a copy of the company’s annual information form, filed this week. The document gives a solid indication that the people running RIM are much less sure of themselves than in the past. Rather than reading like a dismissive boilerplate, the latest set of risk factors reads more like a confessional by a fallen giant.”

    Poor RIM.

  • These contact lenses give you superhuman vision
  • “Contact lens wearers can get a new perspective on their environment with the latest vision technology — contact lenses that let the wearer focus on two fields of view at once. Wearers can keep an eye on a projected image while their surrounding scenery can also be looked at — resulting in superhuman vision. And, while most of the world is fascinated with Google Glasses, the Pentagon is focused on getting a supply of these contacts, called iOptik”

    Interesting.

  • Canadians can cash in on YouTube
  • “Canadians can start earning money off their viral videos, now that YouTube has unrolled its YouTube Partner Program in 20 countries. The program, previously only available to the site’s most popular creators, allows any user to become a YouTube partner, with access to extra resources to promote videos and ability to monetize content with advertising.”

    Time for me to upload cat videos! Lol.

  • Why one in five U.S. adults don’t use the Internet
  • “Even though the Internet has become a key tool for accessing services, getting an education, finding jobs, getting the news, keeping up with people you know and much more, one in five U.S. adults still does not use the Internet at all, according to a new Pew report. Why? Mostly they’re just not interested — not in the Web, e-mail, YouTube, Facebook or anything else that happens online.”

    My parents don’t use it because they A) they don’t have time to (they work basically 9 a.m. until midnight each day, tough times running a restaurant!) and B) they don’t understand how to. I’m sure if they had spare time to invest they could learn but it’s just never been something they tried to dabble in (despite their three children being major Internet junkies, lol).

    Business/Work/Economy/Media

  • Work/life unbalanced for Canadians
  • “Many Canadian employees feel like the line between their work and home life is becoming increasingly blurred, according to Randstad’s Global Workmonitor survey. The overlap between work and private time is substantial. Of those surveyed, 46% said they handle private matters during working hours and 51% said they handle work-related matters during private time… Some Canadians feel they don’t have a choice in their work/life balance; 29% of survey respondents said they’re expected to be available 24/7, while 43% said they feel they fall short of expectations if they don’t respond immediately.”

    Society needs to re-prioritize!

  • Postmedia plans online paywalls, sale of Toronto headquarters
  • “The Ottawa Citizen and Vancouver Sun are putting up online paywalls and the National Post will sell its headquarters as Postmedia Network Inc. struggles in a bleak advertising market that it doesn’t see improving any time soon. Print advertising has fallen so steeply in the last several quarters that chief executive officer Paul Godfrey said he has been making personal sales calls to bank executives to help him understand why they are spending their money elsewhere.”

    Sad.

  • 72% of adults are local news enthusiasts
  • “A recently published Pew Internet & American Life Project report finds most Americans continue to follow local news. The reliance on local news is consistent in all age groups, though stronger among those who are 40+, and among female consumers. The younger population, 18 to 39 years old, use the greatest number of local news sources — an average of 4.38 weekly… Nearly three quarters of adults are consistently plugged into local news — so much so that 32% of survey participants say the loss of local outlets would majorly impact their lives.”

    Many are news guzzlers like I am!

  • The Chinese Yuan may become a world currency
  • “China seeks to replace the diminishing U.S. dollar as the world reserve and trade currency, and efforts are underway in Beijing to set up the Chinese yuan for global currency.”

    Ruh roh, US dollar.

    Entertainment

  • J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore site is now open to the public
  • “With the books and movies all finished, are you suffering from Harry Potter withdrawal? Maybe it’s time to head over to Pottermore, an online hub developed by J.K. Rowling for fans of the boy wizard. The free site is now open for all to join.”

    This really feels anti-climactic, lol. Also, they don’t let you pick your own username (to protect your identity, but that’s lame lol).

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • 3 Brazilians Arrested For Murder, Cannibalism
  • “Police have arrested three people for allegedly killing at least two women, eating parts of their bodies and using their flesh to make stuffed pastries known as empanadas that they sold to neighbors in their northeastern Brazil city. The three suspects – a man, his wife and his mistress – belonged to a sect that preached “the purification of the world and the reduction of its population,” police inspector Wesley Fernandes in the city of Garanhuns told the Globo TV network Friday.”

    WHAT THE HECK!!!!!

  • Vietnam man buys little piece of American dream
  • “Vietnamese businessman Pham Dinh Nguyen flew to the U.S. for the first time, drove to a tiny, frigid trading outpost and bought his own piece of the American dream: Buford, Wyoming — population 1.”

    This is awesome!

  • Vietnam’s bowl of secrets
  • “One day, about a year or so ago, a government official showed up and said the family had to be more open about the secret of the noodles—that if something happened to the family, there would be no one to make them. Now that Hoi An is thriving with tourism, city officials said it would be a disaster if cao lau, the city’s chief culinary attraction, disappeared.”

    What an interesting story.

  • Adorable tiny food sculptures that fit on the tip of your finger
  • “Israeli artist Shay Aaron, whose work we first spotted over at booooooom, creates impossibly tiny, handmade clay sculptures of delicious looking treats, most of them on a 1:12 scale. In addition to being mouthwateringly realistic, his tiny food is pretty gorgeous.”

    Soooo cute!!!! I want these to decorate my kitchen!!

  • Caine’s cardboard arcade goes viral
  • “Last summer, Caine turned the front of his family’s auto parts store into an elaborate DIY arcade full of his favourite games. Caine designed tokens, gift-bags, business cards. And waited. Then – his first customer. Nirvan Mullick, a filmmaker… saw in this young creative mind a kindred spirit and the subject of his next documentary.”

    What a great story!!!

  • [Video]: Meet Ksenia, the world’s cutest cat from Russia
  • “According to Daily Mail, Ksenia first appeared on YouTube in December 2011 but only in the last few days has she caught attention of YouTube viewers. Now she is an Internet star. But some viewers are expressing doubts that she is a real cat. She looks too good to be true many say. Daily Mail reports some skeptics say she is probably a “hi-tech animatronic toy.” Others say she is a CGI technology trick.”

    Lol pretty cute but I would say MY cats are the cutest. Interesting that people are wondering if its even a real cat though.

  • [Video]: Cat and his slave
  • “As if cats already didn’t have it made with people scratching their fuzzy bodies, this little feline takes it to the next level by tricking a dog in on the action.”

    LOL. Too funny.


Thor (and/or Loki) Photo of the Day:

They are the most precious kitties… :)


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