Clicks of the Day: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Tuesday, March 20 2012′s Clicks of the Day!

    Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

  • Edmonton named 8th best place to live in Canada
  • “Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal didn’t make top 10… Ottawa has been named the best place in Canada to live for the third straight year… Prairie cities such as Regina and Red Deer, Alta., cracked the top 10 — at fifth and ninth, respectively — thanks largely to their low unemployment rates and high income levels.”

    Surprised about Red Deer, lol. Interesting that Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal didn’t make it. #bigthree.

  • Disgraced coach Graham James sentenced to 2 years in prison
  • “Disgraced former junior hockey coach Graham James has been sentenced to two years in prison for sexually abusing two of his players… James pleaded guilty in December to repeatedly sexually abusing NHL star Theo Fleury and his cousin, Todd Holt, when they played for him in the Western Hockey League in the 1980s and ’90s. Holt responded immediately with disappointment. ‘This sentence today is nothing short of a national travesty because we know that childhood abuse has reached epidemic proportions in our country,’ he read from a statement at a news conference in Cochrane, Alta.”

    Awful actions. Such a short sentence. Sigh.

  • Students block Montreal bridge to protest tuition hikes; traffic chaos ensues
  • “Student protesters triggered a monster traffic jam in Montreal by blocking off access to a bridge this morning. In one of the more dramatic acts during the ongoing protests against tuition hikes, several dozen students stood across the Champlain Bridge during rush hour.”

    Montrealers protest a lot. Also – you guys, your tuition is still the lowest in all of Canada, calm down please.

  • Quebec government: We might sue Air Canada in attempt to save Aveos
  • “The Quebec government has announced it is considering the possibility of suing Air Canada to ensure that maintenance work remains in the country. The government says its Justice Department lawyers are assessing the grounds for a lawsuit aimed at forcing the airline to continue using Aveos, which has plants in a number of Canadian cities.”

    Interesting.

    World

  • [Video]: TSA search wheelchair-bound 3-year-old for explosives
  • “A wheelchair-bound three-year-old in a cast travelling with his family to Disney World in Orlando, Florida got the scare of his life when he was subjected to a thorough invasive pat-down by TSA agents at the O’Hare Airport in Chicago.”

    Ridiculous.

  • Ancient sites spotted from space, say archaeologists
  • “Thousands of possible early human settlements have been discovered by archaeologists using computers to scour satellite images. Computers scanned the images for soil discolouration and mounds caused when mud-brick settlements collapsed.”

    Cool.

  • Clue In Old Photo Leads To New Search For Amelia Earhart’s Plane
  • “New analysis of a photo taken in 1937 has led investigators to think it might show a piece of the landing gear from aviator Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra plane, which disappeared in June that year somewhere in the South Pacific. And at the State Department today, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other officials gathered to announce that a privately funded search effort led by the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) will be going to the Pacific island nation of Kiribati in July to see if they can find any evidence of the aircraft, Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan.”

    Very interesting. Amelia Earhart’s disappearance has always fascinated me! #wormhole #aliens #what?!

    Health

  • B.C. joins N.S. in banning tanning beds for minors
  • “B.C.’s Health Minister Michael de Jong announced Tuesday that the province will ban the use of commercial tanning beds by anyone under 18 to reduce the chances of developing skin cancer later in life. With the announcement, B.C. joins Nova Scotia as the only provinces to ban minors from using tanning beds.”

    Good move.

  • Can an Aspirin a Day Keep Cancer Away?
  • “A daily aspirin may cut your risk of cancer, new research suggests. But doctors advise that there’s no reason for everyone to start taking it — at least not yet… Patients who took daily aspirin were 36 percent less likely to be diagnosed with metastatic cancer, or cancer that had already spread throughout their body. Additionally, individuals taking aspirin for five years or more were 15 percent less likely to die from cancer.”

    Weird.

  • Daydream believer: Why a wandering mind is a good thing
  • “According to a study published in the journal Psychological Science, a wandering mind is a sign of a strong working memory, which in turn is a sign of intelligence. The researchers found that participants with higher working memory capacity reported more mind wandering in undemanding mental exercises. But despite their lack of focus, the daydreamers didn’t do worse on the tasks.”

    I did have quite the vivid imagination growing up. ;)

    Technology/Social Media

  • Apple iPad: Is the heat issue the new ‘Antenna-gate’?
  • “Apple Inc.’s new iPad runs “significantly hotter” than the earlier model when conducting processor-intensive tasks such as playing graphics-heavy games, according to Consumer Reports, which tested the device. The newest version of the market-leading tablet computer ran as hot as 116 degrees Fahrenheit (47 degrees Celsius), the magazine said on its website… The new device operates ‘well within our thermal specifications,’ Trudy Muller, a spokeswoman for Cupertino, California-based Apple, said in a statement. ‘If customers have any concerns they should contact AppleCare.’”

    Haters gonna hate.

  • The 100 Best iPad Apps
  • “Our list of the 100 best iPad apps focuses on native iPad apps (not iPhone apps running in 2X mode) that deliver unique and compelling tablet-based experiences all their own.”

    Good reference list. :)

  • Amazon’s Kiva Systems Acquisition To Put Robots To Work
  • “Amazon.com Inc said on Monday it agreed to buy Kiva Systems Inc for $775 million in cash, a deal that will bring more robotic technology to the e-commerce company’s giant network of warehouses… Kiva develops robots that zip around warehouses, grabbing and moving shelves and crates full of products. The technology helps retailers fulfill online orders quickly and with fewer workers. Companies including Gap Inc, Staples Inc and Crate & Barrel, have used the technology.”

    Only a matter of time until the robots take over.

  • RIM, Samsung accused of emoticon patent infringement
  • “The latest in the everyone-sue-everyone patent war is an alleged infringement by Samsung and Research In Motion for installing emoticon shortcut menus on their mobile phones… A firm called Varia Holdings began the process of suing both cell phone makers on Thursday for using its “emoticon input method and apparatus” patent, reports Ars Technica. The company asserts that it owns the idea of pop-up emoticon menus, which let users easily insert a happy or frowny face without having to type out the characters one at a time.”

    Lol wow. You can really sue for anything these days.

  • Blizzard ‘looking into’ World of Warcraft on iPhone
  • “Good news for those who get separation anxiety every time they have to leave their game of World of Warcraft: there may be a mobile version in the future.”

    But bad news for video game addiction, lol.

  • Phones scammer or trustworthy solicitor? Software calls it
  • “Nagoya University and Fujitsu have created software they say can automatically identify situations in which one party might “overtrust” the other. It does so by detecting changes in voice pitch and volume level that can occur under psychological duress. By combining this technology with keywords such as “indebtedness” or “compensation” that are characteristic to a specific type of remittance-soliciting phone phishing scam called furikomesagi, the researchers have developed a setup that’s now being tested in collaboration with the National Police Agency of Japan and the Bank of Nagoya.”

    Well that’s interesting.

    Business/Work/Media

  • New York Times Makes Its Paywall Harder to Jump
  • “A year after launching a controversial paywall, the New York Times says it has nearly half a million paying subscribers for its flagship paper. It also says it will make it harder for people to read on the Web without paying up. The Times is cutting back on the number of “free” articles it lets nonsubscribers read, from 20 a month to 10. The change goes into effect in April.”

    My stance on paywalls remains – hate them. My visits to the New York Times page will continue to dwindle.

  • Is it OK for a job interviewer to ask for your Facebook login?
  • “In their efforts to vet applicants, some companies and government agencies are going beyond merely glancing at a person’s social networking profiles and instead asking to log in as the user to have a look around. ‘It’s akin to requiring someone’s house keys,’ said Orin Kerr, a George Washington University law professor and former federal prosecutor who calls it “an egregious privacy violation.’”

    This topic’s been coming up a lot lately. Bad. It’s bad!!

    Weird News & Fluff

  • Lottery Winners Buy Sofas, Washing Machines
  • “What’s the first thing most lottery winners buy straight after they strike it rich? According to one survey cited by the Mirror Online, winners buy washing machines, followed by couches. It turns out, winning the lottery doesn’t necessarily reward the winner with a “rich person” mentality.”

    Then how come we hear of all the people who blow away their lotto winnings on extravagant things? Man… if I won the lottery all of my purchases/investments would be very wise.


Thor and (or) Loki Photo of the Day:

Loki was giving Thor lots of kisses yesterday! :)


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Linda

Clicks of the Day: Monday, November 21, 2011 Edition!

Welcome to Monday, November 21 2011′s Clicks of the Day!

  • How much tech can children take?
  • “Are today’s children facing technology overload, or simply gearing themselves up for life in a digital world?”

    Probably a little bit of both. #SometimesEvenIGetTechnologyFatigue

  • Don’t believe the hype: The consumer electronics biz was a dud this year
  • “It seems that despite the bluster and hype, the consumer electronics industry was just as susceptible to the downturn in consumer spending as every other industry.”

    Yeah I think we only bought one electronic device this year. When life gets expensive, you just can’t spend money on frivolous items…

  • Is ‘off the record’ a relic of traditional journalism?
  • “‘The ‘Off-the-Record’ policy of one major market daily I deal with on a regular basis reads something like this: A reporter is permitted to agree to keep certain information off-the-record. However, if either the reporter or his/her editor deems the ‘off-the-record’ information newsworthy then the publication reserves the right to publish that information. Not surprisingly, the paper’s reporters rarely inform sources of the second half of the policy (even if they are aware of it),’”

    Interesting! Not that I’ve done any hardcore reporting recently but the way I was taught (and just the way I feel ethically) is that if an agreement for an off the record comment has been made – you should keep it. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a situation where anything off the record was truly groundbreaking/newsworthy that required extra thought into publication or not though so I can see how it would be tough for other reporters in certain situations.

  • An end to anonymous comments
  • “People will only be able to comment by using their Facebook account, which means their name, often even their photograph, will be linked to the statements they post. BCLocalNews.com is not alone in making this shift. Several media companies, equally troubled by the vitriolic trend of anonymous comments, are turning to Facebook to power their website commenting.”

    Good move? Bad move? I think it’s a good idea. Keeps people accountable and gets rid of any derogatory comments that may more likely be made under an anonymous name.

  • Pepper spray is not messing around
  • “If this weekend’s attack on students had you wondering how bad pepper spray really is, science writer Deborah Blum has you covered. Answer: It’s five times more intense than the hottest natural pepper in the world. (Commercial pepper spray is twice as intense, but the police-grade stuff is supercharged.)”

    Damn. That is not something you want in your eyes. Those poor UC Davis protesters.

  • [Infographic]: What’s Smaller Than Apple?
  • “Combined 2010 software revenues for the 10 alrgest software companies … are smaller than Apple. Global mobile phone revenues … are smaller than Apple. The US pharmaceutical market …. is smaller than Apple.”

    And the list goes on! Wow. Apple is dominating the world.

  • 7 Foods Experts Won’t Eat
  • “Canned Tomatoes, Microwave Popcorn, Non-Organic Potatoes” … and more!

    The potatoes thing kind of worries me.

  • How Pizza Became A Vegetable Through The Magic Of Influence-Peddling
  • “On Tuesday, Congress decided that pizza is a vegetable. I have to imagine that this news instilled confusion in many Americans, as many Americans are (a) familiar with pizza, (b) familiar with vegetables and (c) sane.”

    Wow how ridiculous is that!! Pizza is NOT a vegetable, people.

  • Top 10: Male Life Regrets
  • “Not playing on a team sport, not getting in a fight, not spending enough time with dad” … and more!

    Well men, would you agree with this list? And if you are regretting some things, remember: It’s never too late! :)

  • First evidence that dinosaurs ate birds
  • “The world was a dangerous place for the first birds. Palaeontologists have found a fossil bird preserved where the stomach of a dinosaur would have been – the first direct evidence that dinos preyed on their feathered relatives.”

    I always assumed anything small back in the day of the dinosaur was up for food grabs but I suppose we always need evidence, lol.

  • Statisticians can prove almost anything, a new study finds
  • “Two scientists from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a colleague from Berkeley, argue that modern academic psychologists have so much flexibility with numbers that they can literally prove anything.”

    Lol. Well with ‘study says this’ and ‘results from a study say that’ – all over the news each and every day, it makes a lot of sense that data from those things can be skewed.

  • Text-message bullying becoming more common
  • “Of more than 1,100 middle school and high school students surveyed in 2008, 24 per cent said they had ever been “harassed” by texting. That was up from about 14 per cent in a survey of the same kids the year before.”

    Just ignore or delete or block, teens. (Can you block contacts on your phone? I’m not sure I’ve ever tried).

  • Canadian taxpayers paid nearly $2 million on luxury G8 resort
  • “Canadian taxpayers forked out almost $2 million — including more than $1,600 to remove a bed — to spruce up a luxury Muskoka resort for last year’s G8 summit.”

    Ridiculous.

  • Alberta cracks down on drivers who drink
  • “The law will dramatically increase sanctions for Albertans who drive after drinking… The Canadian Federation of Independent Business says the law will do little to prevent or punish drunk driving, but will have a severe impact on small business.”

    Causing controversy…

  • [Video]: Parking Ban Update
  • “The city’s first seasonal parking ban has now been lifted, but not before bylaw officers issued nearly 1,300 ticket. Fletcher Kent reports.”

    I filled in in the editing department today and this was the package I cut! How’d I do? Wish there had been more/better visuals of the guy who is referenced off the top and at the end but other then that I thought it was good, lol. I also cut another package for News Final but it was very stox-boring-viz-heavy so I won’t link it, lol.

  • New breast cancer screening guidelines advise against mammograms for women in 40s
  • “There is a one in three chance of having a false-positive result, and one in every 200 will be falsely diagnosed with breast cancer and unnecessarily treated.”

    It sucks when they advise things and then they say nevermind, actually, that’s probably not something you should do.

  • Pokemon Announcement Coming Soon
  • “Will it be the inevitable third edition to the Pokemon Black and White set of games? Something new altogether? Or perhaps just a new set of Pokemon snuggies?”

    Mike is excited, lol.

  • Chrono Trigger Coming To iPhone
  • “Square Enix has confirmed that legendary role-playing game Chrono Trigger will be released on iPhone and iPod touch next month.”

    SQUEEEEAL! So excited!! Chrono Trigger is one of THE greatest RPGs of all time. True story :) And also one of only two RPGs I have ever fully completed, lol.

  • Chuck Norris In ‘World Of Warcraft’ Commercial
  • “‘Chuck Norris is a hunter. But Chuck Norris does not hunt. Hunting would imply the possibility of failure.’”

    Lol. I don’t know, he’s so old now it doesn’t really make the game seem that much more macho. I wonder how much he got paid to do the commercial though! (Probably a gajillion dollars).

  • Adorable Blind Animal Being Adorable of the Day
  • “Oskar, a blind kitty who was born without eyeballs, plays with toys for the very first time.”

    This video makes me want to cry. Such a cute kitty, but I feel so bad for it. And the owner/editor really should have set it to HAPPY music not a song that makes me want to bawl!!


Thor Photo of the Day:

Thor looks grumpy (sitting atop our Christmas box!)


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Linda

Clicks of the Day: Thursday, August 18, 2011 Edition!

Welcome to Thursday, August 18 2011′s Clicks of the Day!