- Going up! Colombian shanty town installs giant outdoor escalators to relief of residents spared a trudge up steps (equivalent to climbing 28-storey building)
“For generations 12,000 people living in Medellin’s tough Comuna 13 – which clings to a hillside – have had to made the arduous journey up hundreds of large steps, which is the equivalent to climbing up a 28-storey building.
But now a giant outdoor escalator will cut their journey from 35-minutes to just six, and grateful residents have said ‘it is a dream come true’.”
Wow! That’s great for them. And such a contrast in the images – slick escalator against backdrop of poor, crowded little town.
- Disgruntled People Complaining About Their Christmas Gifts on Twitter
“Including ‘so they got me a iPad 2 & $400, I wanted a strap & iPhone 4s for Christmas not no iPad 2 & $400, a strap & iPhone 4S. F*** Christmas'”
Self-entitled, spoiled, brats. Raised by bad parents. Terrible.
- Google+ Now Up to 62 Million Users, Adding 625,000 a Day
“There is no question that the number of new users signing up for Google+ each day has accelerated markedly in the past several weeks.”
But just how active are the users…
- Prepare to see less in your pay package come Jan. 1
“The Canadian Taxpayers Federation says premium hikes for employment insurance and the Canada Pension Plan will collect an additional $306 per employee from workers and their employers in 2012.”
- Feds urge Canadians to research before donating to charities
“Some tips to consider to avoid being scammed include being aware that fraudulent charities use names that are similar to well-known and respected charities; write cheques directly to the charity and not to an individual; make sure online payments are secure; and refuse if there is pressure to give immediately.”
Let’s all do our best to not be scammed this holiday season (and ever)!
- Metropolis festival hopes to take chill off winter in Edmonton
“The Metropolis festival opens in Churchill Square on New Year’s Eve and runs through February. It will also host a different art, fashion and cultural display every weekend.”
Looking forward to it! :)
- City snaps up edmonton.xxx domain
“To ensure its reputation stays nice and not naughty, the city is snapping up Edmonton’s xxx domain. ‘We are purchasing it. It’s more just a precautionary thing,’ said Paul Strandlund, Edmonton’s web operations manager. ‘We have no intentions of using it, we just wanted to make sure no one else does.'”
Lol, hilarious! It was bound to happen!
- D’oh! Top science journal retractions of 2011
“Bad science papers can have lasting effects… Each year hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific articles are retracted. Most involve no blatant malfeasance; the authors themselves often detect errors and retract the paper. Some retractions, however, as documented on the blog Retraction Watch, entail plagiarism, false authorship or cooked data.”
Really interesting! I always see there’s a new study about this and a new study about that and researchers suggesting such and such but I never thought about retractions on their “discoveries.”
- Fatty food bad for you? It may be a no-brainer
“Potato chips are one of several fatty foods that may cause brain shrinkage over time, a new study suggests.”
OH NO. MY FAVOURITE FATTY FOOD OF ALL TIME.
- GSM phones vulnerable to hijack scams -researcher
“Flaws in a widely used wireless technology could allow hackers to gain remote control of phones and instruct them to send text messages or make calls, according to an expert on mobile phone security. They could use the vulnerability in the GSM technology — which is used by most telecom operators globally and by billions of people — to make calls or send texts to expensive, premium phone and messaging services in scams.”
Of course this was bound to happen.
- Cellphones that Repair Themselves? Scientists Create ‘Self-Healing’ Circuits
“Cellphone, heal thyself — if you’re sick of having to work your way through a series of broken electronic devices, dulled (or dead) batteries and an endless thread of replacement cellphones, help may be at hand thanks to scientists at the University of Illinois, who are hard at work creating ‘self-healing electronic circuits.'”
That would be wonderful. I’d also like one that can pop-out it’s own stuck hold button, lol.
- This Crystal-Encased Toilet Is Worth $130,000
“The jokes keep coming to mind about reports of a Japanese toilet manufacturer adding 72,000 pieces of Swarovski cut crystal to a prized pedestal, now valued at about $130,000.”
Waaaaaste of money!
- [Video]: Begging Cat
“Take it cat, take whatever you want, it’s all yours.”