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Clicks of the Day: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Wednesday, March 14 2012’s Clicks of the Day!

  • RCMP stops plans for program to help officers with PTSD
  • “Since 2001, OSISS has helped more than 6,500 people deal with PTSD… Now Global News has learned plans for such a program have been abandoned.”

    Sounds like a great program that definitely shouldn’t be abandoned…

  • House passes Air Canada back-to-work bill
  • “Bill C-33, which passed 155-124 at about 1:30 a.m. ET Wednesday, covers about 8,600 mechanics, baggage handlers and other ground crew at Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) and about 3,000 pilots.”

    Hooray for government intervention ? (I learned not to fly Air Canada long, long ago).

  • American soldier accused in shooting spree flown out of Afghanistan
  • “The American soldier accused of shooting 16 Afghan villagers in a pre-dawn killing spree was flown out of Afghanistan on Wednesday to an undisclosed location, even as many Afghans called for him to face justice in their country. The U.S. military said the transfer did not preclude the possibility of trying the case in Afghanistan, and Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said the soldier could receive capital punishment if convicted. Many fear a misstep by the U.S. military in handling the case could ignite a firestorm in Afghanistan that would shatter already tense relations between the two countries.”


  • Sculptures brighten ‘gloomy’ stretch of Stony Plain Road
  • “The human-sized wooden abstract pieces add a playful air to a stretch of road perhaps best known for thrift stores and pawnshops. Nearly 50 pieces line the road and/or are inside businesses between 149th and 156th streets.”

    Pretty. I hope they aren’t vandalized or stolen, lol.

  • Despite cellphone boom in India, toilet access still lags
  • “More people in India have cellphones than have toilets… the survey found that 63.2 per cent of households said they had a telephone connection – that’s up from 9.1 per cent a decade ago, and the increase is due almost entirely to the rise in cellphone ownership. However only 53.1 per cent of Indian households have access to a toilet – either one in their own home or in a shared toilet block. Less than one in three rural Indians has access to a toilet.”

    Yeesh. Priorities?

  • Foreign investment restrictions lifted for smaller players in wireless auction
  • “Ottawa moved Wednesday to level the wireless playing field by placing limits on the coming wireless spectrum auction and lifting foreign-investment limits on small telecom firms in an effort to boost competition.”

    Excellent. Hope this helps the wireless industry here. Maybe our max contracts will be reduced to just 2 years? #wishfulthinking

  • Encyclopaedia Britannica ends print edition, goes digital
  • “The book-form of Encyclopaedia Britannica has been in print since it was first published in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1768. It will stop being available when the current stock runs out, the company said. The Chicago-based company will continue to offer digital versions of the encyclopedia. Officials said the end of the printed, 32-volume set has been foreseen for some time. ‘This has nothing to do with Wikipedia or Google,’ Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. President Jorge Cauz said. ‘This has to do with the fact that now Britannica sells its digital products to a large number of people.'”

    I’m sure Wikipedia and Google had SOMETHING to do with the decision ;)

  • Anonymous has just released its own operating system: Anonymous-OS
  • “For reasons unknown at the moment, the famous and perhaps infamous hacker group Anonymous has just released its own OS. As described on Source Forge, ‘Anonymous-OS Live is an ubuntu-based distribution and created for educational purposes, to checking the security of web pages.'”


  • Human fossils hint at new species
  • “The remains of what may be a previously unknown human species have been identified in southern China. The bones, which represent at least five individuals, have been dated to between 11,500 and 14,500 years ago.”


  • The Woolly Mammoth’s Return? Scientists Plan to Clone Extinct Creature
  • “Scientists in Asia have announced plans to recreate the giant creature that stomped around the Earth some 4,500 years ago. On Tuesday, scientist Hwang Woo-suk of South Korea’s Sooam Biotech Research Foundation signed an agreement with Vasily Vasiliev of Russia’s North-Eastern Federal University to clone a mammoth, AFP reports.”

    I really can’t see this going well.

  • Toddler Kills Self with Family Gun
  • “A 3-year-old boy shot and killed himself with a gun he found in a car as a family made a stop early Wednesday at a gas station, police said.”

    This is so sad.

  • 51% Of Internet Traffic Is ‘Non-Human’
  • “Cloud-based service, Incapsula, has revealed research indicating that 51 per cent of website traffic is through automated software programs; with many programmed for the intent of malicious activity.”


  • A New Study Reveals the Power of First Impressions Online
  • “It takes less than two-tenths of a second for an online visitor to form a first opinion of your brand once they’ve perused your company’s website, according to researchers at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. And it takes just another 2.6 seconds for that viewer’s eyes to concentrate in a way that reinforces that first impression.”

    Which reminds me – I want to change up the layout on this website!!

  • How to Track Your Website’s Content on Pinterest
  • “Pinterest is now one of the most efficient traffic sources, in some cases even surpassing networks like Twitter. Naturally, a lot of social media marketers are embracing Pinterest to increase social media reach and to drive traffic to their sites.”

    Cool tips. Useful for companies for sure. Content from my site that’s been pinned? 4 – all cat photos – pinned by me. LOL :)

  • This Clock Runs on Tweets About Time
  • “At any point in the day, at least one person writes a Tweet that includes the exact time. By tapping into this stream of morning wakeup times, bus schedules, calls to prayer, ETAs, “OMG, it’s already [time]!” and other time-related tweets, a new site called Chirpclock has created a clock that posts time using tweets.”

    Kind of trippy.

  • Too much fat in men’s diet could lower chances of fertility: Study
  • “Fatty diets may be associated with reduced semen quality, according to a study published Wednesday in the European reproductive medicine journal Human Reproduction.”

    Basically fatty diets cause a lot of problems.

  • Astronauts’ eyeballs deformed by long missions in space, study finds
  • “Brain scans of Nasa astronauts who have returned to Earth after more than a month in space have revealed potentially serious abnormalities that could jeopardise the future of long-term space missions. Doctors examined 27 astronauts who had flown long-duration missions with the US space agency and found a pattern of deformities in their eyeballs, optic nerves and pituitary glands that remains unexplained.”


  • Five classical naked-eye planets will grace our skies in March
  • “Look up on any clear night this month and the dominant bright objects besides the moon will be our neighbouring planets. Since late-February, the evening skies have been graced by a great lineup of the five classical naked-eye planets – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn… Weather permitting, you can track the movements of the brightest worlds – Venus and Jupiter – night to night, as they converge and change places with each other in a gravitational dance over the coming weeks. The main event will be March 14 and March 15, when the two worlds will come closest together in the sky.”

    Sounds pretty. Will have to look up this month (hopefully tomorrow to catch the ‘main event’).

  • Pi Day: How 3.14 helps find other planets, and more
  • “This is a great excuse to bake pies… But there are also lots of reasons to celebrate this number: Pi appears in the search for other planets, in the way that DNA folds, in science at the world’s most powerful particle collider, and in many other fields of science.”

    A wonderful number :) Also:

  • [Video]: 4 year old recites 50 digits of Pi
  • Impressive!

  • Stephen Hawking to have cameo on ‘Big Bang Theory’
  • “It looks like renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has a new gig. Hawking is scheduled to make a cameo appearance on the hit CBS sitcom, ‘Big Bang Theory’.
    According to the Hollywood Reporter, Stephen Hawking will guest star on the Apr. 5 episode.”

    Hooray. The Big Bang Theory is a great show.

  • Now You Can Be Charged—and Shamed—for Not Showing for a Restaurant Reservation
  • “More and more, restaurants are requiring credit cards before allowing customers to make a dinner reservation, and they’ll charge you, and possibly say nasty things about you on Twitter, if you fail to show up… Besides charging no-shows, some restaurants are also trying to shame them—or perhaps just vent a little. In the same way that diners who’ve had a lousy meal or awful service will immediately post their thoughts on Twitter, Facebook, TripAdvisor, or Yelp, some restaurant staff are turning to social media to out no-show diners. At other restaurants, managers will call up customers and ask for an explanation about why they were no-shows.”

    Super awkward. Interesting though.

  • Top 10 Foodie Destinations Around the World
  • “Whether you’re a foodie or a traveler who just loves to eat, you’ll find much to savor and sample in our top 10 foodie destinations around the world” including “Vancouver, Tuscany, Brussels” and more!

    I would love to just travel and eat! Lol. Spoken like a true piggy.

  • Italian town mayor forbids residents from dying
  • “The mayor of a small Italian town has banned the residents from dying due to an ongoing feud with the neighboring town which houses the only cemetery. Unfortunately two elderly residents have disobeyed the mayor’s decree and died.”

    Lol! Soo bizarre.

  • [Video]: Kitten vs. Puppy
  • Gotta love interspecies playtime! :)

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Clicks of the Day: Monday, January 23, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Monday, January 23 2012’s Clicks of the Day!

  • Calgary woman in a coma after ‘brutal’ attack while vacationing in Mexico
  • “A Calgary woman badly beaten in Mexico remains in a coma in a Mazatlan hospital, her family says… At some point in the night, Nabb emerged from her hotel room at the Hotel Riu and went to an elevator, said her uncle, Robert Prosser, from his Kingston, N.S. home. “She was brutally attacked. They found her in the elevator, laying there beaten quite bad. She was unconscious,” Prosser said… Medical staff put her in an induced coma. Bones in her face were shattered, her uncle said.”

    Wow. Very scary.

  • Media outlets scrambled to report false claim of Paterno’s death
  • “Hours before legendary football coach Joe Paterno died, some media outlets pounced on an early, inaccurate report and announced that he was dead. The incident highlighted the crucial clash in today’s hyper-competitive news environment: getting it fast versus getting it right.”

    Really good, interesting read. False reports can (and do) spread like wildfire nowadays. Gotta verify your sources.

  • Facebook’s New… Newsrooms?
  • “On Sunday, Facebook quietly registered a series of “Facebook Newsroom” domains–a move that seems to signal that Facebook’s entering the media content game in a new way. Three domains were registered, according to Fusible,,, and”


  • When Newspaper Staffers Don’t Read The Paper
  • “What would you do if you ran a newspaper and half of your employees didn’t bother to read your product?”

    Great discussion. I always tried to read whatever paper I worked for basically front to back (minus the sports and business section, lol. And by “read” typically it would be read the first couple of pages thoroughly and then skim the rest (skim headlines) unless the story intrigues me in some way). Same goes for the TV station. I always try and watch the casts on my days off and if I can get home in time after work. I like seeing the end result of a day’s work no matter how much or how little involvement I had in it. It’s good to know the style of the organization you work for too.

  • Chicago Sun Times: Why we will no longer endorse in elections
  • “What we will not do is endorse candidates. We have come to doubt the value of candidate endorsements by this newspaper or any newspaper, especially in a day when a multitude of information sources allow even a casual voter to be better informed than ever before.”

    I never liked that news organizations endorsed candidates in the first place. Completely kicks the whole being unbiased thing in the butt, lol.

  • RIM CEOs to step down as BlackBerry maker struggles
  • “The shake-up comes after Balsillie and Lazaridis showed little sign of being able to stop Silicon Valley powerhouses Apple and Google from gaining ground in remaking the mobile-computing market with devices such as the iPhone and iPad and the Android operating system.”

    We’ll see if it helps, lol.

  • I see you think I’m not very interesting

    “Would it kill you to leave your cell alone for 30 seconds while we’re together? perhaps you have heard of a new gimmick meant to restore actual human eye contact to meals. Upon arriving at a restaurant, all those who are dining together must place their phones in the middle of the table: the first person to reach for his or her device is obliged to pick up the entire dinner tab.”

    Lol. This would be an interesting social experiment. I think we should be allowed to use our phones to take photos of our food though – at least.

  • Bill Would Create School Holiday for Lunar New Year
  • “In New York, State Senator Daniel L. Squadron and Assemblywoman Grace Meng are calling on Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to declare the Lunar New Year a school holiday. The two, both Democrats, said the day was ‘the Asian community’s most important and greatest holiday.'”

    I wholeheartedly am behind Lunar New Year being a school holiday! I’m also very happy that the New York Times is referring to the new year as Lunar – as it should be. Thank you NYT!! :)

  • Air Canada caught in a ‘cat-22′ over feline passengers
  • “Air travellers who need to fly with an “emotional support animal” make it impossible for Air Canada to comply fully with a Canadian Transportation Agency ruling to ban cats in the cabin in some aircraft to accommodate customers with severe cat allergies, Canada’s largest airline says. In a recent submission to the government agency overseeing traveller complaints, Air Canada characterizes the situation as one of ‘conflicting ‘disabilities’ between a person with a disability by reason of their allergy to cats and a person with a disability having a cat as an emotional support animal.’

    Interesting situation! (But more importantly, how cute is the photo of the cat in the travel bag?! lol).

  • Sun hurls geomagnetic storm toward Earth
  • “The strongest geomagnetic storm in more than six years was forecast to hit Earth’s magnetic field on Tuesday, and it could affect airline routes, power grids and satellites, the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center said.”


  • Media Monday Edmonton: Global Edmonton’s Tim Spelliscy on local news ratings
  • “Still, as far as as news is concerned it was a strong result for Global Edmonton.”

    Goooo Global!!!!

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Sleeping and does not want to be disturbed :)

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Clicks of the Day: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 Edition!

Welcome to Tuesday, December 6 2011’s Clicks of the Day!

  • ‘Is It Old?’ Decides If Links You Share Are Dead, OK or Mad Fresh
  • “Ever wonder whether that link you want to share with friends is still in its prime? Sure you have. And now a “mad fresh” website — Is It Old? — has swooped in to rescue you from embarrassingly distributing old content.”

    Lol, great idea for a website.

  • The Text Message Turns 19
  • “Yes way, dear child. The first SMS text (which stands for short message system) was sent in the United Kingdom 19 years ago this week by a man named Neil Papworth. The text said “Merry Christmas,” and I suspect that young Neil had no idea what he was unleashing.”

  • Scientists Discover that the Japanese Tidal Wave Was a ‘Merged Tsunami’ — the First Ever Observed
  • “Scientists from NASA and Ohio State University now say that the waves were actually a “merged tsunami,” and that the phenomenon doubled the power of the disaster. Satellites from NASA and European agencies show at least two wave fronts created by the quake—not just one as you might expect from a single quake.”


  • Sitting makes your butt bigger: Study
  • “If you spend a lot of time being a couch potato, you may eventually need a bigger couch to accommodate your bigger butt… The findings show that even people with healthy diet and exercise habits will be negatively impacted by long periods of inactivity.”

    Mike says ‘the Kardashians must sit all the time then,’ lol.

  • Man behind XXX domains says they’ll help parents protect kids
  • “After years of being debated by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), .XXX was approved earlier this year and is now a reality. Approximately 100,000 XXX domains are going live on Tuesday… the company behind XXX, argues that the designation will help parents keep their children away from adult content.”

    I’ll definitely be avoiding any XXX domains.

  • 25 clever ideas to make life easier
  • “Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes.”

    Really cool tips and tricks!!!

  • The Future of Computing
  • According to praising tweets this is a great read on technology but there are so many links that I haven’t had a chance to get through them. Definitely a link to save and sift through.

  • Why Kids Sexting May Not Be as Big a Problem as We Thought
  • “There’s been no shortage of hand-wringing over the menace of “sexting” among kids, but new research finds that parents’ concern may be largely overwrought: only 7% of children ages 10 to 17 created, appeared in or received a sexually suggestive photo in the past year.”

    Yeah media tend to blow things out of proportion, lol.

  • Five Big Trends in Photography 2011
  • iPhoneography and Photos within Photos are among the trends.

  • Remembering a massacre: Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique
  • “On Dec. 6, 1989, Marc Lepine burst into a classroom at the school, separated the men from the women and opened fire on the female engineering students. ”

    Wow, that and:

  • Today in history: The Halifax Explosion
  • “Dec 6: In 1917, much of Halifax was destroyed after the French munitions ship “Mont Blanc” exploded in Halifax harbour. More than 1,800 died and 9,000 were injured in the explosion.”

    That, make this day pretty deadly. Very sad.

  • Study finds taxpayer support for Own the Podium rose after Vancouver Games
  • “The study found that of the 2,000 Canadians surveyed before and after the Games, 54.3 per cent supported the program before the Olympics got underway, a number that jumped to 80.9 per cent once the Games were complete. Canada led all countries with 14 gold medals in Vancouver.”

    Wooo. Yeah, easy to support when we rake in the gold ;)

  • Ka-Ching! How All-Christmas Music Doubles Radio’s Ratings
  • “There’s no other programming tactic in radio history that consistently delivers ratings increases better than Christmas music.”

    Lol. It’s true, people love it.

  • Northern Gateway pipeline decision will be delayed until late 2013
  • “The joint review panel hearing submissions on the controversial Northern Gateway oil pipeline to the B.C. coast will take a year longer than expected to deliver its final report.”

    Good. They should be taking as long as possible… if there was a spill it would destroy SO MUCH. :(

  • Smoking can make your nipples fall off
  • “I cringe every time I see a patient for a breast lift who is a smoker. I’m deathly afraid that despite my warnings, she will smoke before or after surgery and cause her nipples to turn black and fall off. Yes. Smokers who undergo breast lifts are at great risk of losing their nipples. I’ve seen it before.”

    Lol. Careful insecure-with-your-breasts-smokers.

  • Piranhas Kill Man In Bolivia
  • “Authorities say piranhas attacked and killed a young man who leaped into a river infested with the flesh-eating fish in northeastern Bolivia.”

    Such a bad way to die.

  • Mom who shot kids, self during standoff at Texas welfare office denied food stamps
  • “A Texas woman who for months was unable to qualify for food stamps pulled a gun in a state welfare office and staged a seven-hour standoff with police that ended with her shooting her two children before killing herself, officials said Tuesday.”

    This is incredibly depressing.

  • Scientists find 15 planets and 30 moons which could be habitable
  • “A catalogue of habitable worlds is being compiled by scientists as soaring numbers of ”exoplanets” are detected among the stars.”

    Yay! Very exciting news.

  • [Video]: Drawing Created with 3.2 Million Dots
  • “Miguel Endara created an amazing portrait titled “Hero” of his father, the amazing part is that it was created by using only dots, 3.2 million of them.”

    Some people are so, so talented.

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Suspicious Thor

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