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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, December 5, 2011 Edition!

Welcome to Monday, December 5 2011’s Clicks of the Day!

  • Montreal makes New York Times list of Hip Cities
  • “Montreal, Quebec, is the only North American city to make the New York Times’ recent list of the world’s hippest cities.”

    Nice. Stay classy, Montreal! (Here’s the full list of hip cities)

  • The Carrier IQ aftermath: finger-pointing, vague commentary, and suspicious behavior
  • “The software isn’t new, nobody told us about it, and more importantly nobody gave us a choice as to whether or not it was used.”

    Really interesting. I first heard about this through this Global Toronto report. Ah well, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – there’s no such thing as privacy anymore.

  • Don’t get up: 5 exercises you can do without upsetting your inner couch potato
  • “Selene Yeager, a certified personal trainer and author, says you can get something out of a 15-minute session on your couch.”

    The sad thing is I am probably too lazy to even do this – lol.

  • A survival guide for future prisoners
  • “People will probably be looking you up and down trying to assess you. Don’t be worried, don’t be pumped up, don’t be wet, you’ll be okay. It gets easier and easier from this point on.”

    Interesting read – and also so random, lol the things you can find online!

  • The 45 Most Powerful Images Of 2011
  • Goosebump-inducing photos. The whirpool forming off Japanese coast with the boat spinning in still leaves me in awe! Amazing weather photos. Emotional, human photos.

  • New York Times Staffers: Now Is the Time to Rat Out Your Colleagues
  • “The holidays are almost upon us, which means it’s time for you to take a careful look at your neighbor and report any and all suspicious activity to your immediate supervisor. At least it is at the New York Times, which just sent a memo to all staffers urging them snitch on any co-worker who may have engaged in any ‘potential ethical or legal violations.'”


  • School Cracks Down, Allows Only 5 Errors per Writing Assignment
  • “Starting in January, students at the Summit Christian Academy in Summit, Mo. will have to rewrite their papers if they have more than five errors — and they can’t score any higher than 75% on the second try.”

    Not a bad idea.

  • Brazilian Senate approves bill that would require journalists to have a degree in journalism
  • “After arguments from the National Federation of Journalists (Fenaj in Portuguese) and similar journalist groups, senators approved a bill to amend the Constitution that requires practicing journalists to have an advanced degree on Nov. 30, reported G1. There were 65 votes in favor; seven against.”

    Not cool. I’ve got a Journalism diploma, and a Television Broadcasting diploma. I’ve spent 4 years in post-secondary and have had experience in various newsrooms. I don’t think I’m any less qualified because I don’t have a “degree.”

  • Boy suspended for sexual harassment after calling teacher ‘cute’
  • “Nine-year-old Emanyea Lockett suffered a two-day suspension from Brookside Elementary School in Gastonia, North Carolina, after he told his friend that he thought his teacher was cute.”

    Messed up. That kid should not have been suspended for that. Really.

  • American Apparel is naughty, American Express is nice in latest Consumer Reports list
  • “Nice:, Costco, Microsoft, etc… Naughty: American Apparel, SiriusXM satellite radio, Verizon Wireless”

    Interesting to see what good/bad things these companies are doing.

  • TV anchor says Santa isn’t real, is promptly added to naughty list
  • “After a report on the trend of Santas this year being coached to manage little ones’ gift expectations, anchor Robin Robinson quipped that Santa wasn’t real, anyway… Viewers flooded the show’s feedback lines and Facebook page with outrage.”

    So bad. Kind of funny. Definitely traumatic, lol.

  • Japan, Russia see chance to clone mammoth
  • “Scientists from Japan and Russia believe it may be possible to clone a mammoth after finding well-preserved bone marrow in a thigh bone recovered from permafrost soil in Siberia.”

    Cool but I’m not sure if it’s a good idea… again with the God-playing, humans.

  • Holiday Spending: Just How Important Is Free Shipping to Online Shoppers?
  • “Increasingly, online shoppers won’t complete their orders unless free shipping is part of the deal… Now, after an epic $52 billion shopping spree over Black Friday weekend, some of the effects of free shipping can be seen.”

    So true. Free shipping is a huge draw for me.

  • Special Seats for tweeting at Theatres: Annoyance or Enhancement
  • “Pulling out a brightly lit smartphone to compose a tweet during a symphony or ballet is generally considered a faux paus of the highest order. But in some theaters, it’s a welcome activity — in designated seats, at least.”

    They have designated tweet seats at a theatre in Fort Saskatchewan – I’m not sure how it would feel to see someone’s phone light in a dark room.

  • Kodak’s long fade to black
  • “Kodak Brownie and Instamatic cameras were once staples of family vacations and holidays — remember the “open me first” Christmas ad campaigns? But it may not be long before a generation of Americans grows up without ever having laid hands on a Kodak product. That’s a huge comedown for a brand that was once as globally familiar as Coca-Cola.”

    How depressing.

  • [Video]: Saigon Timelapse
  • Great shots, great video editing – crazy traffic. Vietnam has the craziest traffic, lol.

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