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Clicks of the Day: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Wednesday, July 11 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.


  • Dozens face more than 100 charges in undercover drug bust
  • “In an effort to curb illegal activity in the downtown core, Edmonton police have carried out an undercover drug operation – and laid more than one hundred charges. After a six-week focused drug operation, 30 people were arrested, and now face 155 charges related to drug trafficking.”

    Intense. Well done, police.

  • Vancouver roads most congested in Canada: study
  • “Vancouver is the most congested city in Canada when measured by rush-hour traffic, a new study has found. Los Angeles is the worst in all of North America, the study also reveals… Edmonton made the greatest strides in dropping its rank from eighth worst congested city in North America to 23.”

    My commute is excellent ! :)

  • City looks to install ‘smart’ parking meters
  • “Some drivers may be left fuming if the city makes the move to a new parking meter system that allows for higher rates at popular destinations. And the proposed switch to the so-called “smart” parking meters could also put the brakes on free on-street parking after 6 p.m.”

    That would be very upsetting.

  • Stephen Harper draws criticism for Calgary is Canada’s ‘greatest’ city comment
  • “Other politicians across the country aren’t pleased after hearing his Stampede declaration.”

    Nooo!! :P

  • Alberta begins carbon capturing
  • “For the first time ever, Alberta will bury millions tonnes of carbon dioxide from upgraded oilsands bitumen. Under Shell Canada Ltd.’s Quest carbon capture and storage project, more than a million tonnes of CO2 will be captured from Fort Saskatchewan’s Scotford Upgrader and stored deep underground every year. The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) recommended the Quest project, aimed at reducing carbon dioxide levels believed to have a harmful greenhouse effect on the atmosphere.”

    Hmm.. Good right? I am not all that educated on carbon capture techniques. Although storing it deep underground makes me wonder how safe it would be for the underground.

  • Fire knocks out 911 service for up to 30,000 in Calgary
  • “An explosion in the electrical room in Calgary’s Shaw Building took out 911 service for up to 30,000 landline customers and disrupted Internet, cable and local radio stations.”



  • Costa Concordia captain admits being distracted ahead of sinking
  • “The captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia said in an interview broadcast Tuesday that he was distracted by a phone conversation shortly before the cruise liner crashed into a reef off an Italian island and capsized, killing 32 people. Francesco Schettino described the collision to private Italian TV channel Canale 5 as a “banal accident” in which “destiny” played a role.”


  • Afghans protest public slaying of woman, call for more rights for women
  • “Dozens of men and women took to the streets of Kabul on Wednesday to protest the recent public slaying of an Afghan woman accused of adultery whose brutal, execution-style killing was captured on video… It was a reminder that girls and women still suffer shocking abuse in Afghanistan, but the protest also indicated that people’s views on women’s rights here could be slowly changing.”

    Sad story. We are so lucky in Canada.

  • Cuban cholera outbreak reaches Havana
  • “The BBC has learned that a patient has been diagnosed with cholera in the Cuban capital, Havana, days after three people died in a rare outbreak in the south-eastern town of Manzanillo. More than 50 people were infected and about 1,000 have received medical attention.”

    Uh oh.


  • H1N1 vaccine linked to potentially fatal nervous system condition: study
  • “Researchers in Canada have found that for every million doses of the H1N1 pandemic vaccine that were administered in 2009/10 there were two extra cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome which can be fatal in extreme cases. The benefits of vaccination still outweighed the risks, they concluded as the risk of death from H1N1 in the region was one in 2,500. It was found the increased risk was between 12 per cent and three fold, due to small numbers involved.”


  • Your dog or cat may be good for your baby’s health
  • “A new study from Finland suggests babies who grow up with pets, especially dogs, are not as likely to develop colds and other respiratory infections by the time they reach one year old.”

    Hooray! :)

    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • China’s video sites ordered to censor content
  • “If you run a video website in China, you will now be charged with a daunting task: watch all your content and censor out any questionable content before posting… Chinese video websites can be held legally liable if they fail to comply with the self-screening and censorship policy.”


  • NYC phone booths to be resurrected as wi-fi hotspots
  • “Some of the 12,400 phone kiosks across the city will be spruced up for use as more than toilets of the homeless–instead, you’ll be able to tap into the rusted, fecal totems for gloriously free WiFi. The program will eventually extend to all five boroughs, says the Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications.”

    Really cool!

  • Amazon targets Apple’s Game Center with GameCircle
  • “Amazon has announced GameCircle, a platform that comes with some of the features found in Apple’s Game Center. Designed for the Amazon Kindle Fire, GameCircle will attempt to engage players by tracking their achievements and delivering a leaderboard to see how they stack up against other folks. In addition, Amazon says GameCircle supports a syncing function that lets users save in-game progress to the cloud and pick up where they left off after restoring their tablet or switching to a different device.”

    Everyone’s always copying Apple.


  • Video game collection sells for $1.25M
  • “So you’ve spent 15 years amassing what might be the most impressive collection of rare video games on the entire planet. What do you do now? Sell it to a Canadian. For $1.25 million dollars. No, that’s not a typo. A 32-year-old video game enthusiast in France put his entire collection of roughly 7,000 old-school game cartridges and discs up for auction on eBay, asking a cool one million Euros for the lot (about $1,247,775 in Canuck-bucks, plus an extra $1,250 for shipping.) And it sold, at least provisionally, to a man in Quebec.”



  • Fossil find of ancient life ‘nursery’
  • “A volcanic eruption some 579 million years ago buried and fossilized a “nursery” of the some of the world’s earliest animals, British scientists say. Researchers from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, in collaboration with the Memorial University of Newfoundland, discovered more than 100 fossils in Newfoundland rocks of what are believed to be “baby” rangeomorphs, bizarre frond-shaped organisms that lived 580 million to 550 million years ago that were unlike any creature alive today.”


    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • U.S. woman kept friend’s corpse for months as company
  • “A woman said she kept the dead body of her companion in a chair in their southern Michigan house for months because she didn’t want to be alone.
    Linda Chase, 72, said she kept the remains of Charles Zigler clean and dressed and talked to the body while watching NASCAR on television.”

    Oh, geez.

  • Death of baby panda has sent Japan into mourning
  • “The death of a rare newborn Giant Panda at Tokyo’s oldest zoo has interrupted regular TV programming and sent shock waves across Japan. The unnamed male cub, weighing just 144 grams, was found lying on its back against his mother’s stomach early this morning. The Globe and Mail says the zoo issued a statement saying “they administered cardiac massage and other treatment but they confirmed the death at 8:30am.” It is believed to have died of pneumonia when being fed by its mother Shin Shin and milk got into his lung.”

    So sad :'(

  • Dog adopts baby chimpanzee after its mother dies at zoo
  • “Thanks to Reddit user dmonnens, the world gets to see these heartwarming photos of a dog who, according to the thread, adopted a baby chimpanzee after its mother died at a zoo. Since the dog had just given birth, it was able to raise the baby chimp with her litter of puppies.”

    Utterly precious!!!

  • Homeless couple in Sao Paulo, finds duffel bag with $10,000 in cash, turns it over to police
  • “When the duo stumbled across a duffel bag containing 20,000 Brazilian Reais ($9,831) at 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Folha de S.Paulo reports they decided to do the right thing and turn it over to police. Santos found the bag near a bus station when he and his wife went to investigate why a nearby shop’s fire alarm had gone off. Though they could desperately use the funds, they never considered taking the money. “I learned from my mother to never take anything that belongs to others,” he told TV Globo.”

    Very impressed.

  • World’s most expensive foods
  • Including a $69 “haute” dog, $110 ramen noodles, and a $1,000 bagel! Who pays for that stuff!

  • Internet cat video film festival to be held in Minneapolis
  • “Move over, Cannes, Minneapolis might just be home to the greatest film festival ever. On August 30, feline aficionados will have the chance to laugh in unison with others at the first-ever Internet Cat Video Film Festival. Viral videos of cats doing their thing will be projected on a building wall near the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, KARE 11 reports. Leading up to the festival, people have the chance to submit their favorite clips through the festival’s nomination form. The submission period will close on July 30.”

    Hehehehe!!!! So cool!!

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

Thor got a new box to play in today! Loki’s not allowed in, lol.

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Clicks of the Day, Current Events, Lists

Clicks of the Day: July 6, 7 & 8 2012 Weekend Edition!

Welcome to the three-day roundup …

Weekend Edition (July 6, 7, 8) of 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.


  • South side fire may have been deliberately set: investigators
  • “Fire investigators say a blaze at a south Edmonton apartment building that sent four to hospital early Sunday morning may have been deliberately set. Investigators say there are circumstances that have led them to believe the fire is very suspicious in nature.”

    Scary. Apartment fires always frighten me. Happy I never experienced it when I lived in an apartment (growing up and two years ago with Mike!)

  • Woman hit while jogging in northeast Edmonton talks about her recovery
  • “The woman who suffered life-threatening injuries after she was hit by two vehicles while out jogging in May is speaking out for the first time. Clarice Anderson was hit less than six weeks ago while crossing the street in the northeast Edmonton neighbourhood of Brintnell. She still has a long road of recovery ahead of her but at a fundraiser held in her name Sunday, Anderson spoke exclusively to CTV News about how she’s been doing since the incident that originally raised fears on whether or not the young mother and wife would survive.”

    She looks amazing. I’m glad her recovery is going so well!

  • Answer the phone … it’s your parking meter calling
  • “That cellphone call you receive in the middle of a meeting or lunch date might someday be a request for money from your parking meter. Edmonton is looking at replacing the current coin-fed meters with new technology that could allow motorists to punch in their licence plate number, then pay by credit card or cellphone, according to a report released Thursday.”

    Cool beans. I hate scrambling for change to park downtown and then having to pop out and add more coins in … also dislike paying for parking in general but obviously that’s not going to go away, lol.

  • Northern Alta. wildfire grows to more than 1,000 hectares
  • “A wildfire burning out of control in northern Alberta that has prompted a local state of emergency in Mackenzie County has grown to more than 1,000 hectares in size.”

    That’s a big wildfire. Hope they get it under control soon.

  • Dino fossils vandalized near Grande Prairie
  • “A big find became a big loss after vandals smashed rare dinosaur fossils near the Red Willow River in northern Alberta. Dr. Phil Bell is a palaeontologist with the Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Initiative (PCDI). He, along with a group of experts from the University of Alberta and volunteers, had spent a week — beginning June 15 — using jackhammers and hand tools to unearth the remains of a massive Hadrosaur, a duck-billed mammal that lived several million years ago… Vandals had torn the exposed part of the specimen — the arm, chest and shoulder section — to pieces and scattered them.”

    Why do people do this?? What pleasure do they gain from this? Ugh. Big loss indeed. :(

  • Albertans drop a lot of cash dining out
  • “Albertans love to dine out and when they do, they like to spend. Statistics Canada says from April 2011 to April 2012, Alberta’s restaurants saw an eight-per-cent increase in business from the previous year, recording sales of about $641 million at eating and drinking establishments. Even more telling, each Albertan spent an average of $166.51 in restaurants and bars in April, 32 per cent more than the national average of $125.74.”

    Well I don’t think Mike and I spend too much eating out but we do definitely like eating out…

  • Time for local fans to support every level of baseball offered at Telus Field … before it’s too late
  • “The Prospects have seven more home games remaining. It’s an opportunity for local baseball fans to show — yes, we are a baseball town — that we love taking in a game on a summer’s evening. And we can support another pro team. Otherwise, our chance to have professional baseball return to Edmonton may slip away.”

    I’m planning on taking in at least one Prospects game this month! Sad when the Capitals suspended their season (and I’m not even a big baseball fan). Let’s help keep pro baseball in the city, guys!

  • Couple celebrates chance meeting 40 years ago at Stampede
  • “This year one couple will celebrate their 40-year romance on the grounds of the Calgary Stampede, the very place where they met by chance four decades ago and fell in love.”

    Utterly adorbz. I love love stories.

  • Accountability key to $16B Afghan aid package: expert
  • “Canada is contributing an extra $227 million in development aid to Afghanistan as part of a commitment of $16 billion from 70 nations made at a conference in Tokyo on Sunday to carry the war-torn country though 2015. But at the crux of the billions in grants are questions as to how the notoriously corrupt government of Hamid Karzai will handle the money and what protections will be in place to prevent it from being frittered away.”

    It’s great we’re helping out but I’m sure $227 million could be greatly used to address problems in Canada.


  • Russia flash floods: 144 killed in Krasnodar region
  • “Flash floods caused by torrential rain have swept the southern Russian Krasnodar region, killing 144 people, officials say. The floods, the worst there in living memory, struck at night, reportedly without warning. TV pictures showed people scrambling onto their rooftops to escape.”

    So sad! :( Also:

  • Northeast India floods kill 121, displace 6 million
  • “The death toll from heavy monsoon rains which have caused massive flooding in India’s northeast has risen to more than 120, with six million forced to flee their homes, officials said Saturday. The weather office forecast that more rains during the next 24 hours would lash the region, which is suffering from its worst flooding in recent years.”


  • Syrian president accuses U.S. of fueling uprising
  • “Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he is not afraid of meeting the same fate as the deposed and disgraced leaders of Libya and Egypt, saying he has nothing in common with them.”

    What a guy…

  • California approves funding for first US bullet train
  • “The California Senate has approved the initial funding requirement for the construction of the first bullet train in the US by a vote of 21-16 which allocates roughly $8 billion for the initial portion of track including other related projects. The proposed bullet train will run from San Diego to Sacramento, California and will be built at the cost of $68 billion.”



  • Psychedelic drugs can unlock mysteries of brain – former government adviser
  • “Scientists should have access to illegal psychedelic drugs such as LSD and psilocybin to aid them in brain research, according to the government’s former drug adviser Professor David Nutt. He said that research into the deepest mysteries of the brain, including consciousness and mental illness, had been curtailed by the prohibition of the drugs.”


  • When life hands you lemons: the new science of positive thinking
  • “Canadian social psychologist Jamie Gruman is proposing a new way of achieving nirvana: Do nothing. Instead, live in the moment and embrace the “serene and contented acceptance of life as it is, with no ambitions of acquisition, accomplishment or progress toward goals,” said Gruman, co-founder of the newly created Canadian Positive Psychology Association, a network of scholars and academics studying human well-being and happiness.”

    Well that’s one way of doing things!

    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • Yahoo and Facebook announce they have settled patent dispute, forged advertising alliance
  • “Facebook and Yahoo have agreed to settle a patent dispute, averting a potentially lengthy battle over the technology running two of the Internet’s most popular destinations. In dropping the lawsuits, the companies agreed to license their patents to each other. They are also agreeing to an advertising alliance that expands their existing partnership. Friday’s settlement involves no exchange of money.”

    How gentlemanly of them to come to such agreements.

  • Deadline looms for computers with malware infection
  • “It’s possible up to 10,000 Canadians could lose their Internet access Monday as safe servers set up by the FBI to protect people from a worldwide computer scam are shut down.”

    Hope your computer is not infected!

  • RIM’s BlackBerry App World hits 3B download mark
  • “Research In Motion finally has some good numbers to offset its recent wave of bad ones. The handset maker announced Friday its BlackBerry App World had reached the 3 billion download mark — a billion of those in just the last six months. To reach that number, customers were downloading app at the rate of about 2.5 million per day from the collection of 90,000 apps.”

    Well I suppose they needed some good news at some point! (FYI Apple reached 25 billion a few months ago, lol).


  • Target wins approval to replace Zellers, told stores need Canadian content
  • “Shoppers anxious to get inside a Target store when it opens its doors in Canada will find Canadian content inside, under a federal ruling announced Friday that paves the way for the American retailer to take over Zellers stores across the country. The deal isn’t the first time the federal government has required a foreign company to sell Canadian cultural goods in exchange for entering the market.”

    Excited to check out what Target has to offer :-)


  • Coke now comes in eco-friendly bottle-shaped bags
  • “According to the Daily Mail, people in South American countries have for years had vendors pour their Coke into plastic bags so that they do not have to pay a deposit on the returnable glass bottles. Coca-Cola noticed this trend and decided to introduce biodegradable eco-friendly Coke-bottle-shaped branded bags.”

    Well that’s interesting!

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • LEGO forest manifests overnight in Australia
  • “People residing in the tiny mining town of Broken Hill, located in the Australian Outback, have recently woken up to an interesting and unexpected surprise. A forest made entirely of LEGOs had literally “popped up” over the course of a single night.”

    How cool!!

  • [Video]: A conversation with my 12-year-old self
  • “In an amazing video, a 32-year-old guy interviews himself at the age of 12. He had made videos from a young age, with the intention of doing just this.”

    Truly a wonderful video!

  • [Video]: Cat interrupts live news report
  • Bwahaha!!

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

Thor loves her ball. She plays fetch! Special cat. :)

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Clicks of the Day: Monday, May 7, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Monday, May 7 2012’s Clicks of the Day!

Clicks of the Day is a daily round up of news posted Sunday through Thursday.


  • Hundreds of charges laid in traffic blitz on Hwy 63
  • “RCMP and Alberta Traffic Sheriffs have laid nearly 700 charges, after a four-day effort to promote safe driving on one of Alberta’s most notorious highways.”


  • Fire truck technology to turn red lights green clears committee
  • “The city is poised to try out a system to let fire trucks turn red lights green despite concerns the technology won’t work for other Edmonton emergency services. The traffic signal pre-emption pilot project involves installing transponders on trucks that will use GPS to ensure lights are green at upcoming intersections so the vehicles can go through without stopping or blasting their horns. This is expected to improve response times by up to 30 per cent, keep Edmonton quieter and reduce costs for maintenance and fuel, Fire Chief Ken Block said Monday.”


  • Edmonton airport No. 3 in poll of Canada’s worst airports
  • “Edmonton International Airport was voted the third-worst Canadian airport in a national poll released Monday. The online survey by Internet travel company showed 9.9 per cent of respondents ranked Edmonton as Canada’s worst airport.”

    That’s too bad.

  • Mental-health strategy calls for overhaul of current system
  • “Canada’s first-ever national mental-health strategy calls for an overhaul of the country’s current mental-health system, saying too many Canadians don’t have the access to care for their psychiatric and psychological health that they already enjoy for their physical health… The report, which was five years in the making, contains more than 100 recommendations on how to improve mental health care for Canadians, calling on both the federal and provincial governments to help bring them about.”

    Important changes.

  • Rethinking immigration: The case for the 400,000 solution
  • “Canada is facing a demographic crunch and labour shortage that will hinder our future prosperity. The solution: More economic immigrants who are selected for their skills. Scroll through the interactive below to delve into the challenges of immigration and possible fixes. Hear from immigrants and innovators. Share your own immigration story and see what immigration looks like in your community according to the latest available census data.”

    Fantastic Globe and Mail special feature on immigration. Be sure to check the ‘where does your community fit in’ tab for specific Alberta information.


  • CIA foils new al Qaeda underwear bomb plot against jet
  • “The CIA thwarted an ambitious plot by al-Qaida’s affiliate in Yemen to destroy a U.S.-bound airliner using a bomb with a sophisticated new design around the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, The Associated Press has learned. The plot involved an upgrade of the underwear bomb that failed to detonate aboard a jetliner over Detroit on Christmas 2009. This new bomb was also designed to be used in a passenger’s underwear, but this time al-Qaida developed a more refined detonation system, U.S. officials said.”

    Well done, CIA.


  • Forecast predicts jump in severe obesity in U.S.
  • “Today, just over a third of U.S. adults are obese. By 2030, 42 per cent will be, says a forecast released Monday. That’s not nearly as many as experts had predicted before the once-rapid rises in obesity rates began levelling off. But the new forecast suggests even small continuing increases will add up.”


  • Have poor eyesight? Maybe you should have played outside more
  • “Why can’t we see? I’ve always assumed that, in my case, it’s because my parents both have bad eyes. But according to a new paper in The Lancet, genetic factors can’t explain why increasing numbers of people need glasses. Studies in places like Singapore of people of a variety of backgrounds—Chinese, Malay, India, in this case—show that genetic heritage doesn’t impact rates of near-sightedness. It’s impossible to explain the boom in bad eyes without looking at how people spend their time… More time spent outside protects against near-sightedness, according to the study. One comparative study that the authors cite found that “time spent outdoors” was the only factor that distinguished kids of Chinese heritage in Singapore, who had high rates of myopia, from kids of Chinese heritage in Sydney, who didn’t. It might be the bright light. It might be the chance to look at objects further away than a computer screen. But going outside helps. That doesn’t have to mean playing sports. It can just mean being outside.”

    That would explain my poor vision. I was barely outside growing up (still am primarily an indoor-dweller).

  • Type 2 diabetes treatment may put disease in remission
  • “A new study by Toronto researchers on a new way to treat type 2 diabetes shows it may cause temporary remission of the disease in up to 75 per cent of patients. The new treatment involves taking four shots of insulin — the medication required by some diabetics to control blood sugar levels — per day for just one month. This is a change from the usual treatment, which involves daily insulin shots over an extended period of time.”


  • Free online fitness program ‘the future’
  • “But the evolution of the fitness video industry continues. Among the relatively new options is BeFit in 90 — a free 90-day workout system on YouTube starring bubbly Olympic sprinter-turned-fitness guru Samantha (nee Davies) Clayton. “It’s the first time an online fitness program for 90 days has ever been given away. So I’m really excited to be involved,” Clayton tells Sun Media.”

    Very interesting. I have bookmarked the BeFit in 90 YouTube channel.

    Technology/Social Media

  • App designed to help parents find missing children
  • “When the mother of a 14-year-old boy from Atlanta, Georgia disappeared earlier this year, she turned to her smartphone for clues using an app called Family Tracker that helped track his location. It is one of several apps that allow parents to track the whereabouts of their children.”

    Useful, useful apps.

  • Disney technology turns everything into a touch device
  • “You’re already used to touch-enabled PCs, tablets, and smartphones, but eventually almost everything in your house could have a touch sensor, including doorknobs, cereal bowls, sofas, water, and even your own body. That’s a reality scientists at Disney Research in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — part of the Walt Disney Company’s commercial research arm — are working toward with a new touch and gesture recognition platform called Touché. The new technology relies on “swept frequency capacitive sensing” capable of processing far more information than current touch sensors that monitor a single frequency to detect single and multiple finger movements. Touché can monitor multiple frequencies, allowing it to understand hand grasps, complex finger gestures, and body position such as when a user is covering her ears or uses his elbows to lean on a table.”

    Just a matter of time of course.

  • Magnetic bacteria may help build future bio-computers
  • “Magnet-making bacteria may be building biological computers of the future… The research may lead to the creation of much faster hard drives, the team of scientists say.”


  • Soaking up spilled oil with… sponges?
  • “A new kind of sponge made of carbon nanotubes can soak up hundreds of times its weight and only grabs oil. The solution to cleaning up oil in the ocean might be the same as cleaning up a spill in your kitchen.”


  • The environmental impact of your pointless Googling
  • “Those cat videos don’t come out of thin air. Each time you use the internet, massive data servers need power, and power causes emissions. While tech companies are trying to be more efficient and use renewable energy, there is still a cost to every search.”

    I have definitely never thought about it like that before. Eep.

  • iPavement Puts a World of Knowledge Beneath Your Feet
  • “Now that the United Nations has declared internet access a human right, any small step that helps get more people online is worth celebrating. That’s why iPavement, the latest creation from Spanish tech company Via Inteligente, is so genius. Constructed of a calcium carbonate stone, iPavement looks like your average piece of square tile. But one should never judge a tile by its cover. At iPavement’s core is a 5GB microprocessor that can support both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.”

    Wow that’s very cool.


  • Amazon plans its next conquest: your closet
  • “Amazon is so serious about its next big thing that it hired three women to do nothing but try on size 8 shoes for its Web reviews. Full time. The online retailer is shooting 3,000 fashion images a day in a photo studio using patent-pending technology. And it is happily losing hundreds of millions of dollars a year on free shipping — and even free returns on apparel — to keep its shoppers coming back. Having wounded the publishing industry, slashed pricing in electronics and made the toy industry quiver, Amazon is taking on the high-end clothing business in its typical way: go big and spare no expense.”

    Intense. (Sidenote: we LOVE Amazon. Best service ever).

  • Mastercard unveils PayPass Wallet Services, a new way to pay
  • “MasterCard announced PayPass Wallet Services Monday, a new global offering that makes it easier and faster for customers to make purchases in stores and online, by allowing those purchases to be made with a single click or tap.”

    Payment system of the future?

  • Study: Detaching from work email lowers stress, increases focus
  • “A new study suggests that cutting back on email time lowers stress on the job. Researchers examined the issue and found that people who are frequently on their email during the course of the day experienced increased heart rates and were less focused… Researchers uncovered that those participants constantly on email “changed screens twice as often” and remained in a “high alert” state of mind. There were distinct differences in heart rates between being on email and access being removed… When cut off from email, it was discovered the individuals experienced a higher degree of relaxation and were more focused on tasks. Additionally, people disconnected from email engaged in more in-person interaction, increasing personal contact with others.”

    One of those obvious results kinds of studies. Mike would love if I didn’t check my work email so much after work. It’s just a compulsive disorder kind of thing I think… I think I’m still healthy, lol.

  • Postmedia signs three-year deal with The Canadian Press after five-year absence
  • “Postmedia Network Inc. — the proprietor of some of Canada’s most storied newspapers, including the National Post, the Montreal Gazette and the Ottawa Citizen — is returning as a client of The Canadian Press after a five-year absence, the national news agency announced Monday… The decision in 2007 to sever ties with CP and establish an in-house alternative, called Postmedia News, was the right decision at the time, Postmedia said Monday in a statement. ‘This also means we will say goodbye to some of our colleagues at Postmedia News. This is the most difficult part of such a decision and our gratitude and best wishes are with them.'”

    I see… very sad that people are losing their jobs.


  • New fossils show Australia had cosmopolitan, globe-trotting dinosaurs
  • “Scientists said Monday a new fossil discovery suggested Australia’s dinosaurs were cosmopolitan globe-trotters, unlike the “unique weirdos” of its current wildlife.

    “Paleontologist Erich Fitzgerald said an ankle bone fossil found 87 kilometers from Melbourne indicated that meat-eating dinosaurs known as ceratosaurs lived in what is now Australia some 125 million years ago. He said the finding suggested that back then Australia had the same large, well-known predators such as tyrannosaurs and allosaurs, which are found around the world. ‘The dinosaurs we see here are not unique weirdos like modern koalas and kangaroos on a global scale,’ Fitzgerald told AFP. ‘Contrary to the modern animals we see in Australia, these meat-eating dinosaurs in Australia represent globe-trotting groups which spread out across the world before the continents began to separate.'”

    Neat. :)

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • Wife watches as soldier husband dies while talking on Skype
  • “The wife of a U.S. Army captain who watched her husband slump forward dead while he was on Skype with her has raised questions about official report that her army medic husband Bruce Kevin Clark, died of “natural causes” while serving in Afghanistan. According to a statement by Susan Orellana-Clark, released by her brother, Bradley Taber-Thomas, ‘Clark was suddenly knocked forward. The closet behind him had a bullet hole in it. The other individuals, including a member of the military, who rushed to the home of Capt Clark’s wife also saw the hole and agreed it was a bullet hole.'”

    Wow can you imagine? Also, that’s awful that it would take that long to get someone to check on him.

  • Pencil vs Camera: Incredible images mixing photography and pencil drawings must be seen many, many times to be believed
  • “Innovative artwork that blends photography, pencil drawings, “imagination and reality” is wowing art aficionados both online and offline.”

    Really fantastic photos/sketches!!

  • Monty, a tiny hero, saves Patricia Peter’s life
  • “Monty’s heroics were recognized Monday when he was inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame in Toronto. Since it began in 1968, the national pet program has recognized the life-saving heroics of 155 pets and service animals. This year, three of the four honourees were dogs, much to Monty’s consternation.”

    So great!! Gotta love our pets. <3

  • Famed fat New Mexico cat ‘Meow’ dies over weekend
  • “A cat that got national attention for tipping the scales at 39 pounds (18 kilograms) has died from apparent complications of his morbid obesity, an animal shelter said Monday.”

    This makes me very sad.

  • 10 heart-warming animal friendships captured on YouTube
  • I love interspecies mingling!!!! :'(

Thor & Loki Photo of the Day:

Thor and Loki are still wary of our furry houseguest Poppy but hopefully they’ll become friends soon. He’s still with us for another week and some so that’s plenty of time!

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