Clicks of the Day: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Tuesday, March 27 2012’s Clicks of the Day!

    Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

  • Health Care tops list of issues for Albertans: Ipsos poll
  • “Health care is the top priority for all Albertans — particularly for undecided voters — heading into the April 23 election, says an Ipsos poll released to Global. A survey of 890 voters from March 20 to 25 indicated that health care in general was the issue they thought should receive the greatest attention from Alberta’s leaders. That was the case for young and old, male and female, high income and low, and across party lines. Most importantly, health care was even more likely to be identified as the top issue by undecided voters, meaning it “could potentially be game-changing,” said Ipsos Reid associate vice-president Jamie Duncan.”

    Understandable. What’s your top priority?

  • Hundreds more doctors, 1,500 more long-term beds: Mason
  • “NDP Leader Brian Mason rolled out his party’s health plan to build 1,500 new long-term-care beds, spend $100 million more on home care and cover basic dental costs for children under 18. The New Democrats would also cap seniors’ drug costs at $25 total, instead of $25 for each prescribed drug they need. They would maintain the cap on seniors living costs and hire “hundreds” of doctors over the next four years. Mason said these aren’t “extraordinary promises” but ways to bring down waits for emergency care and strengthen medicare.”

    NDP gets the ball rolling, addressing the top election issue.

  • Promises, promises: Party platforms in Alberta’s 2012 provincial election
  • “The platforms are crafted. The promises planned. Now it will be up to voters to decide which party’s campaign best fits their with their vision of Alberta.”

    Great interactive platform information for all the parties.

  • Company IDs 10,000 computers behind cyber-attack on NDP leadership vote
  • “A large-scale cyber-attack involving more than 10,000 computers was responsible for the online polling problems during Saturday’s NDP leadership vote, according to Scytl Canada, the company contracted by the party to conduct the vote. While the attack in no way compromised the sanctity of the vote — in other words, no ballots cast by bona fide NDP members were added, subtracted or changed — Scytl indicated in a statement Tuesday that the attack was an attempt to crash or slow down websites by “saturating servers with bogus external communications requests that deny legitimate users access” — otherwise known as a distributed denial of service attack.”

    Glad it didn’t actually compromise the vote in the end but does leave you wary about online voting in general.

  • Toews urges pursuit of Anonymous, says threats not just against him but all MPs
  • “Toews appeared before a House of Commons committee Tuesday examining whether his privilege as an MP was breached when online videos disclosed details of his personal life and called for his resignation… MPs are struggling with what exactly they should study, especially since they’re not sure they can track down the source of the videos, attributed to the activist group Anonymous.”

    Lol.

  • Vancouver will be ready for rioters this playoff season: mayor
  • “Saying they had learned from the mistakes that contributed to the ugly Stanley Cup riot last year, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and other officials are rolling up the red carpet to downtown public celebrations should the Vancouver Canucks make it to the semifinals of the playoffs this year. Instead, the city plans to put out little red carpets at its 23 community centres, inviting families and youth to watch the playoffs in much more toned-down conditions than the closed streets and Jumbotron screens that attracted 150,000 people last June 15.”

    Lol I still think people would opt for watching the games at a bar instead of a community centre but good effort.

  • Patients charged to access Health Canada’s medical marijuana program
  • “Some Canadians say greed is taking over Health Canada’s medical marijuana program. Patients just need a doctor’s signature to obtain the drug, but finding a physician willing to sign can be tough. Now, an exclusive Global News investigation has discovered some patients are having to pay hundreds of dollars just for that signature.”

    Awful.

    World

  • Trayvon Martin shooting thrusts hoodies into spotlight
  • “Nationwide protests calling for further investigation into the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin a month ago have used a familiar garment as their rallying point: the hoodie. National Basketball Association star LeBron James and his teammates on the Miami Heat as well as rap artist Sean Combs are among celebrities who’ve joined a social media campaign rallying “A Million Hoodies for Trayvon Martin.” More than 300,000 people have posted pictures of themselves in hooded sweatshirts to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, according to organizers. Slogans on the photos include “We are all Trayvon” and “Hoodies Don’t Kill, People with Guns Do.” Viewing a person as dangerous because they’re in a hooded sweatshirt is akin to being nervous about tinted windshields or dark sunglasses because they make it difficult to identify a person.”

    Sad that him wearing a hoodie could have played such a big factor in his death. :(

  • Two million set for ‘March on Jerusalem’ Friday, organizer claims
  • “Two million Arab and international protesters will march toward the borders of Israel and take part in activities designed to highlight Jerusalem’s Arab character on Friday, the event organizer claims. Ribhi Haloum, general coordinator of the “Global March to Jerusalem,” said in a press statement that volunteers from 80 countries will take part in the march. Jordan and Lebanon will send protesters to the border, whereas Egypt will organize a solidarity marathon from Cairo University to the pyramids in Giza and a large rally at Al-Azhar University. The organizers emphasized the peaceful nature of the march, which will coincide with Land Day, an annual day of commemoration marked by Arab citizens of Israel to protest land confiscation.”

    Hope it doesn’t turn violent.

  • Strauss-Kahn warned over alleged prostitution ring
  • “Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was formally warned Monday that he is under investigation for “aggravated pimping” for his alleged participation in a prostitution ring in France, prosecutors said.”

    What a winnner.

    Health

  • New guidelines say kids under four should move more, sit less
  • “Little children should be moving more and sitting less, according to new recommendations that are being billed as the first Canadian guidelines for physical activity and sedentary behaviour for children four and younger. Kids younger than two shouldn’t spend any time in front of a screen — be it a TV, a computer or a tablet, the guidelines say. And for children aged two to four, screen time should be limited to less than an hour a day. ‘There’s no redeeming feature of screen time under the age of two,’ says Mark Tremblay, who chaired the committee that drew up the guidelines.”

    We’re all getting so sedentary. Myself especially. #needtogetouttheremore.

  • People with ‘bigger brains have more friends’
  • “Oxford University researchers found maintaining friendships requires more brain power. Their study concluded that people with real friends have to use more cognitive skills to understand what someone else thought. This, however, did not occur with “online” friends, such as those made on social networking sites including Facebook or Twitter.”

    Rough being popular ;)

  • Good news for dieters? Green coffee beans studied
  • “Taking a coffee bean supplement, combined with an otherwise healthy diet and lifestyle could be an inexpensive way to lose weight. (But) experts warn it’s best not to jump on the finding too quickly. No one knows how the beans help with weight loss. Additionally, the study was small and short.”

    Good to know we’ve got options.

    Technology/Social Media

  • Google to launch third-party commenting platform to rival Facebook
  • “Google is about to launch a new commenting system that will tie into the search giant’s Google+ platform, web services and web search, a source close to the product’s development confirmed with The Next Web… The Google comment system, which will almost certainly rival that of Facebook, will have deep links to Google’s network of services and websites, indexing comments in Google Search, and most significantly, the system will be available for use on third party sites. You can’t go anywhere these days without running into a site that is using Facebook’s third-party comment platform, and it looks like Google wants in on the action. A third party Google comment system would ensure that users are further plugged in to their Google accounts, and one step closer to Google+.”

    The latest in the ever growing Google vs. Facebook battle.

  • Pinterest Bans Pro-Anorexia Content to Little Effect
  • “Just one month after Tumblr banned content that “actively promotes or glorifies self-injury or self-harm,” Pinterest has updated its terms of service to prevent users from pinning content of a similar nature. This is the second update Pinterest has made to its terms of service in the past week. Despite the update to its terms of service, Pinterest seems to have done little-to-nothing to edit out the pro-anorexia content. A search for one of the most popular related tags, “thinspo,” yields thousands of pins of thin, scantily clad women: some arguably healthy, others not.”

    I’m sure they’ll wipe out the “thinspo” pins soon. Good on them for updating their terms of service. Addressed copyright (selling your pins) issue as well.

  • Farm Vile: Why an OMGPOP dev shunned Zynga as ‘evil’
  • “A former OMGPOP developer says he didn’t join buyer Zynga along with the rest of the company because the company might have shut down his own game. Also, he thinks Zynga’s evil.”

    Really interesting read.

  • This Plastic Can Repair Itself Using Light and Temperature
  • “Call it superhero plastic. Researchers at the 243rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society introduced plastic that can repair itself when temperatures change or if it’s exposed to light. The substance could potentially have numerous valuable purposes, one of those being it could signal the end of dinged plastic on cellphones.”

    Cool.

    Business/Consumer/Media/Work

  • Gannett Buys 1,000 iPhones For Journalists
  • “The Gannett organisation, considered to be a leader in mobile journalism, bought over 1,000 iPhone 4S smartphones for print and broadcast journalists as day-to-day tools… Gannett’s Director of Digital Content, MacKenzie Warren, pointed out that ‘reporters and photographers need to collect and record things, do some rudimentary editing and transmit that content. This one device can accomplish some or all of those critical steps.'”

    A step we should be seeing more of for other orgs.

    Environment/Space/Animals

  • Antarctic ice sheets losing their grip
  • “Floating ice shelves in Antarctica are losing their grip on adjacent bay walls, potentially worsening an accelerating loss of ice to the sea, researchers say.”

    Bad news.

  • The aye-aye of frogs rediscovered after 62 years
  • “A pair of researchers have rediscovered a long-lost frog in the tiny African country of Burundi. Known as the Bururi long-fingered frog (Cardioglossa cyaneospila), the species hadn’t been seen for over 60 years—since the Soviet Union tested its first nuclear weapon in 1949—but was rediscovered in Bururi Forest Reserve.”

    Good for that species! Surviving despite mankind’s destruction.

    Entertainment

  • ‘Hunger Games’ hits top spot on North American box office with $214 million global debut
  • “Post-apocalyptic action movie “The Hunger Games” opened with a staggering $155 US million at U.S. and Canadian box offices, the highest domestic opening for a movie that isn’t a sequel, and established what may become one of Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster franchises. Internationally, the Lions Gate Entertainment drama about an oppressive society’s teen death match added $59.3 US million from 67 markets for a global haul of $214.3 US million. The massive U.S. and Canadian debut for the film ranked as the third-highest domestic opening weekend in history behind only last summer’s “Harry Potter” finale and 2008 Batman movie “The Dark Knight,” Lions Gate said on Sun day.”

    So happy for The Hunger Games! :)

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • [Video]: Teen Opera Singers’ Amazing ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Performance Goes Viral
  • “A YouTube recap of a stunning opera performance by teenage singers Jonathan Antoine and Charlotte Jaconelli on the Britain’s Got Talent TV show has gained more than 1.1 million views in three days, thrusting the duo into viral video fame. The heartwarming seven-minute video shows the singing partners discussing their friendship before performing for the judges and a thrilled audience. Antoine steals the spotlight, with Simon Cowell saying he should “dump” his singing partner because she might bring him down in competition. Antoine declines Cowell’s suggestion.”

    Wowsa. Though I don’t really “get” opera, lol.

  • Red Deer man offers $10,000 reward to find his missing dog
  • “Since announcing a $10,000 reward for the return of his missing dog, Meyer Schoeman has been getting a lot of attention. Strangers are offering to help find the pup. News outlets from across Alberta are contacting the Red Deer resident for interviews and the pooch’s mug is popping up on social media.”

    That’s a heffffty award. I hope he finds his dog.

  • What if everyone in America flushed their toilets at once?
  • “Would flushing in concert explode all the pipelines, cripple the water supply, flood the streets with sewage, and, in short, destroy civilization as we know it? Turns out it’s a complex thought experiment, and, without the possibility of a real-world test, experts can’t be sure how things would, quite literally, go down. But a total system failure doesn’t seem likely.”

    Something you never really think about, lol.

  • Albert Einstein brain samples go on display
  • “Sections of Albert Einstein’s brain are going on display in Britain for the first time this Thursday in an exhibition of notable examples of human grey matter. When the physics genius died aged 76 in 1955 his brain was divided into sections, two of which are going on show at the Wellcome Collection show Brains: The Mind As Matter.”

    So… weird… lol.

  • 5 Terrible Ideas That Solved Huge Global Problems
  • Including “Tokyo Decides to Prevent Crime With Mood Lighting” – “Norway Reforms Convicts by Giving Them Insane Amounts of Freedom” – “The CIA Fights Communism With Modern Art” and more!

    Really interesting.

  • Beyonce, Tiny Puppy In California, Could Be World’s Smallest
  • “A puppy named after one of the world’s biggest pop stars could set the world’s record for tiniest dog. Animal rescuers in Northern California say the female Dachshund mix, named Beyonce, was so small at birth that she could fit into a spoon. At two weeks, she’s about the size of a business card.”

    Now it’s about the size of an iPhone!! Sooo small! So adorable. Hope it grows up okay.

  • [Video]: Dogs on Swings
  • “A compilation of dogs sitting on swings.”

    Lol. I can’t believe this is common enough to compile! Haha funny video.


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Loki loves looking at the computer screen!! :)


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Clicks of the Day: Monday, March 26, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Monday, March 26 2012’s Clicks of the Day!

    Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

  • Premier Redford calls election
  • “Alberta political leaders on Monday morning fired the opening shots in what is expected to be a ferocious 28th general election, focusing on education, health care and red light districts. Premier Alison Redford visited Lt. Gov. Donald Ethell just before 10 a.m. Monday, where she delivered a writ asking him to dissolve the house and call an election for April 23.”

    And it’s on! Please become informed on party/candidate’s platforms and remember to vote.

  • The race is on: Ipsos poll shows PCs and Wildrose neck and neck
  • “An Ipsos poll taken in the days leading up to Monday’s election call in Alberta shows the Progressive Conservatives and the Wildrose party tied with the support of 38 per cent of decided voters.”

    Interesting. Side note: my neighbourhood’s first political sign went up today – it was for the Wildrose Party.

  • Correspondence with killer informs book on Twitchell case
  • “Exclusive interviews reveal ‘charismatic, charming’ side to murderer… Lillebuen’s book about the Mark Twitchell case, The Devil’s Cinema, is set for release Tuesday. Lillebuen has followed the Internet-luring case since the story broke in 2008, when he was a crime reporter at The Journal. Over roughly three years, Lillebuen worked to weave together interviews and research into the more than 300-page book, which includes exclusive interviews and correspondence with Twitchell.”

    Even just the article about Lillebuen and Twitchell’s correspondence and the upcoming release of the book is fascinating, can’t imagine how fascinating the actual book will be.

  • Alberta Judge wants bars to limit number of drinks a person can be served
  • “An Alberta judge says the provincial government needs to pass a law that would limit the number of drinks a person can be served in a bar. Proposed by provincial court Judge James Jacques, the recommendation is part of a report into the death of a man who died in Fort McMurray in 2007. 50 year old Ronald Macaulay died after drinking at least 20 ounces of hard liquor in less than three hours. The Alberta Gaming and liquor Commission says it isn’t sure a law is needed adding it isn’t feasible.”

    Yeah I think that would be kind of hard to enforce…

    World

  • Afghan massacre suspect’s wife: ‘He did not do this’
  • “The wife of a U.S. soldier accused of murdering 17 Afghan civilians believes her husband could not have carried out the crime. ‘I don’t think anything will really change my mind in believing that he did not do this,’ Kari Bales told TODAY’s Matt Lauer in an exclusive interview that aired Monday. ‘This is not what it appears to be.'”

    Screaming denial…

  • From coast to coast, protesters demand justice in Trayvon Martin case
  • “The saga of Trayvon Martin continued to energize thousands around the country Monday, spurring demonstrations across the United States and even turning what had been a regularly scheduled city commission meeting into a hot-ticket event. Exactly one month ago, the 17-year-old was shot dead in Sanford, Florida, while heading back from a convenience store, where he’d picked up a bag of Skittles and an iced tea. The teen’s admitted shooter, neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, hasn’t been charged in the case, and his lawyer has said his client shot Martin in self-defense. Yet the young victim’s parents, as well as their supporters, have suggested that the shooter thought their son was “suspicious” because he was black, adding that they feel local police bungled the case in numerous ways — chief among them, by not arresting Zimmerman.”

    A case many are following. I wonder what will happen.

  • The “walking dead” phase of the Republican primary is upon us
  • “Rick Santorum lost his temper with the New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny on Sunday when Zeleny, perhaps the most even-tempered reporter we know, pushed the former Pennsylvania Senator on his remark that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney would be the “worst Republican” to nominate against President Obama… It’s the latest in a series of head-scratchers from Santorum.”

    Quite the would-be leader.

    Health

  • By the numbers: Hospital wait times (Canada)
  • “The wait list in Canada for a number of procedures and treatment is long and provinces are struggling in their efforts to lessen the backup, a lengthy report suggests… About eight in 10 Canadians are still able to access treatments within benchmarks – or set appropriate wait times – agreed upon by the provinces, which means that about 20 per cent are waiting longer than they should.”

    Ridiculous wait times.

  • New devices provide medical breakthroughs in diagnosing
  • “Canadian scientists are developing a new electronic chip that could detect cancer earlier and without invasive biopsies… Using blood samples, the scientists isolate circulating cells from the blood and look for specific markers using the chip. Urine samples or even swab samples from the cheek or the throat could be used in the process… If other illnesses are associated with molecular markers, the device could also help with diagnosing.”

    Cool, though I’m never fond of the idea of electronic chips being inserted into humans.

  • Scientists find gene that can make flu a killer
  • “In a study published in the journal Nature on Sunday, British and American researchers said they had found for the first time a human gene that influences how people respond to flu infections, making some people more susceptible than others. The finding helps explain why during the 2009/2010 pandemic of H1N1 or “swine flu”, the vast majority of people infected had only mild symptoms, while others – many of them healthy young adults – got seriously ill and died. In future, the genetic discovery could help doctors screen patients to identify those more likely to be brought down by flu, allowing them to be selected for priority vaccination or preventative treatment during outbreaks, the researchers said.”

    It’s all in the genes.

  • Popcorn has hidden health benefits
  • “Pass the popcorn. A new study confirms that the hull of popcorn has some good nutritional qualities — assuming it’s not smothered in butter, oil and salt.”

    Lol. But I love oil and salt (and white cheddar) on my popcorn!

  • Chocolate Eating Linked To Lower BMI
  • “Good news, chocolate fans. A new study suggests that people who eat the sweet stuff may more frequently have lower BMI. Given prior research suggesting chocolate consumption may be beneficial for metabolic function, linking it to reduced risk of diabetes, stroke and heart attack, the authors claim that the new study may point to something beyond a mere association. ‘Chocolate can be rich in antioxidants, which can protect against oxidative stress,” said Golomb. ‘That has the ability to ‘poison’ cell metabolism a little bit.'”

    I still dislike chocolate ;)

  • How Apple is changing kids’ brains
  • “Though Apple is actively marketing the iPad as a valuable learning tool for children and teens, many experts are wary about the effects on young, developing minds. They point to studies that show a strong relationship between increased media use and cases of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and worry that children’s real-life social skills will be permanently damaged. But in an increasingly technology-focused society and economy — jobs in science and technology fields are expected to grow twice as fast as jobs in other sectors over the next 10 years — others argue that exposure to technology, no matter how early, will only help children develop into the tech-savvy adults the country needs.”

    True enough!

  • So DO red heads feel more pain? Scientists set out to discover truth of controversial theory
  • “A trial is investigating whether pale-skinned and red-haired people react differently to pain. And it could mean redheads need to be treated differently when receiving anaesthetics.”

    Lol. Oh the studies that are conducted.

  • One in three babies born this year will live to 100
  • “One in three babies born this year will live to the age of 100, official projections have concluded.”

    That is unless the world ends, lol.

    Technology/Social Media

  • New Japanese security camera scans 36 million faces per second
  • “If you thought Big Brother had already arrived, Hitachi Kokusai Electric has just kicked the gauge up several notches, in the form of millions of indexes. According to DigInfoTV, a Tokyo video news site, Hitachi Kokusai Electric’s new development can sift through data on 36 million faces in one second. The report states the technology can find a face matching against either surveillance footage or a photo.”

    Oy. Also…

  • The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)
  • “Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks… Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.” It is, in some measure, the realization of the “total information awareness” program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans’ privacy.”

    Well. That’s unfortunate.

  • Visual.Ly Launch Automatic Infographic Tool; Creates An Infograph In Just A Few Clicks
  • “Since its launch back in July, the data visualisation platform Visual.ly has allowed budding designers and users to create their own infographics with little effort, claiming to have created more than 11,000 infographics, 4,000 designers and have around two million visitors to the site per month. The only thing users needed before designing their infographic were facts and figures for whatever topic was being covered. Now that accessibility has opened up even further with their new tool Visual.ly Create, a service that allow anyone to create and share infographics with virtually no effort.”

    Cool. I want to try. I just need data to actually plug into infographic form, lol.

  • Japanese Court Tells Google to Stop Search Autocomplete
  • “A Japanese court has ordered Google to shut down its autocomplete feature in Japan after a man took a complaint to court that said autocomplete feature was casting him in a negative light. The mans’ name was not revealed, though the complaint said autocomplete coupled his named with over 10,000 negative words, and it is negatively affecting his career. As one might imagine, Google is choosing not to shut down the autocomplete feature, stating that the company is situated in the United States, and does not have to oblige Japanese law.”

    Lol.

  • Customer Sues Apple for $1 Million After Apple Store Door Breaks Her Nose
  • “Though Apple’s all-glass fronted retail stores include warning stickers, as part of a safety measure introduced last year, one customer – 83-year-old Evelyn Paswall – recently broke her nose, after a transparent Apple Store glass door caught her out. Discontent with the practicalities of all-glass store fronts, Paswell and her family have decided to sue Apple for $1,000,000.”

    People seem to sue for anything and everything these days.

  • Angry Birds Space Tops 10M Downloads in Three Days
  • “Angry Birds Space developer Rovio just made a bold claim about its latest bird-tossing time-killer: 10 million downloads in three days.”

    And the wild popular continues! I haven’t tried this one yet. My Angry Birds fever has slightly declined.

    Business/Consumer/Media/Work

  • Canadian job applicants need not worry about boss snooping around Facebook
  • “Labour laws in Canada offer strong protection from employers who ask jobseekers for personal information such as social media passwords, lawyers said. Rules in the U.S. are much more lax… Labour matters generally fall under the jurisdiction of the provinces, but federal laws are also in place to help protect personal information.”

    Yay, Canada.

  • Music Industry Can See The Light After ‘Least Negative’ Sales Since 2004
  • “The music industry enjoyed its best sales performance for eight years in 2011, as CDs’ collapse decelerated, digital sales continued growing and new services were launched to capitalise on in-roads made in combating piracy. Global recorded music trade revenue fell by just three percent through the year. ‘2011 marked the least negative result in global recorded music sales since 2004, when revenues were flat.'”

    That’s good news! :)

  • Humor writer says he’s uncovered another serial plagiarist
  • “Steve Jeffrey, the publisher and editor of The Anchor Weekly in Chestermere, Alberta, has wantonly plagiarized from humor writers, writes George Waters, who describes how he discovered that Jeffrey apparently had reproduced his own work. Waters read every one of Jeffrey’s columns from the last year and found that in 42 of the 52 issues he looked at, his “Sittin’ in the Lighthouse” column contained material filched from other writers… My conversation with Jeffrey was surreal. When I relayed Waters’ allegations, Jeffrey responded, “I don’t know what to say.” When I asked if the columns that ran under his name weren’t his, he said, ‘I would say yes because I don’t like humor.'”

    Awful. How can you even play dumb about that too?

    Education

  • The Latest Trend in College Admissions: Parents Write Letters of Recommendation
  • “In an era of helicopter parenting, perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that mom and dad may be penning letters of recommendation for Junior. Recently, the Associated Press reported on a handful of colleges… that welcome parents to write letters of recommendation for their children who are applying. Wisely, it turns out that those admissions officers who sanction the practice aren’t really seeking objectivity from parents; they’re seeking texture. And who better to offer that than the people who’ve been there from day one? Still, it does seem a little strange.”

    Interesting. (Odd?)

    Entertainment

  • Racist Hunger Games Fans Are Very Disappointed
  • “The good news? The Hunger Games made $155 million at the box office its opening weekend, making it the third-best debut in North American box office history. The bad news, however, reflects a level of idiocy that we weren’t really expecting… The posts go on and on and on. It’s not just a coupe of tweets, it’s not just a coincidence. There’s an underlying rage, coming out as overt prejudice and plain old racism.”

    Terrible. Absolutely awful. Come on, people.

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • $26 hot dogs get their day at Rangers Ballpark
  • “Texas will debut its newest culinary creation — the Champion Dog — when the club plays the Chicago White Sox on April 6. The hot dog isn’t for those watching their waistlines, as the all-beef frank weighs in at a full pound — before the toppings. It’s also not for those watching their wallets, as the dog that measures nearly 2 feet in length will come with a sticker price of $26.”

    Waste of money…

  • [Video]: Cat streaker interrupts basketball game
  • “A stray cat got the scare of a lifetime after being chased off the court of an Israeli basketball game by the biggest dog he’s every seen.”

    LOL hilarity.


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Thor being camera shy for once ;)


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Clicks of the Day: March 16, 17, 18 2012 Weekend Edition!

Welcome to the three-day roundup …

Weekend Edition (March 16, 17, 18) of Clicks of the Day!

(I only do one Clicks of the Day post for the weekends so that I can actually have a weekend, lol. And amount of content will fluctuate depending on how much of a weekend I actually have!)

  • Authorities express extreme disapproval at St. Patrick’s day mob in London, Ont.
  • “Disgust and extreme disapproval were running high in London, Ont., Sunday after an intoxicated crowd of St. Patrick’s Day revellers spent the previous night fuelling a huge street fire and attacking authorities who tried to intervene. While no one was seriously injured as a mob of some 1,000 people took over a residential area popular with students, police said every officer responding to the situation was attacked during an upheaval that could have turned into something far worse.”

    Ridiculous. I will never understand rioting partygoers.

  • Air Canada accuses pilots of calling in sick to disrupt operations
  • “Facing a raft of delays and cancellations on the busy March-break weekend, Air Canada is seeking federal intervention and accusing the pilots’ union of encouraging members to flout back-to-work legislation. ‘While Air Canada supports the right of its employees to book off when they are unwell or otherwise unfit to work, we cannot condone such activities as part of industrial action to disrupt our operations and we have asked the [Canada Industrial Relations Board] to intervene. Customers should be reassured that the vast majority of Air Canada employees are hard at work to get them safely to their destination.‬'”

    Lol. Yeesh. They really don’t want to work. Meanwhile…

  • Aveos Fleet Performance Inc shuts down plants, lays off 2,400 workers: union
  • “The union representing aircraft machinists says Aveos Fleet Performance Inc., a company that provides aircraft maintenance to Air Canada, has shut down its plants in three cities, laying off more than 2,400 workers.”

    That’s a lot of jobs…

  • Canadians brace for a bad news budget: poll
  • “Many Canadians are expecting hard choices in the budget, but most don’t trust that Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives will make the right ones, according to an exclusive Ipsos Reid poll released on Friday.”

    Sorry state of our government finances.

  • Albertans ‘smug’ and ‘condescending,’ says poll of Toronto and Vancouver residents
  • “The city that likes to consider itself the Centre of the Universe now thinks that Calgary and Edmonton are the ones getting too big for their britches… ‘In Toronto, we found clear evidence of frustration that Alberta was becoming a stronger pillar and a more central agent in terms of Canada’s economy, eclipsing Ontario in some respects,’ said a report on the Harris Decima poll, released in 2009 but unpublicized until now… It found 40 per cent of non-Albertan respondents felt Albertans didn’t care much about the rest of Canada. More than a quarter described Albertans as greedy and another quarter found them arrogant.”

    Interesting results.

  • Environmental crunch worse than thought: OECD 2050 report
  • “Pressures on Earth’s ecosystem are now so great that future generations could be doomed to falling living standards, the OECD said on Thursday in a report looking to the mid-century. ‘The prospects are more alarming than the situation described in the previous edition,’ it said, speaking of ‘irreversible changes that could endanger two centuries of rising living standards.'”

    I apologize to my descendants for the sad lives they’ll be left to live on this dying planet. (Lol. I am so dramatic).

  • Climate ‘tech fixes’ urged for Arctic methane
  • “An eminent UK engineer is suggesting building cloud-whitening towers in the Faroe Islands as a “technical fix” for warming across the Arctic. Scientists told UK MPs this week that the possibility of a major methane release triggered by melting Arctic ice constitutes a “planetary emergency”. The Arctic could be sea-ice free each September within a few years.”

    Gotta do something…

  • Cellphone use during pregnancy linked to hyperactivity
  • “Cellphone radiation that fetuses are exposed to in the womb may be responsible for rising rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other behavioural problems in children, according to a new study.”

    Ah so cellphone radiation won’t kill us, just alter our children’s personalities, lol. Would this make you reconsider the amount of cell phone use you’re involved in when you’re pregnant?

  • Common antibiotic linked to asthma: UBC research
  • “A widely used antibiotic can increase the risk and severity of asthma, according to groundbreaking Canadian research that could help explain why millions of children now need to use puffers.”

    Bad antibiotics!

  • Super-Rich Americans Now Have Emergency Rooms In Own Homes
  • “Some wealthy households are choosing to forgo health insurance in favor of paying a monthly fee — totaling up to $30,000 per year — for concierge medicine, or the ability to have access to their physicians anywhere, anytime, Bloomberg News reports. Some families even have emergency rooms in their own homes, which can cost $1 million.”

    Blegh. Rich people…

  • Invisible Children boss Jason Russell arrested for masturbating in public: report
  • “San Diego police have confirmed they detained a 33-year-old white man on Thursday after getting reports at 11:30 a.m. he was running naked in the street, blocking traffic, screaming incoherently and performing a sex act in public. The man detained is reported to be Jason Russell, the 33-year-old filmmaker behind the controversial Kony 2012 viral video, and the co-founder of the charity Invisible Children.”

    Wow how this exploded on Twitter (#kony2012 turned into #bony2012). So bizarre.

  • Bell snaps up Astral Media for $3.38-billion
  • “BCE Inc. is pushing the envelope once more in what now plainly looks to be the telecom giant’s ambitious plan to become the epicentre of Canadian television content around which all others in the domestic marketplace orbit. BCE agreed Friday to acquire outright Astral Media Inc. in the latest in a string of deals that will make the country’s biggest telecommunications provider, through its new Bell Media division, the biggest holder of television properties in the country by far.”

    The joys of having the majority of our news and media being distributed by one company.

  • Bell-Astral deal should be stopped in its tracks
  • “If this deal goes through, we will have lost yet another independent and our position as having one of the most concentrated set of TMI industries amongst the developed capitalist economies will be yet further cemented.”

    Just bad news bears all around.

  • What We Talk About When We Talk About “Curation”
  • “[It’s] a drive to find the interesting, meaningful, and relevant amidst the vast maze of overabundant information, creating a framework for what matters in the world and why — is an increasingly valuable form of creative and intellectual labor, a form of authorship that warrants thought.”

    I’m curating right here with my Clicks of the Day! When it comes down to it, what I talk about it when I say curation, is gathering and delivering news, links, tidbits, photos, videos, etc., that I find interesting or “cool” and that I think others would be interested in as well.

  • Pay the TSA $100 and bypass airport security
  • “Most of us accept the inconvenience in the name of safer travel, but it looks as though even the TSA has realized none of us enjoy the experience. Their solution is not to speed things up or reduce the checks, though. Instead, the TSA will gladly accept a one-off payment of $100 from you to bypass security checks almost completely. The program is called Precheck, and will allow an individual to just walk through a metal detector before boarding a plane.”

    The rich really do get all the luxuries.

  • Pinterest addresses copyright concerns
  • “In a statement, the company said that it believes that it is protected under the safe harbor of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and that it is committed to quickly responding to alleged copyright issues… Much of the debate over Pinterest and copyright stems from a blog post by photographer and lawyer Kirsten Kowalski, who said that she removed some of her pinboards because she was concerned about what may happen in the event that someone sues a Pinterest user for copyright infringement. She later wrote to say that Pinterest chief executive Ben Silbermann had called her to get her input on how to rework the site’s terms and conditions. ‘All in all, it was a great conversation and he assured me that some changes are on the way in the very near future,’ Kowalski wrote.”

    Great to see a response because I was really backing off from Pinterest because of all the copyright concerns.

  • How Iceland Is Rebuilding Its Economy With Social Media
  • “Its 2011 “Inspired by Iceland” campaign encouraged citizens to take travelers on tours throughout the country. Even the president participated, inviting tourists into his home for pancakes with whipped cream and rhubarb jam… Overall, the Internet has played a big role in modern day Iceland…. The country has been embracing the Internet to boost tourism, and it seems to be working.”

    Really interesting! Also really makes me want to go Iceland!

  • West Edmonton Mall Apple Store to expand by over 4,000 square feet
  • “For those living in Edmonton, your Apple Store at the West Edmonton Mall has just had their expansion plans approved, which will increase retail space by 4,230 square feet, with construction to begin soon, according to ifoAppleStore. Total square footage will reach 6,930, and expansion will move directly into the adjacent retail space, formerly occupied by the Disney Store, which previously rumoured to make way for the move.”

    Crazy because that store is already so big.

  • Scientists develop the un-printer – vaporises ink from paper
  • “A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge have determined that as long as you are using the right type of laser, it is possible to remove toner from paper… They go on to explain that they have expanded on that method and found that ‘with the right laser, it is possible to remove toner from paper to enable its reuse.'”

    No more tree killings perhaps??

  • Want A New Bike? Check One Out From The Library
  • “Ever want to try that new electric bicycle zipping around town, a folding bike, or maybe that rugged looking cargo bike? At London’s Bicycle Library, the librarians are actually bike experts and the books are bicycles, and they invite any patron to come in and check out their bikes. It works as if you were checking out a book (although a deposit is required), and you get the experience of a traditional library (there are actual books and magazines on the art of cycling), along with a test track to see how you like the ride you’ve chose.”

    What a neat idea.

  • Theatres embrace tweet seats
  • “One of the last refuges from smartphones is now embracing the technology of instant communication… theatres, ballet companies and opera houses have been quietly opening their doors to tweeters and texters. It even arrived on Broadway Feb. 19, when a production of Godspell held a special performance with ‘tweet seats.’ For now, these tweeters need to be kept at the back of the theatre because of the light problem: the glow from a phone can be even more irritating than hearing it ring. But Haynes believes that technology will solve this problem and make it possible to put phone users anywhere in the house.”

    Definitely evolving in the world of theatre. Fort Saskatchewan’s Shell Theatre is really embracing it. I still feel the glow makes for a very awkward situation.

  • Ribbit! Frog species found in New York City has a croak of its own
  • “While it’s fairly common to find new species of animals in the remote wildness or in rain forests, to discover one in marshes and ponds within an urban area such as New York is nothing short of amazing, according to Leslie Rissler, program director with the National Science Foundation. ‘The species is completely distinct,’ said Rissler, part of the team of scientists that found the species. ‘It has a very small range and it was quite a surprise to find a new species in New York City.'”

    Cool :)

  • World’s tallest man finally stops growing, US doctors say
  • “Good news for Turkey’s Sultan Kosen, at eight foot three (2.51 meters) the world’s tallest living man: he can now say with confidence that he’s finally grown up. Nearly two years after gamma ray radiosurgery at the University of Virgina, doctors confirmed that Kosen, 29, has overcome acromegaly, a rare hormonal disorder that caused him to keep growing well into adulthood.”

    Yikes. Can you imagine if he just kept growing and growing and growing? I picture him peeking out above the clouds…

  • The man who used Google Earth to find his long-lost family
  • “An Indian man separated from his family for 25 years has defied the odds by tracking them down — using little more than a vague recollection of his childhood and some help from Google Earth’s mapping technology.”

    Great story.

  • World’s first flying car on the market at £800,000 (and it’s been in the air since 1946)
  • “If waiting in traffic jams leaves you ready to explode, the solution is finally here. Drivers can switch from the road to the air in minutes at the wheel of the world’s first flying car – which is on the market at a sky-high price of £800,000. The two-seat automobile can reach speeds of 60mph on land and up to 110mph at 12,000 feet, despite being more than 60 years old.”

    It’s not really as slick looking as I’d have hoped a flying car to be, lol.

  • 20 Hilarious ‘Hunger Games’ Memes Taking Over the Web
  • Lol these definitely made me laugh out loud!! Hahaha.

  • [Video]: Every Itchy & Scratchy episode from The Simpsons
  • 48 minutes long!! Too long for my video A.D.D. but still worth linking for the world.

  • A street cat named Bob
  • “Street musician James Bowen busks with cat Bob in Covent Garden in London March 13, 2012. Bowen has written a book named “A Street Cat Named Bob” about the experiences of the then homeless pair and how they met.”

    SUCH a cute story!! And wow, Bob is so stylish with his scarf. Watch some video of them here. So, so cute.

  • [Video]: Dog gets rejected by kittens, heart broken, but then gets his heart un-broken
  • These two videos are beyond adorable! <3

  • [Video]: St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Kitten
  • Lol!! I look like such an idiot while watching these fluffy cat videos! So cute.

  • [Photo]: Tom And Jerry IRL of the Day
  • “An actual game of cat and mouse unfolded in a garden in Reigate, Surrey, when an audacious rodent took on his kitty captor for a full ten minutes before managing to escape. According to witnesses, the wood mouse was brought into the garden by the cat, who had most likely expected an easy meal. But the critter soon went all Mighty Mouse, pummelling the cat with a succession of effective blows before escaping.”

    Wow!! This is awesome. Great photo.


Thor Photo of the Day:

Trip to the vet! Apparently Thor is overweight… but I think she’s beautiful!


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