Clicks of the Day: May 4, 5, 6 2012 Weekend Edition!

Welcome to the three-day roundup …

Weekend Edition (May 4, 5, 6) of Clicks of the Day!

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

    Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

  • Police investigate overnight homicide
  • “A man in his early 30s was killed Sunday after an early-morning fight outside a nightclub… This is Edmonton’s sixth homicide of the year.”

    Sad.

  • Bars warn female staff not to walk home alone
  • “As police continue to search for the “creep” responsible for several late-night assaults on women in the area of Whyte Avenue, pub and bar owners are reminding female staff not to walk home alone.”

    Good reminder.

  • City to add 15-km of bike lanes this year
  • “The city is moving ahead with plans that will eventually give Edmonton a 489-kilometre bicycle network, but not everyone is doing wheelies over the idea. Another 15 kilometres of on-street bike routes will be painted on roads this year, adding to the 20 kilometres of shared-use and reserved cycling lanes created in 2011.”

    Great for riders… which doesn’t include me. I would like to bike as a mode of transportation but I’ve never lived in bike-friendly neighbourhoods. I would have to bike a very long time to get anywhere where I live.

  • Edmonton one of host cities for 2015 Women’s World Cup
  • “Millions of soccer fans from around the world will look to Edmonton in 2015, as the city hosts a piece of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.”

    Cool!

  • Distracted drivers in Ontario busted by ‘hobo cops’
  • “Employing a technique used by other police forces, officers in Halton Region, just west of Toronto, dressed up as street people and approached vehicles to determine if drivers were talking on handheld phones or texting. Yesterday, Halton Regional Police ended a four day blitz to go after drivers who illegally use handheld electronic devices while operating their motor vehicles.”

    Interesting how this practice went from B.C. to Ontario. Which police force will do it next?

  • Charest says government did all it could to resolve student
  • “Quebec Premier Jean Charest is blaming the province’s striking students for a months-long stalemate that only now appears to be on the verge of a resolution. A potential deal, struck Saturday after a marathon bargaining session, is being hailed by student leaders as “the beginning of the end” of a conflict that has grown increasingly contentious. Close to one-third of Quebec’s university students have been on strike for 81-days, protesting what was initially a 75-per cent hike in their tuition fees.”

    Hope this ends soon. I can’t believe it’s gone on as long as it has and I can’t believe how violent some of the protests got too. Yikes.

  • Conservatives back private members’ bill targeting masked protesters
  • “The Harper government is throwing its weight behind a private members’ bill that would give police the power to arrest anyone hiding their identity during a riot or unlawful assembly. Conservative backbencher Blake Richards is proposing penalties of up to five years in prison or a fine of up to $5,000 for protesters who wear a mask or disguise.”

    Interesting.

  • Canada’s first-ever mental health strategy will pressure Harper to act
  • “Canada is about to get its first-ever national mental health strategy – a massive report that may persuade Prime Minister Stephen Harper that his government must return Ottawa to a lead role on health care… the strategy will demand that they (the government), and Canadians in general, set aside their preconceived notions of mental illness and face the fact that almost every family will be touched by mental health problems at some point. Specifically, the blueprint wants federal and provincial governments to earmark nine per cent of their health spending for mental health – up from about seven per cent now.”

    I never realized how huge an issue mental health was until recently.

  • Ottawa spending $100,000 for paper flags, lapel pins to mark Diamond Jubilee
  • “The Conservative government has set aside more than $100,000 for paper flags and lapel pins for celebrations to mark the sixth decade of Queen Elizabeth’s reign. $74,180 for 682,000 paper flags to be sent to the public, provinces and territories; $52,650 for 300,000 lapel pins; and $28,883.20 on posters.”

    Woooow.

  • TransCanada reapplies for Keystone XL permit
  • “TransCanada Corp. is plowing ahead with its Keystone XL pipeline project to ship Alberta crude south to the U.S. Gulf Coast – while at the same time eagerly pursuing a proposal to ship oil from the west to eastern Canada. TransCanada reapplied on Friday for a U.S. permit to build the 2,700-kilometre Keystone line. The company has already started construction on the Canadian side of the border for the controversial pipeline, and expects to break ground on the most southerly leg in the U.S. this summer.”

    Hmm.

    World

  • Long legal battle ahead for Sept. 11 case
  • “The U.S. has finally started the prosecution of five Guantanamo Bay prisoners charged in the Sept. 11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, but the trial won’t be starting anytime soon, and both sides said Sunday that the case could continue for years. Defence lawyer James Connell said a tentative trial date of May 2013 is a “placeholder” until a true date can be set for the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-described mastermind of the attacks, and his co-defendants.”

    Wow. It’s been a long time and it’s still going to be awhile yet. (You probably don’t want to hear about my 9/11 conspiracy theories).

  • Sarkozy is latest leader booted from office amid European financial crisis
  • “Nicolas Sarkozy, defeated Sunday in France’s presidential runoff by Socialist challenger Francois Hollande, joins a series of European leaders booted from office because of public anger over austerity measures and economic crisis. Almost every crisis-hit European country that has held an election since disaster struck in 2009 has thrown out its leader.”

    Well that’s what happens when leaders leave your country in the state that the Eurozone countries are in…

  • Angry Greeks reject bailout, risk euro exit
  • “Greek voters enraged by economic hardship caused by the terms of an international bailout turned on ruling parties in an election on Sunday, putting the country’s future in the euro zone at risk and threatening to revive Europe’s debt crisis.”

    Not a good time over there.

    Health

  • Study: Sports drinks can rot kids’ teeth in as little as 5 days
  • “Sports and energy drinks are fueling a silent epidemic of irreversible tooth erosion among American adolescents, according to a new study. ‘This study completely disproves that, because they erode or thin out the enamel of the teeth, leaving them more susceptible to decay and sensitivity.’

    I always stick with water :)

  • Tiny dental filling kills bacteria, strengthens teeth
  • “Your next filling may do a little more to keep your teeth healthy. Researchers at the University of Maryland have created the first cavity-fillers also kill bacteria and re-grow layers of tooth.”

    Intense.

  • After IVF, some couples get pregnant without help
  • “Despite the label of being “infertile,” some couples who have tried fertility treatments are later able to have a baby naturally, according to a new study from France. In some instances from the research, the parents had had another child previously using in vitro fertilization (IVF) — while in other cases the couple had a baby even after an unsuccessful experience with IVF.”

    That’s pretty cool.

    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • Star Trek-like device beams life-sized holograms
  • “Online video conferencing tools such as Skype have revolutionized the way job interviews are conducted from afar. But what if technology enabled you to appear in an office, in front of a prospective employer, even when you’re half a world away? A Queen’s University researcher has created a device that transmits life-sized 3-D holograms, allowing people in different locations to video conference while virtually standing in front of each other.”

    Very cool!

  • Report: 13 million U.S. Facebook users don’t use privacy settings
  • “Facebook and privacy always seem to be joined at the hip, yet often the two do not truly connect. Over time the social network giant has had substantial privacy issues that were beyond the user’s control… According to (a) report, almost 13 million Facebook users in the U.S. do not use, or are unaware of, the privacy settings provided by Facebook. Of that number, 28 percent are sharing all, or most, of their information beyond their immediate circle of friends.
    Although, it may not be clear how many of this group of users just don’t bother with the controls, or find the privacy settings too confusing. The network’s approach to privacy controls have historically been convoluted.”

    Yeesh…

  • FBI wants wiretap-ready social networks soon
  • “The Federal Bureau of Investigation wants to make Facebook and other social networks easier to use for spying on suspected criminals — and it wants access ASAP. High-ranking FBI officials and other government representatives have been meeting with Internet industry leaders to ask them not to oppose a proposed law that would give federal agencies backdoor access to social networking sites, CNET reports. The FBI’s argument? As communication has shifted more and more online, previous laws allowing wiretaps on phone lines are becoming less and less useful.”

    Hm. Probably good if it was actually to be used to JUST spy on suspected criminals. #thereisnoprivacyanymore.

  • Judge says Facebook ‘likes’ not protected by First Amendment
  • “The “like” button on Facebook seems like a relatively clear way to express your support for something, but a federal judge says that doesn’t mean clicking it is constitutionally protected speech… While public employees are allowed to speak as citizens on matters of public concern, U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson ruled that clicking the “like” button does not amount to expressive speech. In other words, it’s not the same as actually writing out a message and posting it on the site. The case enters a murky legal area.”

    Social media making a lot of legal matters messier.

  • Finally Proven: Twitter Does Affect Google Rankings
  • “URLs receive a significant rankings boost from Google when they are tweeted and retweeted on Twitter. This boost levels out at around 50 tweets, and little further benefit is gained until social noise reaches around 5,000 tweets… The study gives real weight to marketers looking to further their social media activity, given that there is a tangible, provable SEO benefit to be gained from having links to commercial web pages shared on social media.”

    Cool. Ah the value of investing in social media.

    Business/Work/Economy/Media

  • Yesterday’s gone
  • “For what seemed like forever, copy editors embraced the routine task of changing the days of the week in stories to “yesterday,” “today,” and “tomorrow.” But as of last month, the mission has been reversed. Now the copy editor must make sure that the days of the week get into the story and stay there. For the first time in more than four decades, Globe articles do not employ “yesterday, “today,” and “tomorrow.” The reason for the change is that articles are no longer written only for the newspaper. Breaking news is posted immediately on the Globe’s websites; stories are then fleshed out, posted again, then put into the process for the next day’s paper and the next day’s web entries. With all that traffic, a reliance on “yesterday, “today,” and “tomorrow” is an invitation for error.”

    Hm. I always thought we weren’t supposed to use “today” “tomorrow” or “yesterday.” But that could just be Canadian Press rules. (Another thing I find frustrating is the inconsistency of capitalization on headlines for stories. It Can Be Like This or It will go like this).

  • Politico endorses post-first, check-later journalism
  • “Everyone — politicians, competing reporters, citizens — knows that Politico’s imperative is speed. The Cartagena checkbook-journalism episode illustrates just how much the site may be willing to sacrifice in its pursuit.”

    Hm.

  • Pottermore sells nearly $5 million worth of e-books in first month
  • “Harry Potter website Pottermore sold $4.8 million (£3 million) worth of e-books in its first month — that works out to around 525,000 copies — and has nearly 7 million unique users, CEO Charlie Redmayne tells The Bookseller. Sales of the Harry Potter print books have increased, too.”

    Big success for them! I haven’t been to Pottermore since my first login, lol.

    Environment/Space/Animals/Science

  • Finding air pollution’s fingerprints to track down dirty factories
  • “Scientists have found a way to figure out the exact source of dangerous particles in our air, which could allow regulators to shut down factories that are pumping poison into the atmosphere.”

    That’s great news.

  • Bigger and brighter ‘supermoon’ graces the night sky
  • “A “supermoon” has graced the skies, appearing bigger and brighter than usual, as it comes closer to the Earth – and is likely to bring higher tides. The phenomenon, known as a perigee full moon, means the Moon appears up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than when it is furthest from the planet.”

    The moon Mike and I saw really wasn’t that big, bright, or impressive. :(

  • Death of the dinosaurs: the asteroid didn’t act alone
  • “It was 65.5 million years ago that an asteroid measuring 6 mi. (10 km) across, slammed into the Earth just off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, blasting out a 110 mi. (180 km) crater and sending out a cloud of globe-girdling debris that cooled and darkened the world. That spelled doom for species that had come to like things bright and warm. Before long (in geological terms, at least) the dinos were gone and the mammals arose. That’s how the story has long been told and it’s still the most-widely accepted theory. Now, however, a study led by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and published in Nature Communications suggests that the asteroid may not have affected all dinosaur species equally.”

    Reading about dinosaurs – always fascinating.

  • Dinosaurs a gas, gas, gas, scientists say
  • “Dinosauras may have been partly to blame for climate change in their time because their diets meant they emitted vast clouds of methane, a powerful global warming gas, scientists say. The key culprits were the giant plant-eating sauropods, which spent 150 million years plodding around the planet eating ferns and burping and farting methane.”

    Lol.

  • Stereotypes keep women away from science
  • “A gender gap in science and engineering fields persists, in part, due to stereotypes that prevent more women from choosing these areas in their careers. Despite some progress in recent years, the gap hasn’t shifted much… the grass-roots level, parents and high school educators need to continue to work harder to educate young women about the potential for careers in this area.”

    I think the University of Alberta’s Women in Science/Tech program is doing a good job of trying to fight against that gender gap!

    Entertainment

  • ‘Avengers’ smashes record: $200.3 million debut
  • “Hulk, smash. That’s what Captain America tells the Incredible Hulk to do in “The Avengers,” and that’s what the Marvel Comics superhero mash-up did at the box office, smashing the domestic revenue record with a $200.3 million debut. It’s by far the biggest opening ever, shooting past the previous record of $169.2 million for the debut of last year’s “Harry Potter” finale. “The Avengers” added $151.5 million overseas over the weekend to bring its total to $441.5 million since it began opening internationally a week earlier. That raised the film’s worldwide haul to $641.8 million in barely a week and a half.”

    Go Avengers!! Fantastic movie, well-deserved box office hit.

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • Turtle with carved initials turns up 47 years later
  • “It was 1965. U.S. president Lyndon Johnson spoke about the Great Society in his State of the Union address, the first American combat troops arrived in Vietnam, My Fair Lady won eight Academy Awards, and 13-year-old Jeff Cokeley went for a walk in the woods, adjacent to his Washington County, Pennsylvania home. While in the woods, the teen spotted a box turtle, a common species in the area. He picked it up and on impulse, turned it over and carved his initials and the year on the turtle’s shell. He then let the turtle go… Last week, his 85-year-old father, Holland, who still lives on the property, noticed his neighbour’s dog barking at something. He went to investigate and found the dog was barking at a turtle. Holland picked it up, turned it over, and saw the carving his son made 47 years before.”

    Really cool! Although I can’t say I’m too thrilled that the boy carved into a turtle in the first place.

  • [Infographic]: Top 10 most read books
  • I feel like the book in second place doesn’t belong lol (in that I have heard of the other nine and not that one).

  • British Asparagus Festival cancelled due to a lack of asparagus
  • “The annual British Asparagus Festival has been cancelled due to a lack of the principal vegetable. Poor weather in the UK has led to an insufficient quantity of the vegetable being available. Since 2006 the British Asparagus Festival has taken place in the Vale of Evesham, in England.”

    Lol at the fact that there was such a festival and aw that it must be cancelled. I love asparagus!

  • [Video]: Personal trainer cat
  • “Cat motivates his owner to do a few more pushups.”

    Lol!! Awesome.


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

My cats sure love sink water!


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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.


Thor and (or) Loki Photo of the Day:

Thor being camera shy for once ;)


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