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Clicks of the Week: November 26 to December 3, 2012 Edition

Welcome to Clicks of the Week: November 26 to December 3, 2012 Edition!

Clicks of the Week is a weekly round up of news. It used to be Clicks of the Day, but Linda’s life got busy so now it’s a weekly thing. Number of Clicks will be dependent again on the busyness of life that week.

Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

“The drama in Alberta’s legislature escalated Monday, as several members of the official opposition walked out of the house – before the speaker ruled the premier had not mislead the house, as the opposition had accused Redford of last week. On Monday, Speaker Gene Zwozdesky officially ruled contempt of parliament allegations made by the opposition last week had no standing, and the allegations were dismissed. The ruling came after MLAs from the Wildrose party were shut down by the Speaker a number of times during question period – as Zwozdesky would not allow questions on the contempt of parliament issue.”

What a messsssss.

“Strathcona County RCMP, with the help of Edmonton police and Alberta sheriffs, kicked off the first Checkstop of the Christmas season this weekend and despite tougher penalties and increased awareness, police say too many drivers continue to get behind the wheel impaired.”

Why are people doing this??? Stop it. It kills. It injures. So preventable.

“The provincial government has released their fiscal update for the second quarter, and the update outlined major hits to the province’s finances, and critics are worried the province is sitting on an ‘economic time bomb’. Based on results published so far this year, the province is forecasting a deficit between $2.3 and $3 billion.”

Fail.

“Federal beef inspectors at the XL Foods plant in southern Alberta whose E. coli crisis sparked the country’s largest meat recall were ordered to turn a blind eye to contamination on carcasses being processed for sale to Canadians, CTV News has learned, a directive that was imposed by the inspectors’ supervisors lasting four years.”

What the heck.

“Local researchers suggest a tax on soft drinks could help improve the health of Albertans while generating additional provincial revenue. Data shows Albertans drink more than one litre of pop per person, per day – which means the province has the highest percentage of people in the country who consume sugar-sweetened beverages.”

Probably wouldn’t actually deter people from buying, honestly.

“The province has laid charges against two Edmonton-based employment agencies, for allegedly collecting illegal fees from foreign workers. Jonalyn Gandeza and Ira Nadnaden are facing a number of charges, including operating an unlicensed employment agency, charging prospective employees to help them find employment and misleading or deceiving a consumer.”

Just awful.

“Hundreds of Edmontonians are choosing private healthcare over the public system, at a cost they say is worth the extra money. Copeman, Edmonton’s first private healthcare clinic, brings together a number of health specialists including a family physician, dietician, kinesiologist, and neuropsychologist, all under one roof. Becoming a member of the clinic costs $4,200 per adult for the first year, with the price dropping in subsequent years. Lori DaSilva and her family pay thousands per year for health services at a private clinic in Edmonton. They say the services they receive from a private clinic is worth the money.”

It’s hefty but when you add up all the services you get/unlimited/no waits/etc. it does seem to be worth it…

“The Alberta man who became a YouTube sensation for enthusiastically belting out “Bohemian Rhapsody” from the back seat of an RCMP cruiser has been convicted of impaired driving and refusing a breathalyser test. Robert Wilkinson will have to pay a $1,400 fine and will be prohibited from driving for one year.”

I thought his rendition was hilarious – but wearing Viking horns to court is pretty dumb.

“A local animal advocacy group has received permission from Sir Paul McCartney himself, to use his two concerts in Edmonton to lobby for Lucy the elephant to be moved from the zoo. Voice for Animals Humane Society asked the former Beatle if they could set up at Rexall Place for Wednesday and Thursday night’s shows to raise awareness about their fight to have Lucy transferred from the Valley Zoo to an animal sanctuary. McCartney said yes.”

I am all for having Lucy be in a better environment with other elephants, etc., but if the move could kill her – I don’t see how people can say that’s better??

“The Oscars. The Emmys. The Grammies. And now, The Yeggies. A new initiative has been launched in Edmonton to celebrate the best social media content and creators the city has to offer. Officially called the Edmonton New Media Awards, the Yeggies strive to recognize some of the forgotten talent in blogging, podcasting, videoblogging and tweeting.”

How fun!!!!

“Edmontonians now have the option of checking out some familiar city landmarks from the comfort of their own home. Google has launched maps with enhanced, 360-degree panoramic Street View for several Edmonton facilities including City Hall, Churchill Square, the Muttart Conservatory and the Valley Zoo.”

Pretty neat though I don’t know when I’d ever use it.

World

“Kansas City police say NFL linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend early Saturday, before driving to the nearby Arrowhead Stadium where he turned the gun on himself.”

Messed up…

“For the first time in well, a long time, New York City went a whole 24 hours this week without a single murder, stabbing, or shooting. Gotham enjoyed the unusual peace from 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, until 11:20 a.m. Tuesday, when a 27-year-old man was shot in Brooklyn. This rare feat in the city’s history is so rare, that the NYPD can’t even remember the last time it happened, NY1 reports. “Nice way to start the week,” said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne.”

Crazy.

“The owner of a Bangladesh clothing factory where a fire killed 112 people says he was never informed the facility was required to have an emergency exit, a sign of how far removed the leaders of the nation’s garment industry are from issues of worker safety.”

Uhhh.

“European and global financial leaders have agreed to release (EURO)44 billion ($57 billion) in critical loans to Greece and provide billions in additional debt relief in order to help the country stabilize its ailing economy.”

Good luck Greece.

“The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her first child, but has also been admitted to hospital for treatment of nausea and vomiting related to her pregnancy. In a statement posted Monday to Prince William and Catherine’s website, the couple said they were “very pleased” to announce the pregnancy, which comes after weeks of speculation that an apparent heir to the British throne could be on its way.”

A lot of people around the world were excited about this news, lol. It’s meh. I do think Kate is so pretty though!

“Here now to provide a some perspective on the matter of mortality is a variegated patchwork comprising 188 of the world’s countries, with each nation color-coded in accordance with the average life expectancy of its citizens.”

Canada sits at #12.

Health

“Could a common medication prescribed for diabetes also treat a killer among women? One group is saying yes. Health.com is reporting ovarian cancer patients who were taking metformin lived longer than those who didn’t, which may possibly offer scientists more insight on how they can treat, and ultimately cure, the disease. The drug, which is usually prescribed to lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes, is derived from French lilacs.”

Interesting.

“The occurrence of brain-rattling concussions among both elite male and female hockey players appears to be much higher than reported, suggests a study in which sports medicine doctors were behind the bench observing a season’s worth of games. The study, which followed players on two Canadian university teams during the 2011-2012 season, found the incidence of concussions was three times higher in males and more than five times greater in females than most previous research had found.”

Eep.

Technology/Social Media/Internet

“A 21-year-old Indian woman thought Mumbai shouldn’t have been shutdown for the funeral of an Islamophobic leader. Broadcasting such opinions on Facebook was apparently grounds for arrest.”

So much for freedom of speech.

“A tourist’s snapshot of a New York City police officer giving new boots to a barefoot homeless man in Times Square has created an online sensation… the officer – identified as Larry DePrimo – came up to the man with a pair of all-weather boots and thermal socks on the frigid night. She recorded his generosity on her cellphone. The photo shows the officer kneeling beside the man with the boots at his feet. A shoe store is seen in the background.”

Love. this.

“Social networking is no longer a passing trend as we entered the fully-fledged social media age this year, according to the Nielsen and NM Incite’s 2012 Social Media Report. The core finding of the report is that American consumers continue to spend more time on social networks than on any other category of sites.”

Obviously!

“Text messages turn 20 Monday and their use may rise 40 percent by 2016, even as mobile-phone owners increasingly rely on Facebook Inc. and WhatsApp to communicate. The first SMS, or short message service, text was sent over Vodafone Group Plc’s network on Dec. 3, 1992 with the message “Merry Christmas.” By 2016, users may send 9.4 trillion texts, generating $127 billion in revenue, up from 6.7 trillion forecast for this year, according to researcher Informa Plc.”

Happy birthday Text Messaging! Love you way more than phone calls in most day-to-day situations!

“From now until January 14, 2013, creative lab Party (read a profile on them here) has set up the world’s first 3-D photobooth in Harajuku (Tokyo). It’s a reservations-only combination 3-D scanner and printer that won’t just capture a flat face shot, but a head-to-toe, 360-degree, topographically accurate rendition of you. The printed portraits themselves are highly detailed, and immeasurably charming.”

Very cool.

Business/Work/Economy/Media

What can you get with $7? Well, you can probably grab a very nice lunch at the food court, or two decent brown-bag lunches from home. Or now, you could get a single cup of coffee. Starbucks has just announced its most expensive coffee yet, a so-called Geisha blend labelled Costa Rica Finca Palmilera.

What a waste of money!

Environment/Space/Animals/Science

“Scientists believe some people have a gene that hard-wires them for binge drinking by boosting levels of a happy brain chemical triggered by alcohol. The gene – RASGRF-2 – is one of many already suggested to be linked with problem drinking, PNAS journal reports.”

Hmm.

“The amount of heat-trapping pollution the world spewed rose again last year by 3 per cent. So scientists say it’s now unlikely that global warming can be limited to a couple of degrees, which is an international goal. The overwhelming majority of the increase was from China, the world’s biggest carbon dioxide polluter. Of the planet’s top 10 polluters, the United States and Germany were the only countries that reduced their carbon dioxide emissions.”

We suck.

“You would probably not enjoy the galaxy NGC 1277. Never mind that it’s far — 220 million light-years away in the constellation Perseus. The problem is that at its center is a giant, giant black hole, 17 billion times as massive as our sun, so big that scientists calculate it makes up 59 percent of the mass of the galaxy’s disc. Astrophysicists have long believed that there’s a black hole at the center of our Milky Way, but it probably accounts for something like 0.1 percent of the galaxy’s center. The one in NGC 1277, scientists report in today’s edition of the journal Nature, is the second largest they’ve ever observed, and it upends what they thought about how galaxies form.”

Soooo interesting!!!!

“In a sand drift on Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover discovered … sand. At a meeting of the American Geophysical Union here, scientists working on the mission talked about the analysis of the first soil sample. John P. Grotzinger, the project scientist, inadvertently set off expectations of a major discovery when he told National Public Radio a couple of weeks ago that the data was “one for the history books.” On Monday, Dr. Grotzinger said he was referring to the richness and quality of the data coming from Curiosity’s sophisticated instruments on the soil sample, not that it contained a major discovery. Dr. Grotzinger and other Curiosity scientists said their analysis did not provide definitive evidence for the building blocks of life as some had speculated.”

Well maybe he shouldn’t have said it was one of the history books!!

Weird News, Other News, Good News and/or Fluff

“Nine years before Pixar presented the world with Toy Story, their first full-length animated film, the computer animation studio released Luxo Jr., an animated short about two anthropomorphized lamps that taught us that humans can form an emotional bond with pretty much anything. Inspired by Pixar’s icon, three New Zealand students designed and built a roboticized lamp, says CNet Australia. The lamp, equipped with six servos and a webcam, can move and play (though it doesn’t seem to be able to hop).”

So precious!!

“In 2012, we invested in dictionaries. Old dictionaries. Slang dictionaries, mostly, and often we didn’t have to invest much. What we spent at yard sales and used book stores was well worth it, and we’ve been shoehorning great terms like these into office conversations all year.”

Lol some weird ones that I’ll try to incorporate into regular speak.

“Authorities have demolished a five-storey home that stood incongruously in the middle of a new main road and had become the latest symbol of resistance by Chinese homeowners against officials accused of offering unfair compensation. Xiayangzhang village chief Chen Xuecai told The Associated Press the house was bulldozed Saturday after its owners, duck farmer Luo Baogen and his wife, agreed to accept compensation of 260,000 yuan ($41,000).”

Bizarre story + photos WERE real! And just like that – the home is bulldozed after all.

 

 

“The Apple empire has extended to the baby crib. A new baby name report released this week by BabyCenter, a pregnancy and parenting information website, shows more parents named their children after Apple-related products in 2012. The name “Apple” was used for at least six girls in 2012, twice as many as in 2011. “Mac,” meanwhile, was used for at least 49 boys, up from 25 a year ago. And at least 17 girls were named “Siri” this year, up from 11 last year.”

Soo stupid.

 

 

Lol. Pretty cute.

 

 

UTTERLY PRECIOUS!!!

 

 

Aw.

 

 

Teehehe.

 

 

Pretty impressive cat!!
Thor (and/or Loki) Photo of the Week:

Just hanging out on the sectional. ;)

 

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Linda

Clicks of the Day, Current Events, Lists

Clicks of the Day: September 21, 22, 23 2012 Weekend Edition!

Welcome to the three-day roundup …

Weekend Edition (September 21, 22, 23) 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.

    Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

  • Teen finishes ride from Edson to Edmonton, raises $1,500 for the Stollery
  • “An Edson teen wrapped up the bike ride of his life on Sunday – after cycling from the small Alberta town all the way to Edmonton to raise money for the Stollery Children’s Hospital.”

    So impressed with him!!!

  • Even more products added to nation-wide ground beef recall
  • “A nation-wide recall involving ground beef products from an Edmonton manufacturer has been expanded for the sixth time. The products by Edmonton’s XL Foods Inc. are being recalled over concerns of possible E. coli contamination. The recall was first issued a week ago and on Sunday the Canadian Food Inspection Agency expanded the recall for the sixth time – to include even more potentially affected products.”

    This is getting ridiculous now. Six times the recall has been expanded? What a mess.

  • Quebec student group wants free tuition now that hike is off the table
  • “One Quebec student group says that with tuition hikes officially off the table, it will now champion the idea of free education. The new Parti Quebecois government scrapped a controversial increase in post-secondary tuition fees this week and a hardline student group is now turning to free education as its long-term goal.”

    Wow. Cheapest tuition in Canada still not good enough for ya eh.

    World

  • America soon to ban smiling on drivers’ license photographs
  • “In an effort to weed out the bad guys, the FBI is rolling out a nation-wide facial recognition system. Soon, it will be illegal for drivers to smile on their driver’s license photographs, as exaggerated smiles prevent the software from working properly.”

    Sigh.

  • Himalayas avalanche sweeps away climbers in Nepal
  • “At least nine people have been killed and several are missing in Nepal after an avalanche hit climbers and guides at a camp on a Himalayan peak. The bodies of a German and a Nepalese guide have been recovered from the slopes of Mount Manaslu, police say. A further seven bodies have been sighted by rescue pilots. Spanish foreign ministry officials say one of the dead is a Spanish national.”

    Very sad.

    Health

  • Why sleeping in and sleeping pills will just make you more tired
  • “Insomnia is rampant. One in three of us — more than ever before — struggles with sleeplessness, and one in 10 has a diagnosed sleep disorder. While we should rest for up to nine hours a night, we average less than seven, leading to a reliance on sleeping aids and pills for quick-fix results. So why are we unable to switch off? A new study by the Lighting Research Centre, at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York State, published last week, identified how exposure to certain types of light can disrupt our sleep. Researchers confirmed that “blue light” from the screens of smartphones, tablet computers and e-readers is particularly detrimental — especially when we’re exposed to it two hours before bed.”

    Lol – I definitely look at my phone or computer two hours before bed (typically) but I have no problems zonking out!!

  • Weight and taste sensitivity are linked, new study says
  • “The secret to avoiding weight gain may be residing on the top of your tongue. According to a new German study, obese children have less sensitive taste buds than kids of normal weight, and that may drive them to eat more.”

    Interesting!

    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • Device that shuts people up, dynamics of sloshing coffee are among 2012 Ig Nobel winners
  • “For anyone who’s ever been tired of listening to someone drone on and on and on, two Japanese researchers have the answer. The SpeechJammer, a device that disrupts a person’s speech by repeating his or her own voice at a delay of a few hundred milliseconds, was named Thursday as a 2012 winner of the Ig Nobel prize — an award sponsored by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine for weird and humorous scientific discoveries.”

    Lol funny.

  • Tweets will be downloadable by the end of the year
  • “Speaking at an Online News Association conference, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said that users would have the ability to download their tweets by the end of this year.”

    I’m not sure if I would ever use a record of my tweets but cool!

  • Second hostage situation in a month liveblogged on Facebook
  • “For the second time in a month, criminals have used public Facebook status updates to communicate with police and loved ones during hostage situations.”

    Sign of the times…

    Business/Work/Economy/Media

  • Apple, Samsung demand changes to jury’s $1B patent trial verdict
  • “Neither side in a bitter patent battle is satisfied with Apple Inc.’s $1 billion jury verdict over Samsung Electronics Co. after a three-week trial this summer. Samsung wants a new trial. Apple is seeking an additional $707 million in damages and interest.”

    Okay, I love you Apple but let’s not get too greedy!!

  • Controversial 9/11 film soars to #1 on PBS, breaks local records
  • “A daring new documentary that uses scientific analysis to challenge the official 9/11 story became the most popular film on PBS during the week of the 9/11 anniversary, which followed its record-breaking broadcast on Colorado Public Television (CPT12).”

    Awesome! Need to watch it.

    Environment/Space/Animals/Science

  • Will humans eventually all look like Brazilians?
  • “It really happened: Six generations of inbreeding spanning the years 1800 to 1960 caused an isolated population of humans living in the hills of Kentucky to become blue-skinned. The startlingly blue people, all descendants of a French immigrant named Martin Fugate and still living near his original settlement on the banks of Troublesome Creek when hematologists studied them in the 1960s, turned out to have a rare blood condition called methemoglobinemia… Stearns says globalization, immigration, cultural diffusion and the ease of modern travel will gradually homogenize the human population, averaging out more and more people’s traits. Because recessive traits depend on two copies of the same gene pairing up in order to get expressed, these traits will express themselves more rarely, and dominant traits will become the norm. In short, blue skin is out. Brown skin is in.”

    Fascinating.

  • Scientists find way to ‘kick-start’ infertile sperm dramatically increasing pregnancy chances
  • “Researchers have found that adding a missing protein to infertile human sperm can ‘kick-start’ its ability to fertilise an egg and dramatically increase the chances of a successful pregnancy.”

    Neat!

  • A new-found world, possible to sustain life
  • “In the region of Dorado constellation, 50 light years from Earth, researchers found Gliese 163c, orbiting the star Gliese 163, with potential structures and compositions scientists believe could possibly sustain life.”

    Cool.

  • Race is on as ice melt reveals arctic treasures
  • “With Arctic ice melting at record pace, the world’s superpowers are increasingly jockeying for political influence and economic position in outposts like this one, previously regarded as barren wastelands. At stake are the Arctic’s abundant supplies of oil, gas and minerals that are, thanks to climate change, becoming newly accessible along with increasingly navigable polar shipping shortcuts. This year, China has become a far more aggressive player in this frigid field, experts say, provoking alarm among Western powers.”

    Interesting!

  • Burnt items show humans recycled even 13,000 years ago
  • “Archaeologists have discovered that humans from the Upper Palaeolithic Age recycled their stone artifacts to be put to other uses. Researchers found a high percentage of burnt remains in the Moli del Salt site in Tarragona, Spain which date back to the end of the Upper Palaeolithic Age some 13,000 years ago. The study found that the recycling of tools was normal during the Upper Palaeolithic Age and was more common for domestic activities and seems to be associated with immediate needs.”

    Neat!

    Weird News, Other News, Good News & Fluff (Usually cat videos)

  • Synchronized toilet flushing in Zimbwabe to unblock sewers
  • “In a case of get ready, get set, flush, home owners in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe have been asked to flush their toilets at a specific time. The two main dams, supplying water to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city, have been drying up due to severe droughts in the southwestern part of the country. This has raised fears of worsening water shortages before the rainy season starts in November. Now the Bulawayo City Council is asking its 1.5 million residents to flush their toilets simultaneously, at precisely 7:30 pm, to unblock the sewers.”

    That’s a cool experiment!

  • Woman with cancer saved by coughing up tumour
  • “A 38-year-old woman from the UK coughed up an entire tumor a year ago, and now doctors have told her that she is cancer free.”

    Wow!

  • [Video]: 1989 Radio Shack cellular phone commercial
  • Funny! Wow $799 eh?

  • [Photos]: The 50 most romantic photographs of all time
  • “From twitterpated youths to death do us part, from 1586 to 2012, and from Paris to Times Square: this is the look of love. Warning: heart fluttering, heart breaking, and heart re-making all straight ahead.”

    So much love.

  • [Video]: Proof that cats are better than dogs
  • YES!!! :) I still love dogs though but my love for cats is exponentially greater. #CATLADY


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

My Thor is soooooo cute!!!!!!


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Linda

Clicks of the Day, Current Events, Lists

Clicks of the Day: Thursday, September 20, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Thursday, September 20 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.

    Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

  • Katz Group declines mayor’s invitation to negotiate publicly
  • “Two days after the mayor issued a public statement – inviting the Katz Group to hold public negotiations on the downtown arena project – the company has responded to, and declined, the offer.”

    Ah. Will this never end.

  • Developer doesn’t want teenage neighbours, St. Albert mayor says
  • “Plans to develop land across from Servus Place in St. Albert have been put on hold indefinitely and the developer is now under fire for comments he made about teenagers in the neighbourhood. Conditions on Canterra Development’s plan to build on a vacant field across from Servus Place in the Kingswood neighbourhood included donating 10 per cent of the land to the community. However, now that the city wants to build a high school in that space, St. Albert’s mayor says the developer is refusing to move forward with the plan. Mayor Nolan Crouse says the developer told him on several occasions that “teenagers don’t make good neighbours.””

    Yikes… who says that?!

  • Edmonton boy hurt in Highway 63 crash could have brain damage, paralysis
  • “A seven-year-old Edmonton boy seriously hurt in a crash on Highway 63 is slowly improving but doctors still don’t know if he will fully recover, his parents say.”

    So sad.

  • Bill to offer EI benefits to families with sick children
  • “The federal government is bringing in new rules to help families of gravely ill or injured children. Legislation to be tabled this week called the Helping Families in Need Act will allow parents whose children develop serious diseases such as cancer to collect Employment Insurance benefits for up to 35 weeks. There will also be amendments to the Canada Labour Code to protect the jobs of parents who take leaves of absence to care for critically ill children.”

    Sounds great.

  • Tuition hikes scrapped at first Parti Quebecois cabinet meeting
  • “It’s over — the tuition increase that triggered such social strife in Quebec has been cancelled. The Parti Quebecois government repealed the fee hike, by decree, in its first cabinet meeting Thursday on its first full day in office. Premier Pauline Marois acted on a promise that she had made during the election campaign. She announced the decision at a news conference after the meeting.”

    So the riots will stop…

    World

  • U.S. judge won’t force YouTube to remove anti-Islam film clip
  • “A U.S. judge has denied a request to force YouTube to remove an anti-Islam film trailer that has been blamed for causing deadly protests in the Muslim world. The judge rejected the request from Cindy Lee Garcia, an actress who appears in the clip, in part because the man behind the film was not served with a copy of the lawsuit.”

    Hmm.

  • More charges sought in deadly U.S. theatre shooting
  • “Prosecutors are seeking more charges against the suspect in the U.S. theatre rampage that killed 12 in one of the worst mass shootings in the country’s history, a new court document says.”

    Hmmmm.

    Health

  • Almost a third of Canadian kids are overweight: study
  • “Almost a third of Canadian children are considered either overweight or obese, new figures from Statistics Canada reveal. According to the latest Canadian Health Measures Survey, 31.5 per cent of children aged five to 17 were overweight in 2009 to 2011. That’s an estimated 1.6 million kids.”

    Sad but not surprising!

    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • Apple: We’re ‘just getting started’ with Maps, be patient
  • “Ever since Apple rolled out iOS 6 on Wednesday, iPhone users have panned the new maps app for being noticeably worse than Google Maps. One even created a new Tumblr curating user-submitted images of mapping fails on the new OS. Now, Trudy Miller, a spokesperson for Apple, has offered the following statement in response to these complaints: We launched this new map service knowing it is a major initiative and that we are just getting started with it. Maps is a cloud-based solution and the more people use it, the better it will get.”

    Lol. Bring back Google Maps! :'(

  • Most parents keep kids calm with mobile devices: study
  • “You do your best to connect with your family, your children, setting aside family-only time in order to connect with your kids. Family dinners work well, but using smartphones and tablets is a rising trend in bonding with, teaching and pacifying young ones, a recent survey shows.”

    Understandably!

  • By 2014, 1 in 10 social media reviews will be fake: study
  • “For most of us, an exceptional number of top-notch online reviews determines which movie, hotel room, car or gadget we will choose over the competition. It’s the same for foodies deciding where to host a celebratory dinner or just looking for a great morning cup of joe. What’s now a huge problem with falsified online restaurant reviews is going to explode over time. By 2014, 10% to 15% of social media reviews will be fake and paid for by companies, according to a new study by tech research company Gartner. Increased customer reliance on amateur reviews exacerbates unmerited ratings.”

    Oh darn. Well just know that MY reviews will be real (and I have a backlog of restaurants I have to still review…)

    Business/Work/Economy/Media

  • Zellers sets mascot Zeddy free as they prepare for liquidation in new video
  • “After being the smiling, fuzzy face of Zellers since 1986, teddy bear mascot “Zeddy” has been set free from his duties of taking pictures with small children at Zellers locations across Canada. The video is part of the Zellers marketing campaign to not just spread the word that they’re going out of business (soon to be replaced by Target locations in many parts of Canada), but that they’re looking for a new home for Zeddy. The company’s Facebook page is hosting a contest to give a charitable organization the chance to be Zeddy’s new home and receive a $5000 donation.”

    Aw poor Zeddy – but also, neat for them to go about this approach as part of their going-out-of-business!

  • Air Canada to hire 900 over next year, 200 more for new low-cost carrier
  • “Air Canada says it will hire about 1,100 employees across a number of fields, including 200 at its new low-cost carrier. The airline said Thursday the jobs are part of its strategy to “seize new commercial opportunities, enhance customer service and renew our workforce.” Air Canada says it will hire approximately 400 flight attendants and some 500 airport customer service agents and baggage handlers.”

    Economy boost~

  • Aging Canada: Dwindling birthrate and aging population to hurt economy says expert
  • “Canada’s aging population, combined with a lacklustre birthrate, is going to dramatically impact our country’s economic performance in the future, according to an expert in the field. Canada is going to prove troublesome within the next 12 years, David Foot, a professor of economics at the University of Toronto and co-author of the book “Boom, Bust & Echo: How to Profit from the Coming Demographic Shift” told the Global Business Forum in Banff, Alta.”

    Oh we’ll see.

  • Canadian creates ‘sexy’ multi-height heel
  • “Tanya Heath is on a double mission: to prove women can wear heels without ruining their feet, and that her answer to their plight, a heel that switches from high to low, can be made entirely in France. The Paris-based Canadian started with a simple idea. When your shoes start to hurt — half way through a party, a wedding or a workday — press a button in the sole, slot out your dressy high heel and replace it with a walking version.”

    Great idea!!

    Environment/Space/Animals/Science

  • “There is no such thing as time”
  • “Julian Barbour’s solution to the problem of time in physics and cosmology is as simply stated as it is radical: there is no such thing as time. “If you try to get your hands on time, it’s always slipping through your fingers,” says Barbour. “People are sure time is there, but they can’t get hold of it. My feeling is that they can’t get hold of it because it isn’t there at all.” ”

    Hmmm.

    Weird News, Other News, Good News & Fluff (Usually cat videos)

  • Sir Richard Branson wants to start colony on Mars
  • “Sir Richard Branson wants to start a colony on Mars. The entrepreneur — who runs the Virgin Galactic program, which is planning to launch space tours of Earth in 2014 — is “determined” to populate the ‘Red Planet’ and thinks it is an achievable dream.”

    Lol.

  • World’s thinnest house gets closer to big opening
  • “Good news for giraffes! Construction has started on a house that’s being called the world’s narrowest. The dwelling — located in a passageway between two buildings in Warsaw, Poland’s Wola district — measures 47 inches at its widest point and 27 inches at its narrowest.”

    Many of my comments today for stories appear to be ‘hmmm’ but I feel like it applies, lol.

  • Asia’s most expensive drink goes for $26,000
  • “Asia’s most expensive drink can be had for a whopping S$32,000 (around US$26,000) at a club for the super rich in Singapore, reported Malaysia’s Bernama news agency Tuesday.”

    What a waste of money!

  • [Photos]: Rich cats of Instagram
  • Loooooove this!!!

  • [Video]: Pig rescues baby goat
  • “A goat at a petting zoo gets it’s foot caught, fortunately for him, a super hero pig comes along to save the day.”

    How amazing!!!!!


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

Thor loves teasing Loki by swinging her tail. Loki always tries to catch it – only succeeds sometimes.


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Linda