Clicks of the Day: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Wednesday, March 28 2012′s Clicks of the Day!

    Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

  • VIP movie theatre set to open in city April 20
  • “Cineplex Entertainment says it will open the company’s first Alberta VIP movie theatre in Edmonton on April 20. Cineplex Odeon Windermere and VIP Cinemas will be an 11-screen, 49,000-square-foot theatre at the Currents of Windermere shopping development near Terwillegar Drive and Anthony Henday Drive. Three of the auditoriums will be VIP Cinemas – a premium, adults-only movie-going experience. For a charge of up to $10 more for a 3-D movie, moviegoers receive reserved seating in large leather seats with more legroom and movable tray tables. VIP customers can also order from in-seat menu service.”

    Soo frivolous.

  • Feathers fly over backyard chicken flock
  • “Edmonton homeowner Crystal Sherris wants to keep her backyard chickens but the city’s bylaw enforcement branch is crying fowl. She is one of an unknown number of Edmontonians who keep hens in defiance of the animal licensing control bylaw. Some raise chickens for the eggs, and because they make pleasant pets. Others appreciate their gardening value; chickens eat weeds, bugs and slugs, and also deposit rich manure, known to be among the best animal fertilizers available.”

    Great story. I was planning on doing a Feature Story on this one. So interesting!

  • Dealers taking advantage of Health Canada’s medical marijuana program
  • “Sick and dying Canadians can apply to Health Canada for a licence to use marijuana to ease their symptoms, but an exclusive Global News investigation has learned drug dealers are hijacking the licencing process.”

    What a system.

    World

  • Lawyer says Afghan massacre suspect had Iraq incident that triggered ‘tremendous depression’
  • “The U.S. soldier accused of killing 17 Afghan civilians suffered a traumatic incident during his second tour in Iraq that triggered “tremendous depression,” his lawyer said Wednesday. Lawyer John Henry Browne said he could not discuss the details of the matter because it remains classified. But he expects the issue to become a focal point in the case against Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales.”

    Despite the horror that he’s charged with, can’t imagine his tours over there were walks in the park. I do feel sorry for him.

  • What Everyone Should Know About Trayvon Martin (1995-2012)
  • “Here is what everyone should know about the case…”

    What will happen… what will happen.

    Health

  • Hard-to-swallow advice on getting your kids to eat better
  • “Brussels sprouts, a nation turns its noses up to you. Such is the scenario at dinner tables across the country, with a report finding today’s generation of kids is widely setting the mealtime agenda. In fact, even as 72 per cent of Canadian moms agree their dishes should be more nutritious, 76 per cent put taste before health when preparing a meal. Studies suggest an undesirable food generally needs to be reintroduced between 10 and 30 times before a child will eat it without complaint. Freedhoff says the key is to have kids try at least one bite but not force-feed the full serving if it doesn’t agree with them.”

    I love brussel sprouts… lol

  • Complicated link between diet drinks, health: Study
  • “Studies have hinted that diet-soda lovers could face higher risks of diabetes and heart disease, but new findings suggest that overall diet may be what matters most in the end. Several studies have found that people who regularly down diet soda are more likely than people who don’t to have certain risk factors for those chronic diseases — like high blood pressure and high blood sugar. And one recent study became the first to link the beverages to the risk of actual heart attacks and strokes. Still, researchers have not been able to say whether it’s the sugar-free drinks, themselves, that deserve the blame. Many factors separate diet- and regular-beverage drinkers — and, for that matter, people who stick with water. Overall diet is one.”

    Still water is probably better for ya, lol.

  • Europeans are world’s heaviest drinkers: WHO report
  • “People in Europe drink more alcohol than in any other part of the world, downing the equivalent of 12.5 litres of pure alcohol a year or almost three glasses of wine a day, according to report by the World Health Organization and the European Commission. But while the title of world’s heaviest drinkers goes to the European Union as whole, where consumption is almost double the world average, there are also wide variations in drinking levels between sub-regions, as well as big differences in how frequently, where and when people drink.”

    Lol probably didn’t need a study to tell us this one.

    Technology/Social Media

  • Twitter admits ‘unfollowing bug’
  • “Twitter users are being affected by a bug which is causing them to ‘unfollow’ fellow tweeters without their permission. The bug is causing Twitter users to randomly unfollow people without account holders’ prior consent or knowledge. Twitter has advised affected people to visit its support page and go to fellow tweeters’ profile pages to check whether they are still following them or not.”

    This bug has really been bothering me!! Glad they’re finally admitting to it but hopefully a fix will be made shortly.

  • Google’s Dropbox competitor will reportedly launch in April
  • “Google’s cloud storage service that looks to compete directly with Dropbox may launch during the first week of April, according to a report from GigaOm. Google Drive will apparently allocate 1GB of storage to users for free, and additional options will be available for a fee. Dropbox, the market leader in cloud storage, currently offers 2GB of free storage.”

    More competition should be good for us consumers :D

  • 10.5 billion minutes spent on Facebook daily, excluding mobile
  • “On average, Facebook users spent more than 10.5 billion minutes per day on Facebook during January 2012, excluding mobile devices. This comes out to 12 minutes and 26 seconds per user.”

    I’d say I’m above average for time spent on Facebook then, lol.

  • Business owners concerned not all online review websites are accurate
  • “In today’s digital age, many people use the internet to read reviews, before trying out a new restaurant or business. Many sites offer consumers the chance to write reviews, good or bad, for any business. Some businesses believe this isn’t necessarily a good system, especially when it comes to the website “Yelp.” Yelp has an automated review filter that is designed to catch fake or bad-natured reviews. Staff members will also delete posts that violate the company’s terms and conditions. A few local business owners say yelp is filtering out a little too much.”

    Remember to take all online reviews with a grain of salt ;)

    Business/Consumer/Media/Work

  • Jeremy Lin goes to lunch with ESPN editor who was fired over headline
  • “When Jeremy Lin said he harbored no ill feelings over a racially insensitive headline about him that appeared on ESPN, he meant it. Lin recently had lunch with the editor who was fired for writing the headline during the height of Linsanity with the New York Knicks in February. Anthony Federico apologized after the incident and Newsday’s Anthony Rieber reports that the meeting came at the instigation of the Asian-American point guard.”

    Class act!

  • The No-Hour Workweek: Reinventing Employee Expectations For The Modern Economy
  • “The 9 to 5 is dead, but we’re still harnessing workers with its outdated strictures. Happy workers are more healthy and more creative, so it’s time to start giving our workers the leeway to be happy (because otherwise they work all the time). The secret: Treat them like people.”

    Good practices :)

  • Comcast, NBCUniversal pledge to hire 1,000 veterans
  • “Brian Roberts, Comcast Chairman and CEO, announced this morning that his company and NBCUniversal would commit to hire 1,000 veterans as part of the Hiring our Heroes campaign… The 1,000 positions will be filled over the next three years.”

    Good for them.

    Environment/Space/Animals

  • Billions of habitable worlds in Milky Way
  • “Astronomers hunting for rocky planets with the right temperature to support life estimate there may be tens of billions of them in our galaxy alone. A European team said on Wednesday that about 40 percent of red dwarf stars–the most common type in the Milky Way–have a so-called “super-Earth” planet orbiting in a habitable zone that would allow water to flow on the surface. Since there are around 160 billion red dwarfs in the Milky Way, the number of worlds that are potentially warm enough and wet enough to support life is enormous.”

    Gotta love the universe :)

  • This ancient whale enjoyed tropical waters
  • “An ancient beast related to today’s Arctic-loving beluga whales and narwhals seemed to prefer toasty, tropical waters. Called Bohaskaia monodontoides, the new species of toothed whale lived some 3 million to 4 million years ago during the Pliocene in warm water. Researchers aren’t sure why modern belugas have left these tropical destinations and strayed pole-ward, where life would seem to be more difficult.”

    Cool. Love fossils and learning about what used to roam our world.

    Entertainment

  • Anchorman 2 Is Happening, Will Ferrell To Star
  • “Grab your dog and a glass of Scotch, and toast to this classy bit of news. Nearly eight years after Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy hit theaters comes word that anchorman Ron Burgundy will return to the big screen for a sequel.”

    Huge news to a lot of people, lol. I watched Anchorman after its original craze so it was never really as huge for me but should still be a fun movie! Haha.

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • Lorax Statue Stolen From Dr. Seuss’ Garden, Family Hopes For Its Return
  • “The Grinch returned all those stolen presents. Now the family of Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel) is hoping that the person or persons who took a Lorax statue from the garden of the late, great author’s home also has a change of heart.”

    Evil! Who could steal The Lorax from Dr. Seuss’ family :(

  • Dog Saves His Own Life By Dialing Emergency
  • “After George, the two-year-old Basset Hound from West Yorkshire, England got so tangled in a phone cord that he began choking, the frantic pup somehow managed to alert authorities by dialing 999 — the British equivalent to 911, the Sun reports. Concerned by the heavy breathing on the other end, the emergency operator dispatched police to the home. Since George’s owners, Steve Brown and his daughter Lydia, weren’t home, their neighbor let the police into the house, where George was choking on the living room floor.”

    Wow what a story!

  • [Video]: Baby squirrel gets adopted by a cat, learns to purr
  • “A baby squirrel gets separated from his family, but luckily finds a home with a cat that just had a litter of kittens. Now the squirrel is just part of the family, and has even learned to purr.”

    Awwwww!!!!!! Sooooo, so cute.


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Clicks of the Day: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Wednesday, February 15 2012′s Clicks of the Day!

  • Online surveillance bill teaches Tories tough social-media lesson
  • “In their tough-on-crime approach to legislation, the Conservatives are learning a tough lesson. Mess with the Internet and it’s going to mess with you. Social-media networks and comment pages exploded Wednesday in opposition to the Harper government’s introduction of Bill C-30, which would give police and spies easier access to information about Internet users.”

    Yeah Internet users aren’t going to just quietly agree, lol. Also, how come this bill has been referred to as both Bill C-51 and Bill C-30? I’m confused.

  • Email Use Is On The Skids Among Teens: Study
  • “With texts, tweets, Facebook Chat, and Skype all available as means of instantaneous communication, it’s no surprise that the good ol’ email seems to be on its way out — at least for teens. According to a report recently released by digital marketing research company comScore, web-based email usage for teens 12 to 17 years old decreased 31 percent between December 2010 and December 2011.”

    Makes sense. Though I still enjoy and use email quite a bit. (I’m not a teen though lol)

  • Online gaming hurts marriages, unless you game together
  • “Time spent playing online video games alone can do serious damage to your marriage, but the couple that quests together stays together, a new study shows. The Brigham Young University study says 75% of online gamers’ spouses wish their lovers would spend less time looting and levelling with their guildmates and more time working on their marriage. Usually, the problems stem from fighting over time spent gaming and disrupted bedtime routines, the study found.”

    Indeed, lol. Mike gets all his game playing in time on Saturday and Sunday, which are conveniently days that I work so there’s no conflict :)

  • Study suggests skipping antibiotics for sinus infections
  • “When you have a sinus infection, the first thing you want is relief from your pain. If you’re like most people, you want your doctor to prescribe an antibiotic to speed that process… But a study released Tuesday adds to the growing body of science suggesting that with some infections, including those of the sinuses, antibiotics aren’t the best course of treatment. Waiting it out may indeed be the best approach after all.”

    We gotta toughen up!

  • Proposed birth-weight charts could ease stress for immigrants’ ‘small’ newborns
  • “The team found that infants born to mothers from each region of the world, except Europe and other Western countries, had significantly lower birth weights — up to 250 grams less — than those for infants of Canadian-born mothers.

    “The study showed that 67 of every 1,000 babies born to parents from Africa or the Caribbean and 116 of every 1,000 South Asian babies were at risk of being labelled as significantly underweight if plotted on a conventional curve instead of the proposed region-specific charts. “We have a major problem on our hands if we misclassify a whole bunch of south Asian newborns as small when in fact they’re not … they’re appropriate for their own ethnicity.”

    I was a teeny, tiny baby.

  • Girls more likely to struggle with emotional problems than boys, study finds
  • “Canadian girls are more likely to struggle with emotional problems and to experience lower levels of emotional well-being than boys, according to a sweeping national survey of the country’s youth.”

    Lol. Well. Duh.

  • Trouble Sleeping? It May Affect Your Memory Later On
  • “The amount and quality of sleep you get at night may affect your memory later in life… After the study, it was discovered that 25 percent of the participants had evidence of amyloid plaques, which can appear years before the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease begin.”

    Good news for me, I sleep like a rock. (Is that the right phrase? lol)

  • Infertility rates rising for Canadian couples
  • “The researchers didn’t set out to discover why the numbers are increasing. But possible explanations range from the growing number of women who are pushing back pregnancy ever later in life, to rising rates of obesity and heavy drinking among women, to declining sperm counts in men — though experts aren’t convinced about that final factor.”

    I hope this doesn’t affect me when it’s my time to start a family!

  • Apps must now have explicit approval before accessing address book data
  • “Under pressure from U.S. legislators, Apple Inc moved Wednesday to quell a swelling privacy controversy by saying that it will begin to require iPhone and iPad apps to seek “explicit approval” in separate user prompts before accessing users’ address book data.”

    Great news. Also, Reuters Tumblr is looking good!

  • Twitter Tool Will Help Journalists Break News
  • “Researchers at Rutgers University and Microsoft developed Seriously Rapid Source Review to give journalists access to breaking news like never before. Reporters won’t have to comb the web — or Twitter’s 200 million tweets a day — for sources… SRSR features include automatic identification of eyewitnesses with approximate 89% precision and will list users in various archetypes — journalists, bloggers, organizations or unaffiliated citizens.”

    Interesting!

  • Judges pick 5 of the World’s Best-Designed™ Newspapers
  • “In its 33rd annual The Best of Newspaper Design™ Creative Competition, the Society for News Design has named five newspapers, representing four countries, the World’s Best-Designed™ Newspaper” including Canada’s own National Post!

    Kudos National Post :)

  • Why social media is like a string bikini
  • “Are you exposing too much of yourself online? A former FBI agent explains how to cover up a little to showcase your best features.”

    Good tips!!

  • The strange haze of the Milky Way galaxy
  • “New images from the European Space Agency’s Planck mission have revealed previously undiscovered islands of star formation, along with a mysterious haze of microwave emissions in our Milky Way galaxy.

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    Oo. What’s happening up there…

  • Goodbye To The King Size: Mars To Downsize Candy Bars In 2013
  • “Ready to say goodbye to a sliver of your Snickers? And how about a slightly slimmer Mars bar? By the end of 2013, chocolate-maker Mars says all of its chocolate bars will be under — or right at — the 250-calorie mark.”

    Great news in the fight against obesity, lol.

  • Man Suffers Heart Attack at Heart Attack Grill
  • “A man suffered an apparent heart attack while eating a “Triple Bypass Burger” at the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas.”

    Well, it kind of comes with the territory.

  • An Absurdly Long, $150,000 List of Stolen Nikon Gear
  • “A daring thief and/or desperate photographer just made off with an official Nikon van. The cargo? One hundred and fifty grand worth of cameras and accessories, including the unreleased D4 and D800. Nikon wants their goodies back.”

    That’s quite the theft.

  • Man Proposes to Woman Using an Infographic
  • “Data reveals the rarity of her perfection.”

    This is sooooooooooo cute!!!!!!!!

  • 20 Cats As Fonts
  • “Here are 20 fonts and the cats that clearly inspired them. This is a rare and important opportunity for cat fanciers and typophiles to find some common ground.”

    Lol. Love it.

  • [Photos]: Cats forming Heart Shapes
  • Squeal <3


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