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Clicks of the Day: Monday, September 17, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Monday, September 17 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

  • Edmonton testing out online voting
  • “Edmontonians may be able to vote from the comfort of their own homes in 2013. The city will test an online voting system with a mock election next month. The 2012 Jellybean Internet Voting Election will be accompanied by roundtable meetings, an online survey, and a citizen jury to determine whether Edmontonians are ready for Internet voting. Feedback and voting results will be used in a report that will go to council in January 2013. The report will outline the cost and reliability of the technology, and will recommend whether the city should offer online voting for special ballots in the October 2013 municipal election.”

    Nice. Way of the future!

  • Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht says seizing speeding vehicles is necessary
  • “Local brass are putting out the call for legislation that would allow cops to seize vehicles of drivers caught cruising 50 km or more over posted speed limits. Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht — who also serves as President of the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police — says it’s a necessary step to curb a “dangerous trend” in excessive speeding here in Edmonton, and Alberta in general. He says some motorists have taken speeding to another level, citing a motorcyclist who was recently nabbed traveling at a “frightening” speed of 264 km/h on the Anthony Henday — Edmonton’s ring-road.”

    Fair enough!

  • Knecht wants an Assessment and Sobering Care Centre for chronic alcoholics to sober up
  • “Edmonton police are hoping to build a “safe-sobering” facility in the downtown core where drunks can sleep it off safely and stay out of city jail cells. “What I’ve noticed over the last year is the homeless, the mentally ill, the addicted — whether its alcohol or drugs — numbers are growing in the city,” said police Chief Rod Knecht Monday, during an informal sit down with local media. “It is a strain on our resources and on the shelters.” It’s an issue that’s plagued the city’s downtown core for years and now Knecht is ready to present a possible solution to the city. He’s dreamed up an Assessment and Sobering Care Centre — a 24-7 facility — where cops could take those who are too high or drunk, and have them assessed and cared for.”

    Great for the chronic alcoholics but I wish they’d not be high or drunk in the first place.

  • Albertans, of all ages, pay their respects for Peter Lougheed
  • “Monday marked the first day Albertans could personally pay their respects to a beloved former premier – by the turnout, Peter Lougheed’s love for people was clear. “The nice line up, you see, speaks for itself,” Bert Fredette said. When the doors opened at the Legislature Monday at 10:30 a.m., a steady stream of Albertans stretched far beyond the doors.”

    Check out that line up!!

  • Alberta plant recalls beef products in E. coli scare
  • “The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning consumers against consuming various beef products distributed by XL Foods Inc. of Alberta because of possible E. coli contamination. The affected beef products distributed under the Kirkland Signature, Safeway and Calahoo Meats brands are being voluntarily recalled by the company. Specific products include Calahoo Meats’ B.B. Burgers distributed in Alberta as well as various ground beef products sold under the Kirkland Signature label distributed nationally from Aug. 30 to Sept. 15.”

    Feels like a lot of E. coli contamination possibilities lately…

  • Canadian flag removed from Quebec National Assembly
  • “As some Quebec politicians were sworn in as Members of the National Assembly on Monday, one item was noticeably absent from the proceedings: the Canadian flag. According to reporters who attended the swearing-in, the flag had been removed from the National Assembly. The Maple Leaf had been on display during Jean Charest’s nine years as premier.”

    What the heck!!!!!!!!

  • Manitoba boy crossing items off dying service dog’s bucket list
  • “Bingo’s days may be numbered, but his young owner is making sure the now world-famous service dog enjoys them to the fullest. Cole Hein, an 11-year-old Manitoba boy, touched the hearts of thousands of people around the world when he posted a bucket list for his dying service dog Bingo on Facebook. As Cole checks off items on the so-called “lick-it-list,” his family has been receiving supportive letters from strangers and packages full of dog treats for Bingo. Some treats were sent from as far away as China and Australia.”

    This story gets me emotional!!

    World

  • Occupy anniversary: Marches, arrests but, ultimately, less energy
  • “Protesters marked the first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street on Monday with a day of marches that choked Manhattan’s financial district and led to scores of arrests, but that ultimately suggested a movement missing the numbers and energy that propelled it to national prominence last year.”

    Can’t believe it’s just been a year!

  • Violent clashes over anti-Islam film in 3 nations
  • “Here’s a look at protests and reaction across the Middle East and elsewhere Monday over an anti-Muslim film produced in the U.S. ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad.”

    This is crazy…

    Health

  • American kids eat as much salt as adults, researchers warn of risks
  • “American children eat as much salt as adults — about 1,000 milligrams too much, or the same amount as in just one Big Mac. Extra salt is linked with higher blood pressure, even in kids, but government research says those who are overweight and obese may be most vulnerable to its effects.”

    Salt just tastes so good though…

  • Sleep plays key role in weight loss and maintenance
  • “Adequate sleep is a key component to dieting and maintaining a healthy weight, a growing body of scientific research suggests. It’s generally recommended that adults get seven to nine hours of sleep a night. Scientific studies are increasingly pointing to the role sleep — or the lack of it — plays in maintaining a healthy body weight. The evidence suggests inadequate sleep influences body weight in a number of ways.”

    I get sooo much sleep it’s a little silly.

    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • Canada has ‘almost Third World access to the Internet’: Netflix executive
  • “Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos spoke in Los Angeles last week and slammed the big Internet service providers in Canada for capping services at ridiculously low rates and charging users absurd amounts of money if they dare go over them. “It’s almost a human rights violation what they’re charging for Internet access in Canada,” he said to the group, according to Internet news site GigaOm. Netflix sales in Canada have been limited largely because streaming video can eat a lot of bandwidth, causing users to hit their monthly data caps faster and then have to pay extra fees to companies like Bell, Rogers, Shaw and Telus. Netflix has tried adjusting the data rates that are streamed to Canadian users, but it hasn’t really helped the overall problem.”

    I hear that! :(

    Business/Work/Economy/Media

  • Apple: iPhone 5 preorders topped 2M in 24 hours
  • “Orders for the iPhone 5 topped 2 million in the first 24 hours after Apple started taking them at 12 midnight Pacific time on Friday. That’s more than double the amount of iPhone 4S orders on its first full day.”

    Wow!!!

    Environment/Space/Animals/Science

  • Fisherman adrift for 106 days in Pacific says shark led him to rescuers
  • “A man who survived while adrift in the Pacific for 106 days is crediting a shark for helping to save his life.”

    Awesome.

  • Climate change threat more real to those with perceived personal experience: study
  • “A new study has found that a feeling of “personally experiencing” global warming heightens people’s perception of risks related to the environmental phenomenon – and particularly those risks germane to where they live. Changes to the seasons, unusual weather, water levels, snowfall patterns and shifts related to plants and animals were among the most common signs cited by lay people.”

    Climate change affecting animals affects me the most. :'(

  • German archaeologists discover 300,000-year-old weapons
  • “Archaeologists from the University of Tübingen, Germany, have discovered eight extremely well-preserved spears dating back 300,000 years, making them the oldest known weapons found anywhere in the world.”

    Neat-o!

  • Canada looks to first space station command opportunity
  • “Veteran space traveler Chris Hadfield is training to become the first Canadian Space Agency astronaut to assume command of the International Space Station. His two-month stint at the helm of the six-person orbiting science laboratory begins in March 2013.”

    Cool!

    Entertainment

  • ‘Sky Road’ is village’s only contact with outside world
  • “The ropeway between Yushan village and the outside world is a simple affair. A pair of thick cables are strung between two high cliff faces with a steel cage suspended below to carry people and goods in and out of the village. Yushan village has a population of just over 200 people and the only access to the outside world is via this ‘sky road’.”

    Wow. Could not live in that village…

  • [Photos]: See your favourite movie scenes and their actual locations – all at once!
  • “It seems that we have a natural desire to check out the places that served as background for some of our favorite filmed entertainment. Now there’s a website that’s taken the legwork out of it for you.”

    Love it.

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

  • [Video]: Showing people the iPhone 4S and telling them its the new iPhone 5
  • “Jimmy Kimmel talks to people on the street about the new iPhone 5 which was just announced, and shows them the iPhone 4S and gets their thoughts, opinions and comparisons.”

    LOL I love Jimmy Kimmel’s segments. Hi-larious!

  • [Video]: Bernese Mountain Dog Puppy vs. Lemon
  • Lol sooo cute!

  • [Video: Kitty eats with fork
  • Awesome!! Let us welcome our cat overlords. :)

  • [Video]: Camera shy cat
  • Lol poor baby!

  • [Video]: Collective soul cat
  • Best cover ever!

  • Kitten chews on patient bunny
  • My heart just melts.


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

Thor stands like a human. :)


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Clicks of the Day: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Tuesday, September 4 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

  • Social Media Breakfast Edmonton
  • “On the morning of the last Friday of each month, something pretty cool happens in our city. Dozens of Edmontonians come together to “nourish their mind and their body.” That’s how Steven Hodges puts it anyway. He’s one of the organizers for Social Media Breakfast Edmonton.”

    Love it~

  • Amber Alyssa Tuccaro’s remains found by horseback riders near Leduc, says Project KARE
  • “RCMP have confirmed that human remains found on a rural property near Leduc on Saturday are those of Amber Alyssa Tuccaro. A group of recreational horseback riders came across what they believed to be a human skull and immediately contacted RCMP. The remains were identified through dental records. Tuccaro has been the subject of an RCMP missing person investigation since her disappearance in August 2010.”

    Sad closure for her family.

  • Pipeline president says Northern Gateway project will benefit all
  • “The president of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline defended the $6-billion project Tuesday, saying it is no different than other past mega-projects which ultimately benefit the nation. John Carruthers, president of the Northern Gateway pipelines, addressed the panel reviewing the controversial project in Edmonton. It was the first time representatives from Enbridge addressed the review panel.”

    Hmmm.

  • Good Samaritan (who drove vehicle in front of another vehicle to keep it from hitting four children): ‘I don’t feel like a hero’
  • “Edmonton police are touting the efforts of a Good Samaritan, after he took measures to prevent an allegedly distracted driver from colliding with pedestrians last week. According to witness reports, the driver had been talking on his cell phone, and had passed a number of vehicles that were stopped to allow children use a crosswalk on 84 Avenue. As this happened, Darrel Krushelnicki, of Taber, had been leaving the Bonnie Doon Mall parking lot – and noticed the speeding vehicle approaching the pedestrians. Police said Krushelnicki took proactive measures, and drove his Hummer in front of the oncoming vehicle.”

    What. a. hero. What a story!

  • Senator-in-waiting charged more than $25,000 in expenses on U of C board
  • “Alberta senator-in-waiting Doug Black racked up more than $25,000 in expenses in a year-and-a-half as chair of the University of Calgary’s board, according to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. Black, who was the top vote-getter as a Progressive Conservative candidate in the spring Senate election, had $28,030.88 in expenses between Feb. 2011 and August 2012, according to documents obtained by the CTF through a freedom of information request. Among the expenditures reimbursed by the university are $1,296 for a two-night stay at the Four Seasons hotel in Houston and $1,261 for a two-night stay at Toronto’s Ritz-Carlton. In a news release, CTF Alberta director Scott Hennig noted that U of C policy allows travellers on university business to “standard room rates” and advises them to seek out discount or preferred rates.”

    Seriously.

  • Parti Quebecois wins minority in Quebec election
  • “Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois will become Quebec’s first female premier after her sovereigntist party ended nearly a decade of Liberal rule in a tense election. But while the Liberals clinched official Opposition status, leader Jean Charest lost his own seat in a stunning defeat by a PQ candidate. CTV News has declared a minority PQ government, a result that may alleviate some fears of an impending referendum on Quebec’s independence, which Marois said she would only call under the “right conditions.””

    Hmmm.

  • Canadians spent more time watching TV, listening to radio in 2011
  • “Canadians’ love affair with television programs remains undiminished, despite the proliferation of new online and wireless platforms that were supposed to threaten traditional media. The CRTC’s new report on the communications industry shows Canadians watched an average of 28.5 hours of TV last year, up 30 minutes from 2010, even though they had more media choices than ever before.”

    Me loves my tee-vee.

    World

  • Democratic National Convention opens with a series of sharp attacks on Romney
  • “The Democratic Party opened its national convention here Tuesday hoping to launch President Obama into the final stretch of his campaign for a second term with the same promise and grassroots energy that he mustered four years ago. But it also opened with a series of sharp attacks against Republican nominee Mitt Romney.”

    Nice. Lol. I catch all my convention highlights on the Colbert Show. :)

    Health

  • Organic food not much healthier: study
  • “Patient after patient asked: Is eating organic food, which costs more, really better for me? Unsure, Stanford University doctors dug through reams of research to find out — and concluded there’s little evidence that going organic is much healthier, citing only a few differences involving pesticides and antibiotics. Eating organic fruits and vegetables can lower exposure to pesticides, including for children — but the amount measured from conventionally grown produce was within safety limits, the researchers reported Monday. Nor did the organic foods prove more nutritious.”

    Too rich for my grocery list to begin with.

    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • Ready for iPhone 5? Apple announces event next week
  • “It’s looking like Apple’s next version of its iconic smartphone will be called the iPhone 5. On Tuesday, the secretive company sent e-mails to members of the media, inviting them to an “invitation-only event” in San Francisco on Wednesday, September 12. The event is widely expected to be the launch of the next iPhone, but in typically cryptic Apple fashion, the invitation reveals little about what will be announced. The tagline says only, “It’s almost here.””

    Hooray! I didn’t get an iPhone 4S because I wanted to wait for this one! (I have the 4, lol).

  • Information overload isn’t a thing, study finds
  • “Forget information overload. What you’ve got is information just-right-load. That’s the conclusion reached by a trio of researchers at Northwestern University and the University of Michigan, who interviewed 77 people in seven focus groups in an effort to understand the new media consumer’s psyche and ability to adapt to the barrage-of-information age. Contrary to many experts’ warnings that the “always-on” media environment has “overwhelmed” audiences and creating a society of antisocial Facebook-addicts more interested in hashtags than hugs, the study found that participants said they felt “empowered” and “enthusiastic” about the volume of information at their fingertips, not overloaded. ”

    Lol. Carry on then!

    Business/Work/Economy/Media

  • McDonald’s to open first vegetarian restaurant in India
  • “The world’s leading fast-food burger chain is opening an all-vegetarian version in India, in hopes of capitalizing on the massive population of non-meat eaters. McDonald’s, perhaps best known for the towering, two-patty Big Mac beef hamburger, will open the vegetarian restaurant next year.”

    I see…

  • Chinese company closes buy of AMC theatre chain
  • “Chinese conglomerate Wanda says it has closed on the acquisition of AMC Entertainment Holdings, one of the largest movie theatre chains in the U.S. The US$2.6 billion deal is the largest takeover yet of a U.S. company by a Chinese firm. It also makes Wanda the world’s largest owner of cinemas.”

    Interesting.

  • Hey scholars, does your debt-to-income ratio make the grade?
  • “The average university tuition in Canada is now more than $5,000. After four years, Statistics Canada says a final bill of almost $60,000 can be expected after including books, housing, and other ancillary expenses. And tuition inflation historically has made the recent spike in food prices seem tepid, so that number might only be going up… Statscan regularly reports on the average Canadian’s debt-to-income ratio, and these days, every time they do, it makes it into the news. Everyone, including me, is finger-wagging about debt. That ratio has recently breached 150 per cent, meaning that for every dollar of after-tax income, we owe more than $1.50 in debt. That debt could be mortgages, vehicle loans, credit cards, lines of credit and, of course, student loans.”

    Honestly I would say my debt load isn’t bad at all. Proud to say I’ve paid off my schooling. We have a mortgage but I don’t consider that bad debt. Other than that… just saving for our wedding and the rest of life. #wearedoingokay I credit our frugalness/not going out to the bar all the time/focus on saving/etc. Though I recognize others may not be in the same boat.

    Environment/Space/Animals/Science

  • Astronauts head deep underground for space training
  • “An international team of astronauts will go underground this week, using a Mediterranean cave system to help them prepare for life hundreds of miles above Earth’s surface. The six astronauts, who represent five different space agencies, will descend Friday (Sept. 7) into the caves of Sardinia, off the west coast of Italy. They’ll stay underground for six days during the 2012 run of the European Space Agency-led CAVES project. CAVES, which stands for Cooperative Adventure for Valuing and Exercising human behaviour and performance Skills, aims to help prepare astronauts for long-duration spaceflight by exposing them to situations in which they must work together to solve problems in challenging conditions.”

    Pretty neat.

  • Tigers ‘take night shift’ to dodge humans
  • “Tigers in Nepal seem to be taking night shifts in order to avoid their human neighbours, a study has shown. The big cats generally move around at all times of the day and night, to monitor territory, mate and hunt. But the study of tigers in Chitwan National Park – where humans and tigers walk the same paths – showed a nocturnal shift in activity.”

    Definitely for the best. Smart tigers. (I am a firm believer that humans are detrimental to other species and the planet, lol).

    Weird News, Other News, Good News & Fluff

  • Man faked his own death to propose
  • “A Russian man wanted to see if his girlfriend really did love him to death – so he faked his own demise in a bizarre proposal. Alexey Bykov, 30, from Omsk, hired a movie director, stuntmen, make-up artists, and even a script writer to stage a bogus car crash. He then arranged to meet girlfriend Irena Kolokov at the crash site so she would be convinced he was dead.”

    Dumbest thing I have ever read. Well probably not – there are a lot of dumb people doing dumb things out there but this is pretty dumb, lol.


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

My little rascals play fighting on the bed. :)


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Clicks of the Day: August 24, 25, 26 2012 Weekend Edition!

Welcome to the three-day roundup …

Weekend Edition (August 24, 25, 26) 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

  • New drinking and driving penalties to come into effect in days
  • “In only a few days, drivers who blow between those two numbers the first time will have a suspended license and their vehicles seized for three days, a second offence will lead to a 15 day license suspension, 7 day vehicle seizure and the driver will be required to take a special course called “Planning Ahead”.”

    Don’t drink & drive!

  • Mock disaster provides training scenario for emergency crews
  • “On Sunday morning, dozens of civilians had to be rescued from the LRT – after an unknown chemical was released. It was all part of a training exercise for three departments – the Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Fire Rescue and Alberta Health Services. All three responded to the staged scenario, the release of a chemical agent on the LRT. The training exercise took place at the Macdonald LRT Yard in northeast Edmonton – and involved about 60 civilians who volunteered to play ‘victims’.”

    SO cool/interesting.

  • Tour of local farmland aims to teach Edmontonians about locally-grown food
  • “A series of three-hour tours were held Sunday in northeast Edmonton, with the goal of showing Edmontonians where local food is grown. The bus tours were put on by the Greater Edmonton Alliance and Live Local – and more than 400 people hopped on the buses, to see farmland within the city limits.”

    Very cool! If they do it again on a day that I didn’t already have plans and am not working … I would like to check it out.

  • Fringe draws record crowd
  • “The 31st annual Edmonton International Fringe Festival was the biggest to date, and according to event co-ordinators, they don’t see it slowing down anytime soon. Fringe Program Director Thomas Scott said ticket sales exceeded 110,000, breaking previous records.”

    Just keeps getting bigger & better! Sad to say I personally did not partake in as much Fringing this year as I wanted to.

  • Caution urged after bride’s photoshoot death
  • “The recent drowning of a Quebec bride has prompted one photographer to caution newlyweds about modelling their wedding outfits near moving water. Maria Pantazopoulos drowned last Friday after her wedding dress became heavy with water and she was swept away near Dorwin Falls in Rawdon, about an hour north of Montreal. The 30-year-old Laval woman is believed to have been participating in a “Trash the Dress” photo shoot, a wedding photography trend in which brides destroy their gowns in a symbolic final send-off for the garment.”

    Gosh.

    World

  • Evidence is mounting of a new massacre in Syria
  • “Row upon row of bloodied bodies wrapped in colorful blankets laid out on a mosque floor in a Damascus suburb. Long narrow graves tightly packed with dozens of victims. Nestled among them, two babies were wrapped in a single blood-soaked blanket, a yellow pacifier dangling beside them from a palm frond. Evidence mounted on Sunday of a new massacre in Syria’s deepening civil war, with activists reporting a killing spree by government forces after they seized the suburb of Daraya from rebel control three days ago. Reports of the death toll ranged from more than 300 to as many as 600.”

    Horrible!!!!!

  • Chicago: Another bloody weekend, at least 7 dead, 24 wounded
  • “Increasingly, Chicago is gaining a reputation as the city of drive-by shootings. This weekend seven were shot dead and 24 others were sprayed with bullets in the windy city. In a continuing spate of shootings, at least seven people died this weekend and dozens more have been wounded in the past few days.”

    Awful…

  • Venezuela struggles with refinery blaze after deadly blast
  • “Venezuelan firefighters struggled on Sunday to put out a blaze at the country’s biggest refinery sparked by an explosion that killed 41 people in one of the global oil industry’s deadliest accidents. Officials at the 645,000 barrel-per-day Amuay refinery are trying to stop the fire still raging at two storage tanks from spreading to other nearby fuel storage facilities. That would delay Amuay’s restart beyond the current estimate of two days. But the incident is likely to have little impact on world fuel prices because the OPEC nation can use its existing stocks to supply its domestic market and maintain exports.”

    Sad situation.

  • Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, dead at 82
  • “Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 82. The former astronaut was recovering from a recent heart surgery. A statement from his family said he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. After setting foot on the surface of the moon, he spoke the famous words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” a moment that was broadcast around the world to an estimated 600 million people.”

    May he rest in peace.

    Health

  • Too many pregnancies still unplanned
  • “An Edmonton doctor says half of all babies born in Canada are still unplanned, more than a decade after a national organization called for an overhaul in the way Canadians deal with issues around contraception. Sarah Halleran, an obstetrician and gynecologist, says unplanned pregnancies are the result of either an improperly used contraceptive, or, in many cases, no contraceptive at all, indicating an ongoing problem with misinformation or lack of education.”

    Hmm.

  • Syphilis epidemic rising in the U.S. and Canada
  • “The resurgence of syphilis has risen dramatically over the past 20 years in the United States and Canada — from 177 cases in 1993 to 1,750 cases in 2010. It is temporarily shutting down the porn industry in Southern California. Adult Production Health & Safety Services (APHSS) sounded the alarm about “recent unsubstantiated rumors of syphilis among adult performers.” The usual annual testing for syphilis is in September, but because of the alarm the agency opened up their semi-annual syphilis testing immediately.”

    Oh dear.

  • New secret dangers of tattoos: CDC reports mass infections, more
  • “According to a report released by the Center for Disease Control this week, getting a tattoo can be more dangerous for your health than you might think. Last fall when a cluster of skin infections in upstate New York led back to one tattoo artist, local public health officials reacted normally, investigating the artist’s hygiene practices. They found that all of his equipment and methods were sanitary, but the nationally distributed ink he had been using on patrons, even in unopened bottles, was not. Soon after, similar investigations in Colorado, Washington and Iowa turned up harmful strains of bacteria in three other brands of tattoo ink. According to research reported Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, at least 22 skin infections across the four states were linked to contaminated ink.”

    Yikes.

  • Childhood music lessons have lasting benefits
  • “A little bit of musical training can go a long way when it comes to the adult brain, according to a new study published this week. The study showed that musical training can improve listening skills, the processing of sound and strengthen attention spans.”

    My parents wanted to put me in piano or guitar lessons but I was never interested, lol.

    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • Facebook to disable millions of pet accounts
  • “Facebook is presently in the process of disabling millions of “fake” accounts, many of which are pet accounts that people have created for their beloved furry friends. The news of the tens of millions of “fake” accounts was reported the first week of August. Pet profiles, along with business profiles, are considered to be “user-misclassified” accounts; this comprises 2.4 percent of the overall illegitimate, or “fake”, account category. What this means is soon, if not already disabled, it’ll be bye-bye to Fluffy’s and Fido’s profiles.”

    Oo interesting. I always find pet social media accounts to be funny.

  • Smartphone case claims to reduce risk of cancer
  • “A new smartphone accessory made from the same material as NASA spacecraft claims to reduce antenna radiation and improve performance. But how do we know if it works? It’s still unclear as to exactly how bad the problem of cellphone radiation really is – but recent studies show that just 50 minutes of cell phone use affects brain activity in the area of brain closest to the phone, and the World Health Organization have reclassified cell phone radiation as “potentially carcinogenic for humans.” A company called Pong, however, claim that they’ve developed a solution, in the form of a phone case.”

    Neat!

    Business/Work/Economy/Media

  • Report: Apple holding separate iPhone 5, iPad Mini events
  • “Apple will hold two separate events to unveil its new iPhone and the iPad mini, according to a new report. As previously reported, Apple will announce the iPhone 5, or whatever it chooses to call the new smartphone, on Sept. 12. But its smaller iPad mini will not make its debut until October, according to All Things D. Citing “several sources,” ATD said the rumored iPad mini will hit store shelves after the iPhone 5 is safely in the hands of the Apple faithful.”

    Me want the new iPhone!!

  • Jury awards Apple more than $1B, finds Samsung infringed
  • “After 21 hours of deliberation, a nine-person jury has sided with Apple on a majority of its patent infringement claims against Samsung Electronics. The jury also awarded Apple more than $1 billion in damages.”

    Eep! (Go Apple!)

  • Apple’s $1b patent verdict could corner smartphone market
  • “Many analysts said the decision could spell danger for competitors who, like Samsung, use Google Inc.’s Android operating system to power their cellphones. “I am sure this is going to put a damper on Android’s growth,” New York-based Isi Group analyst Brian Marshall said, “It hurts the franchise.””

    Oy. Good thing I love Apple and prefer to buy Apple smartphone products! Lol. (I hope prices don’t rise though lol)

    Environment/Space/Animals/Science

  • Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists
  • “Leading water scientists have issued one of the sternest warnings yet about global food supplies, saying that the world’s population may have to switch almost completely to a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years to avoid catastrophic shortages. Humans derive about 20% of their protein from animal-based products now, but this may need to drop to just 5% to feed the extra 2 billion people expected to be alive by 2050, according to research by some of the world’s leading water scientists.”

    I would NOT be okay with a completely vegetarian diet… #meatever #meatlover Oh dear.

    Weird News, Other News, Good News & Fluff

  • Wheelchair rugby player Garett Hickling to carry flag at Paralympics
  • “Wheelchair rugby player Garett Hickling will carry the flag for Canada at the Paralympic opening ceremonies in London.
    The 41-year-old from Kelowna, B.C., is a five-time Paralympian and three-time Paralympic medallist.”

    Good for him.

  • Japanese toilet maker rolls out poop-powered motorbike
  • “TOTO, Japan’s leading toilet makers, have recently released an eco-friendly motorbike. Why is a toilet manufacturer dabbling in motorbikes is a question you may have just very reasonably asked yourself? Well, there’s an explanation for that. It seems the archipelago’s demand for more environmentally sustainable vehicles has inspired the company to unveil a three-wheel 250cc motorcycle that runs on crap. And not just any kind of crap either. The engine is powered by biofuel from converted livestock poop and household wastewater pumped in from Kobe City and Shika-o Town in Hokkaido.”

    Lol wow! Weird.

  • [Video]: Ribbon eel
  • “Filmed off the coasts of Indonesia, a blue ribbon eel.”

    So pretty!!!

  • [Video]:Cat scratches his butt
  • LOL!


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

Walking down the hallway and spotted the kitties in the guest bedroom, lol.


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