Clicks of the Day: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 Edition!

Welcome to Tuesday, December 20 2011’s Clicks of the Day!

  • Edmonton’s top 10 photo radar spots
  • “Memorize this list and slow down if you want to avoid that sickening flash in the rear-view mirror. The City of Edmonton released a top 10 list of photo radar spots Monday. Police have handed out more than 113,700 tickets this year.”

    I always see the #3 radar spot (Stony Plain Road eastbound at 133rd Street — 5,607 tickets). There’s a ton of Anthony Henday/Stony Plain Rd. ones actually I’m surprised I haven’t been dinged on one of those yet…

  • ‘Tis the season: Mid-late December sees fertility spike
  • “Many Canadian couples take more away from the holidays than happy memories, data shows. Birth records from four provinces shows an apparent peak in conceptions in the last three weeks of December. The December pattern corresponds to a peak in births in mid-to-late September, a pattern seen consistently in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia over multiple years.”

    Haha! This is funny.

  • LMFAO cancels Edmonton concert due to wiggling injury
  • “Too much wiggling can be hazardous to your health. Just ask Skyblu, one of LMFAO’s two rappers/dancers/DJs/producers. The Party Rock Anthem duo is postponing Wednesday’s show at Rexall Place — and two others in western Canada — due to three herniated discs in Skyblu’s back, incurred from LMFAO’s Sexy and I Know It wiggle dance.”

    LOL. Love the lead. Who knew wiggling was that dangerous?! Sucks for everyone who was excited about tomorrow night’s show but it’s apparently going to be postponed to February so at least it’s postponed and not completely cancelled.

  • 2011: Tech’s Biggest Winners and Losers
  • Lol, RIM makes it onto the Loser list (as expected). Netflix also loses. Apple, Google, Amazon among the winners.

  • Lawsuit over Facebook ‘sponsored stories’ rolls forward
  • “U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has ruled that a lawsuit over Facebook’s “sponsored story” advertisements can move forward, denying Facebook’s request to have the lawsuit dismissed. The suit claims that the practice violates California’s Right of Publicity Statute, which prevents the use of a person’s photo or name in a paid advertisement without explicit consent. Facebook’s “sponsored stories” began appearing at the beginning of 2011. Facebook assembles the ads using the “likes” of a Facebook user’s friends, then crafts an advertisement — often using that friend’s name and photo — for the Facebook user, usually touting that their friend “likes” a particular advertiser. Facebook builds the ads when a Facebook member clicks a “like” button for a particular company, product, or other item.”

    Always pushing the boundaries, that Facebook.

  • 5 Tips for Journalists to Promote Stories and Engage Readers on Social Media
  • Including “when share your link, give it a catchy headline and brief description” and “ask your friends to spark a conversation.”

    Plus other good tips for journos.

  • Why not a reverse meter?
  • “As I ponder the future of The New York Times, it occurred to me that its pay meter could be exactly reversed… Imagine that you pay to get access to The Times. But whenever you add value to The Times, you earn a credit that delays the next bill. See ads, you get a credit. You click, more credit. Come back often and read many pages, more credi. Answer a reporter’s question on Twitter and the reporter uses your information: credit.”

    Really interesting ideas here! (P.S. I hate paywalls).

  • Deadly flu virus created in the lab
  • “Starting with the virus that causes bird flu, 2 scientists create a highly contagious version in the lab that one calls ‘probably one of the most dangerous viruses you can make.’ A government committee is now deciding how much detail scientific journals should reveal.”

    I had meant to post this a few days ago – but seriously. How is it that more people/more news orgs./etc. aren’t talking about this? Why are scientists so stupid? Why are we creating viruses that can wipe us out? Meddlers. Idiots!! It took a few days since the NBC report but today there was a New York Times article on it as well:

  • Journals Asked to Cut Details of Flu Studies
  • “For the first time ever, a government advisory board is asking scientific journals not to publish details of certain biomedical experiments, for fear that the information could be used by terrorists to create deadly viruses and touch off epidemics.”

    Once again, I don’t know why they even created this. So dumb.

  • IBM Predicts Mind-Reading Computers Of The Future
  • “Forget Siri. According to IBM, in five years computers will be able to do a lot more than listen to your voice: They’ll be able to read your mind.”

    Bold prediction. Your thoughts? (Article also includes 4 other IBM predictions).

  • Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be stressful: Survey
  • “With less than a week until Christmas, shoppers’ emotions are running high. But a new biometric study suggests the holiday crunch isn’t as stressful as we presume — and may, in fact, be rewarding in some ways.”

    I love Christmas shopping! I love getting gifts for people. It’s a great feeling. I hate trying to find parking and I hate trying to fight my way through crowds. Best option: Christmas shop in November! ;)

  • Shop local this Christmas
  • “Instead of giving the same old sweaters and gift cards for Christmas this year, try putting something a little more unique under the tree. The furious search for present perfection can be a herculean task, which is why we pounded the pavement for you and compiled some locally made items to put on your holiday shopping list.”

    Great compilation. Too late for me and my gifts but good to know where to get what for future shopping.

  • This Horrifying Spider Is The Only One That Carries Her Babies Like a Human Mother Would
  • “If there’s an image that summarizes my idea of complete horror, this is it: a wolf spider carrying dozens of babies on her back. It’s the only spider in the world that does this. It’s also the only spider that carriers her eggs in a round silken globe attached to her abdomen, like a human would carry a growing baby.”

    Major shudder. Spiders are so scary.

  • Dutch TV hosts eat fried human flesh
  • “A pair of Dutch TV hosts ate each other’s flesh to know what it tastes like in a controversial segment to air Wednesday. Hosts Dennis Storm and Valerio Zeno went under the knife to have a piece of muscle removed from a left butt cheek and abdomen.”

    That is absolutely disgusting.

  • Missing for months, ‘George the cargo cat’ found alive and well
  • “A family pet missing for months after escaping from a cargo hold at the Edmonton International Airport has been found safe and sound in Leduc, more than five kilometres away.”

    HOORAY! Great, great news!!!

  • Viral video: Cat soothes crying baby
  • “A black cat named Stewie pats the head of crying baby Connar, lulling him to sleep.”

    Sooooo cute!!!!!!! :)

  • [Video]: Cat Misjudges Jump
  • “His form was good, his depth perception could use a little work.”

    Hilarious jump!!

  • [Video]: Cat Steals Other Cats’ Food
  • “A couple of cats enjoying a bowl of food when one cat decides the other has had enough.”

    Hahaha!! Aw, Thor needs a cat friend.

Thor Photo of the Day:

Wrapping paper Thor :)

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