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Tuesday Round Up

October 13th, 2009 No comments

Back from a little hiatus on the round ups! I’m no good with enforced schedules, I have to go with the Flow! So, from now on, Round Ups will come exactly when they should, when I’ve been inspired to write one!

Twitter + Blog = Twog

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Richard Florida Twogs!

Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class and Who’s Your City?, is quite an active tweeter. He frequently tweets about stats, facts, and graphs about place, population and societies ever-changing demographics. It’s a little difficult to keep up with all of his nifty tweets, so he is now twogging! Each Wednesday Richard Florida compiles his bests tweets of the week into one, each to swallow blog post.

Johnny B Truant talks about Motivation at IttyBiz

Johnny B. Truant

Johnny B. Truant

Johnny B Truant has been super shiny lately, making guest posts all over the web, and even making $10K in 3 months by helping people! Through a hap-hazard retelling of an old tale, Truant tells us where the motivation came from to make it happen. When you have a need or requirement rather than a desire, you have ample motivation!

Top 10 Moments Caught on Google Street View at urlesque

Drunk dude passed out on Google Street View

Drunk dude passed out on Google Street View

Google Street View was just released in Canada. All my friends, ok, I’ll admit, and me too, have been spending valuable work time combing through the maps of our usual stomping grounds and a select few have been able to proudly post blurred images of themselves doing usual stuff. urlesque complied some of the whackiest moments found on Google Street View, including public urination, flashes, and even a Web 2.0 marriage proposal!

Stop the TV Tax debate spins out of consumer control at Canadian Cholito

Up here in Canada there is a whole debacle going on over a supposed local TV tax. The Canadian Cholito took it upon himself to discover who the real players are in this charade, and shares with his readers what they need to know.

Friday Round Up

September 18th, 2009 No comments

I missed last week, so these are actually kind of drying out. I’m contemplating moving the round ups to Mondays.

The Problem with Positive Thinking from Seth Godin

Tribes author, Seth Godin, offers an intriguing insight about the role of positive and negative thought in the human experience. If positive thinking increases self confidence, which in turn improves performance, who do intelligent people partake in negative thought? Godin proposes that negative thinking feels good, that it “soothes our pain, or eases our embarrassment… protects us and lowers expectations“. The truth of it being that positive thinking is actually difficult, and requires effort, but it’s worth it.

Woman Refuses To Pay Off Bank Of America Credit Card at The Huffington Post

Ann Minch of Red Bluff, California is taking a stand. After the Bank of America repeatedly raised her interest rate up to a whopping 30%, Minch says she will no longer pay. She has carried a moderate balance on this credit card for years, and has always made at least the minimum payment on time. Following a layoff, she called the creditor to negotiate more reasonable terms, to which she got a big fat “No”. Minch has sinced closed her cheqing and savings accounts with the Bank of America, and, despite the future repercusions on her credit rating, refuses to pay the credit card bill any more, in the name of standing up for what is right! More power to you Ann Minch! My hopes are that more people join you to fight this massive goliath, as it’s a fight worth winning.

Cure all Running Injuries (and Pain) with One Simple Fix….Barefoot Running at Fitness Spotlight

I have seen many endorsements for those crazy Vibram Five Finger ‘shoes’ all about the intertubes, and I didn’t get why people were endorsing them, until now.  Mike O’Donnell pulls together a wide range of evidence that running has never been the cause of all those runner’s knees, but it’s actually the running shoes! Being designed to protect our feet from the crewl ground, sneakers have long been making our feet weak, causing us to run incorrectly! I’m going to have to try Vibram Five Fingers out – any excuse to go to MEC really.

Google’s Data Liberation Front

I was completely dependent on Gmail. When they had an outage for a few hours a couple of weeks back I could do nothing except go a little banana sandwich from not being able to access my email: my data! Google has started the Data Liberation Front to empower it’s users with respect to their data that Google manages for them. If you want to know how to get you emails out of gmail, your documents out of Google docs, or your site statistics out of Analytics, this is the place to go to figure out how.

Friday Round Up #2 – The can you believe it’s September edition

September 4th, 2009 1 comment

A sampling of some of the things that caught my attention on the internet this week:

Browser for the Better

Microsoft has committed to donating 8 meals to the Feeding America program for every download of Internet Explorer 8 from the above page. This is  pretty darn awesome, because of obvious benefits from contributing to a hunger-relief charity, and because Microsoft is helping to eliminate the abomination that is IE6! We should all rejoice!

How to Set Goals When You Have No Idea What You Want at Dumb Little Man

It is not difficult to find advice on goal setting, but what do you do when you have no idea what you want? I expect this is a common problem for many. People who want to achieve, make their mark, change things for the better, but have no idea about the direction of those goals. Ali Hale tackles this rarely acknowledged side of goal setting.

The winner of the Unconventional Writing Contest at The Art of Nonconformity

Back in June Chris Guillebeau held a writing contest to spread the unconventional mentality. The winner of the writing contest was Allan Bacon who shares with us the 3 “oxymoronic approaches to break the unspoken ‘rules’ of the conformist career path” he learned on his 3 year path from miserable corporate slave to living in Paris with his family.

Bingo, Bango, Bongo: Social media and the truth about Roberto Luongo at CholoCan

My partner in love is trying his hand at blogging. He has some neat things to say about media and culture. His newest post delves into the fans/social media/traditional media feedback loop in hockey rumours, looking particularly at the recent deal between the Canucks and Roberto Luongo.

The Article Cash4Gold Doesn’t Want You To Read at The Consumerist

Have you ever been tempted by those Cash4Gold adverts on tv? Send us your junk gold, and we’ll send you cash money! Well The Consumerist, with the help of a former Cash4Gold employee, warns of tiny cheques (like $0.03!) sent too late to request your jewelery back in the 10 day limit. You are better off taking your unwanted gold to your local jeweler, and handling these transactions in person where you have more power to say no to a raw deal.

Happy Friday!!

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The Friday Round Up

August 28th, 2009 No comments

I do a lot more blog reading that blog writing these days. There is an amazing wealth of information, and powerful posts out there that are well worth sharing. So I’m starting up a weekly round up. Each week I will share some of the best links I’ve encountered about this wide interwebs in an effort to spread the word!

  1. How the Inca Trail is Like Marriage at Simple Marriage
    Machu Picchu

    Machu Picchu

    A beautiful metaphor of the long winding path of many, many stairs  to get to the sacred Incan city of Machu Picchu as an illustration of how its not about the destination, its about the journey together in marriage.

  2. The New KFC Fried Chicken Sandwich: Cruelty To Your Health at Fitness Spotlight
    The sandwich revolution: No bread, just FRID CHICKEN!

    The sandwich revolution: No bread, just FRID CHICKEN!

    KFC has put out a new ‘sandwich’ that comes with clogged artteries on the side. Why bother waiting for the slow process with the regular fried chicken sandwiches? Scott Kustes from Fitness Spotlight expresses his dismay with this new invention, and includes a well-done msnbc video on the subject. He also offers alternatives to this crazy sandwich from the Paleo liftstyle he advocates.

    The KFC sandwich revolution brings me to our next link:

  3. The is why you are fat

    A blunt and hilarious blog that posts all the craziest food revolutions, such as the one above, that are, without a doubt, making us fat, including:

    Tempura bacon

    Tempura bacon

    Bacon chip nachos

    Bacon chip nachos

  4. Stick Figures in Peril at Mashable

    A funny collection of those warning signs found on Flickr, my favourite being:

    Stick guy in octopus peril

    Stick guy in octopus peril

  5. Chevron’s Using Solar Power…to Drill for Oil

    Oh, the irony!

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