Thursday, December 04, 2008

Alex Trebek Interview - Jeopardy Host - Quotes on Jeopardy and Life - Esquire

Alex Trebek Interview - Jeopardy Host - Quotes on Jeopardy and Life - Esquire:

"A good education and a kind heart will get you through life in pretty good shape."

"Don't tell me what you believe in. I'll observe how you behave and I will make my own determination."

"If you can't be in awe of Mother Nature, there's something wrong with you."

Alex is still one of my heroes.

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Yarn Harlot: What is happening in Canada

Yarn Harlot: What is happening in Canada

A great explanation of what's going on right now with Canadian politics. It's a fun time to be Canadian :-)

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American Airlines Now Charging Fees To Non-Passengers

American Airlines Now Charging Fees To Non-Passengers | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

It's always good to see the Onion getting back to its old form :-)

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Majority of local authorities failing adults with autism

eGov monitor - A Policy Dialogue Platform | Promoting Better Governance

From a UK study:

1. 148 out of 149 local authorities do not know how many adults with autism are in their area. However, 27% are planning to address this issue.

2. 64% do not have a named team or individual with responsibility for autism in line with Department of Health recommendations. Just over a third of local authorities are following Government guidance in this area, although a further 11% have acknowledged the need for further action.


That's appalling, and I would love to know if Canada is any better.

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Brain waves are window into autism language woes

The Associated Press: Brain waves are window into autism language woes

This study makes some sense to me- it will be interesting to see where they go with this.

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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Dutch man 'Europe's most committed sperm donor' - Telegraph

Dutch man 'Europe's most committed sperm donor' - Telegraph

Interesting article. Obviously, having triplets myself, I know a lot of people who have had to use fertility treatments to become pregnant (most triplets are conceived with fertility assistance of some type). I have a lot of respect for people who are sperm or egg donors, or surrogates, as I've seen the end results and know how happy a lot of families are because of the assistance of strangers (or people who they eventually get to know well).

I didn't realize until I read this article that sperm donor anonymity is almost a thing of the past in Europe- that strikes me as being bad news for infertile couples, although possibly good news for the children born of donors. I haven't had any contact with my biological father since I was about 10 (with the exception of one odd phone call in the middle of the night when I was 18), but in the last few years a member of his extended family found me and was able to give me a lot of health information about the paternal side of my family which is appreciated. To me my stepfather is my real dad, but I can't deny that it is nice to know what medical issues I have a higher possibility of facing in my 50s and later life.

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Little Shrimp Kicks Ass on Treadmill

Little Shrimp Kicks Ass on Treadmill�|�Environmental Graffiti

This is likely the coolest experiment that I've ever seen.



My guess is that they came up with the idea in a bar.

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Is Stephen Harper Prime Minister of Canada?

Is Stephen Harper Prime Minister of Canada?


:-)

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Monday, December 01, 2008

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Animal Communicator Georgina Cyr: Animal Communication Consultations and Courses

Animal Communicator Georgina Cyr: Animal Communication Consultations and Courses: "CANADIAN RESIDENTS: Add 7% GST S&H."


I am very definitely in the wrong business. I would absolutely only charge $175 a session to tell people that dogs need to be walked.

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Eagles Fly on IYI, or what to do when your local news station has technical difficulties

YouTube - Eagles Fly on IYI





Awesome! From the information section: "The IYI crew visited Alton Illinois to interview Brett Stawar, executive director of the Alton Regional Convention and Tourism Bureau. Alejandro Cruz, the videographer, had technical difficulties with his wireless mic set, and couldn't capture any of Aileesha Breedlove's interview questions. This is what we did to salvage the segment. Ryan Wiggins wrote approximately 90% of the lyrics based on rough edits, and performed the resulting vocal arrangement. The vocals were captured with an Electro-Voice RE20 microphone, and recorded to DVCpro tape. The audio and video were edited and mixed entirely with Vegas 6.0. All of the 3D titles were produced and rendered with Blender 3D, an open source 3D graphics package.
The entire project took about 4 hours from conception to completion. "

The best lyrics (in my opinion)"

Eagle moustache, eagle snow

Eagles know when it's cold

They're so smart

Birds know a lot

Birds are like people living in trees

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