Best Blog - Rolling Around in My Head



Ruby Gets An F

It was quiet in the front room. Ruby and Sadie and their dad Mike were with us for the weekend and they'd all been in their dad's room watching a video on his computer. I was sitting in my chair in the front room, reading. Ruby wandered into the front room and picked up a book of puzzles that Joe and I had picked up for the girls. Ruby is a kid that likes to exercise her brain. She brought the book over to me, sat down beside me, and asked if I'd do puzzles with her. I told her that I loved puzzles too and that I'd love to spend some time puzzling with her.

We did mazes.

We did word searches.

We did pick out the word that doesn't fit.

We did find the difference between two pictures.

Then Ruby chose one that looked very difficult. It was a puzzle that had a picture of a Rubik's cube kind  of structure with the top right corner missing. Then there were  all sorts of pieces to look at to figure which one fit into the space on the cube. There were at least 10 possible choices. Ruby, sitting beside me, was getting a bit tired, I think her puzzler was sore, and she glanced at the page and said. "F, it's F." I looked at it, saw that it couldn't be F and said, "Ruby, you've got to really look at all the pieces and then look at the pattern on the cube and see which will fit.

"F, it's F."

"You ought not to rush. The fun of these puzzles is puzzling out the answer, taking time to check the options and find the right one."

"F, it's F."

"OK, it time to check the back of the book and see the answer, I won't let you see the answer, I'll just show you that it's not F and then you can look at other pieces."

"You can check the back of the book, but it's F."

I flipped to the back of the book. F, it's F.

How the hell did she get F from just a brief glance at the missing piece and all the options provided? That was one question. The other was, how was I going to tell her it's F? Do I have to tell her it's F, can't we just move to another puzzle?

"OK Ruby, it's F."

"I know," she said, "Sometimes a puzzle only looks hard, you have to see if it actually is hard first."

Hmmmm.

I think I do that in my life. I look at things and think they are hard, so they are. I need to find out if they actually are hard before putting myself through hours of work looking at all the options when it's just freaking obvious that the answer is ...

F.

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Posted on 31 January 2015 | 5:46 am

Literature and Culture Blog - Perogies and Gyoza



The Cat at the Wall

The Cat at the Wall

Written by: Deborah Ellis

Published by: Groundwood Books

Published on: August 11, 2014

Ages: 10+












Clare is a regular girl at a regular school in Pennsylvania, but with a mean streak. Clare is also a cat in the West Bank of the Middle East, who finds a boy hiding from Israeli soldiers. How Clare became a cat and what Clare the cat decides to do about the boy are just two of the mysteries told in this middle grade novel.

Ellis has impecable nonfiction credentials (Looks Like Daylight, Kids of Kabul) and she combines her extensive knowledge of the Israeli-Palestine situation to illuminate an important theme- that we all have choices and we can improve or worsen other people's lives as a result of the path we choose.

The fantasy element was actually quite well-done, although different from what I expected from Ellis' work. The juxtaposition of a normal middle-class life in the US with the fear of an orphaned boy in one of the world's most conflicted areas is clever and the fantasy element makes it feel less like a moral tale.

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Posted on 3 January 2015 | 8:10 am

Entertainment Blog - Mike's Bloggity Blog



Unbelievable drone footage of New Brunswick’s ice village!

Even though I’m from there, I had never heard of New Brunswick ice village until today! Thanks to the incredible ice footage by photographer Derek Grant, people can see the scope of this tiny ice village that forms during the ...
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Posted on 30 January 2015 | 4:29 pm

Humour Blog - XOXO Jes.....



CBC's Schitt's Creek premieres - ALL OF THE LEVYS

My Canadian television dreams have come true.

As we all know, I am obsessed with the Levys - OBSESSED. When Dan and Eugene are photographed together I die. When you put the two of them and Catherine O'Hara in a TV show I basically...just...how am I breathing right now? Oh, and Eugene's other kid, Sarah, plays the town waitress. ALL THE LEVYS!

Schitt's Creek premiered tonight on CBC. A sitcom about a rich family that loses everything and ends up moving to a town that they bought as a joke called Schitt's Creek. A spoiled daughter, a pretentious hipster son, a former actress mother and a business man father - all now living in a motel with a leaky roof surrounded by townies.

Your classic riches to rags story.

The first episode was a little hard to get through - everyone, minus Eugene, was a little too over-the-top for my liking and not entirely consistent in character, but by the second episode I am beginning to come around.

It's not all about the Levys. The Mayor of the town is played by Chris Elliot (who you will probably remember played Lily's dad on How I Met You Mother) who I love (...to hate, God his character is annoying). We have also been introduced to the motel receptionist Stevie (Emily Hampshire) - who is probably my favorite non-Levy on the show.

My favorite scene of the show was when they go to the Mayor's house for dinner and Dan (OMG, what is his character's name? David? He really should have just pulled a Will Smith and called himself Dan Levy in the show.) explains to the Mayor and his wife an experimental art 'show' that he curated at an art gallery in Brooklyn. Something about an artist wearing a clay mask of a fawn, taking off her shirt and breast feeding her audience...it is the most believable tale in the whole show.

I would like to see how the story develops. Currently it is pretty flat. The characters are dynamic and could definitely make for a highly entertaining series if they hook the audience. I'm intrigued, but I'm not hooked...yet.


XOXO
Jes...

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Posted on 14 January 2015 | 12:56 am

Journalist Blog - Commercial Space



Elon Musk as a Big Pimpin Playah; Raises $1Bln USD for SpaceX!

          by Brian Orlotti

On January 20th, Hawthorne,CA based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) confirmed that it has raised approximately $1Bln USD ($1.24Bln CDN) from two new powerhouse investors, Mountain View, CA based Google Inc. and Boston, MA based Fidelity Investments.

It's been a busy week. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, or at least a cartoon image backed up by his actual voice, guest starred in the January 25th, 2015 episode of The Simpsons as himself. Earlier in the week, as outlined in the  January 26th, 2015 Quartz article, "Elon Musk settles with the US Air Force, smoothing the way for competition in spy-satellite missions," Musk  announced a settlement with  the US Air Force, "ending a lawsuit that accused the military of unfairly awarding an $11 billion launch contract to United Launch Alliance, a Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture ." Graphic c/o Fox. 

The deal will not only provide SpaceX with the capital needed to achieve its goals, but also marks a watershed moment in the history of the NewSpace industry.

According to the January 20th, 2015 SpaceX statement, titled simply, "Financing Round," Google and Fidelity will own just under 10 percent of the company between them (the exact percentages have not been made public). The new investors join several others, including:
  • Capricorn Venture Partners (CVP) – A Belgium-based venture capital and equity fund manager whose portfolio includes a variety of European clean tech, medical, and IT firms. 
  • Founders Fund (FF) - A San Francisco, CA-based venture capital firm with $2Bln USD ($2.48Bln CDN) in assets under management. The firm's portfolio includes Airbnb, Knewton, Lyft, Spotify, Stripe and ZocDoc. FF was also one of the earliest investors in Facebook and the first institutional investor in SpaceX.
  • Valor Equity Partners (VEP) – A Chicago, IL-based venture capital firm with approx. $994Mln USD ($1.24Bln CDN ) in assets under management. VEP's portfolio includes Tesla Motors, Family Health Services (a provider of nursing and other home care services) and Sizzling Platter (a restaurant operating company).
How will SpaceX put this new funding to use? What do Google and Fidelity stand to gain?


The announcement comes on the heels of SpaceX founder Elon Musk's Jan 17th reveal of his plan to place a constellation of several hundred low-cost satellites 750 miles above Earth. Such a system has the potential to provide fiber-speed internet access to everyone on Earth.

Musk has stated that such a system would serve two  roles: tapping the potentially enormous market of low-cost high-speed internet access for the developing world and providing a telecommunications infrastructure for his planned human settlements on Mars.

Google, which is developing programs of its own for low-cost internet access via balloons, drones and satellites, as most recently described in the November 18th, 2014 post, "Google Takes Control of Hangar One," likely seeks to harness SpaceX's expertise in spacecraft and launch vehicles.

Fidelity Investments has not publicly offered any statement on its involvement, but with SpaceX on the verge of achieving low-cost space access and the subsequent opening of a huge new market to many players, the scent of profit must be strong indeed.

Google and Fidelity Investments' investment in SpaceX is a sign that more conventional investors are now willing to throw their hat into the space ring. As capital increasingly flows into NewSpace ventures, innovation will blossom. Over time, new infrastructure and revenue will enable even greater achievements.

Brian Orlotti.
Space will then not only be the realm of scientists, but also of workers, merchants, artists, entrepreneurs and settlers.

The true space age is about to begin.
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Brian Orlotti is a Toronto-based IT professional and a regular contributor to the Commercial Space blog.

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Posted on 26 January 2015 | 3:38 pm

Religion Blog - Religion Dispatch



LGBTs in Philippines Reflect on Papal Visit; Francis Meets Trans Man Shunned by Parish; French Group Turns ‘Bar of Sodom’ into ‘Pub of Mercy'; Global LGBT Recap

International Holocaust Remembrance Day was observed around the world this week. While America’s...

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Posted on 30 January 2015 | 1:35 pm

Art and Crafting Blog - Just a Smidgen



Gatherings | Bringing People Together with Food

I couldn’t think of a better way to start my day.. my { birth } day .. than with lots of birthday wishes.. beautiful flowers and a bottle of { white suede } and other lovely gifts of friendship.. family + friends + puppy love ♥ + one new cookbook that I get to review.. Does being excited about […]

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Posted on 31 January 2015 | 3:17 pm

Ecology and Social Justice - Facing Autism in New Brunswick



Our Happy Conor is Back! And Dad Is Happy Too!





The top photo above was taken a year and a half ago,  shortly after Conor recoved from a very serious adverse reaction to his seizure med at the time, Lamtrogine, which resulted in two weeks in the hospital including an emergency room visit and 6 days in the ICU where the excellent medical team there, including our family doctor, probably saved his life. 

The second  picture above was taken a few months ago, shortly after Conor started a second medication, Divalproex, after which he became agitated.  I was able to get him outdoors walking at the time which seemed to help. I second guessed myself at that time and continued with the Divalproex despite increased agitation.  A number of weeks ago Conor's Divalproex was increased as per the Neurologist's direction and things have been brutal for Conor since then.  I had to bring him home from school twice because he was aggressive with staff.  He was very aggressive at home with his mother and with me.  He was most aggressive though with himself smashing his head with both hands dozens of times a day.

A week ago I began decreasing Conor's Divalproex meds and he has been off of that medication entirely for a few days.  The result has been positive with his aggression and self injurious behavior dropping sharply and the last couple of days being joyful again.

I am not criticizing the Neurologist, nor am I making a generalization about Divalproex or offering
medical advice.  All I am saying is while on Divalproex Conor suffered with increased Divalproex resulting in increased self injurious behavior and aggression.  The school staff were kept in touch about the medication issue and the withdrawal schedule and noticed the same patterns including the recent return of our joyful, happy Conor.   I won't jump to any big conclusions or assume things will never get bad again but I will say that .... today ... Conor's Dad is one happy camper.

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Posted on 22 January 2015 | 8:51 am

Ex-Pat Blog - The Blog Fodder



OSCE and American/EU Policy wrt Ukraine

The OSCE (organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) is responsible for monitoring the Minsk Agreement and reporting on progress and on non-compliance.  Since the Minsk agreement has for all intents and purposes never been implemented on the ground in Eastern Ukraine, the 450 people on the ground have been mainly monitoring the constant shelling and rocket attacks of  Russian

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Posted on 29 January 2015 | 1:57 pm

Gardening Blog - Canoe Corner



Collecting Mustard Seed

A few years ago someone gave me mustard seed.  I don't remember who was responsible for the gift.  What I do remember was that I wasn't sure I wanted mustard seed.  I had never eaten mustard as a green and didn't know if I would like it.  But I can't resist a seed and so it was planted one spring with low expectations.  

Look what appeared.

Giant Red Mustard
From a tiny reddish looking seedling giant red leaves grew.  This plant is so pretty you might just want to have it as an ornamental.

red mustard  leaves
But does it taste good?  The answer is yes.  It's got a bit of that horseradish kick so we don't eat it in large quantities but when you want to add a little zing to otherwise bland salad greens this is the way to do it.  Ever since that first planting I'm hooked.

Most salad greens are pulled in summer because they bolt and go to seed.  But I'm a lazy gardener so I let the plants grow and grow.  Now I know why it's called Giant Red Mustard.  Not only are the leaves large but these beauties can reach 4 feet tall in mid-summer.  Like other plants in the mustard family they produce clouds of tiny yellow blossoms.


Bright red and green leaves with yellow flowers.  Pretty stylish plant I'd say.  Once it's done blooming the show still isn't over.  Even the seed pods look good.  Green pods ripen to red and then brown as they dry.


Now if you're going to let you plant flower and produce seed you might as well collect some of it.  Dried mustard pods are easily cracked open to reveal small round seeds, around 10 seeds per pod.


So many seeds in a pod makes for easy collection.  I simply grabbed a paper bag and ran my hands up the stem of the plant pulling the pods off and into the bag.  Some pods broke as I did this releasing the seeds.  I wound up with pods and seeds in my bag which I brought indoors and sorted.

Using a screen to separate pods and seeds
Screens are handy tools when cleaning seeds.  Drop the bag of seed on your screen.  Smoosh it around a bit and the seeds will fall through the screen and the pods will lay on top.

If you don't have a screen don't worry.  Just drop the lot on a piece of paper.  The seeds are heavier than the dried pods and will fall to the bottom.  Scoop the pods off the top, scraping out any excess seeds that haven't fallen out.  Even if you miss a few you will easily have mustard seed for yourself and all your friends.


Mustard is very easy to germinate and grow.  I plant it directly into the garden in early spring as soon as the snow has melted.  The plants prefer cool weather and sprout within a week or so for spring salads.  Pair it with young lettuce to spice up your dinner plate.  or if you prefer plant it just because it's darn good looking.

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Posted on 28 January 2015 | 9:22 pm

Lifetime Achievement Blog - Fit Cyclist



The Beginnings of a Story

A Note from Fatty: Last week I was interviewed by The Outspoken Cyclist about The Great Fatsby and anything else that came into my head. It was a fun conversation. Listen to it here. And be sure to subscribe to The Outspoken Cyclist’s podcast, while you’re at it. It’s awesome. I’m a big fan of the short fiction compilations Ride and [...]

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Posted on 27 January 2015 | 5:53 pm

Travel Blog - Local Traveller



Winter Getaways Close To Home

I joined Paul, Crystal, and Jill on Global Halifax this morning to talk about Winter getaways close...

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Posted on 20 January 2015 | 10:35 am

Best New Blog - Frugal Mom Eh



From Nursery to Primary Giveaway Roundup (Plus Linky for All Giveaways)

If you’d like me to list your Baby or Kid Friendly giveaway (Blog hosted only please) next week send a link with description including end date and eligibility to info at frugalmomeh.com, or Fill out my form!     Giveaways are listed by end date with those ending soon at the top.   * Giveaway was listed in previous […]

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Posted on 31 January 2015 | 6:55 am

Personal Blog - Rolling Around in my Head



Ruby Gets An F

It was quiet in the front room. Ruby and Sadie and their dad Mike were with us for the weekend and they'd all been in their dad's room watching a video on his computer. I was sitting in my chair in the front room, reading. Ruby wandered into the front room and picked up a book of puzzles that Joe and I had picked up for the girls. Ruby is a kid that likes to exercise her brain. She brought the book over to me, sat down beside me, and asked if I'd do puzzles with her. I told her that I loved puzzles too and that I'd love to spend some time puzzling with her.

We did mazes.

We did word searches.

We did pick out the word that doesn't fit.

We did find the difference between two pictures.

Then Ruby chose one that looked very difficult. It was a puzzle that had a picture of a Rubik's cube kind  of structure with the top right corner missing. Then there were  all sorts of pieces to look at to figure which one fit into the space on the cube. There were at least 10 possible choices. Ruby, sitting beside me, was getting a bit tired, I think her puzzler was sore, and she glanced at the page and said. "F, it's F." I looked at it, saw that it couldn't be F and said, "Ruby, you've got to really look at all the pieces and then look at the pattern on the cube and see which will fit.

"F, it's F."

"You ought not to rush. The fun of these puzzles is puzzling out the answer, taking time to check the options and find the right one."

"F, it's F."

"OK, it time to check the back of the book and see the answer, I won't let you see the answer, I'll just show you that it's not F and then you can look at other pieces."

"You can check the back of the book, but it's F."

I flipped to the back of the book. F, it's F.

How the hell did she get F from just a brief glance at the missing piece and all the options provided? That was one question. The other was, how was I going to tell her it's F? Do I have to tell her it's F, can't we just move to another puzzle?

"OK Ruby, it's F."

"I know," she said, "Sometimes a puzzle only looks hard, you have to see if it actually is hard first."

Hmmmm.

I think I do that in my life. I look at things and think they are hard, so they are. I need to find out if they actually are hard before putting myself through hours of work looking at all the options when it's just freaking obvious that the answer is ...

F.

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Posted on 31 January 2015 | 5:46 am

Political Blog - Calgary Liberal



Shutting down the blog.

Turns out a job doesn’t leave much time for blogging. And a 65-75 hour a week job makes it even tougher to fit in the time to write. Also, I find I’m writing all day, every day. So the urge to write more all night too isn’t that much of a driving force. There is, after […]

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Posted on 24 August 2014 | 2:46 am

Law Blog - Wise Law Blog



140 Law - Legal Headlines for Friday, January 16, 2015

Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter:
- Rachel Spence

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Posted on 16 January 2015 | 9:27 am

Science / Tech Blog - Watts Up With that?



Catastrophic Anthropogenic Vulcanology

Josh writes: Following the hilarious post on how Climate Change now causes volcanoes to erupt “everywhere”, Josh opines, “What next, anthropogenic sunshine?” Cartoons by Josh  

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Posted on 31 January 2015 | 1:28 pm

Sports Blog - Rod Pederson



SUPER BOWL XLIX MATCH-UPS

Matchups for the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots at University of Phoenix Stadium:

When the Seahawks (14-4) have the ball:

If the Patriots can tame the Beast, they will have a big head start toward a fourth NFL championship since 2001. RB Marshawn Lynch (24) will try to impose his will on a solid but not overwhelming defence led by DT Vince Wilfork (75), DE Rob Ninkovich (50), LBs Jamie Collins (91) and Dont'a Hightower (54). If Lynch is slowed, that leaves the onus for running on QB Russell Wilson (3). While highly capable - he rushed for 849 yards and six TDs in 2014 - Wilson would prefer balance on offence.

When he throws, he must avoid the interceptions that plagued him vs. Green Bay for the NFC title. Not that Wilson was always off-target, with two of his picks being off tips by WR Jermaine Kearse (15). But he was not nearly as precise as usual.

Kearse, who caught the winning TD pass in the past two NFC title matches, was targeted on all four interceptions against the Packers. He'll see plenty of CBs Darrelle Revis (24) and Brandon Browner (39), a Seahawk last season, and could struggle getting open deep. S Devin McCourty (32) also will help in coverage on WR Doug Baldwin (89) and TE Luke Willson (82).

One thing Seattle won't do is lose faith even when things aren't working on offence. And behind an unsung offensive line led by LT Russell Okung (76) and C Max Unger (60), they won't back off, either.

When the Patriots (14-4) have the ball:

Unquestionably the key matchup, as it often is these days when the Patriots are on the field, will be All-Pro TE Rob Gronkowski (87) against the legions trying to cover him. However, for Seattle's Legion of Boom, much of the assignment will fall to S Kam Chancellor (31). Chancellor has the size (6-3, 232), speed and tackling skills to somewhat neutralize Gronkowski.

If he can do that, it frees All-Pro S Earl Thomas (29) to help with versatile WR Julian Edelman (11), who mostly will draw All-Pro CB Richard Sherman (25) in coverage. QB Tom Brady (12) is particularly comfortable throwing to Gronk and Edelman, and the Seahawks want to force him to look at others instead.

But even if the coverage is strong, Seattle must get pressure from pass rushers DEs Michael Bennett (72) and Cliff Avril (56) and LBs Bobby Wagner (54), an All-Pro, and Bruce Irvin (51). Brady is most vulnerable - which isn't very vulnerable - when he has to throw before he wants to and can't set his feet.

That means an unheralded offensive line featuring tackles Sebastian Vollmer (76) and Nate Solder (77) needs to be steady.

Green Bay showed the Seahawks can be run on, so RB LeGarrette Blount (29) could wind up being a featured player.

Special Teams:

Although the Seahawks were not great on special teams this season, they were spectacular in beating Green Bay. A fake field goal pass for a TD by holder Jon Ryan (9)-_ one of the NFL's most accurate punters - and an onside kick that kept them alive for the NFC title won't be forgotten in the Pacific Northwest.

Generally, though, New England has the edge here. Coverage is very good on punt and kickoff returns, led by Pro Bowler Matthew Slater (18). Edelman (11) was second in the NFL with 12 yards per punt return and had one for an 84-yard TD. Stephen Gostkowski (3) missed only two field goals and led the NFL with 156 points.

Coaching:

Pete Carroll's revenge? It's not a major story line, but it should be recognized that Carroll preceded Bill Belichick in New England. He wasn't a bad coach there, either, going 28-23, but that pales compared to Belichick's numbers.

No team brings more energy to the field than the Seahawks, and it stems from Carroll. He always has the pulse of his team: Carroll saw how Seattle was suffering from a Super Bowl hangover early in the schedule. He not only got the Seahawks to snap out of it, but reach peak form down the stretch _ at least until last week, when they got lucky, too.

Belichick just surpassed Tom Landry's mark for postseason victories (21). Regardless of the findings of the NFL's probe into under-inflated footballs in the AFC championship contest, he is known as an innovator _ just as much as he is known for stretching the parameters of the rulebook. Belichick keeps things fresh by finding new ways to exploit the opposition.

He will have something unusual lined up for Carroll and the Seahawks.

Intangibles:

Seattle seeks to become the first repeat winner since the Patriots managed it a decade ago. A victory would stamp these Seahawks as an all-time great team, particularly having beaten Peyton Manning and Brady in successive Super Bowls. The Seahawks also come off a mediocre performance in the NFC title game, which should spur them on.

New England, of course, doesn't want to add a stigma of Super Bowl loser by dropping three in a row after winning in its first three trips with Brady and Belichick. Brady can equal Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana with four Super Bowl rings, while Belichick can tie Chuck Noll with four.

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AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL

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Posted on 31 January 2015 | 2:00 pm

Family Blog - Mom vs the Boys



Always #LikeAGirl – Super Bowl XLIX Ad {Giveaway}

Who Throws like a girl, kicks like a girl and runs like a girl???? Football players do, that’s who! Because being #LikeaGirl means doing something with your whole heart, being who you are, and not apoligizing for it! This Super Bowl Sunday, watch out for the debut of a 60 second version of the influential Always [Read On]

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Posted on 30 January 2015 | 11:43 am

Professional Blog - Product Management



How to Leverage Product Usage Data to Improve Your Marketing Campaigns

by Rachel Sprung Data. It’s everywhere. It’s how we make our decisions. It’s how we see whether or not we are successful. And it’s how we predict whether or not our future campaigns will be successful. The interesting part about product marketing campaigns is we aren’t just working with data about how our leads and […]

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Posted on 29 January 2015 | 1:03 am

Writing and Literature Blog - The Book Mine Set



The 8th Annual Canadian Book Challenge - January Roundup (Sticky Post— Scroll down for most recent post)

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How to add your link:
1. Click on the icon above
2. Add a link to your review. (Please link to your specific review, not an entire webpage.)
3. Add your name and in parentheses the title of the book, such as John Mutford (Anne of Avonlea)
4. In the comment section below, tell me your grand total so far. (ex. "This brings me up to 1/13")

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Posted on 31 January 2015 | 11:55 pm

Popular Culture Blog - XOXO - Jes



It's a Love Thing with Twin Kennedy

Meet Canada's newest country duo - Twin Kennedy.

Well, that actually isn't true. They've been around, touring and writing songs as Carli and Julie for years. Since they were children they have been playing instruments and singing for any audience that would have them. They have always been Carli and Julie, or the twins, or the Kennedys - but I guess it was time to make a name that sounded a little more...like a country duo. Before they made their next album they decided it was time to find something that would stick.

"We knew for a year that we wanted to make a change, something that was easy...we thought of Dear Kennedy, Miss Kennedy..." said Julie. "...we really wanted to keep Kennedy, but then everyone always came back to the twin thing," said Carli.

They became Twin Kennedy...if there was ever a more country sounding duo name I don't know what that would be. Maybe Cowgirls on Hay-Bales...but I think I like Twin Kennedy more.

The sisters have a new single to go along with their new name, It's a Love Thing. The single was released on iTunes this week. "The song is very much our theme. It's a Love Thing. If you come to our shows it's about our family, and love and why we do what we do. Our music is pretty uplifting and makes people feel pretty happy," said Julie. "That's why we put it out first, to tell people what we're all about," said Carli.  

They have spent the last 3 years writing songs, hanging out on the road and working towards the release of their upcoming LP which was produced by George Canyon and Greg Sharkey.

They are currently on radio tour across Canada prior to the release of the LP in the Spring.

I asked the girls if they had any touring horror stories from the early days and they did not. How is that possible? I don't know, some people are just born with horseshoes in their bones I guess. I can't go on a trip longer than an hour without some disaster occurring. I told the girls they needed to learn how to exaggerate on small, possibly insignificant events to have better stories to tell people like me - who live for the drama.

They are on the start of their tour now, so they have lots of time to get stranded on the side of the highway and get a ride into town from a weird truck driver who requests one of their shoes as payment for the lift. (See, this is an example of a weird story that would almost most definitely happen to me if I went on tour, and would never happen to Twin Kennedy.)

I will make sure to follow up next time they are in town and dish the deets of any touring fiascoes that may have occurred...or did not occur. Don't get too excited, it'll probably be the latter.


XOXO
Jes...

For more information on their current tour go here.

Kelowna, BC (Jan 16)
Calgary, AB (Jan 20)
Edmonton, AB (Jan 23)
Watson, SK (Jan 25)
Kelvington, SK (Jan 28)
Morden, MB (Jan 30)
St. Andrews, MB (Jan 31)
Morin Heights, QC (Feb 7)
Clarks Corners, NB (Feb 16)
Moncton, MB (Feb 17)
Darmouth, NS (Feb 20)




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Posted on 21 January 2015 | 8:52 pm

Place Blog - Kitsilano



10 Businesses in Kits That Are Older Than 10

Guess what? Kitsilano.ca’s 10 year anniversary is coming up February 1. We’re doing a series of anniversary posts over the next few days to celebrate our history in the Kitsilano community. We started with a look at the Then and Now Kitsilano photo series . Our second anniversary post is...
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Posted on 29 January 2015 | 3:26 pm

Best Written - Cheaty Monkey



To Blog or Tweet…or Instagram or Vine or—That is the Question.

Because of what I do for a living—Social Media Editor and resident celebrity parent blogger at Today’s Parent—I don’t get to write here at Cheaty Monkey much (you know, where it alllll started). But somehow, I do seem to make time to awkwardly but effectively type stuff on my iPhone. So, these days, I’m pretty much blogging on Twitter, […]

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Posted on 15 January 2015 | 8:10 pm

Fashion and Style - Lou Lou's Views



A Brand New Diplomat Resort Is Waiting For You

Every winter (and sometimes summer) we travel to south Florida to relax, spend time oceanside, and enjoy the fabulous Diplomat Resort and Spa.  In a couple of weeks, we'll be heading back to our favourite south Florida resort, and I can't wait to leave winter behind.

Going on vacations with my boys and my family (and taking a break from the harsh, cold weather) is  important to me, and every new vacation gives us many new wonderful, lasting memories. This trip to the Diplomat Resort and Spa will be our TENTH, believe it or not. (That should give you some indication about how much of a great time we have at this resort.) The first time I stayed at this resort, I was pregnant with my second baby boy. (He considers that his first vacation!).

I started travelling when I was a baby, and my boys have been travelling since they were infants, too. Because of this, travelling with them has always been pretty easy, no matter how far (Greece) or close (Florida) we go.

I'm looking forward to enjoying our week at the Diplomat Resort and Spa, especially because it is now a Curio Collection by Hilton resort.  I want to see any changes that have taken place, but I most look forward to returning to the things I love best: the stunning, never-ending views of the Atlantic Ocean, the beautiful lobby, the 24-hour fitness studio, the Spa, the Kids Club, plenty of dining options, and of course, the infinity pool and lagoon-style pool.






Here is some additional information about the Diplomat Resort and Spa, in case you're looking to plan a trip here soon!

Quick Facts:
  • The Diplomat Resort and Spa is South Florida's premier resort.
  • It is located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami.
  • 10 minutes from Fort Lauderdale Airport.
  • 30 minutes from Miami airport.
  • Near Hollywood's historic ocean front boardwalk.
  • 10 minutes from dining, casino, and nightlife at The Village at Gulfstream Park. (This is a favourite place for us to go to in the evenings—lots of safe space for the kids to run around, great dining options, and a lot of great stores.)
  • 10 minutes from Aventura Mall (My favourite mall!)
  • At the resort, there are many great places to eat, too—the Lobby Bar, the Cafe, Fresh, Diplomat Prime, Rivals, Splash Bar and Grill.
  • Poolside cabanas and beachside rentals (jetski, kayak, paddle boards, v-ball, and more.
  • Kids Club—so much fun!
  • 2 gorgeous pools: the infinity pool, and the lagoon-style pool. 
If you have any questions about booking a vacation to the Diplomat Resort and Spa, please contact me—I'd love to answer any questions you may have!


Disclaimer: I received special perks from the Diplomat Resort and Spa. All views and opinions are my own. 

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