Best Blog - Rolling Around in My Head



Fury-ous

I lost it yesterday.

Just lost it.

In order to understand, for those of you who don't use a wheelchair, I need to explain the build up. I had to work Saturday until two and therefore didn't get home until somewhere after three. We got home and left immediately, planning to catch the four o'clock showing of Fury. Never realizing that it would be me who was unleashing fury even before getting to the movie.

The sidewalks were packed and after a block or two we regretted not just taking the subway. I drove steadfastly and carefully. I've never run into anyone, although others have run into me, and I fill my mouth with politeness - excuse me please, thank you very much, could I just get by you there. These are mostly directed at people who are standing in the middle of a sidewalk texting or talking or otherwise 'I-ing' with their phone. It gets tiresome using manners when your whole being wants to shout - get out of the freaking way!!!

I was pretty used up with my store of politeness and patience, therefore, when I got to the lobby of the building which houses the cinema on the fourth floor. We went to the elevators and were the only ones waiting. The building has a remarkable set of escalators giving those without disabilities and without strollers an excellent option. However, there are those, like the twenty-somethings, out together in a group, gathered behind us, who for some reason prefer the elevator.

We were clearly there first.

We were clearly in front.

This means that we were waiting longest.

The door opened to an empty elevator and they swarmed around me piling on the elevator. I was trying to turn around to back on when one of them almost ran into me. I stopped. I was furious. I said, "No, no, please go ahead!" Then I brought my chair to a complete stop. One of them told me to go ahead, I said, knowing that the elevator was full now, "No, you are so damned desperate to get on before the cripple does so get the hell on." They got on.

I turned to see Joe in the elevator holding the door open for me. The others were on, if they packed to each side, I could get on, but they stood there looking at me to solve the problem. Well, I did. "Joe, get off, we'll take the next one unless selfish prats swarm us then too. I guess being first in line means nothing to people who consider themselves above such conventions." Joe got off, the door closed on me saying, "I hope you very important people find someone else to teach your children manners."

We managed to get to the theatre on time. I asked Joe if he was looking forward to seeing Fury, he said, mocking me, "I feel like I already have."

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Posted on 20 October 2014 | 7:07 am

Literature and Culture Blog - Perogies and Gyoza



Haze (Blog Tour)

Haze

Written by: Paula Weston

Published by: Tundra Books

Published on: September 9, 2014

Ages: New Adult



Provided by the publisher for review. All opinions are my own. 







Gaby and Rafa are back!!! Last year I fell in love with the Rephaim and Pan Beach residents introduced in Paula Weston's Shadows.  That tale was packed with action and building a fascinating world where the children of fallen angels fight to keep humans safe from demons. The best thing about the book is it was only the first. Now Haze is here to continue this story.

Gaby's journey to unravel the web of deceit and false memories she has fallen into continues. The last memory she has of her brother Jude was of him dying in a car crash. But if the car crash wasn't real for her, maybe it wasn't for him either. In that case, where is her twin??

Luckily, Gaby has the mysterious and attractive Rafa to help her follow Jude's trail and introduce her to the other Rephaim, which might be the most difficult part- she steps right into a world fraught with tension and division and she doesn't know who is her friend and who is her enemy from her past life. How do you work beside others to kill demons when you can't even trust them?

Gaby is lucky that she has her best friend from Pan Beach, Maggie, and she knows Maggie is true. Sadly, she knows Maggie has also been dragged into this demon war mess, and has to make sure Maggie is protected too.

Gaby is such a great central character. Her disconnect between her current self and what people tell her about her past self, and especially her past morals, makes her vulnerable despite her physical strength, and without ever veering into whiny. Will she ever develop back into the Gabe who dated the arrogant Daniel? I hope not, I like to see her with Rafa, despite the fact that Rafa won't tell Gaby what was up with them before she landed in Pan Beach.


One of the fun things the fabulous author, Paula Weston, did for the bloggers on the tour was to tell us which character matched our personality the most! I was afraid I would end up being Daniel, we both have a tendency to know what is best for everyone who is not ourselves. But I was so happy to find out that I am most like Micah!


The easy going guitar playing half-angel was Gabe's best friend in the Sanctuary. He, Jude, Rafa, and Gabe were inseparable before Jude and Gabe disappeared. When Gaby comes back he is quick to reacquaint her with the other Rephaim, and tries to play peacemaker between the Sanctuary Rephaim and Rebel Rephaim. Micah is a stand-up guy and I hope to see more of him in Shimmer and Burn.

This book ends on a cliffhanger, and I cannot wait to see how it is resolved. Shimmer comes out next autumn and I hope the time passes quickly before I am back in Gaby's world.

Visit the other stops on the Haze tour today!

Summer at MissFictional’s World of YA Books
Jillian at Centre of the Universe
Crystal at WinterHaven Books
Lisa at Turning Pages


Don't forget to check out the home of the Blog Tour at Tundra Press to see what other fabulous places Haze is visiting this week, where there will be giveaways, interviews, and more!


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Posted on 16 September 2014 | 7:00 pm

Entertainment Blog - Mike's Bloggity Blog



Contest: Passes to the advance screening of Birdman!

Every now and then there’s a movie that, when you watch the trailer, you’re like “Yeah, I HAVE to watch that.”  It’s been a long time since I said that about a Michael Keaton movie (I mean, Jack Frost?!) But, ...
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Posted on 20 October 2014 | 1:26 pm

Humour Blog - XOXO Jes.....



NPH to host the 2015 Academy Awards

Neil Patrick Harris will host the 2015 Oscars.

*claps*

Thanks Academy.

XOXO
Jes...

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Posted on 17 October 2014 | 1:15 am

Journalist Blog - Commercial Space



Sierra Nevada "Lawyering Up" to Defend Dream Chaser Space Plane

          by Brian Orlotti

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the builder of the Dream Chaser orbital space plane, has stepped up its legal fight against NASA in the wake of SNC's not being awarded part of the latest in a series of contracts to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) beginning in 2017.

On Sept 16th, NASA announced its selection of the Boeing Company and SpaceX to receive $6.8Bln USD ($7.6Bbln CDN) in Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contracts. Of the two, Boeing was contracted to receive the larger share of $4.2 Bln USD ($4.73Bln CDN) with SpaceX getting $2.6Bln USD ($2.93Bln CDN).

The decision has generated controversy since Boeing has received more funding than rival SpaceX for performing the same mission with comparable spacecraft (the Boeing's CST-100 versus the SpaceX Dragon V2) and also because SNC had been considered a favoured candidate.

All three companies had received funding in earlier rounds of commercial crew contracts, which were designed specifically to encourage multiple and redundant designs for less than the cost of traditional single sourced approaches such as the NASA Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV). NASA was widely expected to drop at least one commercial crew candidate in the latest funding round.

But on Sept 26th, SNC filed a protest with the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) regarding the CCtCap awards and NASA issued a stop-work order shortly thereafter. Then, on Oct. 9th, NASA lifted the order on the grounds that any delay in implementing the CctCap contracts would put the ISS and its crew "in jeopardy."

In response, SNC filed suit on October 15th in the US Court of Federal Claims in Washington, DC for both a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction to reinstate the stop-work order. The Court of Federal Claims began hearings on October 17th and has until Jan. 5, 2015, to rule on the case.

At this point, someone decided that the best way to defend against a suit would be to begin leaking confidential documents.

According to both the October 16th, 2014 Innerspace post "Hold On A Minute! SNC Files New Motion for Dream Chaser," and the October 11th, 2014 Aviation Week article "Why NASA Rejected Sierra Nevada's Commercial Crew Vehicle," a leaked memo signed by NASA associate administrator for human exploration and operations William H. Gerstenmaier stated that SNC's price advantage was offset by “the lowest level of maturity” of the Dream Chaser's design. The Dream Chaser, according to the memo, faced “significantly more technical work and critical design decisions” than its rivals, and also involved more schedule uncertainty.

The leaked documents also commented on why Boeing was being paid so much more money for doing pretty much the same amount of work as its two competitors.

"I consider Boeing’s superior proposal, with regard to both its technical and management approach and its past performance, to be worth the additional price in comparison to the SNC proposal,” stated Gerstenmaier, at least according to the leaked memo.

Of course, SNC isn't totally dependent on NASA funding to keep the doors open at the Dream Chaser facility.

In December 2013, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) announced a funded study, called the Dream Chaser for European Utilization (DC4EU) program, to investigate ways in which Europe might take advantage of the Dream Chaser crewed space plane technology. As outlined in the January 8th, 2014 SpaceFlight Now article, "Europe eyes cooperation on Dream Chaser space plane," the ESA will also partner with the DLR to study European launch options under the DC4EU program.

Best of all, as outlined in the January 14th, 2014 BBC News article, "Dream Chaser mini-shuttle given 2016 launch date," the Dream Chaser is currently self funded for at least one unmanned orbital test flight in November 2016, using an Atlas V rocket, from Kennedy Space Center.

But there is at least one parallel between SNC's response to the CctCap contract awards and last year's battle between SpaceX and the Jeff Bezos owned aerospace company Blue Origin, over the use of Launchpad 39 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In both cases, a company believing itself wronged through favoritism sought to delay its competitors through legal means, to the detriment of the industry as a whole. In the case of Blue Origin vs SpaceX, aggressor Blue Origin lost.

Brian Orlotti.
Will aggressor SNC succeed in this new dispute? By blocking the progress of SpaceX and Boeing, an SNC victory could hamper the growth of the NewSpace industry.

Only time will tell which path the industry chooses.
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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 20 October 2014 | 1:09 pm

Religion Blog - Religion Dispatch



The Extraordinary Synod’s “Modest Proposals”

On bloggingheads, I spoke with our own Patti Miller about the recently...

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Posted on 20 October 2014 | 1:39 pm

Art and Crafting Blog - Just a Smidgen



Melancholy

“Sometimes you feel sad and you can’t quite put your finger on why. It’s not one acute sorrow that’s eating you. You feel in a way the whole of life calls for tears.”¹ Wanted or unwanted, the sun tilts and the Northern hemisphere shifts to cold.. spaces around me shift with the distancing sun, so too, my […]

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Posted on 7 October 2014 | 12:54 am

Ecology and Social Justice - Facing Autism in New Brunswick



Autism and the Liberal Party 2014 Election Platform: Nothing on Autism - No Adult Autism Care Centre


The Liberal platform is published and there are no commitments to address autism issues, no mention of autism disorders.  In particular there is no mention of any intention to change the current system of adult autism care from generic group homes lacking autism trained staff, hospital wards, the Regional (in fact the only) tertiary care psychiatric hospital in New Brunswick and export out of province and country to Spurwink (Maine) facility.  In the long run the continued neglect of the needs of severely autistic adults in NB will continue to  reduce the their quality of life and cost New Brunswick money ($300,000-$500,000 per year per person).   The Liberal Party may well Move New Brunswick Forward but for severely autistic adults there will be no forward movement under the Liberal banner.

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Posted on 8 September 2014 | 3:29 pm

Ex-Pat Blog - The Blog Fodder



Best Ever or Worst Possible: The Canadian Oil Sands

My good friend, colleague and mentor, Wayne Dunn, originally from Big River, Saskatchewan has recently begun blogging about Corporate Social Responsibility.  His blog, Business Meets Society, can be found HERE. We have known each other for 15 years and worked on a number of CSR related projects over the years. His personal profile (short version) reads thus: Wayne Dunn is President & Founder

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Posted on 17 October 2014 | 6:07 am

Gardening Blog - Canoe Corner



Happy Thanksgiving

I'm not sure where the time has gone but it's long past the end of summer and we're deep into fall.


The leaves have begun to turn, the apples are ripe and there's a chill in the air.


I spent some time thinking about Thanksgiving this weekend and what it means to me.  I thought about it while I sat in the orchard munching on fallen apples.


I thought about it some more while I worked in the kitchen to make salsa and tomato soup.


I thought about it as I pulled carrots and parsnips out of the ground for our Thanksgiving dinner.

I grew some pretty stunted parsnips this year
I thought some more while I placed bags of apples in the freezer next to containers of homemade pesto and soup.  Then again while I cleaned onions for storage.


What I realized is that I spent my whole Thanksgiving weekend gathering, preparing and storing food from my garden.  And that realization was pretty darn nice.  It's no coincidence that Thanksgiving falls at the time of year when harvests are being brought indoors.  It's a time when food is suddenly so plentiful that you can literally see your freezer go from empty to full in the space of one month.  Knowing that we have food for the winter and that it came to us through an enjoyable chore like gardening is pretty special indeed.  There are times when gardening can be tiring and endless but it can also be therapeutic and incredibly rewarding.  This is one of those days where I'm remembering the rewarding bit.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  I hope you had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed many rewards from your garden.

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Posted on 13 October 2014 | 9:51 pm

Lifetime Achievement Blog - Fit Cyclist



Tips and Advice for Your 100MoN this Weekend

I’m feeling a little bit under the weather, so just a quick note  today.  This weekend, approximately 500 of you will be racing your 100 Miles of Nowhere. I want to wish you good luck, and to give you some valuable advice. First and foremost, have fun during your ride. This is a silly, ridiculous and downright weird [...]

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Posted on 17 October 2014 | 11:47 am

Travel Blog - Local Traveller



We’ve Moved! Kinda…

Hey LTNS friends! On May 12th, we joined up with a cool new collective called Halifax Bloggers and started posting under the new url of www.thelocaltraveler.ca. If you’ve been hanging around www.thelocaltravelerns.com, this url will start to redirect to our new site in the next few weeks. Over on the new channel, we’ve got a […]

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Posted on 17 June 2014 | 11:03 am

Group Blog - Urban Moms



Warm Almond Quinoa Breakfast Sundae

My kid is not a big fan of cow’s milk. Never has been. I assume he takes after me when it comes to drinking it straight up and cold. Since I didn’t grow up really drinking milk in my home […]

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Posted on 20 October 2014 | 11:08 am

Best New Blog - Frugal Mom Eh



KFC Test Kitchen Experience and an Exciting New Flavour! #SweetChiliCrunch

KFC Test Kitchen Experience and an Exciting New Flavour! #SweetChiliCrunch  I was recently invited, along with a group of other great bloggers,  to an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the KFC Test Kitchen where new items are developed and tested before they hit the menu. It was really an eye opening experience where we got to see first hand, and I mean that literally, that KFC […]

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Posted on 20 October 2014 | 8:11 am

Personal Blog - Rolling Around in my Head



Fury-ous

I lost it yesterday.

Just lost it.

In order to understand, for those of you who don't use a wheelchair, I need to explain the build up. I had to work Saturday until two and therefore didn't get home until somewhere after three. We got home and left immediately, planning to catch the four o'clock showing of Fury. Never realizing that it would be me who was unleashing fury even before getting to the movie.

The sidewalks were packed and after a block or two we regretted not just taking the subway. I drove steadfastly and carefully. I've never run into anyone, although others have run into me, and I fill my mouth with politeness - excuse me please, thank you very much, could I just get by you there. These are mostly directed at people who are standing in the middle of a sidewalk texting or talking or otherwise 'I-ing' with their phone. It gets tiresome using manners when your whole being wants to shout - get out of the freaking way!!!

I was pretty used up with my store of politeness and patience, therefore, when I got to the lobby of the building which houses the cinema on the fourth floor. We went to the elevators and were the only ones waiting. The building has a remarkable set of escalators giving those without disabilities and without strollers an excellent option. However, there are those, like the twenty-somethings, out together in a group, gathered behind us, who for some reason prefer the elevator.

We were clearly there first.

We were clearly in front.

This means that we were waiting longest.

The door opened to an empty elevator and they swarmed around me piling on the elevator. I was trying to turn around to back on when one of them almost ran into me. I stopped. I was furious. I said, "No, no, please go ahead!" Then I brought my chair to a complete stop. One of them told me to go ahead, I said, knowing that the elevator was full now, "No, you are so damned desperate to get on before the cripple does so get the hell on." They got on.

I turned to see Joe in the elevator holding the door open for me. The others were on, if they packed to each side, I could get on, but they stood there looking at me to solve the problem. Well, I did. "Joe, get off, we'll take the next one unless selfish prats swarm us then too. I guess being first in line means nothing to people who consider themselves above such conventions." Joe got off, the door closed on me saying, "I hope you very important people find someone else to teach your children manners."

We managed to get to the theatre on time. I asked Joe if he was looking forward to seeing Fury, he said, mocking me, "I feel like I already have."

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Posted on 20 October 2014 | 7:07 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

Science / Tech Blog - Watts Up With that?



Slimed by Naomi Oreskes – In Defense of Dr. Fred Singer

Guest opinion by Ron Arnold The Oreskes documentary calling Dr. Fred Singer a “Liar for Hire” is a repeat of a nearly identical attack on him twenty years ago. An honorable newsman at that time debunked the attack and my research subsequently uncovered a genuine conspiracy of Big Green money and malice. While we consider…

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Posted on 20 October 2014 | 3:00 pm

Sports Blog - Rod Pederson



DAYTONA HOMES MONDAY MORNING GOALIE

The first of Sunday's tailgaters. My buddy Fuji (#74) and the gang..
10 MONDAY LEFTOVERS:

1 - There are millions of fans in the Rider Nation and therefore there are a million different opinions following Sunday's 24-19 loss to the Edmonton Eskimos - the Riders' fourth defeat in a row.  With the Riders up 13-4 at halftime, I thought the table was being set for an upset on Sunday but the 95-yard kickoff return touchdown by Edmonton's Kendial Lawrence on the first play of the third quarter was the TSN Turning Point.  (Does TSN still do that?).

For whatever reason the Riders weren't ready to start the second half and that completely let the air out of their tires.  Upon watching the replay of the game, Lawrence was only touched once on that return, and it was by Rider safety Tyron Brackenridge.  "Folks are still eating their hotdogs and sucking back beers and can't believe that just happened," stammered TSN colour commentator Matt Dunigan on the broadcast.  "A lot of them are still down in the concession area!"

Dunigan's commentary over two weekend CFL broadcasts was pure gold.

2 - You had to be impressed by the play and the poise of Kerry Joseph, despite the loss.  The 41-year old threw for 213 yards with two touchdowns and two picks in his first start since 2012.  Rider GM Brendan Taman said before the game, "Everybody around here thinks Kerry gives us the best chance to win" and he certainly did that.  He wasn't on the field for the kick return touchdown which really turned the tide in the game.

"I thought Kerry was awesome," Rider coach Corey Chamblin said in his postgame news conference. "I couldn’t ask too much out of him.  I thought he had to have help around him and he got it.  He gives us a chance.  When you look in his eyes, there was always a look that we could win it.  That’s what you want."

Offensive coordinator George Cortez's playcalling won't be questioned this week as they passed 36 times and rushed the ball on 19 occasions.  Running back Will Ford rushed for just 27 yards on nine carries and was attacked each and every time he got a touch.  There may have been some rust there as he hasn't been used regularly in over a month.  It remains to be seen if he'll be the workhorse down the stretch since Anthony Allen was a late scratch due to back spasms.

3 - Like I said, there are a million different opinions on the Riders right now.  One of the guys in the photo above, my buddy Yoda (in the black shirt), figures the Riders won't win another game the rest of the way.  He said it with a smile on his face so it was tough to argue and maybe he'll be right?  The fact is nobody knows how this 2014 campaign is going to turn out.  However whether it's Durant or Joseph pulling the trigger, I think this team still has a chance to win it all.  But they need to get back to being the scrappy team we came to love in the first half.  Sunday's effort was a step in the right direction.

4 - The comments in the Mosaic Place Recap on this blog are purely entertaining.  Are these people loony or just into the sauce?  One guy was calling for the firing of Rider President Jim Hopson.  That's interesting since he'll be retiring in just a few months.  Again, the 24 hours after a loss are always when people are the most heated.  Unfortunately the nutjobs detract from the reasoned commenters.  Which ones should you listen to when they're all anonymous?



5 - So the 13-2 Calgary Stampeders are next for the Riders as the two West Division foes will collide at McMahon Stadium Friday night in a 7:30 kickoff.  With first-place clinched for another year by the Stamps, you have to wonder if coach John Hufnagel will rest some guys.  With second place out of reach for the Riders, you have to wonder about their approach as well.  The game will likely be used as another tune up for the playoffs and we now know the Riders will be going on the road in the 2014 postseason.  All that remains is whether or not it's through the West or through the East.

It's interesting to note that the Stampeders have had the good fortune of beating Edmonton twice (without Mike Reilly), the Bombers once (without Drew Willy) and will face Saskatchewan twice without having to face Darian Durant.  Don't forget that whenever the Stampeders have won the Grey Cup over the past 20 years, they haven't had to face Saskatchewan in the playoffs.

It will be interesting to see what happens between now and November 30.

6 - The Regina Thunder's season is over.  They fell 20-17 at home to the Calgary Colts Saturday night to end their quest of repeating as CJFL champions.  Congrats on a fine season however.

7 - What a disastrous season for the U of R Rams.  They've been close, but not quite good enough in too many games this season and currently sit at 1-5 following Saturday's 33-32 loss at UBC.  A late rouge was the difference.  The Rams aren't mathematically eliminated from the playoffs yet but need to sweep their two remaining home games.  Perhaps Saturday's game will be known more for the technical difficulties Scruffy had trying to get the broadcast on 620 CKRM.  He ended up calling the game over his cell phone.  Marco Ricci was there for the colour commentary but wasn't used.  He went all that way for nothing.  What a shame.

8 - The Regina Pats open a brand new week sitting fourth in the WHL East at 5-5-1.  They were routed 5-1 in Calgary on Sunday completing their weekend road trip at 1-2-0.  They played three games in three nights in Kootenay, Lethbridge and Calgary.  That's an insane schedule and were likely out of gas by Sunday's stop in the Saddledome.  And on Tuesday they host the Portland Winterhawks where I'll be hosting a bunch of Roughriders plus the Tony Roma's staff in the Molson Box.  The Pats are paying for their lax early schedule now.

9 - Leave it to a guy from Wilcox, SK to do in the Arizona Coyotes.  Wilcox's Jaeden Schwartz netted his first NHL hattrick and added an assist as well his St. Louis Blues routed the Coyotes 6-1 Saturday night at Gila Riva Arena to end the Coyotes' season-opening homestand.  Other than that, it wasn't a real exciting weekend in the NHL, from what I saw.

10 - Catch Houston at Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football tonight at the Press Box Sports Bar.  You can get a full rib dinner (which is excellent) for just $9.99 plus you'll have a chance to win a Texans or Steelers jersey.  Kickoff is 6:30 pm.

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Here are the postgame comments of 26-year Roughrider radio analyst Carm Carteri on 620 CKRM.

"A lot of people didn't give the Roughriders a lot of hope against an Edmonton team that was fighting to host the Western Semifinal in Edmonton.  We all hoped that Kerry Joseph could give this offense a little bit of hope and he did.  He threw two touchdown passes and I thought moved the ball pretty well.  Were there some plays he wished he could have back?  Of course.  But this was a game that the Riders needed to show their fans that they'd fight to the end and they did that.

"I think there's a glimmer of hope for this football team with Kerry Joseph.  Not for next year, it's for next week which will be in Calgary and then again back here November 8 against Edmonton.  The Riders had a good game plan in here today.  They allowed Kerry to throw the ball downfield and I was impressed with a lot of his passes.  The problem is you start the third quarter and you allow a 95-yard kickoff return."

I pointed out that Joseph wasn't on the field for that meltdown.

"That's the big thing for this football team!" Carm continued.  "Plays like that hurt this team.  Not the lack of offense or their quarterback.  Is there room for improvement?  Of course there is.  Is there a glimmer of hope for this team?  Yes there is because this was a pretty good football game and it never really got away from this Rider football team until late in the fourth quarter on that Mike Reilly run. But there were other factors in this game that led to this defeat, not the play of Kerry Joseph.  So I do see some positive signs."

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Roughrider General Manager Brendan Taman joined us on CKRM's pregame show as he always does weekly and discussed the lack of production with back-up quarterbacks Tino Sunseri and Seth Doege since Durant's absence.  Keep in mind this interview aired before Sunday's game.

"You know it's frustrating because when you look at Tino, when he's started games, he hasn't been very good," Taman said.  "When he's come off the bench he's been excellent.  How that gets translated to when he starts, I have no idea.  From my chair, when he has the ability to show it, he does at times but he hasn't been consistent.  And Seth didn't really shine when he had a chance.

"When you have young quarterbacks it can go either way.  I know people out there look at Bo-Levi Mitchell or Jonathan Crompton (and their early success) but this is a team game.  I think we need guys around the quarterback to make plays on both sides of the ball.  Our defense needs to take away the ball or get a stop and our receivers need to make a catch or the quarterback needs to throw the ball accurately.

"It's disappointing to me because I really thought that one or both would be okay and we wouldn't have to get to this with Kerry but we are and that's where it's at and we have to move on."

Despite the losses, the time has flown by since Darian Durant's injury at Winnipeg on September 7 and we're already at the stage where Durant will be on the roster for Friday's game at Calgary.

"When you do this show you get some inside information and he's actually been throwing in the locker room to be honest with you," Taman reported.  "So you're gonna see him develop a little bit more as the weeks go on and from talking to him Friday, we're right on course with a lot of what we've been saying all along.  I know a lot of people are out there waiting to see what's going to happen with him but I foresee him playing in the last game of the year.  I really do if everything keeps going the way it's going."

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: WEEK 7 IN THE NFL

If it seems as if NFL records are broken or tied every week this season, well, that's because they are.

And not just by Peyton Manning.

Yes, Manning generated the most talked-about mark Sunday, topping Brett Favre's old record of 508 career touchdown passes by getting to 510 with four in Denver's 42-17 victory over San Francisco at night - and, according to receiver Demaryius Thomas, even orchestrating the way some Broncos teammates teasingly played keep-away with the football caught for No. 509 by Thomas.

Manning, making all of those neck operations seem like a distant memory, actually added to another record of his, too: It was his 33rd game with four passing TDs.

Earlier Sunday, Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers had his fourth game in a row with zero interceptions and at least three TD tosses, tying Tom Brady for the longest such run. Seattle's Russell Wilson became the first player in NFL history with 300 yards passing and 100 yards running in the same game.

And showing that running backs still can matter in the modern game, DeMarco Murray helped Dallas improve to 6-1 by gaining 128 yards on 26 carries, making him the first player to run for at least 100 yards in each of a season's first seven games.

In case you missed it, here are the other top topics after the NFL season's seventh Sunday:

BOLD FISHER: Holding onto a two-point lead, facing fourth-and-3 at their 18 with about 3 minutes left, the Rams lined up in punt formation, of course. But coach Jeff Fisher had punter Johnny Hekker throw a pass - and the bold call resulted in an 18-yard completion for a first down and a chance to run out the clock in a 28-26 victory over Seattle. Earlier, the Rams got a 90-yard punt return for a touchdown from Stedman Bailey, when Tavon Austin, their usual returner, lured most of Seattle's coverage unit by pretending to be tracking the ball near the opposite sideline.

FOCUS ON OFFICIALS: With all the penalties being called, officials are getting plenty of attention - and a couple of players were ejected Sunday after making contact with a guy in stripes. Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly left a loss to Green Bay, and Colts linebacker Erik Walden was kicked out of a victory against Cincinnati. Saints coach Sean Payton made clear how he felt after his team was whistled for a dozen penalties in its 24-23 loss at Detroit: "I wasn't happy with how that game was officiated.''

SAINTS' ROAD WOES: The Saints are unbeaten at home so far but simply can't win on the road: They've dropped seven regular-season games in a row away from New Orleans - including four in 2014 - after blowing a 13-point lead in the last four minutes at Detroit. Saints quarterback Drew Brees, whose late interception set up the Lions' final score, said: ``The worst feeling in professional sports is when you feel like you let your team down.'' The Bears, meanwhile, have the opposite problem: They can't win at home. A 27-14 loss to Miami left Chicago with an 0-3 record at Soldier Field, where shouting could be heard coming from the locker room before reporters were allowed in.

AILING ATLANTA: The Falcons are reeling. They have lost four games in a row - and five of six - and each by at least 10 points. A 29-7 defeat at Baltimore on Sunday was also the fourth consecutive time Atlanta scored fewer points than the game before, going from 56 to 28 to 20 to 13 to seven.

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We'll break Sunday's game down on the SportsCage's Rider Monday at 4:00 pm.  Mike Abou-Mechrek and I will chair the affair and we'll be joined by football maven John Lynch and blogger CFL Joe from Ottawa.

Don't forget the Regina Pats are home to the Portland Winterhawks Tuesday at 7 pm on 620 CKRM.  We'll see you there!

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HAVE A GREAT WEEK
RP
@sportscage

(With files from the Canadian Press)

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Posted on 20 October 2014 | 8:00 am

Family Blog - Mom vs the Boys



Tide launches first ever Pods for sensitive skin! {Giveaway}

My Dad has sensitive skin and is extremely sensitive to scents, I know how hard it is for him to be around too much fragrance and always make sure I leave the perfume at home when we visit. Sensitivities are becoming more and more common, so it’s nice to know that today, companies are making [Read On]

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Posted on 20 October 2014 | 2:55 pm

Professional Blog - Product Management



The Maturity of your Market Dictates the Type of Product that You Need

By Rivi Aspler A few months ago, I linked the type of product manager that you want to hire, to the product life cycle stage that your product is at, saying that an engineering oriented product manager would be a better fit for a product that is at its first life cycle stages and that […]

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Posted on 19 October 2014 | 10:08 pm

Writing and Literature Blog - The Book Mine Set



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




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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 October 2014 | 11:55 pm

Popular Culture Blog - XOXO - Jes



Good for Grapes - Skipping Stone (VIDEO)

I really like this song. If you can ignore the fact that the principle actors in this video are children - it's quite good.

XOXO
Jes...

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Posted on 18 October 2014 | 12:04 pm

Place Blog - Kitsilano



3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

The weekend is almost upon us. Check out these featured open houses in Kitsilano, or review the full list of homes for sale in Kits. The LiveKitsilano Real Estate Team is happy to help guide you on your next purchase or sale – if you want to know anything about...
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Posted on 18 October 2014 | 11:00 am

Best Written - Cheaty Monkey



The Flood: Collapsing the Foundation So We Can Gradually Rebuild

The funny thing is, the day before we came home from our holiday, I’d happened on this poster. It was posted on Facebook by Dr. Wayne Dyer (who’s work I’ve never been into), and shared by someone I follow. I thought it was cool but disregarded it and moved on. And it just stuck with […]

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Posted on 1 February 2014 | 4:19 pm

Fashion and Style - Lou Lou's Views



Weather The Winter With Tana (And Win a Shoe Shopping Spree!)

Many things make me happy: snuggles with my children, vacations to warm destinations where I'm lounging on a beach with a drink in hand, rainy afternoons where I'm lost in a good novel, dinners and wine with friends, and shoe shopping. Yes, shoe shopping always makes me happy, no matter the season—spring, summer, fall or winter—because no matter the season, there is always something just so perfect that I must shop for.

Even though we're enjoying the crisp days of fall, winter is literally just around the corner, and if I'm not dressed warm, I'm pretty miserable being outside. I also get really sad when I'm wearing a favourite pair of boots and they get destroyed because of the salt and snow... all because I didn't properly protect them. And trust me, I've ruined quite a few pairs of boots over the years.

Living in a city that has such harsh winters, I have learned my lesson—if I'm going to wear boots I love outside during the winter months, I have to protect them. I want my shoes to be ready for the weather, too—so they don't get damaged and so I can wear them year after year.

I spoke to a Tana Shoe Care Expert at one of my favourite shoes stores recently when I went to pick up a new pair of winter boots, and I learned a few things about taking care of my new boots so they'll last the entire season—and years to come, too. It's simple really—purchase the Tana shoe protector you need for your boots, and take the time to get your favourite booties winter weather-ready.


Clean, Polish, Shine and Protect

Tana All Protector is perfect to use on all types of shoes and boots because it creates an invisible shield that protects against all the elements and prevents dirt from setting to make cleaning easier. Perfect for Canadian winters! Just spray on your boots, and let dry.

I love the Tana Suede and Nubuck Cleaner—it really works to remove stains and spots so I can wear last year's boots again this year—because they look like new again. And the entire process takes no time at all.


I also love the Self Shine Cream because it's easy to use and makes my favourite shoes look brand new again. It helps keep the leather soft, too, while keeping them protected. Total bonus.

Also a total bonus?

How about winning a $500 shoe shopping spree? Can you imagine what you can buy with $500 in shoes? A lot of shoes. And boots. 


Join us for a fun Twitter party on October 22nd between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m., where we'll be talking all about shoes and boots. Make sure to follow along with host @moeturner and me, @MrsLoulou, @Mom2Michael, @LisaThornbury, and @kidsumers for a fun conversation and for the chance to win.


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Disclosure: I am taking part in the Tana Shoe Care Blog campaign. While I receive compensation as part of my affiliation with this program, the opinions shared are my own. 

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Posted on 20 October 2014 | 6:30 am

Feminist - Gender Focus



Join Feminists Taking a Stand Against ‘Cyberbullying Bill’ C-13

Cybermisogyny, including non-consenual sharing of intimate images, has to stop. But the Conservatives' Bill C-13, the so-called "Cyberbullying Bill" is not the solution, not in its current form.

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Posted on 19 October 2014 | 7:54 pm

Food and Drink - well fed, flat broke



Sleepy tea.

“You need my help,” he shouts, sans pants and full of fury as his purple marker is out of ink and he needs a “very big whale” drawn right now, please. Where any of this comes from, I hardly know. As Toddler’s language develops, his phrases are increasingly amusing – he’s an accidental and illiterate riddler. “You […]

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Posted on 23 September 2014 | 1:58 am

Fashion - Go Fug Yourself



Fug In Love: Beyonce

Beyonce 
Well, I can’t argue with her legs. But if that romper were any shorter, it would be a swimsuit — which is a shame, because the top part of it is really cute. Unless your waxer’s number is written on your upper thigh in exchange for a free treatment, one’s shorts do not have to Read More ...

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Posted on 20 October 2014 | 5:00 pm

Parenting - Snarky Mommy



First! Day! Of! School!

Worst mommy blogger ever. First day of school was last week and I’m just posting the photos now. But hey, if you follow me on Facebook, I did post pictures there! Jack, 3rd grade (whaaat?) Flipagram of all Jack’s first days Emmie, 1st grade Flipagram of all Emmie’s first days Maeve, Jr. Kindergarten Flipagram of [...]

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Posted on 10 September 2014 | 1:49 pm

Gossip - TMZ



Famed Designer Oscar de la Renta Dead -- Dies at 82

Oscar de la Renta -- who recently designed Amal Clooney's wedding dress and famously dressed Jackie Kennedy -- is dead.De la Renta had been diagnosed with cancer in 2006 ... though it's unclear at this point what caused his death. De la Renta…


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Posted on 20 October 2014 | 9:12 pm

Entertainment - i09



The Latest Batman News Is Both Surprising And Not Surprising At All

The Latest Batman News Is Both Surprising And Not Surprising At All

Thanks to DC's Diamond Previews solicits for January 2015, the next person to step into the green boots of Batman's sidekick Robin has been revealed. Since it's a spoiler, the reveal is after the jump — but I do feel confident the new Robin's identity will not shock you. Something else will, however.

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Posted on 20 October 2014 | 10:00 pm

Music - Indie Music Filter



Video: “Vessel” by Dan Mangan + Blacksmith

Indie Music Filter

“Vessel” by Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, off the album "Club Meds".

Video: “Vessel” by Dan Mangan + Blacksmith


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Posted on 20 October 2014 | 2:54 pm