March 21st, 2013
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nationalpost:

Ontario schoolgirl uses secret code word to outwit potential abductor in ‘textbook example’ of street proofing
A 10-year-old girl who outwitted two potential abductors by asking them for a secret code word has been praised by police for her quick thinking.

The girl was approached on Monday outside Applecroft Public School in Ajax, Ont., by a strange man trying to lure her into his car. The man, who was accompanied by a woman sitting in the passenger seat, claimed the girl’s mother had sent him to pick her up.

The girl and her family had established a secret password to be used as proof a person was really sent by her parents.

“She asked this person what the code word was and obviously they got it wrong,” Dave Mason of Durham Regional Police told CTV. “She told them ‘You got the code word wrong’ and that person left.”

EFF YEAH, LIL’ GIRL. You rock.
*knuckle bump

Reblogged from National Post
October 5th, 2012
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The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks,
but in how it thinks.

Christopher Hitchens,
Letters to a Young Contrarian

(via kerryquotesquotes)

Reblogged from America Wakie Wakie
August 29th, 2012
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What is a publisher anymore, anyway? A blog is a magazine. A magazine a blog. A newspaper a WordPress install. A Twitter account a journalist.

Craig Mod, Our New Shrines 

Here are a few tidbits from the article (his take on the PR monster, Facebook) that stood out to me, while I sat drinking my coffee, reading my emails, and pondering the evolution of macro communication and public relations:

This company with (no product and) four million fans soon to be five, soon to be ten: they decided back in 2010 to make Facebook their shrine. They spent five minutes setting up their Facebook page. Five minutes. That was their development cost. They didn’t engineer a custom CMS. They didn’t modify Django. They spent five minutes and were done and then spent three months hustling.

They hustled and found great content. For three months they hustled to develop a critical momentum in audience. They needed momentum behind their content, their brand, not momentum behind their shrine. They hustled to get their name on the maps of big bloggers, influential Twitter users. They hustled and promoted and continued to post great content not to their Tumblr site or ExpressionEngine CMS, but their Facebook page.

They have excited, eager, positive, and supporting fans. Millions, growing at a breakneck clip. Fans happy to jump toward wherever they’re pointed.

I’m sorry, but that’s creepy as fuck if you ask me.

The point of the article is to show publishers that building a community of fans is paramount to having a great product (or ANY product, even), i.e. the method of selling is changing. The way people are allowing themselves to be sold to has changed.

Duly noted. Let us also keep in mind that a lack of critical thinking is never a good idea. 

Reblogged from The FJP
June 13th, 2012
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"If I had a million cats I would feed the cats. I would be nice to the cats. I would feed them good things."

Awww, sounds like the kiddo has been paying attention to us chatter at home about what to feed our kitties. Take care, folks - many of those “trusted” pet foods you feed your cats or dogs are actually made of mainly corn or, sometimes, ashes. Here’s a quote from Donna Solomon, DVM (Veterinarian, Animal Medical Center of Chicago) in the Huffington Post a few weeks ago:

The biological value (how well the pet absorbs and utilizes the ingredient) of animal protein (like beef or chicken meat) is almost twice that of a plant protein (like corn, gluten meal or soybean meal) for cats. So when selecting an ideal diet for your cat, choose a diet that is primarily meat-based protein and not grain-based protein rich diet.

They’ll thank you for it, purrrrr.

June 7th, 2012
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We have to remember that what
we observe is not nature herself,
but nature exposed to our method
of questioning.

Werner Heisenberg

Reblogged from Curious?
May 18th, 2012
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The narwhal is the unicorn of the sea,” says National Geographic

OH HAI. So unicorns do exist, they just don’t look they way you thought they wouldHuh. Whaddaya know. I’ll bet white-blonde-Jesus is having a good chuckle at that one, HAR HAR. 



May 16th, 2012
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My new-to-me artist of the day is Alex Alemany, of Spain.

From the artist’s website:

Pintar En Defensa Propia

Vivimos en una estructura cultural, cuya complejidad es superior a nuestra capacidad individual para entenderla. La hemos construido nosotros; pero quienes deberían organizar, legislar y gestionar las sociedades liberal-democráticas y todos sus problemas culturales ya no tienen los recursos, conocimientos y capacidad necesarios, para entender lo que está pasando y lo que se puede hacer para resolverlo. El ser humano, ya no puede entender el mundo que ha creado.

En lo concerniente al Arte, soportamos mansamente la continua victoria de la promoción y el marketing sobre el conocimiento y los valores.

La pobreza de la preparación artística, se ha convertido por la alquimia del mercado, en un instrumento poderoso para la mejor “expresividad artística” del momento, entendido en términos consumistas.

Este es un momento caracterizado por la ausencia de tendencias claras, debido a la exhaustiva proliferación de propuestas e informaciones convulsas que somos incapaces de procesar y, que bloquean la selección, provocando la necesidad de buscar refugio personal. Quizá sea el momento del individualismo y la práctica del oficio como defensa mística ante la incertidumbre y desorientación. Al menos es la opción que he escogido.

Google Translation:

Painting In Self Defense

We live in a cultural structure, whose complexity is greater than our individual capacity to understand. We’ve built us, but who should organize, legislate and manage the liberal-democratic societies and all its cultural problems and lack the resources, knowledge and skills needed to understand what is happening and what can be done to solve it. Human beings can no longer understand the world you created. 

With regard to Art, meekly endure the continued victory of the promotion and marketing on knowledge and values.

The poverty of artistic training has become the Alchemy of the market, a powerful tool for the best “artistic expression” of the moment, understood in terms of consumerism. 

This is a time characterized by the absence of clear trends due to the extensive proliferation of proposals and information that we are unable convulsive process and to block selection, causing the need to seek shelter staff. It may be time of individualism and practice of the profession as a defense mystical face of uncertainty and disorientation. At least that is the option you have chosen.

(Source: sassational)

May 10th, 2012
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The Illusion of Choice.

Ten major corporations own the majority of our day-to-day household items. Note, all of them continue to test on animals (except for Pepsico, as of 2007.)  

I searched high and low for the original source of the graphic but had no luck. I originally saw it here then, out of my own curiosity, researched the animal testing factor.

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Reblogged from The FJP
April 24th, 2012
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Kathrine Switzer & The 1967 Boston Marathon

Two miles into the 1967 Boston Marathon, an official tried to eject Kathrine Switzer from the race simply because she was a woman. Switzer tells producer Phoebe Judge the story about an amateur coach, a feisty official, and a race that helped change running for women in America.

Here is the link to the actual interview (begins at 31:15 in podcast), (via crookedindifference)

"All I wanted to do is run and run with friends." - Katherine

Reblogged from crooked indifference
April 18th, 2012
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"I wish you’d quit feeling sorry for yourself. Now that’s ugly."

The Help is one of the only movies we’ve watched recently that really held our attention. Lines like this made it easy to love the film.

(Source: justtouchedawkwardly)

Reblogged from She Hearts Rain

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