Tuesday, September 30, 2008
A strange letter comes in the mail. Inside is only a brief note and a map which supposedly will lead you to an Egyptian tomb full of treasure. You make the trip there, find the tomb and then realize the sand storm outside is about to cover it all over again, likely permanently. Even with your shovel you won't be able to dig your way out of that.
You grab what you can of the treasure. There is one thing left, a gold lamp. What are the chances you grab the lamp and find out it has a genie? Sure it's kind of fictional but can you really pass it up, are you so completely practical and rational you won't find a way to take that golden lamp too?
What would you do? Go on over and let Word Grrls know and tell 'em Teena sent you!
Then you should check out the Red Dot Campaign.
There is a lot of great info on the site.
Plus they give you various ways to do stop junk mail including downloadable No Junk Mail signs for your mail box or mail slot, a letter you can set to Canada Post or suggesting you sign up with the Canadian Marketing Association's Do Not Contact Registry (which I just did!).
We have mail slots and there are always flyers and stuff. Sometimes no mail, just junk mail!
It took me a while to get our phone number registered online because the site kept crashing. I probably wasn't the only one registering ... but I kept trying! Success!
Here is some important information to know:
Do not expect calls to stop immediately.
Telemarketers have up to 31 days to update their lists and to make sure they do not call you. You could still receive calls within those first 31 days.
There's a fun article about the DNCL in today's Toronto Star.
Registering on the DNCL will not eliminate all telemarketing calls. According to the article, there are many exceptions:
For instance, charities can still call, which translates to a lot of organizations begging for your cash. Political parties and pollsters can continue to drum up support or canvass you for your opinions.
Newspapers get a special break, as do everyone you've done business with – banks, fitness centres, arts groups, utilities, department stores, car dealers, dress shops, credit card issuers and the guy who cleans your chimney.
Yes, you'll still get those calls from Bell Canada thanking you for using its services and wouldn't you really like to sign up for high-speed Internet right now?
And Sears and The Bay will probably try to sell you some insurance again.
If a business has an existing relationship with you – which covers a lot of territory – you can expect more reminders, notifications and friendly phone requests to come back for the next 18 months. (After 18 months those companies must stop calling unless you give permission.)
Hmmm ... that pretty well covers everyone who calls us!
Here's more on how to get off telemarketers' lists.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Your Surfing Habits are 60% Male, 40% Female
If we had to guess, we would guess that you are a man.
You use the internet to make your life more efficient - and to make you smarter.
For you, the internet is like a vast encyclopedia.
You search and surf extensively. You look up everything online.
We glance at the phone number and if we don't recognize it, we don't answer. If it's important enough, they'll leave a voice message.
The CRTC's new national DNCL takes effect tomorrow. Yay!
Here's the FAQ and how to get on the list.
With a compact and lightweight design you can take the Reader Digital Book almost anywhere. And with plenty of internal memory and a slot for optional removable memory cards, you can take hundreds of titles, user-selected Web content or other supported documents for reading on the go. It will hold approximately 160 averaged sized eBooks in internal memory and hundreds more with optional removable memory cards.
They were tested out at yesterday's Word on the Street book and magazine festival. There's an article about it in today's Toronto Sun.
You know I love love love to read. Though handy, I don't know if I would like a digital reader. As the article says, there's nothing more "magic" as the printed page. But I said I'd never switch to a digital camera either and now I have two.
Would you considering using one?
Sunday, September 28, 2008
It was a Singles Horizons event. There were about 20 of us and some of us brought our dogs (we brought KC). KC had a great time ... there was lots for her to sniff!
We did the Hilton Falls Trail, which is 4km.
There is a lovely waterfall along the way where we stopped for a half hour. You have to walk over some rocks to get to the staircase to get down to it but it's worth it!
We climbed back up above the Falls ... here's looking down.
At the end of the trail, looking across at the Niagara Escarpment.
LeeAnn, the owner of Single Horizons, had lunch waiting for us ... sandwiches, salads, fruit and cookies!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Written from the business person/designer’s perspectives, this book shows how businesses can leverage current, real-world blogging techniques, tools, and platforms to promote and enhance their ventures. The key idea is that the conversation with your market is stronger and more meaningful with a blog. Filled with practical information and a how-to approach, this book provides case studies of companies as large as Boeing or General Motors and as small as Clip-’n-seal. Readers will learn about the types of business blogs, how companies use blogs, how to sell blogs to management and IT, effective blog design, content, and conversation, pitfalls to avoid, how to develop Web presence, and more.
I find blogging and the Internet and how they are fitting into businesses today very interesting.
This was an excellent book! It doesn't really start way back with the basics but if you are a beginner, you wouldn't be lost.
Lots of good info along with examples and links.
Friday, September 26, 2008
I know they aren't all bad ... but it's these bad ones who have turned me against all cyclists.
I think it's fabulous they are helping the environment and their health ... but why can't they obey the rules?
For the most part, they don't stop at red lights/stop signs. They ride on the sidewalk and then yell at people because they are in their way. The list goes on and on and on.
We have a car but I drive very little. Can someone explain to me why a cyclist needs to have half of my lane ahead of me? I can't get around him and I don't want to hit him. But he gets pissed at me when I honk my horn asking him to get out of my way.
I used to be open about cyclists ... honestly ... until a month ago.
I was waiting for the streetcar, heading into town for a Jays game. My streetcar stopped for me. I started crossing from the sidewalk. I saw the cyclist coming and assumed he'd stop since I had the right-of-way.
He whipped right past me, yelled at me to get out of HIS way and called me a "F-ing ugly C" (yes, the "C" word!).
That's when I lost my compassion for cyclists. That very second!
What's causing me to rant about cyclists first thing this morning?
There's an article in this morning's Toronto Star called Sometimes biking is just the ticket - to the tune of $110. The cyclist didn't come to a full stop and a cop gave him a $110 fine. He doesn't feel he's in the wrong and is fighting it.
I say it's about time!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Techno-savvy Canadians are spending an increasing amount of their time online, but not necessarily at the expense of watching television, reading newspapers or other forms of so-called "traditional media."
That was among the findings of a wide-ranging survey on Internet usage in Canada released yesterday by the Canadian Internet Project, a research consortium funded by both government and private sector partners.
While the study found that Canadians are increasingly living in a Web-centric world, it failed to find a link between a 10 per cent decline in people's consumption of traditional media sources – namely television – between 2007 and 2004 and a simultaneous 30 per cent increase in time spent in front of a computer screen.
Instead, the national survey of over 3,000 people conducted last year found that consumption of traditional media has fallen more or less equally among Internet users and non-users since the project collected data in 2004.
Interesting article in today's Toronto Sun ... you can read the rest of it here.
Here are some stats for you from that article:
* 95% - the % of Canadian Internet users who use email
* 78% - the level of Internet penetration in Canadian in 2007
* 51% - the % of Canada's most elderly population (60 years and older) who are online
* 40% - % of Canadians who use the Internet 15 hours or more each week
* 80% - Canadian males online
* 77% - Canadian females online
* 30% - Canadians who use wireless devises
* 12% - Canadians who have never used the Internet
I'm not surprised that almost half of Canada uses the Internet 15 hours or more. I'm on it waaaaaaaaay more than that.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Inside you will find the need-to-know info to get your blog noticed: How to choose the right blogging platform or content management tool, select a web host, dress up your blog, manage blog content and keep your privates private! When you are ready for more, The Moxie Girls will treat you to insider dish on blog etiquette, analyzing blog traffic, blogging for business, creating podcasts and adding bling to your blog with plugins, add-ons and more. Throw in the refreshing cocktails, beauty tips and gossip with the Girls at the end of each chapter and you’ll be Blogging with Moxie in no time. So, what are you waiting for?
The IT Girl’s Guide to Blogging With Moxie is packed with the content you need wrapped in casual, engaging dialog and a cheeky, bite-sized format.
Yes, it's another book about blogging but this one is written in a fun and lively style geared towards women.
Lots of excellent information is covered, along with many many helpful links.
If you are new to blogging or looking to get some new and fresh ideas, you should check out this book.
Though I usually don't mind exercising, I like to eat and have a beer, a glass of wine or a dark rum/Diet Coke on occasion. And that doesn't help with weight loss!
It's a hard battle that keeps getting tougher the older I get.
Wouldn't it be nice to go to sleep one night and wake up skinny? Where's that magic pill?!
Or if I could afford it, what about plastic surgery?
Here's what I might get done:
Facelift: Sagging skin on the face and neck can be frustrating and make people look older.
Eyelift (eyelid lift or blepharoplasty): Both the upper and lower eyelids can sometimes droop or appear puffy, making people look older or tired.
Browlift (forehead lift): Sometimes the eyebrows and forehead can hang low on the face. This can make people look tired or angry.
Rhinoplasty (nose surgery or nose reshaping): Some people are unhappy with the shape or size of their noses.
Breast Lift (mastopexy): Sagging breasts often occur after pregnancy, with weight loss, or with aging.
Liposuction: This is the most common plastic surgery procedure.
Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty): For people who have excess skin and fat of the abdomen, or who have had babies, or have lost a lot of weight, tummy tuck can provide a new shape to the mid-section.
Botox Cosmetic: This treatment can remove wrinkles in treatments that last only minutes, but can take years off facial appearance.
Restylane, Sculptra and Other Injectible Fillers: These skin fillers can help remove lines and wrinkles, sometimes even those that are very deep.
Man, would that cost me a lot of money! Ha!
But if I had that kind of money, I would go to a Los Angeles plastic surgeon where all the actresses go! That's me sitting along side Meg Ryan or Nicole Kidman!
I wonder how much cheaper Toronto cosmetic surgery is than Los Angeles cosmetic surgery?! Hmmmmm ...
Nah, I'm too chicken to do it!
If money was no object, would you have plastic surgery? And if so, what would you have done?
Gusto is a web site for people who love travel, built by people who love travel. But Gusto is more than that. It's also an online community of folks who are passionate about where they're going and where they've been. At Gusto, you'll find tools that make planning travel simple and fun, including our latest tool, the Gusto Trip Planner. The Trip Planner uses your travel preferences, along with expert tips and traveler reviews, to help you plan the perfect vacation. You can use the quick planner feature to have an itinerary built for you based on your interests and preferences. You can build a trip by theme, choosing from action/adventure, romantic, history buff, family time, shop 'til you drop, local culture and more. You can build a trip yourself by browsing through our destination information. Or you can choose a complete dream trip itinerary created by an expert or a fellow traveler. Travel planning on your terms — that's what Gusto is all about!
To try it out, I chose Toronto as my destination.
From there I selected the adventure "trip theme".
There were lots of suggestions provided like Canada's Wonderland, CN Tower, etc. along with links and prices.
So it you are planning on travel or just want to discover your own city, check out Gusto!
The latest report by the Canadian Internet Project suggests that 51 per cent of Canadians aged 60 and older are online users – a higher rate than Web use by all ages in many other countries.
Interesting article in today's Toronto Star ... you can read it here.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
You Are a Cinnamon Raisin Bagel
You are warm, loving, and genuinely selfless.
You enjoy comforting other people, and you easily fall into the roll of caretaker.
Of all the types, you're the most likely to be an excellent cook.
You tend to have something delicious for breakfast that you've cooked up for everyone.
I love toasted bagels, but just lightly toasted. Just enough to give it a bit of crunch but it's warm and chewy on the inside.
Cinnamon raisin ones are tasty ... my fav is sesame.
Monday, September 22, 2008
IntelligentPeople.com is a new online dating and networking community exclusively for intelligent people.
IntelligentPeople.com offers you the opportunity to meet and form relationships with people who, like you, have an IQ higher than the average person.
To become a member, you will have to pass the IQ test required for admission. Click here to take the IQ test now and join IntelligentPeople.com for free.
I had to know, if I was single, if I was worthy enough to join.
Gord and I just did the quiz together (just 18 questions ... a minute per question).
Here's message we got:
IQ Test Result
Sorry, you did not pass the IntelligentPeople.com IQ test.
If this was your first attempt, you have the opportunity to sign up again and have one more attempt to become a member. You cannot take the IQ test more than twice. Thank you for your interest.
Are you worthy enough to join?
I signed onto LinkedIn last year but haven't really done anything with it.
This book was an excellent guide on not only how to use but also why to use LinkedIn.
And there are some great link and book recommendations, along with an accompanying website.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
- Develop a market empathy, think like your market and solve their problems using their language
- Format your message so it's attractive and easy to read by taking a crash course in graphic design
- Save time and money by using Publisher to create several different types of effective marketing pieces including postcards to promote your business and newsletters that keep you in touch with your customers
- Use techniques for quickly harnessing powerful Publisher capabilities
- Do it right from the start and avoid common pitfalls and design mistakes
Each chapter includes an interactive exercise as well as review questions with answers on the author's companion Web site. Also on the Web site are downloadable worksheets and templates, more illustrations of the projects in the book, additional before-and-after project makeovers, and other resources.
I like checking out books like this.
I usually pick up new ways of doing things and get fresh tips. Or reminders of how I should be doing things but have gotten lazy.
It's not just a "how-to" book on using Publisher ... there are some chapters on how to use parts of it. It's also basics about designing newsletters, postcards, etc.
It's worth checking out .. and the website has lots of great info too!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
You Are: 70% Dog, 30% Cat
You and dogs definitely have a lot in common.
You're both goofy, happy, and content with the small things in life.
However, you're definitely not as needy as the average dog. You need your down time occasionally.
"IN THE BEGINNING, there was the pie. The pie was without form and texture (and any manner of identifiable filling), and darkness was upon the face of the Home Ec Teacher …"
So begins the story of two girls, a friendship, and a pie. JUMBLE PIE, to be exact. A Home Ec project gone very wrong, except for the fact that it brings together two very different young girls and helps them form a friendship that lasts through bad haircuts, unrequited love, endless incarnations of Madonna, and their own evolving dreams ... Until New Year's Eve 1999, when another pie comes along, resulting in a pre-party blow-up that sets Juliet and Emily, women now, to remembering how it all got started.
Author Melanie Lynne Hauser will send you an ecopy of her book ... and all you have to do is ask for it here! I did!
Click here to read why she's giving it away. It's worth reading how the publishing business works!
Bertram Pincus (Ricky Gervais) is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly, but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts. Even worse, they all want something from him, particularly Frank Herlihy (Greg Kinnear) who pesters him into breaking up the impending marriage of his widow Gwen (Téa Leoni). That puts Pincus squarely in the middle of a triangle with spirited results.
This got excellent reviews at the recent TIFF ... and so it should! It was a good movie.
I've never seen Ricky Gervais in anything and he played his character very well. Greg Kinnear is good too. I'm not a huge fan of Téa Leoni but didn't mind her.
It's a funny movie, but touching in the end.
So you should go see it!
The course will provide participants with a basic knowledge of the Condominium Act, 1998 and is an excellent means to find out what you need to know to be effective as a Condominium Owner or Director.
The course will be especially useful for those interested in purchasing a condominium or who want to know what a condominium is and what it means to live in one.
I'm the president of our condo board (I've been on the board since 2002). I found there was a lot of good information. Presenting were an auditor, engineer, lawyer and property manager.
If you are in the GTA and on your condo board, you should definitely check it out!
Friday, September 19, 2008
There is an interesting article in today's Toronto Star about finding your dating niche online ... some of which are:
* Forever young ~ Those who believe life (or maybe a second, third or fourth life) begins at 50
* Spaceship shmoozin' ~ For lovers of Star Trek, Star Wars, sci-fi and various other dimensions
* Find a date to please Bubbie ~ Those who wish to meet a nice Jewish girl or boy without the angst of finding them the Woody Allen way
* on the same page ~ People who find Chaucer sexier than Clooney; failing that, people who might know who Chaucer is
* Double your odds ~ Those who go both ways
There are also groups if you have a love of horses or the bucolic life, or if you are tall.
Or if you'd rather get out from behind your computer and jump into life feet-first, you should check out my friend, LeeAnn's activities group, Single Horizons for some fun events!
If you were going to start an online dating site, what would be your niche?
Thursday, September 18, 2008
You Are 30% Pirate
Ahoy matey! Ye can think o' yerself as a swashbuckler in trainin'.
If ye study hard an 'do what the captain tells ye, ye may be gettin' part o' the booty.
Get to work on yer pillagin', swordfightin', an' drinkin'.
Ye dasn't want to end up in Davy Jones' locker, so make sure ye pipe down when the captain be around.
The police come to take Tomassio. But Tomassio's arms, strengthened by fifteen years of loading coal with a pan shovel, fling off the officer and he bolts. This act has far-reaching consequences for everyone in Coaltown: for his wife, Anna, who learned in Italy at an early age how to get what she needs from a man; for his son Gelo, who suddenly is the man of the family; for his lover Cathy, who had renounced one family for her husband and risked losing another for Tomassio; for his enemy and Cathy's husband Ump, a brash and bigoted man; and for his friend Big Jim McMahon, who stood up for him against an angry mob.
As the social fabric of Coaltown strains and rends, it falls to Father Rod MacDonald - who lost an eye, but not his faith, in the war - to mend the pieces and transform individual acts of contrition into acts of redemption.
Remember when Gord and I saw the play Lauchie, Liza and Rory in August, which was written by a former prof of mine, Sheldon Currie? And Sheldon was in the audience and I said hello?
Shortly after that I got an email from Sheldon ... he must have searched and found the post about the play on my blog. He offered to send me a copy of this book. It arrived on Tuesday.
I enjoyed this book. It was an interesting story and I cared about the characters who are not flawless.
I spent my high school years in Sydney River, not far from where this story takes place so recognized most of the places. And it was fun to read and remember the expressions that only a Cape Breton uses.
So would I recommend this book? Yes!