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WWF Non-Printable PDFs

In: Dan, Random Reads

Just when you thought you were living life to the greenest the World Wildlife Federation is giving you yet another option to improve your minimal carbon footprint and take another step towards saving the planet and the environment.

Non-printable PDFs. Stemming from the existing campaign, ‘Think Before You Print’, which alerts readers/recipients of emails to consider the environment before simply hitting print and wasting (unnecessary) paper. The WWF file program is simple to download for both MAC and PC users, which simply adds a WWF file extension ending that prevents PDF files from being printed when tagged with the applicable ending. It’s brilliant and simple!

(Side note: If you haven’t noticed, I’m desperately trying to snag a second moniker as ‘The Green One’ away from Stephen!)

To download the file sharing type (.WWF) for yourself, head to the following website: http://www.saveaswwf.com/en/

There is a YouTube video posted on the WWF website as well that explains the process of creating the files and the environmental benefits of doing so. Definitely worth the 1 minute and 46 seconds of your life, in an effort to save the planet. Give a little back and you’d be surprised what comes back to you in return…

It literally took me seconds to get the program on my computer and gave it a try (converting this article actually) to a non-printable PDF.

Check out the video after the jump…

Nine Year Old Whips Her Hair On The Ice

In: Patrick, Random Reads, Videos

A nine year old girl named Starr Andrews is definitely an Olympic star in the making. The young figure skater recently channeled Willow Smith on the ice to a remix of her “Whip My Hair” hit and it is amazing. It defintely puts “Skating With The Stars” to shame. I’d sooner enjoy watching this girl skate. For her performance, she confidently rocks out with a punk-like outfit, with pink extentions and all, along with Chuck Taylor skates.

Give her a few more years and I’m sure we’ll be seeing her whipping new life into the Olympic skating world, Johnny Weir style. Do you think we’ll see her hip hop moves on the ice in 2014? I certainly hope so!

Watch Starr’s performance after the jump…

It was a Holly Jolly Christmas this year at the Amazon offices. The third-generation Kindle is now Amazon’s bestselling product of all time. Not only is it the best selling Amazon product, but it also supplants “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” as the best selling item on Amazon.com. Wingardium Leviosa!!! It’s likely the relatively low price of $139 helped push units over the holidays.

I thought 100% for sure, Apple’s iPad would’ve kicked this electronic reader’s butt by a mile. With the economy still not in full recovery, I assumed people would choose either/or instead of both. Instead, purchasing an iPad or other tablet devices, didn’t necessarily cancel out buying the other. Amazon.com founder, Jeff Bezos, explains the unique trending:

find out which ebook was the most purchased this holiday season after the jump

Over the last few days and weeks we have been recapping and re-posting some of the best viral videos of the years and I couldn’t help myself, I had to showcase one of my personal favorites.

Patrick recently posted an article highlighting Videogum’s compilation video of what they deem to be some of the most influential and just downright awesome posts that cropped up over 2010. The start of their video is a snippet of the video I am bringing to you in this post. If you’re familiar with my moniker on the site, I love all things dancing. Some of my biggest joys include flash mobs, random choreography in weddings and anything in between.

Only recently I was introduced to the concept of ‘build a dance’ at our friend Kyle’s cabin, as part of a drinking game that forced all the participants to add one new move on to the continuous building of steps and movements to create one horrifically awesome spectacle. The booze intake definitely helped! This intro leads into this video post perfectly as the gentleman in this video, John Jacobson, does an excellent job of instructing anyone who wishes to learn, the ultimate moves to essentially any pop song (in this case to the tune Planet Rock) on the airwaves…

Check out the incredible and informative video, Double Dream Hands, after the jump…

Book Review: The Virgin Suicides

In: Dan, Random Reads

Definitely not a book for the feint of heart, or the emotional strained. That one line should be stamped on the front of Jeffrey Eugenides’, The Virgin Suicides novel. Eugenides is most noted for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Middlesex; however, The Virgin Suicides has quickly been racking up accolades and fervor as well.

I’m not sure what I was thinking tackling a book with such a heavy storyline the week leading up to Christmas, but the novel was sitting on my to-read list for some time and I felt it was well overdue. I want to add a quick note that the first day I was reading this book I pulled it out on my commute home from work and I noticed two people sitting across from me on the SkyTrain both look at the book, read the title and then look at my face with a look of disdain and concern. I’m not sure if it’s my personal insecurities that lead me to concoct an idea of what the looks were inferring, but I was definitely felt with a feeling of embarrassment and dread.

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Boxing Day: Tips To Surviving The Chaos

In: Patrick, Random Reads

Other than Black Friday in the U.S., Boxing Day is the next big crazy shopping day. In Canada, it’s the big day. When Santa didn’t bring you everything you wanted, now’s the time to do it yourself. Or, if you were one of those few people that managed to only shop for other people when Christmas shopping, and never threw in that extra…camera for yourself, now’s your chance to spoil yourself. While crowds of people and huge lineups are not for everyone, for those of you that do plan to head out into the chaos, here are some tips to surviving the madness.

1. Do Your Research

A lot of the big stores advertise ahead of time as to what their sales are going to be. Check them out and see if there’s anything worth your while. You can save a lot of wasted time and stress by only hitting the stores you’re actually interested in, and knowing what you’re looking for once you get inside.

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The City of Awesome

In: Dan, Random Reads

Have you ever sat around daydreaming about the future, or what the perfect city with endless possibilities and made from complete awesomeness would look like? Wonder no longer.

Bahrain Telecommunications Company, Batelco, has brought your dreams and fantasies to life. Leveraging the artist flair of the Director duo, Alex & Steffan of Spy Films, this masterpiece of wonder is captivating viewers around the world. I pulled up this video and showed it to my nine-year-old nephew and his simple response was perfectly fitting; ‘I want to go there’. I couldn’t agree more with the little guy.

I refuse to spoil any part of this video as I have the insane ability of wrecking awesome things before I should, so check out the video and let your eyes widen on their own! The one part I need to mention, due to sheer excitement, is the rollercoaster IN THE CITY. I want this. I want to go there. I want to live there.

Prepare yourself to be amazed…

Video after the jump…

A Social Network Christmas Story

In: Random Reads, Tyrell

We’re taking the day off today, so we decided to repost some of our favorite Christmas-themed posts from this and previous years.

For those of you out there who are addicted to Facebook (yes, I am one of you…), this video is for you. Have you ever watched an entire story, relationship, conversation or just some good ol’ drama unfold in your news feed? This clever take on the story of Jesus’ birth through Facebook was created by Igniter Media. There a media website that dedicates their time to creating mini movies that tell big stories. Here is what they had to say about this particular project:

This video is an artistic take on how the story of the nativity might have read had a social network existed at the time of Jesus’s birth. Follow this historical period as it unfolds as a digital narrative. This vignette is great for highlighting the truths and circumstances of our Savior’s birth in a fresh, unique way.

Watch the video after the jump…

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