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Damn You Auto Correct!

In: Calan, Gadgets & Tech, Random Reads

I have found my new daily “makes me laugh out loud” site, and all iPhone users can relate. I was at my friends this past weekend enjoying some fun talk when we decided to have an impromptu party at about 11pm. Before we knew it there was 7 of us hanging out playing Mario Kart 64 (for old school sake) and having a grand time. Some of us may have been heavily drinking and others, like myself, we’re just enjoying the antics. I thought this would be the perfect time to tell my story from earlier in the day.

I had been at the gym with a friend of mine taking her through my abs routine when she texted a friend, “Hey I’m at the gym right now with a buddy and he’s totally licking my ass!” WHAT!? Her friend was seriously confused and immediately my friend responded “KICKING! KICKING MY ASS!” We laughed so hard we gave our abs a double workout. After this story another friend at the impromptu party introduced us to what I like to think is going to become the new FML.com, Damnyouautocorrect.com.

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What Are The Most Popular Baby Names of 2010?

In: Donovan, Random Reads

For the sixth year in a row, the most popular name parents are using to name their baby boys is Aiden. BabyCenter.com compiled hundreds of thousands of parents who divulged their baby name choices in 2010. In order to rank true popularity, they factored in all the misspellings silly parents can think of like Ayden, Aidan, Aden, Aydan etc… Parents, let’s keep it simple. There’s nothing that annoys me more when someone says, my name is Tiffany but with an “y” and an “i” ergo Tyffani. So annoying!!!

For the girls, Sophia claimed the top spot, knocking off last year’s winner, Isabella. Who knew there were so many “Golden Girls” fans out there. My niece’s middle is Isabella, so I guess my bro and his wife are on trend. Seems like a lot of my friends are. For a couple of years, it seemed like all my friends having baby girls were naming them either Ava or Emma. Both names appear in the Top 10 for 2010.

view the top boy and girl names after the jump, in addition see which TV Show is inspiring baby names

Quiznos’ Facebook Superbowl Contest

In: Dan, Random Reads

If you know me well then you know I love me some coupons and contests. The simple idea of getting a discount or winning a prize for absolutely no reason at all gives me this warm feeling inside that I can describe as none other than EXTREME EXCITEMENT!

Lucky me (and best moment of the day), as I find myself stumbling across a unique contest with a platform I personally have never seen before. Quiznos, the company whose sandwiches I’ll never eat as I don’t like toasted bread surrounding my meat, has put together a Facebook contest to send one person and their best friend to the 2011 Superbowl in Dallas, Texas. Heck yeah!

What makes this contest so unique?

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FIFA World Cup is by far one of the most amazing sporting events in history, and undoubtedly the most watched sporting spectacular, amazing people and nations around the world. With the 2010 FIFA World Cup launching South Africa into the spotlight with their infamous vuvuzelas, and the amazing finale watching Spain narrowly defeat the Netherlands. The epic run up to the final match, watching the top ranked teams beaten out by unsuspecting rivals made the event the most google’d term in 2010!

On December 2nd, the governing body selected the host nations for FIFA World Cup 2018 and 2022. The span of nations for the every-four-year event was impressive, once again spreading across cultures and the world. One of the best parts of the selection process are the nomination videos, where each country has the opportunity to showcase their culture, the awe they will inspire in people around the world, and most importantly, the spectacular sporting arenas they will erect to house the dozens of games throughout the month-long tournament.

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New Bacteria Changes Everything

In: Patrick, Random Reads

Whoa – super interesting! Scientists reported today that they have discovered a new bacteria (Halomonadaceae) that can thrive on arsenic, which as you know is generally considered toxic to humans. All life on earth is made of six components: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, and sulphur…but this new bacteria uses arsenic instead of phosphorus, substituting one element for the other. Now the whole outlook on life and how it is sustained and might be found in the rest of the universe has totally changed accorded to the NASA funded-researchers.

“Life as we know it requires particular chemical elements and excludes others. But are those the only options? How different could life be? The microbes and bacterium strain we have found named GFAJ-1 are now pointing to new life and expand what could be living out there.”

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On the way up to Grouse Mountain this weekend, my cousin Shauna told me about an event that she would be co-hosting called Pacifica Beat, a fund-raising concert for the Pacifica Treatment Centre here in Vancouver. The event is being put on to not only promote hope and recovery but bring light to the disease of addiction.

I had to chance to talk with Kerry Dennehy, CEO of Pacifica Treatment Centre today to learn more about what Pacifica Treatment Centre is all about and what he hopes will come from this event.

“Pacifica Treatment Centre is the oldest co-ed treatment centre for addictions in the lower mainland and not a lot of people realize that. My goal as CEO is to raise the profile of addictions and destigmitize it so that more people will come forward and get treatment.”

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As reported earlier, Alicia Keys has convinced a few of her celebrity pals to play dead for a campaign to benefit her AIDS charity, Keep a Child Alive. The celebrities including Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Usher and a slew of other names have agreed to sign off all social media platforms starting today in honor of World Aids Day. They have collectively vowed to keep their online personas “dead” until people “buy” their lives back and raise $1,000,000 for Key’s charity.

As part of the campaign, some of the celebrities posed for pictures depicting themselves dead in white silk/satin-lined coffins. Others filmed a last “tweet and testament” video clip posted on YouTube. I wonder how fast the charity will raise the funds. For the celebrities’ sake, I hope sooner rather than later. I think a few of them will be going through some major tech withdrawals. Lady Gaga alone, has more than 7.2 million Twitter followers and 24 million fans on Facebook and probably could raise that amount in a day. Check out a few of the death portraits below.

view other celebrities dying for the cause after the jump

Book Review: Catching Fire

In: Dan, Random Reads, The Arts

I recently read and posted a review for Suzanne Collins’ novel, The Hunger Games, and if you have a scan through that post you’ll come to realize that the original book in the series has been one of my most favourite books in the last few months. The Hunger Games is a three-part series, including the focal point of this review, Catching Fire, and the second book in the trilogy.

To say that I have been completely swept up by Collins’ words would be an understatement. The plotline of this series had me within the first few pages of the Hunger Games and I have been longing to find out what the next two books have in store for the protagonist, Katniss Everdeen. For the sake of my loyal readers, I have often tried to mix up the books in my to-read list, as I want to ensure that I don’t get caught up in a series and have nothing new to get you all excited about. Unfortunately with this series you’ll simply have to bear with me as I have now finished the second book and I intend to pick up exactly where I left off with the third (and final) book in the series.

Catching fire jumps immediately back into the AMAZING storyline of Katniss Everdeen who has recently won The Hunger Games and in an extraordinary twist of fate, her fellow district competitor, Peeta, has also been crowned victor. This seemingly simple twist of fate was made possible through impeccable dexterity and willingness to outsmart those individuals in charge of The Hunger Games. I apologize now, if you haven’t read the original book than that minute description will make no sense. My recommendation is that you start with the first book and catch up quickly. Katniss has just returned back to her home district, district 12, to her mother and sister, and the love of her life (yet she won’t admit it even to herself), Gale (yes, a man named Gale).

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