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What we learned this week

It’s been quite a week for climate activists in Britain, with Extinction Rebellion on the streets in London and the BBC broadcasting Climate Change: The facts on Thursday. Not sure if it’s available internationally, but it’s very good. On Wednesday I said that The Times editorial, titled ‘Green Growth’, provided a good summary of conservative […]
Tags: Miscellaneous


Eye opener / œil pour œil?

THE ORIGINAL? Seek truth / Anti tobacco campaign – 2004 Source : Ad Forum Agency : Arnold Worldwide, Boston (USA) LESS ORIGINAL Cafe Registrado –   2019 Source : Agency : Geometry (Argentina) [Author: Joe La Pompe]
Tags: Miscellaneous, Mixed sources, Print & Outdoor, Cicatrice, Cousu, Eye Shut, Eyes, Eyes Shut, Points De Suture, Scalpel, Stitches, Suture, Yeux, Yeux Fermés, Œil, Joe La Pompe


Weekly Roundup, Good Friday 19 April 2019

The evolution of the Qantas logo.  One of our favorite airlines and logos.  See article below on “changing the paint job”. Good morningI hope your Good Friday is off to a good start, and your Easter Weekend will be spent most pleasantly, including, for the Christians among our readers, some extra time pondering and being thankful for our salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus.If this was New Zealand, we’d all be on holiday today (and also Monday), but, alas, here in the US, most of us are prob...
Tags: Airlines, Cars, Cruising, Miscellaneous, Newsletter, Science, Tech, Weird and Wacky


Ontario Budget 2019-20 Summary of Interest to Employers and Other Measures

On April 11, 2019, the Ontario government tabled its 2019-20 fiscal budget, “Protecting What Matters Most” that sets out a five-year path to a balanced budget. The budget anticipates deficits of $11.7 billion for 2018-19 and $10.3 billion for 2019-20, and projects a modest surplus in 2023-24. According to budget documents, the government has already reduced the deficit by $3.3 billion, going from $15 billion to a projected $11.7 billion for the 2018-19 fiscal year. The government is planning to...
Tags: Law, Miscellaneous, United States, Tories, Ontario, Ministry Of Finance, Ministry of Labour, Laurie Scott, Macdonald Laurier Institute, Practice Of Law, Substantive Law: Legislation, Canada Revenue Agency, Practice of Law: Practice Management, Substantive Law, Ontario Budget, Greater Toronto Area GTA


Solving Amazon’s Fake Review Problem

1008 reviews, a 4.3 star average rating, and an Amazon Choice product. But our review was strongly negative. Who do you trust? Amazon complains theatrically that it is doing all it can to stop the flood of fake reviews that infest its site, but clearly the most casual of glances shows its feeble attempts to be almost entirely ineffectual.Indeed, its problem is even more wide-ranging that it appears at first glance, because, quite apart from anything else, fake reviews (both positive and negative...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, Amazon, Science, Miscellaneous, Tech, Britain, Ba, Financial Times, Cellphones & Wireless, Don, Amazon Choice, ReviewMeta, Sure Amazon, Solving Amazon


The Big Licker – Removable Tongue

Lunartik (Matt Jones) is offering up some options to the classic red tongued Big Licker with these 2 new removable tongues: Shock Blue and Mellow Yellow . Limited to an edition of 50 pieces of each colorway, you could grab one of these to replace your current tongue colorway. These are priced at £9.99 each (about $13).
Tags: Toys, Miscellaneous, Lunartik Matt Jones, Mellow Yellow Limited


SWEETIES PICK! Coca-Cola Shutterfly Instant Win Game (22,000 Prizes) 5/24 25PPD13+

Enter for your chance to win Free Shutterfly codes to purchase photo products like photo books, customized photo pot holders, or customized photo tea towels. There will be 22,000 winners in all!... Click to read more...
Tags: Miscellaneous, Frugality, Daily Entries, Ending in May, Instant Win Games, Entertainment & Music, Coca Cola Shutterfly Instant, Free Shutterfly


Top 10 Best Office Chairs for Maximum Comfort

In 2012, a study found that we spend an average of 64 hours every week sitting on our gluteus maximus, the back to our fronts, more commonly known as our butt. That works out to about nine hours a day. That’s for an average person. If you work from home, it is likely going to be a much higher average number per day, depending on the day. While too much sitting every day can lead to health problems such as weight gain, poor blood circulation, and even diabetes having an occupation where sitting i...
Tags: Amazon, Design, Miscellaneous, US, Best, Best Of, Chairs, Jacob, Steelcase, Herman Miller, Eurotech, Raynor, Humanscale, Niels Diffrient, Alera, Amazon Essentials


10 Best Microphones for Podcasting in 2019

According to information released by Apple at the WWDC in June 2018, there are more than 550,000 podcasts out there for people to listen to and it continues to grow. The growth of podcasts has given anybody a medium to tell their stories, build a community and connect with other people with similar interests in ways that traditional radio never could. If you have an interest in starting a podcast or even a YouTube channel, you are obviously going to need some equipment to get started. The first ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Design, Youtube, Miscellaneous, US, Best, Gear, Podcasting, Microphones, Skype, Audio Technica, YouTube Channel, Samson, Blue Microphones, Heil


What we learned this week

Monday April 15th is Extinction Rebellion’s next ‘rebellion day’. There are events happening in various places around the world. We’ll be on Waterloo Bridge as a family, if anyone wants to join us. The plan is to bring pot plants and turn it into a pop-up garden for the day. A mass switch to electric […]
Tags: Future, Miscellaneous


Weekly Roundup, Friday 12 April 2019

An impression of the interior of the new Istanbul Airport, just now opened and the largest in the world. Good morningAn unplanned, but interesting (I hope) attached article today, being a review of a third emergency car battery “jump-start” unit.  Unlike the two reviewed last week, this one works well and I can recommend it with only a very little bit of “maybe” appended to the recommendation.I’m so pleased to no longer have a nagging feeling in the back of my mind about the car’s battery life –...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, New York, Science, London, Sweden, Australia, Russia, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Los Angeles, Newsletter, Tech, Georgia


Mom Cave TV The Bug Bite Thing Giveaway 5/10 1PP18+

Enter the The Bug Bite Thing Giveaway from MomCaveTV.com for your chance to win a Bug Bite Thing Suction Tool Prize Pack The Bug Bite Thing is an easy-to-use suction tool that painlessly and... Click to read more...
Tags: Miscellaneous, Frugality, Blog Giveaways, One Entry Per Person, Ending in May


Smithfield Grilling Hero Instant Win Sweepstakes ($5,000 + Daily IWG Winners) 9/4 1PPD18+

Now through September 4 to share how Smithfield Fresh Pork helps you become the hero of your grill for a chance to win $5,000. The sweepstakes is part of Smithfield’s third annual “Get... Click to read more...
Tags: Miscellaneous, Frugality, Smithfield, Daily Entries, Food & Household, Multi Entry Limit, Instant Win Games, Ending in September, Cash & Gift Cards


UHOH Toys at The Sofubi Forest Show

The Sofubi Forest Show in Shanghai China will feature an Exclusive GID Cinematron and Exclusive GID Paca by UHOH Toys. Limited to 10 pieces each, they'll be available on a first come first served basis.  The Sofubi Forest Show runs April 11-12 2019 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena - Diamond Exhibition Room (1200 Shibodadao Pudong District, Shanghai China). The show will features works from Apostle's Toys, Choke Hazrd, Hints and Spices, Science Patrol, SQDBLSTR, Star Case, and UHOH Toys.
Tags: Toys, Miscellaneous, Shanghai China, Sofubi Forest Show, Mercedes Benz Arena Diamond Exhibition Room, Shibodadao Pudong District Shanghai China


Street art against air pollution / Peinture pas fraîche?

THE ORIGINAL? IKEA + Airlite “Ikea loves earth”– 2015 Watch the case study film on YouTube Source : Art Directors Club Italiano SILVER Agency : Auge Headquarter (Italy) LESS ORIGINAL Absolut Vodka + Airlite “Absolut street trees” –   2019 Watch the case study film on YouTube Source : AdLatina Agency : Anonymous, Mexico (Mexico) [Author: Joe La Pompe]
Tags: Miscellaneous, Advertising, Sustainability, Air Pollution, Street Art, Eco-friendly, Mexico Mexico, Joe La Pompe, Mixed sources, Guerrilla & Ambient, Ecologique, Ecological, Absorbant, Street Artist, Airlite, Absorb


Tenacious Toys Exclusive KMND-Z Water Tower Bird GID Edition

Tenacious Toys is releasing another shop exclusive vinyl. The Tenacious Toys Exclusive KMND-Z Water Tower Bird GID Edition will be released on Monday April 8th 2019 at Noon ET. The exclusive  glow in the dark variant of the Water Tower Bird vinyl figure is designed by Johnny "KMND-Z" Rodriguez. Produced by 3DRetro, the 8-inch tall House of Blues Water Tower Bird vinyl art toy features a detailed sculpt and deco that follows the aesthetic of KMND-Z’s original paintings. This color variant fea...
Tags: Toys, Miscellaneous, 3DRetro, Johnny KMND Z Rodriguez, House of Blues Water Tower Bird


What we learned this week

Labour has announced plans to create a national bank based around the post office, something that I wrote about on the blog ten years ago. 2020 is a nice round numbered year, and as such there are all sorts of targets of things to achieve by 2020, from a zero landfill San Francisco to a […]
Tags: Future, Miscellaneous, San Francisco, Labour


Weekly Roundup, Friday 5 April 2019

Our reliance on the amazing convenience of GPS might become an issue on Saturday. Story, below. Good morningI hope you had a great April Fool’s Day on Monday.  This year, more than previously, I found myself struggling to tell the jokes from reality.  For example, this story about a tiny town in Denmark with only 7,000 people being the location for a new 1050 ft tower, to become the tallest in western Europe, definitely seemed like a joke, but it continues to be repeated around the internet, an...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Facebook, South Korea, Europe, Elon Musk, Science, North Korea, Scotland, Hotels, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Newsletter, Tesla


Decade Cigarettes Camp Out Sweepstakes 4/30 1PPD21+

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Tags: Miscellaneous, Frugality, Daily Entries, Ending in April, Entertainment & Music


SWEETIES PICK! Copenhagen Whole Hog Sweepstakes (29,150 Prizes) 4/28 1PPD21+

Enter for your chance to win your share of over 29,000 prizes in the Copenhagen Whole Hog Sweepstakes. New winners will be chosen each week through April. Come back everyday for a new entry into the... Click to read more...
Tags: Miscellaneous, Copenhagen, Frugality, Electronics & Technology, Daily Entries, Food & Household, Quick Ending, Sweeties Picks, Ending in April, Entertainment & Music


Apple and Worm – Red Edition by T. L. McBeth

Children's author and illustrator T. L. McBeth has produced and released his first resin figure -  Apple and Worm: Red Edition . This 6-inch tall hand-painted resin sculpted is a limited edition of 9 pieces (in this colorway). You can currently pick one up for $100.00 plus $15.00 for US shipping (contact Mr. McBeth for international orders).
Tags: Apple, Toys, Miscellaneous, US, McBeth


Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation Sweepstakes 4/30 1PP18+

Do your part this Earth Month and you will be entered to win 100s of prizes, including $3,000 for your Home Utilities, and a Toyota Highlander Hybrid for a deserving charity in your town. Enter the... Click to read more...
Tags: Miscellaneous, Frugality, Food & Household, One Entry Per Person, Referral Sweepstakes, Cars & Other Vehicles, Ending in April, Cash & Gift Cards


Lawyers Are a Profession of Babysitters and Paper Carriers – Literally

And farm-hands, servers, warehouse workers, lifeguards, and so much more. If the feedback of a couple hundred of lawyers and other legal professionals are to be believed, a very significant proportion of us got our start delivering the local news paper or watching the neighbourhood kids. And most of us had a wide variety of pre-law experiences that forged a formidable work ethic from an early age. correlation is not causation, but the evidence is mounting of strong links between a first job bei...
Tags: Law, Miscellaneous, River, Brooklyn, Kevin O'keefe, Medieval Times, Colin Lachance, Research Assistant Residence Dons DJ Video, Host Hostess Military, Baristas Library, Peace Corps Commercial fisherman Blackjack


Barcel Watz Your Superpower Sweepstakes (280 Prizes) 4/30 1PPW18+

Watz your Super Power? Enter the Barcel Watz Your Superpower Sweepstakes for your chance to win your share of 280 prizes! Shazam the movie comes out in theaters April 4th. Billy Batson is a... Click to read more...
Tags: Miscellaneous, Frugality, Electronics & Technology, Billy Batson, One Entry Per Week, Ending in April, Watz, Barcel Watz Your Superpower Sweepstakes


What we learned this week

Tonight is Earth Hour, in case you’re interested. 8:30-9:30pm wherever you are. My kids love it and have been looking forward to it for months, despite the fact that they’re welcome to turn the lights off and play in the dark whenever they like. Can we change the world in 12 years? In this video […]
Tags: Future, Miscellaneous


Weekly Roundup, Friday 29 March 2019

The two subtle changes to the Pilot Primary Flight Displays in the 737 MAX. Good morningDid you wake up to notice anything different in the world this morning?  No, neither did I.It was to be today that saw Britain leave the EU, subsequent to its referendum to do so in June 2016.  Notwithstanding almost three years to plan, prepare, and actually implement their departure, they are in a state of appalling disarray, as indicated a couple of days ago when their Parliament voted on eight different a...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Amazon, Asia, Europe, Science, Steve Jobs, Scotland, Singapore, Miscellaneous, US, Newsletter, Tech, Eu, Conservative, Chicago


Stonyfield Earth Month Sweepstakes (1,111 Winners) 6/2 1PPD18+

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Tags: Miscellaneous, Frugality, Stonyfield, Daily Entries, Food & Household, Ending in June, Babies & Kids, Stonyfield Earth Month Sweepstakes


CryptoKaiju Launches Second Batch of Ethereum Powered Vinyl Toys

CryptoKaiju has launched their second batch of Ethereum Powered Vinyl Toys . These Bitcoin-themed collectibles, named Jaiantokoin , uses "tamper resistant NFC tags and is digitally unique. It’s backed by a non fungible ERC-721 token, which is the same token standard used in the highly popular virtual game, CryptoKitties. The token contains metadata which describes certain aspects of the collectible, such as its birth date, gender, colour, a description and two personality traits such as ‘int...
Tags: Toys, Miscellaneous, CryptoKaiju, Jaiantokoin


Review: Garmin 645 Forerunner Watch is a great option for multisport athletes

Garmin’s Forerunner series of smart watches/activity trackers have long been a favorite of triathletes and runners. But is the newest incarnation, the Forerunner 645 Music, the right choice for cyclists? The Forerunner 645 Music replaced my Fitbit Versa, which wasn’t compatible with my Garmin 820. My original goal was to find a smart watch with […] The post Review: Garmin 645 Forerunner Watch is a great option for multisport athletes appeared first on Bikerumor.
Tags: Reviews, Miscellaneous, Sport, Cycling, Garmin, Clothing-Gear-Tools


Royal Tea Porcelain Tea Release

Lunartik has announced his Royal Tea Porcelain Tea Release . This 8-inch tall porcelain version of Matt Jones' Lunartik in a Cup of Tea will be actually made from porcelain, limited to 50 pieces, and come signed and numbered. While no firm price has been set, it'll be around £160 - £200 per cup (in the $200-$250 range). If you're interested in picking one up, contact the artist at [email protected]
Tags: Toys, Miscellaneous, Matt Jones Lunartik, Lunartik