Show & Tell: Mar 14/14

Happy Friday!!

This week has kicked my butt. The time change and weather freak out really messed with my internal clock and I’ve not been sleeping well and getting up super late in the morning. I need to get myself sorted out this weekend so I can be on point next week. How about you? Did this week (time change/weather) mess with you? Anyone else feeling out of it this week?

Enough whining from me. Here’s a Show & Tell to keep you busy over your lunch break.

  •  I like free stuff. I’m pretty sure you do too. Here are 13 Things You Can Get For Free Right Now
  • My colleague Adrian sent me this last year when it was just a Kickstarter project. It’s called Everpurse and it’s basically a purse that charges your cell phone – wire free. I NEED one desperately because I’m always running out of battery and when I was given a portable battery charger at the AutoShow it got stolen almost immediately when I set my bag down :(
  • I’ve been trying to become more financially responsible because I want to buy lots of things, go on trips and eventually buy a house in Toronto & a beach house on an island :). This article was posted last year and I found it again in my inbox today. Read it. The “Oh Sh**” List & 14 Other Invaluable Financial Lessons You Need to Know Now
  • I bring my lunch to work most days and I have to say that I am the least creative person when it comes to making a lunch (unlike Pony). I’ve been collection ideas for easy work lunches and love this Salad-In-A-Jar-101 post from Back To Her Roots.
  • Pony was on a roll sending me good articles and on Sunday I made him try Oil Pulling. It was a little bit gross – the oil really melts and mixes with your spit (ugh) – but my mouth and I felt amazing afterwards. I’m going to try to get myself in the habit of doing it and thanks to FashionLush for the great post.
  • In last week’s Show & Tell I posted The Useless Web and have since been wasting time on it. And one of the pages is Organ Trail – as in the old Oregon Trail game. For reals.
  • I thought this was a really good article for everyone in a relationship. Whether you have children or not. The Questions That Will Save Your Relationships.
  • Pony sent this to me yesterday and you should read it if you have a pet: 9 Pet Legends that Drive This Vet Crazy.
  • I despise breed specific legislation and to be honest, I think every person who has a pet should be inspected and taught how to train and care for their animal. Daily we see despicable photos and stories of animal abuse. It’s sick and it’s not the animals fault. So have a look at these 37 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Pit Bulls.
        

 

Pony’s Custom Lunches

I was lucky enough to have my lunch made for me today and little did I know I was getting an extra special, super duper Pony Customized Lunch. It was a taco salad and absolutely delicious, though my co-workers laughed and maybe think we’re a little bit crazier now.

Thank you Pony for my “Special Lunch”.

(the honey was not part of it)

Happy 25th Anniversary to the World Wide Web

25 years ago today, the world wide web was launched and changed the world forever. I remember the very first computer our family got for Christmas and our slow as heck dial up internet. Fast forward to today where my hobby aka obsession is the internet. I blog, read, educate, work, connect, share and live online. It’s amazing how the world changes with one invention.

I LOVE the internet a lot. It has its good, bad and ugly side, but I can’t imagine my life without it.

If you click the Google Doodle today, it will take you to a blog post by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the Inventor of the World Wide Web, where he “reflects on the past, present and future of our internet and encourages us to join the fight to keep in free and open.”

 

Originally posted HERE:

Today is the web’s 25th birthday. On March 12, 1989, I distributed a proposal to improve information flows: “a ‘web’ of notes with links between them.”

Though CERN, as a physics lab, couldn’t justify such a general software project, my boss Mike Sendall allowed me to work on it on the side. In 1990, I wrote the first browser and editor. In 1993, after much urging, CERN declared that WWW technology would be available to all, without paying royalties, forever.

The first web server, used by Tim Berners-Lee. Photo via Wikipedia

This decision enabled tens of thousands to start working together to build the web. Now, about 40 percent of usare connected and creating online. The web has generated trillions of dollars of economic value, transformededucation and healthcare and activated many new movements for democracy around the world. And we’re just getting started.

How has this happened? By design, the underlying Internet and the WWW are non-hierarchical, decentralized and radically open. The web can be made to work with any type of information, on any device, with any software, in any language. You can link to any piece of information. You don’t need to ask for permission. What you create is limited only by your imagination.

So today is a day to celebrate. But it’s also an occasion to think, discuss—and do. Key decisions on the governance and future of the Internet are looming, and it’s vital for all of us to speak up for the web’s future. How can we ensure that the other 60 percent around the world who are not connected get online fast? How can we make sure that the web supports all languages and cultures, not just the dominant ones? How do we build consensus around open standards to link the coming Internet of Things? Will we allow others to package and restrict our online experience, or will we protect the magic of the open web and the power it gives us to say, discover, and create anything? How can we build systems of checks and balances to hold the groups that can spy on the net accountable to the public? These are some of my questions—what are yours?

On the 25th birthday of the web, I ask you to join in—to help us imagine and build the future standards for the web, and to press for every country to develop a digital bill of rights to advance a free and open web for everyone. Learn more at webat25.org, and speak up for the sort of web we really want with #web25.

Posted by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the World Wide Web

 

Show & Tell: Mar 07/14

Today is a special day. It’s the birthday of one of my oldest friends, Raija and my little but not so little anymore cousin Kayla! Happy Birthday to you both!

It’s been another crazy busy week, I’ve got job opportunities coming out my ears, and they are across North America, yesterday I presented a Social Media 101 training session to my company, which went really well AND I got my hair did last night by the very talented Matthew.

And now, without further ado, this weeks’ Show & Tell:

  •  Toronto has some of the best and most diverse food cultures in North America. This HuffPo post on Toronto Food: 32 Food Things Only A Torontonian Would Understand makes me really hungry.
  • I stumbled upon The Art of ManlinessMan Knowledge section earlier this week and started reading more of the site. It’s a pretty great bookmark for every man who wants to be manly.
  • A German job search site Jobs In Town has put together a really great visual campaign. You’ve got to see it.
  • Manul – the Cat that Time Forgot aka the Pallas’s Cat  is a prehistoric cat species and about twelve million years ago it was one of the first two modern cats to evolve and it hasn’t changed since.
  • This poem, written by a 14 year old boy, has made the rounds of the internet lately, but you should read it. And read it now.
  • I love mysteries, especially unexplained ones, even though I sometimes have nightmares about them. These 17 Mysteries Awaiting Explanation are pretty intriguing.
  • This is my new desktop background at work. It’s very calming.
  • 14 Mind-Blowing Facts That Will Change Your Perception Of Time is pretty neat and really makes you think.
  • Need to waste some time? Check out The Useless Web. OMFGDogs is one of the first pages I looked at – it’s a bright, crazy coloured gif that could cause a seizure so be careful.
  • You may  have seen this heart warming video being shared around the web about “3 Year Old Emily who wants to donate her hair to sick children”. I’m very proud to say this is the niece of my friend and amazing hair stylist Matthew Collins.

 

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