The Daily Dig http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/daily-dig/ Thu, 16 Aug 2012 20:23:00 GMT We unveil Fact Check http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/daily-dig/?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456a&plckPostId=Blog%3a22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost%3accf63a43-bca8-4438-8d72-1dde9c8d841c&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Thu, 16 Aug 2012 20:23:00 GMT <p> <span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">We’re borrowing a page from the <a href="https://connecticutnewsroom.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/corrections-fact-checking-and-accountability-our-new-approach/" rel="nofollow">Journal Register</a> by changing our error report interaction to make it far more transparent and efficient.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Now you can submit detailed information for a correction or addition to a story.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Near the bottom of each story page, you’ll see a box with the logo and words "Fact check."</span></p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.winnipegfreepress.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/3/9/932c5994-b845-4bf0-896f-05e133f299c9.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.winnipegfreepress.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/3/9/932c5994-b845-4bf0-896f-05e133f299c9.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">If you click on the link “Tell us here” you’ll see an expanded box on the newly opened page.</span></p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.winnipegfreepress.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/14/0/6ea6645b-3c33-4581-b053-06422b2eb58f.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.winnipegfreepress.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/14/0/6ea6645b-3c33-4581-b053-06422b2eb58f.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Fill in all of the information in the form, and then hit submit. This will send an email to our web editors with much more detail for us to chase or follow up on.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-family:tahoma,geneva,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Let me know your thoughts on this system, and if you find any bugs during the submission process. It is working well for us, but you never know once it gets into the wild world of the interwebs.</span></span></p> Blog:22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost:ccf63a43-bca8-4438-8d72-1dde9c8d841c Get ready to take Flight http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/daily-dig/?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456a&plckPostId=Blog%3a22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost%3a8c5fea6d-e798-4572-aea0-8567ac571b6f&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 08 Jun 2012 15:52:00 GMT <p> Denzel Washington likely doesn't need another Oscar, but the trailer for the new film Flight certainly makes an early case for a nomination.</p> <p> It's the story of a pilot who somehow manages to land a plane after important pieces of the craft have fallen off, yet it's discovered he had a few drinks before the flight.</p> <p> It's a Robert Zemeckis project, and it also stars John Goodman and Don Cheadle.</p> <p> <iframe class="iframe-embed" frameborder="0" height="270" src="http://boxofficebuz.com/embed/5166" width="520"></iframe></p> <p> One of my favourite "big thinker" websites has posted a brilliant list that will help anyone who needs to innovate on a daily basis, or people who are building a startup business plan.</p> <p> <a href="http://ideamensch.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Idea Mensch</a> posted their <a href="http://ideamensch.com/startup-success/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">36 strategies for startup success</a> list, compiled from dozens of feature interviews and articles.</p> <p> This one is worth bookmarking and re-reads when you find you need to refocus.</p> Blog:22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost:8c5fea6d-e798-4572-aea0-8567ac571b6f Comfortably Numb surprise http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/daily-dig/?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456a&plckPostId=Blog%3a22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost%3a02ce0367-f051-4c0b-bec4-14d3225b42b7&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Thu, 07 Jun 2012 18:11:00 GMT <p> If you were at one or both of the recent Roger Waters "The Wall" shows at the MTS Centre you will remember the engrossing performance of Confortably Numb early in the show.</p> <p> Although, given the strong scent of "trees" in the air, you may not remember anything.</p> <p> I was thinking during the perfomance during the second show: "The only way this could have been better is if David Gilmour himself was on top of the wall mashing out the guitar solo and singing the chorus."</p> <p> Google - the all-knowing web being - pointed me to just that: a rare pairing of the Floyd feudsters from a show at the O2 Arena in London.</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/hUYzQaCCt2o" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/hUYzQaCCt2o" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/hUYzQaCCt2o" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p> I'm not sure what's more disturbing in this next clip... the security goon trying to confiscate someone's camera, or the noise the special guest made after getting pelted with "oil" from the special oil derrick beverage dispenser.</p> <p> This likely won't last long on YouTube, so watch it while you can.</p> <p> EPIC, EPIC FAIL.</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/NMUFci_V4mU" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/NMUFci_V4mU" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/NMUFci_V4mU" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> Blog:22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost:02ce0367-f051-4c0b-bec4-14d3225b42b7 Solid sportsmanship http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/daily-dig/?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456a&plckPostId=Blog%3a22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost%3a7b32a246-3fe9-4cad-9348-ba6929a99378&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 05 Jun 2012 17:20:00 GMT <p> One of the main reasons I love watching sports is to witness true acts of sportsmanship.</p> <p> Sure, I love great plays and cheering my favourite teams to victory, but nothing impresses me more than selfless acts in the heat of battle. That's the way I always played the game and that's what I respect most in other athletes.</p> <p> With that in mind, I give you the final 20 seconds of the women's 3200 meter race at Ohio's 2012 State track meet.</p> <p> One competitor collapses from complete muscle fatigue, and her competitor - about to finish last in the race unless she passes her ailing foe - stops and carries her across the finish line.</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/irs9XP2bplE" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/irs9XP2bplE" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/irs9XP2bplE" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p> I'm always keyed up this time of year as <a href="http://www.e3expo.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">E3 </a>hits full stride.</p> <p> My fave trailer and gameplay demo so far has to be from <a href="http://watchdogs.ubi.com/watchdogsgame/en-GB/home/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watch Dogs by Ubisoft</a>. It's a little bit <a href="http://www.cbs.com/shows/person_of_interest/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Person of Interest</a>, a little bit <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bourne_Identity_%282002_film%29" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bourne Identity</a>... both good things. The atmospherics are outstanding, the cutscenes seamless and the mood and depth are engrossing.</p> <p> Be warned, the language and violence in the gameplay clip are very mature. If you're listening/watching at work, headphones are mandatory.</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/FcMRkyoHKeA" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/FcMRkyoHKeA" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/FcMRkyoHKeA" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> Blog:22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost:7b32a246-3fe9-4cad-9348-ba6929a99378 Want to be inspired? http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/daily-dig/?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456a&plckPostId=Blog%3a22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost%3a2fb4864d-1d7f-49e3-a0ee-fbbe98e5490d&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 01 Jun 2012 17:00:00 GMT <p> It's been a terrible week for the faith-in-humanity meter. New kinds of horror unveiled, murders and mayhem that make you question our collective sanity.</p> <p> And of course we've all heard the stories that the latest generation of young people is self-centered, cruel, narcissistic etc. OK, some are. But not all. You want proof? Look no further than this track and field day video.</p> <p> Not all are cruel. Not all hope is lost. We can do this.</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/o6Alt2DssYc" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/o6Alt2DssYc" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/o6Alt2DssYc" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p> I've been a fan of the IdeaMensch site since they <a href="http://ideamensch.com/john-white/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interviewed me</a> for a profile last year. OK, that was a joke. I've been a fan for a lot longer than that.</p> <p> The<a href="http://ideamensch.com/max-dubinsky/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> latest feature</a> is on Max Dubinsky, a brilliant writer who had to fight through doubt and adversity, and a guy who went on a life-changing road trip and wrote about it.</p> <p> His quote at the top of the feature is worth keeping.</p> <p style="margin-left:40px;"> "Fail, and keep failing. It means you’re trying."</p> <p> It's hard to accept failure, regardless of the lessons learned or the ground gained. But it's wise to remember that effort, faith and hope are everything. Outcome is secondary, and if successful, a bonus.</p> <p> Happy weekend.</p> Blog:22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost:2fb4864d-1d7f-49e3-a0ee-fbbe98e5490d Les Mis movie trailer scores http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/daily-dig/?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456a&plckPostId=Blog%3a22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost%3af52b52d7-9af0-490a-95c5-9a0eb836bca3&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Wed, 30 May 2012 16:03:00 GMT <p> It's rare that a movie trailer knocks me off of my morning web routines, but the new Les Mis promo sure packs a punch.</p> <p> We have to wait until December to see the actual movie, but as one commenter said on YouTube, it just means we can watch the trailer 1,000 times until then.</p> <p> <iframe frameborder="0" height="243" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://hub.video.msn.com/embed/aa88f4cc-9d41-43e4-8ad3-186317750e2b/?vars=bWt0PWVuLXVzJmJyYW5kPXY1JTVlNTQ0eDMwNiZsaW5rb3ZlcnJpZGUyPWh0dHAlM2ElMmYlMmZ3d3cuYmluZy5jb20lMmZ2aWRlb3MlMmZicm93c2UlM2Zta3QlM2Rlbi11cyUyNnZpZCUzZCU3YjAlN2QlMjZmcm9tJTNkJmxpbmtiYWNrPWh0dHAlM2ElMmYlMmZ3d3cuYmluZy5jb20lMmZ2aWRlb3MlMmZicm93c2UmY29uZmlnQ3NpZD1NU05WaWRlbyZjb25maWdOYW1lPXN5bmRpY2F0aW9ucGxheWVyJnN5bmRpY2F0aW9uPXRhZyZwbGF5ZXIuZnI9c2hhcmVlbWJlZC1zeW5kaWNhdGlvbg%3d%3d" width="432">&lt;A data-cke-saved-href=&quot;http://www.bing.com/videos/browse?mkt=en-us&amp;vid=aa88f4cc-9d41-43e4-8ad3-186317750e2b&amp;from=shareembed-syndication&amp;src=v5:embed:syndication:&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bing.com/videos/browse?mkt=en-us&amp;vid=aa88f4cc-9d41-43e4-8ad3-186317750e2b&amp;from=shareembed-syndication&amp;src=v5:embed:syndication:&quot; target=&quot;_new&quot; title=&quot;&#39;Les Miserables&#39; movie trailer&quot;&gt;Video: &#39;Les Miserables&#39; movie trailer&lt;/A&gt;</iframe></p> <p> God bless Graham Norton and the BBC. Not only does Norton have the most interesting mix of guests on any talk show, his writers and producers often come up with amazing bits that go well beyond what you'd see on American TV.</p> <p> Want an example? The great David Attenborough applying his weight and drama to an awkward video clip of a turtle ernestly having his way with an unfortunate Croc shoe.</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/f7Z5k1_LgkE" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/f7Z5k1_LgkE" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/f7Z5k1_LgkE" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> Blog:22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost:f52b52d7-9af0-490a-95c5-9a0eb836bca3 Live lip-dub proposal brilliant http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/daily-dig/?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456a&plckPostId=Blog%3a22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost%3a932d7197-026f-4f75-9488-fbfd4884a6f8&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 29 May 2012 17:36:00 GMT <p> OK, this is kind of a flash mob, but hear me out.</p> <p> It's one of the more creative proposals I've seen, and even though he makes the rest of us slobs look really bad, you have to give the guy major credit for coordinating this masterpiece.</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/5_v7QrIW0zY" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/5_v7QrIW0zY" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/5_v7QrIW0zY" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p> The Brit sites are having a field day with this one. Master chef Gordon Ramsay was sent tumbling to the pitch by an over-zealous pro in a charity football match.</p> <p> While his critics are suggesting karma can be unkind, with such headlines as "Revenge a dish best served cold, and with an elbow," it's hard not to feel for the guy... nicked ribs are painful to deal with. (Resisting temptation to make tender ribs joke...)</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/HXPJ5Hor1qY" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/HXPJ5Hor1qY" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/HXPJ5Hor1qY" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p> <a href="http://www.wbur.org/2012/05/29/globe-lab-technology" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deborah Becker's post</a> updating the efforts of the Boston Globe and their "Lab" concept is a great read.</p> <p> My favourite lines from the post:</p> <p style="margin-left:40px;"> “People walk by and say that looks like Google in there. I love it when people say that,” said Jeff Moriarty, vice president of digital products at the Globe. Moriarity developed Globe Lab and says newspapers and all media have to work closely with technologists. “We’re competing to hire people who would work at Google or at some other place,” Moriarty said. “So we have to try to create an environment that spurs creativity and innovation.”</p> <p> This is a brilliant way to keep innovation top of mind, and motivate the big thinkers in the organization to stay sharp.</p> <p> The Globe has long been at the forefront of digital big-thinking and cutting-edge innovation. Their move to <a href="http://sparksheet.com/responsive-design-at-the-boston-globe/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">responsive web design</a> is perhaps their most talked-about shift.</p> <p> You can follow them <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/globelab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Twitter</a> as well.</p> Blog:22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost:932d7197-026f-4f75-9488-fbfd4884a6f8 Garage sale with a twist http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/daily-dig/?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456a&plckPostId=Blog%3a22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost%3a1ccc0dbc-c3c9-4fa5-a8aa-d24a93e6cddd&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 25 May 2012 17:55:00 GMT <p> The Manitoba chapter of the <a href="http://www.cw4wafghan.ca/who-we-are/cw4wafghan-chapter-network/manitoba" rel="nofollow">Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan</a> charity has come up with an interesting fundraising idea.</p> <p> They have gathered gently used items from many households to be sold at a giant garage sale this Saturday.</p> <p> You can take a drive (or walk if you live in Wolseley) down to 1000 Palmerston Ave. on Saturday between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. to find your treasures.</p> <p> All proceeds go to help improve the conditions for women and children in Afghanistan.</p> <p> We donated nine boxes of good stuff... some real gems in there.</p> Blog:22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost:1ccc0dbc-c3c9-4fa5-a8aa-d24a93e6cddd It's Friday, time for some fun http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/daily-dig/?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456a&plckPostId=Blog%3a22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost%3aa358a2a0-4b4f-4892-a55d-89c8d84e67ea&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 04 May 2012 13:39:00 GMT <p> I had strongly disliked anything from LMFAO, until I saw this video of a marching band on my Facebook timeline.</p> <p> It reminds of two things: marching bands are cool, and I love it when musical directors try something different to get their kids jazzed.</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/bT1ofD4p49Y" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/bT1ofD4p49Y" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/bT1ofD4p49Y" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p> For Pink Floyd fans in the virtual house (and if you're from Winnipeg, it's mandatory) check out this remastered, HD clip of the band shot in Pompeii.</p> <p> It's Echoes Part 1 and it will haunt you. David Gilmour is one of my favourite guitarists... second only to Stevie Ray Vaughan.</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/646KtkEcPm8" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/646KtkEcPm8" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/646KtkEcPm8" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p> This dog takes his guarding duties very seriously. Anyone so much as looks at his owner's bike gets the hairy stinkeye.</p> <p> Just when you thought it couldn't get any cuter, it does. Oh yes, you will choke on your muffin.</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZvOLt06ZLDo" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZvOLt06ZLDo" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZvOLt06ZLDo" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p> Finally, a glimpse into the very soon-type future of live video streaming, courtesy of <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/13/livestream-broadcaster-available-for-pre-order/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">engadget's review</a> of the <a href="http://new.livestream.com/broadcast-live/livestream-broadcaster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Livestream Broadcaster module</a>.</p> <p> This dandy device, that fits on top of your camera, allows you to push high-resolution straight from your camera, wirelessly to a computer and to your Livestream account. We're talking fully mobile live-streaming... think of the possibilities.</p> <p> I know I am.</p> Blog:22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost:a358a2a0-4b4f-4892-a55d-89c8d84e67ea Site changes, additions and tweaks http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/daily-dig/?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456a&plckPostId=Blog%3a22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost%3a9df3cdac-915d-4729-9335-f5667827e2d3&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Thu, 03 May 2012 18:35:00 GMT <p> Over the past few weeks, we’ve introduced several changes to winnipegfreepress.com – and since then we’ve even changed the changes!  I’d like to take a moment to review what we’ve done.</p> <p> Perhaps the most noticeable change (based on the feedback we’ve received) is the addition of the little widget with information on the previous and next story that slides out of the right-hand side of the page.</p> <p> We introduced this box to provide an easier way to navigate to the previous and next stories on our site; some users (including me!) find it annoying to have to hit “Back” all the time to return to a landing page to select a new story.  We wanted to offer a way for readers to get to another story without revisiting a landing page.</p> <p> Enter the slide-in story box... and cue the reader annoyance.  While our analytics show many, many users have embraced this change and now use it to get from story to story…  some of you, it seems, aren’t crazy about the sliding interface.  Many took the time to email me to share your thoughts on it. Several used words that would be blocked in our comment forum.  (To quote <em>Community</em>, they were “caring loudly at me.”)</p> <p> If you are one of the annoyed, I have good news for you: you can now “dock” the widget between the story and the comments. You’ll still be able to get easily to the next or previous story, but nothing will be sliding, popping or moving.</p> <p> When you dock the widget, we’ll remember you prefer it docked, so you won’t have to do it again on the same device (as long as you are not in private-browsing mode and have not cleared your cache).</p> <p> And if you dock the widget and find yourself nostalgic for the good ol’ days when the next story zoomed in from the right, just hit “undock” to return to slide-in box format.</p> <p> We hope you like the change.</p> <p> In other site-tweaking news: We’ve added a ‘Featured Commenter’ badge to our roster of user-generated-content rewards.</p> <p> It is a manually awarded feature, given to those who use their real identities or who consistently engage in meaningful discussions in the comments widget.</p> <p> We’re hoping to tie it in to an automated real-identity verification process in the future. The idea is to reward those who use their real identities with higher placement in the widget.</p> <p> Interestingly, some have said they do not want the badge and featured placement, because it might build resentment toward their persona. What do you think?</p> <p> Additionally, you may have noticed the ‘Reactions’ bar at the bottom of stories. This is your chance to give your emotional response to a story. You can post your reaction, and share that on your social networks to further engage your friends and followers.</p> <p> Once again, this has elicited strong feedback on both sides of the fence… some think it’s a great addition to the UGC toolkit, others think the ability to react with “Ha!” at the end of a serious story is a major flaw.  Share your opinion in our comments below – as the changes to our last/next widget demonstrate, we are listening to you.</p> Blog:22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost:9df3cdac-915d-4729-9335-f5667827e2d3 Pick up a Pebble http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/daily-dig/?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456a&plckPostId=Blog%3a22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost%3ae1c3be49-65ee-4d0d-97b8-934cc5f25464&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Mon, 16 Apr 2012 17:52:00 GMT <p> I can't remember the last time I wore a watch.</p> <p> I have a vague memory of a neon yellow <a href="http://www.liketotally80s.com/swatch-watches.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Swatch</a> with a rubber band protector over the glass face in the '80s ony my wrist for a time, if you will.</p> <p> That all ended once the venerable cell phone entered my life. Be it the Motorola Flip, the original BlackBerry, or the new iPhone, I've always used my digital tether to tell time as well as to communicate.</p> <p> That's about to change.</p> <p> A <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/597507018/pebble-e-paper-watch-for-iphone-and-android" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">kickstarter campaign</a> has wildly exceeded expectations for a product called Pebble. It is a tethered e-paper quality wristwatch that syncs to your iPhone or Android device.</p> <p> It's fully customizable and app-friendly.</p> <p> They've already raised more than $3 million even though they initially sought $100,000.</p> <p> <iframe frameborder="0" height="360px" src="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/597507018/pebble-e-paper-watch-for-iphone-and-android/widget/video.html" width="480px"></iframe></p> Blog:22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost:e1c3be49-65ee-4d0d-97b8-934cc5f25464 Weber will get extras http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/daily-dig/?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456a&plckPostId=Blog%3a22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost%3acc76f9a8-9cf1-4145-b52c-a89162d0a346&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Thu, 12 Apr 2012 16:05:00 GMT <p> A classic playoff game was marred by an ugly play by Shea Weber Wednesday night.</p> <p> The Nashville Predators defenceman did not enjoy getting slashed on the back by the Detroit Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg and tried to punch Big Z in the head. That didn't work, so he grabbed Zetterberg's head and drove it into the glass.</p> <p> Do you think he'll see supplemental discipline from Shanny?</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/Z5l-zZ9ylXY" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Z5l-zZ9ylXY" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Z5l-zZ9ylXY" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p> Yes, young kids covering popular songs on YouTube has been done, and covers of Adele have been done even more.</p> <p> But... nine-year-old Fitri Cerado is the exception to the filter. To have that much power and nuance in her voice already is something.</p> <p> Given some of the auto-tune crap out there, this is refreshing.</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/m-Z2aElYG2U" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/m-Z2aElYG2U" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/m-Z2aElYG2U" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p> If you are keeping up with internet memes, you'll appreciate this talk show appearance by <a a="" href="http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/ridiculously-photogenic-guy-zeddie-little" photogenic="" rel="nofollow" ridiculously="" target="_blank">Rediculously Photogenic Guy.</a></p> <p> <a a="" href="http://knowyourmeme.com/%3Cspan%20class=" photogenic="" rel="nofollow" ridiculously="" target="_blank"><object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/v4VJNbZLEkc" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/v4VJNbZLEkc" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/v4VJNbZLEkc" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></a></p> Blog:22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost:cc76f9a8-9cf1-4145-b52c-a89162d0a346 Time for some feel-good reads http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/daily-dig/?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456a&plckPostId=Blog%3a22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost%3a9ca5c124-6337-4ff0-bdf9-362b88711234&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Wed, 11 Apr 2012 15:52:00 GMT <p> There are so many tragic stories around, so I like to dig up heartwarming items now and again.</p> <p> Seeing a subject line involving an arcade created out of cardboard by a nine-year-old boy looked promising (thanks Geoff Kirbyson) and it delivered.</p> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/40000072" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p> Buzzfeed posted a <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/text-from-dog-is-the-best-tumblr-about-text-messag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brilliant item on a fun Tumblr</a> involving fake texts from a dog to its owner.</p> <p> There are some NSFW words in there. Who knew dogs used such foul language?</p> <p> Fstoppers.com featured an <a href="http://fstoppers.com/theshotbeforeabbeyroad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">amazing post</a> showcasing the outtakes and other photos from the Beatles' Abbey Road shoot.</p> <p> It shows history before history, if you will.</p> <p> This video knocked me on my butt... It will make you cry, that I promise.</p> <p> A senior living in a nursing home trapped in his mind comes to life while listening to music from his youth. I've always felt that music has powers that we barely understand.</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/NKDXuCE7LeQ" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/NKDXuCE7LeQ" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/NKDXuCE7LeQ" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p> And we close today with this stunning National Geographic video as James Cameron and his team sheds new light on the sinking of the Titanic.</p> <p> Beautiful, horrifying, humbling.</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/FSGeskFzE0s" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/FSGeskFzE0s" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/FSGeskFzE0s" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> Blog:22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost:9ca5c124-6337-4ff0-bdf9-362b88711234 Boy saves busload of kids after driver faints http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/daily-dig/?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456a&plckPostId=Blog%3a22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost%3ae3088ce9-3e64-4d72-850b-ec8706a83dc9&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 10 Apr 2012 19:23:00 GMT <p> Who says the next generation of leaders doesn't have the fortitude to rise to the occasion?</p> <p> These young boys leapt into action when their bus driver passed out from a likely heart attack. One grabs the wheel and turns off the bus, the other tries to start chest compressions.</p> <p> Impressive stuff.</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/woL6jr5P45U" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/woL6jr5P45U" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/woL6jr5P45U" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p> If you've ever wondered why fans bring their gloves to baseball games, this will help.</p> <p> Notwithstandsing the whole <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Bartman_incident" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bartman fiasco</a>... this kid is pretty committed.</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/qdJgE7unku8" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/qdJgE7unku8" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/qdJgE7unku8" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> Blog:22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost:e3088ce9-3e64-4d72-850b-ec8706a83dc9 Andrew Ladd's bros can riff http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/daily-dig/?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456a&plckPostId=Blog%3a22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost%3aab36d68b-c12b-403b-ac25-6be799891eca&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Wed, 04 Apr 2012 15:09:00 GMT <p> Teams around the NHL are lobbying their fans to vote for their favourite players to land the cover of EA Sports' NHL 13 game.</p> <p> This despite the alleged <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/0704/gallery.nhl.ea.sports.curse/content.1.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">EA Sports curse</a> that has stung many former NHL stars.</p> <p> My favourite effort so far involves Andrew Ladd. The Jets captain has major support from his brothers who put together a video to celebrate his work in the NHL. Well, celebrate may be a bit strong...</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/u1GK706uH9E" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/u1GK706uH9E" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/u1GK706uH9E" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p> Even though I think the suprise return of the soldier meme has been played out, this one involves a <a href="http://thisisphotobomb.memebase.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">photobombing</a>, so that sets it apart.</p> <p> Turn your speaker or headphone volume down as this one involves excited screaming.</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/aCkQUiGs8og" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/aCkQUiGs8og" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/aCkQUiGs8og" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> Blog:22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost:ab36d68b-c12b-403b-ac25-6be799891eca Visa's hockey commercial hurts http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/daily-dig/?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456a&plckPostId=Blog%3a22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost%3a497eb3ae-a2e6-4d07-b2c2-0dfab08f8b79&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 03 Apr 2012 15:48:00 GMT <p> Some may say it's too soon, but I think the timing is perfect to relate to fans who follow teams that do not make the playoffs in the NHL.</p> <p> Visa's latest commercial is brilliant. Although I'm can't explain why a Florida Panthers fan is involved.</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/X7QMdpmfvVs" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/X7QMdpmfvVs" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/X7QMdpmfvVs" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p> I'm not sure whether to run screaming away from all theatres or be drawn to them like moths to a flame, given the trailer for the musical Rock of Ages.</p> <p> Tom Cruise sings. Alec Baldwin Alec Baldwin's, Hairspray's director ensures bold choices for wigs and facial hair...</p> <p> I threw up, in my pants.</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/s755hpFtVlk" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/s755hpFtVlk" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/s755hpFtVlk" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p> And finally, a dog dancing the mamba. That's right.</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/TY6lLSlraEI" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/TY6lLSlraEI" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/TY6lLSlraEI" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> Blog:22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost:497eb3ae-a2e6-4d07-b2c2-0dfab08f8b79 This Just In widget launches http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/daily-dig/?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456a&plckPostId=Blog%3a22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost%3a0fabaa82-79d1-4b74-99bd-b0c072533794&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Wed, 28 Mar 2012 17:34:00 GMT <p> You may have noticed a new widget pop up on our main page recently.</p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.winnipegfreepress.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/13/5/cd3cbe60-95a6-4649-b5e0-2a31e9a18e9d.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.winnipegfreepress.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/13/5/cd3cbe60-95a6-4649-b5e0-2a31e9a18e9d.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> It's our custom-built Twitter widget that utilizes our <a href="http://www.coveritlive.com/index.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cover it Live</a> code to dynamically display Tweets from select staffers with breaking news, sports and assorted items for up-to-the-second reporting.</p> <p> We're adding reporters to Twitter as we speak to grow this group and make it more robust.</p> <p> Court reporter Mike McIntyre often Tweets live from court and this is the perfect way to capture that feed. Jen Skerritt and Bartley Kives Tweet from most council meetings and their stream will flow there as well.</p> <p> The widget is intended to be a quick summation of the news you need to know at a glance, with information Tweeted as it is breaking. We'll often link to full stories for a deeper look at the issues.</p> <p> You may also see reporters asking for witnesses or more information on stories, so keep an eye out and check it often.</p> Blog:22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost:0fabaa82-79d1-4b74-99bd-b0c072533794 Nicki Bluhm sings in a van http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/daily-dig/?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456a&plckPostId=Blog%3a22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost%3a98dcfc4f-eb4f-4d95-bfff-1b1f08ab81a0&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Wed, 28 Mar 2012 02:23:00 GMT <p> You know you've got mad skillz when you can take your band on the road - literally - and nail a performance driving down the highway in a van with one microphone picking up the sound.</p> <p> Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers have devoted a YouTube channel to this astonishing technique... heartfelft vocals and idyllic harmonies mixed with stellar musicianship and ambient road noise.</p> <p> Here they cover Linda Ronstadt's "You're No Good" so well, I got chills and had to listen to it three times in a row.</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/qagfnqQNkeo" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/qagfnqQNkeo" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/qagfnqQNkeo" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p> Continuing with my "On the Road Again" theme, we have brave firefighters tending to a vehicle blaze on the highway. See if you notice anything unusual about their gear.</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/evN_Y749UFQ" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/evN_Y749UFQ" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/evN_Y749UFQ" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p> Matthew Ingram at Gigaom has crafted a <a href="http://gigaom.com/2012/03/26/dont-build-a-paywall-create-a-velvet-rope-instead/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">compelling post</a> about the merits of building a better relationship with your audience instead of erecting a paywall to your content.</p> <p> His reasoning is that you need to provide real useful content and access for your readers so they are indebted to your brand and they are willing to pay for the interaction and social connection. In other words, provide real benefits and the revenue will follow.</p> <p> Give the post and read and let me know your thoughts.</p> Blog:22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost:98dcfc4f-eb4f-4d95-bfff-1b1f08ab81a0 Smash the Thrash a limp protest http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/daily-dig/?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456a&plckPostId=Blog%3a22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost%3a5af5961f-c858-4cab-8a75-a574fbdfe976&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:56:00 GMT <p> Atlanta Thrashers fans (yes, there are some out there) decided to stage a jersey protest during the Jets vs. Predators game in Nashville.</p> <p> The idea was to throw a home and away sweater from the now twice defunct franchise onto the ice during a stoppage in play.</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/J5sZ72n-UYA" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/J5sZ72n-UYA" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/J5sZ72n-UYA" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p> While the effort went as planned, I wonder about the impact. Did it make you think of the fans left behind? Was it something for Bettman?</p> <p> Believe me, I understand the feelings involved, and the need to vent. I don't recall any protests in Winnipeg during those NHL pre-season games.</p> <p> What would you do in this situation?</p> <p> The only throwing going on in this next video involves noodles.</p> <p> It's always good to have friends in high places.</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/9TWRwuf1arA" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/9TWRwuf1arA" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/9TWRwuf1arA" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p> And finally, this gem from <a href="http://xkcd.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">XKCD </a>on those of us who become default IT directors for our friends and family.</p> <p> I snorted coffee out of my nose when I saw this for the first time.</p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.winnipegfreepress.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/12/7/eca014c5-c9f5-43ad-a717-9b7fb531cac6.Full.png?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.winnipegfreepress.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/12/7/eca014c5-c9f5-43ad-a717-9b7fb531cac6.Large.png?1" /></a></p> Blog:22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost:5af5961f-c858-4cab-8a75-a574fbdfe976 Fight night at MSG http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/daily-dig/?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456a&plckPostId=Blog%3a22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost%3a3d24cab5-3bf1-492c-b1be-a43d44b597eb&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Tue, 20 Mar 2012 13:01:00 GMT <p> After their last game against the New Jersey Devils in which many New York Rangers players said they were "trying to kill us" the Rangers matched the goon line sent out by the Devils for the opening faceoff.</p> <p> You kind of knew something would happen.</p> <p> Well, how about three fights starting before the puck hit the ice?</p> <p> <object height="259" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/iIlLbJHKw8M?version=3&hl=en_US" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="259" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/iIlLbJHKw8M?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"></embed></object></p> <p> This clip has been making the rounds, but is so fantastic that it's worth sharing here.</p> <p> NASA released this sound-enhanced version of a space shuttle launch, from cameras mounted on the rocket boosters.</p> <p> Make sure to have your headphones ready, and maybe some Gravol.</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/2aCOyOvOw5c" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/2aCOyOvOw5c" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/2aCOyOvOw5c" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p> And finally, for some inspiration this morning, a Grade 4 girl overcomes her fear of the 30 metre ski jump and nails the landing.</p> <p> If her celebration after she demonstrates her ability to forge ahead despite high anxiety doesn't compel you to kick butt today, I can't help you further.</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/ebtGRvP3ILg" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/ebtGRvP3ILg" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ebtGRvP3ILg" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> Blog:22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost:3d24cab5-3bf1-492c-b1be-a43d44b597eb March Madness that I can relate to http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/daily-dig/?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456a&plckPostId=Blog%3a22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost%3a5a749ac7-a4bf-4cb7-afed-6de9618b053e&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 16 Mar 2012 16:46:00 GMT <p> All this talk of March Madness reminds me that I'm in no way interested in college basketball. My kind of March Madness typically involves spring cleaning, feverish gaming, curling windups and broken promises involving exercise plans.</p> <p> If we're going to talk March Madness and sports, this is more my speed.</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/XUc8zlf07ro" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/XUc8zlf07ro" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/XUc8zlf07ro" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p> Speaking of madness, Montreal's Erik Cole drew quite the reaction for high-fiving a referee after a goal.</p> <p> The ref in question was not amused... but Cole certainly was.</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/tg2MGZa6U-Y" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/tg2MGZa6U-Y" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/tg2MGZa6U-Y" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p> George Clooney getting arrest in D.C. for a protest at the Sudanese Embassy, is, as you could imagine, generating hilarious responses on Twitter.</p> <p> There are so many good ones that you'll need to <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/search/%22George%20Clooney%22" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">see for yourself</a>.</p> Blog:22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost:5a749ac7-a4bf-4cb7-afed-6de9618b053e Faith in humanity: restored http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/daily-dig/?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456a&plckPostId=Blog%3a22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost%3a89c00b18-549d-4a71-a377-181fc2e7761a&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Fri, 02 Mar 2012 18:31:00 GMT <p> What do you get for the friend who has five months to live?</p> <p> How about an advance galley copy of the new book from his favourite author, and a private phonecall from said author to discuss plans for future works in the series?</p> <p> Thanks to the power of the Internet - <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/p7kfg/my_friend_has_terminal_cancer_and_may_die_by_june/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">and to Reddit</a> - Nachu Bhatnagar received an early copy of the book from the 'The War That Came Early' series from <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Turtledove" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harry Turtledove</a>.</p> <p> Yes, the Internet can be and often is the bastion of anonymous hate, exploitation, greed, hackers and even government agencies, sometimes the power can be used for good. Or in this case, really good.</p> <p> Some of the language is NSFW, so be aware of your volume levels.</p> <p> <a href="http://youtu.be/BWvFDYNEyME" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://youtu.be/BWvFDYNEyME</a></p> Blog:22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost:89c00b18-549d-4a71-a377-181fc2e7761a Movie: The Movie has it all http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/daily-dig/?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&UID=22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456a&plckPostId=Blog%3a22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost%3a826382da-82ef-408b-8873-a789df695b77&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest Mon, 27 Feb 2012 18:23:00 GMT <div class="article"> <p> Jimmy Kimmel Live picked the perfect night to unleash their brilliant movie parody that features every movie benre and actor you can think of in their Movie: The Movie movie.</p> <p> Knowing Hollywood types, they're watching this and thinking to themselves "this could work."</p> </div> <p> <a href="http://youtu.be/w3NwB9PLxss" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://youtu.be/w3NwB9PLxss</a></p> Blog:22c45997-5abc-42b0-ab9c-3e4e9242456aPost:826382da-82ef-408b-8873-a789df695b77