It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Humidity

December 15, 2010

So it’s -15 Celsius this morning in Montréal and I get this interesting piece of information courtesy of The Mayo Clinic:

Why the heat index matters
Created by the National Weather Service, the heat index (HI) tells you how hot it really feels when humidity is added to air temperature. When the HI is between 105° F and 130° F, heatstroke is possible with continued exposure or physical activity, if the HI is 130° F or higher, the heatstroke is highly likely with continued exposure.

Reduce your risk of heat-related illness by exercising outdoors during cooler times of the day when possible. If you must exercise in hot and humid weather, start with short, 10-15 minute bouts of low to moderate-intensity physical activity and gradually increase your time and intensity over to 10 to 14 days. This gives your body time to adapt to exercising in a hot and humid environment. Get plenty of rest, food and fluids before you exercise, stay hydrated during and after your workout, and take frequent breaks.

-Mayo Clinic

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Holiday Food Poisoning Warning

December 10, 2010

Food poisoning is not the gift you want to get or give during the holidays. Here is something I just read that you should keep in mind while entertaining during the holidays and all year round:

Heat is not enough
Have you ever stuck leftover back in the fridge after sat out too long, thinking they would be “fine” once reheated? Think again.

Reheating food properly is important for destroying bacteria. But reheating does not destroy any toxins that the bacteria already produced.

Often, it’s those toxins that cause food poisoning symptoms. So if in doubt, throw it out! As a rule, don’t eat any food that has been kept between 40°F and 140°F for more than 2 hours.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

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War Is Over, John Lennon’s Christmas Wish for Us

December 8, 2010

War Is Over, John Lennon's Christmas Wish for Us With the Orwelian chant of “War is Peace” alive and well, blaring at us through the news media and the so-called world leadership, we’ve arrived at the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s assassination and I wonder if his message died with him that day on the cold concrete of 72nd avenue in New York City.

“War Is Over” is not as much an announcement as it is a declaration that war is no longer necessary, that it’s gone out of vogue. However, with m … Read More

via The “Nous” Age


Do You Have Pet Insurance?

August 25, 2010

Here’s a story about a  Chocolate Labrador in L.A. who ate a beehive and won an award as “the most unusual pet health insurance claim in the United States” by the Veterinary Pet Insurance Company.

Ellie, who fully recovered from her encounter with the beehive in southern California, beat a border collie that ran through a window to get at a mailman, and a terrier that bit a chainsaw. Read more

I guess being from Canada and all, and considering how the U.S. doesn’t seem to like the idea of health insurance (for humans), discovering that you can get health insurance for you pet in the states is to me a bid…weird, no?


Piss On the Planet

April 19, 2010

A great commercial for the Idle Free Calgary campaign that we can all learn from.


Flag Wavin’ Canadian Style

March 15, 2010

Watch this amazing video and then pass it on.


Stupidity: The Movie

March 5, 2010

Stupidity is a film by an old friend of mine who I met back in the 80’s here in Montréal during his Theatre Shmeatre days, Albert Nerenberg.

Stupidity sets out to determine whether our culture is hooked on deliberate ignorance as a strategy for success. From Adam Sandler to George W Bush, from the IQ test to TV programming, to the origins of the word moron, Stupidity examines the “dumbing down” of contemporary culture.

Stupidity embarks on an exhaustive search into its meaning, and the implications of a culture that is obsessed and saturated with stupefying culture. Stupidity careens at warp speed through sound bites on topics from television news and reality shows, to internet sites and popular films.

Featuring opinions and comments from some of today’s most recognizable figures, cultural critics, authors and academics, including John Cleese, Noam Chomsky, Selma Hayek, and Bill Maher, Stupidity reveals that, despite our culture’s extensive access to knowledge and information, humans continue to choose stupidity.

Now you can “get stupid” in the comfort of your home with Stupidity, streamed for free (to viewers in the US and Canada) from AboveTopSecret.com.

CAUTION: Contains some strong language.

Click to watch: Part 1

Click to watch: Part 2

Click to watch: Part 3

Purchase a DVD copy here.


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