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Random Linkage: Is it June Already?

Posted  June 17, 2015  by  Tanya McGinnity

Holy heck it’s June already! Are you feeling it? I hope wherever you are that the sun is shining on your pretty face and you have a nice cold drink chilling beside you. May you all be free from harm. Let it be known that long ago I once almost killed my cousin and I […]

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Confessions….

Posted  June 22, 2015  by  Tanya McGinnity

I like a Dave Matthews Band song. I have been crying more in the past 6 months in my entire lifetime and it feels amazing. Really. I’ve been doing a lot of self massage with tennis balls on my upper shoulders. Can’t recommend this enough. I am quite adept at keeping bamboo alive. My first […]

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Product Management Workshop: Aug. 22-23 in Chicago

Posted  June 28, 2015  by  Anonymous

  Want to take  your Product craft to the next level? Attend the Craftsman PM 2-day hands-on Product Management workshop. Think holistically about building and marketing The Whole Product Go beyond MVP/Lean Startup and dogmatic frameworks Raise your Product Management game Details are here: The Craftsman PM: A 2-day Hands-on Workshop  Where: Blue1647, Chicago, IL When: August […]

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Anxious and Angry and Helping Others so Very Much

Posted  July 11, 2015  by  Tanya McGinnity

I am a voracious consumer of podcasts. Zillions of podcasts are just waiting to tickle my earbuds on a daily basis. I use Downcast to manage them all as it’s a pretty full feature “podcatcher” (I guess that’s what those in the know are calling this kind of tool). I listen to a whole bunch […]

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Book Review: Susan Piver’s Start Here Now

Posted  August 30, 2015  by  Tanya McGinnity

Yes. I know I told you that I had given up reading and reviewing books for a bit. After a few decent ones came my way, I decided to withdraw my ultimatum on book reviewing , but rather be more mindful with the amount of books I was signing myself up for taking on. Would […]

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Feeding the product team using “pull”

Posted  September 4, 2015  by  Anonymous

As soon as somebody says you’re spending too much time on something, you’re on the right track.—Bob Lefsetz, American music industry author. There are two approaches to delivering stories to your product team: pull and push. Typically, product managers and executives “push” more and more requests to the developers. Even though the team already has […]

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Not anti social, just idiotic

Posted  September 4, 2015  by  Tanya McGinnity

  I am so sorry! I’m not anti-social. I’m idiotic! Oh gosh. I’m just seeing now that I had comments turned completely off here on this blog. I really do want to hear from you. Leave me a comment. Say “Hi” and bring me up to speed on how you’re doing. Tell me something about […]

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Bouncing Forward: Transforming Bad Breaks Into Breakthroughs | Michaela Haas

Posted  September 7, 2015  by  Tanya McGinnity

Do you know that feeling when the right message comes along at the right time? Whenever I’ve gone through tough times, or been asked by a friend how I’ve coped with difficulties, my tried and true, go-to recommendation has been to read Pema Chödrön’s When Things Fall Apart. It has been a great comfort during […]

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What’s Different about Managing SaaS Products?

Posted  September 10, 2015  by  Anonymous

By Felicia Anderson SaaS provides a treasure trove of new user insights. As customers adopt Software as a Service (SaaS) in record numbers, those software providers that effectively leverage SaaS’ unique advantages will move into industry-leading positions.  Companies that fail to do so will lose competitive ground. Here are 3 areas that every SaaS product […]

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Help Name a New Buddhist Book!

Posted  September 13, 2015  by  Tanya McGinnity

Cover Art by Carole Leslie | ZenDotStudio I haven’t been speaking about it very often given that I’ve been pretty heads-down working away on it, but Sumeru Press and I are ever so close to releasing the anthology of Canadian Buddhist women’s writing. We’re now in need of a title. Please either email info@sumeru-books.com with […]

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Random Linkage: Podcasts, Miscellany and More

Posted  February 23, 2016  by  Tanya McGinnity

Been a while friends. Been a while. I’ve been studying a whole lot but that doesn’t mean that you aren’t on my mind. Here are a few distractions from my studies that I’d love to share with you all. This episode of this rather nefarious sounding podcast was something my husband said I’d quite like […]

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Our Friendly Hawk

Posted  February 29, 2016  by  Polar Bear

Every day there is a hawk which visits our home. It lands in a tree not fifty feet from our balcony and surveys the area. The first time I noticed it was during a kill. The hawk came out of the sky very fast and landed on a small rabbit.The kill was in…

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Invasive Earthworms Threaten Forest Diversity – 2016/05/14 – Pt. 2

Posted  May 12, 2016  by  podcasting@cbc.ca

Earthworms are eating and moving seeds around resulting in a lack of diversity in some forest areas.

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Kepler Confirms A Thousand Planets – 2016/05/14 – Pt. 1

Posted  May 12, 2016  by  podcasting@cbc.ca

Kepler has confirmed nearly 1300 planets, many in the habitable zone.

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Ahhh…..

Posted  May 13, 2016  by  Anonymous

Duck family gets police escort to safety | Saskatoon StarPhoenix:

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Trees and Birds are Back

Posted  May 15, 2016  by  Polar Bear

The last two weeks has seen a magical transformation in our area. Our trees budded and blossomed and right during this time the birds came back in large numbers. Our two apple trees were stressed this year from unseasonal weather during January and Feb…

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Wonderful Wedding

Posted  May 16, 2016  by  Polar Bear

Saturday past Theresa and I attended a wedding for our Grand daughter and her new partner Jamie. It was a family get together like few from the past. One hundred and sixty people who came together to celebrate this special day. We met people that we ne…

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"Trudeau’s Rampage"

Posted  May 19, 2016  by  leftdog

Trudeau’s Rampage it is 🙂

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Bullying Is NOT Leadership Mr. Trudeau.

Posted  May 19, 2016  by  leftdog

Bullying is not leadership, whether it is invoking Closure on an important Bill or testosteronic rampaging on the floor of the House of Commons which injured a fellow Member of Parliament. Just sayin’ 🙁

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Giraffe Genome Tells A Tale Tale – 2016/05/21 – Pt. 4

Posted  May 19, 2016  by  podcasting@cbc.ca

The giraffe genome includes genetic changes but few innovations.

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Underwater Archaeology Confirms Early Humans in Americas – 2016/05/21 – Pt. 2

Posted  May 19, 2016  by  podcasting@cbc.ca

Human activity has been identified in pre-Clovis America 14,500 years ago.

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Robot Surgeon Does Suturing Better Than Humans – 2016/05/21 – Pt. 1

Posted  May 19, 2016  by  podcasting@cbc.ca

A robotic surgical assistant makes perfect stitches.

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The Sting Of The Wild – 2016/05/21 – Pt. 5

Posted  May 19, 2016  by  podcasting@cbc.ca

In the book ‘The Sting Of The Wild’ Dr. Justin Schmidt experiences the stings of ants, wasps and bees for his personal pain scale.

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Plankton Drunk On Algae Take Life Threatening Risks – 2016/05/21 – Pt. 3

Posted  May 19, 2016  by  podcasting@cbc.ca

Plankton behave strangely after consuming toxic algae in algal blooms.

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One of these things is not like the others

Posted  May 22, 2016  by  Anonymous

Canadian politics has apparently entered its silly season just before everyone takes the summer off and goes to the lake. While Canada discusses Sophie’s workload and “elbowgate” — both such important news stories! — in the United States we see Hilla…

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Dung Beetles Diversified By Dining On Dinosaur Droppings – 2016/05/14 – Pt. 3

Posted  May 12, 2016  by  podcasting@cbc.ca

Flowering plants provided dung beetles with more nutrition in the form of dinosaur poop.

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Humans Get Lousy Mileage Compared To Apes – 2016/05/14 – Pt. 4

Posted  May 12, 2016  by  podcasting@cbc.ca

Humans have greater energy needs and higher metabolism than apes.

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Liberals Appear To Be Reneging on Pot Reform Promises !!! Trudeau Instructs Police Forces To CONTINUE Arresting Canadians For Simple Possession. LYING LIBERALS !!

Posted  March 2, 2016  by  leftdog

LYING LIBERALS ON POT REFORM NOW !! – ‘Keep busting them’ says Trudeau!!!Justin Trudeau has advised the nations police to continue to harass and arrest Canadians for simple possession of marijuana. What a lying bunch of opportunists you guys are:Straig…

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Clinton is on track to win it

Posted  March 27, 2016  by  Anonymous

Looking at what has happened so far, and at the contests coming up, here’s my unscientific view of what is going to happen over the next two months:
First fact: the total number of delegates needed to win is 2300.  As of yesterday, Hillary needed about 700 more delegates, and Bernie needed about 1400 more.
Second fact: From now until the end of May, there will be 13 primaries and caucus, awarding about 1,100 delegates.
Based on results so far with Bernie winning the smaller caucuses and Hillary the larger primaries, I think Bernie and Hillary will continue to split many of these votes.  But I believe Hillary is on track to achieve significant wins in the closed primaries in New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky, while Bernie’s only large blowout will be today’s open caucus in Washington.
As a result, over the next two months, I think we will see Hillary gain maybe 600 to 700 delegates — which brings her pretty close to the goal — and Bernie gain maybe 400 to 500, which leaves him still about a thousand delegates short.  And there are only about 700 delegates remaining in all of the June primaries.  So even though he gained about a hundred at the Saturday caucuses, which is cheering to his supporters, in the long run these delegates aren’t going to help.
I must say now that its becoming clear that Hillary is going to win — because millions of Democrats actually like her a lot — I’m glad to see more people pushing back against some of the Hillary hatred which has polluted blogs like Daily Kos for the last several months.  In refuting Matt Taibbi’s incoherent Clinton trashing, Kevin Drum goes point by point while Booman gives everyone a valuable history lesson in what happened during Bill Clinton’s presidency. Booman concludes:

The choice between Clinton and Sanders is not a choice between today and 1992; it’s a choice about who you think is best prepared to be president and who can win by the biggest margin. It’s also a bet, or a gamble on how much change you think the system can bear. And it’s a guess about which candidate can get more out of a reluctant Congress.
It’s no easy choice, and I don’t want to pretend that it is, but it’s not a choice between good and evil, and it’s not obvious who is right.

The more I see of Bernie, the less I think of him. As Kevin Drum puts it:

Bernie Sanders too often lets rhetoric take the place of any actual plausible policy proposal. He suggested that his health care plan would save more in prescription drug costs than the entire country spends in the first place. This is the sign of a white paper hastily drafted to demonstrate seriousness, not something that’s been carefully thought through. He bangs away on campaign finance reform, but there’s virtually no chance of making progress on this. The Supreme Court has seen to that, and even if Citizens United were overturned, previous jurisprudence has placed severe limits on regulating campaign speech. Besides, the public doesn’t support serious campaign finance reform and never has. And even on foreign policy, it’s only his instincts that are good. He’s shown no sign of thinking hard about national security issues, and that’s scarier than most of his supporters acknowledge. Tyros in the Oval Office are famously susceptible to pressure from the national security establishment, and Bernie would probably be no exception. There’s a chance—small but not trivial—that he’d get rolled into following a more hawkish national security policy than Hillary.
I’m old, and I’m a neoliberal sellout. Not as much of one as I used to be, but still. So it’s no surprise that I’m not always on the same page as Taibbi. That said, I continue to be surprised by the just plain falseness of many of the left-wing attacks on Hillary, along with the starry-eyed willingness to accept practically everything Bernie says without even a hint of healthy skepticism. Hell, if you’re disappointed by Obama, who’s accomplished more than any Democratic president in decades, just wait until Bernie wins. By the end of four years, you’ll be practically suicidal.

Finally, here’s Hillary’s latest speech, on terrorism and how she intends to deal with it  — hint:  she’s not carpet-bombing ISIS, or closing the borders, or patrolling Muslim neighbourhoods. As well as laying out her own positions, she is also testing out the attack lines she intends to use during the election campaign against the Republicans.

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Good FridayParty For the Brown’s and Friends

Posted  March 31, 2016  by  Polar Bear

Lynda invited some of her friends and family for dinner and was surprised that the whole gang were free to come. Only Dar and Mitch were unable to come from Ottawa. Twenty three of us came on a wintery day when we had power outages, ice rain and a coun…

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A Friend

Posted  March 31, 2016  by  Polar Bear

Most people believe that they have friends. Most of the people believe that they are a friend to several  acquaintances. I have several friends or used to have several friends. As I age the number diminished to a very few. Today I lost a dear frie…

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Coach Darcy

Posted  April 3, 2016  by  Polar Bear

My granddaughter Darcy is the coach of an elite midget hockey team in Guelph. This weekend her team won the gold in a tournament representing her large area. It is the Lower Lakes division and it is an excellent division for future elite women hockey p…

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NDP leadership woes

Posted  April 11, 2016  by  Anonymous

So Saskatchewan NDP leader Cam Broten has resigned after losing his seat, and federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair was voted out – though apparently he still wants to hang around embarrassing the party for the next two years until they finally elect a new le…

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Duffy should please just shut up for a while

Posted  April 24, 2016  by  Anonymous

I think Canada has had quite enough of Mike Duffy.I know I certainly have.Apparently we aren’t supposed to hold this grown man responsible for understanding such complex rules as:1.  If its not Senate business, don’t ask for reimbursement; and,2. …

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Thought for the day

Posted  May 4, 2016  by  Anonymous
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Stories of courage from Fort McMurray

Posted  May 5, 2016  by  Anonymous

I’m sure every one of the thousands of Fort McMurray families has their own story of what happened to them during the evacuation, but here’s one of the most thrilling stories of courage that I’ve seen so far:

If Cora Dion only needed transport for two horses as she fled Fort McMurray with her twin 15-year-old daughters, three dogs and a cat, the family’s escape from Alberta’s worst wildfire in years would have been fairly straightforward.
But she had four horses. And a trailer for two….
So they joined the vehicular torrent on Highway 63 — Dion, the dogs and the cat in her truck; two horses in the trailer; and Gwen and Carly riding the two remaining horses.
They didn’t even have time to saddle them both: Carly rode bareback; Gwen took charge of Addie, a six-year-old thoroughbred who, as a racehorse, is high-strung by nature.
Sometimes they took the shoulder, Dion driving slowly alongside. Where there was no shoulder, they were on the road, in traffic. …
“Seriously, for my daughter to jump on a six-year-old thoroughbred and ride down the highway, that takes guts,” she said. …
“We had Harleys driving right behind. Normally a Harley would cause great stress, especially in a really young horse like Addie.”
“My horse, she’s very much the leader of our little herd there, and you could tell she was very visibly trying to suppress her stress. She was pretending to be calm, but when we pulled her off she was drenched with sweat.” …
As Dion and her girls waited for their next ride at the junction of highways 63 and 881, a stranger with a four-horse trailer pulled up beside them.
“I don’t know who you are, but load in — let’s get going,” she recalls him saying.
“He literally put my horses in his trailer and we were on the road in five minutes.”…
They’ve no idea when they’ll be able to go home or what will be left when they do. (So far, from what they hear, the house is still standing.)
Especially painful is the thought of the animals they left behind: a corn snake, a bearded dragon, and a ball python named Demetrius who probably won’t make it without carefully controlled heat and humidity.
Hunter, their 10-year-old cat, was nowhere to be found when they left. Dion hopes he can take care of himself for a little while.
“Honestly, now that I look back, it was pretty terrifying,” Dion says.
But at the time, she was in survival mode.
“I was just, OK, this is what we have to do.”

Other families evacuated included Syrian refugees who had only arrived in Fort McMurray four months ago:

As members of Fahed Labek’s family from war-torn Syria fled the inferno engulfing their adopted Alberta hometown, he recalls them staring back at the flames in Fort McMurray.
“They said, ‘OK. We left the fire and now we saw another fire. From fire to fire,’ ” said Labek, 43, who fled the approaching wildfire on Tuesday.
Labek lives in Fort McMurray with his wife and two children. He helped relocate his mother, sister, brother-in-law and their two children to his home in late February.
They are among about six families of Syrian refugees that resettled in the city in recent months….
Labek and his family left in a rush for oilsand workers’ camps to the north of the city, expecting a 45-minute drive. Instead they drove for eight hours and when they arrived, apologetic aid workers told them no beds were available.
The family, including his 68-year-old mother who is in a wheelchair, set off again for Edmonton.
When their car broke down they were picked up by other evacuees in two different vehicles. Labek was awake for 42 hours before everyone reunited in Edmonton at about 6 a.m. Wednesday.
“Now we have another story. I have to find a place to stay, I have to find some food,” Labek said Thursday.
“We don’t have clothes for my kids, we don’t have milk. For my kids, we don’t even have diapers.”

The evacuation order happened so quickly that people couldn’t fill up their tanks — now hundreds of cars are abandoned on the highways, and the government has sent tanker trucks and set up mobile gas stations to allow owners to get their vehicles moving again.
Here are before and after photos from The Weather Network:

Nobody has died so far, and two babies have been born during the evacuation.

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Oh, they’re just pets, let ’em suffer….

Posted  May 8, 2016  by  Anonymous

This just infuriates me.
A volunteer group organized through Facebook is ready, willing, able and on the spot to rescue the Fort McMurray pets.
Instead of helping them, some bureaucratic RCMP officers are preventing them — they’re not “official”, you see. Its actually some municipality job or maybe the SPCA — though neither have bothered setting up any rescue yet, but they’re getting to it any day now, yes siree! And its just dogs and cats anyway, so who cares….

Sam Sansalone, who’s based out of southern Alberta but has taken on a leadership role in the Facebook group Fort Mac Fire – Pet Rescue, where many of the efforts are being co-ordinated, said group members rescued about 230 pets on Wednesday and Thursday.
But on Thursday, and again on Friday, police kicked them out, he said.
He said authorities told them that the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo was taking over pet rescue duties, and there was a risk that people working independently might loot houses under the guise of attempting to rescue pets.
Sansalone said he understands that concern, but that official resources are spread too thin, and civilians should be allowed to help.
Plus, Wood Buffalo’s rescue effort didn’t start until Saturday. Sansalone said he was worried that would be too late for many of the pets.
“This is a mass grave, in basements, in crates,” he said.

And The Globe and Mail carefully titles its story “SPCA asking evacuees to register pets left behind in Fort McMurray” when the story is actually about the volunteer group — they’re the ones who set up a facebook group and they’re the ones who are organized already to rescue the pets. The SPCA could have done this. The Municipality of Wood Buffalo could have done this. The RCMP could have done this.
But they didn’t.
Instead, they seem to be putting their best efforts into preventing the rescue of animals that dying as we speak.

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Mothers Day

Posted  May 8, 2016  by  Polar Bear

Every year when Mothers Day comes around I have memories that pop up to keep Mom alive in my life. It is 42 years since Mom passed away but it does not seem that long ago. When I talk on the phone to my siblings our conversations usually get around to …

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Early Modern Humans In Europe Had A Rocky Road – 2016/05/14 – Pt. 6

Posted  May 12, 2016  by  podcasting@cbc.ca

Early modern humans in Europe were displaced several times.

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African Frogs Facing Fatal Fungal Infection – 2016/05/14 – Pt. 5

Posted  May 12, 2016  by  podcasting@cbc.ca

Chytrid fungus may have turned up in Africa.

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