My First Story in Shorthand Online Software!

Shorthand is an incredible, and incredibly EASY to use online platform that lets you create multiple web page stories in one vertically sliding web page (URL), full of pictures, videos, text and other objects capable of being embedded online!

If you look at a sample gallery of what news sites, bloggers and others have created with Shorthand, you’ll see why I’m calling it the new gold standard for online news. You can use it for longer stories, or for developing stories you can add to as time goes by, like live coverage of a hurricane, for example, to show changes over time and/or document “progress”. The BBC and Guardian have recently created some stories I’ve loved using Shorthand, which is why I gave it a try myself!

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A Geographic Snapshots of my Daily Visitors

As of Monday (Jul 9), WordPress.com, which hosts my website, showed a full display from where people accessed my site, and not just the top 10 countries. Thought I give you a look cause it’s quite eye opening, and flattering. From what I can tell, the visitor stats are pretty typical of a day on my site. At 122 countries from 15,269 page views, I really do have visitors from pretty much ALL over the world!

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Haliscapes and Harbourscapes

Below are some of favourite photos among the many I had taken prior to 2010 of the Halifax Regional Municipality, mostly around the harbour close to which I live. Brief descriptions are below the gallery.

Please click on thumbnail you want to see a larger version. If the picture is cut off by the website layout, please click on it again to get the picture alone (then click the Back button on your browser to return to the site). Comments are with each picture.

Please click here to see more of my photography on this website.

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Video of Baby Surviving After Falling Under Train in Melbourne, Australia

Baby whose pram fell into train tracks of an oncoming train as Mother runs to try and rescue

Baby whose pram fell into train tracks of an oncoming train as Mother runs to try and rescue

If this were in a movie, you’d never believe it and trash the script. But you know, life is far stranger than fiction, and this is just one of many proof of that.

It’s an absolute miracle what happened here. A Mother on a windy train platform in Melbourne, Australia, turns away for a split second and the carriage (pram) with her six month baby rolls off into the tracks, landing smack in the middle of the track. Almost as if timed, a train comes into the station just as she tries to go for her baby, almost clipping the Mother’s head as security footage show above.

Yet, somehow, the baby survived with just just a cut to the forehead. My guess would be it was due to a vertical gap between the track and the train, in the middle of the track, but only there. On January 3 2007, Cameron Hollopeter fell into the subway tracks in Washington DC was covered by Wesley Autrey, a 50 year old construction worker, who had jumped in to save him (NY Times). Lying on top of the victim who fell in, with his back about a foot above the ground, Wesley only had his blue cap smudged with grease, if that gives an indication of the size of the space I’m talking about. If the baby who fell in today had landed much to the left or right of the track where he did land, this would have been a video with a real gruesome ending.

The pram, obviously much bigger in size than the baby, wasn’t nearly as lucky. Its pieces were scattered all over the tracks the length the train took to stop.

Mother and child were both taken to hospital and released soon after being admitted, according to CNN’s video. One question I have about all this, though. They just started an awareness campaign about the dangers of prams on the platform. Who would design such a surface to have either zero grade, or even a grade into the tracks so that anything not constrained could fall into it? It was windy, sure, but windy enough to move that pram with a baby in it so quickly into the tracks? Surely the platform grade could have offered a little more resistance with a gentle grade upward?

Amazing story, real drama… and glad to see it’s one with a good ending.

Now, let’s go and witch hunt Balloon Dad in Colorado for that hoax!

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"Let's Get Balloon Dad!!!"

"Let's get Balloon Dad!!!"

Dare to Wear Facebook Tagging Picture Meme

Time for another Facebook picture tagging meme evolution!

Instead of just associating people with things, or suggesting they Should Try something, it’s time to try a different motivational technique and up the ante on the fun a little bit!

This is mostly for daring the guys (and some girls) you tag to wear some things women wear for a day!

This includes make-up and hair as well as actual clothing. Why? Education purposes, of course! 😉

Seriously! For the guys, I wonder how many  know what women have to put up with to wear some of the things to make them look/feel attractive, or to be so for a guy, or that society pressures them to. Ultimately, it is the woman’s choice to wear or not wear any of these things, but having an appreciation of the trouble some of these items cause to life could only enhance gender relations. How many jokes and misunderstandings do you know of regarding how long women take to dress and such? For the girls, just good old fun.

Now, before anyone “responsible” freaks on me, let me just say this was designed with a lot of thought so as not to be disruptive, even for school cause I know a lot of teenagers are on Facebook and may use this. I personally recommend a Saturday of fun or something, though, or a stag party. Sure, it’s not your usual dress, but I don’t have anything in here like thongs or perfume that could really look obscene or violate no scent policies. And nobody said this had to be on the outermost, either. Just visible somehow to confirm, although it’d be funner the more visible something were, like the fishnets under shorts instead of hidden under full length jeans.

Remember, I’m Digital Citizen, not Digital Troublemaker, Digital Deviant, Digital Rebel Rouser or anything of the sort.

I suggest if you use this to choose a “Dare Day” where those tagged can show up together so no one is alone in being poked fun at, and I beg for just good-natured poking fun.

NO BULLYING, PLEASE!

Here’s how to get this graphic for your Facebook fun:

  • Click on the picture below to get it at full size.
  • Right click on that picture and save to your computer.
  • Upload it to your Facebook profile.
  • Tag your guy (or girl) friends!
  • Click the Back button on your browser to return to this post.

Please click here for a complete list of over 100 Facebook picture tagging memes on this site with which you can use for fun with your friends.

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