Posts by Catherine Hayday

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    Girls warned not to play didgeridoo

    September 4th, 2008     by Catherine Hayday     Comments

    Squarely in the category of “I don’t know what to think about this”. From Boing Boing: The Victorian Aboriginal Education Association has called for the Australian edition of The Daring Book for Girls to be pulped because it teaches girls how to pay the didgeridoo. The organization says women who play the instrument will be cursed with infertility. “The section on the didgeridoo was ‘part of a general ignorance that mainstream Australia has about Aboriginal … READ MORE

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    iTunes U

    August 28th, 2008     by Catherine Hayday     Comments

    The iTunes franchise has quietly launched a totally free new section in their store, nestled between Podcasts and iPod Games. It’s called iTunes U, and it contains (free) video and (free) audio courtesy of major universities, PBS and cultural institutions (like MoMA), effectively allowing you to sit in on classes and conferences all over the US. University of California Berkeley in particular has a huge selection of lectures posted. Meet iTunes U. It might be the robber baron … READ MORE

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    August 27th, 2008     by Catherine Hayday     Comments

    (Someday soon, Apple will teach us how to construct whole books out of one long amalgamated word.) Sure, the word “etiquette” does bring to mind a world of doilies and curtsies. But that frilly frouffy word and what it represents can be the soft oreo centre between us crusty cookies. We’re all squished up against each other on this tiny little interweb. And everybody’s got peeves (maybe the word “interweb” is one of them). What follows … READ MORE

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    GG: PixelJunk Eden

    August 13th, 2008     by Catherine Hayday     Comments

    From time to time here we discuss the less savoury videogames, and as an avid recreational casual sometime gamer, I think it’s important to also share some of the good stuff. Like… PixelJunk Eden! Or, as it is known in our house, “Jump jump!” As in – Husband gets home. Shoes still on, bag still packed. Me: “Hi! Jump jump?” Him: “Sure sweetie we can play Eden, just let me…” Me: “Jump jump!” Him: “Yeah, of course, I just want to…” Me: … READ MORE

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    August 8th, 2008     by Catherine Hayday     Comments

    I love exercising. Well, okay, I don’t love it. I like it. Except for the times when I’ve hated it. While I was on the treadmill this morning I was thinking about the complexities of my relationship with exercise. Informal surveys make me think I’m definitely not the only one, so I thought I’d say what it’s been like for me, and throw it out to the Shameless folk. I was not an athletic kid. … READ MORE

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    Yep, that’s why I hate reading the news.

    July 31st, 2008     by Catherine Hayday     Comments

    Sexual harassment okay as it ensures humans breed, Russian judge rules “The unnamed executive, a 22-year-old from St Petersburg, had been hoping to become only the third woman in Russia’s history to bring a successful sexual harassment action against a male employer. She alleged she had been locked out of her office after she refused to have intimate relations with her 47-year-old boss. “He always demanded that female workers signalled to him with their eyes that they … READ MORE

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    Bevels, bytes and boobs.

    July 30th, 2008     by Catherine Hayday     Comments

    Fresh off of watching Helvetica (and then watching it again – big thanks to Lex), I enjoyed this recent post at Logo Design Love (once again via Google Reader rec). “It’s becoming more and more difficult to execute original logo designs. No matter how clever your idea, the chances are someone has created a very similar logo. Why is that? We’re all surrounded by the same influences, exposed to the same shapes, forms and patterns. With … READ MORE

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    Condoms cause death:  an unconscientious objection

    July 21st, 2008     by Catherine Hayday     Comments

    This is a poster put up in Dar Es Salaam by the Roman Catholic organization Human Life International, who “exist… to fight the evils of abortion, contraception, sex education and family breakdown”. From Elizabeth Pisani’s site: “Condoms lead to death, apparently. Since one in 10 adults in Dar is infected with HIV, you might think it more likely that unprotected sex leads to death. But perhaps to the Catholic fundamentalist who put up the posters, passing on … READ MORE

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    Jonesing for Joss?

    July 17th, 2008     by Catherine Hayday     Comments

    Since there’s always big Joss love shown on this blog, I thought y’all would appreciate this. A relatively under-the-radar Joss Whedon project: “Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” Featuring Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, and Felicia Day. Think Felicia Day looks familiar? Picture her with shorter hair, maybe in a group, say, of young women with ‘potential’… Update: ooooOOOOoooo, just read the “Master Plan” behind this project. Worth reading in its entirety, but here’s a snippet: “1) Why, Joss? … READ MORE

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    Whose font are you?

    July 16th, 2008     by Catherine Hayday     Comments

    I’m a low-level typography geek. I love reading the “About this Typeface” description at the back of a book*, and a manuscript or website using the default font just isn’t finished yet. “Typography is what language looks like.” Cameron Adams gets meta on type with his recent post on the handwriting of type designers (via Slashdot, via Google Reader Rec). And I love a bit of meta me. “Hit pause for a moment and consider how greatly … READ MORE

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    Paper internet, cracktros and Kermies.

    July 2nd, 2008     by Catherine Hayday     Comments

    There’s a big fat post coming on open source and free software, but damned if I’m going to let the calendar get the better of me and miss a week. And so… Via BoingBoing: The Paper Version of The Web A collection of the doodles that spawned some of the web’s more ubiquitous networking sites like Twitter and Flickr Places. That’s a small version of a Flickr Places sketch below (click to embiggen): Via the PS3 store: … READ MORE

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    What you watch when you’re not watching anything

    June 27th, 2008     by Catherine Hayday     Comments

    Until I get off (on?) my ass and see some movies, I really should get myself removed from the Film Friday rotation. For popcorny movies I have a big backlog of last-in-a-series movies to see. Like the most recent Bourne Identity and the most recent Bond. Then there’s the new stuff that I’ve been waiting for, like Kung Fu Panda and Wall-E (hello? Short Circuit? Anyone?). When I do want to curl up (who am … READ MORE

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    16 year-olds make a “get pregnant” pact

    June 20th, 2008     by Catherine Hayday     Comments

    Quick link: A Time story on access to birth control, babies for unconditional love, “fierce” Catholicism, economic depression, and over a dozen (no older than) 16 year-old girls who made a pact to get pregnant at the same time: Pregnancy Boom at Gloucester High … READ MORE

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    iPods, cellphones, etiquette, privacy and safety.

    June 19th, 2008     by Catherine Hayday     Comments

    (I cheaped it a little yesterday, so I’m doing a Wired Wednesday bonus round – Wired Wednesdays, now on Thursday!) Over the last few months, and then twice today, CBC shows have featured stories on iPod and cell phone etiquette, noise pollution, safety and community. Getting lots of air time are the people concerned about hearing loss, or the dangers of pedestrian oblivion. And the community-minded who worry about shutting out other people, creating barriers, and … READ MORE

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    Download Day!

    June 18th, 2008     by Catherine Hayday     Comments

    I’m cutting it close, so super quick post: Enjoy a Better Web Download Firefox 3.0 today and help them set the Guinness World Record for most software downloaded in 24hrs. (That’s before 2:16pm if you’re in Toronto, a bit more time if you’re on the East Coast, lots more if we have readers in Tokyo). Firefox FTW! … READ MORE

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    Not cool Urban Outfitters, not cool.

    June 13th, 2008     by Catherine Hayday     Comments

    The dangerously emaciated look is so common that I’m almost desensitized to it. Almost. It has to be pretty bad for it to make my jaw drop and my rage spike. But it still happens. From the Urban Outfitters splash page. Under the heading “Summer Time”. “Yeah, we’re going to have to shoot the model sitting down, because if she stands up her shin bones will snap.” Reminds me of this post over at Photoshop Disasters. … READ MORE

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    $100 laptops and $150 hotel rooms

    June 4th, 2008     by Catherine Hayday     Comments

    Yesterday’s discussion over donation programs reminded me that I’ve been remiss, in that I’ve never posted about the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) organization. The short version is that OLPC started as an initiative out of the MIT Media Lab, where they attempted (and roughly succeeded) in creating a $100 laptop (it currently costs closer to $200), to be made available to countries which historically haven’t had the funds or means to have technology in the … READ MORE

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    Moving Miscellany

    May 21st, 2008     by Catherine Hayday     Comments

    Wired Wednesday is on auto-pilot this week. As I’m moving tomorrow, and even this post is written from the floor, using stolen wireless, eating a sad little muffin. So I give you a link medley week. Some newfangled things, and a bunch of classics. Hold onto your mice. GAMES * A teaser for a game I’ve been looking forward to forever (okay, since last summer) – Mirror’s Edge. Featuring a strong, … READ MORE

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    Zero Emission No Noise

    May 7th, 2008     by Catherine Hayday     Comments

    I’m taking a break from videogames this week (though, like the weeds in Animal Crossing, they’ll be back). Turning instead to something ‘wired’ but entirely different… With all of the noise about Ontario becoming a have-not province, and the apparent collapse of the Canadian auto manufacturing sector, it would be nice if there was some sort of significant innovation in this major market, with international appeal, with which Canada could become a global leader. Oh wait. … READ MORE

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    Pass the tortiere, please

    May 5th, 2008     by Catherine Hayday     Comments

    Not tied to any particular event or anniversary, but because I’m feeling a bit nostalgic, and I’m a sucker for emotionally compelling Canadian history. And I find us Canadians so darn cheek-pinching, moose-hugging, maple candy cute when we tap into our nationalism. So start your week off right with a Canadian Heritage Minute (it’s like oatmeal for the mind): Emily Murphy: Women as persons under the law. And then (related?) the bonus round – on the … READ MORE

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