Monday, May 6, 2013

You must be this tall to see adult content

Kudos to the creative Spanish minds that have brought billboards to a whole new level. This billboard for the ANAR Foundation (Aid to Children and Adolescents at Risk) is able to reach two different audiences at once. 

Through the power of lenticular printing, adults and children see different messages when staring at the same billboard. The content visible to each person is based on the their vantage point. Anyone under 4 feet 3 inches will see a message targeted to children, and anyone taller will see a message tailored to adults. 

Check out this video to see it in action. 

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013


I decided to dust off my blog to talk about something near and dear to my heart, Daffodil Month. Did you know that every 3 minutes, cancer picks a fight with another Canadian? Every April, the Canadian Cancer Society-with the help of generous volunteers- sell daffodil pins. Daffodils are worn to support Canadians living with cancer and to let them know they do not have to face this disease alone.

In August of 2012 I started working for the Canadian Cancer Society and my passion for this organization and everything it does has intensified. I wear my pin not only for family members I have lost to cancer and family who have survived, but to also show that I am a part of this fight and support everyone working towards seeing cancer defeated.

 I want to sincerely thank everyone who wore a daffodil this April. It is becoming the "poppy of spring" and I look forward to more and more Canadians uniting in the fight against cancer each and every April.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Preserve the Unknown

My latest obsession: BBC's Human Planet. A documentary series geared to enlighten the developed world about how humans survive in the most intense places on earth. It's absolutely fascinating.

One section, however, could not be studied (and for good reason). Above is an arial image of one of the last uncontacted tribes in the world. Located in the heart of the Brazilian rainforest, the group of indigenous people have never EVER been exposed to the outside world. They only know their immediate surroundings.

Take a second and try to fathom that tribes like this exist. They have no idea about different races and places around the world. They remain untainted from outside influence and Jose Meirelles intends to keep it that way. Working for FUNAI, a government organization, he is fighting to preserve their way of life and make sure they remain uncontacted. The threat of illegal mining and logging poses to be his main problem in making sure he wins the fight.

Described as "the last free people on the planet", take a look at the video excerpt below to get a better understanding of the importance of preserving these tribes:


Friday, June 1, 2012

Look Mom! No Hands!

On May 22, a fleet of self-driving cars drove on a public highway in Spain during normal traffic... A WORLD FIRST! Google's self-driving cars were equipped with safety systems including cameras, radar and laser sensors, enabling them to monitor the lead vehicle and other vehicles on the road. 

Those sitting in the driver's seat were asked to take their hands off the wheel and feet away from the pedals as the cars zoomed along at a speed of 85 km/h for 200 kilometers

"It is quite funny to see the passing vehicles. They are quite surprised seeing me not driving the car but reading a magazine," Wahlstrom, driver. 
Check out this video to see how a legally blind man has also been using these cars to help him gain more autonomy. What was once a figment of our imagination is now quickly turning into a reality. And I thought self-parking cars were mind-blowing! 

What are your thoughts? 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Kate Winslet: Too Sexy For 3D

As many people know, April 15th marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The well-loved film has recently been released in 3D in theaters but China thought Titanic3D might be a bit too intense and opted to censor parts. No, I am not talking about the scenes of the Titanic crashing or the ship flooding; I am referring to Kate Winslet's nude scenes.

To cut to the chase, the Chinese government elected to censor these parts of the movie because they feared that viewers would reach out and try to grab Kate's breasts due to the "realer than most" 3D experience and make the other people in the audience uncomfortable.

Here's the official statement that the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television released:

"Considering the vivid 3D effects, we fear that viewers may reach out their hands for a touch and thus interrupt other people’s viewing."

"To avoid potential conflicts between viewers and out of consideration of building a harmonious ethical social environment, we’ve decided to cut off the nudity scenes"

The scene that bares her breasts has now been replaced with a head-and-shoulders close up (similar to what is seen above). I think we need to give the men a little more credit. Yes, I can understand a sex scene being arousing (especially in 3D) BUT I doubt they would be reaching out to cop a feel. And if they did, I think I would find it to be more funny than offensive.

I will leave you with a comment from an angry and disappointed "Offbeat China" blogger:
"I waited 15 years to see 3D boobs, not 3D iceberg."

I'm sure his heart will go on...

Monday, April 9, 2012

St. Lawrence Market: Nothing Better

Toronto's St. Lawrence Market was recently ranked by National Geographic as the world's best food market!

The complete list of National Geographic's top 10 food markets, ranked from the book Food Journeys of a Lifetime, is as follows:

  1. St. Lawrence Market, Toronto
  2. Union Square Greenmarket, New York City
  3. Castries Market, St. Lucia
  4. Ver-o-Peso, Belem, Brazil
  5. Mercado Central, Santiago, Chile
  6. Kreta Ayer Wet Market, Singapore
  7. Kauppatori, Helsinki, Finland
  8. La Vucciria, Palermo, Italy
  9. Cours Saleya, Nice, France
  10. Borough Market, London, England

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Snapshot of 2011

Australian Scott Jones kisses his Canadian girlfriend Alex Thomas after she was knocked to the ground by a police officer's riot shield in Vancouver, British Columbia. Canadians rioted after the Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and I am going to let these images speak for themselves. Click on the title below to view remarkable images capturing the highs and lows of this year:

Two lights from the former site of the World Trade Centers shine for the 10th anniversary of 9/11

US gay service members march in a gay pride parade for the first time ever.


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