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Can Open Relationships Work? And if so, why are they so rare?

OK Cupid director says fewer than 1 percent of young straight people are in publicly open polyamorous relationships.

posted at 11:43 am
on Jun. 30, 2011


Louis Gonzalez III was arrested and imprisoned without bail for a brutal assault. But did he do it?

Chilling story. Reads like a mystery novel.

posted at 11:57 am
on Jun. 29, 2011


13 Brilliantly Sarcastic Signs

Ninja Entry.

posted at 12:45 pm
on Jun. 27, 2011


Letter by an anarchist, explaining why the Vancouver riots were clearly not the work of ‘anarchists’

"As Facebook is gradually revealing, this was more of a drunken holler from the suburbs than a scream from the margins. ... The property damage last week was random. I do not know of many pinkos coveting this season's Coach bag"

posted at 11:06 am
on Jun. 24, 2011


Remote Control Hopping Yodelling Lederhosen toy

I use the word "toy" in kind of the wrong way, here. Did I mention the remote is in the shape of a bratwurst

posted at 10:46 am
on Jun. 24, 2011


Would you like to live at YVR airport for 80 days, being unable to leave the island? NOW YOU CAN!

Is it a contest, or a sentence?

posted at 10:03 pm
on Jun. 23, 2011


A whisky tasting tour of The Isle Of Arran, led by ‘Whisky Bible’ author Jim Murray

It's like getting a tour of the Louvre, led by Jean Jaques Ingres.

posted at 11:50 am
on Jun. 23, 2011


My Buddy, My Buddy, where ever I go, he goes…

Just a little nostalgia that I woke up with in my head this morning

posted at 11:48 am
on Jun. 22, 2011


Is it legal to ‘out’ rioters or ID them as criminals, especially if they’re under 18?

Short answer: not really. Though helping to identify them is a good thing, at a certain point, the justice system has to do what it's supposed to do.

posted at 7:25 pm
on Jun. 20, 2011


Canada switching to polymer bills by 2013, starting with the new $100

More plastic. Hope it's BPA free.

posted at 7:21 pm
on Jun. 20, 2011

Permalink conference: World’s oceans in ‘shocking’ decline

Not particularly well-sourced, though scary...

posted at 5:38 pm
on Jun. 20, 2011


One of the Vancouver rioters has posted a public apology, and responds to the “social media mob”

camillecacnio: "I want to shed light onto the thought process that was in my head so that maybe you can all get a little bit of an understanding and sympathize for people like me, who made wrong decisions but have now become victims of this social media form of mob mentality." Uh, no. You're not a victim.

posted at 12:25 pm
on Jun. 20, 2011


An intense collection of Dr Who Girl’s Knickers by a moderately odd man

This pleases me for several reasons, none of which has to do with the actual purpose of the site. I love that the Internet allows my friends to share things like this with me, I love that people are so wonderfully weird, I love that Doctor Who has been around for so long, and I love the human voice running through the whole site. The knickers themselves, ehh. smile

posted at 3:00 pm
on Jun. 17, 2011


Love among the ruins: Richard Lam discusses his ‘Vancouver Riot Kiss’ photo

Truly an amazing shot.

posted at 1:58 pm
on Jun. 16, 2011


Shaw starts DNS Hijacking - making money off your typos

I use OpenDNS so haven't verified this myself.

posted at 2:00 pm
on Jun. 14, 2011


Feeling sad for reasons I will not speak of (#cantnucks)? This CUUUUUTE ukelele kid will help

I guarantee you will smile at least four times.

posted at 11:49 am
on Jun. 14, 2011


Hungry Man Pizza Lady—some profanity

heh heh

posted at 10:48 am
on Jun. 13, 2011


50,000 people sued by USCG for BitTorrent downloads of ‘The Hurt Locker’ and ‘Expendables’

If 10,000 people settle for $2,000 each, 'The Hurt Locker' will earn more from suing than it did at the box office.

posted at 10:53 am
on Jun. 10, 2011


Did you know, the man who invented the Pringles can, was buried in one?

No word on whether he was pressed into chip shapes first.

posted at 10:43 am
on Jun. 10, 2011


eBay acquires e-commerce (online store) software maker Magento

This should be ... well, possibly good, definitely interesting. Why does eBay want a tool that lets people set up their own online stores? (Why did they want Skype?)

posted at 11:34 am
on Jun. 6, 2011


Maybe if we dance like this guy, summer will show up. Hey, it COULD work.

Where are you, man, WE NEED YOU NOW!

posted at 11:30 am
on Jun. 3, 2011


Has Bigelow’s Constant Comment Tea been discontinued? I can’t find it anywhere in Vancouver.

And Susie is having withdrawal.

posted at 11:03 am
on Jun. 3, 2011


Video: A Boston Bruins Fan in Vancouver (about 3 minutes, moderately funny)

heh heh heh. Accents.

posted at 11:07 am
on Jun. 2, 2011


Nurse who ministers they dying, reveals the top 5 regrets people make on their deathbed

Live a true life, work less, express your feelings, stay in touch with friends, be happier.

posted at 10:08 am
on Jun. 1, 2011



“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

...who said it?

“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

...who said it?

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

...who said it?

“I play with variables constantly.”

...who said it?

“Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

...who said it?

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