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Renewing a Book

Tried to renew a book through the Greater Victoria Public Library and received this error:

Oh Myyy! image

Oh Myyy!

It is so cute! It is the standard library message, but since the name of the book really is Oh Myyy, by George Takai, it looks great!

Protected: Archive: Message to the kids from 2005

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Article: Uptalk

Fascinating article about the origins of Uptalk. After reading it, I will attribute it to the Vikings. I used to think it was a distinctly Canadian thing. Obviously not.

BBC News: 10 theories on how uptalk originated – the habit of making statements sound like questions

Remembering: Carla Louise Boe

Went to a Celebration of Life at a campground just south of Duncan in the Cowichan Valley for Carla Louise Boe. I did not know her, but it was also to be a reunion of her pets. We have Annie (registered name: ExcessBaggage Annika), a Swedish Vallhund, who needed to be placed in a good home after Carla’s death. I was unfamiliar with the breed previously.

The only other dog of Carla’s to be brought to this gathering was Mikkael. It was great to see him.

Help: How to import Contacts into Microsoft Outlook 2013

Create a .csv: Log into CRM -> Select by tag/other indicator -> Export as Excel -> Open and edit -> Save as .csv

Open Outlook 2013

Create a folder/address book in Microsoft Outlook 2013: Lower left of navigation pane is … for Advanced -> Folders -> Contacts (This computer only) -> New Folder (right click) -> Rename (to rename) & Properties to define.

Import Contacts: File -> Open & Export -> Import / Export -> Import from another program or file -> Comma Separated Values -> Browse -> Options (pick about duplicates) -> Next (select a folder near the top, under Contacts -> Next -> Map Custom Fields -> (Click and drag if any missing) -> OK -> Finish.

Test: Create an email to test.

An Effective Way to Help the Third World: Peepoople

Peepoople’s products are portable, biodegradable, single-use toilets, serving the target markets of impovished people, disaster areas, and refugee areas. As the website states:

Peepoo is a personal, single-use, self-sanitising, fully biodegradable toilet that prevents faeces from contaminating the immediate area as well as the surrounding ecosystem. After use, Peepoo turns into valuable fertiliser that can improve livelihoods and increase food security.

This seems a much more effective way to truly help those in the Third world, instead of  vaccinations or supplying shoes.

Read more at: Peepoople.com

Study: Soft tissue and bone infections from puncture wounds in children

A research study from way back in 1997 found that if people puncture their feet, they are more likely to get infections because of their shoes, because of the puncturing object going through the bacteria-laden medium of the shoe, and injecting the bacteria deep into the foot. The article states:

There was no significant difference in the prevalence of osteomyelitis and soft tissue infection based on footwear (tennis versus other shoes). There were no cases of osteomyelitis among barefoot children… was strongly associated with the wearing of tennis shoes, … None of the barefoot patients in our study had osteomyelitis. …a pseudomonas infection…did not develop in any barefoot patient. These data seem to support the theory that P aeruginosa does not grow on puncture objects, but rather is intimately associated with shoe gear.

Consequently it is safer and healthier to go barefoot.

Read the article: Soft tissue and bone infections from puncture wounds in children.