Saturday, February 22, 2014

Saturday News

Contents of This Week:

Def'n: Why Use Wikipedia in SSTattler

SSTattler: Encyclopaedia ---> Wikipedia vs Britannica
                by statista @ Creative Commons in 2012
This battle for survival is even clearer when viewed against the behemoth that is Wikipedia vs. Britannica. The Internet’s free and open encyclopaedia and sixth highest ranked website in the world benefits from almost 200 times the number of contributors (751,426 vs 4,000) and 60 times the number of articles (3,890,000 vs 65,000). The vast majority of people searching information will and do choose a free Wikipedia over the $70 cost of an annual subscription for Britannica.
Hmmm - My wallet is little bare - I will use Wikipedia for SSTattler at least for now.

See the article: Encyclopaedia Britannica vs Wikipedia: A Battle Already Lost?

Wikipedia From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The logo of Wikipedia, a globe featuring
glyphs from several writing systems
Wikipedia (wik-i-pee-dee-ə) is a collaboratively edited, multilingual, free Internet encyclopedia that the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation supports. Volunteers worldwide collaboratively write Wikipedia's 30 million articles in 287 languages, including over 4.4 million in the English Wikipedia. Anyone who can access the site can edit almost any of its articles, which on the Internet comprise the largest and most popular general reference work, ranking sixth globally among all websites on Alexa with an estimated 365 million readers.

Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger launched Wikipedia on January 15, 2001, the latter creating its name Wikipedia, from a portmanteau of wiki (a type of collaborative website, from the Hawaiian word wiki, meaning "quick") and encyclopedia.

Wikipedia's departure from the expert-driven style of encyclopedia-building and the presence of much unacademic content have received extensive attention in print media. In 2006, Time magazine recognized Wikipedia's participation in the rapid growth of online collaboration and interaction by millions of people around the world, in addition to YouTube, Reddit, MySpace, and Facebook. Wikipedia has also become known as a news source because of the rapid update of articles related to breaking news.

Video: Why Use Wikipedia in SSTattler

1. Introduction 

Is Wikipedia a Credible Source?

Published on Oct 4, 2013

It's the go-to website for information on just about anything. But is the info on Wikipedia worth it's weight in megabytes? Trace has the answer and tells us about a new plan to up the accuracy of some of its most popular pages.

Read More: UCSF First U.S. Medical School to Offer Credit For Wikipedia Articles
"UC San Francisco soon will be the first U.S. medical school at which medical students can earn academic credit for editing medical content on Wikipedia."
Medical Students Can Now Earn Credit for Editing Wikipedia
"Starting this winter, medical students at the University of California San Francisco will be able to obtain academic credit from an unlikely source: Wikipedia."
Using Wikipedia
"As a tool for scholarly research, Wikipedia can be either a grade-killer or a valuable friend, depending on who you ask and what you hope to accomplish using it. What is fairly certain is that your professor won't let you cite it in a scholarly research paper."
Citing Wikipedia
Most university lecturers discourage students from citing any encyclopedia in academic work, preferring primary sources; some specifically prohibit Wikipedia citations. Wales stresses that encyclopedias of any type are not usually appropriate to use as citeable sources, and should not be relied upon as authoritative."
Special Report Internet encyclopaedias go head to head
"Jimmy Wales' Wikipedia comes close to Britannica in terms of the accuracy of its science entries, a Nature investigation finds."
Britannica attacks... and we respond.

Watch More: Are We All Internet Addicts?

Scientists Vs Internet Trolls

7 NEW Wonders Of the World:

DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories & perspectives you won't find anywhere else! New videos twice daily.

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Saturday Comics

For Better and For Worse
Lynn Johnston - 2014/02/16

"Am so! I was grunting, wasn't I ?!!"
Scott Adams - 2014/02/16

"...this image of an old shoe in a storm drain?"

Charles Schulz - 2014/02/16

"Hello kite-eating tree!" 

Garry Trudeau - 2014/02/16

"As Iraq continues to slip into sectarian violence..."

** I tried to get low or free price at the people for the images for the cartoons. It was too high for Stroke Survivors Tattler i.e. we are not a regular newspaper and our budget is very low. Fortunately, you will have to do only 1-click more to see the cartoon image, it is legit and it is free using and
Note: Now SSTattler are running cartoons starting on previous Sunday.

Eclectic Stuff

Definition: Eclectic(noun) a person who derives ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.

Two Aphasiacs Walked in to a Bar...

Grace Carpenter
My Happy Stroke
Sunday, May 23, 2010

Today dad and I went to an aphasia support group and picnic. As my therapist said, a group of aphasics can be really loud!

I go to speech therapy  for my aphasia 4x a week with my great teachers at Spaulding. For example, this post took me about an hour (even more) to complete.

Aphasia (pronounced /əˈfeɪʒə/ or pronounced /əˈfeɪziə/) is an acquired language disorder in which there is an impairment of any language modality. This may include difficulty in producing or comprehending spoken or written language. (From Wikipedia.)

Boston University has an Aphasia Resource Center that's been running for 20 years.

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By the Book

Barb Polan
Barb's Recovery
4th January 2012

Like many bloggers, I am a writer, and writing blog entries is the best way for me to respond to what has happened to me. If I were an artist, my coping would probably involve creating artwork; a football player, I'd be bulking back up; if a bus driver, getting my license back.

In my 30 years as a writer - both studying and practicing - I have written 4 novels that were never published. Part of that is because they suck. I gave up fiction-writing when I realized I was getting to the point of being pathetic. Giving up is not one of my deep-inside characteristics; in fact, I am the opposite - I tend to stay the course through every storm, promising myself that I will hold out through whatever the trouble is. I compromised, though, by considering John Updike's point of view. As both a writer and an editor, Updike saw writing as sailing on the open ocean, while editing is "hugging the shore." So, I became an editor. It wasn't that clear-cut at the time: the newspaper that employed me as a reporter needed an editor and selected me: I was reliable, a solid writer, met every deadline, and, after a bit of feedback, could successfully edit my own articles, which I have found to be the most challenging editing task because I am attached to each phrase I write and I know exactly what I mean by it.

"Giving up" was something everyone advised me to not do. Friends and family members encouraged me to be persistent and not give up writing fiction; they told me the story of Theodor Seuss Geisel having a book rejected hundreds of times - as the legend goes, while Wikipedia claims it to have been 27 times - before one publisher took a chance and published "To Think I saw it on Mulberry Street," one of the Seuss books I did not memorize as a child. I memorized others to prove that I could read, on which there was pressure to do early in our family. As proof, I would sit on the floor of the bedroom I shared with my sister with a book in my lap and recite the story, keeping my eyes focussed on each page. And I thought it was even more convincing to turn the page at the correct spot in the text, so I figured that out too. Agreed, I was a self-confident show-off at a young age.

Stroke and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Peter G. Levine
Stronger After Stroke Blog
Sunday, December 25, 2011

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is something that's often touted to help stroke recovery. HBOT involves the breathing of pure oxygen while in a sealed chamber. The oxygen is  pressurized at 1-1/2 to 3 times normal atmospheric pressure.

HBOT is used medically for the effective treatment of
  • decompression sickness (commonly known as "the bends")
  • severe carbon monoxide poisoning
  • certain kinds of wounds, injuries, and skin infections
  • certain infections
Does it work in stroke? Bottom line: There is insufficient evidence to recommend its use. And it does come with risks.

It may work but the ducks get in the way...

Frustrated by a Right Handed World

Rebecca Dutton
Home After a Stroke
July 18, 2011

I was right-handed until a stroke paralyzed my right side.  Now that my left hand is my dominant hand I've learned the world discriminates against left-handed people.  Switching hand dominance at 58 years old was an eye opener.  The aggravation goes beyond right-handed (1) scissors and (2) can openers.  (3) The shutter button on cameras is always on the right.  When I hold a camera with my left hand a finger often covers the lens when my index finger depresses the shutter button.  (4) Computer labs make sure there is room to maneuver a mouse on the right side, but don't always leave room on the left.  (5)  Left-handed drivers have to reach around or through the steering wheel to put the key in the ignition which is always on the right.  (6) Many credit card machines put the slot you swipe your card through on the right side.  When the slot is on the top, left-handed people have to push the card away from their dominant side unless the card can be swiped in either direction.  The plastic stylus you sign with is frequently attached to the right side with a very short cord.

(7)  Before my stroke my right hand used to close a jar by turning the lid clockwise and the back of my fingers used to get closer to my forearm (see photo on left).  Now that I use my left hand to turn the lid it's my thumb that gets closer to my forearm.  This new wrist position doesn't match 50 years of muscle memory.  It took me three years to stop making a lid tighter when I wanted to loosen it.

Left handers I've talked to say they solve these problems by using their right hand.  The only advantage left-handed people have is the QWERTY layout of a keyboard.  You can type thousands of words on the left side of the keyboard with the the left hand but can type only a few hundred words on the right side with the right hand (  (8) Deciding which hand to write with is only the beginning.  Left-handed people have to decide which hand to use until the day they die.

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Who Knew?

Pamela Hsieh
Rehab Revolution
28 April 2010

All right, so even though rehab revolution is not meant to be an academic resource, I am by nature an academic and artistic person. And because I want to transition all the stock photos I've put up on this site so far into photos and drawings of my own (knowing what this country has come to in the world of copyright and lawsuits), I decided to start with what I used to refer to always, generically, as "the medical symbol." You may for now refer to it at the bottom of the righthand sidebar on the site as follows:

Because I'd just found this picture randomly on Google Image search, I thought it would be a good idea to come up with my own version of this by drawing it out by hand -- and out of my incessant curiosity, after sketching four different renditions of it, I decided to look up the semiotics of the symbol.

Apparently, we here in North America have had it wrong all along! This symbol is called the caduceus and has obvious Greek [er, mythological] roots, but interestingly enough was linked to Hermes rather than Hippocrates and carried connotations of some pretty shady behaviors. Now, admittedly, my source is Wikipedia, which university professors of all subjects will shun as a valid resource -- but check out the lengthy list of references in the article. And the following snippet:

Why Is There No Stroke Blogosphere?

Dean Reinke
Deans' Stroke Musing
Thursday, October 17, 2013

SSTattler: Dean often quotes Wikipedia!

There are lots of stroke survivors writing and commenting but I have yet to find any stroke doctors out there, Toni Patt and Peter Levine seem to be the only therapy related bloggers.

Brooks Rehabilitation and International Journal of Stroke exist but do not engage in any discussions that I can see.

Considering all the bomb throwing I've done I'm surprised I've gotten no pushback.  I doubt that I'm so perfectly accurate that there is no defense against my comments.

My take is that doctors are embarrassed about the lack of recovery they can provide, and the indefensible state of stroke protocols.

I would think there would be massive discussions on the 12% efficacy of tPA and the appalling  10% full recovery rate. Why those problems exist and how to correct them.

Wikipedia defines the blogosphere.

You can see an analysis of the neuroscience blogosphere Why Is There No Neuroscience Blogosphere.

Why does the neuroscience blogosphere suck?

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Twitter & Facebook...

John C. Anderson
Stroke Survivors Tattler
This is a brief introduction to Twitter & Facebook on Stroke Survivors Tattler.  A couple of years ago a had personal Facebook for "John C. Anderson" and I wrote very little.  A month ago, a nice lady approached me and she said "I want to build a Tweeter account about 'stroke' and I like the name '@StrokeTattler' - can I use it?".  In about an hour (and several cups of coffee) I was convinced!

Her rules are very simple:
  • She will get the name "@StrokeTattler" Twitter account (and she did),
  • I will installed a link from SSTattler to @StrokeTattler,
  • She will control the subject i.e. stroke survivors, caregivers, physiotherapy, occupational therapist, doctors,...
  • She will reply via tweet everyday,
  • Call her if I have any problems (so far nothing!).
She started @StrokeTattler of the first "followers" is @SarahBScotty (I think most people know Sarah) and now only in three weeks there are 86 followers - and more people are coming in the future!

I re-started Facebook for people want to be "friend" of "John C. Anderson" - I will include all people with knowledge about "stroke" - stroke survivors, caregivers,  physiotherapy, occupational therapist, doctors,... (and even relatives of mine that they have the knowledge about "stroke").  I "re-tweet" from @StrokeTattler to Facebook with SSTattler  automatic.

*** ---> I'm a beginner for Facebook, so any advice I will welcome it - just call me or e-mail

Take a look about Social Networking Service especially blog (SSTattler), twitter (@StrokeTattler), Facebook (Stroke Survivors Tattler aka John C. Anderson) if you are interested.

Trunk Ataxia

Amy Shissler
My Cerebellar Stroke Recovery
Feb 16, 2014

I told a couple of people that I would research trunk ataxia and see if I could make any specific suggestions other than just strengthening the trunk.  I never had trunk ataxia.  I had ataxia BAD, still do but it’s not so bad anymore, and it did not affect my trunk.  It affected my right arm and leg.  I have a friend who has significant ataxia in the trunk and told me that for a while, she felt her trunk shaking even when she was just sitting down.

Here’s what I think……………… balance exercises would be extremely important because balancing engages the postural muscles.  But balance exercises require standing….and balancing….and that’s too much to ask of some people.  Soooo here’s an exercise that I used to give to people right after back surgery to help engage, be aware of, and strengthen those muscles.  It’s fun and it’s a mental game too.  Ok maybe I’m stretching the truth by calling it fun.  Lie on your back and put a blood pressure cuff under your low back.  Then inflate the cuff to about 80 mmHg.  Then you contract both the muscles in your belly and in your low back.  They work together.  Once these muscles are contracted, you do leg lifts and different things with your limbs while trying to keep the blood pressure cuff at 80.  Ataxia is a problem with control and this exercise is all about controlling those muscles.  Also, the breath of fire in Kundalini Yoga gives your abs a workout like you wouldn’t believe.

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Annual Check on Brain

A Year of Living In My Head
Saturday, February 15, 2014

I had my annual review of "what is going on in my head".  This entails getting a MRI, and then comparing it to the previous year.  Boy, you get to a certain age the annual visits for mammograms, gynecology forays, dentists and throw in neurologist for the heck of it visits take up time, and money.

My meningioma was treated by gamma knife December of 2011.  I don't recommend this treatment NOW, now that I know the end result, but I was not fully operating at full awareness and felt the pressure to do something. Something to retard the tumor growth going on in my head. And, for the record, the tumor and stroke are unrelated.  I was aiming for balance, since both are on opposite sides of my head.  Just kidding on this, but really, when you get hit with a tumor and stroke, can you do much more than laugh or cry or yell? I did the other stuff, and ended up with the laughter. Reminds me not to take myself to seriously.

She’d be better off DEAD!

Kate Allatt
A Rocky Stroke Recovery
February 16, 2014

My husband said he was told ‘she’d probably be better off dead,’ by medics back in ICU in February 2010.

Eddie Pleban wrote this relation to what the medics said to his loved-ones when he had his stroke…

‘Only 48 hrs to live, he may never walk, talk, swallow again, he may have his trach In for life, he may have his PEG for life, he will never climb a mountain again. I now live a nearly normal life with out any of the above and I’ve climbed a peak in Deryshire. Three years post stroke.’

Heidi Davies wrote this…

‘My husband was told ‘you have a difficult decision to make’ i.e. Switch me off, baring in mind it was only a couple of hours after my stroke, then a couple of days later he was told ‘you’ll need to do everything for her’, it will be 5 years in June, I’m still here and like everyone else proved them wrong. Shame they have to look at the negative.’

Andrew Woodgate posted on Twitter:

Happy Valentine's Day

Jo Murphey
The Murphey Saga
Friday, February 14, 2014

For a holiday that the card and candy companies thought up to drum up business, it's a happy day for me personally. I'm going to get mushy here.

Today is the 22-year anniversary of my husband asking me to be his bride. It has been a short and long time. If I had known what would transpire, would have said "yes" all those years ago? Yep! Because for better or worse, and in spite all the garbage that flushed through the pipes he is still my beloved.

Marriage is about give and take and bringing out the best of each other. Good and bad has a way ofbalancing out in the long scheme of things. I thank my ex-husband each and every day (although we rarely speak) for the bad marriage we had because I probably would not have appreciated my reward for going through the hell I went through with him. Yes, sometimes you have to suffer the bad to appreciate the good.

The saying, "you don't appreciate what you've got until it's gone" isn't true if you embrace what you've got daily. If you've got a relationship that you are committed to, that good or bad is more valuable as a whole, and you've found your soul mate stick with it. I've got that. I've got my knight in shining armor ready to battle against the whole world for me. A man who will stand beside me even if we disagree. I will miss that when it's gone. Will I really appreciate it when it's gone? No because I'll always be able to refer back to it.

So honey, this blog is for you. I don't write romance, but when you live the life we've lived who needs books.

Happy Valentine's Day y'all!

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My Ataxia

Grace Carpenter
My Happy Stroke
Monday, February 17, 2014

There's a stunning lack of data about recovery for someone who's in my situation--healthy (pre-stroke); in their forties; and more than a year out from the stroke.  Often I just make up my own theories about the process of recovery.

For instance, I have ataxia (Amy's blog talks about cerebellar ataxia, but from what I understand, my stroke didn't touch my cerebellum). My physiatrist has noted my ataxia seems more noticeable now than a few years ago, but we haven't talked about why that might happen.

This is my theory about it: the ataxia is a good sign of pushing to the limits of my range of movement. Very slowly, I'm gaining more range of movement. But each millimeter (or so) of increased range takes a huge amount of effort and exercise. It takes a while for my muscles and joints get used to the new way of moving. The ataxia gets better with exercise -- until I gain a tiny bit more of range of movement, and the cycle will start again.

That's my theory.

I made a video to show how tiny changes of position can set off my ataxia. The video is probably confusing, because I blabber on about "good" and "bad" positions. When I say a position is "bad," I mean that I'm compensating a lot for weak muscles (even though most viewers can't see much a difference); a "good" position challenges my stability--leading to more strength in the long run. I think.

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A Little Girl Went to Her Bedroom and Pulled a Glass Jelly Jar...

Monty Becker
Stroke Survivors Tattler
SSTattler: In Edmonton the story is a little bit different but close enough...

A little girl went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar from its hiding place in the closet.  She poured the change out on the floor and counted it carefully. Three times, even. The total had to be exactly perfect... No chance here for mistakes.

Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting on the cap, she slipped out the back door and made her way 6 blocks to Rexall's Drug Store with the big red Indian Chief sign above the door.

She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention, but he was too busy at this moment. Tess twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise. Nothing. She cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound she could muster. No good. Finally she took a quarter from her jar and banged it on the glass counter. That did it!

'And what do you want?' the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone of voice... 'I'm talking to my brother from Chicago whom I haven't seen in ages,' he said without waiting for a reply to his question.

'Well, I want to talk to you about my brother,' Tess answered back in the same annoyed tone. 'He's really, really sick....and I want to buy a miracle.'

'I beg your pardon?' said the pharmacist.

'His name is Andrew and he has something bad growing inside his head and my Daddy says only a miracle can save him now. So how much does a miracle cost?'

'We don't sell miracles here, little girl. I'm sorry but I can't help you,' the pharmacist said, softening a little.

'Listen, I have the money to pay for it... If it isn't enough, I will get the rest. Just tell me how much it costs.'

The pharmacist's brother was a well-dressed man. He stooped down and asked the little girl, 'What kind of a miracle does your brother need?'

' I don't know,' Tess replied with her eyes welling up 'I just know he's really sick and Mommy says he needs an operation. But my Daddy can't pay for it, so I want to use my money.'

'How much do you have?' asked the man from Chicago.

'One dollar and eleven cents,' Tess answered barely audible. 'And it's all the money I have, but I can get some more if I need to.'

'Well, what a coincidence,' smiled the man. 'A dollar and eleven cents --- the exact price of a miracle for little brothers.'

He took her money in one hand and with the other hand he grasped her mitten and said 'Take me to where you live. I want to see your brother and meet your parents. Let's see if I have the miracle you need.'

That well-dressed man was Dr. Carlton Armstrong, a surgeon, specializing in neuro-surgery. The operation was completed free of charge and it wasn't long until Andrew was home again and doing well.

Mom and Dad were happily talking about the chain of events that had led them to this place.

'That surgery,' her Mom whispered. 'was a real miracle. I wonder how much it would have cost?'

Tess smiled. She knew exactly how much a miracle cost... one dollar and eleven cents... plus the faith of a little child.

Delay Tactics and Fishing Expeditions

The Pink House On The Corner
Saturday, February 15, 2014

So the Defense has gone to court seeking a "continuance" and the judge granted it and has delayed our court date now until July 7th...

Meanwhile, they have kept me hopping with all sorts of new "demands" and "interrogatories", the latter being lists of questions to be answered and then notarized and sent back, which is not only a huge pain in the butt, but expensive. And a lot of these questions have been answered before...

Among the demands, they want copies of every photo taken of Bob since 2005! Plus they requested my medical records -- yes, me, they want all my medical records since 2005! Which, truth be told, I don't have any--as I don't have health insurance and haven't had it for years, and the last time I saw a doctor (on my own behalf, not on Bob's!) was somewhere around 2003-- BUT what do MY MEDICAL RECORDS got to do with this case??? And they have been requesting more medical records on Bob, from places he's never been to (like a local clinic for the indigent) and from doctors he's never seen, some 150 miles away -- and it really appears, to me, they are on a desperate fishing expedition....

Well, all of this, has certainly been keeping me busy!  Especially the photos, as they want digital copies, and the older ones are the old fashion kind, so they all had to be scanned into a computer.

I think it was actually worth all of the work, as the photos will benefit us more than them--as the Defense seems to be trying to paint of picture of Bob being very disabled after a small stroke he had in 2003.  And our photos paint a very different picture --- like this one, showing Bob on the roof, painting the house in 2006!

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Don't Stop. Don't Stagnate. Don't Let a Lull Convince You Recovery Has Ended.

Peter G. Levine
Stronger After Stroke Blog
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

What about "Long-Term Rehab Management of Stroke"? What do we know about stroke recovery as we get into months and years and decades?

What does this post have 
to do with this girl? 
The first thing we know is that its nonsense to believe that recovery has some sort of expiration date. I like the idea of someone coasting for a month or longer and then recommitting themselves to recovery. Its never too late.

What does tend to happen is "adaptation." The word refers to the notion that if you do the same techniques you get the same results. Survivors and therapists can both cause adaptation. Therapists can get used to what they use and go automatic and unimaginative with treatments. Survivors can get lazy and not push against their present abilities.

Bottom line: There is good  evidence in the research that so-called "chronic" survivors can continue to make progress.

Don't stop. Don't stagnate. Don't let a lull convince you recovery has ended.

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Early Treatment for Depression: Stroke Prevention?

Jeff Porter
Stroke Of Faith
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Depression can be serious and needs to be taken seriously. With seriousness comes treatment, which, according to this article, could actually prevent a stroke or heart attack:
  • Patients who had no evidence of heart disease at the study start who received antidepressants and therapy for their depression almost halved their risk of a heart attack or stroke during the eight years of the study, compared with the standard care group, the researchers found.
  • "Ultimately, this line of research could produce a new approach to preventing cardiovascular disease," said study author Jesse Stewart, an associate professor of psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis."
There's a great temptation to look away of the problem of depression, to avoid treatment. This article can open your eyes to the importance of early treatment.

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How Moses Got The 10 Commandments

Jackie Poff
Stroke Survivors Tattler
God went to the Arabs and said, 'I have Commandments for you that will make your lives better.'
The Arabs asked, 'What are Commandments?'
And the Lord said, 'They are rules for living.'
'Can you give us an example?'
'Thou shall not kill.'
'Not kill? We're not interested...'

So He went to the Blacks and said, 'I have Commandments.'
The Blacks wanted an example, and the Lord said,
'Honor thy Father and Mother.'
'Father? We don't know who our fathers are. 
We're not interested...'

Then He went to the Mexicans and said,
'I have Commandments.'
The Mexicans also wanted an example, and the Lord said 'Thou shall not steal.'
'Not steal? We're not interested...'

Then He went to the French and said, 'I have Commandments.'
The French too wanted an example and the Lord said, 'Thou shall not commit adultery.'
'Sacre bleu!!! Not commit adultery? We're not interested...'

Finally, He went to the Jews and said, 'I have Commandments..'
'Commandments?' They said, 'How much are they?'
'They're free.'
'We'll take 10.'

There. That, should piss off just about everybody...

Jimmy Wales: How a Ragtag Band Created Wikipedia

Uploaded on Jan 16, 2007 Jimmy Wales recalls how he assembled "a ragtag band of volunteers," gave them tools for collaborating and created Wikipedia, the self-organizing, self-correcting, never-finished online encyclopedia.

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RMR: Rick and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Published on Feb 5, 2014

Rick conducts Canada's
premiere symphonic ensemble 
at Roy Thomson Hall.

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Saturday News

Contents of This Week:

Def'n: Snowshoes for Stroke Survivor

Snowshoe From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

SSTattler: Great for stroke survivors, no poles required, walk anywhere, no expertise in skiing, gimp leg is fine, ...

A pair of modern snowshoes
Traditional snowshoe
A snowshoe is footwear for walking over the snow. Snowshoes work by distributing the weight of the person over a larger area so that the person's foot does not sink completely into the snow, a quality called "flotation".

Traditional snowshoes have a hardwood frame with rawhide lacings. Some modern snowshoes are similar, but most are made of materials such as lightweight metal, plastic, and synthetic fabric. In addition to distributing the weight, snowshoes are generally raised at the toe for maneuverability. They must not accumulate snow, hence the latticework, and require bindings to attach them to the feet.

In the past, snowshoes were essential tools for fur traders, trappers and anyone whose life or living depended on the ability to get around in areas of deep and frequent snowfall, and they remain necessary equipment for forest rangers and others who must be able to get around areas inaccessible to motorized vehicles when the snow is deep. However, today snowshoes are mainly used for recreation, primarily by hikers and runners who like to continue their hobby in wintertime. Snowshoeing is easy to learn, and in appropriate conditions is a relatively safe and inexpensive recreational activity. However, snowshoeing in icy, steep terrain is more dangerous.

Video: Snowshoes for Stroke Survivors

SSTattler: This articles it is for stroke survivors and usually a beginner with snowshoes. There are a hundreds from sprints of 100m to the 100km "Iditashoe" if you want to see it on hundreds of YouTube... BTW we even have DIY snowshoes at the last video YT. Thanks BST.

Snowshoe Adventure in Edmonton @ Whitemud Park

Published on Dec 9, 2013

Sarolta Saskiw takes us on a frigidly festive snowshoe adventure.

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Saturday Comics

For Better and For Worse
Lynn Johnston - 2014/02/09

"You can go ahead an' talk about us, mom!"
Scott Adams - 2014/02/09

"Only if you are prepared for your ritual shaming."

Charles Schulz - 2014/02/09

"Here you are, Snoopy. There's even..." 

Garry Trudeau - 2014/02/09

"I don't see how this day could get any better!"

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Note: Now SSTattler are running cartoons starting on previous Sunday.

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Lecture About Snowshoeing at Mountain Equipment Co-op

Carrie Lewis
Stroke Survivors Tattler
John C. Anderson
Stroke Survivors Tattler
Carrie gave me advice to try snowshoes about 2 years ago but I was too busy -- naval gazing, thumbs twiddling, ..., and basically I thought it was very dull.  But eventual in early in February I went to MEC and I bought "Basic Illustrated Snowshoeing" for $11.00 Cdn + tax.  It is 102 pages and the author is Eli Burakian, a professional photographer and he lives Vermont.  The book has large font and it took only about an hour to absorb it -- I was hooked!  The first paragraph in the Introduction:
Boy, have you got some fun in store!  You are now taking the first steps through a door, beyond which lie infinite possibilities in snow-based enjoyment. Snowshoes, quite simply, make it much more efficient to travel though snow-covered terrain. The winter world is your oyster, and now you have the means to explore nature in locations and environments that may have previously seemed inaccessible.
I called Carrie and I told her "I'm ready to go but if you have a second pairs of snowshoes?"  Of course she said,  "lets go tomorrow at Hawrelak Park."  I've got lots of skiing experience but I was dubious about snowshoes - I have a problem with a gimp leg and I can run but very slowly.  Carrie told me she thought it was not a problem - lets try it anyway. Well, we went for about an hour and it was a blast.  It is not a problem for stroke survivors - the only requirement is you need to walk.

That evening I was registered on the MEC seminar for Snowshoe by Monika Owczarek.  I was little lazy about the title "Snowshoe Running 101..." - I did not read "...Running...".  Her lecture for snowshoes is great anyway, even you are a beginner.  She talked before the lecture and told about various type of snowshoes, the kind of various sport snowshoes, buy vs rent, recreational, running, mountaineering, ..,  Here is about her lecture and her brief biography:

MEC Expert Seminar:
      Snowshoe Running 101 with Monika Owczarek

Price: Free

This free seminar will be hosted by Monika Owczarek, Canada’s snowshoe running champion, who has represented Canada at four World Championships. In this informative seminar, you will learn the differences in snowshoes available, how to wear your snowshoes, what apparel is required, training tips, and the best spots to snowshoe run in Edmonton.

This seminar is for anyone who wants to know how to start snowshoe running, or for those who would like to improve their technique and do more of this sport.

More about Monika:
Monika Owczarek
  • Four-time World Snowshoe racing Qualifier – 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Canadian Snowshoe Running Champion
  • Provincial Trail Running Champion – B.C. 5 Peaks Series
  • 3rd female – Dion Frontenac Snowshoe race Ontario 2012
  • 1st female – Yeti snowshoe race Ontario 2012
  • 1st female - Grouse Mountain Snowshoe race
  • World Duathlon Championships – 2nd Canadian Female in Age group
  • Top 10 at World Snowshoe Invitational during the Vancouver Olympic Winter games
  • 3rd female – Grouse Mountain snowshoe race
  • 3rd female – Self-Transcendence Duathlon