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A list of the past entries in our "Link of the Day" feature:

 31-Oct-14 Spooky books appear just in timeHaunted Winnipeg (Great Plains Publications) is a compendium of Winnipeg's favourite ghost stories, written by Matthew Komus, operator of Winnipeg Ghost Walks and a developer of programs and exhibits at historic sites and museums. Komus delves into ghostly legends at Seven Oaks House, the Fort Garry Hotel, the Pantages Playhouse Theatre and other historic locations.
 30-Oct-14 Really achieving your childhood dreamsIn 2007, Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch, who was dying of pancreatic cancer, delivered a one-of-a-kind last lecture that made the world stop and pay attention. This moving talk will teach you how to really achieve your childhood dreams. Unmissable. (This video was not only an internet sensation viewed by millions, but also a best-selling book available to borrow from RRC Library.)
 23-Oct-14 Google makes us all dumber: The neuroscience of search engines We live in the age of answers. The ancient library at Alexandria was believed to hold the world’s entire store of knowledge. Today, there is enough information in the world for every person alive to be given three times as much as was held in Alexandria’s entire collection —and nearly all of it is available to anyone with an internet connection.
 22-Oct-14 Is Collaborative Storytelling the Next Generation of Blogging?The evolution of blogging from text-based content to a visually-rich medium marks a transformation in the thought process of society. Blogging trends over the years demonstrate a shift in the way that people respond to viral marketing strategies. And in today's mobile world, people are more attracted to pictures and visual graphics than anything else.
 21-Oct-14 How Your Cat Is Making You CrazyJaroslav Flegr is no kook. And yet, for years, he suspected his mind had been taken over by parasites that had invaded his brain. So the prolific biologist took his science-fiction hunch into the lab. What he’s now discovering will startle you. Could tiny organisms carried by house cats be creeping into our brains, causing everything from car wrecks to schizophrenia?
 20-Oct-14 Michael Geist: The Government’s Political Advertising Copyright Exception: Fine Print Shows Proposal Privileges Politicians’ Speech Rights Over the Public Last night I posted on reports that the Canadian government is considering a new copyright exception for political advertising.  While many have been harshly critical of the plans, I’ve noted that political speech is critically important and that copyright law should not be used to stifle it.  My post argues that the law may already cover some of the uses and that if changes are needed, a better approach would be to adopt a fair use provision in Canada.
 17-Oct-14 The bridge between suicide and lifeFor many years Sergeant Kevin Briggs had a dark, unusual, at times strangely rewarding job: He patrolled the southern end of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a popular site for suicide attempts. In a sobering, deeply personal talk Briggs shares stories from those he’s spoken — and listened — to standing on the edge of life. He gives a powerful piece of advice to those with loved ones who might be contemplating suicide.
 16-Oct-14 RSA Shorts - The Power of EmpathyWhat is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? How can you really be there for another person?  In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to get in touch with our own fragilities.
 15-Oct-14 I had a black dog, his name was depressionAt its worst, depression can be a frightening, debilitating condition. Millions of people around the world live with depression. Many of these individuals and their families are afraid to talk about their struggles, and don't know where to turn for help. However, depression is largely preventable and treatable. Recognizing depression and seeking help is the first and most critical towards recovery.
 14-Oct-14 Exercise Is ADHD MedicationThe findings, according to University of Illinois professor Charles Hillman and colleagues, "demonstrate a causal effect of a physical program on executive control, and provide support for physical activity for improving childhood cognition and brain health." If it seems odd that this is something that still needs support, that's because it is odd, yes.
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