Archive for March, 2012
Friday, March 30th, 2012
The federal budget was announced yesterday, along with the decision to get rid of the penny. Now, it makes sense – it costs 1.6 cents to make a coin that’s only worth one – but I was a little confused as to how this would work.
The Canadian Mint will stop making pennies this fall. They’re still going to be legal tender, so no stressing about the change jar at home suddenly being worthless. If you still have pennies on you when you’re shopping, you can use them, but if you don’t prices will have to be rounded up or down. So, $1.02 will become $1 and $1.03 will be $1.05. Payments with debit, credit cards (or cheques if you’re stuck in 1983) will be paid out to the penny.
Some people think it’s about time the penny disapeared. Some are not so thrilled. I had to giggle at this tweet from the Canadian Penny itself though:
Monday, March 19th, 2012
If you guessed have two people pour paint on each other and have sex on a canvas, you got it!
The artist, Alexander Esguerra, woke up after a very active hook up, took a look at the chaos in his bedroom and wanted to capture it in a painting. He’s since had almost 50 different couples bump and grind to create his series Love and Paint.
I love this advise from one of the “painters”, Natalia: “Put your hair up. It’s easier to get the paint off your body.”
How would you feel about telling people how you made that fantastic painting hanging over your mantle with some wild and crazy sex?
Thursday, March 8th, 2012
Everyone knew it was coming: the new iPad. Not an iPad 3 or iPad HD; just an iPad. (A lot of people are making a big deal about that, but think about the iPod. No matter what updates they roll out, they just usually call them an iPod.) Pre-orders for the new iPad started yesterday and it will be available on March 16th.
It doesn’t have any substantial changes from the iPad 2, but there’s definitely some upgrades. It has a ridiculously high-resolution screen. In fact, the “Retina Display” out-pixels your HDTV at home. There’s voice dictation, 4G LTE capability, which means very fast download speeds, and it can also be used as a wireless hotspot. It also has a better camera at 5-megapixel, illuminated sensor with a 5-element lens, face detection and IR filter, plus HD (1080p) video capture.
Instead of going smaller, it’s actually a bit bigger, but you probably won’t even notice it at 0.11 pounds heavier and 0.37 inches thicker. Battery life stays the same at 10 hours; 9 on 4G. And, they didn’t add Siri on to the iPad, like it had been rumoured earlier this week. Also the same, it will run on Rogers, Telus and Bell in Canada
Basically, what it boils down to is if you have the iPad 2, there really aren’t any huge reasons to rush out and pick up the new iPad. Unless you’re really into shooting video with your iPad and editing it on the fly, you’re not going to notice a whole heck of a lot of difference between the two.
Which is handy to those cheapskates among us – myself included – who might just want to pick up an iPad 2 since they’re dropping that price by $100! ~nesta~