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StoryCorps: Human Relationships Post 9 11

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Just 10 years ago, the tragic events that occurred in New York City changed the lives of many forever. Whether or not you personally knew someone who died from the fallen Twin Towers, the world stopped and our hearts stiffened for the emotional and physical lost that crippled our minds and our souls. It’s sad to say, but it’s moments like these that act as a reminder to us about the value of family, companionship and human relationships, and the fragility of life on earth. Previously, we shared with you StoryCorps and their goal of preserving life’s precious moments through animated shorts. Here I present to you one related to 9/11, that I think is quite thoughtful.

You can see other shorts that have been created in remembrance of those lost during the September 11th attacks here.

The Great Outdoors 

See the Swiss Alps in a Whitepod

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Since there was so much interest with our previous post about Hotel Igloo Village, I thought it would be worthwhile to introduce the Whitepod in Switzerland as an alternate vacation spot for those interested in yet another igloo-like experience (note: their website has ‘winter-y’ sounds to get you into the mood). I was in awe when I saw the photos for this place, and I was having a hard time deciding which to show. Though I slightly prefer sun destinations when it comes to vacation spots, I’m very tempted to check out this place if I ever get the chance to.

DIY 

Inamo Dining is Hip, Trendy and Interactive

During a recent trip to Japan last year, one of our first dining experiences was at a small restaurant which used a touch screen menu system installed against the wall of our booth seating. I must say, although it did not provide images of everything on the menu, it was quite handy to use and useful as a reference point for when we were placing our order in a foreign country especially. So when I recently stumbled upon Inamo, I was excited to see how that trend has since evolved. Inamo has definitely taken interactivity a step further and packaged their E-Table technology into a trendy London restaurant to create the ultimate interactive dining experience.

Community Synergy 

Visionaries: Amy McLaren from Write to Give

I really admire those people who are able to find a way to use their passion to not only satisfy their own internal ambitions but to change the lives of others…forever. As a Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni, I was browsing through our alumni magazine a few months back and came across an organization that sparked my interest. Known as Write to Give (clever play on words no?), this project was started by Amy McLaren of Ontario, Canada who founded World Teacher Aid, a Canadian charity committed to improving education throughout the developing world. Since 2009, Write to Give has since grown to become internationally recognized, and continues to bring students from all over the world together by promoting literacy for a well deserved cause. The organization used funds raised to complete their first school this past May in Kenya!

Synergy 

Mobile Controlled Dress is Fashion and Tech

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Recall a time when you’ve come across the perfect shirt or dress, only to be disappointed that it didn’t come in the colours you hoped for. Or when you’ve loved the style of a certain shirt or dress so much you decided to buy multiple colour variations just because. Most of our female readers can probably relate (maybe some of our male ones too)! Not specifically borne to address this dilemma, but Toronto Fashion Designer Breeyn McCarney and Creative Technologist Christopher Lewis have mixed fashion and technology in the Paper Dolls dress collection that could lead to solving our future shopping woes.

Back to Basics Community 

Students Fold Paper Cranes for Japan

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Part of my job as an educator is to teach students how to be proactive citizens who stay informed about what’s happening in the world around them. My goal is to teach them that anything is possible and that they have the power to bring change. After learning about the devastating earthquakes and tsunamis that struck Japan this past March, I felt it was important to inform my students of the tragic events and encourage them to make a difference for the people of Japan.

Back to Basics Sustainability The Great Outdoors 

WeWOOD Watches are on a Mission

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We at Vidafine love design and innovation with a cause. In a time when environmental initiatives are guiding principles for many organizations, we love how companies, through simple acts, are helping to replenish our planet with its natural beauty. That’s why we really appreciate how companies like WeWOOD are sharing their mission of creating a more sustainable future with the help of their customers.

DIY 

Magic Milk Straws

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For those of you who are not so fond of drinking plain milk, there may be a solution out there for you. I stumbled upon these very lovely Magic Milk Straws the other day and they sound irresistibly delicious! If you live with people who prefer the plain white stuff but you prefer something with a twist, you both can win. Buy regular milk and just add some flavour into yours using these milk straws.