health, life & fitness

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Fine Tip–Tip Calculator

Buy in the iTunes App Store – $0.99 I’m delighted to announce that the Apple App Store accepted my first iPhone app, Fine Tip – Tip Calculator, on my first try. You can use Fine Tip to quickly calculate your next restaurant bill’s tip and grand total. It’s fast and easy to use. Take a

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Large Teen Pregnancy Declines in Canada vs. United States

According to a CBC News report that aired on “The National’” on Wednesday May 26, the teen pregnancy rate in Canada has declined 37% in the last 10 years. The report cites improved sex education and access by teens to contraceptives as the primary reasons for this large decline. Canada now has less than half

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Brooklyn Decker Cheers for Andy Roddick at Wimbledon 2009

Since my post about Brooklyn Decker being engaged to Andy Roddick drew such a huge number of visitors to The Daleisphere, I snapped these pictures of Brooklyn cheering her new husband, Andy Roddick, on at Wimbledon 2009. As always, click the images for larger views.   Brooklyn During Semi Final Against Andy Murray      

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How to Get U.S.-only iPhone Apps with Hotspot Shield

With a few easy steps that take only minutes to complete, iPhone users the world round can get access to some (but not all) of the iPhone Apps that are only available in the U.S.. I’m surprised it took me so long to try this.  I just used it to d0wnload the Lose It! which

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Where Do You Diverge from the Pop Culture Consensus?

From time to time I find myself swimming against the current of accepted wisdom. Below are just some of places where I diverge from the pop culture consensus. I’ll add to this list as items occur to me. Where do you diverge from the pop culture consensus? —- MOVIES —- Jar Jar Binks I liked

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How to Preserve Opened Bottles of Wine

In a previous post I wrote about how to use marbles and the vacu vin pump to preserve open wine.  In a terrific Globe & Mail video (shown above but now removed) Beppi Crosariol demonstrates the following additional approaches: Using the Inert Argon Gas: I had used the inert argon gas method in the past

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Toronto Tamils Protest Dale’s Right to Silence

For most of today there has been a protest below my window (Young and Front – Toronto) driving me crazy, frazzling my nerves and inhibiting my ability to get work done. I decided to find out what the heck this was about and typed in “Toronto Protest” into Google News. The FIRST result that came

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Use Glass Marbles to Save Open Bottles of Wine

Last evening I attended a Spanish wine tasting event at Café Taste (1330 Queen St. Toronto).  I was participating in a single’s event put on by Toronto’s Meet Market Adventures. As a single person, I frequently open a bottle of wine and drink just a glass or two. Over the years, I’ve experimented with different

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The Ultimate Gadget Recharging Cabinet

Awhile back I watched this Cali Lewis Geekbrief podcast (episode 108) where she created a gadget recharging cabinet from a shoe organizer cabinet. It was OK but I didn’t love it. Marc Spagnuolo (pictured in the third image below) was recently a guest on Leo Laporte’s TwitLive webcast. He was inspired by Leo to create

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Video Game-induced Nausea, Dizziness and Headaches

In the early days of console gaming, about 25% or so of all games made me nauseous, dizzy or gave me headaches to the point where I couldn’t play them. A prime example was Deus Ex: Invisible War. I enjoyed the game and wanted to continue playing it. But I couldn’t play for more than

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Three iPhone Relaxation and Sleep Apps Reviewed

Sometimes I have difficulties falling asleep – I can’t seem to shut the mind off. For years I’ve considered purchasing rather high-priced sleep assist devices such as this white noise machine.  The idea is to help you fall asleep by distracting the mind with pleasing, relaxing sounds. But they always seemed too expensive and I

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Tim Russert - My Issue This Sunday

Tim Russert (1950 – 2008) believed that “being informed is the first job of being a good citizen”. I do too. For more than a decade I have watched Tim interview his guests each and every Sunday. I rarely missed Meet the Press. I was saddened to hear of Tim’s passing last Friday. I’ve been

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Ivanovic Wins the 2008 French Open

In a more competitive match than the 6-4, 6-3 score would suggest, Ana Ivanovic defeated the terrific Dinara Safina to win her first grand-slam title. Two days earlier she had become the world’s number 1 women’s tennis player after beating her fellow Serbian countrywoman Jelena Jankovic in the semi-finals. Safina played well, but not well

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The Obama Fist Bump, Thumbs-Up Moment

As Barack was about to make his Democratic nomination victory speech, Michelle looked at him, fist-bumped, smiled a huge smile and gave him the thumbs up. There is something awfully wonderful about this picture. In a flash you see a couple that is truly in love. Truly supportive of each other. Terrific.

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Ouch! I Cut Myself Wokking

While chopping cauliflower in preparation for my nightly wokking, on Thursday, May 15, I broke a cardinal cooking rule that my mother taught me: "never cut towards yourself". Shortly thereafter I found myself in the emergency room at Toronto’s Saint Michael’s teaching hospital getting nine stitches. I felt as though I was a patient on

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Sautéed Squash in a Wok

Wow! I knocked my own socks off with this one. Following my chilled cucumber salad dish, next on my Michi’s Ladder list was squash – a vegetable I’ve never liked in the past. I found this sautéed squash recipe on the curiously ravenous blog. I adapted it for the ingredients I had at hand and

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Chilled Cucumber Salad

Easy to make, light and tasty. Ingredients: 2 cups thinly-sliced chilled cucumbers (I use one long and skinny cucumber) 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup thinly-sliced fresh onions (50% ratio to cucumbers) 1/4 cup dill pickle juice (or 1/4 cup vinegar) 1/8 cup water 1 tablespoon sugar (or a 1 packet of sugar substitute) 1/2 teaspoon

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Wokking Up Michi's Ladder

As part of my commitment to healthy eating, I’ve embarked on two new, and related, pursuits: Cooking with a Teflon Wok: Until recently I didn’t cook at all. It struck me that cooking with a wok might be easy and fun.  Last Christmas I purchased a Teflon wok for use on the stove-top. I’ve used

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Weight-loss Diet Tips for the Single Geek

In December 2006 I decided (for the final time) to get fit and stay fit. For the prior decade my weight had yoyo’d within a 30 pound range. In order to loose weight and keep it off forever I personally committed to making two fundamentally integrated life-long changes: Regular Workouts: I needed to first loose

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Charlie Rose Questions

I admire Charlie Rose. I have been watching The Charlie Rose Show for more than a decade (searchable archive here).  He has interviewed everyone – world leaders, dictators, actors, singers, scientists, doctors, architects, authors, journalists, bloggers, judges, lawyers, titans of industry, philosophers, religious leaders – from every walk of life and pursuit. He is the

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Washing Wine Glasses in the Dishwasher - Safely!

Being a bachelor, I’m averse to washing dishes by hand whenever possible. Last November I found myself searching Google for ‘dishwasher safe’ wine glasses.  I wanted to add a Canadian etailer link to my Christmas wishhh list on www.wishhh.com (check it out, you’ll like it). It’s surprisingly difficult to find ‘dishwasher safe’ wine glasses. Instead,

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This is a lovely flavour and really hits the spot on a cold winter night. Ingredients: soup bones 1/2 an onion salt / pepper few carrots and celery 2 Tbsp flower 2 large eggs maggie seasoning parsley Instructions: Boil soup bones and add 1/2 an onion and salt and pepper. Keep boiling slowly 2 to

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Ingredients small chicken salt, pepper onion few carrots and celery store bought noodles [Question to Dietrich Family: What kind of noodles?] Instructions Boil a small chicken an hour or so. Don’t boil on a high heat — just enough to keep it bubbling. While chicken is cooking, add salt, pepper and onion to it somewhere