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April 3, 2010 / ipodgirl

Caffeine High?

Go ahead, I dare you. Take the caffeine click test and see how you score.

The Caffeine Click Test - How Caffeinated Are You?
Created by OnePlusYou

March 26, 2010 / ipodgirl

The Right to Free Speech

Much has been heard, of late, in the Canadian news about Free Speech. Coincidentally, I was reading a novel by the late Stieg Larsson and came across this passage. Mr Larsson has very clearly articulated what free speech means in the context of Swedish law.  Would that our own media and others in the public eye had such a finely tuned grasp of the concept.

Swedish democracy is based on a single premise: the Right to Free Speech (R.S.F.). This guarantees the inalienable right to say aloud, think and believe anything whatsoever. This right embraces all Swedish citizens, from the crazy neo-Nazi living in the woods to the rock-throwing anarchist – and everyone in between.

Every other basic right, such as the Formation of Government and the Right to Freedom of Organization, are simply practical extensions of the Right to Free Speech. On this law democracy stands or falls.

All democracy has its limits, and the limits to the R.F.S. are set by the Freedom of the Press regulation (F.P.). This defines four restriction on democracy. It is forbidden to publish child pornography and the depiction of certain violent sexual acts, regardless of how artistic the originator believes the depiction to be. It is forbidden to incite or exhort someone to crime. It is forbidden to defame or slander another person. It is forbidden to engage in the persecution of an ethnic group.

Press freedom has also been enshrined by parliament and is based on the socially and democratically acceptable restrictions of society, the is, the social contract that makes up the framework of a civilized society. The core of the legislation has it that no person has the right to harass or humiliate another person.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Stieg Larsson

March 26, 2010 / ipodgirl

This blog has moved

Welcome to the new home of Katamat.   You may notice we have the same address – – but Katamat is no longer a Google Blogspot  blog, we are now a WordPress blog.

The reason for this is that Google decided to make some changes to their Blogger tool and since that forced me to do some administrative things by May 1 to keep the blog running, it was just as easy to move it to WordPress (like all my other blogs) and  now it is easier to manage.  All I needed was a little motivation to make the change.  So thank you Google for motivating me.

You will probably see the theme of this blog changing a few times over the next few weeks as I decide how I want to decorate my new blog.

Cheers all, Anne

March 26, 2010 / ipodgirl

Join the Army of Women

Dr. Susan Love/Avon Partnership

The Love/Avon Army of Women is driven by two key partnerships that will accelerate the research necessary to discover ways to prevent breast cancer: a partnership between the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and the Avon Foundation for Women, and a partnership between scientists and women.

If you or someone you know has ever been touched by breast cancer, join this army of women and spread the word!

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March 13, 2010 / ipodgirl

Tikal Templo V

Tikal, Guatemala

March 10, 2010 / ipodgirl

Number Lovers

Now here is a woman after my own heart. 

Number Gossip

You just have to love the purity of a site that gives you nothing but trivia about numbers.

Hint:  Try zero. 🙂

March 1, 2010 / ipodgirl

You're Welcome, Brian Williams

And thank you, Ying, for sending it to me.

Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News

After tonight’s broadcast and after looting our hotel mini-bars, we’re going to try to brave the blizzard and fly east to home and hearth, and to do laundry well into next week. Before we leave this thoroughly polite country, the polite thing to do is leave behind a thank-you note.

Thank you, Canada:

For being such good hosts.

For your unfailing courtesy.

For your (mostly) beautiful weather.

For scheduling no more than 60 percent of your float plane departures at the exact moment when I was trying to say something on television.

For not seeming to mind the occasional (or constant) good-natured mimicry of your accents.

For your unique TV commercials — for companies like Tim Horton’s — which made us laugh and cry.

For securing this massive event without choking security, and without publicly displaying a single automatic weapon.

For having the best garment design and logo-wear of the games — you’ve made wearing your name a cool thing to do.

For the sportsmanship we saw most of your athletes display.

For not honking your horns. I didn’t hear one car horn in 15 days — which also means none of my fellow New Yorkers rented cars while visiting.

For making us aware of how many of you have been watching NBC all these years.

For having the good taste to have an anchorman named Brian Williams on your CTV network, who turns out to be such a nice guy.

For the body scans at the airport which make pat-downs and cavity searches unnecessary.

For designing those really cool LED Olympic rings in the harbour, which turned to gold when your athletes won one.

For always saying nice things about the United States…when you know we’re listening.

For sharing Joannie Rochette with us.

For reminding some of us we used to be a more civil society.

Mostly, for welcoming the world with such ease and making lasting friends with all of us.