Controversial zodiac shift
Don’t remove your astrology tattoo, things haven’t changed. You’re still a . . .
Astrology enthusiasts were shocked to find out that there is a new zodiac and their signs had changed.
Parke Kunkle, a member of Minnesota Planetarium Society, wreaked havoc on the zodiac world when he rediscovered that the Earth’s position in relation to the sun is aligned differently today than it was in 3000 BC.
For days, all that was discussed on Twitter was the zodiac shift and the addition of a new sign; Ophiuchus, commonly referred to as the serpent holder.
This rediscovery concluded that there are two zodiacs: the tropical and sidereal zodiac. Most astrologers use the tropical zodiac which uses the 12 constellations.
Astrologers have known about the change in the zodiac for years.
Jeffery Brock, director of the Astrological and Metaphysical Research Center said, “We’ve always known about Ophiuchus, but that’s because the constellation only barely touches the sun’s path. It is not truely a zodiac.”
Many individuals were upset when they found out their sign had changed. Some people are avid followers of astrology and have become attached to their sign.
CBC News conducted a poll which included 6,683 individuals’ responses to their views on the zodiac change.
The results concluded that 60.89 per cent of respondents related better to their previous zodiac sign and only 9.07 per cent of people said the new signs made sense to them.
“I believe in this about as much as I believe in unicorns, mermaids and leprechauns,” said CBC community member pbell38.
Many longtime practitioners of astrology are discarding the 13th sign and the controversy over the zodiac shift has lead to no change.
“There may be small additions to the signs, but it will not affect the future of humanity and the way we predict the future.”
Most of the hype that was discussed by astrology followers was the concern over the possible need to change their tattoos.
Rest assured, there is no need to run and get a tattoo removed. The rumours are false and the same 12 signs will be used to predict the future of the constellations.
Astrologers have been predicting events using the constellations for centuries and many astrology advocates turn to their daily or monthly horoscopes as often as they brush their teeth.
It’s hard to believe that one planetarium member can stir up a zodiac meltdown convincing people that don’t even believe in astrology that their sign has changed.
The zodiac is valued because it possesses an insight into worldly and personal events. People like to believe in the possibility that their path will change for the better, whether it’s meeting a new love interest, getting a new job or coming into some money.
Astrology will continue to bring people joy as it reflects people’s personality and gives them character.
Most people have been asked the cheesy line, “what’s your sign?” Astrology signs are traditional and thought to provide a historical link to who you are.
Yes, some astrologers are hooky, but many have brilliant insights that you can’t deny.Astrologers explain the unexplainable and although you may not always like their predictions it doesn’t mean they can’t be correct.
Local food an investment
Many people are starting to buy local food to support producers throughout Alberta. Buying local food does not have to break your bank account and locally produced food is fresher and tastes better.
Most Canadians are committed to purchasing locally grown food. According to the Gandalf Group 1,600 consumers were surveyed on the local food movement and 80 per cent of respondents felt strongly positive about the availability of local produce in grocery stores. Clearly there is demand across the country for local food.
This local food trend has resulted in the production of a series called The 100 Mile Challenge featured on The Food Network. Six families eat only local food that is sold within 160 kilometers of their home.
Due to the strong demand for local and organic food Locavore – “interest in local, natural, whole and unprocessed foods” was Oxford’s American Dictionary word of the year in 2007.
If you have never tried local food you should go to the Strathcona Farmers’ Market on Saturday. Everything you need is there: produce, meat, baked goods, sauces and crafts. Going to a farmers’ market is like forming a small community. You get to know where your food comes from and the farmers who bring it to the market. It is also a great way to socialize with other people who want to buy local foods.
The taste of locally grown food is incomparable to grocery store food. When you purchase produce from the farmers’ market it is crisp and full of flavour and superior to imported fruits and vegetables. There is nothing like biting into a freshly picked carrot that is lightly dusted with dirt from a local garden.
When you purchase produce from low-priced grocery stores, the vegetables and fruits ripen too quickly. If you are purchasing local food the items will last longer. “Local foods are fresher and therefore come with fewer ‘food miles’ (less fuel and transportation and therefore less environmental impact),” said Live Local Alberta founder Jessie Radies, co-owner of the Blue Pear Restaurant.
“It’s a misconception for the most part that prices are always cheaper in chain businesses, or franchises.”
If you are a on a tight budget you can purchase items from Eat Local First. The perfect purchase for a university student is The Good Food Box of Produce and it’s only $40. This will give you about two weeks’ worth of vegetables. The items vary from week to week and you can add other items from the website to your food box.
The main reason for purchasing local food is to support local producers.
“Farmers receive as little as 10 per cent of the retail price of their produce at supermarkets. At farmers markets, they take home an average 84 per cent,” said Radies.
It is vital to support these producers as locally grown food does not contain pesticides or hormones that can be found in foods at the local supermarket.
Buying local food is an investment in yourself and the community. November is Shop Local First month, so try to purchase something that is produced in Edmonton.
Witness sex, love in Edmonton
Be prepared to be shocked and amazed: Love and Human Remains, a play by Edmonton’s own Brad Fraser is in production at the Timms Centre for the Arts, University of Alberta, Nov. 4 to 13. This play ventures on the dark side of sex and love, it’s not without nudity and many of the scenes explore homo and heterosexuality. “He likes to have sex and it’s not necessarily loving,” said Ben Dextraze, speaking about his character, David.
“David is a thrill seeker, who is looking to fill the void of what’s missing in his life, which helps him finally reveal his misguided sense of identity.”
Love and Human Remains is set in 2006. David a 29-year-old former actor and current waiter, who is homosexual, moved to Edmonton to live his life as normal as possible.
Along the way, David forms a strong bond with his sexually explicit roommate Candy, played by Gianna Vacirca, and his best friend Bernie, played by Peter Fernandes.
Each character has their own story as they explore sex and love in their relationships. This play adds a darker layer as a serial killer is stalking women in Edmonton.
Sexually loaded scenes only add to the characters’ arguments. The audience is left to see past the sexual acts and think about what sex is.
The meaning of the play is to find love amidst unhealthy relationships; to find light at the edge of darkness. This play is “brutally dark, sexually explicit and wickedly razor-sharp.”
It’s been 20 years since this play was last produced in Edmonton. Brad Fraser’s original production Unidentified Human Remains was listed in the top 10 plays of the year in Time Magazine.
Many elements of the play have changed: John Kirkpatrick, the director of Love and Human Remains, gives this play a modern twist, stylistically its in the form of a graphic novel.
The play moves very quickly; each scene is a vignette, with approximately 70-90 vignettes in the play.
Ben Dextraze was inspired to play David, because he knows what it’s like being an actor in Edmonton.
To get into character, he researched Edmonton in 1989 to look back at how things were. Flashback was one of Edmonton’s most notable clubs, it was well known for its drag queens and underground sub-culture.
Love and Human Remains plays with the metaphor of darkness. Fumbling around in the dark the characters establish relationships that may lead to love.
Some of the play takes place in the dark; the characters speak in the darkness. The scenes are always moving in a fast-paced pattern, similar to a domino effect.
You can purchase tickets at Tix on the Square or online at www.tixonthesquare.ca.
Volunteer time for local art
Local artwork will be up for auction and instead of money, volunteer hours will be committed to non-profit organizations and the best part? The volunteer commitment can be used for any organization.
“Edmonton Timeraiser is a really nice way to choose where you want to volunteer, develop job skills and a great opportunity to help the local community,” said Liz Lepper, project manager with Bottom Line Productions.
The night starts off with a meet and greet for volunteer organizations. Each person at the event will be given a welcome card that lists all the different volunteer organizations. The card will be used to check off organizations you are interested in.
After all the welcome cards have been submitted, the auction will begin. If you don’t want to bid on art, you can commit to volunteer for 20 hours. Edmonton Timeraiser’s goal is to raise 8,000 volunteer hours.
The timeframe for bidders to complete their volunteer hours is one year; then the artwork is theirs to take home.
The winning bidders will pick up their artwork at next year’s event. To track your volunteer hours, you can visit www.civicfootprint.ca
Amy van Keelen’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Sing-A-Long will take place at 9:30 p.m., after the auction. Get in touch with your inner rock star and sing-a-long with ‘70s and ‘80s retro music.
Last year, 4,145 volunteers hours were pledged by 180 Edmontonians, with local artists receiving over $12,000 in contributions from local businesses.
The maximum bid for artwork is 125 hours; 20 of the 25 works of art met the maximum bid. There are 20 different works of art that will be auctioned off at this year’s event.
Sheldon Wagner’s artwork was chosen out of 100 artists that submitted their works of art.
“I think it’s a Challenge for most artists to get their work out there, so an event such as Timeraiser (which focuses on the art of local, emerging artists) is very helpful.” said Sheldon Wagner, local artist and former MacEwan University student.
“I also appreciate that volunteers in the community are acknowledged with the gift of something special and unique, in appreciation for all of the efforts they make to help improve the environments and communities we live in,” he added.
Wagner’s artwork is displayed in the accompanying photo and his inspiration for the piece is “physical compartmentalization of people in our society and how individual perspectives are framed by expectations,” he said. To learn more about Wagner and his artwork, visit www.planeswithteeth.ca
The second annual Edmonton Timeraiser will host its art auction and Amy van Keelen’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Sing-A-Long on Oct. 16 with doors opening at 7 p.m.
To look at other artwork that will be auctioned off or to register for this event, visit www.timeraiser.ca. Tickets can be purchased for $20 at the doors or $10 just for the Sing-A-Long.
Various Artists — Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries soundtrack is the perfect aphrodisiac to get your Halloween weekend started. The soundtrack has a great variety of hypnotic rock songs with a few brooding, romantic songs creating the perfect balance of love and pain.
This soundtrack has many heavy hitters including Placebo, The Smashing Pumpkins and Gorillaz. The focus track of this album, “Obsession,” is by 18-year-old Sky Ferreira. Unfortunately, “Obsession” did not fit with the tortured theme of this soundtrack and the vocal style is similar to Katy Perry.
The theme of this album aligns with creatures of the night — the song “Hammock,” by the Howls , features the lyrics “Howling at the Moon,” with an up-tempo beat that is fun and lively.
“Bloodstream” by Stateless is another tortured song that speaks rhythms to the unrequited love of a vampire falling in love with a human (oh, the anguish!)
Another surprise on this album is “We Radiate,” by Goldfrapp. When you first listen to song it has a bubblegum pop feel, but its beats sound similar to Christian Hansen & The Autistics. Somehow this song works.
Some of the best songs on this soundtrack are “Sleep Alone,” “Down” and “Cut.” Natasha Khan’s voice in “Sleep Alone,” is piercing and intoxicating, which works perfectly with the heavy drums.
This album is reminiscent of a darker version of the Cruel Intentions Soundtrack or a modern version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Soundtrack. If you are already a die-hard fan of the television show Vampire Diaries then you will love the soundtrack as the music has a “hip, yet darkly compelling and sensuous vibe.”
Flip the bird, learn how to Tweet
Top Five reasons why Twitter is better than Facebook
If you are not a Twitter bird, the time has come.
Have you ever used Twitter? Do you find hashtags confusing?
More and more people are joining Twitter to build social networks and get breaking news.
Friends lists? I don’t think so.
Do you notice on your Facebook friends list when your number of friends has gone down? What happened? Did you forget another birthday? Are you not writing comments on their Facebook page? Did you make a controversial update?
When you send a friend request on Facebook, you are either denied or it takes months to confirm your request. On Twitter, the idea is that you follow every person that follows you. If you lose a follower you will gain another one in a matter of days.
Facebook is used for keeping in contact with friends and family. Twitter can be used to form connections with people who share common interests and establish relationships with organizations. Companies often use Twitter to make announcements or post job openings. Twitter gives you an edge because companies that you are applying to already know something about you from your Twitter profile.
More status updates
On Facebook, status updates are becoming overrated. I don’t want to know if you’re going to bed or what you ate for lunch (unless it’s a restaurant review). The news feed on Facebook gets clogged with useless drivel. On Twitter, status updates are supreme. Write as many as you want. You can keep up-to-date with local news, concerts, movies, festivals and more. You’re allowed to express yourself on Twitter and all random comments are welcome.
Have you lost touch with some of your Facebook friends? Honestly, when have you last seen them in person? On Twitter, at least every month there is a tweet-up. If you think you are never going to meet your Twitter peeps, think again. There are many options: political meet ups, tweet wasted, breakfasts, movie nights and other types of social get togethers. You spend so much time conversing with people on Twitter, its great to actually meet up and socialize. Why not even meet a potential date on Twitter? Just remember where this idea came from. Twitter dating is the next step.
Did you know @MacEwanStores gave away $250 gift cards to students, simply for following them on Twitter? I was one of the lucky winners, because I am a tweeter. You won’t find giveaways like this on Facebook, just Twitter.
It’s a good opportunity to stay on top of all things MacEwan. You can follow @GrantMacEwanU and even @intercamponline.
Another positive about Twitter is if you complain about something - companies will actually get back to you. Twitter is a great way to make connections, to keep up with news, vent and have a few laughs.
Here’s a brief tutorial on Twitter.
Use a hashtag, (#). Hmm? What? Hashtages are used as a searchable tool to identify what you are talking about. For example, #YEG, is used to represent Edmonton - when you are talking about Edmonton you will use this hashtag. Other forms are #yegfood, #yegarts and #yegmovies. If you are unsure if a hashtag exists, simply search on twitter.
Always use @ if you want to reply to someone. You would use the @ symbol because otherwise they will not receive your tweet.
If you want to copy someone’s tweet, use RT. This is used to identify someone’s tweet. You give that person credit by using RT and the @ symbol. For example, type RT space @intercamponline.To join Twitter, visit twitter.com.
University of Victoria aptly named ‘Bunny Killers’
Reputation unquestionably in check
The University of Victoria campus is well-known for its large rabbit population. However, the rabbit population at the UVic has been dwindling. In May, 2010,104 rabbits were euthanized before the university released its official rabbit management plan.
What does this say for the University of Victoria's reputation?
The university has dealt with the problem by killing rabbits rather than looking for homes or other solutions. This has put the university’s reputation in jeopardy, as it could not be honest about the fact that they planned to kill the rabbits before an official decision was reached.
According to the University of Victoria's Rabbit Management Plan they intend to remove 1,400 rabbits and keep 200 on campus. The reason behind this is that the rabbits have been burrowing in the athletic fields, leaving large holes and fecal matter on the grounds. This, understandably, has become a health and safety concern. But is it really necessary to kill them?
As part of the rabbit removal strategy, the university used bromadiolone, an anti-coagulant poison, in the rabbits’ surrounding habitat. This poison was used during the rabbits breeding season and many baby rabbits were killed. The university has also stated that the adult rabbits would not consume the poison, but many dead rabbits have been found on the campus, nevertheless.
Clearly, the University of Victoria is not serious about dealing with the rabbit population in a humane manner. Nor has it taken any precautions to stop the destruction to the athletic fields, such as building rabbit proof fencing and wrapping the trees.
Many individuals are concerned with the university's policy on killing rabbits. Roslyn Cassells, an animal and human rights activist, got an injunction against the University of Victoria to stop them from trapping and killing rabbits. Casells planned to alleviate the rabbit problem by taking them to sanctuaries or finding homes for them. She found the necessary volunteer veterinarians and $90,000 dollars was raised to cover the costs to spay and neuter the animals and ship them to the rabbit sanctuaries, but the university wasn’t interested.
Later, veterinarian, Nick Shaw, offered to pilot a vasectomy project on campus to halt the rabbit population. Unfortunately, the University of rejected his request.
Initially, the University of Victoria denied the fact that they were killing rabbits, until Tom Smith, an employee in the UVic management department, leaked the truth to the press. Smith adamantly stated that the university would not kill anymore rabbits. But It was found that the University of Victoria was trapping rabbits--violating its injunction—and planned to kill 400 of them in August, even if the rabbit sanctuaries were not available.
The rabbits have been an ongoing problem at the university since the 1980s. Since then, the university has tried solving this problem by using aggressive tactics to kill the rabbit population. Students, staff and faculty who are against the rabbit killings have been subjected to ridicule. But if people are against the treatment, the university should at least listen to their concerns.
Here are some options for the university to consider: 1) Increase security – get security to keep tabs on people dropping off unwanted rabbits at the university. The bylaw officers need to implement harsher penalties and fines. 2) They could build a rabbit sanctuary on the University of Victoria campus. Not only would this make everyone happy, it would cause the school to change its reputation from a university that embraces its rabbits rather than just killing them.