Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Jack Layton's Last Letter to Canadians

May all Canadians take Jack Layton's written words to heart and be inspiring examples to the world.

Source: CBC news

August 20, 2011
Toronto, Ontario

Dear Friends,

Tens of thousands of Canadians have written to me in recent weeks to wish me well. I want to thank each and every one of you for your thoughtful, inspiring and often beautiful notes, cards and gifts. Your spirit and love have lit up my home, my spirit, and my determination.

Unfortunately my treatment has not worked out as I hoped. So I am giving this letter to my partner Olivia to share with you in the circumstance in which I cannot continue.

I recommend that Hull-Aylmer MP Nycole Turmel continue her work as our interim leader until a permanent successor is elected.

I recommend the party hold a leadership vote as early as possible in the New Year, on approximately the same timelines as in 2003, so that our new leader has ample time to reconsolidate our team, renew our party and our program, and move forward towards the next election.

A few additional thoughts:

To other Canadians who are on journeys to defeat cancer and to live their lives, I say this: please don’t be discouraged that my own journey hasn’t gone as well as I had hoped. You must not lose your own hope. Treatments and therapies have never been better in the face of this disease. You have every reason to be optimistic, determined, and focused on the future. My only other advice is to cherish every moment with those you love at every stage of your journey, as I have done this summer.

To the members of my party: we’ve done remarkable things together in the past eight years. It has been a privilege to lead the New Democratic Party and I am most grateful for your confidence, your support, and the endless hours of volunteer commitment you have devoted to our cause. There will be those who will try to persuade you to give up our cause. But that cause is much bigger than any one leader. Answer them by recommitting with energy and determination to our work. Remember our proud history of social justice, universal health care, public pensions and making sure no one is left behind. Let’s continue to move forward. Let’s demonstrate in everything we do in the four years before us that we are ready to serve our beloved Canada as its next government.

To the members of our parliamentary caucus: I have been privileged to work with each and every one of you. Our caucus meetings were always the highlight of my week. It has been my role to ask a great deal from you. And now I am going to do so again. Canadians will be closely watching you in the months to come. Colleagues, I know you will make the tens of thousands of members of our party proud of you by demonstrating the same seamless teamwork and solidarity that has earned us the confidence of millions of Canadians in the recent election.

To my fellow Quebecers: On May 2nd, you made an historic decision. You decided that the way to replace Canada’s Conservative federal government with something better was by working together in partnership with progressive-minded Canadians across the country. You made the right decision then; it is still the right decision today; and it will be the right decision right through to the next election, when we will succeed, together. You have elected a superb team of New Democrats to Parliament. They are going to be doing remarkable things in the years to come to make this country better for us all.

To young Canadians: All my life I have worked to make things better. Hope and optimism have defined my political career, and I continue to be hopeful and optimistic about Canada. Young people have been a great source of inspiration for me. I have met and talked with so many of you about your dreams, your frustrations, and your ideas for change. More and more, you are engaging in politics because you want to change things for the better. Many of you have placed your trust in our party. As my time in political life draws to a close I want to share with you my belief in your power to change this country and this world. There are great challenges before you, from the overwhelming nature of climate change to the unfairness of an economy that excludes so many from our collective wealth, and the changes necessary to build a more inclusive and generous Canada. I believe in you. Your energy, your vision, your passion for justice are exactly what this country needs today. You need to be at the heart of our economy, our political life, and our plans for the present and the future.

And finally, to all Canadians: Canada is a great country, one of the hopes of the world. We can be a better one – a country of greater equality, justice, and opportunity. We can build a prosperous economy and a society that shares its benefits more fairly. We can look after our seniors. We can offer better futures for our children. We can do our part to save the world’s environment. We can restore our good name in the world. We can do all of these things because we finally have a party system at the national level where there are real choices; where your vote matters; where working for change can actually bring about change. In the months and years to come, New Democrats will put a compelling new alternative to you. My colleagues in our party are an impressive, committed team. Give them a careful hearing; consider the alternatives; and consider that we can be a better, fairer, more equal country by working together. Don’t let them tell you it can’t be done.

My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.

All my very best,
Jack Layton

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Limitless (2011)

If you're given a pill that can get you to access 100% of your brain power and turn you into a smarter person, would you take that pill? Eddie in Limitless did. What happened to him? Watch the movie.

limitless Pictures, Images and Photos

Directed by: Neil Burger
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish and Robert De Niro.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Natural skin toner - rose water

To my heart's content, I finally found a toner that works wonder on my skin: rose water. This natural skin care triumphs over all branded toners, at least for me.

The toners I used in the past dried out my skin, and did not help much with the blackheads. The nose pores appear larger somehow. The pH 5.5 and non-alcohol toners did no better. I was so unhappy with the toner step, that I omitted it from my skin care routine, which should be an important step to balancing the skin after facial cleansing and prep it for moisturizer absorption.

All that to say that I'm ecstatic when I learned about rose water. It soothes my skin, keeps it less oily, and most important, it tightens my nose pores without drying them. It's a perfect compliment to the home routine I follow to getting rid of blackheads/whiteheads, natural and effective. Love it!

Instead of the homemade rose water method, I went for a 100ml bottle at the pharmacy, and used it according to instructions: dilute it to 2.5% with filtered water. I store the diluted rose water in an empty bottle.

You might also like this rose water tutorial on Flickr by Chronographia (click on her photo below).

distilling rose water: 5

Try it out, and let me know if it works for you.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

How to Read Google Analytics

This is a beginners' level video on how to interpret Google Analytics. For more advance features, go to GoogleAnalytics channel on YouTube for their video series.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Public Enemies

Public Enemies (2009) is another great movie based on true events in the 1930's. The film is directed by Michael Mann and stars Johnny Depp and Christian Bale, two of my favorite actors.

The production design of the film is beautifully made. Johnny Depp's portrayal of the real life charismatic bank robber is stunning.

public enemies Pictures, Images and Photos

Poster from: ozziegonnja

Saturday, August 13, 2011


Of late, I've viewed two good movies based on true events from the 1920's and 1930's. One of them is Changeling (2008), directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich.

While watching how the events unfold, one by one, I was dumbstruck that all of them had really happened in the US. Fortunately, so much have changed (to the better) since then.

Changeling Pictures, Images and Photos
Banner from: dewcutegirl

Friday, August 12, 2011

US debt crisis explained

Not sure where the source of this video is from. It clearly explains the US debt crisis in simple terms. It's a great addition to the Credit Crisis video from a few years back.

This video was posted by: skayush

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Great talents should not go to waste

Little things that make us smile ^_^. A doodle on the fridge with a white marker... by a talented artist.


I've always been impressed by all of her superb work and creativity. Support this vector artist at GraphicRiver.net. Let her know that you like her work! My favorites are "The Birds of Spring" and "Frantic Burger". What's yours?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

[solved] iPod cannot be synced

After upgrading my iTunes to a newer version, I couldn't sync the songs to my iPod and 4GB were unaccessible. All songs were erased from my iPod as well. This message appeared:
The iPod cannot be synced. A duplicate file name was specified.
I copied and paste the error message above for a possible solution. Here's what I did, and it worked!
  1. Switch your Apple cable to a different USB port
  2. From the start menu, go to "Computer", and locate your iPod Right click your iPod, and select Properties. If you are on Windows 7, you can also select Properties from the Organize menu toolbar (top left corner of your screen)
  3. Under Tools and Error-checking, check "Check-now"
  4. Click on both "Automatically fix file system errors" + "Scan for and attempt recovery for bad sectors". Scan will start. This might take about 5-10 minutes
  5. Once the scan done, this message appeared, "Some problems were found and fixed"
  6. Disconnect your iPod
  7. Open iTunes
  8. Hook up iPod
  9. When iPod appears on iTunes, click on the iPod icon, and select Restore (at this level, you need to be connected to the internet)
  10. You will go through the restore program, and you'll be able to sync with your iPod again. 
Tip: If your scan did not work, on Step 5, restart your computer, while keeping your iPod plugged. Scanning will automatically start after reboot. Continue with Step 6-10.

Good luck!