Blog Posts by Tori Floyd

  • (Photo credit: Imgur)(Photo credit: Imgur)

    Ahh, young love. When your heart is all aflutter, and saying "I love you" is as simple as letting the one you adore watch you play with robots.

    A letter from four-year-old Bennet has found its place in Internet stardom this week, as his letter was shared shared on Reddit and was quickly shared on social media and via news outlets around the world. Bennet dictated the letter, which his mother Jennifer Skinner typed for him, as a means of inviting over his friend Baily, also age 4.

    The note, in its entirety:


    Will you please come to my house? Let's play together, I think you are pretty like a horse or a ladybug. I'm not sure which. You should come to my house and eat cheeses with me. I love you and I lost a tooth last night. I think I would like to do a magic trick for you and then let you watch me battle robots.



    In an interview with Buzzfeed, Skinner says that the attention Bennet has been receiving over the letter has been quite welcome, as he's been battling cancer

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  • Photos from Slut Walk in New York, Saturday, October 1, 2011 (<a href= target=_blank>David Shankbone/Flickr</a>)

    For over a week now, Twitter feeds and Facebook walls have been flooded with the latest in the ongoing saga of Jian Ghomeshi and the women he allegedly assaulted. Since the Toronto Star published a story on Oct. 26 with accusations from three women that Ghomeshi had assaulted them, several more, both named and anonymously, have stepped forwards with their own allegations. That in turn has been followed by a deluge of women who have shared their own, unrelated stories of assault.

    In the wake of the scandal, hashtags like #BeenRapedNeverReported have appeared online, with thousands of women sharing their own, often heartbreaking accounts of sexual assault that have never been taken to the police.

    But why now? Why did it take the firing and ostracizing of Jian Ghomeshi to prompt so many women to come forward with their own stories?

    The question is understandably a complex one, and in reality, the Ghomeshi scandal came at a time when the sexual assault of women is a particularly charged

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  • CBC personality Jian Ghomeshi is photographed in Toronto, July 3, 2012. (The Globe and Mail)CBC personality Jian Ghomeshi is photographed in Toronto, July 3, 2012. (The Globe and Mail)

    There’s ample discussion today about former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi, his departure from the CBC, a statement he released saying that his firing was due to his sexual preferences, and a Toronto Star article that attributes anonymous sources saying what Ghomeshi did was abuse.

    As there are currently no reports in to police, or cases before the court (although Ghomeshi filed a lawsuit today against the CBC for $55 million for “breach of confidence and bad faith”), this isn’t the time or place to discuss the veracity of Ghomeshi or the alleged victims’ claims, as many questions about what happened between Ghomeshi and the women remain.

    However, Ghomeshi’s explicit discussion of BDSM (referring to bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism in sexual activities) has brought an oft-ignored topic into public discussion today, opening bedroom doors and inviting the Canadian public into a discussion about what constitutes sexual play and what is abuse.

    According to Canadian law, there are

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  • Five of the grossest surprises people have found in food

    McDonald&#39;s coffee cup contained dead mouse, Fredericton man says. (CBC)McDonald's coffee cup contained dead mouse, Fredericton man says. (CBC)

    If you think finding a mouse in a coffee cup is just too gross, you're definitely not going to like the rest of this post.

    CBC reported that a Fredericton, N.B., man found a dead mouse in the bottom of his coffee cup after he'd been drinking from it over the course of the day. Ron Morais says he took the lid off the cup to drink the last sip of coffee, and was shocked to see the small dead rodent sitting at the bottom. McDonald's says it is still investigating the incident.

    Unfortunately, it's far from the first time that someone has found an unpleasant surprise in their food. We took a look at some incidents where people seriously lost their appetites.

    Spider-grapes, spider-grapes...

    It seemed to be an innocent case of grapes, but when a New Hampshire woman poured out the bunch into a bowl, she spotted a web in the bottom of the container, and saw a black widow climb out of the fruit. What's even scarier is that this incident, which happened on Oct. 3, is hardly the first time this

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  • Amanda Brewer took this photo of a Great White Shark while on a trip in South Africa. (Instagram)Amanda Brewer took this photo of a Great White Shark while on a trip in South Africa. (Instagram)

    Students often wonder what their teachers get up to over their summer holidays, imagining all sorts of strange adventures they might get up to when not in the classroom.

    In the case of Amanda Brewer, her students have photographic proof that her vacation was awesome.

    A photo that the New Jersey elementary school art teacher took on her trip to South Africa has piqued the interest of many people online, as the stunning shot captures an up-close look at the shark that not many amateur photographers are lucky enough to get.

    Brewer was working as a volunteer this summer with eco-tourism and animal conservation group White Shark Africa in South Africa. The photo, which racked up thousands of likes and comments on her Instagram account, was taken using a GoPro camera.

    [ More Buzz: Move over, Nutella — spreadable beer is here ]

    “I bought the camera right before I left for the trip, and had no expectations at all,” Brewer told TIME. “It was the perfect moment, and the camera is so easy to use

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  • Whenever there's a new computer bug, or weakness in a major system, the media (yes, even us) are guilty of splashing the news across television and computer screens, jumping on the buzzwords of the day like "shellshock" and "bash bug."

    And while these are often significant problems that are being reported on, the reality is that by the time you read about it in the news, a fix has probably already been created for it or is in the works. Once it gets to that point, the onus then falls on you to make sure you're taking the right steps to protect your computers.

    That was largely the case with Shellshock, a bug identified last week by a researcher who came across it while delving into Bash, or Bourne-Again SHell, a type of computer program that allows humans and computers to communicate with one another. Bash is used in the Mac OS X operating system, as well as Linux and Unix. Unless you're weeding into the nitty-gritty code of your computer (accessed on a Mac via 'Terminal'), you'll

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  • (Photo courtesy BuzzFeed)(Photo courtesy BuzzFeed)

    You know Songza and Grooveshark, Rdio and YouTube.

    Google Play Music, SoundCloud and iTunes.

    But do you recall, the most famous music streaming service of all?

    After years of waiting, Canadian music listeners have access to Spotify, one of the most popular music streaming services out there. For years, they've bemoaned having to settle for other streaming sites and other alternatives, or have needed to get creative when it came to gaining access to the site. Now, they have full access to both the free and premium services on the site.

    By signing up for Spotify, users have instant access to a massive catalogue of over 20 million songs. It can be searched by artist, album or song, and a deep playlist functionality similar to Songza is built into both the desktop and mobile apps. Users can also build their own playlists, which can then be shared with friends on social media.

    The full, ad-free Spotify Premium experience costs $9.99 a month, but users can also opt for a free account. Users

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  • iPhone and Android users may be loyal to their brands, but there doesn't seem to be any technology fanbase quite as devout as the BlackBerry user. In the face of financial troubles, a short-term CEO and an ever-diminishing slice of the smartphone marketshare, BlackBerry fans remain true to their handset of choice.

    Today, their patience has paid off. At an event in Waterloo, Ontario today, BlackBerry (with the help of Wayne Gretzky) launched its latest smartphone, the BlackBerry Passport. The square-screened device, offering a wide screen and physical keyboard, which doubles as a touch pad, is the first new device since BlackBerry launched the Z30 last October.

    [ Yahoo Finance: BlackBerry Passport signals a deliberately different company ]

    We took a look at what reviewers around the 'net are saying about the new BlackBerry Passport, and here are some of the highlights and lowlights of the new device:

    The Wall Street Journal:

    [I]f this were a romantic comedy, the new BlackBerry
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  • The last thing you want to have happen to your brand-new smartphone is have it bend out of shape. But unfortunately, that's exactly what a lot of iPhone 6 Plus owners are reporting as happening.

    The issue was brought to light on the Apple blog and forum site MacRumours, where users started highlighting their issues with bent smartphones on Tuesday. Shortly after, a blogger with reported seeing the same issue, and even showed the damage that had been done with this GIF:

    The two users who posted to the MacRumours forums reported that the iPhone 6 Plus had been placed in a pocket, and then after several hours of sitting, the phone showed a visible bend near the volume buttons on the phone. User hanzoh reported that he placed the phone in his front pocket, drove four hours to a wedding, sat for dinner, did some dancing, then drove four hours back. When he took it out of his front pocket and placed it on the coffee table, the phone appeared to be slightly bent.

    Another user

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  • If there’s one thing you need to know about anacondas, it’s that they don’t like to be messed with.

    Unfortunately, not everyone heeds that advice.

    Just last week we posted a story about a math teacher in French Guyana who captured a 17-foot-long anaconda in his backyard after it had eaten his neighbour’s dog.

    And now comes a new video, this time of a group of Brazilians who come across one of these massive serpents on a riverbank. Instead of leaving the massive predator alone, these guys chase it down, much to the opposition of the female passenger on the tiny boat.

    Anacondas are not small snakes. They can grow up to 30 feet in length, weigh more than 500 pounds and measure more than 12 inches in diameter.

    The yellow anaconda in this video doesn’t appear to be 30 feet long, but it isn’t exactly a baby, either. And its distended stomach – it appears to have been found fairly soon after a substantial meal – only make the sight of the great beast even more frightening.

    Yellow anacondas

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