Why is everyone going nuts over Pokemon GO?

National Post’s Technology Editor Josh McConnell (and former myFM staffer) explains the Pokemon GO phenomenon in this articlescreenshot-1





Things my mother taught me

My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL  DONE.
“If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.”

My mother taught me  RELIGION.
“You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”

My mother taught me about  TIME TRAVEL .
“If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!”

My mother taught me LOGIC.
“Because I said so, that’s why.”

My mother taught me MORE  LOGIC.
“If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.”

My mother taught me  FORESIGHT.
“Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”

My mother taught me  IRONY.
“Keep crying and I’ll give you something to cry about.”

My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
“Shut your mouth and eat your supper.”

My mother taught me about  CONTORTIONISM .
“Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck?”

My mother taught me about STAMINA.
“You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.”

My mother taught me about WEATHER.
“This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.”

My mother taught me about  HYPOCRISY.
“If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times: don’t exaggerate!”

My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE .
“I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.”

My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
“Stop acting like your father!”

My mother taught me about ENVY.
“There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have  wonderful parents like you do.”

My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
“Just wait until your Dad gets home.”

My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
“You are going to get it when you get home!”

My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
“If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way.”

My mother taught me ESP.
“Put your sweater on; don’t you think I know when you are cold?”

My mother taught me HUMOR.
“When you fall out of that tree and break your legs don’t come running to me.”

My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
“If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”

My mother taught me GENETICS.
“You’re just like your father.”

My mother taught me about my ROOTS .
“Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?”

My mother taught me WISDOM.
“When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.”

My mother taught me about JUSTICE.
“One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!”



  • Food (non-perishable and easy-to-prepare items, enough for 3 days) and a manual can opener
  • Bottled water (4 litres per person for each day)
  • Medication(s)
  • Flashlight
  • Radio (crank or battery-run)
  • Extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Candles and matches/lighter
  • Hand sanitizer or moist towelettes
  • Important papers (identification, contact lists, copies of prescriptions, etc.)
  • Extra car keys and cash
  • Whistle (to attract attention, if needed)
  • Zip-lock bag (to keep things dry)
  • Garbage bags

Special Considerations

  • Items for babies and small children—diapers, formula, bottles, baby food, comfort items
  • Prescription medication
  • Medical supplies and equipment
  • Pet food and supplies
  • Any other items specific to your family’s needs

Extra Supplies for Evacuation

  • Clothes, shoes
  • Sleeping bags or blankets
  • Personal items (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, comb, other toiletries)
  • Playing cards, travel games, other activities for children


  • Pack the contents of your kit in an easy-to-carry bag(s) or a case on wheels.
  • Store your kit in a place that is easy to reach, and ensure that everyone in your family knows where it is.
  • Your water supply is meant to cover what you would drink as well as what you might need for food preparation, hygiene and dishwashing.
  • Check and refresh your kit twice a year—when the clocks shift to/from daylight savings time is a good time. Check all expiry dates and replace food and water with a fresh supply. Check batteries and replace as needed.

Sitting: the new smoking

Sitting is the new smoking, we’re often told.

It not only takes a toll on our joints and backs, sitting has been linked to heart problems, weight gain and early death. And even if we exercise 30 minutes a day, it may not be enough to offset the risks of sitting, research has found. But what’s an office worker to do?  (thinking of our Administrative Professionals, particularly today).

Prolonged sitting is simply a fact of life: we sit for eight hours on the job, then sit again on our commutes, then sit again at home.

But there are a few ways office workers can stay active even if they’re chained to a desk.

  1. If you have to sit, do it right
    The first tip for office workers is to set up an ergonomically sound workstation, with the chair set in the right position.

When you’re sitting at your desk you want to make sure your thighs are parallel with the floor, your knees are at 90 degrees and you’re sitting all the way back in your chair.

Your feet should be flat on the floor in this position, not tucked under your chair, so if they’re not, use a footrest so your feet don’t dangle.

Adjust the height of your seat back to ensure the lumbar support of the chair is in the small of your lower back, to support the curve in your spine.

Avoid the “poking chin” posture of leaning forward to read your monitor, as this causes tension in the neck and shoulders.

If you find yourself doing this a lot, you may be having trouble reading the screen.

Move the monitor closer, or increase the font size of your documents.

Those with desk jobs: 

Reset often
We should try to not sit any longer than 45 to 60 minutes at a time, so if you have trouble remembering to get up and move, set an alarm on your desk or phone.

‘Deskercise’ discreetly
Sure, there are lots ways to exercise in an office, but if you’re in an open-concept space, it can feel odd doing desk pushups and squats with everyone watching.

Instead, find subtle to ways to move and activate your muscles without causing a scene.

Incorporate more movement into your day

Desk exercises are great, but what’s even better is incorporating standing and movement into your work day.

Last year, British public health experts issued recommendations saying that all office workers should stand or walk for at least two hours a day, to help ward off the dangers of prolonged sitting.

Standing for hours isn’t great for your muscles or back either, so find a way to do a little of each all day — sit while typing, but stand while taking calls, for example.

Incorporate movement into your workday by:

  • walking down the hall to speak to a colleague instead of emailing them
  • keeping your lunch and snacks in the kitchen so you have to walk to get them
  • taking the stairs instead of the elevator
  • walking on all escalators, rather than standing
  • choosing the furthest parking spot if you drive to work
  • getting off one stop early if you take transit