Surf's up -
A site that is helping a local cancer fundraiser evolve into a bit of a movement is the starting point for this week's tour around the web. We'll also check in some musical celebrations, keep up to date with heritage properties and learn about what makes cats tick. Or purr, as the case may be.
Shave For the Brave
The first Shave for the Brave happened in 2006. In a few short years, it's gone from a relatively small fundraiser for St. John's-based Young Adult Cancer Canada, pulling in about $40,000 that first year, to five times as much last year. Shave for the Brave now seems to have household name recognition in our area, with hundreds of children and adults alike signing up to have their hair shaved off, with proceeds going towards programs aimed at young adults dealing with a cancer diagnosis.
Shaving season is coming soon (with a major mass-shave at the Avalon Mall on March 6, for instance), so now is the time to register and collect pledges. How much would your friends and colleagues pay to see you lose your locks? Now's a good time to find out. The site has plenty of information about what it calls "the coolest cancer fundraiser in Canada."
Elsewhere this week
Ruckus on the Edge: Juno Week
A couple of musical events are on the calendar for the coming weeks. The East Coast Music Awards are coming up in March in North Sydney; you can check out the nominees and such now, but keep an eye on the site for the weekend, as the ECMAs do boost their online presence.
Meanwhile, there are just over seven weeks now to the Junos in St. John's. The so-called Ruckus on the Edge celebration is still a little scanty on the details (i.e., who's playing and when), but you can get a sense of how the full week will shape up. You can even enter a tune in a contest for the theme song. Hurry: the deadline for that is next week.
17 Things Worth Knowing About Your Cat
I love "The Oatmeal," which makes web-based infographics that are spot-on with the facts and fun to look at besides. This one is a list of remarkable facts about the common housecat, from their well-known visual acuity to the famous scientist who invented the cat door.
The Newfoundland Historic Trust has been a force in the province since the 1960s, and has played a strong role in preserving - and cherishing - important houses, churches and other buildings. Its website has been freshly re-launched. Look for a Flickr-powered slideshow that will take you right around the province.
The longest-running soap opera in the world is a British radio serial that airs six days a week, just as they've been doing since 1950. The story of the goings-on of a fictional farming village in the Midlands is also pretty addictive, even though there are more characters than anything in Dickens or Trollope. You can listen to BBC Radio 4 live if you like for your daily 13-minute serving, but you may find it easier to subscribe to the podcast. (It's worth noting that "The Archers" is the most popular online program offered by the BBC.) The companion site is filled with detail, including synopses, character biographies and interactive features.
Have you ever tried to get a group of different people - like volunteers on a committee, for instance - in the same place at the same time? It can be a bit of a challenge, particularly if people work in different places and have different schedules. Here's a tool that can really help you. Doodle is a web-based tool that allows everyone to select scheduling options, or even make a group decision, without so much as a phone call.
John Gushue is a writer in St. John's. Twitter: @johngushue. Blog: johngushue.typepad.com.