Excuse my virtual dust

John Gushue
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This week, we’re going to go skiing without snow (let alone a ski pole), journey all over the planet without lifting our legs from the couch and identify some things we’ve seen in some famous movies.

Oh, and we’re all going to pitch in and make some wicked plans for tonight, without placing a single call, and we’re going to do it in mere moments.

We’re short on time, so let’s get moving!



Well, actually, we’re not in that much of a hurry. Solipskier is a nice little game to play when you have a few spare moments, or alternatively when you need to take your mind off a hectic day and just chill.

It couldn’t be easier to play: you move your mouse, and the “snowflake” you see makes hills for your little skier to climb and jump.

Within seconds, you realize you can increase speed and do tricks … but be careful. A little too much and you end up with one ex-skier. The game is also available for your phone.



Speaking of phones, Beluga might be just the answer you’re looking for if you have a group of friends who like to hang out together or plan activities. Or, perhaps, you work together and you need some co-ordination.

Beluga is at the forefront of what’s called group messaging, in which you have the ease of social media and the mobility of phones, but harnessed for a specific set of users.

Beluga, incidentally, was just snapped up by Facebook, which indicates we’re all going to be hearing more about group messaging in the months to come.

Globe Genie


Capt. Kirk and Spock could teleport from the Enterprise to any number of planets; Harry Potter and friends could apparate. No magic here, just a clever use of Google Street View.

Click the button and you’re randomly brought somewhere on the planet right down to a street corner … even though there’s actually a decent chance you’ll be in the middle of nowhere.

You can restrict your continents, if you wish. Either way, it’s fun to see where the genie will drop you next.

Famous Objects from Classic Movies


You see a microphone hanging in the air and your mind goes to … “The King’s Speech.” And that turns out to be the correct answer in this quiz, which works something like Hangman, in that you fill in the letters to get the answer.

It’s debatable about whether Colin Firth’s movie is already a classic, and you may question some of the other choices, but I bet movie buffs will get a charge moving through this puzzle.



Treehugger covers the environment with the same keen eye as, say, Forbes covers business or Vogue covers fashion. Lately, it’s been filled with reports on the fears of nuclear meltdown in Japan, albeit from the green point of view. You’ll also find an environmental take on news from around the world, and often an advocate’s point of view.

How to win rock-paper-scissors every time


Rock-paper-scissors may look like a random way to decide something (for instance, who gets the bigger piece of pie, who gets to ride shotgun, etc.), but there’s a knack to it.

This infographic and commentary collects some things you should know before you put your wrist, fingers and (most importantly) brain and eyes to work. Observation and thinking, after all, are key. That said, I still like the extra options of “lizard” and “Spock” as suggested by Sheldon on “The Big Bang Theory”!

John Gushue is an online editor with CBC News in St. John’s.

Blog: johngushue.typepad.com.

Twitter: @johngushue

Organizations: The King, CBC News

Geographic location: Japan

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