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Best of YouTube Videos January

Posted by cchalkley on January 30, 2017

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It’s the first Best of YouTube post in 2017! This month we have a mix of popular videos ranging from music videos, challenges and pranks.  So sit back, relax, press play and watch some of the fun videos that came out in January.

Power Rangers (2017 Movie) Official Trailer
21,944,920 views

A trailer for the new “Power Rangers” came out and it gave a look into the story of five high school kids who gain superpowers and go out to save the world. Now these Power Rangers look way cooler than the campy 90’s version that you probably remember. Even if you weren’t a fan of the original 90’s show, this movie looks like it’s aimed at all fans of superhero movies.

Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (Official Video)
20,657,032 views

This is Ed Sheeran’s first music video from his upcoming new album set to release on March 3rd. Ed Sheeran is known for his catchy story telling songs. “Castle on the Hill” is a trip down memory lane as he reminisces about being a teenager and hanging out with friends. The video is shot in Ed’s hometown of Framlingham, England and cast with teenagers from a local high school. Wow, how did they manage to find Ed Sheeran’s doppelganger to play his younger self? Good casting choice!

Sia - Move your Body
12,147,559 views

I love the song “Move Your Body” by Sia! Every time I hear this song it just makes me want to get up and dance. The music video is an 80’s throwback featuring a young dancer wearing Sia’s signature black and white bob wig. The young child dances around and photobombs people’s glamour shots. Do you remember glamour shots? This was a huge trend in the 80’s when a person would get a glammed up makeover with big hair and makeup for a studio photoshoot. Just google “80’s Glamour Shots” and you’ll see some gem photographs like this one below.

Glamour Shot

We Trained Like Superheroes For 30 Days
12,063,952 views

Have you ever wondered how celebrities get those ridiculously good looking bodies for those superhero movies? These two people were challenged to train with a personal trainer for 5 weeks to attempt to look like their favourite superhero. They changed their diet and dedicated themselves to working out. After 5 weeks they had some dramatic results. Kudos to them for working as hard as they did! This looks like a cool challenge but I would never have the will power to give up cheese. I will have to just live with my muffin top for the rest of my life.

BuzzFeedVideo $27 Cake Vs. $1,120 Cake
11,756,463 views

This video is my favourite of all the videos on this list today. I love eating cake and watching this video made me so hungry! These two guys compared 3 cakes at different price points to find which cake was the best. The first cake they tried is a Milk’N Berries cake from a Cuban bakery for $27. This cake is right up my alley; it’s a tres leches cake with fresh berries, yum! The second cake is Espresso Chocolate cake from a Los Angeles bakery for $48. This cake is a devil’s food cake with espresso buttercream. The last cake is a custom celebration cake for $1,120.   This is one fancy posh cake! It’s a funfetti cake with strawberry buttercream designed to look like a birthday present. It looks way too fancy to eat! Try to get through this video without indulging in a pastry! Now if anyone can recommend where I can find a tres leches cake for me locally please?

Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer
10,890,973 views

Super Mario Odyssey is Nintendo’s latest Super Mario game that is due to come out late 2017 for the new Nintendo Switch console. This game looks like it would be super fun to play. In this 3D game Mario ventures into a New York style city climbing buildings, jumping on taxi cabs and swinging off traffic lights. And even watch out in this trailer for Mario’s rocking dance moves. Now I am not into gaming at all, but this latest Super Mario game looks like it could even get me hooked on playing it.

Rings – TV Store Prank
7,526,941 views

This prank was made to promote the new “Rings” movie that comes out in theatres February 3rd. In this video, we watch unsuspecting customers totally freak out when the creepy dead girl from the “Rings” movie pops out of a TV to scare them. I always wondered what my reaction would be if I ended up on a hidden camera show. I’ll admit that I’m a total wuss and I can’t watch any scary movies, so I would probably be beyond horrified if this prank were to happen to me. And no, this isn’t an invitation for anyone to pull a prank on me to find out how I would react.

Jimmy Fallon’s Golden Globes Cold Open
6,542,732 views

Jimmy Fallon hosted the 74th Annual Golden Globes this past month. This year’s opening number was full of celebrities including Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams, Ryan Reynolds, Kit Harrington, the cast of “Stranger Things” and Tina Fey. Jimmy Fallon’s BFF Justin Timberlake also made an appearance in a “La La Land” spoof.  Watch out for Justin Timberlake’s spot on impression of Jimmy Fallon.

Will & Grace – The Reunion is Coming
1,695,881 views

What fan doesn’t love it when their favourite show has a reunion? We’ve seen it recently with the television show Gilmore Girls coming back for a new season on Netflix. Now here is another show making a comeback 11 years after their series finale. “Will & Grace” is coming back with a new 10 episode season on NBC in 2017. I am the most excited about this reunion show! I watched this show every Thursday night while it was on air. Jack and Karen’s characters are some of my favourite television characters.  During this show’s 8 season run there were tons memorable celebrity guest starts like Madonna, Cher, Matt Damon, Jennifer Lopez, and Michael Douglas. I would hope the new season is filled with lots of surprise guest stars too. Catch this show on NBC in their 2017-2018 television season.  

This concludes the January’s edition of our Best of YouTube Videos of the Month series. We hope you enjoyed your time with us, and we’ll see you again next month!

 

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I love things that make me laugh including sitcoms, sketch comedy and anything my kid does. When it comes to parenting I take Amy Poehler’s advice: “Always remember where you put your kid. Don’t let your kid drive until their feet can reach the pedals. Use the right size diapers... for yourself. And, when in doubt, make funny faces.”


#MORE_GoodNews Kudos and Comments

Posted by cirvine on January 23, 2017

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Last Thursday we surprised many of our customers by reducing the rates of their Internet packages considerably, which was a great feeling for both us and them! What made us smile most was reading the flood of positive comments from you about the discounted rates.  

Bravo ! Execulink you have just secured a customer for a long time . I actually thought it was some sort of scam but after talking to customer service i was informed that my bill has been reduced by $30.00 a month effective immediately ...Well done and thank you !
 –Glenn D.

I have been a customer for many years. I wouldn't change for anything as your customer service and plans are the best. Thank you Execulink.
–Lenene H.

YAY Execulink!! I always recommend you to people who ask about ISPs. Now I have even more reason to spread the word! Execulink is great!
–Carolyn H.

You guys haven't let me down in the last 12 or so years
–Sean H.

Such a nice surprise it was to hear this in my email. Thanks for the good news and for being the best ISP.  
–Shy C.

I was so happy to see my email today about the lower rates, you all rock and I thank you very much!
–Anna L.

Thank you #execulink you've restored my faith!!
–David H.

You're the best! Thank you!
-Kathy K.

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Some people even noticed that they could keep paying what they were before the discount, but upgrade their package to get a better speed or usage rate!

yes i got the 100 meg package now ty CRTC :) and cheaper then the 30 meg package i was getting
–Pete D.

Thanks, Execulink! I was already thinking of upgrading my package, now I have an even better reason to! Very happy customer.
–Tiffany R.

If you’re interested in upgrading your package or adding another service to your bundle, take a look at some of our plans here.

From all of us here at Execulink, thank you for all your kind comments. We love when we can give back to our neighbours this way and hope to fill this year with #MORE_GoodNews.

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MORE_Good News, and Money in Your Pocket

Posted by istevens on January 19, 2017

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MORE_Good News, and Money in Your Pocket

Great news!  Today, we are very excited to announce that we will be reducing the rates of many of our residential Internet packages, giving you, our neighbours, considerable savings. This is a very rare occurrence in our industry, as infrastructure, hardware costs and bandwidth costs only ever seem to rise. To be able to offer our customers a lower rate is truly a special kind of joy for us.

Why Are Rates Dropping?

The reason for these price decreases is due in part to a ruling by the CRTC (Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission) in October of last year, which stated that the large incumbent providers were charging third-party ISPs (like us) too much to access what is called the “last mile” of their networks, from the street to the home. This ruling has made interim corrections to the prices the large incumbents are allowed to charge us for last-mile access.

In turn, this has allowed us to lower many of our rates and give back to our customers. When we win, you win.

How Can I Find Out About My New Rate?

We will be sending e-mails to affected customers notifying them of their new lower rate. In the meantime, you can also find the new rates on the website upon entering your postal code.

Again, we are delighted to be able to do this for our customers and thank them for their loyalty and support over the years.

Thanks,
Ian Stevens

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Wacky Winter Sports

Posted by cchalkley on January 13, 2017

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It’s the middle of January and we are now in the thick of winter. There’s been snow on the ground and let’s not mention those double digit temperatures that we’ve already witnessed.  If you are like me and hate winter, this time of year can get pretty tough. No matter how many layers I put on, I can’t stand being outside in the cold for more than 5 minutes.  This time of year I start hibernating inside and cozying up with a glass of wine and binge watching my old favourite television shows. I just don’t get tired of watching Ross and Rachel’s comedic up and down relationship! “We were on a break!”

But there are many people out there that love winter and spending time outside in the snow.  These people can’t wait to hit the slopes and put on their skates. I am terrified of doing both those activities- (maybe that has a lot to do with my feelings towards winter).  Hockey seems to be the quintessential winter sport in Canada.  But there are a few off the radar sports that some people have found to be exciting winter passtimes. Let’s take a look at some of these wacky winter sports:

Skijoring is where a person on skis is pulled by a horse, dog or a motor vehicle. It’s a sport that comes from Scandinavia and now made its way to North America.  Skijoring can be done like cross country skiing where you can follow a trail or as a race with obstacles and ramps. Fun fact, Skijoring was in the 1928 St. Moritz Switzerland Winter Olympics.

Skijoding

Wok Racing is exactly what you think it sounds like. A person races down a bobsled track on specially designed woks with added handle bars. Inspired by a German TV show in 2003, wok racing became so popular it turned into a real sport which can be competed in as an individual or as a team. So now when you think of making a stir fry, you now might also think about taking your wok outside to play after.

Wok Racing

Shovel Racing began when ski lift operators used shovels to make it quickly down to the bottom of the slope. This sport is simple; all you need is a standard snow shovel and a toboggan hill.  The rider sits on the shovel, leans back and keeps their feet pointed forward. Fun fact- in 1997 shovel racing was featured in the X Games, but was quickly removed for safety reasons.

Shovel Racing

Baseboarding is a hybrid of skeleton, bodyboarding and tobogganing. A person rides face first down a hill on an aerodynamic board. The Bromely Baseboard has been developed by four-time Olympian Kristian Bromely. You can find baseboarding at Whistler Olympic Park in British Columbia. This sport is suitable for anyone aged 8 and up and you doesn’t require any prior experience. 

Our last winter “sport” was apparently founded by the Georgia Tech swim team. They were on the road when they found out that their swim meet had been cancelled. They were also snowed in—stuck in their hotel room in Virginia. So, they decided to do what any swim team does when they’re snowed in-- some outdoor snow swimming. They snow swam in different styles including backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle. Watch out this may catch on as a new winter sport.

Now these sports all seem kinda crazy to me and I’m sure all of you reading this may stick to the popular winter sports like hockey, skiing, tobogganing and ice skating. To be honest even those sports all seem crazy to me. I may be the only Canadian out there that feels lost while watching hockey (Sorry Canada-- don’t hate me for saying that!)  So next time we get a big snow fall and the ground is all covered, go get a shovel or a wok and have some fun…. or be like me and get all cozy on a couch, turn on your favourite tv show and pour a glass of wine. Now that sounds like fun to me. 

 

References: Wikipedia
Skijording Picture:  Kaila Angello
Shovel Racing Picture: Lynn Eubank
Wok Racing Picture: DPA

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I love things that make me laugh including sitcoms, sketch comedy and anything my kid does. When it comes to parenting I take Amy Poehler’s advice: “Always remember where you put your kid. Don’t let your kid drive until their feet can reach the pedals. Use the right size diapers... for yourself. And, when in doubt, make funny faces.”


Cool New Tech To Look Forward to This Year

Posted by cchalkley on January 6, 2017

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The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is held every January in Las Vegas. This year is the 50th annual conference and it will showcase over 3,800 exhibiting companies including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware. During this event some of the biggest tech companies unveil their newest tech innovations. The products showcased at this conference will be good an indicator of what cool new products might be coming on the market. Check out this neat infographic of “Milestones in the Technology Industry” that charts out what dates products were unveiled during this conference.  

Milestones

The products trending at this year’s CES includes artificial intelligence, virtual reality, new television models, smart technologies including wearable tech and smart appliances for the home. Here’s a list of some cool new products that were featured this year.

Zera Food Recycler by WLabs is a home composter that is to help reduce food waste. This will hold a week’s worth of food and converts it into homemade fertilizer within 24 hours. It is designed to fit into your kitchen and uses your daily food scraps. It uses oxygen, a plant based additive and an agitator that will break down the food. 

Zera Food

iRobot Braava jet Mopping Robot is similar to a robot vacuum, but this is a wet mop to tackle your hardwood, tile and stone flooring. It comes with 3 cleaning pads: a wet mop that will remove dirt and stains, a damp sweep that will clean dust while leaving a clean scent, and a dry sweep to remove dust and pet hair. 

Irobot

Motiv Ring is an activity tracker that’s a ring. It has similar features to what you expect from a fitness tracker, heart rate sensor, step counter and sleep duration. It’s made out of ultralight Titanium and is also waterproof. It comes in 7 ring sizes and 2 colours. 

Motiv Ring

Foldimate – The Robotic Laundry Folding Machine will fold laundry quickly and consistently. It will even perfume, soften and de-wrinkle while it folds!

FoldiMate

Whirlpool All-in-One Care Washer/Dryer Combo washes and dries your clothes in one machine. No need to transfer any clothes between machines. It includes a bulk laundry detergent dispenser, so you can fill it up with your detergent ahead of time and have to refill only twice a month.

Whirlpool washer

WalabotDIY lets you look inside your walls to help with renovation projects. It will detect the location and depth of pipes, studs, wires and even rodents.

WalabotDIY

Smartypans is a cooking pan that has temperature and weight sensors that can help assist with your cooking. It will provide step by step instructions and computes calories of the food you are cooking. This would help make sure you don’t burn or undercook your meals!

Smartypan

Willow Wearable Breast Pump is a hands free, wireless and tubeless breast pump. It’s designed to fit in your bra and to be more discreet then a traditional pump.

Willow Pump

Lego Boost is an educational codable toy robot. It is a set of motors and programmable bricks that can work with existing Lego kits to turn them into motorized toys.

Lego Boost

LG 4K OLED W series is a new TV model that is just 2.57MM thick. This TV is super thin and just 17 pounds for its 65” model. This model is designed only to be mounted on your wall and when mounted will sit flush against the wall. There is a soundbar as well that is included that also houses its HDMI inputs.

LG

And lastly, the Kerastase Hair Coach is a smart hairbrush. It’s made with boar and nylon bristles and will collect data about your hair. It will provide you with a daily hair score and product advice on how you can fix your dry, damaged and tangled hair. Not sure I would buy a $200 hair brush that’s connected to the internet, unless it would literally cut and style my hair for me. But maybe if someone has enough bad hair days this might be the right product. 

Hairbrush

With over 3,800 companies from 150 countries attending this conference, there were many cool innovations that were unveiled this week. While we only featured a few in this blog, there will definitely be some cool new products to watch out for this year. 

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I love things that make me laugh including sitcoms, sketch comedy and anything my kid does. When it comes to parenting I take Amy Poehler’s advice: “Always remember where you put your kid. Don’t let your kid drive until their feet can reach the pedals. Use the right size diapers... for yourself. And, when in doubt, make funny faces.”