Recognizing Sunstroke

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Jul 152013

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Sunstroke is a condition that develops when the body cannot control the temperature of the body. It occurs when the body is exposed to excess heat. Although the symptoms are similar, sunstroke is more severe than heatstroke and is often considered a life-threatening condition.

Causes of Sunstroke

The human body is a well oiled machine, and likes to work at a certain temperature. The body will from time to time regulate the body in order to get warm (cause you to shake), or to cool down (sweat).  Sometimes, when the body is exposed to excess heat, the body’s cooling system fails. When this happens exposure to excess temperature, heat and sun are the most significant causes of sunstroke. Dehydration (lack of water) can also result in sunstroke. Dehydration is a condition that arises when there is a loss of fluids caused due to excess perspiration or other bodily fluids (urine for example). If a person does not drink adequate amounts of water when suffering from dehydration, the body may take water from the bloodstream. This affects the normal functioning of the heat-regulating system as well as that of the heart.

Symptoms of Sunstroke

Mild sunstroke symptoms include

  • Dry, red and scaly skin due to loss of water from the body.  (NOTE: you stop sweating when you’re lacking water in the body).
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Rapid pulse rate
  • High fever
  • Rise in body temperature
  • Unconsciousness
  • Hallucinations
  • Convulsions

Sunburn is also likely  but many believe it is NOT a symptom.

Urine color may also darken due to excess dehydration.

NOTE: Children and the elderly are more prone to sunstroke than young adults. 

Treating Sunstroke

Seek medical help.

One of the key things to remember is that the body is over-heated, and lowering the body temperature is the primary treatment of sunstroke. The sunstroke victim should be bathed with cool water or covered in cool (damp to wet) towels to lower the temperature. Ice packs can also be used for the same purpose (be mindful, this could send the person into shock). Secondly, it is essential to treat dehydration by drinking water or electrolytic fluids. In the case of severe dehydration – intravenous (IV) fluids may be required. Doctors may also prescribe medications as well.

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How to Fix the “App can’t be opened” issue on a Mac.

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Feb 202013

How to fix the “App Can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer” Error

OK, so let’s start with what the error is. Starting with “Mountain Lion” the OS defaults to preventing applications who aren’t updating their applications through the App Store (or from developers who haven’t identified themselves with Apple) from being installed.  You will see messages like the following:


The security feature at play here is called Gatekeeper. You don’t need to worry too much about what it is; just know that  you can still install/run the application(s).

Temporary Solution

This is the one that most people ‘should‘ choose, as it leaves the control over what is installed on your machine up to you, and with your knowledge, thus preventing potentially malicious software from being installed without your knowledge.

All that’s required of you is to Right-Click (Control+click) the application or package in question, and choose “Open”, then click the button “Open”.

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You can do this with any application that gives you the warning.

Nice and simple.

Permanent Solution

Some of you may be more daring and live life carefree, and would like to disable this “Gatekeeper” security thingy altogether. Well, at least for now you can.

1. Open your System Preferences

2. Choose “Security & Privacy” – General tab

3. Click on the lock/unlock button (to unlock and grant permissions to make changes)

4. Change the “Allow applications downloaded from” setting from “Mac App Store and identified developers” to “Anywhere”.

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5. You can now launch/install applications without Gatekeeper preventing you.


Hope you found this tutorial helpful!

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Pinterest – Verifying Your Website Made Simple

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Nov 162012

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Have you wondered if you could verify your website or blog on Pinterest?

In short, the answer is yes!

This is a very easy process that shouldn’t take most people more than a few minutes to accomplish.

Following these few steps will make the process quite easy!

Step 1 – Log in

Log in to your Pinterest Account, and click on your image in the top right corner.

Step 2 – Go to settings

Click on your name, then click on settings







Step 3:  Input Website/Blog

Scroll down to where the entry for your website or blog is located. Either enter your website or blog address (don’t need to worry about http://)

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Step 4: Click to Verify

Click on the “Verify Website” link.

Step 5: Download Verification Page

You will be asked to download a verification webpage that you must upload to your website.

Step 6: Upload Page and Verify

After you have downloaded this website, you need to upload it to the “root” of your website (not in a subfolder, right in the root for your website). When you are done, return to Pinterest and click the link “Click here to complete the process.”


If you have done this correctly, you should now be verified. Otherwise, double check that the address you entered for your website/blog is correct, and that you uploaded the web page to the root of your website.

For WordPress Users:

Assuming that you are using a hosting service for your website/blog, and are using CPanel – do the following to upload your verification page.

Step 1: Logon

Login to your hosting service and open CPanel and click “File Manager”

Step 2:  Click on “Web Root”

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Step 3. Upload the webpage

  • Upload the web page that you downloaded from Pinterest by selecting “Upload” from the menubar at the top. Select “Choose File”.
  • Browse to where the Pinterest HTML file saved on your computer.
  • Click “Open” and the file will upload to your server.

Step 5: Return to Pinterest

Return to Pinterest and click where it says, “Click here to complete the process.”

At this point your website/blog have been verified!

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Learn How To Hand Feed Birds

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Oct 082012

Deann and I were out and about this past weekend, enjoying the wonderful long weekend here in Southern Ontario. We ventured into the Royal Botanical Gardens – Cherry Hill Valley. A flood plain here in Burlington, that is home to hundreds of animal species. During our visit, we thought we demonstrate how to feed the lovely chickadees and nuthatches that frequent the place.

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