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Fitting in at summer camp is difficult enough. Imagine the challenge of doing it with a rare disease that only a handful of kids in the province truly understand.
One North Vancouver camp has been designed to tackle that challenge head-on. Every summer, kids diagnosed with juvenile arthritis, lupus, Wagner’s disease and juvenile dermatomyositis come to Camp Capilano for three-and-a-half days of fun tailored to their needs.
Now in its 30th year, things have come full circle. Kids who originally came as campers are now helping to run the show.
For 19-year-old Andrea McGowan, it is the least she can do to say “thank you” for the life-changing experience she had coming to the camp as a youngster.
“This place helped me so much as a kid that I’m happy to give back and help the kids now. I remember my old counselors,” she said. “I’m just very excited to help kids now and hopefully be around and watch them get better. It’s been really rewarding to give back.”
McGowan first came to the camp when she was 10, having lived with juvenile arthritis since she was two years old. Attending the camp that year and in the years that followed gave her a chance for the first time to meet other kids with the same illness. Some of those fellow campers have become life-long friends.
“Physically, (the disease) challenges you, and it makes you a little bit different, so here is where everyone is pretty much the same, and these are the people who are the closest to understanding what we’re going through,” she said.
That doesn’t mean the kids prefer to sit still. From an outsider’s perspective, Camp Capilano looks like any other kids’ camp. This year, participants have been dragon boating, playing volleyball, rock climbing, playing laser tag and doing aerobics. The difference is the quiet patience the kids and counselors have with each other.
“We all set our own paces. If I need to slow down, these people don’t ask me why, and they don’t think it’s any different. If I’m limping, they think it’s regular,” McGowan said. “They make it very easy for us to do whatever we like. They’re very accommodating. It’s a very individual-focused camp.”
The camp has an educational component as well, encouraging kids to learn about their own and other childhood diseases. A favourite activity each year is a Jeopardy-style trivia night in the dorm.
“It’s anything from sports teams to medicine names,” McGowan said.
Watching a new crop of kids come in, McGown said she sees the invaluable experiences she had on her first camping trip playing out again for a new generation.
“A few are homesick, but most of them just love it. I think they are finding it so surprising that we all have so many similarities, and we understand what joint pain means when we’re stiff in the mornings. We all know that arthritis isn’t just an old-person disease,” she said. “A lot of these kids have just been diagnosed. One little girl here was just diagnosed a couple months ago, and she’s still adjusting to it, so this will be great for her.”
The camp is funded entirely by the Arthritis Society. It is the only camp of it’s kind in Canada, according to organizers.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
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So you've loaded up your Kindle with free books, but you have a few other non-book documents you'd like to read on it. Here are some easy ways to send any web article, PDF, or document straight to your Kindle (or smartphone with the Kindle app).
Step One: Find Your Kindle Email AddressTo set this up, we're going to use Kindle's Personal Document Syncing service, which relies on an email address—for example, firstname.lastname@example.org—to send articles to your device. Whatever you use is going to require you to know this address, so to find it, head to this page in Amazon's Kindle settings and click on "Personal Document Settings" in the left sidebar. You should see your Kindle's email address near the top of the page. Copy this down and enter it when you're prompted to by one of the apps in step two.
Step Two: Choose Your Sending MethodThere are a few different ways to send documents to your Kindle. Here are a few of our favorites.
Via Email: If you have a PDF, DOC, HTML, RTF, or other compatible file, you can just attach it to an email and send it to your Kindle email address to have it show up in your Kindle library on your device. It isn't the fastest way to do it, but you can do it from nearly anywhere, so it's pretty convenient.
a desktop app for both Windows and OS X that lets you send compatible files to your Kindle just by right-clicking on them on your computer and pressing "Send to Kindle". This is especially handy if you send a lot of PDFs or DOC files.
The Klip.me Bookmarklet or Chrome Extension: If you're more of a web junkie, you'll love Klip.me. It has a bookmarklet that works on nearly any browser and will send any web article to your Kindle with one click. It also has a really cool Chrome extension that can grab an article, strip it of formatting and (if you so choose) images and then send it to your Kindle, which can be really nice. If you don't like Klip.me, you might also try the very popular Kindlebility bookmarklet, too.
You can also send articles to your Kindle from services like Instapaper Readability, though unless you've already stored those articles, it lengthens the process by one step—so the above choices are quicker if you stumble upon something and want to send it to your Kindle right away.
Step Three: Set Up Personal Document Syncing
Amazon's Kindle settings page, click on Personal Document Settings in the left sidebar, and scroll down to "Approved Personal Document Email List". From there, add a new email address and type in the address of whatever service you're using from step two—for example, if you're using Readability, you'll need to add
email@example.com the approved list.
Lastly, you can send these articles over either USB, 3G, Wi-Fi. Here's how that works:
If you want to send articles over USB, you can use a slightly different version of your Kindle email address in the apps above:
firstname.lastname@example.org. It should return to you a file compatible with your Kindle, which you can then drag over to it using a USB cable as described here.
If you have a Kindle with Wi-Fi or a smartphone, your articles should show up as soon as you have a valid Wi-Fi connection. You won't be charged for this service.
If you have a 3G-enabled Kindle, you can also send articles when you aren't near Wi-Fi using Amazon's Whispernet. You can enable this on the Personal Document Settings page, under "Whipspernet Delivery Options". When you enable this, Amazon will automatically send your articles over 3G if you don't have Wi-Fi connectivity and will charge you $0.15 per Megabyte transferred (per article—so an article 1MB or less will cost $0.15).
Alternatively, if you don't want to pay money (but don't have Wi-Fi), you can keep Wispernet disabled and add another step to the process to get those articles on your Kindle. Once you've sent an article to your Kindle using an app in step two, go to the Amazon Kindle settings page and you should find that article in your Kindle library. Click the Actions dropdown and click "Deliver to My..." and choose your Kindle from the list. It'll then send the article to your Kindle over 3G, but without charging you. Photo by The Approximate Photographer.
Step Four: Enjoy Your ArticlesThat's it! It sounds like a lot of setup, but once you're done, you should be able to send nearly any article or document to your Kindle with one click. Then, whenever you turn on your Kindle, you'll have a plethora of articles ready to read. There are a lot of other ways to send stuff to your Kindle, but these are by far the best and easiest in our opinion. Check out Amazon's Help page on the subject
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Here are 10 novel uses for your Android smartphone:
1. Measure your heart rate with your Android phone
Believe it or not, if you have an Android phone with a camera, you can measure your heart rate with it.
2. Control computers remotely with your Android phone
Are you tired of providing on-site tech support for your friends and family? Providing support remotely is an easy way to help them while maintaining your sanity. If you don't have a computer nearby, but have your Android phone, you can still help.
3. Solve Sudoku puzzles using Google Goggles
Google Goggles has a peculiar Sudoku-solving feature. Solve your Sudoku puzzle using Google Goggles on your Android phone.
4. Measure noise with your Android phone
With a free app and your Android phone, we'll show you how you can turn your phone into a noise meter.
5. Use your Android phone to quit smoking
If you've quit smoking a thousand times, let Android help you quit for the last time.
6. Tune a guitar with your Android phone
Don't be left with an out-of-tune guitar ever again. We'll show you how to tune a guitar with your Android phone.
7. Use your Android phone as a flashlight
The bright LEDs (sometimes dual LEDs) for Android cameras make them great little flashlights. HTC includes a flashlight app by default, while Motorola makes its available for download. There are several other free flashlight apps available from the Android Market.
Follow our "Exclusively Android" board on Pinterest for more Android tips and tricks.
8. Track earthquakes with Android devices
Have you ever felt something and asked yourself, "Was that an earthquake?" If you have an Android device, you can track earthquakes easily with a couple of simple apps.
9. Use your Android phone as a cordless mouse and keyboard
An Android app called RemoteDroid allows Android smartphones to become wireless computer touch pads and keyboards. We'll show you how to get it up and running.
10. Use your Android phone as timer or stopwatch
Some Android phones come with a stopwatch and timer, but if yours didn't, there are many free stopwatch/timer apps available from the Android Market.
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PaperKarma is one of those ideas that make you realize that the future is nigh. The concept behind it? See a piece of junk mail that offends you in your mail box — anything from magazines, catalogs, coupon books, fliers, credit card offers, and the root of all evils, the Yellow Pages — take a picture of it and boom, the PaperKarma team will “take care” of it, mafia style.