#117 - New year rising. What shall we do with it?

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In this episode: rewriting your life, spy movies for cold war evenings, The Stimulators warm you up, new tech, and going green for 2011.


(1:48 - 7:12) June Swadron is a successful writing coach, author, and therapist. In this interview with Lyn Thompson from rabble.ca's Living on Purpose podcast, she talks about learning to write about one of her most secret truths, living with bi-polar disorder.

(7:35 - 11:43) The reel women have a spy movie for you that you might not have heard of. It is a good one for long winter nights.

(12:09 - 15:41) Loud Fast Rules. It's a rerelease of The Stimulators' 1982 album. And if watching a movie on the couch doesn't get your blood pumping, this song just might: Loud Fast Rules

(16:47 - 20:51) OS Chrome is an operating system for cheap, fast netbooks. And it is coming out later this year, but there is a cheap fast alternative. Wayne MacPhail tells us what it is.

(21:24 - 29:59) Getting more eco-conscious is a new year's goal for many. rabble.ca's Alternatives podcast has an interview to inspire you. Andrew Heintzman is a venture capitalist who's book The New Entrepreneurs: Building a Green Economy For the Future, talks about why the environment and the economy don't need to be at loggerheads.

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