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What’s Up Wednesdays: Kids These Days

October 22nd, 2014

What’s the deal with political correctness anyway? When does being cheeky and topical go too far? With Halloween right around the corner, Deborah Ng is tackling some of these very issues as she ponders how (in)appropriate an Ebola hazmat costume for her son might be. She took to Facebook and was quickly bombarded with over […]

What’s Up Wednesdays: The Blogging Life

October 15th, 2014

This week’s speedlink kicks off with Paul Gannon explaining why your blog shouldn’t have a homepage. He disagrees with the many blogging professionals who say that your homepage acts like a storefront meant to entice customers through the door. A visitor reading your homepage is already in the store and your job now is to […]

I Am Thankful For…

October 13th, 2014

American Thanksgiving isn’t until next month, but we like to celebrate Turkey Day a little earlier here in Canada. And with the scent of pumpkin spice in the air, we also take this time to reflect on what we are thankful for in our lives. As much as I may gripe about this or that, […]

What’s Up Wednesdays: Useless Things

October 8th, 2014

Let’s dive right into this week’s speedlink. Knowledge for its own sake is incredibly powerful and infinitely useful. That’s why Scott Young says that learning useless things isn’t all that useless after all. From what psychologists call the availability heuristic to how knowing something helps you learn new things more easily, learning “useless” tidbits of […]

What’s Up Wednesdays: Keep Running

October 1st, 2014

Every Wednesday, I gather up and share some fun reads from around the web. This week’s collection starts off with Betshopboy and his participation in the Penang 100 Ultramarathon 2014. Many of you may already know about his propensity for running marathons and this is his second “ultra” marathon of the year. He selected the […]

10 Traditional Chinese Superstitions I Never Really Understood

September 30th, 2014

Every culture has its own set of customs, traditions and superstitions. Many of us were told that we shouldn’t break mirrors or walk under ladders, lest we desire to be marred with bad luck for years to come. I suppose some of these superstitions are rooted in safety; shards of glass can be dangerous and […]

What’s Up Wednesdays: Work and Play

September 24th, 2014

We kick off this week’s speedlink with Damien Riley, who seems to have a similar philosophy as me when it comes to figuring things out. The best way to learn about technology is to play with it. I rarely take a look at the user manual when I do my tech product reviews, because I’d […]

9/11 – We Will Never Forget

September 11th, 2014

I’m not going to comment on the fearmongering and systemic paranoia that followed. I’m not going to say how this created a culture of unfair discrimination or over a decade of unnecessary warfare. What I will say is 9/11 has, if nothing else, reminded us of the preciousness and fragility of life. Cherish every moment […]