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Photos from GottaCon 2015 in Victoria

March 2nd, 2015

As you may have heard, I was at GottaCon 2015 this past weekend. It is the largest LAN event in Western Canada (to my knowledge) with 350 seats and it celebrates just about every aspect of gaming culture, from mobile to console, trading card games to minis, cosplay to RPGs. There was even LEGO!

Are You Coming to GottaCon 2015 in Victoria?

February 13th, 2015

One of the best things about an event like GottaCon is that it is very inclusive in celebrating so many aspects of geek and gaming culture. Some gaming events can feel very intimidating as you hear about those touting the supremacy of the PC gaming master race, for instance, but that’s not what GottaCon is […]

Wanderlust: 25 Places to Visit Before I Retire

January 23rd, 2015

Something that I’ve said before and I likely will say again is that travel is one of the best ways to spend your money. It may feel awfully tempting to spend your money on shiny new gadgets or a spiffy new outfit, but the memories and experiences you gain through international travel are invaluable. The […]

Why CES 2015 Was Totally Different for Me

January 13th, 2015

When I went to my first CES in 2008, I didn’t know exactly what to expect and I wanted to take advantage of every opportunity. I met with tons of different tech companies, I met up with many of my fellow tech journalists, I played in a charity poker tournament, and I hopped between multiple […]

What I Ate in Las Vegas During CES (Pictures)

January 8th, 2015

Going to Las Vegas earlier this week for CES 2015 was different for several reasons, one of the most notable of which was that I actually flew home on the day that the massive trade show officially started. Given this, it was a much more low-key affair and we didn’t even attend any industry parties. […]

Heading to Las Vegas for CES 2015

January 2nd, 2015

My first CES was way back in 2008. At the time, while I had attended other trade shows and events, I had never experienced something on such a massive scale. The International Consumer Electronics Show is positively gigantic, covering the entirety of the Las Vegas Convention Center and taking over several of the hotels on […]

A Walk Through Vancouver’s Chinatown

June 24th, 2014

As a kid, I spent a fair bit of time in Vancouver’s Chinatown, both with my parents and my grandparents. We’d go down there to grab some lunch and to do our grocery shopping. Unlike the more “supermarket” approach that we have today, shopping for groceries back then was much more about piecing together just […]

Dining at Din Tai Fung in Taipei 101, Taiwan

June 17th, 2014

There are few Asian food items that are quite as iconic as the humble dumpling, particularly because it comes in so many different forms from so many different cultures. And for a lot of people, the xiaolongbao is king. Literally translated as the “bun” or “dumpling” from a small steaming basket, the typical xiaolongbao is […]