Beyond the Rhetoric


Sunday Snippet: Gordie Howe (1928-2016)

June 12th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Gordie Howe (1928-2016)

“You’ve got to love what you’re doing. If you can love it, you can overcome any handicap or the soreness or all the aches and pains, and continue to play for a long, long time.”

Vancouver is a hockey town.

Sure, we have teams in other sports and they get their share of fan support, but for the people of Vancouver, hockey is different. It’s a part of our culture. Even if you don’t normally follow any professional sports whatsoever, you probably got caught up in Stanley Cup fever when the Canucks made their run in 1994 and more recently in 2011. Before any of that, there was Gordie Howe, a man who was far bigger than the sport he represented. He passed away last Thursday at the age of 88.

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Transcend DrivePro 520: Two Cameras, One Dashcam (Video)

June 10th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Transcend DrivePro 520

You may have noticed a recent trend among smartphones to offer a dual lens camera system on the back. In the case of the LG G5, for example, one lens offers you a regular field of vision while the other offers a very wide angle view of the world. Having two cameras in one isn’t restricted to just smartphones. Just take a look at the Transcend DrivePro 520, a dashcam for your car that will simultaneously record both what’s happening outside your vehicle and what’s happening inside.

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Rear Facing Seats

June 8th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Baby Car Seat

Having trouble getting over those hump day blues? Maybe a healthy dose of thoughtful content around the web is just what the doctor ordered. Kicking off this week’s speedlink is “This West Coast Mommy” Olivia with her thoughts on when you should go from rear-facing car seats to front-facing for your toddler. Many people follow the rule of thumb of making the switch at one year of age, but that’s the minimum age and not the recommended age. Considering that it’s hard enough picking the right car seat, how do you decide when to spin around to front-facing?

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Hats Off Day 2016: Parades, Pigs and Parties

June 6th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Hats Off Day 2016

The sun was shining. The mercury was rising. And the crowds came out in droves to indulge in hot Italian sausage and extra cold ice cream. Hats Off Day is an annual tradition in Burnaby Heights, offering an opportunity for local merchants to “tip their hats” to the community with live entertainment, food specials, and fun arts and crafts projects for the kids. Plus, there’s a parade!

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Sunday Snippet: Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)

June 5th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)

“I’ve wrestled with alligators, I’ve tussled with a whale. I done handcuffed lightning. And throw thunder in jail. You know I’m bad. Just last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick. I’m so mean, I make medicine sick.”

Those words were uttered by the late great (the greatest!) Muhammad Ali after he defeated George Foreman with an eighth round knockout in 1974’s “Rumble in the Jungle.” Ali may have been an incredibly polarizing figure, with his outspoken personality and his bold political stances, but you could never doubt his confidence. He was charismatic to a fault. And he passed away this past Friday. He was 74.

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Most People Are Better in the Abstract

June 3rd, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Most people are better in the abstract

As a kid, you may have idolized a certain celebrity. This person might have been a rock star, a movie star, a famous author or a professional athlete. You may have had posters on your bedroom wall and you may have read up on everything there was to be read on this person. One day, you see an announcement in the local paper that this celebrity is coming to your town.

You just have to go see him.

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Apocalypse

June 1st, 2016 by Michael Kwan

X-Men Apocalypse

As has become tradition around these parts, I’ve gathered up another collection of blog posts to share with you today. We get started with James Estrada, whose son famously goes around dressed up as Rocket Raccoon, and his review of X-Men Apocalypse. Many critics will say that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has grossly outperformed the X-Men movie series. For James, the actors were great in this newest film, “but the story just fell flat.” That’s a shame. Apocalypse is supposed to be as far beyond mutants as they are beyond us.

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Unboxing the LG G5 Modular Android Smartphone

May 31st, 2016 by Michael Kwan

LG G5 Unboxing Video

Some people will tell you that the smartphone industry has reached a certain level of stagnation. I’d know. I’m one of those people. The changes and improvements have become largely incremental in nature. The processor is a little faster. The body is a little slimmer. The display is a little (a lot?) bigger. And then you’ve got devices like the LG G5 that are trying to do something totally different.

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