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Iced Tea Off Seeks Hottest Drink of the Summer

July 20th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Tea Sparrow Iced Tea Off 2015

It’s hardly a secret that I’m a coffee drinker. Whether I’m brewing a humble cup at home, getting a quick fix at a fast food joint, or indulging in a perfect espresso in Florence, I love the stuff. And as varied as coffee might be, the world of tea is even bigger. Some of you may have already experienced this revelation with hot tea, but have you enjoyed an amazing cup of loose leaf iced tea? I endeavored to find out more at Tea Sparrow’s first ever Iced-Tea Off.

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Sunday Snippet: Caitlyn Jenner

July 19th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Caitlyn Jenner

“If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead – because the reality is, I can take it. But for the thousands of kids out there coming to terms with being true to who they are – they shouldn’t have to take it.”

One of the hottest news stories to emerge in 2015 has been Bruce Jenner’s transition to become Caitlyn Jenner. This is the same year that the Supreme Court decided to legalize gay marriage across the United States. You could say both of these have been high profile “wins” for the LGBT community. And while some may say that the story of Caitlyn Jenner shouldn’t have received the attention that it has been getting, it’s still important on a more profound level. It has sparked the conversation.

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PAPAGO! GoSafe 318 Dashcam Overview and Unboxing Video

July 17th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

PAPAGO! GoSafe 318 Dashcam Overview and Unboxing Video

What started out as a niche product generating odd videos coming out of Russia is slowly entering the mainstream consciousness of North America. A growing number of people are putting dashcams on their cars, partly to provide video proof to insurance companies in the case of a fender bender, but more so to upload the unfortunate antics of bad drivers to YouTube. One of the newest to join this market is the PAPAGO! GoSafe 318.

I was first introduced to the world of dashcams by way of the bigger and more expensive PAPAGO! P3 early last year, before taking a look at a dashcam that integrates into your rearview mirror, as well as the the GoSafe 520 with its 2K ultra-wide video capabilities. Each successive model has brought something a little different to the windshield and the new GoSafe 318 is no exception.

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On the Mindful Management of Mind Share

July 16th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

On the Mindful Management of Mind Share

Miller’s Law in psychology states that the working memory of the average human brain is only capable of holding around seven objects (plus or minus two) at any given time. If your working memory is a little more robust, you might be able to keep nine objects. If your short-term memory isn’t as strong, you might only retain five objects. This is part of the reason why the typical phone number (at least in North America) is seven digits. You can only remember so much at a time.

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Interviews and Milestones

July 15th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

What's Up Wednesdays: Interviews and Milestones

Kicking off this week’s speedlink, Scott Behson was recently invited to appear on MSNBC to talk about parental leave for working dads. While some progress has been made with maternity leave in the United States, paternal leave is still quite rare. And even where it is offered, it’s grossly insufficient. Can you believe that 29% of men have no access to leave of any kind for the birth of a child?

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Grammar 101: A Bad Rap or a Bad Rep

July 13th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Grammar 101 with Michael Kwan

Elaine totally gets a bad rap among her co-workers, but she’s actually a very nice person when you get to know her.

Or is that a bad wrap? Maybe it’s a bad rep? What is the correct term to use in this context? Perhaps we should first start with a basic definition. A “bad rap” is a slang term, used mostly in North America, which refers to a person’s bad reputation. This judgement is typically viewed as being unjust or undeserved. Elaine’s not actually a bad person; she just has a reputation for being such.

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Sunday Snippet: Mobb Deep and Halfway Crooks

July 12th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Mobb Deep

“Cause ain’t no such things as halfway crooks.
Scared to death, scared to look.
They shook.”

My perspective on life has been heavily influenced by 90s hip hop. No, I’ve never had to deal with the same kind of financial hardship as the stereotypical urban black male. No, I’ve never bought, sold or used any hard drugs, nor have I ever been in any sort of mortal peril while facing off against a rival faction. But there was something about that culture that spoke to me.

Artists like Mobb Deep really exemplified what that period in American hip hop was all about. And that’s the thing. Even if you’ve never had to stare down the barrel of a gun, even if you’ve never had to rob a corner store just to make ends meet, you can glean some incredibly profound insights and lessons from top hip hop artists. They’re not just rappers; they’re philosophers and historians.

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Experience the Lightroom at Metropolis at Metrotown

July 10th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Experience the #METLightroom at Metropolis at Metrotown

Many people may decry the slow and painful death of art and culture in today’s increasingly materialistic society. Many people may assume that creative expression and rampant commercialism are oceans apart from one another and never the twain shall meet. The folks at Metropolis at Metrotown couldn’t disagree more, as evidenced by the new Lightroom art installation.

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