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Month: March 2018 (Page 2 of 14)

A drive along ‘the world’s most beautiful road’

Cape Town, South Africa’s Chapman’s Peak Drive is both a marvel of engineering and a breathtaking stretch of coastline.


As the conversation turned to traffic and the best route back to our hotel, I zoned out, rescuing the last slice of pizza and watching the afternoon sun turn everything silvery. A cold gust blew off the South Atlantic and I shivered. Winter afternoons in the Western Cape had a metallic quality: cold but bright, like polished steel.

“Chapman’s Peak Drive is a nice way back into Cape Town,” I heard Cole say in passing.

That sounded fine, so we paid up, said our goodbyes and told Google to take us that way – unaware that we were about to embark on the most scenic drive of our lives.

Sweet Jesus ice cream shops are facing a boycott as Christians call the brand is blasphemous


The chain, founded in 2015 by Andrew Richmond and Amin Todai, has 20 locations, mainly clustered in the Greater Toronto Area, and is known for its decadent frozen desserts. It has recently expanded into the U.S. and plans more locations south of the border, which has raised the ire of Christians.

“Choosing the name of our Lord for a brand of soft-serve ice cream is totally offensive and revolting,” reads one petition on CitizenGo.org, an activist group that describes itself as being in favour of “life, family, and liberty.”

Apple updated the 9.7-inch iPad with A10 processor and Apple Pencil support

A lot was expected from today’s Apple event at the Lane Tech College Prep High School on Chicago’s north side.

What was announced was good. But it didn’t come close to expectations. Many were hoping for a lower priced MacBook Air, which essentially hasn’t been updated in over 4 years. Instead, Apple is still trying to push the iPad as a laptop replacement, which it isn’t.

The “new” 9.7-inch iPad now comes with a faster processor (the same one found in the iPhone 7) and support for the Apple Pencil. Previously, only the iPad Pros supported the Apple Pencil. The “new” iPad might be better described as an upgrade for the older 9.7 iPad.

The starting price remains the same: $329 in the US*, and $429 in Canada*. There is a $30 education discount.

Apple Pencil is $99 extra in the US. If you are in Canada, it will set you back $129 loonies. There will be a “Crayon” available sometime this summer, but it will be restricted to the education market.

A keyboard will also be needed. Only Bluetooth keyboards will work with the new 9.7″ iPad as it doesn’t have the Smart Connector that is on the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros.  However, many school districts don’t allow Bluetooth connections to their devices due to security concerns.

Let’s not get started on the cost of the various dongles you might need to connect cameras, or almost everything else.

This is Apple’s answer to the Chromebook in the education market. But only elite schools will be able to afford this. And why would they. The iOS operating system constrains users. Students that want to explore and try new ways, their own ways of doing things, will be frustrated by it’s limitations. Customers are likely going to be people looking for a good tablet.

What the new updated iPad is likely to do is take sales away from it’s own 10.5-inch iPad Pro. At $329 it is essentially half the price of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro ($649), and there’s not enough to differentiate them now that the non-Pro supports the Apple Pencil. So I’m a little peeved I purchased a 10.5-inch iPad Pro just a few months ago.

A lot was expected today. I’m not sure Apple delivered.

*In the U.S., schools can purchase 9.7-inch iPad starting at $299 and Apple Pencil for $89. In Canada, schools can purchase iPad starting at $399 and Apple Pencil for $115.


Apple’s New Approach To Education Is Humbler, But Stronger – Andy Ihnatko, Fast Company

Apple’s new iPad is a total misfire that shows how out of touch the company is with schools and kids – Business Insider

The empowering world of all-women’s adventure travel

Lauren Matison, National Geographic:

As the last few clouds disappeared, the perfectly visible towers pierced the bright blue sky like a Gaudí masterpiece. I settled on a boulder by the lake with Sarah, a prison guard from Northumberland, England. “I’d never done any kind of adventure before this,” she said.

“I think the only real thing that was holding me back was me. The women on this trip always pull together and never make me feel like someone is better at something. I’m more confident now and want to experience much more of the world. I know there’s no limit to what I can do.”

Australia suggest a possible boycott of World Cup in Russia over nerve agent attack

An allied boycott of the 2018 World Cup in Russia would be the right thing to do.


“Together with the United Kingdom and other allies and partners, Australia is taking action in response to the recent nerve agent attack in Salisbury, UK,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced in a statement.

“Two Russian diplomats identified as undeclared intelligence officers will be expelled by the Australian government for actions inconsistent with their status, pursuant to the Vienna Conventions.”

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said there were other possible actions, such as Australia boycotting the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Never Die Easy: The Dag Aabye Story

At 76 years old, Dag Aabye is a living legend. Existing entirely off-the-grid in the mountains near Vernon, British Columbia, and without the trappings of modern day society. He has no cell phone or email address. Yet he is closer to freedom than most could ever imagine. If that isn’t enough, Dag dedicates his life to living out his greatest passion, training for a 125km Ultra-Marathon aptly named the “death race, for which he holds the record for the oldest person to ever complete the race.

“Never die easy,” Aabye says. “To me, there is no age. Age is something other people put on you. You put a person in an old folk’s home, and this person’s gonna die pretty quick because you tell them, ‘You’re old now—you’re ready to go.’”

A fired Vancouver waiter says he’s not rude, he’s just French

Guillaume Rey claims his employer at the Milestones Resturaunt in Vancouver, British Columbia misinterpreted his “direct, honest and professional” French personality when they fired him for his “aggressive tone and nature.”

He filed a complaint at the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal claiming he was fired for being French, claiming it’s a culture that “tends to be more direct and expressive.”


French waiter in Vancouver says he was fired for his ‘direct, honest’ personality – CBC

I’m not rude, I’m just French! Waiter fired for being ‘aggressive, rude and disrespectful at Vancouver restaurant sues for ‘discrimination against his culture’ – Daily Mail

Not rude, just French: Fired waiter claims discrimination – RTE


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