Which is Better for You – Tap or Bottled Water? The Answer Might Surprise You

Which is Better for You – Tap or Bottled Water? The Answer Might Surprise You

water running out of faucet

With so much information coming at us at all times, it’s no wonder that people are confused about what types of food or drinks they should be consuming.  Beverages are especially confusing, in my opinion.  It’s relatively easy to know how much fat or how many calories are in your favourite meal.  But the real confusing part, for me, is whether natural sugars are that bad for you.  Especially in the form of a drink.  With the push to drink more water, I also think it can be confusing to make sure that you’re drinking calorie free water.  Cause if it’s got calories, it’s not good for you. Right? I’ve heard that drinking pop, for example, is bad because you’re just consuming sugar.  And there is no nutritional benefit from that sugar, ergo feeding your body with “empty” calories.

Pop is surely delicious, I must admit.  I have mentioned in a previous post that I was drinking a lot of pop last year.  It was flavoured Perrier that actually helped me to break that habit.  The flavour as well as the carbon in the Perrier helped me to stop drinking pop.  Perrier does have “natural flavour” in it, but contains no sugar to speak of.  But not everyone opts for the sparkling water option, and end up picking something that is just as bad for them as juice.  Growing up my Dad was always very stern about us drinking pop.  He allowed it, but always said that we should drink more water.  … Read the rest

BMW’s roadmap for the next 100 years of transportation is amazing.

BMW’s roadmap for the next 100 years of transportation is amazing.

BMW has been making some quality cars for a while now. The Group has published a video showcasing what it seems for its future in the next 100 years. To say that the demonstrated cars were out of this world is an understatement.  However some of the technologies in the video are headed into 2017 models of BMW cars. This is not the first time that a company has released a video showing its roadmap. Videos were released by Samsung and Microsoft in the past. The Microsoft in particular is amazing.

BMW has one main direction. One single goal for its future transportation vehicles.  To develop vehicles that are “active partners” in our lives. They want their cars to be as helpful as your smartphone is today. For a car to be able to effectively help in everyday situations some key concepts have to be transferred from a dream to reality. They are active networking, Autonomous driving, innovative security features, individuality, it has to be electric. The cars featured in the BMW Vision Next 100 roadmap video are, Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100, Next 100 Vision MINI and BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100.… Read the rest

Justin Trudeau: Ignoring the Political “Bully” for a Greater Good?

Justin Trudeau: Ignoring the Political “Bully” for a Greater Good?

Ivanka Trump

There seems to be a lot of speculation in the media, around Prime Minister Justin Trudea and Ivanka Trump.  Yes, they both attended the same Broadway show, but that doesn’t mean they attended together.  There were many Canadians in attendance, so it’s extremely likely that Ivanka was invited by PMJT.  So what’s the big deal?  We need to ignore the scuttlebutt, which points to something salacious, and really assess this as a political move.  The show itself is a story of how a community came together to help passengers who were stranded after their plane was re-routed to Gander, Newfoundland on 9/11.

Presuming that he actually invited Ivanka, what exactly was the message that he hoped to convey?  Maybe he was trying to show true kindness?  Maybe he was trying to show what a community can achieve when they work together for a common goal.  Or what people in general can achieve when their main concern is not themselves.  There’s no way of knowing exactly what his intention was, but it’s safe to say that there was an underlying message.

And an even larger political move at play.  So what was it?  Canada has always worked hard to keep up a good relationship with the United States.  Often, the leaders don’t always have the same views, or even political beliefs, but they seem to be able to put that aside for the common good.  PMJT seems to be on good terms with President Trump, so I have a theory.  … Read the rest

Beyond Delivery Services: The Interesting Ways Drones Are Being Used

Beyond Delivery Services: The Interesting Ways Drones Are Being Used

Are we a society of people who lack patience?  I have been reading a lot about the use of drones, lately.  Mostly in a retail type setting.  Recently, I read an article that suggested Wal-Mart might start using drones in their stores.  If you can’t find what you’re looking for, simply call upon this drone and it will do the work for you.  Sure, retail shopping can be extremely frustrating at times, but is this type of technology really worth it?  Especially in this situation.  Wal-Mart stores do seem to be getting bigger and bigger.  And there is a push to have everything under one roof, rather than going to a several specialty stores.  Which I get.  Your time is important.  But I wonder if the idea of a big box store is backfiring a bit.

I mean, think about it. If you’re in a store, and you can’t find an item, you would typically ask someone for help – right?  So why can’t a sales associate either retrieve the item for you?  Or take you directly to it?  How is the drone going to be able to locate the item any better than a human?  What if you’re confused and you told it the wrong product?  Or can it only find certain items?  So many questions!  I just feel like this is kind of a ridiculous idea.  Maybe you don’t like to shop, but there are other options.  Online shopping for example.  … Read the rest

Have We Truly Left High School in the Past? Or Does it Ever Really End?

Have We Truly Left High School in the Past? Or Does it Ever Really End?

graduation

From what I can tell, there seems to be a great division among people as to whether or not they “enjoyed” high school.  Sure, it was an easier time for most of us.  Our level of responsibility was pretty low for the most part.  At least compared to that which we experience in adulthood.  Some people think it was the best time of their lives.  And others do not feel that way.  Some of us were thrilled to get out of there, while others longed for that sense of community once again.  Maybe you thought college or university was better than high school.  Or maybe you think being an adult and being able to make your own decisions is the ultimate.  Whatever your viewpoint is, it seems that high school doesn’t ever really end.

The players and the names change, but the situations remain the same.  While you read this, think about your social circle or your co-workers.  I would bet that you can identify someone in a stereotypical manner.  The popular person, the jock or even the nerd.  Even as adults we can compare someone we know now to someone we went to high school with.  I don’t think that we should qualify our friends and coworkers in a possible negative way, but it helps to formulate this idea that we are just living an alternate version of our high school.  Or maybe someone else’s version of high school if you want to think of it that way.… Read the rest

Nintendo’s Super Popular Mario Run comes to Android

Nintendo’s Super Popular Mario Run comes to Android

We knew it was coming but it still feels good for Android fans out there to finally have Nintendo’s Mario Run. The game aside from being highly addictive is the first mobile Mario game on Android. Super Mario Run is available to download now from the Google Play Store. Just like the iOS version you can only play the first three levels for free before it will cost you. You’ll have to pay a one-time $10 fee to unlock the whole game.

If you have somehow been living under a rock. The game Super Mario Run is a platforming game where Mario runs on his own. It’s a pretty easy game to play. Mario jumps over obstacles automatically without any interaction from the player. Players simply tap on the screen to collect coins and of course jump on the heads of Koopas. When Super Mario Run originally debuted on iOS in December it was an instant hit. It jumped to the top of the download and grossing charts right away. The only thing people didn’t like about the Nintendo’s Super Mario Run was the $10 price it forced you to pay to play. Many people would have prefered microtransactions.… Read the rest

Are You a Realist or a Dreamer? And Were You Always That Way?

Are You a Realist or a Dreamer? And Were You Always That Way?

child

I spent a few days with most of my nieces and nephews.  They range in age from 2 to 22.  The toddler is obviously full of joy and laughter.  Everything in the world is new to him.  He explores with genuine wonder.  He is trying to make sense of his world.  The next kids are 6 and 9.  They seem to have a good understanding of the world around them, but are still trying to make sense of it.  They ask a lot of questions, which leads to more questions.  And the teenagers/adults are in the growing up stage.  Becoming independent.  Moving out of the house and they too are trying to make sense of their world.  Maybe we all are in some way.

This got me thinking though, about growing up. And maybe how I’ve changed.  So I pose the question – do all kids start out as dreamers, and is it life that turns us into realists?  Or once a dreamer, always a dreamer? And vice versa.  As I looked around the room yesterday, I could see our differences as siblings.  I could see the ones who are like our mother, and those who are like our father.  In looks and in mannerisms.  I could see how they have changed over the years, and those things that remain the same.

doodle on paper

The males in my family all seem to be very linear.  They excel in math and science, and most are already engineers or on the path way there.  … Read the rest