Thursday, August 24, 2017

Columns

Dearest Reader: A Proposal: Camosun must house the homeless

August 16, 2017 by Aaron Stefik, contributing writer  
Filed under August 16, 2017, Columns

Dearest Reader, Some weeks have now elapsed since mayor Lisa Helps first offered, at the suggestion of a few good Samaritans, the suggestion that residents of our fair city open their doors to the displaced and downtrodden of the much-discussed homeless community. At the time, a number of local students were quoted in this very […]

The Bi-weekly Gamer: Overwatch League gives pros a reason to join

August 16, 2017 by Adam Boyle, staff writer  
Filed under August 16, 2017, Columns

The Overwatch League (OWL) is one of the first esports leagues to be structured like a traditional sport. OWL teams will be city-based, similar to how the NHL or NBA works; the buy-in price, though, is huge, starting at $20 million and increasing based on the city. For that price, teams are guaranteed a permanent […]

Cream of the Craft: It’s the time of year for summer sessionables

August 16, 2017 by Patrick Newman, contributing writer  
Filed under August 16, 2017, Columns

As I write this, it’s hot out, and I need something cool to slake my thirst while I do yard work, barbecue, or just hang inside, enjoying the AC. I want a beer with flavour, but I want to be able to have a couple and not feel too dizzy to cook. I need a […]

Calculated Thought: Proposed legislation looms on private corporations

August 16, 2017 by Sean Annable, contributing writer  
Filed under August 16, 2017, Columns

The federal government recently released Tax Planning Using Corporations, a paper that proposes changes to the taxing of private corporations. The laws that govern our tax system are convoluted. The Income War Tax Act was a 10-page document in 1917; it’s now a bloated 3,000 pages. Governments amend, repeal, and introduce new provisions to support […]

The Bi-weekly Gamer: How VR could turn esports on its head

July 12, 2017 by Adam Boyle, staff writer  
Filed under July 12, 2017, Columns

Escaping to another dimension or reality: it’s a dream that’s been around for a long time, as proved by the incredible number of movies and books inspired by the concept of virtual reality (VR). Of course, industry tech leaders have been trying to create VR for a very long time now, and in recent years […]

Dearest Reader: A proposal: Camosun must offer job to displaced premier

July 11, 2017 by Aaron Stefik, contributing writer  
Filed under July 12, 2017, Columns

Dearest reader, If events in our fair province following the recently passed provincial election might be proportionately and appropriately characterized as a storm, then the BC Liberal government should be thought of as a beached whale, aging and badly suited for the waters in which it swam, now found deflating on the shoreline in a […]

Cream of the Craft: The beers of summer are here

July 11, 2017 by Patrick Newman, contributing writer  
Filed under July 12, 2017, Columns

Summer is here; if any season is beer season, this is it. Our local brewers are out in full force and, while I would love to tell you about all the fabulous beers of summer, there are just too many to cover. So, this time around, I’ll offer my thoughts on two that I enjoyed […]

Calculated Thought: Cryptocurrencies are the new Wild West

July 11, 2017 by Sean Annable, contributing writer  
Filed under July 12, 2017, Columns

After a turbulent road to the mainstream, cryptocurrencies are making headlines. Most of this new hype isn’t discussing the revolutionary blockchain technology that runs these systems, but the gargantuan price rally that major coins have experienced since the beginning of 2017. Early adopters have made out swimmingly. Initially valued at $0.0008 USD per coin—the estimated […]

Cream of the Craft: Some in-between beers for the in-between days of spring and summer

June 14, 2017 by Patrick Newman, contributing writer  
Filed under June 14, 2017, Columns

Probably my favourite time of the year is when we swing from spring toward summer. The weather seems to be in a constant state of flux between really nice and really crappy. On the nice days, I’ll sit under a shady tree, read a book, and listen to some chill tunes. On those grey, muggy […]

Calculated Thought: Times are changing with blockchain

June 14, 2017 by Sean Annable, contributing writer  
Filed under June 14, 2017, Columns

Blockchain technology is becoming more than a system that powers cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and ether, created by Ethereum; it’s part of a sociocultural movement that is disrupting the finance industry, among many others, and it could change the internet as we know it. Joseph Lubin, founder of the Brooklyn tech company Consensys, is enthusiastic […]

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