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Look After Yourself This Summer

By on June 21, 2017 in General

Summer is now upon us and we have already had a couple of super hot and humid days here in Canada. With the depletion of the ozone layer and the harsher temperatures each year due to climate change, it is not a good idea to spend extended amounts of time outdoors without some precautions. While Canadians love the heat after a long winter, it can definitely be too much of a good thing.

Here are some ways you can look after yourself this summer:

  • Wear a hat and sunscreen. Are you old enough to remember the days when people used to put on baby oil and spend as much time as possible in the sun in order to get brown? Well, those days are long gone. There is nothing wrong with a mild tan, but nowadays, it is more important to protect yourself from skin cancer. Always wear a hat and sunscreen on sunny days (check the weather forecast to know what spf rating your sunscreen should be for that particular day).
  • Avoid heavy exercise during the hottest parts of the day. Check the weather forecast and see when it will be coolest that particular day; save your exercising for then.
  • Stay hydrated. You will probably sweat quite a bit over the course of the day, so make sure to drink plenty of fluids. If you perspire more than the average person, then you need to ingest more water.
  • Wear lighter shades. Dark coloured clothes will make you feel hotter, so save that cool black shirt & jeans combo for the fall. Choose a lighter shade instead.
  • Stay inside. If there’s a heat warning or the temperature/humidity has things above 35 degrees Celsius, try to just stay inside. Take a cool shower, sit in front of the fan, and relax. Don’t go outside during times like this unless you really have to.


How Would Earth Benefit If Everyone Went Vegetarian?

By on June 20, 2017 in General, Society

There has been much debate over the past few years about the sustainability of meat in regards to the health of the planet. An article in the Future section of the BBC website laid out the specifics and the data is pretty fascinating.

  • The population’s general health would improve with a meat-free diet. If everyone had adopted the vegetarian lifestyle by 2050, there would be 7 million fewer deaths per year. Make that vegan and the total would increase to eight million.
  • The environment would improve. Cows produce a great deal of methane; if their population was drastically reduced, food-related emissions would drop by as much as 60%.
  • Taking pasture land currently used by the planet’s millions of cows would free large areas that could instead be used for forests. This would help to alleviate the effects of climate change. These lands could also host different types of plants, which would influence biodiversity.
  • The number of coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and some cancers would decrease if meat was eliminated from diets.

In the interest of balance, however, the article also pointed out some aspects of this change that you might not have considered.

  • Nomadic groups that raise livestock for food would be forced to settle permanently in some part of their country. This would rob certain tribes of an important cultural tradition.
  • Eliminating meat would also mean making a fundamental change in traditions like Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Between farmers raising livestock and people employed in meat processing and distribution, that is quite a few workers who would need to find new careers. Some could be employed in the agricultural industry, which would experience an enormous upswing in a meat-free world.
  • Grazing sheep have helped to shape the land for centuries, so eliminating them could cause considerable geographic changes and negatively effect biodiversity.
  • Meat provides more protein per calorie than most components of a vegetarian diet, so it’s entirely possible that the world’s overall nutrition level would suffer.

So, it looks like the answer is not as cut and dried as it might seem.


5 Things We Know About Xbox Scorpio: And Why Console Gamers Should be Excited

By on February 24, 2017 in General

Xbox has a pretty great track record for pushing the boundaries. Over the last couple of console generations, each of the three leaders have shown strength in a different area. While Nintendo is known for pushing the envelope when it comes to gameplay, Sony have been pushing the limit of hardware. Microsoft, while no slouch in the hardware, have always had the strength of their software. Not surprising, given the history of the company.

With their newest console, still codenamed Xbox Scorpio, it looks like Microsoft might be making a push to become the go-to for powerful software and hardware. Here is a list of the things any gamer should know about the upcoming Xbox Scorpio.


6 TeraflopsWhat does that mean?

Weve all heard that the Scorpio will be the most powerful console ever made. The 6 Tflop value has been touted as the graphical output of this new system, which should, in theory, blow even the new PS4 Pro out of the water. The PS4 Pro hits 4.2 teraflops.

High-end PCs will hit around 9 tflops, but keep in mind that consoles are generally able to do more with less. For this reason, many gamers are expecting close to PC levels of performance out of the Xbox Scorpio. Game-changing.

Next Generation Xbox, But Still the Same

Microsoft have said this for a while, but it looks like were finally at the point where there is no clear delineation between the new console generation and the last. This point is inevitable as graphical capability and power hita plateau. After all, once you can create an image that looks lifelike, where else is there to go?

Microsoft stated that all future games will be playable on the Xbox One as well as the Scorpio. This is analogous to the way PC gaming works. A low-end rig will still play new games, but it will just do so at a lower graphical level. The Scorpio will play the same games, just at a higher level.

This is good news for console gamers as you wont be left behind until youre able to save up enough for the newest system. And any games you bought will carry forward.

This has to be what Microsoft had in mind when they unveiled the Xbox One with such a large focus on online and digital content: they knew this future was not far off.

An Upgradeable Console

It very much seems like this could be the end of console generations. However, this doesnt mean that consoles wont still change over time. Its likely (and this is still conjecture) that consoles will take a page from PCs and be upgradeable. This is already the case with some components like hard drives, but whats to stop Microsoft from creating a console with an upgradeable video card? Or more RAM?

Or perhaps the upgrade cycle will just get shorter with MS upgrading the Scorpio constantly. Theres no more worry of leaving a gaming audience behind, so each year might bring a new, slightly upgraded Xbox.

Either way, we wont be waiting five, six, or seven years between getting the newest tech in our consoles.

Devs are Already Working With it

New hardware is only as good as the games that are optimized to run on it. Lets face it, the excitement of a new console runs out pretty quickly if there are no games that show off all this new power.

Fear not, however, as it looks like game devs have been hard at work, and they have been for some time. All the way back in August, Phil Spencer tweeted this:


Release Date

While an exact release date hasnt been announced, Microsoft have said that the new console will be available before the 2017 holiday season. Historically, new Xboxes have come out in November, but Microsoft may choose to release it at any time since its not really a new generation and doesnt need to coincide with release dates of any upcoming games.

Expect big things from Microsoft at E3 in Junetheres little doubt that Microsofts announcements will be the showstopper that everyone will be talking about.