A wise person once noted that the truly fortunate on this earth have twigged into the fact that it’s better to collect experiences than things. When you are sitting around with friends at the bar, or people you’ve just met at a party, no one wants to hear the tale of how you bought a 92-inch flatscreen plasma television on Boxing Day.

The story of how you spent 24 hours on the Mekong Delta wrangling snakes, hi-fiving barefoot kids on passing fishing boats, and drinking home-made rice whiskey with a dude who looked like Kill Bill’s Pai Mei, however? Gold, and not just because that experience will help you instantly connect with others who are also happiest when anywhere but home.

Painters take note: the RBC Canadian Painting Competition is now open and accepting submissions. One winner from all of Canada will receive $25,000, and the two honourable mentions will receive $15,000 each.   The prize is awarded to a promising Canadian artist to help kick-start their career with both recognition and funding. The winners are chosen by a panel of three jury members, one each for Eastern, Central, and Western Canada.   The award, started in 1999, has been given to two Vancouver artists in the past: Colleen Heslin and Rebecca Brewer.

Although Fan Expo Vancouver is looming large on local geeks' radar this week, the burgeoning Metro Vancouver geek scene has more to offer than the three-day celebration of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, anime, and gaming.

Tonight (April 16), the Fictionals present Improv Against Humanity, a live comedy show based on the amusingly politically incorrect game Cards Against Humanity. Be advised, this is the show that almost guarantees strong language, sexual content, and mature themes.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Montreal electrofunk duo Chromeo at the Commodore. RecordSlave was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. Chromeo at the Commodore Ballroom on April 15, 2014. Thanks RecordSlave.

Just in time for warmer temperatures, HUB Bike to Work Week returns to Metro Vancouver from May 26 to June 1.

HUB encourages cyclists of all levels to participate in Bike to Work Week by offering online tools to track commutes and a chance to win prizes, including seven brand new bicycles. During the week-long event, participants can visit HUB celebration stations for free coffee, bicycle tune-ups, and daily giveaways. Start an office team and challenge your co-workers to get some fresh air and exercise on their daily commute.

There's been a lot of rumour and speculation flying around the music world in the last few days regarding the status of legendary Aussie earbusters AC/DC.

Some media outlets were actually reporting the band's demise, claiming that rhythm-guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young had suffered a stroke recently and would never be able to perform again.

Then today the band made this announcement on its website and Facebook page:

After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support.

Beautifully fashioned clothes that are meant cherished, appreciated, and passed down generation to generation. That’s the concept behind RELIC atelier, a line of formal and bridal wear designed by Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) fashion student Aileen Twa.

Inspired by "slow fashion" and nature, Twa’s garments embrace the regeneration of antique costumes, while remaining stylish for today.

RELIC atelier will be unveiled at The Show, presented by Tamoda Apparel, on April 24 at the River Rock Casino. Thirty-six other lines by Kwantlen Polytechnic University fashion students will also be showcased. See kpu.ca/theshow2014 for event details.

U.S. endocrinologist Norman Spack treats transgender youths with hormone replacement therapy to "put puberty on hold". He shared what he's learned at TEDxBeaconStreet 2013.

For instance, when he confused gender identity with sexual orientation, Spack's patients told him: "Sexual orientation is who you go to bed with. Gender identity is who you go to bed as."

This panorama photo looks east down the alley on the south side of West Broadway. My back is to the alley on the east side of Granville Street. Closest to the viewer on their right-hand side is the back of Fire Hall No. 4 and beside that is the back of the Firehall Vancouver Public Library branch.

On the other side of the alley is the back of Jordans, a large, family-owned, furniture store.

A landmark ruling in India’s Supreme Court today (April 15) recognizes transgender people as a third gender and transgender rights as human rights.

Two judges read out a verdict that directed federal and state governments to include transgender people in welfare programs and fill quotas in jobs and education. Official documents will also now be marked with a third gender option, according to BBC News.

“The spirit of the [Indian] Constitution is to provide equal opportunity to every citizen to grow and attain their potential, irrespective of caste, religion or gender," the court stated. “Transgenders are citizens of this country and are entitled to education and all other rights.”

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