The hard-rock/metal world is all a-buzz with today's news that the mighty Black Sabbath will release a CD boxed set containing the band's first eight albums—the ones it recorded before Ozzy Osbourne got the boot and was replaced by Ronnie James Dio in 1979.
That's all well and good. The more masterful Tony Iommi riffs circulating around the globe the better, in my books.
Until now, it's been widely assumed that the creator of Bitcoin is a person or group using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto.
Today (March 6), Newsweek published online an article by journalist Leah McGrath Goodman that identifies the inventor as a man living in Temple City, California. And his name is Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto.
Here's an excerpt:
Like the other ski areas on the North Shore, Mount Seymour offers snowshoe trails.
However, you can avoid buying a $9.50 trail pass by sticking to B.C. Parks' free routes outside of the resort (in Mount Seymour Provincial Park).
Last weekend, I followed the Mount Seymour winter trail to Pump Peak, the southernmost of the mountain's main summits.
There were lots of people on the trail. It was snowing at the top, but the view wasn't obscured.
Today (March 5) Vancouver’s top cop had tough words for licensed marijuana producers who might be thinking about continuing to grow their own pot after new regulations make it illegal to do so.
“Vancouver is not a wide open city for the marijuana trade,” said police chief constable Jim Chu quoted in a media release. “We have received legal advice from prosecutors, and we will forward cases that meet the existing charge approval standard to prosecutors….Anyone who opens an illegal business, to sell an illegal product, is taking a risk that they could be charged criminally.”
Bill C-13 is called the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act.
But, according to OpenMedia.ca, it's Canadians who need to be protected from this legislation.
The group's latest video argues the bill will make it easier for the federal government to spy on Canadians' online activities while "threatening free speech on the Internet".
Tassa is a major figure in Isreal’s rock scene and one of the country’s most prominent singer-songwriters. His musical journey began with his grandfather and great uncle, known as the Al-Kuwaiti Brothers. With his explosive stage presence and unique mix of Iraqi, Middle Eastern, and Israeli rock sound, Tassa creates an innovating, joyous musical experience at his live shows.
When visiting Portland, it's fun to get out of downtown and explore the city's many laidback neighbourhoods. On a recent trip, I poked around the Central Eastside industrial area. But while the Central Eastside is just starting to make a name for itself as a culinary hub, Southeast Division Street has long been known for its fabulous restaurants.
Pok Pok drew me to SE Division in 2012, but when returned to the area last month, I was surprised to see how much it has changed. Construction was everywhere on three-storey apartment blocks, and new restaurants abound. Here are a few don't-miss spots.
If you're taking the Amtrak Cascades train down to Portland this month, you'll probably spend a good part of the trip looking outside at the scenery. But there is a bit of a fun theme going on inside, too. In the dining car, the seats are decked out in Pendleton Woolen Mills upholstery. When the train stops in Seattle and you stretch your legs, take a look at the outside of the car, which is covered in a Portland promotional wrap.
It's not often that we publish poetry. But this submission got my attention.
Here's Vancouver resident H. Barry Cotton's poem about Kinder Morgan's proposal to twin its Trans Mountain pipeline:
Our Salish Sea
I used to pass by every day
And look out there in English Bay
To breathe the fresh Pacific air
And see the freighters ‘way out there.
For many years it’s come to be
Part of our normal scenery.