It’s National Handwriting Day, the annual moment when everyone is reminded how much theirs sucks. If your penmanship hasn’t always looked like the product of a DMT trip during aircraft turbulence, it probably does now, what with all the years you’ve spent thumb-typing.

Still, it’s an art that deserves celebration, alongside origami, thatching, and other remnants of the slow-motion pre-Internet world. As David H. Baker, executive director of the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association, puts it, “Though computers and e-mail play an important role in our lives, nothing will ever replace the sincerity and individualism expressed through the handwritten word.”

The City of Surrey is in the running for the title of "2015 Intelligent Community of the Year".

A New York-based think tank called the Intelligent Community Forum has named the "Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2015", and Surrey made the list.

Also in the top seven: Arlington County, Virginia; Columbus, Ohio; Ipswich, Queensland, Australia; Mitchell, South Dakota; New Taipei City, Taiwan; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

If you’ve got kids, you’re well aware that ripping them away from the Xbox, PlayStation, or Wii U is mission-goddamn-impossible unless they are damn good and ready to shut the things down themselves.

Standing by the TV and yelling incessantly about brain-rot, attention-deficit disorder, and the complete moral bankruptcy of Grand Theft Auto is about as pointless as complaining about the weather.

Why not, then, take a different approach: inform the disobedient little shits that we they’re doing is going to kill them.

Microsoft made me sit up in my seat this morning. What I expected to be a fairly dry announcement of Windows 10 turned into something vastly more interesting when new devices were revealed in the Surface Hub, for businesses, and HoloLens, Microsoft’s answer to virtual reality headsets.

According to Microsoft’s Alex Kipman, the HoloLens is “the most advanced holographic computer the world has ever seen”. With a see-through lens, it appears to be more of an augmented reality device than a true hologram, but it has amazing potential.

Green Leader Elizabeth May and NDP health critic Libby Davies are among the MPs backing a private member's bill that would require cellphones to be sold with radiation warning labels in Canada.

Conservative MP Terence Young introduced Bill C-648 in December. The bill's summary reads:

Much attention is being paid to ride-sharing in the city, but what about longer trips?

Since 2010, HitchWhistler has matched drivers with passengers seeking rides up and down the Sea to Sky Highway. This week, the Vancouver startup announced that it's changing its name to HitchPlanet and expanding to 60 destinations, including Seattle, Portland, and Kelowna.

Trips arranged through HitchPlanet must cover a minimum distance of 50 kilometres. The platform already has 10,000 users, who have organized 8,000 trips in four years, from its HitchWhistler days.

When Apple Pay went live back in October, Canadians were predictably left out.

Now a U.S.-based tech blog is reporting that Apple may expand its mobile payment service north of the 49th parallel as early as March.

Unnamed sources have apparently told 9to5Mac that Apple is in talks with partners and that a Canadian launch could happen in the first half of this year.

The blog notes that March is when the Apple Watch is expected to be released—in the U.S. anyways.

9to5Mac reports:

Efforts to preserve queer history is often complicated by the fact that much of it was censored, destroyed, distorted, hidden, ignored, forgotten, or just simply not told.

But here's a nifty way to help educate others about Vancouver's queer histories (and herstories) and learn online editing skills at the same time—and it's all free.

Simon Fraser University is holding a Vancouver queer history Wikipedia edit-a-thon on Monday (January 12) at their Burnaby campus (Bennett Library, Research Commons, seminar room 7010).

Chances are, if you grew up in the '80s and '90s you remember playing classic games like the Oregon Trail, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, Lemmings, Castle Wolfenstein, and Maniac Mansion.

Personally, I relished playing the Oregon Trail in elementary school computer class. I always ended up dying of dysentery, however, so I never got very far.

Now you can relive your nostalgia because the Internet Archive has released more than 2,300 games on its website, playable for free on your browser.

Although the graphics perhaps seem crude in comparison to today's hyper-realistic standards, I suspect games were chosen because they represent major contributions to the MS-DOS story, in addition to being a heck of a lot of fun to play.

More than 60 web series from around the world will compete for awards in 23 categories at the second annual Vancouver Web Fest.

This year's festival will take place March 6 to 8 at Performance Works on Granville Island.

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