Showing posts with label Archived. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Archived. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Liberty Headlight Bracket Mod

Not sure if this is considered a mod/hack or what have you, but it is what it is, take it or leave it. The stock 2020 Rize Liberty comes with the headlight mounted at the top of the triple tree forks as seen in the picture below.

While this is fine, I was concerned that the frame stops might move, and thought a solution would be to mount the headlight below the frame stops, so that the headlight would hold up the frame stops no matter what.

First I measured what I thought would be the perfect height for the frame stop. On my bike it seemed 3.25 inches down from the bottom of the top triple tree was a good number.

I then removed the headlight 

and it's brackets, and repositioned them below the rubber frame stops.

** This is where the mod/hack comes in**

My headlight seemed to move every time I bumped into it, so when re-assembling the headlight brackets, I added a small nut in between the two bracket halves. I don't know the nut size, only that they were .25 inch in diameter. I'm sure you could use just about anything you wanted that was .25 in in diameter.

As you can see in the following picture, the nut is placed between the two headlight bracket halves, and prevents bending the brackets when tightening.

This is what the bracket looked like before adding the nut

Now you can tighten your headlight, without worrying about bending the bracket, and it wont move. Also if you followed my suggestion by placing the headlight below the frame stops, you wont ever have to worry about smashing your forks against the frame. This is what it looks like now...

Let me know what you think?
Is this a helpful post?
Should I continue documenting future upgrades to my Ebikes?

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Rize: Bolt X - Manual


For those who have a 2020 Bolt X as well, like we do, here the manual for that...

Rize: Liberty - Manual


As many of you may know, I own a Rize Liberty (2020) electric bike. I thought it would be cool to offer others, who also have a Rize Liberty a place to get the PDF manual. I know they have the manual on the Rize website, but it's kind of hidden.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

MOD Pizza

I was over on Vancouver Island this past weekend visiting my wife's sister and her husband. It was my sister-in-laws birthday, so a big Birthday shout out to her. Also a big thanks to them for allowing the mainlanders to stay over for a few days.

It was late afternoon and the ladies had gone out to do some shopping, the men were left home to watch the Euro Cup final. As both of us weren't football fans, the game for us was a bit of a snooze fest, so we decided to grab lunch. My brother-in-law, Ryan, suggested we try out MOD Pizza.

I'd never heard of MOD pizza, but Ryan went on to described it as Sub-way style pizza.

Ok it's bad enough that both of us being first generation Italians, aren't into football(soccer).
Second, it's the Euro Cup final, and we're ditching the game to grab pizza?
Then you suggest a Sub-way style pizza?

I'm surprised we didn't get shot down by lightning or something.

I know a little something about eating pizza, as I've been to Italy and had authentic Neapolitan style pizza. I've been to many a restaurant and tried all kinds of pizza, and Vancouver has some pretty good places, but come on now, Sub-way style pizza, this can't taste good. Can it?

So we drive (10 minutes) out to Langford, BC which is the first and only Canadian location.


Photo by: Bill Smithwick

So here I am, and low and behold, I'm at a pizza place that's set up like a subway. 
  • You pick your dough (6",11" or 11"thick crust)
  • You select your sauce, as many or as few as you want (BBQ Sauce, Garlic Rub, Olive Oil, Pesto, Red Sauce, Spicy Calabrian Chili Red Sauce, White Sauce, No Sauce) 
  • You select your cheese, as many or as few as you want (Asiago, Dairy-Free Cheese, Feta, Gorgonzola, Mozzarella, Parmesan, Ricotta, Sharp Cheddar (Limited Edition), No Cheese) (
  • You select your meats, as many or as few as you want (Anchovies, Back Bacon, Bacon, Grilled Chicken, Ground Beef, Mild Sausage, Pepperoni, Salami, Spicy Sausage, Taco-Spiced Sausage (Limited Edition))
  • You select your Veggies, Herbs & Good Stuff, as many or as few as you want (Artichokes, Arugula, Basil - Fresh Chopped, Black Olives, Broccoli - Roasted, Cilantro, Corn - Roasted, Garlic - Chopped, Garlic - Roasted, Green Bell Peppers, Jalapenos, Mama Lil's Sweet Hot Peppas, Mushrooms, Oregano, Pineapple, Red Onion, Red Onions - Pickled (Limited Edition), Red Peppers - Roasted, Rosemary - Fresh Chopped, Salt & Pepper, Spinach, Tomatoes - Diced, Tomatoes - Sliced)
  • Once your pizza is cooked you can add the following finishing sauces (Balsamic Glaze, BBQ Swirl, Hot Buffalo Sauce, Mike's Hot Honey, Pesto Drizzle, Ranch, Ranchero Sauce (Limited Edition), Red Sauce Dollops, Sri-rancha)
So you can pick as many or as few items as you want, the price of the pizza stays the same with the mini 6" being $10.87, the MOD 11" being $13.87, and the Mega Dough 11" thick crust being $15.87.

My pizza went as follows... Mega Dough with red sauce, oregano, mozzarella, dusting of asiago, salami, peperoni, back bacon, artichoke, tomatoes sliced, green bell pepper, drizzled with hot buffalo sauce.

As you can tell, I jumped around from one area to the other, and the server was totally cool, he laughed at my scattered combination, but gave my creation a final nod of approval, as he placed it in the oven. It took about 10 minutes and the pizza was cooked.

My verdict...
Firstly, you need to do some research online to know your selections. In-store they didn't have labels on any of the offerings, so you would have to point or ask, which could be frustrating if it was busy. 

How do you even judge this? 
Well, is it the best I've had? No
Is it the worst? Far from
I would honestly say it's mountains above a Little Cesare or Domino pizza and that's all I can compare the concept too, in terms of speed.
It's not as good as a specialty Neapolitan style pizza place, and just slightly below a Famouso pizza chain.
However the concept, speed, and price give it a leg up in some areas, if that makes any sense.
Would I go again? Definitely 
The quality was really good, and the infinite amount of toppings, makes it great, specially when your with groups of people with dietary restrictions.

My only let down was they didn't offer Parma cured ham, which is my favorite topping on pizza!
Also posting this was a total after thought, and I didn't take any pictures. I would have loved to photograph my pizza because it looked and tasted really good. 
The location was a typical strip mall, with the vibe being sort of skate boarder inspired.

All in all, a cool place to chill with friends and have a good quick bite..

Friday, July 09, 2021

OMG, Completely overwhelmed (Part 2)


So it seems I may have corrected my non-compliance issue with the EU, yay I can start making money again!

(EU issue was that my site was listed as instead of, I don't even know where the / came from, as this is a Blogger template)

Now Google AdSense doesn't seem to work.

I'll gone through the code a dozen or so times this week so I'll dumb it down, as I really don't understand it all to well myself. 

  • Google places advertisements on my site, based on who is visiting (they listen to you phone calls)
  • Google can only place advertisements , if my site allows it (which is what I want)
  • hidden on my site is a file (ads.txt) that gives Google permission to place advertisements 
  • Google AdSense claims the ads.txt file is missing, so they can't place advertisements 
  • in my attempts to fix this, I completely re-designed my website (as you may have noticed)
  • to test functionality, I'm instructed to type in
  • if my publisher id comes up (which it does), then everything is working


  • How am I using Blogger (a Google product)
  • To advertise AdSense (a Google product)
And I'm still not able to get it working, this should be a simple turnkey process. 
The best part, is that this was working perfectly from 2010 to 2015. Then the EU compliance issue came into effect and I've stopped making any money since then. Listen it's not a lot of money to begin with (about $100 a year), but the viewership of this site has gone up considerably in the past 6 years. As a side hobby, making some $$ would be nice.

I end up spending so much time just maintaining the website, instead of actually blogging.

Anyone else run into these issues?
Is it time to pull the plug on Blogger? 
  • What are some alternatives to Blogger?
  • Is it easier to move to another platform, or should I solve these Blogger issues?
  • Is there anything else out there for advertisement revenue besides AdSense?

Sunday, July 04, 2021

Happy Canada Day


This post is a little late, as the weekend got away from me.

The artwork pictured above hangs in the front hallway of my house, a memory of my late father. My father was an avid outdoorsman, who spend many a weekend up in the Lytton and Lillooet area fishing it's many lakes for Rainbow and Dolly Varden trout.

So the story as I know it goes like this...

The artwork above is an oar/paddle carving of a salmon/eagle. It's carver is unknown to me, (there is a signature on the back, but I had never thought of having it researched) who lived in the Lytton-Lillooet area. 

It was on one hot summer day, during a weekend, some 35ish years ago. My father was driving the lonely dirt roads of the Lytton-Lillooet region to his favourite fishing spots. During his drive, my father came across a stranded car facing the opposite direction. I suspect most people, minding their own business would just drive by. That wasn't my father, a mechanic, he would often find himself pulling over to assist stranded motorists. The story, as I remember it, was that the stranded vehicle had overheated, caused by a blown radiator hose. A common enough problem, remedied quite simply at a shop was made ever so much more complex at the side of the road. While not a complete fix, my father managed to sufficiently repair the vehicle enough so as it's driver was no longer stranded and could safely make his way to the town garage. 

The vehicles driver was an indigenous artist from the region, who, in a token of appreciation offered my father the oar/paddle as thanks. Regretfully mentioning that the artwork had little to no value as it was an unfinished piece, something he was currently working on. 

I know my father wouldn't have wanted any momentary reward, and was probably hesitant to accept the artwork and did so more out of respect, to the artist.

I am so proud of the man I had as a father, even though we seldom saw eye to eye, he bestowed a great deal of wisdom in me. As an Italian immigrant, my father fell in love with Canada and it's inspiring beauty. It's forests which provide us with clean air, the melting mountain snow which provide us fresh water that fill our lakes and rivers, perfect for trout fishing. My father went on to become a Canadian citizen, put down roots, and has been placed to rest, in his new home...Canada. My father taught me that being Canadian meant respecting wildlife, nature, and your fellow man, values many of us born here take for granted. He taught me to treat people, as I want to be treated, and to always look out for those less fortunate. He taught me to always do my best, and have patience for those who weren't as capable.

I choose to celebrate Canada Day this year, not because I am insensitive to the hurt felt by our fellow indigenous brothers and sisters, but because of the bonds formed. In light of mistakes we may have found in our past, we as a nation are far from perfect, but we can always strive to be better.

Because we are Canadian.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Netflix and chill, no seriously just chill it's hot out there

Netflix and chill, no seriously just chill, cause this weather be crazy hot here in East Vancouver. I think I might have to put off blogging for a bit.

Anyways Black Summer Season 2 just dropped on the 17th of June, so last week, and I finally got to watch it. It's such a crazy show. 

For those of you into the zombie genre, which might be getting a bit played out, Black Summer is another strange take on post pandemic life. It's like the walking dead on adrenalin!

If you're at home trying to stay chill then why not throw this show on to kill some time.

Monday, June 28, 2021

OMG, Completely overwhelmed


It's been a while since I was blogging on the regular.

It's been even longer since I started this blog.

Well, it seems I've neglected a bunch of stuff over the years, and it's time to fix everything.

Fun Facts 

#1. European laws dictate you need to have security imbedded into you domains through a DNS service?

- I honestly thought I had done this when I click ok.

Well here is the problem, I started this blog (and other blogs) as a free service from Blogger (google). I later went on to purchase this (and other) domains from Blogger (google). Blogger (google) purchased the domains (on my behalf) from GoDaddy. 

So now when I need to do an update, I use the Blogger interface which send me to the Google interface, which redirects me to the GoDaddy interface, which lets me make changes. Well, somewhere along this chain, I lost access. Normally I just use the auto-password and auto-login from site to site, but I lost a password, or changed it, or changed my user name or something happened. I now use safeincloud which helps tremendously (I am not sponsored by them, purchased it and use it). 

I'm stuck, I can't seem to make changes, Oh well F*it, I'll suffer the wrath of the EU.

This non-compliance has been going on for some time now, and some people have even reported to me that, no longer works in search engines, and that they can only get to my site using, of which I am truly remorseful.

I want to give blogging another chance to monetize (to earn some money, since I retired from my day job), and tie in Facebook/Instagram monetization and maybe start vlogging (we will see). Monetizing is no longer as simple as it used to be, in that there is so much tax info needed, oh and you also have to be EU compliant!


This EU compliance is going to be the end of me.

I'm currently wading through all the interfaces and re-submitting for access, trying to determine which username is associated with with which domain, which password is associated with that username, and getting them all to communicate in harmony.

My plan is to...

  1. Resolve this EU issue
  2. Possibly host this blog on my own server (not sure how to do it, so it's learning curve).
  3. Get this blog re-monetized through Blogger (google)
  4. Get this blog monetized through Facebook/Instagram
  5. Bring vlogging to this site.

If anyone has any suggestions or help, drop me a line.

Friday, June 25, 2021


So this just happened... 
Not to long ago I received a package in the mail from the United Food and Commercial Workers union local 247. Inside the package was the certificate shown above,
this letter,
and this watch.

This is such a nice and thankful thought, a big thanks to the UFCW staff and members world wide.

So this might come to some who frequent as a shock, but I recently retired from my "life defining" job of 31 years as a retail worker/cashier/attendant. I say life defining, because I have always found it somewhat comical how, when you meet people, they almost always ask what you do for a profession. You're answer to this question, will ultimately somehow determine your worth to them, or your overall worldly worth. I was always at a loss because there is so much more that I've accomplished in life, and more to me than merely my cashier status. 

Anyways that chapter of my life has closed, and we will see what the future holds.


Monday, June 21, 2021

Dear Retailers, (Part 2: Self Serve)


Self-scan, U-scan, Scan N Go, whatever they want to call it, it's basically self serve.

(Full Disclosure: I may be somewhat bias when discussing this post, as it's the job I've done for the past 8 years. While my comments towards my former employer may seem harsh, keep in mind that I was contracted to do a job as they requested, and they compensated me. There is no animosity or ill will on my end, just my interpretations of what I observed)

To begin my post I want to address that the implementation of self serve machines was handled completely wrong by the retail industry, and Ill explain why.

The first problem...

We all know why retailers brought the machines in, and that's to kill off jobs and shrink their labour costs, despite retailers trying to tell consumers it was about "making their shopping experience better". The retail industry had a new weapon in the fight against labour costs, and it was the machines. They were so determined to undermine and shrink labour costs that they would stop at nothing. When I first began training to work with the machines, I witnessed as my former employer, purposely short staffed the regular checkout lanes, in order to force customers to use the machines. As you can expect there was tremendous pushback from the customers. This was the first, politically driven tactic in ringing in the robot invasion. I say politically driven, because this idea of shrinking the labour force, and cutting labour costs is an accounting decision. For those outside of accounting room, it makes no sense to anyone, besides investors. A case point is that in sports like... let's say our Canadian pastime hockey, you wouldn't listen to the accounts and fire all the goalies just to make your budget. That would make no sense, you need the goalies to play the game properly. Just like you need staff to provide a pleasant retail shopping experience. In the boardroom, a true great leader realizes these accounting tricks, and makes decisions that complement and streamline the business, not hinder it.

Another politically motivated tactic, used by my former employer to promote self serve, was to remove the express lanes. So for those whom were merely buying a few last minute items, or maybe you forgot something, you had two choices wait in line behind buggies full of groceries or use the machines. You can just imagine the overwhelming level of resentment and backlash we received from customers.

Two attempts and two complete failures at getting "customers" to embrace the rise of the machine robot apocalypse (and we thought it would be to Arnold Schwarzenegger ).

Do you know why they really failed, because this new modern retail industry is run by a bunch of entitled brats who are merely educated by academia, with no regards for common sense, wisdom, or knowledge (I have worked for both Galen Weston Senior, and Galen Weston Jr, know which I preferred). While it may seem as if I'm bitter, I assure you I'm not, it's merely the frustration of spending 30 years learning the art of interacting with customers, only then to be told by a recent college graduate (with no real world experience) that I'm doing it wrong (OK, but I'm still being paid right?)

What should they have done...well I'm glad you asked. As with other industries, if you want your customers to embrace something new, you need to give them an incentive. Let's look at gas stations, they successfully moved away from full service, by offering a discount for those who choose to pump their own gas, or a premium for those who still want the service. This would also prevent the line jumper people, who want full service but demand it from self serve (which is an entirely different topic altogether). It seems, at the gas stations, the customers interest in saving money far exceeds their social beliefs of gainful employment for the attendant.

My former employer, and, I imagine the whole industry, could have easily kept the status quo, brought in the machines, and offered a 5%-10% discount to those willing to scan their own groceries/items. Sooner rather than later, I'm sure the demand for machines would begin to outstrip the need for cashiers or attendants and the retail environment would naturally evolve. What happened at the gas pumps could very well happen at the brick and mortar retailers, but I don't have a college or university degree, so why listen to me.

Now, brick and mortar retailers are offering the premium service of home delivery, if you want to pay for it. I'm not sure about this, as I'm old enough to remember that a Milk person or Post person, used to do home deliveries too (don't see that much anymore).

Problem number two

Lack of consistency! 

There is no consistency, in that, some retailers have no attendants helping, some have attendants that step in when there are problems and some where only an attendant operates the machine. Depending on the store, the retailer, and even the industry, policies around "self service" differ. It's complete anarchy, and it's only frustrating the consumer. In my very own experience self serve policies would change weekly, and could change based on store manager, district manager, or even regional manager. It seems everyone in the organization had a say as to what the policies and procedures should be, except the consumer. 

I'm curious if anyone else dealt with this, let me know?

Problem number three

The Machines.

The machines, which are really just computers, are fundamentally flawed because of the software. Now I can only describe my experience as it pertains to my working environment, so bare with me. When we first started out, using self serve, the software was decent but the computers were vastly under powered. It was 2012ish and we were using computers built in 2005ish era. If you know anything about computers it's that a computers lifespan is about 5 years, so you can see why there were so many initial issues. The first self serve machines were very slow, and this was the biggest aggravation for the consumer. It made no sense, and I heard it all the time, why should a customer use a self serve machine, when a cashier is easier, friendlier, faster, and costs the same? They wouldn't...unless there were no cashiers available.

As time has marched on, the self serve machines have had major improvements in processing power, which really improved the self serve experience. All the emphasis, however, was on upgrading the computing power of self serve machines, and as a result the software fell behind. You ever see people row a boat and they only row on one side, and the boat goes in a circle. This is how my former employer treated self serve, they just wanted the machines to move forward, but put 100% budget resources in software. When the software failed because the hardware couldn't keep up, then 100% budget resources to Hardware.

Instead of moving the machines forward towards a more pleasant shopping experience, my former employers machines were in a constant state of moving in circles. It was comical to most of the staff, as "big improvements" always meant a worse shopping experience. In all honesty though, I will say, when the machines first launched, the software was rather amazing (for the time). We had complete remote control of the machines, full real-time display of on going orders. We as the self serve attendants had the ability to start/stop/hold/reverse/suspend/recall the machines, add/subtract items, all remotely, which made it very simple to assist in a pleasant shopping experience. This no longer exists, it must all be done physically, at the machine now, which is tremendously slow, and creates anxiety for the customer and attendant (specially during the pandemic). 

My former employer even thought it was a great money saving idea to remove the phones from self serve, because machines don't need to make phone calls (so who is going to call for price checks, security, first aid, unwanted items to be returned). Honestly I sometimes wonder if management even knew what running a grocery business even meant.

This is my take on the retail industries self serve machines, do you think I missed out on something?

Let me know what you think.


Friday, June 18, 2021

Dear Retailers,


Dear Retailers,

So having spent the past 31 years working retail, for a major national (Canadian) grocery/supermarket chain, I think I know a thing or two about retail.

Regardless, of my retail background, I believe that I'm a fairly prudent shopper.

Ok, with that out of the way, I want to discuss this trend by all retailer to do away with staff. Hey big corporations, I get it, you want to save money, and lets face it labour is your biggest cost. This is nothing new, it's been going on since the inception of capitalism, and all industries seem to go through this. Heck, I get it, however...

This is what I don't understand, and I'm trying my best to understand. Marketing!!!

Companies spend all this money on TV ads, Flyers (print and online), endorsements and promotional signs. Just to get the consumer to choose them over the competition. Each and every one of these strategies has it's own team and staff, dedicated to getting people to spend money with them. This I can understand, I mean you want people to remember you when they shop... 

I just don't get it, and it makes no sense to me. How much does it cost to make a TV commercial, or create a flyer, make posters, endorse a sports team? All this is done, in the name of Marketing, to stir an emotional bond with you and the retailer. 

Psst... You want in on a secret, I'm actually motivated to shop by my last shopping experience. Yup it's true. 

Case in point. The other day, I got an email from Canadian Tire, about some clearance items. Now I don't really want to pick on Canadian Tire, because I actually like them, but a point has to be made. So I saw they were clearing out portable power banks ( used to charge your phone on the go), I like having these when I'm travelling as you never know when you'll run out of power. Anyways, this power bank was on sale for $15.99 down from $59.99, something I just couldn't pass up on (I thought). I looked online, and my local Canadian Tire has 60 units available, sweet. 

I'm gonna buy two, I really don't need them but, it's always better to have something you don't need, then need something you don't have. Am I right?

So I go to Canadian Tire, I just love this place. It has everything you could want, except food, but you know what I mean. So I cruise the whole store, make it an adventure, look for other cool stuff to buy, and that's the trick right? That's what the marketing is about, get you in the store, make you feel good, so you spend your money. Sign me up, I'm all in the marketing is working.

Then I find the power banks, and sadly they are locked up behind glass. Like Orcas at the Aquarium, I can sense the sadness in these power banks, all they want is to be free and in the wild. Don't worry power banks, I'm here to save some of you. 

Canadian Tire conveniently places a buzzer, which when pressed magically summons staff who will release captive items into your care. So I press the button and anxiously wait, but no magic, WhatTheHeck. Press the button again after a few moments, that seem like an eternity. No magic. Am I being punked? Um, hey, when I press the button, magic is supposed to happen, and I free captive items. This is not how this is supposed to work. Another eternity goes by, and I press the magic button again, while holding my hand to the glass (ok that didn't happen, but I thought a visual could help).

So, giving up, I decided not to buy the power banks. 

Come to think of it, I'm not in a rush, if I willing to wait a month, I can order online, and get a better deal. That's probably what I'll do.

You know what I wont do, is buy that power bank from Canadian Tire.

So back to the point... I understand marketing and it worked, but marketing is useless without providing for a successful transaction. These big box, brick and mortar retailers seem to be intentionally sabotaging themselves by undervaluing the shopping experience that well trained staff provide.

In conclusion while I would love nothing more than to shop locally and support local, sometimes it's not my fault, despite all attempts.

Have an opinion about this post? 

Let me know.


Thursday, June 10, 2021

Monday, January 27, 2020

On Hiatus

Hey everyone, I've decided that it's time to officially announce, that this blog is on hiatus. Life is wonderful, yet forever changing, and for this reason it's time for me to also make some changes. 

Blogging has been so personally rewarding, and I appreciate all the support. However I can no longer find the time required to put articles together in a timely manner. As such going forward updates will be few and far apart, if any.

I want to give a big shout out to all those that have supported me, and who knows what the future may hold...

Friday, January 10, 2020

Cut The Cord: New Years Edition

It's been a while since I discussed cord-cutting, so for all those interested here's an update.

I still swear by Trakt as my go to for keeping track of all the TV shows that are watched throughout the house. If you have never used Trakt check out my previous post here.

Recently I started using RealDebrisan unrestricted downloading service which will alleviate buffering for most serve on-demand content such as movies and tv shows. While it's not a perfect solution, it really does help with finding solid online content as well as minimizing buffering. However, something to consider with RealDebris is that it's not a free service! While it is quite reasonably priced, I bought a 6 month subscription for about $24CDN, working out to be just under $4CDN a month, it's still an added cost. I may check out other services in the future, and if anyone has a suggestion to other similar services, leave a comment.

Recently I've been using both Typhoon TV, and TVZion as my main TV and Movie watching android app. I switched because both Typhoon TV and TVZion integrates well with both Trakt and RealDebris, so I can get solid streams, and keep track of the shows I watch.

Now, I do want to say they are both awesome, and each in its own unique way, however they both lack a feature I've grown to love with my other android apps, That feature is the ability to have an embedded Trakt progress option, which lists the episodes you're behind on, in chronological order. Fingers crossed it's something that will be implemented.

You can download the files directly from my Google drive

Friday, December 20, 2019

Happy Holidays Everyone

I'll be taking some time off to recharge.
See you all in the new year.
God bless you and your families!
Have a safe and happy holiday season.

See you all in the new year.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Episode 11: What Is Panna?

Episode 11: What Is Panna?

Panna is a street soccer game that is played 1V1 or 2V2 within a small cage or mini-arena. A "Panna" is playing the ball through your opponents legs (nutmeg). The ball may touch your opponent while playing it through the legs. The ball must be in your possession in order for a ball played through the legs to count.

Prior to this week, I had never heard of, or seen this game called panna.
It's obvious I'm just not the cool kid anymore (was I ever?).
So is this a thing here in Canada?

Friday, December 06, 2019

Episode 10: Feeding The Homeless

Episode 10: Feeding The Homeless

Wait, What?
Yes, I know. This isn't exactly something I just learned about, the servants of hope have been doing this for 14 years now.
Yes, I know. I've attended a few of these over the years.
Yes, I know. It's at Pigeon Park, the heart of the Vancouver's downtown East-side.
Yes, I know. They feed hundreds of people on this one night.
Yes, I know. Those interested in offering donation or wanting to help can call Sean at 604-720-9335

So Mass, what exactly was it that you learned this week?
Well, firstly, I learned that December 20, 2019 at 6pm is when this years annual Feeding The Homeless will take place.
Secondly, sometimes its nice to look back and re-learn something as if it was the first time. I learned that we have to appreciate and value everything we have, and that it just takes one act of kindness, and selflessness to create something wonderful, that helps so many. 

Friday, November 29, 2019

Episode 9: Forex Trading Part 2

Episode 9: Forex Trading Part 2

This week I continued growing my knowledge of Forex trading. To some, this might go against the essence of learning something new. While I would tend to agree, I believe I have yet to fully understand Forex trading. While I could have moved on, and covered another topic, I am not satisfied  with all that I've learned and thus compelled to learn more.

Originally it was suggested I get MetaTrader 4, set up a dummy account, and practice Forex trading. I did just that, but I didn't understand anything I was supposed to be doing. I was supposed to be following certain people to understand what they were doing and learning from them, but it was just too steep a learning curve.

While I wanted to give up, I realized I needed to take a step back and start at the basics, because that my friends, is how I do my best learning. So I watched a few YouTube videos, I chatted with a few friends, but I still wasn't understanding everything, and I still don't.

I did however come across a program called GoForex, which is available on Android, IOS, and Windows. This is a great program to introduce anyone into the world of Forex trading. The program begins with teaching the basics, one chapter at a time. Before progressing to the next chapter, you must correctly answer a quiz, proving you've understood the knowledge. It then allows you to play through a simulation Forex trading environment, where you start out with $1000.
After a few hours on the GoForex simulator, I was down to $750. I went back to re-learn some of the lessons. My third day of Forex simulation trading, and I was making some great trades and was up to $1600, and finished off that days trades at $1480. 

I think I'm beginning to get the hand of this this, I'm going to keep at it a bit and let you know how it goes. I may even attempt to set up a real account, so stay tuned.

Before ending this blog post, I want to let everyone know that GoForex is a free program, and that I was not paid to endorse this product, nor do I receive any form of funding from them.

Also if anyone else knows of any great programs to test Forex Trading on, I encourage you to please let us know by sending a message or down below in the comments.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Episode 8: Forex Trading

Episode 8: Forex Trading

I had no idea, that you could trade foreign currency, on an open market as you would with stocks. I was always under the assumption that this process was only reserved for financial institutions, or governments. I was also under the assumption that if you wanted to participate in the trade of foreign  currencies, you needed a license, as needed for those shops you see when travelling on vacation, that will exchange your money for you.
Well, you don't know what you don't know!
It seems this week I learned that foreign exchange trading is a real thing. Anyone with a computer/smartphone can set up an account and be trading within minutes, no license required.

This is what wiki has to say...
The foreign exchange market (Forex, FX, or currency market) is a global decentralized or over-the-counter (OTC) market for the trading of currencies. This market determines foreign exchange rates for every currency. It includes all aspects of buying, selling and exchanging currencies at current or determined prices. In terms of trading volume, it is by far the largest market in the world, followed by the credit market.[1] (click here to see the rest).

I just started learning, and haven't dared to invest any real money yet, but it seems exciting. One of the benefits of Forex trading is that because of these micro transactions, you aren't spending a vast amount of money, and that $100 can get you started.

I'm not going to make any recommendations, as I'm still learning and trying to understand how to use the software properly. However I am thinking this might be a topic that will take a few more weeks... 

Stay tuned

Friday, November 15, 2019

Episode 7: Life Is Precious

Episode 7: Life Is Precious

Getting back into blogging has been a good way for me to slow down, and re-evaluate the important things in my life. I am living during a time gifted to me by my ancestors, where my life, while hectic by modern standards, pales by comparison to the plight of previous generations, whose survival depended on the provision of food, clothing, and shelter. I have been afforded the opportunity to shift my focus away from the monotony of day to day chores, so as to fill my little bit of extra time expanding my knowledge of the world around me. Even though the shackles of survival have been cast off, constraints of time, destiny and fate continue to disrupt our path through life.

What I have learned this week is a lesson I've regretted learning so many times in the past. Be it the loss of a family member, a friend, a colleague, or even an acquaintance, nothing prepares you for the sadness and emptiness that death brings.

Normally I would be creating content for this blog, by researching a new topic, to share with all of you. This week however I will be attending a funeral, and as I write this I remember back to all the others that death has taken from me over the years, quietly saying a prayer for all of them.

Thanks for understanding, and I will return next week with new content.