Category Archives: Non-Sports

What’s My Age Again? On a two-decade relationship with blink-182

My tenth grade girlfriend burnt my blink-182 t-shirt.

This, of course, sounds patently ridiculous. Not only is the idea of a broken-hearted 16-year-old setting an ex’s clothing aflame beyond cliché, it’s also just hard to imagine anyone deciding on a goofy-rabbitted blink-182 shirt, of all merchandise, to set fire to, even in effigy. Of all the angsty bands I have and continue to listen to, blink – particularly pre-self-titled blink – seems an ill-advised avatar. After all, who takes blink-182, a band that became unthinkably popular while refusing to take themselves as such, that seriously?

As it turns out, I do.

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Anxiety and twitter

Title: Anxiety and twitter
Date: January 28, 2014
Synopsis: I wrote a bit about my issues with generalized anxiety disorder and how social media can make it far worse.
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That one time I was an extra on Psych

Title: That one time I was an extra on Psych
Date: January 8, 2014
Original Source: USA Netowkr
Synopsis: When I lived in Vancouver, I occasionally did work as an extra. I found these clips of me in the background of Psych scenes lying around.

Pilot social media course profits from journalism-business crossover

Title: Pilot social media course profits from journalism-business crossover
Date: June 26, 2013
Original Source: The Thunderbird
Synopsis: The J-school I attend commissioned me to write two features for the school’s website for classes I didn’t take (no conflict of interest). This is the second, on a new business-journalism collaboration course on social media.
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Reporting in Indigenous Communities Course Means More Than Just Storytelling

Title: Reporting in Indigenous Communities Course Means More Than Just Storytelling
Date: June 19, 2013
Original Source: The Thunderbird
Synopsis: The J-school I attend commissioned me to write two features for the school’s website for classes I didn’t take (no conflict of interest). This is the first, on UBC SOJ’s RIIC course.
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My Weekend in Portland: Hop City

Title: My Weekend in Portland: Hop City
Date: June 19, 2013
Original Source: Beergraphs
Synopsis: Beergraphs has launched – it’s a site dedicated to analyzing beer trends, ratings and culture. I contributed a post for the “Barely Beer” side of the site, focused on beer experiences and tasting, about my trip to Portland where I tried 20 different beers in a weekend.
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On (Potentially) Being A (Definite) Beersnob

Title: On (Potentially) Being A (Definite) Beersnob
Date: June 10, 2013
Original Source: Beergraphs
Synopsis: Beergraphs has launched – it’s a site dedicated to analyzing beer trends, ratings and culture. On the site’s second day, I dropped an article on potential flaws in beer analytics, because we’re all “beersnobs” if we’re rating and analyzing beers.
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Life in the Background: My Day as TV Extra

Title: Life in the Background: My Day as TV Extra
Date: June 5, 2013
Original Source: Low Culture, High Concept
Synopsis: My friend Trev Smith launched his own sports-and-culture fusion site, and I provided a guest post detailing my day as an extra on the set of Psych.
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Vancouver seeks local grads to fuel tech growth

Title: Vancouver seeks local grads to fuel tech growth
Date: March 20, 2013
Original Source: The Thunderbird
Synopsis: Sometimes you’ve gotta go outside your comfort zone. For this term-end school piece, I teamed up with Jeremy Cothran to take a look at the divide between new grad supply and experienced developer demand in Vancouver’s tech industry. Note: This article will be nominated for a 2013 COPA.
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Vancouver Set to Become Portland

Title: Vancouver Set to Become Portland
Date: January 16, 2013
Original Source: The On Deck Circle
Synopsis: A fake, Onion News-style article on Vancouver City Council voting to become Portland.
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