Unbelievable moments (things seen while waiting for a bus)

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

On Thursday, October 23rd, I wrote a piece about Magic Leap, and their augmented reality project that has garnered some US$600 million in investment since February 2014, and which drew the likes of Google and Legendary Pictures to the “B” round of funding that raised some US$542 million.

I’m not alone in pointing to Magic Leap and the fact that no-one outside a select few know what it is, precisely. Nalates Urriah has blogged on the subject, referencing a French video describing a Pepsi Max UK promotional stunt pulled earlier in 2014, as possibly indicative of the idea behind Magic Leap.

I remember seeing the video, filmed in London’s New Oxford Street, when it first aired in March 2014. While it is likely pretty well removed from anything Magic Leap are doing, it serves as an illustration of overlaying digital media on the real world. It’s also fun to…

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E-Cigarettes: Lethbridge smokers show support

Global News

Alberta’s Health Minister is calling for tougher rules surrounding the sales of electronic cigarettes. Stephen Mandel’s concerns were echoed by his counterparts as they met in Banff on Tuesday.

But the devices are still widely available, with two ‘vape’ stores open in the city of Lethbridge. Many believe it should stay that way.

Jonah Primrose is one of those people. Like millions before him, he tried to quit smoking.

“I smoked for 26 years. I started when I was eleven years old,” said Primrose. “A pack and a half to two packs a day depending on what kind of job I was doing.”

Then he had three beautiful daughters and knew he had to make a change.

“I’ve tried pills, I’ve tried quitting cold turkey, essential oils, I’ve tried acupuncture. I was on my way to get laser treatment for the brain and somebody told me about this new technology…

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E-Cigarettes could soon be regulated in Alberta

Global News

Alberta’s new Health Minister considers e-cigarettes “dangerous”, and wants to impose rules on their use and sale.

Stephen Mandel says he wants new regulations in place “as soon as possible”.

Stores selling the devices and vaporizing liquids are springing up all over Calgary.

The devices transform flavored liquids with different amounts of nicotine, into steam.

Heather Bodnar-Gray says she “vaped” away a 15-year, pack-a-day habit using progressively weaker “e-juice”.

“It’s probably the proudest thing I’ve ever done in my life, is quit smoking”, says Bodnar-Gray, adding “I don’t need this.  I don’t use this regularly.”

The epiphany led her to open four vape stores across Alberta in just 14 months.

But as stores open, some jurisdictions are banning e-cigarettes.

Red deer already prohibits their use in public spaces.

The City of Calgary is studying the issue with public consultations coming in the New Year.

Health Canada discourages their use because…

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