WizeWorld Volume 102

Jul 29, 2022

Welcome to the 102nd volume of WizeWorld: a collection of stories and sounds to round out your week, pique your curiosity, and widen your wizdom. 

This week’s theme is moving through the ages. Whether that means learning how to balance caffeine as we grow older, or stopping to appreciate art that reflects universal childhood joy. All while working to make the world better for those who come after us. 


We’ll be looking at:

  • How caffeine sensitivity grows as you age
  • An interview with athlete Spencer Hamilton
  • Nelson Makamo’s charcoal portraits of childhood joy
  • Crate Digging with B from B-Side Radio
  • The surfers who created plastic-free bellyboards




An image featuring a series of measuring cups going from large to small, each filled with a different stage of coffee, example: from grounds to liquid.

The Chicago Sun-Times points to new research showing that adults take longer to metabolize caffeine as they age. This means caffeine has a more long-lasting effect on your energy levels and mood as you grow older. Another good reason to swap coffee for drinks like Wize that offer a lighter and more sustainable buzz.





An image of Spencer Hamilton, a young man wearing a black baseball cap against a teal background.

Enjoy this interview with legendary Canadian skateboarder and Wize Pro Team athlete Spencer Hamilton. Hamilton looks to fellow Ottawa skateboarders like Joe Buffalo and Tony Ferguson for inspiration, even though he now resides in Vancouver. And when it comes to fueling up, he likes to drink his coffee in the morning but switches to Wize in the afternoon to stay energized without major jitters or crashes. 





Another charcoal portrait featuring a young Black boy, this time wearing yellow rounded glasses on a black background.

South African artist Nelson Makamo brings us this beautiful series of charcoal portraits. Makamo’s usual work explores themes of togetherness, whereas here he captures solitary images of children to highlight and celebrate their complex emotions — from joy and hope to worry and sadness. You can see more of his work on Instagram.



An image of a white person's hands as they rifle through a series of vinyl records in what looks like a record store.

This week, we’re going Crate Digging with B-Side Radio. Enjoy this eclectic mix of mostly instrumental jazz, funk, and blues to set a hazy, laid-back mood for the weekend. B-Side Radio is an online community radio station that operates out of The Beaumont Studios Artist Society. Read more about them here.




Get inspired

An image of two white male surfers walking up the beach holding wooden bodyboards.

Surfers prefer their beaches clean. And that’s exactly why Dick Pearce and Friends began creating more sustainable bodyboards made from wood. They’ve donated around 140 of their eco-friendly versions to help replace the influx of cheap polystyrene “snappers” that tend to litter beaches during the peak vacation season. They also say that their wooden creations are easier to use and more fun, so it’s a win-win for everyone.



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