Archive for November, 2005

Hit by Snowballs

For the past twelve hours or so, the entire Greater Vancouver area has been blanketed by an unusual early season snowfall. 3 or 4 cm have already piled up in some parts of the city, and it

‘Tis Snow Indeed

As Oana posted earlier, Vancouver has had it’s first real dump of the year. The favourite day of the year for young children and, of course, ICBC.

Do the dirvers in Vancouver truly deserve their reputation of being hopeless at driving in the snow, or does it just turn out to be a universal thing that we only hear about being applied to us?

Winter Wonderland

Those of us in higher elevations woke up to a white wasteland – can’t see if the lower parts are as snowed-up as we are. It’s still going strong here, though Vancouver always does a change of heart about halfway through the day and turns the heat on its snow.

Which reminds me; when I moved from Calgary to Vancouver in the winter of ’85-’86, tradition had it that in Vancouver it snowed only every seven years.

Update: It isn’t as bad down the hill but my first school tour of the day (I work in a museum) is postponed until better weather.

Pets and the Apartment Hunt

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SketchCrawl

SketchCrawl, the world-wide sketching marathon, takes place two weeks from now on Sunday December 11.

Founded in 2004 by Enrico Casarosa, an Italian storyboard artist working for San Francisco’s Pixar Animation Studios, the idea came from a bachelor party pub crawl; instead of drinking their way around town, SketchCrawl participants spend a day of “intense” drawing. The most recent San Francisco SketchCrawl at Alcatraz is well-documented with a Flickr pool (while last November’s SketchCrawl devolved into a chalking event).

Already into the Sixth World-Wide SketchCrawl, the Vancouver SketchCrawlers seem a little sparse. There is no decision on times or places yet, but check the Vancouver forum for updates.

Pastels, markers, watercolours, anything goes. Last year’s Vancouver participants do recommend toques and gloves.

ICANN Vancouver 2005

From November 30th to December 4th Vancouver is playing host to ICANN’s 24th International Public Meeting at the Westin Bayshore Resort and Marina.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is an internationally organized, non-profit corporation that has responsibility for Internet Protocol (IP) address space allocation, protocol identifier assignment, generic (gTLD) and country code (ccTLD) Top-Level Domain name system management, and root server system management functions. These services were originally performed under U.S. Government contract by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) and other entities. ICANN now performs the IANA function.

Participation in ICANN is open to all who have an interest in global Internet policy as it relates to ICANN’s mission of technical coordination. Whether you are an individual, a professional, or part of a commercial entity, your participation at the ICANN meeting is a key step in shaping the Internet.

You can check out the meeting agenda at the ICANN Vancouver website.

Craigslist post about moi?

Yesterday fellow Metroblogging Vancouver author Wynne showed me the link to a Craigslist posting that seems like it was directed at me. My name is Jeff and I often read and comment on both Matthew Good‘s blog and the blog of his wife Jennifer Good. So when Wynne saw this she thought it might be related to me.

Reply to: pers-113907616@craigslist.org
Date: 2005-11-26, 8:21PM PST

Hi, all i know is your name is Jeff and you have left some funny comments on jennifer good’s blog. You also were a part of the Matt Good bashing after Arts County Fair last April. You left some awesome comments. Would love to meet up and chat some more about the hilarity of Mr. and Mrs. Good. Reply if you’re interested!
this is in or around vancouver

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Foodie : Two places for late, late, and later night eats

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If you’re not opposed to head across the bridge to Broadway or Burnaby, there are two twenty-four hour Vietnamese restaurant locations for Pho Kim Penh Xe Lua. They are wholly unassuming place as it has cafeteria-style seating and are lit up by fluorescent tubes and neon lamps on the ceiling in the shape of multicoloured rings (hence the off-colour of the picture).

During the first visit two weeks ago, we ordered salad rolls (2 for 3.60, and that is the only price I remembered), beef brisket with rice noodles in soup, and this porkchop on rice dish. Tea was complimentary (I’m assuming), as usual and the bill total was around $17.00
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Breaking in the board at Whistler

I had waited long enough, and today was the first weekend day in which there wasn’t much going on (for non-CFL fans, anyway — I should probably qualify that), so it seemed high time for a day trip up to Whistler.

Only the top 1/4 or so of the mountain is open so far, and it’s still pretty rocky in places, but who can complain when we have a ski/board season that’s already in full swing before the end of November, and the weather was beautiful — crisp and sunny, with unlimited visibility across the whole valley.

I haven’t tried any of the local hills yet this season, but I’ve heard that all three are open. Any preliminary reports?

(I’ve also been told that it would be quite an event if the Vancouver Zombie Walk crowd invaded Whistler for a weekend, bloody mouths and dangling body parts and all. I can’t say I disagree, assuming it doesn’t draw too many false alarms from the snow patrol. . . .)

PuShing a Festival

I’m in Calgary, freezing my ass off — it’s currently -5°C — and coincidence of coincidences, I heard about an upcoming Vancouver festival. Even out here on the prairies, Vancouver’s art scene casts a shadow.

The festival’s called the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, and it was co-produced by Rumble Productions and some other people who I haven’t yet been able to Google.

Many of the shows look interesting: Studies in Motion: The Hauntings of Eadweard Muybridge, for instance, is one that tickles my interest. But the reason I heard about the festival was that “Famous Puppet Death Scenes” is going to be produced by the Old Trout Puppet Workshop, and I was at an Old Trout party — it was fabulous fun. From their brochure: “In a way, we promise ever lasting life. Through a puppet show. That’s right.”

Most of the festival tickets are on sale at Festival Box Office. The event’s on from about Jan. 17 to about Feb. 4 — watch the PuSh Web site for more specific details and an explanation of that big “S”.

(If you have a festival you want promoted, send an email and let me know!)

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