Archive for April, 2006

Forget dancing hampsters, it’s hatching bald eagles that are the new internet hot hot heat

A Vancouver man set up a web cam to record the nesting habits of two bald eagles in his neighbour’s tree and the feed of the eggs sitting there doing nothing is bringing in over three (that’s 3) million hits a day. Yup, eagles are the new hotness.

From the CBC [cbc]:

Doug Carrick, who is monitoring an eagle nest in his Hornby Island backyard with a webcam and broadcasting the images worldwide on the internet, says that contrary to reports Friday, the eggs have not begun to hatch.

I need a webcam and some Google ads. Maybe I can find something like a few nesting vampires and set that up, then I’d be rich, richer than astronauts. Meanwhile I wonder if Stephen Colbert will jump on this, given his love of all things eagle and hatred of all things bear.

Skytrain photos: the best of Flickr

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Skytrain, originally uploaded by Jeffery Simpson.

Richard Eriksson has been browsing photos of the Skytrain on Flickr for the past little while and has come up with what he feels is the definitive best of Skytrain photos [jgl].

Why isn’t my photo (above) included in his list? I guess it’s not up to snuff. Considering I was being chased by bats at the time I took it I don’t feel too bad.

Petrol prices

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Gas/Petrol, originally uploaded by TQuint83.

I drove to Kelowna and back this week [js], and the amount I spent on gas was a bit shocking. I’ve got a fairly fuel efficent car, but even so the round trip turned out to be about $150 in gas and toll fees.

When I lived in Kelowna I drove everywhere since the public transit system is such that it’s too much of a hassle to because Kelowna transit is spotty at best.

Living in Vancouver I’ve been able to pretty much ignore the recent spike in gas prices since it’s yet to affect the cost of a month transit pass in the GVR. I’ve got sympathy for anyone with a long drive to work though, this has to be hurting their pockets.

Whitecaps tonight: it’s soccer/football time

834jpeg300I blogged about buying season tickets to the Vancouver Whitecaps Football Club [wcfc], Vancouver’s soccer team and today is my first game  [mbv].  So tonight after work I’ll be taking the Skytrain from Metrotown to Patteson station and then walking to the corner of Kingsway and Boundary for some footie action.

The game is against the Toronto Lynx, whom I can only assume are rivals to the Whitecaps on par only with the Seattle Sounders and Hitler.  Okay so I’m not particularly well informed about the club yet, but I’m looking forward to the game and catching up a bit on the team and the league that they play in.  I’m not quite ready to start using the word "we" to refer to the team, as in "We’re already near the top of the table."  For now rather than inserting myself into the team when talking about them I’m going to be a bit more objective.

The Canucks have hurt me this season.  No more identifying with sports clubs for me.  At least until it looks like we’re going to win something.  Errr….  I mean them… the Whitecaps.

*This is a cross post between my own website [js] and Metroblogging Vancouver [mbv].

Dessert or breakfast…?

If you guessed breakfast as the time of day when the above waffles were eaten, then you’d be right. You might also be a bit horrified if such decadence is not your thing early in the morning.

My dining companion and I enjoyed these tasty morsels at Patisserie Labeau early last Saturday. Their Belgian waffles are as perfect as can be – light, crunchy and delicious. They come with fresh whipped cream, real custard, and your choice of different toppings. I enjoyed the fresh strawberries, but my friend found the poached pears and caramel a bit too sweet.

Patisserie Labeau also serves Liege and filled waffles, as well as other Belgian-style pastries. Most customers tend to take-out as the location is very small with seating for only about ten. I’d recommend getting there very early if you do want to eat in.

Patisserie Labeau
1728 West 2nd Avenue (just east of Burrard)

“Hey, I go there!” (Update)

The CBC news story link I provided for the original article keeps changing as more information is uncovered.

It wasn’t gang-related (whew) but instead a botched robbery attempt where the diners attempted to foil his actions with, alas, a fatal result.

If there has been a rash of robberies at Chinese restaurants in the city, it might encourage just that many more enterprising Asian entrepreneurs to encourage the patrons’ use of credit or cash instead of hanging that “CASH ONLY” sign you see so often around this city.

Everybody’s doing something about the weather, but nobody’s talking about it

April Fools Cherry Blossoms

Back when it was nothing but rain rain, all we did was complain complain.

Fortunately, the weather improved and we shut up. Actually, I think that April has, so far, been downright nice. So I checked.

ChannelM, please get with the times

My mother woke me up with a phone call at 8:30 a.m. this morning to tell me that the lead actress in a Chinese movie – to be broadcast tomorrow evening on Toronto’s multicultural channel, CFMT/OMNI – has the same name as I have!!* I was pretty sure she had heard Mok Manwai while mine is Lock Manwai (rhymes, if you can’t tell).

Still, I had to go check by digging up the CFMT/OMNI Chinese Movie Listings and weep a little because the Toronto movies – albeit only once a week – are better than the ones that Channel M Chinese Cinema airs on the weekends. ChannelM has two Chinese Cinema nights and seems to have only 12 hazy films of questionable entertainment value while in Toronto, they are pumping out last year’s high-gloss releases.

Hong Kong is an ever-changing fast-paced city where an inordinate amount of emphasis is placed on appearance and novelty – to repeatedly show the old films of poor cinematic quality and confined the themes to gangs or incomprehensibly goofball comedy seems, to me, a huge disservice to the Chinese community.

* Oh, wait, she actually called originally to tell me that she hadn’t forwarded some slip for my income taxes; fortunately it is inconsequential… I hope.

“Hey, I go there!”

I’m not a re-broadcaster of local news around here, but the shooting at Kwong Chow Congee House immediately grabbed my attention this morning.

Kwong Chow Congee, at Main and 16th, is the restaurant I would easily recommend for a large variety of food of decent quality for cheap. Further, it’s a bright and clean-looking establishment that looks on the up-and-up, a bustling family establishment by day and unassuming diner that cool and not-so-cool peeps hit up for siu yeh, our second dinner that commences at midnight. It is in the area of Main that I overheard a local say, “It’s really cleaned up, completely transformed from five years ago.”

In fact, I was in that area last night, too. It’s just… an eye-opener that this probably gang-related gangland-type violence (CTV mentions dozens of shots being fired) occurred further south than the usual area.

Critical Mass and Invisible Children

Tip of the hat to Beyond Vancouver for reminding me that today is Critical Mass, the mostly bicycle stampede that goes rootin’ tootin’ through the city streets each final Friday of the month.

Meet at the VAG on the Georgia side (you know, the fountain?) and be ready to ride by 6 p.m. Late updates will be posted here. Or, if you’re more of the “bicycle poser” type, head straight to the afterparty.

Then, Saturday, head to the Global Night Commute, an event to raise awareness and funds for the film “Invisible Children” about the crisis in Northern Uganda.

Northern Where? Yeah, I know, it’s far away and you don’t know anyone from there. But here’s the deal. In 2003, three guys headed to Uganda with a video camera. They came back with enough footage to make “Invisible Children: Rough Cut” and started a non-profit with a goal of making a feature-length film to highlight the plight of the children displaced, orphaned and in danger of being abducted into the LRA (the Lord’s Resistance Army, a paramilitary group that’s fighting against the Ugandan government. They’re seriously messed up).

Currently, 160 people have signed up in Vancouver to show up at the VAG on the 29th at 7 p.m. (If you’ve heard of the Gulu Walk in Toronto, it’s a little like that.) At 9 p.m. there’s the group photograph, and then from then until 6 a.m. it’s a sleep-in. The event is a little U.S.-centric (lots of references to your state senator, for example, but that’s because this is part of an estimated 50,000 people in 130 cities worldwide who have pledged to show support for the 50,000 children who flee their houses daily and head to city centers in Uganda to avoid being drafted into the LRA.

Thanks to Leader Notes for pointing this out to me.

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