Archive for September, 2007

Meg Tilly’s got a blog

Meg Tilly with babyRetired actress, erstwhile ballerina, and present-day author Meg Tilly has a website and a blog.

Things to do in Burnaby – Deer Lake Edition

Thanks to a staff retreat, I was introduced to Deer Lake Park and the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts today. This is yet another Burnaby venue I’ve never been to despite living in the area for over a year. Oops. Anyway, there are a number of cool events coming up in this beautiful recreational area. I certainly will be attending this event on Saturday:

Night of 2007 Lights Lantern Festival
Date: Saturday September 15, 2007
7:00 – 9:30pm
Free Admission
Drum circle : 7:15- 8:30pm
Procession: 8:30 – 9:15pm
Fireshow finale: 9:15- 9:30pm
On site lantern workshop: 3:30- 7:00pm

The City of Burnaby, in association with Public Dreams Society, presents the Night of 2007 Lights. In the tradition of the Public Dreams’ Illuminares held at Trout Lake in Vancouver each year, a magical community lantern procession winds its way around Deer Lake Park. Led by African djembe drums, participants will encounter professional entertainers, whimsical performances and magnificent illuminated lantern installations along the route. A spectacular fire show concludes this magical evening.

Next month, the museum will open up haunted-house style for Halloween. I can barely contain myself.

Two-Faced Vancouver

Quacker Trio

As I sit here baking, I am reminded of a post by Travis of Unvarnished:

Seriously, Vancouver. Come ON. You’re a smart city. You’re good looking. You’ve got so much going for you, but you’re throwing it all away with this absolutely disgusting weather.
I can understand, you’re Vancouver, you’ve got this “rainy” rep to protect, but OK, we get it, fine, you’re so BADASS and DAMP.

Ha! Go and read the whole post while you sip lemonade and mist-spray yourself with bottled tap water, Vancouverites.

It’s supposed to get back to normal on Sunday.

Edible BC Cooking Class

Annie & Dolly Watts

Two weeks ago, we went to see chefs Annie and Dolly Watts (above) of Davie Street’s now-closed Lileget Feast House hosting an indigenous cooking class in the Granville Island Public Market. Held twice a month, the cooking shows take place after the market closes in the Edible BC store.

Up to sixteen students watch the makeshift class in the store’s small space, then sit down at a table to sample the five or so courses with a BC wine that complements each dish. We also got a ten-percent discount during the after-hours shopping as well as a black Edible BC tote bag and, for this class only, an autographed copy of the Watts mother and daughter team’s new cookbook, Where People Feast.

The three-hour course also left plenty of time for the participants to meet one another over the meal. We mostly chatted with Monique of Vancouver blog So Misguided, a speed reader and a nice extrovert. We also enjoyed meeting the friendly Edible BC staff, including co-owner Eric Pateman.

The menu was:

Vancouver’s pet crazy

Vancouver Dog Rules

Originally uploaded by Jeffery Simpson.

Vancouver likes its pets, but for fuck’s sake we’ve gone too far. I work in a mall and last weekend I was dealing with a man with what I at first assumed was a stuffed parrot on his shoulder. The stuffed parrot turned out to be a real live one, and the hour I dealt with the man has entered into my top ten list of least enjoyable experiances ever.

I’m not saying don’t have a parrot as a pet. Whatever, you want to have a loud squaky feathered creature that shouts and poops, then that’s your choice, but don’t inflict it on the rest of us. Leave it at home, or walk it in a park but don’t bring it to a mall.

I spent the entire half an hour with the parrot smacking me in the head with its wings. Then because malls are packed with children and parrots are apparently children magnets, children would come up to the parrot and try to touch it like they were at a petting zoo, at which point the parrot would whip around and try to bite them squawking loudly. The bird’s owner would then whip around and shout at the kids, “It’s not okay to touch him!” This happened at least once every ten minutes.

It was one of the low points in my life, and I’ve had a wide variety of low moments.

So please, dogs, cats, parrots, bats, lizards… whatever your cuddly little friend is please remember he/she is probably not that cuddly and friendly through someone else’s eyes.

Vancouver HDR Photography for Sale

Technically, if you hear about this and make a blog post, you can get your hands on an 8 x 12 print for free, but for everyone else, there’s a great new site out there where you can purchase amazing photographs of Vancouver.

Honestly, these sure beat the heck out of the cookie-cutter shots you can pick up in any Gastown shop that were taken in 1995. What also makes these images particularly special is that most of them are HDRs.

For order information visit

In computer graphics and photography, high dynamic range imaging (HDRI) is a set of techniques that allow a far greater dynamic range of exposures (i.e. a large range of values between light and dark areas) than normal digital imaging techniques. [Wiki]

Duane Storey‘s a local guy that’s been photographing cityscapes and scenes around the city for over a year now and has just unveiled a photography-specific site where you can purchase his prints. And as mentioned above, the first 20 people to make a blog post and leave a comment on his post about the launch will receive a free print.

Just to prove how worthy of praise and purchase Duane’s images are, I’m going to post a whole slew of them after the jump. Also, if you have any HDR shots or scenes of Vancouver, feel free to ad them to our Metroblogging Flickr Pool so that we can use them in posts, link back to your Flickr and blog about their greatness as well.

Where The Hell is Dancing Matt? He’s by the Beach

Where the hell is Dancing Matt? Filming a new video near the inukshuk in English Bay tomorrow evening, that’s where. Oh, and you’re invited to come out and dance too.

My husband is signed up on Matt’s mailing list and found out about this a little while ago.

The last video was about places. This one is about people. LOTS of people. So I’m not too concerned about the background; I just want a place where we can gather peaceably and dance badly without getting arrested.

No country in the world has sent as many emails about being included in the next video. I usually just go to one major city, but for Canada I’ll be visiting three.

  • Where: English Bay, at the inukshuk
  • When: Wednesday, Sept. 5 @ 6:00pm
  • Matt will also be in Toronto on the 9th and Montreal on the 11th.

    Apparently those who show up may be chosen to appear in the video and will need to be over 18 (or with a guardian), sign a release form etc. so try to get there early if you want in on this internet craze. Oh and please remember…. it’s all about the dancin’.

    Sept 5, 2007 – UPDATE: A crowd certainly turned out for today’s dancing – nice job Vancouver!

    2007 Taiwanese Cultural Festival

    Kappa Puppet

    Now in its eighteenth year, I finally made it to the Taiwanese Cultural Festival, just in time for my own ten-year anniversary in my love affair with Taiwan. While, there were some fun things about the festival – abbreviated puppet performances and Taiwanese aboriginal dancing, mostly it was a chance for Vancouver’s mainstream businesses to show off that they have a few brochures in Chinese.

    Elfsar brings Halo Heroclix alliteration to Vancouver

    Halo: Uprising

    Originally uploaded by Danh TX.

    //begin nerdness// I once tried to get into Heroclix [wp] the comic themed table top board game that builds on the Pokemon type collection gaming that’s popular right now. The trouble is I don’t quite understand the rules, and like hockey I just feel like I’m too old to ever start playing it now. I mean just like it would be shameful to me and my family if I showed up at a hockey game for six year olds wanting to join the team, being whumped at Heroclix by twelve year olds is kind of shockingly loserish too.

    Still it’s a pretty popular thing, as is the XBox game Halo. Ah Halo, with a new comicbook written by Brian Michael Bendis and drawn by Alex Maleev and of course the wildly anticipated Halo 3 due out soon for the XBox 360 it’s hard to look one way or another without Wired [wm] running a feature on the franchise or someone trying to get you to pre-order the game.

    So what happens when you combine these things? Can we call it Funvana? Or maybe Dorkmecha? Or maybe just $$$. Either way if you’re into either Halo or Heroclix, and especially if you’re into both, you might be excited to know that local comic book shop Elfar will be having a preview of the new Halo Heroclix series of figures September 5th at 6 pm [efs].

    More nerdery after the jump.


    Let’s sell out all the way

    Footballer in the making

    Originally uploaded by ~~Sarah~~.

    Matthew Good was the first to draw a parallel between the Canucks new jersey and the constantly changing kits of the European football teams [mg], new shirts are a cash grab getting fans to buy a new bit of merch every few years. With the exception of the team crest, the uniforms tend to have sponsor logos where NHL teams put their logos. (Good used an alternate universe version of Arsenal’s traditional logo on his own Kapa made football shirts with MGB in the sposor slot).

    Here I actually think we should be following football’s lead, but then again I often think that. We’re quick to slap a corporate logo on pretty much every surface, so why don’t we just start selling ad on hockey jerseys? They already do it in the European leagues where uniforms look like NASCARs [fkr], why not just admit that the NHL and the NHLPA are in it for the money and go whole hog? I mean Disney used to own a team, we sold out long ago and let me tell you FIFA would never have gone for a glowing laser ball in order to sell football (soccer) to the Americans.


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