Archive for July, 2008

On the disabled list.


So I’m watching TV.

Theme of the Week – Hallways

(ooops, this was in my drafts, not posted last night.)


I could not get into this hallway. It is a back entrance to the former Storyeum site – exit to Cordova St.

Thus ends this week’s theme.

Join us next week when our theme is….

Aug 3 – Aug 9 – Summer produce

After the rain.


The best thing about rain in late July in Vancouver is that downtown and Gastown don’t smell like pee.


Favourite jammies

The weather has cooled off in the past couple of nights, so I pulled out my favourite p.js.

This is Vancouver – where are all the awesome podcasts?

One of two things are afoot – either the Internet is failing to filter the world of podcasts in a way that helps me find a funny, Vancouver, talk podcast (lots of music options, lots of so-so comedy, where are the clever talk-casts?) or Vancouver isn’t producing any.

On a world stage, I enjoy Kevin Smith rambling about nothing and everything. I enjoy NPRs Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. I enjoy Harry Shearer recapping the news on Le Show. I occasionally enjoy the guests of The Sound of Young America, and often enjoy Never Not Funny or Stand Up Sit Down. But that’s not filling my iPhone as much as I like. I can go through them in a couple of days of walking back and forth to work. I need more. And it would be nice if it was something that resonates with me – so, arguably something produced in Vancouver would be a hit. Not so much.

The best I’ve found so far is Speedway Squad, which is like a slightly smarter, but markedly cruder version of Great White North, if GWN was a podcast, not a fictional cable show. You even hear beer caps popping and dropping. But they’re in Chilliwack, not in Vancouver! A town this techheaded, and we’ve got nothing? Surely not!

So, help me out – school me in what’s good in the Vancouver world of podcasts. Heck, throw in the music ones – even if I’m not interested (and you never know), other Metblog readers may be.

Last night a hotdog saved my life

I went to the fireworks on Saturday, which are a bit of a pain – I’m not big on sitting on the ground, as it usually results in injury causing numbness. But I went for two reasons – to see friends I haven’t seen in awhile, and to have a Fat Burger. I don’t often eat Fat Burger, but do enjoy them. Until Vancouver gets an In & Out (and what are the chances of that?), I enjoy a yearly Fat Burger treat.

Only, they close at 9 on Fireworks night. Which means that at quarter to, they lock the doors. Which means that at ten to, I’m pissed off. If I can’t come through your door and order, you ain’t open. Your sign, it lies.

Grumpy, I slog through the evening, but later one of those aforementioned friends suggests I try Japadog. It is, any way you look at it, a hotdog stand. It makes all the normal varieties of hotdog stand hotdogs – but what makes it are it’s “Japa Style” specials, which are all beef hotdogs made with Miso Mayo, Teriyaki Mayo, or Oroshi dog, which has radish on it. You wouldn’t think it, but it’s got a nice bite to it.

Corner of Burrard and Haro (just outside the Sutton Place Hotel – you can imagine the number of famous faces they’ve racked up), if you’re still into hotdog (and I know some aren’t), you might want to consider this breath of hotdoggy air. Besides, how many hot dog stands have websites? That’s can’t be a long list.

Introducing The Hub


If Metblogs is a city, hub.metblogs is the playground. We kept hearing from people that one of their favorite parts of Metblogs was meeting and interacting with readers and writers from other parts of the world, as well as getting requests for more ways that readers could be involved besides just posting comments. We thought about this for a while and decided that with a network like this, a giant community area where folks from all over the world could hang out, post photos and videos, talk with each other, form groups, play games, send messages, and do about a million other things was probably a pretty fun idea. The Hub is that.

If you have any tech ideas or suggestions join this group and speak up. See you on hub.metblogs!

Outside my door.


This leaf is from a tree right outside my front door.

All the leaves, the pollen droppings and much of the pavement around the tree is covered in this shiny, sticky substance that clings to everything that the leaves, the pollen droppings and the pavement touch…

including the bottoms of shoes so all these bits of pollen droppings end up in my house.

What’s up with these trees?

Win a Private Screening of Matthew Good’s Forthcoming Album

As those who frequent numerous Vancouver blogs might be aware, 12 of us took part in Blogathon this weekend raising thousands of dollars for charity by blogging for 24 straight hours (1 post every 30 minutes).

Duane Storey and I were supporting the Union Gospel Mission, due to their excellent work in the downtown eastside and around Metro Vancouver. Upon hearing of this effort and cause, Matthew Good offered up a once-in-a-lifetime prize.

Here’s what you will win:
– The opportunity to hang out with Canadian singer/songwriter Matthew Good at an exclusive private meetup

– A listening session of the demos for the next record, Vancouver
Demos include: 1. The Vancouver National Anthem, 2. The Boy Who Could Explode, 3. Us Remains Impossible, 4. On Nights Like Tonight, 5. Volcanoes, 6. A Silent Army In The Trees, 7. Fought To Fight It, 8. Empty’s Theme Park

How to enter: Be the highest bidder on The winner will then donate said bid to the Union Gospel Mission and will be one of the first people to hear the new album in this intimate setting.

Photo credit: Dan Lilly on Flickr

Viva la revolucion!

Your revolution

If you aren’t doing anything tonight, there’s a “Celebration” of the Cuban Revolution at Trout Lake, meeting up at the beach concession stand.

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