Archive for February, 2010

Olympocalypse! The dampening!

I got to check out the Panasonic Pavilion today at LiveCity (aka David Lam Park) and see their exciting 3D technology in action (did you see the Beijing opening ceremonies in 3D – no you did not. But I did) – I’ll have more on this tomorrow, but in the meantime I have to mention something important.

Leave your umbrellas at home!

Not all the time, but LiveCity (and I’m assuming any other outdoor venues that have security gates the public has to pass through to enter) will be searching bags and umbrellas are a no-go. You can’t take them in. They were kind enough to offer to hold mine, but I was there with maybe 100 people, and there were only a couple of temporarily liberated umbrellas – it was easy to retrieve later. I’m not so confident this will happen – or work if it does – during full events.

So, think water proof shells and plastic ponchos.

A couple of things to add to the Olympocalypse post today;

– Twitter hashtags are ramping up. Keep your eye on #Van2010 and #Olympics

– Things just barely started and we’ve had one bomb scare (it wasn’t) at Lonsdale Quay – keep an eye on your stuff. Absentmindedness will get your backpack mangled by a robot! Or blowed up real good!

– An update to yesterday’s post. (which you should all check out – lots of good info) says stopping or driving in the “Olympic” lanes (excepting when you move in just before a right turn) will get you a $100 fine. So, I think the $1000 fine might be something specific to business vehicles – still anecdotal, but fair warning.

– Getting a jump on all the protests that are expected tomorrow, InSite got in the Prime Minister’s face (figuratively) today. Message sent (keep safe injection sits open) and nobody hurt – let’s file that under win-win, and see if we can’t keep it that way for the next few weeks.

– A new Fat Burger has opened on Broadways. This has nothing to do with the Olympics, it’s just really close and tempting…

Olympocalypse! The Beginning!

Like it or lump it, the Olympics are here and the city will never be the same. I wasn’t going to start this, hopefully, ongoing feature until later tomorrow, after I’ve had a chance to check out the Panasonic Pavillion and their swank 3D technology, but already the tales are upon us and it’s time to catalog them;

– Word is the events are being broadcast in HD, for free, to anyone with an HD TV and a little tinkering. I’m trying to find out more, but in the meantime, has anybody heard of this, or is this the topical equivalent of “Email this to 10 friends and Bill Gates will buy you lunch?”

– Not everything during the Olympics costs money or requires a lottery draw! Check out Where 2 Be For Free! Free Wilco concert on Saturday! Robson Square has a zip-line! And more!

photo by drowcliffe

– Have you seen those big, red, no stopping bags dropped over parking meters (like on the Broadway corridor or Main Street)? Well, they mean it. One part security and one part keeping a lane open for critical bus lines, the city is enforcing their temporary no-stopping policy with a (get ready) $1000 fine. I found this out from a local business who’s deliveries got upset by the truck’s inability to stop right out front of the store.

– That helicopter is keeping me up at night. I’m just saying.

– UBC students are getting some time off. Which seems a considerable road bump mid-semester. I haven’t heard any information about how the departments are taking this into account, but at least Greek row has figured out how to capitalize on the events.

– Olympics, this is the Internets. Internets, these are the Olympics. And hilarity ensues, as Pedo Bear becomes the unofficial fifth mascot for the Vancouver Olympics. Take THAT, Hidy and Howdy!

OK, there’s lots going on – what have you seen or heard? Send in your Olympic links and tales.

Thursday, February 11th – torch arrives, route announced

It’s never fun when the title of a post encompasses the sum total of information, but that’s the case here. Next Thursday, the Olympic torch hits town – if you’d like to see it run by, route and times have been released online. It’s a fairly clever route, that seems to provide ample viewing opportunities without having to travel too far (unless you live above or below Vancouver, otherwise you’re making a trip no matter what – bring lunch.)

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