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Olympocalypse! Canada loses in hockey and I make a video

I realize it’s probably a bit tacky to suddenly return after not posting for a long while to try to drive more traffic to a video I made, but hey I still have the most posts on Vancouver Metblogs so I figure it should be allowed.  Granted most of those posts were just a video of the sea otters at the Vancouver Aquarium floating around their tank holding hands, but it’s hard work making that seem new after the fourth hundred time.  And gosh aren’t they cute?

In exchange for housing during the Olympics an out-of-town friend of mine provided me with tickets to see the Men’s Olympic Ice Hockey game between Canada and the United States of America.  Inspiredby the righteously awesome “A Night At The Emirates” video [yt] I set out to make my own fan’s perspective video.  It’s hard to say how it turned out because I’ve spent too much time on it to see it clearly and my wife loves me just enough not to insult it to my face.

So enjoy the video as you prepare to watch Team Canada (hopefully) beat up on Germany tonight.  Looking on the bright side it was a valuable wake-up call early in the tournament that hopefully will let us adjust before facing tougher opposition like Russia; though to be fair that’s what the game against Switzerland should have been.

Vancouver, in high-def and time-lapse, equals beauty.

I wish, I WISH, I could embed video into Metblog posts, but lacking that ability, please go here

The Innerlife Project has released their first, and hopefully not their last, video piece, blending HD time-lapse video of Vancouver and a dreamy ambient soundtrack into a love letter to the city. When people ask me why I moved to Vancouver, I’ll have to remember to send this to them.

Red Bull gives you wings – you bring the skates

Untitled-1Have you seen that short, very minimal commercial with a bunch of hockey players racing down a track in Quebec City? That’s Crashed Ice, a Red Bull sponsored extreme sport. (Update: between the time I wrote this and it being posted, Red Bull started running a new commercial, which is louder and explicit. Just pretend I mentioned whichever one you have actually seen.)

I kind of like the idea – I think a lot of Canadians could get into it. It’s fast, there are spills and chills, and while most of us have left our elite puck-handling days behind us, somewhere deep down inside a lot of us probably believe we could participate in a sport that rewards simple durability on skates. Heck, you even get to wear full hockey gear!

But how does an average Joe or Jane get to become an extreme sportsman/sportswoman like that?

Why, you try out.

Up until January 24th (11:59 pm EST) you can enter in a lottery draw to participate in one of 11 qualifying events across Canada, with winners going on to compete in Quebec City in March. And just in case, some entrants will win a trip to Quebec just to watch – so, worse comes to worse, you get a trip out of it I guess.

If you want a taste, you can always tune into the live webcast of the Crashed Ice finals in Munich, tomorrow. Or have a look at this video from last year’s championship.

The lengths some people will go to to avoid paying library fines

Rappelling down the library in Vancouver

I was downtown outside of the Central Branch of the library when I, and pretty much everyone else on the sidewalk, spotted two women who began rappelling down the side of the library’s main building.  After a moment they stopped and began doing a few acrobatic stunts, mostly flips.

They seemed to be mainly practicing, but there was no signs up saying where they were from or what they were doing and lacking a really tall ladder I wasn’t able to get up there and ask them what was up.  I did take a few moments worth of video of their aerial dancing which is on my Flickr account [fkr].  (I also put it on YouTube [yt] but the quality is so shitty there.)

If anyone has the inside scoop as to who they are, and what they were doing let us know in the comments.

Update:Commenter Canadianveggie says that, “My guess is that it is Aeriosa Dance Company. They have pictures on their website of performance they’ve done at the library before.”

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