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Tuesday Morning Link Fest: Super Fat

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008 — 9:59am PDT
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I’d just like to start by saying that I have a horrible hosting provider. Sure, the prices are decent, but all four of our domains go down almost once a month, for an extended period of time, at various points during the day. I’ve completely had it so I think I may pay close attention to Duane’s study. As a result of this outage, I have a lot more to say in the following post – to make up for the downtime this morning.

Today is Super (Fat) Tuesday but of more interest to Vancouverites, it’s also Toque Tuesday. “On Tuesday February 5th, volunteers will take to the streets of Vancouver, Surrey, New Westminster and Burnaby with toques and baseball caps for sale – all proceeds going to local programs that will help out the homeless population in those areas.” [Miss604]

  • Editors (with no The) are headlining at the Commodore tonight with Hot Hot Heat opening up. On the Fox this morning the DJ’s were making fun of the show, saying, “if you have a Vespa or ever owned a Vespa, this is the show for you,” and “the main drink consumed tonight will be martinis or cocktails, I doubt there will be much beer flowing.” Um yeah, let’s just all listen to AC/DC 100 times a day instead.
  • Speaking of good music that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, Matthew Good is up for a Juno Award for Rock Album of the Year – best of luck to Matt in this category. UPDATE: “Born Losers” will also be featured on the Juno Compilation CD.
  • Voting for the Canadian Blog Awards is closed. They’re now going to torture us all by releasing on certain winners/category results each day over the course of a week [BlogAwards]. I’ll find out about “Best Local Blog” tonight at 8:00pm CT but so far Raymi has won for “Best Humour Blog“.
  • Tonight is the first NetSquared Net Tuesday at Workspace. “Every month, SOCIAL CHANGE MAKERS and WEB INNOVATORS come together at NetTuesday events to mix, swap stories, build new relationships, and collaborate on new ideas.” [Facebook]

  • Photo credit: The Ubyssey – Thanks to Phillip for the link.
  • There was an old shell of a VW bug hung from the Lions Gate yesterday [News1130]. No, this was not a protest, but a tradition in these parts performed by the Engineering students at UBC during Engineers’ week. Past stunts include putting the same red VW bug on top of GM Place and even the Golden Gate Bridge in 2001 [SFGate].
  • Grouse Mountain will be open for 24 hours this weekend to celebrate “2 years to go” until the Olympics [News1130]. What this means is that you should really try out Seymour this weekend (and ladies, remember you ride free on Monday nights).
  • The 9 o’clock gun has been vandalized by being spray painted red [News1130]. It will be out of commission for a while during the clean up for which they have to take apart the canon that was cast in 1816 [Miss604]. Not sure about the message was there, with the red gun, but I usually miss the sound of the it in the evenings.
  • The effects of asbestos are being reviewed for awareness purposes [CKNW]. You never know really. Even if your home or apartment seems a little newer, it could be in the flooring or ceiling tiles. There are plenty of companies that specialize in haz mat detection and removal, if you’re concerned about your place.
  • “But that’s not good enough, we want MORE asbestos, MORE asbestos!” (10 points goes to the person that can identify that quote).

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    1. Darren says:

      Today is also Shrove Tuesday. I gather that’s known as ‘Pancake Tuesday’ in parts of Canada, though I’ve never heard it called that.

    2. Jackie says:

      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

      Shrove Tuesday is the term used in the United Kingdom, [1] Australia,[2] and Canada to refer to the day after Shrove Monday (or the more old fashioned Collop Monday) and before Ash Wednesday (the liturgical season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday). In Ireland, the UK, and amongst Anglicans, Lutherans and possibly other Protestant denominations in Canada including Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, this day is also known as Pancake Day or Pancake Tuesday, because it is customary to eat pancakes on this day.[3][4][5] In other parts of the world—for example, in historically Catholic and French-speaking parts of the United States and elsewhere—this day is called Mardi Gras.

    3. Miss604 says:

      Let’s just all eat lots of food tonight… including pancakes… potato pancakes! Mmmmm

    4. […] was over at Rebecca’s site earlier this morning and found out that they’ve announced all the nominations for the […]

    5. Mark says:

      Hmmm, methinks those cheeky Editors were having a pop at ‘From the Jam’ who played Richards last Sat. A night of boozy, bouncy, balding Brits no less.

      Now where’s my Lambretta?

    6. Miss604 says:

      @Mark – d’oh! I meant to say the radio personalities said that. And I totally want to go even more now that I know Editors are headlining, but I think it’s sold out 🙁

    7. Jenny says:

      Bart running for class president against Martin

    8. Chris says:

      Red is the official colour of the Faculty of Engineering, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the engineers who are responsible. The hanging beetle is pure gold.

    9. It’s cheating if you don’t out your ISP!

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