Tuesday Morning Link Fest: Of McBarge Proportions

Comments 8 by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s been a much better morning than yesterday when I thought with the sun shining that nothing could go wrong. Well apparently when you get knocked down by a man barreling past you on the bus trying to get out the back door (3 blocks before his stop) it’s your fault, which he had time to tell me because he reached the back doors with plenty of time before his actual stop. Enough time to look at the path of destruction he left behind him in the aisles and make a snarky comment. That’s the end of my mini rant, now onto the link fest

– WordCamp Fraser Valley preparations are in full swing. Please remember to sign up through the event website. There is no charge but we’d like to keep track of the numbers. Did I say “we”? Yes, Gary has allowed me to spread the word about WordCamp as the media sponsor. Not only will I be getting the word out, I’ll be liveblogging and speaking as well.

– Ross over at SimpleHelp.net (a great source for quick techie tips) invited me to do a guest post. I busted out the screencasting gear to talk about, well, screencasting [see: video]. I’ll have another post up there tomorrow morning as well.

– Today is the 50th anniversary of the collapse of the Second Narrows, aptly renamed the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge.

– The Stanley Park shuttle is running once again, “offering a free alternative to a car to get through the park.” [News1130]

– If you’re keeping score like I am, June is East Van Halen month in Bev Davies‘ punk rock calendar.

Ya Techcouver– Where would I be without quoting clips from other sources and sending them link love on my blog? I don’t know but the Associated Press doesn’t really care anyway.

– I was interviewed by the 24 Hours last week with regards to Stats Can concluding that BC has the highest number of internet users within a specific demographic. Ya Techcouver! Also, Rochelle Grayson (power tech woman at Donat who also created Twemes) was interviewed in the Province this past weekend.

– Tourism Vancouver offers half-price day-of ticket sales to events through their Tickets Tonight service (for things like Bard on the Beach). They just launched a Facebook group and each day they will be posting the following day’s half-price theatre and performing arts tickets. They also have a booth at 200 Burrard St and they just opened up a kiosk in the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza. It’s a great low-dough option for entertainment in the city.

As for my ticket giveaway, I’ll be going through the list of entries this afternoon and will notify the winners. You still have time to enter, simply link back to my post about the movie tickets on your blog and include the name of the movie you would like to attend on Wednesday. Good luck!

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  1. John BiehlerTuesday, June 17th, 2008 — 10:44am PDT

    Today is also the 50th anniversary of the Playland Wooden Rollercoaster….do you think it’s first riders heard the chaos of the bridge collapse that happened so close by?

    I thought about that as I drove past both this morning on my way to the North Shore for work.

  2. Miss604Tuesday, June 17th, 2008 — 10:47am PDT

    Ah you’re right, that is weird.

  3. Tyler IngramTuesday, June 17th, 2008 — 10:58am PDT

    It’s horrible to drive near Stanley Park when the sun is out.. Sooo many tourists trying to get into the park! It clogs Denman, Georgia and the surrounding area with slow moving cars. It sucks when you’re trying to get over to the North Shore, so I’m glad they are offering an alternative mode of transport to get people to Stanley Park.

    I read on CBC that the bridge collapsed because a Jr.Engineer miscalculated it and the bridge buckled under its own weight. That’s sad. The Fox was playing some tune that talked about it but I can’t find the URL for the artist..

    Now you said McBarge so I thought that perhaps someone bought the floating place and might turn it into a night club or a pub. If I only had the money I would so do that!

  4. Miss604Tuesday, June 17th, 2008 — 11:02am PDT

    @Tyler according to wiki… “Jimmy Dean’s 1962 song “Steel Men” is a ballad about the Second Narrows bridge disaster.”

  5. Ian BellTuesday, June 17th, 2008 — 4:51pm PDT

    The McBarge is McDerelict, near the cement processing plant in Port Moody…


    So nope, no floating casinos. It’s in terrible shape, too. About 15 years ago there was some talk about resurrecting it as a school excursion facility in one of the northern nature preserves (an ironic turn of events, that would have been) but to no avail.

  6. MonicaTuesday, June 17th, 2008 — 8:50pm PDT

    Also celebrating 50 years today was The Coaster at Playland. Offering free rides from 6am – 10am this morning.

  7. Tim AyresWednesday, June 18th, 2008 — 6:58am PDT

    The McBarge title reminded me of this urban exploration group’s site I came across one time, they’re Vancouver-based (or at least they were). Here’s the link to their McBarge expedition. So cool! http://www.wraiths.ca/mcbarge.htm

    I spent a whole evening once reading about their exploits and viewing their pictures. It made me want to join up!

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