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The Crazy Canucks – Episode #19

Thursday, February 1st, 2007 — 10:25am PDT
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It seems like just yesterday we started this little podcast with a group of local hockey bloggers and here we are on #19.

The Crazy Canucks PodcastWe’re without Alanah on this episode, but the Internet gods were not on our side. Blame them. On the other hand, the rest of the crew were on hand after a long dry spell without Dave. Three games to talk about this time around; a loss to the Kings, an amazing win over the Sharks, and the Blue Jackets stole a shootout from us last night.

Record as of this episode: 28-19-4
Northwest Division: 2nd
Western Conference: 7th

Also, we address some trade rumors, talk about how Crow is doing in L.A., do a bit of an injury analysis on Kesler and Mitchell, get to some listener feedback/requests, and look at the road ahead towards the playoffs. And believe it or not, Fin is blogging.

It’s hard to imagine that we could be thinking about the playoffs with such hope compared to where we were at the beginning of the season, but we are. Episode 19, Run Time 51:00

Bloggers are Lonely

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007 — 3:39pm PDT
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My co-worker just sent me a link to an article talking about a book by a U of C professor.

Cover of Michael Keren, who has written “Blogosphere: The New Political Arena,” suggests individuals who bare their souls in blogs are isolated and lonely, living in a virtual reality instead of forming real relationships or helping to change the world.

“Bloggers think of themselves as rebels against mainstream society, but that rebellion is mostly confined to cyberspace, which makes blogging as melancholic and illusionary as Don Quixote tilting at windmills,” the author says.

I could start ranting, but seriously what’s the point? We all know why each of us blog, we all have our reasons. Be it personal, informative, geeky, literary, or just for the sake of tapping your fingers on a keyboard and publishing the result for the world to see.

I must admit though, I’m not completely transparent on my blog, I don’t go into details if I’ve had a bad day (except maybe when it has to do with a certain Credit Union) but that’s just me. That could say something about me, I could read into it, but… meh, I don’t really want to.

Keren praises the Internet as a great place for self-expression, but he also suggests that blogs often have the opposite effect by creating feelings of loneliness for those who aren’t lucky enough to reach “celebrity” status.

There are some people out there who are blogging to get recognized, but I’m sure there’s an equal amount of people who do it just to say something, share, and to have an outlet regardless of Technorati ranking or ‘blogebrity’ status.

For all we know this dude could be writing a book just to create a buzz. Maybe he knows if people blog about it he’s succeeded, whether it’s created a positive or negative review. Who knows, maybe we’ll all get the book and read it and it’ll become an Amazon best seller (regardless if its better purpose is that of a paperweight or not). Will he be upset if it doesn’t become popular?

We’re all entitled to our opinions, and I suppose this author is as well. Only thing is, I think he’ll just make more money off his, than I will mine.

Fogg with the Girls

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 — 10:33pm PDT
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I don’t hang out with my female friends as much as I should. We went to the Fogg for the game tonight and my sister and Tanya (who might as well be my other sister) hung out as well for what proved to be a really freakin’ great time.
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Link Love for Vancouver Girl Bloggers

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 — 6:16pm PDT
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At the computerIt’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. Seems like everyone kinda went in a blog slump during the holidays and we’re all emerging like the sun from the fog over the North Shore mountains. I know, how lovely and picturesque:

Netchick takes a simple idea, turns it into a social bloggy game, and the comments start a flowin’. We also find out that her favourite hockey team is the Canucks, proving herself to be very wise.

Running 22.5 kms (at least) a week, Wyn contines to be a running (and ballroom dancing machine) making me feel really bad about considering my 20 minute walk to work ‘exercise’.

Speaking of running, Degan is looking for donations while training for the Joints in Motion marathon/half marathon to benefit Arthritis research.

Loxy describes the high and low, low points of going through a Sportsnet broadcasting seminar and the challenges of being a girl trying to make it in the manly realm of sportscasting.

Finally, Rilah Rumbles writes an open letter to a disrespectful woman who wants to mother all the children of the world because she thinks she can do better. New mothers always love getting unsolicited advice from strangers, especially when it’s completely irrational.

Single In Vancouver

Monday, January 29th, 2007 — 2:21pm PDT
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meetmarketball.jpgBoy have I got a site for you, unfortunately for me. I used to check out this one ‘Vancouver Events’ web page cause it had some really interesting upcoming activities that I couldn’t find listed anywhere else. From fund raising dinners to concerts, it was a really great source. Though it seems as of late, it’s been inundated and completely absorbed by meet ‘n mingle postings for area singles.

Here are a couple of current events for singles in Vancouver listed on what used to be my most informative event listing site:

  • Vancouver singles into to rock climbing – Jan. 29 @ 9:00pm
  • Vancouver singles starlight snowshoeing – Jan 31 @ 6:00pm
  • Vancouver singles rack’em up pool night – Feb. 8 @ 7:00pm
  • Vancouver singles comedy night – Feb. 14 @ 7:00pm
  • Vancouver singles intro to chocolate making – Feb 19 @ 6:00pm
  • Vancouver singles intro to bartending – Feb 26 @6:45pm

Singles have all the fun! Well, I’m since not single, I really would like to have my event site back.

It seems like most of these postings are done by a company called Meet Market Adventures. Aside from having a name that makes me cringe, I know nothing about this organization and how reputable it may be. In any case, I need a new source for event info aside from like HOB.ca for concerts or upcoming.org. And Bradley, if you want more info on the events listed above, just visit www.meetmarketadventures.com, eh.

Sunday Skytrain Pet Peeve

Sunday, January 28th, 2007 — 12:07pm PDT
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We had somewhere to be today. We don’t own a car and our little feet can only take us so far in this vast expanse known as the Lower Mainland. We had to be in New Westminster and we were right on time when we got to Burrard Station. I went to purchase tickets but the kiosk’s display flashed “Cash Only”. Well sh*t! I only had plastic.

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No credit, no debit. Going to an ATM was not an option either so we were pretty much screwed. With somewhere to be, we walked 10 minutes toward the next Skytrain station to try our luck then realized, we’re going to be SO late. We’re going to get pissed off, annoyed, rushed, trying to plug in our $4.50 each way and we’re just going to be late. I hate being late. I also hate when all 8 ticket booths at one Skytrain station are not functioning correctly. It’s some form of entrapment I’m sure. They want us to breeze through the Fare Paid Zone without tickets. They always have transit cops meandering through the cars on Sundays as well – as if we’re going to chance it riding all the way to the end of the line without fare.

This used to happen to me when I would commute in from Surrey during the week. All booths at Gateway (on upper and lower level) would be either a) cash only or b) card only. Of course it was always the one that I didn’t have available. It’s like they know.

A solution would be to carry cash, which I rarely do or to get myself a 1 Zone monthly pass. This would get me to and from work, and on Sundays your pass (doesn’t matter which Zone) becomes a family pass. You can bring on 2 kids and 1 other adult with you with one pass. I think I’ll do this for February but in the meantime, I’m going to let this morning’s annoyance fester. I’ll be cursing the system under my breath until they do something to redeem themselves in my book, of course.