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Dictating Fonts

Monday, November 20th, 2006 — 3:18pm PDT
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While looking over a new theme that we’ve been working on for a while, John and I got into a heated debate over fonts. Yes, our household is just THAT geeky.

I flashed a screenshot of the theme-in-progress to my co-worker, Chris who said there’s a part of it that reminds him of “that little tank game”, he then proceeded to demonstrate with his fingers, the movements of the tank and tag on some sound effects “eeeee oooooo crrhhgggglllhhhhhh!” I totally knew what he was talking about.tankwars.jpg

Way back when, my brother, sister and I used to have two games on our computer. One was with two gorillas on top of skyscrapers and you had to adjust velocity and angle, then toss a banana at the other person’s gorilla. Any banana that missed, left a crater and the cityscape would vanish around you, while battling. They also had a version of it on Intellivision [wiki]. Quality gaming, I know.

Another, was Tank Wars – the game Chris was getting at. All the computer-run tanks were named after dictators and warriors, Atilla, Musollini, Adolf, etc. To play a much-updated version of Tank Wars, visit a site that lives up to its reputation, AddictingGames.com.

Chris also says I should be a “Verdana sales rep” since I can sell anyone on it [previous post about fonts yes, I have a previous post about fonts].

Update: Found a forum post about the gorilla game, “Apes”. Someone actually re-created it, sweeeeet.


Sunday, November 19th, 2006 — 7:01pm PDT
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Georgia street was closed for most of today because of the Santa Claus Parade. I headed out to start my shift at work and arrived about 45 minutes later. Normally, it takes about 10 minutes to get to work if I take a bus and 20 if I walk.

The #5 Robson bus is usually pretty efficient, but today it had to take many detours – it turned right on Thurlow and went all the way down to Beach Ave. Crossed over Burrard and turned left up Seymour where it met up with its proper route. 30 minutes later and I’m off the bus, wondering why the heck I didn’t just WALK.

Along Robson there were people handing out popcorn at the Bell store, Starbucks was handing out free samples of gingerbread lattes and every street was packed with either parade goers, shoppers, and football fans. Everyone who just wanted to get out on a sunny afternoon – knowing that the rains will come again.

trafficcams.jpgIt being Grey Cup Sunday, we take a slight pause from being Canuck fans and remember that we’ve also got a pretty kick ass football team around here. (See John’s CFL post if you are unfamiliar with our ‘Mutant Form of Football’). Being the heavy favourites and league dominators this year, our boys came out on top. Now it’s time to plan another parade route, which will cause another crazy day of traffic downtown.

The Canucks face off tonight in Pay Per View action vs Chicago. Even though Alex Burrows will probably be broken-hearted, with his Alouettes losing today, they should be able to steamroll over the hawks with some of that momentum from Friday night.

As for me? 4 more hours of work to go…

Clear Skies, Muddy Water

Saturday, November 18th, 2006 — 5:55pm PDT
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This whole “don’t drink the water” thing is Metroblogging gold.

You still shouldn’t be brushing your teeth with the water or drinking it but seriously, you CAN wash your hands. We were out Friday night and 3 women in the ladies room with me got right out of the stall, headed to the paper towels and left. Um, I’d rather take my chances with the tap water + soap then uh… that. That’s just wrong [mbv].

This is something BIG happening to the city and even though it’s about a major public health risk, there’s so much to blog about. From news reports to peoples’ crazy behaviors. Maybe tomorrow we’ll be able to blog about the BC Lions winning the Grey Cup – but who cares about football anyway?

We’re doing okay here on day 3 without water, the dishes are stacking up [audihertz], we had to go grab some more bottled water but man the skies cleared today and the fresh air, sunshine and snowy mountain views just lifted our spirits. Even though I was out in New West serving tea on my only day off in two weeks, it was worth it.

We get to have a nice night at home tonight. We have beer in the fridge and leftovers from Flying Wedge. Mercy me that’s good pizza!

The Canucks won last night and even though I work from 3pm to 11pm tomorrow – hopefully I’ll still be able to catch the game on the radio. It’s another Pay Per View so I think John will be headed to our friends’ house in Lynn Valley for some munchies and male bonding.

I’m SO looking forward to this short week coming up – nothing to do except work for 3 days, plan a massive Thanksgiving dinner with my husband and hit the stores south of the border during some quality sister time with Jenny.

I started Christmas shopping already, got something for the in-laws and hopefully we’ll get a parcel down to the family soon. I can’t wait to have Christmas in Kansas City or Iowa, I’m sure John can’t either. Until then, we’ll enjoy the holidays up here with my family. My Oma’s health is failing lately, we have to get out and see her although I’m sure she’ll bounce back soon. She was all boisterous the other night watching the hockey game, “Oh those lousy Canucks!” She’s the Canucks’ number one 85 year old fan – it’s tough love, really.

The Crazy Canucks – Episode 7

Friday, November 17th, 2006 — 8:21am PDT
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With Canada’s largest ever boil-water warning in effect [gvrd], trees toppling down on to houses and power outages gallore, we braved the storm [mbv] in Vancouver while our Canucks did not-so-good on the ice this past week. We discuss it all on Episode 7 of The Crazy Canucks podcast.

Even though the last few games have all been losses, we still get together to record this episode because when it comes down to it, you can’t stop Canucks fan. Alanah was unable to join us on this episode due to technical problems, but the rest of the crew was here. We also experience some technical issues of our own during the podcast, but the cause was most likely due to an awful storm that hit Vancouver in the last 48 hours, leaving many without power and residents to boil their water until further notice.

Record as of this podcast: 8-10-1 (4th in the Northwest Division)

There’s only so much that you can say as to what’s going wrong with the team, but we all agree that the answer is simple: we need more scoring. Three games against Anaheim, Calgary, and Detroit all resulted in more numbers in the loss column, but there are always shades of positive points that keep things looking promising. We look at some slight changes to the roster, address stupid trade rumors, and do our duty of being faithful Canucks fans.

Run Time: 34:34
The Crazy Canucks Podcast, Episode 7

buses in the burbs

Thursday, November 16th, 2006 — 9:08am PDT
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Vancouverites complain about transit [mbv]. Bus drivers being rude, overcrowding, trolley buses falling off their overhead rails, and that ain’t the half of it. But when I think about taking the #5 (Robson) or #6 (Davie) downtown I think about how spoiled we are compared to every other transit-taker.

Recently, the federal government has dumped millions of dollars into Translink for security purposes [news1130] but how about just making sure that it’s an efficient, accessible system for all in the Lower Mainland?

busstop-paradigm4flickr.jpgFirst of all, I can walk everywhere downtown. I can walk to work or I can take a bus if I’m running late. We can walk to GM Place, to the store, to the beach or we can take a bus because, well they come every 5 minutes anyway. All those who do not have these options, have it the worst and most of them are out in the burbs.

I used to Skytrain to work every day. I knew that it would take exactly 47 minutes from the minute I stepped on the train at Gateway, to the time I walked out onto Granville street. Now, if anywhere in that equation I had to take a bus on the Surrey side, my travel time would vary from 1 hour to 90 minutes, who knows. My mother does a commute from Surrey Central to Burrard every single day. When she gets back to Surrey in the evenings buses are either non-existent, packed to the gills or 45 mins – an hour late. She lives about a 20 minute walk from the station but I don’t think anyone would want her to walk home, it’s not an option.

Buses in the burbs are scheduled between 10 & 90 minutes and that’s on a weekday. Don’t get me started on weekends. You have to precisely plan out your day or trip and just hope that the bus will actually show up. I’ve been waiting at a bus stop for 50 minutes, finally calling the transit information line and getting the “we can’t locate the driver” spiel. It’s happened several times before. Buses get caught in traffic, drivers go MIA and you just have to wait. Not everyone in the burbs owns a car. Seems like most people downtown can a) walk everywhere b) own a car or honkin’huge SUV c) can catch a bus every couple of minutes.

When we think about what kind of reforms we need on transit, how about making sure that the bulk of people traveling from the burbs, (Langley, Surrey, Burnaby, New West, Tri-Cities etc.) can get to work on time, get their kids from school, get groceries and be back home safe and sound.

i'm not dead

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006 — 12:22pm PDT
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I’m still alive, I promise. I’ve worked about 30 extra hours in the last week or so and I’m a little tired. It’s the “crazy time of year” and aside from regular overtime, I’ve taken some extra shifts (e.g. working the stat) so that my lovely husband [audihertz][radiozoom] and I can enjoy Thanksgiving [wiki] together next week. We’ll do a huge grocery shopping order, he’ll roast something tasty, I’ll make us watch Miracle on 34th Street [imdb] and he’ll probably try to get in some football. I’ll have 4 days off (Thurs-Sun) and I think we’ll probably just rest. We need some rest. metroundies.jpgThat, and Christmas shopping. We need to send a parcel down to his folks, although it totally sucks we won’t be able to hand-deliver anything this year.

With all the rain, the Canucks losing, and the extra hours at work, the week’s been pretty grey but something that’s picked me up is being named City Co-Captain/ Vice Captain/ Robin to Jeffery’s Batman/ Alternate Captain/ to Metroblogging Vancouver. That, on TOP of being able to purchase Metroblogging panties, well – now there’s a little bit of sunshine for my day.

Kind of crappy timing since this is the first time I haven’t blogged EVERY day since uh forever and I’ve been out of it for 4 days BUT the Canadian Blog Awards [CBA] are now open for voting. You’ll find local gems on the voting cards such as Gus Greeper (under, If Spock is Enough), Metroblogging, Vancouver Canucks Op Ed (for best Sports Blog) and of course this one here – Miss604.com. Head on over. It’s free to cast your vote and show us that you love us (or at least kinda put up with us). Thanks!