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it would be pretty neat


Thursday, September 14th, 2006 — 4:39pm PDT
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BE A SNOW PATROL TOUR REPORTER!!

We are looking for some creative Snow Patrol fans to help us document the band’s tour experiences over the next few weeks. One lucky winner will be selected from each town that the band are playing in this September, to be our official ‘Snow Patrol Tour Reporter’.

Each tour reporter selected will get a ticket and a photo pass for the Patrol show in their home town and, in return, they will have to send us photos from the show and a blog entry telling everyone about their experience. We will then post each reporter’s photos and blogs on Snow Patrol’s site throughout the tour for everyone to see.

For full details and to enter, simply fill in your details in the members area and tell us why you would be perfect for the job!

As a blogger and someone who’s blogged about Snow Patrol before [1][2], I’ve entered the contest. Although I’ve had a recent ‘winning streak‘ I really don’t want to get my hopes up or take anything for granted – I just think it would be freakin cool. Oh and I suppose if you like Snow Patrol, and wanna go to the show and do all this fancy stuff – feel free to enter as well 🙂

Edit: But wait, I already have a ticket… hmm… and I wonder what my rights would be for the photos eg. could I post them on my Flickr? hmm…

a tree grows


Thursday, September 14th, 2006 — 8:35am PDT
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Last night John downloaded iTunes 7 for his Mac (and I succumbed this morning, after much peer pressure). I watched as he highlighted over 800 albums and in one click was able to start the ‘get album art’ process. There’s a feature that lets you flip through your albums as though you’re sitting in front of a 100+ disk CD changer – and that’s just the eye candy. It’s got way more bells and whistles so make sure you update your iTunes and check ’em all out.

I’ve been struggling with my cell phone for the past 2 days, nothing major, but it’s an issue with a mystery icon. I have done my best to replicate it here, using MS Paint, I am a master of MS Paint. I’ve got no idea what it is, what’s going on with my phone (I could be hooked up to some satellite right now for all I know) I just want the icon to go away. I tried the manual, looking online, nothing. So if anyone knows what the heck this is and how I can get rid of it, please let me know.

Douglas Coupland [wiki], who John and I had the chance of meeting this spring, has been nominated for the Giller Prize [wiki] in Canadian literature, for JPod. Read my thoughts on JPod [604].

Anson Carter signed with the Blue Jackets yesterday. Good um… luck… in Columbus Anson. There’s still backlash regarding the $1.9 million Kesler deal [chb] with Philly and also the DiPietro 15 year contract [chb]. The NHL is like a snowglobe this summer, constantly shaken by kooky GMs.

Now in more serious news, as you may or may not know, I’m a part of Metroblogging Vancouver [mbv]. There is a first-hand account of the shootings yesterday up on our sister site, Metroblogging Montreal. A blogger for Metblogs Montreal works at Dawson College and has written an amazing post [mbm].

Edit: iTunes works fine on my work computer but on my home PC I’m having trouble – says it’s unable to view album art on this computer. My Quicktime is up to date, would be it something else? I really really need a Mac… a Macbook… yeah….!

fumbling to make contact


Wednesday, September 13th, 2006 — 11:37am PDT
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Last night we caught Big Brother and Rockstar at Laura‘s house-sitting-house while playing Trivial Pursuit, 90s Edition. I can’t believe John didn’t get the questions about the Melissa and Michaelangelo virii and he can’t believe I got the Henry Kissenger question right. We stayed there way too late then walked home around midnight from Yaletown to the West End. Got in bed with about 6 hours until the alarm clock went off which is not nearly enough sleep time for me. The result: shakey, pale and green-faced all morning, coming into the office, leaving to go vomit, pounding headache and poofy eyes. Man, that’s the last time I stay up past bed time on a weeknight. Seriously, how old am I?

All I want to do is go home and crawl into bed. Actually, I want to go home and lay on the couch with the poofy comforter, have Campbell’s chicken noodle soup, watch daytime TV then pass out around 2:00 pm when there’s nothing really on. That transition from daytime programming to after school shows always puts me to sleep.

Speaking of, last night one my trivia questions was about Susan Lucci from All My Children [wiki]. The only reason I got that right was because when I was little All My Kids was as much a part of my daily routine as much as brushing my teeth. I think my mom actually put me in the morning kindergarden class so that she could pick me up from school, come home, and catch the show.

Before I went to kindergarden I would sit at home with activity books (because I was always jealous of my bro and sis getting school supplies, my mom would buy work books, pencils etc. to play with). I’d watch CBC morning kids programming such as: The Friendly Giant [cbc], Fred Penner’s Place, Mr. Dressup (w/Casey and Finnigan not those other freaks), and Sesame Street. Then of course All My Children would come on the CBC followed by Midday News, my queue to pass out.


I’ve been in a funk all morning, working, reading blogs and commanding Chris to play some Death Cab in the office. The blog finds were uneventful except for the post at VCOE (gotta love her rants) about the Kesler deal that went down yesterday [Vancouver Canucks Op Ed].

Oh, I also got an email saying that I’m now listed on 25peeps.com – I kinda forget how that happened, it seems rather shameless but um, website traffic is always good. Again, if I could only make money off this stuff… I’d be set.

Time to cheer up, memory lane is closed. Chris says the sun is coming out and I should be happy.

head on head on head on


Tuesday, September 12th, 2006 — 11:59am PDT
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John told me yesterday that Apple was going to have some fancy swanky announcements today. He’s just given me the scoop, saying “that’s some hot sh*t” and being altogether way too excited, but with good reason.

Tiny, 1.62 inch iPod shuffles and multi-coloured 8gb Nanos (for starters) [apple]. I’m sure he’ll be posting a big lovely in-depth post about all the new products but I just had to gush (and post here in case Gus hasn’t heard yet).

Something else I’m excited about is Earlstone’s Club and their menu courtesy of onomatopoeia (too funny)

Monolith of Sharingâ„¢

Absolutely all of our appies*, plus some we don’t even serve here, piled on top of a crystal chandelier and precariously balanced on your table for the enjoyment of you and all your friends. Why settle for just one item when you can have them all! (*Excludes Signature Coconut Shrimp Thing, Signature Dry Rib Thing, and Signature Calamari Thing. Add any of these for $7.99 apiece.) [onomatopoeia]

World Taekwondo Federation


Monday, September 11th, 2006 — 8:22pm PDT
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In line with such silly geeky posts as those verification codes you can never read [604] and battle of the fonts [604] I find myself compelled to comment about something I was reading on RantVancouver yesterday. In the comment section of one of the rants, someone put “IAWTP”.

Buh? I fear I may be out of touch with the buzz words/acronyms of today or maybe I’m just not cool or 14 … I don’t see this necessarily as a bad thing, unless I want to get into ‘oh man, I must be getting old’ or feeling guilty or foolish because I actually googled “IAWTP” to see what it meant. For those out there who were as clueless as I was, straight from the Urban Dictionary online it is: Acronym: I Agree With This Post. Normally used on bulletin board systems.

I’ve never been a fan of the acronyms although I’ll say “L-O-L or B-R-B” out loud just to piss John off. When I started using IM and chatting (oooh way back in 1996) I may have used them. Since then I prefer letting the person on the receiving end know I’m actually laughing with “hehe” or “haha” because often someone will type “LOL” and ya know, I doubt they really are sheesh.

I guess my issue with “IAWTP” is not that I haven’t heard of it or don’t use it. I think in this case it’s how it was used. When you purposely click on someone’s site to leave a comment and all you put is an buzz-word acronym, it just seems lazy to me. Yes, I am ranting about a comment on a rant site.

There, I feel better. Although that lingering ‘oh dear I’m getting old and out of touch’ feeling hasn’t quite faded yet.

so you've decided to steal cable


Monday, September 11th, 2006 — 4:43pm PDT
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After working last night, sitting alone in the office at my desk, tempted to stick tissues up my nose because I was too busy to be bothered to blow it any longer, I called in sick.
John is getting a little run down as well. It’s worse for anything to happen to him since his current immigration status prevents him from getting medical coverage or even being on my benefits plan from work. The last time he was sick the $100 bill for going to the clinic wasn’t too pleasant.

Aside from watching movies on the couch all day and ‘taking it easy’ we were on our computers intermittantly to check news and emails.

Laura‘s invited us over tomorrow for the Big Brother Finale but she put her foot down today when she sent me a series of IMs “if you are sick, do not come”. She doesn’t want to catch what it is we got. I get the hint Laura, I get the hint. The new job, the house-sitting in Yaletown, going back on your promise to ‘carpool’ with me to work every day *sigh* I’m pickin up what you’re puttin’ down, man.

I’m anxiously awaiting payday on Friday so that a) I can pay bills b) I can start preparing for John’s brithday/1 year anniversary in Vancouver (Canucks tickets go on sale this week).

I’m just glad that we’ve finally signed Linden [tsn], even if it’s just for one year and even if John still thinks Anson Carter would be a ‘better’ investment. pfaw.

Time to cough and nose-blow. I’ll see you at work tomorrow.