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Northern Voice – Morning Voices

Saturday, February 24th, 2007 — 10:38am PDT
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We left the house this morning and it immediately started to snow. In all the rush of preparing for the trek to UBC we forgot to check the weather. It’s pretty chilly although flowers are already starting to bloom in the city. After 3 bus connections and running into a few fellow MooseCampers we arrived the Forestry Services Centre. It’s a lovely building full of MacBloe-esque charm and about 300 bloggers.

Photo credit: Audihertz on Flickr

The keynote was the first item on the agenda. Anil Dash gave a talk on Making Change Happen with Your Blog. He really drove home the fact that we’re not just typing into thin air – there is impact, there is change, there are memories and (sometimes unfortunately) everything is logged. He spoke of how our priorities change, well not so much priorities but what we value… family heirlooms to meaningful text messages. It hit close to home because I have a text message on my phone from 2005 when John made his first ever trip to Vancouver to visit me, all the text says is “here”.

It was a great presentation and after 1 coffee I’m warming up and feeling a little more alive. It’s freezing cold in here (although the opened-toed shoes I’m wearing really don’t help) so I’m sure I’ll wake up after this next session. We’re in “Blogging 101” with Richard Ericksson, chit chatting to Cosmo from the Clubside Breakfast Time podcast.

I’ll add some pics later. I’m so Mac illiterate, it ain’t even funny. I’m sitting here watching John and others blog or take notes on their laptops – it’s like the end of one big Doogie Houser episode. Time for coffee #2…

Being Inside the CBC

Friday, February 23rd, 2007 — 10:21pm PDT
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I wasn’t at Moose Camp today, but I did meet up with a small group of fine bloggers this evening for some food, beer and an exclusive tour of the CBC after hours. Tod Maffin (who is also responsible for the Inside the CBC blog) was our guide as we explored all the levels of the CBC building downtown. It was pretty interesting to see what 30 of our tax dollars produce day in and day out. Things have been moved around due to the construction and massive renovations but we were able to meander through studios and office space all the same. See where the anchors sit during the news, where mad edits are made on the fly, dressing rooms, editing rooms, studios and music archives.

I had a pic of the Bruno Gerussi commemorative wall, but it didn’t turn out. Beachcombers has a place in my heart, and I even have an autographed pic of Molly’s Reach – signed by Molly. I think I was about 4 at the time, hence the “Keep smiling, cutie” message.

CBC Tour

I’m looking forward to the conference tomorrow, to putting more faces to names and maybe learning a thing or two. For all the “action” today, peruse some of John’s posts. Photos of the late night CBC tour are up on my Flickr – Set: Northern Voice 2007.

In case you didn't get the memo

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007 — 11:27pm PDT
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It’s completely legal for a woman to go topless in Vancouver.

Vancouver Police will soon be circulating a memo reminding officers that it’s okay for woman to walk around the City topless.

The move comes after a complaint was made to the police department from a woman who has crusaded for the right to go shirtless for years and was victorious in BC Supreme Court. [CKNW]

My husband made a point of sending me this story via Maybe he’s hinting at something, maybe it’s something I might consider after the week I’ve had. Needless to say, with tonight’s dinner being the kick off for the Northern Voice conference, I’m ready to do some fierce networking.

Northern Voice 2007 T-shirtWhat does this have to do with being topless? Not much, really. I just had two things to post about and decided to combine them. Not that I want people to be thinking about me topless when considering me for potential career opportunities.

Tomorrow I’ll be doing some temping just to keep the cash-flow going in our household, while John enjoys a full day at Moose Camp. I’ll join in on the festivities on Saturday, and I will be wearing a shirt.

I have to say, it’s been a crazy 12 months that we’re going to celebrate on Sunday. By crazy I mean heart-stoppingly stressful and excruciatingly emotional and financially painful. But hey, we’re still smiling. Or at least John was when he sent me that link.

Update: Going to NV and you have no idea where it is specifically at UBC? Check out John’s post for map and details.

RadioZoom #127 and The Crazy Canucks Episode #22

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007 — 4:07pm PDT
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We posted two podcasts this week. I was on RadioZoom with John earlier in the week but was unable to be on TCC last night. Check out both links, show notes and mp3s.

RadioZoom Episode #127
Run Time 63:40, Click for Mp3

There’s really a lot that we talked about in this episode, so much that we only threw three songs into this one. Rebecca gives a review of her Amazing Hunt experience, we cover a variety of things coming up, look ahead to NorthernVoice 2007, there’s a podcast meetup in Vancouver, and we round it out with Vancouver Trivia. There were a variety of technical issues in this as well, but I didn’t edit it out… visit site for show notes.

The Crazy Canucks Episode #22
Run Time 50:45, Click for Mp3

Rebecca takes a healthy scratch on this episode while the rest of us, even Dave, gather together to take a look at the last four games against Minnesota, Chicago, Colorado, and Anaheim. Things have been looking really good lately, and we all feel incredibly excited at the fact that the playoffs seem more and more in sight.

With 22 games left in the season and the trade deadline looming, there’s a lot to talk about, but none of us are really too sure as to what we can expect. Something is bound to happen, and we all have our own theories as to who might go or stay. A listener from London checks in with a question about a possible Canucks game next season in the U.K.

A lot of things are going well, but as fans, we know that we have to be careful to not get too far ahead of ourselves. However, listen to our episodes from early this season and the mood was incredibly different. Oh how things can change…Visit site for show notes

Happy Birthday, Dad

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007 — 9:00am PDT
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Couple things my dad helped me learn:

  • Milk actually used to be delivered by a man with a horse-drawn carriage. In the winter it was a sleigh and the horse’s droppings (road apples) made for excellent hockey pucks.
  • Never underestimate the power of a hot water bottle at the foot of your bed on a cold night.
  • Just because he used to tell stories about “when I was a boy” it doesn’t suit his little daughter to walk around telling people stories about when she “was a boy”.
  • Spiders are protected by a universal catch and release program.
  • Being pulled up the stairs in a sleeping bag and then being allowed to slide back down in said soft blankety parcel is extremely fun.
  • When I was 10 he could run faster backwards, than I could forwards.
  • Bears won’t come near our campsite. The tent is safe and the story mom told about squirrels being able to open peanut butter jars is false.

Those are just a few of the fun things. My dad would give piggy backs, never serve us junk food, teach us to be polite and quiet, although when we misbehaved his English accent came out in his stern “first, middle, last name” call for us.

I’d like to think of him as a walking, talking Wikipedia or Google. Whenever I have a questions about anything in the universe #1 just ask my dad, #2 try Google.

He also always knows the best place in any town nearby to get a hearty breakfast for under 5 bucks.

Despite the fact that he would pick me up from school in a big embarrassing delivery van… coming right up to the doors yeah… right in front of all the cool kids… he would wake up at 5am to make me breakfast and take me to school early for my morning running club meets. He’d attend every rugby game (and we’d win every one he attended) and taught me everything about anything that I know. During those troubling teen years, he was always there for me even though our lives were both going topsy turvy.

He didn’t even freak out when I came back from a trip and told him I was in love with a boy from Iowa.

Today is his birthday. I’d like to take him for breakfast or for some fish and chips. Unfortunately, my life got even more crazy lately so for several reasons, I won’t be seeing him. I hope he knows just how much I appreciate him and maybe I’ll be able to catch him next week… maybe he’ll bake us a loaf of his multigrain bread, and I’ll be able to tell him I love him and wish him a happy birthday.

The New Fozzy Bear

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007 — 8:36pm PDT
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Did it ever screw you up as a kid when voices of cartoon characters would change up? Most recently this happens when you watch season one episodes of Family Guy [wiki], which feature a different actress doing Meg’s voice.

We were watching it today [Episode Wiki] and Stewie said the following: “Jim Henson had a wait and see attitude, and look what happened to him. Now we’ve got wrong-sounding Muppets.” A clip then plays, showing Kermit talking in a funky voice (obviously not his own). Then the Swedish Chef enters and starts talking to him in an American accent. This bit cracked me up and I wish I could find it on You Tube but in its place, there’s another Kermit on Family Guy clip below.

This reminded me of a couple other cartoons I used to watch where the voices for characters changed. The most noticeable for me was Bugs Bunny [wiki], after the passing of Mel Blanc. It was so weird to hear Bugs but not Bugs’ voice.

You get used to the new voices then you start associating episodes with the voice, “oh that one was with old so and so.” Although cartoons’ voices change less frequently than actors playing a child on a soap opera, it can still throw you off.