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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.

The Fog That Turns People Inside Out

Saturday, January 27th, 2007 — 8:10pm PDT
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Today my sister and I were supposed to participate in The Amazing Hunt [604], it would have been a lovely day for it but Executive Producer Bill Lin had the right idea in mind when he postponed today’s race a couple of weeks ago. There were power outages, winds destroying forests, sleet and snow pelting the West Coast. Bill called to let me know of the race postponement and that it will now be held on February 10th. Little did we all anticipate, today turned out to be quite lovely.

My sister and mother picked me up and we went over to Tinseltown to catch The Queen. Upon our arrival we noticed an abundance of handicapped parking spaces in the parkade, I’m talkin’ like 20 within the first 5 minutes of driving around in there. When we got upstairs the fire alarm was going off in the building. After arriving at the cinema’s level it shut off, but it then sounded sporadically for the next hour or so. The movie we paid to see had to be canceled and we got a rain check.

Beaver Lake - Stanley Park I returned home and asked John to take me for a walk, if I wasn’t going to see a movie today I might as well get out n’ about and enjoy the non-rain in this city. We headed into the Park, our default walking location. We surveyed the cleanup from the storm, which is happening slowly. The big tree in Coal Harbor that had fallen across the Sea Wall (before you reach the rowing club) hasn’t been moved. I suggested to John that it’s probably kept there for tourists, which by the look of the dozen people posing and taking pics of the thing, proved to be an accurate observation. We strolled across to the north side of the park and ducked in to the Beaver Lake trail, which is partly clear… we only dodged one ‘do not enter’ barricade.

It was great to see the lake with actual water in it. In August it’s just a big lily pad-covered mud pit. The ducks were out to greet us and we ventured down the first path that seemed to lead somewhere and was remotely clear of stumps and debris. As we turned south we noticed fog was creeping in. It was pretty strange that it appeared in so quickly, especially as we emerged from the forest at the Rose Garden, which then looked like a misty graveyard, littered with dead bits of trees and foliage.

Lost Lagoon - Creepy Tree The city had now disappeared under a grey blanket. As we left the park at Lost Lagoon it was now eerily quiet except for the sound of a panting jogger’s footsteps coming up behind us. The entire mood of our walk shifted and we just wanted to get home. Our pace quickened and our hands froze.

I will get to watch a movie today after all, since we’re now in the mood for something a little spooky. I’m sure under any other circumstance I wouldn’t be able to sleep after watching some fear-instilling flicks, but with all the fresh air and exercise I’ve had today, I’m sure it won’t be a problem.

RadioZoom Episode #125

Saturday, January 27th, 2007 — 12:00am PDT
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This episode of our podcast will be submitted to the fine folks organizing Northern Voice 2007. It didn’t involve trudging through muddy, stick-laden parks or interviewing rock stars and no, there isn’t even any Vancouver trivia. It’s a classic episode, just John, me, a couple mics and some music. Although I shouldn’t describe it like that, it’s not karaoke.

Recording Tonight's Podcast - RadioZoom #125Recording Tonight's Podcast - RadioZoom #125 In this episode, we talk about the Northern Voice conference and try to make our case to the organizers of the event as to why we deserve one of the travel bursaries to attend the event. We also talk about Rebecca’s upcoming involvement with the Amazing Hunt in Vancouver. Matthew Good has a new album that he’s recording, and your dear hosts have a few other tidbits to share in that area.

Visit the Episode 125 post on to catch all links to anything and everything we discuss including band/music info. Click here for mp3. Run time is 57:41.

Studio Time for Matthew Good

Friday, January 26th, 2007 — 3:21pm PDT
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Matt Good In Studio
John and I got to hear a choice sample of tunes for the new album when we hung out with Matt a couple of weeks ago. He also played a few during the acoustic living room show in August. If you’re a fan of his, or his music genre in general, you will not be disappointed. He’s gone back into the studio and since I don’t have many more details, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves – all courtesy of Dan Lilly (whom we had the pleasure of meeting at said show back in August). Visit Dan’s Flickr or blog for more pics and stories about the studio experience.
Matt Good In Studio

Virgin Festival Vancouver

Friday, January 26th, 2007 — 7:31am PDT
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Update: I have two tickets to the Festival, Sunday May 20th $35/each. Drop me a line via the Contact Form if you’re interested – thanks!

Listening to the radio this morning they made a concert announcement about a new festival coming to Vancouver [VirginFestivalVancouver]. They started by playing snippits from participating bands. First, The Killers (okay, that peaked my interest), then My Chemical Romance (interest waned), AFI, Billy Talent (okay gonna stop listening), Hot Hot Heat (well that’s not so bad), then the last clip is Starlight by Muse. vfest.jpgWHA?! Why didn’t they announce Muse first? Dude! Now we have to go to this! Here are the details so far:

It’s the Virgin Festival (similar to what they have done in Toronto and the UK) 2 days, tickets will be $29, May Long Weekend (May 20-21/Sun-Mon), Thunderbird Stadium. There’s a special pre-sale next week, so you can jump the gun if you’re a Fox club member.

$1 from each ticket will go to Virgin Unite and the entire thing will be carbon neutral. It’s no Coachella but if I get all that and Muse up on stage? Cool.

“Tickets for Vancouver’s inaugural Virgin Festival go on sale Feb. 3 at 10:00 am at all Ticketmaster outlets. One-day passes are $39.93 plus $1.00 for the Virgin Unite charity and a $2.25 facility fee” []

foxclubmember.jpgUpdate: I didn’t get the price wrong, tickets are $29.93 for Fox Rocks Club members – available in a pre-sale next week (Jan 29-Feb2) [CFOX]

ticketmaster-virginfestival.jpgUpdate Feb. 3, 2007: The pre-sale is over and tickets are now “full price” which comes to about $40, then there’s service fees and Virgin Unite donation on top of the ticket price. Now this is for EACH day so you have to purchase tickets separately. We’re going to be headed to the Festival on Sunday to catch Muse, The Killers are headlining on Monday.

iPod Scare

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007 — 3:46pm PDT
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I’ve had my little pink iPod Mini for 2 years. It’s always been faithful, always been full of musical treats and has never failed me. But today, I feared the worst when my trusty little Mini would not turn on.

I’ve had a few scares, then with a quick online search I found out how to reboot the sucker without losing and information [reboot]. Sweet. That little trick has saved me many times. But today, it wouldn’t start at all. The reboot wouldn’t work and when I plugged it in via a USB cable, I got the lightning bolt battery symbol that wasn’t animated. It was just stuck, not charging, not playing, not rebooting.

charge_noanimation.jpgEveryone in the office jumped to the conclusion that iPod Mini batteries suck and that mine is probably totally gone. Yes, they’ve had battery issues and some people have had some really crummy luck. But before I jump to conclusions, spazz, run over to Future Shop and start yelling for them to send it away, fix it or give me a new one… before I do any of that, I Google.

I’ve been told I could be a professional Google master. You need to find something? I can get it for you faster than anyone else. I have special Googling powers. Well, those ‘powers’ came in handy this morning but the search lead me to a pretty common site, one I could have even started with – Apple support said the following:

When you plug your iPod into a power source, the charging icon appears—it’s a lightning bolt over a battery. If the battery is fully discharged, you won’t see an animated icon. Instead, you’ll see the icon pictured below (even on a color screen). The icon indicates the battery is charging successfully, but it doesn’t have enough charge to power up. When connecting an iPod with a fully discharged battery, it may take up to 30 minutes for iPod to have enough charge to turn on and be recognized by the computer and iTunes [apple]

The still image of the lightning bolt over a battery was creeping me out so I had to try something. The advice was really, ‘plug it in and do nothing’ so that’s what I did. Every couple of minutes someone would come up and talk about how I need to buy a new player now that this was one dead. I covered my ears and refused to give up. I left it plugged in and after 45 minutes, iTunes popped up and the screen of the Mini screen turned on the animated do not disconnect logo. “Success! It’s not dead!” I shouted, which is good, cause I can’t afford a new, cute, pink, little Nano.