we feel fine

Comments 6 by Rebecca Bollwitt
I feel enlightened. Yesterday we laid out on the sandy shores of Third Beach, basking in the afternoon sun and listening to podcasts on John’s iPod. One of my faves, Benjamin Walker’s Theory of Everything [toe] featured a website called “We Feel Fine“.

Since August 2005, We Feel Fine has been harvesting human feelings from a large number of weblogs. Every few minutes, the system searches the world’s newly posted blog entries for occurrences of the phrases “I feel” and “I am feeling”. When it finds such a phrase, it records the full sentence, up to the period, and identifies the “feeling” expressed in that sentence (e.g. sad, happy, depressed, etc.). [WeFeelFine]

The aggregator used by the site can also sift through blogs to find profiles, thus gathering such complete information as: age, gender, location, and then determining (collaborating with other sources) what the weather was like at the time this sentiment was written.

I know some people may think it’s useless and others will spend several minutes (or hours) during their work day today just clicking on the coloured dots and seeing how the world is feeling. But really, it’s slightly more productive than playing one of those flash games where you have to slingshot a rabbit or blast a penguin from a catapult.

Is it voyeurism? Is it scary that someone could collect all this info and display it for the world to see? What about the government, could they could be doing something like this too, listening in on our blog conversations and posts, picking out key words…?

It just might be a vehicle that would guide you to a blog you might start reading on a daily basis or a way to pass the time and connect with someone in Oslo who is feeling uneasy.

Check out the site at least once and see for yourself how you feel about it. Also, try out the Theory of Everything podcast [toe], it’s definitely not to be missed.

(30 seconds ago, 26 year old in Vancouver Canada, when it was sunny).

stay smooth vancouver

Comments 4 by Rebecca Bollwitt

On our way to the Pride Parade last weekend [604] I was handed a ‘free gift’ by a marketing street team. I did not refuse the ‘free gift’ and state: “bloggers have some kind of higher standard” and “I cannot be bought”! [metblog]. I gladly put it in my purse and I tried it out for the first time this morning.

The giveaway was a Schick Quattro [Schick]. I’ve always been a Schick girl, Gillette was never right for me, and although the waxes and tweases are the most effective, when it comes to a regular every day shave, Schick is where it’s at. The only complaint I would have about the lovely hot pink razor would be that it sure did a number on my arm pits. It was a bit of overkill and I’m scared to put on deodorant for fear of stinging.

The reason I’m talking about free gifts that shave my parts beautifully? Well I also received my Nokia 6682 [nokia] this week, with ALL the bells and whistles. For more info about the ENTIRE buzz marketing [matchstick] debacle I’m sure you can look at any Vancouver blogger’s site because they have probably already covered it — saying how horrible the plot is or how great it is to get free stuff. I’ve also linked to one of the numerous debates on the topic held on Metroblogging Vancouver (as at the top of this post).

My point is, if it’s a free razor or a free phone – I like free stuff. I’m going to try taking pics with my phone because I’ve never had a phone with a camera of this caliber before – AND – I don’t even have my own digital camera (although I abuse John‘s often).

Being newly married and still new to this whole life with John, we don’t have a lot of extra dough lying around. So if you want to hand me a free Quattro on the street or mail me $500 worth of phone goodies, sure. Why not?

The pic above is taken with the phone, and don’t worry – it was just for this post, I wasn’t shaving dry :p I’ll have pics taken with the phone up on my flickr in the near future. John’s are up and tagged accordingly [John’s flickr]

ich ni, sleeman

Add a Comment by Rebecca Bollwitt
There is a nice juicy tempting piece of takeover-bid dangling in front of the faces of Sleeman Breweries‘ shareholders.

Sleeman Breweries Ltd., Canada’s third-largest beer producer, agreed Friday to a $400-million takeover by Japan’s Sapporo Breweries Ltd. [cbc]

First Molson gets bought out by Coors [wiki] and now this.

I had a post a while back about my ‘award’ from the Canadian beer company [604] when I pointed out a typo on their website pertaining to subsidiary beer co., Okanagan Spring [604].

Now if all goes through, I wonder how the company will change. Will the beer change? If I drank Molson I may be able offer some insight about what (if anything) changed when it was taken over by Adolph and the gang, but alas, I have no clue.

There’s so much buying, selling, takeover bids, offers etc. going on in the world of business recently. (See my metblog post re: Bell Globe Media and Hockey Night in Canada) [mbv], read the news about Bell and Chum [cbc], and note the recent bid by Fortress to takeover Intrewest [cbc] – just to give a few examples. That doesn’t even cover the mining sector in the province and the kabillion other items of news my company DOESN’T cover and that I do not know about. Oh boy, what a summer.

Just wish I had some spare cash on me to walk over to the Dairy Queen right now and take-me-over a Blizzard. Now that would be sweet.

stare at the sun

Comments 2 by Rebecca Bollwitt
My perfume ran out yesterday. It’s the same kind I’ve been wearing since I lived in Boston. It’s the end of an era, the end of a scent.

I’m not sure if I’ll venture out to get anything new… I have a brand new bottle of Ralph Lauren Romance that I haven’t touched so I put that on today. It’s a little more bold than my last perfume *sigh* and as John put it this morning it’s like a “perfume bomb went off in the bathroom”.

I think today I’m one of those people you walk by on the street and their scent lingers with you for another city block (or three). So, anyone passing me on the street today, I’m sorry. It’s a new perfume and I had no idea how potent it was.

Happy Friday. Happy Weekend.

august for miss 604

Comments 2 by Rebecca Bollwitt
August? A busy month? Yeah man, B-U-S-Y. I just wrote all my August “I’m doing things today” dates on a mini post-it and stuck it to my monitor at work. I know there’s calendars, day planners, etc for all that but really – can we ever get tired of the simplicity and ease of using a sticky piece of neon-blue paper to scream tidbits of info at you on a daily basis? Nuh uh.

Here’s a list of a few fun n’ happy things happening this month.

August 18th – Scored us some complimentary tickets to a Canadians game [audihertz]. I took the day off so we’re gonna catch the nooner vs Boise (who are somehow affiliated with the Cubs, so John would have me believe).

August 18th – Later that evening WorkSpace [abetterplacetowork] is having their unveiling. It’ll be a great opportunity for John and I to rub elbows with local techy, bloggy, businessy elbowy-rubbing type people and to check out the WorkSpace environment. If John had his status [audihertz] and was able to work on projects and such things, this is totally something he would want to get on board with. *sigh*

August 25th – BARCAMP! I’ve already made a blog post about this [604] informative, networky, hopefully super fun event for local bloggers, podcasters, geekies, photogs etc. Again, another chance to meet some interesting people in the community. I’ve been blogging since 2004 and I’ve never really been up on promoting the blog, and even writing this I feel kinda weird about doing so. Maybe I’ll be getting a little recognition (although I’m not the techiest or the craziest or the pretty-picturest out there) during the Barcamp sessions.

The only other date to add would be the Metblogs meetup, if and when everyone can decide on a date. In my mind #1 right now is the 15, um because it’s payday. giddy up.

I think I completely failed to mention on here (although it was mentioned in the podcast [radiozoom]) that we met up with Dave Olson aka Uncle Weed to watch the fireworks last Saturday. John kinda blurted out that I was nervous about Barcamp, to which Dave said I have no reason to be. It’s kinda intimidating to me. I’d like to think Dave’s right though, maybe I’m just being a lil shy…

I-5 and us

Comments 4 by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s about time I post about the trip to Seattle last night to see Real Madrid take on DC United eh? [604]

Seattle Trip to See Real Madrid vs DC United

3 more hours to go and I’m fading fast. Yesterday (after working since 7am) I hopped on the skytrain in the afternoon and headed toward Surrey. It took a little longer than expected since 4 of 6 ticket machines were down at Waterfront station and I was not the first person to get there. If tourists don’t know how to use the machines they should just turn around and ask someone, perhaps the impatient girl standing behind them who has somewhere to be (right Laura?)

Once en-route I gave Jen a quick call to confirm the meet-up locale. 45 minutes later I was in Surrey and headed south with my sister and brother. I can’t tell you the last time that *just* the three of us did something together.

At the border we had to wait in a 20 minute line up, but it really wasn’t too horrible. The Pacific Truck Crossing is always your best bet, regardless. I directed my sister in to one of the right hand lanes and as we were approaching the customs booth she turned to me and said: “Oh great Becky, you put us in the only line up with the chick.” My sister and I find that we have a much ‘easier’ time at crossing the border when there is a gentleman customs agent manning the booth (and tossing out cheesy pick up lines).

Seattle Trip to See Real Madrid vs DC United

Jen had no reason to worry, we were waved through and on our way. 2.5 hours of bumper to bumper traffic later and we were approaching Seattle. I always forget what the city looks like since it’s one I rarely visit. I snapped a few shots of downtown and we lumbered our way through the busy downtown streets trying desperately to find parking (while we could hear the game in progress, with crowds cheering, it was a lil stressful).

I almost went ballistic when a man scooped up a spot we were line for (and that was assigned to us by the attendant) but about 5 minutes later we came across a lot and parked the car. Although it was $35 to park there a) it was close b) we were going insane c) missing the game would have eventually cost us more than $35.

Beckham was on the pitch during the first half although by the chants of “U-S-A” in the crowds I quickly found out who the real crowd fave was. The game was SUPER slow going, uneventful (except for a few corner kicks and penalty kicks OOOH) and we spent more time in line ups and mosh-pit-like seas of people to get in and out of the stadium than we did actually watching the game.

Seattle Trip to See Real Madrid vs DC United

Over all, the game wasn’t the best but the experience was fantastic, despite all the traffic problems and throngs of people – since really, that’s to be expected. I can’t wait to make a run down there to catch a baseball game with John. Qwest field, sitting right next to Safeco Field, where the Mariners play, is darn impressive and I’d love to explore downtown Seattle a little more.

Jen and James dropped me off at home and by 2am I was crawling into bed with John.

Tonight I’m working until 8:30pm. I’m super-mega tired and will start work at 7am again tomorrow. I have pics of the trip up on my flickr (TAG:DCUnitedRealMadrid) and I also took a couple videos. John will either extract the audio for a podcast or I’ll YouTube them up here soon. What a week.