With VinoCamp CheeseCamp happening tomorrow, I’m in a wine kind of mood.
This morning I went searching for a list of wineries on Twitter and I found the motherload here.
Despite the list being very long, a few local wineries were not represented so since the site is a wiki, I was able to log in and add some entries. Here are just a few BC wineries that are on Twitter (some from the wiki and some I added):
@Black Cloud Wine
@Road 13 Vineyards
@Sumac Ridge Wine
From Vancouver Island to the Okanagan Valley, BC is home to some of the world’s best wine produced by hundreds of vineyards big and small. If you know of any of them who are on Twitter, but not on this wiki, feel free to add them or let me know in the comments. You can follow @VinoCampVan for updates during VinoCamp tomorrow and tickets are still available if you’d like to attend this premiere event.
This summer the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition and Mountain Equipment Co-op have been presenting the Great Rides bike series.
The goal is to invite riders from across the Lower Mainland to take park in group rides and discover new routes and outing destinations along the way. According to the VACC, the ride markings remain in place for future riders as well.
The next Great Ride is taking place in Pitt Meadows is particularly special as it coincides with the Honeyland Bees & Blueberry Festival. The Great Ride participants will have a chance to stop by and enjoy a picnic along the way. You can register online today for the August 15th ride.
I have a family pass to give away for this event which includes ride registration for one reader, their spouse (guest) and as many children under 16 as they can handle.
To enter, leave a comment on this post to express your interest in the ride or re-tweet this link. The winner will be announced Monday August 10th and please make sure that if you enter, you are free to use this prize and participate on the 15th.
This morning as the #5 Robson/Downtown bus turned right onto Thurlow, instead of heading straight towards Seymour, I obviously knew something was up. Usually when there are temporary route changes they take the trolley buses out of comission but this bus was following the lines down Thurlow, left on Smithe, and left on Burrard. The bus driver explained that due to paving and the completion of the Granville Street revitalization they aren’t able to cross Granville at Robson until further notice (or what he estimated to be a month). When I got home the first thing I did, of course, was to tweet this information and that’s when the trusty Buzzer Blog chimed in with the pertinent details of this route change.
(Left) Normal Robson #5 Route Map (Right) Robson #5 Re-route Map
“Owing to construction at Granville and Robson, there will be reroutes for the 5, 17 and N6 for about a month: Monday August 3 to Sunday September 6.” You can read more, including updates for the bus lines, over on the Buzzer Blog.
What does the population do when Twitter goes down? I’m not sure but hopefully they turn to blogs. This morning the microblogging service used by millions across the globe went down, and I’m not taking “Fail Whale” down.
The entire site is unavailable (as well as services that connect to it) so the best place to go at a time like this is the Twitter Status Blog:
Update (9:46a): As we recover, users will experience some longer load times and slowness. This includes timeouts to API clients. Weâ€™re working to get back to 100% as quickly as we can.
Update: the site is back up, but we are continuing to defend against and recover from this attack.
Thursday August 6th: “Ongoing denial-of-service attack – We are defending against a denial-of-service attack, and will update status again shortly.” Update: the site is back up, but we are continuing to defend against and recover from this attack.
Thursday August 6th: “Site is down – We are determining the cause and will provide an update shortly. Update: we are defending against a denial-of-service attack.”
Once they have the time to publish to the regular Twitter blog, updates will appear there as well.
The morning hours on Twitter are usually rich with hot news topics of the day, and many just getting into work and publishing updates such as “why did I even come in today” or “the line up at Starbucks is huge this morning”. In case you’re missing Twitter, try watching “Real Life Twitter” once again. It’ll still make you giggle and ease of pain of not being able to Tweet at this time (and maybe commenting on a blog post will scratch that itch).
Update: Here’s a bit more of an explanation about the nature of the outage (attack).
A denial of service attack means that somewhere, somehow, an overload of computers is massively bombarding Twitter — making it impossible for them to manage regular traffic on top of this overload. This is similar to the attack notorious Canadian hacker Mafiaboy used to cripple Amazon.com and Yahoo years ago. Twitter is back up and running however services and programs that use its API (application programming interface) such as Tweetdeck, are having a hard time connecting. With the DEFCON hackers’ conference going on right now (and with Gawker, Facebook and Media Temple being other recent targets) fingers are pointing in all directions.
If you don’t already have something planned for this Friday night, consider taking in a BC Lions game as I have two tickets as well as $25 to spend at the Kingston to give away.
To enter to win this combo (and to see the Lions stomp the Roughriders) leave a comment on this post or re-tweet this link. For a bonus entry into the draw you can donate a minimum $5 to my Blogathon campaign, which is still running online.
Thanks to the folks at KidSport BC and also John Biehler who supported my Blogathon campaign by donating a prize.
Winner will be drawn by 3:00pm on Thursday August 7th. If the winner does not claim the prize by 7:00pm that day, a new winner will be drawn.
Update: The winner has been drawn and it’s Kevin. Thanks for entering the contest everyone!