root, root, root for the home team

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The Cubs affiliate was in town yesterday for a nooner to take on our home team (affiliated with the Oakland A’s). It was my first baseball experience EVER in Vancouver and man, it was a lot of fun.

Unfortunately, John (with his ‘cubby blue’ blood) was still cheering for the Boise Hawks and they ended up defeating the Vancouver Canadians.

Thanks to my mother for the free tickets and cash card (pre-loaded, yeehaw!) we filled up on beer and hotdogs and spent all of yesterday afternoon in the sunshine at Nat Bailey stadium. Although I really should have put on some sunscreen that morning but I wasn’t thinking – I’m a complete lobster today.

It’s fun just to be outside on a gorgeous day, but toss in a competitive sport, cheerful crowd and John’s love of the game that he’s trying to bestow upon me and you have one FANTASTIC Friday.

Pics are up on Flickr.

VCOE and RadioZoom #108

Comments 1 by Rebecca Bollwitt
Super special guest-star time!
Alanah from Vancouver Canucks Op Ed joined us on the podcast for some mid-August hockey talk. You HAVE to take us seriously now if we’re talking about hockey in the middle of summer.

A Skype interview with blogger Alanah Downie from Vancouver Canucks Op Ed, [we] find out more about the history of the blog, thoughts on the coming hockey season, and plenty about our favorite team, the Vancouver Canucks [radiozoom episode 108]

Listen to the MP3

Let us know what you think. Leave a comment here, over on or while you’re checking out VancouverCanucksOpEd website (because you should all run over there right now…okay well after downloading and listening to the podcast).

what's the secret behind your smile

Comments 3 by Rebecca Bollwitt
When it rains it pours. But of course I’m not referring to the current weather in Vancouver and I don’t want to jinx anything.
What I’m referring to is networking, contacts, getting new content going and being really happy with where this whole ‘blogging’ thing is taking me. I know I’ve complained about my day job in the past (and it still totally sucks) but that’s all it is, a day job. Although it would be completely wickedly awesome if I could combine things I’m passionate about with a 9-5 but alas, sitting here typing from my work station/gopher hole is as close as it’s going to get for right now.

Austin, Dave Olson, John, Miss 604Yesterday I was in touch with at least five people in regards to blogging/my blog – and to me that’s a big deal.

There are a couple projects that I don’t think I’m at liberty to divulge but the main HUMEGA one involves John [audihertz] as the mastermind, and BOY it’ll be a doozy! Aside from that, I get to meet J.J. from the Canucks Hockey Blog [chb] tonight to pick up my ‘major award’ from the Vancouver Canucks Op Ed [vcoe].

Last night we were supposed to meet up with Preston and Linus for a big celebrational-type dinner but apparently after Preston said “this Wednesday” to me in person he then typed “August 23rd” in an email that night and of course I didn’t notice. So John, Jen and I all show up at the restaurant last night and yeah, it was the wrong night.

There’s a lot on my plate right now and I’m just adjusting. Hopefully I’ll be able to make a few announcements on here in the coming days, including something new over at our Amazing Race 10 Blog [AR10] for the coming season.

Tomorrow is the launch/unveiling of Workspace [abetterplacetowork] and it’s also a vacation day for me so we’re finally checking out the Vancouver Canadians [vcb] in the afternoon. I’m going to be SO ready to crash this weekend (John, can we have a beach day Saturday?).

new look razzle dazzle

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Super quick post about the new look. My wicked banner-maker-husband dude [audihertz] hooked me up again so I changed my colour scheme to make it all look nice n’flowy. I’ll be updating again in a couple months, probably with a nice shiney ‘welcome to hockey season’ theme.

i'm as liquid as the sea

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John and I haven’t been to the Fogg since the last Canucks game of the season (and MAN that was AGES ago). During that last visit, our frequent beer-filler-upper-server guy led the two of us over to their ‘swag cabinet’ and let us raid it since we’d been such good Canuck fans during the season (and spending at least $70 there each week while watching games). We walked away with a flag, two glass mugs and a foam finger [604].

Today was payday so of course (being the money mis-handler that I am) I took my man out for dinner and we ended up at the Fogg for old time’s sake. He quizzed me about stupid baseball while I filled him up with food and we shared two pitchers of OSB- then made it home on time to catch Rockstar:Supernova [msn].

When the season starts up we look forward (again) to many nights up there with our server pal, Andrew, and a pitcher of beer — while discussing hockey, the Canucks and definitely NOT baseball.

One more item of note while I sit here slightly inebriated, listening to old Holly McNarland tracks – Laura’s put out her Network Fall showcase. If you wanna know what time your fave show airs on what network and when, check out Laura’s blog [lolod] for all the pertinent info. I can’t WAIT for HOUSE [fox].

Also, visit our group blog – the Amazing Race 10 [AR10] for race recaps, rants and raves. Season starts September 17th.

And remember (most importantest of all) Canucks’ season starts October 5th. Bring your drinkin’ pants.

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).