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

Comments 3 by Rebecca Bollwitt
Super quick post about the new Miss604.com 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

Comments 1 by Rebecca Bollwitt
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).

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

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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.