radiozoom and metroblogs, together at last

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I usually make a post when John [audihertz] releases a new episode but this one is extra special. We recorded on the way to and from the Metroblogging Vancouver Meetup [met] and of course, during.

Rebecca joined the group of authors earlier this month. As her guest, I brought along the recording equipment to kind of document the occasion, but more so to meet more people that call Vancouver home and like to blog about it as much as we do.
John, Radiozoom []

Check out my post [met] for more details about the podcast & metblogs and be sure to stop by Radiozoom, have a listen and read the show notes [].

america's next top picket

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Wasn’t anyone wondering where my Canada’s Next Top Model post was [cntm]? Anyone?
I started out strong but then became increasingly discouraged by the show and the ‘quality’ (of the people and the production). Most memorable quote? Brandi, re: Sisi potentially winning the competition: “She can’t be CANADA’s next top model, CANADA’s next top model should be BORN in Canada.” And this girl is from Vancouver? Yeesh.

At the end of it all (if you don’t know already) Andrea took the top prize. She was weepy, naive, dressed like Kimmy Gibbler and looked like Jamie Lee Curtis. BUT when you dressed her up and gave her some long hair – yeow! She’s young, she’s got the body, is eager to learn and is 20 times better for the ‘job’ than Alana (in my opinion. The reason I’m getting into this now is because of the labour dispute between America’s Next Top Model [antm] writers/producers and the show.

“A dozen writers and producers for the model search competition walked off the job Thursday and staged an hour-long protest outside the show’s Los Angeles offices…

…In the past few years, the Writers Guild has been fighting for the rights for those working on reality television programming, including supporting lawsuits by writers who claim to have been exploited…

…However, the industry overall has not come to a consensus on how work on a reality show equates to work on a traditionally scripted series.” [cbc]

You don’t realize how much scripting and writing goes into reality TV shows until you stop to think about it. These things are planned. They have their blooper reels, they have their pre-set ‘villains’ and products to plug. It obviously takes a team of people to make these shows work. But does their work on these shows “count” as much as say writers’ on CSI or Desperate Housewives?

Let me just pull out my trusty Motorola Razr phone and log onto and do some research.

plug plug plug (a post for Gus)

Comments 7 by Rebecca Bollwitt
Around the office they used to make fun of me. They’d mock me. And now… they’re joining me (moahahaha!)

Laura started up a blog a few months ago after I pestered her into it. She’s got so much info floating around in that brain of hers (just general knowledge about the entertainment world, and also from all the research she does). Then two days ago, Gus (who usually gives me the HARDEST time for blogging) decides to join the dark side and activate a blogger account.

Some people ask ‘why’ you would blog.

I’m no expert by ANY means (this guy [tony] is probably the closest thing there is).

There are SO many different types of bloggers. Techy, business-y, girly, theme-y, the ones that just blog because it’s a great form of personal expression, the ones who want to inform etc. etc. etc.

On a similar note, see John’s views on ‘What Podcasting Is’ [audihertz]

Whatever the reason, if you want to do it – do it. Check out my blogroll on the sidebar for any kind of inspiration. I try to keep it short n sweet, they’re all my daily reads and they’re all pretty diverse. I go from Gus Greeper’s great cat video post [vid] to my co-worker Nik’s political cartoons [nik].

So Gus, (my co-worker/the one who just started a blog, not to be confused with Corinna’s cat) don’t be scared, take your time and to quote Rudiger Simpson “I do what I feel like”.

jenny overseas

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After spending 11 hours on a plane and over 3 hours on a coach, I arrived safely in South Wales, a town named Chepstow just over the river from England. The town itself is famous for it’s racetrack and is home to one of the oldest castles in Wales. After spending the night there we woke up at the crack of dawn to catch a short flight to Dublin (you can’t go wrong with a flight for 99p , gotta love Ryanair).

The weather was perfect in Ireland, sunny and warm but not too hot. The bus from the airport (5 euros each) took us to the main bus station and just steps away from our hotel. After exploring the city on foot we quickly discovered that , like London, it was a city full of tourists and foreigners. It is a bustling city , full of history and interesting landmarks as well as ‘the ‘spike’ that was the cities contribution to the millennium. Not surprisingly to anyone who knows me, had more than a peek in the shops. I love European cities with their shopping districts, imagine Robson street with no cars rather, old ladies selling fruit.

Deciding to venture out of the city on our second day we headed to the train station (also just minutes from our hotel) with the intent to head to a nearby town and walk along the cliffs to get a view of the city and the sea. An act of spontaneity lead us to hop a train to Northern Ireland instead.

Neither of us knew what to expect as pretty much all we knew about the area was from news reports growing up. The train ride along the coast was lovely and just over 2 hours later we were in Belfast. Leaving the train station we ventured into the city and wandered again. We came across some interesting buildings and monuments, including the Titanic memorial, picked up some souvenirs and enjoyed a nice lunch. Seeing as Dublin is reportedly the second most expensive city in Europe , it was a nice break on the wallet. Other than some graffiti on a few walls we didn’t see any indication of the north’s past troubles and didn’t feel unsafe walking about. Admittedly I don’t know a lot about the history or the conflicts but from what I hear it is vastly different these days as scenes of armed soldiers walking the streets used to be the norm.

That afternoon we hoped the train back to Dublin where we spent another night before heading back to Wales the following morning.

Wales post to follow…. stay tuned.

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Guest contributor Jennifer Miles is a mother who loves being active with her family of seven. From camping, baseball, swimming, and day trips, she's a power-mom with a passion for BC living.

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sister mary shovel face

Comments 1 by Rebecca Bollwitt
Last night Flickr was down for a few hours. Anyone who went to the site at this time would have seen the image with the two black circles along with the explanation: Arrgh! Our tubes are clogged! Because this sucks we thought you might want to enter an inpromptu competition to win a FREE PRO ACCOUNT!
The instructions were to print out the page, colour in the two circles, take a pic of it, then once the site was back up, upload with the tag “flickrcolourcontest“.

So I printed out the page, thought about it for a minute and decided – yikes, I’m just not creative enough to come up with anything good. Then I think we ate dinner and watched Rescue Me.

Before bed I checked back and there were HUNDREDS of entries. Some were really impressive, I was just surprised by how many people participated but I guess Flickr is kinda sorta a popular site eh.

In other news, Canucks FINALLY sign Chouinard [canucks] but give up Brookbank. I’m seriously gonna have to look over the roster (once finalized) before next season. SO many new faces and so many are gone. I’m going to run over to Canucks Op Ed and see if there’s a current tally on our salary cap – is there more madness in store?

Vancouver Idle

Comments 2 by Rebecca Bollwitt
Walking home along the Sea Wall last night John and I reveled at the marvelous view (seen here to the left). It was a clear night, which can be kinda rare here in the later summer months.

Drivers in Vancouver are now going to get the opportunity to help improve the local environment (even though it might be terribly inconvenient)

Myth: Turning your engine off and on uses more fuel than if you just let it idle [idlefree]

I’ve been spotting ads on the back of buses for a few days. The City of Vancouver has now passed a By Law stating those who idle their car for 3 minutes or more are subject to fines.

Sean Pander with the city sustainability group says the new bylaw is about encouraging people to reduce their emissions. “…..our hope is the public education works and people are aware again of the myths around vehicle idling that they’ll want to stop idling” [cknw]

On the news this morning it seemed like it was much more of an environmental issue than a money grab by the City. Since I sold my car shortly after moving downtown this isn’t so much a personal issue anymore but let’s break it down.

Plus sides: You will save on gas and this will hopefully reduce emissions leading to that ugly smoggy blanket you can see lurking above on those dry muggy days (which eventually gets blown out to the Valley and senior citizens & those with asthma in Chilliwack will suffer).

Down sides: I suppose taxis (who are not exempt) might be annoyed. As well as anyone just ‘running into the store really quick’ who doesn’t want to bother parking but puts on their 4-ways thus blocking traffic.

Edit: Beyond Robson has more info about this as well [br]