Sunday, February 28, 2010

C eh N eh D eh!!!!!

This is one of the few times I'm going to do this, but I'm gonna do it everywhere. You've been warned.

Monday, February 15, 2010

This is so wrong!

Fortunately



Image by TW Collins via Flickr
I decided to eat the fortune cookie I got from yesterday's Chinese New Year parade for breakfast. I was looking forward to the fortune. They come with lottery numbers these days. The last time I played numbers from a cookie I won.  

I cracked open my cookie and took out the paper. First sign that something was wrong? No lottery numbers on the back. I turned the paper expecting one of those slightly inscrutable sayings like: How you look depends on where you go. But no! My fortune read: 

Protect your vehicle with an anti-theft device.

Those of you who actually know me know how stupid that is. Obviously this cookie is substandard and seems to have confused me with Jay Leno. Or possibly a training cookie that should never have left the factory. I think I'd be okay with either of those answers but the truth is far more insidious.

My future is being tampered with by ICBC. Or as some people call it icky-biky. ICBC is the government run insurance company. As far as I know everyone in BC who drives or owns a vehicle has to have ICBC insurance. They offer discounts to people who install/use anti-theft devices in their vehicles. 

I understand that many cultural events would not exist without corporate sponsorship. Just because I understand it doesn't mean I like it. I think ICBC has gone too far. Messing with a person's fortune is so wrong I don't even have the words to express it.

I glad I got that off my chest. Now you'll have to excuse me. I've got to go line up to get into the Coke pavilion at LiveCity: Yaletown.
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Uganda: Rights Not Repression

Gay Ugandans may be sentenced to death if legislation being debated right now passes.

High level international condemnation has just pushed the President to send the bill for review, but Ugandan allies say only a worldwide outcry could tip Parliamentarians away from discrimination, alarming them with global isolation.

We have just days left -- sign the petition to oppose Uganda's anti-gay law below and send it on to friends and family and it will be delivered to Uganda's politicians, donors and embassies around the world.


This is just so offensive I can't find the words. Please sign the petition and pass it on:

Uganda: Rights Not Repression

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Hate crowds? Don't go to Chinatown


By some cruel twist of fate I woke up at 8:20 this morning. More than enough time for me to get by assets down to Chinatown for the Chinese New Year parade. I've always avoided going to Chinatown on weekends because it's twice as crowded as on weekdays - which are crowded enough for me.

This morning I thought that since I've been talking up the Chinese New Year festival here I should put in an appearance and take some photos. Now I'll be the first one to admit that I'm a crap photographer. My essential tremor makes my hands shake (especially my left) and there's no way for me to hold the camera steady. I guess I'm going to have to invest in a tripod but the thought of lugging one around on various forms of public transit doesn't thrill me. Anyway. I managed to snap 35 pictures of the parade. Most of which are unusable. Sigh. The picture at the right is one of the nicer ones.

The whole parade experience didn't impress me. Firstly, it started at 9:30 instead of the usual 11 am because Feb. 14th, in addition to being Valentine's Day, is the day there's a parade though the Downtown East Side in memory of all the women  who have gone missing from the area. Some of them ended up on Robert Picton's pig farm but there are still a lot missing. Because of that "march" the parade, which takes place on many of the same streets had to be completely finished by 11.

The second thing wrong was transit. Translink usually reroutes buses away from parade routes. This time they decided to stop the parade every time a bus came along. The people in charge of crowd control didn't talk to each other and sometimes told the crowd to do different things. It was a total pain in the ass. There are a lot of buses going down Main Street.

Which leads me to the third problem: the traditional parade route had to be changed because of the "no go" zones around Olympic venues. That meant that the parade crossed Main Street twice. It's not like they didn't have more than a year to plan this. Everybody involved knew exactly what was going on. One would think that the organizers would be just a bit more organized.

The final thing about the event that bugged me was the number of VANOC vehicles that decided they HAD to drive down Main. There are plenty of other ways to go but no. They had the parade stopped so they could drive. Where the hell were they all driving too anyway? There weren't any events on. From the number of autos that had only one person I'd say that VANOC is a long way from having a green Olympics.

I just thought of another thing that bugged me: a lot of the people in the parade were not smiling. They looked down right angry about being there. I just don't get it. Do some of these groups make participation in the parade mandatory? If you don't want to be there why are you? It's just sad. Lunar New Year is supposed to be a joyous time. Too bad there was no joy in Whoville. I guess the Olympic Grinch stole it.

Oddly enough the Seattle Times seems to have liked the same young lady I have pictured here. You can watch the short video.


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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Nerd Alert: Big Bang Klingon

Curse you Wil Wheaton!! You've awakened another bout of nerd desire. Not only did you turn me on to a show that I'm now addicted to, you've got to point out cool merchandise related to said show. This t-shirt for example. ME WANT!!!

For those of you who don't watch Big Bang Theory here's the bit that the t-shirt refers to:


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Monday, February 8, 2010

Great Weather!!


The weather here is so nice! I've only worn my winter coat once this season. The sun is shining and I'm a happy camper. Not so good for the Winter Olympics but what can ya do? Can't please everybody. Strangely enough this happened to the Calgary Olympics too. People were in t-shirts and jeans. In Calgary. In winter.

Maybe it's me. :-D




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I Love Super Bowl Sunday

Yeah you read that right. I love Super Bowl Sunday. Not because I'm a football fan. I can't stand watching the game. I love SBS because of the ads. I love searching them out on YouTube and other places. What can I say I'm easily distracted...

Here are the first two I've found:





These crack me up. Let's forget about the term "Green Police" being used by the Nazis in WWII. Those damned Nazies ruined a lot of good stuff. Let's just forget about the implied loss of civil liberties. Calling Ayn Rand...

I think we can laugh at these commercials because they will (probably) never come to pass. I think almost anything taken to extremes is funny. I wish the ad had gone after the biggest environmental offenders: corporations. Then again, what are they going to show? They want companies to lease their vehicles and get new ones every couple of years.

I think people are just going have to agree to disagree on the Green Police commercials. Maybe we shouldn't take ourselves too seriously.

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Something to do in Vancouver

The VAG is showing 34 of da Vinci's anatomical drawings on loan from the Queen of England.Vancouver Art Gallery opens da Vinci exhibit. The VAG is open 10 am - 5 pm everyday during the 2010 Winter Games.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Still Getting Spam From Bono




Valentine's Weekend @ The Clarence


VALENTINES DINNER IN THE TEA ROOM RESTAURANT


This year we are running our renowned Jazz nights in The Tea Room Restaurant all weekend.

The 4 course Valentines Menu is priced at ONLY €45.00 per person
and on Valentines night the price also includes a Kir Royale

Our Valentines Jazz Dinners will be available from:
6pm – 10.15pm on Friday 12th, Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th February 2010.


THE OCTAGON BAR

As it is the month of ‘LOVE’ Szabi has designed a special Cocktail “The Valentini”, made from Vanilla Vodka, Mozart Chocolate Liqueur, Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur Topped with Champagne.

This very special cocktail is priced at €12.00

*All offers are subject to availability at time of booking. For details on the cost of accommodation enhancements please visit our online booking system at www.theclarence.ie

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A few years ago, out of curiosity, I emailed The Clarence hotel in Dublin (part owned by Bono and Edge) and asked if it was hearing accessible (yes there is such a thing). I never got an answer but I was put on their mailing list. I've tried to unsubscribe twice. I'm wondering it third times a charm or if I should just face the fact that I'm going to be getting spam from Bono for the rest of my life.

Normally I wouldn't even open an email about Valentine's Day. I hate red, I can do without chocolate and I'm allergic to flowers. I pity anyone trying to make the day special for me. They can't take the easy way out. They've got to be creative. I could really go for that Valentini drink but I very much doubt I'll be in Dublin in time.

This Feb. 14 I don't really care about hearts and flowers because it's also the Chinese (lunar) New Year. I've got stuff to do that day. I might even roll out of bed early enough to see the parade.

Still, it would be great sitting in the Octagon Bar drinking Valentinis. If only Bono would send me money instead of spam.