Stanley Park Restoration Update April 2008

April 6th, 2008 @ 6:51pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Mr. Bollwitt and I cherish our multi-hour treks off the tourist-beaten paths through our city’s crown jewel – Stanley Park. We’ve been keeping a close eye on it throughout the years and especially since the big storm of 2006.

Still busted

Yesterday after being disappointed about seeing the same piece of the Seawall I documented a year ago was still not repaired, we came across some pleasant surprises.

Siwash Rock trail is unrecognizable

Heading down from Hollow Tree we turned onto the Merilees trail. About half way down Merilees we made a right turn onto the Siwash Rock trail – one we hadn’t ventured down in over a year. [See Stanley Park Trail Map]

Road? What the...?

The old path down below

To our amazement there was regrowth, plant pots, streams, creek beds, widened paths, a new metal railing and the whole trail was pushed back about 20 feet from its original route.


Geek in the mist

Leaning Hollow Tree

Also, good news for 88% of folks who participated in my poll will be pleased to know that the Hollow Tree will be laid to rest instead of going even more bionic. Head over to John’s blog for his update and to view a quick video.

Canucks Fan Appreciation 2008

April 6th, 2008 @ 9:58am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Update: Read my thoughts on page A6 of today’s Province newspaper.

Update: I’ll also be on the CBC’s Early Edition with Rick Cluff Wednesday morning (April 9th) talking about Trevor Linden and more specifically, the petition to rename a street after him.

Sunday Province, Page A6

Did anyone even notice the score last night? I’m sure Flames fans did but all eyes in Vancouver were on #16, Trevor Linden (with brief kudos to Iginla for his 50th goal of the season).

Captain Canuck is the second in all time scoring, he holds almost every playoff records for the team and despite the four dark years when he wasn’t on our team, he’s still played more games than any other for Vancouver. He’s all heart, all class (on and off the ice), and although he hasn’t yet officially announced his retirement, we were all pretty certain last night was his final game as a Canuck.

The team awards were also announced last night and thanks to JJ I was able to sit in on this momentous occasion – here are some photos:



mom and dad

#1 in our hearts

My iPhone doesn’t take the best “on ice” shots hence all the overheads but I’m glad I was able to experience this in person… and get choked up… and have my eyes well up with tears during that impromptu fan tribute to Trev at the beginning of the 3rd.

Pauline Johnson Memorial in Stanley Park

April 5th, 2008 @ 5:00pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

During one of our most recent treks through a muddy Stanley Park we finally made it over to the Pauline Johnson memorial. [See: The Lions - The Two Sisters, Pauline Johnson Opera]

At the entance to the Sequoia Grill parking lot

Important woman in Vancouver historyStill standing

Hidden monument

Important woman in Vancouver history

You can find the memorial between The Teahouse and Third Beach, just off the side of Stanley Park Drive.

Vancouver Blogger Profile: Pat Zaph

April 5th, 2008 @ 10:10am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This time around (since I tried this about a year ago) my Vancouver Blogger Profile series, about bloggers that may or may not be from Vancouver, is really taking off. Next up is someone you may know from such things as my comment thread, Flickr Group, or blogroll as “PatZ“.

Who are you? By day, a mild mannered, tired graduate student of Public Policy who stalks the halls of SFU Vancouver with poise and determination ready to tackle the problems of the world with grit and hard work. By night, a disillusioned, even more tired, eyes wide and sore from too much time staring at words on a screen who wants nothing more than to watch Mythbusters while inventing some new way to cook perogies, everyday superhero. Really. I can fly. Look.

Call me Chris Angel
Photo Credit: PatZ on Flickr

Where do you blog (which sites)? Shithawks!..on parade. Originally it went under the moniker of Cheese? and then Cheese by Patz. And somehow it went from a dairy product to a seagull. I actually started on another one way before this one, but that one has since been locked away for the benefit of humanity and because I got bored with it and wanted to start one over again.

Are you originally from Vancouver? I’m originally from just outside of Edmonton. Then I moved to Ottawa for my first two years of my undergrad, and then transferred out to SFU and I’ve called the Vancouver area home for the last several years. I got to live on top of a mountain for my undergrad. You can’t argue with that.

Photo Credit: PatZ on Flickr

Why do you blog? I got into this mock philosophical debate with a friend the other day about ‘why do we do anything why do we need anything’ but it was kind of not exciting enough to be repeated here. So. Well, I guess because why not? Way back when I started blogging (in the not so distant past of 2004) I felt it necessary to provide some inane contribution to political and cultural observations. Then a friend of mine showed me his personal blog that had very little to do with politics and culture and I figured, “that looks more fun” and the current one was born. That didn’t really answer why did it. Here’s the simplest answer I can give: I enjoy it. It’s good for venting, making no sense, and anything else you want.

What’s your favourite thing to write about? I don’t think I have a favourite topic. There’s a bit of everything in there. When the Oiler’s are kicking ass then there’s that. When the Oilers don’t make the playoffs but end the season by dragging down a division rival, there’s that. When school is kicking my ass there’s that. So, in the end, the answer to this is Barney Stinson. (now everyone go google him and find out why)

What is the BEST part of blogging… or if you prefer, the worst? The worst part is that, given the amount of time I need for assignments and papers, there’s always a bit of temptation to not do any work and just do something like picture taking and then posting them.

Photo Credit: PatZ on Flickr

The best part is easy. It’s the other bloggers. I’ve downed cans of Pilsner in pink plastic cups in the AQ courtyard at SFU Burnaby with them, flown to Barrie to hang with them on Canada Day, had poutine at 3am on Davie St. with them, gone to concerts with them, jammed in shacks in Aldergrove with them, and on it goes. I like meeting new people, I like getting to know people, and blogging is pretty much a mother load of that.

Do you write for yourself, your readers, for Google, for a living? Mostly I write for myself. Sometimes I write at other people.

Would you ever censor yourself/Do you feel the need to censor yourself? I don’t feel the need to censor myself, but there are certain things that don’t go on there. I don’t really go into my personal life, and I try to keep my family off of it. The only reason I would actually do some hard and fast censoring is if I had to worry about applying for jobs for Coop this summer. But, since I wrangled myself a sweet job in Dhaka, Bangladesh for the whole summer through a prof at school, I don’t have to worry about that.

Photo Credit: PatZ on Flickr

PC, Mac or Speak n’ Spell? I used to hate Macs with a passion. Now it’s almost the reverse. I love my MacBook (yeah, the black one, it’s suave), which I have named Leonard Katsu, and any and all subsequent external devices are named after Star Trek characters. Really the reason for the switch came from a Children and Media class I did during my undergrad during which seven of us were drafted by our prof to do a special video documentary project for the semester and our media lab only used Macs. I never had a Speak n’ Spell. I never had a magic 8 ball either. If someone invented a computer made out of LEGO, I’d be an expert.

Blogs you read or would recommend? A lot. I have a list of about thirty I read daily. Christina, Chad, Danielle, Matt Good, Yours, Jen, Tony, Meg, Fil and Raymi. I could go on, but I have to go finish one paper and then redo another for Monday.

Live From The Junos, It's Friday Night!

April 4th, 2008 @ 10:47pm (PT) by Guest Author

Hey guys, it’s everyone’s favorite software developer at the Junos – that’s right, it’s me, Duane Storey. First, I want to thank both John and Rebecca for all their support in the last few weeks. While I am at the Junos alone right now, shooting photos, taking movies, I am not by myself – I am lucky enough to have the support of a great team of people back home who have been instrumental in helping me get here, and are there should I need them in the next two days. And that’s really the difference, in my eyes, between me and the mass media that is here. For the most part, everyone here represents a company, and they are, by definition, servicing their own needs and hoarding their own photos. Whereas me, I’m just here for the fun of being here, a sole software engineer armed with a digital camera. And like I said, I have the support of a lot of friends back home.

But that aside, I’m having an amazing time, and I count myself lucky to be a part of such a big event. I just got notification tonight that I will be allowed to attend a VIP red carpet ceremony tomorrow night, so that should be even more exciting. I thought it might be fun to have a Miss604 exclusive video.

So without further ado, here’s a video I took of God Made Me Funky:

Check out the video on

Duane Rocks the Junos, Represents the Blogging Nation

April 4th, 2008 @ 9:53pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

John and I have had our fair share of podcast interviews with bands and honestly it’s always been casual, friendly and from a fan’s perspective. Those are exactly the qualities I value in Duane’s coverage of the Junos so far in Calgary. He’s simply there to take photos, and experience it all as a blogger and that’s what has made his coverage so great so far (and we’re still two days away from the awards!) Here are a couple of his videos from the welcome reception this evening.

(Above) It’s The Dudes.

(Above) You can hear more from God Made Me Funky on their website or MySpace.

Taking RickRolling to a New Level

April 4th, 2008 @ 4:06pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

In recent weeks have you been forwarded a link by a trusted friend, colleague or contact only to have a YouTube version of “Never Gonna Give You Up” appear and auto-play in its place? If so, you’ve been Rick Roll’d.

Rick Roll: When what you think is a link to something you want to see actually directs you to a video of Rick Astley singing “Never Gonna Give You Up.”[Urban Dictionary]

I think the ultimate RickRoll master of the Metro Vancouver are has got to be John Biehler, he’s got me about 4 times already – one of which was in a comment on Alexa’s photo.

Photo Credit: hotmayo on Flickr

John said Adam Curry RickRoll’d listeners of the Daily Source Code the other day as well, but leave it to those clever folks in England who have now stepped it up another notch with “Rick Mob“:

Here’s a date for your diary – Friday 11th April, Liverpool Street Station, the plan is to be there for 6pm and sing the Astley classic Never Going To Give You – to effectively combine flashmobbing and rickrolling into one horrific combo, and rickroll an entire train station. [Going Underground]

In an LA Times interview Astley was pretty much wondering why anyone would want to hear such ‘cheese’ (or ‘naff’ as he puts it), and seemed most concerned about it embarrassing his daughter. Nevertheless, if you’ve been RickRoll’d, I know how you feel.

[Thanks to Roland for the heads up on the flash mob.]

Vancouver Represents at the 2008 Juno Awards in Calgary

April 4th, 2008 @ 11:47am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Keira first showed us a Russell Peters video and although it takes a lot for a stand-up comedian on TV to make me laugh, we were literally rolling on the floor with tears in our eyes when first introduced to his humour.

Photo Credit: Duane Storey [website][Flickr]

This weekend he’ll be hosting the 2008 Juno Awards in Calgary and our good friend Duane Storey will be there on behalf of Vancouver Bloggers everywhere with his fancy media pass. You can catch all of his coverage on here:

  • Duane’s 2008 Canadian Juno Awards page
  • Duane’s Flickr Photos
  • Duane’s Twitter Feed
  • The Urban Vancouver Juno Aggregator
  • Duane’s Blip.Tv page
  • Arieanna will also be in Calgary and you’ll be able to catch her Twitters, and anyone else’s by looking for (and posting your Twitters with) the #Junos08 tag that can be tracked using Twemes.

    Artists performing at the Junos include: Anne Murray, Aaron Lines, Avril Lavigne, Feist, Finger Eleven, Gord Bamford, Hedley, Jann Arden, Johnny Reid, Jully Black, Measha Brueggergosman, Michael Buble, Paul Brandt, Sarah Brightman, Shane Yellowbird.

    Photo Credit: Duane Storey [website][Flickr]

    Vancouver-based artists nominated for Junos include:

  • Sandy Scofield NIKAWIY ASKIY for Aboriginal Recording of The Year
  • Jeremy Fisher GOODBYE BLUE MONDAY for Adult Alternative Album of The Year
  • Michael Buble CALL ME IRRESPONSIBLE for Album of the Year
  • Michael Buble for Artist of the Year
  • Jeff Harrison (Director/Designer/Illustrator); Clinton Hussey (Photographer) ORNAMENTAL ETHERWORLD Performer: VONNEGUT DOLLHOUSE for CD/DVD Artwork Design of The Year
  • James Ehnes, Bramwell Tovey, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra KORNGOLD, BARBER & WALTON VIOLIN CONCERTOS for Classical Album of The Year: Large Ensemble or Soloist(S) With Large Ensemble Accompaniment
  • Jeffrey Ryan QUANTUM MECHANICS for Classical Composition of the Year
  • Rhys Fulber “WEAK IN THE KNEES”, “JUST ANOTHER DAY” – IF YOUR MEMORY SERVES YOU WELL – SERENA RYDER for Jack Richardson Producer of the Year
  • Michael Buble for the Juno Fan Choice Award
  • Pierre Seguin, Jesse Cook, Darrell Gilmour ONE NIGHT AT THE METROPOLIS Performer: JESSE COOK for Music DVD of the Year
  • Jeremy Fisher for New Artist of the Year
  • Michael Buble CALL ME IRRESPONSIBLE for Pop Album of the Year
  • Shad THE OLD PRINCE for Rap Recording of the Year
  • Matthew Good HOSPITAL MUSIC for Rock Album of the Year
  • Pride Tiger THE LUCKY ONES for Rock Album of the Year
  • (Vancouver Island/Salt Spring) Harry Manx & Kevin Breit IN GOOD WE TRUST for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Group
  • Michael Buble EVERYTHING for Single of the Year
  • Jodi Proznick Quartet FOUNDATIONS for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year
  • Kyle Davison, MARIANAS TRENCH SHAKETRAMP for Video of the Year
  • Go Vancouver! Seems like we’ve always been a great city for musical and production talent. The Junos will air live Sunday night at on CTV. Good luck to everyone and be sure to check out the local blogger coverage for some behind the scenes action.