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December 22nd, 2006 @ 8:17am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

I was chatting with GusGreeper yesterday and we were talking about crushes. Not serious ones, but you know those silly unattainable celebrity crushes. Someone you like to see on the big screen or on the rink etc. I think we’re both comfortable enough in our marriages to have such conversations. As it turns out we both had Bertuzzi crushes (back in his hayday) and both had/have Bert bobble heads. Of course we’re just joking around but um, I think my girl crushes sometimes outnumber the males (and John has no problem with this). Right now it’s Kat Von D from Miami Ink.

I’ve been working 6-2 for the past two days, and I’ll continue to do so into next week. My holidays don’t start until the first week of January and until then I thought I’d relive my old work schedule and suffer through the dark, quiet mornings alone. Walking to the bus at 5:45am in downtown Vancouver isn’t too scary, although sometimes there’s a dark shadow down the alley by the dumpster that you might want to be aware of. I just make sure to keep my head up, walk straight, and carry my umbrella in a menacing fashion. Grr.

an hour *after* i got to work this morning

What keeps me going when I get to work these days is turning on ALL the lights in the office to shock my system. I’m sure people can see in for miles although I am on the 15th floor. Aside from that, a hot coffee and Muse. Lots of Muse this week. Unfortunately, Muse couldn’t solve my printing issue this morning, so I called up the very nice IT girl in the Toronto office.

Now, I’d consider myself pretty darn computer savvy but when I’ve rebooted everything, checked all the usual functions and the network printer still isn’t working, at 6am I just want some help. I know that being a broadcast engineer for a radio station in Iowa, John used to also be the go-to office guy for any technical issues. His his favourite issue being “I can’t print”. Well, I pulled an “I can’t print” on our IT department today. After about 20 minutes and just before I was about to pass out, someone else arrived in the office and noticed that the wires at the back of the printer were loose, thus causing the errors. Yeah, I felt like a rock star after that. S-m-r-t.

The Crazy Canucks – Episode #12

December 21st, 2006 @ 8:38am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Everyone was on the line last night for Episode 12 as we discussed our win streak that slammed to a halt on Tuesday night.

The Crazy CanucksThis episode caught some of us off guard, but anytime you throw a bunch of Canucks fans together, it’s not hard to talk hockey for a half hour. The whole gang was here, but our connection to Dave cut out towards the end. That didn’t stop the podcast, you can count on that.

Record as of this episode: 17-16-1 (5th in the Northwest Division)

We cover the last three games, but we only played two teams during that stretch; Calgary and Minnesota. Luongo takes center stage for some discussion, we pick out the rag of the week(only because it seems that whoever we pick on tends to start doing better), and wonder what the heck is going on with the officiating during some of the games. Dave also gives a first hand report on venturing out for a Vancouver Giants (WHL) game, J.J. gives us a Vote for Rory update(listen to an interview with Rory on the website under “Rory Speaks!”), and Alanah is live with her new blog, canucksandbeyond.com.

This is our last episode before the Christmas holiday, so all the best wishes to our listeners, subscribers, and readers. (Look for another episode before the end of year)

Update: Sorry if anyone had any problems downloading this episode. I initially linked to the Rory interview that is on the Canucks.com website in MP3 format. For some reason, it was picked up as being the file for this episode. If you got that two minute interview instead of the regular episode, I apologize. This is resolved and working like it should now.

Grumpel Time

December 19th, 2006 @ 2:45pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Krusty SkatingGus and I were just trying to remember the Vancouver reference in this past Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons. After a couple Google searches, locating the episode name and going from there, I found it.

Moe: (Selma and Patty are admiring Elvis Stojko) Don’t you hags know that all male figure skaters are twinkly in the luts?

Elvis Stojko: That’s a common misconception. I have a girlfriend in Vancouver!

Moe: Made-up girlfriend, made-up city!

[Kill Gil: Vols. 1 & 2]

I also discovered that there’s a separate wiki for EVERY Simpsons episode [wiki]. I bet John is going to read this and say he’s told me about that before but, I must have forgot. I can be a stinker like that sometimes, sorry.

The Gift of Digital Music

December 18th, 2006 @ 2:32pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

I logged into Myspace after reading Matt Good’s post [mg] about an online doppleganger. I figured I’d check my messages, delete friend requests (from random bands and big-chested, scantily clad men and women wanting to “party”) and look at some bulletins.

It seems that some of my favourite artists are having holiday promotions, offering up special tracks and tunes at no cost, for our listening pleasure.

Holly McNarland:

Komrade Sessions“…I’ve put up Bye Bye Boy, a song from my latest EP, “The Komrade Sessions”, as a free download until Christmas.

This is the acoustic version of Bye Bye Boy. I have a full length, fully produced record coming out tentatively in April 2007 which will include the full blown Rock Steady version of the song. It’ll make you wanna go and do some driving.”

The GoStation:

“…for a limited time only, anyone who orders a copy of the Quiet Zone EP directly through our website will receive their copy of the CD signed by the entire band! Plus, as a bonus, you’ll also get a link to free downloads of both our new singles, “All Together Now” and “Not Enough.” Both tracks are set to appear on our debut album, which we’re in the studio *right now* finishing up! Click here to buy the Quiet Zone EP and get your free download link!”

Congratulations, YOU

December 17th, 2006 @ 10:55am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

You are the person of the year, according to Time Magazine. Actually, so am I and everyone on my blogroll and everyone on their blogroll.

…look at 2006 through a different lens and you’ll see another story, one that isn’t about conflict or great men. It’s a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before. It’s about the cosmic compendium of knowledge Wikipedia and the million-channel people’s network YouTube and the online metropolis MySpace. It’s about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes [TimeMagazine]

Time Magazine Cover

Here’s to the people who make content happen, those who create content and even those lovely trolls that leave comments occasionally to tell us our content sucks.

Web 2.0 harnesses the stupidity of crowds as well as its wisdom. Some of the comments on YouTube make you weep for the future of humanity just for the spelling alone, never mind the obscenity and the naked hatred [TimeMagazine]

Is this a cop out? Were we expecting someone else? Pfft, I wasn’t expecting us. It’s not like I usually pay attention to Time Magazine’s person of the year… maybe we’ll all be on Oprah now.

Skating Under Robson

December 15th, 2006 @ 9:42pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The appeal of the heinously overpriced Rockefeller Centre Ice Rink [wiki] is not just to those who like to ice skate. It’s the experience and just being able to say you did it, like all those people you see in the movies falling in love amidst the twinkle of falling snowflakes. Little do some know, Vancouver used to have it’s own outdoor ice rink in the heart of downtown, just under Robson Street [wiki].
RIP Robson Square Ice Rink
In 1979, Arthur Erickson [wiki] designed the city’s new courthouse and Robson Square [UBC], which would soon become home to Vancouver’s only outdoor ice rink (if you don’t count the one atop Grouse Mountain). It became a seasonal staple for tourists and locals alike. Open 10:00 am to 10:00 pm (minus skate rental facilities) Vancouverites could get a little taste of the Canadian winter-time activity, even in the rain. Despite its popularity, the rink flirted with closure for years.

[Coun. Tim] Stevenson said as an NDP MLA, he fought successfully to keep the rink open when the former NDP government decided to close it in 1999…

“The NDP had planned to do what the Liberals have done and chop it, but I managed to get cabinet to change its mind. It really is a very important rink-there are no other outdoor rinks and it is right in the heart of the city,” Stevenson said. “After we saved it, I started going there to check it out and it was well used by a variety of people and it was good for the businesses around there.” [VancouverCourier]

The rink finally closed indefinitely in 2004 due to budget constraints and it doesn’t look like it will be re-opening any time soon.

Kathleen Elliot, spokeswoman for B.C. Buildings Corporation, says besides the $50,000 cost to ice and operate the rink for three months, reopening the rink would require spending $250,000 to repipe the 21-year-old facility. She said the repiping is needed because the underground pipes are directly above the computer labs in UBC’s section of Robson Square. [VancouverCourier]

There is talk, however, that the rink could be a part of Olympic celebrations and brining the spirit of the games into the downtown core for 2010. This has not yet been officially proposed or announced but the idea has been floating around.
RIP Robson Square Ice Rink
Until then, the space will be used for tango and square dancing [dancesportbc] on hot summer evenings and as a midday destination for those out on their lunch breaks.

It’s time to bring back the ice rink, especially since Vancouver’s started to abolish its “no fun city” reputation. Of course there are many more pressing issues that could use the government’s attention but if there are any funds allocated to recreation, tourism and getting people downtown to do something besides shop (for over-priced fuzzy boots or jewelery that comes in a neat little blue box…) well … this is one thing I’d support.

Update: I followed up on Metroblogging, the rink should be open by Winter 2008.

Update: Giant wooden umbrella to cover Robson Square? [The Vancouver Sun]

Update, November 2009: GE Ice Plaza at Robson Square is now open!

Thursday is the New Friday

December 14th, 2006 @ 11:42am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Nothing spectacular has been happening. Basically over the last two weeks I’ve just been going to work and coming home again, one day more tiresome than the next. Occasionally we’ll catch a Canucks game and do a podcast and since things are pretty tight around here I haven’t even begun my Christmas shopping. I haven’t event been walking home along Robson so I’m completely unaware of any madness (or more madness than usual).

I also have 2 weeks off at the beginning of January and we have no idea what to do. We’d like to ice skate again at the West End Community Center, and I’m determined to get John up a mountain to snowboard. Only drawbacks being he doesn’t have any gear (not even snow pants or jacket) and he still doesn’t have BC Medical due to his resident status. However, he does have extended medical through my work. How we managed that, I haven’t the foggiest.

At any rate, there are a couple webby things that I wanted to mention cause it’s my Friday and I feel like a little link fest.
Courtesy of ShutterMoments.ca
First a little housekeeping. While I am in the midst of adding categories to my Blogger posts (anything before the WordPress switch was masked and tagged only as “Blogger”) I’m noticing some of my old links are not valid. Apparently Blogger would remove “the” in any title. I’m not changing the post slugs, since WordPress has it right – what I’m doing is looking up those that don’t work and applying appropriate categories so at least they’ll be searchable in that way.

John’s post about the music being played at hockey games has been one of his most-commented to date [audihertz]. Everyone seems to have an opinion and taste when it comes to arena tunes and crowd pumping beats. Head over there if you’d like to add your two cents.

The Crazy Canucks – Episode 11

December 14th, 2006 @ 8:10am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

It was fun having Dave over last night for Episode 11. It changed things up a little and certainly added to the discussions and we’re all super excited about Alanah’s news – that was officially announced this week (Update: Her new blog is now linked off my sidebar, Canucks and Beyond)

The Crazy Canucks PodcastDave joins John and Rebecca in “the studio” while we have Alanah and J.J. on the line for this slightly longer edition of the podcast. We tackle the latest news regarding the end of Alanah’s blog, Vancouver Canucks Op Ed, and look ahead to what we can expect from her new role with Kukla’s Korner. You can read her first feature article on her new home, “Bringing Hockey to the People“. So yes, the hockey blogging will continue.

That also sparks a brief debate over blogger and podcaster fans of the NHL in general, and their role in covering their favorite hockey teams in this age of new media. Whoa… deep.

Canucks! Oh yes, we talk Canucks as well. Carolina, Calgary, and Phoenix are the latest foes to face, so we do our best to cover our likes and dislikes over the games. The way things have been going, we have all been surprised with who we’ve been liking on the ice. We also get a little bit of a Vote for Rory update, tackle goalie mask designs, and toss around various thoughts about who’s hot and who we’d like to see contribute some more.

Run Time 38:59