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Get Connected With The Crazy Canucks

April 28th, 2007 @ 11:03am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

From print to TV [1][2] and now radio, this afternoon Dave, John and I will be on CKNW, talking about The Crazy Canucks and podcasting in general for their segment called Get Connected.

The Crazy Canucks on CKNW talkin' bout Podcasting

Get Connected is the ultimate guide to getting your business connected with technology. Each week host Mike Agerbo and co-hosts AJ Vickery and Yolande Lougheed are going look at what’s hot and why.

Dave alone has about five podcast, while John and I have two – although we’ve been slacking on the RadioZoom lately – and we’re all avid bloggers. I’m pretty uncertain as to the content of the show, what we’ll be asked or asked to talk about but it should be some great exposure for our group project and podcasting as a medium. Listen Live on CKNW, today from 1:00pm today, and we should be on around 1:30pm.

The Crazy Canucks Episode #33 and #34

April 27th, 2007 @ 7:18am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Crazy Canucks LogoIn Episode #33 we’re all on the line to discuss Game 7 and our thoughts going into game 1 of the Anaheim series (Dave, John, JJ, Alanah and me).

Yesterday, we posted a special Episode #34 where Alanah interviewed Earl Sleek, Ducks blogger from the site: Battle of California. She also gets JJ’s thoughts after the 5-1 loss in the first game of this Conference Semi-Final. Notes on both episodes are below:

Episode #33
“A quick turnaround from the last posting, the whole crew gathers to give their rundown on the upcoming series against the Anaheim Ducks in round two of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Of course, we have to bask in the celebration a little bit longer of beating Dallas in game seven, but the attention gets turned towards the upcoming battle against the Ducks. It should be a beaut!”
(Run Time 27:30, click for mp3 or visit the site to subscribe, for show notes, and links)

Episode #34
“…on the phone after he attended the game at the Honda Center in Anaheim – Sleek gives his perspective on the series opener as well as the Canucks fan presence at the game. The second half of this episode, Alanah links up with J.J. by phone to get his thoughts on the game.

Can you tell the difference between the two segments? Listening to J.J., you would never have known that the Canucks lost this game. Here’s to a better game two! ”
(Run Time 16:59, click for mp3 or visit the site to subscribe, for show notes, and links)

The Canucks are in action tonight for Game 2 at 7:00pm Pacific time.

NOW: No Opportunity Wasted

April 26th, 2007 @ 9:05am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

If you’re a fan of the hit reality show, The Amazing Race like I am then you know about Phil Keoghan. For 11 seasons now he’s been leading teams all over the world, to over 70 countries, in massive adventure race – introducing us to the various cities, explaining tasks and greeting sweaty, stinky teams at the mat to check them in at the end of each leg.

Canadians have long wanted to participate on the show but you need an American passport, so local races such as The Amazing Hunt will have to keep people like me going, for now. Phil’s actually moving his new show “NOW” over to the CBC and the good news is this time – Canadians are more than welcome.

No Opportunity Wasted – NOW
Think big.
Ditch the excuses.

If your life were to end at 3pm tomorrow what would you regret not doing? And why haven’t you done it? Does fear stand in your way? Or are you stuck in the same routine day after day?

Taking on a NOW Challenge is about accomplishing in 72 hours something you have never thought possible and probably taken every measure to avoid. It’s about turning thought into action and your fears inside out. There’s no more woulda, coulda, shoulda. It’s time to live life NOW.

In search of participants, Phil is touring around various Canadian cities so that means of course, that means he’s coming to Vancouver, making it one of 8 stops across the nation (for more dates, visit Inside The CBC blog).

“[Phil brings] his spin-off show No Opportunity Wasted to the CBC in October — and casting has begun for that series. In each half-hour episode, two people get challenged to set aside fears to achieve a specific task. Keoghan says he came up with the idea for the series’ philosophy after a near-fatal scuba diving accident in his native New Zealand when he was 19 years old. [NOW]”

The local search for show participants occurs: May 16, 7 pm to 9 pm at Chapters, 788 Robson, Vancouver

They start out in Newfoundland on May 8th and Vancouver will be the last stop. Although I’d love to go, just to meet Phil but I don’t think I’d want to get in the way of those trying out for the show. For some inspiration, read the blog on the NOW website and see the personal stories that have been shared thus far. Also, you can also pick up the book that started this all, I suppose while you’re in Chapters on May 16th, “No Opportunity Wasted: 8 Ways to Create a List for the Life You Want” by Phil Keoghan.

*Special thanks to Kevin who tipped me off about NOW via the Contact Form, and on the Amazing Race blog.

Link Love Despite Dismal Duck Times

April 25th, 2007 @ 11:27pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Going into tonight’s Canucks game I was justifying a potential win in many ways “they beat us before Christmas”, standing up to the grim picture the media is painting. Unfortunately the boys were a little out of it and got royally spanked by Andy McDonald and his fancy hat trick.

Snappa CappaOn a brighter note, we had the Carlsons over for the game tonight and it was a pretty good time despite the depressing display on the tele. Many thanks to them for supplying the Snappa Cappa, which we’ll have to enjoy together again sometime soon.

Speaking of super nice Vancouver bloggers, Matthew Good (brilliant singer / songwriter / recording artist / friend) has written a bookmark-worthy article on The Tyee, sharing some of his Top 5 Blog Reads. He includes such blogger elite as Raymi, Juan Cole, Raed Jarrar and Tony Pierce and shares a bit about what makes their sites worth visiting daily. He also included the following note about this here site:

Miss 604: Over the last half year I have become friendly with Rebecca Bollwitt and her husband John. Rebecca’s blog is, in my opinion, one of the few truly Vancouver-specific blogs out there, that lacks the sort of pomp and upper-crust pitfalls that plague many of the city’s self proclaimed Vancouver-specific blogs. Her genuine approach, coverage of the Canucks, contributions to Metroblogging Vancouver, and down-to-earth nature make her blog a daily pleasure to visit.

It’s a an honour to be linked off Matt’s website daily in the link section, and to be mentioned along with these other great blogs, but to have him write such a complimentary post about my little Miss604.com just makes me feel that much better about my daily portrayal of life in this fair city. Matt’s such a great person and John and I are pretty lucky to have become acquainted with him over the last while. Not to mention it’s really a pleasure to be able to discuss the real Vancouver with a fellow local… who gets it.

WTS- What the Surrey?

April 24th, 2007 @ 1:16pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This is my first attempt at a Miss604.com contest but it should be a good one. Starting today, and continuing every Tuesday, I will be posting something to do with Surrey and it will be up to the readers to guess what the heck it is.

What: A photo of any public place, landmark, intersection (a la Beyond Robson crossroads), or object that is specifically Surrey, BC related or located in the City of Surrey, BC.

Why: For those that are unfamiliar with the City, Surrey is a suburb of Vancouver, BC and has a pretty crummy reputation. My goal is to continue the positive representation of my hometown, introduce readers to the City and to generate a little buzz by doing a weekly feature such as this.

When: A contributor of Miss604.com will make a post every Tuesday featuring a Surrey-related photo as described above.

Who: Anyone can guess except for contributors of this blog, and my immediate family members (because that would just be too easy) but they can continue to comment at will *cough* Bradley *cough*.

How: Enter your guess in the comment section of the post displaying the Surrey-related photo.


Submitting: If you have a photo you would like to submit please send a link to it via the Contact Form. If you have a website be sure to include it in the email so I can link back if possible and give credit for the pic. Photos must be relating to Surrey, BC (as described above) and must be rated “G”. Depending on the photo/clue, hints may be given to help the readers out but that will be determined on a per-post basis.

Sponsoring: To make things a little more interesting I’d love to be able to give away prizes (e.g. gift certificates) to the first correct guess on each ‘What The Surrey’ photo. If you have a business in Surrey, BC or are the person in charge of marketing and giving away free stuff for an establishment in Surrey, send me an email via the Contact Form.

A winner will not be declared until all comments are moderated – to ensure that in fact the first correct comment is logged and published accordingly. Also, even though something may be guessed, feedback is always welcome so feel free to add your two cents about the subject photo and enlighten us all.

Now to start things off on What The Surrey, an easy one: Do you know what the “W” stands for on the hat pictured above?

The Crazy Canucks Episode #32 Game 7 Edition

April 24th, 2007 @ 11:07am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

John and I lead off this episode live from Robson street with follow up audio from Alanah. She calls up JJ who is at GM Place for game 7 of the Conference Quarter Finals. Meanwhile, Dave was over in live video streaming Canucks Outsider land. All in all, a CRAZY night.

It was a nervous first round, but the Canucks pulled it off in game seven to win the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Dallas Stars. Rebecca and John lead off this episode, stepping on their balcony to capture the atmosphere of the downtown celebration going on in Vancouver. After that, Alanah phones J.J. just a few minutes after he left GM Place where he had tickets for this amazing game seven. He has some great reports of the atmosphere from inside and outside of the garage, and hopefully you can make out what he’s saying from all the noise of celebrating fans in the background. [thecrazycanucks]

Live Streaming Canucks Outsider

April 23rd, 2007 @ 7:08pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Update: June, 2011: You can listen to the official Team Radio broadcast from around the world by downloading the Bell Media app from iTunes.

Update: January, 2010: When games are on CBC they have an “all access” camera setup with a full view of the rink.

Update: March 24, 2009: There’s a live stream up here now on UStream.

Update: March 15, 2009 the game is being streamed live on the Canucks Fan Zone page.

Update early 2009: If you’re looking for the Canucks “live stream” you can probably find it here – availability not guaranteed.

Our co-host Dave, on The Crazy Canucks Podcast is currently streaming live on his site, The Canucks Outsider. They’re sitting on a couch, surrounded by Canucks memorabilia, talking hockey, and are fully interactive with their live audience. If you cannot get the game on TV (or even if you can) tune in now.

Here’s how to play along:
IRC: #canucks-outsider on irc.freenode.net
ustream chat: ustream.tv/canucksoutsider
(requires Java)

I’ve logged onto the live chat and we also just received a phone call from Dave (sporting his Don Cherry hat). This is pretty darn fun, and geeky.

Update: Living off Robson street we are experiencing how NUTS this city gets about their team – especially now that we’ve made it past the quarter finals and will meet Anaheim on Wednesday for the conference semi-finals. WOOOOOOOOOO!!

Update: 9:51pm The crowds haven’t ceased their honking and cheering on Robson, audio will be up tomorrow on the podcast.

Cheesy Matching Bollwitt ChestsUpdate: 10:47pm It’s still noisy as anything outside. Revving engines, horns, people cheering. I forgot to mention that today I received my ‘major prize’ from the Kukla’s Korner contest a while back [ms604]. I’ll never wear another shirt for a game this season.

Update: 10:48pm One more thing, enough with being smug and calling out the bandwagon jumpers. We did it, we all love this team, let’s move on.

Update: 7:52am Robson is finally quiet – can’t wait for round two. Who didn’t dream of Linden last night, eh?

Weekend Recap All Photo Edition #2

April 22nd, 2007 @ 11:13pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This weekend John and I took the in-laws to the lovely town of Osoyoos in the Southern Okanagan. We enjoyed excellent scenery, wining, dining, and some much needed relaxation.

Osoyoos Fun
The view from the East, above the City on Anarchist Mountain
Osoyoos Fun
Nk’Mip Winery – Took an hour-long tour that was very informative (learning all about North America’s original First Nations-run winery) following by 4 tastings, all for $5/each.
Osoyos Fun
Being silly above the City.
Osoyoos Fun
The drive home

More photos are up on my Flickr