Blogathon Vancouver 2008: Matthew Good Demo Screening Auction

Sunday, July 27th, 2008 — 11:00am PDT
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I was having a hard time trying to find a prize or a little bonus that I could offer up to those who have pledged or donated but it wasn’t until I published “M” is for Matthew Good that I got more than anyone could ask.

Photo credit: Duane Storey on Flickr

To go out with a bang for Blogathon Vancouver 2008, I’d like to announce that Matthew Good has offered up the experience of a lifetime for one lucky fan who has been following our Blogathon effort for the Union Gospel Mission.

Here’s what you will win:

  • The opportunity to hang out with Matthew Good at an exclusive private meetup1
  • A listening session of the demos for the next record, Vancouver
    Demos include: 1. The Vancouver National Anthem, 2. The Boy Who Could Explode, 3. Us Remains Impossible, 4. On Nights Like Tonight, 5. Volcanoes, 6. A Silent Army In The Trees, 7. Fought To Fight It, 8. Empty’s Theme Park
  • That’s right – you could be one of the first people to hear the new album!
  • Leave a comment on this blog post with your bid (just like an auction). The minimum bid to start is $200 and this will be open until Tuesday July 29th at 12:00pm PT.

    Once reviewed, the person with the highest bid will be notified and asked to donate their bid to the Union Gospel Mission – the cause that Duane and I have been supporting all weekend with our combined 48 hour effort during Blogathon.

    With this incentive we are hoping to raise even more for the UGM. Big thanks to Matt for doing this and to Duane as well as NearFantastica for helping to get the word out. Good luck everyone and thank you for your support so far!

    Update July 29, 2008: Jane Smith from the UK has bid $4,000 and once her donation is complete, she will be the winner of the Matthew Good meetup prize.

    Jane had this to say: “I’d like to dedicate this donation to all the wonderful people over at but specially for the man who, through his insight and vision has helped me to open my eyes and whose achingly beautiful music has torn apart and mended my heart more times than I can remember.”

    Thank you to everyone for their interest as this truly supported a great cause for Metro Vancouver – the Union Gospel Mission.

    1 This specifically includes the opportunity to meet Matthew and attend the screening of the demos – the winner be responsible for their own travel costs.

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    Blogathon Vancouver 2008: The Home Stretch

    Sunday, July 27th, 2008 — 10:38am PDT
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    For the last few weeks I have been trying to organize a way for Vancouver bloggers to stay up late and raise money for the charity of their choice. Using the Blogathon model, with the lack of their technology, we pieced together this effort and I think that everyone involved has done an amazing job. Here’s a quick recap of the participants and their cause.

    Raul’s website: Hummingbird604
    Raul’s cause: BC Cancer Foundation

    Shane’s website: Closing Bigger
    Shane’s cause: MSMF – Manjari Sankurathri Memorial Foundation (MSMF)

    Karen’s website: Tiny Bites
    Karen’s cause: Davie Suzuki Foundation

    Isabella’s website: Moritherapy
    Isabella’s cause: Canadian Mental Health Organization

    Barbara’s website: The Love Blog
    Barbara’s cause: BCSPCA Paws for a Cause

    Tagga’s website: Tagga
    Tagga’s cause: Lochmaddy Foundation

    Invoke’s website: Invoke Media Blog
    Invoke’s cause: Lochmaddy Foundation

    Mehnaz’s website: Strawberry Ghetto
    Mehnaz’s cause: Adoptive Families Association of BC

    Danny’s website:
    Danny’s cause: BCSPCA Paws for a Cause

    Colleen’s website: 353 Review
    Colleen’s cause: CKNW Orphan’s Fund

    Ayeza’s website: Balikbanyan Box
    Ayeza’s cause: Davao City High School

    Duane’s website:
    Duane’s cause: Union Gospel Mission (please select “Miss604 Blogathon” so that we can track the donation at the end of the weekend)

    Big thanks to John and Keira for guest posting on my site as well over the last 24 hours.

    Of course my donation information is available under “U” for the Union Gospel Mission and by clicking on the banner below.

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    Blogathon Vancouver 2008: Fireworks to Wake Me Up

    Sunday, July 27th, 2008 — 10:00am PDT
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    Note to self, resting your eyes for “just a minute” while doing a Blogathon can turn into 45 minutes. Since I’m a little late getting this post out I’m going toss in this older photo from Dave in honor of last night’s fireworks.

    Photo credit: uncleweed on Flickr

    This image was taken from Cypress – a unique alternative viewing area for the Celebration of Light. Vancouver Police are calling last night’s display from the United States a success as they were less busy than usual, only making seven arrests all night.

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    Blogathon Vancouver 2008: Vancouverism

    Sunday, July 27th, 2008 — 9:30am PDT
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    My Dad told me about this term that’s being used around the globe called, “Vancouverism” and John recently sent me this snapshot from The Guardian: “The regeneration of Vancouver mixes slender, tall towers with low rise buildings and public spaces. An exhibition to celebrate Vancouverism is being held at Canada House in London.”

    Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

    “Vancouverism is characterized by tall, but widely separated, slender towers interspersed with low-rise buildings, public spaces, small parks and pedestrian-friendly streetscapes and facades to minimize the impact of a high density population.” – The New York Times, December 28, 2005

    Not Asia, not Europe, not even North America, but a new kind of city living with elements from all of these – a hybrid that now demands to be taken on its own terms. In the language of city-building, “Vancouverism” is fast replacing “Manhattanism” as the maximum power setting for shaping the humane mixed-use city, important ideas for a new era of scarce energy and diminished natural resources.

    The exhibition features architects and engineers such as Arthur Erickson (who did the Law Courts, SFU and the new Ritz Calrton), Bing Thom Architects (award-winning Central City in Surrey among other things), James K.M. Cheng, Fast + Epp Structural Engineers and Trafalgar Timber Construction.

    The Vancouverism exhibit will also be moving to Paris in the fall of 2008.

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    Blogathon Vancouver 2008: Living Water Smart

    Sunday, July 27th, 2008 — 9:00am PDT
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    It’s pretty remarkable that now that the rain has started to fall, we’re not out in the tent somewhere as that’s the way things usually go with us and summer rain.

    This year, a piddly 0.2 mm on July 3 and the same amount two days later means we’re out of the running for the driest July on record. Not bad, though, considering the normal rainfall in July is about 40 mm. [VancouverSun]

    With the lack of rain comes the elevated forest fire danger and along with that comes a single lightning bolt or careless person and our Province’s forests burn.

    Photo credit: tbatty on Flickr

    Aside from the risk of fire, it’s also worthy to be aware of smart water consumption as levels plummet during these arid times. The Province has developed some guidelines and reading materials that can help British Columbians live water smart.

    From protecting our drinking water to learning how to do business in a more sustainable way in terms of water consumption, this issue can often be overlooked by so many of us that live around so much water all the time. You can take a quick survey to find out just how water smart you are.

    It turns out my household’s “water footprint” is 93,214 litres per person, per year. Seeing as how we don’t have a lawn to water or a car to wash, I thought were were doing pretty good but that number still scares me.

    The idea of being conscious of our water usage and decisions should be one that we carry with us year-round. You can get more tips on the Living Water Smart website, and find out why drinking bottled water is far less eco-friendly than having a glass from the tap.

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