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    In Case the Internet Crashes Tonight…

    2012 - 02.14

    …I know why: one of my friends is intending to post an online dating profile for the first time.  Demand is expected to dramatically exceed supply, and the bandwidth of the entire internet may not be enough to satisfy the frenzy.

    Then again, it might not happen like that.  However, if the internet does go down tonight, it’s a fair guess that’s the cause.

    Dave’s: Abandoned Towers (belated launch announcement)

    2012 - 02.05

    By now it’s hopefully the case that Karin has announced the launch of AbandonedTowers.com, the website that we’ve been talking about off and on since October when she took it over as managing editor.  In the last 6 weeks (especially) I’ve been working really hard behind the scenes to fix up the site and make it launch ready.  Karin seems to be really happy with the results (which is good considering the effort involved).

    So if you haven’t been yet, you should head over to Abandoned Towers Magazine (www.abandonedtowers.com) and check it out.  If you’re not interested in actually reading any of the content, you should try clicking around a bit and seeing what there is to see.

    As of the moment of writing this (2pm Feb 1st) the official launch announcement has not gone out over the internet, so we’ll see what kind of spike in site visitors we get.  If things go well, we can hopefully significantly increase the $4.89 in ad revenue the site generated in January (which is slightly higher than the $4.57 from December).  We’re optimistic given that during those periods the site hadn’t significantly changed and new content was not being posted.  With the launch, the site is dramatically changed and new content is being posted frequently.  So we’ll see, it’s not going to make enough money that it’ll pay a morgage or anything, but it could get to the point where the amount it brings in is actually meaningful.

    Feel free to promote the site to all your friends, or really just everyone ;-)

    “She wants you, she wants you bad!”

    2011 - 12.01

    This has become a bit of a catch phrase of a friend of mine, feel free to change the genders or what have you, but I think you’ll find that it is pretty versatile, perhaps not on the same level as the following suffixes:

    “…said the actress to the bishop”

    “…in bed”*

    There are more of these, and feel free to suggest your favourites.  I wonder how it would work as a writing prompt to have to write a section of dialogue where one of your characters is (or is feeling) immature and elects to use (or overuse) one such suffix.  Could make for some funny reading… or not.

    * this being primarily used for fortune cookies…

    Improv & Music Education

    2011 - 11.02

    Yesterday we went out to “Fund with Laughter” which was a fundraiser for the BC Orff Chapter.  So the improv was by the Vancouver Theatre Sports League.  Featured that night were:

    We had a good time, we laughed a lot.  Karin even went on stage to help with one of the segments.  Worth noting if you follow the links, you might not actually be able to pick them out if you see them in person, as the professional headshots, well they don’t totally resemble the people we saw… photoshop?

    So the actual reason we were there was because it was a fundraiser for the BC Orff Chapter, which is probably meaningless to most people.  If I told you that it was the BC Chapter of Carl Orff Canada you probably would still be lost.  They support Orff Schulwerk (or the Orff Approach) which is a teaching approach, specifically for teaching music to students (typically children).  So it’s a good cause, and we had a good time.  Go us!

    The Night Watch

    2011 - 10.12

    Finished The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko Monday night.  I enjoyed it, and plan to read the other 3 books in the series, but I’m going to take a break first.  The book is interesting, and seems well written, but the way in which it is written I find it really difficult to anticipate at all where things are going.  I don’t know if that’s got anything to do with the fact that I’m reading the book in translation (originally in Russian), or if that’s the preferred style over there, or if it’s just a stylistic choice.  Regardless, I enjoy it while I’m reading it, but there’s nothing pulling me through the story because I mostly have no idea what’s going on.

    It actually creates a weird bubble effect, because I really have no idea what’s going to happen next, and I have no idea if what happened before is really going to be that important to what comes next.  It leaves me really in the “now” of the writing.  But at the same time, although I’m curious what happens next I’m mostly not eager.  So for me, not a book I couldn’t put down.  Still very interesting and worth reading.

    I’ll finish with a thank you to Dan for recommending and lending the entire series.

    What do YOU want to be?

    2011 - 09.14

    A while back I made a joke about being Harry Dresden for Halloween, but I don’t really think I could pull it off.  At various times in the past I’ve also thought of being Richard Castle just so that I could wear a bulletproof vest that said “Writer”, although that doesn’t feel nearly as appropriate these days, even if Karin would probably make a better Alexis.  She’s still definitely the writer around here (even if for the last few weeks at least I could claim to be the blog poster).

    Then again, given that there isn’t any trick or treating in the building (don’t think it’s a bylaw, just doesn’t seem to happen), and that we don’t have any party plans at present, maybe I don’t need a costume at all.  Karin on the other hand needs something that she can wear to school at least, if not additionally to a party.  Although, Karin would probably appreciate having the excuse to wear multiple costumes…

    Why am I posting about this now?  Well because if you start figuring it out now, you still have time to pull together an awesome costume for Halloween.  If on the other hand you don’t start thinking about it for another six weeks, then you might just be out of luck.

    So what do you want to be for Halloween?

    Ironman Triathlon: why?!?!?!?

    2011 - 09.03

    The other day Walter and I were out for a drink at the Cactus Club (which has been renovated since the last time we were there, and which no longer has the delicious smoothly which we had gone there to have in the first place) and while we were chatting we couldn’t help but notice that on the TVs they were showing an Ironman Triathlon from Calgary.

    This brought us to the question: why?  Or more specifically why those distances?

    Turns out the answer is interesting, assuming it’s accurate (from Wikipedia):

    The idea for the original Ironman Triathlon arose during the awards ceremony for the 1977 Oahu Perimeter Relay (a running race for 5-person teams). Among the participants were numerous representatives of both the Mid-Pacific Road Runners and the Waikiki Swim Club, whose members had long been debating which athletes were more fit, runners or swimmers. On this occasion, U.S. Navy Commander John Collins pointed out that a recent article in Sports Illustrated magazine had declared that Eddy Merckx, the great Belgian cyclist, had the highest recorded “oxygen uptake” of any athlete ever measured, so perhaps cyclists were more fit than anyone. CDR Collins and his wife Judy Collins had taken part in the triathlons staged in 1974 and 1975 by the San Diego Track Club in and around Mission Bay, California, as well as the 1975 Optimist Sports Fiesta Triathlon in Coronado, California. A number of the other military athletes in attendance were also familiar with the San Diego races, so they understood the concept when Collins suggested that the debate should be settled through a race combining the three existing long-distance competitions already on the island: the Waikiki Roughwater Swim (2.4 mi./3.86 km), the Around-Oahu Bike Race (115 mi./185.07 km; originally a two-day event) and the Honolulu Marathon (26.219 mi./42.195 km).

    Until that point, no one present had ever done the bike race. Collins calculated that by shaving 3 miles (4.8 km) off the course and riding counter-clockwise around the island, the bike leg could start at the finish of the Waikiki Rough Water and end at the Aloha Tower, the traditional start of the Honolulu Marathon. Prior to racing, each athlete received three sheets of paper listing a few rules and a course description. Handwritten on the last page was this exhortation: “Swim 2.4 miles! Bike 112 miles! Run 26.2 miles! Brag for the rest of your life“, now a registered trademark.

    With a nod to a local runner who was notorious for his demanding workouts, Collins said, “Whoever finishes first, we’ll call him the Iron Man.” Each of the racers had their own support crew to supply water, food and encouragement during the event. Of the fifteen men to start off in the early morning on February 18, 1978, twelve completed the race. Gordon Haller, a US Navy Communications Specialist, was the first to earn the title Ironman by completing the course with a time of 11 hours, 46 minutes, 58 seconds. The runner-up John Dunbar, a US Navy SEAL, led after the second transition and had a chance to win but ran out of water on the marathon course; his support crew resorted to giving him beer instead

    The Calgary event didn’t have the right distances to be an actual Ironman, so not sure what’s going on there, but still I have my answer as to the origins, and the selection process for those distances is actually remarkably rational even if doing one isn’t! ;-)

    Happy Birthday Christopher!

    2011 - 08.24

    Tonight we celebrated our friend Christopher’s 32nd birthday at Red Robin.  We hadn’t been to Red Robin in quite a while and even longer since we’d gone to the one by Coquitlam Centre.  Burgers were eaten, freckled lemonade (a LOT of freckled lemonade) was consumed, gluten free/dairy free cake was eaten and greatly enjoyed, friends were visited with, small children were amusing and amused by adults.  Gooey cheese sticks were also eaten, and some were fed to a six year old…who quite enjoyed them, despite (or perhaps because of) the jalapeno.

    Best of all, they made Christopher stand on his chair to be sung to.  Hee. :)

    Happy birthday! :)

    Slowing to a Crawl…

    2011 - 08.09

    Progress in the tidying has slowed to a crawl.  Yesterday, there was the unexpected visitor, then I went to Brentwood for lunch and met with my mom and aunt, then shortly thereafter with grandma.  While wondering with them I got a call looking for some help moving a couch.  So I left Brentwood and headed to Walter’s place.  It was a heavy leather Ektorp 3 seater.  We carried it around the back way, but had to stop 3-4 times because of the uneven weight distribution while carrying (we carried it on it’s back most of the way, which mean that one side was way heavier than the other).  While we were resting in the apartment Jeff called and Walter convinced us that we should go for Happy Hour.  So I returned home and showered, and then walked to Browns Social House to meet them for happy hour.

    I was a little surprised to find them sitting with two ladies when I arrived, but it turns out that they were co-workers of Walter, and it wasn’t that they had managed to both bring/find dates before I got there (which would have been bad form since my date is current out of province).  Sitting around on the patio getting a little too much sun and chatting for a few hours.  We then picked up some Panago pizza and some drinks from Save-On and returned to Walter’s place.  We got a meatball pizza on multigrain thin crust, it was interesting, not bad, but I wouldn’t order it again.

    Due to all of these compounding circumstances I didn’t get home again until after 9pm… which is a long way of saying that I didn’t get much of anything done in relation to the tidying.

    For the past few days I’ve been dealing with a sore throat, and unfortunately when I woke up this morning my nose was also stuffed up.  I had been pretending up until that point that it might have been dust, or cleaning supplies which had been causing the sore throat, but no such luck.  So today also has seen less than amazing progress.

    Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day, we’ll see.

    Moving Day

    2011 - 08.03

    I think I have now officially helped all of my friends move at least once! Today I was helping my friend Walter move even closer to my house, wait is that a good thing? Should be, it’s the neighbourhood that he wanted to live in, and now we’re actually walking distance from one another, which realistically we’ve never been before. Not earth shattering I suppose, but when you’ve been friends for 24 years and live in the same city and went to the same schools, it’s perhaps a little unusual (in an urban setting anyway).

    I definitely wouldn’t say that he’s moved in, he hardly has any furniture at the new place, and realistically nothing else, but it’s a start and it’s the big things: bed, dresser, desk, exercise bike. What no TV or couch or such things? Nope, he either doesn’t have them yet, or isn’t getting them. Which one partly depends on the Craigslist gods. I am looking forward to seeing what he actually does with the place. Should be interesting.

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