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Pink snow in Vancouver

By , 11 May 2008 18:50

Here’s the view in my neighbourhood this morning:

Pink snow in Vancouver

It is surreal and beautiful too.

Snow Petals

A tweet: Love watching the falling petals of cherry blossoms; snow that doesn’t melt. The wind blows them down the street like confetti. Slippery too.

Real snow on April 19 -  No one I know remembers it snowing so late in the year

snow in april - tfw

But snow at the end of March is normal – it did that last year too.

Snow in Vancouver on March 28

Snow and cherry blossoms

Snow & Cherry Blossoms

First post with Windows Live Writer – positive reviews on Lifehacker. I agree.

A good ending to a bad day

By , 9 April 2008 23:05

I have no control over what happens only how I respond to it. Usually in my other work, I am a duck and whatever people say to me rolls off. But not today. Within minutes of starting work, a few bad encounters started an anxiety attack. I wanted to quit right then and there, but I worked through it. Eventually, it passed with deep breathing and a hug [I asked for one] and I was able to get through the rest of the day.

When I got home and checked my daily zeitgeist I found this one:

The 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches of All Time

I stopped at No. 29 and as watched, all the shmutz of the day simply melted away.

Here, on live TV, without benefit of editing or retakes, Sid Caesar and Nanette Fabray silently mime a domestic dispute whose crescendos and valleys perfectly correspond to classical music. It’s brilliant, and there’s not much more to say.

Yep. I can sleep well tonight.


Outside Superstore / Home Depot

By , 7 April 2008 23:14

Look closely. I see a water channel between the mountain ranges on this air vent cover outside the new Superstore / Home Depot store at Cambie at 7th

Mountain Ranges Sound Waves 2

At this angle it looks like a VU meter gone crazy:

Mountain Ranges Sound Waves

The air vent is both beautiful and cold at same time. It was probably designed to make it impossible for skateboarders to use it while evoking elements of our natural landscape.

Wild and Crazy Hats

By , 6 April 2008 21:05

From work

A Wild & Crazy Guy

J. H. didn’t even know that what he put on that morning would be a throwback to the weird and wonderful 80’s

Bev the Hat Lady

Bev wears hats like these all year long. As the seasons change, so do the hats. Halloween and Xmas are the best!

Daily zeitgeist and our amazing brain

By , 13 March 2008 22:21

My Firefox homepage is Delicious’ Popular links page. Every day I get to look at things that people on the web think are important. One time, one the links was for someone that I knew [a flickr contact] before they made the popular list.

Most times, a link stays up for a day, sometimes two, as the critical mass of the web adds to its staying power. I don’t click on every link, but many do end up on my own page [which are added to my Feedburner RSS feed]

This video was on the popular list for three days. Take a look at it and you will know why. “Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor tells an amazing story of had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke….”

Spoiler alert: Taylor presents a compelling argument that religious ecstatic experience is simply a function of the brain’s anatomy. But if those experiences can bring about universal peace, I don’t care how it happens.


By , 5 March 2008 10:47

More pictures for my Aunt who wondered if the crocuses are blooming, can the daffodils be far behind?

Daffodil1 5mar08

and Uncle It is still very much winter here and spring very far off.

Daffodil2 5mar08

Crocus – purple and yellow

By , 2 March 2008 21:33

For my Aunt who needs to see colours like these

Purple Crocus 02Mar08

and Uncle who says there is four feet of snow where they live.

Yellow Crocus 01Mar08

and anyone else east of Hope, BC

It's a big world

By , 20 February 2008 13:11

….until it gets smaller.

I don’t have a television, so I surf the web for news. Firefox came installed with live bookmarks from the BBC and every now and then I read the headlines. Yesterday, I saw this:

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Curfew for US troops in Okinawa

The order for the curfew – which is indefinite and also applies to troops’ relatives – came from the top US commander in Okinawa, Lt-Gen Richard Zilmer.

“Active duty service members on Okinawa will be limited to their place of duty or employment, worship, education, or medical or dental treatment” as they enter a “period of reflection”, a military statement said.

This affects me directly. The spouse of an American service personnel living in Okinawa is putting a package for me in the mail today. I haven’t heard from them yet to know if it has already been done or delayed.

The joys of international politics and the butterfly effect.

Update: Package mailed and received five days later!

In my other life…

By , 12 February 2008 22:52

….I made a mistake. I am posting this because I gave the person my name when he asked for it.

Mr. D, I regret the way our conversation went and I accept responsibility for my part in it.

The information I was trying to impart to you is this: You have to contact the organization directly to get the result you want. They won’t listen to me. That is why I said: “I can’t do that.”

We now return you to our regularly scheduled blog, already in progress.

Sparrow Party

By , 26 January 2008 21:05

Sparrow Party

I heard the birds chirping from across the street, then went closer for a better view.

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