By Boris Mann on May 29, 2004 - 6:50pm
For those of you that were not aware, the Green Party - for some screwy reason has been denied the traditional 5th seat in national telivised debate.
If you want to voice your opinion about it - you can get some instructions on how to do it here.
AlphaGeek: Media Hypocracy
It doesn't matter if you are going to vote for the Green Party or not -- there are have been 5 seats at that debate since 1993. Now that the old PC and the Alliance have merged, there is an open seat. Why not let them have their say?
Certainly seems to make more sense than the Bloc, who don't exactly have wide representation outside of Quebec.
By Ian Bruk on May 28, 2004 - 5:29am
Noticed this story in the business news today:
SEATTLE, May 27 (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc. (NasdaqNM:YHOO - News) will use its community of users to deliver more customized search results, something that rivals such as Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. (NasdaqNM:MSFT - News) will have a harder time doing, Chief Executive Terry Semel said on Thursday.
How exactly will they do this?. I don't think they're talking about their About.com clone Yahoo Experts. I think they will be coming out with some advanced form of RSS topics.
Raymond at VanRamblings.com has an excellent rundown of the ratings for radio stations in Vancouver, and links to the table of ratings as they compare from season to season. Notably absent are Fairchild 96.1 FM/AM 1470, Co-op Radio 102.7, CITR 101.9 (UBC) and CJSF 90.1 (SFU), the last 3 being non-commercial radio.
Early this morning, Colene posted about the neighbourhood she lives in (cross-posted to Urban Vancouver), and sn0wangel writes about what she likes and dislikes about Kerrisdale:
I love that the area is pretty central transit-wise, and there are a few fairly major bus routes that come right through. I can get to UBC, downtown, or the airport in under half an hour on the bus. There are also a lot of great restaurants and shops. My only complaint in that area is that there isn't a grocery store right in the neighbourhood; the nearest one is 15 blocks and down the hill. But having London Drugs 2 blocks away makes up for that most of the time.
In a long-awaited commentary on the plagiarism scandal involving local media personality Angèle Yanor, Jeff MacIntyre writes about the false (and accurate) comparisons to other newspaper columnists:
Angèle Yanor is no Alex Kuczynski —but she’s no Judith Miller (or Jayson Blair, etc., etc.), either. To digress, her work did represent in the Vancouver scheme of things a low-rent Kuczynski (see that tongue-wagging Viggo interview in Vanity Fair), or a Vancouver Rebecca Eckler/Leah McLaren, etc., but that’s beside the point. I agree that her work should have been beholden to full journalistic standards, and similarly that the plagiarism she committed was both naïve and foolish. Spectacularly galling was the plagiarizing of her own defense on her blog, as Darren Barefoot revealed to us with justified disgust. That, along with the certain freefall from her profession, seems to me its own due punishment.Chequered: The Angèle Yanor MOW
I have collected all of the posts written by Shane, and myself about Storyeum into a Storyeum book. Bookmark the Storyeum book to keep current on what's been posted here.
By Shane Birley on May 26, 2004 - 12:54pm
The secret project called Storyeum, the entertainment talk of Vancouver's Gastown, will open the doors on June 1st, 2004. This creative venture hidden deep below ground like a super hero's secret lair has attracted all kinds of attention - but no one really knows the details of how it will look and ultimately work.
But, on May 27th, I will be attending the press preview. Then, I will give all you Urban Vancouver readers the inside scoop, the nitty gritty, the whole shebang and the all the information you hunger and crave for.
By Boris Mann on May 26, 2004 - 12:45pm
Welcome to Vancouver A nuclear weapons free zone. What kind of a welcome is this?! This is what you see when you come off the #1 at Grandview Highway (outside the Roots Factory Outlet).Milk Factory: Welcome
Milk Factory goes on to ask:
By col on May 26, 2004 - 12:32pm
Sometimes I refer to Kitsilano as Pretentious-ville. There's something about the Lululemon clad yuppies drinking their iced lattes while yapping on their cell phone and driving that just puts me off. I get the same sort of feeling when I'm on Commercial Drive. I'm a little out of place amongst the poseurs.
Don't get me wrong, I like the places that are in those neighbourhoods (and of course I like to see my friends). I like those neighbourhoods in theory, but not in application. I like the idea of being in close distance to shops and restaurants. I like the community feeling (Commercial Dr). I like the walks and scenery. I like the diversity.
With that said, I don't think I would want to live in those areas. (Granted, I wouldn't be able to afford the rent in Kits). I told this to Rachel (no, not that one) and she asked me where I would want to live. That has stumped me. I have no idea. If I factored in what I like about Kitsilano and Commercial Drive and tried to imagine a different area of town, I come up blank.
Currently, I live in a nice, quiet suburb (Burnaby). The walks around here are nice, if not a bit boring. I'm a hop, skip and jump from SFU (it was really lovely for those 8:30am classes). But I spend alot of time in Vancouver as everything I seem to do is out that way and more friends live over there. Of course I realize that where I work factors in a great deal, but lets pretend that it doesn't matter. Where the hell would I live?? Perhaps a cardboard box down by the river...
By Ian Bruk on May 25, 2004 - 9:49pm
I saw a link to this list of the Kansas City Public Library's Feeds at www.scripting.com. My understanding is that Urban Vancouver will become the fountainhead of RSS feeds for Vancouver. Interesting to compare the list with Urban Vancouver's. I'm thinking that ultimate Topic List is unachievable so is there a way to build a dynamic/ever changing list?