The Canadian Videogame Awards were handed out in Toronto on Friday (November 21) for 2013 and 2014.
(I was a member of the jury for both years, it should be noted.)
Montreal’s Ubisoft was the big winner, taking home the awards for Game of the Year in both years, for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag in 2013 and Watch_Dogs in 2014. (The full list of winners is below.)
Friday night I stopped what I was doing in a Fairview back alley to take a panoramic photograph of an old apartment building—one of the many stucco-clad, three-storey walk-ups that replaced a lot of single family homes after the Second World War.
People may now take these old buildings for granted, but I think they should be appreciated for whatever is good and unique about them while they still exist.
For instance, what I especially like about this building is the use of vertical and horizontal strips of window. The limited amount of glass is artfully arranged in keeping with the modernist aesthetics of the day—they still did this back in the 1950s and 1960s. Buildings weren’t completely divorced from contemporary culture until the late 1970s.
Has pop culture passed its maximum capacity for gluteus maximus? For a few months it seemed as if, when it came to fascination with the female backside, the public's appetite was endless. The phenomenon even inspired some really overwrought think pieces, but we seem to have turned a corner.
Kim Kardashian didn't break the Internet, but the grotesque spectacle of her oiled-up hindquarters on the cover of Paper magazine might well have broken the spell we seem to have been under.
How else would you explain the relatively tame performance of "Booty" that Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea turned in at the American Music Awards last night?
You know those tricycle contraptions made out of bicycle bits and wrapped in an aerodynamic wind faring? Where the cyclist is positioned on their back or stomach inside what looks like a pedal-powered cruise missile?
Those recumbent torpedoes all seem to be about maximizing the cyclist’s power output while minimizing the drag coefficient.
Yesterday off Cambie Street I saw a completely different sort of trike vehicle. It wasn’t designed to race, just get someone to the grocery store and back again, quickly and comfortably.
Eco (as in economical) neighbourhood transport
The Eastside Culture Crawl benefitted from a clear day Saturday (November 22); the open studios continue till 6 p.m. today, and finish up their last day tomorrow, Sunday (November 23) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Here are some images we've collected from the event.
Meanwhile, find a map and more in our Georgia Straight guide to the Crawl, here.
Today, Whistler Mountain opened five days earlier than expected, with many runs operating from from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The company announced that the Upper and Lower Ego Bowl, Upper Whiskey Jack, Upper Franz's, Papoose, Orange Peel, and Pony Train are all available this weekend, as well as a terrain park that can be reached via the Emerald Express chair.
Blackcomb, however, isn't scheduled to begin operations until Thursday (November 27).
The only other B.C. resort to open this weekend is Sun Peaks, which is four hours from Vancouver and 45 minutes from Kamloops by car. There, outdoor enthusiasts could enjoy an additional 20 centimetres of fresh powder.