In this blog’s ongoing coverage of the sad plight of cardboard boxes in Vancouver, yesterday afternoon I snapped this heartbreaking photo of a derelict box in a Fairview back alley.

The hopeless wreck was flat broke but neither flat enough nor broken down enough to satisfy the exigencies of the mean back streets of Vancouver.

The 30th Vancouver Fringe Festival takes place September 4 to 14, 2014. 

This year's festival kicks off with an opening night fundraiser at Performance Works on Granville Island on Tuesday, September 2, at 6 p.m., with one of the Fringe’s most well known artists, TJ Dawe, in the Vancouver premier of Marathon, as well as a performance by Seattle-based bluegrass rockers, the Cave Singers.

Before TJ Dawe hits the stage, he will join fellow Fringe alumni and ticket purchasers in a pre-show reception with hors d’oeuvres, treats, and beverages courtesy of Dockside Restaurant, the Keg, Camino, McAuslan Brewing, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, and the Liberty Distillery.

Here’s a silly, geeky way to cool off on a hot day: use a compressed gas duster—one of the many brands of canned compressed gas you normally use to blow the dust out of your computer’s keyboard.

Yesterday I came across two cans of “Dust Off”-brand gas duster in a Fairview dumpster freshly garnished with the bagged results of a large apartment cleanup.

When you spray the gas duster, the can gets very cold.

So cold that you could probably use the cans as ice cubes, if your drink was sufficiently large and you thought the cans were clean enough.

The community gardens left standing in the Arbutus Corridor have gotten a reprieve.

Today (August 27), the City of Vancouver sent out this brief statement:

Senior officials at the City of Vancouver and CP Rail have agreed to meet to discuss the future of the Arbutus Corridor.

While the two sides meet, CP Rail has agreed to suspend all track maintenance work along the Arbutus Corridor for the next two to three weeks.

A statement on CP Rail's website indicates the company is "hopeful a resolution may be reached".

A binner’s business—if you can call it that—is with the recycling blue bins and Dumpsters outside of apartment buildings.

What goes on inside the buildings is normally none of our business but word does leak out. Binners naturally get to chatting with building managers and tenants. Pleasantries are exchanged. Grievances are aired.

Tenants mostly complain about their rent and the upkeep of their suites. Building managers complain about tenants, tradespeople, and garbage.

Garbage problems can be a particular sore point because they can mean a visible mess, which reflects poorly on the building.

When building managers indulge in trash talk

Building managers’ garbage complaints fall into several categories:

Are you studying at Capilano University? There's an app for you.

The Cap App, released this month by the university for iPhone and Android, allows students to check their email, class schedules, grades, and library accounts with ease from their smartphones. It also features maps and emergency phone numbers.

“This app highlights the importance of connectivity amongst our student population by allowing students a quick, efficient and easy way to stay up-to-date on their life here at Cap,” Karen McCredie, Capilano's registrar, said in a news release today (August 26).

The app is free to download via iTunes and Google Play.

Capilano has campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish, and Sechelt.

The annual Fair at the PNE is underway at Hastings Park in East Van.

Photographer Kevin Statham captured these moments during week one.

Like seemingly hundreds of other men and women across Vancouver today, I went out and earned money by collecting beverage containers. I don’t know about everyone else but I did good under the circumstances.

I don’t mean to brag and neither am I complaining. A commenter wrote in reply to one of my posts, that “we all make choices” and I have been making the choice to support my homeless self by collecting beverage containers.

For the sake of argument, let’s look at my two biggest choices when it comes to making a living as a homeless person: casual day labour versus collecting refundable beverage containers (panhandling isn’t a choice; apparently it’s a calling).

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed California death-metal band Rings of Saturn at the Rickshaw. Trevor was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Rings of Saturn on the Summer Slaughter Canada Tour at the Rickshaw Theatre on August 25, 2014. Thanks Trevor.

Sure, Amazon doesn't yet accept Bitcoin. But Dell, Expedia, and Overstock.com do.

Almost two months ago, Newegg became one of the latest online retailers to start taking payments with the digital currency—but only in the U.S. Starting today (August 26), Newegg, which sells electronics, is extending this payment option to its Canadian customers.

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