You might recognize local director Zach Lipovsky's name from when he was one of 12 contestants (and the sole Canadian) to be selected for the 2007 reality TV show competition On The Lot.

On the show, Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett  were searching for up-and-coming talent to award a development deal with DreamWorks.

"Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago."

—Warren Buffett


Remember when men went to work and women stayed at home with their abandoned dreams and bottles of Valium and sherry?

Remember when women's hopes and dreams were fulfilled by simply getting married and having kids... and then vicariously through the lofty achievements of their husbands and sons?

Remember when a woman knew to keep quiet and to never talk back to her man?

The trade association representing the U.K. video-game industry is citing the B.C. government’s new tax credit for game development as an example of what’s needed in that country.

In a press release today (February 5), TIGA said all U.K. political parties need to “show imagination and decisiveness” regarding the video-game industry.

TIGA noted that the B.C. Interactive Digital Media tax credit, announced on February 3, will cover 17.5 percent of qualifying labour costs.

The Georgia Straight has updated its Olympic guide to free music in Vancouver. Our calendar now lists more than 160 free concerts between the dates of February 11 and 28.

WordCamp Vancouver, a conference devoted to the WordPress open-source blogging platform, will be held on June 12.

The event will take place near downtown Vancouver and is expected to draw between 200 and 250 people.

Organizers have launched a Web site and are looking for sponsors.

According to the site, organizers will be taking submissions from potential speakers “shortly”.

Tickets aren’t available yet.

Vancouver Police Department deputy chief Steve Sweeney made the following statement today (February 5) at a press conference on Olympic security:

Good morning and thank you for coming.

For those of us who have been at this for the past seven years it has all seemed like a long time coming, but now that it is just a few days away all our preparations will soon be evident.

It is safe to say that the Vancouver Olympics will represent the largest domestic security operation in the history of our country.

For the rest of the world, we hope that our security measures are seamless and help facilitate a safe and welcoming environment for the games.

The sixth annual Northern Voice personal blogging and social media conference will take place on May 7 and 8 in Vancouver.

Past events have been held during the month of February, but this year’s conference at the University of British Columbia’s Point Grey campus is set for spring because of the Winter Olympics.

This morning on CBC Radio's  The Current, consumer advocate Phil Edmonston offered advice for Toyota owners who might be worried about sudden acceleration.

Edmonston, author of the Lemon-Aid series of books about car buying, suggested throwing the car into neutral. He also advised drivers not to slam on the brakes with sustained pressure because that will burn them out.

He thought it might be smarter to  reach for  the emergency brake.

Edmonston, a former NDP MP, said that he was once in a Ford truck that suddenly accelerated. During his interview, he predicted there will be reports  vehicles from other manufacturers  also experiencing this terrifying problem.

The fact the Canucks coughed up an early goal to the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night (February 4) probably shouldn't have come as a huge surprise.

It's the fifth straight game and the 10th time in their last 12 outings in which the Canucks have given up the first goal of the game. But more than that, it's the second time in the first three games of their current road trip that the team has fallen behind less than two minutes into the contest. Over their past dozen games, the Canucks have trailed before the five minute mark on five occasions and before the 10-minute mark in nine of those games.

Last night (February 4), spotlights shone from the shores of English Bay into the Vancouver night sky. They’ll do so again this evening, and every night through to February 28.

Part of the 2010 Winter Olympics’ Cultural Olympiad, the installation is called Vectorial Elevation. It is comprised of 20 200-kW lights that shine from dusk to dawn.

Anybody in the world can actually “participate” in the exhibition. The lights’ trajectories change every 10 seconds. The patterns they shine to create are made in response to Internet users’ suggestions submitted via the Vectorial Elevation Web site.