Paper and books strewn all over the place. Was it bookish crows? Did some Dumpster diver do that?
Wait a minute…that’s suspiciously clean garbage. Is that a mess or an art installation?
Caution: art students at workThe gentleman in the hoodie admitted with a smile that it was an art installation. Billy and and his friend Laurel—both art school students—had artfully arranged the assemblage so they could photograph it from a third-floor apartment.
They were trying to illustrate a dream—a dream of falling, or perhaps of falling into a dream. They weren’t sure—they were working it out as they went along.
Basically they were making art—similar enough to making a mess as to make no difference.
Waking up this morning, I considered things in the light of a new day.
While I washed down a mouthful of cheese-flavoured goldfish with leftover coffee in my thermal travel mug, I wondered who dreamed up things like cheese-flavoured, goldfish-shaped snacks.
Last night’s coffee was still lukewarm; a good sign I thought—how cold could it possibly be?
I didn’t get a block before I had my answer. There was a building’s drainpipe, frozen in mid-gush, the water bubbling from the mouth of the pipe and flowing over the branches—nearly a freeze-frame!
So it’s still well below zero, and forecast to stay that way into next week. But, like Canadians back east like to say about their winters—“it’s a dry cold.”
It’s not fair.
Some Hollywood studio should be forced to remake Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 film The Birds.
Why? So a whole new generation can feel the same slight unease I do whenever I see a whole flock of birds sitting on some overhead power lines—silently—watching.
Expect traffic slowdowns this weekend near the corner of Burrard Street and Cornwall Avenue.
The City of Vancouver has announced that Cornwall will be closed between Cypress Street and the Burrard Bridge from 7 a.m. Saturday (December 7) to 6 a.m. Sunday (December 8).
The Burrard Bridge will only have one lane going in each direction over the same time period, and Burrard Street will also be reduced to a single lane going through the intersection with Cornwall.
Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to traverse the intersection.
Big, bruising defenceman Andrew Alberts will be back in the Canucks lineup tonight for only the fourth time this season.
The 32-year-old veteran is lacing up the skates at Rogers Arena against the Phoenix Coyotes because starting blueliner Alex Edler is out with a knee injury.
Alberts, who stands 6'5", began his NHL career in Boston in 2005, playing three years for the Bruins before moving to Philadelphia in 2008.
He joined the Canucks in 2009, racking up 87 penalty minutes in 76 games while scoring a career-high three goals.
The Canucks are one point behind the Coyotes in the Pacific Division, though Phoenix has two games in hand.
"The Abs•Tract" is one of the stranger things we’ve been pitched at the Straight recently. When I sent an email to local writer-director-actor Brent Cooper describing the 35-minute film as “nuts,” he promptly replied, “I take that as a great compliment.”
It was a compliment, for the record. I thought "The Abs•Tract" was great; a sharp, wildly imaginative work of satire. That’s assuming I actually grok what Cooper is getting at with his self-financed film, which is largely made to look like an infomercial for the “philosophical fitness program” of the title.
Today (December 6), UBC published online its numbers for 2012. Last year, 227,362 animals were involved in 961 "research and teaching protocols". That's up from the 225,043 animals involved in research in 2011 and the 211,604 animals in 2010.
The Centre for Inquiry Canada wanted to place its ads on billboards in Vancouver. But, according to the self-described "educational charity", ad agency Pattison Outdoor said no.
From a PR standpoint, it's probably the best outcome for Toronto-based CFI. Now its atheist ad campaign is getting lots of free coverage from media outlets.
CFI says it plans to lodge a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and is considering other legal options. Pattison Outdoor is part of the Jim Pattison Group.
Tonight between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., Vancouver will have its own Rockefeller Center moment at Jack Poole Plaza.
That's because Amacon is holding its annual tree-lighting celebration.
Prizes include two return trips to Victoria on Harbour Air and a one-year membership at Trevor Linden's Club16 fitness studio.
Best of all, it's free.
“Like any properly trained man in good health, he could survive in vacuum for at least a minute—if he had time to prepare for it. But there had been no time; he could only count on the normal fifteen seconds of consciousness before his brain was starved and anoxia overcame him. Even then, he could still recover completely after one or two minutes in vacuum—if he was properly recompressed; it took a long time for the body fluids to start boiling, in their various well-protected systems. “
—From 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke (1968)