Just saw one of my fave bands, the Drive-By Truckers, tearing it up on the Conan O'Brien Show. They went to town on a song called "Shit Shots Count", the opening track from their brand new album English Oceans.
Vancouver's outdoor spaces are about to get a little more dramatic.
Famous Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei was confirmed this week as one of the names installing major outdoor installations for the third Vancouver Biennale exhibition, which is scheduled to run for the next 18 months. It's the same festival that brought you those beloved Amazing Laughter guys, now permanently installed at English Bay, in its last incarnation.
Ai, whose work has drawn the ire of the Chinese government and included covering a museum with hundreds of children's backpacks and filling entire rooms with porcelain seeds, will see his work go into an as-yet-unspecified Vancouver park. If it's like any of his past work, expect it to be monumental and provocative.
Only a few hours away from B.C.'s largest city lies one of the largest migrations on the West Coast. Each year, thousands of salmon battle the river in order to reach their spawning grounds.
Local photographer Martin Gregus Jr. spent his winter with the eagles and the salmon, fully equipped with underwater and remote cameras, capturing the wildlife in a different way. In search of the perfect shot, trekking deep into the heart of a delta, hiking though waist-deep grass, traversing a landscape of channels, it proved easier to just follow the trails created by the bears and the wolves that frequent the area.
It’s been raining for days—and nights—and like the old elocution rhyme says:
“The rain in the lane goes mainly down the drain.”
Bye-bye water. Enjoy your tour of our storm drainage system as you make your way to the ocean or wherever it takes you.
If this were the Prairies, we might begrudge the loss; all this precipitation that never nourishes our plant life or makes it down to the water table for safekeeping.
But this isn’t the Prairies, where plants sink deep roots in search of the water sequestered underground. This is Vancouver, where plants barely touch the ground. Trees and shrubs and grass are only rooted as deeply as nature demands. Why bother? There’s such an abundance of water falling from the sky.
A pack of "corpse flies" (to use my favourite Margaret Atwood term for members of my profession) actually chased 64-year-old Satoshi Nakamoto around Los Angeles today (March 6), after Newsweek reported that the California resident is the inventor of Bitcoin.
At one point, Nakamoto took the time to publicly deny being "involved" with the digital currency.
Did you know you can busk without a license in Vancouver?
(Okay, maybe you did, smarty pants. But I didn't.)
You need a street entertainment permit to perform on most Vancouver's sidewalks, but considering a yearly permit costs $117.14 and the city requires all kinds of personal info (and valid ID) to issue one to you, I'm all about finding free spots to hang out and peddle my musical wares.
Here's where you can busk license-free (or, conversely, how to avoid buskers in Vancouver who are too cheap to buy a permit):
Don’t like the thought of governments spying on your private Internet communications? I don’t blame you. It turns out the spies don’t like looking at your private parts either.
In the process of eavesdropping on millions of webcam chats, documents reveal the British signal intelligence agency GCHQ was frankly surprised and annoyed that so much of it—as much as 11 percent—was pornographic in nature.
An embarrassment of stolen moments
GCHQ, Britiain’s equivalent of the NSA, has been indiscriminately eavesdropping on webcam chats by the millions and saving them for later analysis.
The hard-rock/metal world is all a-buzz with today's news that the mighty Black Sabbath will release a CD boxed set containing the band's first eight albums—the ones it recorded before Ozzy Osbourne got the boot and was replaced by Ronnie James Dio in 1979.
That's all well and good. The more masterful Tony Iommi riffs circulating around the globe the better, in my books.