19 December 2007

Winter in Vernon

If I let my mind drift to my hometown, especially when I'm close to a visit, I miss the little things. A beach, a hilltop view, a coffee shop, the smell of fresh snow or lake water under the summer sun - pretty much anywhere or anything I used to take for granted that I'd always have at hand.

During the winter, I miss my old back yard on Dixon Dam Road, the view of the valley from the foothills below Silver Star, and from my parents' balcony on Bella Vista. So here are a few pics I'm looking at to tide me over until I'm home again.

Tillistar Winter

Tillistar Village

Snowy hills above

Foothills view

Okanagan Landing

12 December 2007

Word of the Year 2007

Friends who play Warcraft and other games online will be excited to hear that w00t has been added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary as the 2007 Word of the Year. Hmmm...

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08 December 2007

Christmas shopping nightmares

I did a major chunk of Christmas shopping yesterday. It was the first time this year that I faced an offensively overcrowded mall. And I'll be doing it again today - hopefully for the last time in 2007.

Yesterday's shopping reminded me of something a colleague told me this past spring. "Malls are not just training us to consume. They're training us to live on space stations after we destroy the world," he said (or something to that effect).

So if you haven't had a dose of Adbusters lately, this is the perfect time of year. It's long past Buy Nothing Day (which I'm ashamed to say a cup of coffee parted me from participating in) but the message is still valid.

02 December 2007

Seat ninjas

The awesomeness of last night's TOOL concert hasn't worn off on me and probably won't for some time. Amplified by the fact that I woke up yesterday morning beyond bitter that I wouldn't be going.

After making plans to meet up with someone (who already had tickets) after the concert, my friend Danielle called me up and said, "Hey, this is stupid; we'll be going to hang out with a bunch of people who just saw TOOL when we didn't. Let's just go low-ball some scalpers." And we didn't pay much more than the ticket price. Danielle is such a good friend :)

We even had half decent seats, although the SaveOn Arena is just too small for nosebleed seats. That said, we did pull a seat ninja act and found some bar stools and tables in an unticketed section way closer to the stage. I could see the tips of Maynard's mohawk and the rims of his sunglasses until one of the arena staff found us about halfway through.

These guys are definitely kings of the instrumental and last night's concert was officially the best live show I've ever seen for special effects. From the light and sound tribute to Close Encounters of the Third Kind to the full-stage projection effects, the whole night rocked!

(Note: this is not an official video, but I wanted to post something off 10,000 Days)