Whatever Clock

Posted in Gadgets & Gizmos, Home Decor, Shopping

What time is it? Time to not care! Whatever Wall Clock from Wrapables.

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Sue me! the official mascot of the 2010 Olympic Games

Posted in Around Vancouver, Events, News, Opinion

The mascots for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games were unveiled today in a 35-minute live show at the Bell Centre for Performing Arts in Surrey, B.C.

There are three mascots and one sidekick:

The 2010 Olympic Mascots

  • Miga — a snowboarding sea-bear inspired by the First Nations’ legends of the Pacific Northwest. Miga, described as mischievous and outgoing, is part sea-bear and part orca whale.
  • Quatchi — a shy and gentle Sasquatch with a long brown beard and blue earmuffs meant to conjure the mystery and wonder associated with the Canada’s wilderness.
  • Sumi — an animal guardian spirit, who flies with the wings of the thunderbird, is described as “a natural born leader with a passion for protecting the environment.”
  • Mukmuk — a Vancouver Island marmot sidekick considered an honorary member of the mascot team.

A video introduction to these characters is available in the official 2010 Olympics website.

I’ve been talking to a few friends and their reactions have been mixed. Some of the comments I’ve heard are:

  • Sumi sounds like “Sue Me!”
  • They look like Japanase cartoon characters
  • Quatchi reminds me of the Kokanee Sasquatch
  • A fat sasquatch, a one-eyed teddy and a green alien looking thing!
  • looks like they were designed by a big committee and crammed all the ideas in, and rejected none

More opinions: Darren, Miss604

What do you think?

Facebook to drop the ‘is’ status

Posted in News, Social networking, Technology

This has got to be the best Facebook feature upgrade ever. And I’m being serious here. I may even think it’s bigger than allowing for applications as addicting and wonderful as Scrabulous.

Facebook is removing the mandatory "is" from status updates. Now your status can be something other than action-related. And grammar nuts like me can breathe a sigh of relief.

No more: "Arieanna is hating the WGA strike"

Instead: "Arieanna hates the WGA strike"

Much better.

The planned removal of ‘is’ will happen tonight.

The news will be warmly welcomed by thousands of activists who have joined more than 500 anti-"is" Facebook groups, including the "Campaign to lose the mandatory ‘is’ from status updates" and the "I die a little bit inside when I see grammatically incorrect status updates" group.

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Guinness Tipping Point Ad

Posted in Beer & Wine, Marketing

The latest Guinness advertisement, titled "Tipping Point", is really quite amazing.

The ad features a domino sequence in a small town in Argentina. The sequence takes advantage of a myriad of props and took a week to shoot. From cars to hay to furniture. In the end, it’s a pint of Guinness as the showcase. Very beautifully made.

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Writers Guild Strike

Posted in TV

There has been a strike looming from the Writers Guild of America for several weeks now, and word has it that the strike could start as early as Monday.

In a lively meeting of 3,000 guild members Thursday night, the WGA’s negotiating committee announced its unanimous strike recommendation, a pronouncement that generated an enthusiastic response from the SRO crowd at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The decision also is sure to cause ripple effects within the Directors Guild and the Screen Actors Guild as they negotiate their contracts within coming months.

Knowing it was coming, many networks have accelerated their filming scheduled and prepared more episodes to fill the gap. Others have alternate programming planned. The most immediate impact will come to areas such as late night television, where scripting cannot be done in advance.

Although networks are predicting the impact to be minimal, for television fans, it could be quite a hit. Heroes, for example, may end half a season early. A season finale is being shot for a mid-season cut, if needed.

Sources confirm that the show is going back and shooting an alternate ending to the Dec. 3 episode that, if used, would allow the episode to function as a season finale in the event of a strike. Originally, the episode was only supposed to serve as the conclusion of the current "Generations" arc. Should an 11th-hour agreement be reached and a strike averted (fingers crossed!), the alt ending would likely be scrapped.

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