WordCamp Whistler 2009

Posted in Around Vancouver, Blogging, Events

The official announcement for WordCamp Whistler is out. It’s on January 24th at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort where they’ve also secured a great group rate.

This site is your official source for WCWhistler information. Check out the speaker page, add your own submission to become a speaker, find out more about sponsorship, and check back for blog updates. You can also follow the action with the RSS feed or by adding @WCWhistler on Twitter.

So go buy your ticket before they sell out. It’s going to be an awesome time.

First 2010 Indy Media Centre Meeting

Posted in Around Vancouver, Events

As a follow up to the whole Social Media and the 2010 games frenzy of the past couple of weeks a meeting was organized to discuss the possibility of creating a media centre for independed, non-accredited people to use to cover the event. We met last night at the Raincity Studios HQ and we had a great turnout.

I’m not going to recap the meeting here. For that you can go to Raul’s post where he did a great job of live-blogging the session. There is a webpage/wiki with more information about the project and I also attempted to do a live stream using Qik on my iPhone, which mostly worked, and got about half of the meeting online for your viewing pleasure.

The bottom line is that there is a lot of interest from a lot of people and various organizations. We have a lot of questions and a lot of ideas and we need to start working on figuring out what we intend to do and how we are going to get there. I intend to help out in any way I can.

Zazou Salon & Spa in North Vancouver

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv, Around Vancouver

I have been going to the new Zazou Salon & Spa once a week all month (I go again today!) here in North Vancouver. Located in Lynn Valley in the complex that surrounds the new North Vancouver Library, Zazou has a gorgeous space with floor to ceiling windows around two sides of the building.

I was invited out to the salon about a month ago for a facial and a massage. Although I get massages regularly, there’s quite the difference between a massage and massage therapy. At Zazou, they have Registered Massage Therapist who can do the deep therapy, but also the more relaxing stuff. I had a combination of both, which was quite the treat.

The spa takes up 3 rooms in Zazou, with it’s own calm reception area. The treatments all start off with a comfy robe, a beverage if you wish, and a nice foot soak. For both the massage and the facial you get to choose your scent experience. They started using some Aveda products last week that are quite relaxing.

Zazou Salon & SpaZazou Salon & Spa
[Photo Set Here]

Facials are newer to me, only had a few before, but after my experience that first day at Zazou, I immediately signed up for a full series (3 more). Aside from how relaxing the entire experience is (the calming process, the various massages, and just the ‘me’ time), it’s done wonders for my skin. I’ve had a lot of skin issues over the years, and the last few months had been a bit worse for me. Now it’s all starting to clear up, which is fantastic! I even bought some of the Comfort Zone products to continue using at home. Most of the products used in both the salon & spa are naturally-based, many fair trade and organic.

I’ve been quite the regular face around Zazou this month, and now that I’m due for a hair cut, I’m planning on booking one today from the salon. May as well try out all the services! Oh, they have a gorgeous pedicure section too, which I plan on using next time I’m due!

I’ve had the pleasure so far of seeing Lori for my skin and Scott for my massage. While at it, I would also love to recommend the servicecs from the North Shore Wellness Center, where I’ve been treating my injuries and issues for over a year now (with great success!) with the help of both Philippe and Shawn.

Social Media and the Vancouver 2010 Olympics

Posted in Around Vancouver, Events, Social networking

I’m a big supporter of independent media. As part of the team at NowPublic I help build tools that anyone can use to report on the news and events happening around them. With the prevalence of devices capable of recording video, still images and sound, it is almost impossible that a significant event will not be recorded in some way. And sometimes all this content created by the people is at odds with the interests of the corporations that produce or sponsor an event.

The 2010 Winter Olympic Games will be taking place in Vancouver and we are home to some very creative people who will be on the ground, recording and reporting on their experience during the games. For this reason a few days ago Raincity Studios wrote an open letter to VANOC requesting to start a conversation about how we can make sure that everyone will be able to document their Olympic experience:

“In brief, we’d like to have a conversation about how to allow fans and amateur media makers to document their Olympic experience while keeping out of the way of the IOC IP lawyers.”

It remains to be seen what VANOC’s response will be, if any. It would be very nice if everyone could document their Olympic experience and share it with the rest of the world without the fear of getting takedown notices that would make all their efforts useless.

Capilano Suspension Bridge

Posted in Around Vancouver

Capilano Suspension BridgeCapilano Suspension Bridge

A couple of weeks ago I went to Capilano Suspension Bridge with a cousin in town from Toronto. It is the first time I’ve been there in many many years, and I was quite pleasantly surprised.

I have many wonderful memories of Capilano Suspension Bridge from growing up in Vancouver. Over the last 10 years, it’s undergone a serious facelift. Part of me was very sad about this, and my last trip there (several years ago) I was sad to see the park so much more manicured. However, this latest trip I saw it with new eyes. For one reason, the changes have had a chance to “grow in” and, while it’s still rather a manicured adventure, I can appreciate it for that. Yes, it’s tourist-y, and yes it’s geared to families, but I think there’s something for everyone.

The second thing that really impressed me was the Treetops Adventure attraction. This takes the suspension bridge theme into the treetops, with suspension bridges up to 100ft off the ground, suspended in the trees. It’s done in a way that does no damage whatsoever to the trees, and even keep them strong and healthy (or so the signs said). We were there on a quiet day and had the whole treetop area to ourselves. It was a very unique way to experience the forest!

BC Residents can get a full-year pass for the price of one admission to the park. Not bad! Sadly, I didn’t know this before going to the park and, despite saying I was from BC, was not offered it at the ticket kiosk.

Visit the full set of photos here.

Parade of Lost Souls 2008

Posted in Around Vancouver, Events, Photography

Last night was Vancouver’s annual Parade of Lost Souls on Commercial Drive, which happens each year the Saturday before Hallowe’en.

Parade of Lost Souls 2008

The celebration marks the end of the year, with a series of colorful processions through the Commercial neighbourhoods. Thousands of Vancouverites dress up to come participate in the festival – to walk the parade, dance in the streets, view the fire dancers or listen to the ghostly bands.

Parade of Lost Souls 2008

This was our second year visiting the parade, and it was the perfect night for it!

You can view the entire photo set here.

MostPublic Index: Vancouver

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv, Around Vancouver, Blogging, Business, Social networking

NowPublic today announced, in partnership with the Vancouver Sun, the launch of its fourth MostPublic Index, this time for Vancouver. And I’m in the top 10!

The MostPublic Index identifies the Web’s 20 most visible individuals, those who are engaged in the world around them;

“This is the first attempt to take a group of people and say, ‘Let’s crunch the data and see when somebody says something, how many people do they reach with that message.’ “I think the list will surprise some people,” – Leonard Brody, CEO of NowPublic

Although I do “keep my head down” in many ways, I’m nothing if not prolific on the web. It’s a great honor to be a part of this list.

The Top 10 from the Vancouver MostPublic Index are:

  1. Darren Barefoot         http://www.darrenbarefoot.com/
  2. Tim Bray        http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/
  3. Boris Mann        http://blog.bootuplabs.com/
  4. Kris Krüg       http://kriskrug.com/
  5. Roland Tanglao  http://rolandtanglao.com/
  6. Tom Williams    http://www.givemeaning.com/blog/index.html
  7. Megan Cole      http://www.megancole.org/
  8. Rebecca Bollwitt         http://www.miss604.com/
  9. Arieanna Schweber       http://www.blogaholics.ca/
  10. Tod Maffin      http://todmaffin.com/

Check out the full Top 20 here. And have a look around the NowPublic site – if you haven’t seen it since the re-design, it’s well worth some of your time. The header is constantly changing too, which is great fun.

And yes, I’m aware the Vancouver Sun mis-spelled my name :(

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