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I totally feel your pain w/ the geographic blockouts online. Wanna know what makes it even MORE frustrating? TV shows like Eureka. 'Cause they can be filmed here, we can dodge around the filming sites, provide the locations, provide the crew, etc, but we can't actually (legit-wise) WATCH them, even on TV until MONTHS after they air in the States. The latest season of Eureka is due to start up here in either September or October. I can't watch it, or access most of the on-line stuff for it, and it's filmed in my backyard. Grrrrr. Rant over. Hope you're enjoying your trip up here!!!! Glad to have the geek vibe pumped up around here!!
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2010 on random thoughts from vancouver at WWdN: In Exile
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Welcome to the Wet Coast! If you're into art, then the Seawall is a must - lots of public art out there. I'd especially recommend starting up by BC Place and heading down towards Stanley Park; there's one exhibit especially in that area regarding language that just blows me away. Wish I could remember exactly where, but then the journey's worth it! As a bibliophile and geek, if you can you GOTTA check out White Dwarf Books. http://www.deadwrite.com/wd.html A fantasy/sci-fi bookstore that's just... well... cool. Plus there's always a chance of running into Spider Robinson there. It's his favorite store. Of course, you're not just in Vancouver. If you've got any downtown scenes, you'll be all the way out the valley in Chilliwack. I think one of the neatest things about living here is just wandering the downtowns of the various suburbs. Port Coquitlam and Port Moody are my personal faves, but there's some really cool and funky stuff everywhere. Don't limit yourself to the well-known places - diversity is what we're good at and it's everywhere. Oh, yeah - haven't been there, but we also have a Jimi Hendrix shrine in downtown, right by Chinatown. It's behind the Creekside Student Residence at 796 Main Street - used to be a restaurant that his grandmother worked at, and he stayed there with her frequently. Or so they say, anyway. Just don't forget your umbrella. We've got the liquid kind of sunshine at this time of year.
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2010 on Eureka: all the rage - day zero at WWdN: In Exile
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I absolutely loathe reading more than one fiction book at a time, unless one of 'em is w/ the kids. Right now I'm finishing up Star Wars: Republic Commando - Order 66. It's part of an incredible series of SW books which deals with the clones created for the Republic as they enter the universe and start to realize what civilian lives are like, and how cheated they are by being basically slaves and have shortened life spans. I find a lot of great, meaningful books in the media tie-ins, especially Star Wars books. Haven't quite decided what to grab in the morning (my current read goes w/me everywhere, and normally the next on the list as well). The current (sorta) short list is: Babylon 5: To Walk in the City of Shadows - the official canon story of just what the hell happened to Cmdr. Sinclair when he got shipped off to Minbar. Great book! The Skies of Pern by Anne McCaffrey - last (chronologically) in the Pern series and one of my faves. Fallen Angels by Niven, Pournelle and Flynn - AWESOME book of a near-future eco-disaster (partially caused by environmentalism) in a anti-tech society. A couple of astronauts crash land and need to be rescued by fandom, which has been forced underground. A MUST for any fanboy or fangirl. Any of the choices will likely be bumped farther down the list if I can get copies of the books I'm really craving right now but just don't own yet: Before Green Gables - the authorized prequel to Anne of Green Gables, telling the backstory of our beloved Anne Shirley. Callahan's Crosstime Saloon by Spider Robinson - one of the best series of all time, about a group of people who all hang out at a bar, drinking, partying and (if they have time) saving the world now and then. This series contains some of the most thought-provoking, hilarious, touching, serious, compassionate story-telling I've ever found. Variable Star - by Robert Heinlein and Spider Robinson - total fangirl squeee! How can you not simply love this book to bits! Two of the best authors of all-time (IMHO) together at last - plus getting a new Heinlein so many years after he died. I'm a little indecisive, as you might be able to tell.
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Oh, I truly sympathize - I still have a pic of myself in a fashion show wearing an acid-washed denim bubble skirt, white button-down long-sleeve t-shirt and red suspenders. Also talked my mother into buying me the outfit. For school wear I added a pair of matching red slouch socks. And kids today wonder why we just snicker nostalgically when we see them in their emo get-ups.
Toggle Commented Oct 8, 2008 on Strewn with time's dead flowers at WWdN: In Exile
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Have you heard any of Russell Peter's stuff? I'm hooked on pretty much anything he does. His take on modern multi-culturalism is hilarious. Plus, of course, he's a good Canuck boy!
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My 9 year old nephew would like to thank you for teaching him that his birthday is 'Jedi Day'! I think this'll go a long way towards his future geek status. I guess I'm kinda the oddball when it comes to the whole step-parent thing. Though I can understand what you and so many others say about the developing relationship, I never had that. I was lucky enough to have both my step-parents in my life by the time I was 5, and my entire life I simply had four parents. I only ever used the term 'step' to define who the heck I was talking about. In fact, I can remember getting in an argument with my entire kindergarten class that I really did have two daddies. It took them forever to figure out that I really did have two, and even longer for me to realize that they really and truly only had one daddy each. It took even longer for my mother to convince me that it wasn't a horrible and sad thing that they were 'practically orphans', and that nothing had happened to their other daddy.
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You missed out on two of my all-time favourite Christmas songs. Santa Clause is Pagan Too, by Emerald Rose (I think it's free to download from their site) and Six White Boomers by Rolf Harris. Otherwise, a kick-ass compilation. Have a wonderful Christmas!!!
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