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k.i.c.k.a.s.s. that's the way we spell success

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My alarm woke me up at 8 o'clock, I hit the snooze button and asked myself if it was Saturday and whether I could sleep in... then i realized it was 8pm and a friend (thanks Ariane!!) had hooked me up with free tickets to tonights Matthew Good concert. Matt seemed a little bit jaded about music reviewers, and I'm sure for good reason... to quote "people who can't play music professionally can write about it" - well, I can't do either ... and don't worry I'm not really gonna attempt to.

Lights
Photo by Duane Storey

Matt's easy going "doesn't give a shit" attitude really made their stage presence a lot more enjoyable. I've seen him in concert twice before and this time was easier going and just all around funner on stage. The "lounge music" sections of the show were particularly enjoyable :).

The first thing that really stood out to me was the lighting. Amazing lighting, timed perfectly with the music. The lights seems simple enough and kudos to the lighting people who put that part of the show. Combined with the occasional smoke, the visuals in the show were great... a lot of awesome photo opportunities tonight.

Now, I'm normally the guy at the concert that when the encore comes around I kind of hope the band doesn't come back out. Not that I didn't enjoy them, I'm just ready to leave and get on with other things that have started to occupy my mind. This was the first concert in a while that I felt the opposite. And both encores were great. It was a great crowd tonight too... clearly a lot of the fans in the audience have followed him for 10+ years since before his popularity started to fade. For some reason it seems like Vancouver concert crowds tend to be a bit quiet or reserved. Tonight everyone was singing along and really getting into a lot of songs. I was in the perfect mood for it too.

thanks for a good show

traveling adrenaline

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It's funny how you get a certain excitedness for trips. I imagine that people who travel all the time eventually lose most of this. For me, the mere act of flying in an airplane is enough to get me excited. New places seem to have some sort of mystery to them that gets the adrenaline flowing.

I've been more or less seriously planning to go on this trip for the past month, joking about it since about December when a certain Vancouver blogger suggested it :-p .

The reality that I was actually doing this started to set in when I got immunizations for four different diseases and prescriptions for two others. Buying the plane tickets is always the most surreal part of it. No matter how much I talk about it or prepare for it... until the tickets are bought I haven't committed to anything.

One of the goals I set for myself earlier this year was to travel more... and more specifically fill up my passport this time around ;) (I got a new one in February). This trip should put two (maybe three) more stamps in there.

While I'm on the topic of going places... anyone want to go to Tofino with me this summer?

Photo by imnewtryme

geek interaction

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over the past year (actually.. pretty much since northern voice last year) i've gone to increasingly many "geek" conferences and events. most being in vancouver. you'll see the same faces at many of these events. you get to know who does what, blogger, photographer, developer... maybe you even read some of their blogs or follow them on twitter, jaiku, or flickr. through these ad hoc interactions you get to know the person a little bit. however, you've never really talked to them.

a quote i saw recently i think really fits

i'm not antisocial i'm just shy. you can talk to me!

maybe you've met them, exchanged a few words, but your online interaction as acquaintances far exceeds your real life interaction. so even though people "know" you and you "know" them (through the online world) you're still a bit afraid that... well... maybe they /are/ antisocial. of course, they aren't. so far i haven't met one person in this community that isn't really nice. even when they seem "too cool" or just plain snobby at first, odds are they're just a bit shy and might even /want/ you to talk to them and say hey.

this brings me to another thing i've noticed... ultra-micro celebrities. people who's blogs i read but who i've *never* actually talked to before. they write well, maybe personal blogs, and generally on topics i'm interested in. i see them at these events and feel almost a bit like a stalker. like i know this person, but they don't know me. and then when i do meet them, do i pretend like i don't know who they are? or be like "hey, you've got a great blog... i totally stalk you in my google reader."

on online relationships (well, at least the tools)

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IM, Jaiku, email, blogs, Facebook, SMS, Flickr. These are the tools I use to communicate and coordinate with friends. The interesting thing is that each one gives me a very different way to interact with people in my life. This post is actually more about the tools, than the relationships.

I started using Facebook as kind of a joke about 1 year ago. Ariane and I were up at whistler chilling out with some wifi and I was like, "what's up with this facebook thing?". She's like, "I dunno... I think you like keep in contact with old friends or something." So we both signed up. And now what? Search for old friends? Me: "who should I search for", Ariane: "how about shauna?". Kind of random, but what the hell? Turns out she'd joined only a few days earlier. One obvious aspect of facebook is that it lets you find old friends, most of who I simply added but never to talked to again, with a few I was lucky enough to get back in touch with. Facebook also helped to redefine the way people interact with each other. Closer friends I stayed in a bit closer contact with, easier to organize things, share photos and other interesting things. Of course, Facebook is dead now, so time to move on...

You know when you're talking to someone, and they're nodding and appear to be listening to what your saying. And then when you stop talking they start talking about something totally unrelated and it was obvious they weren't listening to you and just waiting for their "turn" to speak? This is why I like personal blogs, it gives people the right to do that in a socially acceptable manner. I read a few peoples blogs whom I've only met a few times in person, and it's interesting to know relatively personal stuff about someone who very likely has no idea who you are.

Over the past year I've sort of grown to hate most personal communication with email. It's tedious, relatively slow, and doesn't give enough reference to properly understand tone. Yeah, that's right, I'm getting my hate on for email.

Last February I got a cell phone. Finally. I found SMS kind of interesting. Low commitment communication. Way lower commitment to sent a text to someone then to actually phone them. And the fact that you can text 10 people "brunch @ mel's @ 11" makes planning so much easier.



Props to A.

I remember in University IM (specifically ICQ) got very popular. It sort of faded away for a few years and seems to have been slowly making a come back. Well, it seems to have made a full comeback now. I spend a *lot* of time IM-ing with people now. It seems like there's very little miscommunication in IM. Unlike email, the conversation is happening fast, and you can almost always tell what the person means based on the feel of the preceding text. Actually looking back at some of my logs, I can tell how much I enjoyed chatting with someone based purely on how many :-) I used. Everyone has their own quirks online and after a little while you get a feel for how their feeling. :)

It seems weird to put Flickr in this list... but it belongs just as much as blogs. And hey, a picture's worth a thousand words, right? Flickr does let you have a sort of micro-conversation... but more than that, I think a photos/pictures a person uploads do tell a story about them. A lot more literally with some people.

Jaiku... I don't feel like explaining it in this post if you don't already know what it is. Jaiku and Flickr are the two most interesting to me. Probably because their the newest tools to me. Both of which I've only started using actively in the past few months. The funny thing about Jaiku is that I've actually met new people because of it. A friend of a friend starts a conversation, your friend adds to that conversation, and then you get drawn in and start writing with that friend of a friend.

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One thing that all of these tools have in common is that each of them seems to aid in bridging the gap between acquaintance and friend. People who I never would have felt comfortable saying anything more than "hi" to have become someone I can comfortably start a conversation with. People who I could comfortably start a conversation with have become closer friends. All are very low commitment forms of communication. I can comfortably text, jaiku, or facebook someone I would not be able to comfortably phone (and even if I was, they'd probably think I was a little odd for doing so).

Anyway, this is fun. And I hope these tools can grow integrated more with each other. Well, except for facebook, which is totally OUT in 2008.

Yaletown, a strange little bubble or something

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Been living in yaletown for 3/4 of a year now. One thing I've noticed is that it's almost like a weird little utopia.

The majority of people living here are between the ages of 25-35, with about another 10% or so who are older than 20 but younger than 40. No one lives here outside of that range. No one has kids. Everyone has their little dog that nicely complements their purse or jacket. At Halloween you forget that kids go tricker treating. Because there are no kids. Most people who live here are financially well off, and everyone is in good health. The power never goes out. Storms are weakened to the point that you don't notice them, they're blocked by the buildings in the West End (I had no idea there was even a wind storm a few weeks back until everyone started setting their Facebook status to things like "Jane is happy her power is back after 8 hours without". Amazingly enough, it did snow here last weekend. Downtown rarely gets snow. The temperature is somewhat milder than outside of the downtown core. It doesn't even rain as hard, or as much. There are two types of restaurants here, the standard pub style, with overpriced, usually low-ish quality food, and medium-high end, with overpriced food that is generally ok. Most people walk to work, and few have cars. The buildings are less than 7 years old. Most look the same. Primarily one bedrooms between 400-700 sqft, in suite laundry and a dishwasher. Honestly, the whole neighborhood just feels a bit too homogenized. But I'm still having fun, so I'm happy :).

I'd go on about the other areas of downtown that I love... but my sleep schedule is too messed up, so I'm going to bed.