The Urban

The 2010 Calgary Mayoral Election Monday October 18, 2010

Monday October 18th is the big vote in Calgary.

And if you didn’t know this… well you’ve still got a little less than 24 hours to get informed. There are a lot of resources out there including CalgaryDemocracy.ca and “CalgaryPolitics.ca“http://www.calgarypolitics.ca.

But, if you were waiting for the Big Three Debate … Well unfortunately, that won’t be happening. cough, cough Thanks Barb cough, cough.

But, local video maven extraordinaire – Gordon McDowell – has spliced all of his Mayoral Forum footage into a 1-hour debate to help Calgarians form their own opinion.

(P.S. It was also featured on BoingBoing! – So big congrats out to Gordon on the great achievement)

So there you go, you no longer have any excuses not to vote…

What? Did you really just say the only way you’d vote is if a cheesy 1990’s Spiderman told you to vote? Oh well, fine here you go.

Categories: The-Calgary-Vibe, The-Urban,

Snowblower Festival 2009 Tuesday January 19, 2010

Or the sub-title Why Can’t The City of Calgary Do Something Like this Every Month?

So on Saturday night, on a whim and through the encouragement of the vast yyc twitter community, I decided to take in the Snowblower Festival as a part of the High Performance Rodeo.

Essentially, The Snowblower festival was a rave like dance party at Olympic plaza on Saturday evening. It was filled with was fire dancers, smaller dance troops and some outstanding DJ work by England’s Mr. Scruff and Colorado’s Pretty Lights. It was fantastically attended, with close to 2,000 people dancing the cold weather away in Olympic Plaza and another 3,000 people popping in and out of the One Yellow Rabbit Beer Gardens. The attendees of the evening ranged from you’re typical staggering Downtown-dwelling Meth-head to young Urban couples with baby carriages to your a-typical Hipster.

For everyone in attendance, it was a fantastic example of what this city could actually do … If they put their mind to it.

Through conversations with Nathan, Will and others it was revealed, to my shock, that the City had nothing to do with this little disco-dance party. The entire event was privately funded by the exceptional One Yellow Rabbit Theatre. From renting Olympic Plaza to flying in international DJs to paying the salaries of the EMS and security teams, it all came out of the pockets of this little Theatre crew. (*Updated*: Please see the comments from One Yellow Rabbit’s organizer Mark Hopkins about the City’s sponsorship and involvement with the Snowblower Festival.)

Which is absolutely exceptional.

The overwhelming success and simplicity of Snowblower really put some of the City of Calgary’s most recent events to shame. cough, cough The Non-existent New Years Eve Celebration… cough, cough.

I won’t rant about this anymore, because I don’t want to take away from the amazing night, but it really boils down to simplicity and a focused effort to attract a specific audience. The City of Calgary is notoriously guilty in planning events that shot gun the entire spectrum of the cities’ age demographic. Because of which, a city sponsored event tends to scare off the majority.

What Snowblower excelled at was being target directly at the Hipsters, the Avant-Garde Theatre crowd and then the ravers… In turn creating a successful trickle down effect, which ended up brining in young families and nerdy Web Design guys with week knees to Olympic Plaza to dance the night away.

So with that you need to check out more of the High Performance Rodeo as it ends on January 31st. Also check out Faby Martin’s personal site for more photos, as she was so gracious as to let me use a couple of her awesome photos in this post. (She’s a great photographer and has a stunning photo in the yycPhotobook). And Last … but definitely not least, if you’re into some solid beats as the kids like them, check out Pretty Lights.

Categories: The-Calgary-Vibe, The-Urban, The Music

Shoulder Office Command Centre - Timbuk2 Tuesday August 19, 2008

When I was in Austin, I kind of felt like an outcast. (insert sarcasm) I had a dilapidated PC and not a swanky MacBook. My Virgin cell phone didn’t have coverage and was essentially an elaborate paper weight, while all the cool kids were flashing their new iPhones… And to top it all off I was stuck with a raunchy old 20 dollar laptop case, while everyone was fronting stellar new Timbuk2 bags.

Needless to say, I’ve been itching to pick-up a new Timbuk2 bag since then. So you can understand my excitement when my Shoulder Office Command Centre arrived in the mail from UPSucks.

Yes, I may have been overcompensating as I devilishly crafted my custom made messenger bag at 3:00 in the morning. But at 18.8 inches wide and 10 inches tall, this isn’t a mere bag…

This is a f#$king Shoulder Office Command Centre. Fully loaded with a corduroy laptop shield, reflective tags, a coffee chalice holder and a cell phone strap … All it’s missing is a f#$ing whammy bar. It’s pure heaven

Yes, I know I tend to exaggerate somethings, but it really is a phenomenal product.

See, the large custom made Timbuk2 Laptop messenger is not a mortal of a bag; it’s the equivalent to a mobile office/command centre. As someone who spends most of their time bouncing from client meetings to home to work to ridiculous night shifts, this bag is a Godsend. Large enough to carry files, portfolio examples, cell phones, and a variety of key fobs and laptops – it is a new critical part of my business. Plus its design perfectly molds to my back, preventing shoulder pain and back pain. Plus did I mention Timbuk2 bags are customizable … Did you notice the Armadillo colors.

So are there any real down falls to the Large Messenger Bag? Well besides the fear this mighty bag might not be carry-on worthy or the constant human damage it inflicts on our fine city’s poor public transit riders, there really is no down fall to this great laptop bag. The only one downfall is the pure size of the bag, which was my own error.

Categories: The-Urban, The-Corporation, The Inane, The Pop-Culture, The Soapbox

Blik'd Sunday November 18, 2007

To further Euro-Trash/urbanize the living quarters, cait and myself purchased two threadless-inspired blik wall decals.

After a horrendous ordeal with UPSucks and a few evenings of planning and mapping out the decals, we finally Blik’d Up the apartment this week. As someone who is still confined by the limitations of a rental dwelling, blik vinyl stickers are a god send. Especially if tapped in a taupe (or light pink) apartment.

Categories: The-Urban, The-Pop-Culture,

Random Thoughts For Halloween Retirement Friday October 26, 2007

I’ve decided that last year’s Phil Collins Costume was the upper echelon of Halloween costumes. Because of which I have officially retired from the event that is Halloween.

Sidenote: this has nothing to do with the fact that I can’t think of a good costume this year.

First – Bollywood remake of Fahrenheit 9/11 Criticizes Bush Administration Through Show-Stopping Musical Numbers.

Second – A neat little intro to FUDDYTV.com. a comedy site started by a couple of guys I used to play high school football with … some 12 odd years ago.

12 years! Oh Jesus I’m fucking old.

Third – Calgary raised artist releases the first edition of Proof from Image comic books.

Fourth – To round out the Calgary taint of this week’s random thoughts. Turns out that the legendary Douglas Copeland thinks Denver, Seattle and Calgary have shitty restaurants and shitty grocery stores

And well … And well … Umm … Okay, he might be right to some extent, but it still doesn’t make up for the fact that JPOD was horse tripe.

Fifth – First it was Synergy. Then it was Forecasting. Now it’s Bucketing.

Apparently, Bucketing is the coolest form of business speak to describe the basics of information architecture (how categories and sections define a web site) or as Airbag put it – it just means this.

(Sorry, I had to recognize that little post for the amount of milk it made me spit out on to my keyboard)

Sixth – Fuckin eh! The Weakerthans & Virtue the Cat is back

I need to climb out of my apartment once and a while!

Seventh – I’m sorry Doug, it was immature of me to lash out like that. I really thought Hey! Nostrodamus was a solid book. Even if it was as at about as uplifting as Requiem for a Dream. It still one of my top ten books of all time. Does that help. Sorry Doug.

Eighth – My girlfriends gonna shit a brick about this one – Puppies in StarWars costumes.

Nine – We all need some Halloween costumes, looks like AA is suggesting some very emo-leg warming costumes.

Better yet who needs to dress up as anything, why not dress up as a trapped American Apparel Model?.

Ten – How Google’s algorithm works.

Categories: The-Random, The-Urban, The ArtWorld, The Blogosphere, The Humourous, The Inane, The Music, The Pop-Culture, The World

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