Friday, April 29, 2005

Make Poverty History

You may have or not, seen this website to support ending poverty. Many celebrities are showing their support in the official ad and through the website. Click here to read and show your support by sending an email to Paul Martin to keep reminding him of his promise. Here is Bono's page.

U2 the greatest

Wow, what a band, so much energy. I went to the U2 concert last night at GM Place and it rocked. The stadium was packed and so full of energy. Screaming fans, chanting, singing from the crowds, it was a crazy night. The played alot of songs with 2 encores for us. I have never seen a concert with so much interactivity from the lead band. Bono even gave us Paul Martin's phone number to call and to stay on top of his promise to help poverty. There's a website too, www.makepovertyhistory.ca that has more info. What an amazing night we had. You can read the news here.

KFC cruelty

Ok, I was reading the newspaper today and came across this article on Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) cruelty. I never really thought about the whole process of how KFC stays in business, I don't think any of us do when we order a meal. I don't eat there often, but after visiting this website and watching a video narrated by Pamela Anderson, I don't think I'll be eating there anymore. Be warned, that this video is not for the faint of heart. Click here to see the video.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

New Galleries

I added some new photos to the website of my trip. As well as many other adventures. Check the links on the right side of the page.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Bikes & Tulips

Yesterday was an amazing day. It first started off with the annual bike show in Tsawwassen. I took alot of pictures which I will post on my photography site. Another great show this year with more people visiting than last. There were Harley, Norton, BSA, several Italian models and some sweet chopped hot rod cars. There was also a swap meet show happening indoors of the community centre. There was even a steam driven bike from the early 1900's.

Got back home and my brother stopped by and they were headed off to the Tulip festival in the Skagit Valley, Washington. Packing up my proper identification for the border crossing, him and his wife, my wife and I started on the journey to see the field of tulips. We stopped at Bellis Fair Mall for some shopping and a quick bite. Drove through Mount Vernon, a very small town it appeared and then we found Tulip Town. I have never seen fields and fields of tulips. This was beautiful. They were actually closing when we left there. We were lucky just to get there at that time. And not the last time on this trip! Oh yes, we met the mayor too.

Then we got in the car and headed to Laconner. This place reminded me of Steveston Village in Richmond, BC but double the size. Small city hall and town, but we couldn't visit the stores, everything was closed like a ghost town. Weird. I'm used to everything open on Sundays here. This place was beautiful set on the Georgia Strait. After that, we got in the car and headed to the Salmon BBQ in the nearby park. But we had to drive back through Mount Vernon, under the I5 and up a hill to a park with a huge lodge/cabin. As we pulled up, we were the last one's getting there and they had just enough dinner for us four. This was their last day of the festival and we had the last plates of BBQ salmon. It was a great meal and worth the drive.

Next year we will plan it better, but it was nice to do this on the last minute without any plans. I know my wife has always liked to visit these places and it was a bonus for me! I'll post some of the pictures on my photography site.

Friday, April 22, 2005

Cyclops furry mouse

Ok, now this is disturbing. A Hungarian design studio Geppetto has created this mouse that look too creepy to put your hand on. Why would anyone want this?

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Firefox, protect yourself

I found this interesting ad for Firefox. I use this browser on our home PC's and Mac. It's a great browser that is very compatible with many websites out there. Let's not forget to mention, very secure too.

Friday, April 15, 2005

The BobAndAJ Show

You know I enjoy podcasting and one of my favorite shows is The BobAndAJ Show. These two guys are from Montreal and have a weekly show. They got some guest interviews, music and other current events. Some of the show is not kid friendly, so be warned. You can visit them here at http://www.bobandaj.info

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Podcasting

I am not a fan of local radio. All the commercials and talking has turned into the main source of audio for these stations. Music has now turned into the commercial breaks, really. The Top 40 crap that people call music, isn't worth my time.

If you love music, you probably have heard of podcasting. These are audio shows that cover any topic developed by individuals who love doing it. The name came from the player that started it all, the iPod from Apple. I listen to many stations including independent music and technology news. The files are in mp3 format and can be heard on any computer or portable music player.

The place to start is www.ipodder.org for background info, links and software required to download. There's alot of great shows, some daily and some weekly. And ... no commercials.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Birthday weekend over

The new week begins and the birthday weekend is over. Yesterday I went out with my sister in law and saw Sin City. Great movie, it was like watching a comic book come alive. This is not a movie to take kids to, there was a lot of violence and some nudity. It's been a long time waiting for a movie like this.

I also watched The Corporation and Sideways. Sideways was a good movie, but I felt at the end of watching it, something missing from it all. I really don't know what the big deal was about the movie in the awards shows this year. Don't get me wrong, it was a good movie and we both enjoyed it. Perhaps I need to watch it again, maybe I missed something.

The Corporation was a movie that got me thinking more about what I should do towards issues of the environment and child labour sweatshops. Sure, it's just like another Michael Moore movie and you never know who is telling the truth, it's just the other side of the coin. But you take the information from both sides and come to your own conclusion. In this movie most of the information you can easily Google for it and read more to get the facts. I recommend everyone to see this movie and learn more about what corporations are doing and not doing.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Great day

Today was a great day, full of family moments. I had a great morning with my wife, we had lunch, went for a nice long walk at Steveston in Richmond and picked up my cake on the way back. We had a great dinner and cut into the cake once everyone arrived. Turned out to be a memorable day for me and now looking forward to relaxing tomorrow. Think I'll catch Sin City with my sister in law and have a few more drinks... to make up for not having any today!

Happy birthday to me

Yup, today is the day. Sun shining, beautiful morning and I'm... mailing my tax returns. We all got to do it, so don't be surprised that I said it. Going out to brunch this morning with my wife who was so great to get me a SONY PSP for my gift. My brother also gave me Metal Gear Ac!d which was a nice surprise.

I rented Elektra and watched it last night. This movie was shot here in Vancouver and the scenery was amazing. The story was weak but I did expect it since the character came from the Daredevil movie that was pretty bad with Ben Affleck. Anything that guy touches, turns into you know what. Can you believe those two are dating ? I got some other movies to watch that I rented (thank God), The Company, Sideways and for my wife, Bridget Jones... whatever the latest title is. Maybe I'll watch Donnie Darko again this weekend.

I'll post more later as the day continues.

Friday, April 08, 2005

So you wanna know?

Well, this blog will be my home away from home. A place where the evil bunny can't haunt me. No mirrors to stare and view what the future beholds. Just move along, nothing to see here except what's in my head. If you want to know what I'm up to, stick around and maybe, just maybe you might learn something new.

Tomorrow, April 9th is my birthday. Looking forward to a quiet day, nothing major planned. Brunch, a couple of movies, cake in the evening, and a quick game of , "let's-see-how-much-jon-can-drink." A fun game that I play once in awhile to test the family love. Stay tuned.