“The particles resemble sand, water, salt, and oil in color. Along with these four, additional elements can be placed on the screen with the mouse, some that are solid and stationary instead of flowing. By mixing the different elements together, many colorful designs, complex structures, and systems can be created.”—Falling Sand Game - hosted by Chirag Mehta @ chir.ag
“Vancouver poet laureate Brad Cran has announced he will not participate in the Cultural Olympiad accompanying the 2010 Games because of rules that he claims muzzle artists. Cran is referring to the contract that artists must sign before participating in the cultural celebrations commissioned by the 2010 Olympic organizing committee (VANOC). The contract includes the clause: “The artist shall at all times refrain from making any negative or derogatory remarks respecting VANOC, the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Olympic movement generally, Bell and/or other sponsors associated with VANOC.”—CBC News - British Columbia - Vancouver poet denounces VANOC ‘muzzle’ clause
“If you stop for gas, sometimes navigation suspends, but doesn’t resume when you start driving again (or just disappears without notifying you), so you miss the upcoming turn and think you’re already on I-95, and by the time you discover your mistake and turn around you’ve lost enough time that you totally get to the conference too late to catch Richard Stallman doing his acapella Bad Romance cover which is the whole reason you paid the entry fee in the first place.”—Android Bug Reports, Songs, Rovers « xkcd
On a sun dappled summer day a science expedition propels two children toward an enigmatic encounter at the edge of their known world. Arriving on an isolated beach, they stumble upon the shipwreck of a robotic squid submarine. The secret it holds within changes their lives forever.
This is my friend Matthew’s short film’s website. Another friend did the graphic design and layout. I put it together for him this week (which is why I’ve been tumbling so little lately).
VANCOUVER — Everything from strollers to Frisbees, umbrellas, laser pointers and flags from non-participating countries are banned from Olympic venues, Vancouver 2010 officials announced this week. Officials told a Monday news conference that spectators should expect airport-style security, complete with x-ray machines and magnetometer screenings, when the Games begin on Feb. 12.
They’re banning umbrellas in the rainiest city in Canada? And what about strollers? They might as well say, “Don’t bring babies either: you could have stuffed a bomb in the diaper.”
The list of banned items also includes
Leaflets, pamphlets, non-approved publications and promotional material
Banners containing religious, political, provocative or obscene content and or visible branding and trademarks of sponsor and non-sponsor companies
Tumblr catch up tells me I've missed your birthday! I hope it was a great one!
It actually was a pretty great birthday. None of it turned out the way I thought it would, mostly because of the Winter Olympics. But I still had a few beers with some good friends at the end of the night.
Now a spokeswoman for the Vancouver organizing committee says VANOC is trucking in about three dozen loads of snow a day from as far away as Manning Park, more than two hours drive east of Vancouver. VANOC’s vice-president of communications Renée Smith-Valade said it was always part of the contingency plan to augment snow at the Olympic sites from outside sources, such as Mount Allison in Manning Park.
The Real Vancouver Writers Series consists of 4 weekly events showcasing local Vancouver writers, publishers and creative literary artists at the W2 Culture + Media House. These evenings are designed to show the city and the world real and diverse Vancouver culture and real creative individuals in the literary and publishing communities at a time when the eyes of the world are on our city.
But they failed to mention when he confirmed on Friday that the rink would be open tonight that the rink is not actually open because they’re doing rehearsals for the stupid Olympic mascot unveiling (Quatchi or whatever its name is can lick my crotch-i). And then we were going to go to the art gallery because someone was under the impression it was open and free—it wasn’t. After that we went to a diner for beer and dessert, but they had run out of pie so he couldn’t have what he wanted.
I also, I had a bad wonton at dinner and now I feel like Sigourney Weaver’s going to burst out of my stomach.
Stupid universe should stop messing wit’ my boychik.
The ice skating surface at Robson Square has been closed for five years. GE paid a gob of money to re-do it. It has been open to the public for free (skate rentals $3, if you don’t have your own) for a few months.
Tonight the ice skating has been commandeered by VANOC for rehearsals for the offical unveiling of the mascots.
I went to Robson Square in the rain on Friday to make sure that the ice would be open tonight, and the lovely folks I spoke with were certain: “It will be open, oh yes.”
So we went to the Templeton, where they don’t have cake, were out of pie, and rushed us to finish the pitcher of beer so we could order another.