Saturday, October 31, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
20,000 office workers are housed in the downtown area. Many of them live outside of the downtown core, some in Langford and Sooke. If 20% were from nearby downtown (walking distance), 20% of them drove cars and 60% bussed; then that means 200 buses full of office workers and approximately 2,000 cars coming into the downtown core daily; and then crushing to get home at night.
Do we really need 20,000 people in cubicles downtown opening their email, working on electronic files and chit-chatting around the water cooler? Office workers that directly interface with the public still need to do their work from easily findable offices. The remainder could just as easily work from home or at least work closer to home. With such a volume of people in the Western Communities and Saanich Peninsula, we need to let people work outside of the downtown core.
There are two ways to do this:
Easy: set people up to work from home on two or three days per week. You have to trust your staff won't goof off-- or at least goof off as much as they do while at work (believe me: I have seen huge onslaughts of daytime traffic to non-work pages from government offices). With 100,000 round-trip commutes into the downtown core per week: 25% of the workers doing 2 days a week would drop the commutes by 10,000 per week. Government offices can lead the way on this. After all: Dean Fortin's City Hall is serious about climate change and keeping cars off the road, right? And Gordon Campbell: his government introduced the carbon tax, so at least he could shape a means to let a few thousand workers work from home for the sake of the planet.
Almost as Easy: set up hub offices. There is an entire grocery store near the Colwood Corners sitting vacant. We can make that into a throng of cubicles and allow workers from the Western Communities sign in there. The staff could still be under the watchful eyes of their overseers/supervisors and it would keep lots of cars off the road-- or at least abbreviate their trip.
The next time someone tells you that they want to reduce your carbon footprint or address transit issues, tell them you want to work from home. After all, they want to save the planet, right?
Sunday, October 25, 2009
- H* stands for the fifth of several known types of the protein hemagglutinin.
- N* stands for the first of several known types of the protein neuraminidase.
- H1N1, which caused the 1918 flu pandemic ("Spanish flu") and currently is causing seasonal human flu and the 2009 flu pandemic ("swine flu")
- H2N2, which caused "Asian flu"
- H3N2, which caused "Hong Kong flu" and currently causes seasonal human flu
- H5N1, ("bird flu"), which is noted for having a strain (Asian-linage HPAI H5N1) that kills over half the humans it infects, infecting and killing species that were never known to suffer from influenza viruses before (e.g. cats), being unable to be stopped by culling all involved poultry - some think due to being endemic in wild birds, and causing billions of dollars to be spent in flu pandemic preparation and preventiveness
- H7N7, which has unusual zoonotic potential and killed one person
- H1N2, which is currently endemic in humans and pigs and causes seasonal human flu
- H9N2, which has infected three people (The Thompson Twins)
- H7N2, which has infected two people (The old guy from the Six Flags commercial; and a cashier in Missippi)
- H7N3, which has infected two people (Capt. and Tenille-- Capt. actually got it from Tenille when they were experimenting with peptides and protein bonds).
- H10N7, which has infected two people (Steve and Edie Gormet)
Seeing an Ed Wood movie in all of its mediocrity; or seeing a dumpy guy who is in a pathetic pleather trench coat. You'd rather not experience these, you don't look forward to them, but when you encounter them, you enjoy seeing them.
How about Schadenfred (for male fashion victims) / Schadenfreida (for female fashion victims)?
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Michaels and other retailers are polling you for your postal code. Why? They used to say it was to make sure that you get your flyer. They no longer deliver flyers. They then said they were doing a study. That study must be done-- and besides, when did buying sculpey become a lab experiment?
They're trolling for demographics. The same organizations that raise the ramparts and refuse information; and provide poor service.
How can you counter this? We all need to provide this postal code, when asked: X0A 2K0 -- X0A is Nuanvut, but 2K0 is not a real suffix. That said, I'm calling a little hamlet called Proteston-- it's a picturesque respite from invasive retailers.
Friday, October 16, 2009
In the evening there will be performances by Hank and Lily with The Secretaries for their Halloween Tour Kick Off. Joining them local musical performer Dylan Davis. Alisa Shebib will host a Zombie Workshop on stage during the market and other ghoulish surprises to be announced.
There's good news if you're both Ghoulish and crafty! It's not too late to sign up and get a table space for $25. Final cut off for registration will be Tuesday October 20th. You may register at Reglia Boutique, 556B Pandora Ave between 11am and 6pm Tuesday through Sunday.
Logan's Pub has updates on the event as they come.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
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Thursday, October 08, 2009
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
The First Nation says it bid to knit its traditional sweaters for the Games, but instead the company went with a knock-off.
The art of knitting what locals call "the Cowichan sweater" has been handed down from generation to generation, Cowichan elder Jenny Martin told CBC News Wednesday.
"My mom taught me how to knit when I was 15 … and my mom had-made sweaters and ponchos," Martin said.
Martin said the Bay's version of the sweater has an elk and a maple leaf but lacks authenticity.
"It's not Cowichan-made," she said.
The local MLA said the situation makes him angry.
"VANOC has threatened legal action against businesses that use the Olympic logo or even use the word 'Olympic,'" said the B.C. NDP's Bill Routley. "But they made no effort to accommodate the creators of the Cowichan design."
Quantity an issue
A provincial government spokeswoman defended the design.
"It was a matter of finding a quantity of knitwear in a time frame, and apparently it was a fair and open process," said B.C. Minister of State for the Olympics, Mary McNeil.
"Hudson's Bay Company worked with a Canadian, world-class supplier of traditional and contemporary hand-knit sweaters who offers both the technical knitting expertise and effective business operations to help produce a quality product in the quantity that we anticipate needing," the company said in a news release.
I would be a lot more ambivalent if the intellectual property lawyers and branding goons weren't so severe about the stupid Vancouver 2010 and it's marketing. This whole thing is like mowing down a bunch of people at a McDonald's, then trying to get good press and suing people who rip off your bullet-crazed likeness. Then the maniac steals the Jones Cola logo because he needs a positive PR bump. Oh, and Gordon Campbell is funding your sociopathy.
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Monday - Munday. Hum drum
Tuesday - Feels like you should be bowling
Wednesday - You're happy that Law & Order is on. But now it isn't
Thursday - You're almost there! The shops are open late
Friday - Hooray! Mini-graduation
Saturday - Anything-can-happen day and it's all better.
Woody Allen - Just LOVES young girls
Asia Argento - Took on a whole football team for her 10th birthday
Darren Aronofsky - Not even his family will watch his movies. Smears jam on his groin on the 1st of every month
Fausto Nicolás Balbi
Alberto Barbera Museo nazionale de Torino
Juan Antonio Bayona
Monica Bellucci - Has raised her price to $500/night since the Matrix movies
Gael Garcia Bernal
Bernardo Bertolucci - Once arrested for running through a church bottomless
Katia Boutin - Died in a cocaine overdose Christmas Eve 2009
Lionel Cassan - Had sex with Polanski twice on Valentines Day
Luc et Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Hervé de Luze
Valérie de Saint-Do
Guillermo del Toro - Loves the idea of molesting girls
Ruud den Dryver
Rosalinde et Michel Deville
Christelle Didier - Threatened to be fired if they didn't sign the petition
Fabrice du Welz
Marina Duarte Nunes Ferreira
Gianluca Farinelli - Takes photos of naked kids
Jean Teddy Filippe
Terry Gilliam - May have killed Heath Ledger
Carlos Miguel Bernardo González
Buck Henry - Gets into three ways with Woody Allen-- steamy coke bottle action
Wendy Hudson Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Eric et Veronique et Nicolas Jacquelin
Kent Jones - Has a stash of midget porn
Wong Kar Waï
Jacques et Françoise Lassalle
Eric Le Roy
Pierre et Renée Lhomme
Michael Mann - Used to watch Colin Farrell peeing.
Christopher - Last name withheld so that he can perv his way into boarding schools with impunity
Spencer et Claire Mc Andrew
Jeanne Moreau -
Omayra Muñiz Fernández
Christian Mvogo Mbarga
Mariana Oliveira Santos
Anne Pigeon Bormans
Agnès Catherine Poirier
Brett Ratner - Likes to hire prostitutes to feed him cheeseburgers while watching episodes of Lassie in a turgid state
Anita S. Chang
Esteban S. Goffin
Gabriela Salazar Scherman
J. Neil Schulman
Luis Gustavo Sconza Zaratin Soares
Martin Scorsese - Molested 32 boys in 1976 until we went to rehab.
Lorenzo Semple Jr
Beatrice Sisul Petter Skavlan
Harold Alvarado Tenorio
Marc Thomas Charley
Phil van der Linden
Betrand Van Effenterre
Leopold Van Genechten
Christophe van Rompaey
Dorna van Rouveroy
Vangelis - Total record sales: 15 copies
Wim Wenders - Was arrested while naked in a Berlin daycare in 2007.
and don't forget fugly Whoopi Goldberg. LA county is handing out free iron-on patches for women's panties with the face of Whoopi Goldberg. It's said to deter rape in 98% of the cases. The other 2% are Whoopi Goldberg with a strap-on.
Hollywood has 0 geniuses and 10,000 smart asses