Vancouver | Jinkies! It's the Parade of Lost Souls

As Velma from Scooby-Doo in Vancouver, Parade of Lost Souls

My lack of travelling coupled with an intense summer of social activity — not to mention the time invested in finding the elements for this Velma costume — has killed the energy of this site. However, it’s a new season, I’ve switched to a new theme, and I’m dedicating myself to upload all the old travel diaries (which I will direct you to in the near future).

And unless something serious happens in the next few months, I will be off on another long-term adventure early next year. Something’s in the works, my friends. I’ll let you in on the plan closer to the date, but I’m open to suggestions that will take me a little off-course… because, really, that’s always where the excitement lies.

Until then, I’ll post re: old diary and picture updates. The next few months will be an exciting, exciting time.



The one o’ clock cannon, as taken by a tourist at Edinburgh Castle

I’m in Princes Street Gardens right now, trying to relax. Trying. A family on the bench across from me is definitely not in happy land, cursing the daylights out of each other. The mother has a perma-scowl and curses her children for anything they do. “Don’t sit like that!” “Don’t walk around!” “Don’t make a noise!” “Why aren’t you talking to me?!” and on and on. The only time I saw her crack a smile was when the one o’clock gun blasted from the Castle, making the kids jump and hide. Such a sadist.

I must admit the blast scared me as well. In the two months I’ve been here, this was the first time I’d been near the Edinburgh Castle around one o’ clock. I’d forgotten about this tradition, thought it was a fatal car bomb, and nearly soiled my trousers.

Speaking of which, my coworker Luci and her friend Barry worked at the Edinburgh Tourist Office and said their favourite tourist question was: “Where does the cannonball land when the 1 o’ clock cannon strikes?” Right on your head, madam. Right on your head.

I watched the “Songwriter’s Circle Program” on BBC2 last night, a wonderful program showcasing four different artists and their best acoustic tunes. I swooned when I heard Nick Cave. The CBC back home should take some tips from the BBC – I swear, their music industry is only where it is because the national broadcasters take time to promote it.

Vancouver | Post-Flash Mob Pillow Fight on Robson StreetA fatigued participant post-flash mob pillow fight

I never thought getting whacked in the head with a pillow would actually hurt. I only lasted a mere 30 seconds in the crowd, so believe me, I have a lot of respect for these people who kept taking hits for the entire 15 minutes:

Vancouver | Flash Mob Pillow Fight 2007, Feather Extravaganza on Vimeo

It’s great to see people getting together and having a little public fun, even on a rainy day. Vancouver, today you rocked long time.

SXSW Music | My last free SXSW beer & lunch @ Yard Dog Gallery, South CongressMy last free serving of meat @ the Yard Dog Gallery, SXSW

I have eaten enough free beef to form a new cow in my toilet. Thank god SXSW 2007 is officially over.

But enough of my bowel woes. For those of you there for the entire 10-day festival, I applaud you for your stamina and ability to get up out of bed by the third morning. For those of you not present, or don’t even have a clue what SXSW entails, please start planning your trip next year and experience the madness for yourself. Interested in film, interactive media, live music, and free stuff including Saucony shoes, food, and beer? Then get yourself ready for one of the most fantastically gut-rotting times in your life, mixed with a lot of good hearted networking and entertainment on the side.

It was life amplified to the extreme, packed into 10 days of constant schedules and activity, and it already breaks my heart to sit here at home, wondering what to do next. I’m more overwhelmed than bored; it was an inspiring time down in Austin, and I’m all pumped to bring all my dying projects to fruition. I just don’t know where to start.

Until I see you all again on 6th Street in the next few years, I’ll be busy reviewing my conference notes, milking this new-found creative inspiration, and labouriously digesting the 50 pounds of free barbecue brisket that festers in my tummy.

Toilet says, “moo.”

I’ve been a failure with the written blog. Please check flickr for the most up-to-date images from SXSW.

SXSW Music | The Pipettes @ Flamingo Cantina

I can’t explain how amazing this week has been, intellectually, creatively, and socially. Even the entertainment is more than I expected, and believe me, it takes a lot to please this little girl.

SXSW, I’m definitely coming back for more love. xoxo.

SXSW Interactive | Will Wright at play, in the Interactive Playpen

Will Wright, designer of Sim City, the Sims, and the upcoming evolution epic Spore, works on his own Lego creation for the SXSW Interactive Playpen.

Daylight savings time sucks. But so does any morning after a bout of careless drinking — which, I suspect, is probably a big reason why most of the panels I attended yesterday were more miss than hit… But today, today, my friends, is a fancy new Monday, and the conference has redeemed itself substantially. If this is what I get for being responsible and sleeping before midnight, then I may just do it again sometime this week. Sometime.

Today’s offerings included a panel on The Future of Online Magazines, a wonderfully content-friendly fiesta, a bonus for someone as technologically illiterate as I, gasping in a whirlwind of open IDs, metafilters, XSLT, and Ajax. (Gasp!) Plus, there was much more to the panellists than others I’ve seen so far, probably because they were all editors and founders of major, reputable online reads: Joan Walsh of Salon, Ricky Van Veen of CollegeHumor, Laurel Touby of MediaBistro, Sean Mills of The Onion, and moderator Rufus Griscom of Nerve and Babble. It’s clear that there was an existing camaraderie among the group, and the tongue-in-cheek self-aggrandizing behaviour was welcome after being subjected to a weekend full of panellists and participants who may take the game way too seriously.

Thanks, guys. I needed this morning laugh.

SXSW Interactive | The Future of Online Magazines

PS. Secret but not-so-secret Nerve/Salon/CollegeHumor/MediaBistro/TheOnion party this evening from 6:30-8:30 at Club DeVille (900 Red River Street), open to all badgeholders. OPEN. BAR.