Saturday, January 24, 2009

Tough job

After a long day of saving lives and rescuing damsels, it's important for a superhero to stop for a little break. And nothing gets Flash going again quite like a Starbucks cookie...


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Giant Sloth

So I was up in Whitehorse for the past few days for Tourism Yukon meetings. I went up a couple of days early to visit some friends who live up there and they showed me around town. It's a pretty cool place and the farthest north I've ever been. (1'40" or so further north than Stockholm.)

One of the places we went was the Beringia Interpretive Centre, which has a good collection of skeletons and fossils from when Beringia was the solid land mass that connects modern day Russia and Alaska / Yukon. This was during the last ice age, when pretty much all of Canada was under glaciers but Beringia, for reasons that I'm not going to get into here, remained ice free. These were the days when wooly mamoths roamed the earth along with other creatures like the giant beaver and short-faced bear.

Sadly, the giant beaver display was missing. It had been outside. But honestly, how could you not steal a giant beaver. Apparently the thing was 2.5 meters long and weighed up to 200 kg. The size of a black bear.

What was there was the massive wooly mamoth, the terrifying scimitar cat, and the giant sloth. Check out this photo. (Sorry about the quality. It was taken with a Blackberry that I got rid of today.)


This thing would grow to 3M long. It's huge! When they put fur on it and have a picture of it eating leaves from a tree it's not quite so intimidating, but this has got to be the most amazing skeleton I've ever seen. It looks like an alien.

If you ever go to the Yukon, and I highly recommend you do, check out the Beringia Interpretive Centre. There's not a ton there, but what is there is worth seeing.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

foggy

It's foggy in Vancouver right now. It was a little dodgy flying in to YVR yesterday afternoon. But it makes for some great images. Check this one out from Cypress Mountain.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

shocking - from microsoft

I had the misfortune to stumble upon this one today. It's a long format ad by Microsoft.



I must admit, I watched the whole thing just to figure out whether they were kidding or not. I don't think they were.

Now, I can respect terrible advertising that's so bad it's good. Sort of a Mentos thing. But this doesn't achieve that level of badness. It's just shocking.

So, is it brilliant, in that I'm intrigued and actually writing about it. I don't think so, but perhaps it is.

I'm so confused.

p.s. I actually liked the Seinfeld / Gates spots and thought they had potential if they stuck to it.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Dino Auction

Local auction house Maynard's had a very cool sale last night. They sold dinosaurs. On the block were over 50 fossils, dinosaur bones and complete dinosaur skeletons from a museum in Tokyo.

I personally believe that, deep down, every guy wants to own a dinosaur. How cool would it be to put a t-rex or brontosaurus in your front entrance way.

Here are three of the items up for auction:




That first one, the triceratops skull, was over 6 feet long and was expected to go for over $150k.

The last guy was expected to fetch over $400k.

I went to watch a good portion of the auction. It was held at Science World, which was in the middle of my running route last night. So I went in in my running gear, in the middle of a good sweat. Needless to say, I didn't exactly blend in with the rest of the dino buying crowd.

I expected that they would have the dinosaurs out for people to see during the auction. Sadly, no. They just had a projection on a big screen. All the same, it was somewhat interesting to watch people buy dinosaurs.

Unfortunately, the big bidders weren't out in force yesterday. Perhaps it has a lot to do with the current economy and the difficulty of buying something with no utility whatsoever. Lots of items went for way under their estimate. So, instead of going for $400k as projected the Edmontosaurus (bottom, above) went for only $125k. Which is amazing, because the museum reportedly bought it in '91 for $750k. (Poor bastards.)

I know a few people who drive cars that cost $125k or more. Buying a dinosaur seems like a far better investment. It won't depreciate much more below that. And it's way cooler. And it's a dinosaur. If I had the money, I'd keep driving my 4Runner, park it outside, and have a dino in my garage.