Saturday, February 28, 2009

Everything is amazing - Louis CK

This video has been making its rounds lately. It's an interview on the Tonight Show with a comedian named Louis CK. I love the guy's perspective and am certain that I'm guilty of the impatience with the amazing that he refers to.

In fact, someone sent me this video right after I got my BlackBerry Storm. All I could do was complain about how the new phone had a lag and wasn't very intuitive. I had forgotten to be amazed by how incredible it is. (I'd still prefer an iPhone though.)

Have a view.

p.s. Emedding had been blocked on most of the YouTube versions of this video. Is NBC seriously still trying to block sharing of their content?

Thursday, February 26, 2009

What a space...

Colleen and I went into Fluevog's in Gastown the other day. I'd been there several times before, but this time it really struck me what a fantastic space it is. Before it was Fluevog's I think it was another clothing retailer, so it wasn't a Fluevog design, but whoever did design this did a terrific job.

They essentially had a space between two buildings. But instead of building another building there they simply closed in the space with glass and steel. Now, when you're standing in the store, it almost feels like you're in the middle of the street, on even the gloomiest of Vancouver winter days.

The thinking behind this is terrific. An architect was given a challenge to come up with an incredible design for this premium retail space. And instead of building a building they said "What if we take it all away and just put a roof on." Love it.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Amy Pelletier's show

One of my colleagues, Amy Pelletier, is a photographer who had her first gallery opening the other day. The show is on at the Malaspina Printmakers Society on Granville Island. Go check it out.

The thinking behind Amy's show is incredibly interesting. In short, she went onto E-bay and bought a series of collections. (Maximum value - $10) Then she shot all of the items in the collection and laid the series of images over top of one another. It's a thought provoking display that I thorougly enjoyed. You can read more about how she did it and the philosophy behind it here.

I'm terribly pleased to have someone like Amy on my team. Not only is she a very talented artist, but she's also a rather good account person. This is the kind of mix we need more of in this business.

Here are a couple of shots from the opening:

Monday, February 23, 2009

Canadian Golf

I went golfing the other day with my friend Mark. We went out to Surrey to play the canal course at Northview. Mark is from L.A., but he's the most hardcore golfer I know. He'll play in any weather. The other day it was still pretty cold. Here's a shot of one of the water hazards.

You can't really tell, but that's frozen solid. There were dozens of balls just sitting out there on the ice, where golfers had hit their errant shots and not been able to retrieve them. (This is Vancouver after all, and the ice doesn't get too thick.) If you'd come with a huge 40' long ball retreiver you'd have made out very well.

Sure, it was a little silly to be out on such a cold day. By the 18th hole I was really starting to feel it. But I also felt like it was a genuine Canadian experience. It's good to have a crazy American to help me appreciate my home land.

Now, if only it would snow on the local mountains again, so we could get back to enjoying February the way we should.