A video making the rounds — now here on PT. Runs 1:39.
As the BBC notes it takes something pretty exceptional to turn heads on social media. And Bon and Pon, a 37 years married couple who opened their first Instagram account 90 days ago have 89,000 followers @bonpon511. How?
By portraying their urban lifestyles in well and simply photographed images portraying aspects of their house, their style, and their clothes. Let’s mention the clothes again. These folks are 60 and 61 years of age. And the hashtags they are using? Take a look at #silverhair, #whitehair and #over60-
There is something warm and appealing about these folks that do not match but do co-ordinate their clothes and playfully pose at their home in Japan. You can be drawn into the remarkably normal and telling photos, an update of domesticity and home life that is usually relegated for younger folks forming families. Obviously a lot of people agree, with 1,000 new followers signing on daily.
Someone better review that marketing rationale.
And yes, Hellman’s makes genuine vegan mayo. Who knew.
Presumably to help celebrate and publicize International Women’s Day.
At the Vancouver Art Gallery.
“Big Love Ball” by Wendy Williams Watt.
A special-interest way to romp through Vancouver, with the route based on where beer gets brewed. Geography meets travel, thanks to Aaron Licker at Licker Geospatial Consulting (LGeo), showing off his Geographical Information Systems (GIS) skills.
While the map’s text says “transit”, the routes are based on walking, bike riding and bus riding. Note approximate travel timings at the map’s bottom, and allow stopover times in addition to travel times when you plan your next tour.
Here’s a small piece of urban land in a very busy, dense part of Puerto Vallarta turned into an innovative place to eat, drink and hang around. Done with a typically Mexican flair for whimsy, fun and lively experimentation. Note the obligatory bicycle-themed planters. And stacked shipping containers.
The party park is open to the sidewalk and to the sky — another reminder of the way that climate affects a city’s look , feel and design.
Click any image for a slide show of larger versions.
The City of Malmo, Sweden is home to tiny perfect shops that are intended for mice, and of course, observant people.
Note the obligatory bicycles.
Thanks to Brent Toderian for the head’s-up.
In one of those stories that just has to come from the Maritimes someone thought it might be a good idea to tow a couch behind an ATV and go through the drive in line at McDonald’s in Miramichi New Brunswick at 3:30 a.m. last Thursday.
“Miramichi police say an officer spotted the couch, being towed behind an ATV, at 3:19 a.m. Thursday in the drive-thru. Cpl. Lorri McEachern says the driver of the four wheeler took off after the officer turned on the lights atop his cruiser, stranding the two “intoxicated” men outside the restaurant.
She says the driver raced through the parking lot, across the highway and onto the frozen Miramichi River, still towing the couch through much of his escape.”
Two couch surfers were caught. The crime? It is illegal to tow a couch through a drive through. However it should be noted that both men were wearing helmets.Two local men, aged 28 and 39, will face yet-to-be-determined charges.
You can always tell when something becomes an institution when it is written about or becomes a play. One of my favourite places-and some of my favourite people-are at the Elbow Room. Bryan Searle and Patrick Savoie first opened this restaurant on Jervis Street with huge groaning breakfasts served with the driest sense of humour directly catered to your quickness. Their first restaurant was in the home of the first mayor of Vancouver, Malcolm McLean who served in 1886. If he came back as a ghost, I am sure he was entertained in fine form by Bryan and Patrick.
These restauranteurs serve their breakfast and lunch specials with a fine side of sarcasm and quick wit. And if you can’t finish your portion? You are sure to be contributing directly to the donations collected for a loving spoonful, with a stern admonishment to eat more next time. They’ve raised tens of thousands for this organization.
The Elbow Room, now on Davie Street is one of those places you take people you really love and people you’d like to know better. The repartee and exchanges with staff are legendary, edgy and everyone leaves as friends. There is also a short documentary film on the Elbow Room here.
The Elbow Room is now immortalized in a musical and it is featured in its premiere at York Theatre from March 1 to 12. The musical is developed by Zee Zee Theatre in conjunction Langara’s Studio 58. This is sure to be a sell out, and a great opportunity to see how art parallels the extraordinary wit of The Elbow Room.
Where: York Theatre – 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
When: March 1 to 12, 2017
Tickets: At The Cultch, $19-$44
“Millennials of New York” Hilariously Parodies the Melodramas of Generation Y
“My therapist told me it was important to start being nicer to myself. I realized she was right. Now I make sure to like all my Instagram posts the second they hit 11.”
“There is no such thing as white privilege. Look, I’ve had more than a few run-ins with the police, and they’re not very nice to me either. I mean just last weekend I drunkenly grabbed a cop’s gun, and even though I was obviously joking, he called me ‘incredibly irresponsible,’ and was, like, super stern and passive aggressive the entire time he was giving me a ride home.”
“The Internet has had a profound effect on our way of life, and our laws should keep pace with the rapid changes in culture and technology. For example, you should be allowed to press charges against anyone who tries to hold your phone when you go to show them something on it. Like, I’m just trying to share this picture of Joe Biden eating ice cream, not explain why I have 183 toilet selfies saved to my camera roll.”
“The Trump campaign has a lot in common with the tattoo of Tila Tequila I got in college – at first it was supposed to be ironic, but everyone stopped finding it funny after a couple of weeks, and now there is nothing I can do to get rid of it.”
We all could use a laugh in these times of peril. Take 10 minutes here (settle in with coffee and a muffin). And see the revenge of a little guy against the forces of petty annoyance.
. . . as we await with delicious anticipation the release of this data on Feb 8, and the head-spinningly astute analyses that must follow, even as the cherry blossom season follows the days of endless darkness.
Hip kiddie sees what’s coming . . . .
As reported by the Daily Hive, the McKenzie family were in Palm Springs last week vacationing-in the torrential rain.
Thankfully, there was a large rubber duck pool toy in the back yard of the rental house. Mr. McKenzie showed great skill in the slalom run of the duck down sheets of water on the road, even being passed by a nonplussed vehicle.
“McKenzie, who is originally from Vancouver, says the rainy Palm Springs weather did not bother him at all. “Being from Vancouver, I am still going to go out and play in the rain.”
The video has gone viral. Video is below.
Here are 257 “web sites” (including Price Tags), that every top planner aspires to keep up with. There are dangers down this path. Be forewarned.
Thanks to Kyle Zheng for the 257 web site.
KYLE ZHENG grew up in downtown Vancouver at a time when few kids grew up in downtown neighbourhoods. While growing up, he witnessed the growth of Yaletown from an empty, industrial land, to a trendy neighbourhood. At the age of 11, Kyle fell in love with the transit system after taking the 257 Vancouver bus from downtown Vancouver to Horseshoe Bay. Soon, he memorized all the bus routes in Metro Vancouver, and started writing letters to the local transit authority, suggesting improvements to the transit network.
The BBC reports on a project we’d all like to work on-Polynesia has signed an agreement with the Seasteading Institute of San Francisco to build-a floating island. “I don’t think it will be terribly radical at first,” the institute’s executive director Randolph Hencken, told the BBC.
Seastead communities are to be in international waters for “libertarian” life free of restrictive land by-laws. “Mr Hencken is confident that having invited them to make their proposal, the authorities will grant them “leeway” to govern themselves and their “special economic sea zone”.”
Once the project can show a net benefit to the local economy and can ensure that the existing environment is not compromised, it can go ahead. “Whatever the motivation, it is a dream that is not short of ambition – floating social Petri dishes where each can experiment with new ways of living – but it is ironic that the first practical steps towards achieving it are in territory owned by one of Europe’s most interventionist states, France. Mr Hencken praises the stable institutions, friendliness and security of the “paradise” of Tahiti, in contrast to some more freewheeling and corrupt places they have considered in the past.”
And here is the best part-“The institute itself was co-founded by Silicon Valley’s best-known Donald Trump supporter, Peter Thiel, and several of his associates are among its staff.”
For Vancouverites, fresh from arousing astonishment throughout Canada: see what a real snowfall looks like.