Not To Be Trusted With Knives

When I was in Vegas last weekend, as we drove by “Wayne Newton Blvd.” on the way to the airport, I said, “I wonder if they will name a street in Vancouver after Trevor Linden?” You see, this season was Trevor’s last in the NHL and with the Canucks not making the playoffs, Vancouver had seen his last game on Saturday night.

Trevor is well recognized for being a great hockey player, an inspirational leader and a humanitarian. I even forgive him for being born in Alberta because although, like me, he may have been born and grew up elsewhere, he is truly a Vancouverite.

I have no doubt that his number will be retired by the Canucks and I hope that he will stay on with the team in some capacity now that his playing days are over. And, as both Darren and Rebecca suggest, I’d love to see a Trevor Linden street here in our city!

Sign the petition to name a street after Trev. You know you want to.

{January 30, 2007}   New Blog Title?
After much yammering about it, I think it’s high time I changed my blog title to something non-thesis related. But I’m still not 100% sure what to change it to. So I’m trying one on for size – and I may try other ones in the coming days, sort of a multiple blog-ality disorder. Or I may get distracted* (ooh… that dog has a puffy tail!) and leaving up whatever title happens to be there. We’ll just have to wait and see how it pans out. For the moment, I’m not going to change my URL, as I don’t want to lose any of my readers.

OK, so first up we have the new title: Total Perspective Vortex. Astute readers will know this is reference to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. For those of you who already know all about it, feel free to let your attention wander freely for the rest of this paragraph.** The Total Perspective Vortex is summarized by Wikipedia thusly:

the most horrible torture device to which a sentient being can be subjected […] it shows its victim the entire unimaginable infinity of the universe with a very tiny marker that says “You Are Here” which points to a microscopic dot on a microscopic dot.

Most people go mad from being shown how utterly insignificant they are. Only Zaphod Beeblebrox has survived it unscathed, as the TPV was “simply telling him that he was the most important being in the universe.”***

Anyhoo, I thought that Total Perspective Vortex would be a good (if nerdy) name for my blog because all indications given on this blog are that *I* am the most important being in the blogosphere. The drawback to this blog name is that some other guy already took the URL… he wrote a grand total of 3 postings back in June of 2004 and then abandoned the venture. Clearly, he was not the most important being in the blogosphere.

The only other name I have thought of comes from this photo, taken at Capliano Canyon last April:

Photo courtesy of Dave.

One of my pet peeves about Capliano, aside from the fact that they charge you nearly $30 to cross a friggin’ bridge, is that they have all these signs that tell you what to do. Like the “Kodak Photos Spots,” where they tell you “oooh, this is a good spot to take a photo! then you can have a photo that looks like the photos taken by every other tourist that’s ever been here!” And like this sign that actually tells you that it is a good place to do some thinking. And so I couldn’t resist doing this pose for a photo. And it wasn’t even a “Kodak Photos Spot”! So I was thinking that “The Thinking Spot” could be a good blog name, because I could use this photo. Except that anyone who has ever read this blog knows that very little thinking is going on here****.

*I’m very easily distracted.

**And that was a reference to Dumbledore in one of the Harry Potter books.. I’m pretty sure it was the Goblet of Fire, but don’t have the books handy to double check it.

***Of course, he was in an artificial universe that was created specifically for him so he actually WAS the most important thing in that universe, but that’s beside the point.

****Also, has already been taken too. Sigh

{January 8, 2007}   Stoled

As you know, I like to steal ideas from pay homage to other fine writers of the blogosphere. I noticed that Rebecca over at Larocque and Roll made up her New Year’s resolutions by hitting random play on her iTunes and devising resolutions based on the first ten songs that came up. Go here to read her list. Good resolutions, yes? So I decided to give it a whirl with the songs on my iPod… check out what I ended up with:

#1 – The Jeep Song by the Dresden Dolls – I should get an SUV this year? That doesn’t seem very practical for someone who lives in a city.

#2 – Gravity by the Dresden Dolls – Yes, I really should start obeying the law of gravity. All this flying around I’ve been doing is arousing suspisions.

#3 – Fake Tales of San Francisco by the Arctic Monkeys – I should move to San Fran… no fair, I’ve totally been trying to do that! Hmmm… maybe it means I should be telling more lies?

#4 – Animal I Have Become by Three Days Grace – I guess I really should tame this animal I have become. Or, wait, animal… animal… perhaps it means I should get a kitten!

#5 – First Orgasm by the Dresden Dolls – Oh wow. What do I do with this one? I need to have more orgasms??

#6 -I Love Myself Today by Bif Naked – Good song, but is this really how I should be getting these more orgasms?

#7 -38 Years Old by The Tragically Hip – Ah, perhaps this is where the more orgasms should be coming from – a 38 year old. Not the one in the song, mind you, because he’s never even kissed a girl.

#8 – Basket Case by Green Day – Clearly I am one, to still be writing this posting….

#9 – Underwhelmed by Sloan – Hmph. That doesn’t sound promising at all.

#10 – Only Love by Groove Coverage – I give up!

OK, that didn’t quite work out as well as Rebecca’s. So, I think what I really need to do this year is stop saying “stoled”*… I have no idea where on earth I picked this up, but I’ve said it for as long as I can remember. And it sounds soooo trashy! So, if you hear me saying “stoled”, unless I’m referring to someone who is wearing a stole, please berate me accordingly.

*As in “I stoled this idea from Rebecca.”

et cetera