Blandcouver | Nickname | A reference to Vancouver’s lack of cosmopolitan flair and subsequent failure to behave like the world class city that we constantly strive to be. Also the Twitter handle of “a group of tech & media curmudgeons who love Vancouver but think sometimes the people in this town need a friendly punch in the stomach.”
Usage: “Yeah, sorry. The Skytrain shuts down at 1am. Welcome to Blandcouver.”
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Oliver, BC | Tinhorn Creek’s Sandra Oldfield (@SandraOldfield) will host a weekly one-hour Twitter chat (#tinchat) about the Okanagan’s fall wine harvest. Every Wednesday evening, wine + social media lovers everywhere can have a conversation with Sandra, ask questions and pick her brains about grapes, vines and all things wine. Watch for guest hosts and Tinhorn experts to delve more deeply into several topics. Get the details after the jump… Read more
by Matt Shea | I have some foodie co-workers and blogger friends whose sense of social balance has been upset by their incessant tweeting and retweeting. An attitude of if you’re not on Twitter, you’re dead to me! is increasing common among them. It’s so powerful! It’s such a movement! It’s the way of the future! they say. Yet it is none of that is true, especially not the part when they say that everyone is doing it. A brand new Pew poll shows that Tweeters are actually a tiny sliver of a minority.
In this survey, 8% of online adults said they do use Twitter—with 2% doing so on a typical day.
But we do not need a Pew poll to tell us that reading local food-related tweets is like putting a bag of wasps over our heads and screaming like banshees. Read more
Remember Shaken Not Stirred, the unbelievably cheesily named restaurant at 1144 Howe Street in Yaletown that had Ian Fleming barfing in his grave? Well, our friends at Donnelly Hospitality Management took it over some time ago to turn it into yet another nightpub (a nightclub disguised as a pub) called The Oxford. Word is they had a dry run last night, as noted by a former co-worker of mine, Brett Turner, on his twitter feed.
Moral: Only invite friends and family to dry runs. Random people off the street tell the truth.
I can agree with those who wrap bacon up in words of love, because its probably the best tasting thing on earth. I’ve eaten bacon chocolate, sipped bacon vodka, and picked food from my teeth with bacon toothpicks. There’s nothing I like more, but trust the food nerds of San Francisco to make me never want to eat it again.
I suppose Bacon Camp is better than Bible Camp, but it’s just as fucked. If you’re not versed in St. Pollan’s scriptures and don’t wield your Nikon like a crucifix, you’re going to hell (where there is no bacon).
by [Anti-Foodie] | Can you believe this is actually real? It’s a tea kettle that’s been specifically designed for people with tiny penises and no friends. The thing connects to a local wi-fi network and automatically tweets when it has boiled. It’s called the Twettle.
Now I’d like to pretend that the naming process was more complex than it was but basically it was a choice between Twittle and Twettle. It was tough but the Twittle.com domain had already been taken so…..behold! The Twettle was born! (although we refer to it as Twattle in private).
I get it, because those who use it are total Twatters.
by [Anti-Foodie] | Sick to death of foodies? I know I am. Where did they all of a sudden come from, anyway? The rise of the internet and the quick democratisation of journalism (aka “blogs”) may have had something to do with it, but I’m going to go with a different answer. Foodies are from hell.
And as deranged as you’d expect the most defiling demons to be. We’re talking shit-for-breath gargoyles of both sexes photographing every dish they consume and spending countless hours bantering on echo chamber food blogs and magazines, Scout included. They are the weirdest sub-species since the Mods, the North American answer to Japan’s harajuku freaks.
It’s all the rage right now in Vancouver. We have more foodies digging organic that and locally-sourced this than we do restaurants offering either, and for the most part they all appear to be armed to the tits and hipster moustaches with laptops, smartphones, and accounts on every social media platform known to man. Read more
The internet is a busy, messed up place (just look at yourselves). Here are this morning’s surging stories both foreign and domestic. Feast deep and long… Read more
In his book Voltaire’s Bastards, Canuck philosopher John Ralston Saul likes to opine on the “cult of expertise”, the stunted system that modern, industrial societies volunteered for when they started regimenting working life into wholly separate professional disciplines. “Among the illusions which have invested our civilization is an absolute belief that the solutions to our problems must be a more determined application of rationally organized expertise,” he wrote. “The reality is that our problems are largely the product of that application.” By creating what he called “feudal fiefdoms of expertise”, we’ve asked to be individually limited in every way but one, therefore navigating our societies into positions where “solutions” are only ever the products of singular points of view. Read more
As per his Friday prayer speech in Tehran yesterday, the Ayatollah is clearly siding with Ahmadinejad, opening the road for what I fear might be the brutal suppression of the reformists and those pissed that their candidate, Mousavi, was short-changed in last week’s election. With SMS, the foreign press (and their websites), email, and social media applications almost all shut down, the news is coming out rapid fire through Twitter and You Tube. The video above is of a woman reading a poem out of what I assume is her Tehran apartment window last night, the voices of her neighbourhood stoically yelling “God is Great!” into the night. It’s a stunning lament, very emotional, very Emersonion: “every revolution was first a thought in one man’s mind”…
No one knows how big the crowds will be today. If the protest march isn’t called off and the momentum continues, I think we could see a sea of people, possibly in the millions. Whether the afternoon will also witness the beginnings of a full-on revolution (complete with requisite civilian bloodbath) is totally up in the air, dependent on a variety of variables, among them the always reliable well-aimed rock and the ever-present itchy, untrained trigger finger. I’d say that I’m hoping no one gets hurt, but we’ve all seen this movie before. If I was into praying, my knees would be sore.
If you enjoyed this clip then you’ve probably wondered if in a year from now you’ll be able to look yourself in the mirror after giving in and jumping on the Twitter bandwagon. I don’t think I’ve ever done anything so lemming-like in my life, or seen my generation so equally whipped and whittled. If Twitter is how we are going to communicate now, then check please. The backlash is coming. Tweet me when it does. Read more
It was the day social media appeared to come of age and signaled itself as a news gathering force to be reckoned with.
The minute news broke of the terror attacks on Mumbai, social media sites like Twitter were inundated with a huge volume of messages.
With more than six million members worldwide, an estimated 80 messages or tweets, were being sent to Twitter.com via SMS every five seconds providing eyewitness accounts and updates.
Many Twitter users also sent pleas for blood donors to make their way to specific hospitals in Mumbai where doctors were faced with low stocks and rising casualties.
Others sent information about helplines and contact numbers for those who had friends and relatives caught up in the attacks. Tweeters were also mobilized to help with transcribing a list of the dead and injured from hospitals, which were quickly posted online.
As twitter user “naomieve” wrote: “Mumbai is not a city under attack as much as it is a social media experiment in action.”
Neha Viswanathan, a former regional editor for Southeast Asia and a volunteer at global voices told CNN: “Even before I actually heard of it on the news I saw stuff about this on Twitter.
“People were sending in messages about what they were hearing. There were at least five or six blogs from people who were trapped, or who were very close to what happened.”
One tweet from “Dupree” appeared to be coming from inside one of the hotels: “Mumbai terrorists are asking hotel reception for rooms of American citizens and holding them hostage on one floor.”
A group of Mumbai-based bloggers turned their Metroblog into a news wire service, while the blog MumbaiHelp offered to help users get through to their family and friends in the city, or to get information about them, and has had a number of successes.
Flickr also proved a useful source of haunting images chronicling the aftermath of the attacks. Journalist Vinukumar Ranganathan’s stream of photos were published by CNN and other major broadcasters.
A Google Map showing the key locations and buildings with links to news stories and eyewitness accounts, while CNN’s iReporters flooded the site with their videos and images of the terror attacks.
However, as is the case with such widespread dissemination of information, a vast number of the posts on Twitter amounted to unsubstantiated rumors and wild inaccuracies.
For example, a rumor that the Indian government was asking tweeters to stop live updates to avoid compromising it’s security efforts, was published and republished on the site.
- photo from Flickr