2005 was a year of ideas, though really, all years are. The Tyee has two articles about the 15 big ideas for the past 12 months, the first covering peak oil; nanotechnology; parliaments-ready-to-govern; pandemics; Web 2.0; minority government; disaster relief (do we need relief from minority governments?) and same-sex marriage.
Joel Kotkin: “what about the amenity-rich places, the ones capable of appealing to part-time urbanites and sojourning young people? They need to ask an even more basic question about what kind of city they want to become.
Rachael and I attended Feist's Vancouver stop on a tour which has her playing later with her old band, Broken Social Scene as well as playing with Bright Eyes (who I either don't understand or who I think sucks). At one point she stopped the show as one of the fans up front passed out, but she seemed to recover with good humour.
Very early this morning I bought Wolf Parade's Apologies to the Queen Mary (Pinder's got the lyrics to the album) and just now bought a ticket to the Arcade Fire / Wolf Parade / Bell Orchestre concert in Vancouver, so basically all Montreal all the time.
Currently in Portland, after a longer than expected drive down. Some border weirdness: Roland took a photos each of my work visa (not really a work visa, but I'm here for work and receipt for said "visa"). Hanging out at Eastside Club Tavern and Clubside in Olympia was really cool: really cool atmosphere with cute indie girls, some middle class, some poor people, and even the bartender's pet dog.
It's already in The Vancouver Province (when that link dies, check the scan of it on the organizer's LiveJournal), on page A2 of yesterday's edition, so thousands of people already know about it: at 6 P.M. tonight couples of no doubt all possible combinations are going to lock lips on the SkyTrain from Broadway Station here in Vancouver to Waterfront Station.
After hearing a song on KEXP (where DJ Riz was doing his usual late-night ambient dub set), and after Riz mentioned the name of the artist and that he was Vancouver-based, I checked the online playlist (which is not nearly as cool as Digitally Imported's playlists, which automatically create a forum thread for that song for people to comment on it and give it a rating) to see which song it was.