Text message party and more

Okay, all of those shots above are from Davin’s “text message party” he had while I was in Victoria. By text message party, I mean, nearly everyone there (except Neil, Anand and I), he invited over by using text-messaging on his cell phone. Pretty crazy, considering I don’t even have a cell phone. The shot below is of me driving down the oak-tree lined Shelbourne Street in Victoria, on the main route from my parent’s place to downtown.

A few leftover Photogroffee shots:

Calvin, Amy and I at the Moca House in Victoria

Smart cars were everywhere!

Sean at the Sticky Wicket Pub & Restaurant

Metric – IOU

Old world underground where are you now?
Subtract my age from the mileage
on my speeding heart, credit cards
accelerate, accumulate
looked for you downtown
wound up in a movie with no story
now it’s late and you are nowhere to be found
hesitation’s always mine
hesitate outside the times
with all I don’t say
with all I don’t do
I’m sending you
Invitations to hesitate too
Every ten year-old enemy soldier
Thinks falling bombs are shooting stars sometimes
But she doesn’t make wishes on them
When she wishes, she wishes for less ways to wish for
More ways to work toward it
Ten year-old enemy soldier
Our falling bombs are her shooting stars
hesitation’s always mine
hesitate outside the times
oh call me or drop me a line
say you’ve been with me
say you’ve been with me
say you’ve been with me
this whole time
old world underground I never knew you
But I’ve seen your face everywhere
there was a farm before we tore
the small town down
multiply divide

Metric‘s Combat Baby, an iTunes free single-of-the-week, got my attention, but it was hearing IOU playing over the store stereo in A&B Sound in Victoria that got me hooked. I just love the key changes — they’re so original and interesting. And the mastering is perfect; everything is so tight. I love the hi-hats that come in to close the song. Then I found out the band was Canadian. Bonus. I encourage you to pick up their album, Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?, which has this and a bunch of other great tracks on it. Two of my other favorites are Dead Disco and the epic Hustle Rose.
As a side note, Metric also released a new album in November which is enjoying good word of mouth, but I’m savoring Old World for now. ๐Ÿ™‚

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A few more pictures of Victoria

Well, I was going to post more pictures from Victoria, but Blogger’s hosting service appears to be kinda hosed:

If you can’t read that, it says: “We apologize for the inconvenience, but we are unable to process your request at this time. Our engineers have been notified of this problem and will work to resolve it.”
*Imagines little robot engineers getting wound up*
“Well,” says you, “why can’t you just put the pictures up the same way you put up the screenshot of the error?” And the truth of it is, I could. But, I’m not in the mood. ๐Ÿ™‚
Update: And this is what I saw when I tried to post this entry last night (so it waited until this morning):

“This server is currently experiencing a problem. An engineer has been notified and will investigate. Status code: 1-500-11. Please visit the Blogger status page or the Blogger Knowledge Base for further assistance.”
On the plus side, although waiting to post this ended up logging me out, Blogger was able to re-log me in and save the post anyway. Cool.

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Word of the Day: Macguffin

As defined by dictionary.com:
Main Entry: McGuffin
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: in film, a plot device that has no specific meaning or purpose other than to advance the story; any situation that motivates the action of a film either artificially or substantively; also written MacGuffin
Etymology: Alfred Hitchcock’s term, based on a story where this device was used in a story set on a Scottish train
(As seen in this Firefly-virgin’s review of Serenity).

Spy Guy and Mavis and Davin!

So, here’s a few pictures from my trip back to Victoria. I got to hang out with Ben (aka Spy Guy)! It’s been a long time since I’ve seen him; I think the first time we actually hung out was a rave back in 2001 called “Venus”. Since then we’ve kept in touch online through instant messaging and occasionally (but not lately) IRC. We, together with Mavis and Davin, went to Azuma Sushi for dinner, and later to Vista 18 for drinks. Azuma looked nice inside — clean, nice lighting — but the service was terrible. We sat at our table for 12 minutes before someone came by to offer us tea. We almost left. The food was great though, once it did come.

Vista 18 was cool; I’d never been there before. What it is, is a restaurant/bar on top of one of Victoria’s tallest buildings. As the name implies, it’s got a view ๐Ÿ™‚

The service was good, too. Think I’ll be back next time I’m in town.

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