Oooh, the new Tarantino movie looks SICK!

12 02 2009

Go check this out:


A realization about Skytrain.

27 12 2008

First, I have to credit Lainey with an assist on this, because it was something she just said to me in MSN Messenger that made me realize this.

Background: In Metro Vancouver tonight, if you hadn’t noticed, it’s been STILL snowing.  A bit of rain has fallen in Richmond and downtown, but otherwise it’s been mostly snow or frozen rain.  Now, we already have over a foot of the bloody stuff as it is.  Anyways, I had to go downtown for a bit to see some friends, and while the trip there wasn’t TOO bad (an hour on the train alone), the trip BACK from downtown to Surrey took over two hours tonight.  Why, you ask?  Well, on the way into town, they had attendants at the controls at the front of each train, watching for ice or fallen trees, and also in case they had to manually control the trains. And they had a power outage in Surrey tonight (which doesn’t affect the system THAT much, because they draw power from all over, so they just rerouted power from another area…a few mins delay), and they were having problems with the electronic switching systems on the tracks.

In case you don’t know what I mean by switches, they’re the things that direct the train to either go straight or veer off to a side (or middle) holding track that you see outside of stations, or to switch trains between going over the bridge or through the tunnel and down the Millennium line.  Normally these things are automatic, but they were screwing up due to the snow buildup, the water runoff, and the cold.

Anyways, on the way in, that wasn’t that bad.  On the way home though, the switches at Columbia were hooped, the switches at Scott Road were hooped, and at King George.  So basically, we’d leave a station (say broadway), go normally to the next one (say, Nanaimo), then WAIT.  For an average of 10 mins, with the doors open.  Then move on to the next one.  Then when we got to Columbia, the attendants had to actually manually control the trains from Columbia, over the bridge, and all the way to King George.  It was nuts.

Anyways, the point of all this was, I was explaining to Lainey why I took 2 hours on the train alone (which normally takes me 35 mins or so), and she was commenting about the ice on the tracks the other day, which closed the train going over the bridge, and they had to shuttle people via bus from King George to New West.  And I mentioned they’ve been running the trains over the tracks nonstop all night since the snow got bad, so they don’t get buildup in the mornings (which would wreck the morning commute easily.) 

She then commented “they should run the trains all night for all the drinkers..”

And then I suddenly realized.  Remember a few months back when people were going on about bugging Translink to keep Skytrain open all night (there’s a facebook group about it with like 30,000+ members when i looked a second ago to get the link right there), and Translink’s response was that they couldn’t do that, because they have to perform maintenance on the tracks at night, and they’re cutting it close leaving it open until 1:15am (from Waterfront…so almost 2am at Surrey central) as it is.

Well, they said they’ve been running the trains nonstop to clear the ice 24/7 for like a few weeks now.  So, either:

1) They haven’t been doing all this apparently critical maintenance on the tracks all that time, cuz they’d have to get out of the way every 10 mins for a train


2) They’re full of crap and they’re just too cheap to run the trains later, and figure they can get by on the ‘Nightbus’ they have at 2, 2:30 and 3am going to a few select locations (but only to surrey central out this way…Langley doesn’t get anything past 12:30 at night at the best of times, even though we pay a TON of money to Translink.)

I wonder which one it is, because I can’t see any other explanation.  Either one is pretty bad, though.

PS: Happy Holidays, everyone.

Election notes…

15 10 2008

Congratulations to the Liberal party on finally getting to turf their interim leader. 😉

Congratulations to the Conservatives on ALMOST getting a majority.  Next time, it’ll happen.

Condolences to the NDP, I seriously thought Jack Layton would make a great leader of the opposition.

And, congratulations to the greens.  You’re a bunch of crackpots, good riddance.


14 10 2008

All you Canadians (which is probably all of you, frankly), should get out today and VOTE!

I think everyone who lives in Canada has a responsibility and an obligation to themselves and this country by reading up on the issues, asking their friends questions if they don’t understand, and today, taking the time to go Vote. Who you vote for is up to you, but vote for the candidate of YOUR choice.

A-Ha’s “Take on Me”, literally.

14 10 2008

Check this out…

Even after 23 years, A-Ha’s Take on Me music video remains one of the best ever made. And, in late celebration, somebody went and made a literal translation of it, complete with subtitles. Definitely worth a viewing. I love the "this guy’s gonna get an ass full of pipe wrench" at the 2:33 mark.

Wow, I guess TransLink really *does* give a damn.

8 10 2008

I’m actually quite impressed right now.


So as you most probably know, I’ve lived a lot of my life out in Langley. And yesterday, yet again, I got stymied by the 501 bus.  Now, coming from Surrey Central out to the family home, the bus goes basically a block away.  no big deal.  However, it then goes for about 5 miles with maybe one stop.  ONE.  A few years ago, this was fine; there was nothing there.  Now, however that’s not the case. There’s like, an entire mall, a whole freeway-side commercial area the other side of the freeway, you name it.  And the bus won’t even STOP there.

So, this morning, I decided, as most of you would expect, to rant to TransLink about it.   So I looked on their website, and found the customer complaint form.  I filled it in, explained what the problem was, and promptly forgot about it (because I figured they wouldn’t do a thing about it.)

Sure enough, a half hour ago, I got a call from them.  They’re passing it on to the planning/scheduling department to find out WHY there’s no stops there yet, and they’ll get back to me in a few days.

I was in awe.

I mean, they:

– Acknowledged the complaint

– Told me what they’re doing about it

– Gave me a timeframe


Who are you, and what have you done with TransLink!?! 🙂

Google from 2001: I’m *still* in it..

1 10 2008

For google’s 10th anniversary, they’ve brought back their original search engine page from 2001, along with the entire index, as it was, back in 2001:

Scary part: I’m STILL IN IT! Who’d a thunk it. 😐