Up next: Chicago Blackhawks

It’s official now: the Vancouver Canucks will be playing against the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The first game is scheduled for 6:00 PM PT on Thursday, April 30th in Vancouver at GM Place.

Swine Flu

By now, everyone is aware of the latest strain of the influenza virus that’s percolating around the globe. The virus, which started in pigs, spread to humans sometime in March 2009 in central Mexico. Since then, cases have popped up in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Spain. Fortunately, no deaths have been recorded outside of Mexico where close to 150 people have reportedly succumbed to the disease.
However, when the media uses big frightening words like “pandemic” and mention past cases of severe outbreaks, like the 1918 Spanish Flu, where almost 50 million people died.
While it’s unfortunate that people will lose their lives to this, it’s not going to surge out of control where huge swaths of human life will be wiped out. There’s too much fear mongering where people are complaining that this is attributed to the planet being overcrowded and this will signal the end of human life as we know it. I don’t know where people are getting this bull since it seems to be a popular theory in my office.
The only reason why outbreaks like this occur is most often attributed to poor sanitary conditions, lack of available or affordable medical care, and just general misinformation. Right now, there are six cases of the swine flu in Canada: two in British Columbia and four in Nova Scotia, with no new reported cases. Those who are suffering through it are experiencing a mild case of the virus and are expected to make a full recovery. While there almost 45 cases of the reported virus in the United States (possibly more, but until more testing is done, it could just be your average strain of the flu), no-one outside of Mexico has died from it.
You can keep yourself safe from this flu by following the basics:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds or more.
  • Keep your hands away from your eyes and nose.
  • If you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth with a tissue and dispose of it immediately after.
  • If you sneeze or cough with your hand over your mouth, wash your hands immediately.
  • If you do become sick, stay home and keep contact with others to a minimum.

Use your common sense people and you won’t even get sick. The swine flu is being blown out of proportion, and while it’s something to be concerned about, just don’t go overboard.

Sweep Sweep Sweep

Alex Burrows sealed the St. Louis Blues’ fate on Tuesday night, scoring with less than 20 seconds left in the first overtime. Burrows, along with Kyle Wellwood, had the Canucks in the lead until Brad Boyes and David Perron on the Blues tied things up, with goals three minutes apart. The Blues put pressure on the Canucks, but were unable to beat them, losing 3-2 in overtime.
This is the first time the Vancouver Canucks have ever sweeped a round in the playoffs taking four games straight without a loss.

Watch Fullmetal Alchemist online

FUNimation has the latest episodes of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood online. The episodes are subtitled with the original Japanese voices. Not a Fullmetal fan? FUNimation has episodes of Phantom, Blassreiter and Digimon Adventure 02 available, all subtitled, just to name a few. The best thing is, usually most sites that run full episodes of TV shows are restricted to viewing within the United States (usually for licensing and other legal issues). Fortunately, Canadian viewers can watch these series through the website without getting the “this video is not available outside of the US” message.

Two down

Vancouver CanucksThe Vancouver Canucks are now two up on the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference Quarter Finals after shutting them out 3-0 on Friday night. Mats Sundin, Alex Burrows and Henrik Sedin all scored to give Vancouver the victory. Andy McDonald struck the goal post twice producing the only chances the Blues would have in getting past goaltender Roberto Luongo. Luongo would continue to deny the Blues from scoring earning his first post season shutout.

The Canucks play the Blues again on Sunday in St. Louis for a 4:00 PM PT start.

Where’s the Lamb Wellington?


Look’s like Gordon in his early years.

Sakura-Con 2009

This was a pretty damn good weekend, minus the lines. Border, registration, dealers room, autographs, etc. Hooray for lines! Here’s Sakura-Con 2009.

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Sakura-Con Photos

Naruto

The pictures from Sakura-Con 2009 are now online. There’s just over a hundred online, with most likely a few more to be uploaded soon. I’ll have an update of how the weekend went by Wednesday.

Editorial: Vancouver is not a bad city

Coal Harbour and Stanley Park

Coal Harbour and Stanley Park

Since the beginning of 2009, there has been a scar ripped across the face of this fair city, and it’s frightened a few people. International news agencies are proclaiming that Vancouver’s recent rash of violence is a turn off for tourism. I’ll say this right now — it’s not. But it’s only worrisome if you’re a gangster.
The shootings that have a lot of people worried are between rival gangs, not random targets. Sure, there haven’t been any innocent victims, but it’s a chance you take with being outside. It’s like walking across the street. You don’t know if someone’s going to run the red light and send you flying through the intersection. Always be aware of your surroundings, just like you would in any city.
I visit Chicago quite a bit, and they have a bad rap for being the home of organized crime with random homicides and attacks. But you know what? Chicago is still an amazing city with great people. So is Vancouver.
And with the US Dollar higher than the Canadian Dollar, it’s still a decent price for US tourists. So come up and visit Vancouver. I guarantee you’ll like it. Good weather, good food, good people. We’d like to see you.

Apple Failpod

The Troublemaker

The Troublemaker

I bought an iPod Classic 120gb last October to replace iPod Photo that fell to its demise and have been relatively satisfied with the iPod Classic’s performance. This past week after upgrading the firmware for the iPod to version 2.0.1, I started noticing some incredibly strange goings on: songs would stop playing half, or a quarter way through, album artwork went missing, and videos would not play. After following Apple’s instructions on resetting, restoring, reinstalling and so on, the problem had gotten worse. Incredibly worse.
After restoring the iPod, it would say that there is no music, photos or videos on the device, despite me spending 35 minutes watching iTunes copying the music over. Upon performing this six more times, iTunes froze whenever the iPod was connected, sometimes even killing Windows Explorer.
So I checked Apple’s support forums, and it looks like I’m not the only one with this problem.
Thank you Apple for giving me a $250 paperweight. Can we get some decent products here?

April 6, 2009
Since my iPod is under the one year warranty, I called up Apple Canada and was actually pleased to find that their support is pretty decent. You know how when you call up support, for lets say your ISP, and you tell the tech on the phone that you’ve done the basic troubleshooting, but they have you reset your equipment again even if you’ve tried three times before? Yea, this didn’t happen. I explained what the problem was and they were very friendly about getting the iPod replaced if it’s not serviceable. So that was pretty good of them. In 7 to 10 business days, I should have a new iPod Classic.

April 7, 2009
The box to send the iPod back to Apple arrived today. It came with instructions, padding, tape and a baggie for the iPod. I called up FedEx and they’ll be by shortly to pick it up. That’s pretty damn awesome.

April 15, 2009
I got an email stating the iPod reached Apple’s service centre. I guess shipping the player back via FedEx wasn’t the fastest, but it got there. But twelve hours later, I got another email explaining that the iPod was not repairable, so I would be sent a brand new one at no charge. Sweet!

April 16, 2009
Just as I got home from work, the FedEx truck returned and the iPod was back in my hands. And it works amazingly. And just like Apple said, it was between 7-10 business days.

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