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know these jerkwads?

So, I just found out that some jerkwads broke into Workspace and stole 6 of their computers sometime between Friday night and now (I'm not clear on when it happened). There's a surveillance video of the guys coming in and out (with the computers) of the building posted, they walk back out about 45 secs from the end of the clip.

And to the amusement of I think everyone who's seen them, there are photos of the dude who ended up with one of them, since he managed to accidentally post photos to workspace's flickr through photobooth! How awesome.

If you have any leads or know any tattoo artists you can pass the photos onto that would be great, make sure to pass any info on at info [at] abetterplacetowork.com and if you want to keep updated, check out Bill's blog.

Good luck finding the evil-doers guys. What a shitty thing to happen to such good people right after their 1st anniversary, none the less!

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1st day of fall

I know, it's not really the first day of fall quite yet, but it sure felt like it. The air has been getting chillier on and off over the past week, and it really hit all of a sudden today. Even though we really got cheated out of a proper summer this year, I am ready for fall. Despite being my first summer since finishing school, it's been one of the most challenging summers I've had, and I can't say that I'm sad to see it go.

Scott, Boris, and a bunch of the other geeky types have headed to Barcelona for the next ten days or so for DrupalCon and judging purely from Facebook status updates, have made it there safely. It would have been great to go, but regardless of whether or not I would have been up for it, I have already committed the rest of my vacation days earned to date to going to my cousin's wedding in LA at the end of October.

(Friday night hanging with Tall Scott on Denman.)

I took the day off of socializing today after staying up too late the past couple nights, and decided to catch up on a few things. First order of business was making my weekly trip to the gym. I would be thrilled if I could keep it up to twice a week, but it just hasn't been happening. Once a week and at least I can justify keeping my pass. Did my regular workout in my new leggings that I got for $12 in the sales bin at Roots (the sales bin at Roots rocks).

Decided to head over to Capers and get some groceries--luckily had dressed extra cozy, as it was pretty darned chilly out! It turned out that the Sustainability Fair, which I thought was only on yesterday, and I'd missed, was on again today! Lotsa food to sample, I tried some mint-green tea. The owner of Twice Shy had a booth there and was selling stuff from last year's line at mostly well over half off! Got a couple tops (I really must profile them on SpendLocally). Wandered around, then went in and got my groceries. Came back out and sat down to eat some lunch, and shortly DNA6 took the stage...I'd never heard of them, but it was a GREAT set! Had to get a tea to stay warm enough to make it through the show, but enjoyed it thoroughly. They seemed way too good to be playing the Capers Fair, but what the hey, I'm not gonna complain! Hoping to be able to catch a full length set sometime and get the full experience. It was just starting to spit again as they wrapped it up, so I snapped up their CD for $10, and headed home.

Haven't really been overly productive the rest of the day, but when it's drizzly and grey outside, I never really feel bad about it. I don't feel much like making my lunch for tomorrow, so I think I might finally try out one of the local eateries by the office. I've been there six months without buying lunch once!

Oh, and my seagull (I call him/her "my" seagull cause (s)he hangs out on my balcony frequently) barfed up mussel shells on my balcony today. I opened the door, and looked at the seagull, and it puked. It was disgusting.

(My hens and chicks finally bloomed!)

Work's been pretty crazy the last week or so, as our tech guy Chris left us to go do grad studies in Belgium, in fact he flew out today. His 'replacement' (I hate that word, cause you can't really replace someone, but I can't think of a better one) has been with us for two weeks now training and getting caught up on everything. I will miss having Chris around, he taught me sooo much, and is a really level-headed person to have around.

(Lunch on Chris' last day.)

Hoping for a less hectic week, getting back into the routine...getting my zen back. Zen-master Parveen must be slacking, cause I've been feeling really allovertheplace lately!

A lovely West End weekend - photos

Saturday morning: Farmer's Market

Best Garlic

Best tomatoes

Tart, tasty grapes

Saturday afternoon: West End Business Association's Davie Days--double dutch skipping!

Sunday: English Bay--beaching

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BarCamping (a lazy wrap up)

BarCamp Vancouver 2007

It's all a haze right now, so instead of a proper wrap post, I give you this and invite you to add more verses in the comments if you feel so inclined:

BarCamping Across the West Coast

(Read/sing to the tune of Star-Trekking Across the Universe)

BarCamping on the West Coast
Geeking out in Workspace
Thankyou to our hosts

BarCamping on the West Coast
Sessions upon sessions
Cause we can't get enough

There's Lee Lefever in the crowd, in the crowd, in the crowd
all the way from Seattle town, in the crowd, Kris.

It's Drupal man, so get with the program, get with the program, get with the program
A CMS, so get with the program, get with the program, yep.

There's Derek Miller in the crowd, in the crowd, in the crowd
Fighting the fight so show some love, in the crowd, Kris.

Barcamping on the West Coast
Geeking out in Workspace
Thankyou to our hosts

BarCamping on the West Coast
Sessions upon sessions
Still can't get enough

It's worse than that, I can't connect, can't connect, can't connect!
It's worse than that, I can't connect, can't connect, can't connect yeah.

It's blogging dude, so get with the program, get with the program, get with the program
An RSS, so get with the program, get with the program, yep.

There's Boris in a cowboy hat, cowboy hat, cowboy hat.
There's Boris in a cowboy hat, cowboy hat, Kris.

We've come to geek, eat some food, eat some food.
We've come to geek, eat some food, eat some food now.

It's worse than that, it smells like geek, smells like geek, smells like geek.
It's worse than that, it smells like geek, sweaty geek, yep.

There's Tod scootering down the road, down the road, down the road,
There's Tod scootering down the road, down the road, Kris.

Barcamping on the West Coast
Geeking out in Workspace
Thankyou to our hosts

BarCamping on the West Coast
Sessions upon sessions
Never enough time!

You must obey the stupid shell, stupid shell, stupid shell
You must obey the stupid shell, blow it again Dave!

We're only here to eat the food, eat the food, eat the food
We're only here to eat the food, gimme some more Zak!

It's worse than that, I can't find the dongle, can't find the dongle, can't find the dongle
It's worse than that, I can't find the dongle, can't find the dongle, can't find the dongle OY!

Where did all these cowboy hats come from?
Why is everyone on a Mac?
Who the hell scheduled the party before the conference... so tired...
I can't type anymore quick someone post a status update...
***KABLOOM!!!!***

Barcamping on the West Coast
Geeking out in Workspace
Thankyou to our hosts

BarCamping on the West Coast
Sessions are all finished
See you all next time!

What do these people have against Mac???

First the backup drive gave me the big f.u., today a new hardware battle... But let me backtrack a little...

I knew it was going to be a bit of a crazy day today, but I didn't think the transit would be that messed up on the way TO work this morning. I got out there in time for the 'early' bus, only to find a pack of people probably 4x as big as usual waiting at the stop...this (and all the angry faces) could only lead me to the conclusion that 3 or 4 buses had already been missed. Finally a gas powered bus (my route usually only runs the electric ones) turned up and everyone packed in. I think my stop is the third on the route, and by the fourth, it was full. People were not pleased. Nor was I when I ended up being about 10 mins late for work.

Anyway, I came prepared for an unorthodox trip home (orthodox being: walk three blocks, get on bus, 15mins ride, get off bus, walk across street), as I was planning on getting off the bus halfway home to stop and buy the new Tegan and Sara CD, The Con. I brought my backpack, cause I figured that there was a good chance it was going to be busy already because of people coming down for the fireworks, and that it was likely once I got off the bus I was going to have to walk the rest of the way home.

So I went and bought my CD, and thought surely if I walk a few stops down there'll be people getting off the bus, and hence room for me to get on. I passed the London Drugs on my way down the street, and stopped in and picked up a webcam, then walked to the next stop. I chatted with this nice little old lady, as we cooked in the sun and hoped a bus would come by. It did, but it sure as heck didn't let anyone on. Which was fine for me. I said goodbye, went and got an iced tea, and walked the rest of the way home. But what the heck was she supposed to do? With a cane, she was doing about 20ft/min, and it was obvious to me that she was stuck there until...until the crowds die down? It kinda ticked me off, because I realized she probably wasn't going to be able to make it to go get her dinner, and nobody seemed to take any note of that. Anyway...

Aside: this evening someone above me was throwing bread off their balcony, and I had a few bird-friends make some pit stops on mine...

seagull

I had some trouble setting up the webcam because friggin Logitech decided to give me the big f.u. as well--again, no mac support! Thankfully, a lovely open source program called maccam came to my rescue. And with a little help from my favorite geek (listen carefully to the podcast he posted today and you'll get a surprise!) I managed to get it working with Skype--just in time for the fireworks! (Which are crazy loud by the way and still going after 25mins!)

pepper hearts

Ok, now they're done. Not bad at all...great not having to brave the swarms of people, now we'll just see how it goes getting to sleep at a decent time...oh, the people they are loud...

fireworks-spain

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