In uncategorized on July 31, 2007 at 7:47 pm
After the debacle surrounding the London 2012 logo, it was refreshing to see what a great job Vancouver seems to be doing with its Winter 2010 identity. I’m in “Canada’s San Franciso” this week on a little ethnography project, and there’s Vancouver 2010 merch everywhere. T-shirts, mugs, hats, even little wooden figurines, all featuring the logo. There’s even a countdown clock in Robson Square, where I took the photo you see above.
The beauty of the logo is that it speaks to several things at once. The figure in the logo recalls the style of the native inukshuk rock art and colors hint at the multicultural nature of the city itself. I overheard someone refer to it as “the goalie,” reaffirming the extent to which Canadians are hockey-mad.
Despite its obvious problems (herion and homelessness), Vancouver is just one of those cities that really has its shit together. They’re going to do a wonderful job with the 2010 games.
In news, television, uncategorized on July 27, 2007 at 12:13 pm
I’ve been in sunny Calgary for the last week on business. (That actually isn’t sarcasm, it has been sunny and nice.) Anyway, I’ve had some free time to check out Canadian TV, and I have to say, it’s generallly nothing to blog home about. The sports stations cover a lot of Canadian football, the weather is in celsius, and they tend to show only the crappiest American shows (So You Think You Can Dance?).
Thankfully, thedre has been one very pleasant surprise, The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos. The best way I can describe the program, and its host, is to say that is is a sort of hipster version of Fresh Air. The host is a young, seemingly-cool, definitely smart, Canadian lad. On consecutive nights, I saw him interview Gore Vidal and the Barenaked Ladies with equal verve. Given any guest, theme or topic, Stroumboulopoulos is always looking for the insightful point of view.
The show’s site seems to have a comprehensive archive of past shows. It’s also available as audio podcast and a video podcast, via iTunes.
Check it out. George Stroumboulopoulos is definitely smarter and more interesting than Anderson Cooper.
In awesome, darjeeling limited, movies, music, uncategorized, wes anderson on July 26, 2007 at 6:56 pm
Wes Anderson’s new film, The Darjeeling Limited, comes out on September 29th, and I can’t hardly wait. In an world where Transformers, quite possibly the shittiest piece of shit I have ever seen in my adult life, can may a few hundred million dollars, I’m glad there are directors like Wes Anderson. He’s had his ups and downs, but his worst work is still better than 99% of the movies released in American cinemas.
I would rather watch his Amex commercial on a continuous loop for two hours than have to sit through Pirates of the Carribean 3 again.
If nothing else, I’m sure the soudtrack will be awesome.
In uncategorized on July 24, 2007 at 12:18 pm
So, it’s been about a month since I last posted to this blog. The hiatus is mainly due to the fact that I have a new job. About a month back, I started working at a marketing research consultancy called W5. The firm is small, only twelve people. (Fortunately, they seem to be twelve of the smartest people I have ever worked with.) W5 does both qualitative and quantitative work, with a certain knack for in-depth ethnography. Our clients include ad agencies and corporations of all shapes and sizes.
Things are going well – interesting clients, good work, and plenty of travel. I’m on a two ethnographic excursion to Calgary and Vancouver as we speak. Hello, frequent flyer miles.
So, if you’re in the market for the services of a marketing research consultancy, feel free to contact me at my business email. For those of you who may be at the AAAA Account Planning Conference in San Diego, W5 is a sponsor. We will have a table in the registration area. Stop by and say hello.