Cutting-edge, up-to-the-year reporting

The Vancouver Sun ran two stories today about how Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn have settled in town (see New to the neighbourhood). Two giant full-colour photos and supplementary black and white photos accompany this breaking news.

I’m glad the Sun keeps us informed when important events like this occur. This is the kind of dangerous, on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of reporting that I like to see on the front page — not that boring stuff about the police (allegedly) using excessive force and (allegedly) threatening the media or the tiresome escalating military action in Iraq.

I only wish they had mentioned it way back when they arrived, or I wouldn’t have been so surprised when I spotted Kurt at lunch. I wish they’d tell us when the scores of other actors and actresses who live in Vancouver go outside for any reason.

Keep it up, Vancouver Sun!

Ceçi n’est pas un Ginger

Ceçi n'est pas un GingerRumours say that Dean Kamen’s famous Segway Human Transporter actually isn’t the same as his much-hyped, mysterious invention code-named Ginger.

I have to admit, I was hooked when I first heard about this mysterious Ginger invention that Steve Jobs raved about. I swallowed the hype whole without chewing when I heard people raving that the top-secret invention would revolutionize the world. Such things spark the imagination until it’s fairly burning with excitment over… whatever-it-is.

And then… nothing. Just as Ginger was dropping completely out of the public’s consciousness, Kamen reveals the Segway scooter. It’s a nifty gadget, alright. I’d love to take one out for a spin, but it’s hardly going to revolutionize anything.

So now there are murmurs that Ginger is not the Segway scooter after all. Sorry, Kamen. Don’t care.

I suspect that Ginger is actually a new technique to piss off a lot of people over nothing.

The end is nigh

According to an article on the BBC website, we may all get splattered by a really big asteroid on February 1, 2019. Don’t panic just yet — the calculations are “uncertain” and the asteroid may miss us by “several tens of millions of kilometres”. All the same, I might take a little trip over to the next planet that day.