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Zip For Leonardo

I had the pleasure of attending a most amazing exhibit of the works of Leonardo Da Vinci. Hundreds of his original sketches are on display at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The exhibit is also free. There was a huge line at Robson Square apparently 6 hours in length. But it was not for Leonardo. It was for people waiting to get a ticket to ride the 8 storey high zip line that dangles above Robson Street.  The red arrows are the line up for the zip line the yellow arrow is the start of the zip line. It is cool. Click on the image to see it in action.

The sad thing was that there was no real line for Leonardo’s sketches. Which a collection of 200 that is unlikely to appear anywhere again in our lifetime.

Flame Lighting Troubles

Sadly Catriona LeMay Doen was denied her 1/4 chance to light the sacred flame due to a hydraulics failure. I really enjoyed the gala (both the live rehearsal and the televised one). My favourite part was the whales. If the torch bearers had been fashioned with one of the below lighters nothing could have stopped them from getting the job done. If you are a smoker you might was well light up in style. You can find every manner of lighter at this site, except this lazer pointer machine gun torch. No these would not get through a mag and bag.

Transit Woes

It is hard to get around in Vancouver. I was on my way to see the Leonardo Da Vinci exhibit at the VAG.  Transit gets especially hard when your bus pops a connection to its electrical power on the Granville Street bridge. Our brave transit driver ventured out into traffic to get us restarted. The video shows the empty driver seat and the Granville Bridge out the window.

gallery test three smooth gallery fail

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This is a test of smooth view next gen gallery wordpress plug in. Still working on it. The picture quality has a massive drop off. But I am still working on trying to get things properly uploaded. This is what I had to do get Next GEN gallery to upload anything at all.

  • make hughmacleod.com accessible with ssh-bash on PLESK panel
  • delicately adjust php.ini. to change the upload_max_filesize to 32M
  • delicately adjust php.ini. to reflect a post_max_size to 64M
  • then reboot the apache server, which I did through PLESK.
  • I can upload photos now, but they look fugly.

Go See This Show

This wonderful show is the creation of Jill Bourque from San Francisco. It gets a couple of lucky couples up on stage and improvisers create reasonably accurate on stage renditions of “How We Fist Met.” This show has been mounted by Staircase Improv before and promises to be a blast again. Besides I just like the poster. Can you spot the Improv Rubber Chicken?

Bare Naked Ladies In The Streets

I was walking home from the Leonardo Da Vinci exhibit at the VAG (Vancouver Art Gallery) and I saw the Bare Naked Ladies busking at the corner of Robson and Burrard.  They had spontaneously appeared and started playing with a street musician. I think that they were raising money to try and buy tickets to the Men’s Hockey final.

Pretty Pretty Flags

We are no longer allowed to have cameras inside the Village because of some pictures involving Russian athletes, Smerfs and a giant moose. Unfortunately the nice man making the speech was cut off. I know what the word was that he was about to say because I was there. What do you think he said?