16.05.14 by Jeff

The Best Building in British Columbia

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I was asked by Huffington Post to write about my favourite building in B.C. for an article. The Architecture Foundation of BC is searching for the province’s top 100 buildings, based on personal experiences in those buildings, so naturally I wrote about the timeless beauty of the #3 Road McDonalds in Richmond.

It’s a little hard to read on their site, so here it is:

My vote for favourite building in BC is actually one that I sort of have a love/hate relationship with. It’s the McDonalds at No 3 Rd and Granville, in Richmond, also known as the first-ever McDonalds in Canada. I’ve also read that when it was built, in 1967, it was actually the first McDonalds located outside of the United States.

It’s a national treasure, and it was my first real job. It felt like everyone from my high school worked here. We hated it, but we all hated it together. To be honest, it was kind of the greatest feeling in the world.

The unique thing about the restaurant was that it had a tunnel with a conveyor belt inside it, which ran from the kitchen area, outside the building, across the lane, to the drive-thru window. It was meant for sending burgers and fries out of the restaurant at top speed, but the secret was there was a hole in the side of the tunnel, outside the back entrance. This meant on days when you weren’t working, you could stand on top of the planter, reach inside, and snag a hot bag before it made it to the drive-thru booth.

I remember I was always annoyed when people from my high school, that I barely knew, would come in and give me a nod that meant they wanted free food. So whenever that happened I loved to go into the bin of expired burgers and stick a bunch of really old ones in the microwave. Then I’d motion the guys over to the side of the counter like, “Here ya go fellas, this one’s on me.”

I still have the sacred McGold card, which I think got you incredible deals like 4% off jeans at Bootlegger in the mall. I also kept the little pin they gave me after reaching the 1-year mark as an employee. I quit soon after that. My last shift, I dropped two full baskets of nuggets into the fryer with 10 minutes to go, and I left with a takeout bag so heavy it probably would have halted the conveyor belt.

So this is my tribute to the #3 Road McDonalds, an ugly building perhaps, but one that will always have a special place in my heart.

You can see other people’s choices over here (click on the slideshow).

PS – McDonalds executives, if you’re reading this I wouldn’t be mad at free cheeseburgers for life, or like a nugget fountain for my apartment, thnx.

 

15.05.14 by Jeff

Giveaway: YES Ring by Open House

 

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Open House is a New York-based jewelry project by my friend Monika Wyndham. She’s been making these great YES Rings and asked if she could give one away to you guys. She says, “It’s one of my favorite things I’ve ever made, because of the actual positivity it stirs up in people by just seeing the word.” I love that.

So if you wanna snag a ring (it will be sized for the winner) all ya gotta do is leave a comment below and let me know in what ways you’re a YES person! I’ll let Monika pick a winner on Monday.

15.05.14 by Jeff

The Free Umbrella System

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I was recently invited by Bettery Magazine to submit a city story, and the one I chose to share is actually kind of embarrassing (when/if you read the story, keep in mind I’m Canadian-born Japanese). You can read it here.

 

02.05.14 by Jeff

Giveaway: Booooooom x ALLYOU

This week’s giveaway comes courtesy of ALLYOU, they provide a quick and easy way to create an online portfolio. I’ve included a few examples of people who are using the site, below.

I have 3 titanium accounts to give away (each valued: $180/year) so if you’re in need of a portfolio leave a comment below describing your work, and include an image of it. We’ll pick 3 winners on May 16th.

 

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Florence Tétier

 

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Katja Alissa Mueller

 

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Nicolas Coulomb

 

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Philipp Groth

 

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

CONGRATULATIONS TO: Diego Mallo, Karol Banach & Jesse Hunniford!

29.04.14 by Jeff

Booooooom x ???????

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In my big year-end post in December I said “These past five years, all of it, it’s all still the beginning. It would be really dumb to be satisfied with the beginning.” I set really big goals for myself for this year.

I’ve got something big to announce very soon (I’ve been hinting about it on my Instagram), it involves friends of mine and their brand, also based right here in Vancouver (you may be able to guess). This is the first of several projects that have been a little while in the making. I’m excited to tell you about this one. Stay tuned.

 

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13.04.14 by Jeff

Giveaway: Cecilia Camera Straps

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This week I’m giving away four camera straps courtesy of Cecilia. A little bit about the straps:

“The full-grain leather is selected from premium Argentinian cowhides. The hides are finished in the USA with surface treatments that give the leather its durability. The alpaca textiles are handwoven by weavers in the Peruvian highlands. The backstrap loom weaving techniques and traditional patterns are a heritage of Andean culture. Sourced from mills in the USA, the reinforced webbing runs through the ends of the straps to ensure strength and reliability. The straps are assembled in León, Mexico. We work with some of the most experienced artisans of leather goods to craft a product of The Americas.”

If you’d like to snag one of these camera straps, leave a comment below and upload a photo you have taken recently. I’ll let the folks at Cecilia pick their four favourite images in two weeks (4 different winners).

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

CONGRATULATIONS TO: Maria Fernanda G, Matt Skuza, Alex Couture & Guilherme Viñas

07.04.14 by Jeff

Cabin Time: A Roaming Creative Residency

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I like this idea a lot. Cabin Time is an off-the-grid creative residency which launches twice a year in various remote locations. If you’re looking for something to do in August maybe you should apply for the one in Santa, Idaho, or the one in Desolation Canyon, Green River, Utah.

Cabin Time accepts applications for residencies and curates a group of 6-9 artists one month before each residency begins.

“Cabin-Time invites artists, designers, writers, musicians, scientists, sign-painters, bird-watchers, cheerleaders, schemers and dreamers to make site-specific work in cooperative intentional isolation. Conscientious environmental stewardship is a core principle of Cabin-Time. Together, we work to set up camp, share chores, cook group meals, and help each other develop our ideas. Cabin-Time hosts residencies bi-annually, one in the winter and one in the summer. The number of creatives invited to each residency varies by location and degree of isolation.”

Watch the video below, it will get you stoked.

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27.03.14 by Jeff

Giveaway: “White Cube” Book by Brecht Vandenbroucke

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My favourite comic artist Brecht Vandenbroucke finally has his book “White Cube” released in North America. Book publisher Drawn & Quarterly has given me a copy to give away to one of you. If you’d like to snag it, tell me a useless fact in the comments below!  We’ll pick a winner on April 11th.

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