23.07.08 by Jeff

Feist for Sesame Street!

Feist performs her hit single “1,2,3,4” on Sesame Street’s 39th season. There’s a bunch of new lyrics in this version which teach children to count to four. I realise the song was already called “1,2,3,4” but this is a perfect example of how dumbed down television is now! We used to learn to count to 20.

When all is said and done, I respect Sesame Street for still trying to make learning fun. I just really really miss the old Sesame Street. If anyone needs me I’ll be in my trailer writing a hit song called “1”. I will also be writing a second version for Sesame Street that teaches children how to count all the way up to one, and in a few years time I’m sure that song will have to be replaced with an even shorter version.

08.07.08 by Jeff

Wild in the streets

Is Vancouver the best place to live in the entire universe? Yes. Yes it is. Emerica. Wild in the Streets. Vancouver BC. 1:26 mark of this video makes me smile. I love this city. What up Cyrus!

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08.07.08 by Jeff

Philip Glass for Sesame Street

More proof that Sesame Street (the original series) was the greatest show EVER. In 1979, famed-composer Philip Glass wrote a series of pieces for the show called “Geometry of Circles”.

Kids these days aren’t getting the visual education they need! So many of today’s designers were being taught design principles at an early age by shows like Sesame Street.

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06.07.08 by Jeff

Designer Treehouses

Did you ever build a treehouse when you were a kid? Not like this you didn’t… Baumraum is in the designer treehouse business and their work speaks for itself.

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10.08.16 by Jeff

Mandy Tsung and Russell Alton

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So soo sooo excited that the Vancouver Mural Festival is finally happening this month! Artists Mandy Tsung and Russell Alton collaborated on this beauty, one of several murals wrapping the entire MakerLabs building.

On August 20th the Vancouver Mural Festival will take over Main street between 12th and 7th. There will be 35+ new permanent murals to look at, a million bands, public markets, all that good stuff! More info here. Our city has needed something like this for so long! Stay tuned for more coverage.

10.08.16 by Staff

JR Celebrates the Olympics with Two New Installations

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French artist JR has created two new public artworks in Rio de Janeiro in celebration of the Olympic games and as part of his ongoing Inside Out Project. Using construction scaffolding, the installations involve enlarged images of athletes in-action: the first high jumping way over a building and the second diving into the ocean.

Click here to see previous posts of JR’s other large-scale/site-specific work. And check out more images of his latest project below!

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08.08.16 by Staff

Mixed-Race Artists Explore Half-Asian Identities in “Dirty Knees”

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Shannon Elliott

 

“Dirty Knees” is a visual arts exhibition exploring mixed-race identities, featuring artists Nomi Chi, Shannon Elliott, Katie So, Mandy Tsung and Lauren YS (all of half-Asian ancestry).

The title of the show is a reference to the old playground rhyme (“Chinese/ Japanese/ Dirty knees/ Look at these!”) and deals with the complexities of internalized racism as well as the difficulty of establishing an identity that isn’t just stratified but fetishized and overlooked by linear definitions of race and heritage.

Bringing together a very personal selection of work, the exhibit aims to create a sense of community and encourage discussion around issues of race and identity. See more images below or on display at Vancouver’s Untitled Art Space in Chinatown (436 Columbia Street), opening August 12th.

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24.07.16 by Jeff

Pokémon Go: Complete Pokédex Silhouette Reference Chart

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Download: The Complete Pokédex Character Reference Chart

 

Pokémon Go has been taking over my life the past couple weeks, and it’s weird because I never watched the show and don’t play games on my phone. Is anyone else in the same boat?

I read about the guy who apparently found all the available Pokémon but I couldn’t find an image of all the revealed characters. I was also surprised that it was so difficult to dig up an entire chart of all the Pokémon silhouettes to be able to know whether something close to you is worth searching for. Any longtime fans of Pokémon will already be able to recognize the silhouettes but I’m not one of them so a chart like this is kinda crucial!

The image above is essentially what it looks like to complete your entire Pokédex! This image above is the entire chart with all the characters revealed and below is the full chart as silhouettes (with and without titles). Full credit goes to Reddit user Jadael for posting the images here.

*UPDATE – Kadabra and Alakazam were swapped in the original images (thanks to several readers for pointing this out) both images have been fixed.

 

Essential Pokémon Go resources:

The Silph Road – this subreddit aims to be the largest online community of Pokémon Go users offering lots of findings, tips, and tricks.

Lvl 22 Player Giving Small Tips of Advice – this post on Reddit really answers every question you will have about the game and specific advice things like quickly levelling up.

Pokémon Go IV (Individual Values) Calculator – if you want to take the game to the nerdiest level possible, use the Google Doc linked here to accurately calculate if you should continue powering up your Pokémon or transfer it and move on.

 

Maybe I’m a huge nerd for liking this game but I can’t remember the last time I walked around my city and struck up as many conversations (albeit very nerdy conversations) with so many complete strangers of all ages. So far I’ve found 67 Pokémon and I’m level 17. Any other Booooooom readers playing?

Complete Pokédex Silhouette Reference Chart below!

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