It had to happen and heaven knows that the living things in Vancouver needed it but it’s a shock all the same. The rain has come and sadly and inevitably, extinguished our summer of fiery sunsets.
Has the wet stuff settled in for the season? Oh, I sure hope not. It’s too sudden.
We need the curtains of cloud to pull back at least long enough to allow the sun one last blazing encore; a final bow,as it were, before the gray gloom of fall and winter finally closes around the city like a cold wet blanket.
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On my way westward on Monday morning (August 31), as the rain was pouring down, I noticed that two water fountains flanking the entrance to the office building at 1177 West Broadway Avenue were back up and running. And 12 hours later, on my way eastward at 11 p.m. both fountains were still running (some six hours after the building had closed for the night).
Some people in Vancouver, such as the managers of the aforementioned Clairmont Building (namely Broadway Properties Ltd.), may think that Monday’s heavy rain (and the prospect of a few days more) marks the end of water conservation but it doesn’t.
Rain or no rain, Stage 3 lawn sprinkling restrictions are still in effect across Metro Vancouver and Stage 3 clearly calls for all public and commercial fountains and water features to be shut off! Read more…
At this very moment, as I sit in a McDonald’s in the 1400 block of West Broadway Avenue, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Google thinks that I’m sitting somewhere in Quebec.
In fact, Google Maps tells me that the exact address of my Wi-Fi connection is 5265 Chemin Queen Mary, Montréal, QC H3W 1Y3, Canada — latitude: 45.4841, longitude: -73.62889999999999.
Which is to say that just because Google can see everything that we do, doesn’t actually mean that it has very good eyesight.
Well I see that the spamming Russian website Semalt has managed to sneak back into my blog traffic statistics under “Referrers” — not using its actual name, of course, but the generic alias: “video–production.com”.
Clicking on the harmless-looking referrer link takes you to the latest incarnation of Semalt — not flogging search engine optimization this time, but rather offering cheap video production.
Money up front, of course!
But new business model aside, it’s still the same old Semalt referrer link spam — a trick that became so much of a problem for bloggers over a year and a half ago that WordPress.com was forced to create a new feature just to block it. Read more…
Lawyers for Google were in a Vancouver courtroom two months ago, on June 11, 2015, to hear a B.C. Court of Appeal uphold a sweeping 2014 B.C. Supreme Court ruling that ordered Google to block all search results relating to the illegal commercial activities of a former B.C. tech company.
While Google had voluntarily agreed to block results from certain page URLs on the Google Canada web domain (.ca), the 2014 court order called for search results to be blocked on a long list of websites across all of Google’s search domains (including .com).
Google’s lawyers sought to overturn the 2014 court order on jurisdictional grounds, arguing that the B.C. Supreme Court had exceeded its territorial reach and anyway, British Columbia law didn’t apply to Google because it was a U.S. company with no physical presence in the province.
But the three Justices of the B.C. Court of Appeal unanimously agreed with the B.C. Supreme court and upheld the 2014 global site-blocking order against Google.
What influence it may have in other jurisdictions is questionable but there’s no doubt that the British Columbia ruling strikes directly at one of Google’s greatest fears — that it’s global cloud-based advertising business could be brought down, like the giant Gulliver was by the Lilliputians, and tied up in innumerable local legal squabbles. Read more…