Thursday, July 31, 2008

Rolling Out the Blue Carpet


This is how they do it! Construction continues on the Residences at Hotel Georgia at 699 Howe:



Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Steamed in Gastown


Every 15 minutes this unique Vancouver landmark toots out a quaint musical tune in Gastown:



Notice how every pipe creates it's own tune? I truly wonder how the inner mechanism does this...

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Camera Doesn't Lie


Officer Patrick Pogan claims cyclist Christopher Long crashed directly into him, according to court documents obtained by the NY Times. However, the video tells a different story of what happened during last week's Critical Mass ride in New York:



Monday, July 28, 2008

Tricycle Evolution Actually Quite Thrilling


It started humbly with this wobbly machine-shop prototype in the 1940s...



...the plastic revolution of the 70's led to this most awesome "Big Wheel" childhood ride...



...another thirty years later, this wicked machine is kicking ass down Nelson street today while I try to chase it down for some helmet cam close-ups. But wow, this guy is fast! I pumped my messenger guns to the max to catch up; you can hear me panting at the end.



Thursday, July 24, 2008

Rejoice! What Once Was Lost is Found Again


Bulletproof congrats and props go out to Kelda, a Vancouver bike messenger who got back her stolen bike today by chasing down the thief through the alleys and backstreets of the Downtown East Side. Way to go, Kelda! If my bike ever gets nabbed, I'm taking you with me to help find it :)


This is my bike. There are many like it but this one is mine...

Let Me Stand Next to Your Fireworks


Hopefully I'm not dating myself too much with the Hendrix title reference, but the song seemed a fitting soundtrack for last night's fireworks video; most of it filmed with my trusty helmet cam.

I was recognized by several people who saw my picture in last week's 24hrs newspaper and chatted me up about my "blog experiment" or "video journalism project".

As promised, here's my video of the event:



Monday, July 21, 2008

Bike Trick of the Day


Here's JP practicing a rather neat and difficult maneuver - a "cross-frame trackstand" - at the Art Gallery, while other Vancouver messengers look on...



...the final frame is great, especially if you pause it, tilt your head 90 degrees to the right, and imagine being there right when picture was taken.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

I Feel the Need, the Need for Speed!


I captured some thrilling footage of this year's Tour de Gastown in Vancouver and set my video to a popular 80's movie theme. I filmed several laps from different vantage points and stitched them together to provide a realistic depiction of the actual race course:



Watch for the fly-by of the breakaway racer at the end - he's coming right at me! I thought he was going to hit me or graze me, but I held my ground. It takes a lot more than that to rattle Bulletproofcourier.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Bulletproofcourier Spotted at Tour de Gastown


While I was out covering the Tour de Gastown bike race tonight sporting my helmet cam, several people recognized me from last week's 24hrs newspaper story. Many were curious and engaged me in a stop & chat to ask about the bulletproofcourier experiment. I had a fun time at the event.

Video coming next.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Reflections of Downtown Vancouver


Not much was going on in the city today, so I had a lot of time for reflection - literally. With my trusty bulletproof 8.3 megapixel digital camera in hand, I set out to capture some neat shots of downtown buildings reflecting off of one another. Some of them turned out quite spectacular! A skyscraper with a clean set of windows can create the most uncanny reflections under the right sky conditions and viewing angles, as you'll see:



My favorite shot is at 0:21 in the video, with the Harbour Center tower reflecting in the windows of GM Place - from almost a mile away! - complete with "Neil Diamond" speckled on the stadium light board. I'm also happy with my concluding video shot, showing the Hyatt and RBC Tower reflecting across the street onto 1030 Georgia, creating a perfect mirror-image.

Monday, July 14, 2008

About Getting That Prize Shot...


...SOMETIMES IT'S A MISS

I took a day off today and the city literally catches on fire! I missed some potentially great shots of flames and smoke exploding out of city manholes.

Oh well, there's always next time.

...SOMETIMES IT'S A HOOT

Here's my helmet-cam of last week's 24hrs photo shoot/interview with Carmine Marinelli and intern reporter Lucy Gotell. It was fun, and I find it strangely amusing that I was recording them while they were recording me.



Sunday, July 13, 2008

VPD Investigates Military Weapons on Denman Street


While I was riding around the neighborhood visiting garage sales today, I came upon some very interesting items laid out on the grass at Denman & Haro. These wares were not for sale, however:



Saturday, July 12, 2008

Denman Street Pub Crawlers


Visiting the Starbucks at Denman & Davie has never been so interesting before today! While there this afternoon I encountered a group of wild and crazy pub-crawlers wearing great costumes who agreed to be part of the Bulletproofcourier project:



Here's the high-res pic I promised them:


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Keeping Vancouver Spectacular




Today I participated in the West End Cleanup, a monthly event sponsored by the City of Vancouver's Keep Vancouver Spectacular program. It was a real pleasure meeting new friends and making a difference in my community - plus it felt great when random people on the street thanked us for our efforts!

The West End Cleanup group meets at 9:55am on the 2nd Saturday of each month at the small park where Cardero meets Comox. The next one happens August 9th. Volunteers spend 2 hours cleaning up and are provided with garbage bags, gloves and of course the requisite "litter-picker-upper" grasping rod, which is super-nifty to use (isn't it curiously satisfying to manipulate objects beyond one's reach?). Wearing a high-visibility vest is optional - if you prefer a lower profile, that's fair enough, your help is appreciated either way - but it is recommended for safety, "street cred" and getting the word out. The group is organized by John; he can be reached at westendcleanup@gmail.com or 604-603-2397 to answer any questions.

This fun and easy program is not confined to the West End only. Wherever you are in Vancouver, you can get involved by checking out the city's Keep Vancouver Spectacular web page.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Famous For 24hrs


I had a lot of fun in the city this past Wednesday. Everywhere I went, people were recognizing me from page 4 of the day's 24hrs newspaper and giving me kudos, compliments and encouragement for my work. My blog received a ton of extra traffic and new visitors. Thanks for the publicity, 24hrs!


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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Shiver Me Timbits!


Vancouverites Blown Away in Record Winds

It was difficult to walk upright in the city today, let alone ride a bike!

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Yesterday's Contest Winner: Lorna Pardy


Lorna successfully named all 3 tunes from yesterday's whistling video - "Fly by Night" (Rush), "Walk Like an Egyptian" (Bangles) and the theme from Indiana Jones.

Pardy wins a $10 gift certificate to Subway; as she told me in her winning e-mail, "I pack in a foot-long every day!" Congrats Lorna, your GC is in the mail.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Whistlin' in the City


I had fun whistling in a few places today where the acoustics are particularly nice. If you know all 3 tunes, e-mail me - all correct answers go into a draw for a $10 Subway gift certificate.


Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Bulletproofcourier in the Media


Today I had a wheely fun interview with Lucy Gotell of 24 Hours; we talked about videoblogging, cycling in the city and of course, filming my famous Bulletproofcourier downtown helmet cams. Speaking of which, here's a redux of my latest exciting helmet cam, for first-time visitors to enjoy right away:




Coming tomorrow: Whistling in the city, win a free lunch
I'm an avid whistling enthusiast and I've found some downtown locations where the whistling acoustics are fabulous.
sneak preview:
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Recognize the melody? If you can name all the tunes I'll be whistling in tomorrow's video, you could win a free lunch!

As always, I welcome your comments and feedback. E-mail bulletproofcourierYOURPANTS@hotmail.com but remove YOUR PANTS first. :)