Posts Tagged ‘vancouver’

Just Heard of That Uber

Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by

Apparently there is this app called Uber that has been in the US for awhile which allows people to get a car ride from someone. In many ways it’s like a citizen operated taxi service. I was watching the news today on how the company tried to come into Vancouver here but was denied due to regulations. The interesting part was it was mentioned that they may simply make all the rides free as that eliminates the need to get properly licensed like a taxi company.

It was interesting as a lot of taxi companies appeared to be worried about this as it’s almost like how newspaper have been drastically affected by Craigslist. It sure makes me wonder if I would ever dare to use this and get like a random stranger to take me to a destination. Like here, is the lure of it being free enough for you to not take say the taxi or transit if you don’t have your own car?

Saving Money On Advertising By Being Extremely Negative

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by

I kind of found this a little odd as lately here there has been a lot of sites and media sources that have been talking about this anonymous tumblr account called ihatevan where someone is essentially criticizing the city of Vancouver and why he thinks it is a bad place to live. You can the account at http://ihatevan.tumblr.com/

While people seem to be arguing/debating the points that are brought up there, funny enough the first thing I thought about was this guy sure knows how to get free advertising. Based on some other items I read too, apparently the guy is anonymous because it is alleged that the person is a politician of some sort. That’s kind of funny where there are probably so many businesses that crave for that kind of attention by doing deeds or something with a more positive and yet this shows you that being negative can be more effective.

It almost feels like watching a TV show where many people condemn things like a reality show that has people fighting and cursing at each other yet those are the show directions which generate the most attention. Personally speaking, at first I didn’t think it was a big deal as to me it is simply someone expressing an opinion. At the same time, usually if a person is that vocal it can ironically mean they want things to change with good intentions. So it was kind of surprising to see how this was able to push the buttons of many people.

Maybe that old saying is true here where if you are not pissing someone off then you are not doing it right.

Seeing People Spend Money Like Water

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by

I saw this interesting video today of a proposed reality show to be shot here that revolved around “Ultra Rich Asian Girls” of Vancouver. I guess you can say it seems to be going in the direction of all of those “Real Housewives of” shows where people get to view the drama revolving around rich people. This was the trailer I saw:

For the most part it seems like they are trying to find people who essentially inherited a lot of money and as a result are pretty carefree with the way they spend it. What caught my attention are the comments that people made such as how showing stuff like this will simply encourage people to be irresponsible for money. That got me thinking, does seeing things like this actually influence you to spend less or more in your life?

I know for myself, seeing things like this ironically makes me not want to be irresponsible with money. Am I the only one that thinks it’s silly for example to see someone buy such expensive things where they don’t seem to even think about the future or what would happen if they lost all their money one day? In that sense, it’s almost like it’s a free life lesson and in some ways is no different than reading stories of people who are say addicted to a certain substance. Like there, no matter how much you try to glamorize it I would think seeing it would discourage you from following that path.

Starting A Business With Outdated Laws

Sunday, June 10th, 2012 by

What an interesting video/situation this was that I saw. Essentially, it appears that there are some people here in Vancouver that are trying to start a restaurant/bar of sort with the difference being that they are trying to cater to the video game audience by allowing people to play video games in there. It appeared that they are trying almost all of the online options to start this business too such as trying to get additional funding online as well as advertising. It appears to be working too.

The interesting thing was that while watching this video they made apparently they just found out that the liquor laws here are worded in such a way where playing video games consoles with their type of business and space is prohibited which essentially kills off the key idea/attraction to their business. You can watch the video here if you are interested:

Of course I am personally not sure how the law works in this scenario as it isn’t exactly my expertise. It did get me interested in how they are dealing with it though as again it seemed like they were attempting to get support online to try and change the law itself. In many ways I guess they do make a good point as nowadays almost every smartphone or tablet has the ability to play video games and so the wording probably does need to be reviewed.

It’s good to see people not just give up though when they are given a huge hurdle in trying to start up a business that they believe in. Be interesting to see how his pans out.

Thinking of Donating Computer Equipment

Monday, December 27th, 2010 by

Since the year is coming to an end I was just looking around the house to see if there is any stuff that I wanted to get rid of to free up some clutter. I never realized how many old CRT computer monitors I had. I was thinking of just recycling it but then I realized that you have to pay a fee to do so which is kind of silly considering you have to pay disposal fees on electronics here nowadays.

With that in mind it just seems like it makes more sense to find a place to donate the items to. Guess I have to research in terms of who exactly would take items like these and would put it to good use.