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July 7, 2003

The Grouse Grind, for my non-Vancouver readers, is a tortuous hour-long hike up Grouse Mountain. It's not the most picturesque of walks, and its only redeeming feature is the bar at the top of the mountain (and, I suppose, the associated view).

The Grouse Grind is insanely popular. Vancouverites flock to it with ritualistic zeal, and swap their times as badges of honor. It's so popular that, during peak times, you can spend the entire hour staring at the butt of the person in front of you. The odds don't favour it, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. In truth, it's a sort of sadomasochistic outdoor stair-climber. It pleases me that this is what my fellow city dwellers consider leisure activity.

I hiked near the Grouse Grind trail for about three hours today, on a section of the Baden Powell Trail between the Grouse Grind and Skyline Drive. It veers away from the Grind about 200 meters up the trail. It goes up for a while at a Grindish angle, but then levels off and is a pleasant walk through an second-growth forest. The return leg, making for about two to two and a half hours, is along the powerline clearing which affords the occasional nice view of the city.

All in all, a welcome alternative to the Grind. Given that it's longer, you probably burn the same number of calories anyway.


7:00:10 PM        Vancouver

This may be late notice, but the editor-in-chief and chair of Salon Magazine, is speaking at SFU Harbour Centre on Thurdsay night:

Remember when the Web spawned a new "content site" every day? Remember brainy Feed.com, funny Suck.com, and media savvy Inside.com? All gone — except for Salon.com, the last of the independents, still breaking news, cracking culture, and highly amusing millions of visitors. Those visitors are affluent, well-educated and their age hits advertisers’ sweet spot. But Web advertising hasn’t lived up to the hype. So how has Salon stayed vibrant — and successfully made the transition to subscription-based publishing on the web — in an era when Slate, owned by mega-Microsoft, is its only comparable competitor?

I'm going to go just so I can ask, 'so, David, how'd you blow $80 million in ten years?' Let me know if you want to go and tickets are sold out, I might have a couple of extras.


6:49:49 PM        Internet Technology Vancouver