Halifax Rush ticket presale failure

I had three goals today: get a haircut, buy Rush tickets in the fan club pre-sale and meet with some guys about shooting video of an upcoming wrestling show.

Two out of three, but the biggest one was a big failure!

I got to the Rush pre-sale site (Ticketstoday) and went through the initial steps -- yes I'm of age, yes I accept the conditions, Halifax please, etc. etc.

I selected two (2) lower bowl seats. I checked the Halifax Metro Centre seating chart (printed out in advance) and wasn't sure I loved the seats, so I selected the "find me a different pair" button and ........ all gone. WHAT?! In TWO minutes?

So, I kept at it. Find tickets -- there are no tickets.

Find tickets -- there are no tickets.
Find tickets -- there are no tickets.
Find tickets -- there are no tickets.
(etc.)
Find tickets -- there are no tickets.
Find tickets -- there are no tickets.
Find tickets -- here are two tickets. Want them?

YES. YES I want those tickets. Okay, yes, address, name, all that stuff. Okay. Credit card number. Expiry date. Secret number on the back.

I click the button that's supposed to be "That's everything, let's finish this thing." And I got this failure message:


??? It says I've exceeded the "allowed amount of time" to purchase some of my tickets, and that the expired tickets were....the tickets in my cart. Right above that is the countdown timer that had begun counting down when I started browsing in the first place. As you can see, by the time I got to my screencap utility, it was at 4:16. I was *not* out of time.

I've since been unable to get any tickets. As of one minute ago, the site now says there are *no* tickets available. For the past half hour, it's at least been letting my try to get them. Now it says there is not one ticket available.

I don't know whether to scream or cry.

Interviewed Anne Murray this weekend about Family Guy

Canadian music legend Anne Murray is going to be on the Fox animated TV series Family Guy tonight.

I've been a Family Guy fan from the beginning and I think Anne Murray's "There's A Hippo In My Tub" was the first record album my parents every bought me.

So, imagine my delight when I heard that Anne Murray was going to star as Anne Murray on Family Guy! I was working on ideas for this weekend's editions of Maritime Morning on News95.7 and decided to take a shot at booking someone to talk about it.

I called the Anne Murray Centre in Springhill, NS and made my pitch. They asked if I wanted to talk to Anne or someone from the Centre. It hadn't even occurred to me that I could talk to Anne Murray. They said they could try. They called back soon afterward with Anne's phone number. Go figure!

Here's how it went on Saturday morning at 10am. Enjoy!

ANNE MURRAY on being Anne Murray for an episode of Family Guy.
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And here's a clip of Stewie deciding to try to make Brian an Anne Murray fan:

A great (Winter) day at White Point


One of several photos I've put up at flickr showing the sights at White Point Beach Resort. We went there early this week for a two-day escape which may very well be the last getaway we have for years. Call it a 'babymoon.'

Click on the photo to be taken to flickr, where you can see more. I'm new at developing photos in Photoshop, so I'm not sure if I'm taking them too far in any artistic direction, but some of them look kind of cool!

Battle of Wits proves I can't do math

Math was never my strong suit in school, but I rarely see how badly my number skills have deteriorated. A spotlight shone on that deficit recently as I took part in the Crime Stoppers Halifax Battle of Wits.

The weekend event at the Atlantica Halifax hotel was the 10th annual competition and the second time I've taken part. Last year's News95.7 team placed respectably for a debut team. Illness kept some of our players away from the table this year, so we welcomed the mother and father of Lite92.9 host Jamie Paterson.

Twenty-five teams of five battled on paper in a series of timed, written contests covering a variety of categories. Architecture, sports, theatre, film, language, popular culture, history, trivia and more.



We fared well in some categories, but I was able to offer nothing on the math problems. Here's the kind of problem that confuses me as a 39-year-old: y = (x+3)(x-3)^2. Okay, you might look at that and say "SIX!" but I don't even know where to start.

Also, problems like this: Jenny likes Ben but not Tara. Tara likes Ben but not Jenny. Alice knows Jenny and Ben but thinks Tara is a prude. What colour are the shingles on the roof? Give three examples.

In the end, we finished in tenth place. Please enjoy this video I shot and cut together showing the winners. It's worth noting that the top finishers are usually the same from year to year. There are some smart people in this city, and they regularly find their way to the Crime Stoppers Battle of Wits.

Today was my last day at work, and I'm okay with that

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