- Take these ideas…please
- SinglesMob: An app for turning parties into mixers
- NameRater: A search tool for evaluating a possible name change
- Rain swag for the farmers market
- Butt-crack mural: Rethinking self-judgement
- YouDrawIt: The shopping engine that lets you drive
- 12-Step Social Media Scanner & Intervention Bot
- The Genzlingerizer: An app to enhance offline reading (and an IFTTT workaround)
- Blackout ribbon: Avoiding grim news and spoilers
- ShoeCamp: An (imaginary) unconference for the footwear-obsessed
- ClickCentral: a web app for tracking clicks on all tweeted links
- Unstoppable Timer: mobile app wanted
- Talk back to Vancouver’s rain on Twitter
- Hanger card: How to have sex in the shower
- Signal social sharing permissions with stickers and buttons
- Wouldn’t it be awesome if we had this site or hashtag?
- Genius grants for inspired groups of collaborators
- App: Running late
- Magic browser plugin for retroactive logins across open tabs
This post is part of an experiment: for one month, I am giving away all my ideas.
It is now June, just two weeks away from the official beginning of summer.
I bring this to your attention because my fellow Vancouverites should be forgiven for thinking that we are still in the depths of winter. After a few tantalizing days of spring, and even a couple of proper beach weather, we are now back to the season I call the Rainy Shitness.
The Rainy Shitness is the default state of Vancouver from late October through early February. Then the crocuses come up, the sun comes out, and we have the occasional spring shower just like any other city.
At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work. This summer (and as I recall, last summer) the Rainy Shitness has broken its side of the bargain, and refused to go away. I got a closet full of gorgeous summer shoes, R.S., and a pedicure to match. So enough, already!
If you share sentiments like these, you may find yourself shaking your fist at the sky and shouting angry words. But that is so old school, people. These days, existential frustration and futile ranting should be vented online.
Which is what brings me to my latest idea: @YVRrain, a Twitter account for Vancouver’s rain clouds. Instead of bitching to one another, we should take our complaints to the rain itself, and tell it just how annoying it is to wear galoshes in June.
Since this idea is so easy, I just went ahead and pulled the trigger. @YVRrain is now live on Twitter. Vent your frustrations, and maybe the rain clouds will talk back. You’ll just have to try it, and find out what they have to say in their own defence.First posted on June 7,2012