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Metroblogging Montreal recherche des “bloggeurs” francophones

J’ai souvent entendu des commentaires/plaintes sur le fait que Metroblogging Montréal ne reflète pas parfaitement l’image de notre cité. Sauf quelques exceptions, la plupart de nos billets sont en anglais…ou en franglais. J’ai donc décide de lancer cette invitation officielle aux bloggeurs (ou carnetistes) francophones qui seraient intéressés à se joindre a nous.

Il vous suffit de m’écrire à nantel[arobas] ou de passer me voir au Yulblog de ce soir.

De plus, je vous serais reconnaissant de bien vouloir publiciser cette invitation, surtout si vous avez un blog francophone.


Server weirdness

The ISP that serves the Metroblogging mothership has had a boo boo:

Starting this morning at approximately 6:20am EDT we experienced a
power failure which has been traced back to a blown feeder cable
providing power to Power Distribution Unit #6 within our Virginia
Datacenter. We have 6 PDUs in our datacenter and your server is
powered by PDU #6.

Consequently, access to the mySQL database is very intermittent which might prevent you from posting comments and prevent us from posting new entries.

Imagine if it was our mountain that was burning

Lots of great first hand reports (and pictures) of the LA Griffith Park fire on and Boing Boing.

See Hollywood burn

Hollywood is Burning

It has been shown on numerous occasions that the Metroblogging sites especially shine when something bad happens in their local cities. This time, has been linking to truly amazing pictures of the wildfires around the Hollywood Sign.

Silicon Valley finally gets one

Check out San Jose, our 53rd city and the newest cog in Metroblogging’s plan for world domination.

Pittsburgh is live

Our 52nd Metroblogging city is now live!


Check it out if you want to know what NOT to give to your ex-girlfriend this Valentines Day.

Montreal’s Seventh Gift to the World: Part 2

Joie de vivre/joy of living. This city has it in spades.

Let’s face it, it’s because we like a drink. Our bars serve until three am, and our after hours scene keeps going until dawn. Our legal drinking age is the lowest of any jurisdiction in North America, and, to the envy of our neighbours, we can buy beer and wine at even the most poorly stocked dépanneur.

Every drug inspires a culture, and ours was formed in the mid-1920s, when most of the continent suffered under Prohibition. Shrewdly, the Quebec government assumed control of liquor sales, and within the span of a heartbeat Montreal’s nightlife exploded.

The American jazz scene migrated north, nestling in the smoky clubs that lined the streets of St. Henri. Burlesque artists followed suit, shimmying along the vaudeville route from Boston and picking up French along the way. Then, surreptitiously, the first outposts of the old Gay Village, which made a longtime home on the west side of St. Catherine. All this while Quebec remained under the watchful eye of the Church, which railed against Montreal’s sins but could not cleanse them.

Booze is as much a part of Montreal’s heritage as any other element, and it continues to define the city as a place of play. Sure, Montrealers work, but most of us choose to live first, knowing that living well is truly the best revenge. Hell if anyone does it better.

To peruse the gifts that other cities have to offer, click here.

Montreal’s Seventh Gift to the World – Part 1

xmasprep%20sm046.jpgMontreal is a magnificent blend of cultures all sharing the same wonderful city. While French speaking in principle, you can usually hear several languages at the same time being spoken on public transportation. This is not only because Montreal attracts immigrants from around the world, but also due to the “live and let live” attitude that is pervasive here. For a city of its size, (15th largest in North America) there is surprisingly little violence and rarely ever a racial or ethnically motivated conflict. Respect for one’s cultural proclivities are written into the laws. The Quebec courts even ruled that a ceremonial knife called a Kirpan could be worn to school by a 12 year old member of the Sikh faith.

What am I getting at here? Tolerance. Of all the cities I’ve ever visited, Montreal has the most peacefully diverse population. Tolerance is born out of getting to know one another, to appreciate differences and to celebrate them. A good example of this is in the myriad of festivals here celebrating a diverse mix of cultures. I love that I can go shopping at the farmer’s market in Little Italy, lunch in Chinatown, and go to a rocking disco in the gay village. I love that most people are bi or trilingual (doesn’t that make us a “smart” city?) and that we can all bond on the hideousness of winter and go crazy all summer, doing our own thing. Montreal, a model of tolerance for the world.

For other Metroblogging cities’ gifts to the world, click here.

Montreal’s Sixth Gift To The World

From November 26th to December 2nd, Metroblogging sites around the globe will be unveiling seven gifts their cities can share with the world – one gift a day for seven days.

RESO.jpgOur number six gift is one that goes on and on for 32 kilometers. Covering 12 square kilometers and connecting upwards of 60 buildings, both residential and commercial, and it got it’s humble beginnings way back in 1962.

Montreal’s Underground City, now known as RÉSO, is a marvelous and wonderful part of Montreal’s identity. It’s the largest underground series of tunnels in the world and you can get almost anywhere in the downtown core by Metro (subway) or, in some cases, by foot. All without having to take a single step outside in the elements (once you’re inside the subterranean “city limits”, of course). Be it the sweltering humidity during a summer heatwave or 10 inches of snow and freezing cold winds in the middle of January, The Underground can get you from point A to point B in no time and you’ll be sheltered from the bad weather, smog and traffic – though pedestrian traffic is a whole other ball game.

Taking you anywhere from a hockey game, to several different schools, to a half dozen shopping malls, food courts, restaurants and so much more. Plus when you include the connections the Metro provide, travel or commute can continue to far reaches of the island and beyond. There are some people whose residence is connected directly to the metro, so their 15 km commute to work downtown is completely indoors. We won’t go on pointing out everything that’s connected, we’ll let Wikipedia do that, or else this entry will never end. Allow us to recommend checking out the available PDF maps of The Underground City (above ground, showing the vastness of it and the Metro stations involved) and of the actual RÉSO tunnels (every blue line is somewhere you can get to without having to go outside) . Not bad for an island, huh?

Curious what other Metroblogging cities are offering as gifts? Check out the daily updated list right here.

Montreal’s Fourth Gift To The World

Montreal is known for its rich, cultural life and not surprisingly it has nurtured a galaxy of Famous Montrealers. Just think of some of the names that are known world-wide: Louise Arbour, Conrad Black, Leonard Cohen, Ernest Cormier, Patsy Gallant, Irving Layton, Oscar Peterson, Mordecai Richler, Lili St. Cyr, Pierre Trudeau, Jacques Villeneuve. If one of them rings only a vague bell, then Wikipedia can certainly remind you who they are. These are just some of the great Montrealers who are having or have had their impact on the world

There are two Montrealer names you won’t have a problem with. Who hasn’t heard of Céline Dion? Her many admirers are delighted that she has now become a fixture in the heady world of Las Vegas. Those less overwhelmed by her talents are hoping that the old saying is true: “Whatever happens in Las Vegas, stays in Las Vegas.”

The other world-famous Montrealer is possibly known in an even bigger universe. He has spent a good deal of his time as Captain Kirk in Star Trek. Who doesn’t know the name of William Shatner? Perhaps his singing is less appealing than Céline’s but he makes up for that in so many other ways.

Check out the full list of all the gifts from around the world. It’s very impressive.

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