Speaking at IIMA on blogging

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv, Around Vancouver, Blogging, Business, Professional Blogging

Tomorrow and Wednesday I will be doing a presentation/workship for the International Internet Marketing Association (IIMA) with Tris Hussey on Blogging.

The first night we’re focusing on Blogging 101what is blogging, why should businesses participate, and the basics of getting a blog up and running.

The second night we go into more of a Q & A period on Advanced Blogging, for people who know what a blog is and may already have one. This includes some of the more advanced uses of blogging, and how you can tap them for more. We have some demos planned, like understanding metrics and getting custom feeds. More or less we expect to get a lot of business application questions, and that’s great.

Both nights are really hands on. We have a computer lab, some slides, and are ready to dive into some great demos. Should be very interesting. Not enough events of this type are put on.

I’m looking forward to presenting everything and meeting some new people. The second event is sold out, and the first one almost booked up, which is great news! It’s a cool turnaround from last year, when I first presented with Tris, and Roland of Bryght, on blogging for business, and really started to break into blogging.

At that time I was still in the corporate world doing marketing, and a blog, and not long after that I broke off into what I do now. So, it’s cool to turn around a whole year and see what I’ve accomplished, what’s happened in the blogging world, and where my confidence and understanding now are.

So, we’ll probably be posting our slides online after the event. I think some Vancouver guys might be event blogging it too, so we’ll have to wait and see.

Santa Facts

Posted in Events, Funny

Quick facts about Santa Claus you may not have known ;)

How reindeer fly

So how do my reindeer fly? Well they are a rare breed indeed, but I have a team of elves that are dedicated to finding reindeer that are capable of what some call, the gas-bang theory… It also takes close to 350 years to train a reindeer…

Well the reindeer is capable of converting the gas generated from eating a lot of beans and cauliflower into a lighter gas than the oxygen found in the air. When this happens, it actually allows the reindeer to float, and the lighter the gas, the higher it can fly…

- Santa’s Journal

How Mr. & Mrs. Claus met

Mrs Claus and I met a long time ago, back when I was only delivering presents in Europe… On this particular Christmas Eve, I was in what is now Denmark, and was going to deliver some gold to Adriaan Ganesvoort… So after I threw both bags through the window, I realized that one of them was the wrong bag, it contained a variation of marbles for Adriaan’s neighbour. Now I had to find a way to get that bag back and replace it with the proper one…

I took a couple steps back, started running and jumped up into the window and just when I thought I was going to go through and land on the floor, I got stuck – stuck in the window frame… I thought I was really quiet, but then I heard a young woman ask if I needed help. I looked up, and there she was, the most beautiful woman I have ever laid eyes on…

So as we tried to come up with some ideas to help me out, we spoke. I found out that she had a good heart, loved helping children and wanted to spend the rest of her life doing good. I was in love…

So now I was in love, and stuck in a window. I looked down in despair and noticed something – a latch. I was stuck in only half the window! I opened the latch and the wooden panel opened up, and I fell to the ground. Now Mrs. Claus was embarrassed for having not realized that the window was half-closed. She apologized, and I chuckled my first ho ho ho!

Then I took a gamble. Right there on Christmas Eve, in Denmark, I proposed to Mrs. Claus. She said yes, and the rest is history.

- Santa’s Journal

Cipriano de Rore: Missa Praeter rerum seriem

Posted in Music

If you are even remotely into classical music, this is one of the most breathtaking and soothing CDs ever. Cipriano de Rore: Missa Praeter rerum seriem; Motets (Huelgas Ensemble, Paul Van Nevel)

Ianiv got it for me for my last birthday. We heard it first playing in Virgin music, but the gal before me bought the last copy and it’s not an easy CD to find. But I just had to have it!!

The recording is just amazing. The vocals are truly hard to beat – such talent. I like it because of the balance of the tones, and the smoothly moving undertones. Sounds like floating. (Yeah, I know, that sounds weird). Anyway, the sopranos don’t go too high, so for those of you not used to choral music, it will be a great listen. For me, it makes me really really miss singing and the sensation you get when the sounds around you tug at your heartstrings.

The madrigals are really amazing, and this may be the only recordings of some of de Rore’s madrigals.

Of course, Amazon being the handy place it is, you can preview all the songs online.

I just had to write this. Put it on to relax a bit and I knew I needed to share it. So, enjoy ;)

Launching more blogs… but not my own

Posted in Blogging, Professional Blogging, Social networking

So, I’ve been in the middle of more blog launches. Still in the middle, actually. But, the blogs are not mine :)

A couple of months ago I decided to try out a few different topics on the side, to see how they would perform. More or less things I thought would do well, even without my “interest” in the topics. ;)

Well, you all know that I hit something with my entertainment blogs. Knowing what I know of them, and their behavior as a set, and of networks in general, I decided I wanted more. But wasn’t really up to writing a dozen more myself, nor was I organized to start up a whole new network. Besides, what’s the point?

So, I approached the b5 guys, and in no time my blogs were merged over and I became Channel Editor of all Entertainment blogs. Of course, I immediately put out a call for bloggers and started the task of refining everything down. Over the next two weeks, the channel will grow to 20 blogs, which is a great start.

This is my first go at “hiring” bloggers, and I absolutely love it. It’s so much fun to work in this way – spinning out ideas, and getting things rolling. Been a great experience. I’ve got quite enough on my hands for a couple of weeks, but once I get settled with all the launches, who knows where it will lead.

Worst Toys of 2005

Posted in Gadgets & Gizmos, Games

Always good to know what kind of crap is out there. Especially for kids. Here are the 10 worst toys of 2005.

W.A.T.C.H.’s annual “10 Worst Toys” list nominates representative toys with the potential to cause childhood injuries, or even death.

1. Baby Serena – Baby I’m Yours

2. Camouflage Water Bomb Fun Kit

3. Splatmatic Pistol Splat Paintball Shooter

4. Animal Alley – Ponies

5. The Lord Of The Rings – Return Of The King Uruk-Hai Crossbow Set Including Electronic Light ‘n’ Sound Sting Sword

6. Air Kicks Kickaroos Anti-Gravity Boots

7. Fisher Price’s Little Mommy Bath Baby Doll

8. Fantastic 4 Electronic Thing Hands

9. Star Wars – Revenge Of The Sith Energy Beam Blaster

10. City Blocks

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Via J-Walk

Harry Potter Goblet of Fire Movie Review

Posted in Books, Movies

So, we went to see Goblet of Fire on Sunday. Despite it being a Sunday night, and being downtown, the theatre was sold out. I got there early to buy the 7:45 show – sold out. I go to buy the 8:30 from the machine and miss it by seconds with the announcement that “Harry Potter 8:30 is sold out” – arg! The next was not until 10:30, but we’d already paid for parking. So, we stayed. Went to a Starbucks for a bit – we did think ahead and bring books.

I have to say I was happy with the result of the movie. I went into it expecting it to really piss me off, like the last one did. But some of the annoying things from the last movie were no longer there. The students were back in their robes (so happy I wasn’t the only one annoyed to have them in “muggle” clothes all last movie). There was no weird obsessiveness with an artistic portrayal of a tree. Really, if I had to say anything, it was rather rushed. Despite all the cuts.

Now, I think there were unfortunate choices in what was cut and what stayed. In some cases choices that, to me, seem odd. But, likely, to JK, who is the only one knowing the ending, they are not vital things. Maybe vital to the books at the time, but not something that continues in importance. For example, the whole thing about Harry’s visions and which perspective he’s in while seeing them… something we see again in the next book, but that was not explored here. No Dobby. Most of the serious emotional battles, and battles of evil in subtle ways, were overshadowed by the need to explain the complexity of the Triwizard tournament, and in going through the tasks.

So, I think I’m satisfied. I am sad some things were not acted out. And I think it misses many of the meaningful things, not just to the story but to the growth and morals and all that, which is very Hollywood. The actors are older – which is what they get for their parents demanding the movies slow down from 1 per year to 1 per 1.5 years (which makes Daniel 1 year older than Harry now, etc). It shows, but it’s better than most!

So, my review. Good. A significant upturn from the last. And satisfying in its own little ways. Nothing like the magical dreamworld of the first two, which is unfortunate but somewhat valid, but good.

One thing I definitely didn’t like: Dumbledore was totally off character. Even more than the last movie.

Has anyone else seen it? What do you think?

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Santa is podcasting

Posted in Blogging, Funny, Podcasting

Apparently, Santa is into podcasting. And has a blog! With interesting stories such as the Roadmap and the Holiday Feast



The creativity just blows me a way. Really beautiful.

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If you are a Christmas freak, like me, this will bring you a lot of enjoyment.

Via Micro Persuasion

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