Movember 2013 – I’m only going to ask you twice

Movember 2013 – I’m only going to ask you twice

So here we are. November 4th, after 10pm, Monday night. Too late to plan a marketing strategy, too late to recruit team members. I remember just yesterday it was April and I made a mental note that right after the next long weekend I'll start asking people whether they want to get involved in Movember this year. What happened to the last 6 months? November rolled around, and so we jump in head first. The royal We. I'll keep it brief. I've been doing Movember for a couple of years - growing facial…Read more
Happy Father’s Day – to most of you

Happy Father’s Day – to most of you

I've been getting many Father's Day reminders this year - from DIY stores, BBQ sellers, car repair shops, even from flower shops. I'm beginning to think that the Western Dad is feeling neglected, maybe even unimportant. So let me just take a minute and wish all you a happy and satisfying Father's Day! Well, almost every dad should have a good day today. I'm gonna exclude dead-beats, wife-beaters and kid-touchers. There are special places in hell for them, if you believe in hell. To be able to create families and offspring, only to…Read more
Stephen Colbert’s Fake Twitter Hack

Stephen Colbert’s Fake Twitter Hack

Late last night, as I was checking my twitter feed (hopefully for the last time before going to bed), I noticed a rather unusual tweet from @stephenathome, Stephen Colbert's twitter account. It looked like the account was hacked, similar to incidents earlier in the week (with Burger King, Jeep, MTV and BET). While the first two were orchestrated by actual hackers (allegedly Anonymous) and were done with apparently no harmful intentions, the 'BET+MTV' was a copycat marketing campaign, brought to you by the social media ninjas at Viacom. You see, by some interwebs…Read more
Some premature thoughts on Twitter’s Vine

Some premature thoughts on Twitter’s Vine

A few days ago Twitter has unveiled Vine (based on previously purchased startup), a cool new iOS app that allows people to share short video clips - up to six seconds long. I wanted to check it out on day 1, but something got in the way, I forgot, but kept reading nothing but glowing, positive, or at least cautiously optimistic posts from Technology blogosphere. Well, it's Sunday afternoon, I'm catching up on the week's reading, and decided to check out the app. Indeed, the setup is very intuitive, it quickly connects to…Read more
So I got an electric car, part 2 – the harsh reality

So I got an electric car, part 2 – the harsh reality

Hi again. You did read the first part before getting here, right? About me getting a fully-electric vehicle, so I can feel all ethical and moral about the environment? Well, here comes the most surprising discovery - which didn't hit me until I was behind the wheel for a few weeks. How ballsy it was for Nissan to take a risk and build a Leaf. Essentially, they designed a car that goes against most tenets that the car industry has been focusing on all these years. No engine. No transmission. No gas tank.…Read more
Movember 2012 – call for participants

Movember 2012 – call for participants

Here is the story thus far. My grandpa beat prostate cancer a few years ago. He was a tough bird, but complications from injections, and the side effects from the many meds he took resulted in his heart weakening, so he had a stroke. And even though he continued fighting it, and restored most of his functions, he was just too old to recover, so we lost him. Two years ago this May. Technically, his heart gave out, but I'd like to think that it was cancer that started the long, painful domino-effect…Read more
Movember 2011 announcement

Movember 2011 announcement

Here's the promised important personal announcement. As you know, I got involved with a little organization called Movember last year, and somehow managed to raise over $500 bucks for prostate cancer initiatives. The amount might seem small (Canadian contribution to the cause last year topped 22 mil), until you consider that at the time I had under 70 followers, and largely used Twitter+Email to raise awareness. It was a tiny social media experiment with a microscopic megaphone, but the results were pretty amazing: 347Read more
In defense of Earth Hour

In defense of Earth Hour

Now that Earth Hour 2011 is behind us, it's not a surprise to hear that Toronto didn't do "as well" as in previous years. Here's an article in BlogTO stating that the city only reduced its energy consumption by 5 percent this year. Compare it to 10% in 2010 and 15% in 2009. I can see a trend in that, and it's a little upsetting. But what's more upsetting is the number of naysayers that came out and laughed at the very idea of Earth Hour - just read the comments for the…Read more