Seriously, what makes you happier than a cupcake? Okay, a few things but the cupcake I’m sure ranks high on most people’s lists of stuff they like.
Enter Cupcake Camp. A meet-up for cupcake fanatics, makers and bakers and shakers in the cupcake-making industry. Based on the BarCamp/DemoCamp style of conference, Cupcake Camp allows cupcake entrepreneurs and hobbyists the chance to showcase their sweet creations to the eager samplers of Toronto.
Traditional cupcakes like the vanilla, chocolate, red velvet and mint chocolate variety were available for sampling but interestingly enough people went to the extreme with some flavours. Elvis cupcakes in particular were all the rage. There were at least three different cupcakes that featured the banana-peanut butter combo that the King made so famous and one even had bacon on it! Speaking of bacon, there were three kinds of cupcakes that included bacon. I can’t say that I’m a big fan of meat with my sweets but it was worth trying out.
There were edible gold cupcakes, pear and green tea, strawberry daiquiri, orange creamsicle, black forest flavoured ones among the 50 or more varieties they had to try.
The most creative had to be the cupcakes in the flower pots, with crumbs on top to look like dirt, a flower sticking out and gummy worms for added realism. My favourite of the day though, was the cheeseburger cupcake that looked so much like an actual hamburger you would think there was meat in it.
If you ever want to sample more cupcakes than you can imagine, then find a way to get yourself to Cupcake Camp Toronto 2011!
The Bieb took over funnyordie.com as an April Fool’s prank on their viewers. Bieber or Die as they called it spoofed the dentist kid and other classic YouTube clips. Aziz Ansari also got in on the joke. Watch a clip from Justin Bieber’s take over.
PodCamp Toronto 2010
February 20 to 21, 2010
Rogers Communications Centre at Ryerson University
Ah PodCamp…a great event that demands your full attention. Can you handle the responsibility of learning from great veteran speakers and ambitious newbies this weekend?
If you have never been to a camp before or even if you have and you saw the schedule of events on podcamptoronto.com, it’s enough to intimidate the most fearless of conference hoppers.
Fear not young PodCampers! If you are ready to tackle PCT 2010, I assure you it will be a fun and exciting weekend.
The PodCamp Challenge:
- Pick 5 sessions that stand out to you – Attend at least 5 sessions if you can. You may not want to stay for the whole weekend as a first timer but if you are going to come out, make it worthwhile and attend a few sessions you think you will enjoy.
- It doesn’t matter which sessions you attend – The great thing about PodCamp is you learn from everyone. You learn from the speakers, from the people you network with and that includes the time in between sessions.
- Meet at least 5 new people – That shouldn’t be hard to do considering PCT attracts hundreds to its event every year.
- Write down people’s Twitter handles and other contact information – Be sure to follow up with them post-event.
- Bring some business cards – Even if you are student, there are cheap and easy ways to get your information down on a piece of paper to hand out to people.
- Take a recording device – Bring a video camera, digital camera, paper and pen or computer and share your ideas with other people who attended.
- Attend the after parties – Sure this sounds like fun..and it is but it is also a great way to meet people and network in a social setting.
- Follow the Twitter stream @PodCampToronto, to hear what people are saying about the event in real time.
- Take notes, learn, take more notes, ask questions and soak up as much information as you can.
If you are very new to the world of social media, attend these sessions:
- Podcasting for Amateurs: It’s Priceless
- Social Media 101
- The PodCamp Three (or Maybe Four or Even Five)
The bottom line is anyone who attends PodCamp is in a unique position to collect and absorb a ton of insight from leading experts for free! This event is one of the best because of the quality of speakers and knowledge that is shared over the course of the weekend. So get as much as you can out of PCT 2010 and have fun!
Combine a remarkable humanitarian, open source technology, a Hollywood producer, Hugh Jackman and millions of volunteers from around the world and you have a project that has the potential to change the world. 1.4 Billion Reasons is a presentation being viewed around the world in person and online. The best part is you don’t have to wait for Hugh Evans, like Al Gore 2.0 to come to your city to understand that extreme poverty is a crucial issue that can be eradicated in our lifetime with the right tools and the willingness of everyday people to want to do something.
Hugh Evans, sort of like the Craig Kielburger of Australia started the movement in his hometown and picked up momentum when Chris Adams, Executive Producer of An Inconvenient Truth, Good Night and Good Luck, Syriana and other Hollywood films wanted to film Hugh and his team as they toured their presentation around the world. Hugh Jackman jumped on board as the celebrity spokesperson and soon you may see, Adams, Evans and Jackman on stage at the Oscar’s accepting an award for best documentary film.
We had the chance to talk with the GPP team when they rolled into town for the Toronto International Film Festival and debuted their presentation to North America at the Danforth Music Hall.
The GPP team are using the power of the web to spread the extreme poverty message to the masses. Through the use of social media, you can share the presentation in your home town, in front of your class, youth group or community by going to www.globalpovertyproject.com and downloading the slides. You can even customize the presentation to the audience you will be speaking to.
Harnessing the power of social media to do some good in this world…to learn more visit www.globalpovertyproject.com
When trying to research why my generation uses Facebook and Twitter to communicate, I came across a very interesting video for the book Socialnomics by Erik Qualman that may explain and convince the most doubtful of people who still belive social media is a fad.
It seems right after the shortbread is eaten, the parties finish, the champagne has been drank from New Years and the relaxing comes to a halt, the reality of the holidays ending hits you in the face with the cold harsh reminder that it’s January in Canada. With warm weather months away it seems kind of depressing, doesn’t it? Unless you have something to look forward to. For me it’s WordCamp Toronto 2010, coming to the Centennial College Student Centre once again. For two days in March (27 & 28), WordPressers unite for an unconference like no other seen before.
Last time we threw a two-day meetup in the traditional sense with speakers, lunch and impromptu get togethers. This time around we are going to try a few new things. For one there will be a networking breakfast, WordPress success stories will be told, a dj will play music in between sessions and a wine and cheese mix and mingle will end the first day, followed by an official after party. One of the greatest challenges from 2008 was getting people to the venue, so this time we are picking you up! Yes, we will have a WordCamp TO bus to pick you up from one of 4 locations in downtown Toronto and Scarborough.
There is just over two months so we need to act fast to ensure this runs smoothly. If you would like to help with this year’s WordCamp, please contact me or visit www.wordcamptoronto.com and fill out the contact form for speaker, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.
Looking forward to planning this year’s WCT with the kick ass Toronto tech community!
Being a student is hard, and being one myself not so long ago, I understood the frustration of not being able to afford the latest mobile phone or notebook computer.
If you are lucky enough to have your parents pay for some of your expenses then you may want to use the hand-me-up excuse on them.
The hand-me-up as opposed to the hand-me-down is when the younger generation passes off their old, but still useable technology to the older generation so their parents will hopefully pay for the new upgraded version.
If all goes according to plan you may find yourself with the new iPhone.
Here’s a video we made for the students of Centennial College.
My sincerest apologies to all my non Twitter-using Facebook friends…for annoying you with all my Twitter updates.
I removed the Twitter application from my Facebook profile, that automatically updates my Facebook as soon as I update Twitter.
I don’t want to continue annoying my Facebook friends who didn’t ask to be bombarded with my status updates at least three times per day.
Secondly if they wanted to have a constant news stream of my life then they would follow me on Twitter, which is updated much more frequently. I don’t think Facebook should be used in the same way Twitter is used. They are completely different social tools and as much as Facebook wants to be Twitter it should just stick to what it’s good at; sharing photos and events.
Facebook tried to evolve into a Twitter-like news stream, but if you ask me, Twitter was created for that very reason, to share Facebook- like status updates with people who were actually interested in knowing more about you. Since then Twitter has evolved into many other uses, but that’s a whole other blog post.
That is what’s so great about both of these tools; they have different functions and the people who follow you on Twitter are not necessarily your Facebook friends and vice versa.
It also didn’t make sense to combine the two since such a small percentage of my Facebook friends use Twitter, so in order to keep the number of friends on Facebook, I’ve decided to keep Twitter and Facebook separate.
Although this is a great tool for some, I came to the conclusion that it’s not right for me. Some people, like me use Twitter for business and Facebook for more personal use. While others are all business or all personal on both. Depending on what the purpose of you using these tools are then consider how and why you share the information you do.
Ironically, it’s not the weather that gave Chicago its name, but rather the city’s politics…or so the story goes.
So, here I am waiting for the flight in this über nice airport lounge. I’m off to Chi-town for the weekend to attend WordCamp Chicago, to learn how to be better at my job I suppose. Not really actually. I love attending these events. This will be my third time at a WordCamp including WC Toronto which I co-organized in ’08.
I can’t wait to meet a new crowd of WordPress geeks like me, who thrive off of learning what the latest and greatest in digital innovation is and the newest in best practices for the web.
So this weekend, I’ve got my camera in hand and good walking shoes, so look out for my posts and I will keep you updated.