Jimmy Fallon’s Hashtag Segment

The other day my sister and I were watching Late Night with Jimmy Fallon when his hashtag segment came on.

On Twitter Jimmy asked his viewing audience to use the hashtag #worstjobieverhad so he could compile the best tweets to read on his show. I can honestly say, I haven’t laughed out loud that much in a long time.

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – Hashtags (9/29/10) – Video – NBC.com.

Run for the Cure’s Social Media Connection

CIBC’s Run for the Cure is one of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s biggest fundraising initiatives. To compliment their advertising and marketing efforts, the organization has also created a site called areyourunning.ca which focuses on the ways you can get involved online and off.

Included on the website:

  • Facebook app called Wig Out, that allows you to upload your own photos from Facebook and plant a digital pink wig on your head, so you can share with your online friends
  • Twitter backgrounds, that show you are supporting the cause
  • 10% off digital music downloads
  • WigTube, with links to CBCF’s YouTube videos
  • The World’s Largest Handholding Chain, where you can search for family and friends to hold onto or join as an individual

If you are running, I will see you there on October 3, 2o1o!

Cupcake Camp Toronto 2010

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!

Bieber Takes Over Funny or Die

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.

The PodCamp Toronto 2010 Survival Guide

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!

A New Open Source Project that Will Change the World

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

It’s 2010 and that means a new WordCamp Toronto

 

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!

For all you students: How to Convince Your Parents You Need the Latest Technology

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.