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Weekend ramble: launch, talk, watch, analyze

June 12th, 2010

With the kick-off of The D.A.D. Project this past Monday, I’ll likely blog a little less often here [insert game show "wonh-wonhhhh" here] — so I’ll probably be doing some catch-up rambling now and again, like today.

LAUNCH

The D.A.D. launch, by the way, has been terrific. In five days, we: sold four items, received $200 in donations on our Canadian Cancer Society Team Page, gained 118 members for our facebook group, and received many supportive messages and comments. So exciting and encouraging!

TALK

Say Anything Speech Bubble Chalkboard

Say Anything Speech Bubble Chalkboard by PlayingGrownUp

I’ve been asked to be a speaker at an upcoming event for a group called Case Study Jam. I used to work with Bob (who helps organise CSJ and who also runs his own gig, Translucid Communications) and he has asked if I would give a talk about how I turned m chen wears from a hobby into a business. Other speakers will be Mark Buell and Sheila Bergeron from CIRA, and Don Chow from Foodieprints.

If you are in Ottawa, interested in communications / social media stuff, and available next Thursday, you can  register (for free) here.

I actually don’t mind speaking in front of a crowd. I get slightly jittery, but not “don’t-wanna-do-it” anxious. Thinking about public speaking brings me back to my grade 10 Effective Communications class, where we each had to present a speech to the class and then get critiqued. I did ok, but it turns out that I have a tendency to wink when I’m nervous… let’s hope I can keep my eyelids under control so that I’m not coming on to half the crowd.

WATCH

I just saw Dan Mangan’s wonderful (and award-winning) Road Regrets video this morning. I love this guy… and may have mentioned him a few times here already. I hope you enjoy the vid and song as much as I do:

ANALYZE

I caved and installed Google Analytics to this site. I’ve been watching my stats using cpanel for months, so I had a gist for the numbers already, but GA is pretty cool. The downside is that it shows my traffic as being about half of what cpanel does. What the…?

GA has shown me some fun info though. Like how one of my most popular posts is the one about Bon Jovi’s name (I’m sure his fans aren’t too happy about it), or how much longer Canadians stick around and read stuff here than people from any other country. Maybe it’s because I spell “favourite” with a ‘u’.

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The world was our Oysterband

April 15th, 2010

This past Tuesday, I went with John to see Oysterband play. He’s loved this group for years, while I don’t know much about them (other than their “When I’m up I can’t get down” song that Great Big Sea covered).

For the second time in two years, we drove to Peterborough (three hours each way) to see them play; and for the second time, I was struck by how much these guys seem to genuinely love what they do. This was part of their 30th anniversary tour, so for them to still play with enthusiasm and generosity towards each other — it’s an impressive thing.

John had keenly bought tickets in December, so we were front row centre. Literally. It actually made it tough to take photos or videos, since we could never pan out enough to include the entire band. Pretty rare to complain about being too close! John still caught some great shots…

(Fiddler Ian Telfer had ruptured his achilles tendon at a show awhile back — yowch! The bonus was that he got to wear sweats on stage :)

The finale was an acoustic version of “Put out the lights”. The band came to the edge of the stage and stood right over us. It was a pretty cool few minutes, though I’m sad at how loudly the tonally-challenged voices of the fans who sat next to me came across on the video… eep!

I like when I get to try something I wouldn’t have thought to try on my own. What was especially rewarding about this show was to see that it’s possible to do what you enjoy for many years and yet keep your head on your shoulders, even with much success (these guys are huge across the pond). Hopefully, they’ll play Ottawa next time ’round!

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Watch Today today

February 26th, 2010

If you were one of the billions of folks who watched the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games a week ago, you caught a glimpse of the über-talented spoken word artist Shane Koyczan. Above is a photo of Shane when he joined Dan Mangan at a BC Scene show I wrote about last April, one of many times they’ve shared the stage over the past few years.

So I just caught wind of the fact that Shane will be, in just a few hours’ time, performing on NBC’s “Today Show” with Matt Lauer (airing at 8 a.m. EST/PST on Friday, February 26th), and he’s invited Dan Mangan to join him; they go on at around 9:45 a.m. Watch it, listen, and be blown away.

From the same show as pictured above, here’s a video I took when Shane joined in on Dan’s “Fair Verona”:


postscript…
I missed it!!! I had to take a client call, and when I ran back to the tv afterwards, I saw Shane and Dan amidst the crowd, but they’d already performed. Zounds. Good thing the Today folks posted the performance on their site — whee! Great job, guys!

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