October 31, 2006

South by Northwest at Iron Cactus (Monday, March 12, 2007) Comments Off

Blue Flavor, Bryght and Raincity Studios are proud to present the second annual South by Northwest (SXNW) geek fest party at the Iron Cactus in Downtown Austin. There will be plenty of free drinks and cool people to meet. This year we have booked virtuall

How to Geekify Your Halloween Comments Off

Fanboys and girls geek up their Halloween experience with these ultra-cool projects — one constructed his own Green Lantern ring, another built a robotic Dalek out of a pumpkin (truly awesome). Love the Han Solo in Carbonite serving dish.

Drupal 5.0 beta 1 Announced Comments Off

Drupal 5.0 beta1 has been announced. “It comes with many new features, including a web-based install system, improved administration tools, and a shiny new theme! There are also tons of under-the-hood improvements, such as the inclusion of the jQuery Java

Online participation: for every regular contributor, nine occasionals and ninety-nine lurkers Comments Off

Working with everything from political groups to online discussion boards, I’ve heard the same lament: “We have so many members. Why do we have so few people participating?”

October 27, 2006

Vancouver League of Drupalers October 2006 Comments Off

For those of you who couldn’t make it Roland blogged the meeting notes.

October 26, 2006

The Paradox of Registering Bloggers’ Real Names in China Comments Off

The powers that be over the blogosphere in China, China’s Net regulator Ministry of Information Industries (MII), has just put forth an initiative that may be issued in the near future, where upon all bloggers in China will be required to register their r

Movember – And I Got A Head Start! Comments Off

Kits BeachMmmm… Movember.

So you’ve decided to be awesome.

You’re about to embark on a mission that will not only change your face, but also the face of men’s health. It’s natural to have questions, to wonder if you have the sheer strength of will to make the world a better place.

Fear not, Mo Soldier. We have the answers that you sorely crave.

How to participate

1. Before you do anything, sign up. Do it now. Seriously.
2. Tell your friends. Ask them to pledge you, or, if you think they have the testosterone, challenge them to grow their mo’ as well.
3. Spread the word as much as you can, through your blog, through the mail, or by spelling out “GROW YOUR MO” in skywriting.
4. On Movember 1, shave your mo’ for the last time until December, and prepare yourself for the adoration of a hero.
5. At the end of Movember, come together with your Mo’ Bros and celebrate a job well done at the Mo Bash on November 30 at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. (Barrows will definitely hold their own party somewhere, all participants will be welcome)We’ll do a Vancouver version of this party if any of you cats can actually grow whiskers. :)

Movember Rules

1. Once registered, each Mo Bro must begin on the 1st of Movember with a clean shaven visage. Five-o’clock shadows at 10 am are considered ‘false starts.’ (participants will have to take their own ones and mail them no later than 11am on the 1st)
2. Each gentleman’s moustache must, through the entire month of Movember, adhere to the following guidelines:
a. At no time shall the aforementioned ‘mo’ join the sideburns — that’s a beard.
b. At no time shall the gentleman’s chin hair overshadow the Mo’s brilliance, nor may it join at the sides of the Mo — that’s a goatee.
c. For gentlemen who crave balance above all things, we will permit growth of a patch of the man’s own design under his bottom lip (aka a soul patch).
d. At no point may a gentleman’s eyebrows connect to the moustache. We most definitely do not endorse this.
3. Failure to observe these guidelines will, at the complete discretion of the Movember Committee, result in an embarrassing ejection from further Movember activities, including the Gala Parté. You do not desire this.
4. The Movember Committee accepts no responsibility for requests of heroism, increased female affection resulting in the alienation of girlfriends, increased senses of self-satisfaction, or any other of the potential side-effects of sporting a Movember mo.

Nice Face Bling

Spread The Word

The best way to tell the world about how you’re going to change it is word of MOuth. Tell your buddies, your brothers, your fathers, your grandfathers, your uncles and your cousins about the cause. Tell them you’re a Mo’ Bro/Sista, and they should be Bros/Sistas too.

Be forewarned, they may object; they may resist. You’re likely to hear things like:

“Mine will look ugly.” “My office won’t allow it.” “My girlfriend/wife/casual bed-friend has banned moustaches from our common living space.”

Stand strong Brothers and Sistas. Be brave

This WILL get interesting…

October 25, 2006

China bans “partying” and other innapropriate behaviour on the Great Wall Comments Off

Oh well, you already got my great shot on it!

One in three read blogs: Environics Comments Off

One-third of Canadians who are active Internet users have read a blog within the last three months, new research reveals. And it's not just young people who are reading these Web diaries, a study by Environics Research of Toronto found. Aging baby boo

October 23, 2006

Elika Designs Comments Off

Infusing elements of Japanese design, contemporary architechture, and nature itself, Elika Designs offers intricate hand-detailed garments, rich with texture and beauty. (My friend Hrissa’s company.)

kk+ on ModelMayhem.com Comments Off

I joined this community site called Model Mayhem to hopefully to know some more photographers, stylists and models in the fashion photography industry. Please check me out over there and give me your feedback. I’ve met a couple cool peeps already.

October 20, 2006

More on Flickr and Creative Commons Comments Off

There are now 22 million CC licensed Flickr photos that people can use under the specified licensed terms. Flickr has also added the CC license icons under the “Additional Information” heading as well as to the “All Sizes” page, making it very clear the t

A new default theme for Drupal? Comments Off

We’ve long wanted a new default theme for Drupal. Our trusty workhorse theme Bluemarine has long outlived its usefulness: the markup still contains tables and the look is quite dated. Pretty much everyone in the Drupal community agrees with that.

THEY Representation Inc. Comments Off

I met with Gina Hole of They Represenation last night about rep’ing me as a photographer. Hopefully will find the time to blog about here this weekend.

Get your Moose on: This IS your mother’s conference | B.Mann Consulting Comments Off

Yes! We did it…or will do it. We’re going to have another Northern Voice!

Northern Voice 2007 Comments Off

Northern VoiceDue to the overwhelmingly positive feedback from attendees to Northern Voice 2006 and Northern Voice 2005 we’ve decided to bring it back again for 2007.

For those of you who are unfamiliar (gasp!) Northen Voice is an independant and grassroots personal publishing conference based here in Vancouver. Think internet, photography, audio, video, blogs, games, mobile. Think passion, creativity, geekery and community.

Planning has been underway for months and we’ve just opened speaker submissions for Northern Voice 2007. Here’s what Boris has to say about all that:

Right now, the speaker submission page is open. One thing to note….write a good abstract, and take filling that speaker submission form out seriously. We got lots of entries from great folks who just didn’t bother telling us what they would talk about, or make a case for why they should have a session (or un-session, as the case may be). Colin Brumelle (and yes, he works with me at Bryght), was the only abstract submission that was unanimously voted in on the first pass.

What kind of submissions do we want to see? Well, let me tell you what I would love to see…

I sat down with Robert Scoble at Gnomedex, asking him what he would like to see at next year’s Northern Voice (he mentioned it briefly talking about Kris’ part in a MediaShift article). We talked about two things: Geolocation and virtual worlds.

Abstracting this a little, to me it means the intersection of the physical world with online. Blogging has always done this — with people bring pieces of their offline lives online, or helping to make real life connections through communicating online.

I talked about our mandate — appealing to a wide range of people. Geolocation and virtual worlds are still new. But, not too new that people can’t start experimenting if someone gives them a few pointers. Flickr now has integrated geotagging, and Second Life continues to explode. Your barber is not unlikely to play World of Warcraft, and the Nokia N95 has GPS and photo sharing built in.

Much thanks to my fellow organizers Darren, Brian, Cyprien, Lauren, Boris and Roland as well as the many friends of Northern Voice and volenteers that help to make this thing so fun and a big success.

Head Down To The Morrissey Tonight For Some Roundtable China Chat and Pints Comments Off

Scales and kk+ will be conducting a casual roundtable chat this evening at the Morrissey Pub on Granville St. at about 5pm. They’ll be sharing their experiences on their latest trip to China which wrapped up about a month ago, speaking about the business

October 19, 2006

Giving away the photo store Comments Off

love that Kris Krug gives away most of his photos, as discussed in this article on MediaShift. One of my favorite sessions at the Northern Voice conference this year was with Kris and other photographers talking about digital photography. When I get up to

October 18, 2006

Creative Commons + Flickr = 22 Million Sharable Photos Comments Off

“I think Creative Commons is a huge thing and I attribute a lot of my success to it,” Krug said. “Since the beginning I’ve given all my photos away on the Internet and they’ve been used by other bloggers and people all along the way and it’s g

October 16, 2006

Drupal Training by Raincity Studios and Bryght Comments Off

Join Raincity Studios and Bryght, organizers of DrupalCamp Seattle, as we present four days of design, development, and ideas to get you started creating beautiful content-driven websites.

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