Communicationsball
By August 10, 2012 1 Comments Read More →

Communicationsball

I’m in the process of preparing monitoring and analytics tools to track the online chatter and website traffic for a campaign one of my client’s is launching. It’s extremely important to consider and plan the tracking of online activity and website traffic flows and conversions — just as important as it is to plan the […]

First look at Quebec election chatter online
By August 9, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

First look at Quebec election chatter online

We’re into the second week of campaigning in Québec’s provincial election. I haven’t had a chance to dig deeply into the substance of the digital chatter, though didn’t want to delay the publication of some digital analysis. First of all, it should come as no surprise that election chatter is well anchored on Twitter. The […]

First degree
By August 7, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

First degree

I like labels. They help us organize our ideas; like curating our experience and knowledge with neural hashtags. If we’re lucky, the labels stick. We can recall and apply them as part of a conditioned process of improving the quality of our work. Today I adopted a new label: first degree. It came to me during a morning […]

Posted in: Rambles
Give everyone a reason to have both
By August 6, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Give everyone a reason to have both

Robert Farrell and I get together every Sunday to write and record songs. Our influences come largely from the pop and blues/rock genres. However, in the last year we’ve explored a variety of music styles and experimented with different song structures, production techniques and instrumentation. Part of that is for the challenge, and part because […]

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Velocity: a book that understands its ‘why’ and values
By August 5, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Velocity: a book that understands its ‘why’ and values

I finished reading Velocity last night. I suppose the obvious joke is that it was a fast read. And it was, really. It was also a bit of a ‘lucky’ book as it happened to be in the right place at the right time to ensure a short time in my reading list since I […]

Posted in: Books, Review
Conference Saturdays: Revealing the lost codex of Archimedes
By August 4, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Conference Saturdays: Revealing the lost codex of Archimedes

Thinkertoys is described as a handbook of creative-thinking techniques. One technique that appears early in the book introduces white spaces as treasure troves of creative inspiration. It’s kind of like creative steganography rather than a covert channel. I was reminded of Thinkertoys when watching a TED Talk from William Noel last week. Mr. Noel tells the […]

Nothing to read here. Carry on.
By August 1, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Nothing to read here. Carry on.

The screenshot below shows a comment left by “Geordie Young” on the CBC.ca article Olympic coverage tweet puts Twitter at centre of scandal (full disclosure: I’m quoted in the article). Like most articles, the journalist is forced to be very selective on the use of quotes from outside sources. If Amber had run everything I said, the […]

Posted in: Media, Rambles
#manifencours and today’s anticipated Quebec election call
By August 1, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

#manifencours and today’s anticipated Quebec election call

It’s widely expected Jean Charest will dissolve the Quebec government today, leading to a September 4 general election in La Belle Province. One of the issues driving the election is student resistance to proposed tuition increases. Student rallies have made headlines across Canada and even drew international attention, particularly when Arcade Fire wore red patches […]

By July 28, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Conference Saturdays: Democracy is Obsolete

Adhocracy is activism of the ad hoc. It’s not planned or strategized. It happens. And, it has demonstrated results. That’s the essence of the message delivered by Telecomix agent Peter Fein at this year’s Personal Democracy Forum, #PDF12. It was part of his talk Democracy is Obsolete in which he talked about his own involvement […]

Yochai Benkler: Blueprint for Democratic Participation
By July 26, 2012 1 Comments Read More →

Yochai Benkler: Blueprint for Democratic Participation

Yochai Benkler, professor of law and co-director of Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, uses the case of the proposed SOPA legislation to examine how networks came together to increase awareness and put pressure on US Congress. In his talk, Blueprint for Democratic Participation, Mr. Benkler explains how a series of events derailed the passing […]

Visuals vs. visual evidence
By July 25, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Visuals vs. visual evidence

Gini Dietrich was the guest speaker at Third Tuesday Ottawa, last night. It’s part of her promotional tour for Marketing in the Round, a book she co-authored with Geoff Livingston. From my position at the back of the room, Gini’s slides were largely obscured or unreadable. So, I spent most of her presentation facing the […]