Long time no write

Just realised it’s been over 6 months since the last time I posted here.

Nothing special happened in the meantime, except that my elder son has been accepted to a master program in Carnegie Mellon and I am taking him there in early August. I am very happy and proud.

Yesterday I’ve been to Camaraderie  [re]Launch Party. Camaraderie is a coworking space that used to be in the east part of the Toronto downtown. Now they have moved to a nice place on Roncesvalles, just a few minutes’ walk from Dundas West subway station. Here’s their website: http://camaraderie.ca. They have a nice collection of books on business on premises (together with a coffee-maker and other things vital for business), and, since I am moving into a smaller apartment, I decided to donate my collection of business books to them. However my hoarding instinct cannot tolerate me parting with the books, so maybe I should give each of them one final reading and review them here. Stay with me for updates on great books such as The Whuffie Factor by Tara Hunt.


PowerPoint Karaoke at the Drake

Power Point Karaoke (shouldn’t this be called Keynote Karaoke. For shame!) at the Drake

from Toronto Events Calendar by TOevents

The Night of February 05

A health & wellness event for everyone.

Part of Social Media Week.

To close out Social Media Week Toronto, we are going to be hosting a rocking session of PowerPoint Karaoke. The rules of Powerpoint Karaoke are simple. A set of presenters and local social media luminaries will be asked to play the role of an earnest expert speaker on topics such as ‘How to succeed at social media without really trying‘, or ‘What to do when someone on the internet is wrong‘, or ‘My sensational life as a japanese tentacle porn star‘ etc.* Each presenter will be given exactly 5 minutes to present and a set of slides they have never seen before. Each presentation deck will be stuffed with facinating imagery, emphatic infographics and genuine business-speak bullet points drawn from real powerpoint decks we’ve found on the internet. Naturaly, in the hands of a less-skilled presenter, some of this totally random content might seem somewhat ‘tangential’ to the topic at hand. But as you will see, these challenges will be no problem to our powerpoint rockstars.

At the end of the evening the audience or jury will be asked to vote for the winning presentations based on humour, style points, or general awesomeness.

Register here: Power Point Karaoke at the Drake

Follow the discussion on Twitter: #PPTKTO

#hohoto – Toronto geeks holiday party


Join us at the #HoHoTo holiday party at The Mod Club Monday, December 15, 2008 at 7:00 PM (ET). Cash bar, DJ’s, and lots of twitterluvvin’ – what more could you want? It’s for geeks, phreaks, webheads, twitterfiends, techies, media, marketing, and PR types and all their friends. And everyone else! DJ’s, interactive media, and loads of holiday cheer, all for a great cause – The Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank.

Get your tickets here http://hohoto.eventbrite.com/

NewPath networking event – November 26

This event is organized by a business networking organization I belong to. Come join us! You’ll sure have a lot of fun and meet prospective business partners or clients.

Are you an independent consultant or do you run a small business in Toronto, Ontario? Are you involved in information technology, marketing, writing, business development, graphic design, project management or social entrepreneurship? Do you know someone that fits this bill?
NewPath networking organization invites you to a networking meeting. If you are looking for business or need someone to help you right now, you may find the best resources through the NewPath Network.

You can also visit NewPath’s website and blog at www.newpathnetwork.org to find out more about our group and previous meetings.

Old School NewPath Networking – Back to our roots, Upstairs @ Starbucks Yonge & Davisville

Wednesday, November 26, 2008 from 6:15 PM – 8:30 PM (ET)

Upstairs @ Starbucks
1909 Yonge St
Toronto, M4S 1Z3

Click for Details and Registration Information

Product Camp Toronto – November 2, 2008

I am going to attend Product Camp Toronto on November 2nd.

ProductCamp is a collaborative, user organized unconference, focused on Product Marketing and Management topics. At ProductCamp there are no “attendees,” since everyone participates in some manner: presenting, leading a roundtable discussion, sharing their experiences, helping with logistics, securing sponsorship, setting up wifi, or volunteering. This is a self organizing collaborative event that has to be fun, rewarding and a cool experience! ProductCamp is a great opportunity for you to learn from, teach to, and network with professionals involved in the Product Management, Marketing, and Development process from the Toronto and surrounding area!

You can register here. There are still 17 tickets left. This is a free event.

Toronto Tweetup on October 14th