Saturday, January 30, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
After a brisk morning along the Darmouth Waterfront I checked out Podcamp Halifax, a day long gathering of people discussing social media. The presentations were open, participatory and free flowing. It was nice to roam in and out of conversation and participants were encouraged to take video, photos and live tweet the discussions. The hashtag #podcamphfx was on fire all day in the local twittersphere.
There were alot of great presenters including McLean Greaves, likely Canada's most respected online marketing and technology guru. Being the stats and research geek that I am I enjoyed Giles Crouch's (MediaBadger) overview of the state of Social Media in Atlantic Canada. Apparently I like graphs and demographic analysis. An amazing (free) 'un'conference that was energetic, thought provoking and fun.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Over lunch I zipped down to check out the progress on the new NS Power headquarters renovation. The lighting was off and the construction activity was boring so I followed the leading lines of the snow melting on the boardwalk, which lead to this shot of George's Island and Eastern Passage.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
It was great to get out and enjoy the sun and mild weather. Strolled along the waterfront making our way towards Boneheads, the new BBQ place on Barrington. Alas it wasn't open until 2 so no pulled pork for me. Ended up having a great lunch at the Wooden Monkey. The Apple salad and steak chili soup were great.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
This month's #twushi was at Doraku. It was an enjoyable tweet-up with @creativecandy, @porecelainduck, @darrinsearancke @myogis @curlyluddite @helenfong and @designforchange. The company was great, the smaller number was great for conversation purposes. Video attendance compliments of Darrin.
I was less than thrilled with the Doraku roll, which is usually a favourite of mine. I think they might have a new spicy sauce? It tasted a bit on the sweet side which added a richness that I didn't care for. Not sure what was up with that. Bring back the old spicy sauce! Still very tasty and a good time had by all.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Passion Pit – Manners. This year’s entry in the ‘love it or hate it’ electro-pop category is Boston-based Passion Pit’s debut. Lead singer Michael Angelakos’s falsetto voice can annoy some but the album is a warm combination of danceable electro-pop and infectious hooks.
Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest. I was a huge fan of 2006’s Yellow House so I had high hopes for Veckatimest. This album does not disappoint. The album contains sounds, lyrics and arrangements so rich and detailed that notes practically drip out of the speakers.
Atlas Sound – Logos. Bradford Cox continues to be one of the most prolific, interesting indie artists around.
The Antlers – Hospice. The Antlers Hospice has a lot going on for it that suits my ear: lofty lyrics packed full of emotional drama; tempo twists and turns; sonic indulgences at every turn. This is hardly a pop album you’d throw on at a party, but is still quite fulfilling.
Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca. An
Friday, January 1, 2010
Overall,I enjoyed the 2000s. I fell in love, got married, held five jobs, visited 8 countries, bought a house, learned digital photography, converted to a mac, went wireless, enjoyed online social networking, became a fan of wine, quit smoking, craved sushi, learned cool stuff about coffee, enjoyed many crazy adventures and met a ton of interesting people along the way. My 30s rocked. I did have my share of sadness, most notably the death of my father and aunt. But overall this decade was a happy one.