Sunday, December 30, 2012

Liking & Following for Charity

I decided to make a video yesterday.

It's about how some businesses and individuals try to turn giving to charity into a personal gain for them in the form of likes, followers, etc.

And it got some feedback.

It also got the guys behind the project scrambling to get me to understand how it is such a positive thing for the businesses involved while not benefiting them as much as I think it does.

SPOILER ALERT: It involves you liking their Facebook Page before you can see the other companies involved who are actually doing the donating.

See for yourself:

Here's some of the feedback:

Friday, October 19, 2012

Social Media and The 2012 Regina Municipal Election

*DISCLAIMER: Look, I'm not here to tell to you who to vote for, that's your decision. This is my opinion on how a few of the top candidates for Mayor of Regina in the 2012 Municipal Election are using social media.*

Let's look at some platform comparisons.
Oh no, dear reader, not those platforms, I'm talking about social platforms..




Meka 2012 859
Team Marian Donnelly for Mayor 2012 779
CreelmanKid* 81
Michael Fougere 71
Dr. Liz Brass 20


Marian Donnelly @mariandonnelly 833 899 708 @meka4mayor 774 554 1160
Michael Fougere @fougere4mayor 752 185 193
Marian4Mayor @Marian4Mayor 506 455 310
David Carnegie* @CreelmanKid 455 196 9277
Liz Brass 4 Mayor @LizBrass 254 180 308

*I threw myself in there just for comparison. I'm not running. Yet... #Carnegie2020

Not bad, but there's more to social media than just the numbers. I mean hey, the account could be run by a team and not just the candidate, their followers could all be bots, who knows? Let's take a closer look at how each of the candidates uses social media...

Friday, May 25, 2012

Sunday, March 25, 2012

VanArts Aquarium Adventure

Final sketches from my day at the Vancouver Aquarium field trip with VanArts.
Click for more..

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Oliebollen with Oma

At the end of each year, my Oma (Dutch for Grandma) makes Oliebollen for all of her children and grandchildren. It's a tradition from Holland to have them every year on the 31st of December.

So.. What is it exactly? Well, it's like a doughnut, deep fried and topped with icing sugar.

Wikipedia puts it this way..
"An oliebol (plural oliebollen pronunciation) is a traditional Dutch food. Oliebollen (literally oil balls) are traditionally eaten on New Year's Eve and at funfairs. They are also called smoutebollen (literally lard balls) in Belgium. In English they are more commonly known as Dutch Doughnuts.
Oliebollen are a variety of dumpling made by using an ice-scooper or two spoons to scoop a certain amount of dough and dropping the dough into a deep fryer filled with hot oil. In this way, a sphere-shaped oliebol emerges.
The dough is made from flour, eggs, yeast, some salt, milk, baking powder and usually sultanas, currants, raisins and sometimes zest or succade. A notable variety is the appelbeignet, which contains a slice of apple. The dough needs time to rise for at least an hour. Oliebollen are usually served with powdered sugar."

Because it has been a New Year's Eve tradition, I always wanted to get it on camera, just because I thought it was a cool process and didn't want to take it for granted. I finally filmed her making them this past year (2011) and this is what I came up with.

Happy New Year.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

2010 Olympic Torch Relay

I was lucky enough to be one of the 12,000 people, selected out of an estimated 1,000,000 applicants, to carry the Olympic Flame on its way to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

It was an awesome experience, but so were the Olympics in general; following Team Canada on their quest to Own the Podium. Need a reminder? Check out Stephen Brunt's Video Essay at the end of this post.

Here are some pictures, videos and highlights on "Vancouver 2010".

(Today is the 2 year anniversary of the day I carried the torch. I just wanted to repost this on Blogger, as I am no longer using the site this was originally posted on. Thanks for checking it out.)