10 Random Things, Volume 2

I’m… too sexy for this throne. Too sexy for this throne…
  1. Looks like you’ll be able to catch me on Tech Tuesday on the CTV News sometime between 6:45 – 7 PM tonight! Hope you’ll be able to catch it — if you don’t, I’ll be sure to post it here later!
  2. …and I’m in the audience for CityLine with my Mom on April 1st (which will satisfy The 2013 100 #69: Help my Mom get tickets to CityLine and the Marilyn Denis show)
  3. Clients from Hell is my new favourite website.
  4. After winning a spot in Brandgasm 101, I’m hoping to make all my design dreams come true for my site!
  5. Sometimes I wish I wasn’t so anal retentive about metadata, or else putting up a post (or three) together about my Vegas trip wouldn’t be as painful as I know it’ll be. (Same goes for last week’s Buytopia.ca $100 Million Celebration, The Movie Network’s Game of Thrones celebration and MDeeCubed — let’s put it this way; the more photos you plan to post, the more data you’ll have to tag!)
  6. Ingress is my new time-suck when I’m out and about.
  7. Mixed-race kids are taking Toronto by storm! I’m not adding to the count yet, but it’s good to know that I’m in the right city to raise a mixed-race family!
  8. I’m not the biggest fan of Microsoft or Bing, but their Farecast travel cost predictor is pretty damn awesome!
  9. I finally got my Toronto Library Card last week! Now I just need to get through my existing list of stuff to read so I can actually use it.
  10. Might make an infographic based on MTV’s Annual Hottest MC List for practice. We’ll see!

–case p.

 

10 Random Things, Volume 1

Unlike the 10 Things You May Not Know About Me, this is just stuff that’s been on my mind as of late:

  1. Who do I have to sleep with to get a good deal on a camera lens? I’m not paying $2500 for a Canon EF 2.8L II USM. Guess I’ll need to wait until Henry’s next Exposure Show and see what deals they have (or check out used lens deals across the city).
  2. Paying $600 return to Las Vegas for BiSC is something that drives me insane when I paid $750 return to fly to Tanzania just last year. Currently exploring standby options and waiting on my haunches for something better to come along! Fortunately, Graham has some good suggestions for this.
  3. If I could find the time to learn how to play the drums, I totally would.
  4. Infinite Cables — a Canadian equivalent to Monoprice — may very well be my new favourite thing.
  5. To switch things up, I joined The Scintilla Project — a two-week blogging project focusing on storytelling. Hopefully it’ll have me explore some parts of myself that I haven’t visited in a while. [pause]
  6. I don’t know whether anyone’s noticed, but I’ve taken a short break from putting Man Lessons out — I’ve been working at taking all my Mansformation ideas and committing to getting an actual website launched by mid-April.
  7. Just bought tickets for a National Geographic show at Roy Thomson Hall; learning from other photographers — especially the extreme ones — can really add to how you pursue your own compositions.
  8. I think we decided that we might finally trek out to San Francisco sometime this year — it’s been on my list since forever, and it didn’t take our friends very much to convince us to go.
  9. Some days I write and wonder if the Age of the Blog is gone and dead. I see things like RebelMouse and wonder whether our attention spans have grown so short that we rather just consume bite-sized pieces of information and not focus on an entire argument or discussion.
  10. I’m weird and old school. If I want to do my best writing and editing, I need to do it on paper. I am the worst enemy of forests everywhere.

–case p.

I’m BACK, y’all!!!

After three weeks spent in the African wilderness (and I don’t think you fully appreciate how literally I mean that statement), I am back where I belong! (And we didn’t get robbed while we were gone, so that’s always good!)

Our hero after a few weeks abroad, where different voltages can make using electric clippers a BAD IDEA.

It’ll take some time to get all my stories out about our trip to Tanzania, but to give you a quick synopsis of what went down, I:

  • managed to painstakingly summit Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • got some great wildlife shots while on safari in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater
  • experienced not-quite-so-subtle racism from some of the locals
  • got a little taste of Tanzanian culture; some great… some not as much
  • have a wealth of bags and clothes that smell like I’ve spent the last couple of weeks without any decent shower facilities (some might argue it makes me smell like a man, but I’d just say it smells like I have some serious laundry to do!)

For now, though, it’s all about unpacking, going through mail (of both the snail and electronic varieties) and getting back into the swing of things!

Viva la Toronto — it’s great to be back!

–case p.

Little by Little, Day by Day

Denzel’s still playing a bad-ass. I’m completely okay with this.

The end of another week is upon us, and the world continues to revolve upon its axis. Fridays are generally a day with a slow start, since playing late games of Ultimate Frisbee on Thursday nights will tend to keep your adrenaline levels up for a few hours, so if you don’t nap before the game, you’ll be dragging your heels to end the week.

This Friday’s a little busier than usual, so not much to report in the world of the site — slowly tweaking the design, plugins and structure so I can keep it organized as a reflection of whatever’s actually important in my daily journey.

So what’s keeping me so busy? This evening’s events include:

And that’s on top of my current obsessions:

  • Plants vs. Zombies — this game is dangerously addictive and makes my commute in and out of work seem a lot shorter
  • Trying to figure out a new logo — I’ll show you my current logo tomorrow and explain why it feels a little “eh” to me
  • BuckyBalls — metal balls that I can turn into all sorts of 2- and 3-dimensional shapes? Yes please. They work very well as stress balls through some of the more challenging meetings at work, too!

I hope you’re all looking forward to a great weekend!

–case p.

Getting Back in the Groove

You’re never going to solve everything overnight. We can try to do everything perfectly on our first try, but it’s just not going to happen. So here I am, trying out something that I’ve learned from Michael Nus via Kevin Kelly — that if you can dedicate a mere 30 minutes per day to getting new content out, you stay consistent and you also get in the practice to drilling down to what really matters in the message you’re putting forward.

So that’s what I’ll do — spend 30 minutes per day just getting something out until it all makes sense. It won’t be as insane as last year’s initiative — I learned from that. I’m not going to write an essay each and every day. But what I can do is at least give you a glimpse of what’s going on in this cranium of mine and we can go from there.

To give you an idea of what I’ve been working on since 2012 started, here’s a taste:

  • Starting a business before 2013
  • Training to conquer Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • Keeping fit with Ultimate Frisbee and Dodgeball
  • Improving my photography skills
  • Getting back into webcomics

But don’t worry. There’s plenty of time to tell those tales — let’s just get back in the groove first, and we’ll go from there.

Adios amigos,

–Case P.