Mason Jar Snow Globes – Brilliant!

November 23, 2014 at 4:41 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This is a super craft idea to use with kids for Christmas.  It not only provides a unique, customized but simple to make gift item, but it also is a great way to use up all those boxes of old mason jars that are sitting in the garage or basement or attic!  Win-win.

…and the fact that the demo uses a TARDIS just makes it super cool…   🙂

A Modern Adventure Story

September 4, 2010 at 5:45 PM | Posted in Entertainment, Misc Stuff, Social MedNet | Leave a comment

The art of story telling doesn’t receive as much attention in our modern society as it once did.  We have become so dependent on digital information exchange for practical purposes that we, as a society, have neglected the tradition of just telling good stories in favour of news and reality overload.  Sometimes I wonder if our modern social anxiety and sense of impending chaos is the result of spending too much time focused on the doom and gloom of news.  We’re so consumed by the availability of facts and figures we don’t allow ourselves time to wonder and dream – about anything.  With no hope and fantasy to balance our perspective, how can we have a balanced view of ourselves or our life?

Once upon a time wasn’t always just for children, but we’ve forgotten that.  Maybe it’s time to resurrect the art of story telling.  If you’d like to give it a try, here’s a good place to start:  Our story teller blogger has just started relating a modern adventure story with wizards and knights and everyday challenges for a young man living in Chicago.  Give it a try with the first two chapters.  More importantly,  give yourself the gift of a few minutes every few days to forget about news and issues and crisis and problems, and just enjoy an old-fashioned story.

I know I’m looking forward to it!

Just Joined Empire Avenue!

July 9, 2010 at 7:33 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’m testing out a new social networking app called Empire Avenue.  It’s designed to identify and rate social influence, rather than just volume of transactions.  Your social contacts buy and sell shares in your ‘brand’.  I’ll test it out and let you know how it goes!


New music from Eric Solomon – Great Sound!

June 11, 2010 at 6:35 PM | Posted in Entertainment, Vancouver | Leave a comment
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If you’re into independent music and want a terrific FREE download, check out Eric Solomon via the Prhymetime Media artist site!

NIKE worse than Tiger?

April 10, 2010 at 12:46 PM | Posted in Business, Entertainment | 1 Comment
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The recent NIKE ad featuring Tiger Woods has already caused an uproar in the media, unfortunately providing even more exposure and profile to both the company and the spokesperson.  I’m sure that’s not by accident. At the risk of adding to the bulk of free advertising, I feel compelled to make a few comments myself – not because I have anything new to say but just to get it off my mind. 

This ad concept is wrong on so many levels that it’s difficult to know where to begin.  It’s hard to imagine how a marketing unit would think that pairing a fallen role model with a dead parent’s commentary to promote a sports product could possibly be accepted by the general public. Do marketers think that the public is so gullible?  Are they that oblivious to public opinion?  No, I don’t think so.  Good marketers, more than any other business sector, are intimately aware of every nuance of a market demographic – from physical characteristics, social demographics, psychological disposition or geographic distribution – and NIKE would be using not just good, but the best, marketing and ad resources. I’m sure that every aspect of this campaign has been projected including the negative response we are currently witnessing, and I’m sure that the impacts on the Tiger brand and the NIKE brand have been carefully calculated in both social and financial terms.  The business decisions have been made and time will tell how accurate they are…but even if this campaign ‘works’ and is, in business terms, ‘successful’  – does that make it acceptable?  Does business success alone make this ‘right’?

As for the ad itself:  it almost seems more obscene and disrespectful than Tiger’s original transgressions. Don’t misunderstand me though – what Tiger did was unacceptable, deceptive and misleading as well as immoral (for those of us who still believe there is morality in personal decisions).  The only  redeeming factor in that situation lies in the personal nature of the actions – these were bad choices made by an individual who should have known better, but for some reason didn’t realize what the consequences of these decisions would be. Even though the consequences do not disappear, the person has the potential to change, to learn and, ultimately, to earn back the broken trust. 

The ad campaign is also unacceptable, deceptive and misleading – using out of context words from someone who cannot object and who (according to those who know) was equally guilty of the same errors in judgement and behaviour is bad enough.  Perhaps this could even work if it were just about Tiger, but by deliberately using images and text out of context solely for the purposes of financial gain, this ad crosses the ethics boundary. There is nothing honest, transparent or authentic about this ad, despite the design to be just that.  Successful or not, this ad is still false, manipulative and contrived and should not have been considered, let alone condoned. 

I realize that just talking about this plays into the hands of the marketing team, but a low-volume personal blog is unlikely to tip any balance of public opinion, so I’m not overly concerned.  I sure feel better though!

Canada:USA – Joined at the Hip

February 26, 2010 at 2:32 PM | Posted in Misc Stuff | 1 Comment
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In our excitement over cheering for our national teams and the heat of competition, sometimes we can forget that our closest competitors are also our closest friends.  Like siblings fighting for attention, we are also the first to come to each others defence when needed.  Tom Brokaw did a great ‘intro to Canada’ prior to the Vancouver Olympics for US viewers.  I think it’s even more important for Canadians to see this though, and realize that after our olympic hockey fever has passed, we won’t be able to tell the difference when these players go back to their NHL teams.  They are colleagues, friends and brothers, just like Canada and the USA. 

Now originally, I had the video clip here, playing nicely in the black box below. NBC, however, apparently realized that *people* were actually *watching* this material, and in their wisdom invoked copyright, removing access to the clip. Someone should tell NBC that this isn’t 1970 anymore and that sharing entertaining clips can possibly result in MORE PEOPLE WATCHING THEIR PROGRAM. But that’s just crazy talk….

Dave Adnams new song debut

February 20, 2010 at 9:55 PM | Posted in Entertainment, Vancouver | Leave a comment
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Dave Adnams introduced some new tunes at a local performance at The Wired Monk during the Vancouver olympics. You can hear more tunes at   Here’s a preview vid of his new number  ‘DMT’ –

Olympics Team Canada Support

February 18, 2010 at 9:10 PM | Posted in Entertainment, Vancouver | Leave a comment
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Great fan video to the new hockey rock anthem – ‘Crosby, Staals & Nash’ just released by Vancouver’s Bryan O’Ryan.  Learn the song, rock the house at the next game!

For more info visit:


Why Women Live Longer…

January 28, 2010 at 12:45 PM | Posted in Family | 1 Comment
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With thanks to the original author – whoever they are. Unfortunately, I don’t know who it is to give them credit! 

Mom and Dad were watching TV when Mom said, “I’m tired, and it’s getting late. I think I’ll go to bed”.

She went to the kitchen to make sandwiches for the next day’s lunches. Rinsed out the popcorn bowls, took meat out of the freezer for supper the following evening, checked the cereal box levels, filled the sugar container, put spoons and bowls on the table and started the coffee pot for brewing the next morning. She then put some wet clothes in the dryer, put a load of clothes into the washer , ironed a shirt and secured a loose button. She picked up the game pieces left on the table, put the phone back on the charger and put the telephone book into the drawer.. She watered the plants, emptied a wastebasket and hung up a towel to dry..

She yawned and stretched and headed for the bedroom. She stopped by the desk, wrote a note to the teacher, counted out some cash for the field trip, and pulled a text book out from hiding under the chair

She signed a birthday card for a friend, addressed and stamped the envelope and wrote a quick note for the grocery store.. She put both near her purse.

Mom then washed her face with 3 in 1 cleanser, put on her Night solution & age fighting moisturizer, brushed and flossed her teeth and filed her nails..

Dad called out, “I thought you were going to bed.”

“I’m on my way,” she said

She put some water into the dog’s dish then made sure the doors were locked and the patio light was on.

She looked in on each of the kids and turned out their bedside lamps and TV’s , hung up a shirt, threw some dirty socks into the hamper, and had a brief conversation with the one up still doing homework. In her own room, she set the alarm; laid out clothing for the next day, straightened up the shoe rack.. She added three things to her 6 most important things to do list. She said her prayers, and visualized the accomplishment of her goals.

About that time, Dad turned off the TV and announced to no one in particular.. “I’m going to bed”

And he did..without another thought.

Anything extraordinary here? Wonder why women live longer…?

Cause they are made for the long haul….(and they can’t die sooner, they still have things to do!!!!)

Share this with the extraordinary women in your life – moms, daughters, sisters, aunts and friends, who need to be reminded about how special they really are.

Are Newspapers Worth Reading?

January 25, 2010 at 9:55 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worthwhile. The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter.”
  – Aleister Crowley

Even though I grew up in a house where every newspaper available was delivered and read thoroughly, I have to say that I tend to agree with this quote.  Over the years I have grown rather sceptical of newspaper reporting and I guess general news reporting as a whole. I may look for particular articles or features (like comics, opinions, letters, puzzles…) but typically I find little value in the ‘news’ that papers offer.  With today’s near-real-time access to original information it seems unnecessary to have a news aggregator (ie. newspaper) delivering information to me with a delay. 

The other role for journalists in the past has been to interpret and filter the news for a population that did not have the exposure or training to understand the context of the stories. We as a society however are long past that now.  For the most part, most of us have at least the same level of education, if not more, than the typical journalist, and are fully capable of filtering and interpreting information for ourselves, and making decisions about that information for ourselves.

So here’s the poll question for today: What value do you get from the newspaper?

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