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August 2010 Archives

Vote for Our SXSW Panel

Thursday 12, 2010

I've been going to the SXSW Interactive festival on and off since 2006. It's where I made most of my wonderful internet friends and it's also where I met my husband. Even though it has experienced massive growth over the last few years, it is still a worthwhile conference, especially for the networking.

While I'm not the biggest fan of the content selection process, it is a combination of popularity and educated selection, and it is very light on curation. Because it is crowdsourced it is probably the best conference for up and coming interactive movers and shakers to get their first speaking opportunity, but you still have to get over the popularity hurdle.

So this is where I am. My friend, Jay from Bureau West, and I have submitted our first panel to SXSW. It is about interactive market research tools and using them to better understand your target consumers. Jay is going to be speaking about desktop video and interactive tools and I will be talking about mobile computing tools. We got past the first round of selection, and now we're on to the next round, which is the popularity contest.

Click the image and vote for us. We're really excited about sharing what we've learned about user and market research. It's a great topic and we're really good at making these topics relatable.

It doesn't matter if you are planning to go to SXSW or not. We still need your vote.

California Prop 8 Repealed!

Thursday 5, 2010

Oh happy day! I am so glad that Proposition 8 was overturned today. I know it's not over, but just knowing that my all of my friends in California will be receiving equal treatment under the law, and that some of them can marry their long time partners, and that my right-wing nut-job mom was WRONG makes me so happy.

These photos also make me happy (via BuzzFeed):





I know I live in Canada now, where marriage equality is recognized nationally, but I like to see good things happening for my friends and good things happening for all people.

Next on the list - real nationalized healthcare and for Barack Obama to have better potential for reelection, because right now I unfortunately think his chances are super slim.

What It's Really Like to Work in a Music Store

Tuesday 3, 2010

There is something to be said for doing something you love and getting paid for it, but if you can't be Lady Gaga or Kanye then the only other place to turn is retail. Oh good god, retail.

That accounting job your dad offered you last summer doesn't sound so bad now, does it?

He has a lot more on his YouTube channel. Enjoy them now before he gets fired.

Jane Austen's Fight Club

Monday 2, 2010

Just because this movie doesn't exist, doesn't mean that I don't really really want to see it.

Jerry Bruckheimer will put up the money to make just about anything. Why doesn't he do it?