So earlier this month I took part in my umpteenth Month of New Music and like clockwork I almost, almost completed the fully 30 days of listening to a new record. You can see the full list and what I listened to here … or if you’re bored you can see the top five records that I found during Month of New Music right here.
One half of Death From Above 1979 churning out some poppy gems. One really can’t go wrong here.
I know it’s a bit of a cliche, but I really, really dig that infectious Royals song.
A big surprise from Mr. Russ Fee. A pretty solid record from top to bottom, probably a record that has flown under the radar of pretty much everyone out there, but worth a listen for sure.
I’m calling it now, this guy will be our generations Bob Segar… or already is our generations Bob Seger… I’m not sure which is more true.
Fogerty rerecording his classic CCR songs with the Foo Fighters and and Bob Segar… don’t mind if I do.
Well, truth be told, this might be bad timing with this post, considering that my doppleganger is wanted across Calgary for being a douchebag … or maybe its perfect timing so I can comeback to clear my name.
Either way, back on track here.
So, after much deliberation with my beautiful wife, I’ve made the hard decision for me to move to Calgary to explore new business and professional opportunities. Now, this hasn’t been an easy decision and possibly later on I’ll get into the nitty gritty of my Ottawa experience, but for the most part it’s been a difficult struggle to get a foot in the door within this city and it makes more sense to return to Calgary to reconnect with the thriving community there.
But enough of that, back to the fun part.
So yes, Calgary after almost four years of exploring two-thirds of North America’s capitals, I’m back. And not only am I back, but I’m looking to get back into the game with full force. On the employment side I’m looking for contracts, projects, full-time or any time employment opportunities. If you have a need for front-end developer or a social media/communications consultant, send me a note.
In addition, I’m also looking to get back involved with the Calgary Political and Tech community. Got an organization that needs a hand or needs some volunteer time? Hit be me up.
So Calgary, let’s do this. Can’t wait to see you next week.
Guess what time it is again kids? If you said Movember, you’re right, but it’s not what I was going for.
If you guessed Month of New Music then you’d be a 100% correct. Yes, it’s finally Month of New Music.
A quick back history for those curious and trying to figure out what I’m talking about, Month of New Music was started by Colin Sproule and some other cool Calgary Twitter people way, way, way back in 2008. The idea is simple, for the month of November try to listen to one new to you record for each day – the record doesn’t have to be a new one, just new to you. You can then share what you’re listening to for the day via twitter using the #monm hashtag.
Since 2008, many of us #yyc’ers have partaken in this yearly ritual. Personally, it wasn’t until Rdio came along that I was even remotely close to being able to complete this task. Last year I was able to almost hit the goal of a full month, by hitting the 23 record mark. This year I’m going for broke and as god as my witness I’m going to pull off 30 records in 30 days.
So if you’re up to the challenge feel free to join in. Feel free to use a clone of my monm Google Spreadsheet to track your progress and join the conversation on twitter with #monm.
Let the fun begin.
It goes without saying, but since June The Right Honourable Mulroney has made life interesting. Through ups and downs, this little devious bastard seems to make our life that much better… even when we spend 20 minutes each hour chasing our shoes around the couch.
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A couple of weeks ago I was granted access to post on twitter’s new micro-blogging network “Medium“http://www.medium.com. In true ctoverdrive fashion I wrote about municipal web sites and because I’m still partial to my own little site, I’m reposting it here for safe keeping. Please enjoy.
I’ve said this numerous times, but the world of political campaign web site design is a niche market that seems to be years behind current trends. And while I’ve raged on the issues in other “personal posts”: personal posts, one of the biggest underlying issues with political web design is that there tends to be an incredible lack of focus on who the audience of these sites really are. And even though it’s an off year in most political circles, there are still a handful of newly minted municipal campaign web sites that are missing the mark.
In general, there are two ways of approaching a campaign site design, either build and design for your candidate or build and design for the voters. In an altruistic world, every campaign web site would be built with only the voters in mind, but if we’re being honest most campaign sites are built to appease the candidate (or campaign manager) and voters second. It’s a difficult situation for any designer to straddle, but it’s a key failing of many campaigns. On the one hand every candidate knows that they need voters to win and they need a web site to get their message out, but on the other hand for those running for political office, even if it is from a position of public service, it is an ego boost. For many candidates this may be the first time they have ever had an online presence or their very own web site, so it becomes difficult for the candidate to simply let someone else control their online image. And in a profession where appeasing the client is always the first goal, it becomes incredibly easy to succumb to a candidate’s personal tastes or opinions, rather than crafting a web site geared to voters.
So how do you know if your campaign site is tailored toward a candidate rather than voters? Here are a couple of obvious tell-tale signs.
But how do gradients, too many polished photos and links to photo galleries rather than action items indicate that a site isn’t geared towards voters? Well, let me explain.
See voters, similar to candidates and political consultants, live incredibly busy lives. But for the most part your average voter isn’t living and breathing the every day activities of a campaign race — they don’t your candidate as intimately as you do. Instead voters, especially during municipal and local campaigns, will tend to rely solely on first impressions and gut instincts to judge potential candidates when they are making a voting decision. Voters want simplicity, clean messaging, and something to relate to and a campaign’s web site is the easiest way to connect with voters on all three levels.
So, if you answered yes to more than one of these issues that I outlined at the very beginning of the article, it’s time to reevaluate your site. My suggestion is to grab an impartial voter (your in-laws are a great resource for this), sit’em down for 10 minutes, ask them to walk through your site and get them to tell you their gut impressions of the candidate based solely on the web site.