A couple of days ago, there was a bit of a Calgary design verbal throw down on the old e-water cooler that is Twitter. After a conversation surrounding the ever popular online portfolio site Dribbble and a lack of motivation to post there, a challenge between local designers Jason Dorn and Cam Hoff was issued to see what local Calgary (and a couple ex-Calgary) designers could build off of a simple design idea.
Out of that conversation the always resourceful Mr. Jason Dorn beautifully handcrafted the site iHeartyyc.com as a catchall to showcase all of the great designs. Since then the little challenge has grown from a handful of designers to a nice cross-section of the design community in Calgary. It’s even garner the attention for other designers in different cities and some local media.
Anyways, I just wanted to write a quick post to give a massive shout out to Jason, Cam, Kevin, Russ and all the other designers who have been taking part and spreading the word. It’s been really interesting to find out about other designers in Calgary and to see the various takes on the concept. If you want to partake, just follow the instructions on iHeartyyc.com
p.s. If I forgot anyone else associated with the project my apologizes.
Twitter’s hiring and taking a page from Rushmore and the underrated playwrite Max Fischer.
(For the record Bottle Rocket was the bomb)
Alright, so what is all this YYC4Haiti stuff? It’s been all over Twitter, Facebook and all over the media outlets, so what is it?
YYC4Haiti is a fundraiser tweet-up that is going on this Thursday at Flames Central in support of the Canadian Red Cross’ efforts in Haiti.
Yes, yes, yes… I said Tweet-up. I know this word scares most of you. Because it probably conjurers up images of a tribe of nerds making code jokes or people bitching about the Finger Trap Bridge… but please hear me out.
The yyc4Haiti fundraiser started out as a three-way Twitter conversation between Camilla Di Giuseppe (of CFCN Evening News Fame), Alex Ruiz (of Flames TV Fame), and Angela MacIsaac (of a former Sports Reporting fame).
Since then, it has blossomed into the largest (I think I can say that without a doubt) fundraiser for the Haitian Earthquake disaster in the city. Companies have been coming out of the wood work to sponsor and donate raffle prizes and auction items. The Flames have put 110% of their support, by allowing the event to take over Flames Central (on a game night mind you) and by donating Flames ticket packages and even autographed jerseys from Regher, Phaneuf and Kipper. If you don’t believe me check out the impressive list of items up for grabs.
Needless to say ,the whole evolution of the event has been very, very impressive. Like really impressive.
But on top of all of that it’s also started to garner some global buzz and support from international celebrities. Amber Mac (who seems to be every nerds dream date) wrote a piece for Yahoo.ca and even Dr. Fraser Crane tweeted about it. It’s also garnished a whole slew of buzz in the local media circles with Metro and BT Calgary giving it quality air time. Hell even Twitter made it an official Twitter event. Now that’s some street cred.
So hopefully that’s given you a bit more information into the event. I’m definitely going to be down there, as I’ve got my eye on winning a jersey… maybe… If only someone had a Chris Clark Capitals jersey up for grabs… Then I’d be fighting tooth and nail for a piece of the action.
Alright, I digress…
Either way you see it, these ladies (and their volunteers) deserve all the kudos for their hard work. It’s been a real treat to watch the event explode on twitter and watch the yyc community throw their support behind the cause.
So if you’ve got no plans on Thursday, make sure you head down to Flames Central for yyc4Haiti.
It’s December 1st and do you know what that means?
19 days till you’re married c.t.overdrive? Yes, but no.
Twitter and every business under the sun is going red for AIDS in Africa day Again, yes, but no.
It’s the beginning of the yyc Month of New Music. You’re Damn Rights it is
Last year a couple of members of the yyc Twitter community (ch3ls33, cawlin, and wintr) declared December a Month of New Music. The idea was to challenge people from the yyc community to listen to a new record for all 31 days of December. It didn’t have to be a new release or anything, but it just had to be new to you. You tweet the record in the morning (or when you start listening to it) and the post your opinion/initial thoughts once your done. It was a simple idea and it caught on by the end of the month.
But what it did was expose a lot of people to a slew of new music.
So this is a challenge to all your twitter folk who read this partake in Month of New Music. Use the hashtag #monm and see what new music you find. At the end of the month. I’ll post my list of cd’s and thought out the month here for people to read here.
And if you’ve got some records I should check out add them in the comments, I’m pretty low on new music at the moment.
Dec 1st – Blood Bank – Bon Iver – Thumbs Up. A great, great snowy time EP.
Dec 2nd – The Day Trotter Sessions – Bon Iver – Thumbs Meh. A decent little EP, it was nice to finally hear an original version of Lump Sum. Overall not as good as The Bloodbank EP.
Dec 3rd – First Aid Kit – Drunken Trees – Is the Sket Ulrich to Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twin’s Johnny Depp.
Dec 4th – Dizzie Rascal – Tongue N’ Cheek – Hew was better with Basement Jaxx.
You know what, it’s been far to long since I posted a link to an exceptional Bollywood clip, so when I stumbled upon this sucker, I had to post it.
I imagine this is what would happen if So You Think You Can Dance and Slumdog Millionaire had a horrible drunken one-night stand… But I’m not entirely sure.