Recommended Reading for August 20th

Here are some recent posts, sites or articles I’ve found worth a read – you might enjoy them too:

Have suggestions or comments? Leave them below!

An Interview with…

Click to View Video @ GetInvolved's Site

Back in April, during NetChange week, I was interviewed for as part of their DigitalU podcast series (a companion to the TVO production, “Get Involved“).

I walked away from the interview worried that I’d been a little too scattered or rambling, but I think they edited it down quite nicely and I’m actually really happy with how it turned out.

What We Covered

  • Building Momentum with social media
  • HoHoTo
  • The Evolution of Blogging
  • Anonymity vs. Transparency
  • Authentic Online Identities
  • Mayor Miller Tweeting
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Web 2.0 & Beyond


They’ve got a growing library of these interviews, including some with other people I know and like in the Toronto community. Be sure to check these folk’s out too: Sacha Chua, Tamera Kremer, Jason Mogus,  Ryan Taylor, Lisa Torjman, Sarah Prevette and Christopher Berry

Some recent Videos…

I got the urge to start mucking about with videos again over the holidays… embedded below are a couple of short videos I put together with some of my pics from last year:

1. Monster Jam

Shot at the Monster Truck show last year in Toronto at the Rogers Centre…

2. Wiarton Hockey

Erin’s younger cousin’s hockey team were playing in a tournament near us so we went to watch the game. The game ended up being their first win of the season so it was a fun one to watch.

I plan on doing a few more just to keep the creative juices flowing, and considering I took over 10,000 pictures last year there’s more than enough material to work with!

Check out my Photoblog
If you haven’t recently, be sure to swing by my Photo blog at it’s updated daily and, if I may say so myself, is on a pretty good roll right now images wise…

A Whale of an Imagination

Imagination & Creativity is one of those things I don’t think you can promote enough in everyone, not just children… here’s a great video I got turned onto by Krispy from the TorCamp group:

A great concept, brilliantly shot & executed and rich with a couple of other, more subtle, messages.

With Oliver, my three year old son, we get to see an unfiltered creative mind on a daily basis. I can easily see how so many people look at a kids seemingly unhooked ramblings and try to squash them and explain reality to the a kid – there’s times where I catch myself starting down that path.

The reality is though pretending & other creative pursuits are great for everyone. Oliver surprised me this Christmas with how much he actually understood the idea of pretending. On our bathroom door my wife had hung a snowman door hanger. In a desperate bid to get him to the potty (we’re in the final stages of training him) she started making it seem as if the snowman was talking.

Oliver loved it and for the rest of the holiday all it took to get him to the potty was Mr. Snowman calling him. Mr. Snowman came for a tour of the house and I think he even made a couple of trips out to family members house. One day Erin was occupied and I had to fill in as the voice of Mr. Snowman. I admittedly was a little half-hearted in my attempt. Oliver’s response?

“No Daddy, you have to pretend like he’s real”