Musing about Hamilton’s Geek Breakfast

On March 2 2013, a congregation of geeks, techies, and layabouts met by the lakeside Williams Cafe, and perhaps started something great.

One of the things that I have learnt since moving to the Hammer in September is that the city hosts a impressive social media community. Unlike major cities like Toronto where there’s lots of people on social media, Hamilton has organization. I feel a group of individuals can only become a community when their is a share sense of organization, usually under the guidance of regular meetings, activities and rituals.   I think the Geek Breakfast can become a sort of regular ritual, it can anchor a productive and creative community right in Hamilton!

One of my BSMR peers made a interesting connection that ended up with her landing a job! You never know what kind of opportunities can happen when you get out there and meet people. For that and many more reasons I support everything that the Geek Breakfast is doing and I am looking forward to the next one!Image

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New Social Media platform with a bright future; Findery

I use Google maps a lot, I find it very useful to find places that I know of, but its not the best tool for those who grave discovery. Findery fills that void and provides its users knowledge about their local surroundings that it insightful and lots of fun.

Findery lets you discovery local knowledge and hidden secrets about the world around you. People can leave notes on a map about cool hangouts, freaky looking trees, great picnic spots or whatever else they fancy for you and your friends to discover. It gives you the chance to learn about local culture and completely chances your perception of neighborhoods for the better.

With the ever growing dominance of smartphones, more and more people carry the means to share their local neighborhoods with each-other. Imagine when moving to a new place, the anxiety of being of feeling isolated and alone immediately alleviated by a few clicks. I think the possibilities are endless for Findery and I look forward to more and more people logging in and contributing to this online library of local knowledge!

Cool Job of the Week: Corporate Anthropologist

After reading this month’s issue of The Atlantic my gaze was fixed on their featured article about the rise of corporate anthropology. Imagine this scenario, you’re at a raging house party, booze is flowing, the music is rattling and the guests are letting it all out. Amid this revelry, stands a suit with a notepad. He or she is a corporate anthropologist, and his/her’s job is to study you and to find out how to sell you stuff better!

A new front has opened up in market research and it favors qualitative research over quantitative. Finally, companies are starting to take into account different and creative ways to get to know their customers, over the previously dominant methods of spamming people with telephone polls and surveys.

This gets me excited because previously, the very lucrative world of management consulting is dominated by quantitative consultants, MBAs and engineers that rely heavily on math and spreadsheets. Corporate Anthropologists champion participant observations, the method of having a researcher embedded with his subjects. Its one of the most intense versions of market research ever devised, which has the potential to unearth many hidden truths about consumers.

One company who seems to at the forefront of this new trend is ReD Associates http://www.redassociates.com/ a enthusiastic employer of social scientists. Check out their site. Also if you want to read The Atlantic article I was talking about, you can find it here url:” http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/03/anthropology-inc/309218/”

I Hope to share new cool jobs with you guys every week!

Fun Times at Lasik Surgery

After weeks of mentally preparing myself for my vision correction surgery, last Friday  I finally got it done. Hurrah I can see! Best of all, the surgery was much smoother than I expected. Just a couple of quick cuts and a zap from the laser and I was walking out the door.

The actual surgery took around 15 minutes per eye. The first step is freezing your eyes, then the lazik machine flashes your eyes and temporally blurs your sight. This is good because it blinds you to the quick cuts the surgeon needs to make to your eye, a blessing 🙂  Once your ready for the laser correction, you get treated to a little 15 second light show, while the laser reshapes your cornea. Soon after that your done, and you can look forward to years of crystal clear vision, hopefully.

As of now, my vision is still a bit blurry, but that should clear up in the next week or so. I have a regiment of eye drops to follow, which has me closely watching the clock. Moreover, I have to wear some cool looking goggles while sleeping to protect my eyes. A small concern, greatly outweighed by my sweet new vision!

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The Freelance Marketplace; a solution to youth unemployment?

To all of those without meaningful employment, the job market can bring up instant anxiety. It is difficult to make sense of the unpredictable ways of HR, not knowing if you have enough education, skills, experience. For many the job hunt is a grind, where only a few get lucky, and rest are left scratching their heads figuring out what went wrong.

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There is another way.

E-Freelancing is all about taking the middleman out of the job market, it connects employers and job hunters irregardless of distance. All that stands in-between you and a paycheck is the way you present yourself and the skills you possess. E-Freelancing sites such as E-Lance, oDesk, and Guru provide the opportunity for young people to find an endless amount of jobs in their area of expertise. Whether it be writing, graphic design, photoshop or even WordPress 🙂 Once you have a job in mind, it is up to you to make a competitive bid, and the employer picks their favourite contractor.

E-Freelancing is a way for young people to get the experience they desperately seek, while getting some money in the bank. In my opinion, e-Freelancing is changing many people’s prospects for finding employment for the better.  I implore my fellow job seekers to check one of these websites out, make an account, take a couple of tests and take e-Freelancing  a shot!

ELance

https://www.elance.com/

oDesk

https://www.odesk.com/?from=verify

Guru

http://www.guru.com/

Great job Nicole. You are a fantastic inspiration!

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I have won the battle!

I started smoking about seven years ago and my last cigarette was on January. 23rd, 2013.  

My journey started with a visit to the Dr. office to obtain a prescription for Champix (varenicline). I knew that a persons willpower had little affect on their ability to quit smoking! Science has proven this fact numerous times! According to Dr. Sharon Hall, a psychology professor whose research at the University of California’s San Francisco, ‘Heroin addicts say it is easier to give up dope than it is to give up smoking,” 

Therefore, I started my remedy and set my quit date to be day eight of taking Champix.

Here is a quick Bio on my smoking habit and my new life as a non-smoker;

According to the Canadian Cancer Society I smoked less then 8% of the smoking population 😮Image

My Mileage 

Smoke-Free Days: 10 
Cigarettes…

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When Does the Narwhal Bacon? A guide to the biggest website that your never heard of

http://www.reddit.com

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Reddit is a social news site and of ever expanding online community. It is the internet’s version of a 19th century coffeehouse, where people would meet to learn the news of the day, share ideas, promote their political agendas or sharpen their critical wit. It’s a site that encourages the  creation of original content such as interviews, pictures, videos and writing, and provides an entertaining forum for anybody to voice their opinion and comment.

Anybody who comments or posts a link on reddit has the chance of submitting something that could be seen by millions of people in a matter of hours, and this sort of instant publicity can happen to anyone, giving it a unique advantage for smaller voices to break out in social media.

The content you see throughout the site is ordered through a democratic system of upvotes and downvotes. Everybody who registers with this site can vote on whether or not they approve or disapprove of a post, propelling the post upwards or downwards on reddit’s rankings, meaning the posts will likely be seen by more and more people. Upvotes lead to more and more upvotes until the post makes it to the front page of the website, where it can generate massive discussions and can launch itself to other platforms of social media.

The endless web content that you can find on reddit is organized in different themes called subreddits. Following different subreddits that you are interested in, can allow a user to personalize the site’s wealth of information according to their own preferences. My favourite subreddits include r/askscience “to learn more about science!” r/ama “to find the most informative interviews with celebrities and public figures”, r/loseit “a positive community that encourages healthy weightloss”, and  r/gaming “videogames yay!”  You can look for your subreddits in the search bar on the top of every page.

Now classmates I challenge you to take a leap of faith with me and enter the dynamic world of reddit with an open mind. You will never know what you might find!

Try to find one or two subreddits that interest you and post them in the comment section. There is really no limit to the array of topics you might uncover, so use that search bar and type in keywords that speak to your interests. 

Happy Redditing!

Working out with the Girlfriend

Trying not to sound too pushy I suggested to my girlfriend that we start P90X together, her first time going through the program. Today we demolished PLYOMETRICS a killer workout that has you jumping from one end of the room to the other. I made it through unscathed, my GF is tremendously sore 😛 What was hilarious was that throughout the 65 minute workout, my girlfriend’s little Schnauzer was jumping right along with us! 

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Classmates I ask you this: Would you or have you exercised with a significant other? Any funny stories to tell? 

Hireasophist has launched!

Bonjour fellow bloggers and classmates of Building Social Media Relationships! It’s time to start giving back to the internet after taking so so so so much. My blog will chronicles the tribulations of a young classically trained bullshitter trying to embrace the cold hard real world that poopooes his skills. On the way I plan to hone my armchair quarterback ways of criticizing every little thing that bothers me about movies, tv, sports, politics and more.

Stay Tuned Internet.

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