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The big, wide world out there tends to think of geeks and nerds as social outcasts. We all know the stereotype: the socially awkward, overweight, acne-faced adult living in his/her mother’s basement, coming up only for sustenance that doesn’t rightfully belong on the food pyramid.

Neven Mrgan from Flickr

Photo credit: Neven Mrgan from Flickr

Well, the movers and the shakers of Halifax’s geeky underworld are on a mission to change all that by bringing the social back into social media.

It all started innocently last year with what eventually became Third Wednesdays. Now, we’ve got knitting circles, pupp-e play dates, brunch, sushi, and the list goes on.

Honestly, I’m the kind of person who usually has to plan things weeks in advance due to a busy work and social schedule. So when these things started springing up spontaneously I just couldn’t keep up. That’s where the idea of putting together a wiki came together.

Whether you’re new to the scene or not, check out the Halifax Tweetup page on Google Sites for upcoming events. Then come out from behind the glow and comfort of your computer screens to join in the fun. And, if you’d like to add to the event listings, DM your e-mail addy to me on Twitter and I’ll hook you up as a collaborator.

Coming up on the Halifax Tweetup schedule: Third Wednesday tonight, Twushi (that’s Twitter plus sushi) tomorrow night. Check the wiki for details.

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Halifax may be a small city, but we’re wired for the digital world. Third Wednesday is just one example of how connected and collaborative an environment it can be in the city. The group meets, well, every third Wednesday of each month. There’s a good mix of people in attendance from social media virgins to mavens.

Often, these types of events can be intimidating, but not so at these meet ups. They’re very casual and everyone has a genuine interest in learning about what you do and sharing knowledge. Overall, it’s a great networking and learning opportunity.

We promise not to maim you."

"Third Wednesday Halifax: We promise to not maim you."

And just because it’s internet-related, doesn’t mean you’re going to find yourself in a room full of WoW gamers who showed up to meet ElfGirl99 IRL or whatever.

There’s actually no semblance to any MMORPG. In fact, the motto of the meetings should be: “Third Wednesdays Halifax: We promise to not maim you.” That’s how nice everyone is.

Granted, during my first appearance at one of these meet ups, pretty much everyone only knew me by my online moniker Aliasgrace. To be fair, this was before I came out of the anonymous blogging closet.

For more information or to sign up for upcoming meet ups check out Third Wednesday at Facebook or Eventbrite respectively. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it out to tonight’s event because I’ll be packing, but I hope to see some of you on some future Wednesday.

If you’re visiting this site from outside of Halifax and you’ve got similar meet ups in your city, feel free to drop an invite in the comments section for other readers to check out.

Oh, baby, baby, it’s a wired world. At least, that’s what I imagine Cat Stevens would have sung if he was born in a different age (or didn’t break up with the woman that song was really about). Because, let’s face it, we’re living in a digital world. With Facebook, Twitter, Plurk, Friendfeed, and millions of blogs of all sizes and opinions, there’s really no escaping it.

Alderney Gate Library, Dartmouth - January 25

Alderney Gate Library, Dartmouth - January 25

Yes, even in the little city of Halifax. That’s why it’s so exciting to see a new event unfold in the online underbelly that is social media. On Sunday January 25, Podcamp Halifax will be bringing together the brightest that our city has to offer and providing a space to share our knowledge.

And the event is not just for the pros. N00bs are welcome, too (FYI, if you don’t know what that word means it’s you and no it’s not a bad thing).

From the site:

“The inaugural Podcamp Halifax being held at Alderney Landing will feature blogs, wikis, podcasts and online video as its stars, bringing in experts and hobbyists alike to revel in social media’s glory.

A podcamp is meant to have an open, participatory, user-generated series of workshops. The people who attend are the presenters. In typical Unconference style, audience members are encouraged to make the most of the experience by following their interests and allowing the conversation to flow both in and outside of the presentations.”

Registration is still open but spaces are limited. The best part? It’s free.

[UPDATE: Registration is now closed but to get your name on a waiting list please e-mail ryan[period]deschamps[at-sign]gmail.]

Unfortunately, I’ll be missing out due to an ill-timed vacation. So, you’ll have to fill me in with links and remarks in the comments section below.

Ten years and counting

Ten years and counting

Today marks the 10th year Cokebaby and I tied the knot on a sandy beach in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. Recently when I’ve mentioned the impending date, it’s been greeted with surprise. I’m not sure if it’s because of our age or the length of the marriage.

We’re both still under 35 but we weren’t THAT young when we got married. And the divorce rate in Canada is around 37% which isn’t as bad as some countries where more people are likely to divorce than stay married.

In any case, the conversation usually also turns around to what’s the secret behind staying committed to the relationship. And really, I don’t think I have a magic answer. All I can say is that, like every couple, we’ve had our ups and downs. I think it mostly comes down to: don’t sweat the small stuff because when the big things come along you’ll need the strength to work it out.

To celebrate (or as an excuse to travel) we’ll be taking an anniversary trip at the end of the month to the south of France. That is, if Air Canada doesn’t screw around with us too badly; they just informed us that they’ve redirected our flight through Toronto (instead of direct to London) which means we have to make changes to our connecting flight and add several excruciating hours to our travel time. But that’s for another post. Tonight, it’s dinner at one of our favourite fine dining establishments in the city: Seven Wine Bar.

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