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One week of passionate debate about CanLit

One week of passionate debate about CanLit

I don’t typically post about work. That said, I’ve been working long, hard hours in the past few months writing, coding, Photoshopping, and doing all things social media so that the show can deliver the best in online programming. My fingertips are worn down to the bone. Well, almost. OK, they’re not really. But I have worked a lot of hours and would like to see it pay off.

So, here’s my plug for CBC Radio’s Canada Reads. The debates start next week and will air on March 2-6 on CBC Radio One at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. (2 and 8 p.m. NT). Go to the site, listen to the debates, Tweet about it, and make me feel like I’ve done a good job.

Oh, and as if we don’t have enough work to do next week, the team is also launching a brand new program! The CBC Book Club will be a month-long online discussion of the winning Canada Reads book, hosted by the lovely Hannah Sung. Check out the Canada Reads website for details at the end of next week.

In the meantime, for an up-close look at my job, take a look at these posts that I wrote for the site earlier this year:

[While I’m working web magic for the show during debate week, East Coast Guest Posts will be running on this site. Check back from March 2-6 to see what East Coasters have to say about fashion & style.]


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.

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.

[What defines you in this big, wide world of ours? Is it your obsession with Battlestar Galactica, your dogs/cats, your fetish for shoes? In an attempt to find out what makes my readers tick, I’d like to offer this meme to be sung to the tune of Madonna’s (no not Hilary Duff‘s) Material Girl. Post in the comments on on your own blog at your will.]

DeclanTM from Flickr

Photo credit: DeclanTM from Flickr

I like Twitter and Flickr
They’re my fave ways of talking
Then there’s LinkedIn and my own blog
So I’m in the loop

Pics that make me look too fat
Made it to Facebook
But I don’t care, oh that’s alright
I can just untag

‘Cause we are living in a digital world
And I am a digital girl
You know that we are living in a digital world
And I am a digital girl

[Yeah, I know. Stick to the day job, right?]

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