This week on Twitter, my friend Jean-Claude Tremblay took the initiative of spending almost a full day posting tweets about Illustrator tips, tricks and techniques under the hash tag #AITTT. There is a treasure trove of useful tips and techniques in there and, if you use Illustrator at all, you owe it to yourself to go through them and learn from his experience. That will save you time in your work and you will discover features you probably didn’t know existed in Illustrator.
Hey everyone! This post is a bit different (more than usual I mean…) and is a personal request to help me get one of my friends (Keri, The Canadian Explorer) on the most popular and best late night show in Canada: CBC’s The Hour with Georges Stromboulopoulos. This is a long shot, but I really think Keri deserves the publicity and would be a great guest on the show. But why do this? Who is this Keri? Here’s a little history that led to this crazy idea…
Keri was introduced to me on Twitter a while ago by another friend of mine, Mario Bourque. She is great person and a very endearing girl, and she’s come up with a crazy and fantastic project which entails travelling and exploring Canada in her car (she no longer has a fixed address), filming as much as she can and putting edited videos of it all on her site in addition to blogging about it. Her car is her studio and this all makes for a very compelling read and watch. You can see it all on her Canadian Explorer site along with her own explanation and plan she put up as a video manifesto. As I said, this is a slightly crazy idea and anyone who knows me knows I love crazy stuff 😉
But as I got to know Keri better, I started to get this crazy idea of my own. Isabelle and I have discovered the show The Hour a few months ago and have been fans of it since. One of its core purpose beyond entertainment is to promote Canada, Canadians and worthwhile causes and people in general. Exactly like the Canadian Explorer. So what could be better than put the two together?
So if you would like to help, I decided to start a little grassroots campaign to try and get Keri to appear on The Hour, or to at least to get George to mention her on the air and give her and her project some well deserved publicity. Either outcomes would be great but getting her on the show would be truly awesome! You do not need to be Canadian to help either. You may get the CBC if you live in northern USA and you can see a large backlog of full episodes on the CBC’s site at the following URL. The Hour really is a great show and at the very least, you might be entertained…
Now, how can you help?
The first step I took and that you can take is to write an email to George himself through the short form on The Hour’s site and recommending that he check out Keri and invite her on the show.
Make sure you include her site’s URL ( http://www.thecanadianexplorer.com ) as well as her Twitter ( https://twitter.com/KeriCDN ). The page says that George may not read all the email he gets (how could he), but if he gets at either mine or anyone else’s who decides to write him as well to recommend Keri, we may get him to go to her site and maybe even talk to Keri on the phone… and that crazy thing just might happen!!!
The other thing I’ve done and I would appreciate you do as well is to use the show’s email address to write them directly. That email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, don’t forget Twitter as this is where it all started for me after I met and got to know Keri a little better. You can tweet to George here @strombo Again, it’s a matter of getting Keri and The Canadian Explorer‘s name to his attention.
Finally, if you feel like really making a difference, why not send The Hour a post card or a letter through good old snail mail? The address is as follows:
c/o CBC Television
P.O. Box 500, Station “A”
Again, this is a long shot but nothing will happen if we do not try. At the very least, I’d like to get George to mention Keri and the Canadian Explorer on the show and, if luck (or the power of though) is on our side, get him to invite her on the show. In any case, I really think we need to get the word out about The Canadian Explorer as her endeavour is a worthwhile one and George is also a big proponent of Canadian pride and greatness. Once he hears about Keri… he will HAVE to invite her on the show!
If you have read this far. Thank you! Now, please take the next step, it will only take you a few minutes!
I am a bit late with the 2008 yearly reviews but this one will be shorter than last year’s. As 2008 has been a very big year for me I wanted to blog about it for posterity and this post will focus on basically 2 things. I’ll probably post more about specific discoveries (software, sites, etc) later but for now…
As everyone who reads this blog or follows me on Twitter knows, I quit a 20 years job last August to pursue my career as a Web design professional. It’s something I’d been doing for over 12 years anyway, slowly building up my skill set and client base. Once I felt ready, the decision to dive into the great freelancing unknown was surprisingly easy and I’ve never been happier in my life!
My work and my relationships with my clients make my job the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. Music used to be the center of my life and had been for more years than I care to know… but since I decided to move on from it in 2000; I’d been missing that intangible but very strong sense of purpose in my life. That strong sense of purpose is back now and is driving me to try and become better at what I do every day. It had been a long time since I felt that way, like I’m really making a difference for the better in my clients’ lives. It’s a fantastic feeling but with it also comes a great sense of responsibility.
However, not everything in my new career is easy every day. I have to learn to deal with new kinds of stress like the lack of a steady weekly pay check. I have not lacked any money in the last 5 months and new projects keep coming to me but I’ve certainly worried about it more than I used to. Budgeting is the key that keeps my financial life sane.
The other major issue that I’m facing in my freelancing career is related to the other side of the working alone coin. On one hand, I love working from home in peace and making my own schedule but some days I really miss the social interaction of working in a “real” office…
I’ve actually stated using Twitter last June before I started freelancing full time. Like I explained in my previous 2 posts on the issue (here and here), I’d resisted it for a long time and didn’t see the value at first. I’ll talk later about more technical aspects of Twitter like desktop clients and the like but for now, I’ll concentrate on the social aspects.
I have tried other social sites but Twitter is the only one I’m really sticking with for a couple reasons. The first is that it became a “presence” in my life. Unlike many people I am not afraid of solitude but, working alone day in and day out can become boring and lonely. I usually keep TweetDeck running on my laptop at my side while I work on my desktop. So when I need to take a short mental break, I stop my timer and check out what’s being talked about in my stream. I may shoot off a few replies, tease some of my friends or quickly follow-up on an interesting topic.
Other times, I may stumble upon a technical issue or have an idea I’d like to bounce off someone else. I just tweet about it and within minutes and sometimes seconds; I get useful answers and move on with my work. In short, in the last 5 months, Twitter has become an invaluable resource for me on many levels. Despite some of the technical difficulties the service runs into at times (fail whale!), to me it is the most successful social media service I’ve come across so far and I couldn’t go without.
In short, 2008 has been a very big year for me and 2009 is starting great as well. I’m learning all about faith. Faith in myself but mostly faith in life and its ability to bring me what I want and need. I wouldn’t have it any other way. For the first time in my life, I feel truly free…