Winter on Etsy

It's cold outside so today I'm featuring some of my colder pictures on Etsy. If I can get myself organized I'll be adding more wintery images to the shop very very soon.

I also have THIS: a treasury or all things wintery - mostly knit, mostly cozy. As much as I dislike winter, I have to try to embrace the few good aspects of it. *Note the absence of cars, shovels, snowbanks and slush.


Today the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (ie. my place of work) hosted an event on modern diplomacy in the age of social media. The three part presentation was aimed at showcasing how the department has evolved and where it is headed in terms of digital diplomacy. The event featured a panel discussion with Canadian diplomats abroad, a Q&A with representatives from the Canadian branches of Twitter, Google and Facebook, and finally a discussion with Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird and Sweden's former foreign minister Carl Bildt, which was moderated by Paul Wells of Maclean's magazine.

In the presentation, it was noted that the department has an impressive 400-plus twitter accounts around the globe for various missions and branches. Social media is becoming a useful tool in advocacy which is experiencing a campaign-style shift as the tools become more and more integrated in our work place. It is also being used to send strong messages on consular issues and foreign policy.

Old and Pretty

Every time I visit my parents I end up rummaging through old things in search of I-dunno-what. Sometimes I take things that might come in handy, other times my mom will decide it's time for things to move on, like the rolling pin and bowl that long sat in storage after Grandpa passed away.

Crowded Room

Over a year ago, Dean had an idea for the studio (Gallery Recording). It kept coming up in conversations, the idea kept getting bigger, and he kept telling me he was working on it. I didn't know how far it would go but I did know that people seemed very keen when he described the idea to them. He had a concept, a purpose, a name and even objectives for expansion if it takes off, but he didn't have a team yet.
Over the months, he talked to various people about collaborating on the idea but it wasn't really taking off, but then earlier this year he talked to the right person. He and Craig Allen Conoley of Dan Rascal Productions met for drinks and idea became a project in development - when Dean came home that night, he was more or less effin pumped.
"50 people, two bands, and a film crew walk into a recording studio.No punchline, just one hell of a concert."
He and Craig recruited Isaac Valentin from LOG Creative Bureau and the team was complete. Then came the process of putting it into action for a pilot project. 
One night at a mansion party, we were talking with Matt Aston of The Split and we both thought they would be an ideal band for the pilot. It took a couple of weeks, but everyone got on board and the first event was underway. 
The show was recorded and filmed at the studio, with an audience of 50 last May. The entire event was bigger than anyone had hoped and the response was beyond expectation. Last week, the pilot was revealed at The Split's show at the Blacksheep Inn. And now it takes off from here.
This is Crowded Room (01):

Summer's End

Summer is over, fall is here. Let's have moment of silence and share some sunny memories on this Fall equinox, as the temperatures drop and the days get shorter. *sniff*


Experts, activists, celebrities and world leaders met in New York this week, alongside bloggers and social media experts for the Social Good Summit. This four-year old annual event, which takes place in conjunction to the gathering of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA),  is hosted by the United Nations Foundation, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 92nd Street Y (92Y) and the social media news site, Mashable.

The conversation is about the world we want to live in by the year 2030, and the goal is to instil a sense of purpose among those who might feel otherwise useless - for lack of a better word - when it comes to resolving some of the major issues on the planet. The interactive event is built upon social conversation and the open line of communication that is social media.


Since our plants might be in for more frosty nights, I decided to collect some basil leaves to make a little jar of pesto. And, it was divine. I won't list out the steps or the recipe since I more-or-less followed Jamie Oliver's recipe but I will suggest this: if you own a food processors, save yourself the time and effort of squishing leaves with a mortar and pestle and just use the modern technology.