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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Cooking for Two

Farmfed and Drinking with Farmstead

Cooking For Two: Perfect Meals For Pairs by Strand, Jessica (Chronicle Books).

The kind folks at Raincoast Books sent over a delicious little book called Cooking for Two. Since James is the chef in our house, cookbooks for me are more like menus. “I’d like this please.”

That said, when James is busy, I’m on my own. The kitchen is a scary place with me in it so this book is perfect. Lovely photos that allow me to see how horribly wrong my version is, and simple recipes that suggest I should do better.

Not in the cookbook, but a complementary dish, is James’ prosciutto-wrapped pork loin.

Farmfed and Drinking with Farmstead

Since I’m responsible for appetizers, dessert and beverage service, my suggested pairing is Marc Tempe’s Pinot Gris Zellenberg Vielle Vignes 2005. As Anthony at Farmstead Wines says: “Drinks like a wine of twice the price. Bottled in August 2007 without filtration. Stonefruit, spice, vanilla, & integrated wood notes with great minerality in an amazingly rich wine.” That means it tastes really fricking good with this meal.

Farmfed and Drinking with Farmstead

Sunday, January 25, 2009

So Miss Ballsy


Here’s Your Open Ball Invitation. A chance to frame your balls. A moment to reflect on what it truly means to have squeaky shoes.

AdHack.com is working on something really funny. They have me by the balls so I can’t tell you what it is. But you’ll be rolling around laughing when I do.

In the meantime, show us your balls. In the most polite sense, of course. Footballs, soccer balls, tennis balls.

STEP 1: Create an Avatar so you can prove you were cool before you even knew why this was cool.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Where Were You for the Inauguration?

Where are you today for the Inauguration of Barack Obama?

Farmstead Wines wants to know. Farmstead has partnered with Memelabs to bring the Where Were You video time capsule.

Post your video about where you were for the inauguration.


Monday, January 19, 2009

Words Fail Me: Marko Casalan, 8 year old IT whizz

Marko Casalan, 8, is officially world’s youngest IT whizz

[Marko]... was unable to sleep because of excitement on the night before the much-feared experiment aimed to recreate Big Bang conditions at the underground facility of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research or CERN in Switzerland.

The experiment failed because of technical problems, but Marko is confident that it will eventually prove to be a scientific breakthrough. “The media said it could cause the end of the world,” he said, “but there was never any danger of that.”

Words Fail Me.


Monique Obama


Hope. Change. Progress.

Let’s see it baby!

(Source: Obamiconme)

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Making Perfume: Art Night

Monique makes perfume

I have a great group of friends who get together randomly for art night. I usually sketch (or get totally distracted and spend most of the time talking). But lately I have been enamoured with making perfume. I’m working on a spicy oriental at the moment: cloves, cinnamon, coriander, cardamon, orange, with a dry woody base. It’s not going well but the photos look good.

Thanks Rachael for the photo. She’s a Goddess Spiral of goodness.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Gregory Hines & Steve Martin

Steve Martin continues to grow on me. Check out the fly tap dance moves. Oh, the over the tops. Wonderful.

And that Gregory Hines guy isn’t so back either! *snicker*

How Books Are Made & Marketed

How book are made ... from the digital marketing team at McMillan, forwarded to me from the digital marketing team at Raincoast Books. Hooray for the interwebs.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Northern Voice: Blogging Conference Feb. 20-21

Northern Voice is Feb 20 and 21 this year. UBC Forestry Building.

Registration opened yesterday and there was a flurry of activity. The conference sells out every year so if you are interested in attending, here’s the place to buy your tickets.

Dave Olson's paper point presentation

I will, under no circumstances, miss Dave O this year.


Friday is the best day for me to geek it up. I love the on-the-fly scheduling.

The Cool Shoes Project

The people attending, and speaking, all rock. (This is Megan Cole. Definitely worth meeting.)

Kris Krug

And you never know what kk is going to do, so it’s totally worth coming out to Northern Voice for curiosity sake.

Look mom! Blogging with no hands. (That’s called podcasting.)

WordCamp Whistler: January 24

WordCamp Whistler

WordCamp Whistler is a WordPress and social media conference taking place in Whistler, BC, on January 24, 2009. 

WordCamp Whistler is organized by the esteemed:

Every person attending the event will receive access to the conference event, along with a complimentary WordPress souvenir, and admission to the social event in the evening on the 24th. The swag is apparently very cool.

Doors open at 9 am.

For more information, please visit the official website at WordCampWhistler.com

Early bird pricing of $35 is only valid until Friday, January 9. After that time the price raises to $40.

If you plan to stay overnight, the Fairmont has reserved some rooms at a sweet price, but book soon. Fairmont will be releasing some of the reserved rooms into the general populace shortly. If you want to book, please use this link.

For tickets, please visit our EventBrite page:

I am very sad not to make it. Please go so I can glean info from you and look at the photos.


Wednesday, January 07, 2009

10 Trends in Media & Publishing

Top 10 Business Ideas for 2009 by Springwise included the following list for Media & Publishing

  1. MagCloud — Magazine publishing for everyone & every niche
  2. Faber & Faber — Out-of-print books, printed on demand
  3. Flat World Knowledge — Open source approach to textbook publishing
  4. Blurb — Marketplace for book makers
  5. Kidmondo & BabyChapters — From online baby blogs to printed baby books
  6. HarperCollins — Publisher hopes crowds will spot next bestseller
  7. Relay & WWF — All-you-can-read digital magazines
  8. Random House — Selling books by the chapter
  9. Kluster — Crowdsourcing platform
  10. Offbeat Guides, Tripwolf, HSBC & Dorling Kindersley — Personalized travel guides


Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Chandler Burr at Pop!Tech 2008

I’m reading Perfect Scent: Inside the Perfume Industry by Chandler Burr. He gave a great presentation at Pop!Tech2008.

Here’s the Popcast.

“Chandler Burr is the New York Times’ first-ever fragrance critic. His knowledge of the history, culture, emotion, economics, science and global geography of scent may be unrivaled. Come along with Chandler as he leads the Camden Opera House on an interactive, hyper-articulate and hilarious olfactory journey.”


Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year’s

Wine on