I leave Mark home alone with Jordon and the next thing I know is that they have registered a domain name for Mark and he is starting a podcast. You can find Mark’s website at www.markcooper.ca. His Twitter, Flickr, and Instagram all remain the same. It scares me what they are cooking up.
Mark has been busy this Christmas break redoing his social media sites. Here are his new online coordinates if you are inclined to give him a follow.
- Blog: markcooperyxe.blogspot.com
- Twitter: @markcooperyxe
- Flickr: mcooper
- Foursquare: markcooperyxe
- Instagram: markcooperyxe
- About.me: markstewartcooper
I guess it is time to make some New Year’s Resolutions for 2012. Here are mine.
- Continue to lose the weight I have so far by using LoseIt. It’s been a great system for me so far and I want to keep the momentum going.
- Play tennis regularly in 2012. The City of Saskatoon as made that harder as they have allowed most of the city’s tennis courts to deteriorate badly but there are some by E.D. Feehan that I plan to frequent.
- Volunteer at The Lighthouse weekly. This way I get to see Jordon and give back to the community.
- Blog every weekday here and post a recipe each weekday to The Cooking Blog. That is over 500 posts between the two of them. Gulp. As Anne Lamott says, “Bird by Bird”.
- Post more photos to both sites and to Flickr. I really want to spent some time this year working at being more creative.
- Purging my life full of stuff and keeping the things that mean the most to me. I am reading SoulSpace and a big part of the books them is that we have too much stuff and that gets in the way of doing what is really important. It’s probably one of the reasons why Jordon loves the cabin (there isn’t much stuff up there) so much. I plan to say goodbye to a lot of electronics, books, music, collectibles, and stuff in 2012.
- Paint three paintings in 2012.
- Read 12 books in 2012.
- Adopt Dave King’s philosophy of riding my bike a lot more. I am setting a goal of 750 kms for 2012. We will see how that goes.
So what are your plans for 2012? Jordon’s resolutions are over here.
Jordon went out and bought me a Samsung Galaxy 550 today for an early anniversary gift. I have had my Samsung Link/Freeform for over a year and I really liked it but it’s time to upgrade to a HSPA phone to take advantage of SaskTel’s network. After looking around, I wanted to stay with Virgin Mobile. They have been great to deal with and they are pretty inexpensive for what I need. Plus their technical support is absolutely amazing to deal with.
While Jordon is in love with his Blackberrry Curve, he decided to get me an Android phone. While BBM would be fun, it’s not that much more useful than texting for me. What I am excited about having is my email, synchronized calendar, address book, Twitter, WordPress, Flickr, and Foursquare all on my phone. It’s not the fastest smartphone out there and isn’t an iPhone but it’s good enough for me. I can’t wait to play with it for a while.
While I am talking about Virgin Mobile, Visions Electronics is giving away free Virgin phones with no contracts. You can cancel a month into it if you want. They have the LG Rumor 2, the Samsung Gravity 3, and some others.
Oh yeah, you can find me on Foursquare at foursquare.com/wendycooper
Connecting people to one another is not just Fake’s hobby — she has made it her career. As the cofounder of Flickr, the landmark photography site, Fake provided a place for shutterbugs to share their work; they have uploaded more than 4 billion pictures. It was a seminal service that helped launch the era of user-generated content, spurring entrepreneurs to build Web sites and businesses based on volunteer contributions. In addition to influencing sites like Facebook — which allows members to post, share, and tag photos — Flickr’s impact can be seen in services like Twitter and Foursquare, which rely heavily on the kind of group dynamics that it helped popularize. And Fake herself became a Silicon Valley celebrity before selling Flickr to Yahoo for an estimated $35 million back in 2005 and receding from the spotlight.
Now, with Hunch, Fake is back, and she’s using her social skills to tackle one of the most vexing problems in computer science: online recommendations. The smartest engineers at the most innovative companies — Amazon.com, Pandora, Netflix, Google — have spent years trying to perfect algorithms that will suggest the perfect book, song, movie, or product. Dozens of other companies have claimed to have discovered the magic formula for driving consumer behavior online, only to find themselves stymied. They have tried everything from tracking customer purchases to psychological profiles.
I just checked out the new Royal Family’s website as well as 10 Downing Street. I don’t know about you but I think they are substantially better than the Prime Minister of Canada’s website and the Governor General’s site. Now that I think about it, the Government of Canada could use a web facelift. The top navigation bar looked good in 1997 but it is looking a little long in the tooth now.
While the Whitehouse.gov has gotten a lot of attention, I think I prefer the design an implementation of 10 Downing Street a little bit better. The interesting thing is know that 10 Downing Street, the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, and the Whitehouse are all using Twitter and 10 Downing Street and Harper’s office are also using Flickr.