I’ve only owned one store-bought sweater in my life; all the rest have been made for me, mostly by my mum. Her arthritis won’t let her knit any more, but I took pictures today of the ten I still have. They smell like Scotland, and Toronto in winter, and like home—always, like home.
There’s a line from Alan Furst’s 1930s-era spy novel Dark Star that has stuck with me: “We need people who can do good, and not get caught.” It came to mind again today as I read this WSJ article on social impact bonds: at one level it’s inspiring, but at another, it feels like we’re trying to give ourselves permission to do good by wedging it into market economics.
…and trying to figure what’s going to be cool when I graduate, so I could learn about it now, I’d be messing with this kind of stuff: a WebGL plugin to help people design things for 3D printers. But I’d leave the actual 3D printing to people who are less clumsy than I am.
I’ve said for years that extensible programming systems wouldn’t be designed per se; they’d emerge from the ground up as a younger generation left lines of ASCII text behind without ever really thinking about it. This new tool from Alex McLean is a case in point: yeah, it’s fragile, and primary colors on black isn’t my favorite look and feel, but man, isn’t it cool?
DemoCamp Toronto # 28 is happening February 22, 2011 at Ryerson University.
- Event Details: http://wp.me/srS6B-dct28
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Keynote Speaker: Mark Ruddock (@MarkRuddock)
Mark Ruddock is a a serial entrepreneur with two successful exits and over 10 years of experience at the helm of VC backed technology startups. Most recently, he was the CEO of the Viigo, which was acquired in March 2010 by Research in Motion (makers of the BlackBerry). Prior to Viigo, Mark was an EiR at Ventures West.
Mark is going to talk about “Important Lessons learned after 10 Years of being at the helm of VC backed Startups”. Every entrepreneur can learn from Mark’s experience pitching to VCs, maximizing the value of a company at sale, and just building, growing and running a successful startup in Toronto.
We are looking for amazing entrepreneurs, startups and demos. DemoCamp is an awesome platform for reaching the local audience.
We’re also looking for up to 5 startups or entrepreneurs to demo a new technology. Selected presenters get 5 minutes to show us the best of their application and then ask the audience for feedback, coaching, and insight from a highly connected cynical crowd. We try to get a group of highly connected and apparently highly cynical entrepreneurs, developers, designers, marketers, investors and others in a room to watch entrepreneurs in a safe environment.
DemoCamp is brought to you by:
- @StartupNorth (http://startupnorth.ca/)
- SIFE Ryerson (http://siferyerson.com/)
- KPMG (http://kpmg.ca/)
- OCE (http://oce-ontario.org/)
You should consider attending and connecting with other entrepreneurs, designers, developers and others. Please recommend DemoCamp to a friend.
Today is Let’s Talk Day, so let’s talk. I’ll go first: starting when I was 19, I had bouts of depression every 12-18 months for a little over 20 years. Some were triggered by overwork or big life changes; others hit me out of the blue. Whatever the cause (and the cause might just have been neurochemistry—there’s history on both sides of my family), I would feel bleak and exhausted for anything from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. If you’ve had mononucleosis (glandular fever to the British), it feels exactly like that, but without the swollen glands and other physical symptoms—so much so that my first couple of bouts were misdiagnosed as recurrences of mono.
I didn’t even try to get help until I was in my mid-30s. At first, it was because I didn’t know I could: two different doctors, in two different countries, told me that was a virus, and all I could do was wait it out. And then, well, people didn’t talk about this stuff—not the people I knew—so I didn’t even know where to start. But I eventually met someone who’d been through this, who pointed me in the right direction, and here I am, eight years and counting since my last crash (or what I hope was my “last” crash).
I’m glad people talk about this more now than they used to. There’s still a lot of prejudice and misunderstanding out there (sadly, even among medical professionals), but more and more people understand that it’s just another disease, no different and no more shameful than diabetes or arthritis. It’s better than it used to be. I’m a lot better than I used to be, and what I really want to say is, if you have the blues every once in a while for no good reason, you can be better too.
So let’s talk…