It’s been a while since I wrote a good old fashioned “Stay Classy” post so let’s saddle up.
In a previous post I dealt with flakiness in general. I think I covered things pretty good (thanks to Shannon for reminding me that I wrote that a long time ago. As you may have noticed, I tend to write posts that are fuelled by recent events in my life. I use the blog to take a perspective where I am able to step outside of myself and get clarity on the issue to share it with you fine folks. That’s why you will notice a good number of my posts beginning with something to the effect “I’ve noticed recently” or “lately this has been on my mind.” They “stay classy” category is basically the “how to be a modern gentleman” portion of my blog (on in more plain terms: “how not to be a dick”)
post rant is dedicated to the issue of flakes in the life of an already busy person. Lately i’ve been meeting a lot of them, and I’m sure many of you can relate.
To all the arrogant little bastards in the startup space who ask for advice, introductions, or feedback from busy entrepreneurs or investors: Time is a valuable commodity, don’t fucking waste it when it’s not yours to waste.
You want that introduction to (insert big name VC here) or want advice on your half-baked startup idea with no business model? Are you out on the lean-startup validation trail, asking for feedback? Hell, you want to DATE that busy CEO? Then get it through your head that the very fact that they took time out of their schedule to have coffee or break bread with you, is precious time they could be using on any number of things like tending to their own business, being a rock for all the people they employ who depend on them to steer the ship through unfriendly waters, spending time with their loved ones, or changing the world.
If you managed to weasel some time from that person you want something from – and let’s be honest, you just want something from them – my god, you better make damned sure that you show up on time, listen, and follow up. You want that person to stick his neck out for you with an intro? Fat chance if you’re a flake.
To say it simply; there’s nothing worse than a flake. I hate, hate, HATE flakes. On the list of disrespectful things one person can do another, being a flake would be pretty high on that list. Flaking out is a combination of unreliability, lying, double-dipping and just plain rudeness. I would like to officially upgrade flakiness from a pet-peeve to a full on resentment.
Dale Carnegie, author of one of my new all-time favourite books “How to Win Friends and Influence People” writes:
People may forget what you say, but they never forget the way you make them feel.
If you are a flaky person and you’re reading this, put yourself in the shoes of the people you are letting down with your flakiness. How do you think they feel? Pretty rotten, to be sure. Imagine someone honoring you with an invite to spend more time with them: they are telling you between the lines that they like you and respect you. At that point you have 2 choices: either say yes, or no. Maybe is the hallmark of the flake. Maybe almost always means “no” but the sick part is that it carries false hope and sends the message “you’re not important enough to me to be honest with you.” And if you say “yes” then you better follow through.
Would you tell your boss or team that “maybe” you will show up at 9am? Nope. That’s a one way ticket to a pink slip. If you are going to miss a day of work you always send notice to show you’re still reliable. You want to be respected at work, so you show that you are respectable. People generally dislike the guy who rolls in late and doesn’t deliver on his promises. It’s not only because he’s letting the team down, it’s also because it conveys arrogance.
Many people have a small circle of friends that they call their best friends. While there are 101 things that make a person a close friend (i.e. s/he just gets me) the one thing that’s common is that they are people you can count on to be there for you. In fact that was probably the main reason you became so close in the first place; they just kept showing face. Think about it.
I feel dirty when I make an excuse. Really. If you find that you’re making the same old excuses or, even worse, using your creativity to come up with new ones constantly then, I hate to break this to you: you’re a flake. What’s more is that I can guarantee you that the people you know think you’re a flake too. People get busy, especially entrepreneurs, but it’s not an excuse. If you’re sitting across the table from one or pitching to an investor, know that they have shown you a great deal of respect in listening to you. They have so much on their plates, and you are not the main course by a long shot, yet there they sit.
Show some respect in return and take a genuine interest in them.
You want friends? Be one.
(For those of you who want to get some facetime with some quality people for advice on your startup, try out Dan Martell’s Clarity.fm)
Rannie got involved in a new, yet at the same time old-timey endeavour this year: The Tweed Ride in support of Bikes Without Borders. As you are probably well aware of, October is the ramp up month to open season for just about every charity you’ve ever heard of to begin their major fundraising cycles in November. It’s a pretty good move to get the jump on November by fundraising in October to avoid what I call “donor burnout” because come mid-November people are starting to get tapped out with all the benevolence as they start saving up for Christmas gifting.
I appreciate the Tweed Ride because it takes a similar approach to Movember in that it gives fundraisers and donors an activity that appeals to their sense of irony and fun. People love Movember because, simply put, moustaches are hilarious and that one fact is a big reason why there is so much enthusiasm around it. The Tweed Ride gives its fundraisers an excuse to ride around town en masse in 1930s tweed attire while onlookers wonder what on earth is going on. I think my favourite aspect of the ride was that. The faces I saw on people were priceless and I bet that they will be searching the internet to find out what took place last Saturday on the streets of Toronto.
The ride was staged in Trinity Bellwoods Park and had several stops: a photo opp in front of Old City Hall, High Tea in Grange Park, and finally (and most enjoyably) the nightcap at Dovercourt House where, after a delicious chicken dinner, many of us went upstairs for Lindy Hop lessons. Here’s a piece of Stay Classy advice for this week: Go take dance lessons! It’s better than greasy nightclubs, the people are nicer and you WILL meet lots of new people and dance with them. No need for painful pick-up lines here, everyone is just happy to be there learning together. After the dance lessons the dance floor was opened, prizes were awarded (Rannie won a brand new bicycle for raising over $1000! Go Photojunkie!) and we were treated to some big band music stylings by a group called “Sly Balloon.”
Rannie has a great set of pics for the event which I’m sure he’s working on and will put up shortly here. I have a few and it was so hard not to put them all in sepia.
Yes, there was a penny farthing bicycle. Pip pip.
Sly Balloon makes it a swell swingin’ soiree
We were treated to uh… this during high tea at Grange Park.
We live in an age of entitlement now. I guess it sort of comes with the territory when a form of communication presents itself that is no longer one way, but two ways and many other ways in between. I am talking, of course, about twitter, facebook pages, the mobile web and so forth – social media.
People and brands alike have enjoyed (and sometimes lamented) the power of word of mouth for centuries but never before has new spread from person to person with the capacity and speed afforded by the social web. No longer must we wait till the news write up in the paper the next morning or wonder what’s on the 6 or 11 o’clock news to get the scoop on what’s happening around us. What’s more is that we can now provide instant feedback on any news we hear about moments after it ticks by on our twitter feeds.
Social lives have changed too. While we still protect our privacy to some degree we are more willing to share things online that we normally would not in a traditional social scenario (i.e. a cocktail party). We Live In Public‘s Josh Harris predicted that we would all give up our privacy online just for our 15 seconds of fame and recognition. While I still disagree with the extremity of his claim (i.e. I still don’t think we’re going to install webcams in all our living rooms and bathrooms as he did) people are using the social web to make a big deal about themselves whether it is for the purpose of getting invited to some exclusive party, get free swag, promote their web presence in whatever form, or just speak their mind without too much fear of immediate repercussions. So in a way, Harris was right but nowhere near to the extent he so arrogantly proposed.
While people on the social web “give up” their privacy as “social currency” (for example providing an email address, a follow, a Like) brands in turn give away the farm in many cases. You see it happen on group buying sites where businesses pretty much bend over backwards to give deep discounts and then have to deal with disgruntled customers who come in a few weeks later expecting the same deal, chomping at the bit to chirp them on Twitter when they don’t get what they want. You see the same phenomenon when a blogger or tweeter writes a complaint to his/her followers about some cell phone carrier that allegedly screwed them in some way. The list of scenarios goes on but the point is that business are spending and losing lots of money to appear accountable to the public on the social web and get rewarded a lot of the time with flak. I think that’s very commendable on the part of any business that would be brave enough to open their ports to the social web but it sort of grinds my gears when I see people take advantage of that and try to squeeze blood from the stone, so to speak.
Businesses on the social web now want you to feel special but it can go too far sometimes and it could hurt the ecosystem that balances the give and take between brand and customer. A phrase sort of popped into my head today as I was pondering this phenomenon of entitlement and the above issue. The phrase is this:
Nobody is nobody. Everybody is somebody. Just don’t let it go to your head.
Perhaps a mantra to describe the middle ground that I think could be created between the denizens of the social web and brands/businesses/causes that seek to engage their public without going overboard on what they give away. Yes, we give some of our privacy away when we get on Facebook, twitter, google+ etc so we should be recognized by brands for stepping out into the open and being identifiable and directly reachable. It’s a great metric for businesses to know exactly who they are dealing with now whereas before the social web there was a lot of guesswork on their part. The public still appreciates being made to feel special almost as a “thank you” for using a brand’s product (i.e. the Budweiser Winner’s Circle at the Honda Indy) but it should be recognized that Bud gave away a lot of product to market to you and throw such a swell party. Even though I was not paid to attend, I thanked Bud and Edelman with a blog post and some great pics.
In this sort of equal interchange I think the balance lies. Continuing with the Honda Indy example, although there were definitely some social media heavy hitters scattered throughout the Winner’s Circle 99% of people there were non-web folks just enjoying the event VIP style courtesy of Bud.
I guess in a long-winded fashion I am just hoping that in some form or another, social media folks make sure to say “thank you” and be a little more patient with the brands that have hooked them up along the way and continue to go to great lengths to satisfy our fickle needs.
As always, your thoughts and comments are welcome below.
Well it`s my birthday.
Another year goes by and it’s been an exciting one. When I first got back to Toronto, this city was alive with new prospects and opportunities…and it still is. It’s funny how where you end up has a lot to do with where you come from. Toronto is my city and I will always love it no matter where life takes me. I’ve met so many amazing people in the past year and a half since I’ve been back and each person is fascinating to me.
When I realized that, this blog took a new direction and became about the reader and less about me per se. With each birthday a person gets older and wiser and makes a change. No one is exactly the same as they were the year before and people grow constantly. Part of growing does unfortunately involve pain and loss but I always think of the example of a volcanic eruption when dealing with those things as part of the process. Although lava from a volcano seems to destroy and burn all that it touches it’s heartening to note that after the destruction new life springs up stronger than before. Most of our world – our mountains, landscapes, plantlife – was actually shaped by volcanic eruptions. In fact the nutrients found in volcanic eruptions make soil highly arable and capable of sustaining rich plant life. No wonder people live their whole lives in the shadow of a volcano.
I guess the impromptu geology lesson is something of an allegory for the past year for me. At the beginning it was spectacular, in the middle there was a little destruction, and as we near the end and mark the 1 year anniversary of this blog chronicle, there seems to be new life forming everywhere and it’s beautiful.
So what’s up you say? Well one awesome thing to start off with is Epilogger. I only met Chris Brooker when I moved back to Toronto but we have become close friends and I trust him 100%, Because of this we formed the company around my idea and I am lucky to have him as a business partner. We are building something awesome for all of you that will make all your memories immortal even if you forget! I encourage you to sign up for our private beta if you want to be a pioneer in helping make something better. The only caveat is that if you get in, you gotta be active and give us feedback! Click here to get on the Epilogger beta list. Also we’ve launched a blog for Epilogger that will keep you updated about all the goings on at Epilogger HQ with posts from me, Chris Brooker and our wonderful Creative Director, Rebecca Cohen-Palacios so be sure to read and share.
The other thing is that just as people change and reinvent themselves as they get older, so too must one’s work. It’s time to reinvent MichaelNus.com and over the next few weeks I will be working on a new direction once again that incorporates some of the old favourites like Stay Classy and Social Media and SEO tips with a new section called “The Day I Met…” The Holy Trinity of Happiness will stay but will be consolidated into one section rather than three. I also plan to put up my portfolio and CV.
The cool thing about `The Day I Met“ is that it will be powered by the Epilogger engine so that means some of the content will be pulled from the archives to really present the post as a time capsule.
I’m always fascinated by how much fun beer companies get to have as they advertise their product. All the funniest commercials and most epic live events always have a beer company attached who just want you to have a great time. It’s been said for years that Budweiser is the King of Beers but if you think about it, Budweiser is also the king of parties. You can go as far back as the “Wasaaaaap” commercials and then then recall things like Bud Camp, Bud Plane to Superbowl, Bills in Toronto, 2010 FIFA World Cup, Calgary Stampede, EdgeFest and of the list goes on and on. 2 weeks ago Bud sent me to a Jays game with a handful of you guys just to show me their new Bottoms Up beer tap!
The Honda Indy was just owned by Bud this year and they did it up huge. If you were lucky enough to get a VIP pass to the Budweiser Winners Circle you know that they pretty much pulled out all the stops in making it a weekend of high octane fun. As soon as you walk through the entrance tent near turns 9 and 10 of the Honda Indy you are greeted to the fanfare of a gauntlet of ladies clad in Bud gear who will make your arrival known with megaphones and high fives. Then a shap shot at the photobooth with another Bud girl before entering the huge Winner’s circle area complete with live music all day, a hockey net, basketball court, two grandstands, a very fancy and realistic indy car full motion simulator rig and, of course, tons of suds served to you by more bud girls than you can count. Pretty hard to be unhappy when the King of Beers hooks you up with all of the above and food too. I wonder if next year they will set up a cool down zone that sprays fine mists of cold water on patrons to help them keep cool in the blistering heat caused by the combination of sun and race cars. I think they’re called “inflatable misting tents” and I think they would be a big hit next year. While this is not the first time a beer sponsor has been at the Honda Indy but all the gratuitous branding aside, could you really imagine an Indy race without that presence? No doubt about it, Bud brought the fun and I’m sure the winner, Dario Franchitti, didn’t mind being handed the trophy by Miss. Budweiser Ashley (who we met as you will see in the video) either.
The video above says it all. It was definitely a guys’ day out when Chris and I went for the final IZOD Formula One race and we had a swell time even if we got a bit of sun stroke from all the outdoors awesomeness. Those of you who went on the Saturday got to judge the Miss Budweiser pageant and crown the lady (her name was Ashley and we met on Sunday) who would get to present the trophy to the winner of the big Sunday race. You can get in on future action over at the Budweiser Facebook pages. Click here for the Budweiser Canada page, and, for my American readers, click here for the Budweiser US page.
Here are some more Honda Indy pics courtesy of Chris Brooker:
A subject I’ve not yet delved too deeply into when commenting about staying classy is personal grooming. They say cleanliness is next to godliness. Of course even the gods probably like to clean up once in a while so why shouldn’t the modern gentleman do the same. Don’t you feel good when you get your huge mop trimmed, or your beard sheared and manicured so it looks like a golf fairway? You will find that when you’re fresh from a shave and shower, you can face the day better and with more confidence.
Until today I’ve never heard of Maca root so when I got a set of men’s grooming products from The Body Shop, just in time for Father’s Day, I found myself wondering what it was doing in shaving cream, deodorant, and “eye serum.” The last time I didn’t research what was in my grooming products I got a nasty surprise. As a typical guy I also had no idea what eye serum was. I actually sat with the small bottle of eye serum, stared at it, and tried to divine what on earth to do with it. Was it to be used as eye drops? Do I drink it and gain better eyesight or super powers? The packaging didn’t give me much info so I had to enlist the help of one of my female friends who knew right away what it was and instructed me to rub it on the awful dark circles under my eyes. That definitely sold me as lately I have had major issues with those.
So I got to reading about maca root and according to the interwebs, maca root has been harvested for centuries for its male virility properties as well. According to Wikipedia:
“Maca is rich in essential minerals, especially selenium, calcium, magnesium, and iron and includes fatty acids including linolenic acid, palmitic acid, and oleic acids, and 19 amino acids, as well as polysaccharides. Maca’s reported beneficial effects for sexual function could be due to its high concentration of proteins and vital nutrients; maca contains a chemical called p-methoxybenzyl isothiocyanate, which reputedly has aphrodisiac properties.”
Look, maybe your old man could use a little zip in his skip and you would be a great son or daughter if you gave him a little something with the above properties that doesn’t come in the form of a little blue, diamond-shaped pill. At the very least you could dazzle him with tales of the mysterious powers of maca and assure him that the deodorant will make him smell like a million bucks while the eye serum shaves a few years of sleepless nights at the office of his face.
So I got to trying all three products and here is my honest take on each one.
Not your run of the mill shave cream in an aerosol can, the Maca shave cream really makes you put in the work for a good lather before you apply it to your face. However once you get the shave cream to the desired consistency and apply it you will notice that it’s a lot like lotion and will soften your skin before you draw your razor. I think that the product is meant more for those times when you want to pamper yourself with something high quality rather than a quick morning shave before a 9:00 meeting, so use it before a hot date or important social event as it will leave you smelling great as an added bonus.
The deodorant smells absolutely fantastic and what’s more is it doesn’t irritate the skin. The scent is not overpowering or artificial and, as the container says, it’s “hard on odour” and will get even the toughest pits smelling like maca daisies. The only downside is that it’s not particularly long lasting. I used it a few times both on mild days and on hot, sticky days and got about 2 hours tops out of it before having to reapply. Most men don’t really carry deodorant around so reapplication would be tricky and the last thing you want before meeting people is to be less than fresh.
As I mentioned above, I’m new to this eye serum thing so I am still testing the product. So far it seems to be working and it’s easy to use. Just rub a dab under your eyes and let it do its thing. Generally I don’t moisturize or primp but those dark circles under my eyes just had to go and it seemed no amount of iron-rich foods were doing the trick – so why not try the eye serum. I’ll keep using it and evaluating it.
The shave cream was my favourite product because despite my notorious bearded mug I enjoy a nice shave to keep it neat and trim. It’s a luxurious shave and it feels like a job well done once you get the lather right. For a little help you could get a shaving brush and really make your visage sing.
Take a look at the Men’s Skin Care section of the Body shop website or drop into a store if you are looking for a good father’s day gift. Don’t forget to wow your dad with stories of maca magic to make this gift keep on giving. There’s a good lad (or lassie).
Urban life can be very busy a lot of the time while being at the same time extremely distracting. Living in the big city affords a person so many different options for things to do out of the house and with so many different people that it can make your head spin. City dwellers tend to have numerous circles of friends due in part to the sheer number of people one gets to meet in a densely populated urban setting and it’s taxing to show face consistently and evenly from circle to circle.
- A person or thing with such trustworthy qualities
- Consistently good in quality or performance; able to be trusted
I’ve noticed a peculiar habit among people who live in big cities like Toronto. They tend to make plans with several of their friend circles simultaneously and then pretty much choose to go to one based on who they think will offer more fun, who is cooler, which venue, how far, chance of getting lucky, etc. While it may seem to make sense to say “well why shouldn’t I choose what’s the best for me to go to?” one must consider the ramifications of promising to be at more than one place and ultimately flaking out. The sentiment those who invited you tend to feel is that you’re unreliable or too good to throw in with their lot for a night. You may not think it’s a big deal but some folks do! The thing is that they may never tell you and therefore you may never be able to tell who minds and who doesn’t mind if you show up.
My rule of thumb is to honour my commitments once I’ve made them. If I tell someone I will for sure be there, they can consider me already there unless something beyond my control has made it impossible to make an appearance. As part of the gentleman’s code it’s pretty standard stuff to not stand a person up, whether it’s a date or a casual night out. The tenet behind this common sense rule comes from the basic principle of having respect for your fellow man or woman. Basically one should never break a promise and furthermore should not make promises that one cannot or does not intend to keep.
I see it happen all the time and I`m sure many of you curse the invention of the “Maybe“ RSVP option on Facebook event pages. It`s even worse in a setting where the host has taken on some degree of personal cost for your expected attendance. For example in the blogging world a PR agency may invite an influential blogger to an event or product launch and thus have to order enough refreshments, put together enough samples, and print enough documentation to account for that blogger`s expected arrival. When a blogger does not show up after agreeing to come it`s almost like a slap in the face to the host who sent the invitation. Highly unprofessional.
This rule does however come with some wiggle room. In light of the rigours of big city life and the fact that typically someone living downtown in a large city will likely have many friends you may sometimes have no choice but to commit to two events in a day. Although it`s still expected that you arrive roughly on time to the event, you may not necessarily have to stay for the whole thing. But don`t just show up, smile, then leave either. I think a healthy minimum is about an hour. The host is sure to understand that you may have other commitments but will be glad you came anyway. Although ideally you should choose one event and stay a while to bond with whoever invited you. You might even make a few new friends…who will also want to invite you to their events.
Oh well, no one said it`s easy to be winsome.
Magnum Ice Cream bars finally got launched in Canada and Strategic Objectives and their partners wanted to mark the occasion with a night to remember. Marketed as the luxurious ice cream bar for real pleasure seekers, they really took it to the limit with a very exclusive launch party at a stately private mansion with all the trimmings.
When one thinks of Ivanka Trump (daughter of Donald Trump by Ivana) one thinks of a class act and an heiress to the Trump fortune. The campaign for Magnum echoes those sentiments with a contest for the next Magnum Heir – the winner receive prizes worth $250.000 (limo rides, private chef, flights, Holt Renfrew wardrobe, etc) and $100,000 in cash. Not a bad package if I don’t say so myself.
Not everyone is an ice cream connoisseur and in all likelihood doesn’t think too much about subtle difference between one brand to the next, instead just preferring one because of the taste in itself. As ice cream bars go, Magnum ice cream bars are pretty darned great but don’t take my word for it, take Ivana Trump’s. She looked radiant and was with child that night. As she took the podium to have a word with the attendees she made a point that’s pretty hard to argue with: as a pregnant woman with cravings, the fact that she prefers Magnum over all other ice cream bars just about seals the deal.
Met some great folks that night and also bumped into none other than Mayor Rob Ford who was only too happy to try the product, but not before he encouraged me to run for mayor! I wonder if he’ll give me his endorsement to be the next Magnum Heir
More great pics at he old Flicker Page and here are a few goodies.
Chocolate based martini? Cheers.
Well alright. I guess I’ve have ONE…
Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve found the key to making voting easy. Read on to find out how!
Election day is on Monday and I know a lot of you have mixed feelings about it. Because the 2011 Canadian Federal Election is a hot topic right now, it’s come up in a lot of conversations I’ve had with people in general. Of course I’ve asked and been asked “who do you think you will vote for?” and this year the most common reply is “I don’t even want to vote because I think all the parties this year suck.”
It’s no secret that Canada has long been plagued by low voter turnout at federal elections with it’s lowest in history being the last election in 2008, according to Elections Canada. There are many theories as to what causes this and believe me, when I was a Political Science student, we submitted just as many theories as there were blades of grass on campus, leaving us at an unavoidable impasse. The traditional factor attributed to low voter turnout tends to be the youth vote largely being uninterested or disenfranchised. Another major factor is the swing vote – a population of voters who are not particularly committed to any one party, largely due to either apathy about the government of the day or, frankly, a lack of knowledge of each party’s platforms. When you see smear campaigns on TV (and boy are they rampant this year – shame on all the candidates) they are targeted at swing voters. In fact just about any commercial on TV that’s paid for by a candidate’s party are targeted at a fairly uninformed public – a glaringly obvious fact considering that they only show the viewer one side of the issue and try to paint the candidate as a paragon of virtue.
In thinking about the youth vote and the swing vote, I would conjecture that much of the reason behind low voter turnout (aside from the growing sentiment that all the candidates suck equally and therefore there is no cause to vote for any of them) is simply the fact that it can seem like a lot of work to really get a good handle on the platforms of each candidate. People are more likely to vote when issues resonate with them so if there is a significant amount of the population that just doesn’t even know what each candidate is saying, promising, or opposed to, it’s no wonder people don’t show up to the polls. They may very well be intimidated by the whole voting process!
We now live in the information age and you would think that this information is more easily accessible – and you would be right. However although it’s easy to get to, I doubt that the majority of the population will want to take the time to read the entire red book for each party. I’ve even heard some people say they are going to vote for Jack Layton because they like his moustache! Not a responsible way to vote! So if all the information is accessible yet people don’t want to read thousands of words, what can we do? Well I think I just may have found the solution for you!
If there is anything I learned from reading Cole’s notes in university and from working in the digital space with UX designers, it’s that it’s all about how you PRESENT the information that makes all the difference. You can give people the power to make informed decisions on a product, a service, an idea, etc just by breaking down and breaking up the information in to smaller, simpler, digestible chunks that are stated and displayed elegantly and attractively. Could you imagine if Apple put all the nitty gritty specs about the first iPod on the front page of its site and on print ads as a sales pitch? If that was the case we would still be listening to Mini Disc players (perish the thought!).
So what can we do to both encourage the swing voters to get informed and get the youth voters to join the action in the information age. Put it in the palm of your hands. There are two tools I would like to recommend to you that you’re just gonna love. The first is a nifty little phone app for your iPhone or Blackberry called Globe Politics and is a an absolute gem. It will give you all the latest news updates about the Canadian Federal Election as it happens, which is great, but what’s even greater is that you can just click on the “platforms” button and it will give you each candidate’s stance on all the issues this year by category and in SIMPLE POINT FORM! Amazing! It’s available on the app stores and I encourage you strongly to download it and skim through the issues that resonate with you. That way you can at least make an informed decision come Monday and even help your friends do the same since you can now be a political pundit
Some of you may be saying “but I still don’t know which party best suits me” or may still resist putting in the time to download the app and read the simplified platforms – and to that I would say no problem, ya lazy bum! The CBC has a great web app that asks you a series of survey type questions about each issue and when you’re done tells you which party is the most aligned to your values! The tool is called Vote Compass and will ask you 30 simple, multiple choice questions before making a party recommendation for you!
Oh, and ONE MORE tool for those of us who think the idea of metered internet is bogus and free internet is an extremely important issue this election, Open Media has created a tool to find pro-internet candidates in your riding. Just fire in your postal code and you will see the candidates who will represent for you on that issue!
That’s all! You have the tools, you have the power, so let’s bring those voter turnout rates up and make this one count! If you have any questions at all, comment below and I will do my best to help you out.
As I was getting ready to head to #UsGuysEH last night with some of my colleagues I brought a tie along just in case the occasion called for it. Wearing a tie these days is sort of hit or miss either because ties are not as common as they once were or because a wearer’s tying technique is limited to one style they probably learned long ago – namely the Prince Albert knot. The Prince Albert is the Fisher Price of tie techniques in that it’s everyone’s first tie. You would think that by the age of 25 one would learn a few more but it’s not the case. Usually one is taught the Prince Albert because it’s the easiest one to tie before your first communion or bar-mitzvah.
I find the Prince Albert to be unbalanced and it looks, well, half done due to it’s asymmetrical way of sitting. It would be a shame to get a great new suit only to have the look diminished by a poorly done tie. So here’s my little remedial for you guys who want to look a little classier. There are many tutorials online, of course, but those of you who subscribe to this blog will hopefully appreciate this post as we enter high wedding season. I’m going to skip right over the Kent ties and Half Windsor and take you right to the classy, symmetrical full/double Windsor knot. It looks great, balanced, and is big and bold. Whenever I wear a Windsor people ask me how I did it and I’m only too happy to show them.
It’s actually fairly simple to do and just takes a little bit of practice. The rule of thumb is to let the broad part of the tie hang a lot lower than the thin end as this knot uses a lot of tie up in order to complete it. Just cross the broad end over the thin end and loop it behind the cross and then behind the tie. Then pass the broad end over the knot from left to right to form the front face of the knot, After that just loop it behind the knot once more and into the slot created when you passed the broad over from left to right and stuff the tie through there. It sounds complicated and for a first timer it may end up being a pain. For all you visual learners, here’s the best video I’ve found that exemplifies the accepted method.
I have found a way to simplify the knot and get the same result. My method starts like step 1, skips step 2 and continues to step 3. So basically loop the broad end over the thin end once, go up, over and behind the knot, then do step 4 through 7. Voila! The great thing about the Windsor knot is that if it’s tied correctly it will not slip left and right on the collar so it will require little adjusting. Great for formal occasions and goes perfectly with a pocket square.
If you want to learn all the other most popular knots, check out http://www.tie-knots.org for some great tutorials. Stay Classy.