July 16, 2014
Ottawa Biofuel is a great local company that transforms used cooking oil into diesel fuel.
They’re currently running an Indiegogo campaign in order to update their equipment and expand their production.
They also make wonderful glycerine soap.
Even if you’re car-less, like me, it’s worth helping them out even for the 1 or 5 dollar pledge. You’ll be doing something good for the environment and helping out a great company.
Go check it out,
July 9, 2014
This week’s Recommendation Wednesday is for a Webseries and web organization.
I’ve mentioned them before but Silver Stag Entertainment, is a great website that delves into Books, Movies, and all the awesome speculative fiction stuff.
Go ahead and follow them on:
Their Youtube channel has several great shows and covers book readings/launches.
Let me be honest with you; I’m an occasional contributor to their Nights at the Round Table (NatRT) show that reviews and discusses books and movies. So this is mildly self-serving but even if I wasn’t involved I would follow, subscribe, etc because the people who run it are awesome!
Silver Stag Entertainment has only been around for half a year now and I’m impressed with what they’ve been able to accomplish. I also look forward to seeing how they’ll grow and the wonderful things they’ll do in the future.
Enjoy the bloopers below.
June 20, 2014
Every year in Ottawa there is an event called Ribfest. It’s a festival, of sorts, with vendors from across North America who come and sell Ribs and Chicken. There is also a protest every year from groups like PETA.
This year’s PETA protest bothered me but not in the way they wanted it too.
The concept is that they’re trying to make people realize that animals are similar to humans. They have the same parts and the same feelings. I’m not going to debate that. The protest’s intended message is lost in the “Sexy” aspect. People stopped to take pictures, people talked about it and a bunch of people sat nearby and watched the half-naked models while they ate their meat.
The message that seemed to be more prevalent from this protest, and what bothered me about it, was that women are just like animals. Instead of humanizing the animals they effectively dehumanized the models.
The naked people were all woman, all white, and all model shaped and sized. To the guys taking pictures and catcalling these models, they are effectively pieces of meat.
In my opinion the protest was misogynistic, and badly thought out. PETA loves to have nakedness in their protests. I know it’s done for shock value but I still think they’re missing their mark.
What do you think? Is it a thought provoking protest or something else?
***Edit for clarity: The models were all volunteers and members of PETA.
May 9, 2014
Hello my Imaginary Friends,
Today is the start of Ottawa Comic Con. If you are the kind of person who hates browsing the millions of booths, tables, etc., let me help you with a few recommendations.
S.M. Carrière – Table 2416B
S.M. is an author of fantasy novels and she’s a darn good one at that. Her books aren’t expensive considering their quality and they’re a lot of fun.
I highly recommend you go by (and buy) to say hello.
Ottawa Brown Coats – Table 2312B
I like to describe the Brown Coats as the nexus of Ottawa geekdom. They are well connected and a lot of fun to talk with. Pick up some buttons or, if like me, you’re a fan of Firefly, let them know about your favourite episode.
Charming Creations – Table 2000
Do you like Geeky T-shirts and jewelry? Of course you do! This combined store will have a little bit of everything you need. The clothing is of great quality and made by the seller, and the jewelry is the same.
Go check out what they have and good luck not buying something.
Both Jen and I will be walking around at the Con, if you see us, say hi!