#TEDTuesdays: David Brame – Nerd Power

I had the pleasure of seeing this one in person when it was filmed at TEDxRyersonU. A small personal fun: At about 11 minutes in, he talks about a particular X-Men comic. Who is the only one in the audience who gets the answer right? Yeah, me… the geek.

I want to be this man in some ways: I want to be a professor (full-time if possible) and still be the geek I am. Working on it, and getting closer every day.

#SurrenderYourSay is a winner | the social media age

Thanks to Karim Kanji for summing this up so eloquently.

#SurrenderYourSay is a winner | the social media age.

Here’s one of the tweets I sent out “manually”:

This is one my favourites that was sent out by the app:

One of my favourite photos of my brother, Ravi, and I.

One of my favourite photos of my brother, Ravi, and I.

#TEDTuesdays – David Pogue

I used to do this on my old blog, and I think I need to do this again. Here’s a great one from David Pogue of The New York Times. Some of these I didn’t even know! Enjoy.

#FF WordCamp Hamilton

WordCamp Hamilton 2013

WordCamp Hamilton 2013

It’s a big WordPress month for me here and probably more to come, but let’s get the second Follow Friday post underway!

Next weekend, Hamilton will be hosting its first WordCamp at the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s Tanenbaum Pavillion. I’ve attended two WordCamps in Toronto and they were fantastic. This one is our first go, so we’re going with a single day at a very reasonable price.

I unfortunately won’t be able to attend myself, though I have played a minor role in helping to organize. But hey, when one of your best friends is getting married, they’ve let me off the hook.

Some of the notable people they have talking at the event are Joey Coleman, Al Davis and Kevin Browne. I just had Joey visit my class at Sheridan College the other day and it was a blast! I’ve also seen Al do presentations at WordCamp Toronto and I’m looking forward to most likely hearing him there in a few months again.

If you’ve never attended a WordCamp before, it’s a great event for beginners and advanced alike. I highly recommend it. You can purchase tickets for a mere $20 (just lowered from $25!) on their website here and make sure you follow them @WordCampHamOnt. Have an awesome time!

#FF WPUniversity

Last Saturday I attended the WordPress Toronto monthly meetup at the Ryerson DMZ hosted by WPUniversity, who launched that day. I’ve been looking forward to a product like this for a long time now and I can’t wait to start using it, contributing to it and getting my clients on it.

WPUniversity Logo

WPUniversity Logo

WPUniversity is a unique plugin that you install to help you with various tasks in WordPress. It doesn’t just show you, it guides you through your own installation of WordPress to help you, as if you had an expert sitting next to you saying, “Now click here, and type this…”

What does this do for someone like me? Won’t I lose work over this? No. As a matter of fact, I will be able to get to more clients because I won’t have to answer every question that clients might have that are basic and similar in nature. Similarly, my clients will be able to look up the help for themselves and practice it as much as they like. Then, if they still have problems, they can call upon me. I can also adjust my training when I know what pieces I might be missing from my own offering.

They’re just getting started and we got the preview last week. If you want this great product, you’ll have to wait until about September, but it will be worth it.

You honestly have to see it for yourself:

In the meantime, make sure you Follow Friday this amazing team, WPUniversity (@WPUni) out of the Ryerson DMZ and catch them most likely at WordCamp Hamilton, coming on June 23, 2013. More on that next week. Until then, enjoy and welcome back to Follow Friday!

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