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How Grad School is just like Kindergarten

Good to know, good to know. Particularly as I’m spending a significant amount of my not-free time looking up and applying to radically progressive grad programs in social media for social change, which leaves me approximately three choices on Planet Earth as far as I can see: Leeds (which I cannot afford), Stanford (which I cannot afford), or SFU’s new school of Technology, Communication and Arts which I also can’t afford but which is about a half a mile from my apartment and where I’d have the inside line on scholarships, bursaries, research dollars, and have pre-existing connections up the wazoo in the community that I’ll need when it comes time to do research, which is kinda the whole point of doing the degree in the first place. Then again, I may be teaching at UBC later on this year, and that generally comes with free tuition, so that’s something. Still, they have nothing like what I’m looking for.

But aside from what I’m looking for (for what I’m looking? Don’t try to tell me that’s correcter; do I look like I was borned yesterday? Hell no, and particularly not before I’ve had my coffee) what I’m actually expecting is something like this, only with chubby, pasty nerds instead of princes:

And, in case I get into a UK university and figure out a way to pay for it, I’m way ahead. After all, I’ve already got the socialization manual:

How to approach a stranger in London

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Twitter Tips December 5th, y’all!

Calling all civilians!!!! This class is designed for beginning or early-intermediate Twitter users, to get them up to speed quickly and teach them how to get the most out of Twitter in the least amount of time.

Not like me.

and cross-posted from raincoastermedia because, well, because BECAUSE, that’s why.

Falcon

Twitter in 120 Minutes

A hands-on seminar designed for beginning Twitter users who want to learn effective ways to manage their accounts and stay efficient.

What: a two-hour introduction to Twitter and TweetDeck,

When: 12-2pm, Saturday, December 5th

Where: Tradeworks Training Society, 2nd floor, 87 West Pender Street, Vancouver at the corner of Columbia and Pender in Chinatown

Why: learn powerful applications that can save you time and help you get the most out of Twitter

How: much? $75

The basics of Twitter and the applications of two Twitter tools will be reviewed in the first 30-45 minutes with a hands-on session in the remaining 1:15, where the instructor will be available to guide participants through the basic elements of using TweetDeck and Power Twitter.

Class size is strictly limited to 8: please email bloggingclasses AT gmail DOT com to pre-register.

Payment in advance via Paypal only, please. Paypal accepts debit or credit cards as well as direct e-transfer.

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Twitter Tools: raincoaster media courses are BACK, BABY!

Twitter Bird

cross-posted from the newly rechristened raincoaster media blog

Twitter Tools is a hands-on seminar designed for beginning and intermediate Twitter users who want to learn improved ways to manage their accounts.

Who: Raul Pacheco (@hummingbird604) is our guest instructor

What: Twitter Tools, a two-hour introduction to Twitter, HootSuite, Twhirl, TweetDeck, and Power Twitter

When: 12-2pm, Saturday, February 28th. Repeats every fourth Saturday (next class March 28th)

Where: Tradeworks Training Society, 2nd floor, 87 West Pender Street, Vancouver at the corner of Columbia and Pender in Chinatown

Why: learn four powerful applications that can save you time and help you get the most out of Twitter

How: much? $75

The basics of Twitter and the applications of three Twitter tools will be reviewed in the first 30-45 minutes with a hands-on session in the remaining 1:15, where the instructor will be available to guide participants through the basic elements of using each one of the following tools – HootSuite, Twhirl, TweetDeck and Power Twitter.

Class size is strictly limited to 8: please email bloggingclasses AT gmail DOT com to pre-register. Payment in advance via Paypal or by special arrangement.

quiz: what your back to school memories say about you

It’s that time of year, boys and girls: yes, the time of year for random internet quizzes!


What Your Back to School Personality Says About You


You are a lively, ambitious, and passionate person. You are driven to do well in life and aspire to great things.

You are most likely to succeed if you follow a proven path to success. You don’t mind putting in long hours to achieve your goal.

Your greatest skill is your verbal prowess. You have no problem finding words to express yourself, make your point, or win an argument.

Your biggest stumbling block in life is worrying about what other people think of you. Their opinions matter even less than you think.

You’re not quite sure what you’re thankful for in life, it doesn’t seem like there’s a lot to be thankful for these days.

Welcome to the Blogroll, George Orwell

George Orwell Passport

Do I need to explain why?

Seriously, though, I’d have thought he’d have been a little snappier. If he’d had to compete with all the famewhores out there stuffing their blogs with memes, he’d have stepped up his game a bit.

Check out the August 10th entry:

Drizzly. Dense mist in evening. Yellow moon.

Yeah, ACTUAL diaries are never as interesting as blogs. For one thing, fewer amusing YouTubes. The premise is, one post per day, taken straight from Orwell‘s actual diaries. If it weren’t George Fucking Orwell I wouldn’t bother, but I have faith there will be something other than a haircut blog in it eventually.

We’ve now gone a good, solid step beyond asking what happens to a blog when somebody dies (see Theresa Duncan and Olive Riley) and gone straight into blogging for the dead by proxy.