Saturday, October 15, 2022

Drone Flight over big valley, east Alberta.

 Drone Flight over big valley, east Alberta.

Camping Breakfast

 Campfire Breakfast:

Campfire Cooking

 Campfire Cooking

Camping Fireside Cooking

 Camping Fireside Cooking

Flashback to the Internet 1995: The Metaverse is here

People who are wondering about the Metaverse, what it is, is it really going to work out,.. here is a flashback that will assist you in contextualizing your forebodings. Remember this was filmed in 1995. 

When will businesses adopt Web3?

2Create360: Metaverse and Web3 Consulting

The decentralized web and metaverse are excellent ideas, but they still have some kinks to work out before they're ready. For example, DAOs will need a legal status in most places around the world if they're going to work properly. Regulators are racing to keep up with how quickly Web 3.0 innovators are moving. They've marginally kept an eye on what has been happening so far, but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done before the future of the Web becomes clearer. Businesses shouldn't wait too long to start thinking about how they can integrate decentralized technologies into their business. Here are a few ways to prototype your initial steps into this new world of work:

In order to create a better and more adaptable business, DAOs can help professionals without boundaries transcend their limitations. Consider creating a DAO that enables the broader community of stakeholders in your business to participate in promoting your brands or crowdsourcing ideas for innovation.
Increasingly, people are turning to companies who have ESG goals outsource them to a DAO governed by their company stakeholders. This is an exciting development, as it means that people working together can achieve major social and environmental goals..
Identify opportunities and use cases in your core processes where the gradual transition to metaverse will add value, and include them in your digital transformation agenda.

The Web3 technology will change the way things are done in an organisation. Are you and y our business ready for that?

Funny Short Quotes

 A pessimist is a person who has had to listen to too many optimists.” – Don Marquis

“I don’t believe in astrology; I’m a Sagittarius and we’re skeptical.” – Arthur C. Clarke

“I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early.” – Charles Lamb

“What’s another word for Thesaurus?” – Steven Wright

“I am only human, although I regret it.” – Mark Twain

Funny Short Quotes

“Everything is funny, as long as it’s happening to somebody else.” – Will Rogers

“Every time something pops in my head, I think twice about it and I do it anyway.” – Gilbert Gottfried

“If I wasn’t a golfer, I would still be miserable – but not as miserable.” – Larry David

“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.” – Steve Martin

“I didn’t give you the finger, you earned it.” – BIll Murray

“I used to jog but the ice cubes kept falling out of my glass.” – David Lee Roth

“Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.” – Miles Kington

“I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering.” – Steven Wright

“He who laughs last didn’t get the joke.” – Charles de Gaulle

“Laugh a lot. It burns a lot of calories.” – Jessica Simpson

“Once you give up integrity, the rest is a piece of cake.” – J.R. Ewing, Dallas

“I intend to live forever. So far, so good.” – Steven Wright

“Work is the curse of the drinking classes.” – Oscar Wilde

“A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.” – William James

Friday, October 14, 2022

Capital Infrastructure Investment Map

 Capital Infrastructure Investment Map Tool

City of Calgary

The Mayor of Calgary,Dave Bronconnier wanted to inform the Citizens of Calgary about all the Capital Infrastructure Investment projects which had been implemented during his time in office. 

He wanted the projects to be displayed on an interactive Map, each with an icon which represented the project.  Clicking on the icon would bring up relevant project details.

This was a very ambitious  project both technically and logistically. It was pre Google Maps Api and some of the enabling technologies which exist today(  at the time of wring this article), could only be imagined. 

Logistically, it was an insurmountable task to collect Data  and standardize/sanitize it for consumption by the application

The Project related Data was spread across 14 different city departments and over 200 Project managers each using different methods to retain their project data, everything from text/word documents, excel sheets, Access Database and some even had instances of MsSQL server.  Getting PM buyin to the projects, transition them over to a somewhat standardized way of sharing their project related data was quite the challenge.  

Having to implement all of the above within a period of 6 weeks seemed impossible

The Team decided to take on the challenge.  We used Maps generated by the City GIS service and created our own interactive MAP interface using an in house Map Tile engine . 

 I used every trick in the book of negotiation, making alliances, pulling in favours, using tactically and strategically  veiled messagings and other persuasion and coercion tactics to bring the PMS on board. 

Eventually, we prevailed and produced on time, brilliantly executed product.  The Mayor was impressed enough to have a full on press conference to reveal the project to the citizens of Calgary and he even asked me to demonstrate the tool at the press conference.  My first ever press conference.  It was quite a moment for the Team and I.

Tax Talk


City of Calgary

The City of Calgary faced a challenge about how to communicate and change peoples mis informed perceptions of where and how the City spent its tax revenues.   My team was approached to come up with a solution to engage citizens and educate them.

We came up with an online engagement component to be substantiated with traditional media ads around tax season. My team co-ordinated all the media buys ( TV, Radio and  Newspapers), all with a strong call to action pointing at an online education piece. 

The online engagement piece included a Video ( storyboarded, recorded and edited in house), which was then digitized to be used within a Flash based online component. Actionscript and Javascript were used to interact with the video actor.  

This was very well received, resulting in over 200,00 views over the weekend it was launched. 

Blue Cart Recycling Online Marketing Campaign


Blue Cart Recycling

Digital Marketing Campaign

First of a kind Digital Marketing Campaign for the City of Calgary Blue Cart Recycling Project.  The Goal was to develop an Interactive and engaging online presence to educate citizens on how and what to recycle. Included a list of Frequently asked questions. an interesting KPI was the reduced number of phone calls to the City of Calgary 311 Center.   As Team lead, i helped architect the campaign , assisted with the development of all media assets, including story boarding the video componenet.

The entire online presence was developed using a combination of Flash, action script, Javascript and ASP.

The Team and the City of Calgary was awarded an interactive Media Award for this project.  A well earned award if i may say so myself.

The following is a Video of how the component worked on the website.  The project was de commissioned after the campaign expired.