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Weekly News Quiz: May 27, 2013

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Photo courtesy of Christophe Ledent on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Christophe Ledent on Flickr.

Think you are up to date about local happenings? Test your knowledge with our local news quiz, five questions designed to test whether you’ve been paying attention. How to score: 5 out of 5: News stud! I hear The Citizen is hiring… 4 out of 5: Cheater! You work at City Hall. 3 out of 5: Not bad, but you may want to check your #ottcity Twitter feed a little more often. 2 out of 5: Newspapers are dying, but you should still try to pick one up once in... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: Photo-blogs Part II

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Photo by Jo-Ann HoldenPhoto by Jo-Ann Holden

This week we conclude our two-part series on local photo-blogs (see Part 1 here), by looking at three more photographers from the National Capital Region. Jo-Ann Holden (Musician on Skis) Surfing the local blogosphere is like going through a family attic filled with stuffed boxes, suitcases and trunks. It’s difficult to predict beforehand what you’ll find, but if you take the time to search, you can come across wonderful treasures. This joy of discovery is particularly true when it comes to local photographers. Since starting to write earlier this year... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: E-novel depicts dark side of our city

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Charlie Mahon is an a-hole.  When not getting smashed (as in completely, utterly, mind-boggling drunk), he treats his girlfriend Natasha like  garbage, abuses drugs, and is selfish beyond belief.  He is also a student at the University of Ottawa, which to this Carleton University graduate may be the worst trait of all. But I digress. Horrible, horrible Charlie is the anti-hero in the new, self-published debut E-novel Run Charlie Run by local writer John Wiber (see Kobo and Amazon links). A recent English graduate from the University of Ottawa, Wiber’s book explores the dark... | Continue reading article

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Hey Ottawa entrepreneurs: Startup Weekend will provide you the tools to launch

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This weekend, the Shopify Lounge will play host to dozens of potential entrepreneurs, all hoping to get their big idea off the ground. Startup Weekend is an opportunity to learn the priciples of “lean start-ups,” a methodology advocated by many tech entrepreneurs that encourages people to put their ideas into practice, learn quickly, and adapt fast. The idea is to create something that can scale and change based on the demands of consumers. Getting underway tonight, Startup Weekend is a boot camp of sorts, where people can bring an idea and pitch... | Continue reading article

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Resonant Currents by Manuel Báez – an iconic art piece for Hub Ottawa

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Resonnant Currents. Photos courtesy of Manuel Baez.Resonnant Currents. Photos courtesy of Manuel Baez.

For the longest time, I’ve been encouraging Vinod and co. to emphasize art at HUB Ottawa. Little did I know they had a major piece of art in the works for the past year. The piece, created by Professor Manuel Báez, is set to be installed this summer at the Hub. I met with Manuel to discuss his passion for art, architecture and the inspiration he takes from natural phenomena. Architecture and art intertwine seamlessly in Manual Báez’s life. From a young age he knew he wanted to become an... | Continue reading article

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Aidan Knight buys van, drives it to Wakefield

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Aidan Knight and his band needed a van. It’s tough to tour without one and the band needed to somehow get off Vancouver Island. A van was bought. Now, the only problem was how to pay for it. Thus the Telecommunicate EP – an album born our of necessity. The whole process started only weeks before we spoke. It’s a four track digital only release based on the story of Robin Van Helsum, or “Forest Boy” as he was dubbed by the press when he wandered out of the woods... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Quiz: May 21, 2013

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Photo courtesy of Jamie McCaffrey on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Jamie McCaffrey on Flickr.

Think you are up to date about local happenings? Test your knowledge with our local news quiz, five questions designed to test whether you’ve been paying attention. How to score: 5 out of 5: News stud! I hear The Citizen is hiring… 4 out of 5: Cheater! You work at City Hall. 3 out of 5: Not bad, but you may want to check your #ottcity Twitter feed a little more often. 2 out of 5: Newspapers are dying, but you should still try to pick one up once in... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: Photo-blogs Part I

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Photo by Scott H. WilsonPhoto by Scott H. Wilson

The National Capital Region is blessed with fantastic photographers.  On my personal blog alone, I have linked to more than a 100 local photo-blogs, and am confident that there are many more sites, (perhaps even hundreds), that I have not seen yet.  To showcase some of this great visual talent, we are posting a two-part series on photo-blogs.  Part one begins today by looking at three local photographers, while part two will be published next Saturday. Scott H. Wilson It has been said that photography is a picture painted by the... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: the library of today meets the book-lined, computer-filled information dojos of tomorrow

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Photo courtesy of See-ming Lee on Flickr.Photo courtesy of See-ming Lee on Flickr.

Community hub, free book store, venue for lectures and debates, internet cafe: the public library serves a large number of roles, some of which perhaps seem less relavent in the new digital age. Perhaps my favourite description of why public libraries are still important comes from the ever witty interweb guru Cory Doctorow: “Damn right libraries shouldn’t be book-lined Internet cafes. They should be book-lined, computer-filled information-dojos where communities come together to teach each other black-belt information literacy, where initiates work alongside noviates to show them how to master the tools... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Quiz: May 13, 2013

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Photo courtesy of ssstevieb on Flickr.Photo courtesy of ssstevieb on Flickr.

Think you are up to date about local happenings? Test your knowledge with our local news quiz, five questions designed to test whether you’ve been paying attention. How to score: 5 out of 5: News stud! I hear The Citizen is hiring… 4 out of 5: Cheater! You work at City Hall. 3 out of 5: Not bad, but you may want to check your #ottcity Twitter feed a little more often. 2 out of 5: Newspapers are dying, but you should still try to pick one up once in... | Continue reading article

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