November 10th, 2010, Comments Off
I’m officially one-third of the way through my Novembeard. I gotta say that, thus far, I’m pretty unexcited about this whole beard thing. I’m already looking forward to the end of the month when I can shave it off and return to my clean-shaven ways.
In the meantime, though, prostate cancer research needs your cashola. Thus far I’ve raised $365, but that’s a good distance away from my goal of $1000.
So, I’m going to sweeten the offer. If you donate at least $25, you get your choice of a copy of our book (signed by the authors, with five copies available in English, Portuguese and, soonish, Polish) or one of these fancy t-shirts from Threadless. Click for a close-up and to examine my ten days of facial hair:
I have these t-shirts because I belong to Threadless’s t-shirt-a-month club. I’ve liked most of the shirts I received, but these two are a little too purple or a little too yellow for my liking. Both are size men’ large, and brand new.
Just make a donation, and then email me (darren at darrenbarefoot fullstop com) and tell me what you want. Thanks to everyone who has donated already, and please, won’t somebody think of the prostates?
UPDATE: The t-shirts are spoken for–thanks for the donations!
March 30th, 2010, 4 Comments »
I prefer not to look like a total slob, but I don’t particularly like shopping. I seriously considered using Trunk Club, a service where a virtual shopper buys me clothes, sends them to me, and I choose what I want to keep and pay for. I’ve also been meaning to try out IndoChino for years.
I haven’t gone that far yet (though I think it’s coming). In the meantime, I’ve outsourced some of my more casual shopping using two services. The first is the famed t-shirt company (and crowdsourcing case study) Threadless. I joined the Threadless 12 Club, a service which sends me a t-shirt a month for about CAN $250. I just received the first one:
I also recently discovered Manpacks, a service that will mail me socks, underwear and basic t-shirts periodically. I’m getting two of each every three months. Again, my first shipment just arrived:
I see they’re doing their social media monitoring, too.
The socks and t-shirts are black, while the underwear are, uh, of various colours. That adds a frisson of unpredictability to each order. This latter service reminded me of 10socks, a Danish company that will ship you ten pairs of numbered socks. I discovered, tried and reported on those socks six (six? six!) years ago.
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September 29th, 2009, 2 Comments »
This Saturday is Vancouver’s fourth annual BarCamp. A bit like Northern Voice, the event has doubled in scope over that time. The first one, back in 2006, had 120 people (as many as would fit in Workspace). This one apparently has 299 people coming.
Boris the BarCamp Organizer (unofficial title) hooked me up with some information about this year’s registrants. For 122 attendees, this will be their first BarCamp, which is always good news. About 20% requested women’s t-shirts, so we’re assuming that they’re either women or very svelte men.
Speaking of t-shirts, I stuck the aggregate requests for t-shirt sizes into Wordle, and produced this little tag cloud:
I’m looking forward to attending and not actually speaking. I mean, in front of people. More than three people at a time. You get the idea. That said, I will be playing the role of Room Selection Bad Cop (unofficial title) during the scheduling jam.
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