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Hockey Hotties – Now In Pinterest Form!

I appear to have signed up for Pinterest. I’ve been resisting this one for a while, as I felt like I needed another place to keep stuff on the Internet like I needed another hole in my head1. I mean, I’ve got my blog and Facebook and Twitter and Flickr and LinkedIn and Instagram2 and I follow a bunch of blogs/sites via RSS feeds and I track my running and biking on RunKeeper and I collect links of stuff I want to read later with Instapaper and I’m sure there’s a bunch of other crap that I signed up for and then forgot about.

But then Darren pointed out on Twitter the other day that someone else took his usual username because he wasn’t fast enough in signing up and I remembered how much I hate it when someone else takes my username3.

So I signed up “just to get my username so that no one else could steal it.”

And then, because it was the weekend and it seemed like much more fun to do than the Economics reading that I should have been doing, I decide to check out what this whole Pinterest thing is anyway. It’s just a site where people “pin” pictures of stuff they like from the Internet onto virtual “pin boards”, right?

And then I had an epiphany. I could pin pictures of my hockey hotties! And so my Pinterest interest was born.

It’s still a work in progress – so many potential hockey hottie pictures to pin, so little time – but here is my Hockey Hottie pin board. If you have suggestions of pictures of hot hockey players that I should pin, I’ll take them under advisement.

And if you are interested, I pinned some other crap on some other boards too.

  1. As in life, I’m trying to rein in my hoarding tendencies. []
  2. Which I almost never use anyway []
  3. Even though I don’t have a consistent username for all my sites, but I’m trying to stick to one for anything I sign up for going forward. For a while I used Beth77 but then I changed to using drbethsnow because I realized that there is a lot more competition for the former – which many Beths might want – than the latter – because how many Beths share my last name AND have doctorate? []


Linked In – I’m Doing It Wrong

So the other day I noticed that you could make a map of all your Linked In contacts, which shows you where you have clusters of contacts and where the clusters connect. Naturally, because I love visualizations of data, I jumped on it. And this is what I got:

My LinkedIn Network

The first thing you notice is the giant cluster of blue on the right. That’s my social media contacts. Now, remember that I don’t work in social media – those are strictly social contacts. And remember also that Linked In is supposed to be the social network for work contacts.  I also don’t work at UBC or in science outreach, yet they represent my other big clusters. Hell, there are even little clusters of my high school friends and my family members!  The orange cluster on the left is really the one closest to my work, but it’s a mix of contacts from my former workplace and the lab I worked in during my PhD (there was crossover between these two groups, hence the mishmash). The two places one would actually expect me to have clusters from on a supposed work-related social network – my actual workplace and my MBA program – are nowhere to be seen! I am totally failing at Linked In!

So I may have sent 85 invites to people to join my network. Granted, many of these are still not work-related, as I added my Gmail contact list and then checked “invite” to anyone whose name I actually recognized from said list, but it’s a start. Next up, actually searching for work and school contacts!


Job Posting: Coordinator, Online Volunteer Engagement

Just got this email from an organization that I used to work for with a request to pass it along to anyone would might be interested.  So I thought I’d share it with all y’all in case anyone is looking for a new job:

Are you a people person?

Are you a ‘systems thinker’ with excellent attention to detail?

Are you passionate about science, engineering, and technology?

Did you master Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube long ago?

If so, we invite you to submit your application to become Let’s Talk Science’s:

Coordinator, Online Volunteer Engagement

We are seeking a highly motivated self-starter with excellent knowledge about web technologies and social media for this new, full-time 1 year renewable contract position. As the successful candidate we prefer that you have a graduate degree in science or engineering, and volunteer management experience.  Previous experience with Let’s Talk Science is also an asset as you will better understand the dynamic and exciting environment in which we operate.

As a key member of our volunteer outreach team, and reporting to the President, you will focus on: building and managing an online volunteer engagement program, program administration and data management; implementing our outreach evaluation program; and other special projects and events, including the All Science Challenge. You will employ diverse online engagement tools in an effort to enrich the volunteer experience.

This position is based at the National Office in London, Ontario. However, location may be negotiable to the right candidate.

For more details, including a full position description please contact Heather Small

(877) 474-4081 x 227 or

Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter by 5 p.m. on Friday February 26, 2010 to:

Heather Small

Human Resource Assistant

Let’s Talk Science, 1584 North Routledge Park

London, ON N6H 5L6

Or via email: (please submit in Word or pdf)

FAX: (519) 474-4085

Let’s Talk Science is committed to employment equity, welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified individuals.  While we appreciate all applications, only those invited for an interview will be acknowledged.


Mental Health Camp 2009

On Saturday, April 25, 2009, Vancouver will host its first unconference on Mental Health.

It all started with a panel held at Northern Voice this year – Coping Digitally.   This panel got a lot of positive feedback and I think everyone there felt like they really wished there had been more time to discuss all the issues raised more fully.  Enter Mental Health Camp.  This full-day event is ” a conference about the intersection of social media and mental health.”  From their website:

We are asking questions such as

  • How can blogging help decrease the stigma of mental health?
  • How does someone with a mental illness navigate the waters of anonymity in the transparent world of social media?
  • How is the journaling that happens in blogging similar to or different from journaling for healing?
  • How can social media participants with mental health issues help each other?

If you are interested in volunteering at, presenting at and/or attending Mental Health Camp, be sure to check out their wiki site.

Props to Raul and Isabella for organizing this!