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Links to use when calling campaign supporters

I’m helping out my local councillor, John Filion, checking in with past supporters to see how they can help with the upcoming municipal election campaign.  Here are some links and resources and tools I’m using while doing so.

I’m using Google Hangouts voice option to make my calls.  I don’t have a phone at the computer so use that with my headset and it means not accidentally mis-dialing a number (click for a new hangout and ‘add phone#’).  It does mean they get an “Unknown” name on caller ID and a long-distance # displayed which for some will mean they won’t answer, but their full GoogleVoice isn’t available in Canada and Skype (which does support CallerID) was totally failing me today (another story).  I have a list of people to call in a google sheet and I’ve formatted it a tad.  If the address is one I’m not familiar with, I call it up in a map so I know where in the neighbourhood they are in case I can speak about any hyper-local issues they have (doing this by hand atm, but there are tools too — update I’ve made an in spreadsheet hyperlink with =HYPERLINK(concatenate("https://maps.google.ca/maps?q=",D2,"%20",E2,"%20",F2,"%20North%20York"), Concatenate(D2," ",E2))).    The campaign as also done up a great image of “What Have You Done For Me Lately" putting pins all over a map of the ward with local issues and successes.

One of the things being requested is donations, and there is a “Contribution Rebate Guide for Contributors" that I have referenced to explain the super rebate (not tax receipt) program.  I did the little bit of math to say if you contribute $40 it only costs you $10 - the examples given were all going with fractions for actual costs which seemed backwards to me.

I’ve used http://www.canada411.ca/search/reverse.html to do a reverse phone # lookup for a few bad phone #’s and http://www.canada411.ca/search/address.html to check the phone # at the address in the database.

Apple (Canada) - Apple Press Info - Apple and IBM Forge Global Partnership to Transform Enterprise Mobility

http://www.apple.com/ca/pr/library/2014/07/15Apple-and-IBM-Forge-Global-Partnership-to-Transform-Enterprise-Mobility.html

The Toronto International Buskerfest rolls into town tomorrow (Aug 21) through the weekend in “Downtown Yonge” - think Dundas Sq and around the Eaton Centre.  I just reviewed their list of performers and these are the acts I’m most hoping to see:

  • Bendy Em - We saw her a couple years ago when she was last here and the kids still reference her act occasionally so I think it’ll be worth a repeat viewing
  • The Famous Rubberband Boy - I mean this just sounds SOOO freaky and totally something my son would do if given the resources
  • Ikeda Yosuke - This guy sounds like he’ll be totally unique, which in a festival like this is really hard to be.
  • Kamikazi Fireflies - I’ve seen these guys in photos and videos for a few years, but never caught their act.  I like their style.
  • Les Vitamines - We saw them a couple years ago when Decker brought them to town, but I’m sure they have a lot of stuff up their sleaves.  Great clowning acrobats.
  • The Mr. Spin Show - I didn’t think I’d be exciting for a juggling act — until I read his description. 
  • Sharon Mahoney - I’m not sure it’ll be a kid friendly act, but I like it when people really commit to a character for their show and the transformation to Tallulah sounds like it’ll be worth watching.

As always, you have to show up and wonder around and try to get a sense of the festival to know when and where to catch the acts.  The ‘kids zone’ in trinity circle will probably be our home base as it is away from the majority of the crowds and the kids can hoop with Kavita and Family Hoops/Dispatch Talent between performances.

The roaming acts I want to run into are http://leschasseursdereves.com/ and the Money Fish.

stephenkingmoney:

The Stephen King Money is gone and I am $9.97 over budget for this year.
The royalty check was for $1656.53. I’m told next year’s royalty payment has roughly $1500 in it so let’s call the Stephen King Money amount as $3200. That’s less than the prize money on Chopped, but as a freelance writer and editor, still a nice surprise from an eight-year-old book.
Save for a handful of hardcover and paperback sales, these were all ebook sales. With King’s Joyland now available as an ebook people will buy the novel they are looking for, so I’m going to be sensible and stop spending money for the time being. 
For a Tumblr I made to entertain friends, I am amazed and honored that this entertained so many others. Thanks to everyone who wrote about the site or shared its links. Thanks to Rachel Ferschleiser at Tumblr for her support. Thanks to Nate Powell, who provided beautiful and haunting illustrations for my Joyland. Thanks to ECW Press for taking a chance on my first novel. Thanks to my editors at St. Martin’s Press and Doubleday for their enthusiasm. Thanks to BookCourt, Apple Store, Girls Write Now, The Strand, Foxy Salon, and others for helping me spend the money.
Thanks most of all to my accidental co-author, Stephen King, for being so wonderfully supportive and understanding.

I came across this blog in June from a CBC Article.  Funny little story about how  an author with an old book the same name as a Stephen King book got a surprise royalty cheque which she started documenting how she was spending it.
It is concluded for now, but a fun little review is worth it.

stephenkingmoney:

The Stephen King Money is gone and I am $9.97 over budget for this year.

The royalty check was for $1656.53. I’m told next year’s royalty payment has roughly $1500 in it so let’s call the Stephen King Money amount as $3200. That’s less than the prize money on Chopped, but as a freelance writer and editor, still a nice surprise from an eight-year-old book.

Save for a handful of hardcover and paperback sales, these were all ebook sales. With King’s Joyland now available as an ebook people will buy the novel they are looking for, so I’m going to be sensible and stop spending money for the time being. 

For a Tumblr I made to entertain friends, I am amazed and honored that this entertained so many others. Thanks to everyone who wrote about the site or shared its links. Thanks to Rachel Ferschleiser at Tumblr for her support. Thanks to Nate Powell, who provided beautiful and haunting illustrations for my Joyland. Thanks to ECW Press for taking a chance on my first novel. Thanks to my editors at St. Martin’s Press and Doubleday for their enthusiasm. Thanks to BookCourt, Apple Store, Girls Write Now, The Strand, Foxy Salon, and others for helping me spend the money.

Thanks most of all to my accidental co-author, Stephen King, for being so wonderfully supportive and understanding.

I came across this blog in June from a CBC Article.  Funny little story about how  an author with an old book the same name as a Stephen King book got a surprise royalty cheque which she started documenting how she was spending it.

It is concluded for now, but a fun little review is worth it.