Tales from a “Mompreneur”

Amy Rogerson of ShirtseedAmy Rogerson, a good friend and client, recently started her own blog. Shirts From Seed is about being a mother and being in business. Her business is Shirtseed Bamboo and Organic Cotton T-Shirts.

Check out her blog and leave a comment or two to encourage her to get the ball rolling. She’s really passionate about all things ethical and environmental (Yay! We need more of these people in business) and has a lot to say. She’s also a pleasure to debate with.

Best of luck Amy!

Designing Cradle to Cradle

I was reading the One Red Paper Clip blog last night and came across a very inspiring video of a presentation about design, taking into account “All children, all species, for all time.” The note to readers on One Red Paperclip read:

Dear all citizens of planet Earth. I think you should watch this movie:

*You can watch the video is full-screen by clicking the rightmost icon above “VideoEgg” or you can see it at its original source.

The presenter is William McDonough (bio), an architect and designer. The message is that we need to focus on sustainability – and it appears that he’s walking the walk. His book is called “Cradle to Cradle“. From McDonough’s website:

“I believe we can accomplish great and profitable things within a new conceptual framework—one that values our legacy, honors diversity, and feeds ecosystems and societies . . . It is time for designs that are creative, abundant, prosperous, and intelligent from the start.”

I’ve been reading The Upside of Down the last few weeks, and regularly watch/read info related to the environment, business, and people. Sometimes it really feels like we’ve got our heads in the sand… This video is refreshing and made me feel hopeful that somewhere out there people are working to design a better future for all of us. Watch the presentation and share it with your friends!

My First Barcamp (Vancouver)

Barcamp Vancouver 2007 LogoI’m attending Barcamp in Vancouver this weekend. I was one of the lucky 120 who got in before all the spots were filled -last I heard the wait list is 70+ people.

Barcamp Vancouver is happening at Workspace, which I’ve never had the chance to visit before. Since Workspace opened I’ve been meaning to get down there and check it out…but time’s been rather short this year, so Barcamp’s a great excuse to check out Workspace. I’m hoping they’re serving their legendary coffee this weekend.

The last conference I attended was Northern Voice, where I got to meet a bunch of people from the local tech/blog world. Working for myself, I don’t often get the opportunity to mingle with people who do the same kind of work that I do, so weekends like this are always fun. I’m really looking forward to it.

Check out Tell Ten Friends or Megan Cole for more info about Barcamp Vancouver. Kris Krug‘s also hosting another Photowalk on Friday night, which looks like fun.

Mi Mexico Restaurant, Burnaby

My girlfriend and I love Mexican food but there aren’t a lot of good Mexican restaurants in Vancouver, particularly where we’re living in Burnaby (at least not that I’m aware of).

Last week I was watching Shaw’s channel 4 and they mentioned Mi Mexico Restaurant on Hastings in Burnaby. The show’s host brought a guy into the restaurant and had him try a number of Mexican dishes, which all looked great. The “random guy” said he really enjoyed the food.

Since watching the show, I’ve been wanting to take Bridget there and tonight was the perfect night, no food in the house, it’s right around the corner, she’s home late from work… so I called Mi Mexico twice and the phone just rang and rang. I couldn’t find a website listing their hours of business and being a Monday it’s likely closed. I finally came across a listing on Craigslist that has Mi Mexico’s information. Here’s the blurb they posted about themselves on Craigslist:

Mi Mexico Restaurant offers a Mexican cuisine in a friendly and relaxing dining environment with fresh Homemade Mexican food that you can enjoy.This is the place to go and get authentic Mexican food . Mexican food combines all of these fine cuisines to create some of the best tasting food.Authentic salsas ,we make our salsas fresh and homemade right here in Mi Mexico.We hope you will come to consider us a favorite among Mi Mexico restaurants.

Mi Mexico Hours

(According the Craigslist Post)

Mon: Closed
Tue-Thur: 11am-2pm / 5pm-9pm
Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm
Sun: 12pm-9pm

Mi Mexico Location

Mi Mexico Restaurant

Telephone: (604) 677-1602

2nd Floor
3853 Hastings Street
Burnaby, BC V5C 2H7

*Mi Mexico also offers Take-Out service.

So hopefully Bridget and I will get to Mi Mexico sometime in the next couple of weeks and I’ll have a picture to show and a story to tell. If you’ve been to Mi Mexico leave a comment and let me know how it was.

Mi Mexico Restaurant Reviews

Surface Computing: A New Idea in Computing

My uncle sent me over this video from Popular Mechanics about Microsoft’s new project — a surface computer.

I’ve seen a few articles about this surface computing technology but this is the first video. Midway through the video they demonstrate how you can put a camera and cell phone on the table and then drag (with your hands) an image from one device to the other. This video is well worth watching.