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Presa Canario puppy drinks milk in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

January 18, 2012 Leave a comment

A Presa Canario puppy drinks milk while a jealous cat meows in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

Aren’t I cute?

I’m sitting pretty!

I’m thirsty for milk!

Om Nom Nom!




I’m a Good Puppy!

I drank all the milk while the Jealous cat wonders where is his milk?

My tummy is full!

Social Flow Workshop: How to Win with Social Media Without Losing Productivity on Feb 4, 2012

January 17, 2012 1 comment

AHA MEDIA is very proud to film at Social Flow Workshop: How to Win with Social Media Without Losing Productivity!

Saturday February 4, 2012

ING DIRECT Cafe, 466 Howe Street

10 am – 4 pm (6 hour session with 1 hour lunch)

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Social Flow Workshop: How to Win with Social Media Without Losing Productivity

Special discount code YYJWC will save you 20% on the workshops @raincoaster and I are doing:

Who: Noted social media trainer Lorraine Murphy and “productivityist” Mike Vardy (editor

What: Social Flow: How to Win with Social Media without Losing Productivity

When: 10-4, February 04/2012

Where: ING Web Cafe, 466 Howe Street, Vancouver BC

How: Register here for the Social Flow workshop

It’s a social media struggle!

Wrestling with the idea that you can’t possibly become better at promoting yourself or your business through social media without it harming your productivity?

Well, wrestle no more.

Taking part in Social Flow: How to Win with Social Media without Losing Productivity is your ticket to championship gold in record time!

Social media trainer Lorraine Murphy and “productivityist” Mike Vardy (editor will guide you through the ins and outs of managing the social media profiles that keep you both active in your work and telling the public about your work all in one go.

Topics covered include:

  • How to Make Gmail Your Best Friend
  • What Task Manager is Right For You
  • Why Your Email Inbox is Not the Right Task Manager for anyone
  • Improving your Social Flow in Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and the new kid on the block, Google+
  • Why Planning your Social Media output is Integral to Your Social Flow
  • How to Avoid Falling Prey to the Perpetual Automation Machine
  • What Calendars are actually For
  • How to Increase Your Social Flow Using Hashtags, Twitter Lists…and more

This hands-on boot camp will not only get you on top of your social media profiles, but it will get you on top of what you need to do make sure they add attention to your business rather than subtract your attention from your business.

Register to attend an upcoming Social Flow workshop

Mike Vardy
Mike Vardy

Mike Vardy is the writer, speaker, and “productivityist” behind and the productivity parody site Eventualism. Vardy’s candid satire has made him a desirable speaker on an often dry topic, delivering talks on the topic such as “Hacking Lifehacks” at TEDx Juan De Fuca. Currently a Managing Editor at Stepcase Lifehack, Vardy has contributed to many popular productivity websites and publications, including David Allen’s GTD Times and Productive Magazine. He lives with his wife, daughter and son in Victoria, BC, Canada.

AHA MEDIA is very proud to have Lorraine “raincoaster” Murphy as their mentor and good friend!!

Lorraine Murphy by Jess Sloss
Lorraine Murphy by Jess Sloss

Here is where you can see raincoaster and raincoaster media other than, you know, the coffee shop, the pub, and the beer garden at the track. You’re welcome, stalkers!

Potted Bio:

Lorraine “raincoaster” Murphy is founder of raincoaster media, specializing in transformative social media training, as well as President Emeritus of Social Media Club of Vancouver, and has been a professional blogger and social media trainer since 2002. She specializes in teaching beginners and those with barriers to internet use, and in social media for social change. She was in charge of Web and Social Media training for the Fearless City project, and her students there included citizen journalist April Smith and poet Henry Doyle.

Her flagship blog,, has been studied as part of the New Media curriculum in three universities, and the comments thread on her Mummified Fairy post has been called “one of the most beautiful things on the internet.” She once got into a flamewar with the nation of Albania, and won. She conducts workshops in the transformative use of social media on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and blogs regularly to many different sites, including: 49 degrees latitude, 360 degrees attitude! The internet’s hometown paper The Celebrity Industrial Complex Transformative Social Media Training Vancouver’s Practicing Literati (practice makes perfect, right?) Mai Lak Uv Dignitty: Let Me Show U It Gently Making Fun of the Famous Eat! Drink! Be Merry! Simple. Fast. Secure.

Register to attend an upcoming Social Flow workshop

Tim Hortons’ brand new extra large cup beginning Jan 23, 2012

January 16, 2012 Leave a comment

OAKVILLE, ON, Jan. 16, 2012 – Tim Hortons announced it will be brewing its biggest cup yet, with this month’s introduction of a brand new extra large cup. Beginning January 23rd, the new cup will offer coffee lovers across Canada a premium quality, extra large coffee at a value price.

To accommodate the brand new cup, the names of the other hot cup sizes have shifted: the original small is now extra small, the medium is now small and so forth. The change in names of the hot cup sizes will apply to all hot beverages – guests will still receive the same amount of coffee for the same price, only the name of the size has changed.

“We tested the names of the new hot cup sizes with our guests and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Our guests also told us that they love our small eight-ounce cup, so we will continue to offer that size,” said Dave McKay, Director of Brand Marketing for Beverages, Tim Hortons. “By shifting the sizes, we’re able to provide coffee lovers with a full range of five size options: from extra small, all the way up to the new extra large.”

About Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons is one of the largest publicly-traded restaurant chains in North America based on market capitalization, and the largest in Canada. Operating in the quick service segment of the restaurant industry, Tim Hortons appeals to a broad range of consumer tastes, with a menu that includes premium coffee, espresso-based specialty coffees including lattes, cappuccinos and espresso-flavoured shots, specialty teas, home-style soups, fresh sandwiches, wraps, hot breakfast sandwiches and fresh baked goods, including our trademark donuts. As of October 2nd, 2011, Tim Hortons had 3,871 system wide restaurants, including 3,225 in Canada, 645 in the United States and one in the Gulf Cooperation Council. More information about the Company is available at

First snowfall in Vancouver on Friday Jan 13, 2012

January 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA and Positive Paid Work speaks upon the First Snowfall of 2012 in Vancouver

Self-Publishing Q&A with Michelle Demers on Thursday Jan 12, 2012

January 15, 2012 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA and Positive Paid Work had the wonderful opportunity to meet Michelle Demers and learn more about Self-Publishing recently!

Richard of AHA MEDIA says: “What an excellent and informative event! A Must for anyone interested in Self Publishing!”

Richard Czaban and Hendrik Beune of AHA MEDIA at Michelle Demers’ Self-Publishing Q&A

As a follow-up to her popular talk on self-publishing, local author M.A. Demers will answer questions about the industry, her experiences as a self-published author, and the technical requirements of self-publishing, in particular ebooks.

In March 2011, M.A. Demers self-published her first mystery novel, Baby Jane, to Amazon’s Kindle, followed in May with the print-on-demand trade paperback. In November she publishedThe Global Indie Author: How Anyone Can Self-Publish in the U.S. and Worldwide Markets, copies of which will be available on the evening at a special event rate.

Michelle graciously autographed her The Global Indie Author: How Anyone Can Self-Publish in the U.S. and Worldwide Markets book for us at AHA MEDIA and Positive Paid Work

Michelle and Hendrik share a laugh! 🙂

Michelle Demers and her friend Joyce Thierry smiling together after an exciting night of The Global Indie Author: How Anyone Can Self-Publish in the U.S. and Worldwide Markets.

“There’s no one right way to publish a book but there is one wrong way: uninformed.”Global_250

The phenomenally rapid growth of self-publishing, in particular e-publishing, has taken the world by storm. Never before has there been this great an opportunity for writers to be heard and read, and to build a global audience. But self-publishing is also the new Wild West, full of promise and snake oil in equal measure. The Global Indie Author separates fact from fiction, providing the information you need to create a publishing plan that is realistic and achievable.

The Global Indie Author begins with a 10-step guide to getting your book onto Kindle quickly and easily, followed by expansion into ePubs. Part II contains in-depth technological instructions for both ebook and print production, complemented by real-world knowledge on the mechanics of the industry gathered through the author’s own experience in bringing her debut novel, Baby Jane, to market.

The Global Indie Author also exposes secrets and strategies the industry players don’t want revealed so they can lock you into unfavourable contracts, take your money before you start asking questions, or convince you that what is really good for them is good for you. And by adding information relevant to foreign writers, The Global Indie Author provides the necessary know-how for anyone who desires to publish in the lucrative U.S. market and around the world.

The most comprehensive manual ever written on self-publishing, The Global Indie Author covers:
*To Kindle in Ten Steps: the Quick and Easy Way to Self-Publish
* Beyond Kindle: the ePub Format
* Manuscript Editing
* Libel, Copyright and Trademark Infringement
* The ISBN System
* ONIX Code and BISAC Categories
* Interior Book Structure
* Cover and Interior Images
* Software * Manuscript Formatting for eBooks
* Creating and Testing Kindle Books and ePubs
* Digital Rights Management
* Print Formatting and Production
* Distributors, Wholesalers, and Aggregators
* Marketing * Royalties and Withholding Tax
* The Vanity Press Machine

See Michelle at her next talk!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 7:00 PM
Vancouver Public Library Central Branch,
350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

An Introduction to Self-Publishing

The phenomenally rapid growth of self-publishing, in particular e-publishing, has taken the world by storm. Whether as an end in itself, a stepping stone to traditional publishing, or a means for established writers to republish out-of-print titles, self-publishing provides new opportunities for writers. Join me to learn about the pros and cons of self-publishing, the skills you will need to succeed, and the resources available. Copies of The Global Indie Author will be available at a special event rate. Copies of my novel, Baby Jane, will also be for sale.

Also by M. A. Demers

There’s more to good and evil than meets the eye…

Baby Jane – A Novel

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When human remains are found in her pre-war fixer-upper in an east Vancouver neighbourhood, Claire Dawson’s grand plans to fix the house – and her life – take a disturbing turn. Suspicious there might exist a relationship between the discovery and her own tragic past, Claire insinuates herself into the investigation, unknowingly placing herself in harm’s way and Homicide’s Detective Dylan Lewis in an impossible conflict of interest. And when Dylan’s grandmother, a Coast Salish medicine woman, wades into the mystery, challenging the demon whose earthly form is behind the murder, the three find themselves embroiled in a high-stakes battle where lines are blurred and worlds collide – but souls are ultimately freed

First post of 2012

January 1, 2012 Leave a comment

Wishing everyone a 2012 full of  Positive Paid Work, Prosperity, Health and Blessed Good Luck!