December 31st, 2008Blog
Fine fine fine… after reviewing EVERYONE’s New Year Resolutions, I’m caving in and creating my own. What can I say, I have no back bone
- Finally buy that elliptical that I promised I would buy last New Year. For some reason, I couldn’t find any time to purchase an elliptical. But I did find time to buy an air conditioner, start a radio show, and converse on facebook for hours and hours and hours… and hours…
- Buy a House. I’m actually at that stage in my little existence where I am getting ready to make the big leap to purchase a house. I just have to wait to become permanent at my job. Once I am, watch out Kingston!
- Finally make a firm decision on whether or not I’m staying in Kingston. That’s right SweetPeas! I’m a walking contradiction. I want to buy a house (which would imply setting down roots) but I also think I may want to move to Toronto. Toronto has many more opportunities for me with Drag, New Media, my current career.. and boys So I have to finally make my decision if I want to move to the big smoke.
- Travel more. I don’t travel enough. I have promised many people all across the globe that I would visit them. Do you think I have done anything to make that happen? No. So I need to travel more and follow through on some or all of those promises.
- I want to become more engaged. If you think I am engaged enough, I would disagree. I feel I can do more. I could mentor or outreach and become more engaged. Engaged in what? Everything lol! But more focused on queer news, culture, and politics.
Well that’s it, SweetPeas! Please share your resolutions with me by commenting below, sending me an email tyffanie[at]tyffanie.com or by calling 1-888-741-6171
Happy New Year!!!Tags: Blog, New Year, Queer, Resolutions, SweetPea Press
December 29th, 2008podcast
Join Tyffanie as she talks during her trip around a frozen lake. Exciting you say? Well, yes it is Some Christmas recaps and stories.
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December 18th, 2008podcast
This is the Breakfast and Lunch show of Breakfast with Tyffanie. Tyffanie gives you a montage of audio blurbs of friends talking about Christmas and Cookies! MMMM
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December 11th, 2008Blog
On this episode of Gender Bender, Jessy and Tyffanie speak with DJ DSy aka Ricky Morgan who is Miss Tyffanie’s Drag Sister. Listen as they gab about Kingston, HIV/AIDS, and shoes.Tags: Blog, SweetPea Press
December 11th, 2008podcast
Listen to your crazy Canadian DQ talk about getting a family physician at the largest rostering clinic in Canada (if not the world), creating Canadian queer content, and she debuts her new segment “Leave a Q for the DQ”.
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December 8th, 2008Blog
I want you to first think about how you measure success. With your job or your blog or your day to day life, how do you measure success? Then I want you to think about how others measure your success.
I’m so pissed off, SweetPeas! That’s right! PO’d!!! Of course, this all started from another Xtra article on ”How Facebook and Web 2.0 are changing the nature of gay activism” It’s not necessarily the content of the article that is upsetting me but more the growing gap that Xtra has with the rest of the Web 2.0 queer community. Xtra interviewed a couple who were bashed and fought back by building a Facebook group. To get another angle, Xtra then interviewed an author who wrote about activism and Web2.0.
I’m very happy that the couple fought back by building a Facebook group. The group ballooned to 13,000 people; definitely something to celebrate and be proud of. It’s a success! To reach out to 13,000 people with this issue.. just amazing. But why did Xtra pick this group out of the hundreds (if not thousands) of queer Facebook groups in Canada? Why did Xtra think this group was a success? No big surprise, Xtra chose the group solely because it had 13,000 members.
I would think by now people wouldn’t measure success of a queer Facebook group solely by the number of members. Why are people measuring success with a very basic quantitative approach? Why aren’t we looking at it qualitatively? Here is a definition of qualitative research from http://www.wikipedia.org
Qualitative marketing research is a set of research techniques, used in marketing and the social sciences, in which data is obtained from a relatively small group of respondents and not analyzed with statistical techniques. This differentiates it from quantitative research in which a large group of respondents provide data that are statistically analyzed.
Basically the definition means ”don’t use numbers to analyze people”. Instead we get feedback! For instance, we could look at how engaged people are in the facebook group by asking people what they have done since joining the group. Or perhaps we could ask how the Facebook group was able to connect people together or share their thoughts. But why do people look at it quantitatively and crunch it down to the simple numbers? I truly believe that we are missing out on a major indicator of success when we just look at the number of people who have joined a Facebook group. Go beyond the numbers.
I now have to talk about the author that Xtra interviewed. I’m not even going to mention her name. I’m not upset at what she said. What was quoted in the Xtra article was very accurate and true. However, I’m concerned with Xtra’s choice of interviewees. The interviewee is framed by Xtra as an expert on activism and Web 2.0 when, in fact, it appears this interviewee isn’t even an active member of the Web 2.0 community (besides the fact that she has a Facebook profile). Can we call this person an expert on Web 2.0 if they don’t engage in Web 2.0?
Am I being nit-picky? Perhaps I am. I will freely admit that. But I personally believe that anyone who wants to talk about Web 2.0 should have at least been engaged with Web 2.0 at one point. Do you have a blog? Do you have Twitter? Have you posted a video on YouTube? Have you done it lately? It’s very similar to the argument “Are you a golfer if you haven’t golfed in 20 years?” Sure you are a golfer, but you aren’t up to par
I think Xtra lacks a comprehension of Web 2.0 almost entirely even though their website is Web 2.0 enabled (blogs, comments, forums etc). Perhaps there is a gap between the content creators/writers and the designers and agregators? I’m just not sure. I am happy that they are engaging in Web 2.0 tools. They have their own YouTube profile that posts videos from Western Canada (Vancouver mostly). They even have a Twitter account. But what about the writers? Do they have a clue?
I would love to see Xtra try and reach out to the queer Web 2.0 presence on the web. Look at me! lol! Okay, so maybe I am a bit upset that they chose some unknown thesis author over someone such as myself. Someone who has maintained a podcast, blog, facebook presence, etc etc for years sitting in the trenches fighting the good fight for a queer presence focused on Queer Kingston. Besides myself, there are many other queer Web 2.0 people out there. Look at Adam Gordon Fox of GLBCRadio. He has been podcasting for some time. There is even a group in Vancouver called VanCubz who does a podcast called CubzCast (only posting podcasts to iTunes and not on their website). That’s just the queer podcasters/queercasters! Think of all the Canadian queer bloggers out there and all those YouTubers creating Queer Canadian Content! (QCC)
Nonetheless, I am happy that Xtra is exploring the topic. I just hope they explore it a bit more.Tags: Blog, facebook, measuring success, SweetPea Press, xtra.ca
Join Tyffanie as she chats up a storm with her good friend Tony from the UK. We talk about the World Queer Movement. Shhhh… don’t let CSIS know!
Tyffanie also introduces a new segment she wants to start up called… get this… ASK THE DRAG QUEEN! (original huh?) Well this gives you an opportunity to ask her anything. Just call her number 1-888-741-6171 and leave a question for her to answer on the air. Tyffanie will then answer the question for you
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December 2nd, 2008Blog
As some of you may know listening to my podcast (Breakfast with Tyffanie), I’m slowly becoming obsessed with the need to watch the new movie Milk with Sean Penn. Not because I have some fascination with Sean Penn. But I want to see this movie because it is based on a very important person, before my time, Mr. Harvey Milk.
I have just recently rediscovered the original 1984 documentary of Harvey Milk called The Times of Harvey Milk. It once again moved me. I remember watching it when I was a baby gay sneeking a glimpse of American public television in the wee hours of the morning. Why the wee hours? Well, that’s the only time they had the gay stuff on TV.
I have called the local movie theatres many many times. Originally, I was hoping that Cineplex Odeon would release Milk on the 26th of November where it was scheduled to be released in Toronto. Well, I found out that it was ONLY released in Toronto on the 26th as well as major cities in America.
The next release date (because they don’t release movies everywhere on the same day… I don’t know why) will be December 5th. I’ve been on the phone calling both of our local theatres the Empire Theatre and the Cineplex Odeon. Both have said that they do not have plans to play Milk on the 5th of December. Both theatres added that they do not know when they will air Milk. In fact, Cineplex Odeon mentioned that they may never get a copy of Milk.
Cineplex Odeon may NEVER get a copy of Milk to air in Kingston? I’m not sure how to react to this. My first thought was AHHHH! (due to my obsession and all). Then I began to wonder. Will Milk be released in smaller Canadian cities? There have been some incidences of movies never making it to small towns. Apprently the theatre companies worry the movie would not be profitable.
Fuck profits! GIVE ME MILK! Milk was a hugely influential person and a movie coming out about him at this time in gay history… do I need to spell it out? This is huge! GIVE ME MILK!Tags: Blog, gay history, Harvey Milk, Milk, small town, SweetPea Press, theatres