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StartUp Weekend Saint John

As most of you know I have volunteered at ROGERS tv for going on 19 years. Bi-weekly there is a talk show that I work on called What Matters most. A few weeks ago the had someone on as a guest from the Momentum Group to talk about a then-upcoming event for a Startup Weekend. Long story short that episode didn’t make it to air and was instead put on YouTube. Therefore you can watch the following 13-minute interview to get the idea of what it is about.

Or not… I guess I can tell you what it is about.

The premise is that you pay money for a ticket and choose if you are a Developer (can code), Designer (can design stuff), or Other (smart person, marketing person, money person, et cetera). Then on Friday you show up raid the buffet spread, socialize, network, and assess the competition.

Then you get to listen to speeches, “The is is how the weekend is going to go down”, “we love business”, “entrepreneurs are awesome”, “there are so many services you have never probably heard of that you are going to get a taste of”, “your community needs you”, and lastly “who has an idea!”.

This is the first taste of the opportunity where you get to line up and present and possible idea, everyone claps for you presenting your idea, then you walk off to write your idea down on a big piece of paper and stick it on the wall. After all the ideas are presented comes the fun. Everyone in the room goes an puts a post-it note on the idea they like. Then the top several ideas get selected and then they get moved around the room that the idea person stood beside their idea and if you liked their idea you could join their idea team. If an idea had at least 3 people it was then a team.

We then spent a few hours planning out the idea. Then we went to socialize at a special after-hours gathering at the new Saint John Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club.

The next morning we arrived to have a light breakfast. Then go off to work. It was this portion of the day where we got to choose the local business people and entrepreneurs we would talk to in a type of speed-dating to understand our idea and it’s potential best future best. Of course, we then had an amazing lunch. Then back to work on the afternoon working on the business plan, the supporting market research, prototypes of ideas, and to build a blow-away presentation for the next day. Then a large supper arrived and it was back to work into the night.

The next morning involves a lot of fine-tuning the presentation, and practice of the presentation. Our group used Prezi for the presentation and there were a few points where we had to add a few seconds of fill to transition the topics for the visual animations that done well, nails the presentation and, not appearing to be filler.

Then we got to do a test presentation and got some great feedback from the event organizers. Using the feedback it just made the presentation stronger. Then lunch arrived I think this one was from Toro Tacos and it was a rice bowl that was incredible.

Then it was presentation time. This was the first time I ever used a presenter button (or TV term GPI) it is so much better than hitting the arrow keys on a laptop and makes it easier to present. After the presentation, I was relieved that that was it. Now to listen to the other presentations. There were nine teams in total with prizes for the first, second and third place teams.

When the third place team was announced, I was a little surprised. The criteria I thought of that would make a great idea was not what the judges looked for. There were great but impractical ideas in the pack, some that when it went from the idea Friday night took a turn for the worst. Then there was some that got a whole thot better after research. The thirds place idea was one of those and in reflection well deserved and was championed by someone truly invested in the limitless potential of their idea.

My team won second place and again I was in shock not because I didn’t believe our idea but because I had spent the last hour being won over by some of the other ideas.

Then when the first place was announced it was definitely the one I expected. I’ll link to a CBC interview on the winning idea.

After the awards it was a bit more, socializing, networking, and business talk on where the ideas can go from there.

There is going to be another one in Saint John hopefully in the Spring, and there is going to be one the first weekend of November in Fredericton.

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Academy Awards 2013 Predictions

Here are my 2013 predictions. The pool I have this year gives 1 point for 2nd guess and 2 points for 1st guess. The person with the most points wins. These are not based on who i like best but who i think did the best job in the film they were nominated for.

BEST PICTURE
1. Lincoln
2. Les Misérables
Missed: Argo

Actor in a Leading Role
1. Denzel Washington – Flight
2. Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables
Missed: Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln

Actor in a Supporting Role
1. Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained
2. Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln

Actress in a Leading Role
1. Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
2. Emmanuelle Riva – Amour

Actress in a Supporting Role
1. Jacki Weaver – Silver Linings Playbook
2. Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables

Animated Feature Film
1. Brave
2. Wreck-It Ralph

CINEMATOGRAPHY
1. Life of Pi
2. Skyfall

COSTUME DESIGN
1. Snow White and the Huntsman
2. Mirror Mirror
Miss: Anna Karenina

DIRECTING
1. Silver Linings Playbook
2. Lincoln
Missed: Life of Pi

Documentary Feature
1. The Invisible War
2. 5 Broken Cameras
Missed: Searching for Sugar Man

Documentary Short Subject
1. Inocente
2. Mondays at Racine

Film Editing
1. Lincoln
2. Silver Linings Playbook
Missed: Argo

Foreign Language Film
1. Amour – Austria
2. A Royal Affair – Denmark

Makeup and Hairstyling
1. Hitchcock
2. Les Misérables

Music (Original Score)
1. Lincoln – John Williams
2. Life of Pi – Mychael Dansa

Music (Original Song)
1. Everybody Needs A Best Friend – Ted
2. Suddenly – Les Misérables
Missed: SkyFall – SkyFall

Production Design
1. Les Misérables
2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Missed: Lincoln

Short Film (Animated)
1. Fresh Guacamole
2. Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”
Missed: Paperman

Short Film (Live Action)
1. Curfew
2. Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)

Sound Editing
1. Argo
2. Life of Pi
Missed: Zero Dark Thirty and SkyFall

Sound Mixing
1. Les Misérables
2. Lincoln

VISUAL EFFECTS
1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
2. Snow White and the Huntsman
Missed: Life of Pi

Adapted Screenplay
1. Beasts of the Southern Wild
2. Silver Linings Playbook
Missed: Argo

Original Screenplay
1. Moonrise Kingdom
2. Flight
Missed: Django Unchained

1st Pick Count: 8/24 – 2nd Pick Count: 3/24 – Miss Count: 13/24 – Points Count: 19/48

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Academy Award Predictions

Actor in a Leading Role
Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”

Actor in a Supporting Role
Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”

Actress in a Leading Role
Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”

Actress in a Supporting Role
Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”

Animated Feature Film
“Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich

Art Direction
“Alice in Wonderland” Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara

Cinematography
“The King’s Speech” Danny Cohen

Costume Design
“I Am Love” Antonella Cannarozzi

Directing
“Black Swan” Darren Aronofsky

Documentary (Feature)
“Exit through the Gift Shop” Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz

Documentary (Short Subject)
“Killing in the Name” Nominees to be determined

Film Editing
“The Fighter” Pamela Martin

Foreign Language Film
“In a Better World” Denmark

Makeup
“The Wolfman” Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Music (Original Score)
“127 Hours” A.R. Rahman

Music (Original Song)
“I See the Light” from “Tangled” Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater

Best Picture
“The King’s Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers

Short Film (Animated)
“Day & Night” Teddy Newton

Short Film (Live Action)
“God of Love” Luke Matheny

Sound Editing
“Tron: Legacy” Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague

Sound Mixing
“The Social Network” Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten

Visual Effects
“Hereafter” Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojansky and Joe Farrell

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
“Winter’s Bone” Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

Writing (Original Screenplay)
“The Kids Are All Right” Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg

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Golden Globes 2011 Predictions

Edit: Bold predictions were correct. 8 of 25 (32%)

Best Motion Picture – Drama
The King’s Speech

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech

Best Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
Tied: Alice in Wonderland or The Kids Are All Right

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
Emma Stone – Easy A

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
Jake Gyllenhaal – Love And Other Drugs

Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams – The Fighter

Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Michael Douglas – Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Best Animated Feature Film
Toy Story 3

Best Foreign Language Film
I Am Love (Italy)

Best Director – Motion Picture
David O. Russell – The Fighter

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Stuart Blumberg, Lisa Cholodenko – The Kids Are All Right

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Danny Elfman – Alice in Wonderland

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“There’s A Place For Us” – Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader

Best Television Series – Drama
Dexter (SHOWTIME)

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Katey Sagal – Sons Of Anarchy

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama
Jon Hamm – Mad Men (AMC)

Best Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Tie: 30 Rock (NBC) or The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Tina Fey – 30 Rock (NBC)

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television
The Pacific (HBO)

Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Romola Garai – Emma

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Al Pacino – You Don’t Know Jack (HBO)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jane Lynch – Glee (FOX)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Chris Colfer – Glee (FOX)

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2010 Golden Globe Award Predictions

Once again as the award season approaches here are my predictions for the 2010 Golden Globe Awards tonight.

Best Motion Picture – Drama
Up In The Air

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Morgan Freeman – Invictus

Best Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
Julie & Julia

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
Sandra Bullock – The Proposal

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
Daniel Day-Lewis – Nine

Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Anna Kendrick – Up In The Air

Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Matt Damon – Invictus

Best Animated Feature Film
Fantastic Mr. Fox

Best Foreign Language Film
The Maid (La Nana) (Chile)

Best Director – Motion Picture
Jason Reitman – Up In The Air

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner – Up In The Air

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Karen O and Carter Burwell – Where The Wild Things Are

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“I Want To Come Home” – Everybody’s Fine
Music & Lyrics By: Paul McCartney

Best Television Series – Drama
Dexter (SHOWTIME)

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife (CBS)

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama
Hugh Laurie – House (FOX)

Best Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
30 Rock (NBC)

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Tina Fey – 30 Rock (NBC)

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Steve Carell – The Office (NBC)

Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television
Taking Chance (HBO)

Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Drew Barrymore – Grey Gardens (HBO)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Chiwetel Ejiofor – Endgame (PBS)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jane Lynch – Glee (FOX)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Neil Patrick Harris – How I Met Your Mother (CBS)

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Moncton takes Cornwall 5-4 in Finals Action


After a long weekend here at the Lord Beaverbrook Rink here in Saint John NB, the Moncton Mark’s Work Wearhouse Flyers are on their way to Selkirk MB for the Telus Cup after the most intense battle of the tournament.

In first period action, Moncton’s Gino Goguen comes out with an early hooking penalty that Cornwall’s Darcy Ashley took advantage of for the period’s only goal at 1:00 this period featured lots of physical action with few shots on goal.

The second period started out like the first with an early penalty by Alex Saulnier leading to Cornwall’s Brent Andrews landing a power-play goal at 1:33. That goal released Alex Saulnier from the box who thirty-two seconds later at 2:03 scored on Cornwall goaltender Devon Cudmore. Later a 6:46 Moncton’s Jean-Marc Leger ties up the game with Flyers second goal. Then the Flyers lay two more goals on with Curtis Leet #18 and Alex Saulnier #21 at 11:54. However, Cornwall not wanting to go quietly in the night respond at 13:46 with their third goal by Brandon Carter #16.

The third period was filled with eight penalties and a goal apiece for Cornwall’s star Jordan Costello (11:09) and Moncton’s Gino Goguen. Shots on goal were 24-21 in the Flyers favour.

There were over a thousand photos taken during the tournament many will be posted here over this week.

Final Game- HNB at HPEI

Home Team: Cornwall Thunder (HPEI)

Guest Team: Moncton Flyers (HNB)

Start Time: 1pm

Arena: Lord Beaverbrook Rink

Referee: TBD

Linesmen: TBD

Goals

123OTSOTotal
HPEI121 0 0 4
HNB 0 41 0 0 5

Shots on Goal

123OTSOTotal
HPEI57 9 0 0 21
HNB612 7 0 0 24

Starting Goaltenders

Home: Devon Cudmore #29

Guest: Aaron Hamilton #31

Goals

First Period

1:00 HPEI- Darcy Ashley #7 Assist- Brent Andrews #9 and Jordan Costello #11 PPG

Second Period

1:33 HPEI- Brent Andrews #6 Assist- Darcy Ashley #7 PPG

2:05 HNB- Alex Saulnier #21 Assist- Tyrone Sock #3 and Pierre Durepos #23

6:46 HNB- Jean-Marc Leger #16 – Unassisted PPG

10:44 HNB- Curtis Leet #18 Assist- Sawyer Hannay #27

11:54 HNB- Alex Saulnier #21 – Unassisted

13:46 HPEI- Brandon Carter #16 Assist- Brody MacDonald #18 and Brent Andrews #9

Third Period

11:09 HPEI- Jordan Costello #11 Assist- Brent Andrews #9 PPG

14:18 HNB- Gino Gougen #12 Assist- Tyrone Sock #3 and Allain Saulnier #19 PPG

Penalties

First Period

0:15 HNB- Gino Goguen #12 – Hooking (2:00)

5:00 HNB- Joslin Gallant #25 – Tripping (2:00)

7:57 HNB- Curtis Leet #18 – Hooking (2:00)

10:36 HPEI- Dylan McGuigan #19 – Crosschecking (2:00)

Second Period

0:30 HNB- Alex Saulnier #21 – Slashing (2:00)

5:26 HPEI- Matt Kelly #2 – Slashing (2:00)

8:00 HPEI- Matt Myers #22 – Tripping (2:00)

14:27 HNB- Sawyer Hannay #27 – Goaltender Interference (2:00)

14:35 HPEI- Jordan Costello #11 – Slashing (2:00)

Third Period

0:07 HPEI- Jordan Costello #11 – Tripping (2:00)

4:15 HNB- Sawyer Hannay #27 – Interference (2:00)

6:23 HPEI- Darcy Ashley #7 – Hooking (2:00)

9:08 HNB- Pierre Durepos #23 – Holding (2:00)

10:40 HNB- Curtis Leet #18 – Hooking (2:00)

13:17 HPEI- Darcy Ashley #7 – Hooking (2:00)

17:58 HNB- Gino Goguen #12 – Tripping (2:00)

19:58 HNB- Allain Saulnier #19 – Tripping (2:00)

Team MVP Awards

Home: #4 Ken Costello

Away: #16 Jean-Marc Leger

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Game 10: Moncton 3 @ Cornwall 6

This game featured a warm-up for the final gold medal game slated for Sunday at 1:00 pm. As many times as these two teams play there is always something to play for. Both teams played a hard fought battle showing no backing off in saving energy for Sunday. These two teams proved that Sunday’s gold medal game will no doubt be a high-intensity hard-hitting affair. Shots on goal for this final round-robin game were 22-17 favouring HPEI’s Cornwall Thunder.

Play resumes Sunday at 1 pm with the finals featuring Moncton (HNB) vs. Cornwall (HPEI) at the Lord Beaverbrook Rink in Saint John NB.

Home Team: Cornwall Thunder (HPEI)

Away Team: Moncton Flyers (HNB)

Start Time: 3:30pm

Arena: Lord Beaverbrook Rink

Referee: TBD

Linesmen: TBD

Goals

123OTSOTotal
HPEI2 3 1 0 0 6
HNB21 0 0 0 3

Shots on Goal

123OTSOTotal
HPEI598 0 0 22
HNB584 0 0 17

Goals

First Period

8:41 HNB- Allain Saunier #19 Assist- Pierre Durepos #23

13:39 HPEI- Brody McDonald #18 Assist- Devin Cudmore #29 and Brent Andrews #9 PPG

17:52 HPEI- Jason Smallman #28 Assist- Matt Myers #22 and Brody McDonald #18 PPG

18:14 HNB- Jean-Marc Leger #16 Assist- Zach Cahill #6

Second Period

9:40 HNB- Alex Saulnier #19 Assist- Allain Saulnier #21

15:28 HPEI- Dylan McGuigan #19 Assist- Brandon Carter #16 and Devon Gunn #89

16:12 HPEI- Spencer Mongomery #14 Assist- Jordan Costello #11 and Darcy Ashley #7

17:39 HPEI- Matt Myers #22 Assist- Brent Andrews #9

Third Period

8:27 HPEI- Deven Gunn #12 Assist- #12 Ben MacSwain

Penalties

First Period

2:58 HPEI- Matthew Myers #22 – Slashing (2:00)

9:14 HNB- Matt Leblanc #9 – Crosschecking (2:00)

11:08 HPEI- Dylan McGuigan #19 – Elbowing (2:00)

12:12 HNB- Dan McNeil #14 – Crosschecking (2:00)

16:18 HNB- Christian Garland #10 – Slashing (2:00)

19:29 HNB- Sawyer Hannay #27 – Slashing (2:00)

Second Period

5:33  – HPEI- Ben MacDonald #10 – Crosschecking (2:00)

7:54 – HPEI- Jason Smallman #28 – Elbowing (2:00)

8:11 – HNB- Nick Smith #24 – Shashing (2:00)

15:10 – HNB- Zack Cahill #6 – Tripping (2:00)

18:26 HNB- Curtis Leet #18 – High Sticking (2:00)

19:29 HPEI-Brandon Carter #16 – Slashing (2:00)

19:59 HNB- Alex Saunier #21 – Interference (2:00)

Third Period

4:09 HPEI- Zach Evans-Renaud #3 – Tripping (2:00)

5:31 HPEI – Logan Reid #33 – Tripping (2:00)

10:42 HNB- Dan McNeil #14 – Roughing (2:00)

13:10 HNB- Sawyer Hannay #27 – Elbowing (2:00)

15:10 HPEI- Jason Camron #79 – Goaltender Interference (2:00)

16:08 HNB- Sawyer Hannay #27 – Kneeing (2:00)

Team MVP Awards

Home: #12 Ben McSwain

Away: #23 Pierre Durepos

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Game 9: Saint John 1 vs. Cole Harbour 5

In first period action in what many at the rink hoped would be the shoe-in for the Vito’s in tomorrow’s finals proved to not be the case as in the first period Cole Harbour nets a 3-0 lead with goals from 5:36 Christopher Riguse #11, 16:42 Michael Clarke 19#, and 19:04 Brandon Duke #20.

The second period was fast with six penalties but the scoring did not resume until the third period when Saint John’s Jared Hicks broke the 2 period goose egg at 8:31. That however did not deter Cole Harbour from responding with Michael Crowley (10:42) and Mitchell Maynard (18:26) each scoring a goal to finish off the game with a 5-1 victory, dashing Saint John’s chances for a finals berth.

Home Team: Cole Harbour McCains (HNS)

Away Team: Saint John Vito’s (Host)

Start Time: 12:30pm

Arena: Lord Beaverbrook Rink

Referee: TBD

Linesmen: TBD

Goals

  1 2 3 OT SO Total
HNS 3
0
2
0
0
5
Host
0
0
1
0
0
1

Shots on Goal

  1 2 3 OT SO Total
HNS
8
11 8
0
0
27
Host
3
8 8
0
0
19

Goals

First Period

5:36 HNS- Christopher Riguse #11  Assist- Jordon Mock #8

16:42 HNS- Michael Clarke 19# Assist- Christopher Riguse #11

19:04 HNS- Brandon Duke #20 Assist- Matthew English #15 and Luke Dillman #22

Third Period

8:31 Host- Jared Hicks #10 Assist- Kyle Mathews #15 and Jordan Bruce #18

10:42 HNS- Michael Crowley #21 Assist- Brendan Duke #20 PPG

18:26 HNS- Mitchell Maynard #4 Assist- Dane McPhee #16 and Christopher Riguse #21

Penalties

First Period

1:25 Host- Cody Kennedy #11 – Elbowing (2:00)

13:35 HNS-  Christopher Riguse #11 – Cross Checking (2:00)

14:38 Host- Mike Richard #9 – Hooking (2:00)

Second Period

5:19 Host- Brad Badger #5 – Tripping (2:00)

11:56 Host- Robert Green #25 – Tripping (2:00)

12:47 Host- Jamie Bishop #4 – Slashing (2:00)

16:60 HNS- Jordan Mock #8 – Boarding (2:00)

18:10 Host- Aiden Kelly #22 – Hooking (2:00)

19:43 HNS- Jordan Mock #8 – High Sticking (2:00)

Third Period

6:13 HNS- Brendan Duke #20 – Interference (2:00)

10:14 Host- Devon Doucette #3 – Elbowing (2:00)

10:14 Host- Cody Kennedy #11 – Game Misconduct (10:00)

Team MVP Awards

Home: #11 Christopher Riguse

Away: #20 Matt Bursey