The expression "it's so easy a monkey could do it" has been around for a long time and it's been twisted, reworded and reworked so often, for so many different purposes, it seems to have gone right past cliché onto the other side, where, strangely, it's become cool again.
Big Sisters has always been a not-for-profit close to my heart. I volunteered with the organization as an undergraduate (in group settings and at events), but I never took the plunge to become a full-fledged volunteer, with one specific "little sister" of my own. I worried that too great a time commitment would be required, and I feared I wasn't ready to make a long-term promise to a little girl who I might have to disappoint. Instead, in my 20s, I became a troupe leader and member of Girl Guides of Canada, and put Big Sisters on the back burner.
Lately, Nyman Ink has been receiving offers from guest bloggers. This is great in one sense – it means our blog is getting noticed and that’s a nice thing. Also, as the company’s (relatively) lone blogger, I admit to feeling a little blogging fatigue at times, and it would be nice to have some guest bloggers to take up the slack once in awhile.
The first time I heard reference to "the cloud," I was immediately dismissive. It was, I guessed, just another marketing term, designed to make something technological sound like something magical ─ designed, in other words, to make me buy something.
Turns out I was wrong. At least partly. As "the cloud" slipped more and more into our collective consciousness, I decided I ought to try and understand it and how it might be used.
I decided to blog today about The London International Creative Competition (LICC) for a number of different reasons. First off, you have to love a contest whose main ingredient is creativity. The LICC is open to just about anyone, doing anything creative, anywhere. You've got to appreciate that sort of accessibility. It invites passionate artists, regardless of experience or nationality, to submit work. (By the way, when I say London, I mean the city in England, not the one in Ontario.)