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More Little Chicken. Tomorrow I'll be celebrating 11 years of drawing Savage Chickens! Woohoo! If you're wondering where my usual year-in-review post is, I did it a little earlier this time. You Might Also Like: Tagged with: 3x4 • Childhood • Curiosity • Parenting • Question • Understanding • ...
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A long time ago, in a movie theatre now demolished, I went to see a movie. (Check out 1:31.) #starwars
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What angry Republicans don’t seem to realize is that they were given a huge gift by CNBC on Wednesday night. It may not have been the gift they wanted, but it’s one they needed — and it came at a surprisingly low price.
The long-standing Republican hostility toward the news media was on full display last week after the CNBC GOP presidential debate. And it led them to fall into a trap that tempts many speakers: set…
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A new cartoon! Today, we're taking a swipe at ads that pose as conversation. Come for the swearing, stay for the grumpiness! #advertising   #marketing   #conversation   #curmudgeon  
We’re really working hard to avoid saying the word “ad,” aren’t we? Promoted posts, tweets, accounts and hashtags; sponsored content; “Suggested for you” links… And we aren’t just looking for euphemisms — we’re camouflaging ads as “native content,” with tiny little disclaimers engineered to be as easy as possible to miss while still providing plausible deniability… Continue reading Wait – why don’t we have DEmoted tweets?
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Micromanagers, assemble! ...No, not like that. You, skooch a little that way. You, a little lower. And you, change jackets. That print isn't doing it for me.
 
You spend a ton of time and energy trying to hire great people, so make sure to trust them once they join you. People will surprise you (and almost always for the better) when you treat them like owners and have faith they’ll do what’s best. #workrules #freedom #trust #ownership

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Today's cartoon is the first in a series drawn for The Business of Podcasting — a new book by +Donna Papacosta and +Steve Lubetkin. (Check it out at http://thebusinessofpodcasting.com!)

So you can thank Donna and Steve for the next eight weeks of podcasting cartoons. :)
Here’s the first in a series of eight cartoons from the fab new podcasting book, The Business of Podcasting by Donna Papacosta and Steve Lubetkin. (You’ll find a new one here every Monday for the next eight weeks.) Whether you’re a podcasting veteran hoping to channel your passion into an income, or a newbie to… Continue reading The Business of Podcasting #1: Storytime
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There may be such a thing as too artisanal. #coffee
 
Powered by +Java. #coffee  
And I thought Vancouver was obsessed by coffee. This summer, my family spent two weeks in San Francisco, where java-worship has reached levels anthropologists might want to start examining. (So might cult researchers.) About the only thing poised to knock the mighty bean off its perch down there is kombucha, which seems to be what… Continue reading You must enable java to proceed
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They don't make their beds, they don't clean their rooms, they don't bring in pageviews... ugh, kids.
 
Kids these days. Am I right?
Let’s be honest. Kids are a pretty big drain economically for the first two decades or so of their lives. It’s the main reason to live well past the age of infirmity: recouping some of that investment. Someday soon, I’m going to write a guide to the social-media-optimized family, the one geared to maximizing your revenue stream… Continue reading Pull your weight, kid.
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+Shonali Burke kindly invited me to her blog to share what eight years of drawing +Noise to Signal have taught me about storytelling. 
Even single-panel cartoons can tell a story. Rob Cottingham shares six key storytelling lessons he's learned as a cartoonist.
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That time when Chris "Why doesn't the media talk about the Syrian refugee crisis?" Alexander hung up on As It Happens to avoid talking about the Syrian refugee crisis.
Chris Alexander is a busy man. We've been trying to arrange an interview with the Citizenship and Immigration Minister for months now to find out how many Syrian refugees he's succeeded in bringing to Canada.
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I'm going to tl;dr my own blog post here: if you're writing a speech and having trouble getting started, it may be a sign you actually need to start at the end. What do you want your audience to do? What should they feel and believe to convince them to do that?

Think about how you get them from where they are now to where you want them to be, and what little shove can start them on that journey. That shove is the start of your speech. #speechwriting #publicspeaking  
So many speeches don’t (…dammit...) Whenever I find myself repeatedly writing, deleting and re-writing the first lines of s (…augh...) The Oxford English Dictionary defin (hell, no.) Ever find your...
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Social media strategist, speechwriter, humorist and speaker. I draw cartoons you might enjoy.
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Rob Cottingham is the co-founder and a principal of Social Signal. He is a digital veteran, with more than 20 years experience helping organizations with communication, engagement and strategy in both the online and offline worlds.

Rob is Canada's leading progressive speechwriter. And he's also a pioneer in online campaigning and communication, creating one of the first youth-centered anti-tobacco web sites, Canada's first national party leadership campaign site and the first-ever online political game. His projects have ranged from Vancity's Webby-nominated ChangeEverything.ca to BC Hydro's Power the Games application on Facebook.

Rob is a frequent speaker and workshop leader on social media, for audiences ranging from the Canadian Marketing Association to the Conference Board of Canada to NetSquared. A standup comic, Rob also draws the popular Noise to Signal webcomic, which has appeared on such sites as ReadWriteWeb and the Huffington Post.
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  • University of Ottawa
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Full disclosure: I'm a friend of one of the owners. But now I'm also a fan. Madeline and her husband Scott have created 11 wonderfully decorated cabins, each with its own distinctive theme and all with an incredible eye for detail. With too many places, "funky" turns out to mean a jumble of random, mismatched kitsch. But here, it means the items in each cabin have been playfully but painstakingly sourced to create the perfect effect – from a cabin for crafters and creators, to another for explorers, birders and stargazers, and still another (the one we stayed in) that romantically celebrates the courtship of Madeline's parents, William and Mildred. And we didn't have to trade comfort for coolness. Between the jets of the soaker tub in our cabin, the kitchenette, the remote-controlled gas fireplaces in each room (one for us, one for the kids) and the west-facing barbecue-and-briquette-equipped deck perfect for watching the sun set over the Pacific, we were sorely tempted to forego the shops of Mendocino and the tidal pools on Glass Beach, and just hang out for our whole stay. That was doubly appealing to our kids, who were thrilled by the Andiron's two resident goats (Peanut Butter and Jelly), the extensive collection of vintage board games, the flocks of woodpeckers and other gorgeous birds that sweep through the property, and the morning all-you-can-spread toast bar. For their parents, the five o'clock happy hour on weekends, pairing delicious food (fondue one night, tamales and quesadillas the next) with local beer and wine – not to mention warm, welcoming conversation with Madeleine and Scott and the other guests – will remain one of the highlights of our holiday. There's no cell phone service along this stretch of Highway 1, but between free WiFi, in-room phones and a pay phone at the inn's office, we were easily able to keep in touch as much as we needed... and as little as we wanted. Oh, and there's a nice, big hot tub. And an extensive DVD library. And a geocaching kit. And a coffeemaker in our cabin with pre-ground coffee *and* beans and a grinder. We loved it.
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Wow... good music but not drink-up-and-get-TF-out loud, and staff who go out of their way to make sure you get what you want (and not just what you order). Plus non-flaky WiFi, and chocolate milk for grown-ups.
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It was hard to imagine Vancouver's Best Coffee being replaced by something even better. Live and learn!
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