Sunday, December 31, 2017

Book Review: All In


          Jim Pagiamtzis review:
                "Arlene share her personal and professional journey of becoming an entreprneur and the lessons should learned along the way. Becoming a member of the Dragon's Den on CBC was an experience that she has showed her business sense and caring the amazing stories she has heard.

      About book:
Are you really ready to be independent?
To be a successful entrepreneur, you don’t just need to know how to run a business. You need to know how to run your life when the boundary between work and personal time has essentially been erased. But while there are countless books on setting up a company, there hasn’t ever been a primer on navigating the unique emotional and personal demands of entrepreneurship. That’s what All In is all about: how to thrive in the entrepreneurial lifestyle—and how to avoid its pitfalls.
In All In, Arlene Dickinson tells the truth about the dangers of believing your own hype, listening to naysayers—and ignoring naysayers, too. Dickinson explains why the need for control is a double-edged sword that can get a business off the ground, then cause it to stall. She also discusses what the need for control does to a marriage—and how success can test family relationships even more than failure.
All In will open a new level of dialogue in the entrepreneurial community, bringing often-unspoken truths into the light and showing readers all the ways they’ll be tested in their new endeavour. Packed with Dickinson’s own hard-won lessons, and those of other successful entrepreneurs, All In is for every small business owner who’s ever felt like they’re the only one and every coffee-break dreamer wondering if they can hack it. At its best, the entrepreneurial lifestyle is all about independence—not just financial independence, but the psychological independence that comes from charting your own course—and All In will help readers achieve that freedom.
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10 of the Best books I read in 2017

                 I read 44 books in 2017

                 In no particular order they best ones are listed below

                 1. Trust Agents
                  2. Corporate Confidential
                  3.Hug the Haters
                  4.  Marketing Moves
                    6. The Big Learn: Smart way to use your brain
                    7. The New Community Rules: Marketing on the Web
                    8. The New Rules of Marketing and PR
                     9. Integral Vision
                     10. You are Hired!



Best to Worst movies of 2017

       Amazing year of watching great movies!

           Below is list of Best to Worst that I saw

                 1. Wonder Woman
                 2. Star Wars- The Last Jedi
                  3. La La Land
                  4. Justice League
                  5. Logan
                   6. 47 Meters Down
                   7. The Shape of Water
                   8.  XXX- The Return of Xander Cage
                    9. King Kong Skull Island
                    10. Atomic Blonde
                     11. Logan Lucky
                     12. Fate of Furious 8
                     13.  Blade Runner 2049
                      14. Spiderman- Homecoming
                      15.  Thor- Ragnarok

                Honourable mention to TIFF17 films that I saw in Sept 2017

                1. Downsizing
                 2. I Tonya!
                 3. The Carter Effect



Monday, December 25, 2017

New Subway Extension Opens on December 17,2017



Book Review: The Day I (almost ) Killed two Gretzkys and other off-the-wall stories about sports...and life

                        Jim Pagiamtzis Review:

                      James Duthie delivers some hilarious story on sports athletes and his own misadventures on his life!                  

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Movie Review: Shape of Water


        Jim Pagiamtzis Review

         "Sensational Movie Wizadry

         The Shape of Water takes on a journey of intrigue and fascination. Sally Hawkings, Octavia Spencer and Michael Shannon deliver great performances

            The story and plot unravel in the Del Toro fashion with words and cinematography working in unison. There are some scenes of adult sexual nature that were excessive and not needed.

         The climatic end was fitting for the film

         overal review 8 of 10

         Sujit K Reddy Review
            Good: Story and characters were believable
            Bad:  A little too slow paced for my taste.
           Ugly: Some gruesome scenes not needed

          Movie Plot:
   From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER - an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones.


Friday, December 22, 2017

Holiday Cheer at Bombardier

                              It was fun day on Satruday December 16 as I shared some chocolate treats with my coworkers at Bombardier Aerospace.


Product preparation: Lumos

                 Wednesday December 20th

                  I have had the great please to be part of the Junior Achiement Company Program since October 2017. I am on of 5 advisor working with 32 who have created a real product with real money.

               On this day they assembled the first batch of the product Lumos. It was great to see them in action.

             Here is the best part. They presold 50 of the before they had made them. Simply AWESOME. Which meaons on thing they made a profit!



Product Review: 5 - Peppermint Menthe Cobalt

                          "Amazing long lasting taste" Jim Pagiamtzis


Magazine Review: Cineplex (December 2017)

                    "Amazing article on the Mark Hamil and the his role in this film" Jim Pagiamtzis


Book Review: The New Rules of Marketing & PR


  Jim Pagiamtzis Review:
                " A thick book with so many amazing nuggets and insights on effective pr. This book is highly recommended resource for anyone in marketing, pr and promotion."

The benchmark guide to marketing and PR, updated with the latest social media and marketing trends, tools, and real-world examples of success The New Rules of Marketing & PR, 4th Edition is the pioneering guide to the future of marketing, an international best seller with more than 300,000 copies sold in over 25 languages. It offers a step-by-step action plan for harnessing the power of modern marketing and PR to communicate with buyers directly, raise visibility, and increase sales. It shows how large and small companies, nonprofits, and other organizations can leverage web-based content to get the right information to the right people at the right time for a fraction of the cost of big-budget campaigns. Including a wealth of compelling case studies and real-world examples of content marketing and inbound marketing success, this is a practical guide to the new reality of reaching buyers when they're eager to hear from you. Includes updated information, examples, and case studies plus an examination of newly popular tools such as Infographics, photo-sharing using Pinterest and Instagram, as well as expanded information on social media such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
David Meerman Scott is a marketing strategist, best-selling author of eight books including three international best sellers, advisor to emerging companies including HubSpot, and a professional speaker on topics including marketing, leadership, and social media. Prior to starting his own business, he was marketing VP for two U.S. publicly traded companies and was Asia marketing director for Knight-Ridder, at the time one of the world's largest information companies. The New Rules of Marketing & PR offers the single resource for entrepreneurs, business owners, nonprofit managers, as well as those working in marketing or publicity departments to build a marketing and PR strategy to grow any business.

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Movie Review: Star Wars The Last Jedi (2017)

               Jim Pagaimtzis Review:

           "Spectacular Movie Wizardry is the best to explain this amazing movie. The journey continues for Rey in meeting Luke Skywaler and Fin goes on his new adventure to save the galaxy.

The Force Awakens (2015) was the warm up movie this was the main course. The story deepen and we learn more about the character personal journey.

   The first movie I watched was Empire Strikes Back and the fond memories of the chase scenes and humour were very evident throughout the film. In this film there is throw back dialogue to the earlier films to bring some history to the film.

   The J.J Abrams (executive producer) is very evident in the film from the massive fights scenes the long lense cinemic pictures of the surrounding film.

   Only two characters I didn't like Laura Dern (Vice Admiral Amildyn Holdo  seemed out of place and Bencio Del Torro (DJ) both performances were very poor.

  I wanted  to see Prince Harry and Prince William served as storm troopers in the film. There were som many I didn't know which ones they were

   Despite the long running time of the film it delivers what we all want an escapte into the world of Star Wars Galaxy. Look forward to the conclusion in December 2019.

   I give the film 9 of 10 stars

          Sujit K Reddy Review:

Star Wars: Episode 8 – The Last Jedi (SPOILER HEAVY!)
1     The strategic use of THE FORCE throughout the movie to show a connection between Rey & Kylo Ren were good to show us that there is going to be more between them in Episode 9.
2      The fight scenes in space were good BUT the Millinium Falcoln could have been used more!

1      Directing: Luke tossing the light saber & wiping the dust off his shoulder were things he would not do! Luke should have been in the movie more and had more light sabre fights to show his improved skills. He should not have died.
2     Directing: Luke and Laia should have more time and scenes together, especially since they both did not have a chance to be reunited with Han Solo in The Force Awakens.
3      Directing: Maz Kanata should have been used a lot better than she was!
4      Directing: No definitive answer for Snokes’ history and his death was stupid and too soon!
5      Directing: Rey’s heritage was never explored or explained as we were led to believe it would be in Episode 7.
1      Given Carrie Fisher’s death in the real world, They had a few opportunities to actually kill off Laia but they didn’t (1) Blown into space scene (2) Taking the ship away from the fleet so they can escape to the planet
2      KantoByte Scene: it didn’t feel like Star Wars at all!
3    The use of modern day gestures and verbiage made it feel like it was taking place here on earth and not “A Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy, Far, Far Away!”
4     Laura Dern & Benetico DelToro were a waste of space in the movie


           Story plot:
          Luke Skywalker's peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy.


Monday, December 18, 2017

Event Review: Cashflow game in Toronto

                     Wednesday December 13th

                  It was amazing evening to hold the last cash flow game in Downtown Toronto.

                Huge thanks to Patrick Jankowski and the Ryerson Alumni Association for let us use 7th floor room at the Ted Rogers School of Business. 

                   We had two games going and lots of amazing conversation on financial literarcy.

                 Look forward to our next game in February 2018. stay tuned for location



Special Post: Donation to Food & Toy Drive at Bombardier (Downsview)

                 Friday December 15th

                        It was an excited experience to donate a new unwrapped toy to the Food & Toy Drive at Bombardier Aerospace