PAX East Recap – Gamification, AbleGamers Foundation, Nerdification

After our Brunch at Veggie Galaxy it was time to go Nerd out at PAX. A couple of the signs outside the convention center really capture how it feels to be there – “Welcome Home” was my favourite, another one referencing WarGames was ‘Would you like to play a game?” The Boston Convention Center was totally packed with people and there were so many things to do, it was hard to decide. We managed to catch one of the panels I really wanted to see called “If I hear Gamification one more time I’m going to scream” was great and I’m glad we went. While sometimes it felt like a big self-promotion fest, there was a lot of valuable discussion on what gamification is and isn’t, and it’s potential uses for education, health, and fitness (as evidenced by Fitocracy.)

Read more

Boston – Grilled Vegan Sandwiches from Flour Bakery and PAX East

We successfully arrived in Boston yesterday. The trip out of the Toronto’s city centre airport is so much better than flying out from Toronto’s Pearson International. It’s not as crowded, the security process is quick and easy, and there is a lounge space with free wifi and free drinks (like coffee, tea, juice, and soda.) JC and I weren’t sitting together on the plane (that’s what we get for booking separately!) so I got some quality time with my kobo (incidentally, if you haven’t read Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain, it’s fascinating.) The one thing I like about porter is the snacks are a few steps above the usual stuff. Vegan options included Terra chips and plain blue diamond almonds. Top that off with a nice golden glass of vegan friendly Steam Whistle (a Toronto brewer,) and I almost forgot I was in a plane.

Read more

All plans were for naught. PAX East consumed my time and energy and I loved every second of it.

Well, I’m just outside DC now, hanging out with a friend, and looking back on the past few days, I can’t help but think what an amazing time it all was. That said, I did not get ANYTHING but PAXEast done off of my To Do list. There were so many things to see and do at the event, that there just wasn’t enough time for anything else. I did get the chance to hang out on the beach, so if you ever are in the area, it’s worth taking the train to one of the many coastal stops. In my case it was Revere Beach, which was sunny and lovely, albeit windy. I was one of the Enforcers at PAXeast this year, and I’m so glad I did it. Such a great way to meet and interact with different people, and get involved with a great event. I’ve put next years PAXeast on my mental calendar. They had a great number of vegan snack options like cliff bars (and whoa those Zbars are kinda yummy) and mixed nuts, and fresh veggies with little dishes of hummus, so I didn’t go hungry. There were so many fantastic folks behind the scenes, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to geek out with them in the [E] room and nerd out about video games and computers. My favourite thing about PAX other than all the awesome people I met, and the general ambiance of a convention center full of people like…

Read more

Boston Bound – PAX East

Well, I’m heading to Boston, MA for the first time, and I’m really excited about it. I found putting together a guide really helpful for myself when I’m running around in a city that’s unfamiliar, and this way I try not to miss anything fun going on. Things that are helpful for me, and so maybe they can be useful to someone else: The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority – Day passes are $9, Weekly passes are $15. You can buy them at transit stations and various other locations. Yelp Boston – Vegan Listings – A good collection of rated restaurant options that are exclusively vegan or have vegan options. VeganBoston – local boston vegan group. They hold events and provide information and support. I’m going to Boston for PAX East, so that’s my primary activity this trip, but I have a feeling I’ll be back again some day. Food Options: I hunted around on twitter, yelp and the rest of the internet to find options that sounded interesting or delicious. There are quite a few places to eat veganly in Boston, so this is by no means a comprehensive list, but these are the ones that caught my eye for one reason or another. I’m excited/curious to try the Vegan Lobster from Grasshopper Restaurant (1 N Beacon St, Allston, MA), which looks to be a mostly asian fusion vegetarian restaurant. Pizza from Peace O’Pie Gourmet Vegan Pizza (487 Cambridge St. Allston, MA) To be entirely honest, my favourite reviews are the ones that…

Read more