After a mild autumn, it's finally winter in Saskatoon. Driving a co-worker home through the falling snow Thursday night, she commented that it felt like Christmas.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. It's still November. It's another long month before winter officially begins, four months before Thursday's snowfall finally melts. That blue scarf I drove over this morning, frozen solid in the ice on Louise Street, will be swept into a soggy gutter sometime in March.

Meanwhile, we do what we can to keep warm. Friday was pot-luck day - or as Tavis called it, "planned pot" day, since the contents of the pot were determined in advance by Tiffany's organizational compulsion. Scott and John and I signed up to bring beer. Ryan and Brendan chipped in a bucket of KFC. Everyone else brought actual food.

We forewent our usual catered Friday lunch in order to donate to Help Portrait 2010, "a global movement of photographers using their time, gear, and expertise to give back to those in need". Krystian is organizing the local chapter. If you'd like to get involved, or better yet if you can donate a few bucks to cover expenses, you should get in touch with him through the Help Portrait Saskatoon Facebook page.

So what's everyone been up to?

  • The StepRep team has been working on the Social tab, which will allow users to monitor the growth of their audience on Facebook and Twitter and keep in touch with fans and followers.
  • The Scrumdog Millionaires have been making improvements to Daily Deal Platform 3S - something involving cookies, I believe.
  • Chris, out in Toronto, is building a standalone website for Platform 3S.
  • Blair is splitting his time between StepRep and several ongoing projects for Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers.
  • Since Dave left, Cody has been all alone completing a laboratory automation project for the Canadian Light Source.

In case you missed it, there's been some action on the other blogs lately:

  • On the StepRep blog we talked about our new partnership with Telmetrics, the Toronto-based call-tracking company.
  • On the Spokesmonster blog I shared some thoughts on New Zealand culture, inspired by our newest group buying partner, Auckland-based Flocking Good Deals.
  • Also on the Spokesmonster blog I told the story of my futile attempt to license a recording for an online ad.