Those of you who share my appreciation of the peak of Western civilisation that is Twitter may have come across a series of accounts that represent a given country, with one citizen of that country taking over the account each week. I believe this trend started in Sweden, where the idea was actually initiated by the government and Stephen Colbert promptly tried to get in on the act as an honorary Swede, or “artificial Swedener”, as he put it*; this week’s curator, Steffan, has been absolutely brilliant, and his ongoing verbal battle with the corresponding (although not government-affiliated) Canadian account drew my attention to the fact that hey, look – Canada has a corresponding (although not government-affiliated) account!**
I applied immediately, of course, and have been selected as the Person of Canada for the week of January 21st-27th! My profile just went up on the website, and I’m just waiting for the account login information to be handed over tonight or tomorrow morning. This is all very exciting, and the timing is perfect – I’m sure that interest in my work is going to be extremely limited even though I’m going to a presentation about a new funding opportunity tomorrow, so I won’t tweet about that unless asked, but I have a really fun week of non-work events planned: I’m going to the Canucks-Flames game on Wednesday; a live story-telling event on Friday; snowshoeing (possibly, depending on friends) on Saturday morning; and a Burns Night supper on Saturday night.
You don’t even need a Twitter account to follow along – although, as with everything else, it’ll be much more fun if you do!
*he was unsuccessful. The title of this post is my official
tribute fart in his general direction.
**lots of other countries do, too – check out the #rotationcuration hashtag for the latest shenanigans.