December has begun its strut down the street, and amongst the chilly air, snowflakes, and holiday spirit (or heat and humidity perhaps, if you're in the Southern Hemisphere) drifts a small stack of five very special presentations: November 2013's top 5!

Have a cup of cheer on us!


"Sushi for Smiles" by Takayo Kiyota.

"Perfecting Portraits" by Ian Taylor.

"Turnaround" by Aubrey Williams.

"Make It So" by Shannon Downey.

"Live for Today" by Shay Howe.

Top 5 Presentations in October 2013

Time just carries on with its tireless march forward and -- wow, just like that -- it's November! You know what that means: we have a fresh, steaming, stuffing-filled cornucopia of presentations for you (with a side of cranberry sauce)!

Here are the Top 5 Presentations of the Day for the month of October 2013: 

"Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time" by Kate Garmey.

"Introversion" by Caleb Keller.

"Human Trafficking" by Ali Weiner.

"Fear. Pain. Humor." by Mark Rickmeier.

"The San Francisco of Tomorrow" by Craig Scott.

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Perfecting Portraits" from PKN Bangkok Vol. 9, photographer Ian Taylor teaches us how to take the perfect portrait.

He talks about light, composition, the moment, apertures, where your light source should be, the importance of the eyes, zooming with your feet, and mixing up your perspective.

Certainly a heavy topic, but worth your time.

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Human Trafficking" from PKN Bangkok Vol. 6Ali Weiner explains the state of human trafficking in the world today, dispelling myths perpetuated by popular culture.

She also introduces her current fundraising project, and illustrates how it will be used to aide victims of modern human trafficking, pointing out several pre-existing dedicated charities for such victims  as well.

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Lightyears in the Past" from PKN Bangkok Vol. 8, astrophotographer Andy Chapman expounds upon the history of the universe. He can't help but detail the galactic goings-on each time he looks into the night sky.

Andy goes over not only the history of our universe, but discusses the processes behind taking stunning photographs of our Milky Way neighborhood and beyond.

It was a blast! Happened on August 21st, 2013 at LaunchPad, more than 120 attendees enjoyed beer from Beervana and cocktail from Bombay Saphire along with free pizza from Pala Pizza and dips from Homemade Cheese. We covered broad topics from “The Future of 3D Printing”, to “How to Take a Self Portrait”, and “Why You Shouldn’t Eat Shark Fin Soup”. I hope you had fun as much as we are! Now, here are some photos from the event.

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This event was the last event for our beloved Scott Coates who continue his journey to another country. He presented "Thailand Reflected" which reflects his 16 years experience in Thailand. We are very sad but excited with his new adventure in a new country!

Any cyclist in the city will tell you, it can be a dangerous place to ride. 

Which is why, in today's Presentation of the Day, "Save our Cyclists" from PKN Bangkok Vol. 8, Khun Panx talks about her campaign to keep cyclists safe on the streets.

The Save our Cyclists movement focuses on communicating street safety tips to riders, promoting accident prevention, and emphasizes the role of drivers in keeping the streets safe. 

Dale Van Dusen is a bicycle addict. His obsession began with his need to use a bike to get to and from work. From that point it ballooned into long-distance rides for charity, to a ride across the continental United States. 

In this edition of Presentation of the Day (from PKN Bangkok Vol. 6), Dale tells of his experience first coming across a bicycle frame made of bamboo, and his subsequent desire to build one for himself. He discusses the benefits (lighter frame, less road vibration), and challenges involved in constructing his first bike, as well as his future plans to fabricate these unique two-wheeled transports on a greater scale. 

Biking in Bangkok, Hand-Made Jewelry, and the Return of PKN Santiago

PKN Bangkok Vol. 5 Presentations What's it like riding a bike in Bangkok? As Greg Jorgensen's presentation (from PKN Bangkok Vol. 5) will reveal, it's all about the traffic. Pep Joan Tugores is a local jewelry handcrafter and in his presentation (in Spanish, from PKN Mallorca Vol. 1), he talks about how he learned to make hand-made jewelry, and then shares a few of his recent projects. PKN Santiago Vol. 3 Posters Today's new addition to the Tumblr blog is the poster you see above for the upcoming PKN Santiago Vol. 3, which marks a relaunch for that city's series. The PKN is set for September 6 at Galpon CAC.  PKN Uzice Vol. 2 PKN Uzice Vol. 2 Photos Today we share a Flickr gallery of photos from PKN Uzice Vol. 2. Above, a look at some of the attendees, followed by two presenters.  Calendar As we mentioned yesterday, it's a slow start this week, with the first PKNs happening tomorrow night (August 22), in the form of PKN Cairns Vol. 5 and PKN Durban Vol. 8. 

PKN Tokyo Vol. 93 Presentations With a name like FabCafe -- and with a location in Tokyo's Shibuya district -- you may think that the "Fab" stands for "fabulous," but instead it's short for "fabricate." This presentation (from PKN Tokyo Vol. 93) by Toshimasa Kawai will reveal some of the amazing things that you can produce on a visit. Hint: It involves a laser cutter. This presentation (in German, from PKN Regensburg Vol. 2) by Johannes Paffrath could also be called: "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Aperture But Were Afraid to Ask." PKN Halifax Vol. 11 Posters There are no new additions to the Tumblr blog today, so instead we highlight this poster for next Tuesday's (July 24) PKN Halifax Vol. 11 -- you'll find more details and the list of presenters with links on the official event page. PKN Bangkok Vol. 5 Links We have a couple of links to share today, that act as event reports for PKN Bangkok's recent relaunch (pictured above) and PKN Dubai Vol. 11. 

Calendar Here's what you can expect in terms of weekend action. First, tonight (Friday, July 20), there's Tijuana's very first PKN, as well as PKN Waterville Vol. 8. On Saturday night, Taos hosts its Vol. 7. And if you'd like to plan the week ahead, on Monday you can expect PKN Fresno Vol. 16 and PKN San Jose Vol. 7.