Books Read in 2007
My Favorite Video Blogs
(for others, see Links page)
Dick Cheney was Right!
(this is an amazing video from 1994)
Ordination of Women Priests
Sideshow Bob sings HMS Pinafore
Family Stories Vlog
New on My
22 August 2007
Just a couple of notes before starting. If you've never checked this site before, please do. And don't just look--read through it and watch the videos. Trust me--you'll be moved.
Secondly, send all your love, prayers (if you pray), mojo, and good wishes to Mary, who is going through a really rough time right now.
Now to thoughts for the day.
I remember seeing Bambi at various times in my life (the most memorable time being when I was pregnant with Jeri...very pregnant with Jeri...and was the only person in the theatre who wasn't there with a small child in tow. I wonder if that was why Jeri always liked deer when she was younger....?). Anyway, in the movie, after Bambi and his pals become adolescents they all find love interests and lots of springtime G-rated hanky-panky ensues. Brother Owl calls them all "twitterpated."
Until fairly recently I hadn't thought of that word, but now that I've been introduced to yet another internet obsession, Twitter, I've decided that the perfect adjective to describe Twitter users is "twitterpated."
Twitter is a site where, in 140 characters or less, you record what you are doing at various moment throughout your day (or whenever the mood strikes you). The Twitter FAQ describes the service thusly: "Twitter is a community of friends and strangers from around the world sending updates about moments in their lives. Friends near or far can use Twitter to remain somewhat close while far away. Curious people can make friends. Bloggers can use it as a mini-blogging tool. Developers can use the API to make Twitter tools of their own. Possibilities are endless!"
You can update from either your computer or from your cell phone, which expands the attraction, I think.
I joined back in June, but didn't have a handle on what good it was and after making a very few entries, decided it was just stupid and stopped using it.
That was about the time Facebook came along. When Facebook added a link to Twitter, I started looking at it again. It's fascinating to have a group of people into whose lives you have a continual peek. When I first joined Twitter, I didn't know how you every found people that you knew or were interested in, but I've since learned how to pick and choose and now I only see entries from people about whom I have an interest.
[The funny thing about Twitter is that I go looking for the "older" people...and the "older people" I find are generally younger than my kids! I'm so pathetic.]
The proliferation of sites like My Space and Facebook and Twitter and a host of other social networking sites seem to accentuate our need to reach out and touch someone else, to stay in contact with our friends (imaginary and otherwise), even if it's only limited to 140 characters a few times a day.
Some updates from people that popped up on my Twitter screen lately:
As you can see the comments run the gamut (I didn't use any of the technogeek kinds of messages...there are lots of those). It does become hypnotic after awhile.
And we all know that what I was needing was something else hypnotic on the Internet.
Cousins' Day starts tomorrow, so the next entry will be posted late.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
We took the dogs for a walk today.
This is entry #2703