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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hey Twitter, I ain't no quitter!

So Oprah joins twitter and millions of people sign up for an account. Really she was just acting on the hype she heard and doesn't understand it any better than her viewers.

People hear about Twitter, join it and then forget about it because they don't understand it. It's not your Facebook status (though you CAN use it that way, but you're really limiting yourself). I think the whole "what are you doing" line on the homepage is misleading to newbies.

Twitter is networking with anyone about anything you want, in real time. Today, I read an article by a developer in Argentina, replied to his tweet and within seconds we are having a really intriguing dialogue about Google.

I have WAY too many interests... First of all I follow anyone trend-setting in the technology world - I also follow anyone that tweets subjects relevant to my work.
I've also discovered awesome kindred spirits in terms of sci fi, belly dance, Joss Whedon, music and oh so much more.

Can it be a time suck? YOU BET - especially once you become a power-tweeter and discover a nifty tool like TweetDeck.

Can it be trivial and silly? Of course if you follow those types of people. Your twitter content is entirely controlled BY YOU. If it's boring, follow more people. Use Twitter search to find subjects that interest you. What's your niche? I'm following my favorite dancers, musicians, bloggers, friends, tech gurus, news sources, etc... and all my info comes in one glorious real-time stream.

Do I really care that Imogen Heap is preparing pancakes or that Hugh Jackman is on a plane somewhere? Actually yeah, I think it's pretty damn cool!

My advice if you truly want to get into twitter? FOLLOW MORE - add more people you follow every day and in turn, a quarter of them will follow you back. When you feel like hanging out at the computer, put on some music, pour a glass of wine and check out who I follow. You might be surprised at some of the tweeple (twizzles :) you find.

Also utilize all the tools available like following these:

Here's some related and helpful articles too:

The really really simple guide to using Twitter

Twitter Quitters Just Don't Get It

Don't worry Twitter, I get it. And I'm here to help others get it too :)

Monday, April 20, 2009

bellydancer arm workout

guess what? Zills (finger cymbals) are a great workout for your arms.

After a 3 hour workshop with Rachel Brice doing choreography with zills, my arms are still hurting 2 days later. (all my other parts hurt too of course, in a good way).

But I've been surprised how I felt every muscle in my arms from constant zill use. I don't usually sign up for zill workshops because I feel I know the rhythms pretty well, but now I might just for the exercise!

Rachel Brice is the sweetest, funniest superstar dancer. I wish I could take from her every week!

Monday, April 13, 2009

loved this quote

since college back in 94-ish... saved it on a watercolor painting since then:


break the bonds of craving wide open.
this is not to ask "what will satisfy me"
but "why am I continuously unsatisfied?"

this is to realize
the unreality
of the objects of desire
-to explore your own wisdom
and inner truth-
rather than to seek outside

let's respect each other

A saying by Mahatma Gandhi:

"The need of the moment is not one religion, but mutual respect and tolerance of the devotees of the different religions."

after all, isn't that intolerance and disrespect the reason for many wars? what makes you so sure YOU'RE right? love is my religion and it includes EVERYONE.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Finding a balance

Passion = suffering

I've discussed pain and suffering before on here, and now I'm going back to some Buddhist readings... I enjoy practicing somewhat, but I also ENJOY passion and sometimes occasionally suffering (if that makes any sense). But lately... my passion is focused on attachment and the pain is unbearable. I need to cultivate passions with a moderation and more enlightened purpose. It's hard to explain I guess. Really the only reason for this post is to share a website and bookmark it for myself.