Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Review of the documentary film,"We Live in Public" by Ondi Timonervia Tweeted via oxfordfilmfreak


I would love to see this film because I had begun to think about some of these issues over the past year when I became more and more tethered to the Internet via my iPhone.

Even though I've had the phone for over two years it has become more and more of an extension of me (and my hand) as developments in the technologies associated with it and the Internet have expanded and intertwined me.

After being connected to the web since 1998 through my own website and having a ravenous interest in researching various subjects on the Internet, and then discovering in 2005 that I could also blog, I realized I had become "connected" to others in a really unique way but I had also become quite disconnected from the stuff of my own daily life.

Myspace entered into the equation somewhere along the line and for awhile it was pretty exciting. It was yet another distraction- a system of connection and avoidance, a dichotomy.

Now, though, Twitter is the thing! It is a realitively immediate environment that offers chances to intertweet with someone you've never met. "Meeting" people in other cities and countries is cool and for me, following people along the MS coast is a way to keep up with the place I love. However, I'm not into collecting followers in large numbers as many people are. I'm picky about who I follow, thus I try to taylor the tweet topics I get and it works fairly well that way.

So... Twitter has topped my list for "somewhat socializing" (not a big socializer in reality) but mostly for getting info or news that I am interested in. Most recently, thanks to Twitter pal, Mark, in Galveston, I began following mashable which has proven the value of my Tweeters by opening up the flow of Social Media and Tech News into my little world. Though I had seen mashable's name here and there, I hadn't checked him out until Mark re-tweeted a couple of interesting blogs. After reading the blog posts, I just had to follow mashable.

The issue now is that apps for the iPhone and the ever-evolving syncing of social media (Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, blogging and Myspace which now offers a sync with Twitter) & other platforms are becoming more and more addictive. I am more intertwined within the Web- always interested in new things, always connected, always checking, always posting, even this bit I'm writting now is keeping me from doing my normal morning routine. But I enjoy it and I don't even have to leave the coziness of my bed, except for coffee.

So the thing is... I must remember that there are actual people in my real life that I need to commune with. And even though I do have a virtual, interactive pet kitty on Myspace I really have several hungry cats to feed and pet and I can't do that in "Web World."

When it's time to actually function within my own real world, the disconnecting from my so-called "Life-line to Web World" reminds me of how I have felt when I've walked out of a great movie or a concert... like walking out of a time warp into reality. And reality can slap you hard.


posted via iPhone

Sunday, September 20, 2009


Technology and A Wedding

Some might say it's ridiculous to live-stream and Tweet during such an event as a wedding. They also may think that perhaps Tweeting has gotten to the point of being addictive. However, I think it's totally sweet and pretty darn cool!

Now I don't even know Chuck and Lori, but I have an interest in their wedding as it relates to technology. In addition to their own live-stream and Tweeting of the event, it was also Tweeted and blogged by attendant, Steve Garfield. Again, I don't know Steve, but I follow him on Twitter because he's a techy sort of guy.

Anyway, as a result of my interest in technology, Chuck and Lori now have their wedding pushed a bit further out into the world at large. Their story and Off-on-a-Tangent-Steve's are being Re-Tweeted here and blogged via iPhone from the Sunday morning comfort of my own feather bed. Technology is sweet!

:: RT stevegarfield - Chuck and Lori Live Streamed their Wedding and Paused to Twitter
Wedding ::

Steve's blog: Off On A Tangent


(posted via iPhone)

Friday, September 4, 2009


A new study is out which declares that writers of postcards were the
original Tweeters...

Edwardians discovered 'Twitter' first!!
(via @MyAppleStuff :: Twitter)

I can see the relationship of postcards and Twitter. They had (have
still) limited space for your message. You had to write small if you
wanted to say a lot, so planning out ahead of the writing was a fairly
important part of the process... especially if you were using an

I began collecting vintage postcards via eBay a couple of years ago.
As a result, I a have a small group of postcards which features cats
and birds and good wishes for New Years, birthdays, and Christmas. But
the prized cards focus on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, which in part,
can be seen on my postcard blog.

Reading those old "tweets" is like reading bits of diaries of past
lives. Other than the hand written words of a long gone era, I love
the art work and old photographic imagery on vintage cards. The
photographic images of the coast pre-Camille / pre-Katrina are
especially wonderful.

Click the postcard link in the Links list.

:: Posted via iPhone ::

Thursday, September 3, 2009


FEMA and MEMA employees donate 7,000 lbs of food to hungry people on the coast:
( via twitter)


Hancock Co., MS - Making Progress

Groundbreaking for the largest Habitat for Humanity neighborhood in Hancock County:
(via Twitter)