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Sunday, March 22, 2009

In development

Twitter haters: a message

I have been hearing A LOT of flack about Twitter over the past two months, and I am here to deliver my own personal olive branch to the Tweep haters.

Attention Twitter Haters (Facebook Haters, Myspace Haters, etc.):
Before you outright hate something, you should try it. Before you write it off as another fad, think about the other social platforms that you use. If you are an auto-hater of any new form of social networking, think back to when Facebook and Myspace and Livejournal and Blogger and everything that exists on the Internet surfaced. If you wrote off any of these platforms, where would you be right now? Your life would probably be a little less interesting and a lot more boring.

It just cuts me to the centre of my geeky core when people hate before they actually experience and understand technology. Technology and social networking exist for you to have fun. Don't take it too seriously, and please DON'T go on a tyrade about Twitter again...unless you have actually used it a minimum of 10 times. I say 10, because that seems like a good number to actually see if you legitimately like it or hate it. Plus you're limited to 140 characters per post, so it really won't take long to see if your initial hesitation has any merit.

I can understand if you feel that you have no use for it. But please don't make a face when it comes up in conversation. With so many open networks and open interfaces, it makes me crazy to think that people section themselves off from new things.

So long as there is innovation, I think we're on a good path. If the Internet started and stopped with Facebook, I think we'd have an issue. I think we should promote and experiment with new applications and sites, because otherwise, we'll get a homepage full of "I hate the new Facebook more than the old new Facebook because it's just like Twitter" from people who aren't open to change. If it doesn't change, it will die off. New sites force old sites to compete and revamp, and I think that this is imperative -- even if it turns the primary crotchety-before-their-time demographic off in the initial stages.

If you try Twitter and you hate it, I can respect that. You'll walk away with constructive feedback for new websites and developing projects. If you hate it before you try it, you're holding yourself back from the big world (wide web, that is) of technological and innovational possibilities.

My rules:
1. Don't lock yourself in to any one particular site.
2. Don't take it too seriously. It isn't permanent (rest in peace, uber.com).
3. If you haven't tried it, don't hate it. If you hate it, let the knowledge-thirsty web developers know so that they can create new products that will appeal to you. It will keep the market going.
4. Have fun with it. It's not like it's your job or anything.

Friday, March 20, 2009

COLLECT CALL

This song gets to me.

COLLECT CALL: by Metric

If the fire's out baby
How you gonna keep me warm
Supposing you let me
With the door wide open no one can leave

I know it's a lie I want it to be true
The rest of the ride is riding on you
Over goodbyes, we'll buy some place for
Wishing you could

Keep me closer
I'm a lazy dancer
When you move I move with you

If somebody's got soul
You gotta make the move
Make the move

I know it's a lie, I want it to be true
The rest of the ride is riding on you
Over goodbyes, we'll buy some place for
Wishing you could

Keep me closer
I'm a lazy dancer
When you move I move with you

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Unless you want it to be found...

"The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read. Not by any other person, and not even by yourself at some later date. Otherwise you begin excusing yourself."
--The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Scared like I've never been scared before

"I wanted a perfect ending.
Now I've learned, the hard way,
that some poems don't rhyme,
and some stories don't have
a clear beginning, middle, and end.
Life is about not knowing,
having to change,
taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity."
-Gilda Radner


I feel sick to my stomach.
But I'm going to be okay.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Ode to those interested in food

As I sat cocooned in this state of never-ending research about major international and defense issues (with a focus on Canada) in 2008, I took a look at my good friend, Chiaramente's blog.

She is probably asleep back in Roma, but I hope she will allow for the posting of this. If she does not oblige, a quick email sent to my BlackBerry will kill this entry immediately, as it may be private. I, however, think it is a work of art.

Chiara first taught me the art of to-do lists in our second year of our undergraduate degrees. She would pull out elaborate lists, detailing the days and hours. She introduced me to the Moleskine planners, and, later, to the organizers in Type on Queen West. Type was the store where I stood behind Rachel McAdams in line, so this year's organizer is a bit more pop-culture friendly than last year's organizer.

Chiara's apartment is decorated in her own original art and musings and collections of music and posters, and it has a wonderful red couch that recalls the days when she was obsessed with Kevin Drew. Oh, who am I kidding? They will get married, I'm sure. (You know, if Feist of the "carved steam" vocals starts dating Jimmy Shaw instead or something.)

As I type this, I realize that I may post pictures of Chiara's place as well as her to-do list, to demonstrate how cool she is.

Her to-do list has a title:


Her to-do list also has cute caricatures:


Death to television (soon enough):


She finally caved and got a cellphone:


Partly thanks to her roommate:


The infamous Red Couch:


Her signature move:


This may have recently found a replacement (God bless Ikea...and Daim candies):


Apart from the fact that the apartment is located directly beside a chocolate factory, the girls always make delicious things that, combined with the subdued lighting and red couch and forced white wine, make you want to fall into some kind of a deep slumber (and the boys upstairs don't mind, either!):


Chiara houses a great collection of literature, journals, DIY kits, and everything else that should make you completely envious of her creative lifetyle, while simultaneously motivating you to kick start your own little DIY corner: