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March 24, 2009


I feel your pain, Brian.
I'm sick of the cold and rain also.
I just picked up 330 gallons of syrup to feed the bees (because of $#!ttY weather) and have 55 queens in a queen bank.
No time for uselessness.
I gain much pleasure from a meaningful, useful life.
Maybe you are stuck in the rut I once suffered: usefulness was weather dependant.
It all gets down to planning.
If you are a one man band like I am, you have to plan in layers.
Tomorrow, next week, next month, etc.
HOWEVER, the plans are mearly an outline.
I have learned from you, and am very grateful for the lesson about NO OVERLAYS for a given day or activity. That lesson has had real meaning in my life!
Spring is upon us!

Interesting on Paris. I have noticed (not scientifically determined) that the highest number of my google searches have come from pack rats and praying mantises. Is there a connection?

I have generally found "followers" and "following" to be difficult to explain or internalize.

But if you just change the verb to "listen", all is better. You have "listeners" and you are "listening"...

Kari, good point. I like "listening." Of course, with the @ (reply) feature, which I tried out for the first time this morning, a listener can become a talker.

For some reason, a yin-yang counterpoint to my verbosity, probably, I really like typing tweets with one finger on my iPhone, keeping a thought short and simple.

And not worrying about whether I'm pushing a profundity out into cyberspace. Spouting inanities can be relaxing, so long as people can choose whether to be on the receiving end of the downpour.

I adamantly refuse to twitter or tweet or whatever it's called. Probably due to some anarchist leanings. I'm generally long-winded and the thought of having to limit myself to no more than 140 characters is terrifying. What if I had an astute point to make but I couldn't make it in any less than 141 characters? Besides, who arbitrarily settle on 140? Why not 78, 6.93 or 4 zillion?

I've been told that 140 characters is the max allowed in text messages. But this doesn't answer the "why 140?" question.

I'm using Twitter as a sort of verbosity diet. It's interesting (and tough) for me to say something so briefly. You're right: sometimes I get to the end of a tweet and find that I'm a few characters over my Twitter budget.

I edit a bit, press "send," and have a warm feeling of succinctness.

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