Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Longer I Blog, the Crazier I Get...

This is what brought it on:
The Bloggess (an avid blogger and twitterer (tweeter?)) started a bit of a ruckus yesterday when she randomly wondered what would happen if she started a random 15-minute zombie apocalypse over twitter. Well, results are here. Such fun!

In any case, it made me wonder if maybe I was missing something by not being a twitter-ite (twit? twitterererer?). So. I signed up. My twitterific name is thinklikeajill. Wouldn't let me have any more characters than that. Also, I have no followers.

For any readers who live in a cave somewhere, I should explain that Twitter is a social networking program that allows you to post 140-character updates around the clock. Anyone who wants to regularly read your updates would be a "follower". Twitter came to be in 2006. It was the result of a brainstorm session (isn't everything?) of Odeo company and was initially called "Status" and then "Twitch" before they settled on "Twitter" (seriously--they used a thesaurus).

I'll keep you updated on how this little social experiment goes.

Above: The Twitter FailWhale. This image comes up on your screen whenever Twitter's servers are so overwhelmed with tweets, they just can't take it any more.

Monday, March 8, 2010

My New Hobby

I counted. Since the inception of this blog, I have written 16 entries about kayaking. I have used the words kayak or kayaking 41 times. I have made a lot of progress between the 03/05/08 entry, “With Friends Like These” an the 12/31/09 entry “10 Things I have loved about 2009.” And I am sure I will make further progress.

In the meantime, however, I seem to have acquired a new addiction: biking!

My dear cousin John (bike mechanic, world-class chef, and all-around renaissance man) helped me find a bike last weekend (thanks to Captain Awesome's constant nagging). It is a lovely black road bike with upright handlebars. I was not sure at first if I would love this new hobby, but now I can’t stop thinking about it! Last weekend I went on three separate rides, logging over 25 miles, and I am sure this is just the beginning. Stay tuned for more adventures!