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July 31st, 2009

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01:15 pm - Many updates on life, work, and Summerland
Well, I was going to write about this awesome opportunity I received today to review articles for an honest-to-gods scientific journal, but then I saw the "Confidential Please" notice at the top of it and guess I oughtn't actually discuss it.

Anyway, I've been enjoying some good fortune recently, which is a nice change. Not that I ever had particularly "bad" fortune, but right now I'm feeling good about things, and I have been for a while. I'm even getting close to catching up on old mail that's been sitting in my in-box for a while (I'm up to July 1 or so, so barely a month behind: this is progress!).

I had an excellent performance review here at work, and my boss used words like "leadership," "initiative," and "reliable" when referring to my work. . . none of those words with a synonym of "lacking" modifying them. One of my projects is also referred to as "resulting in a major paradigm shift." I have found myself wondering if it'll make any difference when raises come out (if they do).

I have struggled to figure out an ADF social networking thing, and found that the damn thing is potentially out of my ability to figure out: I still don't know how to update MySpace, though I'm getting better with FaceBook. . . and Twitter is just. . . well, it's Twitter. I think I'm using it wrong, since I haven't Twittered while in the bathroom yet, or even to tell people I was going to go to the bathroom or reported on the results thereof. I'm pretty sure that's what Twitter was designed for. Trying to maintain the ADFDruidry Twit-stream (is that what they're called?) on top of my own has proven highly amusing at times.

I don't mind being socially inept in the real world, and I care even less that I'm socially inept in cyberspace: Web 2.0 seems to be primarily driven by the notion that I am the center of everyone else's universe. It's a silly notion, and it's led me to the conclusion that Web 2.0 is pretty darn silly, too.

I've been spending whatever free time I have (virtually none, admittedly) trying refine an article about the place of clergy within ADF. This riveting and exciting piece is unlikely to interest anyone outside of my own head, but it's in progress (and appears to be coming along nicely, actually). I'm looking forward to finishing this up, actually, though so far it raises more questions than answers.

Related to this, there's talk about ADF Orders going on. For the most part, I'm still hard-pressed on the utility of them: additional structure and such. Still, I'm working with them with a new interest after a discussion with seamus_mcnasty.

The other day, I got to use a healing prayer I once wrote for a friend undergoing surgery, and was a bit surprised to see it taken up by some others. I'd originally written it for someone else, but that's why we write prayers in advance and hang onto them: so that when the need arises, we have words for when there are no words.

And the Summerland presenter schedule is now up! Yeah! I hope to see many folk out at the festival, August 20-23! Oh, and I'll be presenting at the Dublin Irish Festival on Sunday (noon, Irish Traditions stage), the largest Irish Festival in the country (and entrance fees are waived if you arrive on Sunday before 11 AM)!
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: "Love and Luck", -JB

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Date:July 31st, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
I have to say, "ADFDruidry Twit-stream" is about the funniest thing I've read today, on several levels...
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Date:July 31st, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
I know. You'd think I was talking about one of the lists, or something. Or all of them. ;)
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Date:July 31st, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
Twitter is just. . . well, it's Twitter. I think I'm using it wrong, since I haven't Twittered while in the bathroom yet, or even to tell people I was going to go to the bathroom or reported on the results thereof. I'm pretty sure that's what Twitter was designed for.

I refer to that as "Shitter Twitter". While posting shows that is a large part of its function, it's not the entirety.
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Date:July 31st, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
I think Twitter is working nicely :)
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Date:August 1st, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
I think so, too. And I think it's getting enough response and readership to be a Good Thing™ for ADF. It was an excellent idea.
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Date:August 1st, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
I'm contemplating an article on the role of clergy in ADF as well, now that those two courses are done. It's actually pretty easy to come up with useful things that clergy do at the local level, (inter)national seems a bit harder.

Personally I'm finding Twitter semi-useful as a news feed program (I recently found a stream that does nothing but post Detroit pro sports team scores, one of the best uses for Twitter I've found yet) but I'm still on the fence about its community-building potential.

And I still have some hopes for the potential of ADF Orders, I know all too well that many of them will either implode due to personality conflict or grind to a halt due to lack of interest, because, well, that's how it is for most Pagan groups, especially the ones that aren't face to face. But the ones that survive and thrive could do some interesting stuff.

Oh, and have fun at Summerlands, with a potential home move looming this month (and the necessity to get my car repaired if I'm not living on a bus line any more), I can already assure everyone that I can't afford it this year either. >8(

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