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Why and how to blog

I constantly see blogs talking about how many viewers they have or how many clicks they got on a certain post or day. I also see the number of likes and comments they get and sometimes it amazes me. Then I come to my humble blog and see my single-digit comments and likes and my double-digit views and you know what? I love it!

Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to interact with more people through my blog, of course. But it’s so much fun when I see that someone liked or commented on what I wrote/posted that I don’t really care how many people did it. Most people will read a blog post and move on, not even leaving their mark in here. And it’s okay. Maybe they didn’t like what I said, maybe it didn’t matter to them as much, or maybe it did.

Maybe, just maybe, what they saw here, be it a post, a video, a review, did make an impression, did make them think. And that, to me, is more important than whether or not they say something to me. I guess that’s the reason why I have this blog, as a way to communicate with people I don’t yet know, and I like it. No, scratch that, I love it!

I’m now thinking of a poem I love by Emily Dickinson that I already talked about way back when I first started this blog. I guess, to me, if I can reach one person, only one, it won’t be in vain. We can’t change the whole world, but we can (and should) try. And the way to do that is by reaching one person and doing one small thing.

Here’s a video by Vi Hart that talks about reaching people and how to do it. I think it has the message I’m trying to convey. Don’t stress over the numbers of views/comments/likes. Do what you want to do because that is the message you want to send. And if you reach one person, great! That means you’re doing it right.

 

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Polka Dot Afro Circus

Guess what movie I saw today?

Madagascar 3 Main

Photo courtesy of AMCTheaters.com

And I saw it in 3D! Never thought I’d be so excited to see a movie in 3D. Totally worth it!

Now I can’t stop singing the Afro circus song.

Addictive, right?

But since our favorite castaways are now in Europe, how about the multilingual song?

Seriously, I can’t stop singing it.

Tatatararararata circus tatatararararata Afro circus Afro circus Afro polka dot polka dot polka dot Afro.

 

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An Engineer’s Guide to Cats

Since today is Sunday, which is as good of a reason as any, and I love cats, which is also another great reason, I’m posting a video I found a while ago on the internet. It’s a funny video where two professional engineers (Paul and TJ) illustrate the proper care and practical benefits of cats. They use their own cats in the video (Paul’s cats, I believe): Oscar, Ginger, and Zoe. I have to say the tuna thing is so so true, as are many others in the video. And yes, I do practice the corporal cuddling punishment. Usually I use it to punish them for looking too cute and cuddly. My cats love it! Just as much as any other cat does, of course. But that’s why it’s called tough love, right? Anyway, here’s the video. Hope you enjoy it.

I like how at the end they add that “None of the kitties, humans, or engineers were mistreated during the making of this film. They were, however, slightly annoyed.”

And if you’ve seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail, you have to watch this video they made: A reenactment of “The Coconut Scene.” With cats.

Those two are just too funny. They have a YouTube channel where you can find links to their store and Facebook page as well as more videos featuring their cats, of course. Even a reenactment of one of the scenes from Princess Bride and a Cats of Christmas Past video featuring a steampunk laptop they built.

So, do you have cats?

 

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The Doo Wop Shop – for Disney fans of all ages.

About a year ago (almost to the day, it was May 25, 2011) I saw a video of The Doo Wop Shop singing a Disney medley. The video I saw was their 2010 performance and it made me smile. Now, while looking for the video I found out they recorded a studio version and then the 2011 Holiday Concert version (which is the one in this post).

 

P.S.: The Doo Wop Shop  (a.k.a. “The Shop”) is UMASS’ only all male A Capella group.

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2012 in Music Time

 

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Fighting yourself for yourself

Because sometimes we are our worst enemies. Because the world is already full of demons we must fight, and it’s already hard enough fighting all those attacks. But when the attack comes from inside of us, it is incredibly painful.

Have you ever had to fight yourself for yourself? Or maybe this is happening with someone you know. Maybe someone who did not win the fight. I know people who did not win the fight. People who believed their internal demons.

Today Jenny posted the following video on her blog:

I like how she says she’s glad she’s broken. Aren’t we all broken? Some in some ways, some in others, but we are all damaged somehow. Something has happened or is happening, it doesn’t matter. We are all broken. And if we are all broken, doesn’t that put us all in the same boat?

So don’t leave. I won’t if you don’t.

 

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