The Oxymora of Community: A Stream of Consciousness Post

Mood: Connected & Hungry!

Gear: Champion SF 49er’s jersey

Listening to: Pandora 

Reading Zen Habits (tagline: Simple Productivity) and
realized the blog name, and its tag are an oxymoron. The point of Zen, or even
better, the point to Zen, is to lose the habits of our identity creation to
realize the true nature of our consciousness (one interpretation).

This isn’t to discount
the site. They offer many simple-to-adopt lifestyle to improve your health and
well-being, such as these ten: 

The pictures they use
are calming, but maybe Zen for Dummies is more appropriate?

The river flows . . . 

Blogging is a stream of consciousness activity, somewhat
randomly (if random exists, how
many angels can dance on the head of a pin?
) as one link leads to another .
. . to Bill Hartzer’s post Collegiate
Social Networking Moves to

Bill says: Since Facebook
has virtually abandoned the college crowd and opened up its social network to
the public, college students have been left out in the cold. is coming to the aid of those
college students who feel abandoned by Facebook by launching their own social

Now that Facebook is courting corporate giants like Google,
a circle closes while another opens. Wasn’t Google’s initial incarnation as a
search engine referencing EDU sites for academia before it turned into an
online advertising juggernaut?

The river flows . . . 

. . . Email
is so “yesterday”

where Sean Driscoll from
Microsoft goes from old school email alerts to new media connecting . . .

Old School:

– Contact my Admin, Jake Grey ( or 425-704-xxxx) as
he knows how to reach me.

– If urgent, you can try my cell phone, #
below in autosig.

New Media:

– Reach me through my blog at

– Track me down via Twitter at

– Post a message on my wall in Facebook at

the river flows . . .

. . .  to Jeremiah Owyang’s embarrassing
Facebook add
that got him in hot water with his wife.  

the river flows . . .

. . . to Scott Adams
Dilbert post On
the Other Hand
and his essay about cognitive dissonance using an
economist’s yin-yang training to explore all sides of an argument, like: 

  1. Global
    warming is real, and people are a major cause.
  2. When
    considering the problems that global warming will cause, we shouldn’t
    ignore the benefits of global warming, such as fewer deaths from
  3. The
    oceans rose a foot in the last hundred years, and the world adapted, so
    the additional rise from global warming might not be as big a problem as
    people assume.
  4. Developing
    economical fossil fuel alternatives is the only rational solution to
    global warming because countries such as China and India will use the
    cheapest fuel, period. If only the developed countries that can afford
    alternatives change their ways, it’s not enough to make a dent in the

Which brings us back to
Zen Habits:
6 Tips for Commuting to Work by Bike, and the circle is complete.

The Bottom Line: It’s Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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