Friday, January 01, 2010

New Year, New Resolutions and Twitter

My sympathies to any and all of our readers who had too much fun last night…umm, make that last “year”. Also, to those who said ‘howdy’ to 2010 with a legal blood alcohol level, congratulations! You get to remember more of the festivities and you enter the new year with more brain cells intact than the real revelers.

We stayed up to usher in the New Year, but then we stay up to usher in each new day so last night wasn’t too different. It’s being bloggers-without-jobs that dictates our way of life: up till one a.m. in order to put the blog to bed so it will be ready for the new day while we’re still snoozing.

The Baron is always, but always, the first one up. Without fail he rises with the sun; he doesn’t ever seem to need any time to get used to being vertical and awake. Me, I need re-entry time to get used to noise and light and smells (e.g., coffee). Then there is my constant companion, that darn fibromyalgia pain. The big question every morning is, “so where are you going to reside today, Auntie Myalgia?” She picks a spot and settles in. Today it’s bilateral, in the gluteus maximus muscles which comprise me tush. Which means sitting on a heating pad to write this post.

Has anyone made New Year’s resolutions they’d be willing to share? Do you take bets on how long it takes you to fling your resolute self aside and go back to your old habits? Habits are so much easier to live with…

Is anyone willing to help me with my New Year’s resolution?
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Before giving you the particulars, let me explain the rules for any annual resolution: most important, it has to be outside my comfort zone, but it has to be something I’m actually capable of doing, given some effort. Second, the scheme has to be within our budget. One year I made a resolution to buy a gun and learn to shoot the darn thing. Turns out that guns aren’t cheap! A friend told me that his method of acquiring firearms was to wait until about April 12th or so. At that point, many people who are hard-pressed to pay their taxes sell their guns to pawn shops and good bargains can be found. I didn’t realize that a “bargain” meant three hundred dollars. Sheesh.

Then there is the matter of my generalized body pain. Fibromyalgia limits my strength and flexibility, though I do work out some (not enough, but some). However, my doctor started laughing when I asked if he thought I could handle the recoil without suffering for it later. In his opinion I could, if I were willing to give myself a week to recover between shots.

So much for my dreams of being the next Annie Get Your Gun. More like, Annie Use The Darn Weapon To Bash The Deer Over The Head. Still, I continue to look longingly at Masuer Medic’s Ugly Gun Sunday offerings. I like pink guns; he doesn’t.

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Which brings me to this year’s resolution: to sign up for Twitter…and then learn to use it. I’m so far behind the curve on this one that I can’t even see the other horses. And the Baron doesn’t have the time what with editing the book he’s working on and keeping up with the rest of the blog. Nor does he have the inclination, dear man. I know when it’s time for DIY and this is one of them.

I see it now as a necessity. Funny how that works with new gimmicks. You can do quite well without them, thanks anyway, but then a moment comes when you realize, “well, if I had this, then I could do that”, whatever “that” is in your case. Where Twitter is concerned, this stuff is old hat to many of you. Until now, it was a no-go area for me. However, that has now changed: Twitter translated itself into a necessity when I learned that Mauser Medic is going to be deployed sometime this year. Big gulp! But if I were on Twitter, see, I could put him on the list of blogs I follow and check up on him. Besides, I’d get to see more of his “Ugly Gun Sundays” posts.

Remembering to check out the blogs I like is a real stumbling block for me, one for which Twitter has built a work-around and it suits me to a T if I can manage to overcome the other "T", i.e, technophobia. As with any new learning, that can divert you from something you might otherwise enjoy.

If I want to see what the Anchoress is up to, it's now easy peasy. I just put her on my "Following" list; so much easier than waiting for her page to open (our internet satellite can be real cranky sometimes). And I can follow many of the blogs on our sidebar now, without having to open them every day. Even if I had the stamina and mental focus to do that, there aren’t enough hours in the day. However, it will take a while to add people to my Twitter List.

That’s where y’all come in. All of y’all with blogs, I mean. Anybody who's just dying to be on my “I’m Following” list, leave a comment with your home page URL in the comment thread. Please, if you can, actually link the URL so I have only to click on it (saves some pain in my hands to just click). When you open the comment box, look up at the directions above that blank message box; you’ll see the template. Cut and paste it into the window. Then, in the first section of the template, substitute your URL between the quote marks. Just delete the htp:// in the template (be sure to let the quote marks remain) and substitute your own URL in its place. Where is says My Title simply type in the name of your blog. If you’re not sure you’ve done it right, hit the “Review” button. However, I remind you how unpredictable Blooger is, so make sure to copy your comment before hitting either “Publish” or “Review”.

If the HTML is confusing, just email me with your info. However, I’d recommend that you fool around with the template first. Learning a tiny bit of HTML code isn’t hard. I’m proof of that.

Our ISP owner sent me to the Twitter Guide Book. She also suggested a download for managing your Twitter account, but I’m not there yet. First I’ll study the guide.

Now that I’m registered as dymphnagates (plain ol’ Dymphna was taken a long time ago), Fausta walked me through getting set up with Twitter Feed, for which I am most grateful. It feels like a maze. Actually, it feels like I’m back in high school and it’s the first day of classes and I keep getting lost. Back then, I worried about being cool. Now I just wonder who will win this combat: me or Twitter.

And what could be next? Facebook? One thing's for sure. If I'm learning to do this stuff, it has surely jumped the shark.


USpace said...

HAPPY New Year Dymphna and the Baron! Welcome to Twitter, congratulations for finally taking the plunge, it will help to get the great GoV out to even more people.

The whole Iranian election madness in June finally got me into Twitter.

I think you'll like it. More and more Freedom Fighting bloggers are joining.

Little by little you'll figure out all the tricks, just poke around; and I'll happily help you any way I can too.

In general, people are quite helpful, just ask a question and people will usually respond.

Thank you so much for all you guys do, you're great. Have fun, and God bless you!

Here are some great Patriots to follow:
My Patriots List

It's partly like being a broadcaster of your own channel.

Help keep track of Mentions and do easy RTs and shrink URLs with:

Help do easy RTs and DMs and shrink URLs with:

These Iran tweets got me to finally visit twitter:

Once you get comfortable you can easily schedule future Tweets with:

This is great for automating Greetings DMs and keyword alerts and more:


here's an absurd thought
- our supreme God likes
Iran's Ahmadinejad

thinks he's a good man
not the New Hitler...

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
RIG your country's elections

so that the hardliner wins
forget what the people want

absurd thought -
your Supreme God says

it will just educate
way too many sheeple

absurd thought –
your Supreme God says
MAD mullahs MUST be in charge

beating students and children
and freaking over tweets…

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says

because you hate dictators
and don’t blame America

absurd thought -
your Supreme God says

it will just wakeup
way too many tweeple
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MauserMedic said...

As to learning to shoot: what if you were offered a very simple rifle with virtually no recoil? Such as a vintage Winchester "boy's rifle" common decades ago? These were smaller, single-shot .22s suitable for pre-teens who were just starting out. Two of the major features were no real recoil (.22 rimfire; seatbelts put more pressure on one's shoulder during deceleration) and inexpensive feeding (50 rounds for less than a couple of dollars).

Theoretically speaking.

Dymphna said...


I'll ask my son-in-law. He's been hunting (gun and bow) since he was very young.

Anything "vintage" is bound to be costly, though.

He's quite enthusiastic about the idea of my learning to scare off the rabbits and deer.



Thanks for all the info. My ISP provider really likes TWeet Deck too.

Me, I'm trying to figure out how to get my plaster statue image onto my profile. Maybe tomorrow...

USpace said...


You're most welcome, it's a pleasure.
To change your image, at the top just click: 'settings' then 'picture'. Easy.


6p00e5500c17678833 said...

Happy New Year & many many thanks fir all the eye opening posts.

My Aunt Myalgia visited so often last year I was going to convert the spare room into a home for her. Care to hear how I banished her & kept my spare room for my office ?

I dragged her to the gym for weight lifting, no barbie weights, the big stuff. And I cut back her carb allowance, made her take omega's and finally rolled out the yoga mat.

She hasn't been near the place for some time. No phone calls in the middle of the night either.

Of course that's just my Aunt M, hope you find a way to make yours an unwelcome guest.

A well seasoned reader

Henrik R Clausen said...

Dymphna, I think this should help:


Cugel said...

I haven't visited for awhile, having entered a period of blog fatigue, but I want to wish you and the Baron Happy New Year. I also hope that the future baron has recovered or is rapidly progressing toward recovery.

Best regards,

thll said...

Great news you're going to decipher Twitter - don't forget to let those of us who don't know in on the know-how.

Happy New Year to you and the Baron.