silvery strands of thought

I Am Not Afraid of Death [pt. 1]

Today, I heard a piece on NPR about death cafes, a place where people can come together to contemplate their mortality. The reporter said, “The fear of death haunts us like nothing else. And it makes sense. All other fears — such as public speaking, centipedes and heights — pale in comparison. So we don’t really talk about it.”

I am not afraid of death.

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Things Aren’t Always #000000 and #FFFFFF :: #nerdalert

Just a little nerdy humor to start your week off with…

Things aren't always #000000 and #ffffff

Things aren’t always #000000 and #ffffff

“How to Be Amazing at Anything”

I found a book entitled How to Be Amazing at Anything.” It had only a single page inside and was just one word long: “PRACTICE.” @writergram

How to Be Amazing at Anytyhing

How to Be Amazing at Anytyhing

Dear Auto Correct…

The advent of smartphones has ushered in sweeping changes in the way we we live our lives, from everything to online grocery, food, and pizza ordering to keeping in touch with family via video chatting, iMessage, and Twitter. One of favorite little bits of smartphone usage is auto-correct. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out DamnYouAutoCorrect.com. One of the most frequent and baffling aut0-corrects my phone likes to impose on me changing “sew” to “see.” I cannot understand why it corrects an English word–not a misspelling–to another similar word. #facepalm

In the spirit of fun, today I’m sharing two fun little auto-correct puns I’ve found on Pinterest. Remember, auto-correct frowns upon foul language. Enjoy!

"Auto correct can go straight to he'll" shirt Dear auto correct, stop correcting my swear words you piece of shut.

New Year’s Eve 2013 Fireworks [Wordless Wednesday]

New Year's Eve 2013 Fireworks - by @kglbltz

New Year’s Eve 2013 Fireworks – by @kglbltz

Modern Day Reading, With Coffee [Wordless Wednesday]

Modern Day Reading, With Coffee

Reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower on my iPad outside with coffee.

How I’ll Maintain Balance After Reactivating My Facebook Account [pt 3 of 3]

Two weeks ago, I deactivated my Facebook account. Read why and my thoughts about moving forward before you read this post.

I have been off Facebook for two weeks now, and I have spent a lot of that time thinking about how I can continue enjoying the balance and—dare I say it—sanity that I have experienced for the last two weeks. I need to go back, not just for work, but also because there are still some people who I stay in contact with best through Facebook. Here is how I am going to use Facebook on my own terms. Continue reading

How I Will Move Forward After Deactivating My Facebook Account [pt 2 of 3]

If you missed the first part of this series explaining why I deactivated my Facebook account in the first place, go check it out now.

I can’t stay off of Facebook forever, I don’t think. For one, I do actually have work responsibilities that require me to update Facebook Pages. Second, even in the one week I have been off of Facebook, there have been contests I have wanted to enter or posts I’ve been linked to from Twitter that require me to use Facebook*. I could do with out the second, but the first reason is enough to make me consider how I will use Facebook post-deactivation. Finally, the are some specific parts of Facebook that I find useful and which generate positive emotions, like Facebook Groups**.

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Why I Deactivated My Facebook Account [pt 1 of 3]

Last week, I deactivated my Facebook account, and for good reason. I have been complaining about how much Facebook annoys me for months and maybe even years*, but I always used the excuse that I work with clients and serve as the admin on their business or organization page, so I just can’t leave! But I finally decided that Facebook takes up too much of my time, it generates negative emotions (anger, annoyance, jealousy, sadness, etc.) that I just don’t have the energy for, and I just don’t trust Facebook and their claims of valuing our privacy. Continue reading