Testing Twitter Tools

Since I update my twitter feed more frequently than the blog, I decided to integrate the two using Twitter Tools, a nifty little WordPress plugin, that updates my blog when I tweet and vice versa.

Though I enjoy blogging, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for me to sit down and write a full blog post. Twitter/Micro-blogging seems to be easier to do. On the other hand the “tweets” (140 chars max) are more of an unfiltered stream of consciousness, a trigger-happy way of just typing away the top most thought on one’s mind. There will be blog posts still on mohaps.com, but given the frequency at which I tweet… you get the idea.

Friendship 2.0

Someone whose Twitter feed I subscribe to recently posted a status update to the tune of “I really, really detest overfamiliarity from strangers.” I can’t speak for the populace in general, but this brings me to something I’ve been thinking about for the last few years. I’ve been working out of my basement office for last 4 years and my only interaction with other human beings (apart from my wife and kid) have been either during the daily trips I take to Trader Joe’s (my neighborhood grocery store) or online.

With the explosive burst of Social Networking, our lives or rather the parameters for interaction in our lives have become really weird. I’ve always been socially awkard, so it’s no surprise I have got more “online” friends than real ones. It never actually seemed unnatural to me, but sometimes I do step back and try to think about what, if anything, it tells about me as a person.

Online acquaintances are a way of maintaining a disposable emotional squash wall for me. I’ve never met more than half of the people I interact with online. I work for a company spread across half the world and my only contact with them is via IM, E-Mail and phone. So keeping that aside for the moment, most of the people I do prefer to have “conversations” with are online buddies (not the anonymous kind, but people I’ve come across in my double life as a comic book creator / netizen). I know their names, gender and where they are from (I sincerely hope so, anyways  ), but I’ve never met them face to face.

Some people I chat with regularly, share my narrow (in genre) yet broad (in topics) interest with comic books, pop culture etc. Some I interact because I really dig their sense of humor. So I feel an affinity with these “web-friends”. Plus remote interaction takes away a kind of personal involvement (social quid pro quo) involved in a face to face acquaintance. That’s a big thing for me. Generally I treat the internet as a shrink’s couch, venting my frustrations or cracking jokes to alleviate my myriad insecurities / complexes / neuroses. Works for me.

There are some downsides though. First thing is over IM, it’s kinda hard to judge the other person’s mood when you initiate a conversation. An accidentally omitted smiley can put you in a tizzy.  Sarcasm, that cornerstone of pseudo-intellectual conversations is hard to translate across the net. There is always that “did they say what I think they said and did they mean what I think they said” kind of hesitancy involved in chatting, mostly with recent internet acquaintances. And the Big Bomba – timezone difference. Human beings are kind of slaves to the circadian rhythm. Our moods and perceptiveness vary along with the schedules of our Sleep-Wake cycle. When you’re chatting with someone half a world away, you might have just woken up and be feeling fresh, but the other person might just have returned from a grueling day at office or staving off insomnia.

Weighing the pluses and minuses of online acquaintance is perhaps a subject best addressed in Media theory / Anthropology tomes of the near future. But it is something to mull over for me. Hell with it, I think I’m going to pink crazydude666 and ask him how the weather is in Philippines. 🙂

Live Tweeting the Oscars 2009 – 22 Feb 2009

Live Tweeting the Academy Awards with A Dave Lewis (adlewis)

My Twitter Page : http://twitter.com/mohaps

 


Sunday, February 22, 2009 8:45 PM
mohaps: I’m wolverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrineeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee … ha hahahahahah


Sunday, February 22, 2009 8:47 PM
mohaps: @adlewis hmmm…. didn’t hear you complaining about the regular coterie of hollywood hangers on before ! what has brown done you for today?


Sunday, February 22, 2009 9:14 PM
mohaps: baby bottle warming break. what did i miss?


Sunday, February 22, 2009 9:16 PM
mohaps: catching up with OSCARS. daniel craig and some cher fan in drag presenting an award


Sunday, February 22, 2009 9:31 PM
mohaps: my god wolverine actually sounds like croc hunter 🙁 #aa09


Sunday, February 22, 2009 9:32 PM
mohaps: ben stiller as joaquim phoenix … he he


Sunday, February 22, 2009 9:37 PM
mohaps: @Jimmykitty when’s BQ gonna be up there man?


Sunday, February 22, 2009 9:41 PM
mohaps: @adlewis it’s all done with sci-tech thingamazigs, my backwards friend 😉


Sunday, February 22, 2009 9:45 PM
mohaps: pineapple express redux.. 😛 #aa09


Sunday, February 22, 2009 9:48 PM
mohaps: anyone who’s the brianna banks lok alike in the white gown lurking in the background on stage? #aa09


Sunday, February 22, 2009 9:49 PM
mohaps: anyone know who’s the brianna banks lok alike in the white gown lurking in the background on stage? #aa09


Sunday, February 22, 2009 9:51 PM
mohaps: ewwww..coke ad basically says they turn urine back into cola? 😛 #aa09


Sunday, February 22, 2009 9:54 PM
mohaps: ewwwww…beyonce… #aa09


Sunday, February 22, 2009 9:54 PM
mohaps: ewwwww…beyonce ….. baby got fat #aa09


Sunday, February 22, 2009 9:57 PM
mohaps: abba songs…. they are more unkillable than radioactive cocroaches bitten by mainframes running cobol


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:00 PM
mohaps: bertoliiiiiiiiii … i smell an ethnic slurrrrrrrrrrrrrrr #aa09


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:03 PM
mohaps: it’s ledger time? #aa09


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:08 PM
mohaps: nananannanana… you can’t touch this… nanananna… stop… it’s LEDGER time 🙂 #aa09


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:12 PM
mohaps: @themedia redefines tits on a stick a an art form…oh lamenting the death of curves


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:15 PM
mohaps: docu awards are on… half expecting michael moore puppet from Team America to run out shouting kablaaaaaaaaaah 😛


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:16 PM
mohaps: man on wire,, kickass acceptance … #aa09


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:17 PM
mohaps: docu short films….. more slumporn


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:18 PM
mohaps: nice dimples on the docu short winner … seems genuinely happy #aa09


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:19 PM
mohaps: aha looks like i might have spoken too soon about the docu short,,… #aa09


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:20 PM
mohaps: @adlewis what can i say… i’m but a man, my blood flow slave to gravity 😛


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:23 PM
mohaps: yay baby… action movies … lookie mom.. shit blowin’ up and cars,,, bubba joe you gettin’ this? #aa09


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:26 PM
mohaps: @themedia denise still is hot though… go wild things 😛


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:26 PM
mohaps: will smith is as unfunny as … usual #aa09


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:27 PM
mohaps: visual effects …. Marvel vs. DC? #aa09


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:27 PM
mohaps: visual fx went to the movie with brad pitt playing gollum #aa09


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:29 PM
mohaps: @themedia naah was talkin’ about the lady in white trying to hustle people off stage during the art direction awards


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:29 PM
mohaps: Dark Knight won sound f/x… was rooting for Wall-E on this one 🙁 #aa09


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:30 PM
mohaps: how many #oscars must go to curious case of benjamin gollum? 🙁 #aa09


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:31 PM
mohaps: if old baby’s day out wins sound mixing, am going to sign off… c’mon ppl give Wall-E some respeck #aa09 #oscars


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:32 PM
mohaps: Sound Editing to Slumdog… Wall-E you still are aces in my book #aa09 #oscars


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:33 PM
mohaps: yay, acceptance speech by the indian dude for sound editing is pretty good. #aa09 #oscars


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:35 PM
mohaps: Spur of the moment campaign slogan : Anna Nova for DP award 😛 #aa09 #oscars


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:35 PM
mohaps: film editing awards …. slumdog… deserved win.


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:35 PM
mohaps: film editing awards …. slumdog… deserved win. #aa09 #oscars


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:36 PM
mohaps: middle act of #oscars script is getting draggy…. one thought till now only one indian got an award for all the slumdog trophies #aa09


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:37 PM
mohaps: @adlewis Iron Man was a nominee… and Hulk was in the clips 😛


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:43 PM
mohaps: what did i miss? #oscars #aa09


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:44 PM
mohaps: @gsik sludog and benjamin gollum all the way man 😛


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:45 PM
mohaps: kinda feel sorry for Wall-E #aa09 #oscars


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:46 PM
mohaps: Jerry Lewis, best speech ever #aa09 #oscars


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:47 PM
mohaps: yay, Rehman is up next #aa09 #oscars go ARR


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:50 PM
mohaps: Mal back as Hunter #aa09 #oscars


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:50 PM
mohaps: music awards next up… rehman rehman #aa09 #oscars


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:51 PM
mohaps: its Reh-man vs. Curious Gollum, people #aa09 #oscars


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:52 PM
mohaps: but wall-e score is so haunting #aa09 #oscars


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:54 PM
mohaps: yay, rehman does it … first award from slumdog i can be proud about #aa09 #oscars


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:55 PM
mohaps: no mention of mani ratnam in rehman’s speech? #aa09 #oscars


Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:57 PM
mohaps: #oscars #aa09 tchaiko drums in o-saya… absolute genius touch


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:00 PM
mohaps: bollywood number at oscars.. i’ve died and gone to heaven #oscars #aa09


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:01 PM
mohaps: jai ho wins it..jaiiiiiiiiiiii hoooooooooooo #aa09 #oscars


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:02 PM
mohaps: great speech by rehman.. #aa09 #oscars


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:03 PM
mohaps: @themedia at least it wasn’t an acting award 😛


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:08 PM
mohaps: suddenly the foreign language oscars don’t seem so foreign.. at least that much slumdog has done #aa09 #oscars


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:08 PM
mohaps: @marcmason tgif


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:11 PM
mohaps: @adlewis milk writer, make up guy two i can think of


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:13 PM
mohaps: @Energia he he.. man’s gotta suck at something…. he’s a great musician… check out the airtel ringtone he created…30 secs of pure bliss


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:13 PM
mohaps: @adlewis yeah, i forgive you, imperialist pig 😛


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:15 PM
mohaps: queen latifah… lady’s got the pipes…. beyonce take notice 😛 #aa09 #oscars


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:15 PM
mohaps: the dude from mcdonald’s salad dressing is last on death montage 😛 #aa09 #oscars


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:17 PM
mohaps: @BRIANMBENDIS O venerable master, who’s writing those 70 scripts while you’re watching TV? 😛


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:19 PM
mohaps: @spookychan good catch.. i think this was those who aren’t featured in tonight’s list #aa09 #oscars


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:20 PM
mohaps: @BRIANMBENDIS saving this for cross reference during your acceptance speech for TORSO in 2015 😛


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:20 PM
mohaps: #aa09 #oscars danny wins director prize…


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:21 PM
mohaps: #aa09 #oscars the presenter kind of breezed through the other nominee names 😛


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:26 PM
mohaps: #aa09 #oscars wonder if india themed stuff will find more traction now in hollywood? pimp -> www.mumbaiconfidential.com 😉


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:26 PM
mohaps: #aa09 #oscars Sophia Loren? Shirley Mclaine? this is Girls From Brazil 😛


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:27 PM
mohaps: @adlewis meryl streep


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:30 PM
mohaps: #aa09 #oscars mummy IV casting call -> Sophia Lauren


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:31 PM
mohaps: @adlewis we’ll see… young aaron… we’ll see… night’s young yet 😛


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:32 PM
mohaps: @adlewis damn… the broad from titanic wins best actress 😛


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:34 PM
mohaps: #aa09 #oscars kate winslett’s dad rocks!


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:35 PM
mohaps: #aa09 #oscars angie baby is laughing only on the outside….


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:38 PM
mohaps: @adlewis #aa09 #oscars frank langella?


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:42 PM
mohaps: #aa09 #oscars Marv for president


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:43 PM
mohaps: @Energia you’re richer now i hope 😛


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:46 PM
mohaps: @adlewis it’s more of a prop 8 statement


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:46 PM
mohaps: #aa09 #oscars Bill O’Reilly is going to ha


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:47 PM
mohaps: #aa09 #oscars Bill O’Reilly is going to have a field day


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:49 PM
mohaps: #aa09 #oscars Slumdog clip intercut with Twelve Angry Men… wtf? in a good way 🙂


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:51 PM
mohaps: #aa09 #oscars milk braveheart network … jolly good mix 😛


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:54 PM
mohaps: ay, slumdog is top dog #aa09 #oscars i cheer but feel like i’m seling my soul… what the heck? jaiiiiiiiiiiiiiii hooooooooooo


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:55 PM
mohaps: #aa09 #oscars take that LeT … Mumbai rules!!!!!


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:57 PM
mohaps: #aa09 #oscars that’s it am out folks… see ya next year 😛


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:57 PM
mohaps: @CXXG 🙂


Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:58 PM
mohaps: #aa09 #oscars would’ve liked one of the slumdog winners to have acknowledged the spirit of mumbai after nov 26 attacks 🙁


Monday, February 23, 2009 12:08 AM
mohaps: @adlewis just like oscar myers wanted 🙂


Monday, February 23, 2009 12:45 AM
mohaps: on request from friends. My personal best composition by Rehman : http://tinyurl.com/ajskvg

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