US Army Warns of Twitter

A few weeks ago I read about the terrorist threat of World of Warcraft, and now they’re onto Twitter.  But my favorite part of this particular army report is this:

“Twitter has also become a social activism tool for socialists, human rights groups, communists, vegetarians, anarchists, religious communities, atheists, political enthusiasts, hacktivists and others to communicate with each other and to send messages to broader audiences,” the report said.

Vegetarians?!?! I love the author’s choice of these various groups for inclusion in the report.  It really adds that extra oomph….

I wonder if there have been previous reports on terrorist blogging.

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On using Twitter

Dosh Dosh wrote a nice post on using Twitter recently. In particular, I like to think of my Twitter use as along the lines of this quote (attributed to Leisa Reichelt) from the blog post:

Ambient intimacy is about being able to keep in touch with people with a level of regularity and intimacy that you wouldn’t usually have access to, because time and space conspire to make it impossible.

Who cares? Who wants this level of detail? Isn’t this all just annoying noise?…There are a lot of us, though, who find great value in this ongoing noise. It helps us get to know people who would otherwise be just acquaintances.

It makes us feel closer to people we care for but in whose lives we’re not able to participate as closely as we’d like. Knowing these details creates intimacy.

I tweet because it’s a way to stay in touch – to share tiny little tidbits at different points throughout the day.  Recently I decided to change my twitter account to have my real name and share with my friends, family, and possibly business contacts, so I removed it from the sidebar. If you read my tweets but didn’t subscribe and you want to know my current username, send me an e-mail.

Yay for Connecticut!

I’m so pleased to read of Connecticut’s recent ruling on same sex marriages – I truly believe that offering civil unions is not equal and that all people, gay and straight, of all races and creeds, should have the same rights to marriage.

From the NYTimes article “Gay Marriage is Ruled Legal in Connecticut“:

The ruling was groundbreaking in various respects. In addition to establishing Connecticut as the third state to sanction same-sex marriage, it was the first state high court ruling to hold that civil union statutes specifically violated the equal protection clause of a state constitution. The Massachusetts high court held in 2004 that same-sex marriages were legal, while California’s court decision in May related to domestic partnerships and not the more broadly defined civil unions.

Becoming a businesswoman?

A month or so ago, I wrote about a pitch I was going to that day.  Some of you commented to wish me luck, and I thank you for your kindness.

Generally, all of the people we’ve connected with either in person or over the phone at least want to know more, and some seemed impressed or excited.  But everything is so slow!

Meanwhile, we’re chugging away at development and meeting with more people in an effort to secure financing.  Right now we’re looking for angel investors (wealthy individuals and sometimes groups who often offer smaller investments than venture capital), and we have our next meeting in which we hope to sell shares this weekend.

I’ve been networking – I’m new at this, but I’d say I’m not half bad.  I remember so well when I was very shy as a child, and in my teenage years I spent a lot of time with alternating thoughts going back and forth in my head. But these days, I often feel clear headed, in control, and confident.  I’m also thankful that I

At one networking event I was at, I walked right up to the keynote speaker and introduced myself.  I’m not sure if that was something I would have been able to do 5 years ago, and I’m glad that I’ve gained that skill.

Sometimes recently I’ve felt very anxious, but it is anxiety over the uncertainty of what’s to come.  As I see it, I am choosing to live with that level of uncertainty. I am choosing to live a very cheap life in order to build a small technology company.  I am choosing to do this, in order to have a chance at having my work directly control my own future, and to have my work days directly controlled by me.

In a way, we’re the techie version of the starving artist – we’re the broke young entrepreneurs. He codes through the night and sleeps until the afternoon; I often match his schedule but doing business, management, and finances.  Except rather than being a group of college buddies, we’re a husband and wife team.  Our entire team also includes 4 other great guys, but we connect over the internet from different parts of the country.

Husband and I live and work together, day in and day out.  And I love it! I really truly do, and we get along so well.  We’re crazy best friends, the type that share everything.  We live this way together, cheaply, striving to build a successful internet company while we scrape together enough to pay the bills with a combination of baby sitting money, research consulting for my old PI, loans and help from friends and family, and soon, my part-time skating coach income.  We survive not on ramen noodles but on staples like home cooked meals with basic ingredients like pasta, chicken, and vegetables. I must admit, though, we do eat our share of toaster oven baked pizza – at 2 for $3, it’s $1.50 for a tasty, hot, and easy meal!

Cat Wisdom Wednesday

I haven’t updated the Cat Wisdom in months, and I think it’s time.  Since I’ve been sleeping, eating, and thinking T! constantly these days, I decided to go with a quote about entrepreneurship.  This one is from Apple’s cofounder Steve Jobs, and I like to think that Husband and I have been following this one these past two years:

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Play with the budget

This is a really cool, free web game created by American Public Media, a non-profit media company that includes shows on NPR.  A friend passed it on to me, saying, “It was developed with the help of both the McCain and Obama campaign, though apparently the McCain campaign was less forthcoming about fiscal impacts of his policies.”

You can choose where to invest and what taxes to change, and see how it affects America’s economic future.  For each of the policy choices, you can read details with pros and cons.  It’s filled with information about many of the choices for budget changes, and it presents them in a fun way.  You definitely should check it out!

Budget Hero