Tuesday, March 23, 2010

a little birdie told me

I am addicted to Twitter. For those of you who don’t know it, its a website/service that allows you to get snippets of streaming information from organizations or people of your choice. When you decide you want to know whats going on with someone, or something, via Twitter, you find their Twitter profile and you “Follow” them.

Its different from Facebook because its less personal, and that is a wonderful thing. You do not have to accept people as friends, or even “friends”, and the amount of information doled out is, mercifully, short and sweet.

I do not follow many friends, so I don’t get updates like, “there is slightly more jelly than peanut-butter on my sandwich today.” And I don’t follow celebrities, although you can. I have accumulated a list of organizations that I follow (NYTimesArts, several Museums, NatureNews, ScientificAmerican, Pratt Institute) that update me on smart and interesting information. All. Day. Long.

Here are a few links that I have learned about via Twitter that I thought I would share with you:

The Promise of Evolutionary Synthesis:linking previously unconnected scientific ideas together.

Artists Reconstruct the Past:paleoartistry and its origins. see also, my blog post about this very topic.

Super Color Vision in Humans:some humans may be able to see more nuanced shifts in color.

Death Blooms:copper urns that have weathered, very spectacular and strange and sad.

Perfect Lego Art:the whimsy and simplicity of legos in unexpected outdoor spaces.

A Twitter sized thought I had last weekend: What if all car horns sounded like notes from wind instruments, then a traffic jam might sound more like a symphony.


  1. Also, Twitter is teaching me how to edit sentences down to their very essence, to meet the character requirement. Its quite a good exercise actually.