I have been increasingly consumed by Twitter. It started innocently enough, wanting to know what Donald Trump was saying right after his election, but it’s turned into an addiction. It’s so unhealthy. There’s a part of me that knows that screen time sucks me in and wastes my time but I still have been doing it. Twitter, lots of knitting designer posts, Ravelry, Instagram, Cook’s Illustrated, Knitty, Quince, Twist, the Guardian, the New Yorker. It goes on and on. Very little Facebook. I’m happy for that. You may notice that I haven’t added links because I likely would just be sucked in and stay there, and not write this.
It’s rehab time, screen rehab time, and I’m going public. Here’s the plan –
- no screen time first thing in the morning – writing is OK, so mail has to be closed the night before.
- set times to look at mail – twice a day – learned that from designer Deb Gemmell some time ago, but haven’t instituted it. And silence the warning ding that a new message has arrived – done.
- Instagram’s good – such a happy place to see what friends and knitting and cooking folk are up to. Go just twice a day. Ignore the messages that appear on my phone and iPad. Does anyone know how to turn those off?
- Set time limits.
- Unfollow Donald Trump on Twitter. Done that. More unfollows to come.
So why is there a dog in the main photo? (That’s Hugo, the yarn eating poodle, looking especially gorgeous after a recent trim.) It’s a dog because there is something very special on Twitter that I visit everyday – after seeing that Glenna C., Romi, Cat Bordhi and some other terrific knit designers were followers.
It’s #thoughtsofdog. There are 1.3 million followers; 1.3 million people feeling happy and smiling once a day. It’s funny and it’s sweet; it’s the best thing on Twitter. I’ll read the same tweet and laugh each time. Not sure if they are just for dog people. Let me know what you think about that. Here are some samples –
“sometimes. certain areas of the floor can be tastier. than others. this has been a puplick surface announcement”
“gooooob morning. the human made waffles. and i got to taste one. what i’m trying to say. is never give up on your dreams”
“sometimes. after a passionate bork. my tooth can get stuck. on the outside of my mouth. and i become way less intimidating. than is ideal”
Makes me giggle.
More Online Stuff I’m Glad I Stumbled Across
Here are a few things that have interested me online – some about knitting –
“To become good at anything you have to know how to apply basic principles. To become great at it, you have to know when to violate those principles.” – Garry Kasparov
A dog cafe opened in Manhattan. Not like a cat cafe; you need to take your own dog, not hang out with random dogs although the proprietors do have two. Coffee for dog owners and a place to hang out with dogs, and knit, I think.
Here’s a New York Times article about How to Start Knitting (and Learn to Love It). Forward to the uninitiated and the lapsed.
This is a bit old, but I just love it. The Finnish Olympic Team knitted their way through their down time, making a huge scarf. There’s a photo of a coach knitting at the top of the slope style course.
I’ll report on my rehab. Suggestions welcome.