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Updates

Posted in Day-To-Day, Travel by matt on Monday, March 8, 2010

TEDxBKK

Lasy month I attended a locally-organized TEDx conference right here in Bangkok.

If you’re not familiar with the TED conferences, you should check them out.

Now.

Like, you should stop reading this and go stream this video.

But the conference was great, the speakers were interesting, and I met some great people. Though I gotta admit, it was a bit of a nerd-fest.

Anytime you go somewhere and people are introducing each other (me included) by their Twitter names, you know you’ve entered a new level of dweeb.

This is the level right before the one where you wear a Spock outfit to the new Star Trek movie. Let’s hope I never get there.

Valentine’s Day

If romance can be had in nasty Bangkok, it can be had anywhere!

Cayla and I overcame this sticky, smoggy, sludge-ridden metropolis and had an awesome V-Day by getting dressed up and heading over to a snazzy Japanese restaurant.

A few pics.

Ryan’s Been Resettled!

Faithful readers (I love all 4 of you!) may remember my friend Ryan Lei and his refugee situation.

Well, 3 weeks ago he and his family were resettled in Monterey Park, California – praise God!

They’re adjusting well and enjoying the insane population of native Chinese speakers. All 3 of them have begun searching for good job opportunities and are involved in a Chinese church in their city.

Please continue to pray for them. Pray especially that Ryan’s parents would adjust to life in the States; all that Chinese speaking could make language learning a bit slow.

Also, if you live in that area and would like to help them out more directly, you can message me and I’ll get you their info.

Future Stuff

Cayla and I will be Stateside in a month and a half, but there’s a lot that needs to happen before then.

I’m in the thick of finals week and only have to persevere one more week until the school closes, but we’re now hearing that there will probably be political riots this weekend that could cut things even shorter. I’ve been told to get my exams finished asap.

We’ve got a visa run to Rangoon, Burma (aka Yangon, Myanmar) at the end of this month. Pray we don’t get kidnapped and sold as slaves. That would be sad. (kidding, Mom…but seriously)

Then April rolls around and we’ve got a fun-filled week with my brother-in-law and his girlfriend. Let the good times roll! We’ve got all kinds of fun in the sun planned for their week here.

After that it’s 8 days in Indonesia to see orangutans and then we’re in San Diego for the month of May. We found out that Cayla’s work ends on April 1st instead of May 20th, so we’ll be back in America a lot sooner.

I almost can’t believe we’re leaving Bangkok. I love this weird city. I’ll miss so much about it – especially the great people we’ve met. We’ll just have to soak up as much time as possible during these last few weeks.

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I Like Twitter

Posted in Social Media by matt on Thursday, January 7, 2010

Those smiles could only mean one thing: they're reading my twitter page. See what you're missing out on?

I like Twitter.

Yep, I’m one of those people. What began as dabbling (encouraged by my dad, of all people) eventually became interest.

But it didn’t take long to realize that using twitter the same way I use Facebook would only frustrate me.

For me, Facebook is a way to keep up with people I already know: invite them over to eat, catch up, check their pictures, etc. You know, the standard stuff we all do when Facebook-stalking people.

But I’m not really interested in using it to meet people. Cocktail parties are superficial enough, but a gigantic online cocktail party? No thanks.

Back to Twitter.

On their Wikipedia page, twitter’s CEO says  “We think of Twitter as it’s not a social network, but it’s an information network.”

Awkward wording aside, that’s a great synopsis of twitter’s usefulness. Twitter is about information. In fact, twitter is a stock-exchange for information.

You ‘invest’ in a person’s shared information by following them, retweeting (sort of like forwarding an email) their stuff, or – and this is the most important thing – by reading/discussing/getting involved with them beyond just their Twitter feed.

And the beauty is you only listen to people you want to, and there’s nothing they can do about it. That means that, with Twitter, there are no annoying relatives who clutter your inbox with forwards because you don’t have to follow them.

And you don’t have to put up with that guy expounding upon his bowel movements with lucid imagery and pictures, because you don’t have to follow him!

And, if you’re a bleeding heart who hates upsetting people, think of it this way: it’s not that you blocked them, you just…didn’t hear them. Right? Eh?

So, however obscure your interests may be, there are tons of niches for you to join and network in, learn from, influence and converse in. So sign up for an account and give it a try!

If ya like, you can even follow me here, and then drop me if you’re not feeling it (liberating isn’t it?). This was also a helpful blog post for me on reasons for tweeting.

Happy tweeting!

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