Tweet Less, Kiss More – via NYTimes.com

I’m not opposed to the remarkable technological advances of the past several years. I don’t want to go back to typewriters and carbon paper and yellowing clips from the newspaper morgue. I just think that we should treat technology like any other tool. We should control it, bending it to our human purposes.

via Op-Ed Columnist – Tweet Less, Kiss More – NYTimes.com.

Tomatoes are growing!

I planted two tomatoes in my Earthbox at the beginning of April. I had the box for a year but hadn’t been hit with the reality that I could grow my own vegetables at home. This year was different. Maybe it’s that we live near so many great farmers markets and near great local food vendors. Good, real food, is in the DNA of this city.

So, I decided to go to Natural Gardener here in town, and I picked up a cherry tomato plant, and a celebrity tomato plant. Then, my mother-in-law gave me one of her heirloom plants that she grew from seed. I decided to plant the celebrity plant in a 14” pot and put the other two tomatoes in the Earthbox. [The Earthbox comes with fertilizer that you need and a watering “pipe” if you will, that puts water into a reservoir at the bottom of the container, that the plants pull from when they are thirsty.]

So, a month into my gardening, I have several tomatoes growing and looking healthy. I am somewhat surprised that I have had such good results from my pot, considering I hadn’t done it before and wasn’t sure if the plant would have enough room to grow.

We also filled in our raised garden bed in the backyard this weekend. I built a 4’x4′ bed of 8” tall boards, topped off with some rich Hill Country Soil from Natural Gardener. In the bed we planted red bell peppers, green bell peppers, jalapenos, and more tomatoes.

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A new look. A new start.

I have been looking for a “look” of my own for quite some time now. I cannot say that this new “look” is completely my own, but I do feel a bit more attachment to it because I put more work into it than just copying a text file and pasting in the code (via Tumblr’s super easy custom themes).

MNML

I would always be on the lookout for a new custom theme of some sort. Then, a couple weeks ago, I found MNML, created by Ian Stewart at ThemeShaper. I really liked the look and the simplicity of the site design. The one drawback was that it was created for WordPress. Now, I have gone back and forth with the WordPress vs. Tumblr battle in my head for far too long. MNML renewed this internal struggle, which is a conversation for another day. Ultimately, I decided to stick with Tumblr. It just makes blogging simple, which is definitely what I need.

So, I went on my way to convert the WordPress theme to Tumblr. It was a great experience for me to get to know Tumblr’s custom themes framework. Now I have a little bit more background for times like this when the Tumblr Staff blog announced the ability to see “notes” in posts. I decided not to have this added to my site as of yet. I might change my mind, but for now I like the simplicity and lack of clutter.

Comments

To add to lack of clutter, I don’t have comments enabled either. Part of this decision came from something I read on Shawn Blanc’s site:

Moreover, if you have a response to something I’ve posted here then write about it on your own site. Putting your thoughts into words and putting those words in front of your own readers can be a gutsy move, and I highly recommend it.

I thought this was challenging, at least for me, because a lot of times I will just look at other content and read other people’s stuff, and not come up with my own. I think it is time for me to come up with more of my own. I also refrain at times because I worry who might read what I write and disagree. Well, I think that is okay. It’s okay to disagree. My heart is not to offend.

Welcome to the new michaellynton.com.

zappos and twitter

My wife wants to buy a new pair of running shoes.  She has been searching all over the internet for the best price.  Today, she decided to see if Zappos matched prices.  So she filled out the contact form on their website, and waited.  I decided to tweet a little message to @Zappos on Twitter just for the heck of it.

What do you know … I received not only one response but two – a reply from @Zappos_Service and a DM from @Zappos CEO Tony as well.  Bad news, Zappos doesn’t price-match, but I am still a happy customer.  Zappos, you have exercised your #1 core value, “Deliver WOW Through Service”.

Thanks for the quick response Zappos, even if it wasn’t the good news I was hoping for.  I will still gladly buy from you.  This is just another great way that Twitter helps business and communication.  I love it.

twitter search can help

my sister-in-law just got herself a twitter account. @farmlove is her new name. if you can’t tell, she loves farming. and she is cool. she also created herself an Etsy store. she is on a roll, yea? so we were chatting today and I was sharing with her (my very minimal knowledge) on how she can use twitter search and some other social networking outlets to hopefully get customers for her upcoming Etsy shop. or, she can at least get the word out. i am excited to help her discover these new tools and avenues. and hopefully i will even learn something in the process. so, if you are in the market for custom made greeting cards, the follow bekah on twitter.

Twitterific vs Hahlo

I have been using Hahlo more lately but just went back into Twitterific to see how I felt about it. One thing I really don’t like is that you can only see the 20 most recent tweets. Period. So if I don’t open the app for a few days like this instance, then so much for viewing some twitter history. I think I’ll stick with hahlo for now.