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Month: February, 2011


by mollykl

Oh god…I’ve become one of “them.””Them” being one of the “yoga changed my life” people. If you’re a fan of sci-fi you might also recognize them as the pod people from “Invasion of the body snatchers” – it is essentially the same thing, and they pretty much act just like the post-pod-i-fied. I used to laugh at those people. Oh who am I kidding, I still do, only now I laugh at myself as well.

Let’s be clear: I do not do yoga with other people. I do not do yoga in a class. In fact, I won’t even do yoga around my husband, who also does yoga. I have an aversion bordering on pathological fear of working out around other people (I blame ballet class in college).  And so I’ve got a handful of yoga dvds, all of which take an hour or so, ’cause you know, I’ve GOT an hour or so in my day to spend on yoga. Needless to say, they have dust on them. (Because I also have an hour to do housecleaning…)

But I found a podcast on i-Tunes called “Yoga and other useful stuff with Tara Stiles.”  Doing yoga with an i-pod has taken some getting used to, but it’s been a revelation. My favorite routine  is “10 minute de-stress yoga” and I do it almost everyday when I get home from work. 10 minutes. Not an hour. No chanting. No opening up my soul to the universe. No yoga instructor blathering on. She tells you how to do the pose, makes a comment about remembering to breathe and focus, tells you not to worry if you can’t do the pose completely, and that’s it. 10 minutes of yoga and I feel better, my left calf (the one I tore) feels great, I stand up straighter, my blood pressure returns to normal after a hard work day, and, god forbid, I actually smile.

So go ahead and laugh. Those of you not from California can make some disparaging comments about the state and various yoga-related stereotypes. But when you do, please just keep in mind:

I’ve already lost over ten pounds. So there.

Regime change in 140 characters

by mollykl

Whilst the world as I know it is on Twitter, I am not. I assume that the world as I know it is not interested in what I’m eating for lunch, what my thoughts are on the cloud above me and how it looks like a fuzzy bunny, or the cute things my 4-year old son says (yeah, I know, I tell my co-workers anyway – suck it up and deal).

Had I known that I could start a revolution with it I’d have signed up ages ago. The role of Twitter and Facebook in the revolution in Egypt are not surprising. Well, let me amend that: I’m not surprised they played such a large role, but I am surprised that it’s happening now. I’d assumed this use of  information technology in changing, rather than merely informing, our political structures was still years away. It seems a very short step from watching as-close-as-it-got-for-the-time news stories from Vietnam to seeing a revolution unfold via Twitter posts.

This from someone who was forced to learn to text for a class. Regardless of the fancy title Master of Science in Library and Information Sciences, I’m still (Kindle and newfound love of e-books notwithstanding) very bah-humbug about social media.  The past few weeks, however, have shown me what it’s capable of.

Peggy Noonan wrote, in the Wall Street Journal, “With the rise of new media, governments have fully lost the capacity to be discreet or silent.”

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for the Democratic and Republican conventions.

See you on Twitter and Facebook.