… the incessant ramblings of a voluble gal

Yesterday and throughout the week, myself and robotchampion (who is also live blogging) are in San Francisco attending the web2.0 expo.

The conference is being pulled all together by the social networking site crowdvine. This is my second time using crowdvine as my guide through a conference and this time it is dramatically better. I was able to guestimate my schedule of panels and sessions for the week as well as fill out a little information about me and link all my rss feeds that I will be generating about the conference, to include twitter.

I am tagging everything in twitter with the hashtag #web20expo and following @w2e on twitter. I have uploaded and started a group on Flickr (Web2.0Expo08 San Francisco) for this event for all my pictures and hopefully others will contribute to as well.

We will also be posting video podcasts and vignettes throughout the week, so stay tuned to this blog for more information and links. I already posted a video last night of The Unicorn at the Digg Party last night on youtube, check it out. Thanks to Kevin Rose and the people at Digg for an awesome get together.


Before you get into this blog post and assume anything, know these facts:

  • I am not Catholic, I am a Lutheran
  • I believe and have faith
  • I have been to the Vatican and had a rosary blessed by the Pope John Paul II (Spring of 1993)
  • I am not making fun
  • I want to know more, I want to know the answers

Why did I write this blog? Well I have questions and living so close to Andrews Air Force Base, I got to see the fiasco of the crowds and the possible motorcade routes the Pope would take on his way to the Nunciature (the Vatican Embassy in DC). It was a beautiful spring day, like the angels were smiling on the area in a way to greet the holy entourage. The fanfare was wild as the community swarmed the intersections near the base along with the press and metropolitan police forces. I saw people with banners, posters, and shirts with the Pope’s likeness.

Last week when His Holiness, the Pope came to town for his birthday, the White House had a “State Dinner”, but the Pope, the guest of honor, did not attend. Why not? Because the Pope does not eat in the presence of others. Photo to the right courtesy of soldiermediacenter on flickr.comThe Pope arrives at Andrews Air Force Base

So this got me thinking. What other special rules does the Pope have set upon him? If the Pope chokes while he is eating alone and no one is around to give him the Heimlich maneuver then does he believe in divine intervention to save him? Does he have a bell to ring or a way to get anyone’s attention in the next room? Does he wear a medic alert bracelet? What happens if he falls and cannot get up?

Another stream of thoughts, I had came from when he was sitting on the most gorgeous, beautiful, not a cloud in the sky sunny day in Washington D.C on April 17th for his mass at Nationals Stadium. Does the Pope wear sunscreen? I mean those white robes and cross on his chest are a sun reflecting portable tanning booth. Are God’s rays of sunshine safe on the skin of the Holy Father?

And if all this was true, that God is protecting the Papacy, then why must there be a need for all the security and the protection riding around in a “Popemobile”?

I know he is a man of great importance, but he is the ultimate living symbol of the Christian faith of the belief in God and as that symbol, do you think that if you were pope and you believed in the Lord that you would have to live behind a glass shield or would you live life as any man, woman, or child on Earth and believe when it was your time to go, you would go?

Just something to think about. Just some things I have been thinking about. If you stumble upon this blog and you have a thought, I would love to hear it.

Last week I started the launch of our blog presence at Navstar Inc. The website and blogNavstar Banner are still undergoing cosmetic reconstruction and therefore the link to the blogs is not linked on the company website, yet. But I am putting the link out there so those who meet me at conventions and conferences can start seeing my social web technology specific blogs appear over there.

I will still blog over here on my personal blog, but my professional voice and opinion can now be found over, there. So check it out.

I am coining this new term:


When a super gardener on a wiki is wikifying so fast, their wikiflying.

I have a bunch of conferences on my radar, but which ones I will actually attend are still up in the air. I need to make those decisions with my work, so its not just me that gets to decide to go or who on my team wants to go too. But regardless if I go or not, I gotta keep track of them all. I need to know when and where they are at. So I tried Dopplr.

It was cool at first, but thanks to Mashable.com with their recent blogs (this one and that one) on the tool I found something better and cooler to fit my needs. It is called TripIt.

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I have never been, but this looks like the year I should make an effort to go. The event in years past, and with the 3 day entertainment packed lineup reminds me of one of the best concert events of my lifetime. 1997’s Rock IM Park, in Nuremberg, Germany.

Flyer for Coachella 2008

The days are broken down like this…

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At least this is the path that she is heading down. She is all the talk of all the news and Hollywood rags today. Larry King Live was on earlier and I was listening to it in the background. Even before I saw his face on the screen, I came to the conclusion that Lindsay is the new Robert Downey Jr.

no.jpgThe parallels are there.

She parties too much, she blames her lack of ability to work on exhaustion, yet we all know its comes from her partying too much. Which in turn makes her an unreliable actress. Movie studio executives and directors have commented on her pathetic work ethic. Remember the smoking gun last year with the letter from the Morgan Creek Executive flaming her? I do.

Really she needs that 90-day mandatory jail time. She is not over her addiction. After those 90 days she needs to go to a real rehab center, because obviously Promises is NOT the place you go to if you are serious about being clean and sober. HELLO, they let you check in and out as you wish and you can use your blackberry or iPhone while you are in.

Trust me, I know people with addictions and have been in rehab. Each and every one of them went away and were disconnected from the world and HAD to stay.

Lindsay, you are going down that sad, sad path. Were you will be living with Paris 20 years from now, like Corey Haim is living with Corey Feldman because you will be fat and bloated from your dried up career and wasting all your money on drugs. At least they backed out of the spotlight… until now… but I don’t want to tangent too much, but have you heard about the new show “The Two Coreys“?

Save yourself now before you do a “Breaking Bonaduce” or “Shooting Sizemore”.

I should also add “The Soup”, showed Lindsay out of rehab in their top stories, exclaiming “Mission Accomplished”, then Joel McHale tossed his keys and asked his car to be moved off the street. Not like it was hard to predict this one… who knew it would only be a matter of days. Guess that Britney alcohol monitoring device failed after all.

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