Tuesday, March 6, 2007

On ZoomClouds and Talking to Strangers

I was reading Alex's blog this morning, and I thought to myself, "I want a ZoomCloud, too!" So, I clicked on the link on his blog and went and created my own ZoomCloud.

It surprises me how out-of-date I am when it comes to computer technology, and believe me, I used to keep-up with it. As I was applying for a ZoomCloud, it asked me for the URL of my RSS or Atom feed. Excuse me? I have never used feeds before, so I didn't have a clue. After some research on Google and Usenet I found the answer. All I had to do was apply either a rss.xml or atom.xml to the end of my URL. So, on the right side of my blog you will find the new ZoomCloud. These clouds count words on your blog and display them in a box, their size indicative of the number of times that particular word has been used on the blog. I am not surprised to see that the word "life" is the largest. I think ZoomClouds can tell you a lot about yourself. I know I learned a little bit just by looking at mine.

Next, I went over to Cesar's blog and read his latest post, in which he describes an encounter he had with a perfect stranger. Many times in this world today we do not want to reach outside of our comfort zones to enter into dialogue with a stranger. Cesar did just that, and he enjoyed it, too! I think it says a lot about him that he would enjoy conversing with a stranger and actually enjoy hearing that stranger tell him about his life. He didn't get bored; he listened, and he found some synchronicities, too!

These are some words from his post that I think really stood out, and could have more meaning behind them than meets the eye:

"...The highlights of a lifetime relived to relieve (pardon the pun) the boredom of waiting for our turn." While Cesar is talking about waiting to go into the doctor's office, I think that we are all waiting our turn for something special! I don't know what that is just yet, but I'm waiting to find out.


Alexander M said...

"...The highlights of a lifetime relived to relieve the boredom of waiting for our turn."

Something I get out of that is: we're born story-tellers. It not only kills time, it Fills Time...
Your largest cloud was "Life" and mine was "Heaven".

Feel like I just got a ZoomCloud Psychic "Reading"...

~ Alex

S@RZI said...

Hi there, puzzled woeman and Alex. Dropped by after replying to puzzled woeman's comment on my blog. Yes, at our core, we are all born story-tellers no matter how shy we are...We are just waiting for "familiar" souls to interact with.

Puzzled Woeman said...

Hi Alex, and what a good way to fill time! I sometimes wish that the level at which I connect with people here were as easy in the physical.

Hi S@rzi, take my word for it - they are out there. And the Internet makes it easier for us to reach each other.

S@RZI said...

Yes, indeed and I'm just beginning to find out. I'll be back for more, whenever time permits. Keep on blogging.