ok… I am not wearing shorts. It’s too bloody cold outside still. It is going up to 14C on Friday though, and that’s tanning weather in Canada.
I actually enjoy being a geek sometimes. I also have been known to wear nerd shorts on more than one occasion. I don’t mind. Should I be concerned when someone one refers to me as ‘smarty pants’ I think of candy coated Smarties? It makes me hungry just thinking about it.
Already I am veering off topic. This is how much of a geek I am. I just finished organizing and labeling my Google Bookmarks. I am very good at bookmarking websites that capture my interest for whatever reason. I am not usually very good at keeping track of those things that I have bookmarked/ dog-eared. Today, I felt compelled to go through the list that I had accumulated and do a little sorting. At first, I thought that it was going to be like slogging through a mountain of mismatched socks. I really dread doing that. Inevitably there are a handful of socks that just don’t have partners. Someone ends up in tears, usually me, and the project often is abandoned mid-way through or when the coffee has gotten cold. My coffee is cold now, but thankfully, I am done sorting.
What I have discovered in doing this bookmark spring clean, is that I have fallen over some pretty interesting websites over the past year. It is interesting to go back through and look at the kinds of sites that I had bookmarked. I have a nice inventory now of sites that friends of mine have – some blogs, some stores, cd promotions and videos. Made me smile to visit their sites, and a little guilty that I had not been back sooner to visit. Luckily they are still my friends, and they know that I love them. I have now, no excuse not to visit because everything is labeled and ordered…. Promise!
Other sites that I shoved under the title “Interest” (I am clever with names aren’t I?) I realized after going through them, are particularly interesting. Some very cool artistic sites, writers, artists, musicians, and related projects. I am enjoying revisiting them as well. I find it interesting and inspiring to reconnect.
Then there is the smattering of other sites that I have been gleaning from the interwebs – for my own artistic purposes. Additional inspiration and things that make the top of my head tingle (though that could be because I had too much coffee this morning!?)
So, what is the point of all this? I have this collection of websites, information, ideas, inspiration floating around my web browser – what to do about it? Well aside from the sorting and labeling – which is part of the “what to do” process, I believe the main point is the reconnect with that person I was at the time that I found each of the sites. Who was I then? What was I looking for? Did I find it? If I found it, did I immediately lose it – whatever “it” was?
I actually don’t think I need (or want) to answer those questions – not directly anyway. I believe that my point is that in any given moment, something grabs me and it is for that moment. If I find it again, then it is for this new moment. It does inspire me, provoke me, pull me along like a rabbit to a marshmallow tree. In a strange way, I am reminded of a play I did when I was 12. I played Hansel in a musical production of Hansel and Gretel in Ottawa. It was a fantastic experience – but that isn’t why I am writing about it. I am suddenly reminded of a scene where I had to follow an untidy trail of peppermint candies across the stage. I bent down each time and shoved them into my pocket at each rehearsal. By the end of the scene, my pockets were bulging. I would give out the candies to everyone else in the play after we were done rehearsing, but inevitably I would find a couple that were left in that pocket on the way home from rehearsal. These bookmarked pages are like that – peppermint candies in my pocket.
Ok, now I’m hungry.