My First Celeb Retweet: @pennjillette

I’m pretty jazzed about this.

I’d been following Penn Jillette on Twitter for a few months because I think he’s an interesting guy: magician, outspoken atheist, musician, and a great storyteller. And after listening to his Penn’s Sunday School podcasts today at work I came to the conclusion that the man knows everyone.

Shortly after being enthralled by the second podcast, I had to tweet about it to let the world know what a great show it was. It’s funny (especially if you like monkeys and Clay Aiken), thought-provoking and a little crazy at times. This is especially true when listening on an iPod at 2x the speed, a speed at which the Monkey Tuesday theme sounds even better.

It was a simple tweet:

Enjoying @pennjillette Penn’s Sunday School podcast. He’s an interesting guy. Check it:

With the show still in its infancy, Penn is still trying to get more listeners (of which I will continue to be as I have subscribed on iTunes). Of course, the best way to get the word out these days is via Twitter – and that’s exactly what he did with my tweet:pennRT

That’s pretty sweet. With the Twitter being so popular, a simple RT by a celebrity is the equivalent of an autograph in this day and age. It’s your confirmation that they saw what you said, thought it was worthy of telling their followers, and sent it out to all of them. From this tweet I gained quite a few followers, too: the man does have 1.7 million of his own.

So thanks, Penn Jillette, for the RT and making my day. I’m a fan of the show and can’t wait for more episodes, even if I have to grab the podcast following the day of the live show.

The Pato Lucas discussion was hysterical, by the way.

Earthquake Virgins


Hey, in case you hadn’t heard, there was a reasonably sized earthquake yesterday centered somewhere in Virginia. And how did I find out about it?

Twitter, of course.

During my regular perusing of Twitter via my TweetCaster app, I came across several tweets from a friend of mine who lives on DC and my first impression was, “Really? An earthquake? Out there? Huh.”

My second thought was to find out if all of my peeps on the east coast were doing fine and the confirmed via Twitter that everything was hunky-dory. One said the following:

@aeromat Safe and sound in Southern Jersey. If we’re going to get CA #earthquakes I demand getting SoCal weather, too. And palm trees.

Fortunately, they were all okay with nothing major to report.

Now I know those of you on the east coast are catching Hell from us over here in California because, well, that’s the fun of living out here: the element of surprise by the sudden shifting of tectonic plates. Earthquakes can and do happen at any time and we are always at the ready in case one happens to hit.

With all that said, I don’t think it’s fair to go on criticizing them for their reactions which, from what I’d read on Facebook and Twitter, were definitely not recommended during an earthquake. Those ranged from running outside, calling 911 (since there’s absolutely nothing they can do about it), or just general panicking.

It’s just not fair because, to be quite honest, us Californians wouldn’t know what to do during a tornado should a bigger one hit over here. I say “bigger” because we did have a small one run through the neighborhood years ago.

And just in case you’re wondering, here’s a brief breakdown of what goes through the mind of a native Californian during an earthquake.

The Shaking Begins. You’re not really sure if it’s an earthquake. It could be the chair you’re sitting on, a passing truck, whatever. Maybe you farted. Maybe the cat’s running through the house with a brick in his mouth. Whatever the case, you never at first think it’s an earthquake.

The Shaking Gets Stronger. Yeah, it’s an earthquake alright. At this point you start to determine the magnitude, what kind it was (and there are differences, believe me), where it was centered, and how long it will last. And in this day and age, you grab your nearest mobile device and start posting on social networks or, in my case, even blog about it.

The Shaking Gets Even Stronger. A few seconds into it, you begin to realize that it’s stronger than you had originally thought and you should probably get off the sofa and stand in the doorway but the sofa is so comfortable and the nearest doorway is maybe 10 feet away. Too much effort. You resume current activities – on the sofa.

You’re Over It. As the shaking begins to subside, you begin to rate the earthquake on your own personal scale of “Meh” to “Yeah, that was a good one, alright.” Then it’s time to tour your estate and check for any damage, like you know, how much water the birdbath lost.

And that’s pretty much how we handle them.

So to all of you out there on the east coast who managed to get your proverbial earthquake you-know-whats, you-know-whatted yesterday, I’ll go easy on you and just ask a few questions.

How was it? What did you think? What was going through your mind when all that weird shaking started? Did you panic like a sissy girl?

Feel free to leave your comments. I won’t pick on you too much 🙂

Going Social

Whilst spending what seems like an eternity roaming around this vast Series of Tubes, I suddenly had an epiphany: I’m all over the place.

No, not so much in they way that I just described but leaning more towards social networking sites. And being that I haven’t had too much to blog about recently, I thought I’d post links to all of them so that my loyal readers–all 3 of you–can stalk me and mumble nonsensical remarks about Jodie Foster if you so desire. So here they are, complete with clickable icon links to the appropriate profile page. Note that these are also in the new Social page above, which replaces the old Media page, and will be updated should I become a member of yet another social networking site.

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