Meditations on Bucuresti: haiku, reflections and observations

March 15, 2008

When I first visited Romania in 2000, I began writing haiku to capture my reflections and observations of Romania, Romanian life and the Romanian people. I continue to do so. Below is a small, assorted sampler from my growing collection of haiku, tentatively titled Meditations on Bucuresti.

I do not know why I ultimately stayed with the haiku form for this personal project. In fact, I would have preferred the Shakespearean sonnet- it would permit me more words. Perhaps, I believed the haiku would help me develop a sense of pith. If you have read my posts, however, you’ll have the impression that I still need to work on this.

And I would share the same conclusion with you.

Honestly, I don’t believe my haiku are masterful- nothing like a flash of lightning in a summer cloud. I consider myself a shabby apprentice of the art, producing uninspiring mediocrity. However, I aspire to become a master of both haiku and haiga (where haiku and visual art come together). This takes time and practice. And, maybe, many years.

Beyond the formal sound count (not syllablic) structure of 5-7-5, good haiku is forceful. Good Haiku puts you there in the moment – and in the feeling. Perhaps, in the image. Haiku by the Japanese master, Basho, is often considered a forceful and popular example of haiku at its finest. Some of his haiku was joined with visual decoration (Bashon comes to mind) and represent some of the most beautiful haiga out there.

Hopefully, I will improve my art in time and, perhaps, you will join me in this journey, putting up with my mediocre work in progress. If, on the other hand, you can’t stand it, rate it poorly in the Buzzfuse widget and tell me to stop in the Buzzfuse comments. If I can’t take a hint, tell me in a direct and straight-forward manner and, theoretically, I shall relieve you of your suffering. [sheepish smile]

Below, a little Romanian folk Christmas Carol to cleanse the palette.

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inexplicable irony, 2007

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Beauty, truth, goodness

smiling on kissable lips.

Nothing in the kiss.

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Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Buzzfuse Blogosphere

March 13, 2008

Mostly Harmless

In my interest of seeing the Buzzfuse community become a Web 3.0 Community, I came up with a rough guide for how I could quickly evaluate four to eight Buzzfuse blogs that I personally check out daily in the 24 hours list.

Some Buzzfuse blogs that I visited today:

Andy Hadfield’s Cowboys and Engines

James Wolfaardt’s Happy Chicken Suicide Cult

Michele Randall’s Notes from “a TAMM creation”

Alexander Hay’s Wealthbuilding for Fun and Profit

Cardio Girl

Below, some background music (ATB, Long Way Home) for the reading…

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Hitchhiker’s Guide on the Buzzfuse Nebulae

As the buzzfused of us know, a maximum total rating for blogs is 10 stars within the Buzzfuse system. Here’s how I am rating your blog:
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Here’s Obama, there’s Obama…

March 12, 2008

Notes from a Patsak:

The key to victory was not who wins a few cherry-picked states that the Clinton campaign and the Media had told us were important. The key to understanding Obama’s victory is realizing that every vote and every voter matters.

Below… play the song, mentally replacing the word, llama with Obama…

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Hillary Clinton played a polite and fearsome card game

Some say Hillary was dealt a bad hand and that Obama was counting the cards. They say Barack even saw the deck, marked the aces, and dealt Hillary that bad hand.

Don’t believe a word they say. It’s all untrue. They just can’t handle the truth. It’s that simple.
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Buzzfuse: How to Make Better Pie (part three)

March 12, 2008

Notes from a Patsak:

It is in our nature to want to share things with each other. It is in us, a humanistic impulse to do things that allow us to integrate different knowledge, opinions, feelings, and ideas into a sustainable community. It’s up to you if you want to do something important here and now. If you do want to do something great, a new kind of social interaction can grow through Buzzfuse and around it. And, then, we have a sure thing – a sure thing that we can own, together.

Do you believe that the internet can save your soul? Or, at least our humanity?

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Recap of part one and two of my pie review

If you missed my first post about Buzzfuse (Try Pie. Try), go here. If you missed my second post (Delivery and Drive-thru Pie), go here.

After a little over a month of testing, I can honestly say that I like what Buzzfuse is about, what it’s doing, and where it is going. It is a groovey social mechanism for self-promotion- especially if you are a blogger, musician, photographer, etc. There’s a lot of potential in the Buzzfuse community, and things are going to get crazy soon as the word gets out that premium-member creators actually have a chance to bring home more than milk money from the earnings pool.

Buzzfuse supports content creators; it helps them market content and rewards creators for the rich content that brings content hunters. As such, Buzzfuse seems to be an ideal online business partner for the aspiring writer, photographer and musician. Buzzfuse has defined a very important niche for content creators and, hopefully, consumers are going to find they get a lot more out of Buzzfuse than other social media engines such as Digg and Stumbleupon.

The Buzzfuse service represents a meaningful innovation of social media; it provides a welcome alternative to the bad network marketing of online mlm and get rich schemes which push soul-less content at the media cafe. As such, it sets an important direction in the blogosphere just in time for newbies who are thinking about selling out their souls.

How to make Pie

You don’t have to start with an original idea. Just take a headline out of the news and chew on it.
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Buzzfuse: Delivery and Drive-thru Pie (part two)

March 12, 2008

Notes from a Patsak:

After a month plus of testing, I can honestly say that I like what Buzzfuse is about, what it’s doing, and where it is going. It is a groovey social mechanism for self-promotion- especially if you are a blogger, musician, photographer, etc. There’s a lot of potential in the Buzzfuse community, and things are going to get crazy soon as the word gets out that premium-member creators actually have a chance to bring home more than milk money from the earnings pool.

Will you sing for pie? Weebl will sing (below)!

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Previous post on Buzzfuse

In my previous post on Buzzfuse, I provided some quick and dirty insight on some of the most popular social search/ social media engines out there: Blinklist, Del.icio.us, Digg, Fark, Furl, Ma.gnolia, Newsvine, Reddit, Simpy, Stumbleupon, and Tailrank. Although some use these engines for online self-promotion; these engines were not designed for such purposes and they are all, somehow, inadequate for helping the unknown creator market content to a larger audience.

If you didn’t see it and you want to read it now, click here.

Buzzfuse = Pie

Buzzfuse supports content creators; it helps them market content and rewards creators for the rich content that brings content hunters. As such, Buzzfuse seems to be an ideal business partner for the aspiring writer, photographer and musician. I have been testing it out for just over a month since I found G’s invitation to try pie in Linkedin. I’m ready to pronounce my review.
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Buzzfuse: Try Pie. Try. A first spoonful.

March 11, 2008

Notes from a Patsak:

Buzzfuse extends the social media bubble with self-promotion services and earnings for content creators. Finally, someone appreciates content creators- Buzzfuse. Find out why Buzzfuse is so different from popular social media/ social search engines such as Blinklist, Del.icio.us, Digg, Fark, Furl, Ma.gnolia, Newsvine, Reddit, Simpy, Stumbleupon, Tailrank, and Technorati.

Remember Kids in the Hall? Below, a happy pie song from old skool Canadian comics.
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Social self-promotion engine

There are too few social media and social search engines that can help the web two-oh!-er share themselves through content (opinion, snap shots of personal life, photography, or whatever) without outrageous costs or risk of online reputation.

Buzzfuse, a social media marketing engine out of South Africa, is an answer to at least two important questions that self-promoting newbies and veterans often ask themselves:

1. How can I reach out and share myself with the millions of internet users out there?

2. Can I make more than milk money doing so?
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2009: Cribs foreclosed upon and Europe sulking

March 8, 2008

Five cents won’t even buy you a spoken paragraph of no particular value in Bablion. So consider yourself lucky that you found me…

What comes around, goes around. I imagine that as European confidence swelled over the over-valuation of the Euro and the falling of the dollar, Europeans seemed to forget two things: they had huge investments in the US credit markets and Americans were outrageous consumers when the Dollar was stronger. If you don’t believe me- just take a look at MTV’s reality television show, Cribs, about typically overly-decorated and super-sized, celebrity homes. Perhaps, Jon Stuart can follow up on the MTV hit with Cribs in Foreclosure soon.

The alpha Bush and a little humor from the Simpsons (below).

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A Brief History

The Great Depression is said to have begun on Black Tuesday, October 29, 1929 (a.k.a The Wall Street Crash of 1929) when over-valued share prices on the New York Stock Exchange collapsed and began what would be a month long fall in which the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down 182.57 from the booming speculative highs of 1929. The Great Depression is associated with a grinding slow down of international trade, manufacturing and construction. Personal incomes, tax revenues, prices and profits fell as unemployment, social uneasiness, and fear gathered momentum. It is also associated with private mortgage debts, commercial business debts and a great inequality between the rich and consumers.

The stage for World War II was set into action.
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Romanian Parliament makes a totalitarian move

March 7, 2008

Five cents will not even buy you a spoken paragraph of no particular value in Bablion. So consider yourself lucky that you found me…

The Romanian Parliament makes a totalitarian move by signing the controversial Lisbon Treaty without engaging a national conversation about the advantages and disadvantages to be expected if the Treaty is realized. Such a move is not the first example of the authoritarian disregard for Law, Order and Constitution by Romanian leaders- but it seems to be the most shameless prostitution of the Romanian state by a democratically-elected Parliament.

“Romania is for sale” below is a parody of the Romanian state (non-english and no subtitles)

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Totalitarian Move

Last month, Romania’s Parliament agreed to sign the controversial Lisbon Treaty. Romanian officials were very pleased to exercise their authority as members of the European Union on February 4th. French President Nicolas Sarkozy even came to show his support, have a drink, and meet some nice girls. Interestingly, the Romanian government did not feel any duty or obligaion to communicate to the Romanian people the purpose and specifics of the Lisbon treaty, its impact on the Romanian constitution (if accepted by the European Union) or what this means for Romania’s independence in the future.
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Geert Wilders, Bigotry and Human Conflict

March 4, 2008

Notes from a Patsak (before the release of Wilder’s film):

Geert Wilders is just a noisy bigot whose pastey face barely escapes his neck. Why would anyone take him seriously? Regardless of the controversy, we must remember that bigotry and conflict only serve those who oppose the transparency and self-examination that is generally demanded of government and politics in times of peace and progress.

Relevant to this discussion is an interesting video from moby that you may have not have understood.

Now, here’s the hints: the old dude is Uncle Sam, the chicken factory is the Middle East, the factory workers represent Masad and CIA operatives, the store is Europe and the store employee is an Asian immigrant. The chicken (protagonist) represents Hamas, the slaughtered chickens are Palestinians, and Uncle Sam’s body guard, obviously, Homeland and FBI. Democracy and freedom are represented by the female vocalist. The knife used to kill Uncle Sam is a metaphor for Israeli lobbyists and the Media. And the barbeque sauce is sweet crude.

The babes and cash are what they are, babes and cash. This is what it’s all about. The bottomline, baby!

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Note: The views reflected in the above interpretation of moby’s video, Disco Lies, are represented here for the purpose of humorous relief from a European perspective; such interpretations are not meant to be taken as truth or suggestions.
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moby and me: coincidence and melancholy

March 2, 2008

Five cent tour for Patsaks:

Find out what a self-proclaimed blog star (me) has to say to an actual rock star (moby) in this surreal, ongoing fictitious relationship. And just because moby is an actual myspace friend, this is not cause for me or you (the reader) to think these conversations are anything more than fictitious.

“I’ve made tons of bad decisions and done tons of things I regret. But it’s an interesting process.”

– moby

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Mistakes were made… A loaded gun won’t set you free…

Dave Simpson interviews moby

Congratulations on your recent interview. I found your answers to Dave Simpson’s questions… honest. Maybe, they were. Maybe, they weren’t. Dude, I’m just telling you how your answers struck me.

Simpson’s questions, I’m guessing, were some kind of scuffy clown shoes. Neither clever nor intrusive enough to reveal something profound and touching. I got the impression that the interview was really just a friendly chat, you shooting the frell while he took too many notes – maybe you were tired, slightly bored – but not bored enough to drop your usual fistful of expletives to stir things up.

Or k-mo the conversation.

What the frell is up with Simpson and the word, wistful? He uses it four times. Wistful isn’t very manly, masculine or forceful. It does not embody anything that relates to a will to action, decision and determination OR self-esteem for that matter. But these manly things are the things that are the spirit in a strong beat or great music.

Perhaps, reflective would have been a better word choice. Because each time that I saw wistful in the text, it struck me as odd- maybe even emasculating.

Were you so pensive?
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