WTF?! Stop lieing to you. And other social media DOHs! 5 Minute Therapy

June 30, 2011

Do you have true feelings about anything?

I am waiting. I am ever waiting to bring the world to the perfection that is longed for in hope, joy, and possibility.

Do you feel the same as I do?

Enigma, Return to Innocence

I await for greater forces (men, women or otherwise) of greater prudence, courage, self-control, justice and faith. I await their direction, their demonstrations, and crowd-roaring triumphs over impossibilities, danger, and humiliation.

I am waiting to do amazing things – more amazing than I can begin to understand or imagine. Because within me are beautiful, true, and good things. They move with such precision, certainty, and counterpoint. Like the heavens. Like celestial perfection. Like a clockwork of stars and galaxies.

I am not alone

I am not alone in these anticipations and aspirations.

And you are not alone in yours.

There is untested strength, courage, and beauty in our common will. So much unrevealed awesome in our common destiny.

Wait for no one

We need begin for the hour is late. We have lost ourselves in useless distractions. We have uselessly agonized over our unfulfillment.

We do not need more things. You. Me. We need less emptiness in our hearts. We need less dishonesty. With ourselves. With others.

We need to sanctify ourselves in love. Because we are nothing – if we, ourselves, are not love. Because love is, has always been, and will always be – what we are. Wait for no one!

Do I deceive myself when I allow myself to feel my deep hunger for love? Do you?

Has not love been everything for me- when I allowed myself to feel truly the things that I feel? You?

And yet, nothing I could do would purchase it and my happiness. With one single exception- love.

Consequences

Do you feel the same?

Or, maybe, my words fail to sue for peace against the armed gates of your heart. Maybe, the walls of your heart are proud and tall like the walls of Troy.

I am of no consequence to you. I do not pretend to have wisdom for you. But who are you?

You, yourself, are of consequence to you. This is indisputable. And your emptiness longs to be filled with joy. With you. With love.

Just as my emptiness must be filled with love.

And, quite possibly, we shall find joy together. In love. With love. Through love. In the unity of our common will and destiny to be ourselves truly and completely.

Together, we can be the change that we want to see in our world.

If you can do one thing just for you today… allow yourself to feel everything as you watch this short, uplifting video:

Stan Faryna
25 June, 2011
Valley of the Roses (Kazanlak), Bulgaria

If you’d like to connect with me, follow @Faryna and tweet me up on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/faryna

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About Stan Faryna

Mr. Faryna is the founder and co-founder of several technology, design and communication companies in the United States and Europe including Faryna & Associates, Inc., Halo Interactive, and others.

Stan Faryna served as a Global Voices author and translator. Global Voices is a non-profit global citizens’ media project founded at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, a research think-tank focused on the Internet’s impact on society.

His political, scholarly, social and technical opinions have appeared in The Chicago DefenderJurnalul NationalThe Washington TimesSagarSaptamana FinanciaraSocial Justice Review, and other publications.

Mr. Faryna also served as editor-in-chief of Black and Right (Praeger Press, 1996), a landmark collection of socio-political essays by important American thinkers including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Copyright

Copyright 1996 to 2012 by Stan Faryna.

Here’s my fair use policy for my content: If you want to share my content with your own audience, you may quote a brief excerpt, if and only if, you provide proper attribution (Source: The unofficial blog of Stan Faryna) with a direct link to the source. Generally speaking, as long as you are not acting as an agent or on behalf of a corporation or institution, I am not interested in any payment for the quotation or use of a complete article. Nevertheless, you may not republish or translate the entire article without my written permission. Send your request for permission via Facebook. Or tweet me up me on Twitter.


Engage a person. And other social media dohs! 5 minute therapy.

June 23, 2011

You’re not alone.

Open your mind. Surely, it’s plain to see…

If you are going to get anything out of this blog post, you’ll need to say it with me:

I’m not alone.

Stop!

Say it with your mouth. If you can do it without disturbing the peace, say it loudly.

I’m not alone.

If you are too proud to say with your mouth, you’re never going to get social media. Or life. Or love! That’s just the way it is.

Last chance to save your soul…

I’m not alone.

Open your heart.

Let love penetrate. Trust me on this for five minutes. Because I don’t want your money. Buy yourself something nice. Or give it to a worthwhile cause.

Here’s some music – if you need a little help. Pump up the volume. You can read on while you listen to the music.

ATB – You’re Not Alone

Less than an hour ago, I received a tweet from Jessica Northey:

@Faryna I love your profile pic/avi! it’s gorgeous! also the love the photo on your blog. Is that your son?? he’s sooooo cute!!! 🙂 xo

I replied:

@JessicaNorthey Jessica: Wow! You know how to engage. I can think of no better first tweet engagement than yours just now.

And I meant exactly what I said. I also followed up with two more tweets:

@JessicaNorthey Here’s a pic of me and my son, Johnny http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=450901373414&set=t.704673414&type=1&theater

@JessicaNorthey Just read your About on fingercandymedia.com. You are amazing. How do you do it all?! Do you sleep? <smile>

This is a beautiful start to engagement. It is an encounter of two hearts – and minds and whole persons. Curiosity, excitement, encouragement… and lots of other good stuff. It’s all there.

How do you engage?

Engagement happens when you understand that you are not alone and you honor the others that share this world with you. Because the ideas, insights, or inspirations shared through social media come from real people. Sometimes.

Engagement can not be counted in the number of tweets, retweets, page views, referrals, shares, likes, etc. Because in true engagement, we don’t know where it ends. It can also transcend time and space.

What about those real people out there? In life as in social media, people are the bottom line as much as you are the bottom line.

Yes, you are the bottom line of amazing. Don’t you forget that!

Stan Faryna
23 June 2011
Bucharest, Romania

If you’d like to connect with me, follow @Faryna and tweet me up on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/faryna

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About Stan Faryna

Mr. Faryna is the founder and co-founder of several technology, design and communication companies in the United States and Europe including Faryna & Associates, Inc., Halo Interactive, and others.

Stan Faryna served as a Global Voices author and translator. Global Voices is a non-profit global citizens’ media project founded at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, a research think-tank focused on the Internet’s impact on society.

His political, scholarly, social and technical opinions have appeared in The Chicago DefenderJurnalul NationalThe Washington TimesSagarSaptamana FinanciaraSocial Justice Review, and other publications.

Mr. Faryna also served as editor-in-chief of Black and Right (Praeger Press, 1996), a landmark collection of socio-political essays by important American thinkers including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Copyright

Copyright 1996 to 2012 by Stan Faryna.

Here’s my fair use policy for my content: If you want to share my content with your own audience, you may quote a brief excerpt, if and only if, you provide proper attribution (Source: The unofficial blog of Stan Faryna) with a direct link to the source. Generally speaking, as long as you are not acting as an agent or on behalf of a corporation or institution, I am not interested in any payment for the quotation or use of a complete article. Nevertheless, you may not republish or translate the entire article without my written permission. Send your request for permission via Facebook. Or tweet me up me on Twitter.


Remember how the world used to be? Families. Children. Dreams. #fanart

June 21, 2011

Violeta

Savor this day. Burn it into your memory.

One of several framed pictures hanging on the wall of Max’s room in Cismigiu’s Sanctuary Spa and Resort as described in Chapter 1.10 in Book of Carrot, my novel about the end times. READ it here http://wp.me/pbg0R-bU

Notes

Some people say Chapter 1.10 is just for chicks. I don’t know about that…

Fan Art

Media: Digital Art and Photography

Artists: Madalina Cristea

Creative Commons license for this graphic as follows: Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA

Credits:

Madalina Cristea
http://dmonss-mady.deviantart.com

Note: You can submit fan art to stan(dot)faryna(at)gmail.com. Please provide contact information (FB, website, etc. so I can include it like I’ve done above). Unless otherwise specified, all works submitted will be considered as released by the author under the Creative Common’s Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA.


J. Alfred Prufrock, Zeldman, blogging, and I still haven’t found what I’m looking for

June 16, 2011

Bloggers come and go in the land Oz; talking about a Midsummer Santa Claus

If you didn’t peak in high school, there was the consolation (myth?) that you’ll rock it (find happiness) later on.

Listening to The Big Web Show #49 at 5by5.tv/bigwebshow/49, I had to chuckle when Jeffrey Zeldman whines to Dan Benjamin about how “popularity” drives us now more than ever. Today, if your blog post doesn’t get picked up by techmeme, Google, or Ashton Kusher (@aplusk), you just won’t feel really good about what you’re doing.

“Popularity matters profoundly,” Zeldman bemoans. Popularity – not quality, Zeldman argues, is what determines your happiness because the advertisers, sponsors, and opportunities go almost exclusively to the winners of the popularity contest. Niche, in other words, should be awesome when you own it. But, frankly, as Zeldman and Benjamin admit, niche just doesn’t play out to our expectations. It doesn’t pay either.

U2 – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

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A Morning Litany For A Fair Damsel In Distress

June 15, 2011

Guten Morgen dear heart,

I have a very important song for you this morning. I’m guessing that you’ve never heard it before.

Richard Smallwood & Vision – Be Open

Be open to the Spirit

Be open to the Word

Be open to His power, let it move all through your life

God is moving by His Spirit

Be open and receive it

Be open to His Spirit and you shall blessed

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Remember how the world was? Before the dark time. #fanart #picnic

June 10, 2011

Picnic in Romania

Savor today. Burn it into your memory.

One of several framed pictures hanging on the wall of Max’s room in Cismigiu’s Sanctuary Spa and Resort as described in Chapter 1.10 in Book of Carrot, my novel about the dark time. READ it here http://wp.me/pbg0R-bU

Notes

Some people say Chapter 1.10 is just for chicks. I don’t know about that…

Fan Art

Media: Digital Art and Photography

Artists: Madalina Cristea

Creative Commons license for this graphic as follows: Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA

Credits:

Madalina Cristea
http://dmonss-mady.deviantart.com

Note: You can submit fan art to stan(dot)faryna(at)gmail.com. Please provide contact information (FB, website, etc. so I can include it like I’ve done above). Unless otherwise specified, all works submitted will be considered as released by the author under the Creative Common’s Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA.


Max and Violeta #hotmomma #family #picnic

June 9, 2011

hot momma

hot momma

One of several pictures hanging on the wall of Max’s room in Cismigiu’s Sanctuary Spa and Resort as described in Chapter 1.10 in Book of Carrot, my novel about the end times. READ it here http://wp.me/pbg0R-bU

Notes

Maddy had a brilliant idea to come up with some of the family pictures that Max finds in her room in Chapter 1.10. I loved Maddy’s idea at the first mention. Thanks Maddy! You rock!

Excerpt

“I love you, Teddy!” Violeta said and gave Teddy a big hug.

“I love you too,” replied Teddy.

On the way to the bathroom, Max noticed that the twelve small, framed pictures on the wall were pictures that she had put out to trash with Teddy almost a year ago. She smiled. She wished she could give John’s father a hug and a kiss.

“You’re my angel!” she said to him in her thoughts. “My perfect angel from God!”

Fan Art

Media: Digital Art and Photography

Artists: Madalina Cristea

Creative Commons license for this graphic as follows: Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA

Credits:

Madalina Cristea
http://dmonss-mady.deviantart.com

Note: You can submit fan art to stan(dot)faryna(at)gmail.com. Please provide contact information (FB, website, etc. so I can include it like I’ve done above). Unless otherwise specified, all works submitted will be considered as released by the author under the Creative Common’s Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA.


Awesome fan art by web UX and designer @johngarrettX

June 8, 2011

main protagonist and antagonist: book of carrot #fanart

A scene from Chapter 1.2 in Book of Carrot, my novel about the end times. READ it here http://wp.me/pbg0R-9B

Notes

In this awesome illustration by freelance web UX and designer John Garrett, the main antagonist (the bare-footed man) has a locking hold on the main protagonist (John).

I’d also like to mention that John Garrett has the best about page that I have ever seen during my 16 years as an online professional. See it here.

Excerpt

“We’re not thugs. We’re not killers. You and I: we don’t kill,” the barefooted man whispered in John’s ear. “We don’t kill because we’re not takers.”

“But I’ve been waiting for you, John. I’ve seen you in visions and dreams. So here you are!”

John struggled to break free. The bare-footed man replied to John’s struggle with a kiss on the cheek.

“In some of my visions, you’re digging and poking around in the dirt and mud for carrots. Like a pig pushing its nose through the slop!”

“What do you make of that, John-boy? Does God have a sick sense of humor or what?!”

John struggled to break free again. The bare-footed man bit John’s cheek hard – not letting go until John stopped struggling.

“I LOVE THIS BOY’S SPIRIT! WITH THREE BOYS LIKE JOHN, THE WHOLE WORLD WOULD BE MY OYSTER!” he shouted.

Then he whispered in John’s ear.

“You can’t kill me, John…

You’ll try and try. But you always fail. I’ve seen it in visions. Three times, you try. Because without me there’s no you. And without you, there’s no me.”

Fan Art

Media: 3D Digital Art

Artist: John Garrett

Creative Commons license for this graphic as follows: Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA

Credits:

John Garrett
http://hypertransitory.com/about/

Note: You can submit fan art to stan(dot)faryna(at)gmail.com. Please provide contact information (FB, website, etc. so I can include it like I’ve done above). Unless otherwise specified, all works submitted will be considered as released by the author under the Creative Common’s Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA.


Mister Hachi, Stupid Poodles, and Sammy the Spam

June 7, 2011

bucharest's prize chow chow

Mister Hachi ♥ you

A scene from Chapter 1.7 in Book of Carrot, my novel about the end times. READ it here http://wp.me/pbg0R-aE

Notes

In this pic, Hachi (sporting his aerodynamic trim) is seen through John’s K-9s. This is a few minutes before John meets Sammy the Spam, the park policeman in Cismigiu Park. Hachi is a chow chow – just sayin.

Excerpt

Sam wondered what the guy’s name was. He wondered where the dog’s blog was at. He’d find out and maybe he’d get someone to hack it.

Stupid poodle, he thought to himself.

Who likes poodles, anyway? Poodles are a chick dog. Poodles suck. Dudes with poodles are fucking loosers.

He looked around. John and Hachi were out of sight.

“Fucking Loser!” Sam shouted.

Fan Art

Media: Digital Art and Photography

Artists: Madalina Cristea and Stan Faryna

Creative Commons license for this graphic as follows: Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA

Credits:

Madalina Cristea
http://dmonss-mady.deviantart.com

Stan Faryna

http://about.me/faryna

Note: You can submit fan art to stan(dot)faryna(at)gmail.com. Please provide contact information (FB, website, etc. so I can include it like I’ve done above). Unless otherwise specified, all works submitted will be considered as released by the author under the Creative Common’s Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA.


Oh – Lumi is a 360 degree hottie #sexy #intelligent #spiritual

June 3, 2011

The beautiful and intelligent Lumi

A scene from Chapter 2.1 in Book of Carrot, my novel about the end times. READ it here http://wp.me/pbg0R-eU

Notes

In this pic, Lumi is on the balcony of her hotel apartment that she is sharing with Grace and Max. She’s reviewing social messages via her hyper-intelligent eyewear (K-9) in her search for clues to how the world fell apart.

Excerpt

Meanwhile, Lumi was looking for clues to what happened.

Ok. Playing Social Messages from 04 July 2023 from 4:57 am in reverse order.

Bucharest Herald

Woman raped in Congo ‘nearly every minute’ link

B_Gossip

Hot! Hot! Hot! That’s the temperature forecast for the next two weeks. Drink lots of water and sit under an air conditioner. Avoid going outside except for urgent reasons.

Bucharest Herald

Grandmother says the 19 snakes infesting her house were brought by a grandson who wants to make her give up her house. link

WSJ

Gold and Silver is going higher and higher! So why is the Forbes Investor Newsletter shouting SELL! SELL! SELL!? vid

WP

1001 Nights is the name for the superbug that was first identified in Saudi Arabia. It has spread to all continents. Early symptoms: chest pain, stomach pain, diarrhea, headaches, and dizziness. Advanced symptoms: ulcerating black-ish boils across the whole body. link

NASA

More UFOs Sightings?! Join us for our live chat about the annual Perseid Meteor Shower. link

Media: Digital Art

Artist: Madalina Cristea

Creative Commons license for this graphic as follows: Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA

Credits:

Madalina Cristea
http://dmonss-mady.deviantart.com

Note: You can submit fan art to stan(dot)faryna(at)gmail.com. Please provide contact information (FB, website, etc. so I can include it like I’ve done above). Unless otherwise specified, all works submitted will be considered as released by the author under the Creative Common’s Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA.