My blog as a work of art

Posted on July 28, 2008. Filed under: Culture, Games, Health, Travel |

I had a busy and emotional weekend (including in the blogging world) so I’ll post some lighter fare to start the week. I thought I’d save you all some time, by letting you read my entire blog all at once:

Here's my blog, all at once

Here's my blog, all at once

I learned of Wordle from Deirdra. It’s a lot of fun to play with.

I found this gratitude dance video over at yogini‘s place. Do check out her video page, she’s got lots of really uplifting videos there. I’d posted about the Gratitude Dance, and how fun, silly, and heartening I thought it was. This one travels all over the world, is even more wonderful, and as I watched I said to myself “I know a blogger there…and there…and there!!!” I’ll bet you find Gratitude Dancers in your city or area. This is moving, on so many levels; some of them political; some social. The smile never left my face for the entire four minutes…I just love the world! πŸ™‚ (Be sure to click on “watch in high definition”.)

This last one has “been around the Internet” a lot lately, so you may have seen it. If not, and if you like animals at all, I dare you to watch it without shedding a tear. I know some of these kinds of things may be staged, but it surely looks genuine to me. [21/2 minutes]

I hope this has helped to put a little happiness into your day. [This post is graphically intensive, so my apologies to you slow loaders. (By that of course I just mean your Internet connection; not you, personally! πŸ˜› )]


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Hey Muse,
I especially enjoyed watching the lion video again. I actually had seen it for the first time several days ago as I was waiting for my parents to bring our dog back home to us. They doggie-sat while we were on vacation. Watching that video really caused me to get excited about seeing our dog again. Lovely.

this was REALLY fun! Thank you, “C”

The gratitude dance? What fun! It’s amazing to see all those different places all over the world. Planet Earth is so big, and so diverse. This Matt guy travels a lot, doesn’t he?

I hadn’t seen the lion video before, either, but I’m glad I did. Thanks for posting it! You’ve brightened up my day. πŸ™‚

I love the blog as a work of art. How neat! (I want to copy if you don’t mind)

But the happy dance around the world. I watched it at Yogini’s site) I don’t think I could tire of watching it. I couldn’t help but laugh. That would be so fun.
One day I will get up enough nerve, take my camcorder out and just ask people to do it. Maybe at an outdoor concert event or something where a bunch of people would be.

Thanks, Muse.

You had a busy and emotional weekend???????? Not going to share???????

I have seen the lion video…it was actually on our news…isn’t that something? Am off to check out the dancing now. Like your last sentence and the graphic is wonderful.

I liked Lemur Island….did you see those things flying around? And no wonder he was dancing on Christmas Island with those crabs underfoot!

Is Matt Australian cause he had quite a few Aussie cities there?

I am sorry Muse. Are you ok?????

Well, I certainly think animals have a real emotional life, particularly if they’re connected with us humans, teeveebee. Your doggie reunion sounds delightful. I’m very glad you liked the video; thanks for letting me know. I can hardly think about it without being emotionally moved.

Super! I’m glad you had a good time with these, C.! πŸ™‚

How splendid your day got brighter thereby, B0bby. My, you came home and caught up with all my posts! I really appreciate you taking the time (especially when you could be reading about The Armada!) πŸ˜‰ He sure does travel, doesn’t he? And dances wherever he goes; how fun is that? I think the Lion video is very moving, too.

You’re very welcome, BD, and thank you! You may certainly click on the Wordle link, above, and put your own blog url in there and generate your own “pretty blog” (Hmmm, I wonder if the word “bead” would come up at all?) πŸ˜‰ Oh, if you do film such a thing, I wanna see it! Brave bead!

Thanks, MQ. I really shouldn’t call people “slow-loaders” but I amuse myself thereby. πŸ˜‰ I’m glad you liked the Lion video when you saw it. I noticed that, too, about lots of Aus places on the dance video (including your city, Yay!) Perhaps Australia is a particularly grateful nation? But, he’s apparently from the U.S.—more about him here.

Hey, kaylee, I’m fine, thank you! I just had a very busy and demanding weekend, but I didn’t mean emotional in a BAD way at all! πŸ™‚ I do appreciate the concern. πŸ˜€

Magik Quilter and kaylee: You two brought it home to me that I shouldn’t give a hint like that and leave you hanging! 😦 OK, I shall do a post about the live-in-Arizona part of my weekend. As for the blogging bit, I’m finding that I think about you bloggie friends as much as my local ones. I got all emotional about a couple of posts I read, one being the return of CJ, and one YOU wrote, MQ (I’m sure you know the one I mean). Then, I was just almost overwhelmend by the wonderful, heartfelt comments on two posts I wrote, namely my Bloggiversary one, and my guest post on sulz’s blog. I felt fortunate, and cared for, all weekend long. So, emotional in a good way!!! Thanks, guys!

Thought you might have meant that….just checking you big softie!!!

Phew…I was wondering about that, Muse. Thanks for letting us know.

I think doing a Happy Dance video would be a total blast! When I find the right place and group of people, I will make one.

Take care.

Stuck in the world of dial up I canni see the vids, so I will have to pass on that one, Muse – but ya blog is arty alright! πŸ˜€

Muse, how did you get the Wordle on your blog? I couldn’t find a way of doing it. Sorry 😦

Nice graphic, and the lion video was awesome. I saw a similar one with a lady in South America, I think.

Really nice.

You’ve got my number, MQ. πŸ™‚ Even as a child, I refused to go see the film Bambi, because I’d heard something about Bambi’s mother…and I didn’t want to know about it!

Thanks, BD. I’m doing well! Looking forward to your video! The Wordle FAQ says you can take a screen shot, but I don’t know if you can post that. I saved it as a .pdf ( ), then I converted the .pdf to a .jpeg, then edited that to rotate it so it would fit on my blog, then uploaded it. Took a while, and I lost a bit of crispness, but it still came out OK. I’m sure there are better ways to do this, but…If you want the tools I used, send me an email and I’ll send them to you. πŸ™‚

Oh, poor Will, you’re one a’them slow-loaders, aren’t you? πŸ˜‰ We’ve got to get you fixed up with high speed, considering how much you are online! Glad you liked the pretty blog graphic though, thanks!

Juan! It’s great to see you! Thank you, and isn’t that Lion vid something? I can hardly even think about it; I’ve watched it, like 7 times. The graphic-blog thingy is fun, too, and you can tweak the colors and shapes. See you soon!

I’ve been following Matt’s travels since he first started. shows all the countries he’s been to and performed his dance.

I loved the lion video. I hope it wasn’t staged.

I’ll have to try wordle. Looks like fun.

Thank you, Muse. If it doesn’t work, I’ll drop you a line. πŸ™‚

I tagged you. πŸ™‚

I love Wordle too and was thinking about doing a post with some of the images; looks like you beat me to it! What’s really fun is using it for poetry; I created a couple of Wordles from Kipling’s If and Tennyson’s Charge of the Light Brigade and it’s interesting seeing which words they used the most. I’m such a word nerd. πŸ™‚

The two videos are great. I’ve seen the lion one before and I’m still amazed Christian’s mate didn’t eat them. I wonder when Disney will make it into a movie? I was glad to see Sydney in the dancing video but where was New Zealand? No dancing hobbits?

Glad to hear you’re okay. Sometimes blogging can be really overwhelming, can’t it? It wasn’t until I saw the dancing video that I realised how many different countries we all come from as well. It really shows how much we have in common. Besides being slow loaders, of course. πŸ˜‰

By the way, if BD or anyone wants to use Wordle on their blog, there’s a slightly easier way than the PDF. If you take a screenshot (the prt sc key) when you’re looking at the image, you can paste that into a program like Paint and save it as a jpg to upload. It keeps all of the crispness and cuts out a few of the extra steps, if that helps.

Thanks, Joan. I had experienced the gratitude dance before, but hadn’t know about Matt and all his adventures until recently. If you do a Wordle, I’ll come and look at it. Looks like thebeadden is about to do one too!

You’re welcome, BD, and see! I told you there must be an easier way. Scroll up a couple and listen to cj, who is wise in all things. πŸ™‚

Did you now, CuriousC? I’d best get busy then, hadn’t I. Thank you!

Sorry to steal your thunder, cj, but I shall look forward to seeing poetry in there. So far, I’ve just used it for my blog url. I know! The first time I saw the lion vid, and Christian saw them and started running towards them, I thought that they were braver than I would be. But they so clearly radiated trust and love, and that surely paid off. Christian must have been able to communicate to his wife that the humans were friends, not food! πŸ™‚ I loved that dancing video. I think I did see Auckland fly by very quickly (no Hobbits though), but now I’m not sure; have to check again as there were SO many places. And thank you for your good thoughts. Yes, blogging is intense at the moment, and I still haven’t posted about the rest of my weekend, and here it is almost one again. Whew! Thanks for the screenshot tip. I knew I was making this thing overly complicated!!! πŸ™‚

Thank you, CJ! I was so tired last night I didn’t feel like doing it the hard way. I’ll try it right now. πŸ™‚

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The lion video is great! It definitely put a smile on my face πŸ™‚ Amazing how that happened! That is seriously one big cat. I love animals!

Shane, that surely is a big cat! I might be a little alarmed to have a beast that large “love” me that much! But these people and their lion friends really communicated their joy in each other. I’m very glad you like it!

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Thanks for the link, Shane! I liked your Wordle; it was quite interesting…well, I’ll tell you what I REALLY thought on your own blog! πŸ˜‰

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