Fluent Self Item!A somewhat goofy mini-collection of stuff I’ve been reading, stuff I’ve been thinking about and oh, some completely random crap.

Basically the stuff that never gets mentioned here because I’m not the kind of person who can just make some teeny little point. Not into the whole brevity thing, as the Dude would say.

Actually, I’m under the strict compulsion to write ten pages about anything on my mind. So this is me. Practicing brevity.

I was going to come up with a clever title but then the posts I’m Item! -izing this week all have way better titles than anything I could come up with.

Going with my mad Shivanautical mutterings, hanging my head in shame, and then distracting you with bright and shiny links! Whee!

Item! Post No. 56 in a mostly weekly series that really wasn’t supposed to last this long.

Item! The skirt of stars.

Shannon made an “illuminated interactive” skirt.

Oh yes. And now it will drive you crazy that you don’t have one.

“… a hand-sewn tulle wrap skirt with integrated fiber optics and lights that change color in response to the speed and direction of the wearer’s movement.

It uses the Lilypad Arduino platform, developed for integrating electronics into textiles. There’s a purple organza underlayer to the skirt onto which is sewn the Lilypad main circuit board and a power supply, and an accelerometer hangs from a ribbon to allow for freedom of movement. The Lilypad receives the measurements of the accelerometer’s movement, and translates them into color output for the tricolor LEDs around the waistband of the skirt.”

AWESOME.

She’s @spiralshannon on Twitter.

Item! Salty buttery popcorn flavored epiphanies.

This post!

It’s called why I brush my teeth and other body thoughts and it’s full of great.

First she describes Dance of Shiva as “Sudoku for your body”, which is brilliant.

Then she goes all Metaphor Mouse on her life and comes up with the most astonishing things. Also her site is gorgeous.

“I want the structure without the rigidity, the immovability. I don’t want to have to wreck the building if the layout isn’t working. I wrote a bit about it but got stuck and couldn’t figure out what word I needed …

Then suddenly it totally hit me, while walking down the street. Body. “

She’s @SaltyLaura on Twitter.

Item! Whack-a-mole and the People Pleasing Autobahn.

I adore Lynn. And the titles she comes up with for blog posts.

This one about patterns, stucknesses and Shivanautical epiphanies was just terrific.

“I’ve just wrapped up one of the toughest weeks of my life. I don’t read my horoscope any more, but I’m sure it said something like gemini, your work life is going to be a giant ball of SUCK all week, so eat your Wheaties.”

Oh, and she also has a video post called What’s the metaphor, Kenneth. On wanting to work on them.

I don’t normally watch many videos. But she’s just so … her. And charming. And right there. LOVE. And if you have ideas for her metaphorizing, bring it on!

She’s @humanbeingblog on Twitter.

Item! The golden hour.

A lovely post from Briana about ritual, paying attention and making changes.

“Which makes it pretty clear why my old habit of opening my eyes and immediately peering into my blackberry to check for grenades was such a bad idea.

Bonjour anxiety! Wanna hang out with me today?
Maybe this information isn’t new, but receiving it through the right filter made a huge difference. Even though I knew it didn’t work for me to dive into the internet first thing, there was still too much check-check-checking. And then things would get all fuzzy and squonchy. Yes, squonchy.”

She’s @BrianaAldrich on Twitter.

Item! Let me google that for you.

You know when people ask you questions that can be easily answered by googling the thing? It’s Dear Lazy Web, but without even bothering to use the web.

So you google it for them because you’re too nice to say I don’t know, why don’t you google it?

Luckily, now you can send people to a site called let me google that for you.

It’s genius. Get this. You put your question into the googles, click the search button, press go and voila. It searches google for you.

Like, it types in the question for you, presses search for you and then asks, “There, was that so hard?”

If you don’t find this hysterically funny, I don’t know what to say.

It’s like a less complicated version of this. Or a less insulting version of this.

Found via the excellent @josephpred on Twitter. Thanks also to @jesscyn for cracking me up.

Item! I’m making a giant bubble wand.

And just as I decided that, bam! This showed up.

Also Hiro posted about bubbles and that was pretty perfect too.

Item! Update from the land of the Peculiar & Hilarious Shivanauts!

The “peculiar and hilarious” thing comes from Melynda’s sweet bit about Butterfly Wishes.

I taught a Shiva Nata class for Guns N Rollers (the Roller Derby team that I am obsessive about sponsor.

Secret Wacky Yoga Brain Training Ninja Wizardry ACTIVATE!

And of course we had the Dust off the DVD teleclass last week which was great fun.

Then I wrote about some more epiphanies I had.

And Rachael wrote a gorgeous post called the dance is the epiphany.

Basically it was a good week to be a Shivanaut. Spring is coming and we’re dancing out old patterns and dancing in new ones and it’s crazy and joyful and intense.

Item! Comments! Here’s what I want this time:

  • Things you’re thinking about.
  • Things to not do on my birthday.

My commitment.
I am committed to giving time and thought to the things that people say. Even though asking for what I want still feels awkward for me, I’m just going to remind myself that this is a thing I’m practicing.

That is all.

Happy reading.

And happy Blustery Windsday. Unless you’re Claire who gets a happy everything but no blustering. She likes it balmy. See you tomorrow.