Twitter is nothing new. Considered Micro-blogging, Twitter is a social networking platform that allows its users to post up to 140 characters describing “what are you doing right now?” Similar to the Facebook status message, Twitter has been around for several years, though it wasn’t until just recently that I’ve become addicted.

I’ve always written Twitter off as a silly application that has no practical usage. In the past few weeks however, I’ve gotten quite a kick out of providing my periodic updates throughout the day with random thoughts, or comments that I have to make.

There was even an article in the latest episode of Wired, which discussed how many people are shutting down their personal blogs in favor of Twitter, Facebook and Flickr. The reason? Who has time to write a long, well thought-out post for a small personalized audience when you can accomplish the same thing with 140 characters interspersed throughout the day?

There are so many blogs out there nowadays that have become their own “new media.” Huffington Post, Politico, Lifehacker, and Boing Boing are just to name a few. If you are interested in reading commentary about the latest debate, doing a Google search will likely return a few top news sites mixed together with a few of the top political blogs. Your personal review of the debate is likely not to get picked up and will only be circulated amongst your small community of readers.

Have no fear, dear readers. I’m not shutting down The Diatribe. Instead, if you’re looking to get a quick fix of what Miss Possible or myself are up to. Check out our twitter feed: bseils and kseils.

Feel like trying it out for yourself? Read the FAQs and send along your user ID so we can follow you as well!

Did LTJ sign up for this?

Poor LTJ… we lived together long enough before getting married that he had to know what he was getting in to, but I still don’t envy him dealing with me in the mornings. Anyone who has ever tried to get me up can sympathize with LTJ’s plight. At our wedding, my mom happily handed the torch off to him.

Here’s a funny incident from this morning (last night I told him to try to wake me up early… hahaha):

LTJ: Trying to wake Miss Possible up.
Miss Possible: Fighting not to get up
LTJ: I don’t know how I’m supposed to wake you up, if you don’t want to. You ask me to wake you up, then you yell at me. What am I supposed to do??
Miss Possible: Leave me the F alone! Go read the documentation and leave me alone!!!
LTJ: Read the documentation on what?
Miss Possible: Stop asking me how to do things, and just go read the documentation for yourself!

Later today my wonderful husband wants to confirm that I got up and reiterates to me this lovely story. His final words on the subject: Would you care to write said documentation?

I guess I was having a nightmare about all the documentation I wrote last night 😉

The sad thing is this isn’t even close to the worst of these wake up stories.

Debate Number Two

After watching tonight’s debate, yet again, I believe that there were a few things that I don’t think that the media caught onto. The biggest of these is the condescending tone that I felt John McCain used during several of his arguments. In particular, the statement where he referred to Obama as “That One” but it was the entire statement. His tone. His finger pointing. His referring to pork barrel spending as “goodies.” 


John McCain: “By the way, my friends, I know you grow a little weary with this back-and-forth. It was an energy bill on the floor of the Senate loaded down with goodies, billions for the oil companies, and it was sponsored by Bush and Cheney.

You know who voted for it? You might never know. That one. You know who voted against it? Me. I have fought time after time against these pork barrel — these bills that come to the floor and they have all kinds of goodies and all kinds of things in them for everybody and they buy off the votes.”

Overall, I felt that Obama won the debate. Obama looked strong and determined to help the country. He sounded confident and appealed to the American people. John McCain focused on attacks and accusations. He continued the same rhetoric and practiced his same bullet points that he used in the last debate. Obama was new and refreshing. 

It’s the economy stupid.

Palin’s Biggest Mistake

I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised to see Sarah Palin’s performance tonight, especially after her gaffe’s in the Couric interviews. At the same time, though, I was very surprised at Joe Biden who I thought did a fantastic job. I was not nearly expecting him to perform as well as he did and I honestly believe the won the debate.

Sarah Palin did what she needed to do, in that she held her own and did not make a fool of herself. I guess that’s not saying much, when the goal of your debate is to not look stupid.

The one thing, though, besides totally messing up General McKiernan’s quote (not to mention his name) was her answer to the question about Dick Cheney’s role as the Vice President. In previous interviews, Sarah has not stated her views on whether or not the vice president is part of the executive or legislative branch.

Unfortunately, Joe Biden needed to bite his tongue, but she answered “Yes. I do not believe that the VP is strictly part of the executive branch” citing that she will follow in Cheney’s footsteps. Cheney has lied to the people. Cheney has skirted the law. Cheney has gotten out of all sorts of political trouble because he claims he is part of the Legistlative branch and not the executive branch. This not the way that the constitution is written and the fact that Palin comes in supporting Cheney’s views on this is disgusting.

Palin and McCain are Cheney and Bush. Do NOT let them fool you.

Have you registered?

The deadlines are quickly approaching. November 4th will be here before we know it, but before you can vote you need to register. You know who you are. If you live in a swing state (Ohio, Virgina, Pennsylvania, Florida, etc.) it’s that much MORE important.

Today, Google released a Voter Information Map, complete with a very funny video with special celebrities explaining the importance of voting in the upcoming election. Check it out – and for pete’s sake register to vote.

Unless, of course, you’re voting for McCain.

Just Kidding. Kinda.