Find your tribe they say, you will be fulfilled they say…

I have to censor myself a little now because my mom get’s these emailed right to her, and she will text me as soon as she reads it, which is miraculously 5 secs after I hit post.

Have you listened to the elvis costello album Live at Hollywood High? I am listening to is as I write this, or was before my record player just decided to stop, now I have to get up and fix it, hold on…

ok, that’s better, looks like my player does not like 45’s so I moved on to Rumors, which is a BA album if there ever was one.

Everywhere I look people are telling me to talk to my tribe, to connect with my tribe, to live among my tribe. but they all kinda act like you just put something out there and your tribe will show up, and it will take nothing more than working in the community of your tribe to be accepted. so here I am reaching out, looking for my tribe.

What I want in a tribe:

-distrust government
-christian ( or at least christian ethics)
-Tech Savvy
-Free and Open Source Software enthusiasts (willing to at least have linux on one or more computers)
-Android users
-enjoys a good beer, preferably a homebrew beer.

ok, so I am putting it out there. where is my tribe, what can I do to help you, what can I do to be a part of you.

Using AWS Means Using S3Stats


So many of you know that I am producing a podcast with my wife called Wander. It is a wonderful short story podcast and if you are not already listening to it, please start, it is great! to do this I started using AWS to host the files. I did not want to host the files on the same place as the website incase something broke, also I like that AWS lets me pay for what I use, which is not much, so it is very cheap for now. the problem I had was I had zero stats. it was not on my server so my regular analytics would not capture it, I needed a new way to get stats. I tried the blubrry stats, and they are OK, but I wanted to something that would give me a better clue as to how the files themselves were being used. that is where S3Stat came in. the stats are amazing, they give you a free month and have something they call the cheap bastard plan, which is where they ask you to write a blog post about them and then they give you the plan for free (can you guess why I am writing this).

I do have to say the stats have been great and have shown us that most people right now are finding the site directly through word of mouth, which is great, but it also lets me know that if we start doing some promotion and social sharing we can grow even bigger.

The life of the party is hiding out back


It’s funny, when I was a kid I was told I was the life of the party, that I was a social butterfly, that I loved being the center of attention. I think on the whole this is true, but I have times, lots of times, where I like to be alone. The problem is I don’t admit it. I run away and don’t tell anyone where I am going, I go to the bathroom and stay for 15 min, I don’t want to admit that I need the time to my self. It’s like I try and put up a front about who I really am.

We all have masks we wear, this one is mine, or one of them. Why don’t I just admit that I need the to my self, why don’t I just listen to how I am feeling. The worst part is I do the thing I think I should not and don’t even admit it to myself. If I could just listen to myself I could take the time I need when I should, instead of sneaking it in and feeling guilty.

What do you do that you feel guilty about that you should not? Maybe we can help each other choose ourselves and be happy and fulfilled.