attending August YIMBY Party Meeting. Talk of SF districts housing developments, city/state proposals. Links:
* https://yimbyaction.org/ (@yimbyaction)
* http://www.sfyimby.org/ (@SFyimby)
10👥 Facebook notifications in 2+ weeks:
1👤 w 16 mutual
1👤 w 6 mutual
7👥 no mutual friends
Of the 10 Facebook friend notifications since I'd last checked over two weeks ago, one was an acceptance from someone I’ve known for 10+ years, one friend request from someone I've also known for years yet had only 6 mutual connections, one request had 16 mutual friends but is someone I cannot recall meeting (nor did search engines find any web pages that mentioned both of us), and **seven** were friend requests from people I have never heard of and had zero mutual friends with.
70% of Facebook friend notifications were spam, or appeared to be enough for me to ignore them (slightly higher % if you just consider friend requests). Just one anecdotal data point over a short period of time, but still.
I’m curious if there is an option to block friend requests from people who have zero connections with you.
This also makes me think we’re on the right track in the IndieWeb with the Vouch protocol.
It also reminded me of when the 2004 Gmail beta required someone to invite you to Gmail, you could not just sign up out of the blue.
Perhaps there was something to that “protocol” as well.
📕 finished reading “The Eight Limbs of Yoga” tantek.com/isbn/086547768X yesterday. #yoga #philosophy
I finished reading more than half of it and skimmed to the end, before participating in the “Steadiness and Ease” yoga assists immersive (tantek.com/2017/197/t1), but finally finished reading it thoroughly yesterday afternoon.
The book provides an excellent introduction to and summary of key aspects of yoga philosophy. Most of it was a review of what I learned during my 200 hour yoga teacher training, but still had many details that were new to me. I underlined enough key observations that I may do a longer write-up (book report style) later.
Did not check* Facebook for 2 weeks. This is my first post in a fortnight. Didn’t listen to iPod for 12d. Returning home from Paris after 10 days, everything seemed the same but different.
I know yoga teacher training changed me, more inside than out, and is still changing me. Running the San Francisco marathon also changed me. Finishing without injury, I felt stronger and more self-confident than I ever have.
During my time away in Paris there was so much in the present, so much to be present for, that I barely did anything online or virtual. I took lots of photos. I did check-in to @SwarmApp to keep a log of where I was, what I was doing. I took notes when insights came to mind.
Late at night at the airbnb (while @CSSWG meeting) or hotel (on vacation after) I did check email, and @IndieWebCamp IRC logs / Slack channels, before going to sleep. The +0900 timezone difference from Pacific helped. I created a new article on Wikipedia late one night. For a few days I posted photos and a video to my @Instagram story. Knowing it would disappear I didn’t have to think much about the posts.
Without all those during the day distractions, everything seemed more continuous, uninterrupted. Even taking photos involved the present, and Swarm’s UI/responsiveness has improved significantly, to where you can quickly check-in, maybe add a few photos, and return to what you were doing. Even that is not really a context switch, since it’s literally about what you’re doing, and is a very discrete completeable action, unlike reading a never-ending stream from elsewhere.
I did text/message with a few friends while away. Sharing what I was doing, or perhaps photo, and they would do the same. Rather than distraction, it felt more like connection. Growing something positive, rather than escaping the present.
Not listening to my iPod (or any deliberately chosen music) was perhaps the biggest change. It was easy while in Paris, so much to take in. I was surprised to not feel compelled to listen to it immediately upon returning, on the Lyft ride home from SFO. Nor put music on at home. Or in the car on the drive that afternoon to post-flight yoga.
Yesterday I ran 10.3 miles of Marin trails, alone most of the time, again, without music. I did bring my iPod, but again felt profoundly less compelled to use it, even while running, when I usually find it quite motivating. Even under a quieting blanket of fog, I could still hear small sounds all around me. Nevermind the dirt crunching and sliding with my footfalls.
I did use my iPod later yesterday afternoon, and I think I know why I finally did, but I’m not quite ready to share that insight. I have to reflect on it some more.
Still haven’t checked Facebook. But I kind of have to to post an event to teach yoga today at the Presidio Off The Grid Picnic. Or to check what times would work well. I’ll start with texting/messaging first and see how that goes.
*Exception: I checked the @Nov_Project_SF public Facebook page late Thursday night to see where hills were the next morning (the NP blog usually has the info november-project.com/category/san-francisco/), then overslept (jetlag?) through several alarms and missed it anyway. I did use the Facebook Messenger iOS app, but it’s a separate enough self-contained interface that I consider it distinct from "checking" Facebook, which is more about the feeds, the notifications, the posts about what some other third party is doing/did or outrageous news. All those little endorphin bursts that leave you feeling empty.
🌅🌉 Enjoy yourself they said. So we did. #TSFM2017 #nofilter
Last Sunday my pal @ZoeSchiffer and I finished our first marathon. Full race write-up coming soon, here’s a few more photos for now.
1. “When we were young and naïve [at the start]” — @ZoeSchiffer
2. Running strong into #NPSF #cheergang. 📷 @Lillian_Lauer. Thanks to @LeahCulver running with, @thegreenK photographing, and @CaityRogo & @HollyR2188 raising the roof!
3. Picking up speed, smiles, and a little air. 📷 @Lillian_Lauer
4. We did it! Standing strong in the sun.
Previously, previously, previously, previously:
#novemberproject #sanfrancisco #marathon #runners #Sunday #SundayRunday #SundayFunday #SundayRundayFunday #selfie #latergram
Finished #TSFM2017 5:35:59 w @ZoeSchiffer. Thanks family+friends cheering! Especially Z’s mutual support. Complete race write-up coming soon while I still remember all the amazing times during 5.5+ hours over 26.9 miles (per Strava). But first, back to sleep. (still too excited to not wake-up in the middle of the night)
Marathon finishers. #saytwowords #TSFM2017
#fullhalffull #marathon #runners #stretching #latergram #nofilter
🌅🌉 Majestic Bay Bridge #sunrise right before #TSFM2017 wave 5 start. #SanFrancisco #Marathon #sfmarathon #latergram #nofilter
Marathon kit. #saytwowords #NPSF #NovemberProject #tsfm2017 #SanFrancisco #Marathon #sfmarathon #nofilter
@kcm my #YTT included Light on Yoga by Iyengar, Yogasūtra of Patañjali translated by Frans Moors. BKS version sounds interesting too. Thanks!
* Light on Yoga - tantek.com/isbn/0805210318
* Yogasūtra of Patañjali translated by Frans Moors - tantek.com/isbn/8192071669 - though available much cheaper in person @YogaFlowSF.
📕 started reading “The Eight Limbs of Yoga” by Stuart Ray Sarbacker and Kevin Kimple. tantek.com/isbn/086547768X #yoga
One of my teachers asked me:
Why do you want to remember?
Less than an hour after I’d left, this answer popped into my head:
Because my memories keep me company when I’m alone.
I don’t know how true that is, but it feels like there is some truth to it.
🌅 Monday morning with @Nov_Project_SF. #NPSF #sunrise #SanFrancisco #summer #nofilter
going to Steadiness and Ease: A 15-hour Alignment & Assisting Immersion 2017-07-28…30 @YogaFlowSF #yoga More: http://j.mp/steadyease