poem today : The Art of Disappearing

I was look­ing around for a video for video tues­day. I just could­n’t find some­thing that was right. Life has been so over­whelm­ing late­ly that I have been look­ing for qui­et. Seek­ing the sig­nal through the noise.

Some­times I for­get to lis­ten for the sig­nal and I begin to spin like a top. The clar­i­ty of my mes­sage becom­ing a blur — until I tum­ble to a stop.

This poem is one that I read dur­ing the times when I search for quiet.

The Art of Dis­ap­pear­ing : Nao­mi Shi­hab Nye

When they say Don’t I know you?
say no.

When they invite you to the party
remem­ber what par­ties are like
before answering.
Some­one telling you in a loud voice
they once wrote a poem.
Greasy sausage balls on a paper plate.
Then reply.

If they say We should get together
say why?

It’s not that you don’t love them anymore.
You’re try­ing to remem­ber something
too impor­tant to forget.
Trees. The monastery bell at twilight.
Tell them you have a new project.
It will nev­er be finished.

When some­one rec­og­nizes you in a gro­cery store
nod briefly and become a cabbage.
When some­one you haven’t seen in ten years
appears at the door,
don’t start singing him all your new songs.
You will nev­er catch up.

Walk around feel­ing like a leaf.
Know you could tum­ble any second.
Then decide what to do with your time.

flipboard rocks!

Well, I down­loaded the Flip­board app for our brandy new iPad. Both the iPad and Flip­board are pret­ty sweet. Both are first gen­er­a­tion so they’ll only get better.

First time you launch Flip­board you load your con­tent zones; each with a par­tic­u­lar cat­e­go­ry. Tax­on­o­my is a real dri­ver in this mag­a­zine. The sec­ond big dri­ver is your social net­work. Unfor­tu­nate­ly the inter­est in this app was under­es­ti­mat­ed by it’s team and they can’t acti­vate the new users fast enough. We’re get­ting impa­tient and it has­n’t been 72 hours.

Why are we impa­tient? Because we want to share with peo­ple we know. This aug­ments our use of twit­ter in a very intu­itive way. We man­age pages at Face­book and would love to share in my more open ways — as in with­out Face­book. Shar­ing means step­ping out­side of a net­work – that’s what makes twit­ter so open and what makes Face­book so closed.

We’re look­ing for­ward to using Flip­board full-tilt when our twit­ter and if nec­es­sary Face­book accounts can be tied in.

So until then we are thrilled to read their well designed feeds that feel exact­ly like a mag­a­zine that we would have built. It’s one with cul­ture, sci­ence, and tech with words, amaz­ing images, and video too. It’s wicked fast and the origa­mi flip feels real­ly good.

It’s a beau­ti­ful and easy to to use inter­face but can be a bit con­fus­ing when you step in and out of read­ing on the web. Most dis­con­cert­ing things dis­ap­pear, well repo­si­tion them­selves if you have looked at them once. This is the most dif­fi­cult aspect of flu­id mag­a­zines. How do I find that again? Maybe it will be eas­i­er when your social net­work cre­ates a lev­el of impor­tance and con­ver­sa­tions begin. We’ll see.

First expe­ri­ence with Flip­board? It alone makes the iPad worthwhile.

About Flip­board:

Found­ed by Mike McCue, for­mer CEO of Tellme, and Evan Doll, for­mer senior iPhone engi­neer at Apple®, Flip­boardTM began a quest today to trans­form how peo­ple dis­cov­er and share con­tent by com­bin­ing the beau­ty and ease of print with the pow­er of social media. Flip­board also announced the imme­di­ate avail­abil­i­ty of it’s Flip­board App for iPadTM, a social mag­a­zine that brings to life the sto­ries, pho­tos, news and updates being shared across Twit­ter and Face­book. Flip­board­’s first pub­lic demo will hap­pen at the FORTUNE Brain­storm Tech con­fer­ence in Aspen, Col­orado at 4:40pm MDT tomorrow.