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- Producer26/11/2016Do You Underestimate Your Dog?I have a lot to say about dogs. Which is highly curious since the reason I share my life with a dog is precisely because of the wordless communication that fills my introverted soul. I love Zanzi. So much so, I had to write a book about our...
Comments08/01/2017 #30 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#27 @Lyon Brave my Zanzi is a lover not a fighter. She likes to clear away squirrels and birds from our path, she seems to find it fun to make them skedaddle, but she is not keen to initiate an actual altercation.
I feed her lots of duck. We lived for 4 years next to a park with a lot of ducks because it had a very large 'pond-like' water feature. She learned that I let her chase off crows, but not ducks. The thing I could not get her to give up, though, was rolling in fresh duck poop on the occasions when they went on the grass, not in the water....
We are still in the process of learning to agree to disagree on that aspect of our partnership!08/01/2017 #29 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#26 @Ali Anani - Your buzzes do precisely that - uncover faulty assumptions that we have derived when we neglect to consult nature. You are such a sage writer who so easily opens our eyes to the natural intelligence all around us.
And that is what I like to do with our dogs. We spend time with them everyday, but often don't plainly see how smart they truly are, simply because they are missing a set of vocal chords.08/01/2017 #28 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#25 I have been pondering about these sense of smell posts for awhile, @Deb🐝 Lange. My sense of smell is my current Achilles heel...
In that article they meant dogs smelling UTIs. Well, in my book I wrote about the fact that I observed that my dog had a UTI and the response that I got from the Vet was the last trip I ever made to a conventional Vet. He treated me with derision, said I couldn't possibly know that, and didn't even have the decency to phone me directly when the test results came back that she did have a UTI....
As you so clearly know, we discount so much of the information we get from our senses at our own peril. We would be wise to start noticing how much actual information we get from our dogs.
I always learn about the first spring daffodils a few days before they break the ground, as Zanzi starts sniffing a patch of dirt....08/01/2017 #26 Ali AnaniGreat buzz @Deb 🐝 Helfrich and I enjoyed reading it tremendously and so shared it.
The comments revealed my opinion n the high quality of your post. What I may add here is your writing
"If we start to realize how inaccurate a great deal of current training advice is, we might also wonder if our current beliefs about most of our dogs capabilities is accurate". OI believe the same applies to many other training. This is a common faulty training based on faulty assumptions08/01/2017 #25 Deb🐝 LangeDear @Deb 🐝 Helfrich I just posted about smell in response to @Ali Anani - https://www.bebee.com/producer/@deb-lange/smell-a-neglected-sense
When I did the research I found a great article on dogs and their ability to smell blood sugar to help people with diabetes and to smell forms of cancer early, http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/03/160319-dogs-diabetes-health-cancer-animals-science/ Love that you love dogs!22/12/2016 #23 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#22 That is a great question, @Wayne Yoshida. And a Xmas gift for me to get started on my Jan dog post....
We know people have different learning styles and canines as a separate species have a different sensory order and differences within each breed and individual dogs. So the method itself is still at the core, but some dogs are sight 'hounds' and hand signals would be the easiest way to get them trained, rather than vocal commands, because of course, we humans are all about varying how we say things, some dogs are great at separating all the noise of our yammering on from the signal of the command, others will end up tuning us out, because our voice commands always come in fully grammatical sentences. I ran on to prove my point.
I exert all the influence in my house by putting my hand in my left pocket or executing a thumb's up. This would not work as well in a large household because the dog wouldn't have only one person to focus on.
The wolf wiring fallacy as I see it has to do with the 'must be an alpha' mindset. Even when that dominance is positive, the way actual wolves and actual dogs learn best is observe and cooperate. Fighting for status is really dangerous in the wild outside of official matters like mating.
Bad dogs are just ones who aren't sure how to cooperate, as they are being judged on human concepts, like being the first through a door - that is not a license to 'take charge' on a walk in a dog's mind. That is a ludicrous assumption, but even professional dog trainers swear by that. Exactly how many door situations did wolves encounter as they formed this inbred urge to observe order through a threshold as a sign of pack hierarchy?
My 2000 characters must be close....21/12/2016 #22 Wayne YoshidaThanks Deb! As I read this, I thought about all the dogs in my life and family and their behaviors. We always had ones that would listen/obey (the "good dogs"), and some would ignore our commands ("the bad dogs"). I attributed that to the "spoilers" in our family that would destroy the good behaviors. I have always based my training to use stimulus/response/positive reinforcement. Is this outdated and based on wolf wiring?29/11/2016 #21 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#20 I am sure your kat has a great deal of intelligence, but I am rather certain no one will ever be able to get one to voluntarily hang out in an MRI machine in order to really see what is going on in their heads... :) I got to spend some time with a couple kittens earlier this year and they were rather amazing. I shared some of Zanzi's toys and each one ended up actually preferring a different dog toy than the bog standard little mice they were supposed to prefer. They also were great at accurately telling me when I should take ownership of my role of being their 4th back-up feeder. I also found it fascinating how the much smaller sister was 10 times as brave when it came to interacting with me and Zanzi.29/11/2016 #19 Paul Kearley 🐝@Deb 🐝 Helfrich check out these posts...https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-win-friends-impact-humans-dogs-perspective-paul-kearley and also https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/conflict-resolution-what-dogs-can-teach-you-teamwork-paul-kearley if you really want to see something interesting, go here: https://youtu.be/OQNqAzx09_E and here:https://youtu.be/6rE0NRV8UrU
My dog is so far advanced from being my best friend, it's ridiculous. She is the best listener, motivator, encourager, and friend I've ever had... except of course for my beautiful wife.26/11/2016 #16 Jared 🐝 Wiese#13 I don't know specifically about this guy, Cesar Millan, but I now see how they worked together. I have heard bad things about a/all "dog whispers" too.
I am thinking of The Power of Now, and discussions like this :
Thanks for the great insight, Deb!26/11/2016 #14 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#9 Thanks for sharing that your 3 dogs in your household @Franciane Nunes Paciência Torres have episodic memory.
I am certain 'proof' it is happening in homes all over the world, but we repeat the incorrect assumption that dog's brains don't have 'higher' functions and we neglect to notice just how complex their behavior can be, simply because they don't strike up a conversation to challenge our faulty beliefs!26/11/2016 #13 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#8 I have some familiarity with Tolle, but I did not know he had a very prominent series of talks with Cesar Millan. It prepopulated when I googled. Ummm.....
I have a complex relationship with Mr. Dog Whisperer. Let me unequivocally state that he is a very present man, in tune with his own energy, and I respect his ability with aggressive dogs. BUT I believe that his theories are harmful to the average house dog. Except for the part that you will ultimately have a better adjusted dog if you let other dogs play a role in your dog's development.
My life with dogs has been a little n=2 experiment, as detailed in my book, that really highlights that each dog is as individual as each person and that there are similar nurture versus nature tensions that contribute to the overall behavior of the canine being.
Dog training theories derived from Wolf Pack behavior just don't add up. The reason they came to prominence was the dearth of actual research on either wild wolves or domestic dogs. The maladjusted behavior of captive wolves provides inaccurate models for both species. In is gratifying to see that we are now getting data to support what I saw in my own household.
We are companions, not leader and submissive follower. I do often have a cognitive upper hand that I try to wield with lovingkindness, minus the occasional lapse into verbal shenanigans.26/11/2016 #12 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#3 Interesting names, @Gert Scholtz. You will appreciate that my girls - Tangenyika and Zanzibar - were named because of my affinity with Tanzania.
I think we have to give them names that we want to say millions of times and that register the joy we have in our hearts.
The thing that I found curious is that almost all my vets knew the source of Tangenyika when most everyone else had no idea where I came up with that name. Whereas Zanzi is easily attributed to Zanzibar.
One of my upcoming buzzes with be about the dogs of Pemba, who have been extensively studied. I did not know that so much of what I would come to understand about dogs would be based on a population so close to the names I initially chose because I loved to say the sounds!
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- Producer10/11/2016Help! I've Got Bird Brain!People think I’m crazy. “What are you doing with four parrots?” I get it. I never imagined I would ever become a bird person. I grew up with dogs, and later, cats. I loved them and still do. The way I see it, there are basically two kinds of...
Comments13/11/2016 #17 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher@Renée 🐝 Cormier, I knew parrots are very smart but I had no idea how much the up-keep is. I could never do it! Kudos to you. I had a parrot talking to me when I took a trip to our humane shelter this summer. The parrot was even repeating a few things I said. So cool but not for me!
My daughter had guinea pig and it's name was Skittles, she named her. Skittles was like a loving kitty cat. I would go in to check on Skittles because my daughter was 13 at the time and I could not trust her to take care of her pet like an adult would. One day I walked in and Skittles hadn't eaten or drank her food in 2 days. I felt her and she was very cold too. I tried to feed her with my hands and a dropper, it didn't work. I took her to the Vet the next day. I had her in a box and I was used to bringing my dog to the Vet, not a guinea pig! All of a sudden I heard, "Skittles, you can come back." I felt almost embarrassed and looked around to see if anyone was chuckling. Skittles??? That was the only humorous part of the trip. Once I brought her in, they said she had pneumonia and was bleeding internally. I had her put to sleep. Again, I never imagined I would bring a Guinea pig to the vet and then have her put to sleep. I never imagined I would cry. I cried like a baby! So yes, we can get attached to pets we would not have dreamed of. She loved being held and would always climb on your lap and look into your eyes. She wasn't a biter, just sweet.
Thanks for sharing, this is good information for others to know! Your parrots are beautiful by the way.13/11/2016 #16 Praveen Raj GullepalliThat's a whole lotta love n feathers dear Renee! And heartwarming too! I have spent time with parrots up close and they are an engaging bunch. I fed em some guavas and berries a few times when in their company. They pick up words and phrases fast and imitate recklessly! ;) In India, they are used (caged mode) by street fortune tellers to pick up Parrot-Cards (a la Tarot Cards).10/11/2016 #15 Renée 🐝 Cormier#9 If I could only keep one bird, it would be the smallest one, for the exact reasons you mention. The bigger birds are more destructive, require a lot more handling and attention and are much messier. I do love them all, however. They have their own little personalities and they are quite loving. It's funny, though. If your dog bit you, you would give it away or put it down. Bird owners are much more tolerant. If you fail to read your bird's body language, you will get bitten, so we tend to blame ourselves.10/11/2016 #9 Ken BoddieI can understand your attraction with parrots, Renée, as I have a cockatiel who has featured in a couple of my buzzes. But she's small, manageable, loves her head to be scratched, doesn't bite, stays close to her cage (most of the time) and loves our Queensland warm weather (so no expensive rooms and heaters). We also stay in touch with the breeder, her Auntie Maureen, from whom we originally got her, and she goes back to see her Auntie Maureen for regular visits when we go away. But she can be very messy, even more so when she's laid eggs, and she makes a lot of noise when she wants attention. Don't think I could handle the biting, larger mess, louder noise, and general maintenance of a larger bird, never mind four! Geez, Renée, your mother must have taken you to see a lot of pirate movies when you were young?
- Producer07/11/2016Monkey Business; The Disappearing Habitat Of Boneo’s Orangutans. The title for this piece is perhaps a little ambiguous as it will revolve around the orangutans of Borneo and Sumatra, rather than the Gibbons or the Proboscis monkeys of that region. The monkey business reference in the title refers to many of...
Comments08/11/2016 #25 Aurorasa Sima#23 It´s possible but it´s a chore at first. I used to stay so long in supermarkets when I first tried to change that they often asked me if they could help. The link I posted has a barcode scanner app.
That´s one of the reasons I hate shopping. With the exceptions of a few sins (PIZZZZZZA), I also avoid GMO and MSG´s and sugar.
Shopping for cigarettes is so much easier (:08/11/2016 #22 Aurorasa Sima#19 I´d use the up. The damage for those is done anyway. Making your own is not an easy job. Two things I use:
A messy alternative are Indian shampoos that just consist of one ingredient or a few herbs/plants. It takes time and is a real mess. http://amzn.to/2eHnubX
And http://media.mercola.com/assets/pdf/product-labels/shampoo.pdf and the conditioner. It takes about 2 weeks for your hair to get used to it. Your hair might look greasy for the first short time. After that, whatever problems you might have will get better. Conditioner and shampoo last very long, so that it´s even super cheap.
Might not be perfect but as close as it gets while still offering the same features as the bad stuff.08/11/2016 #18 Aurorasa Sima#17 I only knew it because I already tried to remove every single product containing palm oil. Even many organic brands are trying to cheat on you and use only some organic ingredients.
Marketing departments go through great lengths to make up so many words for sugar, palm oil and and and that it´s hard to keep up. "Sustainable shopping" is a time-consuming nightmare in the beginning. You´re not at fault when you did not know.08/11/2016 #17 Claire 🐝 Cardwell#16 @Aurorasa Sima - just lost the bet! V. pissed off, I deliberately chose SA products that were not tested on animals and stupidly assumed that they would not be killing animals and destroying forests in the production phase. Will have to do a search to find products that are ethical and organic.08/11/2016 #12 Aurorasa Sima#11 You might want to sit down before investigating this list: http://www.deforestationeducation.com/products-that-contain-palm-oil.php
Cell phone is yet another topic. I stopped using Iphone for a few years after learning about the horrific conditions for the workers.
Then I learned the others are not better.
I´m planning on this as my next phone: https://www.fairphone.com/en/08/11/2016 #11 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#9 I need to pay more attention, just when I think I'm paying attention to all icky ingredients, something new comes my way. I'm not sure what has palm oil in it that I may be purchasing?
Great idea for an app- App with ingredients on labels to stay away from. It would be beneficial to carry that around on one's smartphone.07/11/2016 #10 Deb 🐝 HelfrichWe simply have to start cherishing our whole planet and every single lifeform right now. There will always be some level of give and take and predators and prey; but no natural lifeform stands a chance - us included - if we don't severely curtail the industrialization of the world immediately. Our machines are more advanced than our understanding of the havoc they ensure.
A nice cuddly reason, @Paul Walters, to really start speaking up about non-sustainable industrial practices.07/11/2016 #9 Claire 🐝 Cardwell@Paul Walters thanks for the reminder about how terrible palm oil is and the devastating effect the producers are having on the environment. I have cut out creamers that contain Palm Oil - but from now on will check the labeling on packaging a lot more carefully.07/11/2016 #7 Dean OwenThe recurring haze, almost an annual event since the late 90's, is a travesty. I remember moving to Singapore in 98 when the haze was the worst it had ever been. All passengers on that flight from Japan disembarked with facemasks. Back then we only thought about our own health risks and not about the loss of habitat for numerous endangered species. If anyone has a few spare weeks and are looking for an adventure, you can volunteer for 2 to 12 week stints at an Orangutan sanctuary here:
http://www.globalteer.org/volunteering-with-orangutans.aspx07/11/2016 #6 Lisa 🐝 GallagherAs much as I enjoy being able to see a variety of animals in zoo's, I also get very sad knowing they were taken from their natural habitats. I didn't know about human diseases and they can contract them. Wow, the fires... insane and to have to wear a mask for that long, actually scary. Orangutangs are really cute. They can play video games? I'd say, they are highly intelligent! Thanks for tagging me Paul!! Always enjoy your pieces.07/11/2016 #4 Don 🐝 KerrMy eldest son Gabriel, who is nine, inspired his school to ban serving Oreos because they contain palm oil and so Oreos were destroying the habitat of orangutans. Very proud of him and must share your story @Paul Walters View moreMy eldest son Gabriel, who is nine, inspired his school to ban serving Oreos because they contain palm oil and so Oreos were destroying the habitat of orangutans. Very proud of him and must share your story @Paul Walters with him. Close
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Comments25/10/2016 #12 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#9 It is a sad memory but not a bad memory, my friend was trying to take a photograph just like this one, it speaks to the risk any photographer takes with Elephants. Elephants have long memories. His death is a reminder that elephants need protecting from poachers, and the elephants in the picture are lucky to have their tusks, such is the size of the illegal ivory trade.23/10/2016 #1 CityVP 🐝 ManjitThis picture fills me with a little sadness because it reminds me of my friend Don Hornsby who I stayed with in South Africa and who was rushed by an elephant and trampled to death while trying to take a photograph. Elephants have been so traumatized by poachers that the large elephant instinctively went on the attack. I cannot believe that this was six years ago, it was only a matter of months after I had returned from South Africa that we heard of this terrible news from his family. http://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/elephant-tramples-man-to-death-687670
- Producer20/10/2016Africa’s Wild Dogs, The Canine Soldiers Of The Bush.When one mentions an African wild dog to anybody there is usually a shiver of revulsion, brought on no doubt by all those wildlife documentaries depicting them as the thugs of the bush roaming the plains like a vicious gang. These canines are...
Comments21/10/2016 #16 Paul Walters#13 @Dean Owen Yup South Africa is in a bit of strife all round Dean which is all rather sad. I will be visiting in February so will have an up close look then and perhaps write a buzz. In between though I am off to Sulewesi in December to see the whale sharks...tempted ??21/10/2016 #14 Lisa 🐝 GallagherFirst, I'd like to comment on how beautiful the Victoria Falls is. I've heard of these dogs and seen documentaries of them. They would scare the 'you know what out of me,' if even one came up on me. I've heard they have attacked and killed children, is this true? They look very grungy and mean. My heart started pounding as I read this. What an experience you had on that particular day @Paul Walters!21/10/2016 #13 Dean Owen#11 Yikes. South Africa falling? @Gert Scholtz. What would happen to the Springboks? I'd hate to see them fall off the World stage once again. Thanks for introducing me to &Beyond. I checked out their website. Might just entice me to change from an Aman Junkie to an &Beyond Junkie.21/10/2016 #11 Paul Walters#10 @Deb 🐝 Helfrich I travel to Africa every 12 - 15 months or so and visit a couple of countries at a time. Zimbabwe I hate to say has been driven into the dust by a president who is senile and cruel! from being Africa's 'bread basket' it is now a country forced to import food for which it cannot pay for. Ditto the DDR, Congo, Niger, and a few other West African states. The next domino that could potentially fall is South Africa which is now mired in corruption perpetuated by self serving politicians . I was at university in that country during the 'struggle' which led to the rise to the highest office of one Nelson Mandela . Now all that hard and back breaking work is becoming undone and a sense of failure seems to permeate throughout the population. Thats a bit of a long winded answer to your question. I do see the cities but I have an overwhelming love for the African bush . More stories to come on places like Mozambique, Zambia and a few others . Thanks for stopping by !21/10/2016 #10 Deb 🐝 HelfrichThis was a very visual read, @Paul Walters. I feel a lot in awe and a little unsettled at the proceedings, as you seemed to have a pretty rare safari sighting. Did you travel straight to the lodge or did you also get some time to check out the human goings-on in Zimbabwe? I suspect a different sort of militaristic carnage was going on. From what I understand from Peter Godwin's books it can be very hard to get accurate information outside the country.20/10/2016 #4 Vincent AndrewSuch an organised breed of animals the wild dogs! When at first they didn't succeed with the baboons, they sauntered off looking for their next victim. The failure merely emboldened their determination. They knew who to pick the next time - the most vulnerable antelope. It's really about strategy, a game plan and the survival of the fittest! Fascinating read Paul. Thanks for sharing!20/10/2016 #3 Don 🐝 Kerr@Paul Walters "a bloat of giant Hippopotami wallow together grunting and groaning" For a moment I thought you were writing about my last experience in the corporate world! Great and evocative piece Paul. My family and I HAVE to get to Africa. My wife has wonderful memories of it. Ever since I read The Honey Badger by Robert Ruark (decades ago) to have been fascinated. Thanks for the enticement. @Gert Scholtz I'll be sure to warn you if I am about to unleash my yard apes on your beautiful country of SA before arriving.
Comments07/10/2016 #12 Aurorasa Sima#11 I´m smoking and drinking too. Just I don´t smoke and kill creatures with emotions.
Again, I don´t argue with people who make a different choice. Whatever you eat: Torturing animals is never right and eating meat from suffering, sick animals cannot be healthy.
It´s not the age of cavemen anymore that go out and hunt one healthy animal that feeds the family for a week. That I would neither mind nor consider unhealthy.
The discussion between vegetarians and carnivores can only be ended by evolution.
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- Producer07/09/2016How to Help a Puppy Feel At HomeThis is an excerpt from my book, Second: A Tale of Grief and Puppy Love...Tangenyika was not exactly thrilled to find herself alone, without her littermates and parents, in her new abode. The whimpering in the car turned to whining in the...
Comments09/09/2016 #6 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#5 Now that is an interesting question, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher. Can our dogs be creatures of habit? On the one hand, I doubt they have a comfort zone in the way we typically employ the phrase. Sticking to things/places that we feel won't trigger anxious feelings. Sure they have fear based on incoming stimuli but I don't think they have repetitive thoughts about whether something fearful might occur. They react to what is actually happening most of the time.
Although, on the other hand, habits are basically actions that we take without thought and that sounds a lot like what our dogs lives may be like. Especially as habits are primarily programs in our subconscious and that part of the brain is relatively similar structurally in mammals. We are pretty sure they dream, for example, although probably not in stories but in actions and dreaming happens when the subconscious is in charge - i.e. the part of the brain responsive for keeping the body functioning.
Are dogs creatures of habit? I'll keep pondering....09/09/2016 #5 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#3 My dog tends to run in the kitchen a LOT when I'm in here cooking or at my desk on my pc. He whines at the door and he can work up a good whine- as if "hey , I have to go potty NOW." He fooled me so many times and ended up going out to accomplish nothing except smelling the ground and bushes only to run right back in and whine again. It took me forever (well not literally lol) to figure out many times he's whining because he wants me to go into the Den with him. He lays down right away and relaxes. He doesn't like hanging in the kitchen even if I bring his doggie bed in here, he's such a creature of habit. He has me wrapped!09/09/2016 #1 Lisa 🐝 GallagherGreat article @Deb 🐝 Helfrich, I love your quote at the end, "I've learned time and time again, when there is a difference of opinion with a dog, the fastest way through the contentious issue is to get still, quiet, and maybe even get on the ground." I have found this to be true with my dog. Thanks for sharing and by the way, your dog is adorable!! Great tips and story.
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- Producer09/08/2016Diary Of a Social Media Hermit and Digital Self-Obsessed I read in a reputable Information technology magazine that the cat is the most popular pet on the internet by a very long shot over his direct canine competitors. Now I did not know cats were on internet but if I was a cat it is highly probable...
Comments12/08/2016 #55 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#54 Stimulating reflection my dear Pascal Derrien - we have had discussion in the collective psyche way before the rise of the Internet, from the halycon days of the 60's. Gerald Hecht posted a picture of Bob Dylan in one of his buzzes dated 1966. Those of us who were 5 years or older in 1966 obviously lived through that very time but in the context of today that was 50 years ago.
So we know that discourse and discussion has been the prevalent reality for over 50 years and not just the 25 years the web celebrates as its anniversary http://www.webat25.org/ whether it is 20 or 50 years of stimulating discussions, what have discussions achieved when we individually turn the television on - only to see that discussions in 2016 look like they have actually regressed from discussions back in 1966. Back then even the Beatles were singing "Think For Yourself" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UilX-LIyLrQ and later The Who exclaimed "Won't Get Fooled Again" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHhrZgojY1Q and then the decades went on decade after decade until you and I Pascal have arrived fully alive and alert in this decade we share here together. What happened?
We must have had 50+ years of discussions where the finger got pointed everywhere but to the person who should reflect most on the discussion, the person who initiated the discussion which is individually all of us - and so Roger Daltry sings "the world looks the same and history has not changed'. When you pose the question "fundamentally today I want to ask this quintessential question" [Quote] - it is the thinker in you and thinker and action within me. For me this is a stimulating reflection for the present moment of who we are now rather than those 50 year+ of stimulating discussions, which is "the same as it ever was".12/08/2016 #53 CityVP 🐝 ManjitAs a digital animal I am a virtual cat, maybe not a cool cat but I have literally given myself 9 lives https://twitter.com/CityVP I am definitely not a Digital Dog - the kind that we socially need to train where to poop and that becomes an obedient slave of its master - in that most crony kind of way, but free will is free will and if it is controlled by a pied piper then that is the pied piper's business and not mine to worry about. What people want to do online is what they are free to do, but mostly they don't seem free.
Tribalism is our animal self expressing itself and here the alternative to being a digital dog (follower) or a virtual cat (explorer) is a digital ape and that is consistent with what tribes have always been - there is no renaissance in that, it is our attachment to the past because not every human being is interested in evolving, they will find the century that their mindset and soul is most comfortable with and remain there - here the tribalism of the Taliban is real yet they know how to USE social media. You said :
" if you add a bit of tribalism and a parochial attitude to the mix you just obtain a digitally exported version of real life on your screen." [QUOTE from Pascal Derrien Leinster]
I tend to think that what is exported is a the abject physical reality transformed into the abject virtual reality, again if I choose to live in the present moment then that is my choice, and that is what really makes me a virtual cat, not my creative 9 lives of exploration, all of which ensure that my branded life is cut up into tinier pieces - and perhaps in cutting that up, I get to keep myself. No promise of that in a world predicated and dominated by the psyche of brand identity and playing the brand game.10/08/2016 #49 Pascal Derrien#48 my son who is also a kat loves giraffes and their ''salade de feuilles'' good choice and I do agree with it maybe I am a cat with giraffe spots as I tend to adopt the same attitude , thanks for dropping by @Deb 🐝 Helfrich View more#48 my son who is also a kat loves giraffes and their ''salade de feuilles'' good choice and I do agree with it maybe I am a cat with giraffe spots as I tend to adopt the same attitude , thanks for dropping by @Deb 🐝 Helfrich :-) and reading this light hearted take on social media Close10/08/2016 #48 Deb 🐝 HelfrichI'm going outlier here and assign myself the category of social media giraffe..... I stroll along at my own pace, finding the choicest leaves to devour, keeping my head above most of the posturing going on at ground level.
This buzz was really enjoyable to read, @Pascal Derrien - you are the kool kat.
@Aurorasa Sima - I went about as opposite as possible from the typical animal I usually say I resemble... any thoughts on my standard answer?10/08/2016 #44 Mohammed A. JawadAha...@Pascal Derrien What a semblance of human beings with that of cats! Aren't we humans, with excessive and diverse addictions, altered our own human identity? Perhaps, we have become digital beings, with our unmindful, excessive love for digitization in our lives. With proper usage and interactive connectivity, we ought to behave ourselves and reap the benefits of social media.10/08/2016 #39 Lisa 🐝 GallagherWell what are the choices if someone like myself tends to be a night owl? Oh wait, I'm an Owl! I don't dislike cats but I also don't have great understanding of them either- with the exception of your great explanation above @Pascal Derrien View moreWell what are the choices if someone like myself tends to be a night owl? Oh wait, I'm an Owl! I don't dislike cats but I also don't have great understanding of them either- with the exception of your great explanation above @Pascal Derrien. You sure drew some great analogies. I want to think I'm the loner at night, not preying on anyone and hoping sleep will find me before the sun rises ;-) Close10/08/2016 #35 Pascal Derrien#16 thanks @Jim Murray it is highly probable that some posts only appeal to wolves lately those guys are patient and have longer attention span when it comes to chase good stuff :-) thanks for dropping by my post is full of contradiction like social media I suppose :-)
- 09/08/2016😍😍Tech-savvy squirrel steals GoPro camera, shoots ‘Up the tree’ documentary (VIDEO)www.rt.com This is almost Oscar-ready. A cheeky squirrel grabbed a GoPro camera to produce quite a “squirrelish” documentary...