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I have just started to the haiku collection I wrote mostly in March 2015, during my life changing return to Viet Nam, 35 years after fleeing as a child refugee. It is called Tales of an Expat Tourist.

This is the backgrounder to the collection on my poetry blog. It has a link to the first of 62 haiku in the collection, with notes to give more information on its subject matter, as will be done with all subsequent haiku in the collection.

If you like poetry, very personal travelogue style writings, Viet Nam and/or Vietnamese culture, I hope you will give it a read. Thank you.

That title probably has a lot of people asking W? If not with the additional two letters. It was an accidental idea I just had upon seeing some graphic about tattoo symbols meaning various things, but which resembled stitches on a sewing machine stitch guide!

Life is full of symbols. I don’t have to enlighten anybody to that. But there are none for stitches so I figured, what’s a few more? So try this exercise. Look at the stitch graphic below and tell me what symbolic meaning you would assign to various stitches (by their number)

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Have you heard of a new, ethical social media site at TSU.CO? It’s a relatively new social media site that is like Facebook, except that it keeps 10% of ad revenue and gives the other 90% to its users based on traffic they generate!

That’s right. They not only give you ad revenue for your content which get viewed, but they give you the vast majority of that ad revenue!

This is NO joke! Not unless credible sources like the Huffington Post and Fast Company magazine are wrong with those linked articles and some already 4.5 million early adopters have been fooled. I highly recommend you read those linked articles to get a lot more information about the site rather than just read my quick summary. Facebook is worried about this little start-up that it has banned links to it, apparently, though saying Tsu violated its API conditions!

Then go get yourself an account, tell your friends and give it a try! It’s going to be slow going as if you don’t have many friends there already, as I don’t, it’s not going to be effective. However, that’s what happens when you’re an early adopter. Otherwise, wait till your friends have gotten a start and then give it a try. Same thing would have happened to Facebook, and is still happening to Google+.

Don’t do it for the money

While there is promise of pay for your social media content on Tsu, it isn’t going to be a lot of money unless you can get a ton of traffic! If you were able to generate that much traffic already on social media, you probably don’t need to use Tsu. No. If you try Tsu, do it for the love and values for which the site (and its creator/owner Sebastian Sobczak) stands.

For my part, I’m going to donate all the money I earn from Tsu to charity. Now, I’m no social media mogul. At this point, I don’t even have a friend on Tsu, lol. However, I’ll make that commitment right now. Maybe in a year I’ll have enough to make a donation. They have statistics and a bank account with analytics to show what you earn, which I can share as documentation. I’m fortunately enough I won’t need any revenue I might generate from Tsu so I’ll take this action to match the noble stand of the site owner.

Your usercode – digitalcitizen

Tsu needs a usercode for anyone to sign up. I’m not sure why this is but I’ll just provide you with one. What else would it be except


Give it a try and have fun!

How influential was Wayne Gretzky’s endorsement for Stephen Harper in Canada’s recent federal elections?

It was so influential that Harper’s Progressive Conservatives won 99 seats… Wayne Gretzky’s number uniformly retired by every team in the NHL!

Do you believe in omens?

The Conservatives strategists must have seen this coming, though. They knew they were going to get a butt kicking after all the shenanigans they had pulled in their decade of power. It was just a matter of where the votes were going to go elsewhere. So to help their case, they recruited the athlete who wore the highest number possible. I mean, it could have been worse. They could have gotten Sidney Crosby (87), Mario Lemieux (66) or a goalie wearing number 1 (like the Green Party might have done), to endorse them.

Whether true or not, though, it’s nice to see Stephen Harper rewards his backers well. Wayne doesn’t need any more money. A symbolic statement like winning his number of seats to affirm how much of an influence he had on the campaign, though, that’s priceless!

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation just made the call on election returns they saw that Justin Trudeau will be Canada’s next Prime Minister (23rd)!

Finally, Canada smartened up and got rid of “our George Bush”. Now, if only we could find our Barack Obama rather than somebody who sounds like a junior high school kid at a pep rally when giving speeches.

Honestly, I just hope he’s a good listener to be able to listen to good advisers he’ll have to rely on for policy advice.


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