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The New Matt’s Cuppa

Posted by telecommatt on January 21, 2008

Matt’s Cuppa

It had to happen eventually. The Matt’s Cuppa blog has finally outgrown its home at

I’ve decided that it’s time to move Matt’s Cuppa to its own domain at This is something I’ve been putting off for too long now due to my hectic schedule, and this weekend I was able to finish most of the coding and the updates –so– it’s time to take live!

The new Matt’s Cuppa also give me the opportunity to refocus on my writing and my content. Every now and then I’ve found it’s good to have a reason to sit back and ask my the same questions that I asked myself when I first began blogging. What are my ethics and my values and what role do they play in the things I’m passionate about? And how can I share these things in a way that promotes discussion both on and off the web?

I want to say thank you to all my readers (my readership is still growing, literally, day by day) for the page hits, the comments, and the ideas. I sincerely hope that I don’t lose anyone as I cease posting here at the site.

Effective today, please update your bookmarks and your feedreaders as I will no longer be actively posting at this site.


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No More Posting Until After The Christmas Holiday

Posted by telecommatt on December 21, 2007

I recently had someone wish me an honorable Christmas. I’ve never been wished an honorable holiday, but I think that I like what it implies. And so I pass this greeting on to you. I wish you a peaceful and honorable holiday season. Cheers!

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Thanks For Moving My Line

Posted by telecommatt on December 5, 2007

I’m playing with the OakFlickr4PFF extension for Firefox, which will (I hope) make it easier for me to add images to my posts. I thought I’d test it out by saying “Thank you” to all of my readers.

This graph shows the readership of Matt’s Cuppa Blog to the end of last month. It tells a pretty dramatic story! So, thank you, to everyone who helped move that line!

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Tech Tuesday’s At 21st Century Citizen

Posted by telecommatt on September 20, 2007

21st Century Citizen – Exploring the New Values of the 21st Century Citizen

21st Century Citizen is a web-based community dedicated to the
individual values required to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.
Simply put, we want to change the world by exploring what’s
important to us all as citizens in this new, 21st century.
We hope to accomplish this by educating people, informing them, and
building a community of informed and passionate individuals around the
world all focused on making the world a better place — and taking
action to do so.

It may be just a bit early to make this announcement, but I’m too excited and I’ve run out of friends and family to tell. In the very near future, possibly as soon as next week, I’ll be teaming up with Kevin Bedell as a contributing writer for his blog, 21st Century Citizen. I will be authoring a weekly column called Tech Tuesdays in which I’ll examine the relationship between technology and our environment.

I’ll be sure to announce when my first article goes up, but in the meantime, be sure to check the site out. There are a ton of good articles there. Take a look at Poornima Ravi’s column, also. She is another contributing writer, and her column, Organic Perspectives, will be out Mondays.

Wondering why I’m doing this? I’ve been asked by quite a few people why I’m taking on another writing project right now. I could come up with a load of short easy answers to that question. But the real answer isn’t that short or easy. It’s about creating a world of passionate people that take action. If you’ve followed my blog long, you’ll remember me stating (and restating) that it takes each person doing just a little thing to change the world, and I hope explains why I’m so energized. I also hope that this convinces you to take a look at Kevin’s site, read my column, and, even if you don’t like it, tell someone about it.

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Matt’s Cuppa Participating in Blog Action Day

Posted by telecommatt on August 21, 2007

On October 15th, Matt’s Cuppa will be participating in Blog Action Day, where thousands of participating bloggers post on the same issue on the same day. This year’s topic is the environment. As a confessed and concerned environmentalist, I simply had to be a part of this year’s Blog Action Day.

On October 15th, bloggers around the web will unite to put a single
important issue on everyone’s mind – the environment. Every
blogger will post about the environment in their own way and relating
to their own topic. Our aim is to get everyone talking towards a better

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Fleck Test

Posted by telecommatt on August 5, 2007

This is a Fleck test. I’ll be trying out webpage annotation tool Fleck over the next few days to see if I can use it to make my blog a better blog.

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Thoughts on the Aftermath of the 35W Collapse: Thank You

Posted by telecommatt on August 4, 2007

On the evening of August 1st, while rescue operations were still underway for those involved in the I-35 Bridge Collapse, I put up two posts on my blog asking you to keep in your thoughts and prayers everyone who was involved in this awful accident. That evening, this site was visited by many, many people. That night and the following day I also received calls and emails, some from people that I’d never met, making sure that I was safe and expressing their concern for others.

First off, I want to say that I’m extremely thankful that the number of dead, injured, and missing are as low as they are. This could have been much, much worse. I want to say how proud I am that we were able to pull together so quickly here. No one be prepared for something like this. If the people involved had not worked so hard and so selflessly, things would indeed have been much worse. I also want to thank the people everywhere else who shared our horror as well as our concern for the victims and their families. It wasn’t just America that watched this unfold. I received email from people across the globe as well. It was quite humbling, and I have a belief that intentions can have an effect on the results. I believe that without the intentions of people around the world, that we would have heavier hearts today. Thank you, everyone, for granting my request and keeping those people in your thoughts and prayers.

When this tragedy struck, the response was nearly instantaneous. People were there helping others out of cars and up onto shore. Three different hospitals were in communication during rescue efforts. People were there to support the rescue workers, offering meals, transportation, and communication. People were on hand to assist the families of those involved. From everywhere else, support and concern flowed in. On Thursday evening, I heard a local Red Cross representative speak. She said that so many people had wanted to donate blood that night that they ended up turning people away or scheduling them to come back in a week or a month.

I’ve been thinking about this for the past few days. What if it didn’t take a tragedy for us to pull together like this? What if it was normal? How would things be different if our support and concern were there in good times too, and not just bad times? Isn’t that what love and compassion are all about? I think that is the lesson I will take away from this awful thing. I will take that feeling of, “Oh God, I hope that so-and-so is okay! I wonder if there is anything that they need?” and try to bring that into my normal everyday living. On August 1st, I heard compassion in the words of people, some of whom I didn’t even know. Can we still be compassionate tomorrow? Or next week, or next year? Would it hurt to try?

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Update – Twitter, Vox, and Shameless Self-Promotion

Posted by telecommatt on July 29, 2007

For some reason, I’ve never really mentioned on my blog either my Twitter feed or my tumblelog at I’ve added links to both on my About page. Take a look, send a tweet, or leave a comment. Don’t forget that you can check out my profile on LinkedIn or send me an email via Kontactr, too, all from my About page.

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New Feature Added – Contact Me With Kontactr

Posted by telecommatt on July 28, 2007

Just finished adding a new feature to my blog. It’s a forms service called Kontactr. Although it does a bit of self-advertising, I think it will help me cut down on bot-spam  I get, (Not that my email isn’t in all sorts of places all over the net by now, but I’ll just ignore that unfortunate fact for the time being…) and it will give readers a way to email me without having to leave the blog to do so.

Kontactr is a one-click free contact form service. With Kontactr, you
can fight against the amount of spam that you receive daily. Protect
your email address by using our highly secure contact form. You can
also use our simple tools to embed the form right into your own
website. Everything is as easy as 1, 2, 3…

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Marshmallows and Meditation

Posted by telecommatt on July 12, 2007

I will be taking a short vacation this weekend, so no posts for the next few days. I’ll be tramping around the woods and listening to frogs. I’ve come to realize how important it is to take time out and go someplace that reminds us of why we love the world we’re in. It doesn’t have to be nature. It could be downtown Chicago or New York. It doesn’t really matter where, as long as we go someplace where we can release our old, stale, pent up energy and exchange it for something new and fresh. Everyone has their place where just breathing is exciting.

There’s a whole lot of psychology and physiology behind our response to being someplace that recharges us. It’s solid science that we can benefit both mentally and physically, but that’s all a bit beyond my expertise. What I know is that you have to let yourself respond to the place you’re in. If it’s someplace that recharges you, you have to acknowledge that, or it won’t help you at all. When I wander through the pine forests up north, I have to admit to myself that I want to walk away feeling fresh and recharged. I have to be willing to let go of all the crud that’s built up around me and willing to feel happy about being someplace special. That’s not easy to do. It requires letting our guard down, even if it’s just letting our guard down to ourselves.

Going away, leaving our routine, letting go of old energy and letting new energy takes its place– what we’re doing is really a sort of meditation. It’s an exercise in awareness, in stillness, in just being. What’s really cool is that you don’t even have to do anything; you just stop doing what you’re doing and let it happen.

So, like I said, there will be no posts this weekend because I’ll be taking a short vacation. I will be up north, sitting around the campfire, toasting marshmallows, and meditating.


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