Who is the maven&meddler anyway?
Creative Generalist, who believes in:
1- Questioning my own assumptions on a daily basis.
2-Framing my role in life as a discovery engine, in the pursuit of meaningful knowledge, fueled by cross-disciplinary curiosity. Tapping into the global brain is what I was born for.
After a lot of self examination, I discovered that the essential threads were those of a maven and a meddler.
Maven: Malcolm Gladwell used it (‘mavens’) in his book The Tipping Point (Little Brown, 2000) to describe those who are intense gatherers of information and impressions, and so are often the first to pick up on new or nascent trends.
I know a lot about a lot of stuff …from the intense focus on my former high visibility position in the Civil Air Patrol, anything to do with food/eating/dining/cooking and how it all relates to culture, and the creative spirit. My ‘day job’ is as a social media curator par excellance and manager for a virtual agency.
I’m a data bank on two short legs.
Lt Col Cynthia S Ryan, the ‘face’ of the search for Steve Fossett, Public Information Officer and very, very minor historical footnote in her own right.
Meddler: One who is meddlesome in the pursuit of satisfying an unquenchable curiosity.
Meddling is one of my hobbies. Always has been. Cooking and eating my way across cultures and continents has been at the top of my list, as well.
At Pincin-Montecello Farm and Restaurant, Istria, Croatia
So here is a blog, that hopefully, will satisfy the whole which is greater than the sum of the parts.
Enjoy. Be feisty. Add to the knowledge. Ask questions. Contribute.
Most of all, don’t just sit there.
‘Pirate Radio’, ‘Casablanca’, ‘Oh, Brother, Where Art thou?’, anything George Clooney, anything with Peter Sellers or Peter O’Toole, ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’, anything Hitchcock, anything Star Trek, anything by John Huston, and pretty much anything documentary.
Old Timey, French pop from the 1950-1960-s, real Western/Cowboy, Motown, Classic Rock 1950’s-1970’s, some techno-pop, movie scores from western classics, ‘lounge’, R&B, American pop 1920’s-1960’s, Swing, Big Band.
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FINE PRINT: You should already know the following, but let’s not assume anything.
I love free expression. I loved George Carlin. I’m still praying to Joe Peschi to bring him back.
But if you think this is the place to just use obscenity for the thrill of it ( those of you who aren’t too mature), or inform us of your perverted bigoted neo-conservative nonsense … well take it somewhere else, alright? Go preach to your own choir.
I can guarantee you that I will come down like a ton of bricks on intolerance, predjudice, bigotry and just sheer hateful meaness. If you can’t make your arguement in an otherwise thoughtful, rational manner then go elsewhere.
Those are much in the way of rules, so please… be challenging in your ideas but keep it civil.