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So there you have it. All reviews suggest that Twitter is growing in popularity, that it’s a simple and useful tool for staying in close contact with the people in your life and at your work — but you probably need a few friends and associates on Twitter to get it to work.



While I’m jumping on bandwagons, I also found a Canadian site called Bitstrips (www.bitstrips.com) that was featured on CBC Currents recently. The site offers the ability for the artistically challenged to create and share their own comic strips simply by dragging and dropping characters onto the windows and adding text and context.

I have to say that I enjoyed my brief time on the site, perusing all the amateur comic strips.

Creating your own strip can be fairly time consuming, and — hats off to Charles Shulz, Jim Meddick, Bill Watterson, Scott Adams and company — it’s far more difficult than it looks. It took me an hour to come up with a lame, possibly offensive cartoon that I’m sure will get more frown-y faces than smiley faces from Bitstrips readers.

It’s funny and cathartic, and if I had more free time I could see myself becoming a regular submitter.


Wii Fit better than nothing

Last year I created the perfect situation when I merged two activities, riding a stationary bike while playing video games (Final Fantasy Tactics on my old Playstation) — one thing I love to do bundled with the one thing I need to do. I haven’t played/ridden recently, but that probably has something to do with the fact that my Xbox 360 is in front of the couch instead of the bike these day.

But while I enjoy combining activities it would be easier for me if the game I was playing had something to do with riding a bike.

I’ve played a horse racing game where you physically have to rock your horse, and a mountain bike game where you had to pedal and pull up on the bars from time to time. I’ve also sweated to a boxing game where you have to punch, kick, duck and dodge while sensors follow your every movement. All of those games have been in an arcade-style setting (e.g. Sony Palladium) and have never been offered to the home market.

All that changes with the release of Nintendo’s Wii Fit (www.nintendo.com), a pressure sensitive board and game that includes 48 activities from yoga to strength training to aerobics.