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22 June 2011 @ 11:55 am
The Rosa Technique  
Many of you have heard the story of how the phrase "The Rosa Technique" came into being (and if you haven't, you should invite me out for cupcakes sometime and I'll explain).

And many of you have been around for the increasingly more "Actually, that's a good idea!" conversations about me doing a video podcast titled "The Rosa Technique".

This is where all y'all come in, now: Are there any things that you think of as Rosa-things? If they obviously make a good short video, that's great, too, but it's okay if they don't; I'm just brainstorming at the moment. In addition to cupcakes, some suggestions have included mixing drinks, throwing parties, and wiggling, so far.

Comments screened; I'll unscreen most of them unless you request that I not, or I decide it's more prudent not to! :D
I'm feeling: curiouscurious
David Policardpolicar on June 22nd, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if it's a technique, exactly, but the thing that most caught my mind about you when we met (and made me decide you were worth getting to know better) was the way you actually seem to attend to people you're interacting with. Not just me (though of course it's always ego-gratifying to be paid attention to!) but other people, even in short bursts at parties.

It sounds like a trivial thing, but it's actually very rare, and valuable.
ruthless compassion: pouncearoraborealis on June 22nd, 2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And that's a great one. I'd have to think about how to frame it, but I think it would be a good addition.
kinesthetic chutzpah: tanlinesdilletante on June 22nd, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
there's a thing involving you looking wholesome that i'm guessing relates to the origin of the phrase? :) and which certainly sounds like it would make a good video! ;)
ruthless compassion: cheersaroraborealis on June 22nd, 2011 04:13 pm (UTC)
Yes! That is on the list :D
DancingWolfGrrldancingwolfgrrl on June 22nd, 2011 04:18 pm (UTC)
Rose petals, the yay face, cooking, wearing skirts in winter
Blue Gargantuabluegargantua on June 22nd, 2011 04:18 pm (UTC)

"Here's a random assortment of booze and booze-aids. I am now going to make up a tasty cocktail for a friend based on what I have and what they're in the mood for."

Blue Gargantuabluegargantua on June 22nd, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)

As a side note: I am happy to be the friend for this video.

ruthless compassion: pouncearoraborealis on June 22nd, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
I think I'll need you and a bunch of other friends for this video!
The other side of Deliriumtaura_g on June 22nd, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
Not heard the story...
But would happily invite you out for cupcakes...

Or I could bribe you with Cadbury Cream Eggs...;-) (Yes, I'm serious, I have some)

As for Rosa things... the things I think about are ephemeral... the Confessional, and your posts about Human foibles...your own or others...

Katefenicedautun on June 22nd, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Not heard the story...
On this, the ability to create a community (I've seen you do it both on line and IRL) that allows frank and normally civil discussion of sensitive topics (both serious and non-serious topics). Even among people who have never met, and may have no idea of the backgrounds/mores of the other participants.
Deloresdebsquared on June 22nd, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)

I think Dave's point about treating people as individually worthy of attention may be part of how these conversations and communities can happen. Maybe you can call this "personalizing the crowd" or something like that. Brings out better behavior than an anonymous crowd.

ruthless compassion: pouncearoraborealis on June 22nd, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Not heard the story...
Cadbury Eggs!

You don't have to bribe me twice!

But, cupcakes are a required prop for the original Rosa Technique, so we may ahve to get creative :)
Ninja Monkey (aka. Noah)wanderyng1 on June 22nd, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
I've never even heard the phrase "The Rosa Technique" (not to mention the story behind it) so clearly I am behind. Cupcakes are apparently in order.
vito_excalibur on June 22nd, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
Me neither! I want to know what the Rosa Technique is! Sadly I have no cupcakes.
ruthless compassion: squee!aroraborealis on June 22nd, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC)
Perhaps a party!
The other side of Deliriumtaura_g on June 22nd, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
Sounds like an idea! I'm game.
Chipceo on June 22nd, 2011 08:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Ooo...
I'll definitely make cupcakes for that.
Ninja Monkey (aka. Noah): Chibi Cthulhuwanderyng1 on June 22nd, 2011 09:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Ooo...
Me as well!
catcatya on June 22nd, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
Kcatkcatalyst on June 22nd, 2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
Miraculously blending joyfulness and gravitas.
born from jets!!!catness on June 23rd, 2011 05:44 pm (UTC)
:) This!
phoenixamber_phoenix on June 22nd, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
I can easily imagine some things which may be "The Rosa Technique" but I certainly don't recall hearing the story, and I make a mean cupcake. Come over?
ruthless compassion: pouncearoraborealis on June 22nd, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
You're on! How's late august for you?
dreams_of_wingsdreams_of_wings on June 22nd, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
I will absolutely take you out for cupcakes to hear the story.
ruthless compassion: pouncearoraborealis on June 22nd, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
Yay! I know I already owe you email, so even more now!
drwexdrwex on June 22nd, 2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
My usual Rosa thing
which I mention just about every time the compliments memes come around because it sticks with me so often: how to take seriously, and respond respectfully to someone you disagree with, assuming that they have good intentions to start out.
whynotkaywhynotkay on June 22nd, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
I think I know the Rosa cupcake technique, but I don't think I've actually seen you eat cupcakes. Clearly this must be rectified!
Boring Nerdsignsoflife on June 23rd, 2011 12:48 pm (UTC)
I just got back from a road trip to Oklahoma w/my labmates, and introduced them to "Cows! I win!", which is totally a Rosa thing.