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Friday, June 21, 2002

BookPage Interview February 2000: Peter Matthiessen
To the suggestion that such attention to detail is part of his appeal, Matthiessen replies, "I think in any writing you're paying attention to detail. E. M. Forster made that wonderful observation that good writing is administering a series of tiny astonishments. The astonishments aren't things you never knew. What they are is sort of the first articulation of something you knew but you'd never seen set down in print. And you say, Ah, yes! How true."
I have been listening to a tape: The Zen of the Writers life - Loving it - a lot of the good stuff is also in this interview.

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The Psychology of Cyberspace
The purpose of this online hypertext book is to explore the psychological dimensions of environments created by computers and online networks. It is intended as an evolving conceptual framework for understanding the various psychological components of cyberspace and how people react to and behave within it. This framework is the basis for my ongoing research on what I call "the psychology of cyberspace" - or simply "cyberpsychology." I hope it will serve as a useful framework for other researchers as well. Continually being revised and expanded, this hypertext book originally was created in January of 1996.
A thorough and useful site, i have looked at it and linked to it many times. I am currently working on an article and will need to pop into John's site.

Even though the approach here is not in my own preferred Jungian or archetypal tradition there are items that I find thought provoking e.g:

Black Hole

Cyberspace as Psychological Space

When one experiences cyberspace as this extension of one's mind - as a transitional space between self and other - the door is thrown wide open for all sorts of fantasies and transference reactions to be projected into this space. Under ideal conditions, people use this as an opportunity to better understand themselves, as a path for exploring their identity as it engages the identity of other people. Under less than optimal conditions, people use this psychological space to simply vent or act out their fantasies and the frustrations, anxieties, and desires that fuel those fantasies.
He has a great story about the: "The True and Essential Self" (search google with quote marks intact.)

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Welkom bij de VVP

Dutch psychodrama association - site.
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Wednesday, June 19, 2002

EVHEAD
Evan Williams, president/CEO of Pyra Labs, the creators and operators of Blogger, writes:

By the way, I was starting to dig Mozilla a while back and using it quite a bit, but now I've found I've migrated back to IE. The main reasons: IE opens when I click a link from email (this could be changed, I know). And IE starts quicker.
I'm still with Mozilla and loving it. Why? Tabs Browsing. Set up the tabs so they open in the background and so that you can use the middle button (wheel) to open them on a link in web page, and use the middle button to shut the tabs when you are done. I bet IE will ape this real soon, as it is just impossible for me to go back.

I have not found a way to open emails as a new tab in an open browser, but my email does go to Mozilla. Fast enough for me, faster I think than IE?

But Evan, the Edit this Post box is tiny in Blogger on my screen in Mozilla...
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American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP)Home Page

I want this link handy. Has an incredible amt of info, links to GroupTalk etc.
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"audiences"

But for all its pretensions to be an extension of this everyday orality, blogging is instead a) textual and b) radically public. In the blogosphere there's no possibility of controlling audience boundaries and the numerous voices I use to speak to those many audiences who don't overhear my conversations with the other audiences. Blogging requires me to choose one way of expressing my thoughts on a subject, one persona, for all possible audiences once and for all time. The fact that I can later elaborate or change my mind or my tone pales in comparison to the massive reduction of that oral multiplicity of audience and voice I described above to a single text which is not only archived--thus welcoming exegeses to which an oral conversation is rarely subjected--but which all potential audiences anywhere in the world can read upon its first posting. There is a rather severe sense in which blogging makes impossible any flexible, modulated negotiation among audiences; there is only the One Audience, the Mass Audience, and it imposes a good deal of constraint on how you speak and what you decide to say at all.

I post this because somewhere I just added to the already stale notion that emails
and weblogs are somewhat of a revival of oral tradition. Turbulent Velvet (pseudonym) writes on the refreshing ufobreakfast. There are comments on the site, and there of course the more usual idea that this is a conversation is defended.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2002

mcluhan interview
People are beginning to understand the nature of their new technology, but not yet nearly enough of them -- and not nearly well enough. Most people, as I indicated, still cling to what I call the rearview-mirror view of their world. By this I mean to say that because of the invisibility of any environment during the period of its innovation, man is only consciously aware of the environment that has preceded it; in other words, an environment becomes fully visible only when it has been superseded by a new environment; thus we are always one step behind in our view of the world. Because we are benumbed by any new technology -- which in turn creates a totally new environment -- we tend to make the old environment more visible; we do so by turning it into an art form and by attaching ourselves to the objects and atmosphere that characterized it, just as we've done with jazz, and as we're now doing with the garbage of the mechanical environment via pop art.

I was looking for something on the theme that old media is transformed by the new. I had in mind how the Saturday matinees I used to go to as a child have gone, and were replaced by TV. But movies were not replaced by TV or video for that matter. The presentation on the big screen with big sound and comfortable seats were part of the come-back. I found some interesting items... related but not quite what I was looking for. This classic is one of them. I think I read this in the original at the time. I was a McLuhan fan in the sixties. I have originals of his books. I think he had more than a touch of genius. I have maintained a page on McLuhan since I started this website.
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More from Crome Yellow by Huxley

How gay and delightful life would be if one could get rid of all the human contacts! Perhaps, in the future, when machines have attained to a state of perfection--for I confess that I am, like Godwin and Shelley, a believer in perfectibility, the perfectibility of machinery--then, perhaps, it will be possible for those who, like myself, desire it, to live in a dignified seclusion, surrounded by the delicate attentions of silent and graceful machines, and entirely secure from any human intrusion. It is a beautiful thought."

"Beautiful," Denis agreed. "But what about the desirable human contacts, like love and friendship?"

The black silhouette against the darkness shook its head. "The pleasures even of these contacts are much exaggerated," said the polite level voice. "It seems to me doubtful whether they are equal to the pleasures of private reading and contemplation. Human contacts have been so highly valued in the past only because reading was not a common accomplishment and because books were scarce and difficult to reproduce.
What is Huxley up to here? Prophetic, sarcastic or maximising his own point of view? Whatever, this passage stands out as comment on our current machines.
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Lake Pedder - Tasmania Australia



I found myself grieving this lake today. I walked and camped on its shores in the 60s before it was flooded. This came up as I feared the loss of the Net to greed. I am actually an optimist with regard to the Net. It is a Net and so it is hard to knock holes in it, and new webs are woven all the time. Still, there is already a great loss of the ethos that I found here in the early 90s, where anything commercial was unacceptable, including my own Psychotherapy Online. I held that back for a while as a result of that ethos. If I could go back to 1972 I would lie in front of the tractors. I doubt this damage can be undone.

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Comparison of Linux Distributions
Is RPM Doomed?

RPMs are the packages uses to install programs on some Linux systems. I have found them almost impossible to use! This article gives hope!

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Monday, June 17, 2002

Rickie Lee Jones MP3 Page
Surely this is the way to go. I presume this $ goes to RLJ and not some agent, if that is the case it'd be a shame to see them on p2p networks, but even then people could come and pay for the ones they like!

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journal vs. weblog
BY RYAN KAWAILANI OZAWA
Hundreds of online diary authors keep weblogs. And thousands of people use weblog sites and software to keep journals. So what's the difference? Plenty.
Thanks to djsmurf Do we have to link before we think? I dont think so. Link and think? What if there were no links at all? I'd say its not a weblog exactly, but close. When is a book a pamphlet? A magazine? The format of writing to the web, with dates, latest on top is a new form, like the sonnet once was.

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God Angrily Clarifies 'Don't Kill' Rule

"I'm talking to all of you, here!" continued God, His voice rising to a shout. "Do you hear Me? I don't want you to kill anybody. I'm against it, across the board. How many times do I have to say it? Don't kill each other anymore—ever! I'm fucking serious!"

Upon completing His outburst, God fell silent, standing quietly at the podium for several moments. Then, witnesses reported, God's shoulders began to shake, and He wept.


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Marc Smith MSR
Marc Smith is a Research Sociologist in the Collaborative and Multimedia Systems Group.

I focus on the research and design of social cyberspaces. In particular I am interested in the emergence of social organizations like communities in online environments and the resources groups need in order to cooperate productively.


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Sunday, June 16, 2002

Project Gutenberg -- Crome Yellow, by Aldous Huxley
I have been listening on a walkman to this novel. Full of ideas, some are insightful but sound preposterous in the plumb-in-the-mouth reading of the characters (they are all slightly absurd). I liked the suspense created around the meaning of a word, here is a quote:
"One suffers so much," Denis went on, "from the fact that beautiful words don't always mean what they ought to mean. Recently, for example, I had a whole poem ruined, just because the word 'carminative' didn't mean what it ought to have meant. Carminative--it's admirable, isn't it?"
"Admirable," Mr. Scogan agreed. "And what does it mean?"
His assumed meaning of inner glow after wine is shattered... and we are revealed the true meaning, first in german translation and also from the context. I checked it in Noah as I walked.

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Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | We won't deny our consciences
We believe that people of conscience must take responsibility for what their own governments do - we must first of all oppose the injustice that is done in our own name. Thus we call on all Americans to resist the war and repression that has been loosed on the world by the Bush administration. It is unjust, immoral and illegitimate. We choose to make common cause with the people of the world.
This is interesting! I find it heartning to see this document, a rally cry! It has been hard to say that the US state is a rogue without it seeming anti-American or extreme, so good to see a bunch of decent Americans come out and say it forcefully. I am sure many have said it and there may have been other declarations - but this one seems like it will have persuasion. Where can others sign up?

How did I hear about it? blogdex
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O'Reilly Network: Seeing and Tuning Social Networks
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