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I have been busy in RL working on home maintenance. The 16 year old batteries that power my house at night have come to the end of their life, wit htheir storage capacity less than half when they were new. But, 16 years for lead-acid batteries is a great run, so no complaints other than batteries are no longer recycled in the U.S. - thy are shipped to China to be crackeded open with human wielded seldge hammers to recover the lead. The acid flows into acid pits. Not good.

This time the tech has advanced and new battery chemisty is available. I just took delivery of 24 Aquion batteries (http://aquionenergy.com/) and now have to run off and rent a hoist to move them into place. These are managanese and nanocarbon.
My temperment:
cheerful cheerful
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An email from livejournal, the company, wanting me to take a survey. Its questions slanted toward FaceBook style social networking. Interesting. Why? Then too I wonder why, when I tried Sgrouples (which named its name to MeWe), did that not take off. That site offers strong privacy protection, a feature I like very much. There was a burst of interest, then it all died back. Where did the people go? My guess is FaceBook and Twitter.

Meanwhile, I have wrapped up most of my activities in InWorldz, the vrtual worlds company, and am involved in High Fidelity. HF is a next generation virtual world startup creating a virtual world platform, mostly open source based, that lets others create virtual worlds (yes, it is a bit meta). They stress low latency and high quality facial expression and hand gesture captures that are then transferred and shifted to the avatar. The result is a compelling interaction because for once multiple modalities of communication are opened up.

It is exciting to be surfing the digital waves again.

Be well, all!

My temperment:
awake awake
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A point in no-space, expanding outward rapidly, however one measures that in a dimensionless expanse. Space forms, and connections arise, reminding me that we are nomads of the net, transcendent of the media modality we use to plant our presence.

When Selene mentioned a new social media forum arose, one hopefully devoid of the stifling data mining of Facebook and also respectful of people's IP, I decided to give it a try. I deleted my Facebook account entirely almost a year ago, and drifted to Twitter, which I like but its limited communications modality ends up being a place for Haiku or, if not in a poetic mood, grunts of external acknowledgements, useful nonetheless. This drifting to a new forum reminded me I had done this before many times going back to over 20 years ago.

I rummaged through some very old files thankfully archived in our digital vault at house Skyote. This document contains the history of The Nomads of the Net, a fanciful story created by Merrigold and John Ockerbloom, then patrons, like myself, of the alt.callahans usenet news group. They wrote about a band of people who traveled across the net setting up virtual encampments. This was back in 1993, and by 1994 I set about to find a usenet group for the nomads. It ended up as alt.kalbo.

The document is from 1993 done as top postings typical of the practices of those times long ago, so it should be read bottom to top. Even the headers carry with them a lot of history, so I left them intact. Here is the original story of and the creation of The Nomads of the Net. I find it relevant wisdom from the deep net-past.

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Date: Wed, 13 Oct 1993 02:54:42 -0700
From: "Rene' A. Vega" <draco@amdahl.com>
To: spok+@cs.cmu.edu (John Ockerbloom),
The Didi-Sprite <braley@binkley.cs.mcgill.ca>
Subject: alt.nomads seed
Status: RO

Would either of you add to this intro missive then send it back to me. I
borrowed some of it from John and Merigold's wonderful alt.nomads story. I've
found the perfect place to try to actually create a temporary encampment, and
I'd like to seed the newsgroup with the dry stuff first. John, would you pass
this note to Merigold. I don't have her email address. Thanks!



Webster's Dictionary defines nomads as: n[L. nomad-, nomas member of
a wandering pastoral people, fr. Gk, fr. nemein to pasture - more
at nimble] 1: a member of a people that has no fixed residence but
wanders from place to place usu. seasonally and within a
well-defined territory in order to secure its food supply 2: an
individual who roams about aimlessly - nomad adj - no.mad.ism.

The related word, no-man's-land is relevent to territory: n 1: an
area of unowned, unclaimed ,or uninhabited land 2: an area of
anomolous, ambiguous, or indefinite character.

Both the people and the territory are often defined as
structureless, except in a larger context the structure is
considered at best a primitive food gathering process.

Nomadic communities, which have often been erroneously considered to
be without civilization, in fact tend to have a rich and stable
social structure. Small, closely-knit, and generally peaceable,
the nomadic band is, in the words of Stephens[1], "a strangely
resilient culture, adapting fluidly to new environments without
losing its distinctive character." For Adams and Jenner[2],

Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1993 21:52:00 -0700
From: "Rene' A. Vega" <draco@amdahl.com>
To: The Didi-Sprite <braley@binkley.cs.mcgill.ca>, selene@well.sf.ca.us,
Rowan Fairgrove <rowanf@cache.crc.ricoh.com>,
u906438@postoffice.utas.edu.au (bunyip)
Subject: A Magely Entrance, Sea to see
Status: RO

Path: draco.ivorytower.amdahl.com
From: draco@amdahl.com (Rene' A. Vega)
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1993 20:50:21 -0800
Message-Id: <9310182050.AA21758@draco.ivorytower.amdahl.com>
Reply-To: draco@amdahl.com (Rene' A. Vega)
X-Newsreader: InterCon TCP/Connect II 1.1
Newsgroups: alt.kalbo
Reply-To: draco@amdahl.com (Rene' A. Vega)
Organization: Amdahl Corporation - Sunnyvale CA, USA

In another metric, a retreat by the Sea, I give my leavetaking to a joyous
gathering and subsequent departure, my friends having left but myself. Once
more I concentrate, and my tent folds into itself forming a neat two
centimeter cube on the sand that I then pop into my belt pouch. Finally, I
walk over to the shimmering portal and take a quick look inside to The Place.
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A few patrons take notice of a shimmering X-window by the bulletin board that
begins to fade to grey. It then disappears entirely reverting to a blank
section of the wall, leaving briefly a faint scent of pine. The event passes
without comment, except for a large friendly ruddy fellow behind the bar who
waves goodbye. The fog finally rolls in and envelopes the beach, the cliffs,
and myself. Another universe of possibilities, a new direction, and I'm gone.

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I fly through waves upon waves of possibilities. Once again, a myriad paths,
the motes of change, but I make no decisions hence no distinction happens.
Days of flying through time which isn't. Moments of eternity on the cusp of a
fractal. I am a nomad in kalpa - the cycle of creation and destruction. PI
has no meaning, no value here. This time a distant pattern forms a way:
drumbeats? A gentle nomadic call from another place... I stretch my wings and
glide into a vortex of now, rush into that blue maelstrom, and emerge three
thousand one hundred forty one point five feet above gently rolling plains.

Warm wind caresses my face and strokes my body. This is a quiet place, blue
skies, a few clouds, good thermals. Looking down from this lofty vantage I
spot a small gathering of folx below. Sitting next to a blue and white
striped tent, I see a woman playing a drum, subtly shifting this metric,
calling, calling. I circle in, warping my trailing wing edges to bleed off
some altitude, to take a closer look.

>From below a large silver sheened creature, perhaps a dragon, is seen
circling the encampment, it's wings held wide in a glide position. It's
circling closer...

\ /
== * ==========================================================
/ \ Draco.

/* The opinions expressed herein are mine, and not necessarily my employer's

Date: Tue, 19 Oct 1993 19:43:49 -0700
From: "Rene' A. Vega" <draco@amdahl.com>
To: Rowan Fairgrove <rowanf@cache.crc.ricoh.com>, selene@well.sf.ca.us,
The Didi-Sprite <braley@binkley.cs.mcgill.ca>
Subject: Landing into a new metric
Status: RO

Path: draco.ivorytower.amdahl.com
From: draco@amdahl.com (Rene' A. Vega)
Date: Tue, 19 Oct 1993 18:37:16 -0800
Message-Id: <9310191837.AA16495@draco.ivorytower.amdahl.com>
Reply-To: draco@amdahl.com (Rene' A. Vega)
X-Newsreader: InterCon TCP/Connect II 1.1
Newsgroups: alt.kalbo
Subject: The landing

Sitting next to a blue and white striped tent, I see a woman playing a drum,
subtly shifting this metric, calling, calling. I circle in, warping my
trailing wing edges to bleed off some altitude, to take a closer look.

>From below a large silver sheened creature, perhaps a dragon, is seen
circling the encampment, it's wings held wide in a glide position. It's
circling closer...

It suddenly folds it wings and plummets dizzyingly fast to the ground towards
the onlookers. About a hundred feet above the ground it unfurls its wings,
strongly warping the trailing edges to enter into a steep final approach. It
flares over by the tent, and then stalls inches above the ground - a perfect
two point short field landing.

The 24 foot wide wings immediately fold into themselves in intricate patterns
and soon flatten into a compact mass that runs from shoulders to ankles. The
nomads see a 6 foot tall man of medium build, who's wearing a formfitting
muted silverskin body suit. Now running toward the folx here, he breaks out
into a wide grin, dark smiling brown eyes, and dark brown curly hair
cascading down to his shoulders.

"Hi all! Jezebel, it's so nice to see you again. You spotted me right off!" I
give Jezebel a big warm hug. Stepping back hugging each in turn I say: "It's
so nice to see you all - John, Merrigold, Frood, Liralen. And I bring news -
Bunyip may soon join us as soon as his RL duties are done. There are a few
folx I haven't met before, errr... lessee... James, Rosty, Michael, and John?
Did I get your names right? I can be awful remembering names. Hi, my name is
Draco, and I'm pleased to meet you."

I soon join in the dancing and merriment. I pull out my Hohner recorder and
play a lilting melody to augment Merrigold's drumming and metric shaping. A
short while later I spot a range of low mountains in the distance. One little
mountain has a flattened top, just the right size for a Dragon's keep. "Oooo,
I've got to go there to set up a campsite. Later. Right now, it's welcoming
|\ |
| O
\ / O
== * ==========================================================
/ \ Draco.

Date: Thu, 23 Sep 1993 22:41:45 -0700
From: "Rene' A. Vega" <draco@amdahl.com>
To: selene@well.sf.ca.us
Subject: FYI: Nomads of the Net (possible future 3.14159)
Status: RO

------ Forwarded Message
It was a dark and silent newsgroup.

Alt.desert.topping had in fact been deserted since 1994, though a few
hungry people had dropped in from time to time asking what the newsgroup
was about, and then disappeared again when no answer was forthcoming.
A number of them still were subscribed to the group, but didn't know it.

A strange message suddenly brought the group back to their attention.
The message started like this:


Nomadic communities, which have often been erroneously considered
to be without civilization, in fact tend to have a rich and
stable social structure. Small, closely-knit, and generally
peaceable, the nomadic band is, in the words of Stephens[1],
"a strangely resilient culture, adapting fluidly to new environments
without losing its distinctive character." For Adams and Jenner[2],

It went on like this for about 250 lines. Most readers unsubscribed
after the first screenful.

Those that continued reading the newsgroup started to notice followups
to the article, elaborating on various aspects of nomadic culture. As
time went on, and most of the former subscribers left in bewilderment,
the tone of the discussion shifted from scholarly to informal.
Academic examples gave way to more personal narratives, discussion
broadened and became less formal, and it became apparent that the
Alt.Nomads had once again set up a new encampment.

Something of a legend in the history of the Net, the Alt.Nomads were
known to have established encampments in at least half a dozen
formerly deserted newsgroups, and were rumored to have resettled many
more. The exact numbers were hard to determine, since once a
newsgroup reached a certain size, the Nomads tended to move on. They
would usually leave behind a flourishing culture, which had
incorporated many of their customs and mores.

Sharply contrasting with many of the other Net groups, this culture
strongly emphasized courtesy and respect for both inhabitants and
visitors. It was notable for a love of music and laughter, and an
enjoyment of storytelling and wordplay of all sorts. The stories they
left behind featured many legendary figures known for their wit and
strength, their warmth and wisdom, their flamboyance and creativity.
The lamp-lighter, sailing his boat on stardust. The gypsy, with her
colorful vardo. The clever fox and the fierce wolf. The mad drummer
with her bells and cymbals.

Some observers speculated that the Nomads had their own secret signs
and ways of passing messages. Occasionally strange crossposts would
appear in active newsgroups. Messages would contain obscure keywords
or inexplicable signatures. Somehow, people who needed to know the
whereabouts of the Alt.Nomads would find out.

A weary traveler of the Net would sometimes catch sight of the Nomads'
encampments, wander in, and find welcome. Looking into the fire at
night, under the stars, inhabitants and visitors would find themselves
speaking of their lives, their darkest dreams, their heart's desires.
Some would stay only for an evening, trading stories and jokes, and
then move on. Others would return occasionally during their travels
to visit. And some would choose to stay and become part of the
nomadic culture. They would often be among the first to set up tents
in a new encampment when the nomads moved on.

John Ockerbloom

Mary Mark work phone: (412) 268-3409
Department of Psychology work fax: (412) 268-2844
Carnegie Mellon University "JOY (le`): [Chinese Character]
Pittsburgh,PA Also means music. The ancient symbol
email: mmbt+@andrew.cmu.edu pictured drums and a bell on a stand."
ockerbloom@cs.cmu.edu 4209 Murray Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15217

------ End of Forwarded Message


My temperment:
thoughtful thoughtful
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My last posting was in July  2010. I think that was around the time I joined facebook. Much has changed in LJ since then. I was shocked by the heavy ads in the front page. But I managed to remember my userid and password!  Who are here still, and big hugs!

Selene and I spent 10 minutes outside to quietly celebrate the new year - winter solstice. It is so good to have our days grow longer, and for our house, it is good to see the sun arcing higher in the sky to lift out of the treeline and to shine brightly on the power panels. 

It is also Selene's birthday the 22nd - happy birthday my love!!

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A question: has facebook taken people away from LJ? Or, is the ability to wax on with nicely thought through commentary and the ability to  break past the limited two hundred or so character "snippets du jour" of facebook a shining point for LJ? Just wondering.
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Sorry if people got a bolus of spam. Looks like a spammer latched on their crud onto my postings. I am now changing the settings to permit only friends to post. Such is the world nowadays.
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Hello friends whom I've not communited with for many months - Nay, I've not fallen of a cliff, rather, a bit of too much work at the Collective, and a falling inworld has takenmy spare time, hence I write a bit trady in wishing everyone the best these holidays have to offer, whether crhistmas, yule, those odd boxing days or just plain gatherings with friends and family to share oneself with each other.

A lot has happened so I'll separate things with different postings.

What caught my attention was Simon's predictions, notably the bandwidth explosion. Exabyte of data, the sum of human knowlege since 2007 trasmitted hourly... No, the bandwith explosion will be filled by that old, popular and profitable porn industry. I hear teledildonics is doing well and it seems it requires a lot of bandwidth for the new generation of tele-delictus devices.


My temperment:
contemplative contemplative
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Just a fave photo from Jez's fab collection of FaerieWorld

Sometimes animators do some amazingthings:

In SecondLife it is possible to play instruments manually:

My temperment:
creative creative
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OMS  (oh my stars) but am I sore this morning from the hours upon hours of dancing to great ground pounding, wing flitting, trance inducing music, having danced with the faeries this past weekend. Perhaps it was the SL faerie dances I've gone to, and, having read about Jez's (kightp) decision to go to Faerie Worlds that, along with my desire to go, was little push that motivated me to drive for five hours down to Secret House.winery where convocation took place. Cute faeries everywhere, from the wee ones (oh soo cuuute) to the fresh and brash and gothtie urban ones, to the faerie queens, and to the ancient ones. All were radiant, all were beautiful, all were having a wonderful time.

I came as a traveling dancing elf which blended quite nicely. We're cousins, so the Fae were nicely accomodating - no terrible pranks. I took few photos since all I had was my cameraphone but Jez and (saoba) had their serious soulcatchers with them, so we should be in for a good treat as I believe between them they must have taken over 6000 photos.

Current Locale:
emerald urban forests
My temperment:
content content
Current Music:
Kan Al, Gaeia Consort, Twisty Pixie
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O.M.G.! It was 100F in Renton, 97F in Redmond. Water, drink much water...
Current Locale:
My temperment:
uncomfortable uncomfortable
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