Archive for November, 2001

n: conventions

These are the journal conventions I use. I like simplicity as well as prettiness. The whole all caps thing just doesn’t look nice imho.

  • j: journal — (run of the mill)
  • sj: short journal — (page or so; 3 minute read)
  • lj: long journal — (rare)
  • n: note — (something short and external; not personal)
  • for: forward — (something written by someone else; subject is the title and author or original subject for e-mail)
  • q: question — (some short question; not philosophical)
  • dj: dump journal — (journal for catharsis)
  • re: reply — (rest of subject is the original subject; perhaps reworded for clarity)

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sj: shadow

I guess I just wanted to kinda agree with O some and mention what “shadow work” has been to me. I was talking to Wayne earlier about what “shadow work” we have done during our time here. The activities that I would talk about in relation to shadow work are:

  1. Progoff shadow imagery
  2. Pearson shadow archetype dance
  3. Shadow affirmations (telling everyone what bugs you about them)

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re: book groups

I am planning on doing a book group discussing a set of short stories; primarily science fiction. The stories will deal with a variety of issues and the emphasis will be more on discussion than a heavy reading load. Because these stories will draw from a variety of sources text will be provided.

The stories that I have picked out that I would like to do so far are:

  • Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress
  • Mimsy Were the Borogoves by Henry Kuttner & C.L. Moore
  • The Cold Equations by Tom Godwin
  • “Repent, generic ed Harlequin!” Said the Ticktockman by Harlan Ellison
  • Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut
  • There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury
  • Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

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getting addresses from listservs

I have gone over this a couple of times and A keeps asking me how to get the names of people on the list and I keep telling her how, but it doesn’t seem to stick. =)

Both cor and tnh are running on “listservs”. These are computer programs that take incoming mail and resend it to a list of people. Listservs though usually have a little more intelligence than simply remailing. Specifically you can send messages to special accounts and get the listserv to tell you who is on the list.

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first precept

The precept out of the list that Andrew is using to have them pop up on gemini is longer than the one on the handout.

***The First Mindfulness Training of the Order of Interbeing***

Aware of the suffering created by fanaticism and intolerance, we are determined not to be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology, even Buddhist ones. Buddhist teachings are guiding means to help us learn to look deeply and to develop our understanding and compassion. They are not doctrines to fight, kill, or die for.

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for: patriotism

This is a little different take on patriotism than the one Wayne sent out a couple days ago. I thought I would share:

From a speech made by Capt. John S. McCain, US, (Rep) who represents Arizona in the U.S. Senate:

“As you may know, I spent five and one half years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. In the early years of our imprisonment, the NVA kept us in solitary confinement or two or three to a cell. In 1971 the NVA moved us from these conditions of isolation into large rooms with as many as 30 to 40 men to a room. This was, as you can imagine, a wonderful change and was a direct result of the efforts of millions of Americans on behalf of a few hundred POWs 10,000 miles from home. One of the men who moved into my room was a young man named Mike Christian.

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ASG-CC: webpage space

Honors is the proud new owner of a webserver and the computer committee would like to give anyone interested in putting themselves online the opportunity to do so. We will be having a workshop next Tuesday (Nov. 20) during dead hour (11:00 am) in Clement Hall Room 313B which will show you how you can use the server to publish pages.

We will also cover rudimentary HTML as time allows. If you are interested in a more intensive class on HTML please let me know as the scheduling of one is dependant on interest.

If you are interested, therapy please let me, purchase wjh3957, know ahead of time so that an account can be created for you. Also feel free to e-mail me if you have any additional questions.

Will Holcomb

ASG Computer Committee Chair

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j: leadership

The assignment for the Thich Nhat Hahn group this week was to:

1) List Traits of Mindfulness

It all deals with being aware. A mindful person is aware of what they are doing and why they are doing it. More so the latter since it is tough alot of the time to know what the effects of an action will be. A mindful person though is aware of what desires an action is gratifying and is as informed as possible about the effects of those actions.

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re: procrastination

that’s my two minutes. 🙂 the cue for it was jen’s “i am bias”. i am trying to avoid going back to school where i know that five or six hours of term paper work is awaiting me.

I am familiar with this syndrome. I just spent the last hour twiddling with a program to print random precepts from the 14. Andrew had one that had each precept in a separate file and I thought it would be hT to do it with them all in one. It would have been about 5 lines of perl, but it was a good 30 in DCL. =)

Andrew’s (at user:[ars] does a random one and the first one right now. Mine (at user:[wjh3957.programs] just does a random one (or if you @precept [1-14] it will do that number.) The thing has favorites; it is just taking the microseconds value of the time and dividing that by 100 to get the ratio so it should be a uniform distribution, but it is tough to get #2. YMMV =)

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re: foucault

The History of Sexuality, Volume 1 by Michel Foucault

Although this book might seem more appropriate under topic 2, it’s not only about sex, rather it’s about how power is exerted in order to define “reality.” Good reading: not too hard, not too easy.

I had a couple people talk about this when I was researching for my talk on Postmodernism and gender identity. It sounds in general like an interesting book. We already have TNH picked out for the next book for our group, but I would like to table this one as a possibility in the future.

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