Teaching virtual Harbin as culture anthropologically, or how best to call this?
... re a 2nd University of Toronto Press published Harbin book in its "Teaching Culture" series, and re virtual Harbin and for undergraduates, for ethno-wiki-virtual-world-graphy...
People and Hippies did what they wanted at Harbin in the 1970s and 80s coming out of the 1960s ...
How will this develop in a virtual Harbin (in Google Street View?)? (will probably suggest pasties for nudity in virtual Harbin) ...
... think I'll hold off on exploring ideas for this second book at present ...
Hi C, J, D and R,
Curious here about how writing an interesting book about an
interesting place like Harbin, and how publishing it, can lead to
I'm attaching chapter 7.
The next steps toward online publishing of my Harbin book are becoming clear.
Create a near perfect PDF file of it (then a perfect one)
in Google Docs (eventually for 'snippet' or 'limited' view online in
Google Books, with wide distribution reach online, and eventual machine
translation) first moving/ editing it in(to) GDocs (which is G's Word Processing software) from its
current location in MS Word. I'll probably do this in GDocs here from this email - <firstname.lastname@example.org> - and then let you all have access to this as well.
Will try to edit today chapters 7, 8 and 9, then complete 9
and begin to add photos (and seek/make a good faith effort to contact
people in the photos I've found online about using them) tomorrow, then
once in GDocs (which is G's word processing program) with photos, index it, pour over it
editing it again and again until
it's perfect copy, then publish it on Valentine's Day.
How to raise production values in editing and printing and
publishing? (R very helpfully caught one pronoun inconsistency in the multimedia virtual world scene in chapter 1or 2, John
may have good ideas/edits, and C may have good ideas
publishing-wise about raising production values).
Happy Hogmanay! :)
Thanks very much - I'll aim to use the Georgia font in all
likelihood. I'll send you and other friends later today an email with
chapter 7 about the steps I see ahead as unfolding steps re this DIY
Academic Press at WUaS publishing process. These include a) Google Docs
into a finished PDF - (then possibly into b) Google Books) - c)
CreateSpace (Amazon) - and/or here perhaps to d) Google Books (for eventual machine translation, or from the PDF in GDocs) - and then further into e) Amazon software for the
Kindle. Does this sound about
right to you?
Thank you for your email - just catching up from a busy holiday week. And likewise - nice to meet you at the Reed College Solstice Party in Piedmont. Will keep you posted. I'm excited about Reed College alumni-Berkeley Law / Ph.D. graduate students and World University and School collaborations for a variety of reasons.
Might you be able to take Berkeley Law Professor Will Kell's course beginning in January, in which WUaS will be a "real entrepreneurial client" -
Renata, in terms of international law and the intersection of technology and social movements, here are some related WUaS planned law schools and wiki subjects (but there are many more related WUaS wiki Subjects to your interests - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Subjects - and planned in countries' main languages) -
Law Schools at World University and School (planned in main languages in them)
I hope this finds you well and enjoying this season wherever you are.
Love in this holiday season in the context of this old world we live in? ~ How to generate this fulsomely, in a variety of qualities, as neurophysiology too, and in new ways? This continues to be a focus of mine, and about which I hope to generate an unfolding wiki-conversation in all languages (7,938 according to Glottolog) and countries (259 according to Wikipedia, by population). I hope this will find developing form and flourishing in these wiki Subject pages for open teaching and learning at World University and School, for example –
CC World University and School - http://worlduniversityandschool.org/ - is growing step by step, planning to accredit, and WUaS is now seeking high school student applicants this autumn 2016 to matriculate online in the autumn of 2017.
As I get back into editing / indexing my first actual/virtual
Harbin ethnographic book - I just sent off chapter 5 to a friend (with
two Harvard degrees, whom I know from QMeeting in SF) to "finalize" it
(and also to a group of SF Quakers/friends who have publishing experience) - and
developing World University further, I looked up "cynicism" per your
recent text just for clarity's, as well as my own understanding's,
1 an inclination to believe that people are motivated purely by self-interest; skepticism: public cynicism about politics.
• an inclination to question whether something will happen or whether it is worthwhile; pessimism: cynicism about the future.
2 (Cynicism)a school of ancient Greek philosophers, the Cynics.
I think about cynicism re "people ... motivated purely by
self-interest", I come back again and again to John Money's "Concepts of
Determinism" as an explanation for motivation and especially re
pairbondage and troopbondage - http://scottmacleod.com/JohnMoneyConceptsOfDeterminism.html - among 4 other sections linked to this page that interest me in his 1988 Oxford Press book.
and which also kind of complements my recent Pgh holiday
experiences in terms of vibe, but also are suggestive of a kind of
atmosphere which might inform a virtual Harbin in relation to further
creating a virtual earth for STEM research (in Google Street View with
OPenSim / SL per what we talked about at the Epple's where we first kind
of talked - here are the slides from my Berkeley talk this autumn -
do you think this GD ethos might migrate into a film-realistic,
interactive, group build-able, 3D, with avatars, virtual earth and
virtual Harbin Hot Springs? Show films of Harbin (of which there aren't
many) in the virtual earth for wiki-STEM research by all of us? :) ...
but also with hard science research and computer modeling, and in all
Here, by the way, is the Green Tortoise adventure trips' page if you might be interested some time - http://www.greentortoise.com/adventures/adventures-departure-name.php
- in a trip together. The GD Parking Lot Scene Documentary may have a
lot of the same energy that can happen on Green Tortoise trips (and at
the Rainbow Gathering, and in some ways at Harbin ... but raising a
family might be much better on Juniata ) ...
sure I should send this email to you, Kris, recognizing what you
texted about not wanting a spiritual, emotional, or romantic,
relationship so just emailing here as a friend and to share ideas. Being
idea-friends with you appeals to me, but we're both pretty busy, and
live ~1400 miles away, too ... so we may not have much time for this
On with editing chapter 6 of 9 in my first Harbin book here.
Omega 3's effects are very subtle for me but I
would suggest indeed measurable.
(How to design such an online experiment
at WUaS to operationalize the words "harmonizing" and "brightening" in a
study, and also objectively and measurably, and also how to teach the
experimental method to university students so that they can create
studies and publish ?:)
Omega 3's are other things too - including subtly psychotropic or similar, I'd also suggest - which it would be
fun to talk about and even explore sometime ...
Omega 3 WUaS scientific studies, and teaching and learning the experimental method online at WUaS ...
How can undergraduate and graduate University students design, carry out and publish successful experiments that prove something - and in all countries' main languages ... ?
In what ways can the gift of World University and School best ripple through the world online to speakers of all languages, for open teaching and learning, as well as in countries' main languages for best CC STEM OCW universities and degrees, as a kind of Christmas giving, and in the spirit of Xmas?
How best to add our photos to Google Streetview (and thus also Maps & Earth) with Google's & eventually develop a plan to develop these into a CC virtual earth (that could also be film-realistic, 3D, group-buildable and interactive and with avatars, for example)?
Will a CC virtual earth that also is film-realistic 3D group-buildable & interactive and with avatars for STEM research become countries?
Is there a way or a program to concurrently add such CC photos in Monuments to Google Streetview (and thus also Maps and Earth), where end-users can also add photos, and eventually a plan to develop these into a CC virtual earth (that could also be film-realistic, 3D, group-buildable and interactive and with avatars, for example)? What's involved in coding such a tool?
In what ways will WUaS create an enormous online research field of matriculated students and Universitian volunteers on the wiki side to begin to explore how machine learning can learn about how learning and especially inter-lingually ...
Since studying human learning with machine learning and AI is still in its infancy, and such significant inter-lingual populations for study are relatively few, WUaS will just begin with nibbling around the edges of this amazing opportunity.
Curious about the potential for the Academic Press at WUaS combined with the Bookstore / Computer Store at WUaS - in all 7,938+ languages - to generate "language markets" ... curious too to orchestrate the bookstore/computer store at WUaS as a kind of Craigslist too.
And these would be on the commercial side of WUaS, to complement to the 501 c 3 Creative Commons' core side of WUaS.
It's particularly World University and Schools' all-languages' focus that will be the basis for online idea exchanges around 1) all countries' main languages online as accrediting universities and 2) all languages online for academic books and publishers that will potentially help these languages grow and develop.
It was nice to visit with you yesterday, and happy, happy and merry, merry.
find a brief WUaS slide presentation (so I'm suggesting this "Hack
Night" one minute slideshow) you asked me to send you here part way down -
The January Stanford Law Board event doesn't conflict with the January Berkeley Law
event re World University and School which I wondered about as we were talking, I'm glad to
Fun to sing at a holiday party I went to in the
evening especially with the daughter of my Reed College friend, who had a
lovely voice ... both to hear her and sing closely with her ...
bringing voices together. Met and talked with a Scot too there who works
at UCSF interestingly.
Beyond the step by step
approach here to developing WUaS and editing / indexing my Harbin
ethnography ... I wonder how to get to a kind of generative
improvisational communicative freedom and joy in human interactions
which can be evoked I think in Scottish culture (perhaps RL Stevenson's
beautiful book and read "Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes" - http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/382 - might be one example),
conversationally, but without the
male-this-is-how-it-is stuff which I've found at times in that identity
communication? I think it would be simply through actually making music
(shall I play the Scottish Small Pipes in the airport, where my flight
has been delayed after an early arising?), and so generating also
similar code metaphorically, and especially in language with words
between two or more people/Scots, that this way could open. I appreciate
Jethro Tull and Steeleye Span, for example, but that music can speak of
such lacks of understanding too. Seeking here to affirm and generate
positive mutually beneficial communications, as well as a kind of
Scottish-identity economic opportunity (via WUaS), the lack of which may
have contributed partly to such challenging Scottish communications I
write about above. A Scotland-India World University and School
collaboration - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Scotland -
http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/India - and in main languages in
both of these countries too? Je nais se pas ... since Scots don't go in
the India direction culturally very much, except that they were probably
in India trading with the rest of Britain for a good 250 years too,
interestingly ... just musing here.
Step by step
strategies, and improvisational harmonious-communication-generation
strategies, actually and metaphorically in language, can complement one
Your Tarot reading was interesting -
thanks. Mouth music and singing for Scottish harmony generation ahead
... ? Robbie Burns speaks to the Scottish spirit ... more than most
other Scots' poets and thinkers ... what would be great
psychologically-rich language in song about the above? How to generate
What's the ecology of post 1960s' and 70s' "Bonobos hippies" in California compared with "common chimp hippies," legally - where people are human primates - and in terms of freedom, in the context of the information age and media and a shared ethos of openness, post sexual-revolution, in the beginning of the 21st century?
By Bonobos-oriented hippies compared with common chimp hippies, I'm much referring to a kind of non-harming and intimacy in the former, in contrast to the potential for harming in the latter (see other posts in the blog for related comparisons and vis-a-vis humans); both species are our closest genetic relatives, and as I see it, we have something to learn about why we do what we do from them, as narratives and as biological neurophysiology as well.
By ecology, I'm also including kinds of karma and dharma questions, but wishing to rewrite these folk metaphysics in terms of an almost evolutionary biologically informed contemporary ethos for people living in a developing modern world and the information age, that's both good but also not judgmental (West coast Friendly/Quaker in a sense, per a kind of realism, for one, but also mostly progressive Californians outside this sphere?). How could such a writing of this create new liberties (and acknowledging the benefits of the asceticism of kinds of Patanjalian yoga for example - with its worthwhile "value" of non stealing, for example, as I see it, yet rewrite this asceticism as well) to take into account positive intimacies, for example. Angela and Victor's Yoga especially speaks to me here ... as two voices among so so many in California ...
How could this best give rise to positive families with many happy kids, and in cities, as an expression of this evolutionary biological human primate free envisioning 1960s' beings in an information age ecology ... and to explore generating great happiness in this context?
Went to a holiday party last night in the SF Bay Area where some friends had taken Tantra - a kind of yoga - workshops (with an intimacy focus) at Harbin, and where this could almost be a kind of spirituality for them, and as a group ... interesting to see that this could be a kind of shared vision, and something to aspire to keep open among friends, and even inter-generationally, but possibly only within some stands of this family ...
WUaS seeks to become the Harvard of the Internet with online universities' in most/all countries' main and official languages, and to offer wiki schools for open teaching and learning in all 7,938 + languages (mutual intelligibility being one main definition here).
May I add this email (or similar) please to both the sporadic (roughly 2-10 emails per week) as well as the monthly business meeting email lists?
See you in WUaS monthly business meeting in the group video Hangout on January 9th (2nd Saturdays, open and hour-long, conducted loosely in the manner of Quakers/Friends) and potentially at Stanford Law on January 21st as well.
I'm an anthropologist who also finds fascinating the internet, ideas, poetry, sociology, art, science, philosophy, history, music, love and life ~ as well as the anthropology of information technology & counterculture :) -