Sunday, December 23, 2012

Flowers on the trail: Holiday greetings!

Flowers on the trail ~ Holiday greetings 2012 !

World University and School - - has grown over the course of the year, but the WUaS baby is only still walking, and not yet running 'holding hands,' especially financially. 

I'm glad to say that as a consequence of a Stanford Coursera 'Startup Boards: Advanced Entrepreneurship' course this autumn, World University and School has doubled the size of its board, and our new Board Members hail from three non-U.S. countries, and are native speakers of three non-English languages. 

World University and School plans to move from Wikia to Wikidata in the New Year. Wikidata is a new, Creative Commons' licensed database being developed with Wikipedia's 285 languages in mind by Wikimedians. 

Thanks to wiki World University and School, with its wiki-openness, and MIT OCW as academic standard, basis and content, - and eventually for all 7,413+ languages and 205+ countries - WUaS is seeking to generate a flourishing, people-to-people, teaching and learning conversation, with an invitation to edit a page, and teach to your web camera. Wikipedia is in 285 languages, by way of comparison, and we all created this. 

World University and School continues to hold electronically-mediated, hour-long open, monthly business meetings on the second Saturdays of the month at 9 am PT, in the manner of Quakers, having started to do these in Google + Hangouts, this autumn, and no longer in Free Conference Call. The Google + Hangouts remarkably facilitate international communication. WUaS welcomes you to participate, via - - and via this email address - - and via this blog -

In seeking to become a MIT / Harvard of the internet, I think free, C.C., online, university degrees in many languages will benefit so many people, and is also a fascinating process to develop.

My actual / virtual Harbin ethnographic book proceeds apace ~ I'm writing the 8th out of 9 chapters, in this first book, with potentially 3 or 4 more Harbin books planned - I find Harbin both inspiring and fascinating, emerging from the 1960s and 1970s as it does, and especially its pools-centric milieu and influences thereof. 

I was glad to give a talk about Harbin at UC Berkeley on November 2, 2012, which you can view here ... 

Naked, Virtual Harbin:
An Anthropology of Erotisme and the Touristic Imaginaire



also accessible here -


While I haven't taught the "Society and Information Technology" course, on Harvard's virtual island, or elsewhere, which I've taught for years, I have continued to teach yoga regularly - I'm curious to explore teaching {and learning} yoga via something like Skype or in a Google + Hangout with a large screen. 


I've been giving bagpipe lessons to a young piper in the SF Bay Area, much of this in Skype or Google + Hangouts, as well as taking Skype bagpipe lessons from a teacher via the College of PIping in Scotland.  


And I continue to blog daily,  - I've been doing now for nearly 5 years, and which is a way to share ideas, even as a kind of conversation, which I find inspiring in a variety of ways. 


And in a variety of ways, I continue to explore thinking out of the box ... with a focus of inquiry on eliciting loving bliss neurophysiology, here, for example - - and here - ... I haven't yet found the 'on/off switch,' the 'cello bow stroke,' or the dial, but listening to music is a beginning. 


My home in the east bay hills of the San Francisco Bay Area, and in the city of Oakland's watershed, in the community of Canyon, above a redwood forest, continues to be inspiring in so many ways.

Canyon, California

Here are a few of the poems I've written this year, which I think you'd enjoy ...  

Yosemite Traveling Poem to Lembert Dome

She dappled sun 

I started piping for 

The bell was sailing off Canapitsit 

I kissed your back 

Would like to sail 

Bodymind electricity sings to me, o thee, who are pair

In the space between warm water molecules, home at Harbin

Elephant seals: Santa Cruz, on New Year's Day

How different it is to soak at Harbin, than to realize it virtually

... accessible here at the 'poetry' label ... ... 


All the best to you all in the new year and beyond, 

Scott MacLeod 

PO Box 442, 
Canyon, CA 94516

415 480 4577


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