2010.08.22 19:00 - Joy needs no punchline

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     The Guardian for this meeting was Calvino Rabeni. The comments are by Calvino Rabeni.

    Calvino Rabeni: Hello Aphrodite :)
    Aphrodite Macbain: Hi
    Calvino Rabeni: Hi Aphrodite
    Aphrodite Macbain: where is everybody?
    Calvino Rabeni: I think, waylaid by Real Life?
    Aphrodite Macbain: all having Sunday dinner I guess
    Aphrodite Macbain: How are you?
    Calvino Rabeni: Pretty well - it's been a busy weekend. How about you?
    Aphrodite Macbain: I'm having a wonderful time. I'm on holiday and am staying on Gabriola Island on the west coast of Canada
    Aphrodite Macbain: surrounded by trees and silence
    Aphrodite Macbain: Do you know it?
    Calvino Rabeni: Not too remote for the Internet, though?
    Aphrodite Macbain: Nope. :-)
    Aphrodite Macbain: I'm trying toexplain to my friend here how great SL is
    Aphrodite Macbain: and how PaB is even greater
    Aphrodite Macbain: What brings you here this evening?

    Aphrodite Macbain: Hi Paradise
    Aphrodite Macbain: oh she left again
    Calvino Rabeni: Well lots of things really, but one of them is that I'm signed up to host this meeting time slot every week.
    Aphrodite Macbain: Oh. And now there's only me!!
    Calvino Rabeni: I wonder if it was she who left the circling fishes
    Calvino Rabeni: Perhaps she will be back
    Aphrodite Macbain: I love those circling fishes. They were the result of a qote from a poem that was read this morning
    Calvino Rabeni: Really! How did that work? I like them too
    Aphrodite Macbain: I'm not sure. I entered SL and saw them , spoke briefly and then had to go as I was having breakfast
    Aphrodite Macbain: It will be in the record from this morning
    Calvino Rabeni: Do you recall the poem?
    Aphrodite Macbain: I'm trying to send you the web site with the quote
    Calvino Rabeni: I'm reading the poem. The fish all die, sadly.
    Aphrodite Macbain: oh how did you do that?
    Calvino Rabeni: I looked on the wiki for the session, then found the link
    Aphrodite Macbain: Here comes paradise
    Calvino Rabeni: Hello, WB Paradise
    Aphrodite Macbain: Hello
    Paradise Tennant: smiles sorry having tech difficulties trying viewer 2 to see it that helps hiya aphrodite :) cal :)
    Aphrodite Macbain: Hi - I'm showiing my friend Judy how things work in SL
    Aphrodite Macbain: How's your dog Paradise?
    Paradise Tennant: tired ..we were all over today .. visiting a variety of hard ware stores and my mom .he is flaked out and snoring
    Paradise Tennant: smiles pleased with myself .. bought the right size steel bit and managed to drill through a thick steel frame to hang a piece of stained glass ..
    Paradise Tennant: I have the delusion I am handy :)
    Aphrodite Macbain: BrAVO. Are you a glass arist?
    Paradise Tennant: no but I love art ..in general ..
    Paradise Tennant: find it a kind of solisce :)
    Paradise Tennant: wipes away the wear and tear of rl :)

    Aphrodite Macbain: So you bought tools to hang a stained glass peice?
    Aphrodite Macbain: I'm going to visit a friend now. CU both later
    Paradise Tennant: yes ! .. two drill bits .. special toggle hooks .. chain the wide variety of metal bits :) all assembled now and looking lovely
    Paradise Tennant: take care aphrodite enjoy your evening :)
    Aphrodite Macbain: Wow. I'm impressed
    Aphrodite Macbain: Bye
    Calvino Rabeni: Bye, have fun
    Paradise Tennant: smiles waves :)
    Paradise Tennant: namaste
    Paradise Tennant: lol I did not mention the one off centre whole I spent a long time drilling and will now have to poly fill :) what was that about measuring twice cutting once :)
    Calvino Rabeni: What does the stained glass look like?
    Paradise Tennant: nice piece from about 1870 .. very hevery classic tulip design
    Paradise Tennant: lots of red green blue
    Calvino Rabeni: Was it previously a window?
    Paradise Tennant: live downtown so lots of external light .. stained glass is a nice option .. is very glimmery
    Paradise Tennant: hmm yes
    Calvino Rabeni: Sounds nice, how are you placing it - over a window?
    Paradise Tennant: so what shall we talk about tonight .. that does not involve power tools :)
    Calvino Rabeni: Let's combine your inkling or notion with mine and see what results :)
    Calvino Rabeni: So we can create a combination creature of some kind... I've got one piece of it.
    Paradise Tennant: listens
    Calvino Rabeni: Hello Stevenaia
    stevenaia Michinaga: hello
    stevenaia Michinaga: hi Paradise
    Paradise Tennant: hiya steve
    Calvino Rabeni: I proposed we'll each contribute a topic idea to make a combined creature
    Calvino Rabeni: and then see what it does
    stevenaia Michinaga: what sort of creature are we building?
    Calvino Rabeni: One made of three topic ideas
    stevenaia Michinaga: of our choosing?
    Calvino Rabeni: Yes
    stevenaia Michinaga: I contribute....good humor
    Calvino Rabeni: Nice one!
    Paradise Tennant: you truly do !
    Calvino Rabeni: Do you have a piece for the composition, Paradise?
    stevenaia Michinaga: laughs
    Paradise Tennant: hmmmm
    Paradise Tennant: stillness ... the benefits of stillness

    Calvino Rabeni: (good timing)
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Calvino Rabeni: I contribute Art ...
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Calvino Rabeni: Imagining a Creature composed of ... good humor, the benefits of stillness, and Art
    Calvino Rabeni: what would such a creature do?
    stevenaia Michinaga: I think we have a creature that can be easilly loved
    Calvino Rabeni: hehehe
    stevenaia Michinaga: and appreciated
    Calvino Rabeni: Yes
    stevenaia Michinaga: fun to have around the house
    Paradise Tennant: quietly create beauty ..
    Paradise Tennant: with gentle humor :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: and wise
    Calvino Rabeni: yes
    stevenaia Michinaga: thoughtful through stillness
    stevenaia Michinaga: creative orally and visually
    Paradise Tennant: stillness has a lot of pluses there is a well of .. ........... that you can draw from .. if you just quiet yourself
    stevenaia Michinaga: nods
    Calvino Rabeni: yes, like standing still - a dynamic posture
    Calvino Rabeni: I saw someone balancing a heavy weight on their head, sitting still
    Calvino Rabeni: their muscles were active all around, and centered
    Calvino Rabeni: like a spinning top
    Paradise Tennant: yes
    Calvino Rabeni: perhaps this Creature has a spinning top, and holds out an offer - touch this :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: or like a whirling dervish... moving in place
    Calvino Rabeni: One hand up, one down
    Calvino Rabeni: like a spiral, bringing energy of heaven down into earth
    Calvino Rabeni: Like Paradise's drill?
    Paradise Tennant: smiles that was a lovely pun!
    Calvino Rabeni: Have you ever had ... what seemed like the perfect meditation posture ... centered and dynamic .. still... but hmmm, ready to become anything, with humor
    Calvino Rabeni: in a group
    stevenaia Michinaga: scratches head at not catching it
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, humor can come from within at the most interesting times
    Calvino Rabeni: A group of people laughing at Nothing
    Paradise Tennant: in perfect balance :)
    Calvino Rabeni: I mean, no joke, no idea, but still humor
    Calvino Rabeni: I admit it's an unusual situation
    Paradise Tennant: dalai lama kind of joy full being
    Calvino Rabeni: But memorable by virtue of not having to need any excuse to laugh, not at anything, but just out of yes, that dalai lama joy full being

    stevenaia Michinaga: thinks about the relationship and difference between joy and humor, joy being more passive, but perhaps having the greater affect
    Paradise Tennant: smile like an internal well of energy .. and buoyancy
    Paradise Tennant: lifts you up
    Calvino Rabeni: I think of humor as joy attached to something, and often being a kind of release as it breaks away from some tension or negative thing
    Paradise Tennant: hmmm
    Paradise Tennant: should always just be there
    Paradise Tennant: you should be able to just be quiet for a moment and then there it is
    Paradise Tennant: like sunshine
    Paradise Tennant: always available
    Calvino Rabeni: Humor starts with tension, usually - a joke creates that at the beginning
    Paradise Tennant: nods yes ..humor is much more complex ..joy is simple
    Calvino Rabeni: it is a bit of a catharsis
    stevenaia Michinaga: Joy needs no punchline
    Paradise Tennant: smiles at steve
    Calvino Rabeni: yes, it seems true
    Calvino Rabeni: but humor needs some buoyancy to work
    stevenaia Michinaga: a willing audiance (whether they know they are willing or not)
    Calvino Rabeni: In its most primitive form, it is like - Whoa, I got hit on the head with a club but - hey look! I'm OK !
    Calvino Rabeni: And if the humor is about survival, well most people are willing,whether they want to or not
    Paradise Tennant: loves physical humor ..not that fashion any more but can be so expressive and funny
    Calvino Rabeni: Steve Martin
    Paradise Tennant: yes steve martin !
    Calvino Rabeni: Just looking awkward - funny
    stevenaia Michinaga: but there are those that never seem to be willing or able to me moved
    Paradise Tennant: and touching the awkward and funny in all of us
    stevenaia Michinaga: there are the unfortunate joyless
    Paradise Tennant: the dark souls
    Paradise Tennant: hmm but eventually there always comes light
    Calvino Rabeni: They might be either too heavy, or too light, for the joke
    Paradise Tennant: maybe the next lifetime ..but always it pervails
    stevenaia Michinaga: or unable to let go that what shades them
    Calvino Rabeni: Yes, or maybe, what shades them is not available at the time
    Paradise Tennant: dark thoughts .. are tiring .. they are wearing
    Paradise Tennant: eventually letting go is the only way to not be weary
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    stevenaia Michinaga: that's where hope comes in
    Calvino Rabeni: hmm, are there people whose "engines" are driven by fear?
    Paradise Tennant: hope is just such a nice .. outliook
    Paradise Tennant: frames your next steps
    Paradise Tennant: hmmm
    Paradise Tennant: well I think I will have to trundle .. I am weary and the dog still very much needs a bath and his teeth brushed .. so I will say thank you and good night :) and deal with canine hygiene :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: night paradise, time to go as well
    Calvino Rabeni: Well, I've heard *so* much about this dog ...
    stevenaia Michinaga: night cal, thanks
    Paradise Tennant: may your dreams be of good humor filled with beauty and stillness :)
    Calvino Rabeni: Good night Para
    Calvino Rabeni: Wonders if the dog has a facebook page?
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, cute dog, seems like alot of work
    Calvino Rabeni: Sleep well :)
    Calvino Rabeni: Bye all


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