2008.04.14 13:00 - From Qwaq to Second Life

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    Stim rezzed at the other side of the wooden bridge, near the Buddha statue there. I walked over to great him, and saw someone else sitting there, gazing at the Buddha. Her name, Daydreamertje Littlething, caught my attention, -tje being the Dutch ending for a diminutive, like -chen in German or -ina in Italian or -ette in French. I thought it cute to mix the English and Dutch thereby making the little thing that was daydreaming even littler ^^.

    Later I IMed the doubly little day dreamer, and indeed, she turned out to be Dutch, and we had a good and very meaningful chat. It reinforced my feeling that Rieul was the perfect choice for our Play as Being meetings, given the fascinating mix of people visiting this area. As I told Stim earlier, when he asked how people find our PaB tea house: 1/3 of them hear from me or from announcements; 1/3 hear from friends of friends, by word of mouth; and 1/3 just passes by without any particular intention.

    Stim and I crossed the bridged and had just sat down for tea, when Riddle walked in.

    Pema Pera: Hi Riddle!
    Pema Pera: Come meet Steven
    Pema Pera: as Stim ;>)
    Pema Pera: Welcome back , Riddle, how have you been?
    Riddle Sideways: heelo, sorry I am late
    Pema Pera: np!
    Pema Pera: Steven is now exploring SL
    Pema Pera: as Stim
    Riddle Sideways: I have been too busy
    Pema Pera: too busy?
    Riddle Sideways: wish I was making the money too
    Pema Pera: haha
    Pema Pera: yes
    Riddle Sideways: I can not stay long either
    Riddle Sideways: I have been reading the blog, when I can
    Stim Morane: It’s nice to see you anyway.
    Riddle Sideways: Hello Stim
    Stim Morane: Yes, Hi!
    Pema Pera: I hope the blog is fun to read
    Riddle Sideways: yes
    Pema Pera: and I hope I am not inundating people tooooo much!
    Riddle Sideways: no, we take as much as we can
    Pema Pera: glad to hear that ;>)
    Riddle Sideways: Oh, just read the history
    Riddle Sideways: and found out that Stim is Steven
    Riddle Sideways: welcome to SL
    Stim Morane: Yes, sorry… I thought that was clear. I should have said more.

    At this point the wifi in my coffeeshop gave up the ghost. While I was struggling to get back in again, Riddle and Stim continued their conversation (with thanks to Stim for recording). Riddle first refered to the type of teachings that Stim/Steven has been given in our Qwaq Wok Forums (direct awareness practice).

    Riddle Sideways: hmmmm, did pema poof
    Stim Morane: It looks like it.
    Riddle Sideways: I have been doing the morning exercise
    Riddle Sideways: but not reporting to you
    Stim Morane: I look forward to hearing how it’s going.
    Riddle Sideways: I appear to be having issues with everything that has a particular time assoc with it
    Riddle Sideways: coming into SL or Qwaq are but examples
    Riddle Sideways: I try every morning to do the awareness exercise
    Riddle Sideways: but cats, dogs, wife, kids, alarms, etc. :)
    Riddle Sideways: usually interrupt
    Stim Morane: Yes, I understand the problem very well
    Stim Morane: One of the reasons for suggesting this practice, was simply to initiate a certain kind of discussion… that can happen at least in the short term without regular practice.
    Riddle Sideways: I’ve been doing better with Piet’s exerise
    Stim Morane: Good
    Riddle Sideways: There are amazing differences with an hour, half hour, 25 breathes or 9 sec
    Stim Morane: That’s interesting. What differences do you notice?
    Riddle Sideways: The longer session are calming, peaceful, etc.
    Riddle Sideways: the shorter ones seem… maybe cut off
    Stim Morane: Yes, I see what you mean.
    Riddle Sideways: I have a yahoo widget that gongs every 15 min
    Riddle Sideways: and I write something
    Stim Morane: I would like to find out more about that. Could you send me some kind of access link or whatever for the widget?
    Riddle Sideways: it appears to mostly be where I am at that moment and why not in Being
    Stim Morane: Yes, that’s a very good method… similar to traditional “town crier” approaches.
    Riddle Sideways: Both google and yahoo have these widgets
    Riddle Sideways: or do you have a Mac
    Stim Morane: Now I use a PC.
    Riddle Sideways: http://widgets.yahoo.com/
    Stim Morane: Thanks.
    Riddle Sideways: after download/install the widget engine, you add widget
    Riddle Sideways: search through clocks
    Riddle Sideways: grandfather is what I use
    Riddle Sideways: reminds my of my parents house
    Stim Morane: OK, I’ll try it. I’ve been looking for such a thing …
    Stim Morane: I’m about to start asking people in my Direct Awareness forum to try a two-day experiment of doubling or tripling the amount of practice they are doing. I’ll let you know how this works out.
    Riddle Sideways: 2x/3x times a day or length
    Stim Morane: Now, just the length… this would mean doing the practice for about a half an hour once in the morning for two consecutive days.
    Riddle Sideways: k
    Stim Morane: It looks like Piet is having WiFi problems that the local tea shop he is using.
    Riddle Sideways: yes
    Riddle Sideways: is he still in cal
    Stim Morane: I live in Berkeley California, and he is here visiting me.
    Riddle Sideways: good, you get time together
    Riddle Sideways: in RL
    Stim Morane: That’s the theory. In practice, this virtual reality technology has had the effect of getting him involved in many more projects while he’s visiting.
    Riddle Sideways: There are VR and VWs and I have started confusing several other places that my mind goes with them
    Riddle Sideways: as in when reading a book
    Stim Morane: I may be using the term incorrectly.
    Riddle Sideways: a novel takes us to another place
    Stim Morane: yes
    Riddle Sideways: I listen to a lot of Audible.com books
    Riddle Sideways: and have just noticed how different the worlds are
    Riddle Sideways: when I read or have a male or female reader
    Stim Morane: I have not had that experience, but it makes sense.
    Riddle Sideways: WB Pema

    At this point I managed to get back on-line.

    Pema Pera: wow that was a rough ride
    Pema Pera: sorry about that
    Pema Pera: first the wifi at the coffeeshop here died
    Pema Pera: then I switched to my own wireless modem
    Pema Pera: but then SL refused to let me in repeatedly
    Pema Pera: finally tp-ed me to a Japanese beach, telling me that Rieul was down
    Pema Pera: but you have been here all the time, right?

    SL may have been unstable, since at that point Sky came in briefly but then froze en disappeared again.

    Pema Pera: hi Sky!
    Riddle Sideways: Hi Sky
    Stim Morane: Hi!
    Riddle Sideways: right
    Pema Pera: Sky, meet Stim aka Steven
    Stim Morane: Glad to see you, Sky
    Riddle Sideways: I am needing to leave now,
    Pema Pera: Riddle and Stim, were you contineously connected here?
    Stim Morane: Yes.
    Stim Morane: I look forward to chatting with you again.
    Riddle Sideways: yes
    Pema Pera: Bye, Riddle, sorry that I had to miss the conversation!
    Pema Pera: good luck in RL with your work!
    Riddle Sideways: bye, thats ok

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