2008.06.09 07:00 - Locking Up and Locking Out

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    It was morning in Rieul, and as soon as I arrived at the tea house, I met Fael again. Doug would soon follow.

    Fael Illyar: Hello Pema :)
    Pema Pera: Hi Fael!
    Pema Pera: moimoi Pema tassa
    Faenik loves wells!
    Pema Pera: I just spend an hour with your fellow country woman Yoe
    Pema Pera: exchanging land in a triangle swap
    Pema Pera: quite complicated
    Fael Illyar: Hi Doug
    Pema Pera: not finished yet but we’re getting close
    Pema Pera: Hi Doug!
    doug Sosa: morning (here)
    Pema Pera: late night here
    Fael Illyar: afternoon here
    Pema Pera: ah, now I can see your new look Fael!
    Pema Pera: mermaid!!
    Pema Pera: took a long time to rezzzz
    Fael Illyar: Yes, SL is being slow today

    Only then did I see clearly Fael’s new form, as a mermaid.

    Pema Pera: we need a special cushion for you
    Pema Pera: or a small aquarium :)
    Fael Illyar: I am already using a prim I created for that purpose to sit.
    Pema Pera: ah!
    doug Sosa: warming your tail by the fire. I shouldn’t say that.
    Fael Illyar: these cushions don’t quite work with the AO pose for sitting in the AO for this one
    Fael Illyar: I kept my wings though :)
    doug Sosa: and the cat’s name?
    Faenik meaows softly.
    doug Sosa: softly is beautiful name for a cat.
    Pema Pera: :)
    Fael Illyar: umm … :)
    doug Sosa: amazing dream last night, the kind that has charachters, a story line, and the full sense of actually happening.
    Pema Pera: was it easy to remember?
    Pema Pera: or do you write down your dreams?
    Faenik: could be
    doug Sosa: no. it is like being inside of an aquarium when dreaming it, and outside on waking. I see the reflections of the outside on the glass more than the inside. I had to get my wife brakfast at 5:30 for her to get to an early meeting, and lost most of the dream.
    doug Sosa: i do often. But the best i could have done would be a summary.
    Pema Pera: I like the acquarium image here in honor of Fael :)
    doug Sosa: Yes. I kept the aquarium meme going.
    Pema Pera: are you actually working with dreams in your practice as a psychoanalyst?
    Fael Illyar: :)
    doug Sosa: oh yes.
    doug Sosa: In the dream there is no awareness of the life outside the aquarium.

    Riddle walked in, followed almost immediatel by Resting Thor.

    Pema Pera: Hi Riddle!
    Riddle Sideways: good morning all
    Pema Pera: Hi Thor!
    Riddle Sideways: hi thor
    doug Sosa: those who are in “morning” re likely in california?
    Fael Illyar: Hello Riddle
    Fael Illyar: Hello Resting
    Pema Pera: Thor, that is a tiny’s cushion
    Pema Pera: so you are resting a bit too much, Thor :)
    Riddle Sideways: yes, Cal
    Pema Pera: shrinking :)
    Pema Pera: Cal?

    For a moment I thought that Caledonia might have walked in, but looking around, no Cal in sight. I then solved the riddle by realizing that Riddle must have refered to Doug’s reference to California. Meanwhile Resting Thor had sriveled up a bit while sitting on the tinies’ cushion.

    Resting Thor: haha
    doug Sosa: “tiny”?
    Pema Pera: tiny avatars
    Pema Pera: special breed
    Pema Pera: need special cushions
    Pema Pera: we went to a dance of them
    Pema Pera: remember?
    Pema Pera: a few months ago
    Pema Pera: you were a tiny fox
    doug Sosa: sure. thanks.
    Pema Pera: huggies mart or some such
    Pema Pera: How’ve you been Thor?
    Pema Pera: busy?
    Pema Pera: you’re running a group, right?
    Resting Thor: busy with events and RL
    Pema Pera: You’re running a group in SL ?
    Resting Thor: we’re doing the ACI courses and discussions groups
    Faenik: ah :)
    Pema Pera: ACI?
    Resting Thor: Asian Classics Institute
    Resting Thor: series of 18 buddhist teacher training courses
    doug Sosa: is a visit possible?
    Resting Thor: sure
    doug Sosa: I would like that.
    Pema Pera: which type of Buddhism? A range?
    Resting Thor: Gelupka Tibetan lineage commentaries on classic indian buddhism
    Pema Pera: like Madhyamika?
    Resting Thor: definitely
    Pema Pera: and Yogacara?

    Resting Thor mentioned Michael Roach.

    doug Sosa: Is ACI at times broader than buddhism? (”nothing can be broader than…”)
    Resting Thor: Geshe Michael Roach has started the Yoga Studies Institute and the Enlightened Business Institute as well
    Resting Thor: also the Asian Classics Input Project has been scanning ancient texts now for 20 years
    Pema Pera: if you meet Michael, say hello from me! I briefly studied some Tibetan under him, 18 years ago, in New Jersey :)
    Resting Thor: distributed 2500 dvds with 3 millions pages to scholars
    Resting Thor: fun
    doug Sosa: solid!
    Resting Thor: i’ll see him again in a couple of months, he’s on tour right now
    Pema Pera: I gave them some Unix advice, I believe, fits with my T shirt now :)
    Pema Pera: they had just started to translate digitally
    Faenik: なるほど^^
    Pema Pera: into digital form I mean

    I was wearing a GNU T shirt, hence the fit. Resting Thor then took off.

    Resting Thor: unfortunately i have to go right now… see you guys soon :)
    Pema Pera: c u !
    Riddle Sideways: bye
    doug Sosa: bye.
    Pema Pera: anything you’d like to talk about?
    Pema Pera: oh, Fael, by the way,
    Pema Pera: have you been reading the blog from he beginning?
    Pema Pera: PaB blog?
    Riddle Sideways: sorry, I got lost off into the idea of Enlightened Business
    Pema Pera: or did I misunderstand that?
    Fael Illyar: Not from the very beginning, haven’t found time yet.
    Pema Pera: ah, must have misunderstood
    Pema Pera: no reason to do so of course
    Fael Illyar: I did read from a couple entries before I started myself
    Pema Pera: unless you really would like to :)
    Pema Pera: ah!
    Pema Pera: enlightened business, Ridlle?
    Riddle Sideways: resting, mentioned it
    Riddle Sideways: and I am not sure if that is an oximoron
    Pema Pera: skillful means can be applied to anything!
    Fael Illyar: keeping up with the ones coming up that I haven’t been a part of takes enough time already at the moment :)
    Pema Pera: haha
    Pema Pera: yes, I can imagine
    Riddle Sideways: right, reading the blog takes hours too
    Pema Pera: yes I know . . . .
    Pema Pera: thanks, Fael, for your latest contribution!
    Fael Illyar: You didn’t read it yet, did you?
    doug Sosa: Sounds like I must go read it.
    Fael Illyar: I think I sent it 10 minutes before this meeting started :)
    Pema Pera: not yet, Fael
    Pema Pera: just saw it in my mail box
    Fael Illyar: Ah :)

    I reported on our latest land development developments

    Pema Pera: btw, we are getting close to getting a continuous path from Magoja to the sea
    Pema Pera: I bought a couple parcels of land stretching through Chokki
    Pema Pera: yet another career I’ve taken up here in SL
    Pema Pera: real estate wheeling and dealing
    doug Sosa: wonderful.
    Riddle Sideways: you are becoming a huge land baron
    Riddle Sideways: I remember when you bought the first plot
    Pema Pera: well yes, dangerously so . . . I do hope the grants keep coming, for the tier
    Pema Pera: the real estate tax
    doug Sosa: In the RL I am worried about those left out. Powerful article in the NYT this morning on gated communities in India.
    Faenik loves wells!
    Pema Pera: inverse prisons
    doug Sosa: When was the first plot?
    Pema Pera: the first plot I bought, you mean?
    doug Sosa: Yes. inverse prisons. Good image to think through.
    doug Sosa: Yes, first plot.
    Pema Pera: late March
    Pema Pera: just before starting PaB
    doug Sosa: not so long ago.
    Pema Pera: indeed

    We continued talking about locking up and locking out.

    Pema Pera: as for gated communities
    Pema Pera: in the middle ages safe areas were few
    Faenik loves wells!
    Pema Pera: fortifications
    Fael Illyar: Not a very new idea then :)
    Pema Pera: the unsafe areas were percolating, mathematically speaking
    Pema Pera: then the world became safe and the “bad” elements were put into prisons
    Pema Pera: but in the US the tendency seems to go back
    Pema Pera: with the rise of gated communities
    Pema Pera: locking up the “good” ones
    doug Sosa: yes, but farming was possible on the outside, and forests. The “outside” is now more difficult in some way. safer, but few resources, like water.
    Fael Illyar: you can also think of it as locking the bad ones out.
    Riddle Sideways: yes, we have 4 or more gated communities within a few miles of me
    doug Sosa: but the children of bad are not bad, and the bad are once children.
    Faenik is a hairy black ball with eyes and ears.
    Pema Pera: yes, but locking out in a way that gives them almost the whole world as a prison :)
    Fael Illyar: Yes, that’s the effect
    Pema Pera: in a limited way
    doug Sosa: One wonders if the interesting lives of the future will be lived there?
    Pema Pera: On a small way I have seen the same in New York City in Penn Station
    Pema Pera: ten years ago they build a glass cage for a waiting room in the middle
    Pema Pera: and you had to show your ticket to get in
    Pema Pera: everything else was for the homeless
    Pema Pera: only the ticket holders could get into the less than 10% that was the inverse prison
    Pema Pera: with glass walls
    Pema Pera: an aquarium!
    Pema Pera: circle closed
    doug Sosa: It looked so uncomfortable that i prefered to sit on the floor outside.
    Fael Illyar: lots of circles here today.
    doug Sosa: Closed circles are elements in larger structures

    Time to say goodbye.

    doug Sosa: ouch. i need to go.
    Pema Pera: I need to go soon too
    doug Sosa: bye all
    Pema Pera: See you, Doug!
    Riddle Sideways: I also need to go
    Riddle Sideways: bye doug
    Pema Pera: I have an astro meeting coming up again
    Fael Illyar: bye Riddle
    Pema Pera: my whole life is shifting into SL it seems . . . . .
    Riddle Sideways: btw fael, I like the new look
    Fael Illyar: Thank you :)
    Pema Pera: good color coordination between wings and tail!
    Riddle Sideways: pema, you are here more then not
    Riddle Sideways: bye all
    Pema Pera: bye!
    Pema Pera: c u
    Pema Pera: yes, I am more or less here much of the time
    Fael Illyar: I’m starting to see SL as more of an extension to RL than as separate as time passes.
    Faenik is a hairy black ball with eyes and ears.
    Pema Pera: yes, the immersion is quite amazing
    Pema Pera: the networks of friends you build up her is something different from anything you can do in RL
    Pema Pera: the speed and ease with which you can find really interesting people
    Fael Illyar: Yes, nothing physically really stands in your way.
    Pema Pera: and revisit them at the speed of IM and teleport
    Pema Pera: so time becomes a huge problem!
    Pema Pera: the only thing in short supply

    We talked about time, and our felt temporal limitations.

    Fael Illyar: Limited supply I would say
    Pema Pera: yes
    Fael Illyar: it’s not really short supply.
    Pema Pera: what do you mean?
    Fael Illyar: There is a limited amount of time we have. However, you tend to think of each day as a limit somehow
    Fael Illyar: when it actually is your whole life
    Fael Illyar: the real limit that is
    Pema Pera: so you mean in that sense it is not so short?
    Fael Illyar: time is not in short supply in an absolute sense but the time in a single day is.
    Fael Illyar: and we tend to focus on that
    Fael Illyar: impatience :)
    Pema Pera: yes, I was more thinking about the ratio of the time we have available — on any scale, from minutes to days to years — compared to what we really would like to do
    Pema Pera: if there were 240 hours a day I could easily fill them
    Pema Pera: 2400 too . . . . . .
    Pema Pera: . . . I would learn more languages, play go, you name it, go for long walks . . . more chats . . . .
    Fael Illyar: what I’m trying to say here is that it’d make no difference what the day length is.
    Fael Illyar: you’d still feel the same :)
    Pema Pera: yes
    Pema Pera: it’s the ratio of actual vs potential
    Pema Pera: not the length of any division
    Faenik is a hairy black ball with eyes and ears.
    Pema Pera: and also, ultimately time does not exist
    Fael Illyar: so it’s not really time at all but having to choose
    Pema Pera: but that is a different vantage point
    Pema Pera: as long as we identify with being a limited creature, we have this problem

    At that moment, Rajah showed up.

    Pema Pera: HI Rajah!
    Fael Illyar: mental limitation, can’t deal with everything going on at once
    Pema Pera: still awake, hey?
    Rajah Yalin: hi pema, ael
    Rajah Yalin: and i jus oke up
    Fael Illyar: Hi Rajah
    Pema Pera: well, I was just about to go off
    Pema Pera: to an astro meeting
    Pema Pera: sorry to miss you almost!
    Rajah Yalin: lol
    Pema Pera: bye for now, Fael, Rajah
    Fael Illyar: Bye Pema :)
    Rajah Yalin: Namaste

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