2009.02.07 19:00 - Present with the Air

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    I, Pema, was the Guardian for this meeting.  When I arrived, there was already a small crowd gathered.

    Maxine Walden: hi Steve, Adams
    Pema Pera: Hi everybody!
    Maxine Walden: hi Riddle
    Adams Rubble: Hello Everyone :)
    Scathach Rhiadra: Hello Riddle, Adams
    Pema Pera: just got the recorder to "restart" -- it seemed it didn't get started properly at first
    Maxine Walden: I noticed that as well, Pema, re the autorecord
    Riddle Sideways: Hi all
    doug Sosa: full moon..?
    Pema Pera: a couple more days, Doug . . .
    stevenaia Michinaga: I used the claimed logs once and found it far more useful than I expected... thanks you programmer gurus
    Pema Pera: mostly Fael and Wol, I believe
    Riddle Sideways: I used it lasat week and it was really good
    stevenaia Michinaga: pats them on the back
    Pema Pera: I'm writing an email to Wol to report the malfunctioning
    Riddle Sideways: but... it didn't add the comments for me
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Maxine Walden: right, Riddle!!
    Scathach Rhiadra: may be something to do with SL

    The conversation moved to Adams' beautiful exhibit.

    Riddle Sideways: and I visited the Adams Art show today (a day late)

    Scathach Rhiadra: earlier no one could tp out of here, or anywhere else

    Adams Rubble: You need Faenik for the comments
    Riddle Sideways: very nice display
    Riddle Sideways: squee is adding comments too
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Pema Pera: yes, a wonderful job, and a labor of love
    Maxine Walden: yes, very nice art exhibition
    Adams Rubble: Hook them to the autorecorder
    Adams Rubble blushes
    Riddle Sideways: amazing the energy people have put into SL replicas
    Riddle Sideways: of amasing architecture
    Adams Rubble: yes
    Riddle Sideways: *z
    Pema Pera: hi Stim!
    Adams Rubble: Hi Stim
    Stim Morane: Hi everyone!
    Scathach Rhiadra: Hi Stim
    Maxine Walden: hi, Stim
    Riddle Sideways: hi stim
    Pema Pera: Hey Adelene, good seeing you again!!
    Adelene Dawner: hi!
    Adams Rubble: Hi Adelene
    stevenaia Michinaga: hello de
    Riddle Sideways: hi adelene
    stevenaia Michinaga: Ade
    Riddle Sideways: nice av
    Adelene Dawner: thanks ^.^
    Scathach Rhiadra: Hi Adeline
    Maxine Walden: hi, Adelene
    Stim Morane: Hi Adelene
    Pema Pera: yes, very impressive av
    Pema Pera: would love to see you fly!

    Riddle captured the spirit of all the exclamations :-)

    Riddle Sideways: this hour shall pass with us only saying hello
    doug Sosa: :)
    Pema Pera: clap clap clap!!!
    Stim Morane: :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: making room Ade?
    Riddle Sideways: very impressive
    Adelene Dawner: ^.^
    Riddle Sideways: Hi Pila
    Maxine Walden: yes, Adeline, very impressive
    Adams Rubble: Hi Pila
    Stim Morane: Hi Pila
    Pila Mulligan: hello (Pila's stuck, as is often the case:)
    Pema Pera: This is my third session today, it's great to finally find some time to come more regularly :-)
    Pema Pera: I've been totally swamped the last couple weeks . . . .
    doug Sosa: the cosmos is active?
    Pema Pera: presumably
    Maxine Walden: third session today, Pema?!! That is impressive as well
    Pema Pera: Kira has required quite a bit of time, but the results have been very gratifying
    Pema Pera: we now have seven weekly workshops (including one by Maxine)
    Pema Pera: it is becoming like a kind of small college
    Pema Pera: also, we're gearing up for the 12th birthday celebrations of Kira, on February 24
    Pema Pera: Hi Boo! Feel free to join us
    Riddle Sideways: wow, 12 years
    Maxine Walden: have seen the notices about the celebration
    doug Sosa: hi.
    Pema Pera: Have you been here before, Boobewy?
    boobewy Bloobury: No, I don't think so
    Pema Pera: We get together a few times a day to chat about the nature of reality, and everything else, and we have a wiki http://playasbeing.wik.is/ -- We record our conversations there. Do you mind being included in our blogs?
    boobewy Bloobury: I guess I don't mind
    Pema Pera: thanks!
    Riddle Sideways: sorry folks, brb
    boobewy Bloobury: So conversations are recorded here?
    Pema Pera: yes, and we put them up at our web site
    Pema Pera: the one I just gave
    doug Sosa: language is wonderful. "do you mind?" [minding] no, i don'tmind [aking a judgement by mind]
    Maxine Walden: yes, doug
    boobewy Bloobury: How long you've been doin the website?
    Pema Pera: for about a year now
    Pema Pera: we have more than a thousand sessions on there

    Steve asked about Kira events.

    stevenaia Michinaga: Pema, will you continue to posting the logs of the Events at the Kira Cafe on the Kira website?
    Pema Pera: yes, Steve, why?
    Pema Pera: where you looking for something in particular?
    stevenaia Michinaga: there do not seem to be recent one's listed
    stevenaia Michinaga: 1/14 was the last
    stevenaia Michinaga: http://www.kira.org/index.php?option...=84&Itemid=114
    Pema Pera: http://www.kira.org/index.php?option...121&Itemid=151 is from three days ago
    Pema Pera: I guess they are under workshops
    stevenaia Michinaga: hmm, seems to be a dificult site to navigate
    Pema Pera: I'll ask Genesis to see whether we can make things clearer
    stevenaia Michinaga: thank you
    Pema Pera: Boo, as you can see, sometimes we are quite quiet here :-)
    Pema Pera: oops
    Maxine Walden: too quiet for some tastes perhaps
    Adams Rubble: some of us may be sleeping :)
    Pema Pera: hahaha, yes, I was about to explain why we record . . .
    Maxine Walden: the silence is actually quite nice, being among friends all just 'being' together
    doug Sosa: the winged cat purrs?
    Adelene Dawner: of course ^.^
    Maxine Walden: Pila, seems you got unstuck!

    I tried to steer the conversation to PaB explorations.

    Pema Pera: Has anybody been working with appearances lately?
    Pila Mulligan: I wish, Maxine :) immobilized avi (and with mobile broadband no less)
    doug Sosa: yes. as maurice chevalier said, "appearances are everything"
    doug Sosa: which forced me to take apperances more seriously, if that is all (sic) there is!
    doug Sosa: and talking to some philosophers - if we strip outrinerpretations, we are left with "presence" which is such a gift.
    Adams Rubble: Hello Corvi :)
    Pema Pera: Hi Corvi!
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: Hi all
    doug Sosa: :)
    Pema Pera: Hi Riddle, are you back too?
    Stim Morane: Hi Corvi!
    Scathach Rhiadra: Hi Corvi
    Maxine Walden: hi, Corvi
    Stim Morane: Hi Riddle
    Pema Pera: I guess Riddle is still afk :)
    Pema Pera: Yes, Doug, presence is amazing, once we can learn to focus on it, to see it
    Pema Pera: how do you "strip" away interpretations, though?
    doug Sosa: naming htem helps. "this is a glass.glass is made from sand.it is for wine,wine is red..." and then we can dropall these attributions and be with the presence of the glass,which is much larger now freed from attributions.
    Pema Pera: interesting -- so reinforcing the interpretations in order to be in a better position to drop them? Know thy enemy?
    doug Sosa: I am in a seminar with Hans Gumbrecht who wrote The Production of Presence: what meaning cannot convey.
    doug Sosa: not reinforcing i don't think ,just letting teelerge, like those baloons in cartoons,and let themfloat away.
    Pema Pera: teelerge?
    doug Sosa: teelerge= ??
    doug Sosa: them emerge..? yes.
    Pema Pera: :)
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Pema Pera: attention can be liberating, yes . . .
    doug Sosa: it is an activeprocess of getting to appearace, if apperance=presence..

    Presence is such a central theme for Play as Being, with the 9 sec reminding us of presence each time.

    Pema Pera: the way I like to use the words (which is partly arbitrary, just labels) is to say:
    Pema Pera: appreciate the presence of appearance
    Pema Pera: i.e.: something appears, let us drop all interpretation, and then we only are left with the fact *that* it appears, not *what* appears
    Pema Pera: only left with the presence of appearance
    Pema Pera: nothing more
    Maxine Walden: right, Pila, no it looks to us, or to me, that you are just standing beyond the circle, but seeming to be very present for the group
    doug Sosa: yes. yesterday i was reading a lot of economics, went to the door, opened, and was present with the air. Just beautiful.
    Pema Pera: but this doesn't mean that we have to force ourselves to try to deny/forget/ignore the usual interpretations -- rather that we make sure not to be stuck to them
    Pema Pera: yes, Doug
    Pema Pera: that's close to the kind of thing I was trying to point to
    doug Sosa: with the air came the world of complexappeances, the hillside,the new geeen,the birds, the space, the time, the breath..
    Maxine Walden: good, Pila, maybe you can then feel a part of the conversaiton as well
    Maxine Walden: sorry, all, was writing an IM to Pila, but it 'appeared' in the general conversation
    Pema Pera: :-)
    Adams Rubble: It happens to us all Maxine
    Pema Pera: appearances are amazing . . ..
    Maxine Walden: aren't they!

    I mentioned the Chronicles project, to write about the history of Play as Being, that Adams had started a while ago.

    Pema Pera: Adams and Corvi, may I ask about the PaB Chronicles project . . . ?
    Pema Pera just being curious . . .
    Corvuscorva Nightfire smiles at Adams...sure...
    Adams Rubble: Corvi was working on getting me to be serious today :)
    Pema Pera: how's it going?
    Pila Mulligan: Pila is semi-appearing :)
    Pema Pera: the whole day???
    Adams Rubble: hehe
    Corvuscorva Nightfire laughs and smiles..no..just an hour or so.
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: a Leeeetle bit of serious.
    Adams Rubble gets out her pencil
    Pema Pera: but seriously :) how's it going?
    Adams Rubble: It's going to move now
    Adams Rubble: Just a case of writer's block
    Adams Rubble: and misplaced pencils
    Corvuscorva Nightfire grins.
    Adams Rubble balances the pencil on her nose
    Pema Pera: Hey, 3D, long time no see!
    Adams Rubble: Hi Threedee
    Maxine Walden: yes, 3D good to see the old lion
    Stim Morane: Hi Threedee
    Threedee Shepherd: hi folks. Pema, I tend to come at this hour
    Maxine Walden: yes, guess I am the one who is infrequent at thistime
    Pema Pera: While I was in Japan, this was not too convenient an hour for me
    Pema Pera: but this is my first week back in NYC
    Maxine Walden: different appearances for a moment there depending on our perspective

    We talked about the question of which slots to attend, of all the many sessions of PaB.

    doug Sosa: i am trying to figure which hour i should make convenient.
    Pema Pera: Originally, I thought that four meetings a day must make it convenient for anyone anywhere to attend at least one session a day -- but in Japan, without daylight saving time at least, the times were 6 am, 12 noon, 6 pm, midnight: sleep, lunch, dinner, sleep -- not easy sometimes to find any slot free!
    Pema Pera: in New York, it is much better: 10 am, 4 pm, 10 pm, all easy to do
    Pema Pera: perhaps we should randomize the times each day :-) instead of regularly every 6 hours
    Pema Pera: Pila walking on water . . . .
    doug Sosa: in calif they are at brakfast garden work dinner and sleep.so it takes a real intent.
    Maxine Walden: yes, wondering about that 'appearance'
    Maxine Walden: of Pila
    Adams Rubble: I must go. Good night everyone :)
    doug Sosa: 8. bye quietly
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: G'night, Adams.
    Stim Morane: Bye Adams
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: Doug
    Scathach Rhiadra: night Adams
    Pema Pera: It's time for me too
    Pema Pera: Good seeing y'all !
    Pila Mulligan: Maxine tells me my avi is moving, pardon me, I cannot see it or anyting -- just watching the chat :)
    Scathach Rhiadra: night Pema
    Pema Pera: night (or something) everybody!
    Stim Morane: Yes, I must go too. Goodnight everyone!
    Maxine Walden: yes, Pila has been listening but unable to see any of us; another aspect of appearance or non-, perhaps
    Scathach Rhiadra: night Stim
    Maxine Walden: yes, goodnight all
    Scathach Rhiadra: good night all:)
    stevenaia Michinaga: would hate to leave Riddle alone here
    stevenaia Michinaga: night all
    Threedee Shepherd: hi and bye
    stevenaia Michinaga: (ok, I don;t feel that bad about it)
    Adelene Dawner: 'night Steve
    Corvuscorva Nightfire laughs..night, Steve.
    Threedee Shepherd: lets the three of us go somewhere and chat
    Corvuscorva Nightfire nods.
    Adelene Dawner: ^.^
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: Ann, your place?
    Riddle Sideways: sorry folks had to take that call
    Threedee Shepherd: ok, I just stopped in for a bit. g'night
    Riddle Sideways: thanks for staying, but I could have napped here
    Riddle Sideways: by self
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: Gight, Riddle..hehehe
    Riddle Sideways: night all

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