2009.03.26 19:00 - Like the Ripples on Water

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    Pema posted the chat log here, on behalf of Sylectra, who was the Guardian for this meeting.

    Pema Pera: Hi Sophia!
    Pema Pera: How are you?
    Pema Pera: Hi Charles!
    SophiaSharon Larnia: I am much better today thanks, how are you???
    Pema Pera: oh, fine, busy, but what else is new :)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: Hi Charles
    SophiaSharon Larnia: I know what you mean :)
    Pema Pera: Hi Threedee! Threedee and Sophia, this is Charles' first visit here
    SophiaSharon Larnia: Hi ThreeDee
    Threedee Shepherd: Hi folks
    SophiaSharon Larnia: this is my second day here myself Charles
    Pema Pera: (and as you can see Charles is not phased by lions walking over him)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: lol
    Pema Pera: Charles and I met in RL a couple days ago
    Pema Pera: here in Manhattan
    Threedee Shepherd: aha
    SophiaSharon Larnia: that is so cool
    Pema Pera: so it's nice to see you here now in SL for a change!
    Pema Pera: Would you like to introduce yourself?
    Pema Pera: poet, theologian, busiman, editor, sailor, . . . .
    SophiaSharon Larnia smiles
    Pema Pera: *business
    Pema Pera: (and silent contemplative? :-)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: I have posted on the website Ihope that is okay, it was a bit impulsive maybe I should have asked?
    SophiaSharon Larnia: me too
    Pema Pera: what did you post, Sophia?
    SophiaSharon Larnia: oh just my experience of the first day doing the meditation
    Pema Pera: Hi Pila!
    Threedee Shepherd: hi pila
    Pila Mulligan: greetings
    SophiaSharon Larnia: Hi Pila
    Pema Pera: that sounds great, Sophia!
    Pema Pera: On which page?
    SophiaSharon Larnia: my own, i think
    Threedee Shepherd: there is currently 18" of snow in my backyard (thickness, that is:)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: it doesn't say everything i think. but enough for now
    SophiaSharon Larnia: wow Threedee
    Pila Mulligan: wow indeed
    Pema Pera: I'm envious!
    Pema Pera: I love snow
    SophiaSharon Larnia: can not say i do, work far from home :)
    Threedee Shepherd: we are just East of the front range of the Rockies and big spring storms are common
    Charles2 McCaw: just some gentle spring rain here in the city
    SophiaSharon Larnia: here too I have been loving it
    SophiaSharon Larnia: it has suited my mood
    Pema Pera: yes
    SophiaSharon Larnia: i feel much more still, for which i am very greatful
    Pila Mulligan: more still from the 9 second practice Sophia?
    SophiaSharon Larnia: after a bit, at first it made me feel a little desperate
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: all those 15 min. going by ding ding ding
    Threedee Shepherd: Yes, it is interesting how soon the next bell seems to ring
    SophiaSharon Larnia: i think i may have to extend them a bit
    SophiaSharon Larnia: if i may say
    Pila Mulligan: is anyone familiar with the I Ching
    Pila Mulligan: ?
    SophiaSharon Larnia eats her soup
    Threedee Shepherd: only marginally
    Pema Pera: sure, Pila
    SophiaSharon Larnia: i know its basic premise, but not its practice
    Pila Mulligan: the 9 second practice is a reflection of gua (hexagram 31 -- the seond and fifth lines
    Pila Mulligan: it is an interesting thing
    Pila Mulligan: the timing is a little more frequent, but otherwis eit is very close
    Charles2 McCaw: is the 9 second priactice literally from the I Ching
    Charles2 McCaw: or just inspired by it
    Pila Mulligan: no, accidentally -- if you like accidents
    SophiaSharon Larnia: i love them
    Pila Mulligan: coindicentally if you like coincidence
    Pema Pera: first time I hear of it, Charles :-)
    Pila Mulligan: firs tI've mentioned
    SophiaSharon Larnia: sychronistic once anyway
    Pema Pera: how did you decide that, Pila?
    Pila Mulligan: and with some tredpidaiton I shouold add
    Pila Mulligan: read it an see, Pema
    Charles2 McCaw: dies it bother anyone to have to watch to clock to see when the 15 mintues comes up each time
    Pila Mulligan: thisis why mentioned it
    SophiaSharon Larnia: many things parellel each other
    Pila Mulligan: there is a better signal than the clock
    Threedee Shepherd: no, eventually it becomes a habit that takes care of itself--for me, anyway
    Pila Mulligan: it is a sensation in the calf
    Pila Mulligan: of theleg
    Charles2 McCaw: sounds like that might work
    Pila Mulligan: I first explored this 25 years ago with a kung fu master
    Pila Mulligan: since then I;ve tried to poen the topic with tai chi and aikoido practiioners
    Pema Pera: Hi Aurel!
    Pila Mulligan: oly to find PaB as probably the most relevant example of it
    Pila Mulligan: hi Aurel
    Threedee Shepherd: evening, aurel
    SophiaSharon Larnia: Hi Aurel
    aurel Miles: Hi All
    Pema Pera: What does your calf tell you, Pila?
    Pema Pera: when it is time for another 9-sec?
    Pila Mulligan: here's what the second line of gua 31 says: Mutual influence on one's calves. Misfortune. Tarrying, good fortune
    Pila Mulligan: you feel it when it is time to tarry
    Pila Mulligan: it is quite obvious :)
    Charles2 McCaw: ;)
    Pila Mulligan: once you pay attention to it
    Pema Pera: ah, a kind of internal clock?
    Pila Mulligan: here is what the 5th line of gua 31 says: Mutual influence on one's upper back. No regret
    Pila Mulligan: the connection is that you feel itin the calf
    Pila Mulligan: ignore it and you get off balance
    Pila Mulligan: tarry until the influence arrives at the upper back and balance returns
    Pila Mulligan: it is vlaid in martial arts, spoprts, etc
    Pila Mulligan: it is avery deep and little known thing, too
    Pila Mulligan: I notice it abouit tentimes a day
    Charles2 McCaw: so the calf starts it off and he back finsihes the cucle
    Pila Mulligan: not evenly spaced :)
    Pila Mulligan: yes
    Pema Pera: and it takes several seconds?
    Pila Mulligan: yes
    Threedee Shepherd: Pila, I cannot help but say (ok, I can, but won't) that it sounds like a very veal signal to me.
    Pila Mulligan: I've been practicingit for more than 25 years Threedee
    Pila Mulligan: it works
    Threedee Shepherd: (that was NOT a typo)
    Pila Mulligan: veal being calf
    Threedee Shepherd: ^.^
    Pila Mulligan: if you can imagine a circle around themiddle of your calf, thatis the sensation
    SophiaSharon Larnia: and this is brought about by intention
    Pila Mulligan: no
    Pila Mulligan: itis an extrinsic energy meeting you intrinsic energy
    Charles2 McCaw: can you say anything else about the experience, Pila
    Pila Mulligan: yes, Charles -- nay particular interests in that regard?
    Pila Mulligan: any*
    Charles2 McCaw: not anything in particular, just whatever occurs to you to share
    Pila Mulligan: have you ever noticed when you walk behind someone where you look?
    Threedee Shepherd: Oh, a daring question, Pila ^.^
    Pila Mulligan: it is not uncommon for people to involuntarily glance a the calf of someone they follow
    Charles2 McCaw: i would suspect the spine
    Pila Mulligan: yse, butt first, of course
    Pila Mulligan: but then what
    Pila Mulligan: watch and see
    Charles2 McCaw: well it probably depends on the individual
    Pila Mulligan: yes, and what's on thei rminid
    SophiaSharon Larnia: you're right, at the feet so you can judge distance to avoid tripping them, and then for me, to the side
    Charles2 McCaw: but i will check it out tomorrow on my morning walk
    Pila Mulligan: Paramahansa Yoganada taught kriya yoga
    Pila Mulligan: he defined kriya as involuntary movements
    Pila Mulligan: there are lots of those in the body all the time
    Pila Mulligan: looking at someone's calf is letting your eyes folow what some shamans call the lines of the earth
    Threedee Shepherd: I agree Pila, and take them to be a basis of feeling in the broader sense of the term.
    Pila Mulligan: it is an energy line
    Pila Mulligan: see whay I broached the sube=ject with some trepediation :)
    Pema Pera: :)
    Charles2 McCaw: does it take away from the expereince when someone is wearing baggy clothes, obscuring the calf?
    Pila Mulligan: not at all
    Pila Mulligan: and also, you may want to try massaging themiddle of the calf
    Threedee Shepherd: any relation to the austrailian songlines
    Pila Mulligan: it is quite responsive to massage
    Pila Mulligan: I'm not familiar with them Threedee
    Pila Mulligan: Pema, i tried to open this subject in the article I wrote for Adams in the Chronicles
    Threedee Shepherd: Those are "invisible" lines in the landscape that aboriginal people follow on their walkabouts
    Pila Mulligan: maybe you haven't seen it
    Pila Mulligan: yes, then it is ismilar
    Pema Pera: no, I haven't yet, Pila, will read in due time
    SophiaSharon Larnia: why the calf
    Pila Mulligan: just is Sophia :)
    Pila Mulligan: I cannot give a reaons
    SophiaSharon Larnia: :)
    Pila Mulligan: I hope this is not overding it
    SophiaSharon Larnia: I want to look it up as soon as I leave here
    Pila Mulligan: I tried to discuss the subject recently in SL with two old tai chi practicioners
    Pila Mulligan: they were semi-responsive, but leery of talking about it
    Pila Mulligan: internal energy ideas are not exactly science related
    SophiaSharon Larnia: yes for now
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Pila Mulligan: in the end, my take on the 9 second practice is thatit is more of a yoga than ameditation
    Pila Mulligan: a physical exercise mroe than a contemplation
    Pila Mulligan: and this is why
    SophiaSharon Larnia: it is like it snaps me back in body
    Pila Mulligan: yep -- balnace
    SophiaSharon Larnia: if i let it
    Charles2 McCaw: i crashed just as you were talking about he aboriginal pracitce, Pila
    Charles2 McCaw: was there anything more on that?
    Pila Mulligan: Threedee was -- he was saying the Australian aboriginals follow invisible lines in walking about
    Pila Mulligan: Hawaiina aboriginals do similar stuff
    Charles2 McCaw: but those are lines in the earth, rathere than lines in the body
    Pila Mulligan: they are
    Pila Mulligan: but they touch the body
    Pila Mulligan: alos
    SophiaSharon Larnia: like cords?
    Pila Mulligan: more like the ripples on water
    Pema Pera: I think the 9-sec has many possible connections with traditional practices, Pila -- there may well be contemplation as well as physical components as well as other connections; I don't think we can tie it to just one approach. The stopping and dropping itself is pretty universal, the move from what you have to what you are. But the physical connection you point at is certainly intriguing, thanks for mentioning it!
    Charles2 McCaw: do they move like the ripples on the water?
    Pila Mulligan: Pema, I agree -- this is an interesting aspect of a multi-facted practice
    Pila Mulligan: Charrles, Isee in your profile you'd rather be sailing -- it is similar to seeing wind patterns on water
    Pila Mulligan: they move gradually in curving formations
    Charles2 McCaw: and the sailor not only sees, the sailor follows
    Pila Mulligan: so it is :)
    Charles2 McCaw: i sense these in the land, in a similar way to seeing the ripples on the water
    Pila Mulligan: yep
    SophiaSharon Larnia: what drives them?
    Charles2 McCaw: to be sure
    Pila Mulligan: good question :)
    Pila Mulligan: I don't know
    Pila Mulligan: variations in energy is an answer -- buit then what, i do not know
    Pila Mulligan: mayeb like weather somhow
    Threedee Shepherd: certain birds can sense and navigate using the Earth's magnetic field. It is reasonable to ponoder what other earth related energies there might be that can be sensed without realization.
    Charles2 McCaw: whatever drives them, its clear they are connected to lots of other stuff
    SophiaSharon Larnia: yes
    Pila Mulligan: yes, to all of the above
    Pila Mulligan: I think that people can direct external environmental energy
    Pila Mulligan: intentionally
    SophiaSharon Larnia: i agree with that, but very complicated for me to explain
    Pila Mulligan: yes, ins't it :)
    Charles2 McCaw: well we have as much capaccity for acting on the environemnt as anyone
    SophiaSharon Larnia: yes, i think it has to do with our higher selves and the ability to connect with it
    Pila Mulligan: there was an interesting artcile yeaterday about a physics theory suggesting that fractals may connect qunatum and traiditonal physics
    Pila Mulligan: I don't know diddly abot phyiscs but the artcile sure had some familair sounding concepts in describing fractals
    SophiaSharon Larnia: Hi Bertrum
    Pila Mulligan: familair in the terms we have been tlkaing about
    Pila Mulligan: hi Bert
    Charles2 McCaw: i've never understood the imporatnce of fractals
    Bertrum Quan: Hi everybody.
    Charles2 McCaw: hi bert
    Pila Mulligan: http://www.newscientist.com/article/...tum-world.html
    SophiaSharon Larnia: maybe that is how matter expands on a sub atomic level, energy anyway that is the way ive understood it
    Pema Pera: Hi Bertrum!
    SophiaSharon Larnia: but then I do not know
    Threedee Shepherd: Charles2 importance is less the issue than incidence. Fractals seem to be one kind of natural pattern taken up by changable essences such as clouds, and even leaves vsa. trees vs. forests.
    Pila Mulligan: says Bob Coecke, a physicist at the University of Oxford. "It suggests there might be an underlying physical geometry that physics has just missed, which is radical and very positive."
    Charles2 McCaw: so you are talking about fractals as a kind of metaphor for the underlying pattern of everything
    Charles2 McCaw: oe suggesting such a thing
    Pila Mulligan: yes
    Charles2 McCaw: got it
    Pila Mulligan: a freamwork
    Pila Mulligan: framework
    Pila Mulligan: and reading this article brought my mind to the lines fo the earth ideas earlier today
    Charles2 McCaw: but a dynamic, changing pattern
    Pila Mulligan: yes
    Pila Mulligan: within the ,imits of the fractal
    Pila Mulligan: the pattern
    Pila Mulligan: has a foundation, but things can chnage around it
    Pila Mulligan: as i understand the fellow theory
    Pema Pera: Pila, if I may bring up a different subject for a moment
    Pila Mulligan: please
    Pema Pera: I have been talking with Storm
    Pema Pera: and we have located a nice area very nearby
    Pema Pera: the size of the plot of land that you may have for sale for us in RL
    Pema Pera: we can build a model community right here
    Pema Pera: to see what it may look like
    Pila Mulligan: cool
    Threedee Shepherd: interesting idea, Pema
    Pema Pera: can you remind us how large the plot is
    Pema Pera: how many feet in each direction?
    Threedee Shepherd: I would help with building
    Pila Mulligan: I had serious doubts about the viability of Hawaii vis a vis just such a situatin
    Pila Mulligan: 5 acres is about 44000 square feet
    Pila Mulligan: time 5
    Pila Mulligan: sorry 44k == 1 acre
    Pema Pera: so about 150 by 150 meters?
    Pema Pera: roughly speaking
    Pila Mulligan: oh wait, who know s these number, I cna look the up
    Pema Pera: Hi Steve!
    Pila Mulligan: the lot here is 370' by 600'
    SophiaSharon Larnia: HI Stevenaia
    Charles2 McCaw: are you talking SL dimensions?
    stevenaia Michinaga: hello
    Threedee Shepherd: hi steve
    Pila Mulligan: so what's that
    Pila Mulligan: no
    stevenaia Michinaga: seems it;s sylectra's RL bd and she couldn't make it
    Pila Mulligan: real life
    Pema Pera: ah, not square?
    Pila Mulligan: hi Steve
    Pila Mulligan: rectangular Pema
    Pila Mulligan: 222000 square feet?
    Pema Pera: 113x183 in meters
    Threedee Shepherd: 20,625 square meters
    Pila Mulligan: oh, Pila is slow .. i thought you meant Storm had a lot of 5 acres on the mainland somewhere in real life
    Pila Mulligan: pardon me
    Pema Pera: 20,624 sqm
    Pema Pera: yes, that is what I meant Pila
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Pema Pera: we own most of this sim
    stevenaia Michinaga: hmmm , in Scotland?
    Pema Pera: Bieup
    stevenaia Michinaga: oh
    stevenaia Michinaga: SL
    Pema Pera: ah, no, in SL, sorry
    Threedee Shepherd: A bit less than one third of a standard SL Island/Sim
    Pila Mulligan: I thought he moved to Colordao
    Pema Pera: "mainland" is where we are in SL
    Pema Pera: hehehe
    Pema Pera: you threw me off there
    Pila Mulligan: ok, Pema, i misunderstood
    Pema Pera: we are on the mainland!
    Pema Pera: and I had misunderstood that you had square lots
    Pema Pera: from looking at your map
    Pila Mulligan: the real life lot is rectangular
    Pema Pera: anyway, we can accomodate a 5 acre piece here on our land and start building a SL model of possible RL ways of using your land
    Pila Mulligan: I see
    stevenaia Michinaga: so you are suggesting it be prototyped here?
    Pila Mulligan: ideas for how to use it also I hope
    Pila Mulligan: how are you going to make a jungle in SL?
    SophiaSharon Larnia: that is such a cool thing to do
    stevenaia Michinaga: and how do we chop it down?
    Pema Pera: :)
    Pema Pera: yes, Steve
    Pema Pera: so Pila, before we confuse everybody, you'd better summarize the idea :)
    Threedee Shepherd: where is 5 acres coming from, the plot in Hawaii is a bit less than 1/2 acre, if I read the numbers right
    Pila Mulligan: I have a 5 acre lot in Hawaii that is in a rainforest - it is dense jungle
    Threedee Shepherd: ahh
    Pila Mulligan: I recently built a house on thelot next to it
    Pila Mulligan: after clearing part of the jungle
    Pila Mulligan: the idea Pema has is to build a retreat center on the five acre lot next door
    stevenaia Michinaga: we should consider only using the forest we cut down
    Pila Mulligan: it is a nice idea, and could work
    Threedee Shepherd: What are the daily climatic impllications of "RAIN"forest?
    Pila Mulligan: but as Steve said, you need to plan what you are gooing to use
    Pila Mulligan: you really cannot just clear five acres
    Pila Mulligan: rain Thredee :)
    Pila Mulligan: mixed with sunshine
    Pila Mulligan: alternating
    Pila Mulligan: plenty of water here
    Threedee Shepherd: alternating on what cycle?
    Pila Mulligan: but no snow
    Pila Mulligan: during summer, 60-70% sun during the day
    Pema Pera: well, I think I'll try and get some sleep for a few hours
    Pila Mulligan: during winter, 70-100% rasin some days
    Pila Mulligan: ok, bye Pema
    Threedee Shepherd: bye Pema
    SophiaSharon Larnia: Good night Pema
    Pema Pera: Good seeing you here, Charles, and see you all soon, everybody!
    Bertrum Quan: 'night Pema
    stevenaia Michinaga: night pema
    aurel Miles: night Pema
    Pila Mulligan: sleep well
    stevenaia Michinaga: has someone claimed the log?
    Threedee Shepherd: Pema did
    Charles2 McCaw: okay see you all later
    Pila Mulligan: bye Charles
    SophiaSharon Larnia: bye Charles nice to meet you
    Charles2 McCaw: U2
    Threedee Shepherd: night
    Pila Mulligan: fair winds :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: good
    Pila Mulligan: it's yours to claim Steve
    Threedee Shepherd: Pila, is the opposite of fair winds, unfair winds, or foul winds?
    Pila Mulligan: foul :)
    Threedee Shepherd: Pema claimed it
    SophiaSharon Larnia: lol
    Pila Mulligan: unless you are being metaphysical perhpas
    stevenaia Michinaga: well Pema scripts in ruby and sketchup scripts in Ruby so maybe pema can write a ruby script to get a skectup model into SL
    Threedee Shepherd: not a hope
    stevenaia Michinaga: hahaa
    Pila Mulligan: however it starts, it needs to be like all water or something so people get the idea of making islands of space for building
    Threedee Shepherd: There is a complicated way to now get a sketchup model into SL--perhaps. The openSim version RealXtend uses meshes and there is a way to get sketchup into RealXtend where it shows up as prims. THEN, it might be possible to use SecondInventory to get it into SL, but I am not sure
    stevenaia Michinaga: well perhaps I can mock it up, sent the drawings into SL for the model builders to attempt to construct
    stevenaia Michinaga: sounds easier
    Threedee Shepherd: that would be easier
    stevenaia Michinaga: but program of uses comes first
    Pila Mulligan: I should have aske Pema if he knows of anyone wanting to live at the site
    stevenaia Michinaga: anyone can build w/ context, jsut look at the suburbs
    Pila Mulligan: he said earlier there may besomeone
    stevenaia Michinaga: I thought was Geo was considering it
    Pila Mulligan: we should try to find out
    stevenaia Michinaga: but if we build it here we will ahve to live in SL
    stevenaia Michinaga: :)
    SophiaSharon Larnia: good evening everyone, have agreat one
    stevenaia Michinaga: nice to see you again Spphia
    SophiaSharon Larnia: talk to you later
    Pila Mulligan: if anyone hears of anyone interested in living on the site please ask them to speak up
    SophiaSharon Larnia: :))
    Pila Mulligan: hi Ade
    Pila Mulligan: bye Sophia
    Pila Mulligan: hi Peer
    stevenaia Michinaga: hello Peer
    Threedee Shepherd: Hiya Peer, Hi Luv
    Adelene Dawner: 'lo Three, all. ^.^
    Peer Infinity: hi everyone :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: hi Ade
    Threedee Shepherd: Just in time for the "second wind"
    Pila Mulligan: we were talking abot the retreat site, Pema says Storm may try to model ideas for it in SL
    Adelene Dawner: cool!
    Threedee Shepherd: I have had the thought that such places ought to be called "renewal sites", not "retreat sites"
    Pila Mulligan: interesting idea Threedee
    Pila Mulligan: retreat is a long-used term, renewal has a fresher context
    stevenaia Michinaga: hmm, sell naming rights
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: the Pepsi Play as Being Monastic Center
    stevenaia Michinaga: of exploration and refreshment
    Pila Mulligan: the whole 21 acres (four 5+ acre lots) was blessed and named by a Hawaiain kahuna at the start -- the land is name Kumulani
    Pila Mulligan: it means several things
    Pila Mulligan: one is horizon
    Pila Mulligan: but the two words mean teacher (kumu) and heaven (lani)
    Pila Mulligan: so that implies anothe rmenaing
    stevenaia Michinaga: how appropriate
    Threedee Shepherd: "Learning Horizons" sounds like a franchise chain of some sort
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Threedee Shepherd: What kinds of Fauna inhabit the rainforest?
    Pila Mulligan: pigs
    Pila Mulligan: feral pigs
    Threedee Shepherd: hardly a native species
    Pila Mulligan: birds
    Pila Mulligan: nope, feral pigs are a nuisance
    Pila Mulligan: native birs are very cool
    Pila Mulligan: unique species
    Pila Mulligan: thrush like
    Pila Mulligan: and a Hawaiian hawk and Hawaiian crow
    Threedee Shepherd: Pila, did you purposely move to a rainforest?
    Pila Mulligan: lots of tourists from every speices
    Pila Mulligan: yes Threedee -- it was the noly place in Hawaii I could afford :)
    Threedee Shepherd: gee, I wonder why ;>
    Pila Mulligan: actually it is a lovely and inspiring location
    Pila Mulligan: 7 miles from a volcano
    Bertrum Quan: on a road system?
    Pila Mulligan: but that affects land prices
    Pila Mulligan: yes, regualr county road and electric and telephoine service
    Pila Mulligan: no boradband
    Threedee Shepherd: so if you could get them to string cable TV, you could have broadband
    Pila Mulligan: I got an estimate from Roadrunner of $10,000 to breing a cable here
    Pila Mulligan: they say they will do it whne there are 30 cusomters int he area, there are only 5 houses nearby
    Threedee Shepherd: so let each house get 5 TVs
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Pila Mulligan: I tihnk they meant 30 accounts :)
    Bertrum Quan: how far is it from the nearest town?
    Pila Mulligan: well, you need to define town
    Pila Mulligan: it is 20 miles form Hilo
    Pila Mulligan: 5 miles from Voclano Village (at the entrance to the Naiotnal Park)
    Pila Mulligan: 100 miles fomr Kona -- the resoprt area
    Pila Mulligan: 2000 miles from San Francisco :)
    Pila Mulligan: so thats half an hour by car to Hilo and 5 hours by plane to SFO
    Pila Mulligan: or is it 7 hours by plane -- the time differnece befuddle me
    Threedee Shepherd: does Volcano Village have broadband?
    Pila Mulligan: yes
    Pila Mulligan: DSL and cable
    Threedee Shepherd: Is volcano village line of sight to you?
    Pila Mulligan: nope
    Threedee Shepherd: darn
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Pila Mulligan: I wish
    Threedee Shepherd: how about line of site with one repeater
    Threedee Shepherd: *sight
    Pila Mulligan: some local wireless towers are getting closer to here, but they are not close enuf yet
    Pila Mulligan: they are alreayd playing that game, but again it is th epotnetial customer base that dissuades them
    Pila Mulligan: only two of the five house here are interested
    Bertrum Quan: what's the population of Volcano Villiage? And has the volcano been active in the last 50 years?
    Pila Mulligan: I think the population in the Village area is about a thousand or so, and the Volcano has been active since 1984
    Pila Mulligan: and actually since this island began -- it is a continuously active thing geologically
    Pila Mulligan: Mauna Loa is the biggest volcano in the world, but it is quiet now
    Pila Mulligan: kilauea, its little cousin, is active
    Threedee Shepherd: how about satellite DSL?
    Pila Mulligan: some peole use satellite, but the rain has clouds and that affects them
    Threedee Shepherd: You didn't make this easy, did you?
    Pila Mulligan: there is one satelllite servbice and it is very low on the horizon, for aiming
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Pila Mulligan: my 500k cell phone modem is just enuf for emailand SL
    Bertrum Quan: Do the volcanic eruptions impact daily life there?
    Pila Mulligan: Hawaii has non-explosive sheild volcanos -- they bsually just ooze lava
    Pila Mulligan: but the steam from the eruption site can affect people when the wind blows it our way
    Threedee Shepherd: odor
    Pila Mulligan: usually the trade winds blow it south, and I am north of kilauea
    Pila Mulligan: yes, sulfur
    Threedee Shepherd: acid
    Pila Mulligan: yes
    Pila Mulligan: acid rain
    Pila Mulligan: when there is both staema nd rain
    Pila Mulligan: that affects the flora too
    Pila Mulligan: many plants cannot grow here
    Threedee Shepherd: gee, and acidrainforest with no dsl. That does sound like a RETREAT site
    stevenaia Michinaga: night all
    Pila Mulligan: but plants like the native fern and gardenia and others thrive in the acidity
    Threedee Shepherd: night steve
    Adelene Dawner giggles.
    Pila Mulligan: bye Steve
    Bertrum Quan: But not quite as dangerous then as the Alaska volcano that's in the news lately
    Pila Mulligan: they call the steam vog, lkie smog
    Pila Mulligan: andon bad vog days it is retreat, indoors
    Pila Mulligan: it is nt really so bad, but not really so pleasant outside
    Threedee Shepherd: is that volcano Sarah? (oops, sorery.....)
    Pila Mulligan: inside no problem
    Pila Mulligan: volcano Sarah?
    Threedee Shepherd: Alaska, Sahar...I'll wait
    Pila Mulligan: ah, slow Pila
    Threedee Shepherd: *Sarah
    Pila Mulligan: got iton
    Pila Mulligan: now*
    Pila Mulligan: yes, those guys are explosive
    Pila Mulligan: like Mt St helenas
    Threedee Shepherd: mmhmm
    Bertrum Quan: ;)
    Pila Mulligan: a nice day int eh rainforest is inspiring -- but like anything you get what you get on bad days
    Bertrum Quan: but not an explosive volcano
    Pila Mulligan: not normally :)
    Pila Mulligan: not exploive at all actuyally
    Pila Mulligan: but a new eruoption can send up a stream of lava high in the air
    Pila Mulligan: that is what happened last in 1984
    Pila Mulligan: quite a sight
    Bertrum Quan: the news report of the Alaska volcano said the latest eruption sent ash 65,000 feet in the air...
    Pila Mulligan: yes, that is not a shield volcano :)
    Threedee Shepherd: not great for jet engines
    Pila Mulligan: rememebr Pinatubo in the Phillipenes
    Pila Mulligan: sp?
    Pila Mulligan: it caused a global haze from ash
    Pila Mulligan: when was that, in the 90's or so ?
    Bertrum Quan: I do remember reading about that one.
    Pila Mulligan: made for some beautiful sunsets
    Pila Mulligan: but it affected climate everywhere for a year or so
    Bertrum Quan: Are there tourists visiting the Kilauea eruptions then--viewing platforms and the like?
    Pila Mulligan: the Hawaii Volcanoes national Park is the biggest tourist attarction in the State Bert
    Pila Mulligan: there are two accessilbe viewing sites, on up at the soource and one where lava flows into the sea
    Pila Mulligan: there was a third one built out over the large Kialuea crater, that was active in the early 1900's
    Pila Mulligan: but recently a new small lava hole opened right undernetah that platform :) not an eruption but lots of steam
    Pila Mulligan: so they doont us eit onw
    Pila Mulligan: the active crater now is named Pu`u o`o -- that ios 7 miles fomr my house
    Pila Mulligan: the Park is full of trails and roads that show the evolutionof an activ evolcao
    Pila Mulligan: incjuding a large lava tube you can walk through
    Pila Mulligan: it is also interesting to se ehow quickly plant life arrives on fresh lava
    Adelene Dawner: neat :D
    Pila Mulligan: then eroision and plants start making sand and dirt
    Bertrum Quan: That would suggest Renewal then more than Retreat
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Pila Mulligan: Pele creates by destroying they say
    Pila Mulligan: her lava wipes out one place and makes something new, even on the sea
    Pila Mulligan: this land, by the way, is nestled into what is considered the safest area here, between Mauna Loa and Kilauea
    Pila Mulligan: geologically not attractive to new lava
    Bertrum Quan: not attractive to new lava?
    Pila Mulligan: the topography -- they can predict where lava is likely ot flow
    Pila Mulligan: like water
    Pila Mulligan: this is a plateua area with the flow ground separated by gulches and such around it
    Pila Mulligan: wheer the water and lave would flow
    Pila Mulligan: from rain or an eruption
    Pila Mulligan: by the way -- a flash flood ona Hawaii mountain can be an extreme expereince
    Bertrum Quan: Are you in the path of that?
    Pila Mulligan: nope, same thing with rain, safe due to topography
    Bertrum Quan: so the only thing missing then is broadband!
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Pila Mulligan: and a few good restaurants maybe :)
    Pila Mulligan: there are a few, but not many
    Pila Mulligan: good restaurants
    Pila Mulligan: one really nice Thai Restaurant in Volcano Village
    Pila Mulligan: a few goodones in Hilo
    Pila Mulligan: lots more in Kona -- 100 miles away
    Pila Mulligan: then ther's SFO :)
    Pila Mulligan: every few months some university class on a file dtrip will come to the This Restuarant while I';m there
    Threedee Shepherd: OK, Elvis, let's fly over to SFO for dinner ;>
    Pila Mulligan: always fun to talk wiht them
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Pila Mulligan: people do semi-commute believe it or ont Threedee
    Pila Mulligan: lawyers I work with go back and ofrth frequnetly
    Threedee Shepherd: That's so no one can easily find them ^.^
    Pila Mulligan: probably :)
    Pila Mulligan: so Threedee maybe you should organize a filed trip here for a class
    Bertrum Quan: or perhaps someone can think up something to litigate
    Pila Mulligan: usually they are earth sciences sutdnets, but that should not be a limit
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Threedee Shepherd: I no longer have classes. I am Emeritus (which translates into no longer able to carry a shield and spear, from the latin)
    Pila Mulligan: ahh, but can you travel?
    Bertrum Quan: and file a lawsuit
    Threedee Shepherd: Well, i once was briefly consulted on the dolphin sonar lawsuit, asking if i could provide evidence that dolphins had consciousness similar to humans. but that didn't go anywhere.
    Pila Mulligan: I seem to recall meeting a clas here from Stanford a cople of years ago
    Pila Mulligan: would you have testified that they do? i hoe
    Pila Mulligan: hope*
    Pila Mulligan: actually they seem way msarter than most people
    Threedee Shepherd: yes
    Pila Mulligan: thye are going ahead with the sonar stuff
    Pila Mulligan: very sad
    Threedee Shepherd: if they are smarter than people why do they hang around with people?
    Pila Mulligan: curious, like a zoo
    Threedee Shepherd: Yes, I saw that re the sonar
    Pila Mulligan: maybe you can get in on the depleted uranium issue
    Pila Mulligan: doe anyone in the Army have any intelligence, for exmple
    Pila Mulligan: if so why do they want ot leave DU shells laying around
    Threedee Shepherd: because that can. that is usually the most parsimonious explanation for human behavior
    Pila Mulligan: indeed
    Bertrum Quan: and there is a disconnect between humans and other sentient beings
    Pila Mulligan: because they can explains it all
    Pila Mulligan: isn;t there, Bert - so true
    Threedee Shepherd: Oh, some humans rconnect with non-human sentience.
    Bertrum Quan: Some do, yes.
    Pila Mulligan: quite a few do here, but in geberal people seem to have been urgbanized in their idea of what's real
    Pila Mulligan: the forest is quite alive, plants birds, even pigs
    Threedee Shepherd: how did gerbils get into this conversation?
    Pila Mulligan: Army gerbels maybe
    Peer Infinity: gerbils are sneaky like that... always sneaking into conversations...
    Adelene Dawner: *chuckles*
    Pila Mulligan: lion snacks
    Bertrum Quan: knawing their way into and out of them
    Threedee Shepherd: I actually have know some Major Gerberils in my day.
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Pila Mulligan: were they uniform in appearance?
    Bertrum Quan: And did they gnaw and run their wheel
    Threedee Shepherd: no, lots of color on their chests in obscure patterns
    Pila Mulligan: ahh, an odd species
    Pila Mulligan: or subspeices
    Threedee Shepherd: Yes, they are sub-bordinate to lieutenant Gerberils
    Pila Mulligan: so how about a seminar on the fractal variations of lava flow fomrations
    Pila Mulligan: as an experiment in 3D renderings
    Threedee Shepherd: hmmmmm
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Pila Mulligan: you ought to se what they call Pele's Hair
    Pila Mulligan: fine threads of glass like lava
    Pila Mulligan: very fine as in thin
    Pila Mulligan: and in interesting patterns
    Pila Mulligan: how true Squee
    Bertrum Quan: I need to log off. Thanks for the conversation.
    Pila Mulligan: making somehting form nothing
    Adelene Dawner: 'night Bert
    Pila Mulligan: bye Bert
    Pila Mulligan: nic echatting with you
    Bertrum Quan: 'night everyone
    Threedee Shepherd: been done already. From a paper on the web "We have conducted a preliminary investigation of the fractal nature of the plan-view shapes of lava flows in Hawaii (based on field measurements and aerial photographs) as well as in Idaho and the Galapagos Islands (using aerial photographs only). Our results indicate that the shapes of lava flow margins are fractals. In other words, lava flow shape is scale-invariant"
    Pila Mulligan: cool
    Pila Mulligan: I'm not surprised
    Pila Mulligan: it is so neat to watch it flow
    Pila Mulligan: but it is also so obviously in a strucutre of some sort
    Peer Infinity: goodnight
    Threedee Shepherd: goodnight Peer. i too am about to be off
    Pila Mulligan: bye Peer
    Pila Mulligan: well, nice chat Threedee and Ade
    Threedee Shepherd: Night Pila, Ade. :)
    Adelene Dawner: 'night Luv. ^.^
    Pila Mulligan: see yopu next time
    Pila Mulligan: did someone get the chat log?
    Threedee Shepherd: Pema claimed it
    Pila Mulligan: ok, thanks
    Pila Mulligan: how have you been Ade?
    Adelene Dawner: Good ^.^ Busy, but good ^.^
    Pila Mulligan: cool
    Pila Mulligan: me too
    Pila Mulligan: work busy
    Adelene Dawner: Drawing board is a few hours' work from done, and then I need to get serious about the college build I'm supposed to be working on. After that, the Neuroversity project takes prescidence.
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