2009.07.12 19:00 - Monks who train dogs

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Sylectra Darwin. The comments are by Sylectra Darwin.

    Pila Mulligan: hi Sylectra
    Sylectra Darwin: hi pila!
    Sylectra Darwin: How are you?
    Pila Mulligan: I'm fine, thanks .. and you?
    Sylectra Darwin: Trying to shake off some residual sleepiness...went to NYC for the day and then had a nap when I came back...hard to wake back up!
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Sylectra Darwin: Just saw someone fly by in the distance.
    Sylectra Darwin: Either that or he was thrown :)
    Pila Mulligan: is it already past your bedtime? it must be about 10 pm there now
    Sylectra Darwin: nah, it's not at all past my bedtime. My trouble is that I don't nap well...I fall too deeply asleep and have trouble waking.
    Pila Mulligan: ahh, I'm lucky in that regard
    Pila Mulligan: nap easy, wakeup easy
    Sylectra Darwin: Welcome Splash.
    Splashinda Pond: hi
    Pila Mulligan: hello Splahsinda
    Sylectra Darwin: Pila and I were just talking about napping.
    Sylectra Darwin: I've never seen a fairy with puppy dog ponytails before.
    Sylectra Darwin: Pila do you nap every day?
    Splashinda Pond: i chose it cause it was long :_)
    Pila Mulligan: whenever I can :)
    Sylectra Darwin: It's cute Splash.
    Splashinda Pond: thanks
    Sylectra Darwin: So how do you keep from being groggy after your naps?
    Pila Mulligan: I am not sure
    Pila Mulligan: I get plenty of sleep usually
    Sylectra Darwin: Practice, maybe.
    Pila Mulligan: I like to get up at 4 am
    Pila Mulligan: yes, practice
    Sylectra Darwin: wow
    Pila Mulligan: so I go to bed kind of early
    Pila Mulligan: then nap as needed
    Sylectra Darwin: What on earth do you do at 4 a.m.? Fish? Meditate?
    Pila Mulligan: meditate
    Pila Mulligan: it is the best time for meditation
    Sylectra Darwin: Seems ideal.
    Pila Mulligan: peaceful
    Sylectra Darwin: Do you live with others?
    Pila Mulligan: even the interior space is more calm it seems
    Pila Mulligan: no, I live alone -- a monkish life
    Sylectra Darwin: monkish - :)
    Pila Mulligan: thats one step past monkey
    Sylectra Darwin: lol!
    Pila Mulligan: some may call it a monkey life :)
    Splashinda Pond: lolz
    Sylectra Darwin: I was just reading about the Monks and Nuns of New Skete, in NY. I want to visit them.
    Pila Mulligan: it could be fun
    Sylectra Darwin: The Monks have a german shepherd training program.
    Pila Mulligan: there are several such places I'd like to visit
    Pila Mulligan: oh, nice
    Sylectra Darwin: They wrote several books - How to be your dog's best friend.
    Pila Mulligan: are they christian?
    Sylectra Darwin: They have rooms for retreat.
    Sylectra Darwin: Eastern Orthodox.
    Sylectra Darwin: Yes, i think so.
    Pila Mulligan: ahh
    Sylectra Darwin: Not really clear on their belief system.
    Pila Mulligan: I wonder if they see the lord in their shepards
    Sylectra Darwin: excuse me a sec while I feed the cat so she will leave me alone.
    Pila Mulligan: ok
    Pila Mulligan: seems they have a website -- http://www.newskete.com/ -- they have a married monastic community
    Pila Mulligan: quite interesting
    Splashinda Pond: very
    Pila Mulligan: http://www.newskete.com/married_monasticism.htm
    Splashinda Pond: i would like to visit them too
    Splashinda Pond: oh, thank you
    Sylectra Darwin: That would be great, to see them with their dogs.
    Pila Mulligan: contemplative places often have a very nice feeling to them
    Pila Mulligan: yep
    Sylectra Darwin: They have a method that really works well - they tether the dogs' leash to their waist cinch.
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Pila Mulligan: and then pray :)
    Splashinda Pond: lolz
    Sylectra Darwin: I hope they don't forget to untie when playing fetch!
    Pila Mulligan: they also have 'nationally famous cheesecakes'
    Sylectra Darwin: oh really?
    Sylectra Darwin: Now that's a great reason to visit them
    Pila Mulligan: http://www.newsketemonks.com/dogs.htm
    Sylectra Darwin: Yep, I've read the whole site, top to bottom.
    Pila Mulligan: 'For over 35 years, New Skete's German Shepherd breeding program has dedicated itself to providing the best possible companion dog for you and your family. '
    Sylectra Darwin: They are having a pilgrimage day on Aug. 8 with demonstrations and such.
    Sylectra Darwin: But it may not work for our schedule this time.
    Sylectra Darwin: However they are open to visitors all year with a few exceptions.
    Pila Mulligan: this looks like a cool bok: ' I & Dog is a series of meditations on the spiritual dimensions of the dog-human relationship'
    Sylectra Darwin: Is that theirs?
    Pila Mulligan: kind of Ich und Dog -- a la martinbuber
    Pila Mulligan: yes
    Pila Mulligan: at least they sell it on the wbesite
    Sylectra Darwin: Nice.
    Sylectra Darwin: Have you ever been on a retreat?
    Pila Mulligan: me, yes
    Sylectra Darwin: Where, there in Hawaii?
    Pila Mulligan: here, and before, on the mainland - starting long ago :)
    Pila Mulligan: now we may not have the same idea of a reteat
    Pila Mulligan: not necessarily religious
    Pila Mulligan: in Hawaii there are similar events with a native hawaiian perspective
    Sylectra Darwin: Doesn't have to be religious.
    Pila Mulligan: almmost religious, but not denominational
    Sylectra Darwin: What are they like?
    Pila Mulligan: very nice -- camping in a natural place, having events, doing some service work
    Sylectra Darwin: That sounds most pleasant.
    Pila Mulligan: it can be very uplifting
    Pila Mulligan: some places, as you may imagine, are especially conducive to being uplifted
    Sylectra Darwin: I went to a Native American inspired retreat in the mountains in New Mexico last august.
    Sylectra Darwin: It's called Gathering of Circles. It's a group camping event with some organized activities. Sweat lodges every day, a long dance, a give-away, men's and women's groups.
    Pila Mulligan: probably similar
    Pila Mulligan: the rituals may vary some, but the ideas are smiilar
    Sylectra Darwin: Really nice people. I had gone because my mom went every year for several years.
    Pila Mulligan: being in a natural place with a respectful intent can be a cleansing expereince
    Sylectra Darwin: That's always good.
    Sylectra Darwin: We have a lovely natural setting near our home that has a concrete drainage canal running through it.
    Pila Mulligan: http://www.gatheringofcircles.com/2009/2009_index.htm -- the next one is starting in a few weeks
    Sylectra Darwin: it's really just a flood control but it's beautiful.
    Sylectra Darwin: Yes, I have been getting the notices.
    Pila Mulligan: yes, you see too mnay settings like that - nature plus cement
    Sylectra Darwin: IT's going to be too much of a stretch for me to go this year.
    Pila Mulligan: is it usually runing with water?
    Sylectra Darwin: They did leave it unpaved when it enters the park nearby - nice touch.
    Pila Mulligan: depending on the flow, the cmeent may be necessary
    Pila Mulligan: here there are some huge ones to handle flash floods
    Sylectra Darwin: yeah, I see that it has a serious intent, because we do get a lot of rain.
    Sylectra Darwin: Sometimes it's almost full.
    Pila Mulligan: I was trying to find a picture of one in a town onMaui
    Pila Mulligan: it is about 30' wide as I recall
    Pila Mulligan: usually dry
    Pila Mulligan: but in a storm, it is raging
    Sylectra Darwin: They make things safer for us.
    Pila Mulligan: yes, flash floods can be very destructive
    Sylectra Darwin: However, they would not have been necessary had we not put down so much concrete, eliminating the grassy riparian zones that helped slow rainwaters.
    Sylectra Darwin: Parking lots create floods.
    Pila Mulligan: yes, that is true for surface drainage
    Splashinda Pond: i gotta get some sleep. see ya guys later
    Pila Mulligan: what also sometimes happens here is that sudden strong rains up high in the mountains will come down in small streams, accumulating on the way down ...
    Sylectra Darwin: OK Splash!
    Sylectra Darwin: nite
    Pila Mulligan: by Splashinda, nice to see you
    Pila Mulligan: when they get to lower levels the build up of accumulated water is like a tsunami
    Pila Mulligan: it can be a flooding wall of water 20' high
    Sylectra Darwin: that's dramatic.
    Sylectra Darwin: Do you have some deforestation in your area?
    Pila Mulligan: yes, yes - it is usually most dramatic i guches -- and deforestation is a problem here
    Pila Mulligan: in gulches*
    Sylectra Darwin: Sad to hear but not surprising.
    Sylectra Darwin: Hello, Shinobi, would you like to join us?
    Sylectra Darwin: OK, maybe not.
    Pila Mulligan: Hawaii was at one time called the Sandalwood Islands
    Pila Mulligan: the islands were full of sandalwood forests
    Pila Mulligan: but the demands of trade with Asis essentially resulted in them disappearing
    Pila Mulligan: Asia
    Sylectra Darwin: That's sad.
    Sylectra Darwin: Did you notice the sun setting outside the pavilion while we chatted?
    Sylectra Darwin: Now we have a starry sky with low clouds.
    Sylectra Darwin: It's quite nice.
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Pila Mulligan: the graphics have improved substantially in SL in the past year or so
    Sylectra Darwin: Indeed, do you still have an older computer?
    Pila Mulligan: yes
    Pila Mulligan: although i fainlly installed XP on it
    Pila Mulligan: it works a little bettwer than Windows 200 did
    Sylectra Darwin: My desktop is *getting* older. :)
    Pila Mulligan: tech stuff ages fast
    Sylectra Darwin: That would help.
    Sylectra Darwin: I don't have Vista and hope to skip it entirely.
    Pila Mulligan: Microsoft is very sloppy with their products
    Sylectra Darwin: There are many people who want to keep XP.
    Sylectra Darwin: There's a growing backlash from companies too.
    Pila Mulligan: I would have kept Windows 2000 except they do not make products for it these days
    Sylectra Darwin: Right.
    Sylectra Darwin: It was a good platform. I remember it.
    Pila Mulligan: XP is the minimum for many new things
    Sylectra Darwin: I had Windows 98.
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Sylectra Darwin: I heard NT was a dog.
    Sylectra Darwin: And not the good kinds.
    Pila Mulligan: I never had it
    Pila Mulligan: linux seems like it is getting easier to use
    Sylectra Darwin: Really, with operating systems these days, people are coming from a preference that less is more.
    Pila Mulligan: yep, function
    Sylectra Darwin: Make it stable and keep it from tripping us up.
    Pila Mulligan: the need to sell new things is the software mnaker's problem
    Sylectra Darwin: We don't want all that bloatware that usually comes with new computers.
    Pila Mulligan: yep, but if they really did a thrifty apporach form the consumer's poit of view they would sell much less
    Pila Mulligan: long term stability does not need new brands every season
    Sylectra Darwin: Probably. In that way they are positioned for eventual failure.
    Pila Mulligan: they used to call it planned obsolescence
    Sylectra Darwin: As we require simpler operating systems, we don' need them to be made by huge corporations.
    Pila Mulligan: open source is a wonderful evolution
    Sylectra Darwin: Look at linux - getting better every day.
    Pila Mulligan: yep
    Pila Mulligan: did oyu see that Linden release the code of SL to the open source communiyt?
    Sylectra Darwin: To be fair, I have as many irritations with my macbook's OS X as with my desktop's Windows XP.
    Sylectra Darwin: when?
    Pila Mulligan: last year
    Pila Mulligan: it is already taking off
    Pila Mulligan: on private servers
    Sylectra Darwin: Yes, and I have seen some new innovations as a result.
    Pila Mulligan: it is fun, I just took a look at it a few days ago
    Sylectra Darwin: ThreeDee has some interesting stories to tell about his work there.
    Pila Mulligan: yep
    Sylectra Darwin: OpenLife?
    Pila Mulligan: he has three regions runnning on aprivate server
    Pila Mulligan: yes, Open Sim etc.
    Pila Mulligan: there are hundreds of private servers already
    Sylectra Darwin: I've gone in there once or twice.
    Sylectra Darwin: Three really called that one.
    Pila Mulligan: you can do it at home and have everything for free
    Pila Mulligan: but the interconnection is still being worked out
    Sylectra Darwin: But - content is the issue.
    Sylectra Darwin: Being able to create, sell and share content is key to this experience.
    Pila Mulligan: yes, several such issues -- also, there is not yeta corss-platform currency
    Pila Mulligan: SL is still the marketplace
    Sylectra Darwin: You could do that on a private server but you'd have a smaller market.
    Sylectra Darwin: Well you know about SL Exchange, right?
    Pila Mulligan: they are working on ways to cnnect them all
    Pila Mulligan: they closed?
    Pila Mulligan: or were absorbed b y linden
    Sylectra Darwin: Now called X Street SL - absorbed by lindens.
    Pila Mulligan: yep
    Sylectra Darwin: You can buy things on the regular 2D net and they ship into your world.
    Pila Mulligan: they released the SL code with something in mind besides generosity
    Pila Mulligan: is my guess
    Sylectra Darwin: I think such a thing could be rigged to work with other virtual worlds.
    Pila Mulligan: they will profit if it all grows and leads back to them
    Sylectra Darwin: True.
    Pila Mulligan: but Threedee is working with universities, I believe
    Sylectra Darwin: One thing I cannot stress enough though - they need to fix the search!!!!
    Pila Mulligan: self-contained virtual worlds
    Sylectra Darwin: ...and museums.
    Pila Mulligan: :0
    Pila Mulligan: they are the tyrants here, they do what they want :)
    Pila Mulligan: the nice thing about an open source community is that it is more reposnsive
    Pila Mulligan: to its users
    Pila Mulligan: ther's steve by phone
    Pila Mulligan: hi I-Steve
    stevenaia Michinaga: Hello
    Pila Mulligan: how is the beach?
    stevenaia Michinaga: Waves
    Sylectra Darwin: hi steven
    stevenaia Michinaga: Did sylectra get the log for me? Reception is awful at the beach :) feel free to forward it to me
    stevenaia Michinaga: Ho sylectra thanks
    Sylectra Darwin: I got it.
    Pila Mulligan: we were just chatting about opensim
    stevenaia Michinaga: I know I was supposed to remind you
    Pila Mulligan: the open source SL movement
    stevenaia Michinaga: Oh you techies
    Pila Mulligan: yep, geeky chat
    Pila Mulligan: how can you type that fast on a phone?
    Sylectra Darwin: We went to NYC today and had lunch with Ethan.
    stevenaia Michinaga: I am just on the edge of signal here and the bugs suck your of here at might outside
    Sylectra Darwin: We were in Brooklyn.
    stevenaia Michinaga: At night
    Sylectra Darwin: you're getting eaten by bugs?
    stevenaia Michinaga: Cool, raining there?
    stevenaia Michinaga: If I were outside I would be
    stevenaia Michinaga: Beach is great thanks
    Pila Mulligan: it has been raining here :)
    Sylectra Darwin: No rain in nJ for a change
    Sylectra Darwin: Steven, you want to work with the log? I don't mind posting it but could happily give it to you if you want it.
    Sylectra Darwin: Ah, he lost signal.
    Pila Mulligan: looksm like his signal ended
    Sylectra Darwin: well, that's my signal to go to sleep.
    Pila Mulligan: ok
    Pila Mulligan: nice to visit with you
    Sylectra Darwin: Have a very pleasant day and it was nice to visit with you too!
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