2010.01.31 19:00 - Appearance of Appearance

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Calvino Rabeni. The comments are by Calvino Rabeni.

    Round One:  An opening may or may not result in something rushing to fill it.

    Calvino Rabeni: Greetings, Benedizione.
    Benedizione Vita: hello calvino
    Benedizione Vita: is there a malta retreat session tonight?
    Calvino Rabeni: The next one is 1PM SLT tomorrow.
    Calvino Rabeni: So, tonight the circle is completely open for anything :)
    Benedizione Vita: I see
    Benedizione Vita: there seems to be a lot of openness, and not a lot of anything ;)
    Calvino Rabeni: Openness is a yin in this case, for people here to provide the yang.
    Calvino Rabeni: See, it is the opposite of many social situations
    Calvino Rabeni: If you were to fill the openness, how might you do it?
    Benedizione Vita: hmmm, well sometimes I might say something, but tonight I am going to play possum :)
    Benedizione Vita: have a great night, calvino
    Calvino Rabeni: You too, Bene :)
    Benedizione Vita: thanks :)

    Round Two:  Calvino is sitting in the PaB pavilion and in northwestern USA and in a dream somewhere in the mountains of southeast Asia.  The dream appears like this:



    Round Three:  Looking at Seeing

    Calvino Rabeni: Hello Stevenaia
    stevenaia Michinaga: hello, rezzing till I sit down
    stevenaia Michinaga: sunday nights can be peaceful aand quiet here
    stevenaia Michinaga: one reason I had no problem with sunday nights (and wednesdays)
    Calvino Rabeni: What is your preference?
    stevenaia Michinaga: both
    stevenaia Michinaga: until someone else had a preference
    stevenaia Michinaga: sometimes the best choices are made by others
    Calvino Rabeni: So the ones you enjoy the most are quiet, but you respond to influences that others bring.
    stevenaia Michinaga: I sometimes belive that
    stevenaia Michinaga: it varies
    stevenaia Michinaga: like the time I was at the 1:00 session, bearly awake yet couldn't stop talking
    stevenaia Michinaga: I think you were there
    Calvino Rabeni: Well I may have been, but don't recall any "chatterbox" Steve :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: grins
    Calvino Rabeni: I have a habit, of when the group is large, kind of tuning out.
    Calvino Rabeni: Some of my favorite sessions have been conversational groups of 2 - 5 people.
    stevenaia Michinaga: sometime I just enjoy listening
    Calvino Rabeni: How about a story then.
    stevenaia Michinaga: sending or receiving?
    Calvino Rabeni: You said you enjoy listening - but sure, either way
    stevenaia Michinaga: happy to listen
    stevenaia Michinaga: I was just "listening" to pema's recount of the retreat before I got here
    Calvino Rabeni: Reading the chat log?
    stevenaia Michinaga: nods
    stevenaia Michinaga: sometimes I do actully have the computer "read" them back to me
    Calvino Rabeni: And might I ask - what main impression did you have with it?
    stevenaia Michinaga: sounds like an amazing place from the photos I saw on a Malta website and hearing the impressions
    stevenaia Michinaga: a retreat on an ancient land with that early history sounds amazing
    Calvino Rabeni: Yes, I had no idea. I did likewise, looking online, and it caused the desire to travel to stir in me once more
    stevenaia Michinaga: I could see it infuencing much of what one "sees"
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes
    Calvino Rabeni: Travel is a dream, hopefully a lucid one
    stevenaia Michinaga: unfortunately travel is currently difficult due to recent financial constraints
    Calvino Rabeni: Same for me, I believe, but if motivated enough, I might be able to do it "on the cheap" and take the hit on my finances, borrowing from the future for the present.
    stevenaia Michinaga: san francisco in april does sound inviting too, one of my favorite places
    Calvino Rabeni: I like going back there
    Calvino Rabeni: I used to live in the area, so it feels somewhat home-like.
    Calvino Rabeni: I was recently organizing some travel photos and uploading them - maybe I was stirred by the malta retreat into vicarious "travel envy"
    Calvino Rabeni: Looking at the photos I felt a bit transported though.
    Calvino Rabeni: Have you ever seen the first "claymation" animation? It's about the pictures in a museum taking to life.
    stevenaia Michinaga: if I did it, was a long time ago
    stevenaia Michinaga: and have only a vauge memory
    stevenaia Michinaga: is it in youtube?
    Calvino Rabeni: 1975 I think - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_VTdhgrpFU
    Calvino Rabeni: Since then, when I look at pictures, I let my imagination go active.
    Calvino Rabeni: I remember it reframing my notion of what "seeing" is.
    stevenaia Michinaga: I think gumby pre-dates this
    Calvino Rabeni: Yes, that is technically clay figure animation
    Calvino Rabeni: And it was regarded as a kind of breakthrough too, I've heard.
    stevenaia Michinaga: nice thanks
    Calvino Rabeni: During the bell I was applying to the experience of viewing travel photos
    Calvino Rabeni: PaB dropping practice it seems, has lots of handy "applications" :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: or dropping applies nicely or PaB practice
    Calvino Rabeni: Hmm, not sure your meaning, is it "dropping PaB" ?
    stevenaia Michinaga: ...nicely to... rather
    stevenaia Michinaga: if that helps
    Calvino Rabeni: I was noticing the appearance of a photo as an appearance of an appearance - pardon the somewhat convoluted sounding jargon there
    stevenaia Michinaga: it comes with he turf
    stevenaia Michinaga: :)
    Calvino Rabeni: right, guess so :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: unfortunately I must go
    Calvino Rabeni: thanks for stopping by :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: have a good evening
    Calvino Rabeni: You too Stevenaia
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    Originally written on 06:10, 01 Feb 2010
    gorgeous picture, Calvino! Really nice...
    Posted 14:07, 9 Apr 2010
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