Mar. 30th, 2005 @ 11:11 pm “Kansas: As Big as You Think.”
Current Mood: satisfied
Current Music: Yes (RELAYER)
The new ad campaign's goal is to create a cohesive, positive image of the state to be used in attracting visitors and businesses. "As Big as You Think" is meant to conjure up images of wide-open vistas and limitless potential.

"It's not just a slogan," said Richard Forester, president of the Topeka Convention and Visitors Bureau and a member of the state's Image Task Force. "It's not just tourism. It's economic development, job creation and business attraction."

These bumper stickers have been spotted recently around town:

Kansas

From http://www.the111experience.org/ (the "1998 - A Full Year in the Heartland" section) ---

"Being way out here in the middle of the entire North American continent (where there are only about 30 people per square mile) certainly does have its advantages. Far from what most people back east think might be some kind of boring mid-west 'cow town', Lawrence (where I live) functions as a cultural mecca of sorts for the entire state. I've told people that I don't live in KANSAS - I live in the hip, happening University Town of LAWRENCE, Kansas."

Yup.

Just like I'm not from JERSEY (or "Joisey" for that matter). I'm from the extremely rural and idyllic rolling hills of NORTHWEST NEW JERSEY. Upstate New Jersey, I call it.

And don't you forget it.

I AM Jala*AN.
Lawrence, KS, USA
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Mar. 30th, 2005 @ 04:30 pm Our Visit to the Treasure Coast...
Current Mood: grateful
Current Music: Yes (CLOSE TO THE EDGE)
I'm very happy that my folks have such a sweet deal with a place in Florida and another up north. It really is a dream retirement and something many of us will never get to experience, but still, it's DAMN hectic down there. I-95, the main north/south artery, is like a big long drag-strip. Very dangerous. Deadly, in fact. And nearly everyone, with the exception of my ultra-cool parents and their friends of course, is trying to prove something. Everybody is a show-off. Thankfully, they live slightly north of West Palm Beach, were the SNOTTY/SNOOTY vibe is somewhat less pronounced. They're rich enough to project that vibe and have every right to have their noses up in the air too, but they don't. They're too cool to be snobs.

Mom and Dad
My happily retired, ultra-cool parents (2005)
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Mar. 28th, 2005 @ 06:33 am Original Paintings done after the floods ~ R.S. Connett
Current Mood: relaxed
Current Music: Kansas Public Radio (http://www.kpr.ku.edu)
From R.S. Connett (3/26/2005) ---

Hello dear appreciator of my paintings & drawings,

My studio was FLOODED twice this year. These paintings listed below, which I'd very much like you to see, were done either during or after the last BIG flood. I think you will like these, and I hope you will consider buying one.

So, whether you are in the market to buy or not, I hope you'll make the time to take a look at my newest work.

"THE HANDLER OF SNAKES":
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7310819227

"THE CHEATERS":
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7310821068

"THE CLOWN FISH" aka; "DOPE CIRCUS":
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7310823012

"SPACEBOY LOSES HIS HEAD":
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7310815735

"THE IDIOTS":
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7310826057

"THE DT'S", (DELIRIUM TREMENS):
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7310813646

"KILL TO EAT":
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7311021558

*** CHECK OUT WHAT'S NEW IN MY STORE HERE, (Filter categories such as "ORIGINAL PAINTINGS" on the left side bar): http://stores.ebay.com/R-S-CONNETT-ORIGINAL-ART

~ notes ~

I've DROPPED the "RESERVE AUCTION" thing. SO, from now on I'm going to list an entry price and a "BUY IT NOW" price. Sometimes the paintings get snapped up immediately ... So please, when you get one of my letters, check on the work so it won't get sold out from under you.

I'm going to update my museum as soon as possible - I'm about 50 works shy of being caught up on that - I'll let you know - My apologies for only having so many paintings in museum where they belong.

If anyone would like to discuss a commission - Just about any size or subject, please contact me.

Robert Steven Connett
The VOMITUS MAXIMUS MUSEUM - http://www.vomitus.com/
Ebay Store; http://stores.ebay.com/R-S-CONNETT-ORIGINAL-ART
Newest works - http://www.vomitus.com/museum/new_work/new_wk_intropage.html
Connett Deviant Art Gallery - http://vmaximus.deviantart.com/
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Mar. 28th, 2005 @ 06:32 am BManUpdate:V9:#15: EVENTS! Flambe/Town Meeting Weekend
Current Mood: relaxed
Current Music: Kansas Public Radio (http://www.kpr.ku.edu)
JRS:V9:#15:03.27.05 - Special Events Edition

Hello, dear readers. The coming week has some exciting things in store, and to invite you along, we thought to try a little experiment. We've been reading up all day on how to perform hypnosis, so we thought we'd practice on you, if you'd allow us to try.

Ready? Okay, get comfortable behind your computer.

(AG pulls out a pocketwatch, swinging it back and forth.) I want you to imagine the sound of my voice in the room with you, as you take some deep, calming breaths and let yourself relax. Your eyelids are getting very heavy. Er, wait, don't close them. Skip that part. Just relax your mind...

Concentrate on the sound of my voice:
you are feeling very, very absurd...

(Hey, it's working!) Now, I'm going to give you some instructions, and when you awaken, you will do everything I'm about to tell you.

You will make every attempt be in San Francisco next weekend, by whatever means possible. (If you cannot, there are instructions for you too, so keep reading...)

On Friday, April 1, you will clothe yourself in incredibly stupid items of outerwear. Perhaps you'll a don a traffic cone hat. You might make a dress out of sponges and carry bubbles to blow. Maybe stick some toothbrushes in your hair. Make a protest sign decrying offshore logging or something. Whatever you choose, it must be...stupid.

You will stuff your pockets with pennies and socks and used Lottery tickets. You will meet up with us noon on the dot, at the foot of San Francisco's Market Street, (Justin Hermann Plaza), as we all join in the 27rd annual St. Stupid's Day Parade. http://www.saintstupid.com/event.html

Afterward, you'll join us for the first-ever Flambe Lounge SK(b)OWLING NIGHT - and be among the first to help us figure out just how the heck ice skating and black light bowling go together, anyway. (Okay maybe not at the same time, but you have to admit it makes for an interesting visual image...)

If you are not able to be in San Francisco, you will still review the list of volunteer opportunities to help create Black Rock City in 2005 (below) and make your plans to connect with that team you've been meaning to check out.

If you can't come to these events, you will still experience a gnawing desire to find a way to do something stupid wherever you will be on April 1. You will invite everyone around you to indulge in the celebration of the high holy day of absurdity, as we all strive to achieve that ultimate state of enlightenment, the Universal Gut Laugh.

Now, when I snap my fingers, you will read below for all the details and commence giggling in anticipation.

*snap*

APRIL FOOL FUN AND BURNING MAN FLAMBE:

Part 1: 12-2pm: Start out at the 27th Annual St. Stupid’s Day Parade leaving
12pm SHARP from Justin Herman Plaza at Embarcadero. Dress stupid, bring
socks, pennies... See http://www.saintstupid.com/event.html for how to
participate. Rain and/or Shine. FREE.

Part 2: THE FIRST FLAMBE LOUNGE OF THE SEASON: an intimate gathering of the
absurd, not to be missed!!! Flambe Lounge takes over Yerba Buena Ice Skating
& Bowling Center and presents a costumed ICESCAPADE and BLACKLIGHT BOWLING
extravagargantua mixed-up mixer!!!

APRIL FOOLS SK(b)OWLING NIGHT!
At Yerba Buena Ice Skating & Bowling Center http://www.skatebowl.com/
(Take elevator/stairs on Folsom St side between 3rd and 4th Streets up a level)
$10 in Stupid/FOOLish costume or blacklight sensitive clothing; $15 street clothes
(includes cost of ice skate rental.)
Those who come early enough can bowl and skate! This is below usual cost. A
great chance to catch up with playa friends and make new ones—whether you sk(b)owl or not!
ATTEND AT YOUR OWN RISK AND RISK YOUR OWN ATTENDANCE!

SCHEDULE:
7:30-8:00 Gather with friends in playground outside skating rink
8:00 sharp-10pm Blacklight Bowling (wear blacklight clothing! Limited to 110 people/hr)
9:00-11:00 Ice Skating (can enter rink 8:30pm and accommodate 700 skaters on
ice at a time and 1100 in the rink.

DESCRIPTION: Join April fools and festive tricksters as we take over BOTH
the Yerba Buena Bowling alley AND Ice Skating Rink and refurbish them with
costumed revelers, games, wacked-out Black Rock City djs, and all manner of
burner tomfoolery!

Dress in blacklight reflective clothing and play Survival Bowling
(instructions provided upon arrival). But who’s keeping score! Lane changing
is encouraged at this two-hour mix and MIS-matched championshipwreck
bowl-off! Bring your own bowling shoes or rent for $3.

Then skate on over to the Ice Skating Rink for figure skating and go round
and round and round to musical skating madness and fun fun FUN! Expect
random Burning Man Emergency Broadcasts, old school funk and 70s roller
disco ice music by the Godfather of Skating and The Black Rock Roller Disco
ON ICE!, polkas, exotica and other musical prepostera! We’ll also unveil the
map with the new city layout and have other helpful playa info on hand!
(If skating, wear athletic socks. They suggest long pants, sleeves and
gloves, but not required. But earmuffs are always stylish!)

Beer and food may be ordered in the bowling alley; food available in ice skating rink.

**********************************************

SPRING VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT TOWN MEETING & POT LUCK April 2nd

This is your big opportunity to meet the behind-the-scenes
superstars who make Burning Man happen, and find a way for
YOU to get involved. Burning Man is a volunteer-driven
event, with 3,000 people pitching in to make the event happen.

Meet the project managers and volunteer coordinators who bring
it together. Ask questions, sign up to learn more, or jump right in!

From building our city with the DPW on the playa, riding
the "edge of chaos" with the Rangers, greeting new
arrivals, supporting art at the Artery, to SF office
and technical help, lamp lighting, fielding questions at
Playa Info, or erasing any trace after the event, there
are many opportunities to fully participate in the
Burning Man project. It's a great way to meet people, and
to feel more connected to the "burner" community. This
meeting is open to the public. Check it out!

Tickets will be on sale throughout the town meeting.
CASH SALES ONLY! Please come prepared - we will not
be able to accept any other forms of payment at this venue.

This is an indoor event, no outside BBQ as in the past.
Please bring a yummy pot-luck dish, snacks, or drinks
to share.

Limited metered street parking. Please use SF Muni
(and BART) access via the historic Muni F line.

Spring Volunteer Recruitment Town Meeting & Pot Luck
April 2nd from noon to 3 pm
Swedish American Hall above Café DuNord
2174 Market Street (at 15th Street)
San Francisco
http://www.swedishamericanhall.com/index.html


\ <> / This is an indoor event, no outside BBQ as in the past. Please support your burner community by bringing a yummy pot-luck dish, snacks, or drinks to share. \ <> /

Limited metered street parking. Please use SF Muni (and BART) access via the historic Muni F line.

You'll find opportunities like the ones below. If you can't make it, there's contact information here in each description...

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR BURNING MAN 2005:

Airport

Pre-event in San Jose: Office trailer reconstruction, decorating, painting, miscellaneous general labor
Pre-event on playa: Airport construction and setup
During event: Customs Agents to run the Airport gate and box office (prior experience with greeting, gate, or box office highly desirable); Airplane Parking Lot Attendants; performance artists.
Contact Erika, airport-volunteers@burningman.com

ARTery team

The ARTery is the Burning Man Art Team. On-playa, our headquarters
functions as a check-in center for artists, as well as a hub for
information about their art. Off-playa, we operate all year round to make
sure that artist applications get processed and art-ifacts are catalogued.
We are looking for people who are excited about working in our HQ to meet,
greet and register artists or help with our daily art tours as well as
assist with the placement of art using GPS (we'll teach you!). Pre playa
we have monthly information and training meetings. On playa we have two
shifts that you can volunteer to work, morning or afternoon, choosing to
work in our HQ in center camp or out in the field placing artists. Contact,
arteryvolunteers@burningman.com

Black Rock Rangers

Dirt Rangers: We have fun meeting people while we roam Black Rock City and we feel a sense of fulfillment from knowing we played a part in helping others enjoy Burning Man safely. Qualifications: A great sense of humor; Patience, patience, and more patience; Generosity and sympathy; An easy-going attitude; Creative problem-solving abilities; Mediation skills; At least one year attendance at the Burning Man event.

Echelon Rangers: Description/skill set needed: Echelon is the support organization for the Rangers on the Playa. We need folks with good organizational skills, patience, computer usage skills, and the ability to drive a truck very slowly in a crowd. rangers@burningman.com

Center Camp CAFE 'Community Center' needs YOU!

The Center Camp Cafe embodies the spirit of the Burning Man event as the
community center providing 24hrs of education and performance. In 2005 the
Cafe Community Center will contain one stage for participants to express
themselves through spoken word, live music, lectures, performance art,
circus and dance. We furnish it, light it at night and present interactive art.

The Cafe Sound Team is involved in everything from building the stage to
wiring it for sound, working the sound board during the event and even
managing the performers on stage. We offer all levels of participation from
a series of 4 hour shifts during the event to year round involvement of
planning and working at Burning Man related events in the Bay Area. The
Cafe Sound Team is composed of members with diverse levels of experience and
we welcome responses from all who are interested. Come participate in the
most FUN ‘theme camp ’at Burning Man! Contact our Volunteer Coordinator
marie(at)burningman(dot)com with any questions you may have.

The Cafe Lighting Team is involved in wiring and lighting the 38,000 sq. ft.
structure for evening enjoyment. We are seeking all levels of electrical
expertise and participation. Planning starts in May at bi-monthly meetings
or you can just come out for the week of set up to create the magic! Please
contact our Lighting Team Volunteer Coordinator helen(at)burningman(dot)com
with any questions you may have.

The Cafe Decor team is seeking artists, builders, seamstress/seamsters, and
crafty folks alike to help create the beautiful oasis we all enjoy on the
playa. Craft Parties will take place in San Francisco at Burning Man
headquarters where participants can work on every thing from glue gunning to
sewing to constructing lighting implements. The Craft Party dates for 2005
are 4/9, 5/8, 6/11, 7/9, 7/31 1pm-6pm (subject to change, check JRS for
updates).

Lamplighters

The Lamplighters are charged with lighting the major boulevards of BRC every night, without fail. It begins EVERY EVENING of the event in our Center Camp Chapel at 5pm. The ceremony begins around 6, and soon the work is done. No experience is required. We welcome virgin and seasoned burners alike. You don’t have to camp in our village to Lamplight. One thing is certain though. We can't do it without YOU. lamplighters@burningman.com

Greeters

The Greeters are looking for fun-loving, energetic, creative, ready to welcome home the family sort of people. Remember that the party starts at Greeters!!! We are the First Contact between participants and the denizens of Black Rock City. Armed with wit, wisdom and infectious exuberance, the Greeters take advantage of this opportunity by becoming skilled information providers conducting helpful, on-the-fly workshops to carloads of people. greeters@burningman.com

Department of Public Works (DPW)

The Black Rock City Dept. of Public Works needs hardy volunteers of all skill levels and famous attitudes. Clean Up MOOPers, Electricians, Plumbers, Carpenters, Riggers, Welders, Certified propane and liquid fuel transporters and handlers, 2-way Radio Operators/Dispatch Operators and anybody with a strong back, strong sense of adventure or a strong sense of spirit. Email: dpwvolunteers@burningman.com for more info and or come by our table at the Town Hall.

Earth Guardians

Earth Guardians use various methods and media to communicate Leave No Trace (LNT) principles and practices to the Burning Man community. We also visit the Black Rock desert outside of the Burning Man event both to introduce participants to the beauty of the area and to participate in restoration and education activities. Our volunteer teams include groups focused on theme camp and art LNT, restoration of sensitive areas around the playa, outdoor education and monitors for hot springs and burn platforms. We also have communication specialists who work on LNT messages that go out to the larger Burning Man community via email, web, PSA and video (LNTV). If you love the environment, would like to help spread your enthusiasm and li! ke to talk, write, perform, video, animate, restore or just pick up MOOP – come visit us at the town hall meeting. earthguardians@burningman.com


Emergency Services Department (ESD)

Fire Fighters, Medical Professionals, EMS Professionals, Mental Health Professionals, Dispatchers, Communications Technicians, Experienced Logistics Managers, Experienced Emergency Managers. Write 911@burningman.com


Gate Staff and Perimeter

We are the first playa covered faces people see before entering black rock city, making this often thought of thankless job very rewarding. As our departments run 24hrs many short 6 hour shifts are available around the clock. Volunteer's activities range from directing traffic, tearing tickets, participating in vehicle searches, to riding along with the perimeter team and thwarting fence crashers outside our city. gate@burningman.com

Media Team

You may not know it, but Burning Man's Media Team don't actually seek out attention from the press. We don't send out press releases to promote the event, nor issue free passes to cover it. That said, hundreds of photographers, journalists, and film crews still come to the playa -- from the Reno Journal Gazette to the Times of London, CNN, NPR, and PhDs -- because we're so darn interesting. The Media Team's goal is to try to acculturate these reporters into participation, the best way to help them show the world the *real* Black Rock City (and show them why we love our event so much!)

What do we do?

* Interact with the media: year-round and at the event.
* Facilitate contracts: the legal documents that outline the rights of
participants and Burning Man, and the responsibilities of media and
film crews.
* Protect the Intellectual Property rights of the organization and artists.
* Mediate violations of Burning Man's anti-commodification policy.
* Coordinate Media Mecca logistics and hospitality.
* Help educate our population on the community's ethos and the
Project's media and trademark policies.

Media Team members live all over the world and tend to have press and journalism backgrounds, or experience in film, communications, or the arts. We can also use your skills if you've got a background in PR, politics, or law, or you just like helping to support people who do. We like for people to have attended a year since they'll be answering questions and helping others understand the goals of the Project and the realities of the event. Of course we also need hands-on tool-belt-fun help building and dismantling Media Mecca, and keeping it maintained throughout the week.

Visit the Media Team booth at this year's Town Meeting, or email Polly Harrold, Volunteer Coordinator, polly@burningman.com.


Playa Info

Oracles: Do you like helping people? Does answering questions while relaxing in the shade appeal to you? If you've been to Burning Man at least once and have a sense of humor, then the Oracles need you! It's a great way to meet participants from around the world.

Directory: The Directory is a database listing theme camps and individual camps and their placement on the playa. Volunteering with the Directory includes:
* Helping people to register - a great way to find out about theme camps and meet people.
* Inputting data to update the new arrivals and locations of personal campsites. This is also a great way to familiarize yourself to find all the cool theme camps.
* Helping people find their friends, family, lovers or theme camps - this is the coolest part of the job and the most rewarding. playainfo@burningman.com


Recycle Camp

Recycle Camp set up pre event:
* Carpentry
* Experience with Domes
Roaming the city, telling people about Recycle Camp, Collecting cans throughout the City and at Recycle Camp, Crushing and bagging the cans at Recycle Camp.
Recycle Camp is always looking for volunteers to help out on the Playa. Come by our Town Meeting table and introduce yourself and we'll tell you all about our camp. Ask for Blue blue@burningman.com


Special Events / Flambé Lounges (Bay Area)

On a SF local level, we need:
* Artists to create unique environments and share works of art bound for the
* playa. Also original art that supports changing Flambé themes. (NOTE:
Artists in search of assistance with playa projects may also wish to set-up informational tables to find creative collaborators.)
* Original performers and deejays.
* Theme camps to set-up environments and/or info "booths" to share their
playa plans and needs.
* Volunteers to help with set-up, break-down, building, decor, etc.
* Burning Man videos to share and preview in screening rooms.
* People with original ideas and unique abilities of all kinds.

NOTE: Special Events will not have a table at Town Meeting. Email flambelounge@burningman.com with ideas and questions and fill
out the Volunteer Questionnaire. http://www2.burningman.com/people/ Indicate your interest in Special Events on question #14.

Technology and Web Teams

We welcome network engineers, system administrators, python programmers, Zope/Plone developers, HTML coders, CSS wizards, database jockeys, webscripters, graphic designers, information architects, project managers, writers, content editors, and image jockeys. These days we are particularly looking for Plone developers, project managers, writers, and user experience gurus. techie-volunteers@burningman.com.

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Hey, this hypnosis thing is kinda fun! Maybe we'll try it with more stuff. Hmmm...

(swings pocketwatch again)...you are feeling very, very prepared to Leave No Trace at Burning Man 2005...

See you next time!

Andie Grace, Actiongrl
Office of the Jack Rabbit
http://www.burningman.com/
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Mar. 28th, 2005 @ 06:22 am We're Back...
Current Mood: relaxed
Current Music: Kansas Public Radio (http://www.kpr.ku.edu)
Back. Safe and sound. Survived a week in the hectic TREASURE COAST Region. Gotta love seeing the folks, but just like with New Jersey at this point (except Sussex County, of course) my preference is to stay put - right here in The Heartland. Everything you ever wanted to know about The TREASURE COAST can be found here:

http://www.tcpalm.com/

Yup, The Heartland is for me: less people, less racial tension, fewer cars, cleaner air/water, TONS OF OPEN SPACE, etc. --- this is just what I'm used to at this point. But still, it was nice seeing Mommy and Daddy.

Yes, for my 43rd (coming up on 4/7), it's DVDs or nothing! The current Wishlist:

Deadwood - The Complete First Season (2004)
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0006FO5LO/ref=pd_nfy_nr_d_8/104-5818026-9453519?v=glance&s=dvd&n=163450

Hogan's Heroes - The Complete First Season
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0007KIFK0/ref=pd_nfy_nr_d_9/104-5818026-9453519?v=glance&s=dvd&n=163450

Star Trek - First Contact (Special Collector's Edition) (1996)
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00078XGRO/ref=pd_nfy_nr_d_13/104-5818026-9453519?v=glance&s=dvd&n=163450

Green Acres - The Complete Second Season
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0006TPE1U/ref=pd_nfy_nr_d_16/104-5818026-9453519?v=glance&s=dvd&n=163450

The Brady Bunch - The Complete First Season (1969)
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0006Z2L4W/ref=pd_nfy_nr_d_22/104-5818026-9453519?v=glance&s=dvd&n=163450

The Curb Your Enthusiasm Series (Season 1, 2, or 3 - but start with 1)
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/stores/series/-/88023/dvd/ref=pd_serl_dvd/104-5818026-9453519

The Lost in Space Series (Season 1, 2a, 2b, or 3 - but start with 1)
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/stores/series/-/88680/dvd/ref=pd_serl_dvd/104-5818026-9453519

The Best of Mister Ed Series (Vol. 1 or Vol. 2 - but start with Vol.1)
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/stores/series/-/89564/dvd/ref=pd_serl_dvd/104-5818026-9453519

The SCTV Series (Vol. 1, Vol. 2, or Vol. 3 - but start with Vol. 1)
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/stores/series/-/89089/dvd/ref=pd_serl_dvd/104-5818026-9453519

The I Love Lucy Series (Season 1, 2, or 3 - but start with 1)
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/stores/series/-/88457/dvd/ref=pd_serl_dvd/104-5818026-9453519

All in the Family - The Complete Fourth Season
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0007OCG6U/ref=pd_nfy_nr_d_104/104-5818026-9453519?v=glance&s=dvd&n=163450

Star Trek The Next Generation - The Complete Seasons 1-7 (1987) (of course I'm not expecting all 7, but start with Season 1)
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00062RCBW/ref=pd_bxgy_text_1/104-5818026-9453519?v=glance&s=dvd&n=163450&st=*

Star Trek The Original Series - The Complete Second Season (1967)
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0002JJBZE/ref=pd_ser_asin_2/104-5818026-9453519?v=glance&s=dvd

Star Trek The Original Series - The Complete Third Season (1966)
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0002JJBZO/ref=pd_ser_asin_3/104-5818026-9453519?v=glance&s=dvd

Star Trek Generations (Special Collector's Edition) (1994)
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0002HDOB8/ref=pd_ser_asin_7/104-5818026-9453519?v=glance&s=dvd

Donnie Darko - The Director's Cut (2004)
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0006GAOBI/qid=1110428310/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/104-5818026-9453519?v=glance&s=dvd

We'll see how many we get. I'll be pretty darn busy with Non-Blog related stuff (work, etc.) so I probably won't get another update in until week's end. In the meantime, I will post the latest Burning Man update and the latest from a wonderful fellow named Robert Steven Connett. Enjoy!

1by1as1,
I AM Jala*AN (but I've heard a lot of JIMMY over the past week!).
Lawrence, KS, USA
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Mar. 18th, 2005 @ 05:37 pm The 137-Year-Old Man Says...
Current Mood: busy
Current Music: News, not music (wcbs880.com)
137

"Sorry, but we're closed down for a week or so. Come back some time after Easter Sunday. And in the meantime, 'Way [WAY] Beyond Mere IIII_III_IIII Shadow Puppets' wishes you ALL THE VERY BEST!"
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Mar. 18th, 2005 @ 05:32 am Right Before Vacation: Halliday & Resnick FINALLY Say "Curiously"
Current Mood: busy
Current Music: News, not music (WTOP.com)
Well, they said it a little over 2 years ago. OK. Wait. Let me back up. Who or better yet WHAT is a "Halliday and Resnick"? Well, if you're studying to be an engineer or a scientist at a reasonably competitive school, you will use (for 1st and 2nd semester of Physics) a little gem called Halliday and Resnick. Named after its authors. There's a Walker in there these days too, but I'm pretending to ignore him. Anyway, it goes like this:

1972 - a 10 year-old boy puts his Dad's ancient version of Halliday and Resnick on his bookshelf right next to the World Books. What the heck were they talking about in there? He did not really know. But he knew it was SCIENTIFIC. And he liked it.

Fast forward to 1978 - that boy, now a 16 year-old Physics honor student in High School notices something very strange. Nobody told him about this, he noticed it by himself and started asking questions all on his own. Who better to go to than his dad? After all, he was the guy with the PhD in Math. He was the guy with the Masters in Physics and Education. He was the guy with the answers. So, what is this question? What did the young physics honor student notice?

"Why is the force between two charged particles eerily similar to the force between two large masses?"

"Let's look in Halliday and Resnick," the Dad said. Still, despite the copyright being in the late 50s, it might hold a clue. Well, it certainly talked about Newton's well-known equation for the force between two masses up in the front of the book. And it certainly talked about Coulomb's Law later on in the E&M section. But where the heck was the link?

"Where is the link?" the bright young Honors Physics student asked his scientist/engineer/mathematician father.

Well, the boy was me. And the Dad was My Dad. And we were stumped. My Honors Physics teacher said at the time "they are similar because they are similar." NOT GOOD ENOUGH. Anyway, we put it to bed. Until 1980 when I was freshman in college, that is.

Now, I was a physics student on the high-powered campus of Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. And there was a new(er) and wonderfully bright yellow Halliday and Resnick on my shelf in my dorm room. My quest to see evidence of The Link in print was again dashed against the rocks. There it was: Newton here, Coulomb there. And not a word about how similar the two were.

Of course, as a sci-fi fan who had gone through the epic "Worlds Within Worlds" issues of the Hulk back in '75 (or was it '76?) I was still thinking... HMMMMM... the force between two tiny little things is just like the force between two really huge things... WORLDS WITHIN WORLDS? And of course the irony of the whole thing is that most current day Brainiacs claim that the extra dimensions needed to make String Theory work out all neat and clean are very tiny FOLDED UP little mini-dimensions that exist in parallel with our own more clearly observable dimensions down here on the farm. Worlds Within Worlds. And before you go and start thinking that I'm some mental midget stuck on a "baby question" from high school physics, stop. And think again. I have kept my Knowledge Base up-to-date on these matters. The combined works of Hawking, Wolfram, Greene, Witten, Kaku, and many others fill the shelves of my office. And when the Internet opened up an infinite source of knowledge in this area, I found myself digging deeper and deeper into all that ".edu" magick! But all the while never forgetting the basics. Fundamentals First. That was the Stevens motto. And don't ever forget them once you learn them. Keep taking self-taught refresher courses. It's the only way.

So... 2 years ago, when they released a new version of Halliday and Resnick (and Walker?!), you just know I had to have it. It's funny too. It came from Amazon and I was all excited but the binding was ripped up (somehow). So I sent it back without even looking inside the book. Then one special day, several weeks later, the UPS horn was heard outside the house. I knew it was here.

A fresh copy.
2003.
The SIXTH Edition.
Holy Crap.

After ripping open the Amazon box, I cracked open the book to Chapter 14 --- there are Newton's pearls of wisdom. Equation 14-1. Yup. Now... Chapter 22... where it had been for over 50 years! Can. Not. Wait.

OH MY GOD! NO WAY! FINALLY! Here is what I found on page 509:

Curiously

Finally. A reference to the thing I had been barking about since 1978. For over 25 years! And they even used the word "curiously" - HA! I would have loved to have seen EERILY in there but I understand the direction they needed to take. This was a great day. It was almost 2 years ago this coming weekend, actually. But what did it mean? Why "curiously"? I mean, if it's so curious why isn't there some kind of follow-up paragraph? They just drop it after that. But really, I got what I wanted. I was thankful. Someone else had finally noticed. And boy oh boy, that felt good.

Let's tie this back into nearly everything I have been yapping about with 111 and 11:11 and All Things Paranormal since 1980, shall we? Too big of a leap, you say? I don't think so. Sure, the stuff about 111 sounds funny. Sure, it sounds completely STRANGE. Wacky. Way Out There. Looney, even. But guess what? Guess why that doesn't matter? Because, based on my life's experience, this is what it's all about, folks:

It's just taking the rest of the world a bit more time to catch up to where WE are.

This so-called nonsense and alleged babble-speak you're experiencing here at "Way [WAY] Beyond Mere IIII_III_IIII Shadow Puppets" has a higher purpose. When I was first branded by 111 in 1965 and 11:11 in 1968 (see the write-up) who could have imagined that there would be MILLIONS of people, one day, connecting to the same two patterns?

Again, it's amazing. And I'm glad you're a part of it!

IIII_III_IIII ???
Shadow Puppets ???
The Dove and the Serpent ???
"11:11=22=HEXF=15=TheHornedOne=OMEGA=1."???
ONE ONE ONE ???

Give it time. All will be revealed.

Out of character PERSONAL LIFE DETAILS section: We are OUTTA HERE tomorrow morning. Leavin' on a Jet Plane. Vacation time, baby. Taking the next week off for "fun in the sun" (I will let you guess). The good thing about our "fun in the sun" vacations is that they are nearly free. Ahhhh, the joys of having happily retired Snowbirds for parents! Oh yes!

See you on or around Easter Monday (3/28).

I AM Jala*AN.
Lawrence, KS, USA
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Mar. 16th, 2005 @ 05:33 am Loving the Alien (seemed appropriate)
Current Mood: hyper
Current Music: David Bowie (TONIGHT)
"Loving The Alien" by David Bowie (1990)

Watching them come and go
The Templars and the Saracens
They're traveling the holy land
Opening telegrams

Torture comes and torture goes
Knights who'd give you anything
They bear the cross of Coeur de Leon
Salvation for the mirror blind

But if you pray
all your sins are hooked upon the sky
Pray and the heathen lie will disappear
Prayers they hide
the saddest view
(Believing the strangest things,
loving the alien)

And your prayers they break the sky in two
(Believing the strangest things, loving the alien)

You pray til the break of dawn
(Believing the strangest things, loving the alien)

And you'll believe you're loving the alien
(Believing the strangest things, loving the alien)

Thinking of a different time
Palestine a modern problem
Bounty and your wealth in land
Terror in a best laid plan

Watching them come and go
Tomorrows and the yesterdays
Christians and the unbelievers
Hanging by the cross and nail
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Mar. 15th, 2005 @ 05:30 am For the IDES OF MARCH: The Least Amount of Light...
Current Mood: hopeful
Current Music: David Bowie (BLACK TIE WHITE NOISE)
The Ides of March was the date that Julius Caesar was assassinated in the senate in 44BC. To quote Shakespeare [Act One, Scene Two of Julius Caesar] Caesar asks a soothsayer what the future holds.

Caesar: Who is it in the press that calls on me? I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music cry "Caesar!" Speak. Caesar is turn'd to hear.

Soothsayer: Beware the Ides of March.


I'm going back to My Roots on this one. The roots of my paranormal experience on this planet. My 111 Roots. Yes, my mind-boggling nearly life-long connection to/with the number 111 is really at the heart of nearly everything I have ever experienced in the Paranormal Arena. It's been the trigger. Admittedly, I've always been a sci-fi fan (since my dad took me to a see one of the "Planet of the Apes" movies when I was 6!) and perhaps this has always kept my mind open to All Things Paranormal. And, even though I am 100% drug-free now, there was 22 years of smoking pot nearly every single day that might have given me more of a Paranormal Perspective on things. But still. And, of course, there were numerous experiences with hallucinogenic substances (with the very last time being at RFK Stadium a few weeks before Jerry died) that most certainly added to my abilities to be open to the so-called Paranormal. But still. From the very moment my voice was slapped onto that Scotch 111 Magnetic Tape in 1965

111 [circa 1965]

to the very last time a "funny" large-scale coincidence occurred with 111 (like all the 111s floating around the recent Iraqi Elections) --- I'm calling the whole darn thing - soup to nuts - A MIRACLE.

There. I said it. It's a MIRACLE.

In the write-up, for many years, I've said the following regarding 111: "it is a divine yet not completely understood gift." Kinda hedging on the whole MIRACLE thing so I didn't sound completely wacky. I said "divine" and "not completely understood" back then but let's face it people, it's a freakin' miracle. And you don't really need to understand a miracle or how it happens. It's just a miracle. You experience it. It happens. The fact that 111 came into my life at such an early age and the fact that it gradually revealed itself over the course of the past 40 years and that it eventually led me to my ongoing (and very private) experience with the Qabala --- well, it's completely amazing. The fact that 111 and 7 are joined at the hip (111 is the binary representation of 7) is also completely amazing. I mean, let's face it folks, SEVEN is a Big Deal Number here on Earth. Think about how often it comes up. Not just in the Christian's bible, not just in our planetary history, but in nature as well. The fact that 111 and 7 are linked wasn't something I realized until WAY after it came into my life. I was too busy trying to keep up with all the sightings. Again, that's all ancient history at this point. And most of you should know by now that there are very few occurrences of 111 nowadays that impress me. The Iraqi Election and its pair of major 111 connections: this was one of the first times in recent memory that I was actually "blown away" by a sighting.

http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&q=iraqi+elections+111&btnG=Search+News

So… if you're wondering how I really feel about my "completed" experience with 111, I'll tell you in plain English (and this replaces any "hedging"-type statements I made in the final update to the write-up on 11/01/2000) ---

111 forever remains a truly Magickal Symbol that represents All Trinities. It will forever have close ties to Lucky 7. It led me to my sacred journey with the Qabala. And it was revealed to me THROUGH DIVINE INTERVENTION on a journey that began at the tender age of 3 (you know, III).

There you have it. Now... when I say Divine Intervention exactly what do I mean?

Do I mean God? Maybe.

Do I mean Aliens? Could be.

Like how the image of Devils Tower (no apostrophe) was implanted in people's minds as a means of COMMUNICATION? Wouldn't rule it out.

Do I mean my dead Grandfather who, as an extra-dimensional spirit-being, was trying to sway me in the direction of Christianity by imprinting a blatantly Holy Trinity-like symbol in my brain? It's certainly possible.

And how, to respond to my critics (you know who you are), do you positively rule out some form of Mental Disorder being at play here? Like, somehow, I'm insane because I've come to see 111 as a Magickal Symbol? And I'm insane because I feel that it was GIVEN to me through some Supernatural chain of events that involves the creator of the universe, Aliens, and/or my dead Grandfather? Well, if you read the write-up, it's very clear that I did not go looking for 111. It found me. In 1980. And then, as was revealed several years later, it turned out that I had already been branded by 111 in 1965 when my Grandfather, who still had 13 years left to live, slapped my voice onto that magnetic tape. And if you've done even the most basic investigations into the Qabala, you know (for a fact) that 111 has its most ancient roots in that system. The conclusion that I draw from all this, of course, is that I'm not crazy and that this stuff is real. And how I came to be connected with it is A MIRACLE.

Most who know me from my childhood probably hoped that this miracle deal with 111 would have led me straight to Christianity and its Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Its Holy Trinity. The TRI-unity Godhead that, for some Christians, is at the heart of their faith. I recognized this connection very early on (the summer of 1980, actually). But since I saw The Trinity coming up in religions that pre-dated Christianity, it was very hard for me to ignore those faiths and commit to the Christian Faith. Couldn't do it. Still can't. For the very same reasons. I felt more of a connection to the Celtic Systems and their heavy reliance on Trinities than I did to the Christian Faith. Did my refusal to see 111 as a Christian-style miracle lock me into some kind of Anti-Christian (potentially "evil" and/or "dark") system of influence? I don’t think it did. It locked me into a life-long journey with the Qabala is what it did. Certainly a far cry from anything even remotely "evil" or "dark" (in my book, at least). Does 111, in fact, defy the traditional good/evil dualistic characterizations that run rampant on this planet? I believe it does. But negative/dark/bad/evil characterizations of 111 do exist. That cannot be helped. I speak about this in the write-up. Go back and review them if you need a refresher course. And on this subject, I would now like to relay something that I've never shared publicly.

A fellow "111 experience" colleague of mine had a very curious interaction with the pattern (when it first appeared to him) and had what I would call very ominous first thoughts about what it really was. This is what he thought when he first saw 111:

It is the time that emits the least amount of light on a digital clock (it was an old LED-style digital clock, of course, not an LCD clock that has ALL Dark Numbers).

111. THE LEAST AMOUNT OF LIGHT. Huh!

Finally! Someone was telling me something about 111 that I had NEVER THOUGHT OF before! Aside from AC's references to 111 from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this was the first NEW IDEA I had ever experienced regarding 111! What does that mean? It means that until this individual gave me that "least amount of light" idea, anything that anyone had ever told me about 111 (aside from AC) was something I had already thought of or had already reported in the write-up. Let's think about his statement. Aside from the LED-style digital clock being turned off, it really is the time that emits the least amount of light. Of course that brings in the Light/Good and Dark/Bad duality vibe that so many of us are stuck on. So whether I liked it or not, there you had 111 (III) being tied to Darkness (lack of light). Which brings us to this:

III

That's right! It's not even in English and you know what it is! STAR WARS EPISODE III - Revenge of the Sith! What's the connection you may ask? Well, it's another rather dark correspondence to something that looks incredibly similar to 111 and is found in the Key I(a) relationship (you know, 3=III=111=7). III. Quotes over the past few days from George Lucas himself have focused on how completely DARK this movie will be. And how it will be the first STAR WARS to have a PG-13 rating. BOO!

http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&q=lucas+dark+III

So… where does that leave us?

111... magickal DIVINE gift... Aliens... Dead People (extra-dimensional spirit-beings)... the least amount of light... Episode III... "dark as hell"... where is this all leading?

Well let's face it, the whole STAR WARS saga (on the surface at least) really feeds the Dualistic notions of Light/Good and Dark/Bad. I'm here to tell you that these associations are false. You're saying "well duh, Jim, of course they're false." YOU'RE SAYING THAT. But guess what? The vast majority of humans on this planet are not. Somewhere down the road, future entries to "Way [WAY] Beyond Mere IIII_III_IIII Shadow Puppets" will be devoted to an in-depth and detailed study of DARKNESS. Is it bad? Is it good? Is it neither?

I think that you should first accept the fact that we've got billions of people thinking that Light Means Good and Dark Means Bad. That's just a fact of life on this planet. What does that do to the psychic landscape? Well, it sets up a pretty hefty planet-wide "Thought-form Wave Function" that generally eclipses our attempts to block it. So what can we do about that? We have three choices:

1) Work to convince people that "The Light" isn't necessarily "The Good" through some form of Crusade.

or

2) Work to convince people that "The Dark" isn't necessarily "The Bad" thought some form of Crusade.

or

3) Ignore Earth's prevailing and oppressive "Thought-form Wave Functions" by congregating with other like-minded, non-Dualistic individuals. By creating comfy little cocoons in hidden, more remote sections of the Planet. By living a life that's free from Duality's influence. By experiencing the continued Magick of the Divine Gifts we're lucky enough to acquire during the journey. And (just for the heck of it) by making ourselves as open as possible to physical and spiritual connections and info-sharing with ALL Extra-Terrestrial and ALL Extra-Dimensional life-forms that might happen to come our way.

I'm choosing 3 (III). For obvious reasons. How about YOU?

I AM Jala*AN.
Lawrence, KS, USA
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Mar. 14th, 2005 @ 09:42 am A Quick PS to the SIDEKICK II Disaster...
Current Mood: busy
Current Music: The Beatles (ABBEY ROAD)
This came to us over the weekend. Too little. Too late.

-----Original Message-----
From: Sidekick.Team@T-Mobile.com
To: jlwn111@tmail.com
Subject: Service Restored for Sidekick
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2005 16:56:36 -0800

Dear Valued Sidekick User:

T-Mobile USA and Danger, Inc., developer of the hiptop wireless solution that powers the T-Mobile Sidekick, confirm that full service has been restored. As such, you can effectively use the e-mail, Web and Instant Messaging (IM) functions on your device as you normally do.

We sincerely apologize for this interruption in your Sidekick service. In recognition of the inconvenience, we will be providing you with a $20 credit on your next bill.

Additionally, to thank you for your loyalty, we will launch a "Customer Appreciation" Section in the Download Fun Catalog in the very near future. In this new section, you will be able to access great new content - free! We will e-mail you with details when they become available.

Once again, thank you for being a loyal T-Mobile Sidekick customer,

Your T-Mobile Sidekick Team

[snip]

Dear T-Mobile and Danger:

GO TO HELL!!!

A former customer who has, as of today, ported his numbers over to CINGULAR,
ME.
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Mar. 11th, 2005 @ 05:03 pm ANS2 Case Arrived in Lawrence, KS Today! OH YES!!!
Current Mood: excited
Current Music: Tori Amos (THE BEEKEEPER)
I guess it's hard for the non-collector to understand why this is such a big deal. I mean, we're grown men for crying out loud. Why is an ALL NEW SERIES of WACKY PACKAGES so important? Well, it just is. It really just brings you back. And the cards are really a quality product. WAY more elaborate than when we were kids. My case arrived from Freehold, NJ at the Sacred 4448 PO Box (66046) earlier today. I just got back from picking them up. Done with work for the day (and the week!). I've already opened up three boxes worth and will try to open a few more before Lisa and I go out to dinner. I've got all weekend, I guess. I've got a full case. Which is 16 boxes. And each box has 24 packs. The packs are reminiscent of the 4th series when they went from Yellow on Red to Red on Yellow. It's just a hoot! Hey, it's 1973! I'm ELEVEN again! I will have MANY complete sets. Gonna send some off to the nieces and nephews (they'll pass through the Mom and Dad censor-gates upon arrival, of course). Here's three of my early faves (scans courtesy of Greg Grant, proprietor of http://www.wackypackages.org/ and KING of all Wacky Packages!).

Krusty Krumbs

Spores

Stiffer


P.S. I --- The Sidekick II outage had [mostly] ended by earlier today. They owe us. BIG TIME. Web Browsing and E-mail are back and seem to be working like a charm. For now. Seriously thinking about the new Blackberry 7100g and CINGULAR. The outage and the way T-Mobile handled it have left a permanent scar on my relationship with them. Quite simply: they suck and I really shouldn't be giving them my business. We'll see what happens.

P.S. II --- Say, I thought we needed a "light" kind of week this week (you know, what with that 3/4 SOUL-CLENSING thing I did last week). Don't worry Paranormal Fans, we'll get you some next week. Remember... all this stuff is WAY beyond mere IIII_III_IIII Shadow Puppets... so you never know what to expect! Anyway, have a great weekend!
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Mar. 9th, 2005 @ 11:23 pm The Borg Queen's Whorehouse (Deadwood, SD)
Current Mood: bouncy
Current Music: WFMU.org (Free-Form Radio)
This just in: I would guess that high levels of chronometric particles were detected in the Black Hills of South Dakota the other night. Initial reports coming in through our "Beyond Mere IIII_III_IIII Shadow Puppets" home-made temporal communicator said that the Borg Queen showed up in Deadwood disguised as Maddie, an aging but still attractive former prostitute who was imported by Joanie Stubbs to serve as Madame for a new brothel. "Fuck Me" (according to our sources) were The Borg Queen's first words upon arriving in town. Sounds about right. Is this a new threat to the timeline? Is this one last attempt by The Borg to assimilate Earth? Tune in to brand new episodes of DEADWOOD on HBO every Sunday night and find out! And if we hear anything from our Temporal Agents on the scene, we'll keep you posted. That's all for now!


BQ in Deadwood
The Borg Queen as "Maddie" (South Dakota, USA, Earth - 1877 CE)



BQ in Delta
The Borg Queen (Delta Quadrant, Stardate 54973.3)


P.S. --- The Sidekick II outage has officially entered its 5th day. With no end in sight. Still spotty e-mail, still no Web Browsing. Danger and T-Mobile: Still clueless!
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Mar. 8th, 2005 @ 09:42 pm The Ongoing SIDEKICK II Disaster...
Current Mood: enraged
Current Music: AC/DC (HIGHWAY TO HELL)
Again, simply because I'm not a robot, I have broken my rule about not posting stuff at places other than here. I don't care. Sometimes, I will have to. Some rules, sometimes, are made to be broken. I am one of the T-Mobile Sidekick II customers who are in the middle of a prolonged service outage (for data) and there's really no end in sight. This caps off 30 days of spotty coverage on the data side. This was posted at http://www.hiptop.com/forums/index.php - who knows how long it will be there and last time they actually banned me because I was coming down so hard on them. And, mind you, this was all pre-"the Paris Hilton fiasco". Enjoy my venom! Here's the post:

You know, it's really funny. Right after I was banned from this forum (and after some of the T-Mobile Sidekick II Plants and Corporate Cheerleaders here told me I was being too hard on Danger and T-Mobile), all heck broke loose. The Paris Hilton Thing. This outage we're in. The headlines look pretty grim for T-Mobile and Danger. Bottom line: THIS PRODUCT IS A DOG. How much more abuse do you think we consumers should take? Isn't it time for some sort of legal action against these two companies? I would say it is. After reading over a month's worth of commentary about outages, spotty coverage, and then the DISASTER of the prolonged outage we're still in right at this very minute, these Observations/Clarifications from my original RANT still hold true:

1) Any reference to service outages in the contract is there to prevent the company from being held responsible for so-called Acts of God (a tower gets taken out by a Hurricane, for example) and is not there to give Danger/T-Mobile a contractually legal way to offer a sub-par device that doesn't properly function ACROSS A LARGE PERIOD OF TIME. Sorry, save all your quotes of contractual loopholes in the poor service arena. I've done my homework on this and the crappy service that this device offers is in violation of Danger and T-Mobile's obligation to provide a product that actually works.

2) Anyone who can still be singing the praises of T-Mobile and/or Danger, at this point, is suspect as a plant, an operative, or some other corporate stooge put here at this forum for the express purpose of dissuading reasonable conversations about legal recourse. You're not fooling anyone, folks.

3) The fact that someone says I am the "100th person to come here talking about a lawsuit" and they think this is an amusing observation shows how far people's expectations have slipped. If you don't care about being abused as a customer, perhaps you should look at your family background, your personal history. There's some psychological reason buried deep in there that's convinced you it's OK to be abused. Gotta tell ya - IT'S NOT.

4) Despite the one-liners from Danger tech support, the service is still offering most of us spotty and unreliable e-mail services. And use of the web browsing function is a gamble and when it does "work" it's extremely slow. The so-called "degraded service" for data over the past 2-3 days isn't in the degraded category - it's SIMPLY DOWN. Completely. 100% not available.

5) The fact that these service outages have stretched across days, weeks, and months with no end in sight is what makes the situation legally actionable. If you're with me on this, please let me know via this thread.

To the plants, the stooges, and all the fans of being abused as a consumer: please go on enjoying your life in a dreamworld where you haven't been ripped off and where your mail and web browsing works without a hitch. It must be a great place! Even so, I think I will stick with what's REALLY going on. We're being ripped off by two companies who think they can get away with their misdeeds indefinitely. Well, time on their FREE RIDE to abuse consumers is running out. The clock is ticking, folks. Let me know if you're willing to help me do something about it.

Even though I'm being abused as a customer, it sure feels good to see all the negative publicity Danger and T-Mobile are getting. FINALLY. Finally someone else is telling this story.

http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&q=danger+sidekick+outage

"GET AWAY WITH IT." is Danger's corporate slogan. Ha! Looks like your days of "getting away with it" are done! It's all about JUSTICE, baby. So... go ahead and ban me again. You cannot erase what's happened over the past month. No matter who you ignore and no matter who you ban here at this forum. T-Mobile and Danger: you have been exposed! And that cannot be undone.

HA!!!

Outage to end tomorrow?

http://news.com.com/Danger+expects+Sidekick+outage+to+end+soon/2100-1039_3-5604966.html

I'll believe it when I see it.
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Mar. 7th, 2005 @ 11:11 pm ANS2 Is Here, Baby!!!
Current Mood: ecstatic
Current Music: WFMU.org (Free-Form Radio)
Here's a sneak preview of the checklist(s) for ANS2. Currently only available (as of today, 3/7) in the NY/NJ metro area! But, with the right connections, I have a case on its way to me as we speak!

OH YES!!!

ANS2 Checklist!

More news can be found here: http://www.wackypackages.org/
UPDATED - Full Scans of entire series: http://www.wackypackages.org/stickers/2nd_2005
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Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 04:22 am March 4, 1983 [Friday]
Here's something a little different to close things out for the week. This is in recognition of the 22nd anniversary of Friday, March 4th, 1983. Today is only the 3rd one since then. The third Friday, March 4th since 1983. There was '88, '94, and today. Here goes. Enjoy!!!


AN NYC [1983] FRIDAY

Not quite Two One.
It's MCMLXXXIII (Three Four).
Finally Friday.
Finally here.
Day planned. Route mapped.
MARCH 4th (into NYC) !!!
Alone.
For the whole day.
Alone.
From Sun Up to Sun Down.
And beyond.
Alone.
Two classes would be missed.
For a price: Meticulo-notes would be Xeroxed.
Like I was really there.
808 at the crack of dawn.
Dropped.
Dropped early.
The Crack of Dawn.
It was done.
The deed was done.
No turning back now.
Dropped.
And it wasn't even 6:30.
Packed up backpack. Walkman. Umbrella. Extra Batteries. Map. Other stuff.
Epcot Hat (the whole time).
Sunglasses (in case).
Music:
My Life in the Bush of Ghosts.
Mr. Gone (on the other side).
Ghost in the Machine.
Blues for Allah (on the other side).
Everyone knew.
Jim's in the city today (a TRIP into the city).
ALL DAY LONG.
Alone.
Isn't it going to rain?
It is.
Walked to the PATH.
Saw Ed on the PATH. Did he see me? Would he call my parents?
Moved Quickly to The Spot.
The Spot in Central Park (the bench - the southeast corner).
Pre-arranged.
Alone.
Looking West (the whole time).
Back then it was G&W (now it's Trump).
Mr. Gone (then Bush of Ghosts, then Mr. Gone, then B of G, then Mr. G., etc.).
A Cold Rain starts.
Umbrella forms tiny little Hut-Fort.
Tiny little Hut-Fort (around me on the bench).
Alone.
Horns get louder when it rains (more horns).
What do people think I do?
A student?
Hours and hours and buckets of rain.
Just kept flipping the tape.
Stayed dry.
Alone.
Always good to have an umbrella.
Ghost in the Machine (finally).
Blues for Allah (finally).
What do people think I do?
What do I do?
Started south on Fifth (just like The Normals).
Weed odor (it's always there).
"What do you think I do?"
"Do you think I'm a student?"
Well, aren't you?
Can't you tell?
Stopped at Rockefeller.
Christians preaching.
The Word of God.
Learn The Word.
Save your soul.
Stayed for hours and hours (it wasn't raining anymore).
Peaking.
Peaking. [still]
Peaking. [and then some]
Kept walking down Fifth.
Pretzels baking.
Pretzels burning.
Odor of weed (still).
Peak met - now definitely on the other side.
Kept walking.
"Do you want to see a new TV show?"
A what?
"Do you want to be a part of a focus group?"
A what?
"For a new TV show? A new show?"
Are you goofing on me?
Did he know?
Was I showing?
A new show?
Still Post-Peak and wide-eyed.
"No, I'm serious. Take this ticket & go to the black granite CBS building."
Will they let me in?
"Give them the ticket."
"Will they let me in?"
Give them the ticket.
Worried (and alone). But…
Gonna do it.
Went to the CBS building. They let me in.
Ticket took us up (straight up).
Room full of strangers.
All had tickets.
Who were they?
Better yet, WHAT were they?
We don't have jobs.
We had the time.
Or are we on vacation?
Me? I'm a student (hoping it shows).
It's a show with Tim Conway. It's March 4, 1983.
"Tell us how you liked it."
Couldn't write. Scribbles only.
Way off the peak.
But still cannot write. Too hard.
Pencil worn down.
No other left-handed people.
I'm the last one left.
"Can you finish up sir?"
They chose me.
What group was I from?
"What do you think I do?"
Down at ground level.
Back to Rock.
Christians still there.
Bible verse cards MAZ gave me still in wallet (hey, they're still there).
Need some chips. Need Salt. Need soda.
Went underground. Still coming down.
Sat in booth. Ate chips. Drank soda. Got paper. Read paper. Ate Chips.
Headline: CHRISTIE BEGGED HIM TO QUIT.
Huh?
Me?
Nahhhh…
Wait, Christie?
Found the Path Train.
Back to 'Boken.
Needed herbal healing.
Got it.
Calming down. Back in 808. It's dark.
Got cleaned up (Second Shower).
The Flying Third Squadron,
We steadfast GDIs,
Made our way to the fratboy parties.
MAZ's bible verse cards left at home.
CHRISTIE BEGGED HIM TO QUIT (huh!).
Only it wasn't me.
March 5th now.
Belushi died last year.
One year ago today.
A year from yesterday,
It would be Sunday (3/4/1984).
They skipped a day.
And Tomorrow?
Tomorrow is Saturday (3/5/2005).
22 years later.



[A quick little disclaimer: I've been 100% DRUG FREE (and damn proud of it!) since 12/21/1997. Just making sure you "get" that. The poetry above is a soul-cleansing exercise and is not meant to endorse the use of hallucinogenic substances. So… having said all that… PLEASE, HAVE YOURSELVES A GREAT WEEKEND! See you on the other side…]
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Mar. 3rd, 2005 @ 09:33 pm Prepping for the 22nd Anniversary of Friday, March 4th, 1983...
Current Mood: giddy
Current Music: Byrne/Eno (MY LIFE IN THE BUSH OF GHOSTS)
Dug these out:

Southeast Corner
Present Day map of Central Park's Southeast Corner


Bench
1983 Image of Bench (you know, THE bench) in Southeast Corner


West
1983 Image - "Looking West" - from Bench (you know, THE bench) in Southeast Corner


MLITBOG
My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (it was still new)


EYES
The EYES Have It!



ENJOY!!!

See you tomorrow morning at 5:22AM Eastern.

I AM Jala*AN.
Lawrence, KS, USA
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Mar. 3rd, 2005 @ 11:11 am Under The Hood - FUTURE TOPICS...
Current Mood: busy
Current Music: wcbs880.com (news) on in the background
Here you go:

- Why Shadow Puppets?
- Is ALL_ELEVEN As Far As "It" Goes?
- What About the 22 Manifolds?
- The Gematria and its Close Relationship w/The Three Keys.
- What About the whole NU "!=" NEW thing?
- The "Book of the Law"/111experience.org Connections Series
- Are Aliens and/or "God(s)" and/or "Devil(s)" behind "Seeing Special Patterns"?
- Special Number Patterns: Union, Chaos, or Both?
- Meet The Whole Gosh Darn Global Number Pattern Seein' Family!

Anything else? That should at least cover us for the next year or so! If not, let me know...

I AM Jala*AN.
Lawrence, KS, USA

p.s. --- Tomorrow is the 22nd anniversary of Friday, 3/4/1983. Watch for a very special week-ending update!
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Mar. 1st, 2005 @ 01:11 am Since We're Taking About 53...
Current Mood: geeky
Current Music: No Music, No News (Train Whistles [still])
I thought I would throw this in. It's M53.

M53

Discovered in 1775 and then again in 1777.
60K Light Years from the Galactic Center.
58K Light Years from our Solar System.
220 Light Years in diameter.
Approaching us at a velocity of 112 km/s.

M53 can be easily found just 1 deg NE of the 4th-mag star, 42 Alpha Comae Berenices, a visual binary star. Alpha Comae itself may be located by either following the line from Arcturus via Eta Bootis by a further 11 deg to the W, or by following the line of Gamma-Delta-Epsilon Virginis by another 7 deg NNE.

Huh!!!
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Mar. 1st, 2005 @ 12:11 am Under The Hood (Part IV) --- What's Up With 53, Jim?
Current Mood: nostalgic
Current Music: No music, no news - Just a Train Whistle off in the Distance
What's up with 53, you might ask? Why is the111experience.org "stuck" on Version 53? Well, it's not stuck. It's just that I had to fix it on something and I figured 53 made sense. So it's 53.xx and will be 54 someday I suppose (after 53.99). But why 53? Is it because as a fifth grader in 1973 we had to make tombstones for ourselves showing our epitaphs and I affixed 1962-2053 as My Lifespan? No, it's because of this:

53. Herbie The Love Bug. My Halloween Costume at the time (yes, I was The Love Bug). A State Road (in NJ) that was very important to me as a child. And later on in life actually, as a way to get around the daily back-ups on 80 westbound in North Jersey. Get off at 202, cut over on Park Road to 53 (which is now called TABOR ROAD), then either jog south on 53 and go west on 10 or cut through Denville and then either get back on 80 right there or just go west on 46. It always seemed funny to me as a 7 or 8 year old that the 53 on the Love Bug (which I saw, BTW, at the old Movie House on The Green in Morristown, God rest its soul) looked exactly like the one on the highway sign (53 inside a circle).

Good Old 53

And then later on in life, of course, I learned that ATM sends data in cells that are always 53 bytes long. 5 of these bytes are the header information, leaving 48 bytes available for data. Even if you are sending 1 byte of data, an entire 53 bytes of bandwidth are consumed since ATM cells are always 53 bytes long. But that's neither here NOR there...

It's just 53.

1by1as1,
I AM Jala*AN.
Lawrence, KS, USA
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Feb. 25th, 2005 @ 10:11 am D'ahn (DEAN) -- Not to be Confused With...
Current Mood: excited
Current Music: News, not music (SIRIUS 106 - NPR Now)
...Da'an (Leni Parker) from Gene Roddenberry's EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT.

Our Companion

OK... NOW I'm done! Have a good weekend!
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