On the Bane and Boon of our Existence: Technology

Gentle readers,

I am once again struck by the Muse, not of Poets or Artists, but of Philosophers.  Yes, I know, the Greeks had no Muse for Philosophers, but they should have.  Inspiration is every bit a part of the philosopher’s trade as it is for the arts.  I also believe there should have been Muses for the artisans and tradesmen.  Is the fashioning of a well formed tool any less artistic than employing that tool in the construction of the finest edifice or most sublime statuary?

Which brings me to the topic on which I wish to wax philosophic for a while.  What brought this to mind was a conversation I had with my good friend Miss Elspeth Woolley the other night.  I later had the opportunity to debate and flesh out my initial thoughts in more detail with my good friend M. Zebrati Merricks.

Conversation and Inspiration

Miss Woolley and I were discussing some difficulties being experienced with various tools we use to communicate events and so forth to the citizens of Caledon.  I made the quip, “Technology is the Anti-Christ.”  She laughingly agreed but pointed out that without it we, meaning she and I, would not be having the discussion in which we were engaged.  It was an excellent point and got me thinking about how it was, in this way, like fire, useful when tamed and disastrous when it is not.  To which she commented that, also like fire, it tends to have a mind of its own, and that both technology and fire follow the laws of their own nature but sometimes seem mysterious.  This really got me thinking about the depth of the fire as technology metaphor. (more…)

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Published in: on 13 June, 2009 at 4:26 PM  Comments (4)  
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On Observations, Aspirations and Attitudes (part second)

(I beg your patience, once again, dear reader, as I continue the introspection of my previous entry.)

Those who have been following this journal will know that the progress of my Walking Tour of Caledon has been rather slow.  To date I have more-or-less thoroughly explored only a handful of the many regions of the State.  Looking back I see the reasons for this are manyfold.  First, the methodical approach I referenced previously means it takes me quite a while to cover the more densely laid out regions.  Second, I do occasionally fall victim to Aether storms, especially in more urbanized regions (and most especially in those with heavy use of Inscription a la Steam SkyCity) which renders my progress dreadfully slow.  Third, I continuously find myself distracted by the pursuit of other activities, be that stuttering attempts at Conjuration and Inscription, attending some dance, builder blitz or other such gathering or merely following the pull of curiosity.  Nevertheless, I continue to plug away and am confident that I will soon have traversed the length and breadth of Caledon. (more…)

Published in: on 8 April, 2009 at 3:17 PM  Comments (1)  
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On Observations, Aspirations and Attitudes (part first)

As noted in an earlier post I have reached something of a shift in my circumstances within the Second Life metaverse.  At such times it is often beneficial to reflect upon one’s situation, what has brought one to this point and whither goest one from here.  And so, dear reader, I beg your patience as I indulge in a bit of “navel gazing.”

“Whence came you…”

My rezday is 1 Sep., 2008; however, I did not become truly active in Second Life until February of this year.  Other metaversal excursions I  had undertaken had quickly devolved to a grinding pursuit of  riches at the expense of enrichment.  So, I determined I would abandon the profit motive entirely, and exist as much as possible with a zero L$ balance.  I set out to explore the grid, seeing what there was to see and experiencing as much as I possibly could without having to pay for it.  At the time I merely wanted to observe the multi-varied diversity of this fascinating realm. (more…)

Published in: on 4 April, 2009 at 10:41 AM  Comments (2)  
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