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Onward Ho...

In what was looking to be a disappointing evening when I went to the Barking Spider to hear one of my favorite poets, Maj Ragain, and legendary NEO poet, Tom Kryss, only to find out that the event was cancelled.

Just as I was about to turnaround to crawl back to more webwork at home, I saw Phil Lane sitting inside with a full pitcher of beer. I saw Phil earlier at Phoenix where we smacked around the PD and how afternoon newspapers added timeliness to the gathering of info.

This time I got introduced to one of CASE's web designers and graphic artists, Heidi Cool (great name, great lady). Three of us passed time (and I was sipping quarter cups of beer cuz "I'm not drinking tonite") (I guess I owe you guys at least a beer each) by talking about the Hundert resignation, how CASE can make a real and lasting impression by helping the underprivileged neighborhood around it directly and partnering with the redevelopment of East Cleveland, and the inevitable and march of technology.

On that last point, Phil was so passionate and convinced on the creation of new technology, it made me think of this from Samuel C. Florman's "The Existential Pleasures of Engineering":

Homo sapiens, through the evolutionary process, has developed a unique combination of couriosity, creativity, and daring. These traits have been responsible for his success, while also confronting him with many serious problems. Although he has created stable societies that showed very little cultural volution for long periods of time, once he is exosed to a new possibility, man cannot resist sampling it. He will taste new fruit, forbidden though it may be. He may taste fearfully and hesiantly, be he will taste. If the elders hold back, then youth will break away. If conservatives preach caution, then radicals will arise. The new attraction might be glas beads for Indian braves or spices for Renaissance princes; it might be the idea of heavenly salvation for marauding Vikings, or the concept of equality for Russian serfs; a new vision for the artist, or new knowledge for the seeker after knowledge.


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