Customized Freedoms

Just back from a big trip to other countries. It was strange to watch world and US events from there on CNN and BBC. Distance can provide, well, distance. The worst part of traveling is the sense of powerlessness – especially when submitting to foreign customs and immigration officers. I don’t travel with drugs or […]   read more »

Bush’s Big Bluff

I posted a couple of weeks ago that I find myself not believing that we truly intend to go to war. Luckily, this Blog has a limited enough reach for me to continue to share and spread this idea without undermining what I see as the administration’s big bluff. Well, not a bluff, exactly. But […]   read more »

Unified Fields

I’m off in half an hour to a conference in Aspen that I’m facilitating, about the potential synergy between the disciplines of science, art and spirituality. Of course, the insight that these disciplines are related, even interdependent, is nothing new. The Tao of Physics, Dancing Wu Li Masters, and countless other books since the 1960’s […]   read more »

The Darker Side of Enlightenment

So, last night I went to hear an ‘awakened’ master, Andrew Cohen speak about his new book. I’d read his latest book, Living Enlightenment, in the first hour of a plane flight (on the way to do an Esalen workshop on spirituality, ironically) hoping to glean a few insights about the process of spiritual awakening, […]   read more »

The Phantom War

I’m finding that I don’t genuinely believe Bush means to get into a war with Iraq. Not a ‘real’ war, with invasions, anyway. It doesn’t make sense to go in and rip the place up. It’s not the most efficient means to getting what America’s businesses might want, anyway. Though extraordinarily wrong about most things, […]   read more »

Judaism talk and workshop in NYC

This one costs, sorry. I’ll be doing some free ones in the spring. (And I’ll be looking for places around the country to do them, so if you have a place that might be able to host an event and find an interested crowd, let me know.) Can We Talk? “Open Source” Judaism with Douglas […]   read more »

More on Mac Blunders

The big lessons I’ve learned during my recent upgrade fiasco have much less to do with Apple than they do with my violating my own rules about computing. I upgraded my OS to 10.2 not because I actually needed its functionality, but because I was looking for an excuse to rid myself of Microsoft Entourage […]   read more »

One Way Ticket

Meanwhile…my life has been made appreciably more difficult this week by own STUPID DECISION to upgrade my Mac to system 10.2 from 10.1. [Corrections to this piece appear in brackets, like this sentence does.] Little did I realize (or was informed by the accompanying literature) that system 10.2 does not yet work with any laser […]   read more »

My Friend, Justin Hall

Justin Hall, one of the original and still-finest web loggers out there, recently graced my wedding party in NYC, along with his brilliant companion Jane. If you don’t know Justin’s work, you must check him out. Another good friend of the Howard Rheingold clan, Justin is deeply and quite honestly involved in the intersection between […]   read more »

Computer Games Illegal in Greece!

Check out this story from CNET via MSNBC.com. I can’t believe a law like this will remain in effect for very long. But it sure is a wild one. Almost like a scene out of that Kevin Bacon movie, Footloose: — Use a Game Boy in Greece, go to jail Ban on electronic games applies […]   read more »