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 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 »

Writing Professionally chapter two: The Proposal

About a month ago, I wrote about how to get started writing professionally. I wrote about finding the subject that matters to you, and championing it effectively. In response, many of you asked questions about the technical and business specifics: how to write a proposal, how to get an agent, how to get a publisher, […]   read more »

From the Inbox

I’m going to start posting some of my answers to readers’ email here on the Blog, as a lot of it seems useful to a wider audience than one. …I enrolled in a technical school for computers because I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I realized during this time that I am […]   read more »