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Evelyn Rodriguez
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Co-hosting a meetup in SF Bay Area around sustainable, vibrant livable communities and community-building with others interested in related visions, hopes, dreams. Join us if you can. I am also searching for a viable community-building platform online where we don't just talk at each other but cooperate with each other synergistically.

http://www.meetup.com/Silicon-Valley-Urban-Village

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I'm also intrigued by living out loud stories in real-world. For instance, combining online storytelling and urban market--possibly for Zero1 Festival this September in San Jose (or could also work out for New Orleans in November during Fringe Fest).

""As far as I know this is the first museum based on a novel,” he said. “But it’s not that I wrote a novel that turned out to be successful and then I thought of a museum. No, I conceived the novel and the museum together.”

While writing the book he collected more than a thousand artifacts that reflect the story, from a tricycle to dozens of ceramic dogs, from lottery tickets to news clippings of women with black lines drawn across their eyes (once standard in Turkish newspaper coverage of women connected to scandal)."
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Overhearing a book club discuss "Zeitoun" by Dave Eggers. (Just happen to be at this coffee shop working, don't know these folks). Besides the fact that they're discussing the human and political issues around natural and engineering disasters, it reminds me of the power of using concrete, individual characters to explore issues that may feel abstract and removed when presented as data. As one reader review says, "Eggers took the main event, Katrina, and by telling the Zietouns' story, made it of human scale."

I'm interested in this same type of writing and storytelling myself. One opportunity to do so is this upcoming project, Ed Zed Omega, which I'm involved in.

I was attracted to participate because it's tangible.

Rather than citing: "Every year in the United States, 1.3 million young people drop out of high school. How many is 1.3 million? It is as though the entire city of San Diego dropped out of high school. Every year."

It cites six teens: Nicole, Xavier, Jeremy, Clare, Lizabeth, Edwina. 

When they're back from summer break (Aug 15th), you'll be able to dialogue one-on-one through social media or via the community blogs with them and their mentors or each other. I'll also like to talk a bit more here and other spaces about this style of interactive journalism and fiction. More later...
Home Page for the OpOuts of Ed Zed Omega. Come fall semester 2012, we’re phasing out school for something we feel is a little more relevant to our futures: ____insert ideas here_____
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A couple of moms at the HackerMoms.org hackerspace in Berkeley last night recommended the book, The Teenage Liberation Handbook. I'm loving it. And it has so many parallels to "adult" liberation too--for instance, unjobbing. Here's an excerpt.

But I'm lazy! If no one makes me learn, I won't.
"How do you know you're lazy when you've never had the chance to choose what to work at? If you call yourself lazy, your biggest job in unschooling will be remembering, glimmer by glimmer, how much you loved to learn before school took that love away. Frogs, wheels, words, blocks, dogs—when you were a little kid, the world dazzled you. Also, you will need to allow yourself to admire ("learn") the things that still sparkle in your kaleidoscope, whatever they are.

And laziness shouldn't be confused with zen-like tranquility—"lazy" travelers who hang out in a little Peruvian village for a week will soak up the life and ambience of Peru far more than the typical tourist who in one week sucks in Macchu Picchu, three market towns, four museums, two ancient ruins, and one horseback ride along the Urubamba river. People who find ways to get out of the "rat race" or the obscene commercialism attending Christmas improve the quality of their lives by deliberately avoiding frantic, mindless activity. The same goes for learning: watching the sky for two hours will do more for anyone's cortex than a harried afternoon of longitude worksheets."
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I got that book in my senior year in high school. I read the first few chapters and they were great. I'd bugged my parents so much about getting out of school by then that they wouldn't listen to anything about it at that point but graduation was too soon for it to matter by then. I still wish it had found me sooner and that I had finished it then. It found me at the Anarchist Book Fair in Golden Gate Park.
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Nearly every day while I'm staying with friends in Palo Alto, I pass by the famed Hewlett-Packard garage where Dave and Bill tinkered at 367 Addison Street and admire the magnolia tree out front as well.

"Dave Packard had gone to Schenectady to work at General Electric. He was told that there was no future in electronics at General Electric and that he should instead concentrate on generators, motors and other heavier equipment."

The rest of HP story of the early days is fascinating in terms of how scrappy any early venture and adventure is, and I've linked to it here.

The actual historical plaque marking "The Birthplace of Silicon Valley" at the house gives much praise and credit to a mentor and professor for encouraging them to make their art right where they were. I was intrigued by professor Terman and so looked him up:

.... Frederick Terman reflected, "When we set out to create a community of technical scholars in Silicon Valley, there wasn't much here and the rest of the world looked awfully big. Now a lot of the rest of the world is here."

When once asked whether he wanted his university [Stanford] to be a teaching institution or a research institution, he replied that "it should be a learning institution". -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Terman

I found that statement quite inspiring for me. I'm not into teaching, lecturing, imparting, nor researching as much as continual learning, experimentation and exploration. 
The Museum of HP Calculators. The HP Garage - The Birthplace of Silicon Valley. In 1938 David and Lucile Packard got married and rented the first floor of the house at 367 Addison Avenue in Palo Alto....
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I grew up not far from there. My dad used to work for HP when I was a kid and I remember him driving the kids to main campus and showing us Hewlette's old clunker of a car he drove to work every day.  I think it was supposed to teach us that sometimes the most influential people around aren't the most showy.  
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Enthused. Just heard a friend's "startup" idea--and, although they do live in Palo Alto, it's not yet another social media app. I cannot divulge it, but it's more attuned to the slow food-locavore variety of nourishment and dream--it doesn't fit either the bank loan nor VC style of funding. This is why I'm big into crowdfunding, for the 'rest' of the novel ideas that don't see the light of day for lack of soil, watering, etc. In one incarnation or another, we'll make this culture makers' ecosystem, but if you could take one moment to vote for the proposal "Quixotic Accelerator" at http://bit.ly/accelarts it would be greatly facilitated, and engage a diverse audience that often gets bypassed from contributing and creating ventures (i.e. urban, Latino, artists/designers, etc.).
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Starting a seven-week online course next week, The Stream is the Medium. We'll cover using Web streams (think Tumblr, G+, Twitter, Facebook) for your expressive art (leaving term 'art' quite broad!). Free to read for all--eventually to be Creative Commons licensed. Join the weekly subscription if you'd like hands-on feedback on your project(s) in our small group. Or join the subscription if you'd like to help instigate the Creative Commons package sooner rather than later.
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Just met an employee from BandCamp serendipitiously at an Oakland coffee shop (I love it for indie musicians). And I in midst of other topics of conversation showed him this great hip-hop song  I posted using BandCamp's player onto Tumblr yesterday. It is very powerful in its honesty -- a first person account of an artist within the high school system.
My Perfect School, written and performed by F. Blackwell, J. Karon. Produced by JustKidding. Think this song resonates with the Zed Omegas? Lyrics include: “Basically if you aim to be an artist...
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Excited that I was approved by the digital storytelling site, Cowbird, to tell "authentic fiction" as my fictional character, Zephyr Yilmaz, who's Turkish-American. I was very upfront with them about the project, and they said Yes!  If you'd like an invite to spin yards on Cowbird, I think I can extend a few....
Zephyr Yilmaz on Cowbird. Use Cowbird to keep a diary of your life and help us document the major sagas shaping the world.
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Your a big wow and also......this, you make me feel inspired in the shade.
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I met Salma Aratsu at the East Bay Open Studios event yesterday at her studio in the Sawtooth Building in Berkeley. I instantly resonated with her new visual art project inspired by Rumi's poetry. A local arts organization has guaranteed matching funds if she meets her funding goal in the next 11 days. She's almost there! Any contribution adds to the fruition of the project.

p.s. And I confided in her my own fiction/ARG project that delves into the multicultural cross-pollination of medieval Spain (very much related to Sufi poetry too).
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I was really inspired by the Mark Bradford exhibit at SFMoMA (through June 17). Go if you have a chance. His work is raw, visceral, rings true. I can get pretty bored and restless in museums, but I was stilled and paradoxically stirred by his canvases. Reminds me of how I felt when I first viewed Cy Twombly's work. 
In six years, Mark Bradford, 45, has gone from being a self-proclaimed “beauty operator” at his mother’s beauty shop in South Los Angeles to navigating the tangled, lucrative weave that is the interna...
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Totally up my alley is Ken Eklund's description of "authentic fictions" for the Transmedia SF meetup tonight (which I'll be attending):

"Questions like is it a game? or is it true transmedia? are irrelevant. Does it let people play? is my main concern, because it’s the same as does it make people think?” ~ Ken Eklund, Writerguy Ken Eckland, WriterGuy, Transmedia Producer, Game Developer - World Without Oil, etc BIOGRAPHY Game designer Ken Eklund has long been interested in the positive social effects of massively collaborative experiences and open-ended, creative play. In work such as WORLD WITHOUT OIL (2007), RUBY’s BEQUEST (2009) and GISKIN ANOMALY (2010) he explores how contributing to “authentic fictions” (real-seeming yet fictional stories) opens people to connect more deeply with disruptive ideas and unimagined futures.
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Evelyn Rodriguez is a writer that is not going to let her computer engineering degree rot.

She's currently envisioning narrative Internet games that dissolve the theatrical fourth wall.

Back in the 90s, she switched from designing multimillion dollar video games for the military to the Internet industry in 1994 when she noticed she was spending all her spare time exploring the nascent medium. She's worked in Internet start-ups that went public in 1995 to teeny venture capital funded ones that went bust in 2002.

"Part of what I connect with Evelyn Rodriguez on is her ability to see the potential of social networks as artistic mediums for creating real time analogues of human consciousness." - Jennifer Palmer in her essay on Twitter from the anthology "Toward 2012," edited by Daniel Pinchbeck

I also have the following circles that you can request to join:
  • Blog (if you read Crossroads Dispatches)
  • Artists-Writers-Mystic-Creators-Freaks
  • Spiritual (I am into Truth not adhering to images of what spiritual folks ought to be; my main influences have been Adyashanti and Byron Katie)

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  • University of Miami
    BSEE, 1986
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