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Mick Winter
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Looks like a fascinating and important (particularly for Americans) book. Now on my To Read list.
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Excellent column on Putin by Deena Stryker
(I apologize for Word Press's failure to stick to one font color!) Recently a friend emailed me the link http://www.binghamton.edu/fbc/commentaries/ t</u>o an article by a distinguished American historian, Emanuel Wallerste...
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Cuba for the Misinformed is a huge, interactive scrapbook, something I can fancy seeing on Tom Cruise's transparent, illuminated, Minority Report TV screens, whipping, moving and arranging all the information with a flick of the wrist, in the shadows of a darkened, magical library. Much like an encyclopedia, Cuba is broken down by chapters according to subject or topic: History, Revolution, Relations with the US, etc.
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This is great Mick! Congrats!
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.I invite you to take a look at the website project I did for a Coursera class (Human-Computer Interaction).

 If you have the time and interest, please wander through the website (it's a prototype only - most of the actions are non-functional) and let me know if you think the concept is intriguing and something you'd be interested in. I'd appreciate hearing any pros and cons. Also...if you happen to know a programmer who'd like to volunteer to get involved in the project to make the website actually functional, please let me know. Thanks.
Here's the website:
http://www.the105pause.com/
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Interesting numbers...


3 = Number of countries that have not officially adopted the Celsius system (United States, Cayman Islands, Belize)

3 = Number of countries that have not officially adopted the metric system (United States, Liberia, Mynmar)

2 = Number of countries in United Nations that support the U.S. embargo of Cuba (United States, Israel)

1 = Number of countries that forbid its residents and citizens from visiting Cuba (United States)
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The U.S. takes sooo long to realign politically in the world. We'd have so much more influence on the Cuba by relaxing barriers, and now, with Fidel on the way out, is the best time for rapprochement.
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Pet Peeve Unleased - "Ex-pat"

Okay, no doubt it's a minor problem these days. Say compared to Lindsay Lohan's travails, for example. But it really pushes my button to see people use the term "ex-pat" or even "ex-patriot" in a post. [Yes, I know. It's my button. I've done therapy, too.]

An expat is not a former "pat." Nor even a former "patriot," whatever a patriot might be in your mind.

The term is "expatriate", or "expat" for short. An expatriate is someone who has expatriated from their home or birth country. That is, they have left that country to live in another country.

I even see expats refer to themselves as ex-pats. Come on, people. You were never a pat. But you are now an expat.


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Thanks, Mick. I've been an expat -- and I think I might have spelled it ex-pat on occasion -- and when I was one I was teaching English in Japan where I learned how our language is really put together in order to teach it properly. And it's not snarky to point out how ignorant people appear in so many Internet comments with their incredibly bent notions of spelling and syntax.
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Now this looks really intriguing. East Coast first then West Coast. Fly in comfort, conveniently. And without TSA.

Here's an article in Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/sites/edzitron/2011/06/29/planered/

I'd like to see a San Francisco--Portland--Seattle-Vancouver route.

http://planered.com/lxkz8
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Since it's my own long-time site, I naturally recommend this. ;-)
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I found that eating a small amount of sea-salt is a reliable sleep aid for me. I think it's the trace minerals. I got the idea from Dr Joel Wallach's seminars.
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Ukraine’s Hissy Fit The country that used to be the breadbasket of Europe is a new bone of contention between the European Union and Russia. Ukraine, the land of the southern Russians (as Yugoslavia was the land of the so...
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Today is Veterans' Day. I am a vet. Please don't thank me for my service. I would prefer that you apologized to me and to all other veterans, and all those currently in the US military.

Apologize for allowing those wars to happen. And to continue. For Korea. For Vietnam. For Iraq, Afghanistan, and Iraq again. For Panama. For all of the various semi-secret adventures in Central America, Africa, Central Asia. All were unnecessary. All were tragic. All could have been stopped by the American people. So can the next one. But we didn't do it in the past, and we're not likely to do it in the future.

To all of my fellow veterans, past, present and future. I apologize.
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A brilliant analysis of the current global geopolitical situation, i.e. Declining Power Tries to Hang On, by Pepe Escobar

http://www.nationofchange.org/history-world-bric-bric-1335454608
Goldman Sachs -- via economist Jim O’Neill -- invented the concept of a rising new bloc on the planet: BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa). Some cynics couldn’t help calling it the “Blo...
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I cried too.
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AMAZING!! i just saw this in the g+ film festival.

i cried. this is incredible!

this is from film maker, +Sharon Wright.

+Unofficial Google+ Film Festival
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I write books, articles and web stuff. Community activism. Currently a doctoral candidate at Charles Sturt University.
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Palo Alto, California - Vancouver, BC - Tay Ninh, Vietnam - Seebe, Alberta - San Francisco, California - Frankfurt, Germany - Santa Barbara, California - Yountville, California - San Rafael, California - Monterey, California - Dundalk, Maryland - Ft. Bragg, North Carolina
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I live in California's Napa Valley and write stuff.

But that's a bit brief...

I'm interested in the changes going on--quite rapidly--in society and the planet. I see events and thought moving in cycles. Empires are born, grow, peak, decline and die. As human activity has accelerated, so has the life cycle of empires. I believe the American Empire is crashing rapidly, led by the collapse of the dollar and successive US governments' over-reaching military adventures. (Here's a short audio - less than two minutes - that gives you an idea just how many military adventures there have been: Onward, Christian Soldiers. )

I want to work with a team of people who are interested in using digital media to help people and society change. Not so much through content, although that's probably essential too, but through using and experiencing web and mobile phone applications with practical uses, and through delivery of digital media through the Web. I'm interested in transformational (or transformative) media--media that changes the viewer through the mere act of experiencing the media.

I feel that the next phase of the Web is to bring people together face to face. That's already happening through geolocation and, more and more, hyperlocation. Without the buzz words this simply means people can use the Internet to meet people locally and help their local community.

I have a chapter on how mobile phones are changing society entitled "I Have Seen the Future, and It Rings" in Digital dialogues and community 2.0: After avatars, trolls and puppets and another on “Unseen Napa: QR codes as virtual portals,” in City Imaging: Regeneration, Renewal and Decay,


It's no secret that humanity is facing a whole bunch of challenges. Peak Oil is one problem (I wrote a book: Peak Oil Prep - on how to deal with it on a home, neighborhood or community level), climage change, economic collapse, food and health are others. But as national and global institutions - and ways of thinking - collapse, new ones are born. That's cycles. That's the only way change can happen.

Our current US media does its best to resist change, but it's a losing battle. My masters thesis (A Sonic Trilogy: Sound, Ostranenie and Social Consciousness) was on ways that audio can be used to increase social awareness. You can read it and other academic works at my website. [In case you ever get asked, ostranenie means "defamiliarization" or "entstrangement."]

I live in the Napa Valley with my wife Kathryn (former teacher and county supervisor, MA Education, Stanford) and our daughter Joanna (Master of Regional Planning, Cornell). I'm an MA Creative Media, University of Brighton. I just got mine in 2011; I had to catch up with the rest of the family.

Born in Palo Alto, school at UC Santa Barbara, wrote advertising for ten years, lived in Vancouver, BC (my spiritual home) the same length of time. While in Canada spent some time in the Rockies where I shared a residential trailer (separate rooms--it was very proper) with a grizzly bear named Willie (he starred in the movie "Jeremiah Johnson."). Willie slept, ate and acted; I wrote wildlife screenplays.

Spent four years in the US Army Intelligence Corps, learned German at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, studied at intelligence school in Baltimore, and spent a year each in Germany and Vietnam (where I advised a Vietnamese intelligence team.)

Taught meditation trainings for some years in the 1970s as a member (I still am) of a mystical school called Arica. These days I'm involved with a group of people here in Napa who meet weekly with Jaison Starkes, who channels a group of entities (energies?) called The Nine. Very enjoyable, very interesting. I'm also interested in the work of Grigori Grabovoi (his book Concentration Exercises is an example), Vadim Zeland (his Reality Transurfing series) and in the reality-twisting experience of Matrix Energetics.

In the spring of 1985, The WELL (Whole Earth Lectronic Link) started, and I was one of its members that opening day. I wrote the first user manual for The WELL. I still have a small website that I created on that system during the first week that the public was allowed to create sites on the World Wide Web (Thanks, Sir Tim). I can honestly say it's one of the oldest pages on the Web. (That and four bucks will get me a latte.)  Major page in my WELL website, which has been very popular now for nearly 20 years, is: Insomnia Tips: Simple Tips to Help You Get to Sleep.

Around that time I was also a tech writer, writing software manuals for such companies as MicroPro (which self-destructed by ignoring its best-selling word processor, WordStar) and Adam Osborne's Paperback Software (mortally wounded by Lotus's "look and feel" lawsuit.)

I wrote a guidebook to the Napa Valley (The Napa Valley Book), but there's unlikely to be a third edition since I've lost interest in keeping track of things here. (Did I mention I also used to be a tour guide at Beaulieu Vineyard and a staff writer for Wine Business Monthly?) If you're interested in the Napa Valley, you might like this: Soundscape Napa. Oh, and also Napa WineWalk, which also covers the many (currently 25) wine tasting rooms in downtown Napa.

Some years ago I spent a month in Cuba, which has always fascinated me. One result was my Internet radio station, playing Cuban music by Cuban musicians 24 hours a day: Radio Free Cuba. I was also extremely moved when I learned about Cuba's Literacy Campaign. Here's an online presentation on that incredible campaign. As a result of my Cuba interest, I recently published Cuba for the Misinformed: Facts from the Forbidden*Island (*but only to Americans).

Oh, yes. I should plug another book, out in 2011. It's Scan Me: Everybody's Guide to the Magical World of QR Codes. It's an outgrowth of a project I did in grad school. If you want to know all about QR codes for business, education or just plain fun. this is the book.

Getting back to change, I"m interested in memes and morphic fields (see Rupert Sheldrake), and how they can be used to help people break the trance, whether spiritual, psychological, social or political. We could all use less trance and more reality. Probably starting with me.

[If you'd like even more, visit my main home page at www.mickwinter.com]
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On the Internet and the Web ever since the public was first allowed. Wrote The WELL's first user manual. Shared sleeping trailer with grizzly bear (separate rooms). Got an MA degree after a more than 40 year academic break. Wonderful wife, wonderful daughter.
Education
  • University of Brighton
    M.A. (Distinction), Creative Media, 2009 - 2011
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
    B.A., German, 1959 - 1969
  • Defense Language Institute, Monterey CA
    German
  • US Army Intelligence School
    [you're not allowed to know]
  • Menlo Atherton High School
    1955 - 1959
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