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As I have gone about my journey of exploration into Social Networking during the past year or so, the tools associated with this new community of new and old friends have provided some quite astounding revelations. About a year ago, I made contact with a college mate of mine from the 70’s. We were in a group that I have blogged about here and in other venues. We constructed slide/music/film presentations at UT Austin from 1968-1971.

In some of our email swapping sessions, another friend of ours from that era mentioned that she wishes we had ‘marvaloned’ rocker Patty Smith for our slide/music shows. ‘Maravlon?’ What is that? We went on to discuss in various stages of memory, how the verb got penned or voiced, in that frenzy of activity that led up to the debut of our Media 70 shows.

To that end, I offer a Webster 2.0 (sic) version of the Media 70 Dictionary.

marvalon – verb, origin unknown, perhaps from the Tralfamadorian, or Venusian. Probably not Latin, from marvalonus.

  1. To capture, by image on vinyl, mylar, or other transparent material, either photographically or other method of transfer, with mounting in card board holders, which are heat sealed with a heated iron appliance. These 2 x 2 slides are suitable for projecting using slide projectors, as with regular 35mm transparencies.
  2. The method of capturing, encapsulating, or incorporating the music, philosophy, political thought or psychological construct of an individual, a group or a cultural movement, for use in the presentation or display of complex theatrical expositions intended to stimulate intense discussion, emotion, or individual thoughts within a group of students, researchers or amateur explorers.
  3. To simulate the physical, emotional and mental effects of experimental herbal ingestion, using sounds and images juxtaposed in a pleasing or disturbing manner.
  4. To provoke thought or incite epiphany. Slang, to grok.

Also. Marvaloning: noun. the act of gazing with wonder. Often associated with an inspired or mind altered state.

Tools and Appliances.

Marvalon Coated Heat Sealing IronClick here for a larger image of this iron!

This is a perfect hand iron for sealing your heat seal stereo mounts. It has an adjustable temperature control and a non-stick Marvalon coating. It also will handle many other dry-mounting chores. It’s temperature range goes from 150oF (65oC) up to 410oF (210oC). It comes with a stand. Don’t forget to turn it off when you go to the Toddle House!

Hope this helps…

Apollo 8 EarthriseOn Christmas Eve, forty years ago today, the crew of Apollo 8 pointed their television camera back toward Earth and shared their vision with the entire world.

On December 21, 1968, Frank Borman, James Lovell and Bill Anders set out on the first ever journey to the Moon. Three days later they became the first humans to enter lunar orbit.

“Providence happened to put everything together at the end of the year to give the American public an uplift after what had been a poor year.” – Jim Lovell, Command Module Pilot

“It was a time when this country set out to do what seemed to be the impossible, and we did it.” – Frank Borman, Commander

“What a wonderful time it was, and is, as we celebrate that event and look forward to more in the future.” – Farnham Farrjones, Blogger
The National Space Society wishes everyone a happy, healthy, and awe-inspiring holiday season.

Large NSS Logo

History of Media 70 and Timeline

(Note: This is a work in progress. There may be memory lapses. After all, we are becoming part of the new ’60s Generation’. Additions and corrections welcome.) Media 70 was organized in the Summer of 1968 to produce a multi-media show for the Freshman Summer Orientation Program at University of Texas in Austin. The show was designed to stimulate evening ‘rap’ sessions among incoming freshman–discussions were a key part of the orientation experience. The initial production, called Values was highly successful. Media 70 lasted until the Summer of 1971, and would produce 4 major productions and several message themed shows. At it’s peak, Media 70 included as many as dozen talented contributors. Continue Reading »

Heinlein Lives On

Update to – Heinlein Lives

Robert and Ginny Heinlein in Tahiti 1980, taken by Hayford Peirce

Robert and Ginny Heinlein in Tahiti 1980, taken by Hayford Peirce

While the Heinlein Centennial was celebrated in 2007, this article in the Wall Street Journal bears another look. “Robert A. Heinlein’s Legacy” By TAYLOR DINERMAN ~ WSJ July 26, 2007; Page D7.

There are some fairly good FaceBook groups providing information, links and discussion of the works, quotes and point of view of Heinlein, real or imagined.

Time Enough For Heinlein ~ Robert Heinlein fan group ~ Heinlein is my hero

For myself, I never tended to goosestep into pushing the writings, or personal life of Heinlein into a cookie cutter corner of human thought or political persuasion.       Continue Reading »

Big Blue MarbleAfter visiting WonderWebby on Collaboration Guidelines, I went to see the published guidelines from IBM and Sun (via Skrocki), and then back to BluePrints. See how it works? No, really, I know I’m on the ‘path’ when 2 of my fav tech dogs (IBM and Sun) are pushing guidelines for creativity and collaboration, in addition to my day job references a ‘most restrictive’ default administrator policy for blade servers..lol. 😉

So I am using this blog to officially announce “Farnham’s Global Collaboration Guidelines” as a blog posting, as well as a comment to a blog and as a tweet: “Work Hard, Keep Your Day Job, Be Adult, Have Fun, Hug the Dog, Save the World.” (with 17 characters left…ha! 🙂

Really, thanks to all for this new world. BTW, What the dog’s name? (as in, Which one’s Pink?) Global collaboration is not only a great way to do business, and to begin real resources conservation, it is also a lot more fun than waiting in a TSA line to put your socks through the X-ray machine. Later…FF/BE

Amended 10 July 2008 – See “Work Hard”

Papyrus 2.0

Web 2.0 (3D?) is a media-level improvement to a good communications tool – in a long line of improvements. Just as paper and ink are the media for both philosophy and pornography, so is the digital community of Web 2.0 a medium for the useful and useless, trivial and monumental. We can not blame the medium for the lack of message, but the community is the message, rather than the medium (McLuhan). As the community learns the power of the new medium, the level of creative involvement and utilitarian purposes will grow.

We are a pack species. Communicate and community have the same root, and Web 2.0 is about community in a virtual and digital sense. Even though we like to press the flesh at real life meetups, there is also a very strong sense of community in Web 2.0 as well. And it is growing. Eight months ago, I began blogging, networking, metaversing, tweeting, meeting. I have gathered a very active and robust core of new contacts and friends, and have reconnected with a few old treasures. Some of the connections I have never spoken with, or even emailed to, but only ‘friended’, or ‘tweeted’, or ‘myrled’. Is this real community? Yes, of course.

Marvin Argyle EverettAdding a note here about Marvin Argyle (1909-1990). He instilled in me the burning curiosity that got me here, and taught me the most important lesson in my life: “You don’t have to know all the answers. But you do have to know how and where to find them. Look it up.” He was a crossword puzzle freak, knowing at least 17 different 3 letter words for a river in India. Here’s a picture of him from a half a century ago. He would have loved the Internet, since he was the living analog predecessor of Google. I’ve often thought that if I had invented a gozillion dollar search engine, I would have named it marvinargyle.com.

Just as the revolution of papyrus made communication and writing more mobile and accessible to more people, so will Web 2.0 and 3D bring the community to power in the digital revolution we are experiencing today. I’m in awe. A thousand lyrics from a thousand songs come to mind. I can’t wait for the next wave of gamers, philosophers, poets, artists, musicians, thinkerers to help the merely mundane world to its feet and show us how to walk under the water and fly through space where no parachutes work, or are even needed. Let’s rodeo.

Also posted on Myrl ~ See Wonderpeeps for more of the pack.

Brainstorm (1983)From “I think therefore I am” to “Thinking is the best way to travel” of so much of our knowledge base, VR and our perception of the real world is based upon the most fabulous, as yet unmatched, CPU – our brain. If we can imagine the power of taking a dizzying array of light pulses, sound waves, gaseous chemicals and electrical micro jolts that make up a real handshake, or hug, that our 2.5 lb friend turns into a life-long memory of someone we have met – then we can use that same process and build real sensory images/feelings/smells from the stored power of the brain to ‘replay’ or create new such handshakes from within the ultimate UI. Is “BrainStorm” possible? Maybe…

Go Ask AliceMore discussion of the current efforts to add physical attributes to Virtual Reality – Getting “in touch” with Virtual Reality in the group Virtual Worlds of Tomorrow of the Association of Virtual Worlds.

Also, see the Knowledge Networking group, with meetings in SL.

Hello world! 2.0

26 Feb 2008 Update: Be sure to watch Download: The True History of the Internet on the Science Channel starting March 3…

Original posting 27 Dec 2007: The first computer program I typed in was on my VIC 20 (20K RAM) by Commodore, purchased from Sears, hooked up to a $10 B/W TV from a pawn shop. The language was Basic and the OS was CBM 1.0 (?) , with a copyright by Microsoft, one of Gates, Inc.’s first projects. The ubiquitous 10 PRINT ‘Hello, World.’ 20 END or something like it started many of us oldsters on the Road to Perdition. Actually, that was my first personal computer, my first FORTRAN IV stack went back a few years before that at UT Austin in 1967. Continue Reading »

Knowledge Networking

Meet with the Knowledge Networking group of the Association of Virtual Worlds in Second Life.

KnowNet in SLWednesday at Work” WED 1100 a.m. SLT
(check the AVW site for location)

With all the talk, blogs, twitters, ads, chat, etc., about Social Networking, a la FaceBook, MySpace, YouTube, and the rest… it has occurred to me that what we (myself and my colleagues) are really pursuing is better described as Knowledge Networking. Since we are in business, government, education and other serious pursuits, the ‘social’ part of the Web 2.0 worlds seem to scare our managers, and somehow imply that we are playing games or watching TV (or worse) instead of doing real work. The totally serious and productive attributes of the new ‘web’ can be lost when we are briefing our bosses on the travel or training we just took and we pop up a browser of FaceBook or Second Life web pages and the silly stuff hides the good. Continue Reading »


Letters from the seafloor

Originally uploaded by Tom Clifton

I was a ‘shrinklet’ (behavior observer) on Project Tektite 2, and was assigned there when the 2nd letter was postmarked (May 8, 1970). One of my secondary duties involved shuttling items to and from the habitat, command van, and base camp. There’s a possibility that I (or one of my fellow UT Austin peons) delivered the letter to base camp, to speed it on its way. Far Out!