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An Eyes Wide Shut Meets Burning Man Descent into News Years Eve 2012

I couldn't smell anything from the mostly neglected bongs and unused bowls of giant kola buds, because the air was heavy with the olfactory cacophony of expensive perfumes and colognes, musks and nocturnal blends meant to be seductive and alluring, but which when thrown together in one giant air space merged into a single musky incencse that if marketed, would be sold in black glass flasks labeled "Obsession Bardo" or "Carnival of the Hungry Ghosts." If you listen to the podcast make sure you check the online document for a couple of epilogues that have altered the meaning of this descent into decadence.

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ZIJ—Dealing with Zones of Inner Jeopardy

Zones of inner jeopardy (ZIJ) are those familiar times when we are inwardly stressed, our thoughts and emotions are agitated, and we may be enveloped by dark moods. The causes of ZIJ are various, and usually there are multiple causes such as metabolic disequilibria, social/sexual issues, financial hardship, disturbances in the force and so forth."ZIJ" is used in this essay to refer to both zones of inner jeopardy and a way of dealing with them.

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Confessions of a Self-Aware Starship

Awakening from uneasy dreams, I was aware of myself as a self-reflecting starship. For a few moments I lingered in that warpy place between dreams and wakefulness, still feeling partly caught up in some painful drama with another starship that had played itself out as I slept. Slowly the dream faded, and the waking consciousness returned---that all-too-familiar sense of myself as a middle-aged starship, about halfway through its lifecycle in an era where well-maintained starships often lasted a century.

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Pushing the Envelope, Boundary Expansion into Novelty in Personal and Evolutionary Contexts

The definition of pushing the envelope I have come up with and will employ here is: Boundary expansion into a zone of novelty previously unexplored by the species or an individual.

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When Worlds Don’t Necessarily Collide—Orbiting with Planet Hottie

Another star in the galaxy of souls, one out of the six or seven billion Swarming across this rotating, orbiting ball in space, Comes spinning into my trajectory, And we converge, For a time we form a binary orbit, Weak and strong forces push and pull, We exert tidal forces on each other--- My weather changes, but so does yours. You are a planet orbiting with me, the other. And you have spin and counter spin, But then, so do I

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