Rewiring the System

Let… The Geeks Die: Inside and out

Slouch and Mumble! Late into the evening, we stood on the side walk out side the Masconi Center talking about how so many real hard core hackers, ( ie workers in the digital spectrum) programers, developers, and cloud molecules are not able or willing to share how they really feel. Slouch!

A Brain in a ‘Head’ in a storage cloud has its inhuman cost.  What is the effect of sitting staring at a computer screen typing in a language of machines on a machine? A Geek Brain is  intelligent, cognizant, radiant, and always awake due to the influx of sugary soda, skittles, and snickers. If you know a geek you know this is true. Diabetes be dammed!

The langues of ‘on’ or ‘off’, that is, a one or a zero, has enveloped the natural gray matter of those at the helm. This focus on the short distance from the tip of your nose to the computer screen obscures sunlight. Life is lit by the electric gun waves shooting at one speed, the speed of the ‘one’ or the ‘zero’ beat.  Because of doing this dance in one place and at one speed the thoughts that make us decidedly more human than machine the machine has created a brain slurry that scurries emotions. Mush man mumbles but cannot communicate the feeling of relationship. How does it feel to be all alone with no direction of your own?

 Just as clouds can be shifted by a strong gust of wind to reveal the shining sun and wide-open sky, so, under certain circumstances, some inspiration may uncover for us glimpses of this nature of our feelings as directed by the same brain that codes. The glimpses of ourselves sitting and staring have depths and degrees of separation.   Each day will bring some understanding about letting your friends know what it is to be you. To share the separation and reconnect with those who care. So often in our materialistic society the things we have and the process we use to get those things seem to carry more value. This is not true. 

I was so deeply moved as this friend of a friend told me of the deep searing hurt in his heart that he DID NOT KNOW HIS FRIEND WAS DEPRESSED.

Who among us has a crystal ball to see into the heart of our friends? Sharing your feelings with your friends the very root itself of understanding the integrated connectedness of life.

The small size picture of two friends loosing touch because their eyes are on the screen is tough. But these geeks have given the Globe a new nervous system with the free flow of connected communication and sharing. I have conversations with a woman in Nairobi, another in Hawaii, and my brother on the other side of my United States of America with the speed that my fingers can press the alphabet on my computer keys. This past of my Geek life is in danger of being killed off by the corporate financed political congress. It is this same congress that has plunged the world economy into depression.

I attended a talk last night at the Long Now: “How Money Corrupts Congress and a Plan to Stop It,” Lawrence Lessig. 

I came away with the oft repeated quote by Ben Franklin: Here is the Republic I hope you can keep it! Lessig has a lot of great things to say and a real plan of action that each of us can participate in reclaiming our Republic.

This was the first idea which morphed into a plan to attack the root of the problem and the the branches. Join 

Chris Perillo sent out an email to all sorts of Geeks:  “Sites across the Internet — from Google to Wikipedia — are reminding us why a free Internet (warts and all) is worth preserving. Is online piracy a bad thing? Of course it is. Should we all be punished for the misdeeds of the relatively small percentage of the population that chooses to partake in online piracy at the behest of corporations that pull powerful (and financially motivated) strings on Capitol Hill? Hell, no!”

Google launched a petition. Wikipedia voted to shut itself off. Senators’ websites went down just from the sheer surge of voters trying to write them. NYC and SF geeks had protests that packed city blocks.

We who wrote to our legislatures made history today: nothing like this has ever happened before. Tech companies and users teamed up. Tens of millions of people who make the internet what it is joined together to defend their freedoms. The free network defended itself. Whatever you call it, the bottom line is clear: from today forward, it will be much harder to mess up the internet.
The really crazy part? We might even win.

Approaching Monday’s crucial Senate vote there are now 35 Senators publicly opposing PIPA. Last week there were 5. And it just takes just 41 solid “no” votes to permanently stall PIPA (and SOPA) in the Senate. What seemed like miles away a few weeks ago is now within reach.

PROTECT IP Act Breaks the Internet
Please sign this petition to stop a bill that’s so crazy that it could shut down Twitter and Youtube…
The fractal fact is that the small is the same convolutions as the large. The depressed person who feels unheard replicates to create system that is depressed and needs to be surrounded by fresh air and loving attention. We are the fresh air.
I am beginning to think about and try to write about the rampent depression among coders.
Have you noticed that people who work in the computer world do not share how they feel? I have noticed that people who are so immersed they forget to enjoy the beauty of being a human.

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