Re: [unrev-II] Fading

From: Eric Armstrong (
Date: Wed Nov 07 2001 - 13:52:33 PST

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    Henry, I hope that a good night's rest will revive your flagging
    spirits. Having usable material anywhere is a big benefit. I
    would hope that you can start small, and mine the unrev archive
    for material that can be cobbled together into articles. I know
    that I've written enough to make a book -- and would, were it
    not for the always excellent feedback I get here that keeps the
    ideas forever in a "not quite dry" state. (That, and the fact the
    thinking is usually at least partially wet in the first place...)

    I know that I spend way too much time on this list as it is, and
    could not possibly undertake any of the editing work involved.

    But I think that before putting the work into editing, it makes a
    lot of sense to have an audience. There must be subscribers,
    or some indication that there will exist, in order to draw
    advertisers. The major question there is how to define and
    reach your target market, and begin building a base.

    Certainly it must go beyond the members of this list. Else the
    list itself is sufficient. But how to identify them? How to reach

    I know of more than one small magazine that started with the
    editor contributing most of the articles under different pseudonyms
    in order to "prime the pump". Your effort may need something
    of the sort, as well. But at least there is an entire archive of
    material to draw from...

    Henry K van Eyken wrote:

    > I had hoped that my volunteering with the Bootstrap Institute and the
    > creation of an e-journal would be of some value in the public domain.
    > I
    > prefer to be a doer rather than a philosopher. However, I find that I
    > simply haven't the resources to be effective.
    > I live in a small village, quite isolated from the intellectual world
    > other than by a magazine subscription, occasional visits to the
    > booksatore, and a noisy telephone line that calls for an hour to let
    > 10MB pass through. I am 74, getting tired more easily, have
    > responsibilities toward others, and get not much in the way of
    > spiritual
    > uplift so much needed to continue.
    > I determined for myself more than a dozen years ago that electronic
    > augmentation of the neural mind is essential in a world moving at
    > accellerating pace. Especially if we want to be more than a
    > professional
    > in some field, to be a participating citizen of sound, informed
    > judgment
    > as well. I had hoped that the e-journal - "Engelbart in Context" or
    > "Fleabyte" or whatever the name - might do its tiny bit to help
    > transform the insights of professionals into useable, effective tools
    > for people at large and do so more quickly than in the usual time it
    > takes for leading-edge advances to become useful to everybody. But one
    > unaided, unsupported, and increasingly dispirited person just cannot
    > do
    > that. Not unless he is of exceptional quality - and even then ...
    > I had hoped that some people would take a hard look at
    > and attempt to perceive what is done for what reason, and with so
    > little. But instead, I find myself pretty much on the sideline, my
    > efforts irrelevant. Maybe tomorrow, after a night of refreshing sleep,
    > my slight depression will be gone and will I find the will and energy
    > to
    > carry on just a little longer - but let's face it, what are the
    > prospects without actual, wholehearted support. I hate to give in to
    > negative feelings, but I guess the time has come to simply fade away
    > as
    > we all must do sometime.
    > Henry
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