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printed flyer for workshops #1 & #2 (aug 1 & 29)

Metagame Writers' Workshop at A&W's 1998 August 1 Saturday 9:30-5:00
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please arrive by 9:30 at the latest, first session starts promptly at 10
snacks & beverages provided, bring a sandwich or whatever for lunch

 9     breakfast, socialize, walk, meditate, etc
10     autobiog introductions (a few minutes per person) and
       discussion "personal experiences as writer/artist in the world"
11     meditative movement
11:30  collaborative "tale spinning" group
12:30  lunch, socialize, walk, meditate, etc
 1:30  quiet individual work/meditation time (or 3hrs 11:30-2:30)
 2:30  sharing work (non-critical environment!) 20~30min/person
 4:30  group meditation (10min), feedback (about workshop)
 5     socializing & goodbyes


Date: 1998 Sep 17 Thu 13:33 EDT
From: vansprouts at aol dot com
Subject: writers/artists support workshop sept 26-27

hi everyone,

this will be the 3rd lunar Metagame Artists' Support Workshop.  we meet approx
every 4 weeks, near the moon's first quarter (Sep 26-27, Oct 24-25, Nov 27-28,
etc).  there is of course some continuity for those who attend regularly, but
each meeting stands independently, so please come when you can, and bring your
colleagues too.

these workshops are for artists in any media (writing, painting, music, dance,
film, etc) who live and work in spiritual consciousness (with any, all, or no
particular religious affiliation).  the workshops have proven to be a good
opportunity for us to dedicate quality time and attention to our creative work
and our identities & experiences as artists, in a safe non-competitive
supportive environment.  see the day's schedule below for details.

please rsvp for the Sep 26th workshop by Sep 24th.  send e-mail or voice-mail
including your name, phone & e-mail, need/give a ride? (& your location).
i'll call/write you back to verify the workshop location, give directions, and
network people about rides.

hope to see you!

chris van sprouts
e-mail vansprouts at aol dot com
http://members.aol.com/vansprouts/


"The Metagame workshop is about artists (and we are all artists)
offering each other a supportive environment to renew our creative
energies and urges..."  - Barb Rich

Metagame Artists' Support Workshop  1998 September 26 Saturday 10-6
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  9     breakfast, socialize, walk, meditate, etc
 10     autobiog introductions (a few minutes per person)
 10:30  discussion "personal experiences as an artist in the world"
 12     meditative movement / free-form dancing & stretching
 12:30  lunch & collaborative "tale spinning" group
  1:30  quiet individual work / meditation time
  2:30  sharing work (non-critical environment!) 20~30min/person
  5:30  group meditation (10min), feedback (about workshop)
  6     potluck dinner, socialize, walk, meditate, etc
  7     campfire & "open stage" (songs, stories, etc)

when the workshop location is Bear Hill Farm (home of the Skywalker Labyrinth,
near Washington PA), you are welcome to stay overnight at my greenhouse dome
- bring minimum camping gear (sleeping bag & small tent).  we will have a
campfire and relatively civilized cooking, washing, & toilet facilities (no
shower yet)

the meals are potluck (vegetarian only please (and no smoking or "drugs")).
please bring enough food for your own needs during the entire workshop, and
share/exchange or not, as you wish.  we will provide some plain but really
good organic vegan staple-type food for everyone for lunch & dinner, and
healthy snacks & beverages all day.

the workshop fee is a $10 donation (or contribution in some other useful form)
toward development of these workshops and the Metagame Community.


Date: 1998 Oct 14 Wed 17:47 EDT
From: vansprouts at aol dot com
Subject: Metagame Artists Support Workshop - Oct 24 Sat

hello Everyone,

The 4th lunar Metagame Artists' Support Workshop will be on October 24
Saturday, most likely in Pittsburgh (Squirrel Hill).  i've enclosed last
month's e-flyer with more details below.  the essentials happen from 10am-5pm,
and come early for breakfast and/or stay into the evening if you wish.  please
rsvp by Oct 22...


Date: 1998 Nov 20 Fri 05:55 EST
From: vansprouts at aol dot com
Subject: Metagame Artists Support Workshop #5 - Nov 28 Sat

hello Everyone,

The 5th lunar Metagame Artists' Support Workshop will be in Pittsburgh
(Squirrel Hill) on November 28 Saturday from 2pm to 9pm, including potluck
dinner (it's ok to bring vegetarian leftovers from Thanksgiving, and bring
your vegetarian colleagues too :-)

these workshops are for artists in any media (writing, painting, music, dance,
film, etc) who live and work in spiritual consciousness (with any, all, or no
particular religious affiliation), and continue to be a good opportunity for
us to dedicate quality time and attention to our creative work and our
identities and experiences as artists, in a safe non-competitive supportive
environment (and with no smoking or "drugs").

as before, the day will include individual & group meditation time, 5-minute
autobiographies, collaborative tale spinning, and about 1/2 hour per person
for presenting work to the whole group without interruption or criticism (or
as each presenter prefers to use the time).

please bring a completed work that you can present in 5 minutes as your
introduction to everyone, and also any completed work(s) or work-in-progress
for your 30-minute presentation.  the workshop fee is a $10 donation (or
contribution in some other useful form) toward development of these workshops
and the Metagame Community.

chris van sprouts
e-mail vansprouts at aol dot com
http://members.aol.com/vansprouts/

"There isn't anything I can't do with this machine!!!
 I'm headed back into Pittsburgh, anyone want a ride?"
   - Joel, in Metagame Tale Spinning story #2 (Mg Workshop 1998 Aug 29)

"To be thoroughly lazy is a tough job, but somebody has to do it.
 Industrious people build industry.  Lazy people build civilization."
   - Kazuaki Tanahashi, from Brush Mind (Parallax Press 1990,98)

"Be a good person."
   - HH Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet (Pgh visit 1998 Nov 12)


Date: 1998 Dec 9 Wed 13:50 EST
From: vansprouts at aol dot com
Subject: Metagame Workshop #6 and other events (December calendar)

hi Everyone,

The 6th lunar Metagame Artists' Support Workshop will be on December 26
Saturday from 2pm to 9pm, including potluck dinner (it's ok to bring
vegetarian leftovers from Xmas dinner, and bring your vegetarian colleagues
too ;-)   for details about the workshop, see last month's e-flyer, below.
(Metagame Workshop #7 will be 1999 Jan 23 Sat 2-9pm)

some other events which may be of interest:

Dec 11 Fri 7:30pm - Dances of Universal Peace, led by Linda Morrow
  at the Friends Meeting House, 4836 Ellsworth Ave, Oakland

Dec 18 Fri 5:42pm est - new moon

Dec 19 Sat 3-8pm - Labyrinth Solstice Celebration at Bear Hill Farm
  (near Washington PA)... meditation, yoga, labyrinth walk, songs, and
  vegetarian potluck dinner.

Dec 21 Mon 8:56pm est - winter solstice

Dec 26 Sat 2-9pm - Metagame Workshop #6 (you are here)

Jan 1 Fri 9:49pm est - full moon

best wishes for the winter and a bright new year!

chris van sprouts
e-mail vansprouts at aol dot com
http://members.aol.com/vansprouts/


Date: 1999 Jan 17 Sun 20:06 EST
From: vansprouts at aol dot com
Subject: Metagame Movie Night & Artists Workshop - Jan 22 & 23

...announcing the first lunar Metagame Movie Night!

January 22 Friday 7pm til ?? - Metagame Movie Night

movies start at 7pm, casual vegetarian dinner at 6pm.  bring food to
share or not as you wish, and/or any movie (on vhs videotape) which is
a personal Top_Favorite_of_All_Time.  "Transcendent Art" is the theme
(anything that IS transcendent art, or is about transcendent art,
whatever "transcendent art" means to you).  stay up late! and stay
overnight if you wish (bring a sleeping bag)...  (no rsvp necessary,
just show up :-)

January 23 Saturday 2-9pm - Metagame Artists Support Workshop #7

for artists in any media (writing, painting, music, dance, film, etc)
who live and work in spiritual consciousness (with any, all, or
no particular religious affiliation)...  five-minute autobiographies,
collaborative tale-spinning & illustration, potluck dinner, and sharing
art-work in a supportive non-critical group, with time for discussion
and meditation...  bring some of your work to present for 20-30 minutes,
vegetarian potluck dish, and $10 donation.  please rsvp by friday night.

both events are at the same place in Squirrel Hill, no smoking or drugs.
(see calendar below for future Metagame Workshops and other dates...)

chris van sprouts
e-mail vansprouts at aol dot com
http://members.aol.com/vansprouts/


Date: 1999 Feb 12 Fri 07:59 EST
From: vansprouts at aol dot com
Subject: Metagame Movies / Artists Workshop #8 - Feb 19 & 20

...announcing the 2nd lunar Metagame Movie Night, and 8th lunar
Metagame Artists Support Workshop...  for details and contact info,
see last month's e-flyer and updated calendar, below.

February 19 Friday 7pm-? - Metagame Movie Night
February 20 Saturday 2-9pm - Metagame Artists Support Workshop #8

thanks to all who attended last month's events or suggested movies.
we saw two excellent and transcendent movies, _Koyaanisqatsi_ and
The_Gods_Must_Be_Crazy, and the workshop next day was pretty
excellent too, as usual ;-)

the theme again for this month's movie night is Transcendent Art...

from Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary (1991),
  tran-scend (from Latin "trans"+"scandere", to climb across)
    (vt 1b) to triumph over the negative or restrictive aspects of
    (vi)    to rise above or extend notably beyond ordinary limits
  tran-scen-dent
    (adj 3) transcending the universe or material existence

hope you can make it!


Date: 1999 Mar 19 Fri 11:18 EST
From: vansprouts at aol dot com
Subject: metagame movies / artists workshop #9 - Mar 26 & 27

boing! it's the 9th lunar metagame artists support workshop!

March 26 Friday 7pm-? - transcendent movie night

movies start at 7pm, casual vegetarian dinner at 6pm.  bring food to
share or not as you wish, and a favorite transcendent movie (on vhs).
we'll be up late, and you can come and go whenever (just show up! :-)

March 27 Saturday 2-9pm - metagame artists support workshop #9

for artists in any media who live and work in spiritual consciousness...
five-minute autobiographies, collaborative tale-spinning & illustration,
potluck dinner, and sharing art-work in a supportive non-critical group,
with time for discussion and meditation...  bring some of your work to
present for 20-30 minutes, vegetarian potluck dish, and $10 donation.
registration from 2 to 2:30, workshop starts promptly at 2:30.

both events are at the same place in Squirrel Hill, no smoking or drugs.

for more info about the metagame movies and artists support workshops,
the complete 1999 roman-to-lunar-conversion calendar, and previous
metagame e-flyers, see http://members.aol.com/vansprouts/metagame/

chris van sprouts
e-mail vansprouts at aol dot com
http://members.aol.com/vansprouts/

p.s. for future artists support workshops, we're planning to expand
the one day workshop into 2 or 3 evenings per month.  if you'd
like to attend, please tell us what evenings are good for you...


Date: 1999 Apr 18 Sun 23:48 EDT
From: vansprouts at aol dot com
Subject: metagame artists - new schedule

hi everyone, and thanks for all your suggestions and requests!  here is
the new schedule for the metagame artists workshops and movie nights...

we've changed the all-day saturday workshop into two parts, a short
workshop one friday evening per month, and an artists support group
two evenings per month for those who have attended a workshop and are
familiar with the group process.  movie nights one friday each month as
before.  new folks are welcome to the friday workshops and movie nights!

  workshops, fridays 7-9pm:  Apr 23, May 21, Jun 18, Jul 16, Aug 20
  movie nights, fridays 7pm-?:  May 7,  Jun 4,  Jul 2,  Aug 6

the workshop or movies start at 7pm, and please join us any time between
6 and 7pm for vegetarian dinner (bring your own dinner, or optionally,
a potluck dish).  workshops are $5, and bring an art-thing that you can
present in 5 minutes as your introduction to everyone.  movie night is
free but please bring a favorite movie!  no smoking or drugs.

for artists in any media who live and work in spiritual consciousness,
these workshops and support groups are a good opportunity for us to
dedicate quality time and attention to our creative processes and our
experiences and identities as artists, in a safe supportive non-critical
non-competitive environment... so we can make better friends with our
muses, ourselves, and each other! :-)

for more info, see http://members.aol.com/vansprouts/metagame/

chris van sprouts
e-mail vansprouts at aol dot com
http://members.aol.com/vansprouts/


Date: 1999 May 14 Fri 12:52 EDT
From: vansprouts at aol dot com
Subject: metagame artists May 21 & June 4

hi all, just a quick reminder...

next artists workshop is May 21 Friday 7-9pm
   (arrive any time between 6-7pm, no rsvp needed)

next transcendent movie night is June 4 Friday 7pm-?
   (arrive any time between 6pm-? :-)

questions/directions:
   e-mail vansprouts at aol dot com

also see the official metagame artists web-site:
   http://members.aol.com/vansprouts/metagame/
   (updated monthly around the new moon...)

- chris tofu v sprouts

p.s. Dances of Universal Peace, May 14 Friday 7:30pm
   at the Friends Meeting House, 4836 Ellsworth

p.p.s. Barb says the web-site itself may actually be
   transcendent art! (but she's probably just being
   non-critically supportive ;-) ...she especially
   recommends the new page "design for a metagame
   artists community"... thanks Barb!


Date: 1999 Jun 17 Thu 04:04 EDT
From: vansprouts at aol dot com
Subject: metagame artists summer calendar update

hi everyone, hope you're enjoying the summer!

instead of working diligently on my transcendent web-site,
i've been playing with compost and reading Sufi tales
and aphorisms...  here's one for metagame movie night:

 "Yes, the world is an illusion.  But Truth is always
    being shown there."  - Subhani (via Idries Shah 1970)

see the calendar below for a concise list of impending events &
contact people.  new metagame artists item: the weekend of July
16-18, we're doing an artists retreat at Cook Forest State Park
(near Clarion PA).  this will be cheap easy "car-camping" with
showers etc.  the July 16 artists workshop is moved to July 23.

also, i've spoken recently with a number of artists who are
using Macintosh computers for graphics, music, etc, and we're
interested in meeting occasionally as a (technical, professional
level) Mac user-group for artists.  please pass this along to
anyone who'd also be interested, and e-mail vansprouts at aol.com
if you'd like to come to the next (first) meeting (date and
location to be determined)...

the official metagame artists web-site:
  http://members.aol.com/vansprouts/metagame/
  (no major changes since May 15, except the calendar)

electronically yours,
chris van sprouts


=======  a concise list of impending events  =======

June 13 Sun 3:03pm edt -- new moon

June 18 Fri 7-9pm -- metagame artists workshop #12
  info: vansprouts at aol.com or Barb 412-555-1212

June 20 Sun 7:30pm -- CUUPS Summer Solstice Ritual
  at First Unitarian Church, Ellsworth & Morewood
  info: Isis 412-555-1212 wdrichey at email.msn.com

June 21 Mon 3:49pm edt -- summer solstice

June 28 Mon 5:37pm edt -- full moon

July 2 Fri 7pm-? -- transcendent movie night
  info: vansprouts at aol.com or Barb 412-555-1212

July 9 Fri 7pm -- Dances of Universal Peace
  (NOT at the Friends Meeting House)
  directions: Barb 412-555-1212 brich+ at pitt.edu

July 12 Mon 10:24pm edt -- new moon

July 16-18 Fri-Sun -- artists retreat camping weekend
  at Cook Forest State Park (near Clarion PA)
  ride sharing (please call if you can give or need a ride)
  questions/directions: Barb 412-555-1212 brich+ at pitt.edu

July 23 Fri 7-9pm -- metagame artists workshop #13
  (moved from July 16)

July 28 Wed 7:25am edt -- full moon (lunar lammas)


Date: 1999 Jul 13 Tue 12:57 EDT
From: vansprouts at aol dot com
Subject: metagame artists July 16-18 & 23, Aug 6

click Here...  see you there ;]
  http://members.aol.com/vansprouts/stuff/outside.html


=======  calendar (continued)  =======

July 12 Mon 10:24pm edt -- new moon

July 16-18 Fri-Sun -- artists retreat camping weekend
  at Cook Forest State Park (near Clarion PA)
  ride sharing (please call if you can give or need a ride,
  and we still need 1-2 people to help setup on friday day)
  questions/directions: Barb 412-555-1212 brich+ at pitt.edu

July 18 Sun 1-5pm -- Evergreen/CUUPS Community Picnic
  at Bobcat Grove in Boyce Park, Pittsburgh
  info: Moonshadow mooonshdw at earthlink.net

July 23 Fri 7-9pm -- metagame artists workshop #13
  info: vansprouts at aol.com or Barb 412-555-1212

July 28 Wed 7:25am edt -- full moon (lunar lammas)

Aug 6 Fri 7pm-? -- mga transcendent movie night
  info: vansprouts at aol.com or Barb 412-555-1212

Aug 11 Wed 7:08am edt -- new moon

Aug 13 Fri 7pm -- Dances of Universal Peace
  (NOT at the Friends Meeting House)
  directions: Barb 412-555-1212 brich+ at pitt.edu

Aug 20 Fri 7-9pm -- metagame artists workshop #14

Aug 26 Thu 7:48pm edt -- full moon


Date: 1999 Aug 17 Tue 14:56 EDT
From: vansprouts at aol dot com
Subject: metagame artists Aug 20 & Sep 3

hi all, this is just a quick reminder - look for the real mga
e-flyer in another week or two...  with a radically different
schedule for the fall (and major additions to the web-site)...

next artists workshop this friday, Aug 20, 7-9pm (dinner 6-7)

next transcendent movie night Sep 3 Friday 7pm-? (dinner 6-?)

info:
   http://members.aol.com/vansprouts/metagame/

questions/directions:
   e-mail vansprouts at aol dot com or brich+ at pitt dot edu

- chris v sprouts


Date: 1999 Sep 1 Wed 15:12 EDT
From: vansprouts at aol dot com
Subject: mg artists fall schedule & news

hi everyone, welcome back from a good hot summer!

as we begin a 2nd year (!) of metagame artists support workshops,
this fall & winter we'll be changing back to an all-day workshop
once a month (sundays instead of saturdays), and movie night on
the friday before each workshop.

  movies, fridays 7pm-?: Sep 3, Sep 17, Oct 22, Nov 19, Dec 17
  workshops, sundays noon-9pm:   Sep 19, Oct 24, Nov 21, Dec 19

yes, we have actually discovered a few transcendent movies during
the past many months... if you'd like to see which ones, the new
metagame artists transcendent movie index is always in progress at
  http://members.aol.com/vansprouts/metagame/movies.html

...and transcendent movie suggestions are always welcome, by e-mail
or preferably in person at movie night! (as before, movies start
at 7pm, casual dinner 6-7pm, no rsvp necessary, arrive any time
with your own dinner and/or potluck/munchies, vegetarian only
please, and no smoking or drugs)

also see the new virtual refrigerator door, covered with stuff
we've made at the artists workshops, stuck on with little virtual
refrigerator magnets, yeah :-)
  http://members.aol.com/vansprouts/refrig/door.html

for those who missed our great wilderness retreat camping weekend
at Cook Forest in July, i'd like to report that it was indeed "The
Holiday Inn of Camping" as promised by Veronique, but our food was
much better than Howard Johnson's.  many thanks to Veronique and
Barb for organizing the trip, and especially to Veronique for taking
us to some of her favorite places for meditation and drawing.  and
thanks to Chris for catalysing some artists workshop stuff during
the weekend.  and thanks to Sheila, we all floated gently merrily
down the Clarion River for a beautiful sunny saturday afternoon!

vast amounts of detail about the workshops, movies, etc (equally
accessible for the casually curious or the intrepidly studious),
may be found at the official metagame artists web-site:
  http://members.aol.com/vansprouts/metagame/

questions/directions:
  e-mail vansprouts at aol dot com and/or brich+ at pitt dot edu
(sorry, the phone-machine has been a little flaky since
July. if we haven't returned your call, please try again)

your faithful e-correspondent,
chris tofu vansprouts


Date: 1999 Oct 17 Sun 20:07 EDT
From: vansprouts at aol dot com
Subject: mg artists Oct 22 & 24

hi all, just a reminder for this month's metagame artists
events (both at Barb's), and more lunar calendar...

  transcendent movie night, Oct 22 Fri 7pm-?
  artists support workshop, Oct 24 Sun noon-9pm

for more info, see last month's e-flyer below
and/or http://members.aol.com/vansprouts/metagame/

- chris v sprouts


Date: 1999 Nov 10 Wed 23:40 EST
From: vansprouts at aol dot com
Subject: mg artists & food Nov 19 & 21

  "bless this food, everywhere it's been,
   and everywhere it's going...  yum, yum!"
     - traditional metagame artists blessing

in anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday, i'm reminded that
truly good nutritious food (and clean air and water) are essential
for healthy physical and spiritual functioning, while many foods
and additives (and pollution) that we take for granted seriously
inhibit our functioning.

it's not very easy (here) to find simple true information on this
important and neglected issue, or truly experience good health and
clarity of mind, so we've decided to focus on food at this month's
artists workshop Nov 21.

instead of tale-spinning, we'll spend the afternoon preparing some
favorite recipes from the Metagame Artists Community Restaurant,
including organic whole-grain sourdough breads, veggie pancakes,
sprouted stuff, various shades of green-drink, healthy cookies and
munchies, yum yum!  all ingredients, utensils, etc will be here...
call with questions or special requests/contributions.  bring some
art-work for intros and after dinner. workshop cost is the usual
$10, plus $5 for materials.

  transcendent movie night, Nov 19 Fri 7pm-? (dinner 6-?)
  artists support workshop, Nov 21 Sun noon-9pm

movie night is free, but please, please bring a favorite movie!
both events are at Barb's, vegetarian/vegan, no smoking or drugs.

for more info, see the official metagame artists web-site:
  http://members.aol.com/vansprouts/metagame/

chris van sprouts


Date: 1999 Dec 14 Tue 18:50 EST
From: vansprouts at aol dot com
Subject: mg artists Dec 17 & 19

hi everyone, hope you're enjoying the tropical winter and holidays!

the food workshop last month was so good that we're doing it again
this month.  also in observance of the solstice full moon, we'll be
out in Frick Park, Dec 21 Tuesday around sundown/moonrise, to do the
eucalyptus song and some sufi dancing.  please join us if you wish.

  transcendent movie night, Dec 17 Fri 7pm-? (dinner 6-?)
  artists support workshop, Dec 19 Sun noon-9pm
  solstice moonrise, Dec 21 Tue 5:30pm-?

for more info, see the hyper-sonic trans-millennial roman-to-lunar-
conversion calendar below, followed by last month's award-winning
e-flyer.

>- chris van sprouts :->

( 2000 archive in progress... )


Date: 2000 Jan 11 Tue 22:30 EST
From: vansprouts at aol dot com
Subject: mg artists Jan 15-16 Sat-Sun

hi all,

oops!  i almost forgot, we're having a workshop this weekend, and
we've moved movie night to saturday (friday is Dances of Universal
Peace), and we're doing the transcendent food workshop saturday
afternoon before transcendent movies.  please join us at Barb's new
place (same address - more about the incredible eco-renovation next
e-flyer)...

  transcendent food workshop, Jan 15 Sat 2-6pm
  transcendent movie night, Jan 15 Sat 7pm-? (dinner 6-?)
  artists support workshop, Jan 16 Sun noon-9pm

artists support workshop suggested donation $10.00 - $10,000,000
(sliding scale) toward development of the workshops and metagame
artists community, and bring some art to present, transcendent or
whatever.  the food workshop is $10 including everything.  movie
night is free, bring a favorite movie, sleeping bag optional.
vegetarian/vegan, no smoking or drugs.

for more info, see the official metagame artists web-site:
  http://members.aol.com/vansprouts/metagame/
  (due for a major update soon...)

best wishes for the new year,
chris van sprouts


Date: 2000 Feb 8 Tue 15:30 EST
From: vansprouts at aol dot com
Subject: mg artists Feb 12-13 Sat-Sun

hello everyone,

yes, it's time for another fun-filled metagame artists
weekend! (see last month's e-flyer, below, for details)

  transcendent food workshop, Feb 12 Sat 2-6pm
  transcendent movie night, Feb 12 Sat 7pm-? (dinner 6-?)
  artists support workshop, Feb 13 Sun noon-9pm

and for your socio-politico-astronomical convenience, the
roman-to-lunar-conversion calendar for this whole year
is now on the web at
 http://members.aol.com/vansprouts/metagame/calen.html

other new stuff at the metagame artists web-site (including
a report on the incredible eco-renovation of Barb's place)
will most likely probably maybe appear relatively soon...

- chris v sprouts


Date: 2000 Mar 7 Tue 12:59 EST
From: vansprouts at aol dot com
Subject: mg artists Mar & spring e-cleaning

hi everyone,

the metagame artists workshops and movies continue...
  transcendent food workshop, March 11 Sat 2-6pm
  transcendent movie night, March 11 Sat 7pm-? (dinner 6-?)
  artists support workshop, March 12 Sun noon-9pm

...and we've been having a great time, please join us!

for info, see the official metagame artists web-site:
  http://members.aol.com/vansprouts/metagame/

e-yours,
chris van sprouts

p.s.  the only big news in this e-flyer is there are now
definitely two kinds of metagame artists e-flyers:
  [1] newsletters  (3-4 times/year, when there is news)
  [2] e-flyers  (event reminders, about once a month)

and you can subscribe / un-subscribe to either or both
any time by sending an e-note to vansprouts at aol.com with
"mg artists" in the subject, or leave a phone message
(or stick a post-it note on my nose next time we meet!).
if i haven't heard from you for much more than a year or
two, you'll be un-subscribed automatically ;-]-:

the latest e-flyer and events calendar are always on the web at
   http://members.aol.com/vansprouts/metagame/eflyer.html
   http://members.aol.com/vansprouts/metagame/calen.html


Date: 2000 Apr 12 Wed 14:47 EDT
From: vansprouts at aol dot com
Subject: mg artists Apr 15-16 Sat-Sun

hi y'all,
just the calendar for metagame artists & other stuff this month...

  food workshop, April 15 Sat 2-6pm
  movie night, April 15 Sat 7pm-? (dinner 6-?)
  artists workshop, April 16 Sun noon-9pm

- chris van sprouts

p.s.  check out the new website for Dances of Universal Peace
in Pittsburgh  --> http://trfn.clpgh.org/dup/


Date: 2000 May 10 Wed 23:38 EDT
From: vansprouts at aol dot com
Subject: mg artists May 13-14 Sat-Sun

hi everyone,

here's the mg artists schedule for May, and see the calendar
below for some other events and web links.

  MgA food workshop, May 13 Sat 2-6pm
  transcendent movies, May 13 Sat 7pm-? (dinner 6-?)
  artists support workshop, May 14 Sun noon-9pm

check out the new improved metagame artists website!
  http://members.aol.com/vansprouts/metagame/
  (this could be as glitzy as it gets!)

questions/directions: e-mail vansprouts at aol dot com

concisely yours,
chris van sprouts


( 2000 archive in progress... )



Date: 2000 Jul 13 Thu 17:26 EDT
From: vansprouts at aol dot com
Subject: mg artists goodbye pittsburgh!

hello all, goodbye Pittsburgh!

yes, the rumor is true, the metagame artists virtual community is
moving to Arizona at the end of July.  we have one last workshop in
Squirrel Hill this weekend, and we'll continue the monthly workshops
in the Tucson/Phoenix area and elsewhere...

thanks to all who have contributed to the mg artists workshops in
Pittsburgh during these past two years, and best wishes for the
future.  keep up-to-date via the mg artists website (same address),
and stay in touch (vansprouts at aol.com remains the same, phone#s
etc will change).  please come visit, and consider joining us in a
slightly-more-than-virtual community somewhere in the southwest...

that's the news, here's the mg artists schedule for July, and see
the calendar below for some other events and web links.

  MgA food workshop / picnic, July 15 Sat 2-7pm
  transcendent movies, July 15 Sat 7pm-?
  artists support workshop, July 16 Sun noon-9pm

check out the new improved metagame artists website!
  http://members.aol.com/vansprouts/metagame/
  (this could be as glitzy as it gets!)

questions/directions:
  e-mail vansprouts at aol.com and/or phone Barb 412-555-1212.

virtually yours,
chris van sprouts


=======  roman-to-lunar-conversion calendar...  =======

July 1 Sat 3:20pm edt -- new moon

July 14 Fri 7pm -- Dances of Universal Peace
  at Frick Park, Beechwood & Nicholson
  info: Barb 412-555-1212 dup at trfn.clpgh.org
  http://trfn.clpgh.org/dup/

July 15 Sat 2-7pm -- MgA food workshop / picnic
July 15 Sat 7pm-? -- transcendent movies
July 16 Sun noon-9pm -- artists support workshop #25
  info: vansprouts at aol.com or Barb 412-555-1212
  http://members.aol.com/vansprouts/metagame/

July 16 Sun 9:55am edt -- full moon

July 22-23 Sat-Sun 9am-2pm -- Mg Artists Yard Sale
  furniture, housewares, books, etc
  info: Barb 412-555-1212

July 30 Sun 10:25pm edt -- new moon

Aug 11 Fri 7pm -- Dances of Universal Peace
  at Frick Park, Beechwood & Nicholson
  http://trfn.clpgh.org/dup/

Aug 12-13 Sat-Sun -- MgA workshop & transcendent movies
  (exact times & location to be determined)
  info: vansprouts at aol.com
  http://members.aol.com/vansprouts/metagame/

Aug 15 Tue 1:13am edt -- full moon (lunar lammas?)



( 2001 archive in progress... )


Date: 2003 Mar 13 Thu 15:17 -0700
From: chris vs <vansprouts at mac dot com>
Subject: vansprouts/mga news & address changes

dear friends, family, and fellow creatures,

    new email - chris vs <vansprouts at mac dot com>
    new website - http://homepage.mac.com/vansprouts/

yay!  my old addresses are obsolete.  both isp's have been more or less unreliable, and aol notably has lost lots of my email over the years (and refuses to block spam).  in any case, i do my best to answer all friendly personal messages - if you haven't gotten a reply within a week or two, please try again.  (and btw, please ask before forwarding stuff to/from me, or putting me on any lists. thanks! :)

Barbara Anne and i are no longer at any of the same addresses, but we occasionally collaborate on dances of universal peace.  she is making her home in Gila NM, and you can contact her at <BarbaraAnne at gilanet dot com>

mrs emma p felione, the cat of universal peace, will be remembered along with other sufi martyrs, free at last of trouble from the dogs of blind authoritarian violence.  the rest of us are still here.

eventually i'll publish an account of my recent near-death experience (2002 December) in the family newsletter and on my new website...  meanwhile i'll be glad to answer questions etc by email or in person.  and after 3 months of full-time healing work, i'm almost recovered from 15 years of normal urban- industrial pollution as well.  thanks to all for your blessings!

the old metagame artists workshops & community design are floating back to mind, and i'll be looking around new mexico (espec santa fe) for people & communities with similar interests.  descriptions of the workshops & community are still on my old website at  http://members.aol.com/vansprouts/metagame/

(the new website will be "in progress" for a while ;)
thanks for ideas, contacts, etc...

chris vansprouts

"meow is not a cat, and a cat is not meow..."  (zikr from cats of u.p.)

_______________________________________________________________
NEED a Break from HYPE and GLITZ ??? breathe deeply, and RELAX!
http://members.aol.com/vansprouts/ - no-hype website of the year


Date: 2004 Jan 9 Fri 17:32 -0700
From: chris vansprouts <vansprouts at mac dot com>
Organization: "random" non-hierarchical non-linearsequential
To: friends+family+metasofa <metasofa at mac dot com>
Subject: happy new year

  blessings for a new year with peace and truth,
  may all beings everywhere be well and happy...

lunar calendar 2004
  http://homepage.mac.com/vansprouts/eco/lunar2004.html
eucalyptus song 1996
  http://homepage.mac.com/vansprouts/stuff/eucalyp.html
the comfy metasofa
  http://homepage.mac.com/vansprouts/meta/sofa.html

Date:  2010 Sep 29 Wed 16:22 -0700
From:  chris vansprouts <vansprouts at mac dot com>
Subject:  oct 3 sunday - conference on permaculture & sustainability in terrasante community

announcing...

the next conference on Permaculture & Sustainability in TerraSante Community

2010 October 3 Sunday from 6 to 8 pm, hosted by vansprouts metasofa summer camp

you're cordially invited to the next meeting on "permaculture & sustainability in greater terrasante".  this is a followup and continuation of two community permaculture meetings at jetana's, and the natural building seminar with ranjit from india (http://kepfound.org/building.html), all about this time last year.

this next meeting will be at my summer campsite, beginning with an informal/potluck dinner at 6 pm, along with a short eco-tour of the campsite, which is also an off-grid sustainability demonstration project (http://cv.metasofa.org/summer10.html)

there's a map & more info at http://cv.metasofa.org/tsconf1010.html

hope to see you!   - chris vansprouts

Date:  2010 Oct 4 Mon 18:12 -0700
From:  chris vansprouts

thanks to everyone who attended and helped setup & cleanup.  we had nice small group (david victoria tom liisa chris), good weather, good food, good discussion, and a good time!

thanks also to everyone who took a virtual tour of my campsite at http://cv.metasofa.org/summer10.html ... live tours are available by request, preferably late afternoons, and definitely after tuesday community meetings.

hopefully there'll be another meeting on these topics in a month or so, and a tour of victoria's new moringa tree greenhouse - also see http://cv.metasofa.org/vickidome.html

chris v


Date:  2011 Jun 11 Sat 11:38 -0700
From:  chris vansprouts <vansprouts at mac dot com>
To:  bcc to metasofa friends family <metasofa at mac dot com>
Subject:  metasofa artists - creating an alternative web/media production company

hello metasofa friends & family,

seems to me like it's a good time to create (or join) a not-for-profit alternative educational web development & media production company...

the primary work will be web & video documentaries of appropriate technology & eco-village communities, along with the development and hosting of alternative community web apps & services.  (for an example, please see this design for an online community currency co-op - http://cv.metasofa.org/ccccc.html)

to collaborate in this work, i'm looking for serious business partners, graphic artists, videographers, programmers, musicians, et al...  which could also be the start of (or another project for) a more general artists collective and/or community.

i'd also like to find a campsite closer to tucson (within solar electric biking distance), and continue gardening in the desert and growing other small-scale 'sustainability' projects.  (here's something about my current campsite - http://cv.metasofa.org/summer10.html)

if you know of any people or projects that may be related or interested in this (including yourself :) would you please introduce us!

many thanks,
chris vansprouts

http://cv.metasofa.org
http://news.metasofa.org

Date:  2011 Jul 10 Sun 23:30 -0700
From:  chris vansprouts

p.s.  the metasofa artists community is now listed in the ic.org intentional communities directory at http://directory.ic.org/23513/

Date:  2013 Sep 17 Tue 01:30 -0700
From:  chris vansprouts <vansprouts at mac dot com>
Subject:  re: metasofa artists - creating an alternative web/media production company

p.p.s.  two years later in tucson, no garden, no campsite, expensive food & everything else, no money, no video, but making tiny tiny progress in a back alley of this backwards major city which totally pretends to solar power and sustainability.  if i'm careful, my old 10-speed human-powered bike does ok on these amazingly straight, level, and wide sun-sucking asphalt streets (a very large proportion of tucson's sprawling surface area, and growing...)

metasofa.org is now hosting one community web service, along with this website and some others on our own "100% organic grassroots cloud" of community-owned free-linux webservers.  our server hardware is no big deal, each machine is about 10 years old, absolutely worthless as a personal computer, including some solar-powered laptops with broken screens, but they're fast enough for internet servers and debian linux is fantastically reliable!

(on the highly esoteric subject of "sustainable internet", i'm currently working out how to float our own dns servers in a cloud of dynamic ip's, what fun!  your old wifi ipods will still work on our network when the grid is down :)

the one community web service is tucson's community timebank, up on the metasofa cloud since last summer 2012.  this timebank is a member-based community directory for finding people, services offered and wanted, and other resources, anywhere on the internet (not just tucson).

in a timebank, everyone's hours are worth the same, which could be the basis of a simple global currency standard for truly "fair trade", whereby people from any/everywhere in the world can trade equal hour for equal hour with whomever they like.  (we'll see how long it takes to catch on :)

meanwhile, check out comfy metasofa's member listing in the timebank.  the comfy metasofa needs your participation and support, please help!  this is good work to be doing in this world at this time, please contact me if you're interested.

and join your local-global timebank, it's free and infinitely valuable.  read more and sign up here - metasofa.org/timebank

e-love, chris v


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