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Update: May 10, 2012 Impressive history of past screenings! Bon voyage for more in the future!!!

An Ecology of Mind: A Daughter’s Portrait of Gregory Bateson (2011)
Thursday, April 26, 2012
3:30 – 5:30pm
George Ignatieff Theatre

15 Devonshire Place, Toronto

(hosted by OISE)


Just back from the screening–a thoroughly ecosonic experience, as expected! The next one is in Ithaca, NY.

Please click promo img below to go to Nora Bateson’s documentary website:
Today’s panelists in pic (right to left): Nora Bateson, Dorion Sagan (science writer, essayist and theorist), Peter Harries-Jones (anthropology, York University), and Eric Bredo (University of Toronto)

Smiles: I didn’t know that, but for those who can relate to the experience, WP’s automated response to this post:
The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes. 
Agatha Christie

importing images from chain email: enjoy!!!

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WP’s automated comment:

The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can’t help it.
Leo Rosten

Cannot resist adding a very ecosonic statement, which I came across in the unexpected shape of an epigraph to a review of Art Practice in a Digital Culture, edited by Hazel Gardiner and Charlie Gere (Ashgate, 2010). The book review is by Timothy Allen Jackson, published in Literary and Linguistic Computing 27(1), Oxford Uni Press (April 2012).

The thought manifests as the word,
The word manifests as the deed,
The deed develops into habit,
And the habit hardens into character.
So watch the thought and its ways with care.
And let it spring from love, born out of
concern for all beings.

Ascribed to the Buddha in The Dhammapada

the next 2 lines from Quotation #40272 from Laura Moncur’s Motivational Quotations

Born out of concern for all beings…
As the shadow follows the body,
As we think, so we become.

which links to a quote from Yammakavagga “The Pairs” (verses from Chap. I of The Dhammapada), in F. Max Müller’s translation:

  • All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him, as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the carriage…

in the translation of Acharya Buddharakkhita:

  • Mind precedes all mental states.
    Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought.
    If with an impure mind a person speaks or acts
    suffering follows him
    like the wheel that follows the foot of the ox. (Verse 1)
  • Mind precedes all mental states.
    Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought.
    If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts
    happiness follows him like his never-departing shadow. (Verse 2)

credit for Cambodian culture consultation goes to P.L.

Continuing with Khmer culture, a couple more Robams [dances]

1. Dance of the cocoa nut shells: Robam [dance] Kuos [to hit] Trolauk [cocoa nut shell]

2. Dance of the beautiful dancer [nowadays performed to represent the culture of the country]: Robam [dance] ‘Apsara [beautiful female dancer, possibly in the palace]

And this is WordPress’s automated comment, yet again, very suitable:
The desire to write grows with writing. Desiderius Erasmus

Apparently, the most important holiday in Cambodia, my friend P.L. tells me.  He hasn’t celebrated New Year in Cambodia for 5 years now, and really misses the experience.

My superficial search came up with a Canadian Cambodian Association of Ontario, based in Toronto, which caters to Cambodians in Canada, and a US-Cambodian initiative, arranging for Cambodian Studies in the country itself, for English and French speaking international fellows as well as Cambodian fellows. BTW, if you do chance to visit the former site, they are looking for volunteers, on the latter site you may find announcements about fellowships and instructors for their programs.

In honor of the Khmer/Cambodian New Year, some photos–thanks to online sources:

Sooah zdai cham tmai!!! [Happy New Year in Khmer (pronounced /kmai/)]

starting with the youngest darlings:

something more everyday-like

and the impressive

This is a dance on the 1st day of the 3-day Cambodian New Year celebration (April 13, 14, and 15), called “Rabam [dance] Trot [deer-like animal]” So, look for the guy who impersonates the “deer”

update Apr 27: In the way of tx to John for his contribution below, blog version of a conference panel response of his relating to Ong’s work

Father Walter Ong (November 30, 1912 – August 12, 2003) is turning 100 just a year after Marshall McLuhan, his PhD MA [giving the floor to John Walter in Comment below] thesis mentor.

A short, to-the-point review of his likely best known book:
Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word (1982)

Proceedings e-volume from the McLuhan Galaxy Conference “Understanding Media, Today” held in Barcelona on May 23rd-25th, 2011. Edited by Matteo Ciastellardi, Cristina Miranda de Almeida, Carlos A. Scolari (final version – July 1st 2011)

Inaugural issue of the International Journal of McLuhan Studies. BTW, they also have an upcoming IJMS Call for Papers that you may be inspired to respond to, and news about McLuhan-related publications and events.


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