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COMMUNET  December 1999, Week 3

COMMUNET December 1999, Week 3

Subject:

A Favor Please

From:

Midi Cox <[log in to unmask]>

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Community and Civic Network discussion list <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Tue, 21 Dec 1999 19:33:58 -0800

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It might be easy to accept the notion that our New Year's Voyage
{http://www.bfranklin.edu/year2000} is frivolous, and therefore
hardly worth much attention.

I would argue to the contrary. On display will be the most
extraordinary collection of technologies we have yet seen.  And a
whole lot more.

For gorgeous still photography and remarkable streaming videos,
Internet gurus would be hard pressed to show me a vendor that comes
close to that available at
http://www.seeitfirst.com/site/main_rov.html.  If this, alone,
doesn't stir your juices, maybe you should read no further?  World
travel is not for you.

At http://www.bfranklin.edu/hearme, we have audio technology that
could humble some of the giant webcasters, and elevate professors
way, way up the economic ladder.  Proof?  Make an arrangement with
another friend, - preferably on the other side of the world - and
talk to him or her in the Franklin HearMe room.  All you need is a
microphone and a late version Windows.  The software loads in about
ten seconds with one single mouse click.  Magically, "it" remembers
your name so the next time you visit "it" will automatically log you
- instantly - no sweat whatsoever.

One more mouse click at HearMe and a text chat room opens so when
others are talking you can easily text chat as well.  Already, we
have had a few dozen people in the HearMe room from all over the
world, with very, very fine audio, all in real time, all for free.
In years and years of explorations, we have never found a comparable
audio platform...at any price.  HearMe is slick stuff, I guarantee
you that.

So much for the technology.  No let's talk fun.  And say some thanks.

                        24 Happy New Year Toasts

With some heavy sweat by Sandra Cole and Terry Redding, we now have
pages up which show the days, minutes and hours until the New Year in
all 24 time zones, --starting with Tonga, Fiji, New Zealand, then
westward along tracks well etched into GLD charts.  The good news is
you can come in your p.j.'s.  More good news is you don't have to
call a taxi to avoid the cops. The best news is it's easy to say
Happy New Year or blow a kiss in the chat room.

In addition, who would want to miss Tom Bradley in Japan? Or Karen
Eini in Israel? or Graciela in Argentina? or Boris in Moscow? or
Sherif in Cairo? ---- this time around not for heavy duty academic
discourse, but simply to   say hi in 100 different languages, from
10000 different lips, from every corner of the planet.  From sun up
in Samoa (GMT plus 13) to sun down in Hawaii (GMT minus 11,the rooms
will be open as well as the photo galleries.   I say the trip can be
as memorable for the Franklin celebrants as the date itself is for
the rest of the world!

                           But...It's up to you!

How many we get to "check in" during the 24 hour Celebration depends
almost entirely on GLD subscribers and how well you will respond to
the favor I ask here.

                        I need your help.

There is only one way for others to find out about the Celebration
and that is for each and every one of you to forward an
invitation...a paragraph from this very long (I apologize) post? Or a
card from BlueMountain? Or posts to other lists? or notes to friends,
family and co workers?...perhaps a phone call to your local newspaper?

The Voyage is deserving of space on CNN and ITV and BBC.... and it
might just get there by a small newspaper as resolute in reporting as
we are in exploring.  Who knows unless YOU contact them?  In droves.
 From all over the planet.  Please.

                              Finally,
                        Keep this in mind--

        What will be on display is not just technology
        and not just some exceptional people making
        toasts from Prague to Perth from Anchorage to
        Capetown.

        What will also be on display is a good peek into the
        21st Century and how the benefits of worldwide
        communication, collaboration and cooperation will,
        ultimately, lift all boats to heights never
        imaginable just one decade ago.

                        the Favor......

The favor I ask is your help to spread the word.  Midnight New Year's
in the South Pacific starts early in the morning the Americans and
early in the afternoon elsewhere.
http://www.bfranklin.edu/year2000/midnight1.html,
so there is no time to waste.  Please:  Just as the people in Chicago
are known to vote early and often, so should you do the same with
your invitations -- please try to send a dozen every single day.

With this Expedition, this Celebration, this Once in a Thousand Years
date heavy boasting about this Voyage should be allowed.

Please, please help to bring a crowd. 400 million are now on line.
How many would like to say Happy New Year aboard the Good Ship
Franklin? How many would like to sign their name in a log book that
will make its own small dent in history?

The number of those signatures will depend on YOU.

Please, make your invitation a Christmas present for your friends.

And a sterling gift for the Captain and his very extraordinary Crew.

Thank you.

John Hibbs
www.bfranklin.edu

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