From: (Message Meister)
Date: Wed, 3 Jul 1996 16:28:31 -0400 (EDT)


The wonderful summer weather had your diligent Coffee Collective distracted,
but some of us are still around.  Thus, to cheer up those of us here, and to
celebrate the summer, some graduations, the long weekend, and a number of
other things I cannot think of now, the militant core of the Coffee
Collective will offer a Monday Morning Coffee after the long weekend, that
is, next Monday 8 July, at 10ish.

As is traditional, you will also get the reminder message then. But now it is
time for Renewal!

                       RENEWAL WORKSHOP SERIES

                      Healing, Hacking, Loving:
               Finding and Empowering Your Inner Luser

                          Robert Sly, Ph.D.

Every program you write is a sacred program.  But many young hackers,
especially, have lost touch with the rituals and timeless archetypes that
bind them to other hackers in a tradition stretching back through the
decades.  These symbols -- motifs, sacred objects, songs and archetypes --
can help us ground negative energy associated with hacking and bind us
together in a holistic framework with the applications we build, the systems
we work with, and our user communities.

Sitting in isolated offices, working on small, poorly-designed systems that
sit on our desks, many of us have never understood or felt connected to those
sacred dimensions of experience that characterized ancient hacking -- the
triple rainbow cycle of development, the path to the machine room, the
banishing of losers from the system console.  Robert Sly, Ph.D., will lead
the participants in this workshop on a shamanic journey to their own inner
machine rooms.  Typing at our inner system consoles, we will each find and
load our own personal symbol tables, very carefully patch our running
systems, and proceed in an experience of transcendent renewal.

Robert Sly, Ph. D., is an expert on Apollonian and Dionysian traditions of
hacking who has read The New Hacker's Dictionary, memorized several of the
definitions, and occasionally sent mail to UNIX-HATERS.  But he won't be at
next week's MMC. Come on down, drink, eat, and meditate until your personal
power application appears to you in a sacred vision.

----- Taken from MIT AI Lab's "Girl Scout Benefit," which meets Fridays to
empty beer bottles to donate to the Girl Scouts. Author:
(Patrick Sobalvarro).  Thanks to Gunnar Blix for pointing out this source!