Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Poem to all Writers/Bloggers out there

For Xmas, here is a poem 
To All Aspiring, Confirmed and Doubtful Writers/Bloggers out there.

You stand tall
and yet
there's another you
next to you
watching you
reading you
being proud of
your own master.

Your dream come true
far away?
But our fellowship
close to you
in mind.
It isn't easy.
But it's a fabulous journey.

Welcome and own your words.
Welcome to our world.

Before blogging existed, there was still exchange.
Just Not as Fast.
This picture .Mapping the Republic of Letters is also and incidentally a fascinating project by a team of students and professors at Stanford, visualizing the famous intellectual correspondence of the Age of Enlightenment.
The Age of Enlightenment (or simply the Enlightenment or Age of Reason) was an elite cultural movement of intellectuals in 18th century Europe, that sought to mobilize the power of reason, in order to reform society and advance knowledge.
 It promoted science and intellectual interchange and opposed superstition[1], intolerance and abuses in church and state.
This was a time of great network between writers, scholars, philosophers and other thinkers at the time like Voltaire, Leibniz, Rousseau, Linnaeus, Franklin, Newton, Diderot.

The project pulls data from the Electronic Enlightenment database, an archive of more than 55,000 letters and documents exchanged between 6,400 correspondents, mapping 
the geographic origin and destination of the correspondence —
You can see how the letters traveled, and how the network evolved over time —

Here is the article:

Also Fitting Magpie's exercise # 96 :

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