Re: List

From: Harvey Newstrom (
Date: Wed Feb 07 2001 - 23:46:00 MST

At 2:55 AM -0800 2/7/01, Natasha Vita-More wrote:
>Good by.

At 11:19 AM -0600 2/7/01, Chris Russo wrote:
>so I guess that she [....]

At 12:18 PM -0500 2/7/01, E. Shaun Russell wrote:
>I believe that she ha s[....]

At 3:16 PM -0800 2/7/01, Samantha Atkins wrote:
|but I think that [....]

Relax, people! There's no need for all this speculating.

Natasha is not dropping out of Transhumanist Art or Extropianism.
She is busy with several documentaries, one or two films, several
magazine interviews, and has been invited to speak in NY at a very
impressive event which is also making a documentary.

She is merely choosing to not wade through this list's voluminous
ramblings ever day. Her busy schedule obviously makes it
increasingly difficult to keep up with some of the
less-than-brilliant topics we have been seeing lately. This should
not be seen as an insult to or rejection of the list. It is simply a
matter of diminishing returns. List quality has gone way down while
the time required to read the list has gone way up. Natasha is doing
important work and is getting busier all the time. These two vectors
simply diverge. Many old-timers have come and gone from the list
because of demands of their outside projects.

We will continue to see Natasha in The Real World(TM) getting things
done. I think it is counter-productive to try to place "blame" for
the departure to a single cause or to read too much into it. She
simply has to make choices between all her various activities. Given
all the interesting things she is doing, this list simply doesn't
make the cut. I certainly would not advise her to cancel any of her
great projects so that she could stay at home to read more of our
ramblings. We will probably see her back on this list from time to
time, whenever her schedule relaxes and the list quality improves.

The list has often goes through cycles of brilliance and boringness.
People's lives also go through cycles of productivity and relaxation.
Such cycles are normal, and we will see varying periods of overlap
over time. We can't insist that every high-profile member remain
constantly active at all times just for our benefit. Most
high-profile members get pulled away on projects that become too
time-consuming and important to allow continued participation in this
particular forum. This is a good thing. It would be sad if nobody
had any other priorities except posting to this list.

Harvey Newstrom <>

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