Tech.

January 8, 2013 § 2 Comments

“When Thoreau considered “where I live and what I live for,” he tied together location and values. Where we live doesn’t just change how we live; it informs who we become. Most recently, technology promises us lives on the screen. What values, Thoreau would ask, follow from this new location? Immersed in simulation, where do we live, and what do we live for?” – Sherry Turkle, “Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other”.

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across the Great Salt Lake Desert toward Granite Peak

across the Great Salt Lake Desert toward Granite Peak

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“Technology is the campfire around which we tell our stories.” – Laurie Anderson

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Santa Rosa Peak as seen from Granite Peak

Santa Rosa Peak as seen from Granite Peak

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“Meditation is the ultimate mobile device; you can use it anywhere, anytime, unobtrusively.” – Sharon Salzberg

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Santa Rosa Peak

Santa Rosa Peak

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“For thousands of years, it had been nature–and its supposed creator–that had had a monopoly on awe. It had been the icecaps, the deserts, the volcanoes and the glaciers that had given us a sense of finitude and limitation and had elicited a feeling in which fear and respect coagulated into a strangely pleasing feeling of humility, a feeling which the philosophers of the eighteenth century had famously termed the sublime.

But then had come a transformation to which we were still the heirs…. Over the course of the nineteenth century, the dominant catalyst for that feeling of the sublime had ceased to be nature. We were now deep in the era of the technological sublime, when awe could most powerfully be invoked not by forests or icebergs but by supercomputers, rockets and particle accelerators. We were now almost exclusively amazed by ourselves.” – Alain de Botton

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Santa Rosa-Paradise Peak Wilderness Area

Santa Rosa-Paradise Peak Wilderness Area

http://www.basinandrange.org/1/category/place%20profile/1.html

The Santa Rosa-Paradise Peak Wilderness Area, designated in 1989, is a gorgeous wilderness area located about 30 miles north of Winnemucca, NV between Highway 95 and State Route 290.  It contains roughly 32,000 acres in the southern section of the Santa Rosa Range.  The west side of the wilderness area can be accessed from Hwy 95 through Buffalo Canyon, Horse/Fall Canyons, McConnell Canyon and Rebel Canyon.  The East Side of the wilderness can be accessed from SR 290 through Abel Creek, Singas Creek, Lamance/Hanson Roads and Big Cottonwood Creek.
Entering the wilderness from the western slope you become surrounded by intense phyllite cliffs, then once you climb higher up the phyllite is replaced by granite ridges. The eastern slope has less dramatic canyons, but has numerous white granite outcrops. The highest point in the wilderness is Santa Rosa Peak standing at 9,701 feet and another prominent peak is Paradise Peak at 9,443 feet.  Beside the amazing geology of the area, there are also many native plants to enjoy.

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“[The modern age] knows nothing about isolation and nothing about silence. In our quietest and loneliest hour the automatic ice-maker in the refrigerator will cluck and drop an ice cube, the automatic dishwasher will sigh through its changes, a plane will drone over, the nearest freeway will vibrate the air. Red and white lights will pass in the sky, lights will shine along highways and glance off windows. There is always a radio that can be turned to some all-night station, or a television set to turn artificial moonlight into the flickering images of the late show. We can put on a turntable whatever consolation we most respond to, Mozart or Copland or the Grateful Dead.” – Wallace Stegner, “Angle of Repose

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Nevada landscape

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“To the Technocrats: Have mercy on us. Relax a bit, take time out for simple pleasures. For example, the luxuries of electricity, indoor plumbing, central heating, instant electronic communication and such, have taught me to relearn and enjoy the basic human satisfactions of dipping water from a cold clear mountain stream; of building a wood fire in a cast-iron stove; of using long winter nights for making music, making things, making love; of writing long letters, in longhand with a fountain pen, to the few people on this earth I truly care about.” – Edward Abbey

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“In an age of infinite digital documentation, paper was the last safe place for secrets.” – Evan Angler

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