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We've got the whole world in our hands

By Mimi Hill

THIS COLUMN FEATURES some of my favorite Santa Cruz Web pages. But the world--and the World Wide Web--is a very big place, and I'm more than willing to check out suggested destinations sent in by you, the readers. Sites for consideration can be submitted via email and must either be produced by someone living in Santa Cruz or be in some way about our town.

You Can Take it With You

It never ceases to amaze me how many fabulous artists we have in our town. Made in Santa Cruz is a store packed with many local artists' wares and is located out on the Municipal Wharf. I stopped in there recently and saw some amazing salt-and-pepper shakers made by local artist Suzanne Wouk. You can go out there and check out their wonderfully eclectic collections yourself, but if you want to show your friends and relatives who live far away what is available via their catalog, just point them to the business Web site.

Hitherto Remembered

History can be relived through the eyes of the people who lived here thanks to the Santa Cruz Public Library's collection of local history, articles and photographs. This site has some fascinating stories about people who lived here. For instance, there's Laura J. F. Hecox: Lighthouse Keeper and Naturalist, 1854­1919 by Frank Perry, and Uncle Dave's Story: The Life of Ex-Slave Dave Boffman by Phil Reader. While you are there, be sure to check out info on and by the great American (and local) poet William "Bill" Everson.

The Tao of Ewe

Nick Herbert has a doctorate in physics from Stanford University, writes poetry and lives here in Boulder Creek. Some of Nick's edge science and quantum tantra are now available on the Web. He has written three books to date: Quantum Reality, Faster Than Light and elemental mind. He was published in David Jay Brown and Rebecca Novick's ground-breaking book Mavericks of the Mind and has written dozens, if not hundreds, of papers. While browsing his page, I especially enjoyed reading about his Amy Project, which attempts by physics experiments alone (no reference to mental phenomena) to discover whether this world is a dream or not. Check him out.

Geek Week

There are a number of households in the Santa Cruz area comprised almost solely of computer geeks. They have been named--by the residents themselves--"geek houses." You can find a lot of them by pointing your browser to the geek house site. I wandered into one geek house page called Schrödinger's Research Module and found a fascinating article on "Collapsing Shepard's Relative Pitch Circularity: A Pitch Invariant Sound."

Mimi Hill is the UCSC Systems and Resource Analyst for the Arts and a computer consultant. For her rates or further information, she can be reached via email or letter at: 111 Union St., SC 95060. Check out the Web page for her upcoming book with Robert Anton Wilson.

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From the March 13-19, 1997 issue of Metro Santa Cruz

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