The Fez

In 1993, I started data mining the Internet for career guidance, even sending a naive email to Bill Gates (never read, most likely). But by 2000, I discovered a greater scope (arbitraging information for money) and became obsessed with extracting meaningful information. By 2007, I realized that extracting was less

In 1993, I started data mining the Internet for career guidance, even sending a naive email to Bill Gates (never read, most likely). But by 2000, I discovered a greater scope (arbitraging information for money) and became obsessed with extracting meaningful information.

By 2007, I realized that extracting was less powerful than injecting information and developed a model for purposeful manipulation, which led to an epiphany about 'the ego diseases', something like the seven deadly sins.

Each disease has its own aspect that exposes the sufferer to manipulation. The diseases became my focus. Manipulation is a broad concept and around 2009 Janet showed me that it's also part of music, theater, dance. The artist seeks to manipulate the viewer. In retrospect, I'd known this since Dominique (around 2001) but not with the same clarity.

So this stew of concepts simmered in my mind for several years, no doubt infecting my subconscious, too.

I don't remember stepping onto [the dance floor at The Fez] (http://www.fezballroom.com/) but I remember leaving it. I blacked out for perhaps thirty minutes and when I un-tranced and looked around...

I was in the middle of an empty floor except for the four women dancing in a circle around me; everyone else had left the floor and watching from the perimeter. As I turned to leave, one woman grabbed my shoulder and said,

"NO! You can't leave now!".

It was one of the more bizarre events in my life.

The ego diseases often manifest as hidden resentments. I was probably lucky in my lack of exposure to envy and jealousy, not knowing their pervasive nature until later in life. Over time they've became easier to identify.

Perhaps the Bible is correct that abandoning material goods frees your mind. I think few people understand, though, except in a theoretical way. But I actually did it from 2004 to 2014.

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