Some friends of mine are in trouble.

This is probably one of the hardest blog posts I've ever tried to write. It's hard to write something like this so that it's not all drama, not all pathos, not all "holiday tragedy human interest story" (which is its own unique flavour of article, to be sure), and yet not come across like I'm trying to manipulate people by tugging at their heart strings. So, to that end, I've opted to write only the facts as I understand them, with a minimum of linguistic ornamentation.

Mylia, Chey, Mika, and Cindy are old friends of the family, and rented a …

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Another Gildowan update.

Rialian has arrived safely in Colorado after driving cross-country for about two days to join the Gildowan family. One of the first things he did when he got there was jack the donated eMac into their network and start installing Mac OSX Tiger for them so that they could get back on the Net (after all, there are three forms of death: brain death, heart death, and dropping off the Net).

The physicians taking care of Ashran are amazed at the speed with which he is recovering. What they thought were third degree burns were downgraded to second degree burns …

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Misfortune strikes, and the call for assistance goes out.

No, not for me. For Ashran and Summer Gildowan and their children, whose home was taken from them by a fire on the 20th of March, just a couple of days ago. Ashran was in the house while it was on fire, in the shower, as coincidence would have it. Still, he is hospitalised at this time, and burned over 20% of his body. He's not going to be in shape to start his new job in April, and due to the slightly mangled state of his shell he can't work at his current job.

Camp Cambodia has put out …

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First the man is gone, now his books have followed.

Following the death of Terrence McKenna in the year 2000, the Esalen Institute took ownership of his voluminous library of rare texts and an uncatalogued number of his notes, diaries, and other pieces of written information that accumulated through the course of his life. On 5 February a five-alarm fire broke out in the building in Monterey that the library was kept in, destroying everything. An incredible amount of information was lost in the blaze that also consumed a couple of restaurants, a coffee shop, and several other office blocks. So many rare tomes, some dating back to the 1800's …

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