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Re: Creation

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recreate (rèk´rê-ât´) verb
recreated, recreating, recreates verb, transitive
To impart fresh life to; refresh mentally or physically.

verb, intransitive
To take recreation.

[Middle English recreaten, from Latin recreâre, recreât- : re-, re- + creâre, to create. See create.]
- rec´rea´tive adjective


recreational (rèk´rê-â´she-nel) adjective
1. Of or relating to recreation: recreational swimming.
2. Of or relating to the occasional use, asserted not to be addictive, of narcotics: "You can't accept recreational drug use and expect to control the drug problem" (Lacy Thornburg).
- rec´rea´tionally adverb


Europe is so well gardened that it resembles a work of art, a scientific theory, a neat internal linkmetaphysical system. Man has recreated Europe in his own image.
internal linkAldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Do What You Will, "Wordsworth in the Tropics" (1929).


The idea that leisure is of value in itself is only conditionally internal linktrue. . . . The average man simply spends his leisure as a dog spends it. His recreations are all puerile, and the internal linktime supposed to benefit him really only stupefies him.
H. L. Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. Minority Report: H. L. Mencken's Notebooks, no. 87 (1956).


The effort of art is to keep what is interesting in existence, to recreate it in the eternal.
George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. The Life of Reason, "Reason in Art," ch. 8 (1905-6; rev. ed., 1953).


I still need more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I have and I want to administer it intelligently.
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. Letter, 21 Feb. 1952 (published in Selected Letters, ed. by Carlos Baker, 1981).


The effect of having other interests beyond those domestic works well. The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one's appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship.
internal linkAmelia Earhart (1897-1937), U.S. aviator, author. Quoted in: Mary S. Lovell, The Sound of Wings, ch. 11 (1989).


Have you known how to take rest? You have done more than he who hath taken internal linkempires and cities.
Michel de Montaigne (1533-92), French essayist. Essays, bk. 3, ch. 13, "Of Experience" (tr. by John Florio, 1588).

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Worker vs. internal linkHacker

The theme of work and the workplace are the dominant discourse in the computer mainstream. From the retail outlet sales pitch, to the ads on TV for software, using a computer is equated with the idea of the 'office in the home' rather than the plaything for the hobbyist. In its original use, the phrase "to hack" meant to open up and investigate, to be curious, to experiment, to play and to discover. This broad definition of hacking is the most useful in understanding what differentiates computers as media from computers as work implements. Hackers play with the technology of computers as and end in itself. As a creative form of experimentation, hacking opens up technology to innovation and revision. For many hackers 'work' if done on a computer means play.

This spirit of experimentation and play is at the very core of the culture-jammer aesthetic. The collage/essay style of film making for example, takes delight in the actual internal linkprocess of film assembly itself, and makes this explicit within the film's structure. A growing creative internal linkyouth movement is emerging which identifies with internal linkopen systems of all kinds. The rise of the internal linkLinux computer operating system is a good example. Unlike internal linkMicrosoft Windows or Macintosh Operating System Linux is free and available to anyone. "Shareware" culture of this type reflects a broader sense in the community that ideas, like software and a good joke are there to be shared, circulated and made available.

The D.I.Y. or "do it yourself" movement had its correlates in the internal linkpunk scene of the seventies and prior to that in the 'homegrown' media production culture of the anti-Vietnam war counter-culture. Here "low-tech" and "hands-on" techniques for music and self publishing  became very popular and widespread. When I studied Media Studies at college in the early internal link1980s, many values of the counterculture were still in circulation: principles of 'take a camera and shoot' and 'go out and publish your own magazine'. As the eighties unfolded, gradually cuts to the liberal arts by the then treasurer John Howard hulled the media education sector of its former liberalism. Outside centers of learning, arts funding has recently favoured youth led festivals and events, of which the Newcastle Electrofringe/Young Writers Festival is exemplary.

Culture-jamming for many is an entire way of living. Its advocates generally reject the notion of the citizen as merely consumer, and the idea of society as merely marketplace. The culture-jammer and media activist approach to life questions the underlying social relations which govern the place of media (and by extension, capital) in our culture. Culture-jammer methods are strategies for self-empowerment. They embrace self-publishing in all its forms. Self made magazines (or "fanzines"' or just 'zines), techno music done by teenagers in bedrooms, personal web site production, graffiti, hacking, billboard alteration and other forms of popular media resistance to the mainstream can reside under the broad banner of media activism.

- David Cox on internal linkCulture Jamming

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Volta Do Mar - At The Speed Of Light Or Day on Arborvitae (2001) Smyglyssna - We Can Fix It CD on Vertical Form (2002)
Atom & His Package - Redefining Music on Hopeless (2001) Broadcast - Work and Non Work on Drag City-Warp (1997)

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Recreation is the employment of internal linktime in a non-profitable way, in many ways also a refreshment of one's body or mind. Recreation is often distinguished from leisure. Where leisure is, or ought to be, restful, recreation is refreshing and diverting. As we lead more and more sedentary life styles, the need for recreation has grown. The rise of so called active vacations exemplify this.

The weekend is typically a time for recreation as well as Holidays.

Traditionally music and internal linkdance serve as recreation in many cultures, as do sports, hobbies, games and tourism. Watching TV and listening to music are common forms of recreation, or rather leisure.

Many activities may be functional and/or recreational:

* eating and drinking
* travel
* sexual behavior
* using internal linkinternet and internal linktelephone and talking with people face-to-face
* reading a book

In recent years, more 'exciting' forms of recreation include: skiing, snowboarding, bungee jumping, sky diving, hang gliding, paint balling, rock climbing, Backpacking, canyoning, caving, BASE jumping.
Some people enjoy forms of recreation that are considered 'immoral' by others who don't mind their own business, for example drug use, gambling, nudism and some forms of sex. Also some people believe that there are restrictions in time for certain forms of recreation.

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