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Catherine Fitzpatrick
New York City
Russian translator, blogger, news writer, human rights activist, and long-time student of international affairs.
Interests: International affairs, Russia, Central Asia, civil society, human rights, humanitarian issues, governance, NGOs, UN, OSCE, Gov 2.0, virtual worlds, Internet policy, digital law, cyberspace
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By Catherine A. Fitzpatrick I'm going to brag about my "reading challenge" on Good Reads -- only one behind! And here's a review, which I seldom take the time to write. I got this book out of the Peter Cooper (Stuyvesant Town) community library, which is a very active little... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2024 at Wired State
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Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor Artifacture by MidJourney "Just One Thing" seems mainly about "doing". There is a Gurdjieff saying that likely doesn't mean what it seems to, or means more than it seems to, but here it is anyways: The highest that a man can attain is to be able to... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2024 at Just One Thing
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Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor Artifacture by MidJourney "Just One Thing" seems mainly about "doing". There is a Gurdjieff saying that likely doesn't mean what it seems to, or means more than it seems to, but here it is anyways: The highest that a man can attain is to be able to... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2024 at Just One Thing
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By Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor For the longest time -- ever since I cleaned out a box and found it -- I've been holding an old "Star of the Week" card from Mrs. Murray, second-grade teacher of my son in the year 1999 at Catholic School. Various occasions came and went... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2024 at Just One Thing
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By Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor Artifacture by MidJourney Years ago -- I can't quite place when, perhaps when my son inherited some money from my folks? -- he bequeathed our family what he dubbed "the Swag Lounge". The Swag Lounge was his -- 21-year-old? -- notion of what was "swag," all... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2024 at Just One Thing
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Catherine A. Fitzpatrick Artifacture via MidJourney This interview of Salman Rushdie in the New York Times by Ezra Klein is a must-read so here's a complimentary link. If you, like me, or even the author, did not read Satanic Verses, let along Knife: Meditations After an Attempted Murder then at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2024 at Wired State
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By Catherine A. Fitzpatrick Artifacture via MidJourney Vicky Boykis writes my favourite nerdcore newsletter. She is a computer programmer originally from Russia and has young children with all the challenges those identifiers entail. I found her on Twitter, which is why Twitter is a good thing. Her latest issue talks... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2024 at Wired State
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By Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor I've actually been pretty faithful doing JOT every day, and missed only one day apparently -- but I just haven't gotten the blogs up. I've been making the art work and keeping a list. So...receipts. As long as I can remember, way back before the Internet,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2024 at Just One Thing
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By Prokofy Neva, Virtualator Artifacture by MidJourney A colleague sent two boxes of books. They sat in the hallways. For some weeks. Finally I put them away by rearranging the book shelves, That's it. That's the "Just One Thing." It was made possible because instead of worrying about having to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2024 at Just One Thing
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By Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor Artifacture by MidJourney As I reflected on this over time, this Box of Treasures came to embody the realization that the negative change of things depending on each other and not getting done can (at least sometimes) turn into the positive chain of solutions and getting... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2024 at Just One Thing
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Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor This thank-you card had to go to the person who sent me the two boxes of books...which sat in the hallway unopened for days...which were finally opened...and shelved...in another "just one thing" some time ago. To be sure, I photographed the return address to get that thank... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2024 at Just One Thing
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Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor I haven't neglected to do "just one thing" every day, but I haven't been recording them. So I hope to make this go quickly. I usually manage to clean the bathroom quite frequently especially because the cat makes messes. But the corners...no. That cold tile... Corner after... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2024 at Just One Thing
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Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor So you can see where this is going now after our previous episode. The Goodwill bag. Which has sat there more than a year, surely. I moved here four years ago, at the start of the pandemic, it was madness, so many things went wrong. Then I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2024 at Just One Thing
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Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor Artifacture via MidJourney This one has taken years to get done. On the day after Thanksgiving, when we had a gathering with family to see some old Kodachrome slides my uncle had brought (the last time I saw him alive, sadly), my daughter even chastised me for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2024 at Just One Thing
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By Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor Artifacture by MidJourney When I got the two boxes associated with the desk clean-up done (medicines, pictures, trinkets, etc. to clean and put away) I still had to face a shallow cardboard box and a small, deep plastic basket that held...collage scraps. Papers, cards, newspaper clippings,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2024 at Just One Thing
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Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor So the MidJourney artifacture for this one is boxes of clutter in the desert...in the style of Russian 19th century painter Ivan Aivazovsky, because the desert of my living room feels like his seas, endless, and then there's that light... After the ordeal of the Desk Clean-Up... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2024 at Just One Thing
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Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor Artifacture via MidJourney So this is for March 17. Often, when you have put something off a very long time, it's not for a good reason. But sometimes, it is... So a year ago...two years ago? Time distends or compresses in the pandemic years... My son visited... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2024 at Just One Thing
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By Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor Some days you can't remember what you did even a few hours ago. You feel as if you have been doing things all day, but what is there to show for it? I get up, get washed, get dressed, feed the cat, water the plants, make... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2024 at Just One Thing
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By Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor Since checks cost a whopping $58 to order from TD Bank (Yes! Go Google it!), and I hardly ever use checks (most things can be paid online), I started this thing where I get a money order from the post office. Of course, there's a fee... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2024 at Just One Thing
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By Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor So continuing on with my mission to do Just One Thing...or rather...select a thing that wasn't getting done and feature it...Thus it was with three medicines that had to be picked up, that now had co-pays because I was kicked off Medicaid and started a more... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2024 at Just One Thing
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By Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor So, Day 2 of following my friend Pearl Grey's wonderful advice. I got the Xeroxing done; now it was time to come back to the New York Public Library and struggle to get the printing done. Everything is a struggle these days, made harder by the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2024 at Just One Thing
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By Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor My friend Pearl Grey in Second Life, who is an artist and writer had the most wonderful idea. (Go and read her stories here and her SL adventures here to see how talented she is. Also find the chain of cafes with art throughout SL which... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2024 at Just One Thing
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By Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor Still of Patch Linden (L) and Squeaky Mole (R) at a "Meet the Lindens" video at SL19B. Photo by Kunisaki Izumo. So our little virtual world is abuzz with chatter about the serious allegations made in this anonymous post on Medium, to which I've made the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2024 at Second Thoughts
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By Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor Photo by Patch Linden of himself and Squeaky Mole for Valentine's Day 2023. My own little flounce out of the Backstage Fantasy Faire over their AI art policy -- and more -- which I dissected here barely had a chance to become Xitter fodder before another... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2024 at Second Thoughts
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By Prokofy Neva, Virtualtor The much-coveted application to be a Fantasy Faire merchant dropped about a week ago or more, and many people pounced and got theirs in immediately. I'm in training to be a Cat Prince these days, but I didn't pounce. I dithered and dithered for lots of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2024 at Second Thoughts
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