b r e a k t h r o u g hrob's in the background explaining my stuffbert lined up this gig for me to help the breakthrough club put up some web pages.whatever I thought would be there computer skill level, I was astonished to discover that jim and denis and some other folks had wired up a few 2 and 386s with a local linux network, connected via 28.8 ppp to feist had donated them an internet account
the breakthrough club is in downtown wichita kansas. best I got it, it is a place for folks who have, or have had a hard time adjusting to life/society/work, for whatever reasons - medical, familial trauma, drug addiction, mental illness
they come there to hang out, have a meal, get some councelling, job training.
the focus is on the clubhouse aspect - informal, staffed largely by members; there's other similar clubhouses around the country.
but they ain't made no web pages yet.
immediate saturation is initial put off always
right, I mean is a mentally ill clubhouse supposed to give a good first impression?
but why not filtered through the people at first surprisingly unremarkably easy to get along with and communicate and teach
and then some really stand out as likeable teachers in their own right
what's the difference between them and swatties?
twenty years, some hard luck, thorazine
the place is well staffed with rebuilt computers
members get two to fix for a company, keep one
jim a computer expert is working on getting his masters in computer science, focus on data compression
he seems to be the main network dude
commence a three way web working on local network
see, linux is the perfect choice for those systems, cuz you can't network with or run Mac OS or Windows anything or a 2 or even a 386.
so three or so folks sharing a ppp connection this way
and I dial in my computer for more
dave from the wichita eagle is taking pictures
rasheeda is taking notes
stef watches largely silent
eric is videotaping
he uses the word fun, and understood
people complain he's hogging the computer - too many other folks want to get on
I'm doing the hands on html hacking
rob takes the file structure determination project on
community networking priority - what subdirectories
to avoid file pileup, to organize information
eating with jim and rasheeda and
cleta - like the hairclub president
is a member of the breakthrough club
in addition to handling some funding
a doctor recommended her here after an injury,
ended up bringing by a resume to print out, they hired her for finance
duane parks himself next to me
radio operating type works with signals and transmissions
slightly nervous tremor to him at all times
wide eyed, he picks up the computer stuff easy
had a commodore bbs for a while
carr was quite a willing pupil, picked it up fast, helped other folks
she was commended for her teaching skills
she wants to get into computers
she webbed up the words of abel
a man with a lot to say, and not so much computer saavy
nice - skill sharing.
teaching time through the afternoon
I'm flagging, drink a coke for energy, turns my stomach
jim graciously convinces me to trade in duo for a pc laptop with linux installed
cuz I write all my web pages in emacs anyways, and I would run xwindows, and I could rdist my web pages over when they are done and I could learn more unix and maybe not crash so much
but how would I edit images? PPC emulation? ug.
priscilla so sober
swears we've known each other before
several times throughout the day
her web page resembles most a resume, or cv perhaps
sandy worked on her politics
so I type it up for her own web page.
pam the designer read my life pages
katie who seemed to be in charge of stuff stayed late to josh everyone and argue with cleta about federal funding page language
she also revised denis's original front page copy, and created a page for the speakers bureau
after she makes her own web page,
sue, jim's wife, won't have her picture taken without him.
what a cute couple!
many unmentioned members made pages, and a few of the other divisions.
a breakthru exactly