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h a n d p r i n t
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the oldest personal sign
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handprints appear with paleolithic paintings
in caves & on rocks
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where humans practised hunt and harvest rituals
400 centuries ago
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in the same spirit this is
my invoking place in a twist of the digital cave
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i've put here images and words that celebrate or atone: words that express who i am
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images and texts we share as strangers
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in this electronic space
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this is a personal not a public web site
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handprint is for adults only
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some content may contain language or themes that are sexually explicit or otherwise inappropriate for minors
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the web is a remarkable medium for self expression
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witness the over 30 million personal sites on the web today
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these continue the spirit of amateur watercolorists diarists naturalists musicians and belles-lettrists of centuries past
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individuals who seek self discovery by pursuing knowledge or artistic skill
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handprint is a learning experience for me, the author
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it reflects my effort to use web publishing as a vehicle for skill development, personal exploration, and spiritual clarification
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the beauty of the web is its standardization around the concept of a document (the web "page") without any standardization in the way documents are linked together
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the rhetoric of web media consists of self explanatory pages branching into open ended narratives -- dreamlike, socratic, interwoven
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because the web fundamentally embraces these opposites, it is the supreme learning medium
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most commercial or "well designed" sites use clutter to conventionalize web experience, but learning is itself a journey between structure and lack of structure, the familiar and the unexpected
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rather than design away confusion, this site combines images and texts with little guiding signage
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in this way, your confusion and searching follow in the footsteps of my own (though pages, once mounted on the site, never change their URL)
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this place unfolds with your reading and my hacking
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handprint is designed for viewing in a browser window 800 pixels wide and 550 pixels high. Use this grid to check the size you are viewing now
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i rarely use animation, sound or massive graphics, because i'm not interested in the rhetoric of television, and i like the idea of bandwidth conservation. all code has been tested using both Netscape Navigator 6.0 and Microsoft Explorer 5.0 browsers on computers running Windows, NT and Mac OS 8+ operating systems)
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you've probably come here following a search engine or external link
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those words or links create our temporary bond
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so explore whatever interests we share
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because everything that
we cannot share
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will eventually
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pull us apart
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