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My literary activity on the world-wide-web is a personal and quite industrious enterprize. When I can find the time, I am engaged in creating across this global internet a tapestry of poetry and prose. At this site, readers will find one of my many journals, diaries or blogs. Here is a blog that concerns itself only with baseball which from 1955 to 1962 was, in a certain sense, my religion. The term blog is used by various internet sites for a series of posts by one writer or author. The series of posts at this site is one of the many parts of the tapestry of prose and poetry I refer to above.

This literary creation, this literary industry, has been created in the early evening of my life, in the last years of my middle age(56-59) and the first years of my late adulthood(60-67), by a retired teacher and lecturer who is now 67. He attempts to endow many a theme from the social sciences and humanities, from spiritual and secular subjects, with many layers of meaning. He tries to combine a high seriousness with a light and humorous style when appropriate. This literary goal is difficult to achieve and has been a slowly evolving ambition since settling into Australian society in the 1970s after moving from Canada where I was born in 1944. In so far as this goal is concerned and in so far as this site is concerned--the content of my blog is baseball and, form time to time, some inevitably tangential topics.-Ron Price, Tasmania, Retired Baseball Player for 46 years.
My website is found at: http://www.ronpriceepoch.com/index.html

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    Description and origin of Ron Price's Blog:
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    GOOGLE-MICROSOFT

    In 1998 two Stanford graduate students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founded Google.com, a search engine that used a better technology than had previously existed for indexing and retrieving information from the immense miscellany of the World Wide Web and for ranking the Web sites that contained this information according to their relevance to particular queries based on the number of links from the rest of the Internet to a given item. This PageRank system transformed the Web from its original purpose as a scientists’ grapevine.

    From the random babble the Web had been it soon became a searchable resource providing factual data of variable quality to millions of users. I was one as I retired from FT work in 1999. It was the exigencies of commerce that transformed Google itself from an ingenious search technology without a business plan to a hugely profitable enterprise offering a variety of services including e-mail, news, video, maps, and its current, expensive, and utterly heroic, if not quixotic, effort to digitize the public domain contents of the books and other holdings of major libraries. This new program aims to provide users, wherever in the world Internet connections exist, access to millions of titles while enabling libraries themselves to serve millions of users without adding a foot of shelf space or incurring a penny of delivery expense.

    In the first year after I retired from FT work, July 1999 to July 2000, Google officially became the world's largest search engine. With its introduction of a billion-page index by June 2000 much of the internet's content became available in a searchable format at one search engine. In the next several years, 2000-2005, as I was retiring from PT work as well as casual and most volunteer activity that had occupied me for decades, Google entered into a series of partnerships and made a series of innovations that brought their vast internet enterprize billions of users in the international marketplace. Again, I was one.

    Not only did Google have billions of users, but internet users like myself throughout the world gained access to billions of web documents in Google’s growing index/library. The information revolution set off in the closing decade of the 20th century by the invention of the World Wide Web transformed irreversibly much of human activity. Internet communication, which has the ability to transmit in seconds the entire contents of libraries that took centuries of study to amass, vastly enriched the intellectual life of anyone able to use it, as well as providing sophisticated training in a broad range of professional fields. It was a finer and more useful library than any of those in the small towns where I would spend my retirement in the years ahead. It was also a library with a myriad locations in which I could interact with others and engage in learning and teaching in ways I had never dreamt of in the first five decades of my life as a student and teacher: 1949-1999.

    This electronic system of communication has built a sense of shared community among its users that is impatient of either geographic or cultural distances. This description of the sense of shared community created by the internet has proved to be a prescient insight into the evolution of internet use worldwide. It is interesting to note that Friendster began in 2001, Linkedin and Myspace in 2003, and Facebook in 2004.

    The internet is a cornucopia of accurate, well-argued and knowledgeable information. But it is also a place for specious and spurious, inaccurate and beguiling arguments. People who know little about an issue are often easily taken-in on the internet. Many often believe a u-tube post they can see to one that requires study and reading on their part. The internet, like many forms of technology before it, is both boon and beast, asset and debit, to the lives of its participants. Indeed, a quite separate section of this statement on my cyberspace experience could be devoted to the negative and positive impacts of the internet.

    In 1994, at the age of fifty and as I was beginning to eye my retirement from FT work as a teacher and lecturer, Microsoft launched its public internet web domain with a home page. Website traffic climbed steadily and episodically in the years 1995 to 1999. Daily site traffic of 35,000 in mid-1996 grew to 5.1 million visitors by 1999 when I had taken a sea-change and retired to Tasmania at the age of 55. Throughout 1997 and 1998 the site grew up and went from being the web equivalent of a start-up company to a world-class organization.

    I retired from FT work, then, at just the right time in terms of the internet capacity to provide me with: (a) access to information by the truckload on virtually any topic; and (b) learning and teaching opportunities, both direct and indirect, far in excess of any I had had in my previous years as a student and teacher. My first website in 1997 was part of the initial flourish of web sites and search engines in the mid-1990s. The second edition of my site was in 2001. A world, a succession, of brand names have made electronic communication an everyday experience. Web browsers such as Netscape, Internet Explorer, and Safari, as well as search engines such as Yahoo and Google, the latter founded in 1998, all came on board just as I was retiring from 50 years in classrooms as a teacher and student.

    This new technology had also developed sufficiently to a stage that gave me the opportunity, the capacity to post, write, indeed, “publish” is quite an appropriate term, on the internet at the same time. From 1999 to 2005, as I say, I released myself from FT, PT, casual and most volunteer work, and Google and Microsoft offered more and more technology for my writing activity for my work in a Cause that I had devoted my life to since my late teens and early twenties.

    The Internet has become emblematic in many respects of globalisation. Its planetary system of fibre optic cables and instantaneous transfer of information are considered, by many accounts, one of the essential keys to understanding the transformation of the world into some degree of order and the ability to imagine the world as a single, global space. The Internet has widely been viewed as an essential catalyst of contemporary globalisation and it has been central to debates about what globalisation means and where it will lead.

    There are now several hundred thousand readers, as I say above, engaged in parts of my internet tapestry, my jig-saw puzzle, my literary product, my creation, my immense pile of words across the internet--and hundreds of people with whom I correspond on occasion as a result. This amazing technical facility, the world wide web, has made this literary success possible. If my writing had been left in the hands of the traditional hard and soft cover publishers, where it had been without success when I was employed full time as a teacher, lecturer, adult educator and casual/volunteer teacher from 1981 to 2001, these results would never have been achieved.

    I have been asked how I have come to have so many readers at my website and on my internet tapestry of writing that I have created across the world-wide-web. My literary product is just another form of published writing in addition to the traditional forms in the hands of publishers. The literally hundreds of thousands of readers(perhaps even millions since it has become impossible to keep even an accurate account of all those who come across what I write and see the name of the Cause) I have at locations on my tapestry of prose and poetry, a tapestry I have sewn in a loose-fitting warp and weft across the internet, are found at over 8000 websites where I have registered: forums, message boards, discussion sites, blogs, locations for debate and the exchange of views. They are sites to place essays, articles, books, ebooks, poems and other genres of writing. I have registered at this multitude of sites, placed the many forms of my literary output there and engaged in discussions with literally thousands of people, little by little and day by day over the last decade. I enjoy these results without ever having to deal with publishers as I did for two decades without any success.
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    RON PRICE’S STATEMENT REGARDING VARIOUS TYPES OF INTERNET REQUESTS

    PREAMBLE:

    In the last dozen years, from 2000 to 2012, I have received many emails on the world-wide-web requesting a wide variety of forms of assistance. While working, writing and responding to the posts of others on the internet, dozens of posts have come my way at the social networking site, Facebook, at the 100s sites at which I write, and from people who have discovered my profile and my writing and would like to contact me for some reason or another. Some of these people make specific requests for money and assistance, for romance and relationship, for a discussion on some topic of mutual interest or just for friendship and fun.

    I have sent, over these years, what I hope are--and what I have tried to write--helpful messages to literally 100s of people now in this 3rd millennium. To those making requests for help in some of the above the areas I have mentioned, I suggest they read the following to understand my position in relation to their requests.
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    1.WRITE TO MY EMAIL ADDRESS

    For those simply wanting to correspond, and discuss issues of concern to them, I suggest they write to my email address and I will be happy to respond to whatever they write. My email address is as follows: ronprice9@gmail.com) I am a retired teacher and lecturer after 32 years in a classroom and another 18 as a student. I retired in 2001 after half a century in classrooms and I now work on the internet being of assistance in a wide-range of areas as I used to be to others in classrooms.

    2. ROMANCE, THE EROTIC OR MARRIAGE

    2.1 There are people, as I say, making requests from me for help with their romantic life. Some, since 2010, have begun to send me photos of themselves and virtually always in attractive poses; some propose secret dalliances in various venues, some venues in cyberspace and some in real space like a hotel-room or a secret weekend or two together; some even propose marriage or an ongoing romantic relationship with no strings attached, as they say to me. The internet has a multitude of sites for people with such interests and concerns. Such people should send their emails to others and make their efforts to find someone in other quarters of the internet---not at my profile, website or, indeed, any of the other websites at which I write.

    2.2 I am happily married, at least most of the time, and have been married for nearly half a century. I am now in the 37th year of my 2nd marriage and am not looking for an additional romantic relationship---of any kind. Perhaps when, and if, my wife dies before I do, I might be interested, but those making requests in this area should not wait for that eventuality---for I may die first!
    2.3 I can’t help such people to whom I refer above with the kind of deep and meaningful, or shallow and pleasure-filled, erotic and/or casual, romantic and/or marital relationships they want. I have joined some sites in cyberspace in relation to these subjects in the hope I can be of help to the lonely and the sad, as well as to those whose personal need is such that I may be of some help, but only by means of correspondence, by emails, by written statements about the problems they may have. I have often been of help to people especially those with mental health and relationship issues since I have a level of experience and expertise in these domains. Readers here should go to LinkedIn at this link for a statement of my background: http://au.linkedin.com/in/pioneeringoverfourepochs

    2.4 I often get emails from such people with problems and, if you are in that category, feel free to write to me at the email address which I have provided above. But, if it is essentially a sensory-physical relationship you want, I am not your man.

    3. CHARITIES AND FINANCIAL REQUESTS

    3.1 Charities now exist by the truckload and we each have to work out how and when, why and how to help those in need in our world by means of these charitable organizations. I hope that each of those who write to me for financial assistance, or help in connection with their complex money problems, work out their issues in what often seems like the tangle in which they are placed or the tangle in which others who are of concern to them are placed.
    There is an increasingly difficult set of issues that we all have to deal with during our lives in relation to those in need financially due to some in extremis position, to use a useful phrase from Latin meaning some position of extreme need. The world is like a tempest and millions, no billions, of people are now in financial need.
    3.2 My wife and I give money to many charities within the context of our budget as pensioners in the evening of our lives, the years from 60 to 80 according to one model of the lifespan used by human development psychologists, but our budget does not allow an extension of these charities into what is required by these people on the internet with their many needs.
    3.3 Apologies to people who make financial requests, apologies for what they may find to be my frank and honest reaction to their requests. I wish them well in their search for a resolution to their money problems. I cannot work these issues out for others---only for myself and that keeps me busy---as the world and its tempests make more and more requests to each of us to help the needy and the oppressed.

    4. GENERAL

    1. I am unable to help people in the above categories that I have described briefly: (a) with the kind of romantic/sexual assistance they desire, or (b) the kind of relief, support and benefit they are in need of in the complex of troubles they face. I am happy to write to anyone on subjects of mutual interest as I have mentioned above, but not subjects involving: romance and sex, money and extreme financial troubles.
    2. I have often written to people about some difficult, adventurous, interesting or especially troubled situation in which they find themselves as I say above and, sometimes, I have been of help since 2001 in cyberspace.
    3. In 1966 I graduated from university in Canada. Before then I was looking for romance and marriage and, in 1967, I married. In 1999 I retired from full-time work and went on a pension; before then I often helped people, like those making requests in cyberspace who had financial need; after 1999 I could only donate money to very special causes, causes I had already decided upon earlier in my life and to which I gave money regularly both at my door and privately from my bank account. I am not able, now, to donate money to any additional causes on the internet.
    4. My personal situation is as follows: (a) I am happily married; (b) I have three grown-up children ages: 46, 42 and 34(in 2012), (c) I am not interested in a romantic relationship, sex, or marriage if that is your interest, and (d) I can’t help you with your personal financial or romantic situation, whatever your degree of need, in extremis or otherwise.
    5. Now that you have my email address just write to me personally and we can have some degree of correspondence, if that is your wish—on other matters. I wish you well in your efforts to obtain---whatever!! -Ron Price, George Town, Tasmania, Australia.(1300 words and 3 pages(font-12)…..Last updated on: 7 March 2012)
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    RON PRICE’S STATEMENT REGARDING VARIOUS TYPES OF INTERNET REQUESTS

    PREAMBLE:

    In the last dozen years, from 2000 to 2012, I have received many emails on the world-wide-web requesting a wide variety of forms of assistance. While working, writing and responding to the posts of others on the internet, dozens of posts have come my way at the social networking site, Facebook, at the 100s sites at which I write, and from people who have discovered my profile and my writing and would like to contact me for some reason or another. Some of these people make specific requests for money and assistance, for romance and relationship, for a discussion on some topic of mutual interest or just for friendship and fun.

    I have sent, over these years, what I hope are--and what I have tried to write--helpful messages to literally 100s of people now in this 3rd millennium. To those making requests for help in some of the above the areas I have mentioned, I suggest they read the following to understand my position in relation to their requests.
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    1.WRITE TO MY EMAIL ADDRESS

    For those simply wanting to correspond, and discuss issues of concern to them, I suggest they write to my email address and I will be happy to respond to whatever they write. My email address is as follows: ronprice9@gmail.com) I am a retired teacher and lecturer after 32 years in a classroom and another 18 as a student. I retired in 2001 after half a century in classrooms and I now work on the internet being of assistance in a wide-range of areas as I used to be to others in classrooms.

    2. ROMANCE, THE EROTIC OR MARRIAGE

    2.1 There are people, as I say, making requests from me for help with their romantic life. Some, since 2010, have begun to send me photos of themselves and virtually always in attractive poses; some propose secret dalliances in various venues, some venues in cyberspace and some in real space like a hotel-room or a secret weekend or two together; some even propose marriage or an ongoing romantic relationship with no strings attached, as they say to me. The internet has a multitude of sites for people with such interests and concerns. Such people should send their emails to others and make their efforts to find someone in other quarters of the internet---not at my profile, website or, indeed, any of the other websites at which I write.

    2.2 I am happily married, at least most of the time, and have been married for nearly half a century. I am now in the 37th year of my 2nd marriage and am not looking for an additional romantic relationship---of any kind. Perhaps when, and if, my wife dies before I do, I might be interested, but those making requests in this area should not wait for that eventuality---for I may die first!
    2.3 I can’t help such people to whom I refer above with the kind of deep and meaningful, or shallow and pleasure-filled, erotic and/or casual, romantic and/or marital relationships they want. I have joined some sites in cyberspace in relation to these subjects in the hope I can be of help to the lonely and the sad, as well as to those whose personal need is such that I may be of some help, but only by means of correspondence, by emails, by written statements about the problems they may have. I have often been of help to people especially those with mental health and relationship issues since I have a level of experience and expertise in these domains. Readers here should go to LinkedIn at this link for a statement of my background: http://au.linkedin.com/in/pioneeringoverfourepochs

    2.4 I often get emails from such people with problems and, if you are in that category, feel free to write to me at the email address which I have provided above. But, if it is essentially a sensory-physical relationship you want, I am not your man.

    3. CHARITIES AND FINANCIAL REQUESTS

    3.1 Charities now exist by the truckload and we each have to work out how and when, why and how to help those in need in our world by means of these charitable organizations. I hope that each of those who write to me for financial assistance, or help in connection with their complex money problems, work out their issues in what often seems like the tangle in which they are placed or the tangle in which others who are of concern to them are placed.
    There is an increasingly difficult set of issues that we all have to deal with during our lives in relation to those in need financially due to some in extremis position, to use a useful phrase from Latin meaning some position of extreme need. The world is like a tempest and millions, no billions, of people are now in financial need.
    3.2 My wife and I give money to many charities within the context of our budget as pensioners in the evening of our lives, the years from 60 to 80 according to one model of the lifespan used by human development psychologists, but our budget does not allow an extension of these charities into what is required by these people on the internet with their many needs.
    3.3 Apologies to people who make financial requests, apologies for what they may find to be my frank and honest reaction to their requests. I wish them well in their search for a resolution to their money problems. I cannot work these issues out for others---only for myself and that keeps me busy---as the world and its tempests make more and more requests to each of us to help the needy and the oppressed.

    4. GENERAL

    1. I am unable to help people in the above categories that I have described briefly: (a) with the kind of romantic/sexual assistance they desire, or (b) the kind of relief, support and benefit they are in need of in the complex of troubles they face. I am happy to write to anyone on subjects of mutual interest as I have mentioned above, but not subjects involving: romance and sex, money and extreme financial troubles.
    2. I have often written to people about some difficult, adventurous, interesting or especially troubled situation in which they find themselves as I say above and, sometimes, I have been of help since 2001 in cyberspace.
    3. In 1966 I graduated from university in Canada. Before then I was looking for romance and marriage and, in 1967, I married. In 1999 I retired from full-time work and went on a pension; before then I often helped people, like those making requests in cyberspace who had financial need; after 1999 I could only donate money to very special causes, causes I had already decided upon earlier in my life and to which I gave money regularly both at my door and privately from my bank account. I am not able, now, to donate money to any additional causes on the internet.
    4. My personal situation is as follows: (a) I am happily married; (b) I have three grown-up children ages: 46, 42 and 34(in 2012), (c) I am not interested in a romantic relationship, sex, or marriage if that is your interest, and (d) I can’t help you with your personal financial or romantic situation, whatever your degree of need, in extremis or otherwise.
    5. Now that you have my email address just write to me personally and we can have some degree of correspondence, if that is your wish—on other matters. I wish you well in your efforts to obtain---whatever!! -Ron Price, George Town, Tasmania, Australia.(1300 words and 3 pages(font-12)…..Last updated on: 7 March 2012)