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Posted by Madman from Maui on November 20, 1999 at 17:44:45:

Peter --

While checking my guess book, I came across your entry. Out of curiosity, I went to your website and studied the various links, took in the various data concerning your history and your agenda. Obviously, I must have met you, but I cannot place you in my memory. You have a picture gallery with pictures of people I recognize, and Sonya even pointed you out in a picture, but it was not a close up and wasn't any help in recalling whether I have previously spoken to you in person or not. In any event, I was surprised to read your dialog and to see my ideas magically transformed into the printed word, as though I had written some of the sentences myself. My greatest fantasy is to operate a coffee shop with a space connected with suitable room for a multimedia workshop on the island Maui. For art and culture to reach critical mass, there needs to be a physical place in which artists and creative people can associate, express themselves, and have a forum for their artwork. This coffee shop would have a small stage for artist, musicians, and poets. It would also have a webcam, so streaming in RealPlayer could be possible. Before me and Sonya move to Maui, we lived in Boulder Colorado for 4 years. There were numerous coffee shops, more coffee shops per capita than anywhere else in the country. One coffee shop stands out in my mind, it was called PeneyLanes, that is where the artistic crowd hung out in Boulder. This coffee shop I envision on the island of Maui, would not be so successful as a coffee shop per se, it success would be as a gathering place for artist, and the content created by these artists is now in great demand, as the Internet is now demanding artistic multimedia content. What is even more wonderful, this artistic expression will not be controlled by the Hollywood or recording studio elites. Various artist could make a reasonable income via cyberspace on the island Maui, using Maui's fabulous year-round whether as a backdrop for the video productions. In fact, if Y2K does not destroy the world, I envision Maui someday becoming a kind of Hollywood of multimedia production. Imagine an industry that does not destroy the island, but creates an income by collecting the beautiful images of the island for Internet and CD-ROM usage. And imagine the community that will establish itself in such an environment.

If the world does not fall apart in the next half year, the multimedia artist could establish a unique reputation on the island of Maui. This is only natural, for we already are recognized the world over for our concentration of unique artist of all kinds. I don't know if anyone has done a survey, but I suspect Maui has whether the highest concentration of artist per capita anywhere in the world. Considering all this, I have not found yet a multimedia intensive website featuring these artist or bringing them together on the island Maui. Hopefully in the future this will change. Soon, I hope to expand MauiPortal to include more artists, and to get away from just nude art and hippie scenes. If you know if any artist who would like to take advantage of some of the multimedia techniques MauiPortal has to offer, please send them the website: http://mauiportal.com

Meanwhile, if you see me on Sunday, let me know who you are. I would enjoy hearing in person your plans for the future, particularly after having read of your past experience in multimedia.

Madman from Maui

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