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premature reflections
August 20, 2003
what is the point of my watson? remember the coke bottle that fell from the sky in “the gods must be crazy”? well, that’s what i expected to find. except that this time, computers would be falling, and they would be crushing totem poles and other very symbolic objects. i would use the watson, i thought, to seek out that sagacious monk on nigh precipice. this man would open his heart to me, and wistfully shake his head as he mourned the loss of traditional culture. down in the prairie, silicon valley crusaders would be hurtling mice through monastery windows.

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("the only convincing love story of our century" - vanity fair)

Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. (9)

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raging bulls
August 17, 2003
the day before i left Portugal, i went to a bullfight. over the course of the evening, seven bulls were ‘fought’. the first bull, however, was a pacifist. it was pretty funny, actually. the matador kept hollering at the bull, “hey! ho! huh huh!” but the bull just turned his back on the matador and wandered around the arena. at one point he started circling like a dog does before it lays down to sleep. the matador was not amused. “huh! huh!” cape-man didn’t look so brave right then.


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red moon over lisbon
August 15, 2003
i didn't manage to get a picture of it, but the moon last night was dark red. does anyone know why this happens? i asked a bartender and he laughed at me. i'm pretty sure he laughed because he didn't know. right?


i got poop on my arm while taking the picture on the left, but i still think it was worth it.

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August 10, 2003
When this page reaches maturity, it will contain information primarily related to the state of information and communications technology in Cape Verde. For now, it is just a collection of links, but real content will be posted soon. Please email me if you have suggestions. You can also read more about the project.

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August 8, 2003
After months of haggling with travel agents and airlines, I have the majority of my tickets set in stone. The itinerary is:

Aug 12-16 Portugal
Aug 17-Oct 4Cape Verde
Oct 6-Dec 3South Africa
Dec 3-Feb 20Argentina
Feb 21-March 3Brazil
March 4-April 27 Costa Rica
April 28-August 11      China

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Cape Verde    South Africa    Argentina    Costa Rica    China   

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Mission Statement
After graduating from Wesleyan University, I was given a research fellowship by the Thomas J. Watson Foundation to study the global digital divide. The fellowship will allow me to visit five countries over the course of the year: Cape Verde, South Africa, Argentina, Costa Rica and China. In each country, I will be studying the ways in which organizations and individuals are using Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to improve peoples' lives.

About the fellowship program (taken from their website)

The Watson fellowship was established in 1968 to give college graduates of unusual promise the freedom to engage in a year of independent study and travel abroad following their graduation. The program provides Fellows an opportunity for a focused and disciplined year of their own devising--a period in which they can have some surcease from the lockstep of prescribed educational and career patterns in order to explore with thoroughness a particular interest... continue reading... (pdf)

My fellowship project: "Outreach or Evangelism?"

The subject of my project is the digital divide - the disparity in access to Information and Communications Technology. The 'information revolution' has produced powerful and useful tools, but billions of people around the world have yet to benefit from these new technologies. At the same time, it must be acknowledged that not everyone will find ICT useful in the same ways. Cultural and societal differences affect the way we interact with technology, just as they affect the way we interact with one another.

Over the course of the year, I will visit many organizations and initiatives using ICT to help people. Some of these organizations simply provide equipment and training; others have developed much more creative solutions. The implementation itself is not as important as the fact that organization is meeting the needs of the people it intends to benefit - that the technology is adapted to the people, rather than the other way around.

Throughout the year, I will be writing articles to draw attention to those initiatives that have the most effective approaches to ICT for development. When appropriate, I will help these initiatives in achieving their mission. At the end of the year, I will prepare and present a comparative study of the situation in the five countries.


  • To learn about the broader implications of the digital divide from those organizations actively working to close it.
  • To assist organizations when possible, in whatever capacity I can be of the most use.
  • To promote awareness of the issues surrounding the digital divide and social inclusion via articles and briefs.

  • About this website

    I will periodically post articles, links, and information relating to my research on the main page of this website (( My original project proposal and personal statement, both written in November 2002, are still available, though they are now considerably out of date. The old mission statement, written in August 2003, is included below. Information pertaining to past professional activities (resume, publications, etc.) is available via the projects section. Lastly, a more personal account of my travels and experiences can be found under journals.
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    back from the pacific northwest
    August 7, 2003
    two weeks in a car with four large guys, two sprained appendages, a volleyball net, and a blue frisbee. We went: crater lake, olympics, seattle, vancouver, north cascades, oregon coast, redwoods. These are nice:



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    the unbearable lightness of being
    August 5, 2003
    (The crew of her soul rushed up the deck of her body.) (51)

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