BRAND NEW Mission Statement

AwakeAwareAlive hopes to be a reference, learning experience and guide for people that suddenly find themselves designing communication – be it digital or not. We strive to serve as an aesthetic forum and exploratory, finding new ways to see and perceive the world and using anything and everything this particular medium is ready to give us to express what we have discovered using text/film/audio/video presentations – which we generate largely ourselves or are in some way aroused by! As designers and with that  “gatemasters” for “content consumers,” we want to consider where we have gone, explore where we are and postulate where we are going with human evolution and consciousness. Part of an aesthetic adventurer’s (designer’s) task it to understand that this process is assimiliated, assisted, defined and formed by sensual experience. And to jump in with equal measure of abandon and intent. Potentially ensuing exchanges, comments and critique are welcome and encouraged. 

History

Once upon a time, I felt it was necessary to spend a week on retreat at a Benedictine Monastery in northern Germany. In one of the talks with the monk who had taken my case to heart, he described in his words who I was, or perhaps he was describing what he saw as my “core competence” :

“You are sensually connected to reality.”

Though that sounds much grander in German – and resounded completely with me at the time – it essentially hit(s) the nail on the head. In the years that have passed since our meeting, however, I have come to realize something even more essential:

That the same is true of every sentient being.

And that, quite simply, is what this blog intends to reflect upon, tickle, jolt, discuss, explore …

I am a designer by profession and by virtue of my passion for understanding and beauty. Two words which I happen to believe are not at all mutually exclusive. I have come to see the road behind me as that of an interpreter and translator, taking sometimes elaborate content and forming it into a two-dimensional space to achieve a specific level and a client’s desired end of communication. The road ahead of me I see as essentially the same thing, with one major difference: it isn’t limited to a two-dimensional space. I am thrilled about the potential of that!

With that, I open the doors to the depths of my passion for being awake – opening my eyes, as it were, as a human being. A continual process of increasing reflection and awareness, and with that becoming more alive. Even while, or perhaps especially, during the process of aging. 

I invite people from all walks of life to enjoy what is offered, to contribute, critique and perhaps help erect a forum (or maybe a refuge) that celebrates each individual’s very personal, very special, very important path of (a)-livelihood!

– Maureen

Disclaimer: Since I am a German descendent, this blog may refer to German websites, quote in German, discuss in German, etc. I will translate upon request and/or as much as time permits. This may, however, also happen in other languages as well, such as French. I apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause, however I encourage the development of understanding in more than one language very emphatically.

 

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LEGAL & PRIVACY

Web Site Terms of Use

PLEASE READ THESE TERMS OF USE CAREFULLY BEFORE ACCESSING OR USING THE AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE WEB SITE. YOUR USE OF OR ACCESS TO THE AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE WEB SITE CONSTITUTES AGREEMENT TO ABIDE BY THE TERMS OF USE THEN IN EFFECT.

Disclaimer

Before we get much further, let’s clarify a couple of things. First, this modest Awake-Aware-Alive Web site (as defined below) consists solely of the experiences, world views, political opinion and humor of its founder and various, often anonymous, viewers (or, as defined below, “Users”) who elect to comment on such experiences, world views, political opinion and humor found here from time to time, along with links to third party content. Second, the Awake-Aware-Alive Web site does not accept third party advertising or otherwise profit from its operations. It’s a labor of love. Regular sources of third party content are included in the “Links I Like” Blogroll, and suggested additions to the Blogroll are welcome. Third, if you have a DMCA-based objection, you are welcome to follow the procedures described below, but we can assure you that there is no intent to commercially exploit any third party copyrights on this Awake-Aware-Alive Web site. We reserve the right to post and otherwise disclose any received complaints on the Awake-Aware-Alive Web site. As for privacy, please note that any commenter posts at its own risk and with an expectation (although without any assurance) that its comments may be posted on the Awake-Aware-Alive Web site. No affirmative effort is made to collect or exploit User data beyond the acceptance or denial of submitted comments. We reserve the right to make editorial changes to submitted comments as a condition of their approval, particularly in the case of offensive or abusive content. We use RSS feeds, social networking sites and various online syndicators to make the world aware of the existence of the Awake-Aware-Alive Web site, lest it be a tree falling in the woods.


1. Definitions.

“AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site” is a term which refers to the interactive Web site accessible at domain address www.awake-aware-alive.com (”AWAKE AWARE ALIVE”) on the World Wide Web of the Internet, consisting of information services and content provided by AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE. “User” means any person or entity who views or posts content on the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site, and

2. General.

This Terms of Use, which incorporates by reference other provisions applicable to use of the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site, including, but not limited to, supplemental terms and conditions set forth in paragraph 14 hereof (”Supplemental Terms”) governing the use of certain specific material contained in the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site, sets forth the terms and conditions that apply to use of the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site by User. By using the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site (other than to read this Terms of Use for the first time), User agrees to comply with all of the terms and conditions hereof. The right to use the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site is personal to User and is not transferable to any other person or entity. User shall be responsible for protecting the confidentiality of User’s password(s), if any.
 AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE shall have the right at any time to change or discontinue any aspect or feature of the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site.
 THE AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE WEB SITE IS NOT INTENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER 13 YEARS OF AGE. THEREFORE, PERSONS UNDER 13 YEARS OF AGE ARE NOT PERMITTED TO REGISTER FOR ANY SERVICES OR REQUEST ANY INFORMATION ON THE AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE WEB SITE. By submitting information about a User or a User’s business, the User agrees and consents to AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE’s disclosure and publication of such information. The AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site will not monitor, edit, or disclose to third parties any personal information about a User or a User’s use of any services or information contained on the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site, without a User’s prior permission unless AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE has a good faith belief that such action is necessary to:
 Conform to legal requirements or comply with legal process;
 Protect and defend the rights or property of the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site;
 Enforce this Terms of Use; or Act to protect the interests of others.


3. Changed Terms.

AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE shall have the right at any time to change or modify the terms and conditions applicable to User’s use of the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site, or any part thereof, or to impose new conditions, including, but not limited to, adding fees and charges for use. Such changes, modifications, additions or deletions shall be effective immediately upon notice thereof, which may be given by means including, but not limited to, posting on the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site, or by electronic or conventional mail, or by any other means by which User obtains notice thereof. Any use of the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site by User after such notice shall be deemed to constitute acceptance by User of such changes, modifications or additions.

4. Equipment.

User shall be responsible for obtaining and maintaining all telephone, computer hardware and other equipment needed for access to and use of the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site and all charges related thereto.

5. User Conduct.

User shall use the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site for lawful purposes only. User shall not post or transmit through the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site any material which violates or infringes in any way upon the rights of others, which is unlawful, threatening, abusive, defamatory, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, vulgar, obscene, profane or otherwise objectionable, which encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any law, or which, without AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE’s express prior approval, contains advertising or any solicitation with respect to products or services. Any conduct by a User that in AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE’s discretion restricts or inhibits any other User from using or enjoying the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site will not be permitted. User shall not use the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site to advertise or perform any commercial solicitation, including, but not limited to, solicitations intended to be competitive with AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE’s products and services.
 The AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site contain copyrighted material, trademarks and other proprietary information, including, but not limited to, text, software, photos, video, graphics, music and sound, and the entire contents of the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site are copyrighted as a collective work under the United States copyright laws. AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE owns a copyright in the selection, coordination, arrangement and enhancement of such content, as well as in the content original to it. User may not modify, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale, create derivative works, or in any way exploit, any of the content, in whole or in part. User may download copyrighted material for User’s personal use only. Except as otherwise expressly permitted under copyright law, no copying, redistribution, retransmission, publication or commercial exploitation of downloaded material will be permitted without the express permission of AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE and the copyright owner. In the event of any permitted copying, redistribution or publication of copyrighted material, no changes in or deletion of author attribution, trademark legend or copyright notice shall be made. User acknowledges that it does not acquire any ownership rights by downloading copyrighted material.
 User shall not upload, post or otherwise make available on the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site any material protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary right without the express permission of the owner of the copyright, trademark or other proprietary right and the burden of determining that any material is not protected by copyright rests with User. User shall be solely liable for any damage resulting from any infringement of copyrights, proprietary rights, or any other harm resulting from such a submission. By submitting material to any public area of the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site, User automatically grants, or warrants that the owner of such material has expressly granted AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate and distribute such material (in whole or in part) worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or hereafter developed for the full term of any copyright that may exist in such material. User also permits any other User to access, view, store or reproduce the material for that User’s personal use. User hereby grants AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE the right to edit, copy, publish and distribute any material made available on the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site by User.
The foregoing provisions of Section 5 are for the benefit of the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE, its subsidiaries, affiliates and its third party content providers and licensors and each shall have the right to assert and enforce such provisions directly or on its own behalf.


6. Disclaimer of Warranty; Limitation of Liability.

USER EXPRESSLY AGREES THAT USE OF THE AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE WEB SITE IS AT USER’S SOLE RISK. NEITHER AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE NOR ANY OF ITS EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, THIRD PARTY CONTENT PROVIDERS OR LICENSORS WARRANT THAT THE AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE WEB SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, SECURE OR ERROR FREE; NOR DOES IT MAKE ANY WARRANTY AS TO THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM USE OF THE AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE WEB SITE, OR AS TO THE ACCURACY, RELIABILITY OR CONTENT OF ANY INFORMATION, SERVICE, OR MERCHANDISE PROVIDED THROUGH THE AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE WEB SITE.
 THE AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE WEB SITE IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, WARRANTIES OF TITLE, NONINFRINGEMENT, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OTHER THAN THOSE WARRANTIES WHICH ARE IMPLIED BY AND INCAPABLE OF EXCLUSION, RESTRICTION OR MODIFICATION UNDER THE LAWS APPLICABLE TO THIS AGREEMENT.
 THIS DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY APPLIES TO ANY DAMAGES OR INJURY CAUSED BY ANY FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE, ERROR, OMISSION, INTERRUPTION, DELETION, DEFECT, DELAY IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION, COMPUTER VIRUS, COMMUNICATION LINE FAILURE, THEFT OR DESTRUCTION OR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO, ALTERATION OF, OR USE OF RECORD, WHETHER FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT, TORTIOUS BEHAVIOR, NEGLIGENCE, OR UNDER ANY OTHER CAUSE OF ACTION. USER SPECIFICALLY ACKNOWLEDGES THAT AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE IS NOT LIABLE FOR THE DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT OF OTHER USERS OR THIRD-PARTIES AND THAT THE RISK OF INJURY FROM THE FOREGOING RESTS ENTIRELY WITH USER. 
IN NO EVENT WILL AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE, OR ANY PERSON OR ENTITY INVOLVED IN CREATING, PRODUCING OR DISTRIBUTING THE AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE WEB SITE OR THE SOFTWARE UTILIZED ON THE AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE WEB SITE, BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE WEB SITE. USER HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL APPLY TO ALL CONTENT ON THE AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE WEB SITE. 
IN ADDITION TO THE TERMS SET FORTH ABOVE, NEITHER AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE NOR ITS INFORMATION PROVIDERS OR CONTENT PARTNERS SHALL BE LIABLE REGARDLESS OF THE CAUSE OR DURATION, FOR ANY ERRORS, INACCURACIES, OMISSIONS, OR OTHER DEFECTS IN, OR UNTIMELINESS OR UNAUTHENTICITY OF, THE INFORMATION CONTAINED WITHIN THE AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE WEB SITE, OR FOR ANY DELAY OR INTERRUPTION IN THE TRANSMISSION THEREOF TO THE USER, OR FOR ANY CLAIMS OR LOSSES ARISING THEREFROM OR OCCASIONED THEREBY. NONE OF THE FOREGOING PARTIES SHALL BE LIABLE FOR ANY THIRD-PARTY CLAIMS OR LOSSES OF ANY NATURE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOST PROFITS, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. PRIOR TO THE EXECUTION OF A STOCK TRADE, USERS ARE ADVISED TO CONSULT WITH YOUR BROKER OR OTHER FINANCIAL REPRESENTATIVE TO VERIFY PRICING OR OTHER INFORMATION. AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE, ITS AFFILIATES, INFORMATION PROVIDERS OR CONTENT PARTNERS SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR INVESTMENT DECISIONS BASED ON THE INFORMATION PROVIDED. AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE DOES NOT, NEITHER DIRECTLY NOR ON BEHALF OF ITS INFORMATION PROVIDERS OR CONTENT PARTNERS WARRANT OR GUARANTEE THE TIMELINESS, SEQUENCE, ACCURACY, SECURITY, QUALITY, SYSTEM INTEGRATION, OR COMPLETENESS OF THIS INFORMATION. ADDITIONALLY, THERE ARE NO WARRANTIES AS TO THE RESULTS OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE INFORMATION.


7. Monitoring.

AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE shall have the right, but not the obligation, to monitor the content of the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site to determine compliance with this Terms of Use and any operating rules established by AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE and to satisfy any law, regulation or authorized government request. AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE shall have the right, in its sole discretion, to edit, refuse to post or remove any material submitted to or posted on the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site. Without limiting the foregoing, AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE shall have the right to remove any material that AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE, in its sole discretion, finds to be in violation of the provisions hereof or otherwise objectionable.

8. Indemnification.

User agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE, its affiliates and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents from and against all claims and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, arising out of the use of the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site by User.

9. Termination.

AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE may terminate this Terms of Use at any time. Without limiting the foregoing, AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE shall have the right to immediately restrict or forbid the use of the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site in the event of any conduct by User which AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE, in its sole discretion, considers to be unacceptable, or in the event of any breach by User of this Terms of Use. The provisions of Sections 5(B), 5©, 5(D), 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16 shall survive termination of this Terms of Use.

10. Trademarks.

AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE, the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE design logo, are trademarks of AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE. All rights reserved. All other trademarks appearing on the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site are the property of their respective owners.

11. Third Party Content.

AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE, through its operation of the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site, is a distributor (and not a publisher) of content supplied by third parties and Users. Accordingly, AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE has no more editorial control over such third party content than does a public library, bookstore, or newsstand. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, or other information or content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers and Users of the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site, are those of the respective author(s) or distributor(s) and not of AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE. Neither AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE nor any third-party provider of information guarantees the accuracy, completeness, quality, system integration or usefulness of any content, nor its merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose. (Refer to Section 6 above for the complete provisions governing limitation of liabilities and disclaimers of warranty.)In many instances, the content available through the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site represents the opinions and judgments of the respective information provider, or User. Such entities are not under contract and AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE neither endorses nor is responsible for the accuracy or reliability of any third party opinion, advice or statement made on the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site. Under no circumstances will AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE be liable for any loss or damage caused by a User’s reliance on information obtained through the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site. It is the responsibility of User to evaluate the accuracy, completeness, quality, system integration or usefulness of any information, opinion, advice or other content available through the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site. Please seek the advice of professionals, as appropriate, regarding the evaluation of any specific information, opinion, advice or other content.

12. Miscellaneous.

This Terms of Use and any operating rules for the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site established by AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE constitute the entire agreement of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof, and supersede all previous written or oral agreements between the parties with respect to such subject matter. No waiver by either party of any breach or default hereunder shall be deemed to be a waiver of any preceding or subsequent breach or default. The section headings used herein are for convenience only and shall not be given any legal import. Use of the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site constitutes a voluntary and knowledgeable waiver of any claim of forum non convenience with respect to the exclusive fora and to lack of personal jurisdiction. Any part of these Terms of Use that is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable will be replaced with language reflecting the original purpose in a valid and enforceable manner. The enforceable sections of these Terms of Use will remain binding upon the parties.

13. International Use.

By choosing to access the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site a User accepts full responsibility for compliance with all local laws.

14. Linking to Third Party Sites.

The AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site may provide Users with links to third-party Internet sites. Users assume full responsibility when they choose to follow any links on the AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE Web site that lead to third-party sites. AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE takes no responsibility for the content of or for transactions involving third-party sites to which it links. The inclusion of a link to a site does not necessarily imply endorsement of the site by AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE or any association with its operators.

15. Copyrights and Copyright Agent.

AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE respects the rights of all copyright holders and in this regard, AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE has adopted and implemented a policy that provides for the termination in appropriate circumstances of subscribers and account holders who infringe the rights of copyright holders. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide AWAKE-AWARE-ALIVE’s Copyright Agent with the following information (as required by the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 512):

A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed; 
Identification of the copyright work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site; 
Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material;
 Information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact the complaining party;
 A statement that the complaining party has a good-faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
 A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

For copyright inquiries under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act please contact:
 awakeawarealive [AT] gmail [DOT] com.

For any questions or requests other than copyright issues, please contact: awakeawarealive [AT] gmail [DOT] com.

EFFECTIVE DATE: 11/01/2009.

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