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words and wit of the alchemical bard
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An Interview By James Kent
Before and Beyond History
Gaia, Eros, and the Archaic Revival
Gaia, Psychedelics, and the Archaic Revival
Having Archaic and Eating it Too
Leprechauns, Elves, or Dead Souls?
Making and Unmaking History and Language
Morphogenic Fields and Psychedelic Experiences
Mushrooms, Sex and Society
Psychedelics in the Age of Intelligent Machines
Terence McKenna's Trip
The grammar of ecstasy — The world within the word.
(aka This Counts, Somehow it Matters & A Higher Dimensional Section of Reality)
A Better World (Toward The End Of History)
A Conversation with Terence McKenna and Ram Dass
A Necessary Chaos
A report on crop circles with Abraham and Sheldrake
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Instructions for Transcribing
PLEASE READ & FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES SO THAT WE CAN KEEP ALL DOCUMENTS CONSISTENT:
1. Edit Timeline Status:
All talks listed on the homepage/timeline show their
stage in the transcription process
to begin transcribing, find a talk listed on the homepage as
and edit it to say
"(Transcription in progress - [Your username])"
When your transcription is finished, edit the status to say
"(Transcribed; Needs Review 1)"
If you are
creating a new page for a talk
, please be sure to
use the 'Lecture' template
in the 'Make a New Page' dialogue box. If it is an interview and not a talk, please be sure to
use the 'Interview' template
Create a new entry for the talk/interview on the homepage by
typing the date and title
at the proper chronological spot in the timeline.
Highlight the title of the talk
click the 'Link' button
on the editing menu. The page name for the new page will simply be the name of the title that you have highlighted.
Click 'Add Link'
Save the edit
on the homepage and
click the new link you have created
. This will take you to the new page for the talk.
On the new page, you will see a drop-down menu. If the new page is for a
talk, use the 'Lecture' template
. If the new page is for an
interview, use the 'Interview' template
If you complete a first review (Review 1), change the status of the talk on the homepage to
"(Transcribed; Review 1 complete; Needs Review 2 [admin only])"
do not conduct the second review (Review 2)
for a talk unless you are an admin/core team member. This final review is to make sure that all of our documents are normalized for style and formatting. Contributors can become core members and earn the ability to do second reviews simply by contributing to the project over time and showing a familiarity with the transcription process.
Check transcripts that have already been reviewed at least once for examples of how a transcription page should look.
Leave your name
The bottom of each talk page
includes the following list:
Original Transcript by:
Review 1 by:
Review 2 by:
Place your name
(please use the
username that you have signed up with
so we can keep track of who is doing what) in the slot for the job you're doing.
do not complete Review 2
unless you are one of the core members of the project
Rules to follow while transcribing:
Do not correct
his language or grammar.
If he stumbles over words, repeats himself, or says
"um" or "uh,"
keep it all in.
Not only does this create a more
of the talk, but it also makes the reading experience a bit more like actually hearing a talk and allows you to hear the voice more clearly on the page.
Whenever possible, please
note audience reaction in brackets
, for example,
Indicate where you are unsure of
If you are unsure of how to spell a word, name, place, etc., check our
spelling reference guide
or do a web search to try and find the
If you need to look up how to spell a word that wasn't in our
spelling reference guide
, please feel free to add it.
those doing initial transcriptions
(as opposed to reviewing a transcript), simply do the best you can;
reviewers can clean up after the fact
. It is much more difficult to get the "um"s and "uh"s in while you're doing the initial transcription. So, if initial transcribers want to keep that to a minimum, that's fine. Reviewers can go back through and add them in for accuracy as they review. Transcribers should just do as best they can without having to constantly be rewinding to find exactly where an "uh" goes. Likewise,
for interviews or Q&A sesssions
, initial reviewers should focus on getting the transcription down efficiently. Reviewers can go back in later and change the formatting to the proper interview/Q&A format.
Rules to follow while reviewing:
As noted before, please
only do Review 2 if you are an admin
Please do not review a talk that you have also transcribed. It's important that the transcripts be checked by three different people.
Reviewing is the final stage before finalization, so please be sure to add in the "um"s, "uh"s, [audience laughter], [Terence laughs], and things like this that the initial transcriber may have missed and please do your best to correct any spelling.
interviews or Q&A sessions
, you can use the
as an example.
If the interviewer's/questioner's name is known, you can use it....otherwise just use "Interviewer" or "Question" in the first instance and "I" or "Q" in all subsequent instances. For Terence, use "Terence McKenna" in the first instance and "TM" in all subsequent instances.
It is easier to follow along with as a reader if the formatting for the questions is distinct from that of the answers. We have decided to use a
gray highlight for the questions
no additional formatting for the answers
add the gray highlighting
for the questions, simply highlight the entire question (including "Interviewer" or "I"), then click the button on the editing toolbar that looks like a "T" with a color pallet. In the
, please use the following color code:
(you can simply copy and paste this to format each subsequent question. Please make sure that you use this exact background color, so that we have the same format across all documents.
Questions & Suggestions:
If you have any questions about anything or any suggestions for ways to make the transcription/review process more efficient, please join the
FB group for the project
or simply send a message to the admins via the messaging system on the wiki. Thanks!
Thanks and happy transcribing!
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