In the autumn of 2000, with no grasp of what was happening, I found myself in the grip of a deep depression for the first time in my life. The first and most terrifying sensation was the experience of disintegration. It was a profoundly physical sense of “splitting”: firstly, my mind splitting from my body; secondly, my mind itself gradually but unmistakeably “fragmenting”.
Though my inner and outer worlds were thrown into chaos, I could recall the precise moment when this process began, and the spoken words that were the catalyst. They embedded themselves deep into my psyche, and within the space of a few days I felt as though an almost total fracture had occurred. The most obvious effect of this, to those closest to me, was that my physical body ceased to matter. In fact, it became the object of my anger, with its inevitable demands for life to be sustained. In my attempt to extinguish these needs as important, the normal routines of life such as eating and sleeping were turned upside down, and became intrusive irrelevancies.
Now that you have built applications for all three platforms and have
some code sharing techniques in your tool belt, its time to start applying
them. Every good application needs to be able to connect to external
resources, whether they are a complex set of web services or just a simple
leaderboard. The .NET Framework provides a rich networking stack that makes
it easy to interact with network resources. Since all three platforms are
able to leverage the power of this framework, these built-in networking
libraries provide a great common base to build upon, allowing for a large
amount of code reuse between them.
In this chapter, you will build a very simple Twitter client that can
read in a list of tweets from a particular account and display them to the
user. The user interface implementations will have to remain native to
each platform, but its possible to share all of the code needed to
actually interact with Twitters API, which will live entirely in the
shared library. Even though the scope of this application is limited, its
easy to see that in a full application with an expanded set of features, the ability to reuse your code will go a long way to save time both up
front and down the line.
The approach to dreamwork I'm presenting in this book could be summarized as the practice of creating consciousness by recognizing the coexistence of opposites within the personality. This process includes the urge to unite the gendered poles of our experience represented by the anima and animus, archetypes that have varied and elusive meanings. First, they signify our realization of the maleness and femaleness within all of us, the fact that both men and women possess, to some degree, characteristics of both genders. The classical Jungian formulation depicted anima as the carrier of a man's unconscious Eros, his capacity for feeling and relatedness. The animus was portrayed as a woman's unconscious logos, her capacity for logic and intellectual certitude.
[A]nima/us is a psychic structure that is complementary to the persona and links the ego to the deepest layer of the psyche, namely to the image and experience of the self … . [T]he persona is the habitual attitude that an ego adopts to meet the world. It is a public personality and facilitates adaptation to the demands of physical and … social reality … . The anima/us is … concerned with adaptation to the inner world … . [T]he anima/us allows the ego to enter into and to experience the depths of the psyche. (Stein, 1998, pp. 128, 130)
Lesotho (le-soo-too) is a vastly underrated travel destination. It’s beautiful, culturally rich, safe, cheap and easily accessible from Durban and Johannesburg.
The contrast with South Africa could not be more striking, in both post-apartheid attitude and topographical extremes. Even a few days spent in Lesotho’s mountain air will give you a fresh perspective on the continent.
This is essentially an alpine country where villagers on horseback in multicoloured balaclavas and blankets greet you round precipitous bends. The hiking and trekking – often on a famed Basotho pony – is world-class and the infrastructure of the four national parks continues to improve.
The 1000m-high ‘lowlands’ are the scene of low-key Lesotho life, with good craft shopping around Teyateyaneng and the cruisy capital, Maseru. But be sure to ascend inland into the ethereal rock-strewn, bowling-green valleys and stone-faced mountains, where blue streams traverse an ancient dinosaur playground. This is genuine adventure travel.