For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart. There I travel, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length. There I travel, looking, looking breathlessly.
— Carlos Castenada

Portland Metrozine
This online journal showcases the work of writers in the greater Portland, Oregon area. We focus on positive and constructive action. We support local business and neighborhood development. We promote cooperation and conservation. We encourage respect for diversity. We look forward to the future with hope.


Zeus Alone
At the beginning of the 22nd century, in a world of chatty machines, pervasive surveillance, constant identity tracking, and standardized brain conditioning, many Mars settlers adopt genetic engineering and cloning. Most humans born on Mars, the phids, have phenotypes distinct from "Earthies." Racial tensions between phids and Earth humans are growing. Phid assassins with focal razors are roaming on Earth, killing Core experts. They almost kill Mik Sturm, a shy, insecure student at ApexU, who has just entered the employ of Centroid Logics as an Earth Core consultant.

Philosophy Loft
As the world continues to become more complex and interconnected, and as messages and media proliferate, we can expect to encounter an increasing number of unusual and extraordinary claims.

Skeptical habits of thought are essential for nothing less than our survival...

Carl Sagan

Futures Research Center
These are exciting times to be sure! There are endless possibilities and many probabilities for our future. If you believe that the choices you make today will determine the quality of life for future generations, you can imagine and build a probably successful future.

It is likely that unlikely things should happen.

Centroid Network
CN is an online media syndicate for proactive and alternative coverage of selected news stories, tracking pivotal issues beyond their typically short headline cycles, monitoring global media issues and current developments, and linking affiliates in a common bond of concern and support. This network affirms the values of the Centroid Café: critical thinking, unfettered inquiry, creativity, innovation, and humor.

¢ du jour

It is startling when reality exceeds my paranoia!
– Anonymous

To live is so startling, it leaves little time for anything else.
– Emily Dickinson

It is quite possible, Octavian,  that when you die, you will die without ever having been alive. 
– Mark Antony

I have the key to happiness: remember to be profoundly,  totally conscious that you are. I myself, sorry to say, hardly ever use this key. I keep losing it.
– Eugene Ionesco

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