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Explorations by Kenley Neufeld

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Three-Month Media Blackout

By on July 8, 2018

I’m planning on doing a 3-month media blackout during my already-established sangha sabbatical (July-September). It will be an experiment on my need to know (probably why I became a librarian and also something that’s been present in me for as long as I can remember). The experiment may allow me to open up some internal space for emotional and spiritual care. I’m seeing that life may not need to be so dense with content and I’m curious what I may discover without the constant text-based consumption.

I’ve already put my Medium and NY Times subscriptions on hold. Need to do the same with LA Times. Been unsubscribing from a few email lists each day to whittle down the noise. No consuming Twitter or Facebook, but may decide to push content to these platforms in via Hootsuite. That’s pretty safe. I trimmed back the podcast subscriptions significantly to only music and education related (but keeping Sword & Laser!). The Overcast app makes this quite easy to keep the subscriptions but not have them download constantly. And I moved the Unread (RSS) app to a back screen – that one will be hard and I couldn’t bring myself to delete yet.

What to keep? Probably my print magazine subscriptions such as Stack Magazines, Buddhadharma, and Lions Roar. Not sure about Wired or MacWorld just yet. Probably keep them too, but I don’t have to read. Right? The one social platform I’ll keep is LinkedIn. It’s mostly focused on education and helps me stay connected to my profession. Gotta have one doorway.

In the end, I won’t be to harsh on myself when I slip or end up changing my mind. It is simply an intention and a direction, but dogmatism isn’t helpful either.

Now what am I going to do with all this free time?

Lifestream Experiment Ends, Back to Blogging

By on April 29, 2010

During the months of March and April, I used the Lifestream plugin for WordPress to push my social media activities to my blog as a Daily Digest. The experiment is now complete and I am intending to return to my regular blog practices. Ironically, in the two months the number of regular blog posts did not change from prior practice (I usually post about 3 times per month). I hope to up the number a bit.

Why the end? First, it didn’t really generate any interaction with my readers. Without an interaction, it seems kind of pointless. Secondly, I couldn’t ever figure out to automatically do a “read more” option when the Digests got too long. Finally, it’s kind of weird to see all the media activity so tightly gathered into one place. Obviously, I can control what appears in the digest but my thought was to include everything. Maybe it’s FourSquare making it kind of weird?

I’m going to keep the plugin running in the background and possibly add a widget feed instead of the Daily Digest. This way it can stream by like Friendfeed or Facebook but the interactions can occur on the actual media site.

Kenley’s Daily Digest for April 28th

By on April 28, 2010

foursquare (feed #10)
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twitter (feed #14)
We’ll have a full time classified position in circulation starting Aug 1; look for job announcement soon @SantaBarbaraCC [kenleyneufeld]
twitter (feed #14)
Otis Redding is nice to listen to in the morning. Got "Otis Blue" playing. [kenleyneufeld]
twitter (feed #14)
Scored my rescheduled tix for @imogenheap in Santa Barbara – at Granada. If you didn’t have tix before, the public on sale is 5/4. [kenleyneufeld]
googlereader (feed #17)
twitter (feed #14)
Been trying Zagg’s iPad Invisible Shield. Works well on iPhone, but w/bigger screen doesn’t have right flow. What do you think? [kenleyneufeld]
twitter (feed #14)
Bjork’s "Earth Intruders" with visuals of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano http://youtu.be/tE1wxXkzZAo [kenleyneufeld]
foursquare (feed #10)
Checked in at Starbucks
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Checked in at Chipotle
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Checked in at Trader Joes
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Checked in at Lower Drown
hulu (feed #8)

Kenley’s Daily Digest for April 27th

By on April 27, 2010

foursquare (feed #10)
Checked in at Being Peace Zendo
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twitter (feed #14)
I’ve been listening to Frightened Rabbit. What are you listening to these days? #Cinch: http://bit.ly/bIY3T7 [kenleyneufeld]
twitter (feed #14)
RT @srj68: Extremely fantastic reflection on KICK-ASS and, specifically, Hit-Girl from @kimvoynar Voynaristic: http://bit.ly/9SqgTH [kenleyneufeld]
foursquare (feed #10)
foursquare (feed #10)
Checked in at Starbucks
twitter (feed #14)
My wife found a lovely place in Ojai for our spiritual/homeschool intentional community. Only $2.6 mil. Planning to go look. Ha! [kenleyneufeld]
foursquare (feed #10)
hulu (feed #8)

Kenley’s Daily Digest for April 26th

By on April 26, 2010

foursquare (feed #10)
Checked in at Lower Drown
twitter (feed #14)
Back from a lovely weekend at Deer Park with college students and professors. (@ Lower Drown) http://4sq.com/9UGU0G [kenleyneufeld]
foursquare (feed #10)
foursquare (feed #10)
twitter (feed #14)
I like my panel of office windows that look into the library, but am going to move my desk to face the wall for a while. Fewer distractions. [kenleyneufeld]
twitter (feed #14)
I’m officially a @DreamHost customer by paying for a year of service. My hope is for a much better experience than the last host. [kenleyneufeld]
foursquare (feed #10)
Checked in at Chilango’s
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Checked in at Lower Drown
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Checked in at Ojai Pizza
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Checked in at Libbey Park

Kenley’s Daily Digest for April 23rd

By on April 23, 2010

foursquare (feed #10)
Checked in at Being Peace Zendo
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Checked in at Native Foods Cafe
foursquare (feed #10)
Checked in at Deer Park Monastery
twitter (feed #14)
Unplugging for a couple days. I do wish I could just stay here. (@ Deer Park Monastery) http://4sq.com/aaHKBV [kenleyneufeld]

Kenley’s Daily Digest for April 22nd

By on April 22, 2010

foursquare (feed #10)
Checked in at Being Peace Zendo
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Checked in at Santa Barbara Harbor
foursquare (feed #10)
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Checked in at Starbucks
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Checked in at Oxnard College
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twitter (feed #14)
Please cast your vote. Tomorrow is the last day to vote in the ALA election and voter turnout, as of yesterday, is a low 18%. [kenleyneufeld]
twitter (feed #14)
RT @lurialibrary: Library fines got you down? Help build our Facebook page to 500 people & I’ll waive fines of two students. http://bit. … [kenleyneufeld]
twitter (feed #14)
Has anyone loaded their own epub file onto the iPad? What process did you use? [kenleyneufeld]
foursquare (feed #10)
Checked in at Lower Drown

Kenley’s Daily Digest for April 21st

By on April 21, 2010

foursquare (feed #10)
Checked in at Being Peace Zendo
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Checked in at Lazy Acres Market
foursquare (feed #10)
Checked in at Starbucks
foursquare (feed #10)
twitter (feed #14)
All the campus XP stations are on a regular & frequent restart experience; happy to be on my Mac. Poor students. [kenleyneufeld]
twitter (feed #14)
Mercury Retrograde strikes @SantaBarbaraCC with XP stations across campus restarting. Restarting. Restarting. [kenleyneufeld]
twitter (feed #14)
Anyone else out there being hit by systemwide XP virus today? Found another in KY. http://bit.ly/c6KI5n [kenleyneufeld]
hulu (feed #8)
foursquare (feed #10)
Checked in at Lower Drown
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Checked in at Farmer and the Cook
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twitter (feed #14)
I’m heading to Mexico City with the family soon; what neighborhood should we stay in for a few days? [kenleyneufeld]
twitter (feed #14)
I really need to work on getting a refund from @LunarPages for their lack of customer support. [kenleyneufeld]

Kenley’s Daily Digest for April 20th

By on April 20, 2010

foursquare (feed #10)
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twitter (feed #14)
We have a temporary FT 1-yr contract in American Ethnic Studies @SantaBarbaraCC – 4/30 deadline – https://jobs.sbcc.edu [kenleyneufeld]
twitter (feed #14)
Even though I’m only one customer (since 2006), it’s kind of sad that @lunarpages let my business slip away. [kenleyneufeld]
twitter (feed #14)
I’d love to hire based on digital presence only. Submit LinkedIn profile, not resume. http://bit.ly/c8CMwF (tip via @anya1anya) [kenleyneufeld]
googlereader (feed #17)
foursquare (feed #10)
Checked in at Lower Drown
twitter (feed #14)
Attn: Web Developers. Remember to place a link to desktop version of site on mobile version. Very important for iPad users. [kenleyneufeld]

Kenley’s Daily Digest for April 19th

By on April 19, 2010

blog (feed #1)
foursquare (feed #10)
Checked in at Being Peace Zendo
foursquare (feed #10)
twitter (feed #14)
Last week was on of the most challenging I’ve experienced in a LONG time; looking forward with a positive outlook to today. [kenleyneufeld]
foursquare (feed #10)
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digg (feed #11)
delicious (feed #2)
twitter (feed #14)
Why can’t I delete/backspace in Google Chrome? OSX, current dev version. [kenleyneufeld]
twitter (feed #14)
I need a restaurant for 25-35 people in Fresno/Clovis that serves dinner. Either entire restaurant or private room. Any suggestions? [kenleyneufeld]
twitter (feed #14)
I know there are Fresno people on my feed; can you help me out with a restaurant recommendation? [kenleyneufeld]
delicious (feed #2)
twitter (feed #14)
If Facebook was like Blackboard, they would delete all your friends & comments every 15-wks. http://goo.gl/qzFl [kenleyneufeld]
twitter (feed #14)
Still shocked it took @lunarpages over 24-hrs to get back to me about my suspended account. Unbelievably poor customer awareness. [kenleyneufeld]
youtube (feed #4)
twitter (feed #14)
Better link previously shared quote re:Facebook/Blackboard. It’s from a talk by David Wiley on open education. http://bit.ly/dpDfvc [kenleyneufeld]
foursquare (feed #10)
Checked in at Starbucks
foursquare (feed #10)
foursquare (feed #10)
Checked in at Lower Drown