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Vanity. Pure and simple. I’m one of the earliest users of @twitter @instagram & @foursquare


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Can you place a financial value on your gmail account? Backupify thinks so. Here’s mine.

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Lamp Transmission for Kenley

With deep joy and gratitude, I am happy to share with you the good news that I have been invited to receive the Lamp of Wisdom, encouragement to teach, by Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village community. Lamp Transmission Ceremonies for monastic and lay practitioners will be held at Deer Park Monastery, near San Diego on Saturday, March 17-18, 2012. My friends Karen Hilsberg, John Salerno-White, Joann Rosen, and Jim Scott-Behrends will all receive the Lamp at Deer Park next weekend. In total, there will be 8-lay practitioners and 6-monastics receiving over the course of two days. Though the transmission is coming from Thich Nhat Hanh, he will not be physically present for the ceremony.

For those of you unfamiliar with this tradition, lamp transmission refers to "the manner in which the teaching, or Dharma, is passed from a Zen master to their disciple. The procedure establishes the disciple as a transmitting teacher in their own right and successor in an unbroken lineage of teachers and disciples, a spiritual 'bloodline' theoretically traced back to the Buddha himself." According to Zen schools, the first instance of Dharma transmission occurred as transcribed in the Flower Sermon, when the Buddha held up a golden lotus flower given to him by Brahma before an assembly of "gods and men."

This is a deep honor along with a long term commitment. I am very grateful for my sangha, my family, and my friends who have supported me on this path. My hope is to include some pictures and words about my experience after next weekend.

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Frog Warriors

I'm stepping out of my comfort zone by choosing to join a small group of men for eight gatherings over the next four months. I've done a great deal of group work over the last twenty years, but this one already feels different. It's not a Buddhist group. It's not a 12-step group. Most importantly, I'm not the leader. We will gather to look into our manhood, to learn from each other, and to build community.

Even though I've lived in Ojai for seven years, I've not taken the opportunity to create a community of my own. It's a small town and I know many people, but I tend to honor my introvert self and stay home with my family or do things on my own. I met the eight men last night for the first time. I knew only one person, and even him I only know on a very casual level. What I discovered in two hours was a group of very kind men who want to explore something different and build community.

Let the adventure begin. Open heart. Open mind.

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WordPress Strips Basic Code

Recently a staff member was updating a WordPress post by editing the post code. As soon as any edit was made and saved, the post lost all the <select> and <option> tags associated with a form (see before and after screen shots). The staff member had Editor level status.

During the troubleshooting, we have attempted to (1) modify the Editor capabilities, (2) change Editor to Administrator, and (3) create a new Administrator account. Further, we are editing in HTML rather than Visual. In all three cases we continue to have the same problem with code being stripped out. What will work is using the original site Administrator account, and creator of the post, to edit the post. It will then save correctly. This is the puzzle: why does it work correctly for one administrator but not the other?

We are currently have three sites on WordPress 3.1.2 with three sites operating. This particular site has the following plugins: All in One SEO Pack; Disqus Comment System; fbLikeButton; Google Analyticator; Jetpack by WordPress; Peter's Post Notes; Sociable; Wapple Architect; WordPress Breadcrumbs; WordPress Post Tabs; WP-DBManager; WP-reCAPTCHA; and Yoast Breadcrumbs.

UPDATED: Found another active plugin at the network level (so didn't appear in the site level plugin list): User Role Editor. Could have a role (no pun intended) in the problem.

I am stuck and hope for insight from the collective wisdom.

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REI Treats This Customer Right

An REI store recently opened in Santa Barbara, so shortly after Christmas I went there to spend my gift money on a new pair of shoes. It was January 2. I bought the shoes for $99 and have been happily wearing them since. A week or two after my visit, it came to my attention the shoes were on sale for $49. I was curious about their exchange/return policy and intended to follow-up with the store as soon as possible. Unfortunately, because of work and transportation issues, it took until today (38-days after purchase) to finally get into the store to inquire.

Upon arrival I learned that they have a 30-day policy on price changes and that I would need the receipt (which was at home in Ojai). Plus, the shoes were now only $35!

It took all of 30-seconds for the store management to review the circumstances and authorize a refund for the difference. Wow, what a treat. Thank you. This is truly how customers should be treated by a retail business and I don't regret for a minute signing up for an REI membership.

Good work Santa Barbara REI. I'll be back.

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A Bitter Harvest: California, Marijuana, and the New Jim Crow

I highly recommend listening to this radio show exploring themes of racism, drugs and legal disenfranchisement. The discussion centers around California marijuana growing and the apparent inequities between white pot farmers and and widespread incarceration of African-American men throughout America. It’s a thoughtful discussion and one worthy of hearing and considering, particularly for white Americans. The show was ably created and produced by my step-brother Chris Moore-Backman.

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