returning to the spiral: new year 2016

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I’ve been inspired recently. Ellen Million and Alia Thabit are especially inspiring today, but last year there were many women that said or did something that made me go, “hey I could…” Or “I want to try…”

In 2016, I am resolving to act on some of those feelings of rendowed adventure- purpose. That means, today:

  • honoring my teachers here/in my blog(s) — they do not all know they are my teachers!
  • practicing / developing the practice — in the sense of getting better at and improving  habits — in several facets of my life (because they are interwoven: art, work, artwork, home, family, self, reflection, play)
  • setting smaller but clearer goals — clearer both in my definition of them to me and in having them have context, be part of a larger goal/plan.

I find this scary. And I haven’t even done much of it yet!

In which I have a fight with Firefox and almost lose

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If you are (perhaps wisely) not a webgeek, you can ignore this. Or read the note at the end.


So I learned today that Firefox has this security thing about iframes and their sources.The gist is, when the iframes go to the same domain, (preferably the one where your page already is), life is copacetic. If you (like me) want to embed content from two different domains (say, google calendar and an indiegogo project), it looks like it’s going to be easy. Both sites have this simple “embed this” feature: you click an embed button, it gives you a bit of code, you add that to your own page’s code, and it all works well.

Well, if you are using Opera. Or Chrome. Not so, Firefox! (I usually save testing IE and Safari and mobile ’til the easy three are sorted).***

And for whatever reason, although I could easily find both jQuery and javascript solutions, I (embarrassingly) could not make them work.

But lo! I am not blathering on just to tell you my failings! I came across a tiny reference to essentially making fake-frame pages. I hope you never need to know this or you have better solutions and they all take you less time. But it goes likes this:

On the page with two frames, I sourced two files on the same domain as the one that wanted to show them:

<iframe src="file1.html"></iframe>
<iframe src=file2.html"></iframe>

Then in file1.html I used the provided code from clicking those embed buttons (in a regular HTML5 page with as little stuff in head and body as I could manage):

<iframe src="src="https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?show..."></iframe>

and in file2:

<iframe src="http://www.indiegogo.com/project/monkton-road-wildlife-crossing/widget"></iframe>

Plus the usual styling and whatnot both within file1 and file2, and on the original page. Which one leaves as an exercise for the reader.

This is clearly slower than scripts. And someday, when I have more time, I hope to revisit this and do it much more elegantly.


* For those my readers who are perhaps wisely not webgeeks, some web pages have blocks (inline frames subwindows, or iframes) in which some or all of other web pages are shown You see these _all_ the time in one way or another, and when everything is rolling well, you barely notice they are bits of different sites owned, operated,managed and so one by completely different people.

** Popups are like the spices you don’t like. Very occasionally they can be used sparingly to nice effect.

*** Safari was fine. IE had its own issues. This particular client site just will never bee great on mobile until they get a grant to redo the whole architecture from the ground up…

gifts in time

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My sisters and mom pooled together and sent me (with one of the sisters; another lives near there) to Kripalu. Lovely. (I did miss Sketchfest, which is sad, but I was offline, which is nearly unheard of for me, and thus surprisingly helpful.) The detox session was too basic for where I am so far; the yoga varied from easy/restful to wow! glory!; the mini-intro to mediation techniques was just what I needed. And two walks in the snow with 2 sisters and 1 dog. Plus I read 1 whole book (A Boy and A Bear in a Boat), almost finished another (The Unreal and the Real, vol. 1), and the first part of Inside of a Dog. And a massage, with extra help for my hip-that-feels-like-it-has-shinsplits. Plus really superbly yummy food and good conversations.

And yet somehow none of that intense richness felt rushed.

Am back. Now wrestling with SSL, hosting, access to domains. Projects/tasks also on the plate: the sortable tables, the twice-delayed branding, the completion of a set of pages (which may or may not need design changes), the far too overdue new-design/rebuild, the large pile of data entry, my own bookkeeping, membership renewals/datakeeping, Fledgling program planning, and various small changes and additions (several other sites). Not counting the site I had to turn down but did not want to turn down. Or the hour-and-half I donated to a silent auction, which, in fact, was bid on and now I must find a mutually compatible meeting time. Also family to play with and care for. Art show at a coffee shop in a week or so. And more trips coming.

This is a little bit of a contrast, all in all.

Reading: Inward clarity, but work at it (I think)

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These days, I'm not much for spiritual and/or religious stuff. I suppose I have little faith in the nonmeasurable. Or I think I do.

That said, I very much like to to do a card reading (Tarot and/or other) each New Year. For focus, even if I forget it all by February (yep. has happened). This year, I did a 4-card layout with closed-eye cutting of four decks:

North: Froud's and MacBeth's Faerie Oracle Deck: Honesty
East: Bestiary Deck: Kyoht's Aye-Aye (6 of diamonds)
South: Goddess Deck: Contemplation / Chang O
West: Rider-Waite: High Priestess

Well now. I take away from this that inner clarity is possible, likely, but still have to work for it. Still, possible! A good thing.