The Decline of Interest in Drupal Versus Steady Interest in WordPress over 5 Years

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The periodic dip in each chart is end of Dec. every year. Drupal is at 25% of where it started from 5 years ago, but WordPress is about the same. From the simple queries put into Google Trends: drupal & wordpress.

“WordPress is used by 58.5% of all the websites whose content management system we know. This is 27.1% of all websites.” —from w3techs.com. (Drupal is used by 3% of websites.)

A couple interesting posts from a drupal / wordpress developer:

http://mikeschinkel.com/blog/17-reasons-wordpress-is-a-better-cms-than-drupal/

http://mikeschinkel.com/blog/the-decline-of-drupal-or-how-to-fix-drupal-8/

Someone asked me this week to talk tech about the CMS platform landscape so I did a little research about Drupal vs WordPress. About 3 years ago I did a demo, and another developer friend advocated Drupal over WordPress so I started working in Drupal. Unfortunately, the learning curve was way steeper than I thought it would be and I ended up coding the demo from scratch since learning Drupal was taking too long.

There’s something to be said for being able to get something working quickly–you can start working productively in WordPress in minutes, and I think that’s one reason why WordPress is so popular.

Windsor Riley Memorial Oct 30, 2016

Windsor, fall 2016, ready to hike up the hill. The sign reads "K2 or Bust." K2 is a famous peak in the Himalayas.
Windsor, fall 2016, ready to hike up the hill. The sign reads “K2 or Bust.” K2 is a famous peak in the Himalayas.
Left over clothing from the memorial.
Left over clothing from the memorial.

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Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later

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Murti photo above is from one of those Darshans in 2000.

Windsor Riley with Adi Da Up Close,  October 21, 2016 at 9:47am

In the summer of 2000, Adi Da granted daily Darshan in the front yard of The Manner of Flowers, His residence at The Mountain of Attention. The yard was beautifully landscaped with a large pond in the middle. It was not design for formal occasions. Every afternoon all the devotees would gather at the gate and be let in. If you got there early you could easily find a place with a good view. But by the time the usher attendants had brought everybody in and seated them, your little piece of prime real estate could easily be taken by then.

On this occasion I arrived rather late. But somehow there was a prime spot near the front of the pond the attendant pointed me to. I took the seat and then again a small shuffle. Now I’m out on a little one person extension over the pool. Probably for Adi Da to walk out and feed the coy fish. Can’t be moved. Adi Da sat in His chair under a big oak and if He looked straight ahead I was in His direct line of vision.

Sure enough, at one point Adi Da fixed His gaze straight ahead for a period of time as He often would do during formal Darshans. I guess you could say I was the “deer in the headlights” but it didn’t feel that way. Just remember being lifted by the brightness of the Happiness that overwhelmed me. My left arm went up with the hand in a mudra and “I” was firmly suspended from identification with the body mind for however ecstatically long.

I didn’t go into Nirvakalpa Samadhi from a Saintly glance like Adi Da did with Rang Avadhoot. I’ve continued to go on for years developing my karmas and such. But nowadays, that Darshan, along with others, and a little bit of “practice” on my part is revealing this underlying sense that I never really left the Occasion!


Brian Hanley called from Marin saying he would have come, except for the bad rainy weather. James Steinberg and Steve Brown emailed from India, regretting that they couldn’t make it.

Malcolm Dunshee and Amos Schieber, Beth Soliday and Sondra Dylan told some stories about Windsor. It was a happy memorial remembering Windsor’s humorous character, his autistic quirks and sweet heart, and his overwhelming love for Adi Da and infectious happiness in talking about Bhagavan.

Windsor was also musically gifted, and had a great eye for photography. His nature photos and pictures of Adi Da are on display here on his Facebook page. His mountain website pics got over 5 million hits.

The big event of the day in the last months of his life were posting pictures from his hikes and pictures of Adi Da and talks and leelas from Beloved Da’s Teaching time.

We will miss Windsor.


Xandra also reminded everyone to fill out her/his Advanced Directive forms from Mate Mote and post them on or above the fridge.


James Steinberg wrote: “Yes, it is good that we understand that leelas should be about Bhagavan Adi Da and about His Work and not just our own subjectivity and so forth.

That is great Instruction from Him which we should also seriously consider, and I obviously am not trying to discount that but the main thing is that we have to TELL THEM with feeling and honesty as who we are as His devotees, and not try to be some advanced person. Gerald told all of his leelas originally trying to make some point about the Perfect Knowledge practice and it was not working. And so they were all rewritten to just be straightforward and devotional leelas that reflect our real understanding and practice, not trying to be some great devotee in the abstract.

And so everyone would not be a devotee if there was not some real recognition, we all have that place in moments, and Windsor certainly did, no matter how rough his edges were, and it is just going to that place and speaking from there.

Bhagavan used to say that if there was devotion you could just say “blurb blurb blurb” (He put His finger on His lips and kind of just farted almost) and it would serve!”

I’m glad that he [Windsor] wrote up at least that leela. But that is one of the difficult things when we lose any long long time devotee–the leelas are gone from that person. So I hope that we can collect any of them that were on facebook or elsewhere and get them to the archives.

If we knew he was going to pass, we would have asked him to record leelas for sure. The same thing goes for Windsor’s memorial: if leelas are told definitely record them.

Bhagavan was also interesting in the early days about leelas. He wanted a poster of Woodstock that I was in, put in the archives to show that His devotees were at things like that. So it is really a broader matter than you would get from the endless presentations about how to tell a leela that seem to restrict it only to some kind of highly evolved speech, because you are not going to get that from us bozos anyway, but our devotion and histories are of interest as showing Bhagavan’s greatness in working with all of us.

Write (or record) your leelas before your transition time and send them to Archives!

Love,
James Steinberg, emails from India, Oct 29, 2016

Poems by Winsdor Riley

I am sitting here in Jaipur,India, and just heard word that Windsor Riley unexpectedly passed away in his sleep.  As Bhagavan Adi Da said, “Death is a Perfect Insult” and I am saddened by this untimely transition. I will miss Windsor…. Here’s James full post + Windsor’s poetry.


Pamela Williamson writes from Hermitage: “Windsor’s photo is at Bhagavan’s Feet here in Temple Adi Da and all devotees are offering DPOC [Devotional Prayer of Changes] for his Easy Transition.” Thanks to Brooks Kirkbride for forwarding Windsor’s transition to the RSO.


Timothy Toye said: One time I was riding in Windsor’s truck and was getting cold. I asked him if he could turn the heat on. Windsor replied, “How’s your meditation practice? How much do you study every day…”


Robert Rothemich wrote Mate Moce’s email on the Matrix:

Dear friends,

Our friend and devotee Windsor Riley passed away suddenly Thursday Oct 27 at his home in Lake County. He was found peaceful in his bed in the evening by his roommate Michael Harings. Windsor had not been in overall good health, but was not thought to be dying.

Windsor has been an active devotee since the 1970’s when he came to San Rafael from Florida. He has always been known as a kind and humble person, in love with his Guru. On this Facebook link, one can see the beautiful devotional entries that he has been posting about Adi Da, up to the day before he passed.

https://www.facebook.com/windsor.riley.3

Windsor had an active and contemplative love of Nature. Over the years he hiked many mountains in California and took stunning photos which he also posted on Facebook.

Windsor lived in San Rafael for most of his Adidam life, selling plants from his van around the Bay Area. In recent years, he had moved to Lake County, something of a homecoming to Adi Da. He was active with the 3C men’s group and lived in a men’s household.

Windsor struggled with alcohol addiction and did much work with AA over the years. He had been sober for over a year, but accessories had taken a toll on his health, especially his lungs. Windsor had a humble and inspiring attitude toward his struggles with Right Life.

Windsor’s passing was unexpected and he did not have savings. We invite and encourage devotees to offer financial assistance for his funeral costs to the Mate Moce Paypal account.

Windsor’s body was taken by the Lake County coroner because his death was unexpected. A two hour vigil was done with the body by devotees before it was taken. All devotees are encouraged to invoke Bhagavan’s Blessing on Windsor’s transition over the next three days in their puja and meditation. Friends will be going to the funeral home today to serve his vigil.

Ruchiradama Quandra Sukhapur was informed of Windsor’s passing to offer prayers for him at The Outshining Brightness at Naitauba.

In service and gratitude,

Robert Rothemich
for the Mate Moce Guild

The paypal account to help with Windsor’s funeral expenses is: matemoce@adidam.org


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Windsor on Oct 25, before going out hiking, with his instant garbage-bag raingear.

Random Notes on eBooks

I came across a couple of interesting posts today, one by Jiminy Panoz, “I’m a complex Average Joe designing eBooks & getting shit done.” He recently gave a talk entitled “Why the web should take a look at eBooks” basically stating ebooks are messed up!

Another interesting quote by Nate Hoffelder, who started the blog the-digital-reader.com:

About Nate Hoffelder (11412 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: “I’ve been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It’s a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog.”

The Symbol of Cutting-Edge Computing

Top image of me sitting in front of my 3 monitors for my main PCs (at home taken by my chromebook). I also have a couple kindle fires and a great Chromebook 15″ that I got refurbed for $150! Wonderful laptop & no maintenance. I work on lots of PCs at work every day doing tech support & network administrivia.

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It’s difficult for those of my generation — people who grew up with the beige PC box as a cultish object of desire and the symbol of cutting-edge computing — to understand just how divorced the modern world and population have become from the desktop PC. The desktop today is akin to what mainframes were in the past: an imposing, burring, gargantuan construction that you only resort to when you really need to get some heavy work done.

from an article on The Verge.

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Colorizing the Table of Contents from The Basket of Tolerance

Excerpt from The Table of Contents of The Basket of Tolerance
Excerpt from The Table of Contents of The Basket of Tolerance

This week’s mini-project was to colorize the Table of Contents from The Basket of Tolerance. Using CSS3 gradients with 50% transparency, it was pretty simple to add gradient backgrounds to document elements. And a little code to go along with the page, since it’s being produced from the database. I’m going to have to deal with outline formatting at some point…

Programming with Crouton (Linux) on the Chromebook

Snapshot of linux (xfce) running on a Chromebook

Snapshot of linux (xfce) running on my Chromebook

I’m really enjoying working on my new (refurbed) 15″ chromebook I got from Acer for just $150. First thing I did was add the developer version of linux using the Crouton setup.

Google did an excellent job designing a very lightweight OS–and I am running a linux virtual OS with it, and it works fine for my current learning of laravel (a php framework on steroids) and web design.


Another little project: I also just loaded the latest version of linux (16.04, xfce) on an old dual-core system, and it runs using only 300 megs of ram on a base system. I put in an SSD disk to boot off, and it’s ready to run in about 5 seconds–and runs really smooth! SSDs are ideal to boot off, and then you just add an extra hard drive for additional storage.

The Seven Stages of Life (mobile friendly) Page, which started off as a Bootstrap Experiment

The Seven Stages of Life
The Seven Stages of Life

I’ve been working on making a bootstrap carousel… which has been morphing into a page showing off Adi Da’s Seven Stages of Life.

First I got a bootstrap carousel working with bootstrap and jquery. Good. Then I started working with headers and captions in the carousel, and was dissatified with the legibility of the text, so eventually I just decided to put text below and remove all the text from the carousel itself.

I have beautiful artwork to work from, adapting it to a mobile format–think chunks instead of big blobs. So instead of a long long landscape image with embedded text, I chunked it down to the basic image, then put the text into a flexible list with a nice css3 gradient using colors from the image. That way the page can be viewed from a smartphone (landscape, 420 pixels) all the way up to a desktop.

Stage Four
Stage Four

Cruising through The Basket of Tolerance

The Basket of Tolerance, by Adi Da, is a book with 3 bibliographies, about 16,000 items, mostly books, with CDs and videos too. I’m working on how to access it so it’s visually interesting, and not just a thick telephone book of lists. Apart from book sellers and scholars, such a book/website won’t appeal to most people. Most people are interested in a certain topics. I want to make a top level dive into wherever, and back again, but to also show the context of the stages of life, such that if a person gets curious, she can find and read more about the seven stages of life, and Adi Da.

The featured image above is a template for looking at all the items in a section of The Basket of Tolerance. This section I’ve divided into 110 stacks, which contain 3,554 items. The list of titles & authors alone, without any pictures, goes for 101 pages at 12 point text. I want something more like ~25 pages of abbreviated info, with pictures, so a person can see an area of interest, then click on that to get a wall of books/CDs/videos on a particular topic.