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The last night...

So, this is it. the last night I spend in the Valley, my home of 16 years. It's still hasn't completely sunk in yet - I imagine as I'm driving west it will begin to. I'm leaving on my journey at what I like to call "the crack of dawn" tomorrow (actually, 7:30am). Our first stop is a UU bed and breakfast in Cleveland, OH. The car is packed to the gills (pictures later) and ready for the trip. I'm not exactly sure I'm ready for the trip, but I guess I'll have to be by tomorrow morning.

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Back from retreat, off to California, almost

Well, I just got back from my retreat (more on that another time - I think it will take me time to process everything that happened. One quick thing, we got a really nice treat in having Sharon Salzberg lead Metta Meditation each day!)

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On Retreat, Blog Break

Another major blog break, from today through this coming Wednesday. I'll be at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, for a 5 day retreat, with Joseph Goldstien, Gina Sharpe, Rachel Bagby, and Russell Brown. I am very much looking forward to it. I'm still pretty restless and impatient. And there are all sorts of other kinds of emotional issues raising their heads. So it's going to be a very interesting retreat, for sure.

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Another PWIOOTM: David Runnion-Bareford

I LOVE this topic: People Who are Out of their Minds. Today, it's David Runnion-Bareford, of the organization Biblical Witness Fellowship. According to a story in Agape Press:

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Harry Potter

OK, my very quick, and spoiler free, review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. It was great. It was the best yet. The last one (Order of the Phoenix) had way, way too much teenage angst. This one was largely free of it (although there was plenty of "snogging" - I'll let you read to figure out what that means.)

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Responding to Blogs

I like reading blogs. I like commenting on blogs. I like writing blogs. I like the back-and-forth that comes from people reacting off of what others say. One of the things I've realized in the past couple of months of doing fairly intensive blogging is that I notice when:

- I can't post a comment without signing up to something
- I can't trackback

I don't mind so much when I can do one or the other (comment or trackback). I really mind when I can't do either.

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No, really? A wifi hotspot on a bus??

I just found this very cool tool, called MacStumbler.  It's a wifi network sniffer. It will tell you what networks are around, and whether they are open or not, and what's their strength. It's useful to troubleshoot home hotspots, and find ones out in the world.

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Social Source, Open Source, Socialism

David Geilhufe has a new post on his blog, entitled "Social Source Socialist?" It raises an important issue, and I've been wanting to talk a bit about the ways in which open source software in the nonprofit space is related to our economic system. This is pretty airy-fairy pie-in-the-sky stuff, but why have a blog if I can't do that?

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North, not South

In planning the drive across country, the heat wave has convinced us (a friend of mine is driving out with me) to go for the route that's more northern, instead of going south. It would have been nice to go through New Mexico and Arizona, but it would also be nice to be comfortable.

One of my jobs this week was to go to AAA to get tour books and maps and the like. This is starting to feel very real...

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Restless and inundated

I've been feeling a bit restless, over the past week or so. Chomping at the bit, as it were, ready to head in my car, and head out west. It's a strange mix, restlessness, some anxiety about this new venture, and real sadness about leaving friends, and this place that has been home for a long time, behind me. It is making things a bit surreal, but my life has felt like a Dali painting for about 6 months now.

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