Jul 13 2014

Consciousness Hacking

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MikeySiegalSaturday I spent the day at the San Francisco Consciousness Hacking Meetup, facilitated by Mikey Siegel.


NeemaMoraveji 2After a few minutes of “getting to know you”, where I met some interesting people (one guy was even named after an album!), we heard from Dr. Neema Moraveji about the new “Spire“* wearable sensor, for tracking breath and steps. I’ve already ordered mine.


JefferyMartin Next, we heard from Dr. Jeffery Martin, one of my long-time friends and associates. He spoke about new research into persistent non-symbolic experience (PNSE) and hacking your way to enlightenment. There are a few projects that his organization, the Center for the Study of Non-Symbolic Consciousness is putting together, and I’ll be volunteering on some of the technical aspects.

In other updates, the group from Cognitive Technology Group at Berkeley gave a short but powerful demonstration of their cloudbrain software hooked up to an open_bci 8 channel EEG. I’m still looking into the software, but it looks like it’s basically analysis software on top of openstack horizon. Intriguing.

FrankHeile Dr. Frank Heile, who has been working on a theory of enlightenment, has updated his paper and invites discussion.


*You can get $10.00 off your Spire order following this referral link: https://spire.io/order/h47fud I’ll also receive $10.00 off mine, if you do

Jul 13 2014

The Site is Back!

After being offline for about 3(!) years, I recently found a backup of the site – so it’s going back up.

In that time, my interests have changed significantly, so I’ll be cleaning things up here a little and then start posting again.

Do be aware most of the site is outdated, but if you find something useful, I’d be grateful to hear about it!

– Nick

Oct 10 2011

Alternatives to upgrading Joomla from 1.5

I read with interest Jen Kramer’s article on when and how to migrate clients from Joomla! 1.5 to the next version of Joomla, due to the end of life of the product in April 2012.

Through my Joomla work, I have influence over 10,000 Joomla 1.5 sites. Of these, about 200 of those sites are direct (or nearly so) clients of mine that I’ll have to upgrade if the time comes.

Unfortunately, the migration to Joomla 1.6/1.7/2.0/2.5 is not a very compelling story. Most of these clients have sites that work today, and while they are looking for incremental improvements, they are not looking to rebuild the site – pretty much ever. They are definitely not interested in losing functionality (due to incompatible plugins) or actually paying for such an upgrade. I need help in solving this dilemma – one that lessens or eliminates the impact of migration.

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Oct 6 2011

Application Optimization For Rightscale

Rightscale is having a webinar next week (Oct 13, 1011) entitled “Optimizing your Cloud Applications for Rightscale“.

If you are at all interested in cloud-performance, this is a webinar that you should probably attend, whether or not you use Rightscale as your application platform, and here’s why.

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Oct 3 2011

WordPress Shortcodes come to Joomla

Today, I’m releasing a plugin I’ve been using on my own sites for the past 2 years or so … it takes (I means, literally, copies) the WordPress shortcode system and installs it into Joomla! This plugin brings WordPress shortcodes to Joomla. WordPress Shortcodes for Joomla. Cool, eh?

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Aug 29 2011

Louisville The City

When I went out to dinner at the Palace in Santa Barbara with some of the folks from Rightscale (thank you, rightscale, for a wonderful trip!), I was asked about my home-town, Louisville, Kentucky.

I’m afraid that I wasn’t very succinct in my answer, so I’ll try again.

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