360° Tour Krypta in the Temple de Saint Sava, Belgrade, Serbia

In June, we visited Belgrade, Serbia and experimented with 360° photography. This is a photo of the Krypta of the Temple. The main church space wasn’t finished yet, except for the mosaic in the rotunda. Christian also made a 360° image. It always looks funny when people using their phone to create these image. They are highly focused to chase down every blue dot in their camera, so the Pixel camera can stick together these immersive experiences. 

I  included the 360° image plugin: Algori 360 Image by Kevin Bazira. and its Gutenberg Block. 

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What was a niche discussion twenty-two years ago, goes mainstream. Moral Panic.

A moral panic is a widespread fear, most often an irrational one, that someone or something is a threat to the values, safety, and interests of a community or society at large. Typically, a moral panic is perpetuated by news media, fueled by politicians, and often results in the passage of new laws or policies that target the source of the panic. In this way, moral panic can foster increased social control.

Ashely Crossman’s definition of moral panic

Jeff Jarvis quoted above definition in his Atlantic essay: 

Platforms Are Not Publishers
The essential value of the internet is conversation, not content—and journalists need to embrace it.

On the make community blog a discussion flared up which reminded me of discussions we had about 22 years ago around free speech and censorship and Nazis. And the start of ShoahProject.net.  And who can and who can’t sponsor a WordCamp 

17 Ways to get ready to be an empathetic listener

This morning, I went to a workshop at the local Unitarian Universalist Congregation on how to be a better white ally in the fight against racism. The workshop was help by the renown facilitator Dr. David W. Campt, who just publish the White Ally Toolkit Workbook.

55% of white people feel that racism against white is as big of a problem as against POC. Only 19% say they have faced racism themselves.

Dr. David W. Campt

WGCU published an interview with Dr. Campt prior of his workshops. You can listen to it on their website.

You are not going to move people with facts, no matter how well you state them.

What leads toward effective encounters?

  • Trying to find a point of mutual agreement
  • Telling them about your experience
  • Asking about values or experiences underneath their point view
  • Expressing that you used to feel like they do
  • Having them do thought experiments about life in different skin
  • Focusing on goals you support instead of realities you oppose
  • Talk about your prejudices

Strategies that focus on your own thoughts

  • Conceive of the person as a vulnerable child
  • Remind yourself That the listening process you are doing is part of a long-term, change process.
  • Remind yourself of qualities you like about the skeptic
  • Think back to a time when you very much wanted to be listen to
  • Think about things you have in common with the skeptic
  • Think about helpful values you hold, like empathi, curiosity and / or patience

Strategies that focus on the mind-boy connection

  • Get centered by taking deep breaths
  • Imagine that there is a drop of superglue keeping your lips together
  • Look directly into their eyes 
  • Touching your tongue to the roof of your mouth
  • Shifting your position to one that maximizes your relaxation
  • Looking directly at their lips (or forehead)

Strategies that focus on the content of the exchange

  • Remind yourself that just because you listen empathetically to a point of view does not mean that you agree with it. 
  • Tell yourself to listen for experiences that may be similar to ones you have had
  • Get ready to listen for potential opening for future conversations
  • Remind yourself to listen for the underlying needs that are behind statements you will hear
  • Get ready to notice things you can agree on. 

About an hour into the workshop, I realized some of these strategies might also prepare you for the work as an empathetic support person on the Gutenberg plugin forum… 

Difference between a WordPress and Wix website

You can use your own place or your rent space.
You can use a professional or you use someone who know how to assemble things in Wix
You can use a free hosting or a professional hosting.
The choice is yours.
Does your customer care? Do you care?

An example of business who switch from a WordPress site to a Wix site.

Social-sharing is not attributed to the company’s website (domain) but to the owner of the site.
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It attributes the post to http://saraelizabethgordo.wix.com/ who is the owner of the site. Seems the domain name is only masked.

Rayo de Esperanza – A Beacon of Hope

Below are my photos of the Cesar Chavez Memorial Sculpture I passed by every morning and evening while staying in Austin Texas for the 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference. I admit my knowledge about 20th Century History in USA is very fragmented. I came across the name Cesar Chavez just recently after watching the movie Food Chains which linked the current struggle of Immokalee’s Farm Workers to the California Labor Movement of farmworkers of the 60ties, lead by Cesar Chavez.
Shortly after returning from Austin, I watch on Amazon Prime the movie Cesar Chavez.
Trailers of both movies are embedded below the photo gallery.

Cesar Chavez – History is made one step at a time

Go to the website

Food Chains – The Revolution in America’s Fields

Go to the website

Tomorrow, March 31st is Cesar Chavez Day in United States.

Walking around Austin, TX during #15NTC

Thanks to Techsoup Global and NTEN, I was able to attend the conference and meeting in Austin, TX this month. I stayed with my fellow Netsquared Regional Ambassadors at an AirBnB house in walking distance of the Austin Convention Center. I very much appreciated the daily walks and my fitbit had me constantly way above my daily goal of 10,000 steps. Here are a few photos of my impressions. I still have to go through my phone’s camera roll and pull out some more.
They are all on my Flickr stream and I am using the site Flickrit to get the embed code for the below slide show.


CES is upon us

Thinking about electronics for Christmas? The prices will be good for this year’s models. And then International Consumer Electronics Show 2015, Las Vegas January  6 - 9, 2015International Consumer Eletrconics Show 2015 happens and some of us will be looking at new electronics to want just about two weeks later. I feel very fortunate that I am not one of those early adopters. Early adopters, who always need to have the latest gadget, have to delay Christmas until CES 2015.  which start on January 6, 2015 in Vegas. This is the largest consumer electronics show of the world, and all the Sony’s, Samsungs, Microsofts, and other electronics manufacturers, introduce the world the next generation of gadgets.

That’s where everything new will happen, and determines the editorial schedule for the TechNews reporters and fill up the topic list for the next year.

Me, I just go my new Moto X and I am happy with it, still getting aquainted to it. It has similar specs as the Nexus 6, also built by Motorola. Moto X is smaller in size and turned out to be a couple hundred dollars cheaper in the pure edition version. This weekend I took it out for the first time and I do like my new camera on this phone.

Today, we are back to work.

#ThrowbackThursday Early years.

birgitI found this on an old NFN web page about its volunteers.

Here is what I wrote in December 2002

After 10 years in Restaurant Management in Germany I not only changed my profession but also the country I live in and came to Naples in August 1998. Christian, my hubby, was relocated by his company. Rumors say due to inclement weather.
After buying a convertible in the first week and moving in to the new place, I joined the Naples Free-Net in September. Fascinated by the Internet and doing homepages already since 1995 in Munich for a similar organization, it seemed to be a good thing to do.

Since then I tried to spread the word about the Internet, helping on the helpteam, joining the Education and the Web Team. Since June I serve on the Board of Directors. ColdFusion is my new toy and passion.

Book Review was my first ColdFusion project. The lastes big project for the Naples Free-Net was the homepage. At the moment the online tools for the new Tiered Services are in preparation. Since May 2002 I am part of NFN’s Executive Committee as Vice-president and since June 2002 I am the Naples Free-Net’s Webmaster and chair the NFN Webteam with the NFN Fusioneers:-)

In November 2002 we finally moved into our new home.

At the Naples Free-Net I met very interesting, heartwarming and awfully smart people. The NFN Volunteers are the closest thing to a family I could get, while my own family and friends are suddenly thousands of miles away.

The Naples Free-Net is very lively organization with dedicated people. It is amazing what this group of volunteers has accoomplished over all these years. I feel very privilege to serv this organization in various projects.

Please feel free to sent suggestions and comments to me under birgit@naples.net.

December 2002


Photo by Christian Haack, 1997 on a boat ride from Teneriffa to Lanzarote. The star & stripes outfit and the Sebastian Inlet hat, I obtained a year earlier at our vacation in Florida.