This morning, when requesting my donor advised fund to send money to send money to the Episcopal Church USA to support the General Convention this summer, I struggled to find the Tax ID for the national church. To find the number, I turned to the Wikipedia, specifically Episcopal Church (United States) - Wikipedia to learn the following tidbit:
The full legal name of the national church corporate body is the "Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America", which was incorporated by the legislature of New York and established in 1821. The membership of the corporation "shall be considered as comprehending all persons who are members of the Church". This should not be confused with the name of the church itself, as it is a distinct body relating to church governance.
For my future giving to various Episcopal organizations (which all have distinct Tax ID numbers), I compiled the following table:
In my mother-in-law's backyard.
Email I sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
To make the meetings of City of Albany more accessible,Â please turn on auto captioning for all the city meetingsÂ that are streamed via the Albany KALB YouTubeÂ channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/AlbanyKALB/videos). With automatic captioning, even when it is not perfect, viewers can then more easily make sense of many hours of meetings by searching and reading transcripts.Â It's a helpful measure in the absence of high fidelity transcripts or minutes generated by a human note-taker.
I noticed that many of the videos are already closed captioned but not all of them. When I went through the list of all the videos since July 2020, I found the following videos were not captioned:
whereas the majority were captioned:
- Working Group to Develop Community Policing & Relations Task Force - Aug.Â 13, 2020 - YouTube
- City Council Virtual Special Meeting - Aug.Â 5, 2020 - YouTube
- Social & Economic Justice Commission Virtual Special Meeting - Aug.Â 4, 2020 - YouTube
- Arts Committee - July 27, 2020 - YouTube
- Transportation Commission - July 23, 2020 - YouTube
- Planning & Zoning Commission: Virtual Special & Regular Meeting - July 22, 2020 - YouTube
- Addressing Institutional Racism that Impacts the City of Albany - YouTubeÂ (July 18, 2020)
- Climate Action Committee - July 15, 2020 - YouTube
- AUSD Board of Education - July 14, 2020 - YouTube
- 2x2x2 Virtual Meeting - July 13, 2020 - YouTube
- Parks, Recreation & Open Space Commission Virtual Meeting - July 8, 2020 - YouTube
- Economic Development Committee - July 2, 2020 - YouTube
Please turn on automatic captioning for all videos from now on.
What experience do you all have in collaboratively editing Word documents in late 2019?
Yesterday, a group of collaborators and I were making the final push to submitting a grant proposal to the NSF due yesterday (spoiler alert: we made it!) Until the very last day, we were all using Google Docs and Google Drive, which is a fantastic collaborative environment. Then to get the documents formatted, the Google Docs were downloaded to the lead collaborator's computer. This move then made collaborative editing/copyediting of the document tricky. For a while, we were confused about which document was the most recent. We couldn't see easily see what other edits people had made. It wasn't clear that the approach that some of us took (to use Track Changes in Word) and then send our version of the document to the lead author) was actually the right -- and consensus -- approach.
Are others of you taking a similar approach: do a lot of collaborative editing in Google Docs and then do final editing/formatting in Word? How about using Microsoft Office for the Web for the entire writing process? I'm wondering how compatible online Word is with desktop Word, especially for detailed formatting.
(2019.09.04) I often make a delicious and modestly elaborate black bean dip with the Instant Pot. But yesterday, while in a hurry to have black beans in any form to accompany the mouth-watering tomato salsa Laura made the day before, I made plain black beans in the Instant Pot. I threw in a couple of beans with several cups of water, set the Pot to 30 minutes and rushed out of the apartment toward Trader Joe's to buy some tortillas. I got back just 3-4 minutes passed the scheduled moment to do the natural release of steam.
80/20 rule in action: we got a small bucket of simple black beans (80% of the benefits of the dip) with about 20% of the work -- well, ok 40% of the work.)
I'm pleased that on the first full day back at home from vacation that I made two healthy and delicious meals, which I consumed in moderation. Only one chicken leg, a small serving of Israeli couscous, and a heap of broccoli. Alas, I magically forgot my diet when I indulged heartily on spicy pistachios that a friend supplied to us at a meeting -- so watch those meeting snacks!
A photo from Monday morning. I love looking at Albany Hill from the El Cerrito Plaza BART Station while waiting for the train.
I've spent many years now at All Souls Parish in Berkeley. So it tickles me to notice how utterly transportive Sunday morning workshop is to me -- if I notice. As I stood at the railing to receive communion yesterday, awash in music and light and surrounded by other parishioners, I said to myself: yes I'm blessed.
Maybe the new Gutenberg editing experience is the present and future of editing in WordPress -- but it's been giving me a lot of headaches so far. I've been getting "Updating failed" and "Publishing failed" messages. Also the Preview doesn't work. I looked at posts like the following for help -- but to no avail:
I'm just punting and going back to the Classic Editor using Classic Editor | WordPress.org.