The default avatar doesn’t currently work on network sites, just the main BuddyPress site. I think this article might help when I come to fix this:
Some things that need doing:
* Set up twitter tools so that posts from the colour magic sites get tweeted to the kiamagic.com twitter account.
A KIABots work is never done…
Noticed a few important bugs that have arisen as a result of recent upgrades to the software:
- Ugly blank space line at top of page on main site.
- Forum styles broken in colour magic sites.
I’ll have to get on and fix this soon. *sigh*
Our first funding campaign wasn’t a huge runaway success, but I should point out that it we did raise enough to fully pay the hosting costs of our server until midway through 2012, so well done to all who contributed and helped in raising money. We’ve bought ourselves a little time before the next campaign.
Second, this campaign sparked our KIA Magic project, a project currently in hibernation as anton and spiral finish working on their Chemical Serpents book. But hopefully everyone is currently working behind the scenes on their contributions because this book promises not only a great read but hopefully also a useful contribution help pay for keeping this site going.
Thirdly, also as a result of our funding campaign we’ve begun working on a group wealth magic rite, which began with group divination, and has continued with the making of a collaborative video, currently being edited by anton and lolita. This will likely be used in a coordinated ritual performed by KIA members across the world using the video as a unified focus sometime around the Spring Equinox, when we intend to launch our dedicated blue magic site…
I decided to start this ‘meta’ site to have somewhere to post stuff about the development of the kiamagic.com website itself, with news of upgrades and issues and what not, without breaking the flow of interesting discussions on the main site with technical news.
Well its still early days in our funding campaign and we have at least raised a small amount, although far short of where we should be right now if we want to reach our target. Hopefully things may start to pick up, but it’s started Anton thinking about other means for raising the money to guarantee the hosting of this site and allow for future expansion.
One such idea is if we all collaborate on a book, the proceeds from which will support this site. The initial idea is to combine the talents of the many creative individuals present on this site to combine articles on meditation, entheogens, magic, chaos, Discordianism, anarchy and mysticism, with sample rituals, poetry, artwork, illustrations, comic strips, and short story format fiction.
We have the collective potential to produce something pretty epic if we combine our talents in this regard.
Of course this doesn’t mean we should give up on the current funding campaign. It’s still important we still raise as much as possible, even if we don’t meet our current ambitious target, and I’ll continue to post updates on this.
I was on facebook once. I’d left when I’d realized I have nothing to do in there. Then I read their rulebooks and policies – stayed away ever since. When G+ was coming out, I didn’t even blink. I haven’t been using google services for quite a while now.
I am not much of a social network person really. Hell, even on Twitter I am barely active these days. So what made me so excited about Diaspora* ? Well first and foremost – it’s security focused. So you can be sure they do all they can to prevent your data from leaking. Also, you OWN everything you post in there – unlike on Facebook, where mr. zuckerberg can take your the picture youve shared and put it on billboards from Manhattan to Delhi. Finally – it’s decentralized. There ain’t one supercomputer that stores all the data in the network. Instead, there exist so called ‘pods’ – anyone can host one and make a local social network for people closest to himself. Also, pods communicate with each other to create a massive network.
This to me, is a social network run by people for the common good of the people. Without lame restrictions and excuses. Without stripping us from our rights.
If you want to know more about the project, go to: http://blog.joindiaspora.com/what-is-diaspora.html
If you want an invite to check the network with me (the current alpha version is available for tests at joindiaspora.com), send me a private message and I’ll invite you.
Over the next five years the cost of hosting kiamagic.com will be around $2000USD. That assumes current site activity levels remain constant. Because the site is free to join and advert free all of this cost comes directly out of Anton’s pocket. However it is important we remain advert and fee free so the only option available is to ask those who value the site, wish for its continued existence to help support its future in whatever way they can.
This means if you can afford to donate cash, please do so, however small the amount. If you can’t, please volunteer to help out with the fund raising campaign team so we can discuss ideas of how to fund our future, and help implement those ideas.
Whilst direct donations are probably preferred due to us getting a larger cut, Anton has also started an experimental funding campaign on IndieGoGo. The goal is to raise $4000USD by the end of this year. Small and large perks have been allocated to those that can contribute certain amounts, ranging from being publicly thanked on the KIA Twitter feed, through to getting hold of a special pre-release ‘Thankyou Edition’ of Anton’s forthcoming book ‘Chemical Serpents and getting a printed credit in the final version.
If we raise enough we can run kiamagic.com as a secure site to protect traffic with a certificate. For each $600USD we raise we can fund this for a year. The $4000USD target also allows for upgrading the server to allow for increased bandwidth if we can exceed what we need to maintain current levels. If we don’t reach the target though, anything we do raise will help keep us going, so please get involved in any way you can.
KIAMagic.com now has its own dedicated twitter feed…