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James C.
To foster compassion is the purpose of life.
To foster compassion is the purpose of life.
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Ever try to extract images from a Google Doc? I used to have the Image Extractor Add-On, but it has ceased to work, so now, while in the doc, I first left-click on the image, and then right-click on it. From the context menu I select 'Save to Keep Notepad'. From the Keep Notepad sidebar that will appear at right of doc, I right-click image and select 'Save Image As' from the context menu. That way I never have to leave the doc or download anything but the image in question.

Hope that Helps somebody. I also posted that tip in the comments here:

http://techattitude.com/tips-tricks-and-hacks/how-to-extract-images-from-google-docs-document/#comment-3861201017

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Trying to keep things inclusive in an age of exclusivity...

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Love our new experimental exhibit...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJWPFYygGPc

A decent documentary on the life of the Buddha. It is good that it mentions the need to go beyond mere discipline and practices of an ascetic nature.

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In the wake of the electoral fiasco that occurred in America so recently, let us all take a moment to "rise above this Iron Sky that's fast becoming our mind"...a thing so necessary in this age of terrorist networks and government officials who have forgotten who serves whom and how to celebrate the diversity, rather than violate the sanctity, of life. 'Iron Sky' is a brilliant song by Paolo Nutini.

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I was (apparently) the first to try the new offering at Prismatic Coffee (on Bellamah Ave NW, off Rio Grande, South of I-40). The Chroma consists of an espresso shot with Earl Grey infused whipped cream,  a rice-cracker topped with raspberry preserves, and a shot of seltzer. The bergamot in the infused whipped cream pairs very well with the espresso, while the acids in the raspberry preserves and seltzer serve as a wonderful palate cleanser while also accentuating the Earl Grey flavors.

The Chroma is a Prismatic easter egg of sorts (not being on the menu). Ask for it by name ... and tell them Glass sent you.

In the background is a delightful Ethiopian pour-over, iced. The earthy, floral and fruity notes of which were not dulled even by having the Chroma first.

Thanks Luke (and Loren)!
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Spasmodic Torticollis (a.k.a. Cervical Dystonia) is a pain in the neck -  quite literally! It has been my constant companion for over 5 years now and its symptoms are responsible for the degeneration of my spine - compression at C5 and bone spurs (anterior osteophytes). It is not a cheap thing to keep managed and there is no cure. Having dystonia has taught me a great deal about myself and has enabled me to learn to better interact with my father who has had Parkinson's for 30 years due to massive Agent Orange exposure administered by the government he was serving but which has in almost all ways failed to serve him. 

I have just spent what may be the most painful week of my life, followed by an urgent care visit and that has resulted in what they are saying will be about a week's worth of pain alleviation before the symptoms manifest again just as they did and where they were and/or somewhere else.

I am writing these things here now, primarily for record-keeping for myself, and my family and friends, but also to let other dystonia sufferers  (and all those who sufferer chronic and acute pain) know they are not alone.

Our challenge is to realize that dystonia may have impacted our lives, but we need not let this impact define us; and while we may have lost the ability to live without constant pain or without the ability to control our own bodies, nevertheless we still have the ability to determine how we let that challenge impact our being. We can let it make us bitter and fill us with self-pity, or we can let it fill us with an understanding of the impermanence (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impermanence) of all things, and a deepening compassion (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compassion#Buddhism) for all beings because all beings suffer (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dukkha) - even those that may be more or less unaware of their suffering). And we should let this remind us that we are intimately inter-connected (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prat%C4%ABtyasamutp%C4%81da) with all life so that what impacts us also impacts everything else in a multitude of ways and vice versa. The most effective way to move beyond the self-pity and/or anger which can arise do to our own suffering is to engage the process of realizing selflessness (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anatta). At least, that has been my own experience. By realizing selflessness, we cease to be merely dystonia sufferers and may become agents of and for compassion. 

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The town's given name is Idomeni—but for the increasingly desperate people stranded there, it is limbo. See what life is like for thousands of refugees stranded at Europe's tightening borders. http://on.natgeo.com/1VO8lo3

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Exactly.
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