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Location: Louisville, KY
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Interests: Gary Bean and Austin Bridges wear a lot of hats in attempting to meets the needs of the organization and the readership. Our weekly Blogworthy Report represents most of the diversity of our various honor/duties. In our work we have the added honor of collaborating with volunteers in the various projects and services that L/L Research offers. We love the Confederation philosophy, L/L Research, and the readership with all our hearts.


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The Blogworthy Report details the adventures, happenings, and work of L/L Central. On a bi-weekly basis, Gary Bean and Austin Bridges share the highlights of their and Trisha Bean's collaborative work for L/L Research, along with sharing the daring exploits of a global network of volunteers. Occasionally they may also offer a specific update, a personal reflection, or unconditional love.


2020.09.04 - Blogworthy Report - Part 1 of 2
Published by L/L Central on September 4, 2020 10:51pm.  Category: BW Report

Website difficulties necessitate that the blogworthy be broken up into smaller bits. This is part 1 of 2 for:

 

8/22 - 9/4

 

 

Podcast:

  • Law of One Podcast Episode #93:Edited and published the most recent episode of the Law of One Podcast, in which we discuss the differences between the two polarities, and how they appear in our lives and in society. Check it out here:
    https://llresearch.org/podcast/default.aspx

Ra Contact Videos: The Law of One Overview series has completed, but the Ra Contact audio/transcript videos are still going strong:

Gaia Visualization:

  • Jim recently penned an inspiring visualization to help seekers focus their love and light on healing our troubled planet. So we recorded it him narrating it, put it over a meditative backing track, and published it to Youtube:
    https://youtu.be/BK41PdEvI5Y

 

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  • The Poetry of Carla L. Rueckert on Kindle: Discovered some time ago that there were a few minor titles missing from Kindle or Amazon print-on-demand. So The Poetry of Carla was formatted, prepared, and submitted to Kindle for review, and should be live on Amazon soon.
  • Donor thank-you page: Set up a thank-you page for Paypal to send donors to once they finish their donation so that we can thank them for their incredible generosity.
  • The Tree of Alchemy: A Galactic Fairy Tale: Set up a "Friends of" page for the creation of a friend, an artistic and interesting examination of the Tree of Life and its numerous correlations to other spiritual systems, including sacred geometry, astrology, and the system of chakras. Check it out here:
    https://bring4th.org/store/index.php?route=product/product&path=69&product_id=270
  • Print-on-demand woes: Continued on a journey of resolving some print-on-demand issues that arose with our last order of The Ra Contact book stock. The cosmetic issue arising from new printing methods was successfully resolved, but in the process it was discovered that those same methods came with a massive price increase. So alternatives were explored and (hopefully) a workable solution presented itself.
  • New website: Statamic, piece of web publishing software essential to the new website design, recently released their latest and greatest version after being in beta. So we acquired a non-profit discount and purchased a full license for the wizard Daniel to magically weave it into the new archive site.
  • Cartouches: Some time ago, we realized that there were some slight misconceptions about the meanings of the cartouches on the cover of the Law of One books. While relatively unimportant information, it is a frequent question among readers. So effort was undertaken to discover the true meaning and origins of the cartouches. Since there is no "reverse cartouche search" function on Google, it required a bit of searching and research, revealing interesting information about the culture of ancient Egypt. Enough evidence and information was gathered and organized to land on a final conclusion of the meaning of the cartouches, which will be drafted into a clear document to include on the new website. In short, the cartouches are, from left to right: Smenkhara; Akhenaten's "prenomen," Neferkheperure-waenre; Nefertiti; Akhenaten.
  • Q&A number bookmarks for The Ra Contact: Italian translator Mauro inadvertently stumbled upon a method of linking to individual Q&A numbers for the Ra Contact book PDFs, making it easy for readers to navigate the material by Q&A. So the method was adapted to the English versions and the PDFs were updated on the archive site.
  • Online store translation pages: Jochen sent along more translated copy to create pages for various translations in our online store, so there are now three new pages:
  • Adobe InDesign: For formatting and typesetting books, we have historically used Word 2010, and have stretched that program to the extent of its capabilities. With Microsoft announcing the end of support for 2010, and the newer versions of word being inadequate to maintain the books (or so we thought), the prospect of finally tackling the industry standard of book typesetting software, Adobe InDesign, became urgent. Thankfully, the it turned out that Microsoft fixed a previous issue with the newer versions of Word, so the switch isn't as urgent, but the timing is still right to continue with the impulse and add Adobe InDesign to our wheelhouse. So efforts have begun to learn the software in and out to format future and publish books, and convert current books so that we can finally be free of Word - a program not really designed for typesetting and formatting entire books.
  • Coming Home to a New Earth Gathering: Processing the results from the survey sent to the attendees, officially did the deed and canceled the in-person event. L/L's first fully canceled event! A mass of refunds to issue and various communications to make. But, for those already registered, a smaller production team of BJ/Karin/Trish/Austin/Gary decided to offer a scaled-down online version for those who might not be totally zoom fatigued. Turns out just short of half of the event signed up! Began designing the two-day event with multiple circles.

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2020.09.04 - Blogworthy Report - Part 2 of 2
Published by L/L Central on September 4, 2020 10:49pm.  Category: BW Report

Website difficulties are causing the blogworthy to need to be posted in smaller bites. This is part 2 of 2 for:

 

8/22 - 9/4

  • Tilting at Windmills: Received from Ken the FINAL videos! Commenced watching those to identify discrepencies, then processing those, then working some more with Ken. Maybe within a couple months we can begin releasing them.
  • Bring4th: Did a little work with Steve E. as he strives to launch an upgrade to the new site.
  • 990 work: A bullet point to interest no one, but a substantial amount of sweat, brain strain, and triumph. Dug more deeply into our 990 than has ever been performed, working closely with our new (and five star) CPA through email and phone to understand how L/L's finances are classified, organized, and communicated. Then continued reorganizing and refining to create a more accurate picture.
  • Translations: Received an offer to contribute to the Hebrew Ra Contact. Got in touch with Ori to see how the existing translation is going. He is busy as ever but still committed and slowly proceeding. And worked with the high spirited Mauro on the Italian Ra Contact, answering a variety of his questions, some of which prompt our own investigation.
  • The Tarot According to Ra: Received from Joseph Dartez his first rough draft of the book of that name. Very exciting - this has been ten years in the works for him as he has developed and deepened his understanding, if Ra will allow us the use of that misnomer. Looking like 270 some pages right now, with significantly more yet for Joseph to write. Recevied his editing parameters and dug slightly into discussions of publishing.
  • Foreign-language contract: Moved closer to the finish line with Jochen in crystallizing a new contract whereby Jochen will be empowered to print and publish foreign-language editions of certain L/L works.
  • Social Media & Videos & Audiobook: Updated L/L's Facebook, Twitter, and Patreon with quotes, uploads, news, etc. Refined L/L's policy for social media sharing a bit further. || Continued creating the Ra Contact YouTube series. || and continued editing sections from Chapters 2 and 3 of A Wanderer's Handbook audiobook
  • Bits of Things: Assisting Jim relay his communication as the teacher of the Basic Principles of the Law of One Course with IMU. Lot more activity these days. || After months of work, a legal question of copyright that hash bearing on an important portion of L/L's work is reaching its conclusion this week. || Put together a group gift to thank our dear dear friend MISHA for 13 years of volunteer translation, TEN books, and many moments of friendship. || Dug into some research about polytheism vs. pantheism in reference to Ra's description of the religious format of ancient Egypt. || Had a great update phone call from Jess Mund re Temple of the Heart ongoings in Asheville. Worked with Aaron of the AVL LOO study group on zoom tech questions and received updates about the development of their community house. || Trained Trish for the penultimate time on quickbooks. One more week then she's solo! || Processed and shipped book orders from L/L's online store
  • Homecoming Gathering 2020: Would have commenced right now! Literally as this blogworthy entry is published, a circle of 40 people would have been meeting to share their hearts in seeking and service. The pandemic canceled the event for the first time in, we can't remember when. A sad note for us, as we love the event, the energy, and the beautiful people who join the circle, many of them year after year. But many more years await us! Trisha said that she "...reminisced about previous Labor Day weekends spent as acting house-mom at Homecomings and wished I was cooking for all of those beautiful people."

 

**Laura McD, we love you. Prayers and prayers and prayers and prayers and prayers.**




2020-08-26 - Blogworthy Report - Part 1
Published by L/L Central on August 27, 2020 2:17pm.  Category: BW Report

 

Part 1 of 3 (Bring4th is experiencing some difficulties which caused this post to be delayed and posted in three parts.)

 

8/9 - 8/21

 

The 21-part "Law of One Overview" series is officially complete! So many thanks to everyone who participated, including-Misha, Jochen, Vojta, Karin, Matthew, Trisha-and a special huge hug of gratitude to Nadine and her support, Thomas. Love to all. : )

And the intensive-to-make YouTube videos merging the text of the Ra Contact with the original audio recording continues:

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  • Translation: Published a new Spanish transcript translation from Luisa. Thank you, Luisa! December 14th, 2019 Saturday Meditation: https://llresearch.org/transcripts/issues/2019_spanish/2019_1214.aspx
  • Abke interview: Jim was recently interviewed by Aaron Abke, a counselor and YouTube content creator who focuses on spiritual seeking and self-development, with frequent exploration of the Law of One philosophy. Thanks to Aaron for his work and for a great interview! And thanks to T. Bing for the transcript.
  • Print on Demand: Our current service for print-on-demand books for our own inventory of the Ra Contact, recently changed their printing processes (without informing us), resulting in Ra Contact books that are nearly a quarter inch thicker than previously. That seems like a small amount, until the entire cover art is offset by that much and appears off-center, particularly on the spine. That resulted in a spine larger than the original cover art skillfully created by Aaron Maret. Instead of reaching to him for aid, we took the opportunity to dive into Adobe InDesign to figure out how to alter the cover art to fit the new specs. Something as simple as changing the cover art size by a small amount can be pretty un-intuitive, but we found success and ordered some new proofs from the printer to see how they look. Feeling a bit stuck between two services, each with pros/cons, neither ideal.
  • New website: Held a nearly all-day long meeting internally to review and annotate developments on the new website, then for a couple hours the next day to meet the man behind the curtain himself, Daniel, to share ideas, make revisions, and forecast the workload. Looking right now like at least another four months. But oh man oh man, or woman, the site has come light years! It's flipping amazing. His depth of consideration for the smallest detail and his desire to have everything archived appropriately is astounding. We think Ian (LLResearch.org's original creator and 17-year webmaster until 2012), would be highly impressed.
  • Daniel support: We kept up with some various tasks to aid his efforts, including things like comparing an old backup of the archive site with the current site to identify various transcripts stolen by internet gremlins over the past 5 years, creating PDFs for transcripts missing them, acquiring discounts for software licenses, etc.

 




2020-08-26 - Blogworthy Report - Part 2
Published by L/L Central on August 27, 2020 2:16pm.  Category: BW Report

 

Part 2 of 3 (Bring4th is experiencing some difficulties which caused this post to be delayed and posted in three parts.)

 

8/9 - 8/21

  • German-American: Held a half-day long meeting with the one known as Jochen to explore the project whereby Das Gesetz des Einen Verlag would be able to print other foreign-language editions, along with exploring a variety of other exciting ideas and projects in the L/LR-DGDEV relationship.
  • French A Book of Days: After Misha finished her exquisite translation, and Jochen finished formatting, created a French cover art for the book. Now available in print here
  • Podcast: Met to record Episode #93. Hosted by Jim, we explored questions of polarity and how they apply to the world of business and organization. To be published soon!
  • Coming Home to a New Earth gathering: Had dialogue with the production team-Red, BJ, Aaron, Ionsul, Karin-about the October event. It seems impossible that it will be held in person, so we put together a survey to gauge interest in a scaled-down, online version.
  • Tilting at Windmills vides: Received two new videos from Ken W. and worked out a process for the coming editing project (thank you, Ken!), and continued comparing the video against the book text for discrepancies and determining what to do with those discrepancies.99% of the video matches the text, but in some cases, names or off-camera conversation or technical issues were omitted.
  • Ra Contact YouTube work: Also reviewed, processed, and scheduled several more Ra Contact Audio/Transcript videos completed by Trish to be published in the next few weeks, as well as processed a few more audio files for her to use, applying some light noise reduction and removing random gaps and artifacts.
  • 990 project: Lost a portion of the soul spent understanding the intricacies of the 990 (our annual filed form with the tax authorities), working with our wonderful CPA, and investigating a question of royalties, with more work to come.
  • Others and others: Calculated and sent Tobey his semi-annual royalties for the Ra Contact books, retrieved PO box mail, made archive site corrections, responded to a couple weeks' worth of various seeker emails, assisted students of the IMU course, worked with the LOO publisher on the upcoming boxed set, continued editing AWH audiobook, continued training Trish in bookkeeping, and processed and shipped book orders, and shared the Confederation material across our platforms.
  • Caturday: And, made the first Saturday + cats = "Caturday" post on L/L's recently fully launched Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/posts/our-first-post-40244356

 




2020-08-26 - Blogworthy Report - Part 3
Published by L/L Central on August 27, 2020 2:15pm.  Category: BW Report

 

Part 3 of 3 (Bring4th is experiencing some difficulties which caused this post to be delayed and posted in three parts.)

 

8/9 - 8/21

  • Bring4th update: And speaking of websites, Steve E. pulled a miracle out of his... his hat, that's where he pulled it from... in a major upgrade to Bring4th. Though still in the works, we have seen it with our own eyes: a forum that is FINALLY mobile-friendly! Praise be!
  • Paper file archaeology: Spent an afternoon delving deep into the ancient technology known as paper files to (unsuccessfully) locate some important certificates for some important ongoing projects.
  • Creative narrative project: Worked on brainstorming and formulating ideas for the ongoing narrative project in preparation for an upcoming meeting with Zak, feeling the creative potential flowing through the project, then held an internal meeting to talk shop.
  • Cartouches: Did some research into the meaning of the cartouches that appear on the front of the blue Law of One books, attempting to verify their historical significance in comparison to the most updated historical information.

 




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