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Website Idea's

Postby Jesse » Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:58 pm

I have been thinking about creating a website for some time, for the purpose of helping people in some way or another, unfortunately I haven't had any great ideas.If anyone want's to offer me some ideas, that would be awesome.
The only thing I know I want to avoid is dealing with money in any way, because of the technical overhead and expense of dealing with that sort of thing. Otherwise Anything goes, Thanks in advance. :)

Also if anyone is interested in working on projects like this, that would be great too. Any sort of skill could be potentially helpful, graphics, writing, plain old wisdom etc. :)
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Re: Website Idea's

Postby maybay » Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:25 am

Don't get distracted :smile:
People will know nothing and everything
Remember nothing and everything
Think nothing and everything
Do nothing and everything
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Re: Website Idea's

Postby Jesse » Tue Mar 27, 2012 5:54 pm

It's hard not to be distracted sometimes. :)

Coding for me is like painting, or calligraphy, or chanting. Helping people is just a great side effect.
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Re: Website Idea's

Postby Jesse » Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:13 pm

Now I realize why they call it the thinker... :toilet:

This isn't fully fleshed out, but I am curious what people think of this idea, and excuse the mess as I sort of wrote it up in a hurry -- perhaps I should clean it up a bit but I feel lazy today. :)
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Create a website dedicated to spreading meditation, mindfulness and methods for removing afflictive emotions and delusional states of mind in a nonsecular way as to benefit society at large.

I think for society to improve in any meaningful way, it's going to take a collective effort of removing afflictive emotions and delusional states of thinking at an individual level. Since eastern religions have already developed efficient methods for doing these things, I think it's one of the best ways to achieve this. Thinking about it more, I think it may be what the dalai lama has been doing by having western science study mediators and meditation in general, and also what thich nhat hanh has been doing by spreading mindfulness.

While it has spread quite well, the vast majority of people I know do not meditate, and I think it should be designed for people like this. People who have no interest in religion, spirituality, etc. I think if its presented in a scientific way, with well documented medical studies, people would be more willing to try it.

Perhaps present it as a community, where people can find support, sort of the way in which weight loss communities work and it could be almost social-networking based like facebook/myspace.

Ideas:
-Clearly establish and present what meditation and mindfulness can accomplish for people in their lives
-features for tracking meditation sessions, 'progress' and what-not.
-Introductory meditation video's done by well experienced meditators
-Video's of medical studies, etc.
-A very extensive documentation/help/support section, and also question-answer type features. Which could take the form of volunteers like Wikipedia. It would be difficult to find that many experienced meditators though.
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Re: Website Idea's

Postby Qian Zheng Yi » Fri Apr 27, 2012 3:43 pm

Your ideas are remakable and excellent!! :applause:
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Re: Website Idea's

Postby Jesse » Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:47 pm

Haha.. Thank you, but no not really.. :smile:

I've actually planned out the website and have been working on it, perhaps a bit too much for the past few weeks. It's coming along well though.

The address is: http://sit-with.me

It's a ruby on rails 3 project, being hosted on heroku. heroku uses git for version control / deployment, (if any developers are interested ) :P

I will eventually need lots of help with content, especially meditation articles/video's and related stuff, since my experience is pretty limited I really would rather not write them.

I hope to have the first version up within a month or so.. :smile:
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Re: Website Idea's

Postby Clarence » Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:45 pm

I have an idea for you or David:

www.buddhistcalendar.org or .com

IN it, one can find any schedule of any Buddhist teacher or center. One can also search based on area and time.

So, let's say I am going to Argentina next month, then I can find out what teacher or center is there and what I can attend if I wanted to attend. I know we have google but that is just so much to wade through at times. Or, I want to know the schedule of this or that Lama or Ajahn or Sayadaw, then I can find it there. In any and all languages. I know it isn´t as beneficial as your idea but I think it might work.
Also, one can add of course the different important Buddhist hol/i/y/days

Also, an app for businesscards. :smile: Although they might have that already.

I also have a great idea for a tv-show based on the Bardo. :smile: Let me know if you have connections.

Best of luck with your site though. I couldn't open it just now.
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Re: Website Idea's

Postby kirtu » Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:16 pm

Clarence wrote:http://www.buddhistcalendar.org or .com

IN it, one can find any schedule of any Buddhist teacher or center. One can also search based on area and time.


This is straightforward. We can have a demo up in no time.

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Re: Website Idea's

Postby Jesse » Tue May 01, 2012 3:12 am

Clarence wrote:I have an idea for you or David:

http://www.buddhistcalendar.org or .com

IN it, one can find any schedule of any Buddhist teacher or center. One can also search based on area and time.


I would be willing to put some time in on it, just send me a pm.

I probably can't do much more than contribute, but definitely let me know. :smile:
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Re: Website Idea's

Postby kirtu » Tue May 01, 2012 4:40 am

They way to do the calendar would be to set up a web service as a common data repository that calendar apps on the web as well as smartphone and tablet platforms could pull from.

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Re: Website Idea's

Postby Clarence » Tue May 01, 2012 7:49 am

I am glad you guys like my idea. How can we get it to work? I have no idea about coding or developing websites.
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Re: Website Idea's

Postby Jesse » Tue May 01, 2012 7:21 pm

Having a service seems like a good idea.

Do the major calendar apps use some common interface for data retrieval? Json or xml, or something?

The actual website itself could be designed to work on all platforms, which isn't as convenient as your device pulling the data down to your local calendar app, but still handy.

The main concern I would have is who would add the events/dates to the calendar app? User accounts / crowd sourced, or an individual

I am glad you guys like my idea. How can we get it to work? I have no idea about coding or developing websites.


Well, someone would need to be willing to host and maintain the application, and domain first. Then the project would need to be planned and broken up into development stages. From there it's just actually building it.
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Re: Website Idea's

Postby kirtu » Tue May 01, 2012 7:35 pm

ghost01 wrote:Having a service seems like a good idea.


I was going to throw a basic web service together this week that generates xml and json with data gleaned from known lama schedules and retreat schedules.

Do the major calendar apps use some common interface for data retrieval? Json or xml, or something?


I don't know but all calendar apps will inevitably move in that direction.

The main concern I would have is who would add the events/dates to the calendar app? User accounts / crowd sourced, or an individual


All of the above with precedence given to authoritative sources. The input to the service can come from multiple sites actually that just stream an rss feed to the service.

Well, someone would need to be willing to host and maintain the application, and domain first. Then the project would need to be planned and broken up into development stages. From there it's just actually building it.


That's what the various clouds are for nowadays. Amazon EC2 can be ultracheap (totally free below a certain data transmission limit).

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Re: Website Idea's

Postby Clarence » Tue May 01, 2012 8:18 pm

What would it cost to get it all working properly?
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Re: Website Idea's

Postby kirtu » Tue May 01, 2012 8:53 pm

Nothing for a prototype and probably nothing for an initial working version. After people buy in to using it and lots of data gets sloshed around then some minimal cost. well under $100-$200/month. If this became wildly successful and all the 14 M or so Tibetan Buddhists used it every day and 1000 bytes of information is exchanged then it would cost just over $100/month on Amazon - just 1 k of data moving back and forth is more than quaint but structuring the data in a service could facilitate a low number of bytes actually being transferred - data transfer would need to be capped for rich media based on the total number of users - so 1M users could only exchange 33,333 bytes a day every day - large numbers of users with daily usage forces monetary support but this is a worst case and, outside of the Olympics, not real world scenario. Advertising (ugh!) might then become necessary as a means of support.

Start up costs are essentially free in the tech world (West + tech Asia) - Brazil, Argentina, Eastern Europe and tech Africa (SA [we do have users from there], Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, and North Africa) I don't know. Time is the major constraint. After that then scaling can be a problem but that happens with large numbers of users. A site with only a few thousand users intermittently is inconsequential in terms of cost.

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Re: Website Idea's

Postby Clarence » Sun May 13, 2012 3:46 pm

kirtu wrote:
I was going to throw a basic web service together this week that generates xml and json with data gleaned from known lama schedules and retreat schedules.


Any updates on this? :-)
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