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Monday, March 03, 2008

Help Wanted.

I have recently switched to the new blogger format and it looks great thanks to my good friend Tom.

However, my "Featured Posts" section didn't make it intact through the transfer as the links don't seem to work. I have spent a lot of time trying to fix it but to no avail and I am exasperated.

So this post is a plea to anyone who could help me with this problem. I am even willing to pay a small fee (say $10-15) because the "Featured Posts" drop down menus are an important part of archiving my favorite entries throughout the history of this blog.

If you'd rather I can pay in the form of sending you a print of my Buddha painting, value $30 seen here below:

So please email me if you can help:

UPDATE: Here is the version of the above painting without the copyright:
~Peace to all beings~

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sidereal said...

The onchange of your select elements seems to be messed up. Currently, it is this:

<select onchange="
" name="classicsmenu" document.location.href="this.options[this.selectedindex].value;">

You want this
<select onchange="document.location.href=this.options[this.selectedindex].value;" name="classicsmenu">

Evidently the 'name' attribute got stuck in the middle of your javascript.

You'd need to fix it in each of the dropdowns.

If that's helpful and feeworthy, send $10 to Doctors Without Borders :).

Anonymous said...

I find 'copyright' written across the Budhha's face a bit objectionable on a number of levels. Even the practical one...

It's a beautiful painting, if someone was to like it enough to use the image then surely that would be a good thing?

Just my thoughts, right or wrong,


They call him James Ure said...


Thanks, I'll see if that works.


The only reason it has a copywrite is because it is art that I created. I paint art to suppliment our income and I don't want people using my art without paying for it.

I don't feel it is wrong to ask for fair compensation in return for being able to use my work.

In my mind, it is no different then a writer having to pay for an image/painting of Buddha to use on their book cover.

I appreciate you voicing your opinion though.

They call him James Ure said...


I went ahead and made those changes, saved them but it didn't work.

I went back into the layout and saw that somehow the code reverted back to what it was.

sidereal said...


It's a little different now, but not quite right:

onchange = name="classicsmenu" document.location.href="this.options[this.selectedindex].value;">

It's not clear exactly what the software thinks it's trying to do there. It seems to be confused by the = in the javascript and is possibly trying to 'fix' it for you.

This is a little more complicated, but gets rid of the equal sign:

Somewhere high up in your template put this:
<script language="javascript">
function setLocation(loc) {
document.location.href = loc;

And then change the onchange in your selects to this:


That's a roundabout way of doing the same thing, but gets rid of the =.

If that doesn't work, you can send me a mail at and maybe we can try something else.

Anonymous said...

You said...

The only reason it has a copywrite is because it is art that I created. I paint art to suppliment our income and I don't want people using my art without paying for it.

I don't feel it is wrong to ask for fair compensation in return for being able to use my work.

In my mind, it is no different then a writer having to pay for an image/painting of Buddha to use on their book cover.

Fair point. I stand by what I said but I am an incurable idealist (it's hard for art to be genuine once money is involved and integrity seems especially important in the spiritual realm) but that doesn't put food on the table! Best wishes. J.

Wade M | The Middle Way said...

Hi James,

I'd be interested in if you've heard of Creative Commons(, sometimes also known as Copyleft. In my opinion, it's more inline with the Buddhist philosophy.

This protects your work, but still gives other users freedom to expand upon it.

Copyright has been shown to destroy movements, and damage culture(

Imagine if Buddha asked for royalties every time someone wanted to quote his work. Do you think it would survive, let alone spread like it has? Incidentally, The Dark Side of the Moon picture on your blog is copyright to Capitol.

Imagine under Creative Commons your artwork may is used, with full attribution to you on the cover of a book. You get 10000's of eyeballs viewing your work, some who will more than likely want to purchase the work. You get free promotion to a core audience who want to engage with your work.

If the book is under copyright, licensing is too expensive, they chose another work, no eyeballs, no promotion, no sales.

Copyright in it's current form is also unconstitutional(

I'd love to hear your comments on copyright after reading/watching the links listed. If you've only got time for 2 links, the CC link will take a few minutes, and the last link is a video that's 50 minutes. The book showing why copyright is broken, is a great read, but takes about a month to chew through. I'd prefer for us to be on the same page, so we can communicate about this, instead of coming from different levels.

Eating my own dogfood, all my work is released under creative commons. This includes TheMiddleWay and my flickr account, where 2 photos have been recently included in a book.

My interest here is to see your work both protected and promoted, allowing the greatest revenue for you, and the greatest access to the public. I have great respect for you and your blog, I do not wish to offend.



PS ZenHabits, with 42,000 subscribers recently went Uncopyright (

They call him James Ure said...


You raise some excellent points and I think I will go with the CC route. I will also update the post with the non-copyrighted picture.


Oh and Sidereal offered their valuable time and fixed my problem. I wanted to thank them for their assistance.

EdaMommy said...

Looks really good!

Terry said...

Painting is true happiness! Finding simplicity in form and, through this, I try to grasp the essence of anything that nature throws at me. I am also painting Buddha in oils as I speak. With a mindfulness signature to the left by Jon Kabat Zinn

How long have you been painting? And do you only create in watercolors?


They call him James Ure said...


Ah!! A fellow painter!! Excellent!!

I've been painting since about 1999. I'd love to see your Buddha painting and other works.

I paint in oils and acrylics. I've never really had much luck with watercolors but I do admire those who can use them.

Wade M | The Middle Way said...

Hi James,

Great to see you under CC.

The paint looks fantastic, I'd love to see more of your work, the shades of colour look so peaceful, like a real joy to paint :)



Anonymous said...

An excellent 'middle way' solution! J.

They call him James Ure said...


Thanks. Here is the link to my art website where some of my work can be seen.


And thank-you too!!

Tom said...

Whoa. I'm only getting up to speed with my 2008 blog reading.

I'm so sorry, James.

I don't know how I might have screwed up your javascript, but I was obligated to have tested out everything when I 'monkeyed around' with your website, moving it to New Blogger.

Your "Featured Posts" section seemed not to require any extra attention, so I expected it to transfer cleanly -- without following up with due diligence.

Very sorry. Thank Buddha for sidereal. I know nothing about all the coding complications he spotted.

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