Scott’s Site and Book

[2014-03-16: Scott’s site as I designed it is no more: links go to someone else’s work.]

What I’ve been doing lately includes putting up a site for Scott, with the objective of improving publicity for the full range of his yoga activities, including his successful and respected teacher training courses, and also his recently finished book What Is(n’t) Hatha Yoga.

Though it’s not the first site I’ve ever designed and implemented, it’s the first one I’ve done since gaining a reasonable level of command, rather than simple hunt-and-hack ability, over the key languages and applications involved – especially CSS (for formatting web pages) and PHP (for making them interact dynamically).

Which doesn’t mean that the thing isn’t hacky at this particular moment, or doesn’t have a long way to go.  I’ve only recently turned it from static to dynamic, on the way to full CMS (Content Management System) functionality and an augmented design concept.

Anyway, feel free to check it out and say nice things only, though that doesn’t mean that you should keep it to yourself if something malfunctions or displays totally wrong for you, or that you shouldn’t feel free to suggest improvements – in the comments or via e-mail.  You’ve got a link to the more or less free-standing book page above.  Clicking on the WYC logo should take you to the WYC main page.

One of the things I like and support most in what Scott’s doing is his fusion of East and West, as already conveyed in the name under which he does his yogic-communist free market business:  It’s a Western Yoga College, but it’s also a Western YOGA College or Western Yoga College, not to mention a business not really a college, and a college not really a business, meaning it’s a college in kind of a Western Yoga way, or a Western College in a yogic way.

And so on.

Future developments will include a book store, a yogistical blog/diary, multimedia offerings, and a dedicated page for Scott’s Kirtan band Yoga Das.  It’ll have a “multiple sites in one” design based on but not restricted to the elements of this design, which was done essentially as an upgrade from the previous site, which looked like this:

Home Page  Public Email  Twitter  Facebook  YouTube  Github   

Writing since ancient times, blogging, e-commercing, and site installing-designing-maintaining since 2001; WordPress theme and plugin configuring and developing since 2004 or so; a lifelong freelancer, not associated nor to be associated with any company, publication, party, university, church, or other institution. 

16 comments on “Scott’s Site and Book

Commenting at CK MacLeod's

We are determined to encourage thoughtful discussion, so please be respectful to others. We also provide a set of Commenting Options - comment/commenter highlighting and ignoring, and commenter archives that you can access by clicking the commenter options button (). Go to our Commenting Guidelines page for more details, including how to report offensive and spam commenting.

  1. Congrats Scott and Colin!

    The look and feel of the site is very positive.

    It looks great and navigates well.

    Best wishes for the future.

  2. Thanks for the positivity guys. CK has done a great job. Just today I had lunch with someone who twice, at different times, brought up in general conversation how beautiful the new website is and how cooly it navigates. I’m lucky to have such a great site.

  3. was that one lunch today? or was it re-consumed after being brought up earlier?

    (I’m concerned that it might have been macaroni and cheez.)

  4. like the ” No-Self” Help Books….


    What Is(n’t) Hatha Yoga
    82 pages, softcover, $12
    $3 U.S. shipping
    (all quantities)

    might be tinkered with and clarified

    is my assessorism

  5. can I have as many copies as I want for $12 + $3 shipping

    or can I have as many $12 copies as I want for $3 shipping?

    who did the lovely flowing wyc logo ?

Commenter Ignore Button by CK's Plug-Ins

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



Noted & Quoted

TV pundits and op-ed writers of every major newspaper epitomize how the Democratic establishment has already reached a consensus: the 2020 nominee must be a centrist, a Joe Biden, Cory Booker or Kamala Harris–type, preferably. They say that Joe Biden should "run because [his] populist image fits the Democrats’ most successful political strategy of the past generation" (David Leonhardt, New York Times), and though Biden "would be far from an ideal president," he "looks most like the person who could beat Trump" (David Ignatius, Washington Post). Likewise, the same elite pundit class is working overtime to torpedo left-Democratic candidates like Sanders.

For someone who was not acquainted with Piketty's paper, the argument for a centrist Democrat might sound compelling. If the country has tilted to the right, should we elect a candidate closer to the middle than the fringe? If the electorate resembles a left-to-right line, and each voter has a bracketed range of acceptability in which they vote, this would make perfect sense. The only problem is that it doesn't work like that, as Piketty shows.

The reason is that nominating centrist Democrats who don't speak to class issues will result in a great swathe of voters simply not voting. Conversely, right-wing candidates who speak to class issues, but who do so by harnessing a false consciousness — i.e. blaming immigrants and minorities for capitalism's ills, rather than capitalists — will win those same voters who would have voted for a more class-conscious left candidate. Piketty calls this a "bifurcated" voting situation, meaning many voters will connect either with far-right xenophobic nationalists or left-egalitarian internationalists, but perhaps nothing in-between.

Comment →

Understanding Trump’s charisma offers important clues to understanding the problems that the Democrats need to address. Most important, the Democratic candidate must convey a sense that he or she will fulfil the promise of 2008: not piecemeal reform but a genuine, full-scale change in America’s way of thinking. It’s also crucial to recognise that, like Britain, America is at a turning point and must go in one direction or another. Finally, the candidate must speak to Americans’ sense of self-respect linked to social justice and inclusion. While Weber’s analysis of charisma arose from the German situation, it has special relevance to the United States of America, the first mass democracy, whose Constitution invented the institution of the presidency as a recognition of the indispensable role that unique individuals play in history.

Comment →

[E]ven Fox didn’t tout Bartiromo’s big scoops on Trump’s legislative agenda, because 10 months into the Trump presidency, nobody is so foolish as to believe that him saying, “We’re doing a big infrastructure bill,” means that the Trump administration is, in fact, doing a big infrastructure bill. The president just mouths off at turns ignorantly and dishonestly, and nobody pays much attention to it unless he says something unusually inflammatory.On some level, it’s a little bit funny. On another level, Puerto Rico is still languishing in the dark without power (and in many cases without safe drinking water) with no end in sight. Trump is less popular at this point in his administration than any previous president despite a generally benign economic climate, and shows no sign of changing course. Perhaps it will all work out for the best, and someday we’ll look back and chuckle about the time when we had a president who didn’t know anything about anything that was happening and could never be counted on to make coherent, factual statements on any subject. But traditionally, we haven’t elected presidents like that — for what have always seemed like pretty good reasons — and the risks of compounding disaster are still very much out there.

Comment →
CK's WP Plugins


Extraordinary Comments

CK's WP Plugins