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Voting Precinct Board Member

Like many people after the 2016 Presidential election, I’ve been following politics and the news a lot closer. Short of volunteering for a campaign however, my ability to create the change I want to see is limited, since I’m not allowed to vote as a Permanent Resident.

Looking for a way to give back to the community I’ve been calling home for the past six years, I learned about the possibility to serve as a precinct board member (more commonly known as a poll worker) on Election Day. In order to promote civic engagement among residents of the state and to provide additional members of precinct boards, California allows non-citizen permanent residents and high-school students 16 and over to serve as precinct board members.

Notice of Appointment Letter

Ventura County, where I live, offers an online application form for volunteers to get started, though in my case it wasn’t until I picked up the phone that I was accepted and assigned a precinct. So far there has not been a ton of communication or guidance from the Registrar’s Office, but there is a mandatory training and lab class that I’ll have to attend before Election Day.

Admittedly, I’m not exactly sure what to expect and how I’ll be able to stay sharp for the 14+ hours that I’m expected to be there. But I am looking forward to be working the polls during this year’s midterm election and contribute my small part to further democracy in the world!

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WordCamp Berlin

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Coming Soon: New .Blog Domains for Websites

Pretty stoked about this, can’t wait to switch this site to obenland.blog…

The WordPress.com Blog

For more than a decade, the word “blog” has been synonymous with “your home on the web.” And since 2005, WordPress.com has been proud to help you create a unique space that is all yours.

Now we’re excited to announce a brand new way to create a unique identity for your website: .blog, a top-level domain extension that will let you create a customized name and web address for your site.

A name that’s all yours

Just like .com before it, .blog is clear and accessible, and it creates millions of fresh, new options for naming your blog. It’s the perfect place to build your home on the web.

The .blog domains are coming this year — sign up here get notified when they become available. We’ll be offering them to all websites — you won’t need to have a WordPress or WordPress.com site to purchase one.

Why .blog?

For years, .com was the dominant…

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In my ongoing effort to venture outside my comfort zone, I attended an art class last night! They serve local wine, play music, and guide everyone to replicate a feature painting step-by-step. If you’re in the area, check out The Painted Cabernet, it’s a lot of fun!

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Starry Starry Wars

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Kangaroo-Selfie

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View from half way up the Cholla trail on Camelback Mountain.

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Camelback Mountain Hike

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35000ft-commit

 

I just pushed code to millions of users from an airplane, in an altitude of 35,000 ft, somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean. SMH.

 

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Committing from 35,000 Feet

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