How to disable comments on a WordPress page

This took me a while to figure out, and it is located in a dumb spot. Plus + there is no universal way to disable comments for all pages!

To get rid of this ugliness… .. . “Leave a Replay”
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Log in to your WordPress. Click Pages on your dashboard.

Now move your mouse cursor to the page you want to remove comments from.

A new toolbar appears! Click Quick Edit.
Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 8.24.35 PMNow you will have access to a little checkbox that allows you to disable comments. (Just uncheck the Allow Comments box in the right column). Make sure you click the Update button!
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Just rinse and repeat for your other pages.


Love is small and easy to project unto the world

I recently moved to follow my business. I have also been working every couple of days on improving myself with Kevin Chick-Dockery. Neither have been easy. My wife is still slugging it out at her job near Chicago, alone. I miss her dearly. Kevin has also been giving me the tools to rewire my brain and not get trapped by my old habits.

Since the move I have decided to stay strong and really focus on the fact there are a lot of people that love me and want me to succeed. This has really come forth in my day to day reactions with lots of new faces. I am more appreciative and thankful in my actions.

I swear to God its contagious. Since moving at the end February I have been hugged by 3 random strangers for just doing super tiny acts of kindness. Like helping a woman who struggles to walk to get up on a curb. Grabbing items off the top shelf at a grocery store. Letting a man in a hurry with his sick daughter cut in front of me at the grocery store.

I’ve always been willing to do this stuff before, but I must be giving off some other form of energy that just makes me seem open and defenseless with my smile. It’s just different than before. My wife Shannon noticed when we first started going out that random people would just open up and talk to me or ask for help. Her mom also noticed it as the years went on. I never thought it was strange because I didn’t mind it. The world can be so cold and alone that it is nice to cause warming friction against our instinctual judgement to not bother anyone because they are likely to busy or might not like me.

It’s all bullshit. All these feelings that we conjure that tell us not to do something. Next time tell yourself that you don’t matter. You just don’t matter. Everything else matters. Start by picking up some trash on the ground and throw it out. It’s super simple. It feels good. Don’t even think about how it got there. Just know that its gone now, you’re gone now. It’s a great feeling, once you get past letting go of you.

Check out this tear jerker.

Opinion: Why Facebook bought Oculus VR for $2billion

Upon hearing the news I looked like.



But then I thought this makes a lot of sense.

It_cc56e8_2806222I always felt Facebook would never be a one-trick-pony. Google, Apple, Cisco, and Microsoft started doing one thing and quickly expanded beyond their boundaries.

hE37FFCEBOculus is the first VR product utilizing the past 50 years of VR development to finally deliver everything  these unfortunate gimmicks from the 1990′s painted in the imaginations of our minds, that is until we actually tried them on.



I wanted so hard for these to be the coolest thing while I was in high school, but they were just big pieces of shit.

Now Facebook has direct tentacles into a product that is embedded in the hearts and minds of humanity. Allowing a vision of what we wanted from Google Glass to exist right within its reach.

Oculus goes beyond Facebook and social media. It has the motivation to define an entire market that humanity has yet to see develop beyond the tiny mobile screens of our phones. VR is posed to be the way we will manipulate our Bitcoin wallets and really visit Mars. Facebook just has the power to see beyond social (which many experts have been predicting a decline in it’s daily customers and possibly fizzing out by 2020) and step/buy right dab in the middle of the next way to monetize our eyeballs.

Here is a link to the story on pocket if you haven’t hear yet.

I just really hope something like this doesn’t happen

Addition: Thanks to @timlobes for sending this pic to add!

Estimating Costs for a Budget Sheet for Your Startup (HR, Insurance, Employee Expenses)

I’m building a new budget sheet with cash flow, operating expenses, major purchases, and personnel plan for Furywing. I don’t have any feelings anymore about building these because I have done it so many times in my life.

There are some pain in the butt parts to building a budget. They are estimating:

  • Employee related expenses
  • Insurance
  • Payroll costs
  • Outsourced human resources

- some people wrap payroll into human resources, but I don’t. I like stating a service and it’s cost because it can be reasonably predicted/estimated.

Employee related expenses depend on where you are. Since I am talking about software employees lets assume the Silicon Valley would be the highest because you are dealing with fancy medical insurances, benefits, gym memberships, free food, and blah blah blah. It’s safe to estimate 30% of total salary. Everywhere Else is 8% to 25%.

I estimate 18% on my budget.

Insurance isn’t healthcare for your employees. It is business, code, building, life, and worker’s compensation insurance. Here is the official names of this stuff: ( I got them from this really nice article)

  • Errors & Omissions Liability (E & O) + Cyber/Network Liability
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Commercial General Liability Insurance Policy and a Commercial Property Policy
  • Directors & Officers Liability Insurance
  • Employment Practices Liability
  • Key Person Insurance

I estimated $10,500 for the year which breaks down to $875 a month for all those services.

Payroll is not too crazy. It’s great to have a service because spending time to fill out all the paper work each month is exhausting. I tried to do it once and made it about 4 month before I hired my accountant to take care of it.
Basic payroll service is under $40 for 5 people with bi-weekly direct deposits.

I estimated $40 for 5 employees and $100 for 10.

HR outsourcing is a very important thing and really cost effective to outsource. Basically you are mitigating the following work to the HR firm: ( learn a lot more from this article )

  • Employee benefits : health, 401(k)
  • HR management : hiring or firing employees
  • Risk management : employee handbooks, dispute resolution

Expect a $2000 setup fee and $100 per employee each month

See, this stuff is a pain and took me about an hour to research it all. Now you have it all in a quick article. You’re welcome :)

How to restore your Doge Wallet Backup ( Dogecoin-Qt ) on a mac osX

I just pulled it off, there was no simple guide thus I am describing it now.
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Step 1.
NOTE: If you have coins in the wallet you are about to replace, I’d move them to another wallet or backup that wallet data.

Replace the wallet.dat file located here: /Users/”your mac name”/Library/Application Support/Dogecoin with your back up wallet.dat
- This location may not exist if you are running off a fresh download of Dogecoin-Qt
- Run Dogecoin-Qt and let it start rebuilding the keychain, you can check to see if the directory exists after a couple seconds and quit Dogecoin-Qt and begin step 2.

Step 2.
Open terminal  - shortcut  +space (to open spotlight) type terminal and press enter

Now you need to navigate to where you Dogecoin-Qt app lives. Mine happened to live on a SD memory card.

I input into terminal
cd /Volumes/”Name of my SDcard”

Then type
ls -a
That command will show you everything that exists in that directory.

My lived on the SDcard so next is the part that allows your backed up wallet data to be restored.

Input this command

open -n ./ –args -rescan

Dogecoin-Qt should load up and rescan your wallet.dat
Be patient, go have a snack, and let it rebuild. Your precious coins should be back in your greedy hands.

gollum231Donate some precious Dogecoin my way:  DKHzyEPZA2aAhEW6Jiq3nCBTsBLVHKHL3A



Super Doge for Android – Play to get free Dogecoin

This is pretty awesome and dare I say “hip”?

Basically the game is a clone of Flappy Bird but using the cute shibe spirit.
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Guide doge between the pipes collecting coins. Each coin counts as a share. The more shares you collect, the more doge you get. There is even a cool website that shows you the leaderboards and your stats. A lot of love and care went into this whole experience!

The dogecoins come for a donated pool. Cool cats donate dogecoins keeping the pool alive, much like a ‘faucet’.

If you have an android device, I’d suggest you sign up and get collecting!

Get it through this link!

How Alcohol Can Effect Entrepreneurs – – I’m Quoted

The article is right here.

I am quoted in a section called “Liquid Courage”.

It works, and I am well versed enough in the feeling that I can summon that “courage” without drinking. So, please don’t view me as anything negative. I feel positive and bring positivity to everything I do. Some people just need to see the power of themselves to be reminded they can feel secure with who they are.

Learn that secure feeling that lets your inhibitions go, summon it, kick some ass. Rinse and repeat. It does take a lot of energy and discipline to stay in that mindset so practice it around your loved ones (spouse/friends/family) and let them know you are practicing. Soon they will practice with you and you will feel more powerful!

Tweet me if you feel stuck or want more tips! @jaredsteffes

Furywing / Jared Send Off

The rumors are true.

I will be taking Furywing to the silicon valley. We will make a real announcement about why and what our opportunity  is at a later date.

Sendoff plan, I wanted to show you places I really love downtown for hanging out/drinks.

Hope to see you Tomorrow, Weds, Feb 5, starting at 5pm:

*simple: 5pm Ceres , 6:30 Palmer House Hilton (Lockwood Bar) , 8pm Three Dots and a Dash Tiki Bar

5 pm at Ceres – The best pour in Chicago, seriously
Chicago Board of Trade Building
141 W Jackson Blvd, Lobby
Chicago, IL 60604-3016

6:30 Palmer House Hilton (Lockwood Bar) – Looks haunted and lovely
17 East Monroe Street Chicago, Illinois 60603

8pm Three Dots and a Dash – Tiki Bar in the alley across from Paris Club
435 N. Clark

I just don’t get bitcoins….

I just don’t get Bitcoins..

Is something I hear fairly often and I remember feeling the same way when some friends were explaining it to me while we were sharing a house at SXSW in 2010. (Story starting, you can skip)

*This post is an explanation of the idea of bitcoins, my next post will have instructions on how to start mining, buying, and trading*

The whole idea felt scary and dangerous to me, so I created a whole new online identity to experiment with it thinking the government would be hunting me later for getting involved. I let my macbook pro mine all week. I recall ending up with .3 or .7 of a bitcoin, its hazy. I had no idea how the concept of the wallet worked and remember uploading it to my new gmail account. I have no idea what the heck that email was called so I have no access to the wallet or the coins.

Fast forward to November 2013. I was about to attend a conference for online gambling that was piggy backed on a bitcoin conference. As I started do my research on who to meet while there I was quickly sucked into the crypto-currency culture and how much it had advanced over the 3 years since I first heard about bitcoins. Now I want to teach you just what the heck is going on at the easiest level possible.
(Story over, definitions now, followed by instructions in my next post)

Bitcoin is an open source peer to peer money. Simple as that, but what the heck is that?

Let’s break it down.

Open source means it is basically free for anyone to use, change, and redistribute.

Peer to peer means everyone on the network acts as a server, removing the need for a central server. Imagine you are in a construction crew. The only one that can tell you what do is the boss. Peer to peer is nothing like that. Peer to peer allows anyone to communicate, store, and share orders/data as long as they are connected.

Money is defined as a medium that can be exchanged for goods and services. The most important part of this simple definition is what we are currently used to, fiat currency/money.

Fiat money is currency that a government has declared to be legal tender, but is not backed by a physical commodity. The US dollar was at one time backed by gold, called the gold standard. It changed because of the Smithsonian Agreement in 1971, and the US dollar was officially changed in October of 1976 when all references to gold were removed its definition creating a flat, fiat currency.

How did bitcoin become a real thing?

You can read about the lore here.
Ultimately it was created by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009 based off a theory from 1998 published by a person named Wei Dai in a cypherpunks mailing list. Pretty cool.

Why is bitcoin important now?

Main reason is no one and no government owns it. It is a free trading economy and growing everyday. It is freedom, low transaction fees, offer security, and is transparent/neutral.

My next post will get right to the point on how to get into this fascinating world!