Archive for the ‘web’ Category

our cathedral

Monday, September 19th, 2005

The cathedral where Emma, Toby and I are members, St Mark’s Cathedral in Minneapolis, has just relaunched its website at In my opinion it’s a bit banner-heavy but hopefully that’ll calm down at some point.

One thing I’m hoping is that it’ll drive up the attendance for evensong services. Last night there were only about 12 in the congregation. Hopefully if you happen to be in Minneapolis on a Sunday at 4pm you’ll come along to our choral evensong – it’s a great way to wind down the weekend with outstanding music and contemplation.


Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

Some wise words on summer “fashions” in Slate: When summer fashions go bad


Wednesday, June 8th, 2005

Next in an occasional series of me catching up with two-year-old technologies: I have just discovered the site Bloglines, which is like an online RSS reader, aggregating all the blogs (or any site with an RSS feed) into one place. A couple of benefits over an RSS reader application: you can sign in from any machine and see your blogs, and if you are so inclined, you can share your list of favorite blogs (here is my list). It even has a couple of neat software downloads, so that you can have a notifier on your desktop when new articles are posted, and a plugin for Firefox which makes it extra-easy to add a site to your list. They also offer a list of tips on cool ways to use Bloglines, such as adding weather feeds (although if you’re using Firefox you should be using ForecastFox for weather).

Speaking of weather, lots of storms last night, seemingly all night. It was so humid during the day – it felt like we were overdue. Toby ended up coming through to us, although I think it was just his problems sleeping rather than because of the storms. He’s being really bizarre about going to sleep lately, taking ages. It’s quite frustrating as it feels like Emma and I haven’t been able to spend an evening just hanging out in way too long.


Friday, June 3rd, 2005

I don’t know if this rises to the level of a Bushism, but I noticed the following quote from President Bush at his May 31 press conference:

It seemed like to me they based some of their decisions on the word of — and the allegations — by people who were held in detention, people who hate America, people that had been trained in some instances to disassemble — that means not tell the truth.

In fact as you well know, he meant that they have been trained to dissemble, which means not tell the truth or to disguise. It appears that our President is concerned about turrists who have been trained to dismantle our furniture.

UPDATE June 7 – I had emailed Slate magazine about this because I thought they’d like it for the Bushisms. And here it is.

photo, ipodded

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

A couple of months ago Emma and I read about the iPod My Photo website, where you can send them a picture which they will ipoddify – making it like one of the images in the iPod adverts. We found a perfect pic of Sam, Toby and Lauren bouncing on a bed, and got it sent to them – here you go (click on the photo for full size):

Click for full size

The original is here

a little better

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005

To take away the horrible taste of the “music” referenced in my previous post, I recommend taking a look at this great promo for Brit band The Killers created by m’clever brother Richard.


Friday, April 8th, 2005

You’re an impulsive shopper, you know you are. So you need to read about what you’re just about to buy, impulsively, at The Impulsive Buy.

in the news

Wednesday, April 6th, 2005

There have been a couple of times now when people from news organizations have been in touch with me about things I’ve posted on the blog. A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by a reporter from the Newhouse News Service about a post from ages ago on Toby’s first parent-teacher conference at daycare, so that I could contribute to an article. Of course only a small part of what I said was actually used, but it’s kind of fun to be in the papers. Here’s the story.

mogendorff news

Thursday, March 10th, 2005

I’ve been using Google News for a while, and today noticed that they have introduced a customize feature, so it’s possible to make your own news sections, such as maybe your company or an interest of yours. I put in “Mogendorff” and was interested to see that a couple of weeks ago there was a feature about Jacques Johan Mogendorff, who I wrote about, wow, almost three years ago. The news article I found is about a family attempting to sue a games maker over the game which J. J. Mogendorff may or may not have invented. See what you think. I’ll keep checking the headlines.

personally touched

Wednesday, February 9th, 2005

I heard recently that the founder of Habitat For Humanity, Millard Fuller, who is a pretty amazing guy in many respects, has been asked to step aside by the Habitat Board. Apparently there were charges raised in March 2004 by a former Habitat employee who alleged that Fuller engaged in inappropriate conversation and touched her arm. This allegation has been strongly denied and right now the Board has concluded that there was “insufficient proof” in the allegations. However Fuller was still asked to resign, along with his wife.

Needless to say this has sent shockwaves through the organization. And a campaign has been launched to get Fuller reinstated. No idea whether this will work, but the point of this post is that there is one glaring problem with their website. On the A Call to Action page there seems to be a lack of thought in the choice of wording. If you scroll most of the way down to the second-last full paragraph you will find the fantastically inappropriate sentence:

There are few people in Habitat who have not been touched personally by Millard

You couldn’t make it up. Here’s the proof: