Category Archives: Blog administration

Quick lessons for web site builders

Or perhaps I should say, “quickly learn some tools because a part of the church website isn’t doing what it should and I can’t find help” or “I don’t want to sound like an idiot when meeting with the web person we got.” Or, “I want a hobby and jet aircraft are expensive.”

Don’t Fear the Internet is a charming series of seven short videos that outline the basics. It’s clearly a work in progress (or halted in its tracks) so don’t expect to use PHP and you won’t need the FTP program mentioned early on. But it describes some things that took me much more effort to learn the first time, and shows how less can be more.Prepare to use skills between each video before starting the next. But even with a bit of noodling, you can get through much or all of it in two hours. And how many learning experiences can you say that of?


Ten years of Boy in the Bands

Ten years ago, today I made my first blog post: a prayer. In the meantime, I have written more than 3,400 posts, developed some resources and welcomed more than 7,100 comments.

The last 10 years seen a lot of change to my attitude which church theology and the Unitarian Universalist Association. I’ve picked up some skills, and let others go. In the larger world, some old friends have gone and new people have risen up.

Thank to you, dear readers, who have made the experience rewarding and I appreciate the many readers in commenters to this blog. I don’t know what the next ten years will bring, but it will certainly be something new.

Getting my hand on the rudder…

I think I know why I’ve had such a hard time getting back into blogging. I just can’t convince myself there’s much I can add that would help. I classify my various criticisms of Unitarian Universalism, liturgical tidbits and data ponderings in the same way: a foundation on which others can make some good. But I suspect the social forces are too strong for our religious fellowship’s poorly-resourced and gentilly not-hardly-countercultural ways. (And I don’t have much hope for most religious institutions, whatever their basis.)

And reading the UUA Board’s recent meeting agenda hardly filled me with hope. I might comment on that, if I thought it would do any good. When I have something to write, I’ll be back.

This blog supports Markdown

You may now leave comments in the Markdown markup language — as I may write posts — to format them easily. Used this plugin, for what it’s worth.

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New page: “Lectionary and Propers index”

For more than a year, I’ve been typing out the appointed prayers (proper collects) and biblical lessons from two sources — Universalist and “Free Church” — which map the historic Western lectionary. It’s not complete, but I’ve transcribed enough to make it worth it worth indexing them. Follow this link. Like the main project, it will be a work in process.

ObscuraCam to help build church web sites

ObscuraCam is a phone app for Android to help citizen-journalists obscure faces in crowd photographs and videos, say, in undemocratic societies.

It might be helpful in building your church’s website. You can use it to hide the faces of minors and other vulnerable persons, should your church’s policies require or recommend it.

Two examples:


Your blogger, anonymized.


Your blogger, who doesn’t want his book choices known. (It isn’t perfect.)