Every few years I want to slim down my web properties and internet use. The internet is a globally a large user of electricity, thus a large producer of greenhouse gas emissions. But the bigger pain are overbuilt sites that tax my computers and eat up my mobile phone data. Our “everything online” lives in… Continue reading A smaller web footprint
This is another one of those notes-to-self for later, and perhaps to inspire others to try. Putting the log back into blog. While I’d love to learn enough Python or what-have-you to scrape the data from a website, the following tools got the job done. Import.io to do the heavy lifting of scraping. The best… Continue reading Tools to scrape data from a website
This is one of those blog posts that act as a note-to-self. and, I hope help others in the same boat. If you have a SnapScan 1300 portable and want to use it on Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS, follow these directions. They worked for me. (I found that from this page, so thanks all around.)
I rely on two indicators for weather: my sinuses and Forecast.io. When I’m already congested, a strong weather front will give me a blinding headache. (Like today.) But that’s not helpful for you, or Daisy, our bichon frise, who hates having a potty walk in the rain. I recommend Forecast.io for amazingly accurate hyper-local, minute-by-minute… Continue reading My two sources for weather information
I usually write about Universalist polity, but some chat a few weeks ago about “Beyond Congregations” reminded me about the English “Unitarian van mission” of more than a century ago, and interest that stirred up here in the United States. I’ve found references as far back as 1908, with its evident zenith in… Continue reading The Unitarian van mission
Now, with the preaching done for the day, I’m trying out three technology fixes: to find the best (that is, most appropriate and quickest to learn) tool for modifying images for a website, social media and the like. to see which of the static web development tool would work best for something like a church… Continue reading Things to try out
Internet Archive has a tool that searches news broadcasts back to 2009, but since it’s fairly new, you may not have heard about it. Lots of uses, but I’m thinking particularly of those preachers who heard of, or were told of, a news segment but then don’t have access to it. I thought a demonstration… Continue reading Tool to search news broadcasts
It’s a long story (involving old contact emails) but I’ve temporarily lost control of the universalistchurch.net domain. Probably not the end of the world, but I hope to get it back. If not, I have other domains that will suit, and will move the universalistchurch.net content over, probably in January.
I’ve signed up for so many accounts to manage my business relations with companies lately that I wonder what services a church — say, program-sized or larger — might offer online. I’m not suggesting that this suite of services already exists, or that everyone would find it desirable, but the such online services might expand… Continue reading Serving the online church
In my experience, attempts to introduce technology lessons for lawyers means an opportunity for clergy, too. Small-firm lawyers and clergy very often have this much in common: a need for technology, perhaps more than is currently thought, and few opportunities to learn about it, even though they have a deep educational background. I mentioned this… Continue reading Coding for …?