Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Still, I often mention different verses in a sermon, generally to give an example of what I'm talking about.
At first, I took strips of paper and numbered them in the order of verses I intended to mention. I bookmarked my Bible with those bits of paper so I could easily find the verses. As you can guess, it wasn't a very good plan and sometimes left me searching, first for that numbered slip of paper and, not seeing it for some reason, for the passage itself.
My next plan of action was to type the verse directly into my notes. That solved the slips of paper problem and worked okay. However, at some point it dawned on me that I was going to be typing some verses many times in my preaching career.
So, I hit upon a plan. Every time I referred to a verse, I'd take time to type it onto a 3x5 card. In my sermon notes, I simply included the reference. I'd organize the cards in order for that sermon, then, after the service, I'd file the cards by book of the Bible.
From that point on a part of sermon preparation was to go through my Bible verse file and see if I'd already added the verses I wanted for the sermon. I'd add the news ones for that sermon and then file them after the sermon.
As you can guess, after 20 years of so of preaching, I developed quite a file system. It was so useful that it crossed my mind that the file box and cards needed to be placed into the hands of some young preacher when my preaching days were over.
Then in the mid-1990's I added a computer to my study and things began to change. I now had the Bible in electronic form and in multiple translations. Inserting the text of a verse into the sermon notes was a simple copy/paste process. My extensive collection of 3x5 cards was no longer necessary.
For years the file box remained on my desk simply because that is where it had always been. Finally, needing desk space, I moved it to storage in the attic. There it stayed for several years until today.
I decided it was time for me to clear out the attic and there, covered with dust, was my old file box of scriptures. In spite of the countless hours of work represented by those 3x5 cards it was time for it to go. I reluctantly brought the poor old filebox down, took these final photos of it, and put it all in the recycle bin. Just awhile ago the pickup crew came, and not knowing or caring what was in the bin, carried it off.
Looking back on my system, I think I hit on a good plan. I accomplished exactly what needed to be accomplished. Not only that, but by typing out the passages, I became more intimate with them.
Still, over time, things change and the need for that approach is now part of my personal past. Happily, even though the way I handled the Bible has changed, I'm glad to report that it's message is just as current and needed as ever before.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
So here’s the scenario:
1. You have a Wordpress site
2. You have a Google Account, including Google Drive
3. On your site, you have a page you want to allow someone who doesn’t know a thing about Wordpress much less html to edit
On Google Drive
1. Create a Google Doc that will contain the material you want to appear on that page of your site
2. Click on file, share and enter your Wordpress clueless friend’s email address – they will now be able to edit the document
3. Click on file, publish to web and say okay – grab the embed code
1. Create/edit the page where you want the Google Doc inserted
2. Using the html view paste the embed code at the place where you want the Google Doc material inserted
3. You’ll probably want to add a couple of iframe attributes like width="100%" height="1000" align="top" (height is a bit of a wildcard – you may have to toy with it to make the number high enough to get all the material, but not so high that it makes the page super long)
Having done all that, you are ready to start publishing the material from your Google Doc into the Wordpress site – your helper has no access to the menus or other material on the page or other page features, only to the portion of the page you want them to edit.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Thursday, December 15, 2011
My Android is mounted on the dash, so I reach out and punch the "voice command" icon. At that point, I find myself in a conversation, not with home, but with the phone.
"Please state your command," it says.
"Call home," I command in a clear voice. After all, I'm not interested in calling Nome or somewhere else.
"Did you say 'call home'?" she (a very business like woman's voice) asks.
"Yes," I respond.
She asks, "From which location?" I forgot that I have an alternate home number in there.
"Home 1," is my reply.
"Next time, say, 'call Home 1," she patiently instructs me. Then, "Calling."
And, finally, the light has changed and, since there is no answer, I drive along wondering if my phone and I can have any other instructive, for me, conversations.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
- Go to your contacts list online – export the mail list to Google.csv format – save to the desktop
- Open Word, Mailings, Start Mail Merge, Labels (pick the correct label)
- Select Receipents, Use Existing List, Pick the Google.csv file you downloaded, Comma Separators
- These steps only need to be done the first time
- Insert Merge Field: Name - (on the next line): Address_1__Formatted
- Click on Update Labels
- Save this document -- you'll just reload it next time and skip all this first time stuff
Anyway, here’s my work around solution. (This an update to this post)
1. Download and install Mozilla Sunbird. (note: Sunbird is no longer being updated, but you can still download it here.
2. Go to your Google Calendar…under “My Calendars” click on settings
3. In the calendar settings, get the ical "private address"
4. Open Mozilla Sunbird -- select "File, Subscribe to Remote Calendar"
5. Enter the private address - the Sunbird Calendar will now populate with the Google Calendar Data - enter your username and password when prompted (note: edits you make will now be automatically changed on your Google Calendar - it's two way - if you don't want this right click on the calendar name on the left, properties, mark it "read only")
6. Click on View, then select month
7. Edit the events to suit
8. Click on File, Page Setup, switch to landscape
9. Click on Print, insert a title if you want, change to the monthly grid layout
10. Print it
You now have a nicer looking printed calendar than you have if you print directly from Google Calendar.
Note: If all this sounds too complicated check out my post on WinCalendar.
Check out these Google Calendar related posts.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
For years I have had both a personal and church Picasa web album. I managed both from the Picasa3 software on my home computer. I'd just sign in to either my personal gmail or my church gmail account.
When they came along with a nifty Google Apps feature, I signed the church up -- works great, letting us use gmail and other features with the church web address.
Then, they decided to do a bunch of merging of services. The lines between a regular google account and a google apps account were blurred.
One result is that I somehow ended up with two church picasa albums web accounts. The thing is that I never knew which one a new album would end up in. Then, once it was in a particular account I couldn't get access to it. Sometimes the same album ended up in both web albums.
Today I spent a couple of hours trying to resolve the issue once for all. I finally managed to on purpose log into either of the two accounts. I then migrated all the albums in the old pre-google-blurring-the-lines account to the new setup. I had to delete several albums because they were duplicates.
Now I have an empty web album and one that *should* work okay. I made a graphic with just the church web address and put it as the lone "picture" in the old album to help people find their way.
All this done having to constantly log out of one and into the other and then back because Google decided to blur the lines between regular accounts and apps accounts.
Then, I had to go through my church web pages and change the links to the photo album.
I'm not going to try to explain how I did it because (1) I'm still not sure I understand the process and (2) I'm not sure I did it right.
Friday, July 08, 2011
The thing that started me down this line of thinking has to do with using in Europe a simple multi-outlet power strip with plugs for our USA 110 outlets.
Most electronics these days, like phone and laptop chargers are built for 110-240V~50/60HZ operation. That means that aside from the plug being different, the device is just as happy being plugged into a European outlet as being plugged into an American one. You can use the right plug adapter and it will work just fine, no transformers or other converters necessary.
I want to know if its okay to take along an American power strip, plug it in using the adapter, and then plug the devices into the power strip.
As I surf around the internet looking for answers I find more "junk" answers than reliable ones. On one forum the question is asked and a thoughtful reply from someone with a degree in electrical engineering is given. Just use a cheap power strip without lights or surge protectors (in other words, with no electronics of its own) and it will work just great.
In that very same thread people give dire predictions of smoke and destroyed equipment. They say the wiring isn't sufficient for 220 and the EE replies that, actually, higher voltage means lower current - the wiring will do just fine. They ignore him, as though he never posted, and conclude, "Well, I'd never take that chance."
On another forum a person links to pictures of how he's done it for years. No power strip, just one of those little multi-outlet blocks with a plug adapter. That way he plugs in three chargers at once, using just one outlet and plug adapter. Again, others warn against it - ignoring the fact that he works for the State Department and has done it for years in multiple countries without a problem.
Some cautious soul says, "don't do it - you might accidentally plug something in that's only 110/60Hz." Of all the things to worry about - including being run over because you stepped into traffic that drives on the "wrong" side of the road - they're worried about that!
Okay, enough of that - what all this brings to mind is how easy it is to give and receive misinformation on an Internet forum. If we were around some people for 10 minutes we'd realize that they might be well meaning, but we'd never take their advice about some things. If we were around others that same 10 minutes we'd know that they know what they're talking about, especially on certain topics.
On one hand, then, we need to be careful who we allow to influence our thinking, especially when we've never even met them in person. On the other hand, as "opinion-givers" we need to be careful we don't state with certainty things that we actually know little about.
As someone in good humor and fine sarcasm said: "It has to be true, I read it on the Internet."
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Once the installation was finished my only real problem was WIFI. The Droid X would connect to my home network, but there was no throughput. Ultimately, I had to change the settings on my router from WPA-Personal to WEP. Then, of course, I had to change the settings on two laptops and a Nook. The XP laptop, in particular didn't like the change but I finally got it going. In my internet searching I found that lots of people are having WIFI problems with this update. Hopefully, it will be fixed soon. As it is, I can connect to a WEP WIFI or a non-secure WIFI, but, for instance, at church I won't be able to use the WIFI because it needs better security than my home network.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Since I do a lot of writing for the Internet I wanted to find a way to streamline publishing and I think I’ve found an answer in Windows Live Writer. It’s a free download and it’s made exactly for bloggers.
I have to add that I spent a few HOURS trying to get Word 2010 to do it. It’s supposed to, but if it doesn’t work right off, there’s pitiful support for unexplained errors. I was able to get it to recognize my blog but there are some weird problems with categories that chokes it.
I gave up and went to Windows Live Writer and after just one bump in the road, I got it going and am writing using it right now.
For the person who hits the same bump, here’s the deal:
- You want Live Writer to download your site theme so you can see what your post will look like as you write it and you are using Wordpress.
- However, the download times out…no theme downloaded.
- Here’s the problem: you have a static front page. Live Writer is doing a temporary post, looking at your front page to see it, and then downloading the theme. Since it isn’t seeing the temporary post when it goes to the site, it times out and gives up.
- Solution: temporarily change the front page to show new posts. (Settings>Reading)
I got a lot of help on this at: http://drupal.org/node/742468
Friday, May 20, 2011
I spent a few minutes adding some gadgets and arraigning things. I now have a page with my Gmail, Facebook feed, Twitter feed, Google Calendar, and my Remember the Milk to do list all in view. I added another tab for news and another for my contact list.
Once that was done, I removed Facebook and Twitter tab apps from the top of my Firefox and added the iGoogle page. I hope it will be less distracting when I work. Before, every time someone posted to the Twitter or Facebook feed, the tab would change colors and I'd have to stop to see what they said. I couldn't bring myself to remove Gmail - maybe later on, I may be too addicted to email to hide that one too!
So, I have pinned tabs for just Gmail, my favorite forum, and iGoogle. I may not get used to it and go back to more tabs, but for now, I think it'll work.
Friday, May 13, 2011
I think this can come in handy in meetings where you are given paper documents that you'd rather have in electronic format. You can also use it to scan in business cards to be added to your address book.
Thursday, May 05, 2011
1. An Android Phone (of course!)
2. An unlimited data plan
3. A car radio with an auxiliary in port(or earphones)
4. A cable for connecting the Android to the radio (Radio Shack has 'em)
5. An App such as TuneIn Radio
Using TuneIn Radio, find a station you want to listen to. I'm been enjoying www.allquartetsradio.com -- it's an internet station that plays exclusively Southern Gospel quartets. There are other stations and you can find them easy enough via Google or using TuneIn Radio. If you like a more country gospel mix, you'll want to check out www.kjic.org - the folks there are some of the finest I've ever known.
Start the stream, plug the Android audio to the car radio, and you're in business. It's not satellite radio, but then again, you're using your unlimited data plan so there's no extra charge.
It works great anywhere you have 3G or better.
Monday, April 18, 2011
There are some other solutions out there, but this is the hands down winner as far as I'm concerned. Install it and start using it...that's my kind of program! If you use Dropbox you want to install Dropbox Folder Sync. Then, you go to the folder that resides outside of Dropbox, right click on it, and select "Sync with Dropbox." Done!
As always, let me add that if you don’t have a free DropBox account account and use this link to sign up, you’ll score some additional storage for me.
Friday, April 01, 2011
Go to your Google Docs account and create the form. When you are finished with the form, click on "More Actions" and edit the confirmation to add a link back to the website. Also under "More Actions" grab the embed code.
Follow the instructions from the linked website to set up email notification, paste the embed code into the web page, and you are ready to go.
The form will spit out information to your Google Docs spreadsheet and you'll receive an email when it is updated.
I think it's a nifty way to add a contact form to a website.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
1. Go to the album you want to embed, and start a slideshow of it. Grab the URL.
2. In the page or post edit mode, HTML view on Wordpress, enter this code:
<div style="margin-right: 22px; text-align: center;"><IFRAME SRC="URL OF SLIDESHOW" TITLE="Slideshow" width="600" height="500">
<a href="URL OF SLIDESHOW">Slideshow.</a></IFRAME></div>
Note to add: stay in the HTML editor - if you switch over to the Visual editor it will break your IFRAME code.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Some more robust add-ons aren't worth the learning curve, but I think this one is and I recommend it to you.