uk readers, the bbc have made more footage available following their superstar VJ clips. this time it's 80 clips of news footage. it's an experiment so won't be up there for ever so go and have a look soonish. (thanks ben)
[update] i have spent a while browsing through and downloading some clips including the berlin wall coming down and the poll tax riots - amazing stuff. but one of my favourite clips is in the superstar VJ section with footage of mobile phones when they first appeared and looked like bricks - how technology changes eh!?...
was having a conversation at work today about web 2 applications and the value particularly for an organisation like cms of all the social networking tools. hopefully over the next few years we can make the most of the opportunities they present.
community as the content social networking: members share information, the community decides the value of that information and the community benefits. a two-way open sharing of information.
this of course got me thinking along church lines (i know i am not the first to think about the concept of church 2.0 - see brother maynard for a gathering together of some blog entries on it). how about church with community as the content? requires quite a mind shift or rebooting for many churches i suspect...
in spite of steve's blog silence for a few weeks i guessed he must be up to something. well it turns out smallritual has had a redesign and categorisation - looks brilliant as ever and a quick tour through reminded me how much fab stuff steve has written, photographed, designed and created over the last few years.
one piece i hadn't read before is life after christendom asking the question:
How are we church, when 'a churchless faith' becomes the only kind [in, let's say twenty years or so]?
grace last night was a good start to the year looking at benedictine spirituality. guest john chapman led us through it. richard and sue have done a summary and added a booklist. chatting with john was interesting - seems like he is developing a new order/rule that blends benedictine with celtic spirituality. we only got a brief chat about it so i hope to find out more...
typepad categories do get recognised as tags in technorati from what everyone says. the reason i have some technorati tags as well is twofold:
a) i didn't know that when i started adding tags! i also only had about 10 typepad categories at that stage. but as i was going back through blog posts it seemed a good opportunity to create a bunch more categories as i went. so now that i have realised this i don't add a technorati tag if it is a typepad category.
b) there are plenty of occasions where i want to tag something but it's not something i want as a category on my blog. to give an example my recent blog post on brokeback mountain went in my typepad film category but i added a technorati tag of brokeback mountain as well. i really don't want this as a category in its own right but if people search technorati to find what people are writing about brokeback mountain then i'll be there.
that is the way i'm playing it at the moment anyway... if i'm missing something let me know.
if you still need persuading see 13 reasons to use tags
today i had a day of meetings (most of which were of course at the scooter cafe)...
it was great to finally meet bryce and fellow traveller from fusefactory, who create soundscapes and VJ in clubs and festivals across europe. we talked about them playing/mixing/performing at greenbelt this year. it's by no means in the bag but they are keen and we are keen so it'll probably happen which would be great. the alt worship venue new forms has had plenty of visual projections and so on but it's time there was some more of that spilling out across the festival... was also good to catch up with shannon.
in the morning i met chris and kerry (i think) who are training to be episcopal priests in the US and are over trying to learn about what's happening in mission, emerging church, alternative worship and all that. it's encouraging to meet young episcopalians with a vision for that. so we chatted about fresh expressions, mission shaped church, alt worship, ReSource and so on. i was chatting with paul (a friend at cms) and i had a similar conversation with karen ward a while back - maybe it would be worth a small get together of episcoplians into this stuff with a few brits?... and paul suggested it should be somewhere else in the world.
then this afternoon i met with jim curran who has taken over the role as secretary of the GFE - this is a partnership group that has done some really good stuff over the last few years, especially with support for rejesus and initiatives in mission and spirituality .
have added a new photo set to flickr of art pics. this isn't too different from my typepad art pics album but has larger copies of photos and some different ones. am getting into the contacts side of flickr with about 15 contacts/friends/family...
today was the first day teaching students doing a degree in oxford with the centre for youth ministry. the module i teach is on culture, society and mission. it involves six days of lecturing. i have taught it for a few years now, adapting and changing it each time. it has reminded me again how significant i think the simple insight is that insights from cross cultural mission have so much to offer us as we think about how to do youth ministry, emerging church or whatever in our own contexts. i was interested to see that that is precisely the conclusion that ryan bolger and eddie gibbs draw at the end of their intro to emerging churches where they suggest that leaders are :
hampered by the lack of available cross cultural training for missionaries within western culture. this arises from the fact that most of our training for ministry and mission still assumes a constantinian, christendom, and modernist cultural context...
and at the end of chapter 1:
ultimately christians who want to serve within western culture must be trained as missionaries
in fact that was why the main reason i joined a mission agency, cms, to be able to develop my thinking, insights, wisdom, experience in this whole area.
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Nowadays, many of us find ourselves complaining we are too busy, wishing there were more hours in the day. We all need moments and places of sanctuary.
Inspired by BBC2's "The Monastery" Grace has invited John Chapman of St Hugh's Northolt to helpus reflect upon and apply some of the elements of Benedictine spirituality.
grace this Saturday 14th Jan - 8pm
caught my first film of 2006 on friday - brokeback mountain which is being talked about as a gay cowboy film. the cinema was packed out (though it doesn't seem to be on in loads of cinemas). the film is really a tragic love story. two young guys who spend the summer looking after sheep in the mountains develop a relationship. but they both see it as a fling rather than that they are gay. the film then follows their relationship over the years as they both get married and try and maintain their relationship on occasional get togethers back in the mountains.
it is a powerful and moving love story. it's also a very sad film. chris curtis as ever has some good thoughts about it. jen and i found ourselves asking the question what would be redemptive in the situation the two guys find themselves in? the difficulty with the question is that the longer they are keeping their sexuality and relationship secret the more complicated that question is. i haven't really seen much christian reaction to the film though i can guess what it will be in parts of america (such as here). but i think it's a great film - definitely one to watch. i did a quick look through technorati to see what people are blogging about it. one thing i discovered is that gay bloggers see the film as hopeful in terms of helping people talk about homosexuality. a quote i loved about that from david cullen was:
It won't make gay-love acceptable in southern Baptist churches next month. But it will leave the conversation changed.
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i've mentioned flickr already a couple of times and said i'd say more. i actually feel like i have been a bit slow on the uptake. flickr's been around a while (long enough for jordon to upload 3000 photos anyway!) and i've seen plenty of people blog about it. the thing that delayed me was having photoalbums in typepad provided already which are a great feature (see left hand sidebar to link to some of mine).
anyway here's the deal:
for free you can upload 20mb of photos a month. yes free! the 20mb is bandwidth so to upload plenty resize your photos first.
the interface is great - simple and easy to use. sign up and then upload. my flickr page is here. you can see i haven't uploaded many yet but the latest are there. when you upload a photo it is resized for you automatically into several sizes. for example click on a photo and then you'll see above it a little button that says all sizes. if you click on that you can select what size you like. if you sign up as a member you can leave comments on peoples photos. you can also download some tools to make uploading easier - i have downloaded the one for mac which is fab.
when you upload a photo (or after) you can add any tags (yes them again) to the photo. a tag is just a word you want to associate with a photo - add as many as you like to any photo. this is a very powerful way of filing photos for retrieval. so in my photos at a later date i would be able to find all photos of cornwall or the big chill just by searching on that tag, or i could search on a family member's name and so on. over a period of years this will be invaluable. i can search in this way within my photos or all public photos.
you can organise your photos into sets. this is easy to do. and when you look at a set it creates a very neat slideshow option - brilliant for sharing photos with family and friends by sending an e-mail with the link. here's a set of snapshots 2005 that i created to share with friends and family at christmas. and here's a set of some long thin shots that i like.
if your photos are private or you are worried about who can access photos you can choose to make photos just available to people you have indicated are friends and/or family which is neat. i haven't done this yet but i guess once family members start sharing photos we may want to do that with some photos.
flickr is part of what's being termed social networking software. in other words it's not just about you and your photos - it's about sharing photos with a network of friends and family (and the wider public). so you can invite other people to be your contacts very easily. to do so they need to sign up with flickr. to see the contacts you need to be signed in. i am in the process of persuading some of my brothers and sisters to sign up so that we can share photos and i have added several friends. whenever i go to the flickr page now i see the latest photos added by friends and family. i should say my son harry beat me to it - he signed up with flickr before me - see his photos.
within flickr it's easy to also create groups that have a shared interest on a particular theme. a couple i noticed were banksy - over 700 photos of banksy stencils (or supposed banksy stencils). i will probably join and add my ones to that when i get round to uploading them. there are also discussions within that group. and another weird but fun one is cameratoss - yes photos taken by throwing your camera up in the air often with stunning results. the canadian emerging church/alt worship network resonate have their own group where they share photos for worship, media and graphics. any images are protected by copyright and some people choose to have a creative commons license but they are there to use within that. i haven't worked out what to do about creative commons and all that yet but i guess i should.
you can upgrade to be a pro user. this gives you unlimited storage (well 2 gig a month) and is cheap. so i have already signed up to that. it means you can upload large images without worrying about it and access your original files. and it creates a backup of all your photos online.
there are other features as well but not much more you need to know. so what are you waiting for?
let me know any cool groups you discover...
an image and a short snapshot of communities round the world. we (grace) must get round to sending one. you can track the series of postcards. so far postcards from denmark, malaysia and australia. controversially steve doesn't want postcards from the US (though he was happy to have his book published by americans ;-) )...
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well i followed my own advice to use the christmas/new year period constructively when it comes to the blog. these are the things i have done...
having realised the usefulness of categorising data i am going back through the blog posts since i started with typepad (almost done a year) and adding in lots more categories. according to a comment i was left this will also be recognised via technorati as tags which will be a bonus. i started adding tags to each post but after a few months worth gave up - it was just too boring... i don't know why i just used a few categories in the first place. it's so simple to add new ones and much more useful for me (and anyone else) now to find my way round the posts. the categories so far are: advent | africa | alternative worship | alt worship | applications | art | articles | australia | big chill | blah | blogs | Books | canada | chelsea | emerging church | family | Film | football | grace | greenbelt | holland | india | ireland | justice | labyrinth| linkage| liturgy | london | middle east | mission | Music | new zealand | pentecost | photos | podcast | politics | prayer | proost | shopping | spirituality | theology | USA | video | vj | web | Weblogs | worship tricks | youth ministry and no doubt i will add some more. some categories will only have one or two posts. to find categories in the future they are on the left hand side bar.
added an up to date photo into the blog banner/header (though i may change it again - not convinced).
changed the make poverty history photo (this was actually a photo of my hand that i took and i have since since seen it on several other blogs). this isn't because i don't want to make poverty history but the campaign was a focus for 2005... i've added in another image i like.
got rid of the calendar
rejigged my archives a bit
added various buttons to sites i have joined - technorati | my del.icio.us | blogtopsites | britblog | londonbloggers | rss feed - see bottom of right hand side bar. i've made a couple of the buttons so that they are all the same size (80 x 15).
i have joined flickr. i am going to blog about this separately. but i have added a flickr badge to the left hand side bar that links through to my photos. they are currently just some personal/family ones that won't be of much interest to most blog readers. as i mentioned before i like typepad photo albums a lot and will continue to use them but having another online store of photos with the ability to share them with other friends is brilliant. helping my son harry get going on his blog was what made me realise how cool flickr is. i am going to pay to get the pro version.
so that's about it. i guess i'll gradually keep going back to finish off the categories but then leave it alone for a while and get back to blogging content which after all is probably more important.
follow this link to the books, chapters, articles and music i have published.