ForkPress…Huh?

Every now and then you come across a initiative by an individual on the web that looks genuine on the surface but when you look further you see it is a veiled slam (in good humor of course!)? Such is the case when I recently came across Owen Winkler’s post about ForkPress.? The funny thing is – it appears that some people are really buying into this sarcastic parody of WordPress and Habari (and bbPress to boot!) and actually believe this is an upcoming service in development.? If it is, then my computer’s name is Hal.? What a great way to let off some steam…

Upcoming Service: stikkit – hmm interesting!

Stikkit Website ScreenshotI’ve come across this new Web 2.0 service currently in beta that looks like it will be a very promising service! What is it? The short version is that it is yet another online calendar, to-do list, address book organizer. Where it differs from others is in the unique method of entering in your data. It promises to function kind of like a personal assistant in that all you do is type the info (or cut and paste, or email?) into a “stikkit” interface (kind of like those stick-it notes we can’t seem to get rid of!) and as you are typing the service will work in the background automatically adding the information to the correct places (events to calendars, to-do’s to your to-do list, people to your address book etc.). Then you get your standard different ways of displaying the information.

Well I signed up for the beta and took a quick peek. Looks good but I won’t be using it much until they implement the live update (via .rss/subscriptions) and/or export features. They’ve currently got import and export but it requires user prompting before it’ll do it. Once that gets integrated I’ll probably give it a whirl…unless I forget about it before then :lol:!

A wordpress plugin I’d scramble to get…

Okay, I wasn’t going to post about the recent interview Matt Mullenweg did with Blogging Pro but there was an intriguing response to one of the questions asked that led me to leave a comment on Photomatt where Matt posted about his interview. The purpose of my comment was to try and tickle out more information – alas my comment was deleted for some reason and so I find myself writing this little blurb in my blog hoping (I’m not quite at begging yet hehe) that someone might have more information ;)

UPDATE: Mysteriously my comment reappeared on Matt’s site…dunno what happened there hehe ;)

Anyway, in the interview, Matt was asked,

What?s Automattic?s next move? I know you have been focusing on the next versions of WordPress, and your great Anti-spam service Akismet, but with the people in the Automattic now and your great eye for filling a gap in the marketplace, could you give out any hints on what we can expect next?

Tucked in his response was this reply…

We?ve got a few plugins and services we?ve cooked up internally that we?re going to provide to open source, including a little todo/project management app.

Is hell really that popular?

CNN has posted a news item about the domain name “Hell.com” being put up for auction where the organizers hoped the online address would get bids in excess of $1 million. The current owner of the domain (Kenneth Aronson) said,

“Branding experts said the name is recognized more than Coca-Cola,…It’s so enigmatic and the person who buys it has the potential to make it a very big portal.”

I can’t help but wonder. If Hell.com is worth so much…what would Heaven.com be worth?

Way to go Lyndon!

This young guy decided to challenge the assumption schools are so ready to make that evolution is a proven fact instead of a practiced ideology. From the sounds of it, Lyndon did an excellent presentation and opened the door up for a lot of further discussion. Just thought it was worth mentioning here!
By the way, “CreationontheWeb.com” is a great resource for parents, students or anyone interested in reading more about a different way at looking how the world and us came about. There are excellent articles there written by very well-educated folks on a number of various scientific subjects and they do a great job of keeping the site up to date with current findings as well. Don’t dismiss it without checking it out!

Parents: Great Clean Fun stop for Kids

Being a parent of four young children I’m always on the lookout for great online resources that they can go to and I don’t have to worry about what they are doing. Better yet – I like sites that I can sit with them and not drift off to sleep (!) Head on over and visit this site created by the Canadian Bible Society: BibleKids.ca – Engaging Children with God’s Word

Article Find – Preaching – Give the text out ahead of time…Invite participation

This article presents a great idea that I think I’ll try out in the near future (as soon as I get “organized” enough where I know the text for next weeks message a week ahead). I especially like how can help prepare people for hearing me preach on a particular text and invite their participation. Gives me one more reason to try accelerating the development of the new HPC Online site so I can incorporate this in the site somehow! See the full article here: Layers of Bible Study: Reinforced, Concrete – BuildingChurchLeaders.com

Unfair Attack (link enclosed)

Unfair Attack – Christianity.ca is a good article I just read addressing another article written by same sex advocate Jack Todd, (Time for Conservatives to Let Go of the Moral Monopoly on Marriage,” Gazette, August 5, 2006). Thanks Margaret for taking time to respond to Jack Todd’s article and in the process expose yet again many incongruencies in some people’s approach to the Christian perspective in this “hot topic”.

Oh and in case your wondering, yes I’m against same-sex marriage. But that does not mean that I’m a “gay-basher”. Do I agree with the gay lifestyle? No. Does that mean I hate gays? No. Certainly, homosexual people have faced incredible struggles in their lives with sexual identity (and correlating self-identity) and I recognize that – but I believe that while accepting a sin and living in that acceptance may seem like a good solution, it is not the “best” that God wants for us. I believe in the transforming power of the gospel of Christ and His ability to deal with sin. Does that mean it’s easy? No. Talk to the alcoholic trying to give up alcohol, or the habitual liar trying to curb his/her lies, or the drug addict trying to give up drugs, or a person with anger management problems trying to learn temperance. The truth is, we live in a world that has been corrupted by sin and is not the paradise God created. While I know that there are those who disagree with me I respect their right to disagree with me and I’m not going to wish for their death or relegation to an impoverished existence! Christ didn’t, that’s why He died.

The Anemic “Professional Christian”

I came across this interesting article while conducting a web search for this weekends message. Dan Reiland talks about his staff praying that God doesn’t send Christians to their church and he has some excellent insights into what he calls “Professional Christians”. I really resonated with their philosophy of ministry and I agree with a lot of what he stated!

Monday Morning Insight Weblog: Dear God: Please Don’t Send Christians To Our Church!