Mild Case of Blog #Fail

Well I’m not sure whats happening at the moment, but the blog seems to be having a mild case of fail at the moment.

I suppose we’re both being kind of busy, with job applications, life, web design courses, and gearing up for a terms worth of youth club. I’m sure you’ll probably hear more about that last one very soon.

The reason why I’m feeling a bit of minor #fail is simply because I’ve got ideas flying around… but… words… arn’t coming… out…

I think.

Normal service to return soon.

How to Update Twitter from WordPress

Sorry for the techie post, but I wondered if one or two people out there may find this useful.

If you’re looking for a nice easy way to push blog updates from WordPress to your Twitter account, I would suggest you give Twitterfeed.com a try. Its so simple, theres not much to write in a “how to”.

The only thing you need to watch out for, is that you need your blogs RSS feed. This can be found normally by clicking on the RSS link on your blog page, or try going to www.yourblogaddress.com/feed .

The downside is that your blog doesn’t update twitter automatically, but it can be set to check for fresh updates every 30 minutes.

Easy

Twitter Test

Please ignore this.

We’ve been having problems with the WordPress plugin – “Twitter Tools” since Twitter introduced some changes, so we’re trying something else!

Greenbelt

This year I was a contributor to the Greenbelt Festival on the 180 team running the skate park. Was a great time,  a few tweets made it up onto the church sofa and everything. Being a contributor is pretty great, at first we had figured we were the same as volunteers so we were going into the volunteers lounge and making ourselves a cup of tea or coffee and so on. Then on the second day a woman told us that we weren’t meant to be there and that we had to go to the contributors lounge instead. We were a bit annoyed by this assuming that we would have to pay for drinks there or that it might not even exist. However we eventually found the contributors area and discovered almost what heaven might be like. We didn’t have to make our own drinks, or pay for them there was a whole team of people there to help make the festival even better for us and we got everything we could need, free wifi and electricity as well. If only I had taken something that could use either of those effectively.

Throughout the week I made it to a few talks and bands, some of the highlights were Courtney Pine and The Herbaliser on the main stage and most of the bands in the Performance Cafe. However 2 things really stood out this Greenbelt for me. One was the brilliant Beer and Hymns where there was nothing fancy about the worship leading just a plonky piano and a singer or two, no fancy new songs just a whole load of people enjoying their beer and enjoying singing hymns passionately to God. The other was a talk I went to see, by Dave Andrews, he talked about the defining characteristic of the 20th Century being violence, more people died because of a another person in the 20th century than the rest of human history! The only way we can change this is to stop thinking of plan A (treating others how they treat us or how we think they will treat us) and start following Plan B (treating others as we want to be treated). His Talk has really made me think about how my life work for this and how this can be done big scale as well as small scale. Continue reading “Greenbelt”

Terry Jones – Make Up Your Own Mind

Every now and then I come across an interesting link, that simply leads to me a dark, mad, and angry place.

I was going to post about Terry Jones, what he’s famous for, what I think of him, and why I think he’s wrong.

Instead, just check out these links, and decide what you reckon.

International Burn A Koran Day Facebook Page

Daily Mail

Rick Sanchez Interviews Pastor Terry Jones of Burn the Koran Day

The Gist

The Dove Church

A message from an Arab Catholic priest to Pastor Jones who wants to burn the Quran

Does Fred Phelps have a new contender for Chief American Religious Nutter?

What Does it Mean To Stop?

We’re surrounded by noise, information and activity. With use of up to date mobile phones and wireless devices we have access to find out almost anything at any point. Even when work is not being done, and social media isn’t being touched, a lot of us spend our time watching TV, involved in groups, playing sports or just getting the next job done.

Well maybe I don’t play sports…

The thing is, how often do we stop? I spent a lot of my holiday struggling to get either reception or battery life on my phone, and to be honest. It was weird. It did make me wonder about how keen I am to be in touch with the world, work on my course, take photos, know what’s going on, plan youth club, listen to music, watch TV, listen to video games, and so on.

Maybe I need to learn to listen to the silence every now and then, and just be still.