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The History of the Internet Infographic

February 4th, 2013 1 comment

Be sure to click through on the graphic for the super-size (readable) version.

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Source: Daily Infographic.

Categories: Internet Resource

Book of Concord.org – Interesting Stats on the Home of the Lutheran Confessions on the Internet

March 15th, 2011 7 comments

I can not even remember now how the web site got started, but a number of years ago I created bookofconcord.org and in recent years, my friend Norm Fisher, took the site under his wing and helped it look good and work well. Jenn Balaska designed the banner for the site. So, now, today, bookofconcord.org is the home of the Lutheran Confessions on the Internet, offering the complete text of the Book of Concord, in English translation, for free, via the public domain translation of the old Dau/Bente translation. In addition to the text of the Confessions, we’ve amassed a lot of public domain supporting documents, from the period of the Lutheran Confessions, helping to aid understanding and provide context, for example, the Roman response to the Augsburg Confession, the “Confutation” to which the Apology [Defense] of the Augsburg Confession was a response. There are also the German and Latin editions of the two official editions of the Book of Concord available, along with links to the historical background of the Book of Concord, and a lot of other material.

I had not taken a close look at the web site’s statistics for probably well over a year. Interesting stuff. We are nearly at 500,000 visitors to the site, and at nearly on million page views. How do people find the site? Google searches account for the largest number of visitors, followed by Wikipedia, which has a page on the Book of Concord, linking to the site. The most popular pages on the site are the Small and Large catechisms.

I was most intrigued to note where across the globe visitors are coming from. There are 201 countries represented in the list of sources of visitors, with, by far, the most being from the USA, and a dozen or so countries accounting for a single visitor, including a country I’ve never heard of “Comoros,” which is an small chain of islands in the Indian Ocean.

If you haven’t paid a visit recently to bookofconcord.org, I invite you to do so, and if you do not have a permanent link to it on your web site, blog site, or Facebook page, would you consider doing it? So far, it is linked to from nearly 3,500 web sites, many Lutheran church web sites, etc.

I keep bookofconcord.org free from denominational entanglements. Obviously, it represents a conservative approach to the Lutheran Confessions and Lutheranism, but I intentionally avoid linking it to any particular Lutheran church body.

Here is a screen shot from the sight showing you the various supplemental materials available. These can be somewhat difficult to find otherwise, and they are conveniently all in one place on bookofconcord.org

Categories: Internet Resource

“Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing” – Thoughts on Leaving an Online Discussion Forum

February 6th, 2011 23 comments

I recently left an online discussion hosted by a Lutheran group. I have left it before, only to come back, like a moth attracted to a flame, but this time I’m gone for good. In fact, I’ve found in the last six months or so my interest in participating in discussions online has greatly diminished and frankly, when it comes to Lutheran discussions, I have come to a point where I find them to be enormously boring. It strikes me that, and I know this is not fair, entirely, but often it strikes me that they are basically the same twelve people talking about the same six topics. I used to be really “into” internet conversations. I was like the guy in the cartoon.

The forum I left most recently was poorly moderated, a major downfall of many fora, and as a result, the discussions were always overwhelmed by really ridiculous off-topic comments. Now there are some bright spots and every once in a while you find a few salient and sensible remarks from some more sober-minded pastors, but mostly, it is nothing more than ongoing chattering and logomachy. I cite it as but an example of what a horrendous waste of time much of what goes on, on the Internet, amounts to. Since weening myself away from this kind of chatter, I’m reading more, enjoying other activities and find that I’m just more “balanced” in my points of view.

It reminds me of what the Bard wrote in MacBeth:

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Frankly, I enjoy far more the ‘real time’ commenting I find on Facebook, and continue to enjoy blogging and reading a few blogs, but even here, I’ve found myself following fewer and fewer blog sites as well.

I’m still pretty much convinced that the humorist Dave Barry was right when he said once, “Internet conversations are just like CB radio used to be, only with a whole lot more typing.”

Am I alone in feeling burned out on the narcissism and logomachy that seems to dominate online conversations? And how about how some people use Twitter and Facebook? As one who was deeply involved in them, for too long, I can tell you it sure feels good to get away from it and stop caring what silly conversations are going on, and never ending, online. It is just boring.

Categories: Internet Resource

Can You Remember Life Before .Com? The 25th Anniversary of the First .Com Domain Name Registration

March 15th, 2010 1 comment

Twenty-five years ago the first .com Internet domain name was registered. Read the story here. How has our world changed as a result of the Internet? The good, the bad and the ugly. It’s all there/here/out there/on our computers for us to read, interact with, react to, live with, struggle with, enjoy, reject, be delighted with, be repulsed by, harmed, helped, etc.

How has your life been changed as a result of the Internet? How has the Church been changed?

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My Internet New Year’s Resolutions

January 1st, 2010 15 comments

1) Pay far less attention to toxic web discussions and groups. I have wasted too much time reading, and at times, attempting to respond, to Internet discussions that accomplish nothing. I will be ignoring a host of Internet sites and blogs in the new year that contribute nothing, in my opinion, other than incessant squabbling and obsessive-compulsive focus on majoring in minors.

2) Pay far less attention to the incessant and pointless chatter on the Internet about social media. I am dropping a number of social media blog sites that do nothing but blog about blogging, or tweet about twittering. These sites confuse style with substance. Substance always loses. It strikes me that with most of these kinds of activities on the Internet, those who can, do. Those who can’t, blog about how to do it.

3) Focus more on positive outreach with the revolutionary good news, as it is most beautifully articulated by confessional Lutheranism.

Have you considered changing any of your Internet habits and practices? If so, care to share?

Categories: Internet Resource

When People Say There is Nothing Good on The Internet….

November 25th, 2009 2 comments

YouTube recently added support for full 1080 HD playback….enjoy:

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Facebook is Getting Old….Where Gen Y is Hanging Out These Days

November 5th, 2009 Comments off

More of the latest stats on who is where and using what on the Interwebbernet.dot.whatevers.worldwide

Who’s Online?

October 30th, 2009 Comments off

Who is on the Internet? Latest Pew Research. HT: WordPost

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Why Social Media and Social Networking for the Church? See for yourself

October 22nd, 2009 13 comments

How Important is Your Congregation’s Web Site?

July 30th, 2009 Comments off

Here is an interesting article reporting on a survey of congregations and their web sites. Food for thought  in the July Issue of Christian Computing magazine, which you can read here: http://www.ccmag.com/2009_07/ccmag2009_07survey.pdf

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Book of Concord Web Site: Update

May 16th, 2009 3 comments

It’s been some time since I’ve said anything about my other web site: bookofconcord.org. With the help of my friend Norm Fisher, who is the technical mastermind behind the web site, we’ve added the Preface to the Book of Concord, and changed the opening page’s introductory wording to help people jump right into the site, whether they know a lot, or only very little, about the Book of Concord. We also added Luther’s 1529 Exhortation to Confession, to the supplemental historical/contextual documents on the site. We will continue, slowly, to add things, as possible, to the site, but for now I’m pretty pleased with the collection of resources that are provided on bookofconcord.org. I hope you are too. I welcome your thoughts and observations.Here is a screen shot of the home page:

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Concordia Publishing House’s Facebook Home: Check it out and join!

February 24th, 2009 1 comment

 Good news. Concordia Publishing House now has an official "page"on Facebook. Please come by and stop in for a visit. Become a "fan" and spread the word please!

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Google 411

January 25th, 2009 4 comments

If you have not heard of this, and I thought it was a hoax when I first did, it is not. It is amazing. Well, until I realized it was Google being Google, again.

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Warning: The ALPB Internet Forum May Be Hazardous to Your Mental and Spiritual Health

December 23rd, 2008 16 comments

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Some time back I recommended folks give the American Lutheran Publicity Bureau's online forum a try. I now need to withdraw that recommendation. The ALPB forum is very poorly moderated, and when the ELCA moderator actually ever does attempt to exercise some modicum of control, it is generally to slap wrists with a ruler for not being nice, which apparently in the ELCA is a sin far more serious than doctrinal heresy and moral bankruptcy. The forum has reached the point where it is no better than sites like LutherQuest. There are two very liberal ELCA pastors on the board who dominate every conversation to the point of destroying any possibility of reasonable conversation, one in particular is permitted by the site's moderators to question incessantly every major article of the Christian faith. It is a mess. It is actually a bit like watching a train wreck, it is so awful you can't take your eyes from it, but…you really should. I have, and feel much the better for it.

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Twitter: Clarification

November 26th, 2008 1 comment

Just to clarify. Yes, I'm on Twitter again. Yes, I still think it is a colossal waste of bandwidth, but CPH colleagues have urged, encouraged and otherwise browbeat me into getting back on it. So, there you go. Frankly, I think Facebook is way better than Twitter, but…whatever. You can follow my "tweets" in the Twitter widget in the right hand column of this blog page and "follow me."

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