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W-E-B Issue 196 ~ August 2011
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News this time...

APOLOGETICS FOR OUTSIDERS
10-YEAR REMEMBRANCE NEXT MONTH
SOCIAL NETWORKING
WORLD WE LIVE IN
CONFERENCES
COMMUNICATING WELL
FILM AND POPULAR CULTURE
MOBILE PHONES AND DEVICES
TECH TIPS
TAILEND FUN

"Perhaps the worst plight of a vessel is to be caught in a gale on a lee shore. In this connection the following rules should be observed: 1. Never allow your vessel to be found in such a predicament..." - manual on seamanship


APOLOGETICS FOR OUTSIDERS

Dave Couchman (from the UK-based FOCUS ministry) writes, "We've recently launched a new series of videos called 'God and the Big Bang'. This series, a follow-up to 'God: new evidence', explores how the scientific evidence points towards a universe that had a definite moment of creation, which was carefully adjusted to make human life possible.

It features (among others), Dr Jennifer Wiseman, Senior Project Scientist on the Hubble Space Telescope, and Gerald Gabrielse, Leverett Professor of Physics at Harvard University.

Like 'God: new evidence', it's designed to be accessible to scientifically-minded non-believers and skeptics, so it's thin on religious vocabulary and Bible quotes!"

Watch the videos:
http://www.focus.org.uk/

The videos are also on YouTube so they can easily be embedded in other webpages and blogs, and added direct into a Facebook posting (you just drop the Facebook video URL into 'link' to post it): http://www.youtube/godnewevidence

There's also a Facebook page for you to 'like':
http://www.facebook.com/godnewevidence

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9/11 10-YEAR REMEMBRANCE NEXT MONTH

There will hopefully be a range of appropriate outsider-friendly pages and video clips that you can link to (or embed) in blogs, post on Facebook, Twitter, etc. I'm sure there will be material on Power to Change or Yes HE Is, for instance. http://www.powertochange.com/
http://yesheis.com/

Build up a small portfolio list of links and videos you feel are suitable. Many people, who would not normally be so, will be hurting or asking questions, and open to spiritual conversation. Shane Bennett makes a range of practial suggestions: http://missionscatalyst.net/?p=2395

If you know of suitable pages and videos, please send them. Anything connected with 9/11 must be approached with great sensitivity. Check any resources with wise friends before posting or using them. http://ieday.net/feedback.php

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SOCIAL NETWORKING

INDIAN WOMEN BLOGGERS are finding their voice, in their own language, assisted by Google translate:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/10/world/asia/10iht-letter10.html

HOW DOES GOOGLE+ stack up against Facebook? http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/4997 And is it a Betamax or a DVD?
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/4948

TWITTER FREE EBOOK

although HubSpot's free books are primarily about how to use social media for marketing companies - a concept containing tension, since social networking is a) social and b) networking, rather than one-way broadcast publicity - nevertheless you will find help information and up-to-date information in all their books. You do need to hand over some information about your 'company' including your email address (here you can enter your church or non-profit information) to get the download link:
http://www.hubspot.com/twitter-for-business-a-beginners-guide/

See also Social Examiner's free e-book:
http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/social-media-marketing-industry-report-2011/

GOOGLE +1 Button wow good for rankings and driving traffic. Add it to blogs and webpages: http://www.webpronews.com/google-turns-the-1-button-into-its-like-button-finally-2011-08

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WORLD WE LIVE IN

STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT - its 40th anniversary reminds us of vital insights into fallen human nature: http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/5045

NICK CARR'S thoughts on God and technology: http://www.roughtype.com/archives/2011/07/god_kevin_kelly_1.php and interview with Kevin Kelly
http://www.roughtype.com/archives/2011/07/is_technology_a.php

IF God loved the world, why do we hate it? http://www.reclaimingthemind.org/blog/2011/08/if-god-so-loved-the-world-then-why-do-we-hate-it/

FIND CHRISTIAN EVENTS In USA and Canada: http://www.FindChristianEvents.com/

SPECTACULAR SHUTTLE space shots:
http://www.aolnews.com/2010/11/18/astronaut-shares-photos-of-earth-from-space-on-twitter/

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CONFERENCES

CHRISTIAN NEW MEDIA CONFERENCE 15 OCTOBER, LONDON. Day conference in central London: http://bit.ly/iNVJ2M

COICOM, 19-21 October, Asunción, Paraguay - big focus on digital evangelism: http://www.coicom.com/

INTERNATIONAL ORALITY NETWORK CONFERENCE, 12-15 Sept, Asheville, NC, USA: http://www.intre.org/info.php?s=92

THE NINES - 9 hours of strategic 9-minute slots streamed to your own computer, 27 September: http://thenines.cc/

COMMUNICATING WELL

SCOTTISH MASTERCLASS in clear, concise and positive communication, used on train window stickers: http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/5005

- and don't forget the 'thank you' either: http://dannyfranks.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/please-is-never-enough/

WRITING TIPS - If you're a writer, you can subscribe to a daily email writing tip, or just bookmark the site for reference: http://www.dailywritingtips.com/

FREE Basic English Grammar ebook:
http://www.dailywritingtips.com/download/Basic-English-Grammar.zip

IS 'they' acceptable as a singular pronoun? http://www.dailywritingtips.com/is-%e2%80%9cthey%e2%80%9d-acceptable-as-a-singular-pronoun/

WRITING names of groups and organizations: http://www.dailywritingtips.com/how-to-treat-names-of-groups-and-organizations/

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FILM AND POPULAR CULTURE

STUDIO GHIBLI does it again, with their beautiful Arrietty animation: http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/5082

THE STORY OF FILM - AN ODYSSEY is a worldclass TV documentary in 15 parts. (Official site due to launch soon at storyoffilm.org) Scheduled to start in UK on 3 September; watch out for showings in your country: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-story-of-film-an-odyssey/episode-guide/series-1/episode-1

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MOBILE PHONES AND DEVICES

SMARTPHONES - why bother to buy one, and how to choose: http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/4614

SECURITY for Android phones is essential - use LOOKOUT: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/smartphones/lookout-provides-security-and-anti-virus-for-your-android-phone/3335

MOBILE PHONE threat security - report from LOOKOUT (with links to three other important pages) which is available free/premium for Android, Blackberry and Windows 7. If you have a smartphone, you need to understand these issues: https://www.mylookout.com/mobile-threat-report#why-mobile-security

REMOVE unwanted mobile phone signatures: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/smartphones/how-to-remove-the-signature-line-from-your-mobile-device/3299

10 TIPS to improve your iPhone experience: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10things/10-tips-to-improve-your-iphone-experience/2660

10 REASONS to NOT buy an iPad for a college student: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10things/10-reasons-not-to-buy-an-ipad-for-your-college-student/2599

WHAT PORTABLE DEVICES will you carry in 10 years time? http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/what_devices_will_you_carry_in_10_years_time.php

MOBILE MINISTRY RESOURCES on Twitter:
Follow the #mobmin hashtag to get news and resources about any form of mobile phone ministry: http://twubs.com/mobmin

TECH TIPS

- non-techies look away now!

FONTS - free, open source:
http://www.mattcarlisle.com/tools/open-source-fonts/

VIDEO CONVERTER for Android, iPad, iPhone formats: http://misternifty.com/creative/video-production/free-video-converter-for-android-ipad-iphone-formats/

10 THINGS to improve your website right now: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10things/10-things-you-can-do-to-improve-your-web-site-right-now/2666

CSS3 - browsers will soon allow sizing in relation to viewport: http://snook.ca/archives/html_and_css/vm-vh-units

GOOGLE ANALYTICS can support some, but not all, social marketing clicks - Tweets, Likes, etc: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/how-to-track-tweets-facebook-likes-and-more-with-google-analytics/

XML STYLE IN MOBILES - Problem with many mobile phone browsers - an xml RSS page (styled or not) does not display as it should, ie. as a page of links, but instead as one continues mass of text. If you have a RSS or sitemap page that you want mobile visitors to read, check it in Android, iPhone etc. Feedburner pages DO display formatted, but without clickable links. Xsl style sheets make no difference. Any solutions? I've asked the best Android browser development team, and even they don't know.

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TAILEND FUN ô¿ô

"I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose" - Woody Allen

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