Advent Reflection - Putting Herod back in Christmas

I just received an email with a great reflection entitled: Putting Herod back into Christmas.

"Herod represents the dark side of the gospel. He reminds us that Jesus didn't enter a world of sparkly Christmas cards or a world of warm spiritual sentiment. Jesus enters a world of real pain, of serious dysfunction, a world of brokenness and political oppression."

The contrast of Herod is what brings Christmas into sharp focus. Please read the whole reflection, and have a Merry Christmas.

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Tagging Events

One of the great things in DeanSpace was the ability to load events from Dean for America into DeanSpace websites via a patched RSS feed. The folks at CivicSpace, the follow on to DeanSpace, have been looking at how this can be done in a more generalized way.

With my work with the Center for Online Investigative Research, I stumbled across the the IPTC’s EventsML. On that mailing list, was a pointer to Scott McMullan’s blog where he has an entry entitled Google/Internet Archive, Meet Mr. Event

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Drupal and Media Wiki

I've been playing with both Drupal and Media Wiki quite a bit recently, and even have an installation or two where I have Drupal and Media Wiki using the same database.

In CivicSpace there is a module, dkosfilter which allows you to easily link from Drupal to dkosopedia, a popular Media Wiki based wiki. Some people had asked for a way to link to wikipedia, another very popular Media Wiki based site.

A little levity

I've spent a lot of time today working on packaging an open source project. It was challenging, and a tad mind numbing at times.

So, this evening, I checked out Sigmund, Carl and Alfred to help gain some much needed perspective.

They have a wonderful entry about online quizes.

Inspired by their post, I have created my my own quiz. Take it, have fun.

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