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Archives: 2011

Updates were a tad sparse in 2011. Let's hope there aren't any repeats of this pattern.

Tag Search Improvements

Posted September 14, 2011

Just a little upgrade to the tag search pages in the Art gallery and Blog. Now, when you visit each page, you'll see a complete listing of available tags.

Another planned upgrade is making it case-insensitive. Can't give you an ETA on that because my computer's messed up and I'm working from a briefcase on a USB thumb drive, so I don't have a good test environment for scripts. It's a bit of a pain in the butt debugging and testing from the live site, between the need to upload the changes and the lack of error reporting.

Hopefully it won't be too long. Speaking of which, I do have a few pieces of content I'm getting ready to post, but I don't have an ETA on those, either. It'll almost surely be before year's end, though.

Technical Fix

Posted August 3, 2011

First of all, I am not dead. I am working on a few things that I hope to have ready to post before long.

So anyway, I was looking at my server logs yesterday and noticed that requests for my printer-friendly style sheet kept yielding 404 errors. I did a print preview on the homepage and, sure enough, it didn't have the changes. Apparently, I forgot to upload the css file. That's fixed now. Enjoy.

More "New" Art

Posted May 18, 2011

After a long dry spell, here's a new update for the Art Gallery. Still On the Train is something of an update to the previous entry. It shows, to some extent, where I've improved and where I haven't.

Actually, I drew this picture not too long after posting the last one, but I never got around to posting it until now. Better late than never, I guess.

A Little Problem With the Little Book

posted April 21, 2011

Tags: religion

Over the past few days, I've been trying to catch up in my Little Black Book and I've been noticing some disturbing things.

First, let me explain what I'm talking about. The Diocese of Saginaw (or rather, "Little Books of the Diocese of Saginaw, Inc.") in Michigan puts out these little books containing meditations for the different seasons of the Catholic Church (except Ordinary Time, which gets no love). The books covers are solid colors, depending on the season: White for Easter, blue for Advent and Christmas, and black for Lent (or purple for the kids' version). Each day of the season gets a two-page spread, with the left page usually being trivia about some religious practice, person, or event and the right page being a reflection on a reading from the Gospel. You can buy them at their Web site, but my local parish has been mailing them out for the last few years.

Sounds great, right? Well, I thought so, too. In fact, there have been a number of observations that have rung very true and made be think about my spiritual life and relationship with God. But for every baby there must be a little bathwater.

There have been a few times that I thought I smelled a sort of free-thinking, open-minded liberal kind of a slant. For instance, the reflections like to paraphrase Jesus' words into modern, casual language, and (despite being about Lent) it has a lot of focus on the more positive/happy aspects of Catholic life. I thought my misgivings were mostly just my scrupulosity acting up, but then I came to the entry for Sunday, April 3:


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