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Managing the email torrent (for clergy especially)

Web/Tech

One of the common sources of exasperation for clergy (at least in my conversations with my peers) is that they feel overwhelmed by the amount of email they receive during the day. Truth be told our email load isn’t anything like what people in large corporations get, but unlike theirs which is filled with massive numbers of cya ‘cc’s, clergy email often comes from parishioners, is not an fyi, and has to be acted upon. […]

What happened to Episcopal Café?

Web/Tech

UPDATED BELOW: Those of you who read the Lead or Daily Episcopalian on the Episcopal Café site have probably noticed that we haven’t updated the site since Saturday evening. It’s a server error. The Café was migrated to another server at the site where we get our donated space. But something seems to have gone wrong in the latter stages of the migration and the editors are not able to access the back-end of the […]

Photon heralds extend entanglement

Science / Web/Tech

Quantum Entanglement should be an incredibly useful tool for communications. Though it won’t ever become an ansible, or even the basis for subspace radio, the ability to communicate through entangled pairs of quantum particles would, in theory, create a situation where no third party could intercept the message. Which means that we’d finally have unbreakable secure communications. In theory at least. There are a number of practical problems. One of the problems is that it’s […]

Speaking of going mobile… Wayfarer is here

Religion / Web/Tech

So Monday I posted a note calling on Episcopalians to start thinking how we ought to be moving ourselves toward providing content on mobile platforms, since all the projections look like mobile internet use is going to soon eclipse traditional access. And just like that, the Communications people at the Episcopal Church offices in New York release a new application on the iTunes store called “Wayfarer”! (I swear, I had no prior knowledge of this […]

Who will say you’ve mastered divinity?

Religion / Web/Tech

We've effectively funded theological education for the past four decades by asking mid-life students to cash out the equity in their homes and use that to subsidize their and younger student's educations. But the equity disappeared with the recent housing price collapse, and with it the business model of most of the seminaries in the Mainline denominations.

Quick thoughts on iBook Maker and iTunes U

Religion / Web/Tech

So earlier today Apple released two new tools for educators; a tool that makes creating a multimedia text book very very easy, and a publishing service that allows you to create a curriculum and distribute it and materials remotely. Both can have a major impact on the way we do Christian Formation. We have a consistent challenge here in Arizona – there are many postulants for priesthood and diaconate for whom a three year residential […]

The man in the machine

Web/Tech

Have you noticed how many people, as they reflect on Steve Jobs life, talk about their computing devices. One writer, noting this, says that it’s as if people feel that they have met Steve Jobs in the machines and gadgets his company created. It’s as if they know the man because of what he made. Heck, read my reflections on Steve’s death just below this post. I did exactly the same thing. That’s worth reflecting […]