I am telling you about these so that if you see me wasting time with them in the future you can point a finger at me and say “Aha!”
Like blogging, but with single sentences. The idea is that you say what you are doing at this current moment, either via the internet or your phone. And then you do it again. And again. Even the fact that respected internet figures like Diamond Geezer are doing it is not tempting me to join in.
A virtual world sort of thing. You can fly around and do various things that I don’t quite understand. Fortunately we do not have unlimited bandwidth broadband which means that I am not tempted to try. I note though that World Vision now have a presence in Second Life. I think you can get to it here, but it is a bit beyond me. As this blogger asks, is this the future of fundraising, or just a fad?
These are little quizzes and questionnaires and suchlike that get passed around the internet from blog to blog. I don’t generally have the energy for them. One exception might just possibly be Maggi’s invitation to the ’5 things’ Meme that has already gone 6 times around the internet. I’ve not got around to it today. Perhaps tomorrow.
Posted by Dave at 6:41 pm on December 15, 2006 and filed under Blogging.
Today it is my turn to host the Posada chain blog / blog chain, originally started here by Andii Bowsher. I originally posted about it here if you remember. OK, here is what we are going to do. There will be the official Mary and Joseph picture, followed by a meditation done via some drawings, then a prayer, then navigational instructions for following the blog chain onwards from here.
Mary and Joseph
[We do not pray very often on this blog, but don't let it alarm you - nothing to be frightened of.]
Please help us to clear out our second bedrooms, be they literal or metaphorical.
How to follow the Posada blog chain
Tomorrow’s Posada location is John Cooper’s blog. Yesterdays was Weekend Fisher in case you are following the blog chain backwards.
The full list of blog chain locations:
Posted by Dave at 11:55 am on December 15, 2006 and filed under Blogging, Spirituality.
This is the Christingle cartoon you helped me draw on Monday:
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Posted by Dave at 9:34 am on December 15, 2006 and filed under Cartooning, Church.
Christingles again – this time in Chelmsford cathedral (my local) where there has been a mild to-do. Here is a link that talk about it:
Telegraph | News | Cathedral puts out the flames of Christingle
This is what MP Eric Pickles had to say:
Eventually, they will work out a way to take all the fun out of Christmas… Health and safety will ban everything. I would be kind of interested to hear when the last time an orange and a candle set fire to a child’s hair.”
I think my answer would be that it is rare for oranges to set light to a child’s hair, but not so rare for candles to do so if hair is placed very close to them. But as he is only ‘kind of interested’ I will not be using my valuable time to contact him about it.
This report talks about ‘flaming candles’, which do sound a bit scary and dangerous to me.
I note that the Childrens Society are now promoting the glow candles with a website called Glow Candles. This fits in quite well with my Church Times cartoon tomorrow which the citizens of this blog had a hand in helping with. I am not going to give anything away, but it is not on an unrelated topic.
If you have been injured by a glow candle please write in so we can get a good debate going.
Posted by Dave at 6:35 pm on December 14, 2006 and filed under Church, Current events.
I have failed everybody by not providing any new Christmas resources on the site this year. Sorry about that. You can find all of the previous Christmas cartoons in this section of the main site.
For those making Christmas cards: you are welcome to use one of my images in your own home produced cards. The Contact lens or Shepherds cartoons might be good ones. I’m not asking for payment for this if it is for your own personal cards. Not that I refuse donations, Christmas hampers etc if anyone insists. A credit wherever images are used would be lovely.
A post from last year that might also come in useful is One million ideas for making your own Christmas cards. Unless you used all the ideas up last year of course.
Posted by Dave at 12:34 pm on December 14, 2006 and filed under Cartooning.
A few years ago on Wibsite.com a cartoonist known as ‘Jim’ was a Guest cartoonist and we posted some of his cartoons. Well, Jim now has a website and a book launch this Monday. It is in New Zealand which may be a problem for some. Click the image on the right for details.
The book will be on sale internationally. I’ve been kindly promised a review copy which I’ll post about along with how you can get hold of the book when I know such information.
While we are in New Zealand, take a look at this interactive Christmas art installation using containers dotted around the city of Christchurch. This is, I think, by the same people who did this outdoor Christmas labyrinth.
Posted by Dave at 10:35 am on December 14, 2006 and filed under Cartooning, Links: cartoonists.
[Larger version of cartoon on last year's Advent Calendar blog]
There has been some debate within the household about the putting up of a domestic Christmas tree. By this I mean one inside a house as opposed to in a shopping precinct or outside a town hall.
I have added a voting-type poll device to the left hand sidebar so as to gain an understanding of the Christmas tree habits of the Cartoon Blog viewing public. Please tell us when a Christmas tree should be put up. You might not have any strongly held beliefs on the matter, but please vote anyway telling us when you will be putting your tree or other decorations up.
This will then help us come to an informed decision, knowing that our habits are not vastly out of step with those of the Cartoon Blog readership.
Posted by Dave at 7:41 pm on December 13, 2006 and filed under In-depth analysis.
David the Wannabepriest has written about his experience blogging from within one of the National Church Institutions:
The staff handbook was silent on the matter. So I cc’d an email to certain overseers who I thought might be best to ask. They responded by asking me ‘what’s a blog?’. So I explained blogging to them and then it all went silent for a week or two until an announcement was made via the internal weekly ‘All Staff’ web page. The announcement made it clear that any member of staff who blogged about their work or the Church would be considered to be in breach of contract in just the same way as if they had spoken without authorization to a member of the press. The announcement went on to say that there were some staff members who blogged as part of their job (like national youth officers and the like) which was fine, but if that wasn’t you… keep your grubby little fingers off your keyboards (I’m paraphrasing at this point of course).
In some ways I can understand why they issued the ‘no blogging’ decree, as the wrong information being leaked in the wrong way can cause a lot of damage. But then again perhaps the Church would do well to follow the example of companies like Microsoft or IBM who have guidelines for their blogging employees. My own feeling is that the church has more to gain by allowing its employees to blog than it has to lose.
David is now, as his title suggests, training to be a priest. He goes on to write some very good advice for both new ordinands and ‘the powers that be’ on how everyone can learn to blog and be blogged happily.
As an aside, this post has been lurking on my computer for quite a few days now. I had originally written quite a bit more about the circumstances that caused me to send David my original e-mail, but have decided that what I was going to write is best left unsaid. I think in this case the advice to ‘save it as draft and sleep on it before you go ahead and publish’ was worth heeding.
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Posted by Dave at 9:31 am on December 13, 2006 and filed under Anglican goings-on, Blogging, Church.
I had reason to look on the Reform website this week.
I am probably alone in this, but I was mildly amused to note that the cartoon on the front page shows people drowning in a large ocean, whilst some people nearby on an enormous floating Bible look in the opposite direction through a telescope and engage in recreational fishing, each oblivious to the frantic pleas of the perishing individuals.
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Posted by Dave at 3:26 pm on December 12, 2006 and filed under Anglican goings-on, Cartooning.
I was pleased to hear yesterday that the book is being reprinted owing to the high demand. This is good news for me, but I realise that there might be people hoping to buy them for Christmas presents who are having trouble getting hold of a copy. The news from Canterbury Press is that they are hoping to get the new copies into their warehouse on Thursday, so hopefully there will still be time for them to get out to people before Christmas. My advice would be to contact Canterbury Press if you want the latest information.
There probably are some shops out there which still have the coveted first editions, but I can’t tell you where they are. As for Waterstones, London Piccadilly, Nottingham and Southampton look good bets from the website at the time of writing, but I wouldn’t travel there without checking.
In other news: the book made the top 10 chart in the Church Times this week (Click on the image to the right – excuse the skewing and
blurring (the blurring didn’t work) – I was playing). I think the Christmas Number one is usually connected to a TV reality show, released the week before Christmas and is often a new entry at number one, so I fear I may have peaked too early.
Posted by Dave at 12:44 pm on December 12, 2006 and filed under Books, CartoonChurch progress, Cartooning.
In Blandford Forum Santa has been getting into a bit of a pickle by causing a distraction in church. The Father Christmas in question was asked by a polite churchwarden to not wear his outfit, but was not happy about this and left. He later talked to the local newspaper and was a bit grumpy. The church website has the full account. The BBC also has a report.
Meanwhile an unrelated Santa is available for evangelistic purposes “within a 100 mile radius of Louisville, Kentucky”.
His hair is real…his beard is real…and his love for the Lord Jesus Christ is real.
Note from Dave: Apologies for these two stories. I am suffering from insomnia and a troubled mind and I thought posting them might help.
Posted by Dave at 1:58 am on December 12, 2006 and filed under Cartooning.
Faulty Calendar Shock
My free calendar offer has been taken up by some people, which is nice. A lot more on Saturday than on Sunday though – I think you are all too busy on Sundays to be downloading calendars.
I have a slight confession. Those who downloaded the WeBlogCartoons calendar before about 2pm on Sunday have flawed goods on their hands. There was a minor spelling mistake in one of the cartoons which was pointed out to me by an observant looker-on which means you have a tainted September. Those of you who downloaded the WeBlogCartoons calendar before 2pm on Sunday may wish to download this special updated September so that your calendar is flawless.
WeBlogCartoons Calendar September page with no spelling mistakes (pdf, 64kbs or so).
Note: The CartoonChurch calendar is unaffected by this sorry state of affairs, as are any WeBlogCartoons calendars downloaded since then. If in doubt check your September.
You can of course still get the entire calendar here unless you are only interested in September in which case the link above is the one for you.
Posted by Dave at 8:07 pm on December 11, 2006 and filed under Cartooning.