Typo? Former Church irk moderator

Well done Daily Record:

“In fact, the Church voted in favour of a last-minute option brought to the table by a former Church irk moderator, the Very Reverend Albert Bogle.”

Not quite sure what it was trying to say, but it’s fitting. (There’s been much more irking than moderation, though.)

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Bible translation and more – some Wycliffe videos

Here are a couple of great videos.

Dineke and Klaas from the Netherlands explain a bit about what it’s like to move to a completely new place and adjust to life, language and culture there. This is Asia and many things are different to our Nigerian context, but many aspects are the same. Continue reading

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Equality for colour-blind people

For hundreds of years the classification of ‘red’ and ‘green’ colours has discriminated against sincere colour-blind people, the government claims. In a long-overdue move supported by the majority of the British public, David Cameron is taking a bold step forward in redefining ‘orange’ to embrace the categories formerly known as ‘red’ and ‘green’. Continue reading

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DIY electricals: LED lamp

The sun did not shine
It was too wet to play.
So we sat in the house
All that cold, cold, wet day…

Finally, after weeks of waiting for the appropriate rainy day, a mildly snowy day came along. Mum was out and so the 3 kids got to play… making a nice energy-saving, money-saving lamp. Here’s the result:

The completed lamp, shown off by Elizabeth and Rebekah
So here’s what we did: Continue reading
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The Highland Clearances Revisited

Growing up in 1990s post-industrial Scotland, the harrowing narrative of the Highland clearances was evoked time and again as a metanarrative to explain (or excuse?) the pitiful state of the nation. I remember the none-too-subtle play The Cheviot, The Stag and the Black Black Oil being performed (rather well) at the High School of Glasgow. In both History and English we studied the effects of the Clearances and were collectively outraged at the tales of woe and injustice as subsistence farmers were driven cold-heartedly out of their ancestral lands by absentee landlords who had contributed nothing to the value of the land but had squeezed the poor crofters for every last penny they had, so as to live it up in distant London. (Actually the reality may be rather that most of the landowners were probably Scots and not English, and were just as likely to have been squandering their ill-gotten gain in Edinburgh as in London, but that’s beside the point.) Continue reading

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Scottish Small-mindedness Syndrome

Abstract / Executive Summary

Scotland has suffered a catastrophic loss of influence over the last century which seems to have led to a wide-spread cultural phenomenon of small-mindedness which promises to drag this formerly-proud nation ever downward. It corrupts family life, education, society at large and the ‘national church’. Continue reading

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Glossy open source project opened

For those interested in the Glossy project and who might want to contribute ideas and submit improvements, there’s now a project on bitbucket. Thanks for Milt Jones and others for suggestions. There’s more that could be done, but I don’t have time at the moment to work on it. I’ll try to put together ideas for future fixes/improvements on the wiki on bitbucket. Any contributions from the public very welcome and perhaps we can work on it together.

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Big Picture Story Bible 16: Jesus Restores God’s Place

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Buttbuttination: The Clbuttic mistake

It’s not new news, but it always tickles Julie and me to evoke the memory of naive profanity filters that produce the following:

President Abraham Lincoln was buttbuttinated by an armed buttailant after a life devoted to the reform of the US consbreastution.

In case you haven’t come across it or want to reread the Typograph article or read about the first real buttbuttination attempt. Favourite parts of the latter article include these quotes:

…the Prince … appropriately in this context is deputy interior minister for security…. “He surprised me by blowing himself up,” the Saudi bigwig reportedly told al-Arabiya, in a masterpiece of understated commentary.

To come back to an application in the world of Bible translation, that’s why find-and-replace is dangerous and why the filter of searching for whole words is A Good Thing™.

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Vimeo oembed fix for WordPress (again!)

Either Vimeo or WordPress has changed something, but oembeds weren’t working for me with Vimeo. Some helpful people had produced patches in the form of plugins but they didn’t work either. However, they very nearly did. Here’s my corrected version of the plugin.

Plugin Name: Vimeo oembed hotfix
Plugin URI:
Description: Enable https vimeo embeds. Note: If for any reason videos are not embedding properly, simply deactivate, and then reactivate this plugin. Note2: either Vimeo changed or something else went wrong but I had to update the line below with "oembed." in it.
Author: gluten, rowbory
Version: 2.1
Author URI: http://belabor.org/

function oembed_hotfix_vimeo_oembed_providers( $providers ) {
$providers['#https?://(www\.)?vimeo\.com/.*#i'] = array( 'https://vimeo.com/api/oembed.xml?{format}', true );
return $providers;
add_filter('oembed_providers', 'oembed_hotfix_vimeo_oembed_providers');

// based on this patch: http://core.trac.wordpress.org/attachment/ticket/10337/10337.10.patch
function oembed_hotfix_delete_all_oembed_caches() {
// Based on delete_post_meta_by_key()
global $wpdb;
$post_ids = $wpdb->get_col( "SELECT DISTINCT post_id FROM $wpdb->postmeta WHERE meta_key LIKE '_oembed_%'" );
if ( $post_ids ) {
$postmetaids = $wpdb->get_col( "SELECT meta_id FROM $wpdb->postmeta WHERE meta_key LIKE '_oembed_%'" );
$in = implode( ',', array_fill( 1, count($postmetaids), '%d' ) );
do_action( 'delete_postmeta', $postmetaids );
$wpdb->query( $wpdb->prepare( "DELETE FROM $wpdb->postmeta WHERE meta_id IN($in)", $postmetaids ) );
do_action( 'deleted_postmeta', $postmetaids );
foreach ( $post_ids as $post_id )
wp_cache_delete( $post_id, 'post_meta' );
return true;
return false;
register_activation_hook( __FILE__, 'oembed_hotfix_delete_all_oembed_caches' );

Download a zip of the tiny vimeo-oembed-fix plugin here.

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