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'With Roman Catholic clergy in short supply in the United States, Indian priests are picking up some of their work, saying Mass for special intentions, in a sacred if unusual version of outsourcing.'
This is one of the more bizarre stories I've read in the last few days. Here in Australia many companies are outsourcing call centre and IT jobs to India, but I never thought the church would use the strategy.
'American, as well as Canadian and European churches, are sending Mass intentions, or requests for services like those to remember deceased relatives and thanksgiving prayers, to clergy in India....
While most requests are made via mail or personally through traveling clergymen, a significant number arrive via e-mail, a sign that technology is expediting this practice.
In Kerala's churches, memorial and thanksgiving prayers conducted for local residents are said for a donation of 40 rupees (90 cents), whereas a prayer request from the United States typically comes with $5, the Indian priests say.
Bishop Sebastian Adayanthrath, the auxiliary bishop of the Ernakulam-Angamaly diocese in Cochin, a port town in Kerala, said his diocese received an average of 350 Mass intentions a month from overseas. Most were passed to needy priests.
In Kerala, where priests earn $45 a month, the money is a welcome supplement, Bishop Adayanthrath said.' Source- NY Times
'The Living Room Series II is a weekly 30-minute magazine style TV programme. It’s about artists, musicians, filmmakers and other inspirational characters that operate away from established art institutions, record companies and production houses. '
A number of people (both from LivingRoom and the blog) have asked me in the last few days where they can find information on the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI ) personality testing. I've decided to make a bit of a resource page here including free online tests, resources to help unpack the test results and some fun personality test links. I hope they help - feel free to leave you own suggested resource in comments to improve this collection. Please note that the tests and resource here are not officially MBTI but are adaptations that of the original work done by Myers Briggs.
Keirsey - this is an online version of a 48 page booklet that makes up the appendix of a great book on the topic called Please Understand Me. It describes very well the 16 types. I found this one very helpful.
The 2004 Athens Olympic Games is approaching fast. Already the world is turning its attention toward Athens as athletes in hundreds of countries prepare. Controversy has already hit the games over whether venues will be ready in time and if they will be up to standard. As the Olympic Games get closer the range of sites dedicated to the Athens Games increase.
Following are some of the most useful sites on the web that will help both those attending the Olympics in Athens or those watching their country's Olympic team from home in the comfort of their own armchair. Feel free to add your own suggestions of Olympic links that you've found helpful below in comments.
We've joked for a while now at LivingRoom that we should start a website called 'freeloaders.com' which lists a whole heap of free stuff both online and in Melbourne. You see we're all cheap skates....
So I decided to do a bit of a search on google for free stuff... here is what I found:
I thought I'd promote my mate Andy's comment in the last post to the main site because the resource that he has developed is excellent and I'd highly commend it to you. Here is what he wrote:
groupsthatclick.com is an online tool which I wrote initially to help youth leaders & youth groups easily develop and host their own web sites (without having to have any IT knowledge or html tools).
Users can then log in, enter details about their group, create pages, online polls, select a template, and that's it - they have their own web site! The site is dymanically generated, so pages or events can automatically add or remove themselves from the site at defined dates. And of course you can login from anywhere and update your site using just a browser!
I'm *hoping* to offer it for free (to church / youth groups / etc) for as long as I can afford to, but may introduce donations or get subsidises from businesses using it, etc.
Feel free to contact me if you're interested in (a) giving it a try, (b) can help me out by providing web site templates for others to use or (c) you're a php programmer who wants to use your gifts to help others in ministry :)
Have you ever wondered what is going on under the water when you're fishing? Are there fish down there? What are they doing? This little camera sends the info back up to you in the boat.
'Highly water resistant and pressure resistant as Fishing-CAM camera(a product equipped with LED or infrared ray device to regular CCD/CMOS camera) goes through molding process during manufacture.
The encased Fishing-CAM camera is attached to the sinker part of fishing rod. With Fishing-CAM camera, you do not need to dive underwater to see the scenes below! '
Not only do you get to see what is going on under the surface live on the fishcam moniter (or on your mobile phone) but you can record on video what you see at that moment when the fish bites to be edited later into an amazing fishing video. What a fun gadget!
The only down frustration of the weekend away that V and just had was that at night our room was attacked by Mosquitoes. I can't stand going to bed with the buzz of them in your ears or waking up at 2am covered in bites!
Luckily we had a mosquito netting over the bed which stopped most of them, but another approach is to get a MOSQUITO REPELLER WATCH! Here's how it works - taken from their site:
'Are you ready for mosquito season? Over the next few months these blood sucking rascals will begin hatching in untold numbers as they prepare for fresh victims. But there is a defense for these miniature would-be vampires. The Mosquito Repeller Travel Alarm Clock or Wrist Watch. While they seem innocent at first sight, you’ll find them to be your best ally against these blood sucking fiends. Whether used for camping, fishing, traveling or simply staying at home they’re the best way to keep mosquitoes at bay. Scientists discovered that most mosquitoes that feed on human blood are pregnant females. Well if there is one thing a pregnant mosquito doesn’t like, it’s a male. In fact they dislike males so much that they fly as far away as possible. The Mosquito Repeller Travel Alarm Clock and the Wrist Watch were designed with advanced harmonics circuitry to emulate and emit the ultra sonic high frequency of an approaching male. Just like that the blood suckers that haunt your sleep or infest your jogging path are vanquished. Alarm clock uses two AA batteries (not included). In today’s world of disease carrying mosquitoes this could be the best way to ensure a happy and healthy summer. It certainly beats eating garlic or slathering ourselves with stinky goop.'
Paint your day green is a blogging project that revolves around St Patrik's day. Its similar to Blogging Idol in some ways - check it out, spread the word and participate. its run by Amanda from Lypton Village and Shutterfly (a fantastic photoblog). Amanda is one of my favorite Blogger Idol participants. Here's how she describes the project:
'Make this St Patrick's Day one that you share with the rest of us by doing something fun, silly and green on Wednesday March 17, 2004.
Whether you go out and have a pub crawl across every Irish bar in town, dye your hair green, write an ode to Yeats, or eat an Irish breakfast, we'd love to hear about your day. Photograph, write or even paint your day green, then come back to Lypton Village and leave a link to your website showing us how you celebrated St Patrick's Day this year.
Tell your friends and spread the word about the project so we can get lots of different responses from all over the globe.
American Idol this year is hotting up after a great competition last year when Fantasia Barrino became the American Idol Winner in front after 65 million Americans cast their votes.
This year the American Idol Winner will be either 21 year old Carrie Underwood from Checotah (OK) or 29 year old Bo Bice from Helena (AL).
The competition to be the American Idol 4 Winner is hot - with internet polls at American Idol Blog neck and neck. At the time of publishing this Bo Bice was just edging out Carrie Underwood - but really the American Idol Crown is anyone's!
Last to leave American Idol this year was 20 year old Vonzell Solomon from Fort Myers.
'A postal letter carrier, Solomon endeared herself to fans with her emotional openness. Always an underdog, she had tried out once before for "Idol" but was rejected. This time, she made it all the way to the top three, which is sure to yield her a recording contract.
"My 'American Idol' journey has been crazy - a lot of emotions balled up into one. But it's been all worth it," Solomon said in a video montage played after host Ryan Seacrest announced that she had received the fewest votes.'
Who will be the American Idol Winner? Perhaps in a strange way the winner will be someone who didn't even get through the auditions! Anyone who has been watching American Idol will remember 'singer' William Hung. His rendition of 'She Bangs' is something I'll always remember. Unfortunately he didn't get through his initial American Idol audition - however that is not the end of the William Hung story.
William Hung A Real American Idol documents latest developments for William Hung, including a record deal, a petition for him to get William to run for president, and a variety of public appearances. They have video of William performing - remixes of his song, links to numerous articles written about him and photos of the man of the moment. The site has had over 8 million hits since going live - a star is born.
This story is of a Mars Hill professor who resigned after a student stripped in class. It was a sociology class and the professor was talking about social norms and used public nudity as an example, saying that none of the students would strip in class even if he guaranteed them an A for the class.
Of course one of the students took the challenge and stripped. Class was dismissed, the professor submitted his resignation and the student....didn't get the A!
I wonder if this was the class Janet Jackson was taking a couple of weeks ago?
Remember I told you a few weeks ago not to buy a new digital camera if you wanted the latest release models because there was about to be some new cameras released?
This morning I logged on to find my inbox full of press releases from Digital Camera Manufacturers announcing their new cameras. So far today 15 new digicams have been announced bringing the total of new digital cameras announced so far in the last few week to 51!
I've been adding them to the New Digital Cameras Showcase as they come in. Hope it is helpful to those of you in the market for a new digital camera.
'When the pope dies, the cardinal chamberlain (Camerlengo) of the holy Roman Church (currently Eduardo Cardinal Martinez Somalo) ascertains the pope’s death, traditionally by calling the pope three times by his baptismal name without response. The ritual of striking the head with a silver hammer (which would later be used to break the Fisherman’s Ring and the papal seal) may be replaced by covering the face with a cloth. He then authorizes the secretary-chancellor to issue a death certificate and seals the pope's private apartments. After notifying the cardinal vicar for the diocese of Rome, the chamberlain secures the temporal goods and rights of the Holy See and attends to the details of the pope’s burial.'...
'When a pope dies, a formal process begins that certifies his death, carries out his funeral, and ensures that the selection of his successor takes place according to the prescribed procedures. The busiest person during this period is the camerlengo, or papal chamberlain, who functions something like a chief of staff.
The camerlengo's first task is to certify that the pope is dead. Traditionally, this has included tapping the pope's forehead, perhaps with a little silver hammer, and calling him three times by his first name. No response means that the pope is dead, but more precise medical equipment may be used today....'
'Regardless of the circumstances, when a Pope dies certain procedures specified in Church law, specifically the Apostolic Constitution Universi Dominici Gregis, must be followed. First among these is the certification that he is truly dead. This task falls to the Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church.
In the presence of the Master of Papal Liturgical Ceremonies, the Cleric Prelates of the Apostolic Camera, and the Secretary and the Chancellor of the Apostolic Camera, the Camerlengo ascertains that the Pope is dead. Naturally, this could require the assistance of medical personnel. Having made this determination, the Chancellor of the Apostolic Camera draws up the official death certificate. The Camerlengo then seals the Pope’s bedroom and study. Its unsealing and the disposition of its contents must wait the election of his successor. If the deceased Pope has left a will naming an executor for his personnel belongings, the executor is responsible for faithfully carrying out the will, and for giving an account of his service to the new Pope....'
About Pope John Paul II - Pope John Paul II (often referred to as His Holiness by Catholics), né Karol Józef Wojty?a (born May 18, 1920 in Wadowice, Poland), is the current Pope — the Bishop of Rome and head of the Roman Catholic Church. He was elected on October 16, 1978, becoming the first non-Italian pope in 455 years and the first pope of Slavic origin in the history of the Church.
Pope John Paul II crusades against political oppression have been praised, but his conservative social positions have been more controversial. His more than 100 trips abroad have attracted enormous crowds (some of the largest ever assembled). With these trips, John Paul has covered a distance far greater than that traveled by all other popes combined. They have been seen as an outward sign of the efforts at global bridge-building between nations and between religions that have been central to his pontificate.
Pope John Paul II has beatified and canonized far more persons than any other previous pope in history. It is reported that as of October 2004, he has beatified 1,340 people. Whether he has canonized more saints than all his predecessors put together, as is sometimes claimed, is difficult to prove, as the records of many early canonizations are incomplete or missing.
On March 14, 2004, his pontificate overtook Leo XIII's as the third-longest pontificate in the history of the Papacy (after Pius IX and St. Peter). In February 2010, if still reigning, he will overtake Pius IX as having the longest proven papal reign ever. The length of his term is in extreme contrast with that of his predecessor John Paul I, who died suddenly after only 33 days in office (and in whose memory John Paul II named himself).
Pope John Paul II has been increasingly ill of late and many expect his death is imminent.