September 11, 2013 1 Comment
This is an incredible video:
I attempted to create a person in order to emulate the aging process. The idea was that something is happening but you can’t see it but you can feel it, like aging itself.
August 14, 2013 Leave a comment
The title of this article may seem both presumptuous and audacious. Do I really believe every pastor should have a blog? Yes I do. I speak to pastors in numerous settings, and I am able to share with them the benefits of such a discipline in writing.
Understand that writing a blog can begin simple with little time pressure. The pastor can commit to write 400 words a week in one post. I do recommend that the number of posts increase to at least twice a week later, but you need to start somewhere.
I think you will be amazed how much the blog benefits the church and your ministry. Here are seven reasons why it is so important…
Read them here.
August 11, 2013 1 Comment
A new type of stained glass just installed in a Saskatoon cathedral is trying to prove green can also be glorious, combatting the stereotype of ugly, bulky solar panels.
When the Cathedral of the Holy Family needed a new set of stained glass windows, Toronto artist Sarah Hall jumped in with a project she’s been working on since 2005 — one that combines old art techniques with new technology.
Working with engineer Christof Erban, who pioneered the concept of placing a solar cell between layers of glass, Hall’s solar-infused masterpiece is a colourful set of three giant windows set atop the Saskatoon church.
The work is called “Lux Gloria,” or “Light of Glory,” and the largest of the three windows measures 37-feet high by 12-feet wide. The windows — a display of silver solar cells fused with various colours of stained glass — simultaneously shade the church, harvest solar energy from outside and block out heat.
While the Saskatoon project is just one example of Hall’s work in the field of building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) – her first installation went up in Washington, D.C., in 2005 – the Lux Gloria is the first of her pieces that feeds back into a city’s electrical grid. She has also worked on two projects in Toronto, one in Vancouver and one in Camas, Washington.
Hall’s studio said the embedded solar panels are capable of generating 2,500 kilowatt hours of power, or about 20 per cent of the electricity used per year in the average Canadian household.
However, it is likely that the power will be used by the cathedral itself.
In a statement, Hall says the Saskatoon installation is the “first cathedral in the world to incorporate solar energy collection into its stained glass windows, bestowing a threefold gift of beauty, inspiration and preservation of world resources.”
Hall started the Lux Gloria project by sketching three full-sized drawings, which were sent to a manufacturer in Paderborn, Germany, where large sheets of glass enamels were airbrushed by hand. The glass was tempered before 1,013 polycrystalline solar cells were soldered in by hand, coloured silver to match the artwork and then permanently embedded. Each solar panel is a different size and shape to add aesthetic appeal.
While solar panels are usually hidden away on buildings’ roofs, Hall hopes that calling attention to them will create awareness of the ease of harvesting solar power.
Hall is the first North American artist to specialize in BIPV, but she hopes her work will open doors to further energy conservation options.
August 8, 2013 Leave a comment
The iPad has some tricks up its sleeve that you might not know about.
While many complain about the software being “stale” (well, until iOS 7 comes sometime this fall), there are many features on the iPad that you can take advantage of if you know the right settings, gestures, or apps.
These are our favorite of the less well-known features and capabilities (whether native or app-assisted) in our iPads.
Check them out here.
August 3, 2013 1 Comment
As announced by the Custody of the Holy Land:
The website, which is in four languages (Italian, English, French and Spanish), presents up-to-date and in-depth information grouped into different thematic sections which accompany visitors throughout their discovery of the Holy Land where it all began, thanks to Mary’s “yes” and the tender welcoming of her husband Joseph.
Using the buttons on the hompage, you can access the Virtual Tour of the Holy Land and the Nazareth Pilgrim Office site, which offers a vast amount of information for anybody who wants to celebrate in Nazareth.
This work concludes the quintet of sites published with the Renewal Project for the Sanctuaries’ websites: Holy Sepulchre, Capernaum, Bethlehem, Gethsemane and Nazareth…
We hope that the many pilgrims and visitors wishing to discover the Holy Land of the Lord will appreciate our work, and we wish them a pleasant visit at the website: www.nazareth-en.custodia.org
July 11, 2013 Leave a comment
Spanning one-ninth of the earth’s circumference across three continents, the Roman Empire ruled a quarter of humanity through complex networks of political power, military domination and economic exchange. These extensive connections were sustained by premodern transportation and communication technologies that relied on energy generated by human and animal bodies, winds, and currents.
Conventional maps that represent this world as it appears from space signally fail to capture the severe environmental constraints that governed the flows of people, goods and information. Cost, rather than distance, is the principal determinant of connectivity.
For the first time, ORBIS allows us to express Roman communication costs in terms of both time and expense. By simulating movement along the principal routes of the Roman road network, the main navigable rivers, and hundreds of sea routes in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and coastal Atlantic, this interactive model reconstructs the duration and financial cost of travel in antiquity.
Taking account of seasonal variation and accommodating a wide range of modes and means of transport, ORBIS reveals the true shape of the Roman world and provides a unique resource for our understanding of premodern history.
It covers the Byzantine world too.
The model consists of 751 sites, most of them urban settlements but also including important promontories and mountain passes, and covers close to 10 million square kilometers (~4 million square miles) of terrestrial and maritime space. 268 sites serve as sea ports. The road network encompasses 84,631 kilometers (52,587 miles) of road or desert tracks, complemented by 28,272 kilometers (17,567 miles) of navigable rivers and canals…
Check it out here.