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Mar 3, 2011

Now with a mobile-friendly theme

On your iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Palm Pre, Samsung touch and BlackBerry Storm/Torch mobile devices my blog now looks like a native app thanks to the WPtouch theme.
WPtouch theme

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Feb 27, 2011

Publish a Podcast through Posterous

The preaching category of this blog is also available as a podcast in the itunes store.
It is done through posterous.
Here is how:

First you need a device to record your audio. I use an iPod touch with ILUV Earphones, Remote and Microphone

Second you need to transfer your recording to your computer for a couple of reasons:
a) You want to edit it before publication.
b) An iPod touch only allows you to email very short voice memos.

Third you need to edit your audio file by cutting off what is not needed at the beginning or ending, enhancing volumes, add an intro and a few other things. That can easily be done with Audacity which is free and super easy to use.

Fourth you upload your file to your posterous. They pretty much guide you through everything. I use the autopost function to have my sermons sent here and to my congregation.

Fifth you run your feed through feedburner to make sure you keep track of your success.

Sixth you take your burned feed, go to iTunes and click the Advanced Menu and choose Subscribe to Podcast. Paste the URL and click OK. You’re subscribed. That means the latest episode is downloaded and iTunes will periodically check for new episodes. If there’s a new one, it will download it.

via posterous

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Feb 25, 2011

Skype makes international calls easier and cheaper

Calling any phone in the world through skype is pretty affordable anyway. Now you can do that for up to nine numbers straight from your phone without voice prompts.

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Feb 25, 2011

Learn German and keep your brain healthy

According to the guardian “research suggests that bilingual people can hold Alzheimer’s disease at bay for longer, and that bilingual children are better at prioritising tasks and multitasking.”

Here are some benefits for our family:
– Bilingual kids learn multitasking a lot easier.
– Alzheimer symptoms will begin 5 years later.

One downside they don’t mention:
– Having to switch between languages causes headache, at least in the first few months of bilingualism!

One question remains unanswered:
The most-widely used, non-English language in American households is Spanish. How came that the Educational Attainment of Spanish native-speakers is lower than that of white monoglots?

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Feb 25, 2011

socialize vs twitterfeed

Looking over my posts of the last week I notice that twitterfeed processed some immediately, most of them delayed and others not at all. Since my facebook wall gets its posts from twitter, my friends there miss out on some stuff that I write. Since the feed runs through feedburner anyway, it is time to give socialize a try. So this is the first post burned through socialize.

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Feb 21, 2011

PlayersPrayers

PlayersPrayers was started on March 30th in 2004. This blog was a place where sport meets spirituality. On December 14th 2006 an international edition was launched. All of the international articles are now part of my consolidated lifestream at danielhaas.org. The two former blogs are discontinued. Old photos can still be viewed on flickr and videos on youtube.

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Feb 17, 2011

Facebook Adds LGBT-Friendly Relationship Status Options

Rainbow FacebookMashable reports that effective immediately, U.S. residents can choose between “In a domestic partnership” and “In a civil union,” along with the usual roster of relationship options. That is pretty neat but I wonder why they limit the options in the first place:

– In your Basic Information you can only be Female or Male and
only be interested in Women and/or Men.
– For Featured People you now have 11 options to describe your relationship status. For Family relationships you have 16 options but in-laws, foster or step-relationships are not even permissible.
– The Philosophy department is where facebook actually lets wisdom rule: Your Religion and your Political Views you can enter as free text.

Please, Mark Zuckerberg, stick with your Basic Information:
About – I’m trying to make the world a more open place by helping people connect and share.
Personal Interests – openness, making things that help people connect and share what’s important to them, revolutions, information flow, minimalism

Let people decide for themselves how they relate to one another: FREE TEXT FOR ALL!

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Feb 14, 2011

Happy Valentine’s!


These berries are hand-dipped by all members of our family, half of which had to change clothes.

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Feb 10, 2011

Volkswagen: The Making of “The Force” Commercial


Bloopers and deleted scenes from Volkswagen’s “The Force” commercial.

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Jan 31, 2011

Potato Pancakes


Reibekuchen American style, super easy and yummy with applesauce

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