Monthly Archives: March 2008


Goodbye Google Adsense

I’ve had enough of Google adsense. I’ve struggled with having it on the site anyway – the only reason I started with it was to try and pay my hosting fees (it hasn’t done much of that either.)
I started with restricting it to only users who weren’t logged in, and realized after someone sent me a complaint about one of the adds that I was never seeing them and turned them on across the board so I could monitor them. I started seeing lots of adds that made me nervous. Some of them pointed to outright heretical sights, others to completely irrelevant sites.
I journeyed into the configuration pages at adsense and typed in a bunch of keywords that I wanted to avoid, but that’s not entirely effective. This morning I was directed to reread a post on Leviticus concerning the differences in birth purification between boys and girls. Google adsense complied with links to porn. That’s it!

I sincerely and humbly apologize to my readers for allowing the devil into the den. It’s gone. While I was only eight cents from actually getting a payment, what concerns me the most however is the very real possibility that someone clicked on those links, unfortunately I had tracking of those clicks turned off. All I can do is to present you all with an earnest exhortation:

My friends please avert your eyes from such things. Job 31:1 has been an excellent guide for me, “I have made a covenant with my eyes; How then could I gaze at a [young woman]?”
1 Corinthians 6:18 “Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body.”
1 Timothy 6:11 “But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.”

Perhaps I’ll include a few other links for you to peruse:


John’s Comments on Logos Libronix, Fair Use, and Copyrights

The text below comes from the attached paper I wrote to answer when I was asked about using Logos Libronix for creating Bible Studies legally… Feel free to comment as this is just my take on the subject…

Just to start off, the thoughts in this paper are just for general, unofficial guidance. The definitions I have giving are solely my own, unless I have cited a source. For legal guidance, please contact a lawyer. Also, I am speaking from a United States point of view. Depending on the country you are in, these guidelines may not apply.

During one of the Libronix classes I taught, one of the users asked if it was legal to use Logos Libronix to create a bible study. This is an excellent question to write about because the answer is not straight forward, and it is commonly ignored. I thought about just typing this up on my blog, (http://www.stilltruth.com/blog/normanjd), but realized a paper might be more useful…

The resources in Libronix (and other libraries, whether physical or digital) fall in two categories: Copyrighted and Public Domain.

Public Domain resources are free for anyone to copy and distribute without asking for permission. These consist of works that either the authors have rescinded all rights to, or expired copyrighted works. Most Libronix user created content that has been posted to the Internet would be considered in the Public Domain. Examples (some taken from Wikipedia in March of 2008) would be:

Personal Book Builder (PBB) files
User created Timelines
Graphical Queries
Original Text of the Bible
Works created and first published before January 1, 1923, or at least 95 years before January 1 of the current year, whichever is later*