Monthly Archives: May 2012


What I’m reading

It’s been said you can learn a lot about someone by what they read. Perhaps that’s true. Maybe I’m about to bare my soul on the internet. It wouldn’t be the first time.

I remarked some time ago in one of my seminary classes that I have a horrible time reading just one book. It is normal for me to be reading up to a dozen books at any given time. Can that be true? You do the math, this is what I’m reading at the moment. Some are for fun, some are devotional, some are rigorous personal study, others are for outright learning something new. A Few of them (Meldau) represent books I started, never finished and have recently picked back up.


Hosting a Static Website on Amazon and Azure: Part 3-Hosting on Windows Azure

In Part 1 of this three-part series, I explained that it is simple and affordable to host an entire static website out of cloud storage services such as Amazon S3 and Windows Azure Blob Storage. I also covered what I meant by a static website (no PHP scripting), and I offered a few pointers in PHP-freeing a website, especially in the areas of mobile site redirection, contact forms, and moving a self-hosted WordPress Blog to WordPress.com. In Part 2, I showed how to get one’s feet wet with Amazon S3 and how to actually port a now-optimized website over to and host the entire website right out of Amazon S3.

In this entry, I would like to show how to basically do the same thing, this time using Windows Azure Blob Storage as the cloud hosting provider.


PBB: Complete National Geographic Article Abstracts

Do you have The Complete National Geographic installed on your computer, but wished you could integrate it with the searching power of Logos? Now you can! I’ve worked hard to compile a PBB (or whatever we’re calling it in L4) of abstracts for (nearly) every article of National Geographic ever printed. I did this using the abstracts available from http://magazine-back-issues.com (a site that lets you purchase print copies of back issues of many magazines). Unfortunately, they don’t have 100% abstracts available. Specifically, issues before 1900 were not available (NatGeo started in 1888), and some of the issues in the most recent decade have only titles of articles available and not abstracts. But even still, the list is pretty exhaustive and so I hope it will give you benefit like it does me!

(each decade of articles is in a separate .docx file, so you will need to attach them all when compiling the personal book in Logos – this can be still be done creating a single personal book, or you can create a collection with a separate volume for each decade)