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CNMC Boston - Website up, registration open

CNMC Boston 2013

I don't know yet whether I'll be able to attend this year's Catholic New Media Celebration, which is being held on October 19, 2013 in Boston, MA. If I can't make it, it will be the first time since CNMC 2009 (San Antonio, TX — where I met this guy) that I'm not in attendance (and the first time since 2010 that I haven't presented at the conference!), but even so, I'll be watching from afar and praying for those who are able to attend and continue spreading the seeds of faith on the fertile (but rocky) ground of the Internet!

If you're a Catholic, and you're involved with evangelization, marketing, blogging, podcasting, or spreading the faith in any way, this is a great conference. Early-bird registration is only $99, and even if you can't attend physically, they offer a virtual ticket for the same price (which gets you all the audio and slides from the event, along with some other bonuses).

A few of the best books I've read in a long time [Rinzler's Making of Star Wars]

I recently noticed the video below on the official Star Wars YouTube channel, and I immediately popped over to to put The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi into my wish list (it's set for release on October 1, 2013!).

I've read both of J.W. Rinzler's other existing Making of Star Wars books (Episode IV, Episode V), and I thoroughly enjoyed both of them (read my review of The Making of The Empire Strikes Back here). I can't imagine Episode VI's book being any worse!

Everyone who grew up watching Star Wars should have a read through these books. The stunning, full-color images alone are worth the $50—the incredible amount of information contained in the interviews, stories, and script notes make the books worth even more, in my opinion. It makes re-watching the movies an entirely new experience—again.

Feeling Better, and a Contest!

Hello everyone! I'm finally back from the hospital and on the mend. It turns out I had mono, and the combination of a couple immunosuppressants and the mono hit me pretty hard. It was interesting being in the ER, ICU and general hospital floors, and if I weren't wiped from a crazy-high 104.6°F fever in the ICU, I would've spent more time looking at all the awesome devices into which I was plugged!

Needless to say, I'm feeling much better, and I even got back to work today!

Contest - Win a RØDE smartLav! [Update: contest is over]

Note: The contest is over; see the winner here.

Server (one of the services I run through Midwestern Mac) is holding a simple contest: leave a comment on the blog post Contest - Win a RØDE smartLav!, and you're entered to win a Rode smartLav microphone, to which I gave five stars in my review.

In the Hospital

I'm at the hospital this week, so I'll be unable to answer many emails, reply to comments, or post any new content. The spam hammer is still running, though, so you spammers out still won't get any mercy!

Please spare a prayer for me, as I still don't know what's wrong, but did get to experience some amazing new things, like using a toilet that slides out from under a sink, and curling up in a ball while someone withdrew brain juice from my spine!

2013 Deacon Ordination Mass Pictures Online

This year's Transitional Deacon Ordination Mass took place last Saturday, May 4 (May the 4th be with you! And with your spirit.).

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I was privileged to be able to take photos for this year's transitional deacons, even more so since I will be unable to attend the Priesthood Ordination Mass this year (due to my attendance at DrupalCon Portland), and was happy to see many of my seminarian friends become deacons—one step closer to their journey towards the priesthood.

You can view the entire set of photos on Flickr: 2013 Transitional Deacon Ordination.

A New Job (2013 edition)

In 2011, I left my job as the web developer for the Archdiocese of St. Louis to join Flocknote, and help build Flocknote into a great communications tool for churches, ministries, teams and organizations.

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I've worked with some great people at Flocknote (hi Matt, Barrett, Kait, Derek, LCM staff et all!), and have enjoyed the challenge of building a major web application on top of Drupal 7. Flocknote was built back when Drupal 7 was in the 7.1 and 7.2 stages (when many, many modules had not yet been ported from Drupal 6, and I found and patched core bugs on a daily basis!), and I was able to learn much about the craft of programming, server administration, project management, and Drupal working on Flocknote, an iPhone App, and an API, among hundreds of other little things.

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Beginning next month (almost exactly two years since my start date at Flocknote), I'll be working with Mercy, the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the US (more about Mercy). I'm excited to begin working in this new environment with a new team, and will continue developing with Drupal both in the new job and in my free time (with projects like my hosted Apache Solr search and Server, as well as my other sites and organizations I help with).

If you or someone you know might be interested in the main web developer position at Flocknote, please see the Web Developer job posting on Flocknote and apply today!


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