Hi, TJ. Someone mentioned that you'd written a post on changing your tumblr name and how to preserve old links, but when I searched for that post, the link didn't work and I haven't been able to locate it elsewhere. Can you please send a link to how to do this when you get a chance? No hurry. Thank you!
The good news: You won’t lose any followers (just like changing your Twitter name)
The bad news: It will not preserve incoming links (i.e. links to your site) if you are using a “something.tumblr.com” address. If you are using your own domain such as “funsizebytes.com” then the links will be preserved.
However, if you have liked or reblogged something (or been reblogged) I believe there are at least some cases where Tumblr will recognize that the account hasn’t changed, even if the name has.
Hey man. Sounds like you are having a rough, rough, rough day. (Actually sounds like you're having a rough week). I just want to tell you that I love you, man, and I'm not alone in doing so. Your call on whether to post this or not, but either way: hang tough and stay true.
Ew. Gross. No one wants to read about that.
Thanks to the several folks who have “reached out” in public and private today.
This “real life” shit is a giant pain in the ass sometimes.
2 a.m. — BrotherOfWifeOfTJ came home from work and broke the side mirror off my car through cunning use of the garage door. ($185 to repair, after $175 for the windshield last week)
10 a.m. — I received a mass email from a relative:
LET ME SEE IF I GOT THIS RIGHT.
IF YOU CROSS THE NORTH KOREAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET 12 YEARS HARD LABOR.
IF YOU CROSS THE IRANIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU ARE DETAINED INDEFINITELY.
IF YOU CROSS THE AFGHAN BORDER ILLEGALLY, YOU GET SHOT.
IF YOU CROSS THE SAUDI ARABIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE JAILED.
IF YOU CROSS THE CHINESE BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU MAY NEVER BE HEARD FROM AGAIN.
IF YOU CROSS THE VENEZUELAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE BRANDED A SPY AND YOUR FATE WILL BE SEALED.
IF YOU CROSS THE CUBAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE THROWN INTO POLITICAL PRISON TO ROT.
IF YOU CROSS THE U.S. BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET
* A JOB,
* A DRIVERS LICENSE,
* SOCIAL SECURITY CARD,
* FOOD STAMPS,
* CREDIT CARDS,
* SUBSIDIZED RENT OR A LOAN TO BUY A HOUSE,
* FREE EDUCATION,
* FREE HEALTH CARE,
* A LOBBYIST IN WASHINGTON
* BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF PUBLIC DOCUMENTS PRINTED IN YOUR LANGUAGE
* THE RIGHT TO CARRY YOUR COUNTRY’S FLAG WHILE YOU PROTEST THAT YOU DON’T GET ENOUGH RESPECT
* AND, IN MANY INSTANCES, YOU CAN VOTE.
I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE I HAD A FIRM GRASP ON THE SITUATION
PLEASE KEEP THIS GOING ….FORWARD TO ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY
IT’S TIME TO WAKE UP AMERICA !!!!!!!!!!!!
Needless to say, I hit “reply all” and this is what I wrote:
So we’ll be giving the country back to the Native Americans then?
And what about those words on the Statue Of Liberty? Give us your tired, your poor, yearning to be free?
It’s amazing to me that a country that loves to pull out the Founding Fathers and talk about their “faith” will turn around and ignore it whenever it doesn’t suit the current issue’s agenda.
There are over 100 verses in the Bible telling Christians (and Jews) how they are supposed to treat “aliens”.
Summary: Christians are supposed to take care of them, and anyone who oppresses them is to be cursed.
As for how North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Venezuela, and Cuba treat people — are those really the countries we want to compare ourselves to? Should we start patting ourselves on the back for letting women drive and vote?
These people come to the USA to do jobs I’m guessing most of us wouldn’t do for less pay than we would accept, trying to make a better life for themselves and their families.
And we look down on them because we had the same idea 200 years earlier.
"Of course, if Apple wanted to, they could develop some kind of workaround to make Flash usable on the iPhone"
"I hope that flash player soon will come to the iPad, because i like to choose whats best for me:)"
"The thing is, right now - April 29th 2010, iPhone and iPad would be better with Flash. There’s no getting around that."
(Right. Except for security, performance, battery life, and the fact that most Flash interfaces aren’t designed to work with a touch-interface. But just keep ignoring whatever arguments you don’t like.)
At 11:30 I found out a friend died. She was in her early 80s, but had no health problems other than her eyesight. (OTOH she seems to have died peaceably in her sleep, which is about the best way to go. But still. No warning for her 5 kids.)
(n.b. You can also post video via
email but there’s no way to
add a caption — at least it doesn’t seem to work via iPhone. Text in
either the body or Subject: line are ignored.)
By far the most common type of post-by-email is probably the text
post. The problem with text posts is that Tumblr strips all of your
paragraph breaks. So solve this, I recommend using
Markdown although Tumblr’s
Markdown-by-email support has some quirks (I’m posting this via email
to potentially demonstrate some of them).
How do you tell Tumblr you want to use Markdown formatting in your
email? Just put a “!m” somewhere in the Subject or Body of the email
(Tumblr will remove it before posting your message).
Tumblr should then honor your line breaks. You can also do things like
bold and italics or, if you’re really crazy bold and italics
at the same time!
I hope this helps.
p.s. I edited this afterwards to add a screenshot of how this looked before I sent it:
So I’ve had this pretty-much-neglected website that I just turned into a Tumblr and want to make into a pretty-active website. Many of you have commented in public or private about your appreciation for stuff that I’ve written about religion, even if you don’t agree with my perspective. Those comments mean the world to me.
I’m going to be working on http://restlesschristian.com and hope to make it a useful resource for people who have questions about religion but don’t know where to ask, as well as a place for me to centralize my religious writings without having them inter-mixed with, well, the rest of what we do here on Tumblr (i.e. a site that I could actually show my mother without fear that she’d click through on a few links and end up calling me by my full legal name.)
"Low volume" (a few postings a week?), well-thought out, well-written. "More light than heat" as the saying goes.
I’m going to ask for your help on two fronts:
If you see something interesting and “religion-related”, send it to me at http://restlesschristian.com/submit or firstname.lastname@example.org. That could be a good story, a picture, a quote, an article, news clipping, etc. Chances are you know what kinds of things I’d be interested in, but I’m also interested to know what catches the eye of others.
If you have questions of a religious-type nature, http://restlesschristian.com/ask. Anonymous questions are not enabled, but if you’d like to remain anonymous, just say so in your question.
Of course if you’re interested in that sort of thing, I hope that you’ll follow http://restlesschristian.com as well. Once it is more “ready” I may even ask for some “recommendations” but I’m not there yet.
(Oh, and I’ll probably reblog this later. I’ll try not to be annoying about it.)
thanks for the post on restless christians. just (literally) blew the dust off my bible. didn't recall having ever seen the word alien - and sure enough, there's sojourner and stranger - but whatever the words are, appreciate very much your making the point that needs to be made, daily, it seems.
i lack the energy to see if it's something you'd already included, or where it is - but i often gravitate to the scripture pieces around the poorest among you is me (I paraphrase too broadly, probably), the possibilities that god, jesus, someone is disguised as someone poor and outcast and also, finally, j.d. salinger's fat lady in Franny and Zooey.
anyway. thanks, tj
I wouldn’t have thought of it either except for a book by Stanley Hauerwas and Will Willimon (professors at Duke’s Divinity School) called Resident Aliens.
Their book isn’t about immigration at all, but the term “alien” stuck with me. It will be translated differently depending on which version of the Bible you use. The NRSV uses “alien”.
http://bible.oremus.org/ is a good “Bible search engine.” I use it much more than any of the many “dead tree” Bibles I own — or the electronic ones, for that matter. It will let you look up a specific passage or look up a word or phrase. In a pinch I might also use http://www.biblestudytools.com/ although I much prefer pretty much everything about Oremus.org, including the fact that they use the NRSV.
I suspect that you are thinking of Matthew 25:31-45 which speaks about the “end-times” and envisions God separating people into heaven and hell. The relevant passages are these:
“Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
Then he will say to those at his left hand, “You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.” Then they also will answer, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?” Then he will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.’
Those on the “left” (n.b. not the same as the political “left”) would have fallen all over themselves trying to help Jesus if they had seen Jesus in need. But all they saw was those gross needy people — you know the ones: poor, weak, infirm… some of them were even criminals!
I dunno though… caring for “the least of these” sounds like socialism… or worse “social justice!”
Funny thing, though… the Bible is full of calls for God’s faithful people to show hospitality. (That might be another good post.) It’s possible another verse you were thinking of is from Hebrews 13:2:
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers,
for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.
Huge tangent: you may have heard of Sodom and Gomorrah, the places which gave “sodomy” its name? Long story short: some angels pretending to be men come into town and some of the men in town want to drag them into the city square and rape them. It’s one of the passages that people sometimes use to “prove” that homosexuality is bad. Except that it’s possible that the original people who heard the story would not have seen the moral of the story that male-male sex is bad. They would have seen it as a failure of hospitality to treat strangers in such a manner.
(It’s more complicated than that, and anyone who looks to the book of Genesis for “sexual ethics” is just begging for a migraine. You certainly won’t find much by the way of “traditional family values” there.)
"Hospitality" is a core Biblical value, as is taking care of those who can’t take care of themselves. Way more than 7 verses.