Long time no see/write/etc.

It’s been ages since I’ve written anything for this blog. Ages. I’ve been thinking about it, and I’ve got the web real estate, so I might as well use it.

I’m currently pursuing a MS in Library Science at Drexel University (full-time) while I’m working full-time as a  reference librarian at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. So, I’ve been quite busy. I’ve not been doing much formally in the realm of biblical studies, but I’m pretty close to the field given my line of work.

So, a word about future posts… As the current tag line of the blog states, Old in the New is about “Musings, resources and research related to my interests in early Jewish and Christian literature, librarianship, Legos [sic], etc.”

I guess, the focus won’t shift too much, as that sums up most of my interests right now, but given my studies, I’m going to be focusing more on the librarianship aspect of things.

You love me! You really really love me!

I am humbled and at the same time honored to accept 37th place on Bishop NTWrong’s Biblioblog Top 50 list! So now, Old in the New can proudly wear the prestigious Biblioblog Top 50 icon!

I’d like to thank the Academy, the Bishop, and all the little people who made this possible.

I’ve also been categorized as “Fairly Conservative” on the Bishop’s List of Biblioblogs. Wrong’s description of a “Fairly Conservative” biblioblogger accurately places this pigeon in the appropriate hole:

The Bible is ‘The Word of God’ in some sense. You have spent time wondering whether ‘emergent’ or ‘emerging’ better describes yourself. You have an NT Wright or James Dunn book in your bookshelf.

Phew! I think that’s conservative enough for my employer!

Wikindx anyone? Anyone? Anyone?

Anyone?Does anyone out there know how to implement Wikindx on a site hosted by Yahoo? Anyone . . . ? Anyone . . . ? The James Bibliography on ΑΓΑΠΗΣΕΙΣ reminds me of a project I’ve had on the back burner. I’ve been meaning to put together a James bibliography for some time now, but I’ve wanted to do it in the database format that the “Paul and Scripture” section of SBL has been using [link]. I haven’t done so, mainly because of my ignorance with MySQL and PHP (which are needed to implement Wikindx). So, if there is anyone out there who knows how to implement Wikindx on a site that’s hosted on Yahoo, I’d love some pointers!

UPDATE: Thanks to the help of the wikindx creator, Mark Grimshaw, I have been able successfully install the program. See http://www.oldinthenew.org/wikindx3. Of course the bibliography is not fully developed yet – given that there are only 3 entries!

Search Crystal — Search Engine Eye Candy

I just stumbled upon this nifty little tool that helps you visualize the results of a particular search spread over several different search engines. I have not had time to experiment with it much, but below is an example of a search for “biblioblogging.” Note that Hypotyposeis’ entry on “Biblioblogging and Book Writing” is marked by all five search engines, hence it has a five-sided “crystal.” Claude Mariottini’s entry on “The Disintegration of the Biblioblogging Community” is covered in four search engines, hence the four-sided crystal. Wave your cursor over any particular search engine on the outer perimeter, and the hits from that particular engine are displayed.

Title Your Blog Posts Effectively

I’m a regular reader of BoingBoing. Recently they posted on the difference between “headlines” in paper print media and “headlines” in electronic media. In essence, while you can be “clever” with a paper headline, you have to be explicitly descriptive with post titles, etc. Otherwise your content will be invisible to search engines. I found this post to be helpful for my own blogging, so I figured I’d pass it along. BoingBoing also linked Jakob Nielsen’s instructions on “Microcontent: Headlines and Subject Lines.” (Nielsen has been deemed “the usability Pope,” among other things.)

Here’s a quick overview of what Nielsen says makes an effective page/post title or email subject line:

  • ultra-short abstract of its associated macrocontent
  • plain language
  • no teasers
  • no leading articles (e.g., ‘the’ & ‘an’) – don’t get lost in a list of “the” . . .
  • first word important and information-carrying
  • all page titles start with a different word
  • relationship between sender and recipient clarified

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