A Side of Lent

Part of my job is developing a web strategy for the division of Mission & Ministry at SLU. Recently we completed a project that pivoted around a site for the Lenten activities on campus this  year. On short notice we got something up and running using Google Sites and I was able to train a few non-web folk to keep it up-to-date.

They kept the site running for all of Lent with over 5,000 visitors and daily updates. The project was a success and something that I’m proud of.

As it was nearing it’s end I started studying the analytics and noticed a trend.  It quickly became apparent that the length of time on the site was exceptionally long due to the type of content being written.  The average time on site was over four and a half minutes. Longer than any other site I’ve maintained.

I thought to myself, “Wow, these daily reflections would be about a page and a half if printed.”

And in fact I was correct.


Interested in brushing up my InDesign skills* I looked into self-publishing options and found Lulu.

Learning a bit about how to format my document, page numeration, margins and all the other fun elements of layout I created a 91 page soft cover edition of the Lent website.  All 45 daily reflections seperated by the approprate weekly reflections. The end of the book even contains a list of all the Lenten pledeges that users submitted to the website.

I printed off 4 of these at about $6 a pop. Having enjoyed the professionalism and dedication during this project I gave them as gifts to the key members involved. I think they all liked them – as much as I did while creating it.

*The last time I used InDesign it was called Pagemaker. 🙂

Tweetie ‘Unauthorized. Could not authenticate you.’

tweetie-could-not-authenticate-youI saw this message earlier today after trying to get Tweetie to work on my home Mac.  I was able to setup multiple accounts with ease at work, but for the life of me could not figure out why I was getting this error message. I tried retyping my account details multiple times, each time making sure to type my password as slowly and precisely as possible.

After an apropos search on Twitter about the error I came across this tweet.

rbieber: @frumpa thats odd. This time I entered the password first (where focus defaults) and then username and authenticated fine. Bug?

A quick test confirmed that the order in which you enter your credentials for secondary accounts is a bug.  It appears  you need to enter your password first and then your username.

If this doesn’t make any sense, see the video below.

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I should mention despite this small bug I’m enjoying Tweetie very much and am sure the developers will remedy this. Most likely right after I hit the Publish button.


Update: Well pretty close, atebits updated Tweetie today to 1.0.2, which fixes this problem.