Stuff about the Blog!
A few months ago I decided I could use some more help with the blog, so I began pondering who to invite to join Team Apologian. Right around that time I started noticing the amount of time, and effort, going into posts here. I had come to know Tur8infan (his nick in our channel) over the preceding months, as he had become a regular in our chat channel. The consistency of his work, the depth of his understanding of the issues, and his ability to provide a God-honoring, biblical apologetic, led me to invite him to join our team. Tur8infan adds to our Presbyterian presence on the team, and is likewise our first pseudonymous team member (lest anyone think he is claiming to channel THE Francis Turretin!). I am excited to have Tur8infan with us, and I will be posting his first article tomorrow. Tur8infan joins our famous graphic on the far left, the writing on his jacket indicating his Presbyterian predilections.
On the right side of our graphic I am justifiably proud to introduce my second-born, she who in my own opinion is a better writer than her dad, my 19-year old daughter, Summer. Many of you have found encouragement in my reporting Summer’s encounters with the world of academia, first her letter to President Bush back in her sophomore year in high school, and second her encounters with her philosophy professor in her first year of college. Of course, Summer’s presence on the team completely messes up the “really bad looking Calvinist guy” image we were working on, but we will survive. We left the Pyromaniacs in the dust a long time ago as far as having Angelz doing our graphics (thanks again, Angelz! Now let’s see a Nadir Ahmed toon!), but now, adding a brilliant young lady like Summer—well, what can I say? We have moved into a whole new realm!
So I welcome our two new team members, and hope their contributions will add to the value of this blog in the years to come. I begin with Summer’s first contribution.
Three years in the making! Yes indeed, we knew we needed to upgrade our site a long time ago. So what took so long? Simple. We make a penny scream before we let it go, so we did not go out and buy a pre-made template. Besides, we have skilled volunteers. But, of course, our volunteers are just that: and as you all know, if you want something done, you find the busiest people to do it. But…it’s done!
Now, you will see, of course, that it will take time to migrate the older articles to the new format. One of the reasons it took some time to do the new design is due to the sheer size of our site. We’ve been doing this for over a decade now, and stuff piles up on a website! So you will find some links going back to the old site for now, but we are working diligently to get everything up to speed. Of course, now that this new format is operational, future changes will be a lot easier, thankfully. It was the first “get caught up to modern technology” move that took so long. For those who don’t know, the format we had first appeared in 2000. So old, it had become retro!
So we hope you will find our new website easy to use and helpful. I sure like the way it looks! I would like to extend my thanks to (using their IRC nicks) AOMin, Shamgar, Micah, ENielsen, Spidey and buzz for all their hard work for a very long and extended time period. Enjoy!
I was a little surprised to see that people have been confused over the authorship of recent blog articles. I just wanted to point out that, as those who have followed this blog for a while know, Dr. White would not dare to venture into such controversial areas as the Harry Potter books. He much prefers to spend his time with far less incendiary topics such as Qur’anic textual criticism, the KJV-Only issue, and Reformed theology. It’s only the more hardened apologists among us that would dare venture into the lion’s den of children’s literature, so please pay attention to who is writing what. There are reputations at stake here! 🙂
BlogMaster Note: I decided to add this picture. It has nothing to do with cds’s comments…sorta. But Chris Arnzen did ask me to go on his program to talk about my Harry Potter blog articles, so maybe, when I informed him that cds was the author, this is what he looked like? I can’t be sure, but it seemed appropriate to the level of seriousness of Colin’s note. 🙂 Besides, as centuri0n has proven over and over again, graphics do not have to have anything at all to do with the text.
Well, Carla came through and set up an entire CafePress page for our blog, featuring Angel Contreras’ classic artwork. So we were chatting and came up with the idea of maybe buying the sleeveless-T version, shown here, and sending it as our love-gift to Ergun Caner? I’m sure he would appreciate, and utilize, such a gift, don’t you? Definitely. That led to the whole group brain-storming on possible future Angelz caricatures, but I can’t comment on stuff like that. Angelz has this clause in his contract about secrecy and stuff, you know. Artsy types are like that. Very sensitive and all. He has flashy sneakers, too. Just thought I’d mention that.
So anyway, if you get a Christmas present from me and it comes from our Team Apologian shop, don’t be surprised! Here she is!