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New server

Well … it’s happened again, a little earlier than expected. After a number of utilities on which we rely–our web sites, e-mail lists and others–started failing a little too regularly on our old server, we decided to move to a new, more reliable server. Wouldn’t you know it? The day we initiated the move, all of our sites went down on the old server–making our move a little less graceful than we had hoped.
Anyway, we almost have everything back to normal here at *cino central, barring a few tests. In fact, this blog post is serving two purposes: letting you all know what’s going on and testing our blogging capabilities on the new server.
Thank you for your continued patience and for your participation in the *cino community.

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#100

catapult published its 100th issue last Friday with “Busy is Good,” which, while only a number in the middle of two others, is still pretty neat.

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Announcing Practicing Resurrection 2006!

Hello, past and potential campers! As many of you know, *culture is not optional has sponsored yearly camping trips (with the exception of last year) since before its inception. In fact, it was our first camping trip that was the catalyst for officially launching *cino.
This year, *cino is partnering with the folks at Russet House Farm to bring you a new and improved camping conference called Practicing Resurrection in Cameron, Ontario from August 7 through August 13. The basic format is this: campers will gather at the farm informally August 7-10 for local outings, storytelling, networking and relaxation. August 11-13 will feature more formal presentations on a variety of topics (including kids’ activities), artistic presentations, a shared meal and opportunities for worship. Workshops and discussions will cover a wide range of subjects, from fashion to travel, industrial design to canning, all with eyes and ears tuned in to how we as a community might living into the Kingdom here and now. Participants will be able to register for the entire week or select days.
Because this is our first conference of this sort, space is limited (100 conference registrants, 50 campers on the farm itself)–so register soon! To find out more details and register, visit the complete Practicing Resurrection web site. Please feel free to ask any questions. We hope to see you there for all or part of the week!

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Ditching Google

Well, we’ve decided to finish our test of Google AdSense a little prematurely because it’s proving ineffective, both as a tool for generating revenue and networking online resources.

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Calvin Festival of Faith & Writing

*cino will have a display at this year’s Festival of Faith & Writing. If you’re attending or in the neighborhood, please drop by the Prince Conference Center to visit with us. We’d love to meet new folks and re-acquaint ourselves with the many we’ve met at previous conferences!

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50 free songs

We’ve added a new music affiliate to our roster–you may have noticed the eMusic logo on the catapult home page. eMusic has a trial offer that allows you to download 50 free songs–from artists like Neko Case, Cat Power, Johnny Cash, Arcade Fire, The Decembrists and more–to see if you’d be interested in subscribing. And *cino will earn $6 per person who signs up for the trial (even if you don’t subscribe)!
eMusic is an online music retailer that sells independent music through subscription plans starting at $9.99 per month. But unlike other subscription models (Real Rhapsody, Napster, etc.), eMusic allows you to download tracks into your music library. For example, the $9.99 plan gives you 40 downloads per month.

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New site

We’ve published a new home page for *culture is not optional and will be adding sections to the site as we’re able. We’re hoping to have a much friendlier and more useful site in the near future. Updates to follow …

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Google AdSense

If you’ve visited catapult recently, you may have noticed the Google text ads on the issue and article pages. While we’ve resisted advertising to this point for practical and aesthetic reasons, we’re running a two month test with Google to see what kind of ads are served to our pages and what the possibility for revenue might be.
We’ll let you know in a few months what our verdict is; in the meantime, please feel free to give us your feedback on this venture.

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