Consecrated to the Heart of the Redeemer under the patronage of the Theotokos and Fr. Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.

17 August 2012

"Take" That--HiiiiiiiYAH!

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In my efforts to get hip and with it in matters technological, hampered as they are by my primal aversion to learning new mechanisms, I have cut-and-pasted the HTML template for "7 Quick Takes Friday," which may become a regular feature of this corner as much as anything about it is regular.

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For the longest time I thought that HTML was the abbreviation for Hotmail, my first and most relied-upon email provider.

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I don't want to tell you what I thought "SHTML" stood for. I still don't know.

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You mean I have to do seven of these? How many are left?

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At the very least I am delighted to give props to Conversion Diary, which is one of numerous faithfully and thoughtfully Catholic blogs out there today. Thanks to hosts such as New Advent and BigPulpit, I have come to enjoy several of these blogs. If I would take the time, perhaps I could make something of this current blog.

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I really have to hand it to the Franciscan University of Steubenville, for its High School Youth Conferences. I never knew about them when I was in high school, if they even existed in the early '90s. At that time, gatherings like Steubenville's weren't my bag. Since then, I have attended several of them as a priest. I heard perhaps eight or nine hours of quality Confessions each time. I witnessed kids enjoying the Holy Mass and Eucharistic Adoration, eager to share their spiritual experiences with their peers. Now I recognize that these experiences need follow-up and continued effort to be preserved, and the worship style at most parishes does not resemble the externals of a youth conference. But the same Jesus is here at Holy Guardian Angels, just itchin' to see those young souls. And I'm always happy to see them, too. One of those souls, currently united to a body (for many years to come, we hope), attended Benediction yesterday, stayed afterward to talk to one of his former high school teachers and to help me put away the Eucharistic paraphernalia. Priesthood: Totally Worth It.

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Somebody will have to explain to me the value of HTML, when I get around to caring.

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  1. HTML is "Hyper Text Markup Language" (I feel all cool and geeky now) and it basically tells your website what to do like bolding or italicizing text, turning your background different colors, etc. My knowledge of all this is stuck around the year 2000 (I can code my blog entries enough to get into trouble) and I can usually make things sort of pretty.

    1. Knowledge (of the good) is always cool, never geeky. Though HTML may have its benefits, I liken it to the standard shift, which I consider unnecessary to learn in the wake of the automatic transmission. At the heart of it, however, is my indolence. Now I recall that one of my dozen or so readers tried to explain the basics of HTML to me, and even may have told me what it stands for. Out it went. Thanks!

  2. You are not the first one to think HTML is Hotmail. My step-mom thought the same!

    1. I share in the hope of learning that I am not alone. And yet I am always eager to transcend ignorance. Thanks for reading!

  3. SHTML is Secure Hyper Text Markup Language.

  4. evidently many of my comments are being eaten by the internet. I will try this again.

    Hi Fr Z! Found you on Jen's list and thought that was fun. Good seeing you in blogland.


    1. This one came through, and I am glad to see you too. Hope all is well with everyone. Now I can read for myself!