Sunday, December 06, 2009

Sunday Appeal: Christmas in God's Country

Got a Christmas CD in the mail gratis Wyoming Catholic College and their fledgling choir. I knew they wanted money and figured I must be on a mailing list. Hard of heart, I decided to listen to the music before making up my mind:









All right, they're trying. But it wasn't the music that made up my mind. It was the stuff in the Reverend Cook's cover letter. The college has placed itself under the "protection of Our Blessed Mother, Mary Seat of Wisdom," and the faculty take a "Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity to the Magisterium." Oh, and

At Wyoming Catholic College, we will never invite or honor any public figure who acts in defiance of our fundamental moral principles.

I figure they're worth a few bucks.

14 comments:

Lydia McGrew said...

I've always liked the Coventry Carol. Nice madrigal sound they've got there. Not too bad. But I speak as an amateur.

William Luse said...

Me too.

I thought you'd show some interest in my nifty little music player.

Lydia McGrew said...

It didn't occur to me to show interest, because I always assume that other people know so much more than I do about such things. Therefore, I feel no wonder at finding that you do, and I assume reflexively that it's something I wouldn't know how to do. But I'll bite: How _do_ you work your nifty music player (the niftiness of which I fully concede)?

William Luse said...

Well, it's a nifty little bit of javascript, to which I can give you the instructions (cut and paste kind of stuff) if you'd like your blog to look niftier too. But I can't take credit for coming up with it. That was accomplished by Martin Laine at 1pixelout.net, and the tutorial I followed was written by Mindy McAdams at Macloo.com. It's an incredibly clever, not to mention nifty, piece of software. You can even get it to play a whole list of songs. I tweaked the colors in this one pretty severely, what with Christmas coming on and all.

alaiyo said...

This one I'm only getting the music on, not the visual, both on my mac and on my pc at work . . .

:(

Beautiful music, though!

Lydia McGrew said...

You upload the audio files from your computer?

William Luse said...

No. You have to put the audio files on a server, e.g., Lydia McGrew.com, and link to them from there.

Beth, when you say you're not getting the visual, can you describe what you do see? It may be that the 'object' element won't work on a Mac, or it may be your browser. If you have IE on the Mac, you should use it. I had to use the 'object' tag because 'embed' won't handle javascript.

Lydia McGrew said...

I don't think there is any special video. It's just an audio file.

William Luse said...

There are two files: a shockwave.swf file (download from 1pixelout) which you upload to your server, and an mp3 file with which you do the same. One line of javascript in the 'head' section of your template will tell the .swf how to behave. There's another tutorial on how to tweak the player's features, but we'll get to that later if you get the simple stuff done first.

alaiyo said...

I'm using IE on the pc (what a wretched rhyme that makes!), and safari on my mac. and all that shows is the little green box with arrows. But the one you posted earlier, to test it out -- that shows just fine on both the same browsers. :( But computers hate me, so that could be the root problem . . . :)

William Luse said...

I didn't test it out. You must mean the Grieg music two posts below. That's a totally different player that should show up in any browser. On this current one, you should see a green rectangle with a red horn on the left, arrow on the right. When you click the arrow, the box should expand rightward. When you click the arrow again, the box should contract to its original position. I don't know why you wouldn't see it in IE unless you have java turned off.

Try this experiment. Go over to the left sidebar, scroll down to "Inspired by my Children", run your mouse over "For the Kids", and tell me what happens.

alaiyo said...

You know, it's working fine this morning, on the pc anyway. Who knows? We have got the weirdest tech stuff where I work . . . Yesterday our wifi wouldn't let me sign in to the network on my mac with Firefox, but would with Safari, then when I shut Firefox down completely and opened it again, it let me onto the network without signing in -- which it's not supposed to do . . . But you don't want me to get started on the state of our IT . . .

William Luse said...

It is terrible when you're computers hate you.

alaiyo said...

which is pretty much all the time . . . :(