No more discussion on AOI of the OCA’s inner turmoil

Dear Readers, The discussion on the OCA turmoil flared up on the AOI Observer where I let it run for a few days and then declared a moratorium. A major reason I imposed the break was that emotions ran very high and facts were in short supply -- usually a recipe for even more unpleasantness. Another reason is that I really don't like to discuss jurisdictional problems of the Church unless … [Read more...]

Time to take a break, folks…

The emotions are running high, people obviously have very strong opinions that are passionately held, but short of facts and definitive statements by the leaders, including Metropolitan Jonah, the discussions on AOI Observer will inevitably devolve into conspiracy theories, conjecture, endless repetition of points, and so forth. I am imposing a cooling off period. I am going to shut down the … [Read more...]

AOI Observer Passes 30,000 Visit Mark in January, 2011

Last month (January, 2011), the number of monthly visits topped 30,000 for the first time. During 2010 AOI Observer traffic tripled to over a quarter million visits in 2010 (265,165 visits). Clearly AOI Observer is filling an important niche thanks to the many commentators that make the Observer a place of rich discussion and information. The numbers indicate that the Observer has many … [Read more...]

I need some help…

In my spare time (not much really) I help out in the background with other things. Right now I am working on a website for "Orthodox Mission in Pakistan." You didn't know there was an Orthodox Church in Pakistan, right? Neither did we until recently. Pakistan has one Orthodox priest recently ordained and under the Patriarch of Constantinople, Metropolis of Hong Kong. Fr. John needs our help (his … [Read more...]

AOI Observer wins Eastern Christian New Media Award

Thanks for everyone who voted for the AOI Observer in the recent Eastern Christian New Media contest. AOI won first place in the Best Group Blog category. … [Read more...]

AOI Observer up for two awards

Over at Eastern Christian New Media, AOI Observer has been nominated as best blog in two categories: 1) Best Church News Blog (Best blog at keeping up with current events and providing insightful commentary), and 2) Best Group Blog (Premier blog worked on by a group of people). Actually, a lot of good blogs got nominated this year. You can vote here or visit the main site. … [Read more...]

Part 9 of 9 of the debate is up … [Read more...]

Debate done, went well, post tomorrow?

Well, the debate went well, about 450 people or so in attendance. I heard it will be posted on Youtube tomorrow so as soon as I get a link I will post it here. Once I get it up, we can discuss it. Meanwhile, maybe some people who attended and would care to can post their impressions here. View the debate. … [Read more...]

On my way to Baltimore

I'm sitting at the Fort Myers, FL airport, boarding just began so this has to be quick. Small layover in Detroit (the new airport I hope) and then on to Baltimore. Preparing for the debate I read David Bentley Hart's "Atheist Delusions." EXCELLENT BOOK! MUST READ! I particularly appreciate his emphasis that the rise of Christianity was essentially a moral revolution. No need to political … [Read more...]

Has anyone here figured out how to manage their email?

I get swamped by my email. I used the GTD system (projects/tasks etc.) and manage to keep things organized for the most part, but the sheer volume of email makes it hard to keep up. Anyone have the same problem? Do you have a system that lets you keep on top of it? … [Read more...]

Message from my wife

My daughter has a science fair project she needs some help on. From my wife: I normally don't do these kinds of things, but Antonia (our daughter) is doing a science fair project where she is comparing the social science data she collects in a traditional setting versus the data she collects on line. In order to do this, she needs only adults who are willing to participate in the project … [Read more...]

What? Exceeded our bandwith?

Exceeded our bandwidth? That means that we are generating more traffic than we have been allotted. I increased the limit and checked the logs. In the last thirty days the AOI Observer (blog) had 39,399 visits and 117,845 page views. That means we have a lot of lurkers. Thank you to those who emailed me about the problem. … [Read more...]