"Christians and the Internet" newsletter CATI, Vol. 2, No. 7: April 26, 2001. _______________________________________________________________ TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: PROGRESS WITH WORD4WORD PROJECT 2. TRINITY HYMNAL, TRINITY PSALTER: WEB RESOURCES (PART 1) 3. YAHOO!: IN AND OUT OF THE PORN BUSINESS: YAHOO! 4. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION FOR THIS NEWSLETTER _______________________________________________________________ Unless otherwise indicated, all material in this newsletter is Copyright (C) 2001 by Barry Traver, All Rights Reserved. For permission to reproduce material from this newsletter, contact Barry Traver at firstname.lastname@example.org. Permission is hereby granted, however, to pass along this issue to others, provided that (1) no changes are made and (2) it is passed along in its entirety. To subscribe, write to email@example.com, including "Subscribe to CATI" in the Subject line and including in the body your real name and the email address to which you wish CATI sent. _______________________________________________________________ 1. LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: PROGRESS WITH WORD4WORD PROJECT Sorry for the delay in publication, but I've been continuing work on the Word4Word program mentioned in the previous issue of CATI: Editor's Letter: Help with Word-for-Word Memorization? http://www.traver.org/cati/archives/cati51.htm#1 As I indicated there, Word4Word is designed to help people memorize whatever they want to memorize word-for-word, but especially Bible passages and catechism answers. I'm still looking for more beta-testers, so if you're interested, send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're interested in knowing more about Word4Word, keep reading this opening letter. If not, skip down to the next article (or to the article after that). One way to give a brief overview of Word4Word might be to list the current menu commands (with added comments): ________________________ FILE: KJV: 40 Scripture passages from the King James Version: New Testament NASB: the same 40 Scripture passages from the New American Standard Bible: New Testament NIV: the same 40 Scripture passages from the New International Version: New Testament NKJV: the same 40 Scripture passages from the New King James Version: New Testament HC: the Heidelberg Catechism (129 questions) (note well: there are other translations of the Heidelberg Catechism available) WSC: the Westminster Shorter Catechism (107 questions) (note well: there are other translations of the Westminster Shorter Catechism available) OTHER: same as File/Open in many other programs -- allows you to open other Word4Word files EXIT: exit (close down) the program ________________________ OPTIONS CHOOSE MUSIC: allows you to choose a .MID or .MP3 file to use with Word4Word (it plays while you're being quizzed) MUSIC ON: toggle to show whether you want music to play with Word4Word (some people prefer to turn it off) _____ PREVIEW ON: toggle to show whether you want the answers to be displayed while you are looking through the catechism questions or Scripture text to choose one to be tested on _____ AUTO NEXT: toggle to show whether you want to go on to the next question or Scripture verse automatically after you get perfect the one you are working on SKIP SCORE: toggle to show whether you want your score to be displayed after you get the question or Scripture verse you are working on perfect ________________________ HELP ABOUT WORD4WORD: tells basic facts about the Word4Word beta version (a more extensive help resource is expected to be added later) ________________________ Recently added (but not yet) fully debugged are the following features: AUTO RANDOM: toggle to show whether you want to go on to a random question or Scripture verse automatically after you get perfect the one you are working on EDIT MODE: create, edit, modify, save a Word4Word file (in other words, you will have a built-in text editor that is specifically intended for Word4Word!) Here's how "Edit Mode" works. When you've finished adding a question and want to add another, just press the right arrow key. If you want to go back and check or revise an earlier question, just press the left arrow key. If you want to save the file, just choose "Save" on the "File" menu. Couldn't be simpler! After beta-testing is finished, Word4Word will be available for download by all CATI subscribers (and by anyone else who may be interested in such a program). Again, if you're interested in helping out by beta-testing the program, please let me know. Thanks! _______________________________________________________________ 2. TRINITY HYMNAL, TRINITY PSALTER: WEB RESOURCES (PART 1) If you use a different hymnal and/or psalter than the Trinity Hymnal and Trinity Psalter, you may still find much of the material in this article to be useful, since there is a great deal of overlap of contents in various church hymnals and Psalters. The Trinity Hymnal and Trinity Psalter are a great resource that lead to Web resources that may be often helpful to those who may be accustomed to using different books of praise. The Trinity Hymnal is much-loved collection of hymns published by Great Commission Publications (GCP): GCP: Trinity Hymnal http://www.gcp.org/trinityhymnal.html It is available in two editions: GCP: Original Trinity Hymnal (1961) (730 hymns) http://www.gcp.org/trinityold.html GCP: New Trinity Hymnal (1990) (742 hymns) http://www.gcp.org/trinitynew.html Both editions include Psalter readings (KJV in the original edition, NIV in the new one) and the Westminster Confession of Faith and Westminster Shorter Catechism. For those who like to sing the Psalms (and that should include all of us!), Great Commission Publications also publishes a Trinity Psalter: GCP: Trinity Psalter (150 Psalms, words only) http://www.gcp.org/trinitypsalter.html Regrettably, there appears to be little information about the Trinity Hymnal or the Trinity Psalter on the GCB Web site. Incidentally, although the GCP Web site only mentions the words-only edition, it should be mentioned that Crown and Covenant Publications offers a music edition of the Trinity Psalter: C & C Publications: Trinity Psalter (Music Edition) http://www.psalms4u.com/specials.html This edition "Contains music for each suggested tune listed in the words-only edition. Also includes helpful introduction and ... 12 meditations on the psalms." The Trinity Hymnal -- either the original or the new version -- is used in many conservative Presbyterian or Reformed congregations as well as other churches. There is, in fact, a special edition for Reformed Baptists, based on the old Trinity Hymnal: Trinity Book Service: Trinity Hymnal (Baptist Edition) http://www.trinitybookservice.org/09001.html Voice of the Reformation: Trinity Hymnal (Baptist Edition) http://www.vor.org/truth/trnhym/trinityh.html That edition includes over forty new hymns as well as the London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689. We'll look more at both the Trinity Hymnal and the Trinity Psalter (and the general topics of the singing of hymns and Psalms) in future issues of CATI (D.V.), but for this issue my primary focus will be on one very helpful Web site, which contains a lot of useful material especially relating to the original Trinity Hymnal: Orthodox Presbyterian Church: Trinity Hymnal http://opc.org/books/TH/ Ever remember a word or phrase from a hymn but can't remember the hymn from which it came? Well, the Web page that I just mentioned allows you to search the 730 hymns in the original Trinity Hymnal for a particular word or phrase. That's a lot of hymns! Even if you regularly use a different hymnbook, there is probably a good likelihood that the same hymn may be included in the Trinity Hymnal. That same Web page contains links to all of the following: Alphabetical list of all hymns, with links to the individual hymns (i.e., the words with musical accompaniment) http://opc.org/books/TH/ (then click on "Hymn List") Alphabetical list of all tunes, with links to the individual hymns using them http://opc.org/books/TH/ (then click on "Hymn List") Complete Trinity Hymnal lyrics (a 638K Web page in HTML!), arranged numerically http://opc.org/books/TH-orig.html Index of first lines of refrains (prepared by me for people like me who can remember how the refrain begins but not how the first verse begins) http://opc.org/books/TH/refrains.html Links to all MIDI files (piano accompaniment for the hymns, arranged numerically) http://opc.org/books/TH/MIDI/ Numerical list of all hymns, with links (the "Blue" you see in the filenames refers to the fact that the original Trinity Hymnal ordinarily had a blue cover, while the new Trinity Hymnal ordinarily has a red cover) http://opc.org/books/TH/old/ The MIDI files, by the way, can also be downloaded as a single file in either .exe or .sit format. All of these resources relate to the original ("old") Trinity Hymnal. The main Trinity Hymnal Web page on the OPC Web site also contains this note: "No concordance is planned for the revised Trinity Hymnal (1990) at this time, because over 150 of its hymns are still under active copyright." (Don't give up entirely on this, however, because I believe it would be possible to set up a search engine where you could search for a word or phrase and be told without violating copyright the places in the new Trinity Hymnal where it occurs.) Stephen Pribble, Webmaster of the OPC Web site, is to be much commended for the excellent resources he has made available on this Web site. (A future CATI article may tell you more about some of them.) Since the original Trinity Hymnal was produced by the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, it is natural that the OPC Web site should serve as a place where a great number of resources related to that hymnal may be found. There are other good resources available on the Web, and I plan to share some of them in the next article in this series on the Trinity Hymnal and Trinity Psalter (and I hope to include other material related to the singing of hymns and of Psalms). It should be noted that some people believe that only Psalms should be sung in the public worship of God, while others hold that other hymns (if true to the content of Scripture) may be used as well. Although I have my own personal feelings on the subject, I do not see it as my place to argue strongly for one position over another. At most I may refer you to worthwhile presentations from both perspectives which you may read and judge for yourselves. I do know people from both positions who hold to the following convictions: (1) Whether or not they are suitable for public worship, hymns such as those found in the Trinity Hymnal may be appropriately used for spiritual benefit on various other occasions, and (2) Whether or not we believe Psalms and only Psalms ought to be used in public worship, the singing of Psalms such as those found in the Trinity Psalter ought to be sung more frequently to the enrichment of God's people and to the glory of God. _______________________________________________________________ 3. YAHOO!: IN AND OUT OF THE PORN BUSINESS: YAHOO! "Help Stop Yahoo Porn!" That was the subject and headline of the April 12, 2000 "AFA Action Alert" from the American Family Association. Yes, Yahoo -- one of the most respected names on the Internet -- had apparently entered the pornography business <sigh>. Here are some comments from that "AFA Action Alert": "Attorney General John Ashcroft is being urged to prosecute Yahoo, Inc., one of the world's largest Internet companies, for its direct involvement in the sale and distribution of obscene material and child pornography. In a letter, written by ... Patrick Trueman, former official in the Reagan and Bush Administrations who was responsible for the prosecution of illegal pornography, Ashcroft was told that it is urgent that Yahoo be investigated immediately." http://www.afa.net/activism/aa041201.asp Trueman, by the way, "was chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, in Washington from 1988 to 1992," and "now serves as legal counsel and director of governmental affairs for AFA." But let's get back to the Alert: "'News reports this week indicate that Yahoo has begun to offer thousands of hardcore pornographic videos and DVDs in its online store and receives "a percentage of each sale" from merchants working with Yahoo,' Trueman said in the letter. 'Because Yahoo has such a dominant presence on the Internet, it must not be allowed to flaunt federal law. To allow it to do so will surely encourage many more mainstream companies with a dot-com presence to also embrace the obscenity industry.'" http://www.afa.net/activism/aa041201.asp An example of such a news report is P.J. Huffstutter's article "Yahoo's Search for Profit Leads to Pornography," an article which appeared April 11, 2001 in the L.A. Times. Here's some of what that article had to say: "Yahoo Inc., struggling for profit amid a shaky dot-com marketplace, has become the first top-tier Internet company to embrace the porn industry, opening an online store stocked with thousands of hard-core DVDs and video tapes.... [N]o other Internet titan has jumped into bed with the adult entertainment industry. Because of Yahoo's dominant online presence, the company immediately emerges as a behemoth in the online pornography business, industry experts say. An estimated 185 million people worldwide access Yahoo each month. 'The push into porn is a departure for ... Yahoo, which has long cultivated a Main Street reputation in its bid to become the window to the online world.'" http://www.latimes.com/business/updates/lat_yahoo010411.htm According to the L.A. Times article, Yahoo's decision to push porn was not without hazards: "Yahoo's rush for revenue is a risky gamble and could easily backfire by alienating advertisers, its main source of revenue, analysts said. 'This is a company that has posted losses because ad sales are down,' said Van Baker, vice president of the e-business group at research firm Dataquest. 'This won't hurt them with advertisers in the young male demographic. But to everybody else--and certainly anyone who's advertising to the Christian or kids market--this is going to be shocking.'" http://www.latimes.com/business/updates/lat_yahoo010411.htm That prediction was indeed fulfilled. The AFA Action Alert was one significant response to Yahoo's decision. The Alert recommended this action: "Contact Yahoo, Inc. and politely express your outrage that they are now mainstreaming and profiting from pornography in order to boost sagging profits. If you have a Yahoo account, tell them that you plan on canceling and let them know why." http://www.afa.net/activism/aa041201.asp Many people apparently did that, including some subscribers of CATI. Here's the report from the April 23, 2001 issue of the Internet for Christians newsletter as summarized in an article entitled "YAHOO! Pulls the Plug for Online Pornography Sales": "After years of pedaling adult-oriented materials online, Yahoo! has decided to remove itself from the business of selling these products. An April 11 article in the Los Angeles Times, later picked up by other national media, focused on just how much of this type of material was offered on Yahoo! The resulting uproar in protest from individuals and groups such as the American Family Association caused the Internet's top search engine and directory to discontinue the sale of the products by associated vendors hosted on Yahoo's 'Shop Yahoo!' section." http://www.gospelcom.net/ifc/ifc134/ifc134pg3.php#5 Note: Yahoo! had already been involved in the pornography business quietly for years, but it wasn't brought to public attention until the most recent decisions of Yahoo! to increase that involvement. Thanks to public action and reaction, Yahoo! -- who was earlier in the porn business -- seems now to be out of the porn business. Though Yahoo! apparently does not admit that the change was due to such things as Christian action in response to the "AFA Action Alert," most people believe that such was a significant factor. Here are some places where you can read more about this interesting story: Yahoo Pulls the Porn (The Standard, April 13, 2001) http://www.thestandard.com/article/0,1902,23692,00.html Yahoo Moves to Eliminate Sexually Explicit Content (Associated Press, April 13, 2001) http://www.latimes.com/business/updates/ap_yahoo010413.htm Public Outcry Scuttles Yahoo’s Plans for Porn (L.A. Times, April 14, 2001) http://www.latimes.com/business/updates/lat_yahoo010414.htm _______________________________________________________________ 4. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION FOR THIS NEWSLETTER This is the fifty-second issue of a free newsletter devoted to "Christians And The Internet" ("CATI," pronounced "Katy," but spelled with a "C" and an "I" for "Christians" and the "Internet"). To subscribe, write to email@example.com, including "Subscribe to CATI" in the Subject line and including in the body your real name and the email address to which you wish CATI sent. Past issues: you'll find archives of past issues of CATI available online at http://traver.org/cati/. ("It's not a pretty site," but hopefully it may be a useful one.) ________________________________________________________________ Unless otherwise indicated, all material in this newsletter is Copyright (C) 2001 by Barry Traver, All Rights Reserved. For permission to reproduce material from this newsletter, contact Barry Traver at firstname.lastname@example.org. Permission is hereby granted, however, to pass along this issue to others, provided that (1) no changes are made and (2) it is passed along in its entirety.