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Webelos Scout Dropout Oct 5 2011

Webelos Scout colorsWhen I was in 4th or 5th grade, I joined the Boy Scouts. Except it wasn’t Boy Scouts for me, no, it was Webelos Scouts, since that was the appropriate group for my age at the time. I hadn’t been a Cub Scout, but did like the idea very much of camping, friendship, outdoor activities, and all of the other things that I envisioned Boy Scouts doing.

We didn’t have a lot of money in our family at the time. I remember purchasing the Webelos Scout uniform (shirt, some patches maybe) was a significant purchase. But my parents were willing to support me in joining this fine organization if that was what I wanted to do.

My expectations were high when I joined. The reality turned out to be a little bit different. As I recall, having not been a Cub Scout in the Den I joined, I felt like an outsider. I also had pretty terrible social skills at the time, and didn’t really adapt well. At first I gave it my best shot to fit in and participate, but eventually felt like something wasn’t quite working for me there.

We never went camping. The most exciting part of being a Webelos Scout seemed to be the silver or gold candle we would burn at each meeting. That was our fire — maybe it symbolized a campfire, or burning stuff, or some kind of eternal flame of awesomeness. All I know is that we did some glue-gun projects, and burnt that candle at each meeting. During my short stint as a Webelos Scout we never even discussed going on a camping trip. That being my primary motivation for trying to break into this tight-knit group of young boys, I got discouraged. I gave up.

Ever since I’ve considered myself to be a Webelos Scout Dropout. Someone unfit to participate in that system of rules, achievements, honor, glory, companionship, excellence.

Recently I’ve had an opportunity to revisit this mental image in my head about who I am. I’ve thought of many fine men I know who are Eagle Scouts — they completed the Boy Scout journey, graduated basically with the highest honors. Now I know that not every Eagle Scout is a shining example of awesomeness, but that is basically what they aspire to be.  And the people I know who are Eagle Scouts I’ve developed a tremendous amount of respect for.  They seem to be able to get worthwhile things done in a way that is worth emulating.

I will never be an actual Eagle Scout. You have to graduate from that program before you turn 18. I’m 35 years old. Not gonna happen without time travel, and I don’t know if I would have turned out that different had I stuck to it at the time.

I got to thinking though, what am I holding on to by seeing myself as a broken Webelos Scout who could never have been an Eagle Scout. Not a productive way to see myself.

What makes an Eagle Scout a good person is their drive to be a good person, and their capable practice of good qualities that gradually tell people — yes, this is a good person. This is someone who is interested in helping the world.

Eagle Scout PatchHere is the Scout Oath:

On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

And the Scout Law:

A Scout is:
Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful,
Friendly, Courteous, Kind,
Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty,
Brave, Clean, Reverent

It’s interesting to me that even though I haven’t thought about the Oath and the Law in many years, I realize that those are really important qualities to me. Those really do help define what it is to be an honorable, good, helpful person in this world.

I may still be a Webelos Scout Dropout, but I realize today that I do strive to fulfill those ideals every day.  I don’t have to accept for myself non-Eagle Scout qualities.

The motto of the Boy Scouts is “Be Prepared”. That starts in our thinking and our practice.  Every day we have an opportunity to act like an Eagle Scout.

I’m really grateful to have been able to directly assist the following non-profit organizations in my lifetime by working on their websites, training individuals how to use the tools to say what they want to say, and generally try to help them do their jobs better. Most of these folks are active clients. I love the opportunity to serve in this way and plan to continue doing so as long as I’m able.

I may be missing an organization or two but I am very grateful to have been able to serve in this way.

Be Prepared.

Christian Science Cross and Crown logo – How to get a high-quality vector EPS or PDF version for use in your design comps Apr 29 2008

Let’s say, hypothetically, that you are a designer, and are working on a design comp for a Christian Science church or reading room, and you wanted a high resolution vector version of the logo to use in your mock-up so you didn’t have to chop out background garbage out of some low-resolution version of the logo you found on the web somewhere. What should you do?

In the Cross and Crown trademark licensing documentation, you will find the following instructions:

Two approvals are necessary:
(1) for your type of use (sign, etc.) and
(2) for the actual form of your use (how the sign appears).
Therefore, if you already have a sample or mock-up of the proposed use, please send it by e-mail or regular mail along with the Request Form, so both approvals can be done simultaneously. It will save you time later.

Unfortunately, they do not currently provide any links to a high-resolution version of their logo for purposes of laying out a design, which would be very helpful to all the designers out there trying to help their clients prepare a mock-up of the proposed usage.

Update: I’ve removed the instructions for how to extract a vector version of the logo out of a PDF since they’ve changed the PDF available on their site to only include a raster version now, and it would probably be more helpful to more people in the long run if they hear the need for a vector version for placement in design comps from a number of people rather than trying to work-around the system they’re offering.

My suggestion is you contact the trademark administrator directly and request a vector version of the logo if the high-resolution JPG version of the logo isn’t sufficient for your usage. Their email address is

The Wee Trio played at the Lafayette Square Christian Science Society – April 22, 2008 Apr 22 2008

The Wee Trio plays at Lafayette Square Christian Science Society in St. Louis

The Wee Trio plays at Lafayette Square Christian Science Society in St. Louis

We were happy to have the Wee Trio come give a concert on April 22, 2008. It was a great success!

The Wee Trio plays at Lafayette Square Christian Science Society in St. Louis

They performed to a packed house (standing room only) and did a great job. Their polished sound including drums, vibraphone and bass impressed everyone present.

James Westfall – Vibes
Dan Loomis – Bass
Jared Schonig – Drums

Click here to see video of the final piece they played

(Cross-posted on the Lafayette Square Christian Science Society site)

Prove it. Jun 17 2007

Question: What do scientists consider to be valid evidence for a theory? How should studies be conducted to prove efficacy of treatment options? How can we tell, scientifically, if something really works or not?

New website for First Church of Christ, Scientist – Orinda, California is now up! Jan 8 2007

Screenshot of new Orinda Christian Science church website

This is a site that we’ve been working on for a while for the Christian Science church in Orinda, California.

Check it out and feel free to visit them sometime if you’re ever in the area.

First Church of Christ, Scientist – Orinda, California – Welcome to our healing church

It’s powered by WordPress, of course.

How-to: Run the Mac OS 9 (Classic) version of Concord on a new Mac OS X (Intel) Macbook Jun 25 2006

The one biggest application that my mom wanted to have running on her shiny new Macbook was Concord. A program that the publisher has not updated in many years. And that, for Macintosh, assuming you already have a copy, will not run under the new OS X Intel version, since Apple really wants OS 9 (Classic) to die.

This is how I got it to run without installing Windows and the Windows version of Concord. Note that this may or may not work for you.

  1. Download the latest version of Basilisk II (Universal Binary)
  2. Download an old Macintosh ROM file. These can be tricky to find. I got the one from here. You are looking for a Quadra or Performa ROM.
  3. Download the free and legal 4.3MB Macintosh OS 7.5.3 Starter Disk from here
  4. Use Stuffit Expander to expand it. It will then have a .hfv extension. Change the extension from .hfv to .dmg. You can then open this in the Finder.
  5. Create a Mac OS Standard format disk image using Disk Utilities application. I made mine 200MB and called it Classic Drive. Save it into a location you’ll be able to find later.
  6. Copy your copy of Concord into a folder in your new disk image.
  7. Delete any old preferences and Notebooks from the copy of Concord that you will be running. (It was crashing for me before I did that).
  8. Copy the Basilisk II into your Applications folder
  9. Run the application to configure Basilisk.
  10. Select the location of the ROM file under the Memory/Misc tab, select Quadra 900 in the drop down and give it a good amount of memory (I set it to 128MB). CPU Type was set to 68040.
  11. Set Graphics/Sound Width to 800 and Height to 600
  12. Click Add… on the Volumes tab and select the Starterdisk.dmg image. Also click Add… again to add the Classic Drive image.
  13. Under JIT Compiler, click Enable JIT Compiler.
  14. Click Start
  15. You should see OS 7.5.5 start up (quickly) and the be presented with a VERY old-school Mac OS desktop. You really really want Concord, remember?
  16. Navigate to Classic Drive > Concord, then double-click on it to open. Hopefully you should see it open.
  17. Create an alias for Concord, then add it to the System Folder > Startup Items folder.
  18. Create an alias for and give it the Concord icon. Drag this alias into the Dock.
  19. Now, to run Concord, all you have to do is click once on the Dock icon for it.

This is somewhat of a “hack” in that you are emulating the old Motorola 68040 chip to run a really old program. I’m not sure how printing will work or if it will. That will have to be explored another time.

Incidentally, this loads much quicker than loading OS 9.2.2 does under Classic mode on a PowerPC Powerbook. Lots less that is being loaded, but it really feels snappy. Of course, going back to OS 7.5.5 style menus where you have to keep on clicking in order to scroll down in them is a bit of a pain.


  • Basilisk II – Motorola 68000 chip emulator – works like a champ once you figure out what all you need.
  • Sheepshaver – PowerPC emulator. I wasn’t able to get this to work since I didn’t have the OS 8.6 installer disk.
  • article about running Classic apps on Intel Macs
  • Old Computer ROMS – where I finally found a working download for an old Macintosh ROM. I owned a Quadra, so I feel pretty OK about pulling the ROM down for this purpose.

Good list of Christian Science lectures (texts) Mar 16 2006

These lectures on Christian Science were given to public audiences and printed either in The Christian Science Monitor or in local newspapers.

Christian Science Lectures

Christian Science Media Mar 8 2006

CSMedia_01d, originally uploaded by gserafini.

Working with Rachel on a design for a new site that would make free Christian Science Media readily available to the general public.

Coming as soon as it can. The logo font is Mrs. Eaves Small Caps from Emigre.

Lafayette Square Christian Science Society podcast is in iTunes Dec 9 2005

#1 podcast for Christian Science in iTunes
It wasn’t tooo hard, but pretty cool that if you search for Christian Science in iTunes podcasts the #1 result is the Lafayette Square Christian Science Society’s first podcast.

Lafayette Square Christian Science Society Dec 8 2005

Lafayette Square Christian Science Society

Wednesday Evening Testimony Meeting Podcast

December 8th, 2005

Lafayette Square Christian Science Society Podcast cover

This is our first podcast. It is an unedited recording of our weekly Wednesday evening testimony service that is open to the public as are all Christian Science services. You are welcome to join us at our next meeting on Sunday or Wednesday if you are in the area or to subscribe to this podcast if you would like to hear more testimonies of healing.

Check it out! 🙂

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