Animations (using SWF) inside latest Prezi Classic

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The biggest bugbear of using Prezi at the moment is, besides the rubbish Prezi Next which they seem keen to push at the expense of an otherwise excellent Classic is the lack of animated loops. When they dropped the flash player, they dropped support for .swf files and they absolutely refuse, despite repeated user requests from users (and especially me) to implement Animated Gifs. For some users, it’s starting to be a show-stopper and I am losing patience with them.

However, there is a solution, but it’s a) not pretty and b) needs pre-planning, so you can’t just make it up on the fly, you have to work out what you need because there is no going back

It involves creating either a Virtual Machine, or you could just have an old machine to dedicate to the task. I chose the former because my main PC is powerful and I didn’t have a spare.

1. Install VirtualBox

Other Virtual Machine systems are available, but I chose the Free Oracle VirtualBox because… it’s free. You will need a Windows CD or an ISO file of a Windows Install which you obtained from bittorrent or elsewhere. Stay legal is my advice and use what you are licensed to use.

Create a Windows Virtual Machine. I chose Windows 7 because it is fast and stable and I had the appropriate license for it.

2. Install an Old Version of Prezi Desktop inside your Virtual Machine

I managed to find a copy of Prezi 4.4.0 on the web which you can download from here.

This is a very early version, and is straight in the editor, but it works. When you log in, the system will offer to upgrade you to the latest version DO NOT DO THIS EVER.

3. Plan what swfs you want to use

This is the hard part, because once you have created an old Prezi document, it can’t be read back if a newer version has touched it. So… you either need to do it ALL inside the old version and only export it when you are completely finished or you need to plan in advance exactly what you need and load them all in to the system. It doesn’t matter where they go, because you can move them around, frame them, reveal them and manipulate them in the latest version, but ONLY if they have been loaded in by the old editor.

Save the Prezi as a .pez file. Make sure it’s what you need because there is no going back.

4. Edit the Saved Prezi in the Latest Version

You can then edit the Prezi on your non-Virtual Machine to your heart’s content and manipulate them swfs as before. The reason you need another real machine or Virtual Machine is that the old and the new editors will not reside on the same copy of Windows, otherwise this would be very easy!

HOWEVER

If you find that there is an essential swf that you have forgotten, there is another way of getting an animation into a new Prezi: Create a Prezi in the old version, save it and then open it in the new version THEN cut and paste the object from your old-version-Prezi into your new-version-Prezi. So, despite what I said earlier, you can add if you forget something earlier.

What I expect to do, however is to take ALL of the swfs I want to use and put them in one big old-school-Prezi so that I can cut-and-paste them at leisure into my new Prezis.

Still, enjoy!

A Godly-Play Type Story about the Flight to Egypt

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Scripture: Matthew 2: 13-23
Equipment: Sand bag, Two boxes, Holy Family from a Nativity Set, Angel from Nativity Set

Welcome. Are you ready for a story?

(open bag)

Long ago, in a far off land, (spread sand)

God reached down from heaven and became one of us.

Mighty, All-Powerful God could have come in any shape or form he wanted, he could have impressed us with his power, but he loved us so much, he came as… a tiny baby.

(place Jesus in centre of sand)

Born of his Mother, Our Lady Mary… (place Mary)

To be brought up and supported by Joseph… (place Joseph)

God poured his almighty self into this little form, to be with us, alongside us. God-in-a-child.

The King of the Universe was born in poor surroundings and with no comforts that befitted a King. In a Stable, for animals … and all their dirty, smelly mess.

The King of that land, a man called King Herod had heard that somewhere in his land a King had been born, a great King, an all-powerful King… and he was afraid.

King Herod couldn’t bear the thought of being replaced by a King who rightfully should be on his throne, so he sought to catch and kill this threat before it became a problem.

(remove Holy Family, place box at one corner, walk fingers all over the sand)

He sent his guards all across his land to find and kill the new King who might take his place.

(place Holy Family on top of box)

One night, as Mary and Joseph and the baby were asleep, and angel (place Angel on box) appeared to Joseph in a dream.

He warned Joseph that Herod sought to kill the God-in-a-child and that they should run for their lives, to another country.

(place box in opposite corner)

So, Our Lady, and Joseph took God-in-a-child and in the middle of the night, they ran away to be safe in a land called Egypt (meander the Holy Family through the desert). It was a long, scary, dangerous journey until at last they came to the land of Egypt where they could be safe.

They had to live and wait in Egypt until Herod was no longer King and they had to life as refugees for a number of years before Herod died.

(place Holy Family on other box)

Meanwhile, the guards did some horrible things to any child under the age of two, and killed all of the innocent babies just in case they might be the God-in-a-child who threatened Herod’s job. The tears of the Mothers must have fallen on the land like rain

(fingertip pats on the sand)

When Herod died, the Angel appeared to Joseph in a dream once more. (place Angel)

He told them that it was safe to return, and so Mary, and Joseph and God-in-a-child made the long journey back from the land of Egypt to a place called Nazareth, where God-in-a-child grew big and strong and faithful to God and where everyone called him by his name:

Jesus.

From Nazareth. Out of Egypt.

(pause)

I wonder…

I wonder how Herod felt to hear that a real King was born.

I wonder what it felt like to leave in the middle of the night and go to a far-off place…

I wonder how it might have felt in Egypt,

I wonder how people feel today when they have to leave their homelands for fear of their lives.

I wonder what we might do, if Mary and Joseph and God-in-a… and Jesus came to our door needing our help.

(pause)

Amen.

Funeral Wishes Plan

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When families are in the midst of grieving a loved one’s death, it is often difficult to make decisions regarding funeral arrangements. In addition to working out practical matters, the family usually wishes that they knew the desires of the one who died.

Take this opportunity to make plans for your funeral service. It is not morbid, but gives you an opportunity to express your faith at a time when your relatives need your help. You may wish to complete this form on your own or together with your spouse or a relative or friend. After you have completed it, make copies and give them to a few different people for safekeeping as well as returning a copy for the Parish Clergy. In making these decisions now, you will be giving a gift to those who will grieve after your death.

Download here

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Leading Intercessions in Church

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Stock Intercessions for use in Church

Introductions to the prayers

Let us pray for the Church of God in Christ Jesus, and for all
people according to their needs.

Let us pray for the Church and for the world, and let us thank God for his goodness

In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ Jesus let us pray to God our heavenly Father.

Let us come before the Lord with our prayers and praises asking him to look with mercy upon all our requests.

When two or three are gathered in my name, there I shall be. Let us therefore bring our prayers to the Father.

Trusting in God’s love and mercy, let us turn to him in prayer and bring him our needs and intercessions.

Responses

The usual ones:

Lord in your mercy… hear our prayer

Lord hear us… Lord, graciously hear us

Theme of Prayers

The Church

Robert, Nick and Sarah – Bishops of this diocese

Justin Welby – Archbishop of Canterbury
John Sentamu – Archbishop of York
Francis – Bishop of Rome (Pope)
Bartholomew – Ecumenical Patriarch (Orthodox)
…and the leaders of the Reformed Churches

The World

Our Community

The Sick

Those known to us
Those listed on the weekly sheet
Those whose cries are heard by God alone

Those who have departed in Faith

Rest eternal, grant unto them O Lord
And let light perpetual shine upon them

May they rest in peace
And rise in glory

We unite our prayers with the angels and the saints,
the prophets and the patriarchs as we join our prayers with those of our blessed lady as we say ‘Hail Mary…’

…in a moment of silence…

Prayer One

Father, we pray for your holy Catholic Church,
watch over it Lord and guide it: grant it peace and unity throughout the world. We pray for Pope Francis, Bartholomew the Ecumenical Patriarch,
for Justin and John our Archbishops,
and for Robert, Nick and Sarah our Bishops
and all who hold and teach the faith which comes to us from the Apostles. [Response]

Father, look upon the nations of the world.
Direct the hearts and minds of those who rule and govern
so that men and women everywhere may experience the
peace and justice of the Kingdom.
Father may there be an end to war and strife.
[Response]

Father, pour your grace upon all your people.
Remember all of us gathered here before you.
[Response]

Father, we pray for the health and happiness of those who are dear to us, naming before you those who are suffering in mind, body or Spirit…
[Response]

Remember, Lord, those who have died and have gone before us marked with the sign of faith, especially those for whom we now pray…and those whose year’s minds we commemorate…

May these and all who sleep in Christ, find in your presence, light, happiness and peace.

We ask the prayers of all the Apostles, Martyrs and Saints. In union with the whole Church, we honour Mary the ever Virgin Mother of Jesus Christ our Lord and God as we say, Hail Mary…

In a moment of silence let us bring our own prayers before the throne of grace…

 Prayer Two

Father, we pray for Pope Francis, Bartholomew the Ecumenical Patriarch,
for Justin and John our Archbishops,
and for Robert, Nick and Sarah and all the Bishops, clergy and people of your Church. May we grow in the unity which your Son willed for his Church. [Response]

Father we pray for the needs of the world, for an end to war and famine, for those places suffering unrest and strife at this time. Father grant to them your blessing of peace.
[Response]

Father we pray for the needs of this our community and parish whom you have called together before you. May you bind us together with your love. Lord hear us…..

Father we pray for all those who are in need at this time, and who have asked us for our prayers, for…
May these and all who suffer know the joy of your presence with them. [Response]

Father we pray for those who have died, for those we have known and loved whom we see no longer. For…and for…whose years mind falls at this time.
Rest eternal grant unto them O Lord…
May they rest in peace…

Father, we join our prayers with those of all the saints who rejoice in your nearer presence and ask the prayers of Mary, Queen of Heaven as we say, Hail Mary……

Heavenly Father, in a moment of silence we hold before you our own prayers and praises.

Prayer Three

Heavenly Father, we bring before you your Church on earth and those who guide it. We pray that you will bless all who minister in word or sacrament, that there may be a rich harvest for your kingdom. [Response]

Heavenly Father, look upon the needs of the world, troubled by war, injustice, oppression and famine. Relieve those who suffer and are poor, and bring all your people to live in peace and harmony, [Response]

Heavenly Father, you have called us together as a pilgrim people. Look upon us on our journey of faith and grant us strength to serve you on the way you have set before us. [Response]

Heavenly Father, you are with those who suffer in all their needs, hear us as we pray especially for those who have asked our prayers…May they and all who suffer be comforted by your healing touch. [Response]

Heavenly Father, for you faithful people life is not ended but changed, hear our prayer for those who have inspired and guided us, who now walk with you in light refreshment and peace…and for…whose year’s mind is remembered at this time.

For these and all the departed we pray, rest eternal grant to them O Lord… May they rest in peace…

Heavenly Father, you chose the Virgin Mary to be the Mother of your Son, look with favour on her prayers as we join our voices with hers as we say, Hail Mary…

Heavenly Father, we bring our own needs to you in a moment of silence.

Prayer Four

We pray for the Church throughout the world and especially for this Diocese and for Robert, Nick and Sarah our Bishops. Father, give power to your Church to proclaim the gospel of Christ; and grant that we and all Christian people may be united in truth, live together in love, and reveal your glory in the world. [Response]

We pray for the world (especially for…..); give to all a reverence for the earth as your creation, that they might rightly use its resources in the service of all people and to your honour and glory. [Response]

We pray for all nations and especially for this country; bless Elizabeth our Queen; give wisdom to all in authority; direct this and every nation in the way of justice and peace; so that we may honour one another and seek the common good. [Response]

We pray for our families and friends and all others with special claims upon us. Give grace to all whose lives are linked closely to our own, that we may serve Christ in them and love one another as he. loves us. [Response]

We pray for all who are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness or any other adversity, (especially…); to all who suffer give courage, healing and a steadfast trust in your love.
[Response]

We pray for all those who have died and have gone to their rest, Father grant that they might live with you in light, refreshment and peace. [Response]

We join our prayers with all the saints, especially with those of Mary as we say, Hail Mary…

We keep silence for just a moment and bring to the Father our own prayers.

Conclusion to the prayers

God of love, our refuge and our strength, hear the prayers of your Church, and grant us today what we ask of you in faith. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Father, we come before you with faith and love to praise your goodness and to acknowledge our need. We ask you to hear the prayers we make in the name of Jesus the Lord.

Lord God,
Mary gave birth to your Son Jesus Christ our Lord,
in purity and love.
may she bring our prayers before you,
for we make them in the name of Jesus the Lord.

Father, you know the many different needs
your people have in this life.
Hear us and answer the prayers of all who believe in you.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Father, may your people turn again to you
and serve you with all their hearts.
With confidence we have asked your help:
may we now know your mercy and love in our lives.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Father, have mercy on your Church in its need, hear the prayers we offer you with all our hearts, and never abandon the people who share your life. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

All of these will end in

Amen

Names – Wendy Cope

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She was Eliza for a few weeks
When she was a baby –
Eliza Lily. Soon it changed to Lil.

Later she was Miss Steward in the baker’s shop
And then ‘my love’, ‘my darling’, Mother.

Widowed at thirty, she went back to work
As Mrs Hand. Her daughter grew up,
Married and gave birth.

Now she was Nanna. ‘Everybody
Calls me nanna,’ she would say to visitors.
And so they did – friends, tradesmen, the doctor.

In the geriatric ward
They used the patients’ Christian names.
‘Lil,’ we said, ‘or Nanna,’
But it wasn’t in her file
And for those last bewildered weeks
She was Eliza once again.

UA Fanthorpe – Getting it across

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‘His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. Now are we sure that thou knowest all things.’

St. John 16:29-30

This is the hard thing.
Not being God, the Son of Man,
—I was born for that part—
But patiently incising on these yokel faces,
Mystified, bored and mortal,
The vital mnemonics they never remember.

There is enough of Man in my God
For me to construe their frowns. I feel
The jaw-cracking yawns they try to hide
When out I come with one of my old
Chestnuts. Christ! Not that bloody
Sower again, they are saying, or God!
Not the Prodigal fucking Son.
Give us a new one, for Messiah’s sake.

They know my unknowable parables as well
As each other’s shaggy dog stories.
I say! I say! I say! There was this Samaritan,
This Philistine and this Roman…or
What did the high priest say
To the belly dancer? All they need
Is the cue for laughs. My sheep and goats,
Virgins, pigs, figtrees, loaves and lepers
Confuse them. Fishing, whether for fish or men,
Has unfitted them for analogy.

Yet these are my mouths. Through them only
Can I speak with Augustine, Aquinas, Martin, Paul
Regius Professors of Divinity,
And you, and you.
How can I cram the sense of Heaven’s kingdom
Into our pidgin-Aramaic quayside jargon?

I envy Moses, who could choose
The diuturnity of stone for waymarks
Between man and Me. He broke the tablets,
Of course. I too know the easy messages
Are the ones not worth transmitting;
But he could at least carve.
The prophets too, however luckless
Their lives and instructions, inscribed on wood,
Papyrus, walls, their jaundiced oracles.

I alone must write on flesh. Not even
The congenial face of my Baptist cousin,
My crooked affinity Judas, who understands,
Men who would give me accurately to the unborn
As if I were something simple, like bread.
But Pete, with his headband stuffed with fishhooks,
His gift for rushing in where angels wouldn’t,
Tom, for whom metaphor is anathema,
And James and John, who want the room at the top—
These numskulls are my medium. I called them.

I am tattooing God on their makeshift lives.
My Keystone Cops of disciples, always,
Running absurdly away, or lying ineptly,
Cutting off ears and falling into the water,
These Sancho Panzas must tread my Quixote life,
Dying ridiculous and undignified,
Flayed and stoned and crucified upside down.
They are the dear, the human, the dense, for whom
My message is. That might, had I not touched them,
Have died decent respectable upright deaths in bed.

Missed the Windows 10 Free upgrade? – Fret Not.

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Like many, I took advantage of the free upgrade from the awful Windows 8.x to Windows 10, but the time of that free upgrade has passed.

If like me, you sometimes have to “powerwash” (to use a Chromebook phrase) a machine, but it was originally Windows 7 or 8 you might feel stuck without an upgrade.

Do you go down the route of an unofficial upgrade, which can be dodgy, or… do you want to use an official Microsoft update?

The only think you have to do is cross your fingers (unless you actually do use them, of course) and go to this link:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/accessibility/windows10upgrade?ranMID=24542&ranEAID=je6NUbpObpQ&ranSiteID=je6NUbpObpQ-9s1EYTGNy.vIW38_D3RH_Q&tduid=(dcd562eb0ae647a9c39eea2677fb3ebb)(256380)(2459594)(je6NUbpObpQ-9s1EYTGNy.vIW38_D3RH_Q)()

where you will affirm (with no proof that you do, or do not) use “assistance technologies” (ie on-screen narration, magnification (which I actually do these days given my sight issues) or sticky keys etc etc).

I personally have a clear conscience on this. It’s up to you, but Microsoft and their policy towards people with needs are awesome.


New Eucharistic Prayer for Holy Ground (with Video)

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The text of this Eucharistic Prayer was written by me for Holy Ground. Use it as you wish.
Video:

Galaxy EP from Fr Simon Rundell on Vimeo.

Preface

The Lord be with you
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give thanks and praise.

For all things are of your making, things seen and unseen –
the circling stars and planets beyond human counting
in your infinite universe,
the tiny atoms from which they are all created,
the bountiful, fragile earth on which we live,
the unseen and powerful forces of life and love.
So earth unites with heaven
to sing the new poem of creation:

Sanctus & Benedictus

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Eucharistic Prayer

You Lord, are holy beyond all words,
Send your Spirit upon these gifts like the dewfall
And so empower them to become the +Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ
And bring him present here as we gather in this holy ground

Just as he did, with friends gathered round, and
Taking the bread of our ordinary lives,
Giving you thanks for it,
He challenged us all with his words:

Take this, everyone, for this is my body
Eat of me.

Again, after the meal was concluded,
He took the cup, our ordinary drink
Gave thanks and made us think:

Take this, everyone, this is my blood
Drink of me.

Through all our messy, broken mixed up lives
You sit at table with us
You draw us into your mystery of love
And bid us welcome to the feast already taking place in Heaven
Alongside all the Angels, Saints, Prophets and Patriarchs
Alongside Family, Friends, Strangers and Enemies
Alongside all creation as we share in you

Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer – source of life and love
Maker, Saviour and Energiser – heartbeat and headpulse of the world
We eat. We drink. We share
In You.
Amen

Webpage Screenshots to Animated GIFs

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I love an animated GIF… whether it’s a currently hot meme, or a classic quote or just an illustration which is better animated, then the moving, repeated image is king.

The wonderful Fr Eddie Green uses them extensively in his Worshpr toolkit.

Creating them from scratch (as opposed to just simply downloading them) used to be complex, but now I have worked out how to put two simple steps together to make this magic happen.

How to create Animated GIFs from something on a Web Page

1 Install Nimbus Screenshot into your Chrome Browser 

 

 

2 This enables you to grab all of a web page, or just a tiny part or… record the screen as a video

3 The Menu gives you all these wonderful options:

4. When you have recorded what you want in Nimbus, you can save it. The video format is the rather useless .webm format which even Adobe Media Convertor cannot read, so this is where the next site comes in…

5. Visit https://www.online-convert.com/ and more specifically https://image.online-convert.com/convert-to-gif

6 For an embedded GIF (I still despite knowing different still call them Gg-if with the hard G rather than the soft J-if, sorry it’s too embedded) in a tweet, I reduce the size to 320×240 for square (4:3) images or 320×180 for widescreen images

7 In a few moments, the GIF will be downloaded. Note you can do all kinds of conversions as well, so you can convert anything into anything. This is good if you want the .webm in .mp4 format so you can put it in another video.

These are some quick examples:

Enjoy!