Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Story of Johnnie the bagger...

This link came by e-mail today. Its a nice story.
http://www.stservicemovie.com/

Makes me wonder, living in such a greed driven society, if Johnnie wouldn't have been fired here.
People are too busy here for kindness to others or from others.
They are too stressed out to give, or to genuinely love.
I am reminded of a quote: "It is not how much you love but how much you are loved by others", but I would like to add this, It really is how much you love, because it is how much you are loving others that triggers that love in return. I saw that Love in action at church this weekend, with a toy drive for the less fortunate, not to give toys away, but to sell them for $2.00 each to those in the community who could not afford to give their kids gifts otherwise. The money raised gets donated as well, you can check it out by going to the orchards website or community 412's site. That's another way love is expressed, through generosity. God is love and gave to us generously and so the deceiver wants us to believe the opposite and think that joy comes from what we get, not from what we give. If we could just understand that, and if everyone started to give, we could literally change the world.

Love others, love your family, even when they drive you nuts, Love your friends, even in their imperfections, Love yourself, If you don't, you'll have a hard time finding love to give to others,
Love unconditionally whenever possible. Remember: 34"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." John 13:34-35 (New International Version). and elsewhere it tells us to love one another that our joy may be full. Loving other produces joy.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

friends

Learn how to overcome depression, love. love without expecting love in return. The reason you love without expecting love back is that you then are not disappointed if you don't get love back, but you are pleasantly surprised when you do. Friends are the (one of the) greatest gift God has given us (Christ is the greatest gift and guess what, He is also a friend!!). Love your friends. I have several good friends and I love them dearly. God blesses my heart when I bless them and the more they smile, the better I feel, the better I am in general, and the more joy I have.
So even if your friends are not perfect, love them anyway, they love you and your not perfect. Don't expect anything more from your friends that you would want them expecting of you as well.

Friday, November 28, 2008

thankful

I am most Thankful for very good friends. My friends bless me beyond what words can express. I have 4 most excellent friends. Their names are Bert, Brent, Pam and Doug. I may soon be adding a new friend to that list by the name of Sue.

Bert is always there when I need a friend to talk to and to Love. She is family and it is a honor and a privilege to call her friend.

I have known Brent since high school and He is another friend I can talk to, to a point.

Pam and Doug are a married couple I have known since I was 16 (almost 30 years ago now)  I am very thankful for them.

Just thinking about these people that have blessed me so much helped to pull me out of a depression spell that I got into when I started to think about what I didn't have instead of what I did have. I am a very happy man now. I know I can call any of these friends and they will bless me even if it just saying hello to them. I pray that everyone learns how to count their blessings instead of their liabilities.

Money and material possessions are nice, but it is the kindness and Love you can only get from a friend and that you can give to a friend that satisfies the soul and heart and gives you a glimpse of what it will be like in heaven when we will always be in God's presence, being around genuine true love in its most purest form…man gets me homesick but until then, I plan on being the best friend I possibly can be to these my true and good friends.

I hope I always remember that people who love you are the way God blesses you and vice-versa.

Thought for today… Love can't be bought, it can only be given.

If you aren't on the receiving end of any, check to see if you aren't giving any away with no strings attached, or stipulations just freely give.

May God also bless you today.

 

 

 

 

Monday, November 24, 2008

Xanadu







This clip from Xanadu, just about says it all.
I googled the lyrics to "the fall" and here are the lyrics...

I see the early glow
I hear you say hello
I watch the shadows fall
I don't see you at all

It's a lie
(I don't believe it's so)
It's a lie

I see the autumn rain
Falling on my window pane
I hear you say goodbye
I see a tear in your eye

It's a lie
(I don't believe it's so)
It's a lie
Our love couldn't go wrong
How could I know I was only dreaming
And now, now that you're gone
I will go on really believing
I take the fall

I see you slip away,
Into another day
There's no-one else around
I watch the sun go down

It's a lie
(I don't believe it's so)
It's a lie
Our love couldn't go wrong
How could I know I was only dreaming
And now, now that you're gone
I will go on really believing
I take the fall

(Instrumental break)

I take the fall

I see you in a dream
You turn and start to go
I call to you once more
Guess that I'm takin' the fall

It's a lie
(I don't believe it's so)
It's a lie
Our love couldn't go wrong
How could I know I was only dreaming
And now, now that you're gone
I will go on really believing
I take the fall

Our love couldn't go wrong
How could I know I was only dreaming
And now, now that you're gone
I will go on really believing
I take the fall

Monday, November 10, 2008

Yikes!

Well call me guillable, or just plain stupid, but I broke down and replaced the home pc that fried and died with another pc. I bought a gateway refurb with 3g's ram and a thricore processor. It is just a shame that it is running windows. It is a nice unit otherwise. I spent the entire stinking weekend trying to get it running right, which I finally did on sunday night just before bed, and it required that I take the CA internet securities suite that I just paid $80.00 for and chuck it in the trash where it belongs. I had to do a system recovery to get that thing off the computer. It refused to uninstall and then totally jazzed up the system, lukily I could get system restore to work. So I tried to download the internet protection suite that the ATT from which I get my DSL from (McAfee) it downloaded and installed and wouldn't run. so back to Norton I went (humbug) downloaded a 15day trial version of systemworks and ater letting it fix around 150 registry errors, the system is now running correctly, speedily and virus free. But in 15 days I have to spend another $80.00 for the licencing. (B.S.!) I wish I had gone with my hunch and just got a Mac mini.

Monday, October 27, 2008

too funny to e-mail




I got this video in an e-mail, way too funny

TSO Holiday lights up a Mall!



DANG!!!!!
I am lost for words

http://www.symphonyinlights.com/info/theContest.cfm

TSO is having a contest with Forest city malls and the details are at the site linked above. Top prize is getting to see TSO live in Chicago. Man I wish I could decorate like Williams, but that would cost a small fortune. For those who can...Go for it.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

favorite movie



Here is the trailer of what I think has to be my favorite movie.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Saving files from the internet



Here is the screen shot for downloading a video. I use firefox so for those who use other browsers, the idea is the same, the wording may be different. so using the right click to get the context menu up select the save link as and then click it. the dialog box can be directed on where to save the file.




When the file has been saved you can then open it up off line and view it at your leisure. I tried to download lesson 1 but the file seems corrupted, so I downloaded lesson 2 and was more successfull. The biggest problem I found was that the encoding was newer than my windows media player for mac supported. But as long as you have windows as your O.S. you shouldn't have any trouble.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Thomas Jefferson quotes

If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?
Thomas Jefferson

 

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
Thomas Jefferson

 

 

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
Thomas Jefferson

 

 

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
Thomas Jefferson

 

 

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.
Thomas Jefferson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, October 9, 2008

5th column

 

 

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A fifth column is a group of people who clandestinely undermine a larger group to which it is expected to be loyal, such as a nation.

 

History left unchecked has a tendancy to repeat itself.

 

 

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

memories from youth





 

 

 

I can remember back when I was still real young, the struggles that mom and dad had trying to make ends meet. Dad worked full time for a grocery store, but that wasn't the greatest paying job, but it was something he was good at and that was what he liked to do. Mom would take in laundry from some of the more well to do people in town and also did ironing on the side as well as taking in kids and helping get them ready for school because both parents worked. Mom did the laundry using a old style (although the machine was quite new then) wringer machine. Most of the time I can remember that mom was always standing in the dining room with an ironing board open, ironing clothes that weren't ours. If they spent anything, it was cash saved, (more like nickles and dimes pinched to save). How many of us now days would be able to do that? I have difficulties saving anything as what I do make is spent before I make it. But. I need to. I had to charge the kids tuition this year, it has got so high that I can't afford to send my kids to even public school. This year's tuition was $710.00. I hear the complaints in the city about the funding disparities which is true, but are they also spending $700 + for their end of the tuition as well? We have a serious case of entitlement syndrome that is bringing about the demise of our culture. Everyone else owes me but I don't need to take responsibility for my own actions. This is what we and our kids are being taught on TV. We also think that we are entitled to: Cable or satellite TV, High speed internet, Personal cell phones (even for our grade school age kids), Brand new cars as needed, or at least trade in what we got on a quarter decade basis, boats, High definition televisions, TiVo, toys, toys and more toys, and we are charging all of this on credit. This is what economists call the American way, it is what is supposed to be good for the economy. Maybe, but it sucks for the family, for we never learn to appreciate what we have, never get any satisfaction for having to save up for something and the joy of finally being able to get it. The value of everything then is lost and we end up appreciating nothing and coveting everything. And with the economic state we are currently in, many feel hopelessly lost. But guess what? God says that "The earth is mine, and everything in it", The stars too. We are managers of what God has entrusted us to manage. Read the story about managing here. And listen to last week's sermon from Pastor Scott, that will help as well. You can find it HERE.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

good memories from moving in to new church in 2000



Here is a picture of Pastor Larry talking with mom and dad at the celebration of the new church.




Pastor had the board of deacons come up and He interviewed them and their wives about the struggles and victories that they were facing and overcame in a move as big as the one God was calling us to.





On the day we officially left the old building and moved to the new they celebrated the old timers that were a part of the old church back when it was the new church building.

I grew up in this church and have very many fond memories, and as I grow older, I remember the good people I knew who have paved the way for me and many whom have since gone home and are with the master this day. I will join them someday and until then will take joy in remembering what God is doing in our community, what He has already done, and I look forward to seeing what He has planned yet to come.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Oh, to have the dough



1tb usb 2.0 external hard drive, 144.99 at amazon.com
D%mn I wish I had the dough. A terabyte is a lot of memory.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

a questions from Revelations 13

 

 

I was reading revelations 13 yesterday when this question came to my mind as if the Lord was asking me personally a question, and the question was this:

"If I waited to take my followers home until after the rise of the anti-christ, and you could no longer buy or sell unless you had the mark on your right hand or forhead, would you not take the mark and be willing to lose everything for me?"

OW, I would want to say yes, but could I? I have a family, I have stressed my self over and over, working night and day to provide for them in this economy that could be failing as to setup for the rise of the anti-christ to be revealed as the "Fix everything" person and which would generate a great following for him. Could I resist taking the mark? Persecution of the followers of Christ is hitting an all time high already across the world. Its easy to follow Christ when it doesn't cost anything, but. The time is near when following him may cost me everything. I hope that this "everything" isn't my god, and that I would give it all to the one true God, even if it made my life forfeit.

 

Friday, September 19, 2008

music, plastic, worship

It seems that no matter how hard I try, I just can't get into heavy metal, or punk rock. There are some songs that are o.k. and I can dig them for a while, but I rather listen to music where the singer is singing the song, not screaming it.

I have enough things in my life that makes me angry enough by themselves, some music leaves me in a pi**%d off mood and it would be better for me emotionally if I just let them be. I also wonder if Satan doesn't try to get us to inadvertently worship him instead of worshipping God by the songs we select for our IPods'. It's not that we are going to burn for listening to those songs, but are we pleasing God by listening to them is a question I ask myself and wonder about. Does He even care what we listen to anyway? I think He does, because songs can easily divert our attention from the Truth and start our focus onto other things like self, sex, hatred, anger, malice. Some rap music is good at that, and I feel that some metal will do that to you as well. Like all things in life, God gives us a choice, we can listen to whatever, but we then have to accept what it does to us. For me I want to walk closer to God, I have been standing still with my shoe strings tied together for too long now wondering where God went, being depressed, lonely, and bitter about situations and things that didn't go the way I wanted them to go. I have to stop and re-evaluate why. Why do I feel that way? Am I really the one that is in control of situations and things or is God? If God is in control then I need to let it go. God will work all things together for good…eventually.

For now I must "Think on these things…" as Paul tells us in scripture. Hearing "Well done, good and faithful servant" is my goal, and my passion. To please God more than I please myself, which is a difficult task, as it is natural to want our own way, but Thy will be done? that is not as easy. For now, I plan on losing the plastic, let's listen to and enjoy whatever everyone else is listening to mentality and start to listen to what God speaks to my heart, on what is best for me to listen to and then care not if that makes me Un-cool. There is a laundry list of things that God is telling me to review in my life and so far I am not really likening some of the things I see, but if He wants me to re-think my position on some things, then I shall prayerfully consider what it is He wants me to do. (And to be totally honest, I like gaither music even if it makes me a dweeb).

 

 

 

Another good memory

I remember going to Champain Urbana Illinois around Easter weekend for a youth conference called CA Convention.

This was something that the assembly of God youth across the state(s) would do once a year for education, bible teaching and fellowship. This was the first place that I met who was then director of something in the Assembly of God main group or some big title like that, This person I had got a gut feeling that I just had to go and meet. He had finished speaking to a group of over 500 kids and youth in a collage hall setting like an auditotium and I was moved to go and introduce myself to him. This was 1975 (I think) and the Man's name was Larry Hodge. Little did I know that within months he would be our pastor at what was then called First Assembly og God in Aurora, Now known as Orchard Valley Community Church. It was one of those moments that I will always remember, because I was just a dumb kid then and he took the time to talk with me a few minuites that he didn't have to take. He has since shown that this was a genuine care for people and that always showed and my life was impacted possitively because of it. One of my biggest trials is to forget that this same care for people is right in the heart of God and this care I should strive to show just as Larry did, my tendency is to hide from people, but then I lose out on getting to know some really good people by doing that. For some reason I was just reminded of that.

 

 

 

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Thoughts of blessing to replace thoughts of loss



Here is a picture of my mom and dad. They are the ones seated at the back of the roo,. This picture was taken when the Orchard first moved into their campus they are currently at in aurora. Dad never missed a service. He taught me to stand by your leaders, lift them up in prayer, help them out however you can. They need us as much as we need them. It is a community of believers, a family and the pastor is the father figure of the family, leading and guiding the best they can and with Gods help. We may not always understand the dirrection they are taking us, but with child like faith, we trust them, trust God, and pray about any issues that may be bothering us (key word- PRAY- not gossip about it, or spread negativity) Anyway, I try to think on the good memories that I have had with dad and Pastor Larry as well, especially when depression trys to overwealm me.




Here is one of the first sermons Pastor Larry preached in the new building back in 2000. Looks a lot different today.


almost 5 years...

 

 

It has been almost 5 years now since dad died. 1st weekend in november 2003 my father passed away at the hospital with the most of his family members gathered around. I miss him a lot. not even a year later a good friend and my pastor dies as well. All of these losses has left a gapping hole in my soul that has never gone away.  

 

Friday, September 12, 2008

Its just that easy...

Youtube has made it easy to share video's on your blog and it's fast, easy, takes very little effort, and it saves you from having to e-mail all your friends with the latest cool, or stupid in some cases videos which are probably laden down with viruses in the first place. I have found that if the video exists, has been on the e-mail circuit for a little while (you can tell by how deep into the e-mail you have to navigate before you find the video that was sent to you), Most likely you will find the same video on youtube. So instead of passing that video and possible viruses on to your friends, search the movie on youtube, it only takes a minute or less to find if it exists there. If it does look for the embed code to the right and copy the whole string and past it on your blog entry. Now send a fresh clean e-mail to your friends with the link to your blog and voila, your friends get to watch the cute, funny, or stupid video without having to worry about getting infected by a virus, plus you are doing your part to rid the world of spam because your 2k e-mail message takes up a lot less space than the 2m message that the video was in and it is done. If your friends want to see it they will pull up your blog and check it out. If not then so what. They can delete your message, no harm done.


Here is a clip that explains my point. It is a mac vs PC spoof done very well by someone, and instead of mailing it all over creation, I will link the embed code below and it will be viewable by whoever feels like watching it.



Wow, a world record, It took me 37 seconds to find, grab the embed code and post this video.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Happy Labor day

Monday is labor day and I don't plan on doing JACK!

I have been driving myself right into the funny farm and its

time to relax.

Of course, I usually don't get much relaxing in because I always have

to be doing something, so I think I plant my carcass into my easy chair

with MAC in hand and try to learn some new tricks.

Here is one of them:

http://www.winehq.org/

This webside has a product from open source that lets you run some windows

applications on the mac without a virtual pc instalation.

Thas cool. I have got to figure out out to set it up and get it running.

http://www.winehq.org/site/why

This tells us why wine is important, and some of it is that it gets around the

Microsoft monopoly. Windows programs, windows O.S.? but now it seems

that there is a better way. Time will tell.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

video mixer



trying to figure out the best way to mix 2 computers running backgrounds on 1 text on the other, overlay them both and then plit the signals to the screens for a compilation of both on the one set and just one on the other...phew thats a mouthfull.
I found a very expensive option (in my opiniom its expensive) but it does everything we want it to. I found it here:
here are some pics of it.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

proprenter tricks

I have tried a new trick in propresenter that helps out as we use two computers because we don’t have the high tech video switching system that is in use at the mega churches. So that means we need to try and keep some sort of synchronization between the two computer outputs happening. We use backgrounds with lyrics on the twin screens and just backgrounds on the big screen. so being it is mainly backgrounds on the one screen, I set up a presentation like if it were a song. each slide in the “song” is then linked to the background que and labeled what it is. ie verse - salvation is here, chorus-salvation is here etc. laying out the entire order of service in front of me in que’s and then as an added bonus, assigning hot keys to “key elements” so at to be able to nail them by pressing just a key on the keyboard. this works with video backgrounds, video presentations, pictures, whatever. and if you use the same hot key assignments for both computers, you can have the same operator hit the hot key on both keyboards at the same time to sync up the drastically changing backgrounds so they flow together as if they were running on the same computer.

Well hopefully this will be of help to someone. Just because your church can’t afford the high tech, doesn’t mean you can look as if you are high tech. the program does a great job for churches on a budget.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

good friends help each other

http://horsecrazee.blogspot.com/2008/08/brandie-helps-me-at-barn.html
Brandie Helped Pam out the other day. Pam blogged about it here
check it out. good picture was taken from my cell phone when I picked up Brandie the next day.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Macs just work


It was around Late winter early spring last year that I bought me one of these...

Every morning, I check my e-mail, every evening, I do something creative on it. and the best part is, I Don't spend 85% of my time trying to get it to work, run maintenance on it, get virus definitions, check for updates, try to get rid of virus' and other nastiness that slow the thing down to a crawl. Just not needed with a mac. My mac is one that I bought from apple store and is refurbished, Apple's online store cost $300 more than a PC, but, I don't spend $70 annually for virus programs and security suites, I didn't have to spend $$$ to but a movie editing program that would go obsolete within a month of purchasing it, I didn't have to go get a video capturing devise for more $$$. Macs' already come with all of that. So if you add up what comes with a mac vs what comes with a PC (lately just a PC, and a buggy O.S.); the Mac is actually more fiscally responsible. So don't let the cheapness of a PC fool you, you always always get what you paid for, and many times it is less. It's like buying a pair of fake name brand shoes and wondering why they lasted only 5 months, where when you spend twice the price for a quality pair and they last you 2 to 3 years. do the math, greed blinds us into thinking that something cheap is a great value just because its cheap, but garbage by any other name is still garbage whether its a PC, shoes, clothes or just about anything you can get at a discount mart no matter what the name of the over advertised store may be. It's like eating a fast food burger, made mostly out of stuff we would throw out if we were cooking at home. We need to wake up and remember that A good product DOESN'T need to be advertised or will use just minimal advertising, it's quality will sell it by word of mouth advertisers on the other hand make money by making you believe a line that has only some truth in it and the rest is over dramatization.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Monday, August 4, 2008

Top 15 excuses for not Exercising

 

Here is my top 15 reasons for not walking.

Today I am using 5, 7,  and 15.

 

1. I'm too tired

2. I'm too busy

3. It's too HOT!

4. It's too cold

5. It's raining

6. It's snowing

7. I'm too Lazy

8. my back hurts

9. my feet hurt

10. I exercised yesterday why do I need to do it again?

11. I really ain't that fat…am I?

12. It's humid, that will make my hair go flat

13. I need new shoes

14. I just got new shoes and their not broke in yet.

15. I don't have anyone to walk with today.

 

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

baby's got book...revisited

Still like the video...

weekend pictures


I spent the day with good friends this last Sunday afternoon, Here is a pic of the three sisters, From Left to right...Liz, Bert, and Katy (Berts center in the back).

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Delicious Library 2

Saw this on Chris' blog and thought I would share it as well.
Pretty cool to be able to access a virtual library and read anytime you want.

Delicious Library 2

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Momories of computing the old way




Way back in me youth I bought me a computer called the VIC 20.
I learned to program in basic back then and then it hardly even worked. You had to save to a cassette, and loading was just as slow. My VIC 20 introduced me to a great annoyance called the syntex error. That used to bug me, whenever I would be typing in a program (most programs were so small thats how you loaded them), I would get a syntex error and it would make me nuts. After I gave my VIC 20 away to a friend and waiting quite a few years for another purchase, I bought a starion pentium tower PC with windows 95 on it (in 1998 on Superbowl Sunday) Where the first thing I did when I got it home was to totally jaz it up and had to use the reinstall disks to get it back. Within a year I had to do that 4 times. Then I purchased windows 98, then Windows ME (the worst operating system Microsoft ever made, and I think that they owe us an apology for selling it to us), and then I go XP which I still use. Ain't got enough RAM for vista, and I hear that vista is rivaling ME to see which keeps worst operating system ever status. So far Microsoft is batting a thousand with good to bad O.S. systems. I think I will upgrade my macs ram to 2 gig and run parallels on it and be happy with a good chunk of hardware/software that really does what it should. (Go Mac!)

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

smartfade program for mac

It is here!!! Finally a program for the mac that helps in setting up the smartfade ml. go HERE to download the zip file that has the program in it. it is from smartfades website, if you want to go fins it yourself go to WWW.ETCCONNECT.COM
and in the search box just search for the ksyword mac and it will be in the results box.
This is still in beta form and so far you can't just plug the board into your mac to activate the program, but maybe you can save it to a flash card and upload it into the system?!?, haven't read that far into the users manual.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Smartsoft for Mac

The following is an excerpt from ETCconnects website. the SmartFade ml is a very good light mixer console and the software that allows it to run on a Mac has been released in beta version with a full functional version coming.

 

 

http://www.etcconnect.com/news.aspx?id=20150

 

 

A beta version of SmartSoft, offline operation-only, will be available for Macintosh a short time following the release of SmartSoft v1.0 for PC. The full version of SmartSoft for Macintosh will be available after the release of the PC version of SmartSoft for all SmartFade consoles, later this year.

 

 

 

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

cool look alike program


There is a site called flyakite
cool.

Its a program that runs on xp and makes xp look like a mac. Too bad it can't make it as dependable as a Mac.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

sky angel information

Got the following from Sky Angel in an E-mail, 48 hour playback feature is just totally cool, read ON...


Now that your summer schedule is filling up with barbecues, baseball games and pool parties, Sky Angel IPTV is here to make sure you don't miss a single program on your favorite faith-based channels!

The 48-hour playback feature lets you go back in time up to 48 hours in the past to watch any program you missed on the faith-based channels. No need to leave the picnic early or wade through the program listings on your DVR; these programs are instantly available for you to view at your convenience!

With innovative features such as the 48-hour playback, Sky Angel IPTV really is a must-have for the active summer months. Call 1-800-SKY-ANGEL or visit http://www.skyangel.com/order and try Sky Angel IPTV risk-free for 30 days!

Order today and don't miss a thing this summer!

Friday, June 13, 2008

tunestudio

http://www.belkin.com/tunestudio/#

Ok. How cool is this? This device lets you record directly to your IPod. Dang!

 

 

 

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

read with your spouse

 

 

I started probally three years ago or maybe four, reading two to three chapters from the Bible out loud with Katy just before we called it a night. Every night whether we were wiped from a busy day, or getting to bed late from a late day, we made sure we read at least one chapter. Occasionally when I would get from my second job quite late, we would miss the reading time together, and it has become such a valued part of ending our day together that we do miss the time together when we cant read. We started with one of my older translations and read that cover to cover and then purchased a NLV, Message and now we are on the NIV couples bible. Each we start at Genesis and work our way through to Revelations. It is a good way to end your day. We tried reading the KJV, but could not because the old english venacular was just too much. we are just about through the fourth version and may just buy the latest edition of the message and start in that soon. But which ever version we are in it is good to snuggle up with Kat and the word and let God tuck us in at night.

 

Thursday, June 5, 2008

useless information...or is it?

Information from an SAP presentation

It is highly likely that today’s learners…
… never owned a record or record player
… always had a microwave in their kitchen
… played digital multiplayer video games their entire life
… don’t know what a Telex is
… used the Internet since they started school
… spend 20% more time on-line daily than their peers who are not in college
… had an email address before their own personal phone
… download more software then they buy in a retail store (excluding video games)
And likely that they…
… have watched MTV for more than 6 hours a week…
… and TV for more than 25hr/week, or over 20,000 hr in their lifetime
… have spent less than 5,000 hr reading…
… but over 10,000 hr playing video games
… have never seen a Bank Counter
… have a 6-8 minute attention span, 14-16 min less than their parents
Their lives revolve around
“NOW”
Do NOW
Act NOW
Buy NOW
Action NOW
Answer NOW
Get solution NOW
In others words….
Generation NOW
What does it all mean?
The world around us and the way we do business…
are changing FAST
Organizations need to adapt to Customers that…
… have higher expectations
… have more differentiated needs
… have no patience and require instant action
… expect Products & Services NOW
… are technology savvy...
… and expect organizations to be as well
… use any technology channel to interact with their ecosystem…
… while expecting the same level of service
… are less concerned about Privacy…
… they freely share personal information on social networking sites

three minuite song

Great song

My dad

 

 

This fathers day, I am thinking about my dad. Dad was an encourager, a helper, a good worker. He did the work of three men at his job and never complained about it. I lost my dad in November 2003 from complications that accumulated from diabetis, kidney failure and congestive heart failure. It was a Sunday, He was in the hospital from a drop in his blood pressure that we found out later that day was internal bleeding. They had given him blood the night before so in the morning and early afternoon he was doing pretty good and I took the kids to see him, little did I know that he would die in just a matter of hours. In fact we had just got home from the hosptital from visiting him when we got the urgent call to return, and we were with him when He died. I really miss him. I lost a good friend and mentor and Pastor of my church short of a year later, and though I miss them both terribly, I would not even consider wishing them back here even for a moment. They are with Jesus now, in their new bodies, in the presence of God, where there is fullness of joy, no sorrow, no pain, and I know that when my turn comes, whether naturally or supernaturally with Christ eminant return, We shall see each other again. Until then, I strive to walk in his footsteps, encouraging others ans being a faithful friend just as my dad was and my pastor was as well. I have been blessed to have two very good examples of Christ on earth.

A lesson from Moses that we as leaders can learn

 

 

Exodus 17:10-13 (The Message)

10-13 Joshua did what Moses ordered in order to fight Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went to the top of the hill. It turned out that whenever Moses raised his hands, Israel was winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, Amalek was winning. But Moses' hands got tired. So they got a stone and set it under him. He sat on it and Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on each side. So his hands remained steady until the sun went down. Joshua defeated Amalek and its army in battle.

 

This is a good lesson for leaders, Don't go it alone, your arms will get tired. By looking at this lesson from Moses, we see that a great leader has at least two others leading with him.

My prayer is not to be a great leader like Moses, but to be a faithful friend like Hur. He doesn't get mentioned much in the scripture, but His encouragement and help for Moses was greatly needed and I am sure appreciated.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Doin' Time: Joseph

Scott had a great talk today about the ASSumptions that we make in life when we are going trough a tough time or trial. We ASSume God is mad at us, or we did something that God is punishing us for. We got to weigh our thoughts against what the Bible says. God loves us, If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Listen to the talk, Mike will have it posted soon, so go to The Orchards website HERE and click on podcast and look for Today's date (06/01/2008, or 05/31/2008). You will be glad you did. One of my assumptions that I am working on is this almost paralysing fear of standing before God and He tells me to depart from Him for He never knew me. This scares the crap out of me. I know what the scriptures say, I have the way to be saves posted as my banner on the top of this very blog. But Satan hits me with that fear every time I do wrong, think wrong or just because he knows that it will get to me. But I have to weigh it against the scriptures and remind myself that I know whom I have believed in and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I've committed unto Him against that day.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

creation museum

Just heard about the creation museum (like the museum of science and industry but biblical)

The website is here: http://www.creationmuseum.org/

Sounds very interesting…

 

 

 

 

Sunday, May 18, 2008

more on lightscribe

100 Pack HP LightScribe 4.7GB 16x DVD-R Media
As low As $0.43 each shipped
Free Ground Shipping
$43
Quantity:

Free shipping is a added benifit at this company, for certain items, but at least they offer 100 pack cd's. the main company I have used in the past did not free ship anything, so to calculate value it must be taken into consideration the shipping cost as well. The above company also is the one offering the 1 to 8 cd dvd duplication tower with lightscribe for $715. and that is very tempting. will need to consider this more as we try and streamline the process so as to be able to make the sermon cd's available as quickly as possible for our guests at OVCC.

Friday, May 16, 2008

then theres the do-it-yourseler



E-mailed to me from a newspaper article

This is the do it your self electric car kit.

you can transform your gas guzzler into

an all electric car (at a price), I still wonder if

a new electric car already made would be

a better value?

I need one of these



36 mph max speed

35 miles range per charge...zero gallons of gas needed!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

lightscribe tower


If I had the bread, I would buy this for the church's cd / dvd duplication needs. It is currently priced at $715.00 and does 8 at a time. pretty cool, also will duplicate the light scribe label that is on the master.

twittering

Chris wrote about twittering at his blog, check it out HERE, I have just started twittering and it is great. It is like instant messaging but to your blog, with the possibility of a copy of what you just wrote going to as many of your friends who also may want to follow you. You also follow your friends and you can jot ideas, things that just pop into your head (some may just be inspirational) or just what you are doing. Your friends care about what you do and say as much as you care about them and this is just another way to stay connected, informed and best of all, In Prayer for your friends, family and leaders. If God brings one of your leaders to mind, twitter a prayer for him or her, God knows our thoughts, but our friends don't, and as we pray for one another through this means, it just may spark one of our friends to pray with us as well, Bringing up to the Father a need that He wants to meet in their lives, or a situation that only He can help prevent, but won't unless asked to. James tells us that We have not because we ask not. Hopefully I can start something here that will benefit all of us as we call upon Gods grace and mercy for our elders, friends and family. Doesn't even have to be long or specific, When God brings to your mind someone, say  or twitter a quick prayer for them, who knows, It may be just what they needed.

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

twitter is not responding

Hmm, I can't seem to log into twitter. Drag. I think that with all of its sudden popularity, it must have crashed or something. Hopefully the problem will be resolved soon

Friday, May 9, 2008

lightscribe duplicators

I would have to say that the arguments for a lightscribe system are very encouraging. I found this CD/DVD duplication tower on line at google shopping and the price seems to be reasonable as well. This is a 1 to 8 tower that doesn't need a computer hooked up to it to work. What it does ( what it does is taken from the brief reading that is on the webpage) I have Placed here:

What Lightscribe is
Lightscribe is an innovative technology that uses a special disc drive, special media, and label-making software to burn labels directly onto CDs and DVDs.

Because the labels are laser-etched-not printed-there's no ink, no smudging, and no peeling.

Your labels can be whatever you want them to be. Create one-of-a-kind designs with your own photos, text, and artwork or choose from the many free backgrounds provided using the special edition Template Labeler software included with every Lightscribe capable duplicator. You may also visit LightScribe's Template Label Gallery, or the Label Gallery for free downloadable designs.

How Lightscribe Works:

1. Burn the image label you created from the saved file on your computer onto a CD. (Please note that the Lightscribe software is only compatible with a PC and not recognized on an Apple computer)
2. Place that CD into the reader drive of the SharkCopier LS duplicator.
3. Load Lightscribe capable discs with the label side down in all of the writer drives.
4. Using the menu on the duplicator's LCD, choose and execute the "Print" function.
5. Burn your Lightscribe label directly onto the discs in all the writer drives at the same time.
6. Remember, the same drive that burns your label burns your data, too.

Benefits Of Lightscribe Duplicator:
The SharkCopier LS allows the user to both copy data, audio or video files onto the data side of recordable CD's or DVD's, but also can print directly onto the label side of Lightscribe capable CD's and DVD's. This is all done in a single standalone manual tower duplicator where all the drives will print or duplicate simultaneously for a faster superior end product. All of this is done without the need to connect to a PC, refill ink cartridges/thermal ribbon, or a masters degree in mechanical engineering. The SharkCopier LS is so easy to use and offers such exceptional print and duplication quality, that anyone can use one!

Sounds good!

Being that this is a standalone system, it can be placed at the welcome center and any sermons past or present (that have already been burned using lightsctribe can be duplicated on demand at the time that the requestor is wanting them. I can see where this would save us a lot of time and money and make a better use of the resources that God has given us.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

lightscribe and cd duplication



Out of curiosity I did some research on the lightscribe technology and whether or not it would look and or do us good in the production environment at church, What I did find was that it takes up to 30 minutes to burn a label. YIKES! as many disks as we go through that would not work.


We currently are using a thermal printer which is slow, but gives a permanent label that looks good.


The inkjet ones look good as well, but how permanent is the ink?


We eventually will be needing to upgrade or replace what we are using as the equipment is showing the warning signs of wearing out and may start to give us trouble but for now until a better system can be found, It will have to hold together.


I like the look of light scribe, I just wish it was faster (It runs at 1x), so graphically intense labels will take forever to print.


Lightscribe is still fairly new though so I can only hope that as the lasers evolve, they will get faster and better.

I found this image on line of how lightscribe labeled disks can look, It is nice, I just wish that it didn't take 30 minuites to work.




(be)attitude

In Matthew 5:3-12; Jesus does what is called the Sermon on the mound, aka the beatitudes.

the basics are something that we must remember in order to be at peace in Christ and with ourselves. Synopsis…If you want something give it away, this is how we gain the stuff that is most important. Money can't buy happiness, Generosity to others, kindness to those who may not deserve kindness, Love to those who may not be loveable, these things we give away and receive back from God in abundance. You want to be happy, make others Happy and God will make your heart glad. Need encouragement?, give encouragement to others and be more encouraged yourself, need money? be generous and let God supply your needs (ouch that’s a hard one ain't it). In the same measure that we give that is how we receive from God. If we are stingy, He will be stingy with us, but if we are generous, he also will be generous with us, and even more so.

3"You're blessed when you're at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

 4"You're blessed when you feel you've lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

 5"You're blessed when you're content with just who you are—no more, no less. That's the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can't be bought.

 6"You're blessed when you've worked up a good appetite for God. He's food and drink in the best meal you'll ever eat.

 7"You're blessed when you care. At the moment of being 'care-full,' you find yourselves cared for.

 8"You're blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

 9"You're blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That's when you discover who you really are, and your place in God's family.

 10"You're blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God's kingdom.

 11-12"Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don't like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.

 

 

 

 

Sunday, May 4, 2008

ProPresenter and the presentation display settings

I use ProPresenter on my Macbook at home using Apple's OS X tiger, yah I know, I should upgrade to leopard but bread is scarce lately. Anyway, I use it at home to test with, learn with and get a better understanding of how it works and what are the best ways for presenting with it so that I can help make the presentation environment even better for the weekend audience at church whenever possible, at least for myself and the production crew. The hundred or so volunteers that we have at the Orchard do an awesome job at serving and making the guests feel welcome and helping them see Gods love through us. It is so cool to see God working through ordinary people. It has been said that God doesn't call the gifted to serve, but gifts those He has called. So fear not is a good term to remember, because if God has called you to do something for Him, remember that He will supply you with the tools, knowledge, or whatever else is needed to accomplish what He has for you to do; We need to trust that He will and that We can.
Anyway, back to the topic at hand. I hooked up my Mac book into the LCD TV at home through the VGA port on the TV and was a little disappointed at first as the resolution was real small, but then I went into the preferences and pushed "full screen", what this did was allow the program to view the resolution settings that the Mac book had for the TV that was connected and assign that resolution to ProPresenter so that the displayed results would be best. it was really cool. I can know put DVDs in the computer and watch them at maximum resolution and they looked great. I also found that the Provideo (a part of ProPresenter) does a much better job at DVDs than does the DVD player that comes with the mac.
So if you want to try and adjust your settings for ProPresenter, first make sure that your Mac is setup so that it is sending the correct resolution to the projector. I plugged my mack into the TV and pressed the detect displays button and the Mac set itself up to the correct resolution of the TV I was connected to. I could only hope that a projection system using VGA inputs would be able to be auto detected, otherwise it may be best to check your documentation that came with the projector to see what the recommended settings are. My mac and ProPresenter found that the optimal resolution settings on the TV I was using is 1366 x 768. (DPI) The High definition settings are 480i but I don't think that the mac uses the newer high def standards for displays yet. I bet that if these settings are better, then the future updates will allow you to set you monitor adjustments by the high definition range. I still do not quite grasp just what 480i means but the TV settings tell me to set my HDMI to that and being I don't have anything that hooks up by HDMI I won't worry about that for know, although I have read that many new computers and monitors will be hooking up together via HDMI so maybe when that happens, the meaning of the 480i will be more clear. I will have to research that and see. I have a few techno-savey friends that work in the help desk that could probably explain that a little more clearly. If I find out more about this newer standard I will blog it.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Help from kids, went to a movie

Got a lot of yard work done yesterday. Brandie mowed the front yard, and Marcus mowed the back, and there was very minimal whining, so as a reward, we went to see Horton Hears a who.

It was a good and funny version of the Doctor Seuss classic and we are looking forward to it coming out on DVD.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

unity

 

 

I was listening to the radio today and they made mention about being in unity as believers. Even though all of us are different, we can be in unity because we are all in Christ and Christ is in God. This is a great mystery, but keeping that in mind we should strive for unity.

 

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Clear slide for propresenter


I found an interesting thing in the latest version of pro presenter and it would be the set clear key. here is a picture of the key setup screen... this allows you to set an end point to the background, the audio track playing or everything. It is a nice little shortcut to stop a background while still in the middle of a song, especially if emphasis is needed to drop into a more worshipful atmosphere for that part of the song when a background image would be more distracting than helpful.