usually i consider myself ahead of the game when it comes to cool things technology and what’s the new fad and such. every now and again, however, i do have a lapse in relevant-ness from time to time. and apparently this was such a time.
i got an email the other day from fohonline talking about the latest news in the world of pro audio. i usually just skim over it, and move on to more pressing things like twitter. well, this particular one had an article about digidesign doing “webinars.” (that would be a web-seminar for those of you having trouble. and for jaron.) the guy doing the series of webinars is robert scovill (longtime live sound engineer whose credits include tom petty and matchbox 20), who has been working with digidesign for several years, and in my opinion they’ve developed the sexiest digital console out there. period. if you don’t believe me, see for yourself here or here. i’m not gonna get too geeky with it, but not only is it sound incredible, but they’ve done something no one else has. it’s called “virtual soundcheck.” basically meaning with the click of a button, you flip over to last night’s show or last sunday’s service and it’s like the band was in the room. what an incredible volunteer tool for churches. if i had 40k to drop right at this moment, i would definitely drop it on the profile. and if i had 54k, would definitely drop it on the big daddy d-show. what’s more attractive than a freelance engineer with his own console? (checks can be made out to jonathan mobley)
Published July 29, 2008
church , technology , work
Tags: austin tx, the drag
we shot a video today. we had planned to do this prior to this week, however we never got around to doing it like we talked about. so we decided to take the idea we had previously, and tweak it to match nic’s talk tomorrow evening. for a little background of our shoot, we shot on “the drag,” which is guadalupe street in austin right on the ut campus. so here’s a few things i observed during our shoot:
1. it was hot
2. it’s funny how people deny you. from every different excuse possible, to not even acknowledging your existence. i’ve never seen so many people that couldn’t wait to get back to their job. i didn’t know so many people were excited about their place of work. we even got a “no. i’m on vacation” response.
3. we started our questions real vague, then we got more pointed as we went on. usually not really introducing what we were doing, to try and get the most real, authentic answers possible. when people heard the name “God,” their whole demeanor changed. their tone of voice, facial expressions, everything. i’m capturing all the video now, about to edit it all down. but depending on which responses make the cut, watch for when i post the final so you can see and hear what i’m talking about. some of the responses should be intriguing to you.
Published July 28, 2008
Tags: collide magazine
this is a piece of an article collide magazine posted early, for the sheer fact it’s deep and the guy might have a point. you might have to read it a few times to really get it.
I think when the technology becomes not only the focal point but the prerequisite, we’ve cheapened not only the art, but our humanity. I’m not against technology. My design firm is filled with high-end technical equipment. But we first practice the fundamental craft of design. We think about things like composition, scale, balance, rhythm, contrast, hospitality, flow. It takes years to learn to master these elements. Technology often presents us with the illusion that you need not think about these things. Yet nothing could be further from the truth if you want your efforts to express something of the human experience. I’m a big fan of technology in service of humanity. It’s the reverse that cheapens us.
that will make you think won’t it. i had been debating on whether to subscribe, this sealed the deal and i submitted my subscription today.
if you read jaron’s blog like i told you to do, you already know that camp 7/8 was a good week. i would say it rivaled the week we had with high school. i already knew going in things would be a lot less stress and low key. less people were coming, less logistics, and just not as much of a headache. well that may partly be true, but that doesn’t mean God can’t work right?
well He did work. we took a great group of kids, the kids i’d rather hang out with instead of just about any of our high school kids. and whats even more crazy, probably 90% of them didn’t grow up in church. and to see them worship is cool. to see kids from both churches experience a kind of worship that they never have been apart of is cool. i wish we could’ve had one more night. if we would’ve been able to build off of the Wednesday night we had, i can’t imagine what God would’ve done. (i’ve always thought junior high and high school camps need 5 days, preteen get 4). after every camp i’ve ever done, i usually go check out the bands myspace and see people leave comments about how awesome they were. usually this makes me feel like i did awesome as well(because if they sound awesome, that means i did good right? duh.) i read myspace blogs just yesterday about how it was some of these kids best week ever, nothing really on the band’s thing (except for me. ha). it was about what God did. so needless to say, it seems to me like these kids get where the week came from. the experiences they had, they know it wasn’t from a band, or speaker, or from anybody else involved. it was about what God did. and to me thats cool. in church today several of the kids we took brought their families with them to church. that tells me something clicked during the week. cool to be apart of.
“greater things are still to be done here”
one of the blogs i read is jason bedell who is creative arts pastor at forefront. he wrote 6 different posts lately entitled “the great church debate: the mac vs. pc debate for churches.” obviously this caught my attention because i’m a mac lover stuck in a pc world. if you’re stuck trying to figure out which way to go, read these. he offers good points. so here are each post:
part 1 part 2 part 3 part 4 part 5 part 6 UPDATE-part 7
Published July 25, 2008
Tags: apple, macbook touch
this is what happened while i was gone. rumor of a macbook touch…oh please say it’s so. pleeeaaaseee…this would make my year. actually if i got one it would make my year.
Published July 24, 2008
church , work
hello world. i’ve missed you. i’ve been away for only 4 days, yet it seems like forever. call me an addict, and that would be right on the money. if i would’ve planned ahead, i would’ve had more blogs to post throughout the week. well i failed. recap to come later. for now check out jaron’s recap here