Well, it's Miscellaneous Wednesday, so I thought I'd share a few things with you that I've found useful. First of all, I saw a Tweet last week from @Macs In Church that was a link to a pretty interesting site if you work with video at all: Zach Poff Software. Zach Poff is a New York area digital media artist, educator, and maker-of-things, according to his bio. He has some pretty cool tools on his page, all of them free. For example, he has a motion detector program that will start recording if movement happens in up to six targets in a frame. He has some live, preview green screen software to help you get your keys set up correctly. And, there's even a multi-screen playback software that synchronizes QuickTime files on multiple computers on a LAN (which sounds kinda like ProVideoPlayer--only free!). Check it out.
Tim Corder has been posting some really useful comparisons lately. Last week he posted a comparison of various guitar mics; then a few days later posted some tests with kick drum mics. This was particularly interesting because he was playing around with the Yamaha SubKick. I've been intrigued by this cool little device ever since I saw it a few years ago, but have never had the occasion to play with one. I won't give it away, but you should go listen to the audio files he's posted. Good stuff.
A Personal Update
Many of you have asked either on Twitter or via e-mail how I'm doing, and what's going on. The answers are "quite well," and "a lot" respectively. I've been really amazed at how many opportunities have presented themselves, and it's great to have some solid options. I've been spending a lot of time on the phone with various churches all over the country and feel very positive overall. I'm confident God is going to open the right door for us at the right time.
In the meantime, I'm wrapping up my work with Upper Room, doing some writing and getting a little extra rest. Though I've been talking to churches all over the country, if anyone knows of a church in need of someone with my skill set in the Twin Cities area, my daughters would be oh so grateful if you would pass that along. They're doing OK with the prospect of moving, but would much prefer to stay here. Ultimately, we want to be where God is calling us, and we don't want to miss out on that.
Thanks to all who have prayed, called and Twittered your support over the last few weeks. It's meant a whole lot for me and for my family. I often share the notes with my family and I see how it positively affects them, and I want you to know that. We have some exciting trips coming up that will help us decide what's next, and I'll share more of that when it's appropriate. Thanks for reading, and we thank you again for your support.