Sunday, April 26, 2009

iphone phun

Last week I finally caved in and bought an iphone. So glad I did!
Mostly been goofing around with various photography applications, some of which are great fun.

So far, these are my two favorite images.
The first one my mom took of me at a local resturant. It was about the 15th photo she'd taken in about 5 minutes trying to get a good shot without moving or getting the blinding window light in frame. You can tell how excited I am by that point ;-)
Had a good time tweaking it in photoshop and actually think the finally image is a pretty good representation of where I am right now.

This next one is a picture of my mom taken with the "shake it" application. I love this shot! The application is great fun because it gives the look of a polaroid photo by shaking the phone till it's fully "developed". If you just wait, it works too, but shaking is more fun!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Hookers and Robbers

I so want to plan a liturgy with this as the song leading up to sharing communion.
It's the one thing frustrating about not being in the same state as the church you belong to. ;-)
Well...that and the fact that communion is not as big a deal to the guy that pastors the church as it is to me.
Iona community has a wonderful prayer that would go with this song. It was read at the emerging church conference. I'll have to dig it out and include it later.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sunday Funnies

Fry and Laurie featuring Hugh Laurie singing his song about America

New Gear

I've gotten a couple new pieces of kit over the last couple weeks.

First I bought a "Flip" video recorder. So far, all I've managed to record is a couple seconds each of my mom being annoyed with me recording her, and a friend being annoyed with my recording her. Next step..the Oscars.
I really want to try this thing out for real doing "The One Thing" excerise from Facebook.
The idea is to find a wise friend, I have a few so that's easy, and ask them "If there were only ONE THING you could tell me, what would it be". I want to record their answer or have them write it down on a paper, which I can then photograph them with. I'm not quite sure yet which direction I want to take this.
I'm sure it would be a quite awkward moment for someone to be asked a question like that. I'd want to capture what they say, when they say it, but not intimidate them with a camera while they think. guess I'll just have to give it a go and see what happens eh?

Secondly, yesterday I finally caved in and just bought an iphone. Got a pretty good tax refund, so felt like it was ok to splurge a bit. Plus, I have some folks that call pretty regularly and do nothing but complain about how crap my old phone service was. Finally just got tired of all the whinging ;-) Tonight I get to load up my ipod and download some apps.

Any ideas of which ones I need?

Monday, April 13, 2009

I had a Dream- Susan Boyle

A few years ago a Welsh bloke named Paul Potts, wowed the audience at "Britian's Got Talent" when he opened his mouth and out came a beautiful operatic voice. This week, a 47 year old, unemployed Scot from near Glasgow had her chance to try out. Watch the reaction of the audience and the judges when she is speaking...and then again when she starts singing.

Even the hosts, Ant and Dec, are surprised!

Read the lyrics on the side to understand even more fully about the power of this performance.

Amazing!! Nearly 2.5 million views in a matter of days on Youtube.

What are you thinking/feeling after watching this?

Watch here