Blog explosion

April 30, 2008

If a blog were to explode what sort of noise would it make?  I think some kind of blurting-blobby-splat.

I’ve not had much time to post here because I’ve been working on a video with a bit of a deadline (only taking a break now to let some of the text overlays render so I can tell if what I’m doing looks right).  I’ve also been starting up a bunch of other blogs.

1- has moved the archive of what happened this month at Deeper from a page on this blog (which made it difficult to update) to one of its own.  Eventually this will grow so that more of the Deeper team will update different areas and we can send out announcements before the event and follow-up posts after the event.  This is experimental, and we are winding down towards summer but hopefully it will kick off when we start a new series in the Autumn.

2- Got a bit confusing.  I wanted to start a space where I could talk more about the visual mixing actually being a ministry, so to develop some slightly more serious thinking and writing on what it is I / we do.  But I didn’t want to get this mixed up with the general ‘notes of life’ that I put here so started a new blog.  The problem is I don’t like ANY of the terms we use… Christian VJ, Worship VJ, Visual Mixer, etc…  they are all OK and I like the term VJ but it does make people instantly think of jumpy, fast paced visuals that would fit in a club but really don’t work behind a slow paced worship song.  So (for now) I’ve settled on Christian Visualist. Visualist is a term used by some VJs and Video Artists and does tend to mean live performance so I think it fits – does sound a bit pompous though.

3- I’ve been trying to move the good old, hand-coded DeepRiver web site over to WordPress as well, however this is proving difficult – all the relevant names have been taken, I can’t get the full depth of sub pages that I need and I don’t have time to write the new contend or upload new videos.  It’s frustrating how developing DeepRiver and anything that actually might bring money to it always seems to take a back seat to the projects that have been taken on in the mean time.

Speaking of which, the video has now rendered, so back to the grind stone – or track-ball to be accurate.

Inappropriate clothing for worship :-<

April 27, 2008

I managed to go to a little of the Worship Central event yesterday. I think this was their first time in Scotland, and unfortunatly I was only able to get along to the opening session and couldn’t stick around all day.

However what I got to had some great worship (even with the lack of any visuals which would have been nice) and a good talk, and even time for some prayer ministry. During this ministry set the speaker gave several calls to come forward for various reasons and several times said things along the lines of coming forward “to remove the garment of Despair and put on joy” .. “take off that garment of Despair”… etc…

It was at this point that I realised that today had been the wrong day wear my new Tshirt purchased online from Despair, Inc – which has this on the back of the neck….

despair logo

Granted this logo is only in small print but I was very aware of it and eventually I did go up for prayer (for non-clothing related reasons) and was glad to have done so, but I was pleased that nobody decided that this had been a literal ‘word’ and tried to remove my T-shirt of Despair – ’cause I didn’t have much else with me :-/


April 17, 2008

Embody has been revamped – this was a great resource many years ago, but I stopped checking it because it didn’t change much. So I can’t think the last time I checked it out. Today Jonny Baker mentioned it which made me revisit and I’m blown away by the design and content.

I don’t have time to look at everything right now so this post is as much a reminder to myself to have a good dig around. Also to flag up to anyone on the Deeper team that there is lots here we can use or adapt…!

Embody Logo


April 16, 2008

Last night was good. Last night, was encouraging. Last night a few folk got together and shared some ideas and dreams, what we think our ministries might be and how God might be using these things. It was a time to encourage, pray, brainstorm, dream…

Tonight, is the only full evening I’ve got this week to do a fairly large video job. If I manage to get enough done then I don’t need to work on it as much over the weekend (which would be good as I’m going away and would like to have some time to relax, mix and meet folk). So home – start clearing out space on the lap top to start a new project (this means moving two unfinished projects off to external storage, one of which is taking over two hours to copy over).

Then I discoverd I had nothing to eat so had to pop to the shops, then I got a phone call saying that stsilas and building for the future websites were both down. So I had to start looking into this, including calling a friend who is on holiday but is the only person with admin access, we had to diagnose what was going on and eventually email support. Hopefully this will be back up soon.

Finally (while still waiting for the file archiving to complete to free up enough disk space) I started a new video project, set up all the files ready for grabbing new footage from tape and now I am just about ready to start. It is now 9:30, so realistically I only have about 2 hours of useful work tonight, which just isn’t enough – so I’m frustrated, a little tired already and not feeling very inspired or creative. I will try to do the ‘leg work’ of logging material and choosing shots but really could do with an extra day this week :—<

Update at 10:30pm – possibly another ‘distraction’ but I just remembered I had to make a DVD for this weekend and really I think this is the only chance I’ll get so have just managed to fling that together and start it burning. So still haven’t started to even look at the footage for the new project.

Update at 2am – three and a half hours to review, mark and capture 66min of footage (15Gb) from 98min of recorded footage. Next problem is how to edit that down to 10min, but that’s for tomorrow…

Food: Rab Ha’s

April 7, 2008

The return of the great Glasgow alphabet meal – where each month a few of us go out for a meal choosing a restaurant beginning with a different letter of the alphabet each time.

H was tricky, and the best we could find was Rab Ha’s – 81 Hutcheson Street, Glasgow G1 1SH (map)

Rab Ha’s is an excellent little place hidden in the heart of the Merchant City, that said I’ve never actually eaten in there before. We had some difficulty finding the restaurant’s entrance and ended up going through the pub to get to it. We actually walked right past the entrance but because of smokers outside it didn’t look like an entrance, we then still had to push past two other smokers at the pub entrance who just didn’t move aside much.

Rab Ha\'s

The restaurant is downstairs, it was fairly quiet which wasn’t surprising early on a Monday and we went for the Pre Theater Menu (even tho’ we weren’t going anywhere afterwards). There was no-option really for me since whenever I see Stornoway black pudding I have to have it. You see, my mother was from the Isle of Lewis and black pudding from MacLeod’s butcher was something we only had when we visited. Black pudding isn’t something I eat much of because it isn’t very nice, but Stornoway black pudding is just better.

So, I went for “Marinated Pork chop spiced apple sauce and Stornoway black pudding mash” and the others had “Pan fried Sea Bass fillet crushed potatoes and sauce vierge”

The Pork was cooked really well, the apple sauce was nice but the mashed potato with Stornoway black pudding flaked through it was fantastic, just to add that slight depth of flavour – really really good! The verdict on the Bass was “12 out of 10” but then we started talking about something else so I didn’t manage to get any explanation for this. Then we moved on to puddings :-)

“Warm chocolate brownie vanilla ice cream” again, fantastic – not too heavy, melt in the mouth, smooth, great.

main course 1 at Rab\' Ha\'smain course 2 at Rab Ha\'sbrownie - Rab Ha\'s

However, while I can’t complain on the quality of the food or the service and at £14 it wasn’t bad. The thing is I was still hungry when I got home and ended up having beans on toast :-<

Too many Buts

April 6, 2008

Feeling a bit like life is being squeezed from all sides at the moment. The clocks changed last weekend so the evenings are lighter and there have even been the odd day of nice spring weather. So I want to get out and do more but have too much that has to get done at home and even more that I would rather be doing. Some things that I have to do (that pay the bills) are more frustrating and unfulfilling than usual and other areas where I think God is using me I have no time to devote to.

With this general feeling going on at the moment I happened to read James earlier this week and it’s been running around my head ever since and not really in a helpful way. I’ll paraphrase with my comments, but most of this is from James 1:2-8 New Century Version:

“When you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience. Let your patience show itself perfectly in what you do. Then you will be perfect and complete and will have everything you need.” v2-5

OK, so sounds like to be perfect, complete and have all I need I just need better patience or to at least persevere through the ‘troubles’ – that should be fine. I do hope the next word isn’t a BUT, it could be a THEREFORE followed by DO MORE PRESSUPS or even THEREFORE, EAT CAKE – I could use something tangible to work on in order to know how to persevere through troubles rather than a BUT, I hate when there are BUTs…

v5 “But….” great.

v5″ But if any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it”

Hold on, that’s not too bad. This I think is probably one of requests I am more consistent about, along the lines of – “I don’t know what to do, give me wisdom for this or that… ” so yes, I can tick that box I do ask God for wisdom all the time. This is a good BUT, this is a BUT I can get my teeth into…

v5 “He is generous and enjoys giving to all people, so he will give you wisdom”

OK, again I’m not so sure how I feel about this.  I don’t feel I have much wisdom and certainly still don’t know what to do about the aforementioned ‘this and that’ which I’ve been asking for guidance on for years and years and … you get the idea.

v6-8 “But” -Oh no, another one- “when you ask God, you must believe and not doubt. anyone who doubts is like a wave in the sea, blown up and down by the wind. Such who doubt are thinking two different things at the same time, and they cannot decide about anything they do. They should not think they will receive anything from the Lord.”

There it is.  There is always a difficult BUT, the BUT that in this case that says your prayers for wisdom aren’t working because you must believe and not doubt. I don’t think I’m doubting, could even say I doubt I’m doubting but I’m not sure if I doubt I am doubting cancels each other out or leads to doubt squared!

So in summing up, I have problem X that I need to make a decision on.  I ask God for wisdom in total belief and without doubt that he will give me the wisdom to make the correct decision – not necessarily that he will give me the answer (tho’ that would be good) but that when I make the decision it will be the correct one.  Now all I have to do is wait to see what happens – Oh and at some point I have to act in order to implement the actual decision.

Hmm, I think that makes sense!?