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Alexis’ Baptism

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Last Sunday we celebrated my daughter Alexis’ baptism at the pool of some local friends. The event was sponsored by the Ephrata Foursquare Church, one of the two churches we attend, Menno Mennonite Church being the other.

It was a special time for all of us as we shared in Alexis’ celebration and public proclamation of her faith in Jesus. And it was particularly special for me to share in the experience by praying over her and baptizing her myself.

Children are such a remarkable gift from God. And Alexis is no exception. What a joy it is to see her grow in her faith, standing on the foundation laid by Jesus, in the home that Deana and I have provided her, so that she may grow beyond what we could attain, passing her faith onto her own children someday. This is our hope, that Alexis baptism was not only a proclamation of her faith, but that the Kingdom of God grows through families. May God Bless you Alexis.

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Hope – The Church in 10,000 years

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In the Winter 2000 issue of Whole Earth Magazine I came across an article about Long Now Foundation’s work to create a 10,000 year clock. (shown above)

The following comment in the article caught my eye. “Danny Hillis’s idea was that by slowing down the usual speedy movements of a clock, he hoped to slow us down and have us think about the long term. The purpose of a clock that runs for 10,000 years is to encourage us to create things that require 10,000 years to measure. A great civilization for instance.”

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Giant Lava Lamp

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My town of Soap Lake is trying to build a 60ft. Lava lamp. At first, I thought this was completely goofy, but the more I think of it the more cool I think it could be. viva la lamp. for more go to the official giant lava lamp site. Be sure to check out the official song

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Topics

One of the reasons I began blogging was as a means to get a tremendous amount of writings that I’ve done over the year into a manageable form, both for myself, my children, and vainly for those who come after me and may benefit from my neuroticl intellectual pursuits.

A dilema though, has been how to categorize them. Typepad allows the ability to set a bunch of categories that will help manage the info. But what categories?

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Unbound Bible

I am a big fan of internet technologies that allow me to centralize my information on the web, rather then on a specific computer. This is because I have had computers need to be completely reformatted more then once, without an adequate backup, and lost valuable information. Also, because, like many others, I am computing from many different locations on different workstations.

One tool I’ve found that I like is the Unbound Bible. While there are many bibles available online, what sets this one apart is its ability to save your own notes to passages you have been studying. This is something that I have been looking for. Again, many desktop Bible programs allow you to type in your own notes. But again, you are bound to that desktop or laptop.

The only potential drawback that concerns me with unbound bible is I do not know yet if I can make a personal backup or if I am at the mercy of Biola. In order for us to make the transition from the desktop to the web in productivity, there needs to be mechanisms for backing up at both levels so that our data is secure. Otherwise we have traded one problem for another.

Check out the site. I think it could be very useful.

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Zechariah Jefferson Long

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On July 16th, 2003 Deana and I welcomed Zechariah Jefferson Long into our family. He was born 9 lbs and 19 inches long. Both he and his mother are doing well. While Deana was up doing something I was holding my new son, and brought him close, kissing him on the forehead. I looked up and saw that Deana had caught me… caught me in love, and I said as much to her. I love my new son and look forward to bringing him and his mother home.

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Typepad

Today has been spent uploading a family photo (missing my wife who was behind the lens) and playing with all the features to personalize the site. I can’t seem to figure out how to make it so that my amazon wishlist is clickable into the actual amazon wishlist site. Guess I’ll have to do some research. Gads. Amazon has gotten so cluttered that it’s next to impossible to find things on the site sometimes.

edited addendum

figured out the amazon wishlist thing. amazon didn’t make it easy for me though. good thing i’m smart. 😉

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Mastering

Been busy today mastering the clacal C.D. after first beta made yesterday.

Three main problems I wound up needing to solve. The first was too large of a sonic difference between various tracks. Some were warm while others were crisp. At first listen on my home stereo, I was worried that overall the C.D. lacked hi end, but I believe I’m too acustomed to turning the treble up in my car stereo. After listening on a boom box, I was more certain that the warmer tracks were the ones to be duplicated, and I should put a small shelving EQ on the high end of others.

Second was a problem with levels from one song to the next. This has been solved on 5 songs so far and proved to be a larger problem then the sonic differences as it involves not simple volume changes from one song to the next, but also average volume inside each song, and maintaining the dynamics of the original recording. Spent the most time on “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree,” which I believe is a stellar song.

I benefited from this article on VU Meters in working at levels.

Last issue, which was easy to fix was that the reverb was a little too strong in places. Simply turned it down.

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Part Deux

The day has gone. I have finally finished the beta C.D. of our school’s classical C.D. After the first listen to it’s entirety I am quite pleased, though there are some obvious things to clean up. But, no glaring errors.

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In the beginning

This is my first post on typepad. I’ve used Blogger only a little bit and liked the blogging concept as a means to subject the world to my verbosity. Recently I came into contact with Moveable Type through the website way.nu and found it to be far more exciting. Typepad is a more userfriendly version, not requiring the same level of techskills as moveable type.

So… on with the show.

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