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Earth Day

Chris —  April 22, 2009 — Leave a comment

In honor of Earth Day, here’s a video to one of my favorite David Crowder songs.

If you’re looking for a Resource that could help you here also check out
Save the Planet
from Josh Griffin.

Photoshop Alternatives

Chris —  April 21, 2009 — Leave a comment

I got an question submitted to the site the other day from Haley about Photoshop alternatives and thought there may be others with similar questions.  (Haley, I tried to write you back, but your email kept bouncing, hopefully this will help you out.)

Photoshop is a really powerful program, but it comes with a price tag (Amazon lists Adobe Photoshop CS4 at $641.99), but the good news is there are a lot of cheap (or free) alternatives that may work for you.

One option is just to go with Photoshop Elements (PC or Mac) at only $74.99 is considerably cheaper, but can still give you most of the functions that those of us who don’t make a live as graphic designers need.  It’s heavy in photo editing features, but still gives some of the advanced images tools as well.

Another option that is closer to full blown Photoshop is called GIMP.  GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program, and is an Open Source project so the cost to you is nothing.  Remember you get what you pay for, and it’s definitely not as polished as Photoshop, but is incredible full featured for a free program.  You can find the PC version HERE.  And Mac you can get the basic version HERE, but if you want a version that doesn’t require X11, I would check out SeeShore (If you don’t know what X11 is, stick with SeeShore).

There are some other cheap or free options depending what platform you’re on:

I know I’m only scratching the surface here.  What other options have you’ve found that might help Haley out?

Create Your Own Youtube

Chris —  April 17, 2009 — 1 Comment

I have recently stumbled upon a service called Fliggo. It is focused on creating websites to share your videos.  It can create a site that is more as gallery, or one more like a Vlog where each video has comments or as a video sharing community similar to YouTube where users can upload their own videos.

One of their best features is the ability to enter a YouTube video address instead of uploading videos from your computer. It doesn’t merely embed the videos in your site; rather, it rips the video from YouTube, saves it on their server and inserts it into your site.  This is great because it removes the linked videos YouTube placed on the end of your video over which you have no control.

The service is free with a paid pro version in their ner future that adds custom domain support and some other options, but all the imporant features are available on the free version.

I saw this on @Zondervan‘s twitter today, and I thought I’d pass it along.  Right now you can get a free copy the TNIV Bible in Ebook format.  It’s available for both the Amazon Kindle and the Sony E-Book Reader.  Even if you are using the Kindle software (link opens iTunes) on your iPhone or iPod Touch you can still take advantage of this.  It’s only for a limited time, so if you’re interested I would head over a snatch them up before it goes away.

Pick the link for the version you would like to get:

Tax Day Special at SYM

Chris —  April 15, 2009 — Leave a comment


In honor of Tax Day the folks over at Simply Youth Ministry are having a special sale. Save 15% on any orders over $99.

I know I’ve had my eye on some of the Media products that are already marked down 50%.

The Igniter Backs are great.  I’ve used a few of the volumes and have really liked them.  The Tracks look really good also.

LINK: Simply Youth Ministry Tax Day Sale

Got some time to kill?  Here are The 100 Most Iconic Internet Videos.  Lot’s of classics here you may have forgotten.  Here’s the Top 10:

10. Sneezing Baby Panda
9. ‘Lazy Sunday’
8. Where the Hell Is Matt?
7. David After Dentist
6. ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ (Rick roll)
5. Chris Crocker, ‘Leave Britney Alone’
4. Barack Obama’s First YouTube Address
3. Grape Lady Falls
2. Christian The Lion
1. Star Wars Kid

There’s lots more on the list.  Some great ones I had forgotten about.  Do you agree with their rankings?

LINK:  The 100 Most Iconic Internet Videos [Full List]


Chris —  April 14, 2009 — Leave a comment

This is been making the rounds, but it’s so funny.  I don’t know if I’m ready for nano-blogging, I think I will stick with Twitter.  And if you’re on Twitter don’t forget to follow us: @YMGeek.

Lego Jesus

Chris —  April 13, 2009 — Leave a comment


There’s a church in Sweden that had it’s member donate Legos and they used them to create a life size Jesus for Easter.  My church isn’t quite that cool, we only had cross with flowers.  It’s sounds like a great Youth Room decoration.

Link:  Swedish church unveils Lego statue of Jesus Christ

Yesterday Simply Youth Ministry and Worship House Media launched the Simply Youth Ministry Media Store, a new media store with a focus on media for youth ministry. It a huge collection of movies, backgrounds, countdowns, still images and software with youth ministry in mind.  There’s also a great section of Easter stuff if you need any last minute videos or backgrounds.

They also provide weekly freebies that are great (check out the link on the homepage).


LINK: Simply Youth Media Store

New Gmail Mobile

Chris —  April 8, 2009 — Leave a comment

Gmail introduced its new Gmail for Mobile web app for Andriod, iPhone, and iPod touch. They have tweaked the interface to allow for easier searching and basic archive, delete, etc. functions, but the most interesting update is that the app allows for offline reading of recently read messages using Gears for Andriod and SQLite for iPhone (according to Engadget). It was an allover great experience for me when I tried it out, and as earned a home screen icon on my iPhone. Check out their video (and TUAW’s review)for a demo and more information: