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I saw this come across my Flipboard TED talk feed and thought it was worth sharing:

From the “I have a dream” speech to Steve Jobs’ iPhone launch, all great presentations have a common architecture. At TEDxEast, Nancy Duarte draws lessons on how to make a powerful call-to-action.

What do you think?  Are you ready to change the world?

The end has finally come. I had blogged about the David Crowder Band ending their run (READ HERE), and this week, we saw the release of their final album, Give Us Rest or (A Requiem Mass In C [The Happiest of All Keys]).  It’s a great closing act.  I recommend taking the time to listen to it all at once, I think you’ll like the journey that David and the boys take you on.  They will be missed.


If you haven’t gotten it yet, you can get iton iTunes:
Give Us Rest or (A Requiem Mass In C [The Happiest of All Keys]) - David Crowder Band

What did you think about it? Thumbs up or Down?

This is an awesome video retelling 2011 in tweets.

ht Brandon Early

Vader, Did You Know?

Chris —  December 12, 2011 — 2 Comments

This is such a great mashup of two things that I love, Christmas and Star Wars.  The song “Mary did you know?” and Star Wars seem an unlikely pairing, but it’s awesome.

Thanks to Marko for posting it.


Video: Bethlehem Rhapsody

Chris —  November 30, 2011 — 1 Comment

I saw this from a number of people today on Facebook, so you might have seen it already, but if you are looking for a fun video to show for Chirstmas, this might be it:

If you need a few more try these Digital Nativity and Mr Bean.

I loved this. Happy Friday Everyone. Enjoy.

It was only a matter of time before someone did this.

I can’t wait for this thing to be over.

I saw a link to this site over at MoreThanDodgeball, and I thought it would be good to pass along.  It’s a site that YouTube has put together to for people to see what popular and follow the trends on the popular video site.  Sometimes in Youth Ministry is hard to keep up with what’s popular with students, but this might help tip you off to what they are watching online so you are ready to talk (or laugh) about it with them.

Check it out at


iShowU HD is the swiss army knife of video capture applications.  Basically, any portion of anything on your screen can be captured and turned into a movie as well as allowing the program to simply follow your mouse from one area to another.

Say you are working in some online application that requires an internet connection to play back its content but the camp you are going to does not have an internet connection in the facility you are renting.  Either you can run a 300 yard ethernet cable from the camp office to the meeting room on the other side of the lake with the cross on the other side, or you can draw a box around the portion of your screen that you wanted to show to the students, press record, do your thing, and stop the recording.  That is all it takes to get that content off the internet and onto your hard drive.

On top of that, iShowU HD automatically formats those movies for YouTube, Vimeo, Blip, Viddler, iMovie, Final Cut, as well as giving you total access to the settings to output just what you want.  You can try a demo (limited to 30 second clips) or download the full version (mac only) for $29.95 from the Shiny White Box site.  No longer will you be trying to figure out how to download online visual content to use when you aren’t connected to the internet, and that to me is worth every penny of the inexpensive price.

It is frustrating to have to allow some app to compress you video or image files before you can upload them to your intended destination. Also frustrating is the cap on “over the air” uploading from your iPhone even when it is connected to WIFI. To top it all off, I like to have my video residing natively on YouTube and Facebook, but hate having to go through the painful uploading process twice. PixelPipe solves all of those problems.

PixelPipe focuses on one thing: publish photos, video, audio, text and files on over 100 online destinations. Basically that means it will put your media on every blogging, social media, and online storage site you can imagine.

Once you register for an account, you set up “destinations” like YouTube and Facebook and it adds them to your list of destinations.  Then, once you are ready to upload, you select the media you would like to upload, click upload and it does the rest (one upload to multiple destinations).  It has a 250MB cap which should make most of your HD clips uploadable; though, if you have edited them into a snazzy video, it may exceed the limit.

Its one flaw is its UI.  Once you fire it up, it is not obvious how to go about selecting which destination you are uploading to at that particular moment (you have to go into settings>edit destinations and then select “enable default” or “disable default” in a drop-down next to each destination).  It is this kind of unfriendly UI that would make you think twice before buying it, but is worth putting up with in this free version.

The bad UI aside, this app should be on everyone’s iPhone who does ministry as it allows you to easily upload media to lots of locations on the spot without having to wait until you get back in the office and have the time to sync it with your computer.

We just recently used this to upload videos of our kids on a mission trip every day while we were on the trip, and got rave reviews about our communication from parents as soon as we stepped off the busses.  Do yourself a favor and try PixelPipe out today.  There are versions available for tons of phones and operating systems (iPhone, Android, Nokia, Palm, IM clients, Windows, Mac, and Linux).