There was a fake controversy some months ago related to the Google Suggest feature. Some people were upset that the suggestions for “Christianity is” were negative while the same for “Islam is” were not. To please everybody involved Google fixed it so that the suggest feature was equally negative for both Christianity and Islam.
Only mildly related is the fact that Bing search copied the same feature. What pops up in Bing has little to no importance but it is still amusing.
Conservatively, Hopkinsville has had twelve inches of snow fall within the last three days. There is more snow on the ground now than I ever had when I was growing up. The 90s was a decade of mild winters and light snowfall. I envy the kids today when school districts cancel classes at the mere threat of snow. Now, I have to drive in it. It is not so much fun anymore.
“In fact, scientists have been warning for at least two decades that global warming could make snowstorms more severe. Snow has two simple ingredients: cold and moisture. Warmer air collects moisture like a sponge until it hits a patch of cold air. When temperatures dip below freezing, a lot of moisture creates a lot of snow.”
Assuming that the pendulum is swinging back toward more severe winters over the next 10 years. What are school districts going to do if this is the new status quo? This could be the excuse for eliminating the long summer break; except when kids pass out because they were caught riding the bus in triple digit temperatures. There is no right answer when the district leadership has to consider the possibility of sue-happy parents looking to get their payday.
Snow days were nice when I was in school but I think Christian County calls off school way too often. Especially when main roads are clear and only secondary roads are slick. It doesn’t matter if twelve inches of snow fell this week I still have to drive in it. There were plenty of semi-trucks still driving today. If a truck driver can still haul his load then so can a school bus. The school buses should have a snow route and parents would meet the bus half way on a main road. My plan is not rocket science but it does require adults to act like adults.
N-A-A-C-P President, John Banks explains why the holiday is important. He says,“It’s so important that we keep the spirit alive because even as we speak we are not one nation with liberty and justice for all in this country. So, until we get that point, we must continue to commemorate this legacy.”
Has Mr. Banks forgotten this guy so quickly? Even while Pres. Obama sits in the White House the NAACP is still required to hang this guilt around our necks.
Today is the day that I record using my new digital recorder. Samples of both recordings are below. I thought I’d share the old way of recording the worship service and the new and improved way.
Using the Archos 5 is simple but the device is limited. Sound quality is excellent if the person is standing nearby the microphone. I think I can do better.
The sound system at Christian Heights has three microphones, one for each podium and a wireless mic that the pastor wears. This adds up to much better coverage for everyone who might speak during the service. Download both audio samples here: Archos Sample – Zoom Sample
Both files have been normalized and compressed in the same manner. When I listen to both files I notice that the Archos has more room noise. Mostly due to it sitting on the main podium while the man in the recording is standing at the other one. I am satisfied with how the Zoom H1 performed. Next week, I will make some adjustments and this will become the primary means of recording.
My first impressions based on examining the contents of the box are that ZOOM/Samson is playing a dirty trick on their customers. The box contains three items: the H1 recorder, one AA battery, and a 2 GB SD card. However, the package does not include a USB cable to transfer the audio files to a computer. The cable is included in an accessory package sold separately.
The missing cable is not a huge problem because I already had a USB cable that fit. Be warned!
It’s been a year since I started recording sermons for Christian Heights. The Archos 5 has performed this function well over the past year. However, since Rev. Marion started distributing recordings of the full worship service on CD. I have been more concerned about the limits of the Archos 5 microphone. The Archos makes good recordings of a speaker standing near the pulpit but that is not sufficient to make a quality recording of the entire worship service. In June of 2010, a lightning strike short circuited several items in the church including the old sound mixer. The church bought a shiny new Yahmaha mixer with plenty of options to record the output. The new mixer got me thinking about the possibilities.
My Pastor at Christian Heights, Rev. Marion, preached against the commercialization of Christmas. During the first part of her sermon, Rev. Marion argues against the ‘Creeping X-mas’. The fact that Christmas decorations are put out earlier and earlier every year. I do mean ‘X-mas’ deliberately. That is Christmas without Christ. The X-mas decorations you see in department stores across the country are populated with Santas, elves, candy canes, and reindeer. If there are manger figures displayed at all The Infant is outnumbered ten to one. I’m afraid that even with reinforcements from Mary, Joseph, the Wise Men, and the shepherds Christmas couldn’t win a pitched battle against X-mas on the store shelf. Putting out cheaply made Santa figurines in September is a safe bet because Santa doesn’t stand for anything worth fighting for. If freedom… If God… If an idea is worth fighting for then someone will be offended by it.
Later Rev. Marion argues that Creeping X-mas is evidence that people are crying out for God. People are lonely and often the act of collecting more stuff is the method of running away from it. This isn’t true for corporations though. The purpose of a corporation is to make money and even better if they make a lot of money. Very rarely do the business decisions in a corporation ever have a moral dimension. Why does business run seven days a week now but didn’t years ago? Why do you think more retail businesses are staying open on Thanksgiving? The decision makers at Sears are obviously chasing the almighty dollar as fast as they can go.
Creeping X-mas… because the culture war doesn’t stop ever.