California dreaming, racks, WikiTeam

I’m going to be in San Diego for the next few days. I hope my guitars (I’m taking 3) survive the Yuma desert on the way out there. The Priority band (website’s down, so no link) is playing for a camp at Point Loma. I should be excited, but I’ve done this before, and last time I was large and in charge. This time I’m not only playing guitar, but I’ll also be helping run the behind-the-music show.

As in, racks. Or rather, rack – a very large 20 space rack! We just put this together, and it has everything we could ever need (minus recording equipment). Not to mention it is so pretty, it deserves a unique name and recognition as a work of art. In this case, a picture would speak much better than I, but since the rack is stuffed away in a trailer, you’ll have to wait (I promise I’ll post a pic). This new outboard rack consists of (from top to bottom):

  • Furman Pro Power Conditioner
  • 2 Behringer Multicom Compressor / Limiters (8 channels of compression)
  • 2 Behringer Virtualizer Pro Effects units (4 channels of effects)
  • Numark professional dual-deck CD player (with separate controller space)
  • 3 Behringer Ultragraph dual-channel 31-band graphic equalizers (6 channels of eq)
  • 4U rack drawer with lots of toys (microphones, etc.)
  • Furman Pro Power Conditioner (yes, that means 2!!)

On this trip, we also have the privilege of borrowing 8 Sennheiser Wireless units (with Countryman headsets if needed) and 4 Intelligent sound-sensitive stagelights.

At this point you’re wondering about “WikiTeam” in the title. Well, after some discussion on #ubuntu-doc, the next Ubuntu Documentation Team meeting will decide whether or not to form a new subteam (or possibly a separate team entirely) whose sole responsibility would be Wiki janitorial work. Now, that may not sound very elegant, but I’m really good at it, and it can be hacked on from any computer / platform (read: my Windows laptop). The Ubuntu Wiki needs a lot of help, especially now that it has been converted from Plone to MoinMoin. I see the Wiki as being the centrifuge of knowledge, information and documentation between the forums, the DocTeam, and unofficial documentation. I’m working on debugging various Python scripts that can convert HTML to MoinMoin (and back again) and DocBook to MoinMoin (and back again).

mdke (a DocTeam member) and I are interested in creating the WikiTeam. I hope that the rest of the DocTeam will see the need. Of course, once it passes our internal vote, it may then have to go to the Community Council meeting to be approved officially. Perhaps then I’ll nominate myself for Ubuntu membership. :)

Short Weekends Should Be Outlawed

Every weekend should have at least 3 days. Especially for those in ministry. In fact, anyone who does major ministry work during a weekend should be given another weekend to compensate. I’m not complaining about lost time, I’m just worried about a lack of energy to make it in to work tomorrow.

Friday, the Priority band drove up to Phoenix and played for a Valley Rim Association youth lock-in. It was at North Phoenix Baptist, which is nice, but it started at 10:30pm, which ain’t so nice. The worship in concert, or “Overflow 2” as we affectionately called it, was a success. There were some internal band issues regarding preparation of the heart when leading others in worship, but I think it has been resolved. And of course, we led worship Sunday morning and evening at the Priority College Service. This morning a guest speaker preached, Dr. David Johnson of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. A good word on “the most important thing in life”: taking God seriously.

Later on we’ll be going to Chipotle and then Jenny and I will try to catch this week’s Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy. Hope that Monday doesn’t come tomorrow.

Who do you worship?

Who do you worship? Is it God, or is it Christian culture? Maybe you worship Hollywood. Didn’t Ben wear that outfit you have on, or wait, was it Elijah? {sarcasm}That Elijah is so hot right now!{/sarcasm} Or, maybe you worship all your cool stuff. (I’m assuming you have cool stuff, because if you live in the US, in spite of recession, war and poverty, we always have cool stuff.)

I worship God. At least, every Sunday I go to church and play my guitar, and sing. But every other day, I really like to watch movies. I just watched “Grave of The Fireflies.” It’s a sad story, but worth the watch. Most evenings, I vegitate in front of the television like a mindless zombie, and I don’t even have cable. Of course we try to limit how much we take in, and I don’t watch the trashy stuff. But on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being Trashy, most television doesn’t know how to score below a 5. So why does anyone watch this junk anyway? I wonder how different I would be if I had never watched television.

Which brings us to cool stuff… I like cool stuff. I have cool stuff. I have a laptop, two cell phones (one is a Blackberry), and I have 5 guitars. Some might see that as materialism. But, in defense of my cool stuff, I use all of it for God’s glory some of the time, and some of it for God’s glory all of the time. I started writing a new worship song last night, using my acoustic guitar and my laptop. I’ll post it here when I finish. Hey, I even wrote this post from my Blackberry. For some people, there is a thin line between materialism and using modern technology. I’m sure the same was true back when modern technology was a sword and armor. Or back when the latest and greatest farming tool was a shovel.

Here’s the bottom line: God deserves more than our Sundays. We owe God our lives, which includes the other 6 days of the week. Remember, though, that He doesn’t owe us anything, except for hell. It’s only because of His grace and our faith that He even gives us the time of day.

So, who do you worship?