MIDI in PVP2: Tutorial

If you haven’t already, please read my previous post on what the heck I am talking about. If you’ve already read it, then what I am about to share will make a whole lot more sense. So, I discovered that MIDI won’t work the way I wanted to do it in P

DMX LED Strips

Lately I’ve been diving into LED Strip lighting. What is that? Well, I’m talking about LED lights that come in long strips, usually about 5 meters. They are cuttable every three inches or so, and are controlled as one light, capable of being any com


The new ProVideoPlayer from Renewed Vision is pretty sick, and one of the features that I have been most excited bout is the new MIDI control setup. I have been dying to try this out! So, I bought a Korg nanoKontrol2 to control ProVideoPlayer2 via MI


I just discovered Sails.js, a realtime MVC framework for Node.js. To be honest, I am not even completely sure an MVC means (I know it means Model-View-Controller). I've spent hours reading nerdy-article after nerdy-article about MVC and the pros and

Rejoice when it doesn't seem right

My beautiful bride sent me this: Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, w

Creating Space

I think that Jonathan Malm from Sunday Magazine (among other fames) and I have a good working relationship; He gives me challenging graphics with little direction, complete creative freedom, and tons of grace when I hand it off three days late (It's

Best of Alfred Hitchcock

My wife just asked me what my favorite Alfred Hitchcock film is. You see, my version of a perfect date night is chinese food and a Hitchcock movie with the lights turned off. Not sure why. But deciding on my favorite film by Hitch is difficult: Base

Simple Sermon Podcasting

We record three sermons and post them as an audio podcast a week. It's draining! So if there is any chance for efficiency, I'm all about it! That being said, I think I may have found that solution. Back when podcasting first started, you needed a hi

YouVersion Reading Plans

I think it’s fair to say that most people have head of or used YouVersion or the Bible app on the phone. But it surprises me every time I talk with someone and they have no idea that reading plans and the tools that go along with it exist inside You

Glare-less iOS icons

Turns out you only need to add/alter one simple line to the info.plist file. UIPrerenderedIcon

Kiosk Mode with Guided Access in iOS 6

There are a lot of cool new features in iOS 6, but probably the one I'm most excited about at the moment, in terms for the church, is the new "Guided Access" mode. From my understanding, Guided Access mode was developed by Apple for the autistic, lo

Dropbox, Meet Vimeo

Today Vimeo has a huge announcement. Along with a few other nice new features, like any-frame thumbnails and pausing-uploads, they also announced Dropbox integration. What this means is that you can set up Vimeo to look in one folder on Dropbox (eve

Paint Party

What you're looking at is 14 high resolution scans of paint drippings, splatters, sprinkles, and smears. My wife and I created these in our kitchen a few years ago, and I've got to be honest, I've used these a ton in my artwork to breath just a litt

Wallpaper Photoshop actions

Lately I have been making a few desktop and mobile wallpapers to promote a few things and have realized just how tedious of a task this is. The first time it took me almost an entire day to just modify the same file to work within the different size

Guides in custom Photoshop presets

Everyone who has used Photoshop in the last decade is familiar with the new document dialog box. Here you define the size, resolution, pixel aspect ratio, and color profile of the soon to be masterpiece that you are going to make. Adobe as even done

Soup by Jon Gordon

Whether you are producing a church service, or creating a product, or providing a service for others, what you put into your product is more than time and money. We, especially in America, have gotten used to the idea that if an idea is failing we n

Read It Later is now Pocket

Last week I published my thoughts on the web app called Read It Later, which you can read now, here. The day before the article was scheduled to hit the inter webs, the guys at Read It Later pushed their big announcement: Read It Later is now called


Here is something I have learned about making apps for Apple: Distributing to a bunch of beta testers (including oneself) is actually pretty difficult! You have to be a legitimate business, get your Apple Developer account, create and write the appl

Read It Later

Today I want to introduce you to Read It Later, a nifty little web app that can change the way you read. Lets say that you are surfing through Twitter and see an article that you want to read, but the length of the article and your time to read it d

Cable Management on the Cheap

My wife found this idea on the internet and I thought that I would share it with my techie friends. At church all of our cables are organized in bins, or hanging on a pegboard wall, but at home there has been very little organization of my personal

12 Reasons Why Your Youth Ministry Needs an AppleTV

Since it's introduction in September of 2010, the Apple TV has had little recognition. In June 2011, Apple announces iOS 5 which allows for AirPlay mirroring. Mirroring is where you can wirelessly mirror whatever is on your iDevice's screen directly

Gurus Rap

In October we had a free conference for tech staff and volunteers for the local church called the Gurus of Tech conference. We had a ton of fun, learned a lot and met some really cool folks. One of the fun things that went over really well was the G

Setting Up Dumb Terminals

In our production space we have all of our computers back in a back closet, but student in the next room controls these computers. There are several reasons for this decision: Every piece of equipment that gets super hot or makes noise goes in the c

Dissolving in Cinema4d

My friend Kasey showed me this little trick for making things fade out in Cinema 4D. Before, I would render a scene in two passes: one with the object I wanted to dissolve out in the scene and one without and merger them together. Or, I would use Ex

Web Generators

All design takes time and practice learning the metaphorical pallet and brush for the medium. In fine art, you have charcoal, pastels, paint, and canvas. With Photoshop you have the Brush Tool, Rubber Stamp, and your Canvas. In Web Design, you have


CloudApp is an awesome application, aimed at taking away all of the dislikes of sharing links, images, music, videos and other files. What dislikes could there be, you ask? Let’s look at one easy example. Say you are working with a client or coworke

Camera Cheat Card tutorial

I made a camera cheat card a while back ago that had different shot types of shots on it that I could use to train our volunteers on proper camera techniques. It’s proved to be very useful, and I have been getting questions on where I got the cards

Replacing Titanium Mobile Local Databases

I was trying to update a database in a Titanium Mobile app that I am working on and realized that when the database gets installed, the SQL file actually gets copied out of the Resources directory and moved to another folder. This is because the app

DFU Mode

The other night my phone dropped a call. I was sitting still, in an area where I knew that I had coverage (you know, the AT&T pose) when it dropped. I looked at my phone and saw the dreaded “Activation Required" dialog. As it turns out (I’m fair

Dirt Cheap Video Systems

I know that that title either excites you or scares you, but let me assure you that what I’m about to disclose is absolutely true: you do not need the most expensive tool to do the job. Now, while generally the cheapest won’t do, a middle of the roa