October 31, 2011

vote away!

Looks delicious, doesn’t it?

My girlfriend Yeae Gi entered her Biscoffee Cheesecake Pops (an original creation) into a contest and needs YOUR help with the votes!

Voting ends today and it’s been a struggle to stay in the top 10 so that’s why we need you guys to help support!

Just follow this link to Facebook and place your vote by 11:59pm tonight: http://bit.ly/oyFUOv

Super thanks in advance and wish her luck! You can also leave comments on the entry at the bottom of the page

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September 17, 2011

should you buy that piece of gear?


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August 25, 2011

we don’t need more Christians…

We don’t need more Christians who are trying to be radical.

We don’t need more Christians who are trying to stand out.

We don’t need more Christians who are trying to be celebrities

We don’t need more Christians who treat other Christians like celebrities.

We don’t need more Christians who don’t listen.

We don’t need more Christians who look down on others.

We don’t need more Christians who fight about things that don’t matter.

We don’t need more Christians who exclude.

We don’t need more Christians who intrude.

We don’t need more Christians who make promises they can’t keep.

We don’t need more Christians who are better at politics than community.

We don’t need more Christians who pretend.

We need more Christians who look like Jesus. 

When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. // Ephesians 3:14-21

The days are short. The fight is hard. The journey is worth our lives. Today this was a reminder for me. I hope it is for you as well. What does it mean to look like Jesus?

[Reblogged from Matt Chambers]

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May 5, 2011

a shameless plug

One night, I was listening to “How Deep The Father’s Love For Us” by Stuart Townend and this time, one stanza in particular caught my attention:

"I will not boast in anything; no gifts, no power, no wisdom. But I will boast in Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection"

I thought to myself, wow, boasting in the Name of Jesus. That’s awesome! How often do we boast in something? I really want to do that! It was there and then I realized that my calling to music ministry was fully in motion.

Many people have told me that I should have done this way before, so call it what you want: stalling, denying, ignoring, putting off… but for me, I was truly waiting for this! It all made sense at that moment.

I decided to start a worship band.

Shameless Plug

A lot of people have never heard of the saying “shameless plug”. What it basically means is that you shamelessly “plug” something / advertise something / boast something! You’ll often see people with shameless plugs for their products (Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer, George Foreman Grills), events (Jeff’s Promotion Celebration, Nancy’s Sweet 16), etc.

But what our worship band/praise team/ministry/collection of worshipers/(whatever you may call us) Shameless Plug aims to do is not bring attention to ourselves. Rather, we want to advertise the worthiness of God! The only one to receive glory and recognition is the One who gave it all for us through His Son Jesus!

We recently started to organize and plan, and even started a Facebook page to release a free MP3 download to you all. (There’s more coming soon! Be sure to “Like” us to get all the info!) God is moving in massive ways in this region and we hope to use our music ministry as a vehicle to share about it. We’re currently preparing for the future, so your support would be gladly appreciated. If you could pray for us, as well as share our Facebook Page with a few friends, it would definitely help streamline the process.

If you are a pastor or church leader, we would love to share our ministry and serve with you at retreats, conferences, or any other opportunities to worship! I hope to have more people on board with how God is using us. It’s a pretty exciting time!

Ultimately, we want Shameless Plug to blatantly and proudly boast in nothing else but the Name of Jesus. That’s the only catch. The only reason it exists is to worship and praise the grandness and sovereignty of God. That’s our shameless plug. Will it be yours?

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March 18, 2011

What you thought about volume knobs (for your guitar & amp) was way off…

What you thought about volume knobs (for your guitar & amp) was way off…

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March 11, 2011

pocketbooth vs. incredibooth

I’m still debating between Project Box’s Pocketbooth and Synthetic’s Incredibooth

Both are 99 cents, both have about a 4 star rating, both have almost similar functions. But I still can’t choose! Who knew picking an iPhone app could be so hard!

This is where I need your help. What do you guys think?

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February 23, 2011

help me help you

This’ll be quick and to the point. I’m a gear junkie. And next to finding gear for myself, I find satisfaction in helping you find your own gear.

Want a setup but on a tight budget? No problem! I’ve made a hobby out of building basic pedalboard setups for people (with or without a guitar to go with it) for a fraction of the actual cost. These aren’t Danelectro pedals, mind you. I’m talking about your standard Boss tuner pedal, a Tube Screamer clone overdrive, Boss Delay, all powered and housed in a budget pedalboard. If you’re looking for a particular guitar, I’ll help you find it for a better price too.

If you’re interested, I’ll get you decent gear for less than you imagined it would cost!

Help me help you. Limited time offer.

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February 13, 2011

my top 5 iPhone 4 tips & tricks

After a year (a bit longer, actually) of carrying around both my phone and my iPod Touch around, the wait was over last week with iPhone finally being released by Verizon Wireless.

Not only does the iPhone save space in my pockets, it’s also a significant upgrade from my iPod Touch’s iOS, along with some other goodies. So without further ado, here are my top 5 favorite tips & tricks (in no particular order):

1. Multi-tasking interface

This one’s a huge step up. On previous iOS’s, double clicking the home button will get you to the front page, but the latest version brings up the multitask interface. You may have already noticed that apps take less time to open or may open where you had last left off. You’d be surprised how many apps you’ve left running! To “officially” close an app, simply bring up the multi-task interface and hold an app icon until they start to wiggle (like when you delete an app) and a red “-” button appears. (You scroll side by side to view more apps, if you have enough running) Don’t worry, you’re not deleting anything in the multi-task interface! Simply tap this to close the app(s) you want.

Additionally, when you’re already in an app, bringing up the multi-task interface will allow you to switch back & forth between other open apps (like Alt+Tab on Windows, or Command+Tab on Mac)… without exiting!

2. Lock the screen orientation

While we’re on the topic of the multi-task interface, you may have noticed that to the left of your open apps (next to the volume control bar) there is an iPod control interface with a rotate button. This activates the portrait lock. If you’re like me, you’ll like to check up on Facebook or your favorite sites before you sleep but laying down automatically (and inconveniently) rotates the view… not anymore!

3. Tap to zoom the camera

It’s pretty surprising that the stock camera options are so limited on the iPhone, but you’ll be glad to know that there’s at least a zoom function! Tapping the screen will bring up the zoom control and with the slider you can reach up to 5x.

While shooting video or photos, you can also tap the screen to focus. It may already focus for some things but this can quicken the process and also lets you choose how you want to focus. iPhone will also adjust the exposure and white balance automatically.

4. Add folders to the dock

I remember when the latest iOS released for the iPod Touch… Organizing my pages and pages of apps into folders was such a space saver!

If you’re not familiar with the folders, simply touch & hold an app until the icons wiggle. By dragging an app into another app, you create a folder (automatically named based on the category of the apps, but can be renamed to your liking) which you can drag more apps into.

Though I wasn’t able to do it on my iPod Touch, on the iPhone you can add folders to the dock. I actually don’t use this feature because I like the look of single icons on the dock but this can be a convenient option if you like to have more than 4 apps available on the dock at all times.

5. Triple home button

Okay, so I mentioned the double home button which was pretty standard on the older iPod Touch & iPhone models. But something that may not be so familiar to you is the triple home button!

This was a nice surprise and despite what the name suggests, it does not have to be done rapidly (but don’t take your sweet time either!). When activated, triple home button will either toggle the “VoiceOver” feature which reads out words/items on the screen, toggle “White on Black” which inverts the colors on your screen, or will ASK if you want to turn on “VoiceOver”, “White on Black”, or the “Zoom” feature which allows you to zoom into your whole screen (controlled with three fingers).

These are more for fun than for anything else, really. But it’d be cool to see Apple develop more options for the triple home button in the future… if they don’t get rid of the home button altogether.

There are other tips & tricks, of course, but these were my favorite 5 that didn’t seem like the typical Apple-suggested tips for the average Joe Shmoe. However here are some Worthy Mentions:

Screen lock: If you lose things often (maybe like your iPhone?), you’ll want to turn on “Passcode Lock” under General Settings. In the event that you lose your iPhone or it gets stolen, your 4 digit Passcode is the only thing that will keep your information safe. You can even turn “Simple Passcode” off and use text/words as your Passcode. Better yet, you can set 10 failed passcode attempts to erase all data on your iPhone. Handy. Unless your friend doesn’t know and tries over & over again to unlock your phone just to check the weather.

Wi-Fi: Yeah, it’s convenient being able to connect to the internet virtually anywhere (can you hear me now?). But pretty soon Verizon will probably end the unlimited data plan and Wi-Fi will be your next best friend. Try to use it whenever it’s available or whenever you can (at home, Starbucks, Borders, your local Wi-Fi hotspot). The sooner you get used to sharing the bandwidth (Wi-Fi hotspots are all I know because of my iPod Touch), the less of a shock it will be when you need to depend on it more in the future. And actually, connecting to a Wi-Fi network allows you to talk on the phone and use the internet/apps simultaneously!

Auto-brightness & auto-lock: Save some battery life by turning on Auto-brightness. I only manually control the brightness when I need to see some fine details in photos or games. Otherwise, auto-brightness and auto-lock (screen shutting off automatically after X time) will save you battery time, which is essentially iPhone lifespan. Worth the slight dimness.

Case/screen protectors: Nothing is more fragile on your iPhone than the glass. And being that the glass goes from edge to edge, both front and back, that’s a lot of potential shattering. Nothing protects your iPhone from cracking better than… never dropping it. But after that, your case and screen protector. Screen protectors can actually reduce the chance of glass shattering from drops because the entire (or most of) the glass is held together. The case will absorb much of the impact as well. [I’d recommend a screen protector that still has the same feel/touch as your actual iPhone screen]

Custom ringtones: If you’re capable with music/audio editing, creating custom ringtones is as easy as adding a new song to your iTunes Library. Literally, add a .m4r (ringtone) file you customized (less than 40 seconds) into your Ringtones category (you may have to activate it under Preferences in iTunes) on iTunes/iPhone and it will show up in your Settings under Sounds. You can set custom tones for particular contacts or set it as a general tone for everybody (or everybody else).

That’s it! I hope this has been a helpful, or at least interesting, read for you iPhone 4 users new, old, and prospective!

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January 29, 2011

because 140 characters aren’t enough…

Even with everything I’ve said and everything we’ve done during our eventful (that’s an understatement!) day, I couldn’t allow myself to let one tweet sum up an entire year of being with you.

Let’s face it, 140 characters aren’t enough to cover the last 365 days!

Truly one tumblog won’t do it either! But I hope this will be enough until we are together again =)

Let me just say, I’ve been having a blast… a REAL blast. A year ago from today, I would never have guessed that we would be here. And now that we’re here, I can’t wait to see where we’re heading next!

Thanks for being such an amazing person to me, and letting me be a part of your life. I hope you enjoyed our celebration in the city, and I want to continue to make you as happy as you make me.

You’re the best. Happy 1 Year!

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January 26, 2011

fighting a cold

fighting a cold

It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s gotta do it! And everyone has their own method to it. Here’s mine:

- Halls honey-lemon menthol 9.1 mg with advanced vapor action
- Nature Made liquid softgel Vitamin C 500mg x 3
- Cold-eeze Zinc Gluconate Clycine honey lemon 13.3mg
- Centrum multivitamin/multimineral supplement tablets
- Airborne effervescent health formula zesty orange

Time after time, it’s helped me fight off colds. This time, not so much…

When all else fails, I usually take Tylenol Cold multi-symptom syrup (because I feel like syrup works better than pills) but all of the store shelves I’ve checked either don’t carry them or never carried them to begin with… Maybe there’s some sort of huge nationwide demand for them.

But I doubt it.

As my last resort, I picked up the pill form and overnight, it finally feels like I’m winning the fight! Just in time too, since this weekend is very important!

But that’s a story for some other time.

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