So, speaking of financial matters, I just had a funny conversation with an HSBC representative. I had to give them a call because we got a notice from the credit union that they didn’t get our March payment. It’s set up to automatically pay through the Bill Pay online, so I thought that was odd.
So I called to find out what’s up. HSBC confirms the check was never cashed. Now I have to call the credit union and explain what happened and see if they’ll waive the $20 late fee. Irritating, but whatever…
Then, after resolving the initial problem, the following conversation occurs:
HSBC Rep: One more thing Mr. Christ. I notice you don’t have overdraft protection on your account. Would you like to add it for free?
HSBC Rep: But it’s free.
Me: I’m not interested.
HSBC Rep: Can I ask why not?
Me: Because we don’t spend money we don’t have.
HSBC Rep: [Silence] Ok. Thank you Mr. Christ.
Made me think of this great video from Saturday Night Live. (WordPress doesn’t seem to have an easy way to embed Hulu videos, so you’ll have to visit the link.)
EDIT: Let’s try this, actually:
Hope you are having a wonderful Christmas season! I give you, a Lego Christmas:
A while back, our youth put on a talent show as part of a fundraiser for Workcamp. I was cleaning out some space on my hard drive and came across the video recordings we did. I’m working on getting them formatted for YouTube so you can see the performances if you missed it. Here’s the first one:
Megan was the first to go that night, so the sound quality is a little off for the first 15-30 seconds. After that, we seem to have pretty good audio. This was our first real attempt at recording these types of performances for video. Hope you like it!
I had a great meeting with some of the adult leadership team for the Workcamp last night. We’re looking for ways to help the congregation connect with our workcampers. One thing we’re going to try is a series of videos, some seen in church, some available online here or at FirstTrinity.com. We’ll be asking the youth questions and they’ll give their answers on video. I’m looking for a catchy tag-line to use when ending the interviews. My first thought something like the end of the old Mac switch ads:
If you have suggestions, I’d love to hear them! It needs to include their name and something about workcamp or serving others.
When MTV first started, Video Killed the Radio Star was the first video played. Thanks to a tip from the Google Photos Blog, I was turned on to Animoto. They describe themselves as “the end of slideshows.” While that’s a bold statement, they certainly do make the traditional slideshow look silly. Animoto interfaces directly with Google’s Picasa, my favorite choice for managing and sharing photos online. Check out the sample video I made for the Crossroads Bonfire.
Ever since we got our new computers, I’ve wanted to make our own countdowns using photos from our events. It allows kids to re-connect with the event from the previous week, and it builds community as kids point and cheer when they make it into the video. It’s a great use of technology in ministry. Unfortunately, it hasn’t happened frequently, however, because it takes so long to make a video that has anything other than pictures fading in and out.
Animoto doesn’t offer a downloadable version of the video yet, but they tell me that they are working on it and that the final video will be high enough quality to burn to DVD. This comes from their helpful customer service people who responded to my email request within 20 minutes. With Animoto’s help, I’ll get a cool picture video and just slap a standard countdown text over the top, giving me a video in next to no time that looks professionally done. Very exciting!