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Thankful for our home

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Our Home

According the the UK government there are over 10500 people who have applied for homeless accommodation in the last quarter of this year and we live in one of the richest countries in the world by poverty standards!!! When you start to think about people in 3rd world countries the gravity of poverty really begins to sink in.

We are lucky to have a home. We are all lucky. If you have a roof over your head that you call home – then this applies to you too. With that in mind I am so very thankful for our little flat that Ruth and I can call our home.

I pray that those who are not so fortunate will be safe. That Jesus will protect them and that above all they would come to know Him because he really is amazing especially when you realise what he’s really all about.

Thank you Jesus for our home.

During the season of Advent i wanted to try and be thankful for as much as i can on a daily basis so I’m gonna try and be thankful for at least one thing a day

Thankful for my Health

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My Health

There is an ironic theme today because as i write this i am feeling really l ill with a horrible chesty cold and a really bad sore/seizing throat and yet i am being thankful for my health! In context i’m thankful that generally i am healthy. Over the past week i’ve heard that two people my friends know passed away with Cancer which is so so very very sad.

Our bodies are really so fickle with such a delicate balance of temperatures, chemicals, bacteria and viruses all working together to keep our systems tip top.  It’s amazing the norm is actually not being sick. When you look at how it all works the odds suggest that we should all be broken and we shouldn’t be able to get unbroken. I work with a guy who used to be an imunologist and i remember chatting to him about deseases and such and he was and still is amazed at the human bodyies ability to fight off desease and viruses.

So I am grateful for the fact taht, while i feel rubsih as i type, I am generally very healthy indeed.

Thank you Jesus for my Health

During the season of Advent i wanted to try and be thankful for as much as i can on a daily basis so I’m gonna try and be thankful for at least one thing a day

Thankful for My Job

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My Job

I am so lucky. I really really am. I really love my Job. Even though at the moment i’m going through a bit of a rough time i still love it. Every job has its tough moments – that’s a given. I’m just amazed that through these rough parts in this job i’m not screaming inside wanting to leave.

I get to go to work and do what i love doing – make movies. I get to pull all my skills together to create films and then i get to hone and refine those skills even futher.

HOW COOL IS THAT!!!

Thank you Jesus for a great job!

During the season of Advent i wanted to try and be thankful for as much as i can on a daily basis so I’m gonna try and be thankful for at least one thing a day

Where do computers go when they die?

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Shot-MacbookThis poor chap had his macbook shot! Clicky to read the article

I’ve had a few tragedies when it comes to computer deaths. In fact i was only going to mention one but then as I thought i couldn’t figure out which one to tell so I’ll regale a few:

  1. The Flash Poof – This was the most drastic occurrence.I remember during the machine on and it was completely dead. The power supply had died completely. I went to my drawer of knerd-knacks and found an older one so i chucked it in to the machine. What I failed to do was to check the power of it. It was only a 150W PSU. The one that had just died was 600W. When i hit the power switch the whole machine flashed, whizzed popped and poofed with smoke. I crapped myself. The surge took out 4 Hard Drives, 2GB of Ram & the CPU.
  2. The iPod Fryer – a bout 2 years ago I bought a new PC case with the intention of turning my old workhorse PC in to a mega media centre. The case i bough had an inbuilt iPod dock on the front of it which was great. It was really convenient. I’m sure you can guess what happened. I cabled the thing up wrong and when i fired the thing up – it fired up the ipod – literally. A massive bubble on the front of the plastic fascia appeared and then the iPod never worked again…
  3. BSOD – I’ve had countless PC’s die with the Blue Screen Of Death. I can count at least 7 occasions I can remember where i had to do a reinstall of Windows.
  4. The Dead for no Reason Dead – My admin PC just wouldn’t power up one day. I checked everything, swapped bits to check them and every individual component worked in other machines but together: nowt – It was an old machine so stuff got salvaged and the bard & CPU got trashed.
  5. Workhorse goes Bye Beep – Most recently was the death of the main work horse. I booted it and it did some weird BIOS beeping thing. After months of trying to figure  out whats happening i eventually decided to bring the thing in to the office and donate it to our IT guy to see if he can salvage it in to a powerful office machine. We don’t need it any more but it served me well during my free-lance days.

All this makes me wonder if I have been woefully unlucky or just crap at looking after my machines.

What’s YOUR worst pooter mishap????

Thankful for Church & Community

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Church & Community

When i say church i mean “church” and not  “the church”. I’m talking about church as Jesus intended it  and not the political quagmire it often is. Church as community is awesome! When it all works in the way it should it really is fantastic. People rally round and drop things in times of need and you find yourself giving the same treatment. In true community your friendships and relationships are honest true and so so good!

This isn’t just confined to church. The same concepts can be applied to any group of friends but i guess it’s easier to recognise the actions of a tight knot community working well together in a church environment – at least that is what i have seen. As a result of this i am so thankful for our church Oaktree

Oaktree is such a great church. It’s so far from stuffy liffeless churches that so many people assume is what the church is. I have made some amazing friendships and met some really amazing people. They are a great support to Ruth and I and they hold no punches and call me up on stuff too.

If you have pre-defined ideas on what church is i dare you to come to an Oaktree service and think the same afterwards.

Thank you Jesus for Oaktree!

During the season of Advent i wanted to try and be thankful for as much as i can on a daily basis so I’m gonna try and be thankful for at least one thing a day

Thankful for Sunsets

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Sunsets

I don’t think i need so say much about sunsets. I can’t think of anyone who does not appreciate them

Thank you Jesus for sunsets

During the season of Advent i wanted to try and be thankful for as much as i can on a daily basis so I’m gonna try and be thankful for at least one thing a day

Thankful for Music

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Music

Growing up in a musical family has given me a huge appreciation for all music. Music has been a common source of entertainment, inspiration and good times for human beings sinc the dawn of man. I can’t imagine what the workld would be like with out it.

ROCK ON!

Check out my Last.fm page to see my rather eclectic taste in music

Thank you Jesus for music

During the season of Advent i wanted to try and be thankful for as much as i can on a daily basis so I’m gonna try and be thankful for at least one thing a day

Thankful for my ability to Create Films

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My ability to Create Films

I love making films. A For as long as I have been doing it i have loved it. Part of it is in the same Geekfest thread as graphics and web design – figuring out how best to do something. Its alkso to do with my love of film and creating narrative. I suppose you could say i love telling stories and i love to tell them in this medium the most.

In the last few years i have been doing more and more directing to the point now where my job title is Director/Editor. I am especially loving haviong a more holistic view of the process and creating a vision for a project and seeing it through.

Have a look below at some of my  at my YouTube videos.

Thank you Jesus for my ability to create films

During the season of Advent i wanted to try and be thankful for as much as i can on a daily basis so I’m gonna try and be thankful for at least one thing a day

Thankful for My ability to Photoshop

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My ability to Photoshop

AI am in no way ever going to claim to be great at doing graphics. I have realised over the past few years where my skills really lie and graphics is not my speciality but i do love creating stuff and the fun you can have with photoshop is endless. Whether its creating funny shopped photos to creating logs or web designs photoshoping can only be classed as a truly AMAZING tool.

I would be lost with out it and that is why i am thankful for it – see a small gallery of some shopped items.

Thank you Jesus for my ability to design websites

During the season of Advent i wanted to try and be thankful for as much as i can on a daily basis so I’m gonna try and be thankful for at least one thing a day

Thankful for My ability to design websites

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My ability to design websites

Another one for a geekfest nomination. I started this website in 2004. I rember a couple of frineds had blogs and i thought it was a rather cool idea. I think it was my curious nature that drove me onwards to continuously imporrve it na dto get to the poimnt i am now where i can build and run entire websites on my own. I’m no pro and would never claim to be but i would say all the web stuff i have done has been a labour of love. I get huge enjoyment and a sense of achievement when i figure out how to do certain tasks.

Thank you Jesus for my ability to design websites

During the season of Advent i wanted to try and be thankful for as much as i can on a daily basis so I’m gonna try and be thankful for at least one thing a day