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Video from God Anthology Live at the Lincoln

A friend of mine named TJ Wallace created a video for a school project with some footage he shot at the God Anthology Live CD recording.  Check it out here:

TJ Wallace God Anthology Live

My NEW blog

For the past year or so, I’ve always had my blog and my website.  Finally, I began thinking, why not migrate the two?  So, here it is.  The old blog address will redirect you to this one for about a year so if you subscribe, please make sure you change any subscription addresses or bookmarks so that you get direct to the correct website and RSS.

Enjoy it!!  Thanks for taking them time to listen!

My new website

Just thought I’d let all my blog subscribers know that my new website is up and running.  Check it out!  Let me know what you think…

www.jasoncastellente.com

Folgers 2011 Jingle

So, as I’m sitting here relaxing a little before I go to the gym tonight, I’m sipping a cup of coffee.  I love coffee and I’ve blogged about it before but it just so happens that two things I love are combined.

Music has always been a passion of mine and I love creativity in music.

Anyway, a worship leader at National Community Church, Kurtis Parks, and his sister Bethany Parks are entering a Folgers coffee jingle contest.  They dreamed up their own jingle and put their creative spin on it.  Dave Schmidgall, one of the NCC campus pastors took it to the next level by filming a music video which they have submitted to Folgers as their contest entry.  It was filmed after the service at one of NCC’s locations; the Gala Hispanic Theatre.

You can check it out on YouTube here:

I have been able to mix for both Kurtis and Bethany at various NCC and Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse events.  They are both super talented and I’m looking forward to seeing what music they release in the near future.

Bethany is currently working on a new studio release.

Kurtis will be leading worship on a live worship CD that NCC will be recording in September.

In the next few days, I will be writing a review of Kurtis Parks latest CD “Light Will Shine”

So, check out the video and check back for more later.

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February 2011 Monthly Desktop background

This month, I didn’t want anything really behind my icons because I feel like my desktop is getting cluttered.  I just took a basic shape and tiled it.  Then I replaced the colors and then textured it.  It’s basic, simple and clean.  That was basically my goal.

Here it is in 1920×1080:

Who loves coffee?

Hey all you coffee lovers out there!!  Well, maybe not everyone reading this will love coffee, but I certainly do!!

In September, one of the guys who lived a few dorms down from me told me about the Gevalia coffee subscription.  Normally, I’m pretty apprehensive when it comes to subscribing to something because I’m nervous about getting locked in.  But, with this, everyone I talked to didn’t get locked in at all.

Basically, what you can do, is you can sign up for any of their subscription plans and you’ll get a free gift for signing up.  The free gifts include various different coffeemakers, cups, carafes, canisters, and other things.  You’ll be able to see what free gift you’ll be getting before you sign up.

Anyway, I signed up for their Gevalia Kaffe at Home one because it was the cheapest and I would get a stainless steel coffee maker as my free gift.  So, boom signed up for it and I have to say, it came fast and not to mention, the coffee that came with it was pretty good.  So, I decided to keep it for a little while.  One thing I really like about their subscriptions, is that you can basically select when you want it shipped to you and you can push back or move up shipments however you like.  For example, I get two boxes every other month…kind of as a treat to myself.  I will say, the coffee is good but a little pricey if you decide to keep it so you might just cancel right away or just only get it as a treat to yourself every few months which is completely doable with their program.

Anyway, if you feel like checking it out, here’s the link to their website with my referral:  http://gevalia.popularmedia.net/click/share/f08e14cf20ca7c965150a8fdae9fa1af

 

Feel free to comment or email me at jason@jasoncastellente.com.

National Community Church – Leadership Retreat

Today was the seventh day of working at National Community Church.  It has been quite a whirlwind.  I started at a crazy time for them because this past week, they were gearing up for one of their biggest events of the year.  Their leadership retreat was held at a campground in West Virginia.  The church believes firmly that their calling as a church is to invest in people and in leaders.  They believe this so firmly that they offer this leadership retreat to their leaders who are active in the church free of charge.  There were almost 300 people in attendance this past Friday and Saturday.  I really loved how they spent time teaching about leadership and helping their volunteers to sharpen their skills and develop new tools for being successful in their ministry.  That’s so cool…I love that they don’t just shove people into a ministry to give them the opportunity to serve, and then just leave them to figure it out on their own.  They give their leaders the “tools” to do their ministry well.

It was an interesting time for the production crew because we had a ton of crazy and insane things happen!  First, we had issues with getting the lighting racks flown.  Then, we had issues with DMX, then we realized that we had a bad dimmer pack up on the lighting rack.  After we finally got all of those issues squared away, we had plenty of other issues to deal with.  We had issues with a rental company showing up on time with our rental gear.  Eventually, it took them over a day too long to get the snake and screens to us.  We were past the start time of the event before the gear showed up.  What I was impressed with, was the grace that the leadership extended to the production staff and how much they applauded our efforts.  The leadership realized that the issues were out of our control, and they extended grace.  I really appreciated that.

I enjoyed the leadership retreat because I was able to hear different worship leaders in the church lead worship teams.  I was also able to hear three of the church’s pastors preach and hear their wisdom.

I am super tired at this point.  Tomorrow, we have staff meeting and then I’ll be heading home to Pennsylvania for some much needed time off and rest.  I’m excited to see my family and spend some time with them.

Feel free to comment or email me at jason@jasoncastellente.com

Lightining fast speeds with simultaneous voice…finally – The HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon

I think everyone saw the graphic on HTC’s website a few weeks ago which had the catch phrase, “It’s not your dream phone.  It’s the one after that.”  It certainly caught my eye.  And the fact that I love phones made me wonder exactly what was coming out.  It was apparent that it would be a Verizon 4G LTE phone, but still, you’ve got to be a least a little excited that something new was coming to HTC.

HTC has made some huge leaps in the smart phone market making some pretty sweet devices that are available for everyone on every major carrier.  Of course that’s part of the Android way.  It is an open-source “I love everyone” platform while phones like the iPhone have been pretty limited until more recently with the announcement of the iPhone for Verizon.  Although, I can’t say I am tickled pink by that announcement like everyone else seems to be.  You have to examine the facts before you get so excited.  First of all, the iPhone 4 for Verizon, as it stands now, is NOT LTE compatible.  So, in other words, if you are an early adopter, you’ll be disappointed when the new iPhone 5, or whatever they will call it, comes out before your two year contract ends and you are left with only 3G on your nifty new Verizon iPhone 4.  It’s great that you have the new personal hotspot, but still, wouldn’t you rather be able to use that personal hotspot with the new 4G LTE network instead of the 3G networks.  Granted, their 3G is still pretty fast for a mobile device, but I would personally rather have access to the fastest data if I am paying the same amount.

Many people also missed the fact that you can’t talk on your phone and use data at the same time on the new iPhone 4 for Verizon.  Some people say “so what”, but I think that can be a big deal if you are using the GPS and talking on speakerphone while driving to meet someone or trying to make arraignments or plans while discussing it with your buddy.  It’s kind of funny because Verizon, being kind of the “giant” of cell phone carriers, did not really have this while AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint have had this capability for a long time.  This brings me full circle back to HTC.

The phone that HTC “pulled the sheet off of” a couple of weeks ago was the HTC Thunderbolt.  This is a phone is an Android phone that is compatible with the 4G LTE network.  But to me, the big selling point that really did not get much emphasis in the press release is that this phone is in fact able to deliver blazing fast 4G data and Verizon’s dependable voice coverage simultaneously.  And it also gives you the option to create a Wi-Fi hotspot which can carry the load of up to eight simultaneous connections.

I just happened to take note of this and thought it might be interesting to those you read my blog.

Feel free to link people to my blog, post links on forums, facebook, twitter, or wherever you’d like.

If you have any comments, feel free to let your voice be heard in the comment box below or by emailing me at jason@jasoncastellente.com

Home Theater Systems – Part 2 Linux running XMBC

The Linux platform has huge potential for development of media center entertainment options. It is open-source so basically anyone who wants to develop software can make something sweet run on there. Making a media center is either more complicated or less complicated depending on your experience. If you have the ability to build or modify the hardware of a computer, then you’re probably in good shape. If you can’t, you can always just pick up another system built with the specs you want. It is important to make sure you have some way to output HD video and a processor with RAM enough to make sure the computer can play video well.  The capacity to store a lot of data would be good if you have alot of movies, DVDs or TV shows that you want to archive on a hard drive.

There is software available for free to organize and display your video on whatever screen you might have. XMBC is a great program with a slick GUI.  You can check it out at http://www.xbmc.org.

XBMC is some pretty sweet software and is actually available for Windows, Mac, on Linux.  You can use it to manage your media library of music, pictures and videos.  It even has a weather widget within the software and an RSS reader so you can keep up to date on what is important to you.  The software offers settings within it so that you can use virtually any source for your data.  You can store your data on an internal drive, on another computer or even a network storage device.  This allows you access to all of your media all through one easy to use program.

Another interesting fact about Linux is that the file format used by Linux, is readable and writable through both Mac and Windows operating systems.  So, in other words, sharing files across other platforms is much easier and also giving your Linux media center access to all of your media is easier whether the media data is stored on Windows, Linux, or Mac file formats.

Anyway, at some point in the future, I plan on talking about different software I have tried for media and entertainment on various platforms.

If there is anything that you might think is interesting for me to know about, consider or think about, please feel free to comment or email me at jason@jasoncastellente.com.

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