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The Sunday Summary [12-04]

This week has been an absolutely gruelling week at work with January Ministry Conference.

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A.W.E.S.O.M.E.

A couple of our leaders spoofed the G.O.S.P.E.L. video with this ad for our annual youth camp AWESOME!!!

It does a great job and even has some great gospel truths in there!!

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G.O.S.P.E.L.

For those of you who haven’t seen it, this is a great video which explains the gospel.

G.O.S.P.E.L. from Humble Beast Records on Vimeo.

This is also a primer for something which I’ll post tomorrow!!

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A Day in California

Towards the end of last year I posted some amazing tilt-shifted videos.

I’ve recently come across another which is just as beautiful, check it out:

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Tilt-shifted Videos

Tilt-shift photography is quite an amazing process that basically makes things look like they are miniatures.

Recently on my Google reader I saw a link to this video entitled Coachelletta which was taken from this year’s Coachella Festival, which takes place in California each year, congregating a mix of alternative rock, hip-hop and electronic music. Famed artists who have performed there include Beck, The Chemical Brothers, Tool, RATM, J5, Underworld, Bjork, Oasis, The Beastie Boys, Radiohead, Kraftwerk, The Cure, The Killers, Coldplay, Massive Attack, Depeche Mode, Jack Johnson, Aphex Twin, Franz Ferdinand, M.I.A., Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jay-Z, Muse, Gorillaz, Faith No More, MGMT, La Roux, Florence and the Machine, Phoenix, Orbital and of course Daft Punk with their first Pyramid Show which went on to tour the world.

Coachelletta from Sam O'Hare on Vimeo.

The Photographer/Director Sam O’Hare also made this awesome video called The Sandpit, which captures a day in the life of New York City.

The Sandpit from Sam O'Hare on Vimeo.

Both videos are well worth watching in full-screen HD.

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Milo Alexander Druitt

My previous bible study co-leaders Marcus and Helen Druitt have today been blessed with a son.
Milo Alexander Druitt came into this world at 2:22pm today weighing in at 4.165 kilograms.

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Retail Therapy???

It’s been a while between drinks, for those that are keeping up, I guess you’ve seen the new look to the place, rearranged some furniture, painted a ‘feature wall’ and designed a new ‘colorspace’ for the area.

Today I trotted along (for the third time in four days) to Castle Towers to continue on my ‘hunt’ to spruce up my wardrobe with the addition of some more upper class/business style clothes.

I’d been eying off a couple of Saba shirts on my Thursday night trip out, in the absence of a movie viewing, and this time around I tried on three shirts; a white, a grey and a teal shirt. They all were of the SS sizing, which apparently means extra small, and they fit very well, slightly big on me, but not when compared to the current collection of shirts that I own, and also longish in the arms. The price of the teal and white shirts resulted in a purchase at $49 and $69 respectively, but the grey found it’s way back to the rack since it remained at a pricey $129. I am, however, amazed at the (lack of) customer service in stores though… It seems that there’s so many staff that they have on, at least three per area, and yet they just don’t seem to care about the customers….

This was particularly evident when I went on to Myers. I’d seen a nice Brooksfield jacket on Thursday night as well, it was a greeny grey color, small size, looked quite fitted and had that army-ish feel to it. Today when I went back, the store seemed like more of a mess, I guess as a result of a Saturday flood of avid shoppers, and the orderly section from Thursday night looked quite a bit more chaotic…. At least the jacket I was after was still there, and still in a small size. After quite a bit of mulling over, I tried it on and decided it was a goer, fitted well and fairly warm, but there was a slight problem with the item, someone had removed the security tag, and not in the security tag removing machine, this one was manually removed, no tools included, and that resulted in a slit, maybe about the height of a 5 cent piece.

So I took it over to one of the ‘customer service people’ and told them that it was damaged who then referred me on to one of the girls at the counter because she didn’t know what to do, and after watching them dip into a box of chocolates and have a nice little chat, one of them ‘served’ me and took me over to check if there was any the same size, a great help because I just wouldn’t have looked for one myself, then she tells me that she could check the other stores, but not until Tuesday… Great resolution to problems, timely and efficient!!! Then she gave me the other option of 50% off the item, which I accepted, but she did tell me to go and wait by the counter whilst she did something or other for a good 5 minutes before serving me…. Considering I could have walked straight out of the store with the jacket in a bag, since there was no longer a security tag on the jacket, I’m very surprised at the way that I was treated as a customer…

It’s funny how when you work in a customer service industry that tries to offer fantastic customer service ho much you notice and compare what you’re receiving… Anyway the whole situation left me pretty frustrated, as you can probably tell, and it wasn’t particularly therapeutic…. But I did have a think about how it was good that I didn’t fall into the great great temptation of walking out of the store $60 richer, still with a new, slightly damaged Brooksfield jacket….

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Work in Progress

CHONGLAND has been fairly quiet of late, I’ve been working on the back end and getting it a heap more functional and easier to use.¬† With the recent release of WordPress 2.1, it’s a perfect time to work on improving my journal and I’ve been hard at work on a customized ‘theme of my own that tailors to the needs of myself and you guys, the readers, so look out it’s almost finished baking and ready to be served.

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Pray for Rain

I’ve been working on a website for a friend from Church – Tristan.

I’ve completed enough of it to get it launched, come see it at www.prayforrain.info

**EDIT – Thursday 10th May**

The prayforrain.info site has been disbanded.

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University

Tonight at 9pm, the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) will¬†notify applicants of whether they have been successful in their application to go to uni in the year 2007 via their website, and I am one of them….