Monday, December 1, 2008

I reported this graffiti to the city graffiti removal hotline on December 1, 2008. Check back to see how long it takes the city graffiti removal team to respond

Six weeks later, January 14, nothing has happened yet.

Friday, November 28, 2008

angelica consort

November 5, Angelica Consort played at Trinity Lutheran Church in Reading. It's in 3 pieces because youtube doesn't like big files.
I like part 3 the best.

and here are links to part 1 and part 2 on youtube

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

meet karen lesniak

i did a new website for karen lesniak, an artist at the goggleworks, and when we first sat down to talk about it, she handed me a powerpoint cd, and she said "it's all about preserving farmland in lancaster county" take a look and see what you think

if you like it, email her and tell her... and tell your friends!

Friday, October 31, 2008

I had occasion to create a video tutorial and it took me 4 tries before i got it right.. The first 3 takes, i videoed the process and used final cut express to edit and add titles and stuff. but video recorders and computer screen do not get along well. Then i found snapz pro x that does screen capture with voiceover. what a difference! and easy to use!! I'm happy.

Anyway, here is a short tutorial "Peter creates a blog"

Monday, September 29, 2008

welcome to linux

a few days ago, someone asked me about free open source video editor software.
a short look around revealed kdenlive, pitive, and cinelerra.
i haven'tbeen in linux for a few years, so i downloaded and installed the latest ubuntu.
i really like ubuntu... it just works. and it's very mac like.
so i installed kdenlive from the ubuntu software update application, and it immediately crashed with a cryptic error message. when i tracked the error down, someone said "if you are getting this error, you must be stupid".. further checking revealed that kdenlive "was stable until 6 months ago, and it hasn't worked since then".
well, i thought, onward and upward.
so i installed pitive from the ubuntu software update application, and it immediately crashed with a different cryptic error message. investigation revealed that maybe i would have better luck if i compiled it from source. forget that.... i'm just taking the tour.
cinelerra was not available from the ubuntu software update program... i would have to compile from source... :(
then i discovered that open source movie editor was blessed by ubuntu.
it worked, but it's pretty primitive. you can see the results above.
but i have to tell you, i've been spoiled by final cut express

Sunday, August 10, 2008

not thinking anything

some people don't believe me when i tell them i'm not thinking anything.
now i have proof!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

it's been a long time coming

the former murals of reading site is four or five years old and seemed garish and dated, so here's the new site. i'm not entirely happy with it, and will probably keep tweaking it until i get it right.. sad to say, the mural at 555 north ninth street is no more.. someone, the new owner? has painted the building white :(

the artist behind the mural in the photo above is ed terrell. i love his stuff.

ed is responsible for several murals in reading, and is also the energy behind the acor art gallery in the goggleworks center for the arts in downtown reading.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Edy Sarnoff

if you play early music, you gotta check this out. the pommerian early music guild is having their annual early music festival in new cumberland pa on june 14 2008. edy sarnoff is the impresario that makes it happen.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

meet stephan

i've seen stephan walking all over town carrying a loaf of bread and a bible.
today i saw him sitting on the steps of a church near my house.
i couldn't resist.
i walked up to him and said "hi... i'm peter. and you are?"
"i'm stephan" he said
i forget what i said next, but he responded "i can only talk about jesus".
"well, ok" i said, "i see you walking all over town. do you live near here"?
he said "yes.... i'm an evangelist. I tell people the gospel and i pray for everyone i see on the street".
we talked for a while. i got the sense that stephan is trying to follow every jot and tittle of the old testament law.
i told him i was under grace and not under the law and that i was forgiven for everything past present and future; that i could do anything i want.
he said "even murder"?!?!?
"yes" i said. "but if i'm following the lord, it's pretty unlikely that i would murder"...
i could see in his eyes that he thought i was a heretic.
i like stephan.
he's full of grace and peace.
"bless you" i said. "bye"

Friday, May 16, 2008

more sadness

i bought a Systemax Intel® Dual Core bare bones system from tiger direct, and, sad to say the customer support at systemax is terrible.. i opened the case and installed another hard drive and suddenly i became "pay per call" for support..
the problem was that the intel raid driver installation was broken. this is the second intel motherboard i've bought recently that has had broken driver problems.
so the bottom line is i am not a happy camper, and will no longer do business with either intel or systemax..

Saturday, April 12, 2008


i think nobody has noticed that the let's talk about jesus show has had problems.... most days, there are gaps - periods of silence - anywhere from 2 to 5 minutes during the show. last week, tuesday and saturday shows were ok, and the other 4 days had the gap problem. i have been able to edit the silence out, and you have to listen very closely to notice anything.
here's a webpage that explains the whole thing

update april 17... i have not heard anything from either wfil or from salem communications but by remarkable coincidence, in the two days since i told them about the problem, the wfil feed has been pristine - with no problems. thanks guys!!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

emily and eckhart

i'm listening to eckhart tolle 'a new earth', and eckhart starts out by using flowers as a talking point and an analogy for enlightment. but talking about it and being there are two entirely different things.
emily dickinson was all about being there.
i think if you understand this poem by emily you won't have to listen to eckhart tolle.

The good Will of a Flower
The Man who would possess
Must first present
Of minted Holiness.