Saturday, January 12, 2008

The same god with different attributes, or different gods altogether?

I got a flip video camera from Amazon and thought it might be neat to try v-logging. Here's my first attempt:

It's a little choppy in places because when I recorded it, it was almost 13 minutes, and then I discovered that Youtube limits you to 10 minutes. I had to chop some stuff out in places to get it down to size. Mostly, I just chopped out a few irrelevent asides and places where I said, "but uh..." too much.

In the future, I'm going to try to get some friends to submit to interviews and do a talk show. I thought that might be fun.

You might want to know a little about this flip video camcorder. It's pretty cool. It really is as easy to use as they say it is. The video quality is pretty good, too. The only thing is that you have to diminish the video quality quite a bit to get the file small enough to put on the internet. But it comes with an AV cable, so you can plug the camera right into the TV and play straight off the camera.

There are a few things I don't like about it. It doesn't have a screw hole to use with a tripod, so if I want to record myself, I have to prop it up on something. The Ultra version has one, though, and it's about $30 more.

With most of the videos I recorded, whenever I'd try to import them into Windows Movie Maker, it would freeze up and shut down, so I couldn't edit my videos. I'm using Windows XP on my desktop. I tried it on my laptop, which uses Windows Vista, and the problem there was that when I tried to import the video, it would import the audio portion of it, but not the video portion. I tried to download several different codecs and finally found one that fixed my problem. Now I can edit videos just fine on my laptop. It's just that I'd rather use my desktop. But I can use a jump drive to transfer the files.

The software that comes with the camera is pretty useless. I don't know why it's even on there. But you can get the files off the camera as if it were a flash drive, so no biggy.


At 1/14/2008 2:56 AM , Blogger Timothy said...

Hello again! Happy New Year!

My problem with this whole issue is I don't see the point of asking the question, "are we worshipping the same god?" Because, like you said, we have to spend a lot of time figuring out where to draw that line. Why not just ask, "what is true of god?" That seems to me to be what really matters.

And on the issue of which religions are close to or far from Christianity (Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, etc.)- that question has no meaning until you define what Christianity is. To a Mormon, Christianity is obviously Mormon-like, thus the religions that most people would call Christian are actually very un-Christian. But to you, Chrisianity is very different from the Mormon religion, so that makes Mormons very un-Christian. Thus it makes no sense for people of different "Christianities" to debate which religions are most Christian, as in order to get to the root of the issue it would be necessary to discuss which religious beliefs themselves are correct. In other words, once again you're asking, "What is true of god?"

At 1/14/2008 7:46 AM , Blogger Psiomniac said...

From my atheist perspective this is much simpler of course.
From yours I think I agree with timothy that the question can be usefully transformed into something like 'how accurate is a given individual's notion of god?'.
Good to see you actually move and hear you talk!

At 1/14/2008 7:50 AM , Blogger ephphatha said...

Timothy, I completely agree with you.

Psiomniac, I'm thinking maybe I'll try my English accent next time.


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