Friday, October 31, 2008

American Stories, American Solutions: 30 Minute Special by Barack Obama

My name is Andrew Yeager-Buckley and I approve this message by Barack Obama.

Ghostbusters Trailer created by my brother Daniel Buckley

Daniel is currently a student at The New York Film Academy.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Worship Market Team, at Apple?

I couldn't wait for mr. moderator to fill us in on this Apple Worship Market Team meeting he attended this past week at Apple headquarters . Curiosity was killing me. I decided to do a little research of my own.  After some minor google searching I found pretty much nothing. We might just have to wait for the moderator to speak.  What I did find was an invitation to an event at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, GA on July 29th, 2008 being lead by an Apple staffer by the name of Brian O'Neal.  His position at Apple is Worship Market Account Executive.  This particular invitation was sent out to churches in the surrounding area.  A copy of that invitation is below.  The invitation invites potential participants to "discuss Apple solutions and technologies for Houses of Worship and Ministries".

Please join Apple for a short briefing to introduce you to the new
Worship Market Team, and to discuss Apple solutions and technologies for Houses of Worship and Ministries. Box will be provided.

Please reserve this date in your calendar. There will be a special price offer for a MacBook Pro Bundle for those who attend. Hurry, seating will be limited to the first 30 attendees.

Thanks and I look forward to seeing you there.

God Bless,

Brian O'Neal
Enterprise - Worship Market Account Executive
Apple Inc.

What could these solutions and technologies be?  I highly doubt Apple will develop any hardware solutions.  The fact that they haven't released a mac tablet for their very large customer base of graphic artists leads me to believe hardware is not in the conversation.  That leaves us with Software.  Could they be developing a new version of their presentation software called keynote that's customized for churches?  Could they be developing something special for church musicians?  My guess is whatever they develop it will have to exist within or on top of the framework of an existing apple software platform.

What would you like Apple to develop?  Who knows, they might read your ideas, contact you and offer you a job.  When your rich and famous don't forget about the little people like me that helped you get your start.

David Letterman gives Sen John McCain NO MERCY!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

My brothers first project at The New York Film Academy

This past week my brother started taking classes at The New York Film Academy . I believe the scene he edited above was one of his first projects. I'm really excited for him. What an amazing opportunity! Go Daniel!

Greetings from Moderator Bruce via video

I just finished watching this greeting Bruce recorded for Trinity Presbytery.  I had a smile on my face during the whole clip.  Oops, maybe I shouldn't refer to him so casually as Bruce.  That's Bruce Reyes-Chow, moderator of the 218th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA).  That's a mouthful.  Ok, back to explaining my reaction to bruce's electronic presbytery greeting.  Many presby friends and commissioners I know walked away from from general assembly asking questions like...

"how will the church respond to bruce and his Web 2.0NESS?"
"will they know what to do with him?"
"does this mean we need to start training our elders how to blog?

Some of these questions were fair and others just came from a place of not getting it.  I can't speak for Bruce but I'm pretty sure he isn't trying to model the only way of doing church.  He's modeling the way that best meets the needs of his community of faith and openly sharing some of the tools he's learned to use along the way.

This video is a great example of what I'm talking about.  Over the last few months when Bruce has learned of events that he can't attend in person he's offered to send greetings live via skype video or record a greeting like this.  In past years its taken a minimum of 6 months for a moderator to film a greeting, have it edited and then distributed across the church.  Tools like and web cams give the church the ability to communicate with one another face to face much more quickly.

This video made me smile because I know the conversations it might spark.  After watching some commissioners might ask how he did that?  Could we record videos like that for our church?  Presbytery staff might see this as a way to communicate more effectively to churches on a regular basis.  Who knows?

That's enough of my random thoughts for now.

Now heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeers Bruce!