Monday, October 31, 2005

JIMM 16 - The Cheryl Dawson Memorial Walk-a-thon

This post will remain at the top for the duration of October, for Domestic Violence Awareness month - DAJ (originally posted 200510040312)

Mood: contemplative


JIMM 16 (36:01, 32.9 MB) is an audio podcast taken from audio recorded on Sunday, September 25, 2005. On that day members of the Cincinnati church of Christ, as well as others in the community, participated in the One Voice Cheryl Dawson Memorial Walk to help victims of domestic abuse and raise awareness of domestic violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, so this event was aptly timed!

Cheryl Dawson was stabbed to death outside her workplace in March of 2002 by her estranged husband. She was a member of the Cincinnati church of Christ. (related post from March 2002: "One More Angel in Heaven")

In my research for this podcast, I browsed over to the YWCA Greater Cincinnati website and discovered that they have an Art Gallery, where this month they have a special exhibit going on this month entitled "Empty Chairs, Painful Windows". I mention more about it in the podcast.

Please, if you live in or close to the Cincinnati area, make time to visit this exhibit. The Y is located at the corner of Walnut and 9th Streets, across from the public library, in downtown Cincinnati. My wife, my daughter, and I visited the gallery while it was running. It was truly a moving experience.

Thanks go out to everyone who lent their voices to this podcast, including but not limited to, Brad, Mike, Jay, Tom, Betsy, my Mom, and many others.

Songs played:

  1. "Meant to Be" - Rob Costlow
  2. "I Do" - Rob Costlow
  3. "Glory, Glory" - Cincinnati church of Christ congregation
  4. "Family" - Rob Costlow
  5. "How I Got Over" - Cincinnati church of Christ choir

  6. "Not Alone" - Rob Costlow
  7. "Did You Think" - Adrina Thorpe
    Read the lyrics to "Did You Think"!
As I've listened to this podcast several times myself over the past few days, I'm struck by how well the music goes with everything you hear from the individual audio clips.

October 7, 2005 Update: Thanks to Jon from the Tanfastic podcast for playing the promo for this show!

As always thanks go out to the folks who help make this possible:
  • Audacity, a bit unstable at times, but it gets the job done. Just remember to save early and often!
  • Music Alley (formerly Podsafe Music Network)
  • and their partnership with the Internet Archive
  • Anyone else I may have left out
Please call the Listener Hotline (206-666-JIMM), leave me a comment (guidepost), or send me an e-mail to let me know what you think!

Halloween, Who-Dey, and Podcasting

Mood: alert
Listening to: yesterday's sermon at church via podcast
Eating: chinese food


Happy Halloween everyone! Please check out the BooCast, which I posted last Friday morning. It's got some Halloween stuff in it - some treats and maybe some tricks (you'll have to listen), too!


Congratulations to the Cincinnati Bengals on their win over the Green Bay Packers yesterday (sorry Jon! I'm not sure whether there was a 300-pound man in a Packers uniform or not.). The game was interesting not only in their 21-14 win but also a visit to the field by a fan, who yanked the ball from Bret Favre's clutches before being tackled by security guards. In related news, this fan has been signed to the Cleveland Browns. (just kidding)

Podcasting Update

The next podcast will have jazz music. I've already selected the music; I just need to queue up the tracks and get the recording done. If you'd like to comment on the Journey Inside My Mind podcast, please head over to and leave a comment, or you can call the Listener Hotline: (206) 666-JIMM (5466).

Friday, October 28, 2005

The Next Supreme Court Justice Nominee

Mood:very tired
Listening to: the sound of silence

Mom and I just finished chatting via Windows Messenger. Our conversation drifted into politics for some reason. Here is an excerpt:

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
I don't envy politicians - I dislike them, but I don't envy them

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:
I'm afraid i am developing apathy

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
It's hard not to get a bit cynical

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:
I know

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
especially given all the promise we felt when GWB took office in 2001

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:
BTW- I was gonna send GW your name for supreme court justice

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
power corrupts

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
thanks - I was counting on your vote of confidence

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:
I can recommend you as a great person

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:
he is not only my son but a good friend mr prez

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
that almost seems to be one of the easiest jobs out of all three branches

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:
I think you could do it

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
I would take a stand on Roe v Wade

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
sometimes I'd dissent just for the heck of it

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:
i know wouldn't it be a lot of fun

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:
and its a lifetime job they can't kick you out

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
and not only that, but I'd get to live in the beltway, too!

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:
I know and go to the Kennedy Center for the performing arts!

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
I might find myself living at the Smithsonian, though

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:
you might have to buy a tuxedo though

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
oh, well, I don't know about that

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
I wouldn't mind wearing a robe, though

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:
yeah you would be at the Smithsonian

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
On hot summer days, I could just wear my underwear underneath

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:
i know you could just be in your undies like Tom Cruise

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
maybe not even that

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
I could wear gym shoes

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:
or thongs

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
and I'd sit on the bench and discuss the true meaning of freedom!

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:


JIMM 20 - BooCast

Mood: tired
Listening to: JIMM 20 - Boocast

JIMM 20 - BooCast (13.2 MB, 19:22) is designed to get us in the spirit of Halloween, with music and listener feedback.

After hearing myself speak on this podcast a couple of times, I think I need to state that I hadn't been drinking while recording this; I just stayed up all night to do it. Talk about crazy!

Here's a reminder to update your podcatcher software with the new RSS feed: Actually, if you click on that link, the Browser-Friendly page will tell you more.

Podcasts mentioned

Songs played:

from the Internet Archive in the Public Domain:
Opening music taken from bgyoshi - "ElectricHalloween" (2:25)

Outro:psarahmason - "crosstracks appearance 2"

from the Podsafe Music Network:
Josh Woodward - "Shower Scene"

Vincent van Go-Go - "Girlfight (instrumental)"

Thursday, October 27, 2005

New Podcast-Only Feed Available

Hey there, folks!

You may remember reading from two weeks ago that I was having trouble with the RSS feed that makes the podcast episodes available via iTunes, iPodder Lemon, and the other podcatchers ("Tweaking the RSS Feed", "The Irony of It All"). I've noticed, over the past couple of days, that fewer and fewer episodes have been showing up in iPodder Lemon, for example, and while I've tweaked the RSS feed some more, I think I'm finally understanding what's going on:

JIMM Background

This website started off as a blog in January 2002, but more recently - July 2002, it's started having audio posts and then longer podcast episodes. As you can tell from this very post, as well as others, I'm still blogging at this website.

Quirkiness of the RSS Feed
When Feedburner creates the RSS feed for this blog, it captures both podcast and non-podcast posts. That's maybe why I'm only seeing a few episodes show up in iPodder.

Observing Other Podcasters

I've noticed that other podcasters to whom I listen each have a single site devoted just for their podcasts. I've also noticed that more of their episodes are showing up in iPodder.

Hence, the New Podcast Site

So that's what I've decided to do. I've created a podcast-only site for the Journey Inside My Mind podcast. This site contains only podcast posts. Here is the vital information:
Name: Journey Inside My Mind Podcast
Update your Podcatching Software

I will still keep the feed for this blog enabled, so that you can use it in your newsreaders, Bloglines, My Yahoo!, and so forth, but I'm going to begin phasing out posting podcast episodes here and direct you to subscribe and start listening via the new one.

Keisha's Club

Mood: upbeat
Listening to: Coverville 140: The Cheap Trick Cover Story
Eating: Leftover Long John Silver's - still good the day after!

My wife Jennie just brought out a sign that our 8-year old daughter Keisha had put in her window. We'd seen it earlier as we walked past her bedroom. Here's what is says, exactly as it appears:

Keisha's Club

Keisha for a Girls & family, & Boys, & Johnsons & parents club at my house. pleasee welcome here it's lovely home welcome

Cleaning Up and Other Stuff

Mood: charged
Listening to: Adam Curry's Daily Source Code DSC 267
Eating: hey! I'm hungry!

I've been doing some maintenance on the blogroll and the RSS feeds I've subscribed to in Bloglines. There have been so many on this list that I don't read or haven't read in such a long time.

Gotta get the next podcast done, hopefully tonight. I'll have some Halloween music in it, among other things.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Stars Hollow Podcast

Jon, the Official Cheesehead, who you may know from the Tanfastic podcast, sent me some news today:

Podcasting is so much fun.

My wife and I started a new podcast as well. It's a fan podcast for the show the Gilmore Girls. It's not just for girls you know. It is a great show. We put the first episode up last week and I am going to post another today. Check it out if you get bored:

Thanks man.

Official Cheesehead Jon

Dayton Area Salon Donating Haircuts for Breast Cancer Research

Mood: chillin'
Listening to: No Idle Frets jazz guitar podcast, episode 22
Reading: this great e-mail I'm about to share with you
Eating: Long John Silver's family treasure chest meal


I got this e-mail from a co-worker this afternoon:

Good Afternoon Everyone:

I have some exciting news for you. This Friday from 10-5 Bella’s Day Spa will be having a cut-a-thon for breast cancer. All haircuts are free with a donation to Breast cancer research. Please tell all your family and friends about this and please help with a donation fight this disease.
Friday, October 28, 2005 from 10am-5pm @

Bella’s Day Spa

6226 Chambersburg Road

Huber Heights, Ohio 45424

(937) 233-5156

Tasha White
Community Relations Coordinator

Update: I just found out that participation in the cut-a-thon in on a walk-in basis only; first come, first serve.

U-Turn Cafe Plays Requests

Mood: great
Listening to: U-Turn Cafe podcast, show # 3, with C.C. Chapman

Thank God that the sun came out! After nearly an entire week of gray, overcast, cold, and rainy weather, the sky is mostly sunny and blue! Awesome! I much rather the sky to be blue than I.

I'm listening to C.C. Chapman's U-Turn Cafe, a podcast of mellow, chilled, podsafe acoustic music. I sent him an e-mail last week, requesting him to play Aaron Wilkinson's song "Last to Know", after hearing it on the Tanfastic Podcast. Guess what? He's playing it! Thanks, C.C.!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Driving Podsafely

Mood: not quite as down as earlier today; pretty positive, actually
Listening to: podcasts and music from the Podsafe Music Network
Reading: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Eating: pork steak, sauerkraut with potatoes, water

Tonight after dinner Keisha and I drove up to the hhgregg store to look at some personal audio and electronic items. Earlier today, I was browsing their website, along with some others, for a better media player. I've also been in the market for a car stereo cassette adapter, so that I wouldn't have to wear headphones while listening to podcasts and podsafe music driving to and from work.

I priced some of their portable media players and bought one of those adapters. When we got home, I read another chapter of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to Keisha before tucking her in bed.

Jennie had woken up to go to work, and I decided to fill up my 64 MB Novad media player with some podsafe tunes, some podcast promos, a short podcast from a local FM station, some JIMM sweepers used in making the JIMM podcast, and JIMM 10 - 'Getting Real' (Jennie), which she and I did together at the beginning of September. It wound up being about an hour and a half's worth of music, that she could listen to on the way to work and as she works tonight.

As Jennie finished getting ready, I went to our car to test out the adapter with the media player. It sounded pretty good. I almost regret that I'll be working from home tomorrow and Thursday and not have the opportunity to listen during my hour-long commute.

Walk Into the Grand Canyon

How comfortable would you be walking on this skywalk, which is being built on the Hualapai Indian Reservation in Arizona's Grand Canyon National Park.

It's true. Check out the Urban Legends Reference Pages: Photo Gallery (Grand Canyon Skywalk)

I-Tunes Found Me

Mood: dandy
Listening to: music from the Podsafe Music Network
Reading: Not much lately
Eating: Reese's cereal, milk, orange juice, and coffee

I just found out that over the past 24 hours, some of you have subscribed to the JIMM podcast via iTunes, which is a bit fascinating. According to Feedburner, which provides the RSS feed by which you can subscribe to JIMM:

With iTunes you can now browse, find, sample and subscribe to thousands of free podcasts - radio shows delivered over the Internet to your computer - then sync them to your iPod and listen anytime, anywhere.
I don't have iTunes myself (yet), and the only place I've seen it as it relates to this podcast is at the JIMM page at the Podsafe Music Network.

Satisfying the Customer

I dare any professional sports team in the United States to do what this soccer team in Sweden has done:

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - IF Elfsborg will refund the admission fee and traveling costs to soccer fans who attended their crushing 8-1 defeat at newly-crowned champions Djurgarden in the final game of the Swedish premier league season, the club said Tuesday.

Elfsborg admitted their performance at Djurgarden was "unacceptable," and promised to refund ticket and travel expenses to fans who made a round-trip of around 435 miles to Stockholm to watch the game.

"We wish that we had been able to say that it depended on external factors, but there are no excuses, no explanations. We were just bad," the club, who finished the season in seventh place, said in a statement.

"We want to apologize to all our supporters, members and sponsors and the volunteers who work for our organization."

"8-1 will be ringing in our ears for the coming five or six months," Elfsborg said.

Djurgarden had clinched the league title the previous week.

Monday, October 24, 2005

This Blog in the International Radio Operators Alphabet

So, if you listen to podcasts, you may have heard about Adam Curry's Daily Source Code podcast, probably the one with the greatest listener base. Adam flies an airplane ("with $16 Million of airplane strapped to my a**...). He also initiates his podcast with its call letters, but using the International Radio Operators Alphabet: "Delta Sierra Charlie"

I bring this up because for giggles I thought I'd find out what the call letters would be for this podcast, using the International Radio Operators Alphabet. If I were to refer to this blog/podcast using that alphabet, it would be:

Juliet India Mike Mike

Does this mean I'm going to start imitating the Podfather?

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Some More Sunday Musings

Another quick update before we finish getting ready for church:

I really believe in spending time with God every day. I think it's better to pray beforehand, and afterward to have personal Bible study. That way, as I pray, God prompts me with something I should study in the Bible.

This morning, while taking our dog Jake out for a walk, I was listening to some instrumental music I'd gotten off the internet - not only from the Podsafe Music Network but also from

Among the selection was Rob Costlow, whose music I played for JIMM 16 - The Cheryl Dawson Memorial Walk-a-thon. I remembered that this week I finally spoke with Cheryl's stepmother about the podcast. I hope that she's been able to listen to it.

That also got me to thinking about how the artists have made their music available so that we podcasters can promote it. The goal of this is to generate sales of their CDs, similar to mainstream radio.

I have not bought a CD myself in years. I've usually just gone to the library and checked out something from there. Also, I haven't placed a lot of value personally on buying CDs. But I think I've gound a way to get past this feeling so that I can support the artists.

The holidays are approaching. We can give the gift of music. I podcast largely because my Dad had music going all the time when I was growing up. My appreciation for all kinds of music stems from my childhood. Just listen to the previous podcasts, and you'll get a bit of an idea of my musical taste.

So, while I wouldn't necessarily buy a CD for myself, I can buy one as a gift for someone else. That may sound obvious to some, but to me, it was a new realization.

Now I just need to make sure I know the musical tastes of those to whom we'll be giving presents this season.

What that really has to do with God, I'm not exactly sure yet.

God Answers Prayer

Mood: caffeinated
Listening to: Some podsafe instrumental music
Eating: breakfast

A little bit of French:

Bon matin! Il pleut et il fait un peu froid. Nous preparon aller a l'eglise.

A long time ago, when I had just graduated from college (11 years ago, ha!), but even before that, in 1991, I met James H. After college, I didn't immediately have a job, and I needed a place to stay. He let me room at his apartment and eat his food. He and I both became Christians about the same time.

This afternoon he's marrying the love of his life, Julie, right down the street from where we live. Over the past month he travelled to the Ukraine to get her. See, he met her online some time ago, and had spent time over there with her. When we moved back to Cincinnati last March, he mentioned that he was engaged.

I am so glad for him. I remember eating lunch with him about five years ago, and he asked me to pray that he'd get a girlfriend. Wow. God does answer prayer. Maybe not in our timing - well, usually not in our timing.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Sumos on Abbey Road?

I was NextBlogging and found this picture on the front page of the blog "Winter of Discontent". I don't know if the reference to The Beatles was intentional:

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Secret Message

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Confused? There's help:

Go here.

spotted at the IMAO website.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

New Recruits for the War on Terror?

It looks like the US might have solved their recruiting problem:

JIMM 19 - Insert Title Here

I couldn't think of a good title for this podcast (mp3 - 34:28, 23.6 MB), so I just settled with something generic. Here are the specifics:

  • Tanfastic Podcast Thanks to Jon from the Tanfastic Podcast, as well as Jennie and Keisha, for the opening shout-outs!
  • Griddle Griddle - "Hit Parade" PMN link
  • Jennie, Keisha, and Jake - Joking Around
  • Jennie - Getting Cable, Finally
  • Brother Love Brother Love - "Push" PMN link
  • The Electric Sky Podcast With Wilma currently threatening the Gulf Coast, I shared a reminder from Mark at Electric Sky to support the Red Cross Hurricane Relief fund. It's been a wild hurricane season, and our help is still needed. Please give what you can - the need is real.
  • The Bombhappies The Bombhappies - "Heidi" PMN link
  • Dan and Keisha - MHS Football game
  • De La Vega De La Vega - "Let it Burn" PMN link
  • Dan and Keisha - When Bad Can Be Good
  • The Audio Collective Podcast Promo for the Audio Collective podcast
  • Audiopharm Background music for audio feedback was Audiopharm - "The Groove (instrumental)" PMN link

A lot of thanks go out to these wonderful artists for sharing their music. Let them know you heard about them on the Journey Inside My Mind podcast! Call the Listener Hotline with your feedback: (206) 666-5466.

PMN = Podsafe Music Network

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

The Official Canuck Signs Off

Just as when a good friend says goodbye in person, so I feel pangs knowing that a great friend in the blogosphere for the past three years has decided to stop blogging:

I first "met" the blogger, who for personal reasons, has used the pseudonym "Bene Diction", three years ago, when this blog was originally included among the first "blogs4God". Bene Diction was a moderator for the Zines category, and would often check in, leave a comment, or refer back to my QuotesBlog.

Since that time, Bene Diction became the Official Canuck of Journey Inside My Mind, and we'd keep in touch.

It's sad to say goodbye, so I'd rather say "good journey". And I hope and look forward to seeing you in person on the other side.

Bene Diction Blogs On: The Last Post

Monday, October 17, 2005


Mood: hanging in there
Listening to: Lynn Parsons Podcast from 10/07/2005
Eating: ate lunch at Dynasty Buffet near home
Watching: saw Pushing Tin

I stayed home from work today, and here's why:

When I went to bed on Saturday night, I had trouble relaxing. When I awoke yesterday morning, my lower back was stiff. Even though I've had a heating pad on it, the muscle pain has not subsided.

I've got a doctor's appointment scheduled for tomorrow morning at 10 AM. This appointment is the first one for a doctor since we've been back in Cincinnati, so I'll have all the new patient stuff to go through. Better plan on getting there at 9:30 AM.

I've spent most of the day on the couch with the heating pad. I was watching E!, and they had a program about Gilligan's Island on today. After that, I saw the movie "Pushing Tin", even though I'd been falling asleep prior to that.

Afterward, Jennie and I went to lunch at Dynasty Buffet. Until today, that had been our favorite Chinese restaurant, mainly because of the grill. It seems, however, that they've changed things around with respect to how the grill operates. You used to be able to select the sauces you wanted - combo, garlic, hot, soy. Now the grill master does all the sauces for you.

When we'd finished eating, we came back home. Now Keisha is home, doing her homework, and I'm feeling very sleepy.

I've got some fun stuff on tap for the next podcast, which I hope to record in the next couple days.

Friday, October 14, 2005

One More Feature

Hi, folks!

I just put a cluster map on this blog, so that I can see where you all are visiting from. You can find it on the sidebar, near the bottom.

It won't provide any updates until tomorrow (Oct 15).


Thursday, October 13, 2005

JIMM 18 - Cloudy Overcast Hodgepodge

JIMM 18 - Cloudy Overcast Hodgepodge mp3 (34:50, 23.9 MB)was recorded Monday, October 10, 2005, during lunchtime at the Tim Horton's on Miller Lane in the Dayton, Ohio area.

Some highlights:

  1. A new station ID from Keisha!
  2. Theme - by the way, can anyone name all the movies the clips come from?
  3. The Reverse Engineers - "The Same Path"
  4. Audio feedback from the Official Mom and my lovely wife Jennie
  5. What's this "Official" business?
  6. Promo for JIMM 16 - The Cheryl Dawson Memorial Walkathon, as played on the Tanfastic podcast
  7. The post for JIMM 16 will be at the top of the front page for the rest of October, Domestic Violence Awareness month.
  8. Todd Martin - "She Knows" (2nd time on this podcast; 1st time was during "JIMM 4 - Romantic Movements")
  9. Listener Hotline Sweeper (206) 666-JIMM
  10. Audio feedback - I call the Listener Hotline while at a recent high school football game with Keisha - her first football game ever!
  11. Not being used to the cooler weather
  12. What people are reading at the blog
  13. "Rejoice in the Lord Always" - Dan Johnson
  14. Countries where some people are visiting from
  15. Call for e-mails/feedback - let me know where you're listening/visiting from!
  16. bill - "Sound Scientist"

Always On

Mood: geeky
Listening to: cable television
Eating: um, I guess I need to make dinner?
Watching: cable television

Today the Time Warner technician came to our home and installed cable and Roadrunner. This is the first time ever we've had cable. It's also the first time we've had an always-on internet connection.

To say the least, I feel a bit geeky about it.

Some Thursday Overcast Updates

Mood: dandy
Listening to: WCPO Podcast of yesterday's Noon News
Reading: Site Meter statistics for this blog
Eating: Ham and egg breakfast sandwich (homemade by Jennie - I *HEART* Her!)
Watching: The dense fog and changing colors of leaves outside our window

A few of updates on tap for today, for which I'd love your feedback:


I'm thinking about resetting the site meter counter to zero. It currently shows over 25,000 hits, but that's since January 2002. I think that I started it with an arbitrary number, and the number of hits seems meaningless now. I'm more interested in where people are visiting from and what they're looking at.


I've got JIMM 18 - Cloudy Overcast Hodgepodge recorded and mixed from Monday. After listening to it, Jennie has recommended I leave a small snippet out - I understand where she's coming from. I've got the show notes just about done, and I'll probably post it here sometime tomorrow.

As for the next podcast, I'd like to do one with Jennie about some music we like, a kind of sappy podcast. We could also talk about our history together. I've been over to the Podsafe Music Network and downloaded a bunch of songs in different genres, and that's helping to give me some ideas. Podsafe blues music, for example. Dance music, too. I could go on and on.


Time Warner Cincinnati is coming today to install basic cable and Roadrunner. So we'll have cable for the first time ever, and I'll be able to stay connected without "hi-jacking" a neighbor's unreliable wireless network when I'm at home.


Jennie's volunteering at Keisha's school this morning. We're considering making some changes to her IEP (Individual Education Plan). For those that are unfamiliar, an IEP is developed to help children with special needs have everything they need to get a good education.


Jennie and I have been serving in the children's ministry during midweeks this month. A lot of kids are involved in a Christmas production, and the ones ages 4 and up who are not are spending time with us. Midweeks are not as long as the services on Sunday mornings, and we did something pretty cool.

The 4, 5, and Kindergartners have been learning lessons from the book of Daniel, and most recently, they learned about the writing on the wall (Daniel 5). For a craft, we had the kids trace their hands on some construction paper and cut them out. We had made some copies of a drawing of a brick wall, and I wrote with a white crayon, the following: "Daniel trusted God". Then the kids glued their walls on another piece of construction paper.

Now for the cool part of the craft: the kids did some watercolor painting on the wall, and, as they painted over the white crayon, the words appeared, similar to what happened in the Bible. Afterward they glued their hands to the paper. Pretty neat stuff, huh?

After we'd cleaned up, we had some time, and, since I'd brought my guitar, we played musical chairs with some worship songs. Two versions of the game - One is the traditional, someone gets out every round; another, my favorite, is where no one gets out, and everyone has to sit in the remaining chairs. That last version is hilarious!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

The Irony of It All

I recently noticed that iPodder Lemon downloaded JIMM 17 onto my computer. The title of the episode, as it appears in the download window in iPodder, is "Tweaking the RSS Feed", the very post where I described having problems downloading!

Tweaking the RSS Feed

For some reason that, since I'm no expert at RSS, I don't know exactly - feed readers are not recognizing JIMM 17 - Something for the Kids as having an mp3 file attached to it. Specifically, the enclosure tags aren't being generated.

So far I've republished the entire blog and have been playing with the Feedburner feed for this blog:

I just deactivated the SmartFeed feature because I think it might interfere with the SmartCast feature. We'll see.

For the meantime, you can still download that episode directly from the post, or use this direct link to the show: mp3

Monday, October 10, 2005

Yahoo! I found the JIMM Podcast

Yahoo has entered the podcast directory world: Yahoo! Podcasts

JIMM 17 - Something for the Kids

Mood: playful
Listening to: JIMM 17 - Something for the Kids

In this podcast (20:06, 18.4 MB) I wanted to play some music that Keisha likes. We went to the Podsafe Music Network and picked out some Childrens songs. I wish I had a video camera and was able to capture Keisha's dancing as I played these songs. During the last one, we both were up dancing:

The show was recorded at our dinner table, using the Dell Latitude laptop, a Labtec AM-242 microphone, and Audacity. The show was basically recorded in one shot with just a little bit of post-production processing of our filler between the songs. Oh, and there are a couple of new sweepers/station IDs, too.

By the way, if you want to call in your station ID, shout-out, or promo, call the Listener Hotline: 206-666-JIMM (5466)

Thanks for listening and for subscribing. Enjoy!

Songs played:

  1. "Get Out of Bed" by The Egerton Boyz
    They have their own weekly podcast, called "the Smelly Monkeys podcast:" a show that provides the humor, wisdom, and perspective that only kids can provide.
  2. "Autumn Leaves" by The Egerton Boyz
  3. "Eat Your Vegetables" by The Egerton Boyz
  4. "Thank You" by Smallfish
    The official Smallfish website address:
As always thanks go out to the folks who help make this possible:
  • Audacity, a bit unstable at times, but it gets the job done. Just remember to save early and often!
  • podsafe music network
  • and their partnership with the Internet Archive
  • Anyone else I may have left out
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Thursday, October 06, 2005

A Grave Tragedy - JOKE ALERT!

A man placed some flowers on the grave of his dearly departed mother and started back toward his car when his attention was diverted to another man kneeling at a grave:

The man seemed to be praying with profound intensity and kept repeating, "Why did you have to die? Why did you have to die? Why did you have to die? Why did you have to die?"

The first man approached him and said, "Sir, I don't wish to interfere with your private grief, but this demonstration of pain is more than I've ever seen before. For whom do you mourn so deeply? A child? A parent?"

The mourner took a moment to collect himself, then replied... "My wife's first husband."

found on DailyJoke

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Visiting the YWCA Women's Art Gallery (pictures of us)

This past Saturday, October 1, 2005, Jennie, Keisha, and I visited the YWCA Women's Art Gallery in downtown Cincinnati, to see the exhibit "Empty Chairs, Painful Windows", which I mentioned in JIMM 16 - The Cheryl Dawson Memorial Walk-a-thon.

While we were there, Jennifer Ridenour, the Director of Program Resources, and photographer Matt Buster Witherspoon, showed up to get some additional photos of the exhibit.

Keisha asked if she could get her picture taken, and they did.

Then she asked if they could take a picture of our entire family, and they did.

Please, if you live in or around the Cincinnati area, visit this exhibit. And listen to the podcast! ;)

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Saturday, October 01, 2005

Odeo: Playin' some promos

Odeo: Playin' some promos

I've been selected to do some alpha testing of Odeo's studio. This is my first "show" doing that. Don't know just yet what I think.