Saturday, April 30, 2016

Blush & Bashful

New Phone

My venerable Nexus 5 phone has lasted me nearly 3 years, but there is a growing spot where the screen seems to be delaminating and the battery is not lasting through the day any more. So I decided to replace it and started to research all the many phones out there.

I realized that I don't actually need a high-end, flagship phone any more, Android is now mature enough that a good, budget phone will do pretty much everything I need it to do. I don't really play games on my phone, and I have a dslr when I need to take good pictures, so what I need is a phone that will- make phone calls (duh!), handle texting and light social media, let me listen to my audiobooks and music, take acceptable snapshots, and last a full day on a charge.

After going backwards and forwards on phones from BLU, Alcatel, LG, etc.etc., I decided to go with what is seen as the best of the budget phones- a Moto G 3rd Generation. It is not the fastest phone (in fact, in performance it's a little behind the 3 year old Nexus 5 it's replacing), nor does it have the highest resolution screen (only 720p, but a lower resolution screen uses less battery), but it's pretty much pure Android without lots of bloat added (apart from a couple of nice Moto touches like the double-twist to open the camera), and the camera is definitely a step up from the one in the Nexus 5, and as well as having supposedly great battery life, it's waterproof (great for dog walks in the rain!). And it was only $220 (I did spring for the one with 16GB of storage and, more importantly, 2GB of RAM).

It arrived yesterday and I spent a couple of hours setting it up, and so far I like it a lot :) We'll have to see if the battery life is as good as they say, but it seems to do everything I need it to quite adeptly, and it takes surprisingly good pictures...

Jackie and Crisp both have the previous version of this phone (2nd Gen), and both are very happy with it- I shall post a further review when I've had it for a while and have had a chance to see what it's like for everyday use.

Thursday, April 28, 2016


Taking hi-res pictures of the stenciling on the church ceiling to use on the new church website.

Saturday, April 23, 2016


What better way to celebrate St. George's Day, Shakespeare's birthday, and the end of a very successful Choir Cabaret to raise money for their 2018 trip to the UK, than with a rousing chorus of Jerusalem? :)

Monday, April 18, 2016

If I'm in shorts...

... then the only sensible place for Holly is in the stream :)

It must be Spring...

... flowers in the woods and my hairy legs.

it's 76F, so I've broken out the shorts :)

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Confirmation Collect

This is the Collect (prayer) that our Confirmation Class wrote to use at the Morning Prayer service they led this morning.

I have hope for this generation :)

O Great Spirit, Almighty God. Thank you for food on my plate and a roof over my head. We pray for racial and gender equality, especially in the third world. We pray for world peace, sharing throughout the world, solving problems without resorting to violence. Protect those who protect us. We pray for the homeless, the hungry, the sick, those in the middle of wars. We pray that LGBTQ people be accepted on earth and in heaven. Give us the strength we need to change our pain into the power to serve others. Amen.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Confirmation Morning Prayer

Just finished rehearsing the Confirmation Class through the Morning Prayer service they will be leading tomorrow morning- it was a little bit like shoveling smoke, but I think they'll do a good job.

And the girls who came from the Milton Fair and then vested for their role in the choir looked adorable :)

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Chef Crispian

Another gourmet meal prepared by Chef Crispian :)

Salmon fillets with rice pilaf, green beans and cheesy crescent rolls- yum!

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Sad dog is now happy

After a couple of days of leash walks Holly is not showing any sign of the limp she had, but she seemed to be getting quite depressed, so I decided to risk heading back to the woods. I think she approves of my idea (though she's not as happy about the lack of a tennis ball in my pocket)

Friday, April 08, 2016

Dungeons and Dragons!

As promised, here are some better pictures of the new set up Crisp and I put together for the weekly D&D game- it works really well :)

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Back on the leash :(

About half way through yesterday's walk Holly seemed a little uncomfortable; and when we got home she started limping, but this time on a front leg.

Today there is no sign of the limp, but as usual, just to be safe, we're going to do a few days on the leash until I'm sure.

Undercroft upgrade

Crisp and I have just finished an upgrade to the Undercroft for the Dungeons and Dragons sessions.

We've installed a second projector pointing down so that they can lay a white board over the coffee table and have the maps from the Dungeon Master's laptop projected on it. This way they can move their little miniatures around on the map and the DM can change the map as events warrant.

It's just a super-cheap projector from China, but it does a pretty good job. It's mounted on one of my patent, over-engineered, vibration-isolating mounts using rubber o-rings to stop the dance class upstairs shaking it too much ;)

I think it'll be a hit with the gang when they come tomorrow- I'll try and post some better pictures of it in action then :)

Wednesday, April 06, 2016