August 29, 2008
Football season is HERE, and back in dramatic fashion last night. Vandy beat an always game, Miami of Ohio.. SC beat up NC State, despite the starting qb throwing 4 INT’s. And GT got things rolling with a big win. So, UT goes into the Rose Bowl on Monday, with a chip on their shoulder. They lost to Cal last year in the season opener, and hopefully they’ll show up this time in the balmy SoCal scene. A buddy of mine just started blogging, and has some great thoughts on UT and the season, check his blog out HERE>
Things I’m looking to see this weekend…
- The Claw-fence: UT has a new offensive co-ordinator, and a new starting qb. Noone is quite sure what offense we’ll be running, and i’ll be sure to DVR it, so i can disect it later….:)
- How well will Norm Chow gameplan for our Defense? With the Third String QB?
- LSU vs. Appalachian State. Should be a great game, with lots of offense.
- UF vs. Hawaii. Yeah, Hawaii is down this year, but hey, Tebow is fun to watch…
- Louisville vs. Kentucky. Battle in the Bluegrass State. Hope UK pulls it out..
- OU vs. UChatt. Ok, this will be a blowout, but hope that the Mocs represent…
So, thats it, what are you watching this weekend? More DNC? Pro Football?
Who’s your pick to win it all in college football? Against who? (leave me a comment)
I’m really excited to see this happen. How cool is this…
During the span of the next 2 years, the Israel Antiquities Authority will digitally photograph and scan every bit of crumbling parchment and papyrus that makes up the scrolls, which include the oldest written record of the Bible’s Old Testament.
The images eventually will be posted on the Internet for anyone to see.
“These are the earliest copies of the Bible ever found,” said Pnina Shor, head of treatment and conservation at the Antiquities Authority.
“The Bible is sacred to us and to you and to all the monotheistic religions, and therefore [the scrolls] are national treasures and world treasures, and therefore it is our duty to preserve them at least for 2,000 years more.”
More about the Dead Sea Scrolls…HERE
August 22, 2008
- To help carry out, The Great Commission, of course.
- It is estimated that there are between 5000 and 7000 different churches in Mexico. Many of these are protestant or evangelical churches.
- It is estimated, the U.S. has over 10 million illegals in this country alone. They need Christ and a church….and Mediashout….:).
- In July 2007, there were 45.5 million Latinos living in the United States, making them the largest minority group in the country.
- There are an estimated 30,000 Spanish speaking churches in America.
- We want to aid churches around the globe, better communicate the Gospel story, the greatest story ever told, in their own language.
- Also, have you ever gone on a mission trip to a spanish-speaking country? Bingo. Buy it, use it, and then give it to them….
How cool is that.
August 21, 2008
A buddy of mine, works in Sales and Marketing for Uth Stuph. I have purchased from them many times, and wear their clothes alot. Very nice. Looks like they have great marketing plan to churches, pastors, business’, etc. check them out HERE, for your all your print needs…
Worship Films, one of my favorite producers, has done it again, making a very lengthy collection, aimed at people that are into the grunge look. You want scolling paislies? YOu got it. You want something cool, without distracting? You got it. Check them out HERE to browse the whole volume, in HD or SD……
August 19, 2008
THE FOLLOWING IS PART OF THE NEWS RELEASE GIVEN TO FOX NEWS
Good afternoon. I am Steve Kulls Executive Director of Squatchdetective.com and Host of Squatchdetective Radio. I am here with Bob Schmalzbach, Vice President of Searching for Bigfoot, Inc. I had been invited to be a witness of the thawing of the alleged Bigfoot Body by the Searching for Bigfoot team. As an independent researcher, it has been Squatchdetective.com’s goal to obtain proof positive in all cases when either trying to substantiate a claim or debunk it, so as there is no question to the matter’s certainty. Having worked in the past, with Searching for Bigfoot, Inc., I understand that it has always been their corporate goal, “to tell it like they see it, as it happens, and when it happens”. In my organization’s limited involvement with Searching For Bigfoot, Inc. it is and has been the goal of both organizations to obtain the truth in this and all matters.
On July 9th, 2008, Matthew Whitton and Ricky Dyer placed a video on Youtube making the claim they had recovered the body of a Bigfoot body. Their website, Bigfoottracker.com also echoed the sentiment. At that time I had doubts and followed the story for two weeks when on July 25th, 2008 I placed a video response to challenge them to come on to Squatchdetective Radio on July 28th , 2008.
On July 14th, 2008 an article was published where Whitton released a statement to his local newspaper, the Clayton Times Daily stating that they had recovered the body of a Bigfoot.
The afternoon of July 28th, 2008, Ricky Dyer asked if I would call him and after interviewing him using various forensic interviewing techniques, which I have been trained on, I could not get an accurate read on him as I was seeing deception on numerous things, but insisted he had a body in his possession. At one point he asked me who Tom Biscardi was. I immediately surmised however their motive was financial.
After concluding my one plus hour long phone call with Dyer I called the CEO of Searching for Bigfoot, Tom Biscardi, and we discussed the matter. We, at that time decided it best to turn the investigation over to Mr. Biscardi and his team. My involvement in the remainder of the process was as an independent observer.
The following are my observations and the facts as I understand and know them:
On August 1st, 2008 Tom Biscardi traveled to Georgia and on August 2nd was given a sample, allegedly, from the corpse, for DNA testing. The DNA was hand delivered to Dr. Curt Nelson of Michigan and a chain of custody of the said sample was maintained from the time it was received from Ricky Dyer and Matthew Whitton.
On August 4th, 2008 both Matthew Whitton and Ricky Dyer entered a legally binding contract with Searching For Bigfoot, Inc .recognizing the fact that Searching for Bigfoot, had absolutely nothing to do in the demise or storage of the corpse until such time as it was transferred to Searching For Bigfoot for the benefit of scientific study, marketing and promotion.
On August 10th, 2008 Tom Biscardi received an email from Dr. Nelson that after the amplifications of two of the three samples, that the size of the DNA was consistent with human/ape DNA.
On or about August 12th, 2008, Matthew Whitton and Ricky Dyer requested an undisclosed sum of money as an advance, expected from the marketing and promotion, and as a good faith gesture of the contract.
On August 14th, 2008, after signing a transfer receipt for the amount money requested and counting said money, Matthew Whitton and Ricky Dyer led the Searching for Bigfoot Team to a location and turned over a freezer with something appearing large, hairy, and frozen in ice.
On August 15th, 2008, Tom Biscardi, Ricky Dyer and Matthew Whitton held a press conference at the Cabana Hotel in Paolo Alto, California, announcing that the corpse of a creature fitting the description known as “Bigfoot” had been discovered. A police officer of seven years, on medical leave, labeled as a hero for being wounded in the line of duty, got up in front of the world and told the world of how he and Ricky Dyer uncovered this creature. This has since been proven a lie. It is notable that Rick Dyer insisted on this press conference and told Tom Biscardi he would not release the “body” unless the conference was held on this specific date.
On August 16th, 2008 the freezer containing the alleged corpse arrived with the Searching For Bigfoot Team. I arrived on location at 6PM to provide initial verification examination, biohazard control and consult for security measures at the location. At that time the ice was being thawed slowly without aid, to prevent any decomposition of the alleged corpse. We estimated that the freezer and its contents weighed over 1500 pounds and it would take several days or longer to thaw completely.
On August 17th, 2008 Searching for Bigfoot Team Director of Field Operations, TJ Biscardi and myself, were up early to discover that some hair was now exposed. I extracted some from the alleged corpse and examined it and had some concerns. Bob Schmalzbach arrived and concurred. We burned said sample and said hair sample melted into a ball uncharacteristic of hair.
At that time we contacted Mr. Biscardi who gave us permission to begin an expedited melting process. We set up a salamander heater to heat the freezer. Within one hour we were able to see the partially exposed head, as I was now able to touch it, I was able to feel that it seemed mostly firm, but unusually hollow in one small section. This was yet another ominous sign. Within the next hour of thaw, a break appeared up near the feet area. As the team and I began examining this area near the feet, I observed the foot which looked unnatural, reached in and confirmed it was a rubber foot.
At that point we immediately contacted, Tom Biscardi and advised him of the situation and he began to take action on his end. Later that day, Tom Biscardi informed us that both Matthew Whitton and Ricky Dyer admitted it was a costume. They reportedly agreed to sign a promissory note and admission of what they had done, and set a meeting in their hotel room in California for 8AM on August 17th, 2008.
At that time I drew up the documents for Mr. Biscardi. On August 17th, 2008 Tom Biscardi went to the hotel where Dyer and Whitton were staying and found that they had left. At this time action is being instigated against the perpetrators of this fraud. Tom Biscardi asked us to contact you, the press, and share all that we have discovered.
The motives behind this fraud are still unknown at this time. It is still unclear why Whitton who, being a police officer for the Clayton County Police Department in Georgia got up before the world and lied and was complicit in a scheme to defraud in a felonious manner.
At this time the victim of this series of deceptions, Searching for Bigfoot, Inc., is seeking justice for themselves and for all the people who were deceived by this deception. Due to this event peoples lives have been disrupted and many people, so wanting vindication about there prior experiences were hurt. Let us all try to be mindful of such.
On behalf of myself I can say with certainty Matthew Whitton and Ricky Dyer not the best Bigfoot trackers in the world!
Written by Steve Kulls
August 15, 2008
So, I just watched the live press conference, with the ole’ boys that stumbled upon a carcass of a Sasquatch…..allegedly! These guys came into the meeting, with cnn, fox news, and tons of other media outlets…loaded for………..squirrel? They produced DNA evidence that came back, A) for a possum, and B) for a Human, and C) void. Wow, they were even nice enough to produce one extra pic to appease the crowd of media, which didn’ t happen. You can definitely tell these guys spend alittle too much time out in them thar’ woods. This should definitely make my next hiking trip, over that way, a bit more exciting, seeing as how they implied to seeing three more of them. Good times.
All this to say, it does make me think, that if this is true, what else could have been hidden from our direct line of sight for so long, and just now coming to light? Noah’s Ark? The Ark of the Covenant? The Holy Grail? Jesus’ remains? If there really is a “bigfoot”, it just might rekindle the human spirit, of faith. Faith, the evidence of things unseen. Only time will tell, and separate myth from reality….Do you believe?
August 14, 2008
Can you believe this is going to be on TV, this Saturday? John McCain and B. Obama have agreed to go ahead and finally appear together before each party conducts their conventions, which begin in 2 weeks – but not in one of the town halls we’re used to seeing, but rather in Church (should be interesting) Rick Warren has convinced the two presidential candidates to briefly appear together before back-to-back interviews at Saddleback Church, in Lake Forest, California:
“I just got to thinking, you know what? These guys have never been together on the same stage, it would be a neat way to cap the primary season before they both go to the conventions and things go dark for a couple of weeks,” he said. “I’ve known both the guys for a long time, they’re both friends of mine, and I knew them before they ran for office, so I just called them up.”
Sooo, i’m asking you, what question would you want the Purpose Driven Dude, to ask these candidates for the most powerful position in the world. (leave me a comment)
- What is the airspeed velocity of a swallow? (ok, this one’s not real, but would love to see their reaction, lol.)
- If elected, who will build the higher wall to protect our borders?
- Do you really think those Chinese Gymnists were at least 16? Seriously…..
- Ginger or Maryanne?
Ok, let’s here yours…..
August 8, 2008
I’m always interested in people that I talk to, whether its at the drive thru window, or at the coffeeshop. I’m also interested in the types of people that I get to serve in my job capacity. As a church consultant, my goal is to listen to the consumer, interpret what their needs are, and offer guidance (hopefully money exchanging happens here:). Wow, that sounded simple just typing it. lol. I’ve used Mediashout since it’s inception, way back in 1998, and have used it ever since. I remember when I first saw it at a convention, I knew that it was going to be HUGE. Not just the product, but the ideas behind it. 10 years later, look how far we as churches have come. And now, getting to work there, the ministry value is stronger than ever. There are over 50 groups and companies that do what we do at Mediacomplete. Some of them better than others, but the goal remains the same, to supplement churches and bring them into the 21st Century. After doing this for around 2 years, i’ve broken this down to Three types of people that I talk to daily, and i’ll outine them here:
- The Pastor: This is the guy that is looking for something that will apply his message to the screen, be easy enough for a volunteer to run, and most likely saw us at a conference and wants to pull the same type of thing off, that he saw there.. He’s talking to me about how he could use a wireless presenter, to be a one man show with his sermons, and a strong concern with the pricetag. He doesn’t usually know how it works, he just knows he wants it to.
- The Techie: This guy is the one that will be implementing the software. Also, most likely to make more money than the other two, lol, which means cost isn’t an issue, IF it works the way he needs it to work. Also, most likely to send me an email, with computer specs mentioned in his signature. He’ll be the one to buy the computer, update the drivers, ask the pastor for more A/V money, and put together what he thinks the pastor might want. Also, most likely to gripe that the worship dude didn’t get him the songlist on time.
- The Youth Guy: This upstart person is convinced that there is a better way of doing most everything. If there is something cool he could wow his students with, he’ll try it (and have a 13 year old run it). He’s talking to me about the latest and greatest features, wanting to use multiple screens, and use 10 different backgrounds per song. If he’s not already, he’s leaning towards joining the Mac Fanboy club.. This guy isn’t afraid to press the line, and loves embracing new technologies. This guy loves what he does, for little pay, and is completely reliant on someone else to approve him buying cool stuff like Mediashout, and smart lights.
Maybe you fit into one of these groups, maybe not. I’m amazed at how God has uniquely hard-wired each of us differently, to impact the kingdom. Using technology to broadcast “life’s most important message” is secondary, communicating God’s love is primary. In other words, the stratgies will always change (see bus ministry), but the mission never does. Regardless of where you fall, remember, even though its challenging, the rewards of it are priceless. You can’t put a pricetag on changed lives….
Is your group spoken for? (leave me a comment)
August 5, 2008
Software Market Leader, MediaComplete: Creators of MediaShout
Nashville, Tennessee ~ Today, The Don Moen Company announced the acquisition of MediaComplete, publisher of MediaShout – the market leader in media presentation software for the Church.
Don Moen commented, “We believe that making MediaComplete part of our organization will help us to better equip the Church to communicate more effectively and to lead life-changing worship which rests at the heart of God’s Kingdom. Additionally, we are committed to increasing financial and organizational support to the MediaComplete team as they strive to better serve the Church with cutting-edge technologies and expanded content offerings.”
All current staff will remain in place and the MediaComplete founders will continue with significant roles in the company including Todd Temple as Vice President and Chief Product Developer, and Paul Jackson as Vice President for Sales and Marketing. Additionally, MediaComplete will continue to be located at its present location in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.
In a joint statement, Temple and Jackson commented, “We are very excited to join forces with The Don Moen Company to better serve the church, and we believe this relationship will allow us to significantly expedite our product development process. We are looking forward to increasing our customer service capabilities, as well as introducing several important new software releases in the months ahead.”
Additionally, Kevin Weimer, son of Christian industry icon Jerry Weimer, will join the team as President and CEO of MediaComplete, LLC. Weimer worked with Moen and The Don Moen Company, Chief Operating Officer, Chris Long, during his tenure as VP of the Integrity Label Group.
Weimer comments, “It is a great honor to lead the MediaComplete Team for Don and Chris. As more high quality media is being developed for worship, youth and children’s ministries, we are committed to developing cutting-edge products and services that will enable the church to utilize these media tools in the most effective way for their local ministries.”
MediaComplete is the first major acquisition by the Don Moen Company, which was started in 2008 by Platinum selling recording artist, songwriter and worship leader, Don Moen. Over the next twelve months Moen will be demonstrating the software both domestically and internationally as he appears in markets including South Africa, Nigeria, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines.