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Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ
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Hey KITAs,

(I'm trying K.IT.As rather than KIAs, because... well... I don't want people to think you're all dead.)

The new format of Know How has been well-received. It seems that you all like shorter shows with themed content.

So... how you would all feel if instead of doing a 2 weekly 30-45 minute shows with three segments and two ads each, we instead did 5 INDIVIDUAL 10-15 minute segments with a single ad that was released daily?

I think we can make them tight and bite-sized... perhaps increasing our YouTube viewership past the "1% of downloads" that we have right now. We'd also make it easier to find EXACTLY the segment that you're looking for, AND give you a new KH every day!

Whatcha' think? 
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From what I've seen in all of my podcasting viewing years...this doesn't work out in the long run. typically meaning the ending of a show :( Doing 5 episodes a week instead of one/two a week has ruined/killed a few shows. In fact most have moved from the 1 a day to 1 a week to allow for real life to occur. Granted many of them tried shooting 5 daily's in one day and that typically failed.

Being that this isn't a daily news show I don't see the need for daily episodes.

Maybe you can release on youtube as five episodes and do RSS feeds of either one full length episode, or two half episodes. With the one episode containing 5 ads and the two episodes containing 2 ads each. This gives people three options of how to view. (5) 10 minute episodes roughly, (2) 25 minute episodes roughly. or (1) 50 minute episode roughly.
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Pie anybody?
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+Dave Harding Or for people who know the date system in the US. Just sayin' :)
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I need some sleep.
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You've got talent, Padre😀
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Hey all... just a quick note to some of our more prolific posters.

We LOVE activity in this community, thank you for that. However, some folks are resposting the same article/link/etc. to multiple groups and the G+ spam filters are automatically flagging/hiding posts. 

If you notice your posts disappearing or not appearing in the first place, it could be that your account has been flagged. Apologies for the inconvenience. 
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Thanks for the heads up +Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ 
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I think we all know by now that I have no social life...

So when I get bored, I think of projects that you might want to see!
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+Carson Black It's surprising how many people are selling "Vintage Bakelite Welding Goggles" for Steampunk on eBay.

I used to have a pair until I needed some with room for glasses. :-(
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Well... that's how I started MY day.

Sigh

Folks... continuing to repeat the same insults over and over is NOT a conversation... 
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Sigh. Um. If I may be permitted some slight maudlin indulgence, I apologize on behalf of sensible internet atheists all over. Sigh. Some folks just need to stop championing "my side." (I don't actually have a side.)
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And winning the Internet...
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And they came back for revenge with the terminator!!!!!
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Hey KIAs... I want to apologize for being absent from the community for the last month or so. --- The TWiT live schedule is pretty demanding and I just haven't had the time I want to interact with you. I've missed some great projects and a few angry members with legit gripes.

I'll try to do better... and things should get better once we get to May (until August, when it becomes a mad house once again)

I've queued up a bunch of your posts for feedback and segments in the near future. Stay active. Keep building... and we'll keep hacking at it.

Peace,
Padre 
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I know you love your job but dont over do it
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Want a little more help assembling the electronics for "Project Steampunk"?

Well then... take a seat and enjoy a real-time session of smoke and solder in Padre's Studio!
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So... I took a little test-ride on the Arcimoto SRK. -- I gotta say, for less than $12k, this is a nice little machine.

There will be an interview with the CEO on this saturdays TNSS, and another one in next Monday's "Know How"
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Those CV shafts need to go. Integrated hub motor for FWD, or move the drive to the rear wheel and get the ugly parasitic bits out of sight (and wind).
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I've had quite a few people forward me the video of the priest riding a hoverboard during mass, looking to hear my view of the use of tech during the Catholic mass. -- And I get WHY they've sent me that video... after all, I have occasionally made use of smart phones, laptops, and even a quadcopter or two during my homilies over the past decade. My passion for technology often crosses paths (gleefully) with my vocation, so I think it's a natural curiosity to know if I plan to hoverboard a procession in the near future, or if I approve of this priests' use of tech.

The TL:DR vesion... No. & no... but wait... it's not what you think.

Let me start by saying that I respect what this priest is trying to do. I get it... It's VERY difficult to get and hold attention these days. You have MAYBE 5 minutes to grab people and make them present within the celebration, so it's tempting to use any and EVERY edge you can get your hands on.

Also, let me be clear that I in NO WAY think this priest should have been suspended. He tried something new... perhaps I wouldn't have gone in that direction, but to suspend a priest for trying a new avenue of spreading the Gospel is just plain bad management. We can (and should) offer fraternal advice and correction when necessary, but to suspend this priest is to guarantee that he'll be hesitant to think outside of the box in the future... and we desperately need to think outside of that box.

With that said... I would NOT have used a hoverboard as this priest did, because while I'm perfectly willing to break expectations and pre-conceived notions during my homilies, it's counter-productive to do so outside of the homily, but within the mass. -- I know some of us don't understand the distinction, so please let me explain:

When I'm offering a homily, I try my hardest to poke and prod my congregation: to make them recognize that I may be offering something that haven't heard in all their years of being Catholic, all the while tying the message to items and events out of their "real" lives. -- In the smartphone homily, I asked people to take selfies and to tweet during the homily so that I could talk about how we see friendship and intimacy. -- In my only (so far) quadcopter homily, I spoke of the difficulty of focusing on "real life" while also trying to figure out our "moral heading" in real-time. Even when it looks like I'm showing off tech, my message is never about the tech, but about something behind the tech... or something that the tech brings out within us. -- Showy? yes. Gimmicky? sometimes.

But here's the thing... I NEVER get gimicky during the Liturgy of the Word, or the Liturgy of the Eucharist (The two parts of the mass that surround the homily) for one, simply reason: As much as the homily is supposed to connect with the lives of the people in my congregation, to grab their attention and to perhaps leave them with a take-away that can inform their lives in faith, the LotW and LotE are supposed to connect that same congregation with THE ENTIRE WORLWIDE CATHOLIC CHURCH. -- We all celebrate the same way. We all hear the same words (in different languages). We all experience the mass together. -- To us Catholics, that is part of the sacredness of the celebration: that we can walk into any Church around the world and know what's going on, even if we can't understand the language. That's the power of sign and symbol, and something with which we should not trifle. 

And THAT... is where the Filipino priest went a little off his hoverboard... It's great to be a cool priest. It's fine to embrace new technologies. I would even be ok with using a hoverboard during my homily if I felt it actually had something to do with the message I was trying to leave with the congreagation... but to ride it, simply because it's a fun toy? And to draw attention to IT during parts of the pass that should be about the connection to Catholics across the world? -- That cheapens that sacredness that I wrote about above.

Still... to that priest... I give you kudos for trying. It was a good try. If I ever meet you, I'm going to give you a pat on the back and a big hug from a fellow priest who is trying to shake up the Church in a similar way. You may not see me lead the processional on a hoverboard in the near future... but don't be surprised if I work one into my homily... especially if I can get it to explode on cue.
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+Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ​ not the best use of tech in a service. I do believe though that we should use the best tech of our age to glorify God and using tech and our skills in it for worship and ministries is required, we don't build large stone work artistic, gold and jewel covered churches anymore but we do build churches with high quality AV systems in place of the gigantic pipe organs, we create beautiful modern music to worship God, We create beautiful graphics and environments that engage each other into learning more about God and Loving each other. God made man in his image part of that is our ability to create, tech, art, buildings etc....
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Boom! --

You wanted it... you got it!

Know How... now TWICE a week!

https://twit.tv/posts/inside-twit/2016-programming-changes
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Sad to see BYB go. It, along with KH, were the shows I watched. Others I just listened to as it was mostly talk anyway.
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    Host, 2012 - present
    I host "This Week in Enterprise Tech" with co-hosts Brian Chee & Curtis Franklin. I host "Know How" with Bryan Burnett I host "Before you Buy" I host " Coding 101"
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    National Director of Vocation Promotion, 2009 - 2013
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