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DIY Project #dos

May 26, 2011 3 comments

Here’s my latest DIY project for DSLR video, project número dos.

It’s a fig rig. To do this I used this tutorial- http://vimeo.com/16415597. The sprinkler tube clamps were impossible to find. In the comments it was stated that these would be hard to find. I gave up and went with plan B, simply using PVC T’s in their place. Also on the top part of the fig rig I customized mine using some 90 degree elbows to extend it out slightly to make room for putting my 7 in. monitor in the cold shoe mount above the camera in this application.

The plate at the bottom was done differently than in the tutorial. I came up with this part all by myself, which for me– non build-it type guy (computer geek)– that’s a pretty big accomplishment. You can see in the pics here that I used a thumb screw with a washer and bolt. It’s fairly easy to attach and take it off using this setup.

Here are pictures in stages:

I still need to touch up some of the paint job (plastic spray paint) and add some bike handles to the side for a better grip. Since it’s all glued down I’ll probably have to cut those to get them on and glue them to the PVC.

Do-it-yourself is a lot of fun and it saves a ton of money. Check out my other posts in the DIY category. On a more serious note let me interject something here. I ended my May Article for www.christianvideomag.com this way:

Do it yourself philosophy is not always a good one. In matters such as salvation, it’s obviously an impossibility. Another area where this concept is discouraged and rightly so is in ministry, care, and charity. As I write this, my hometown of Joplin, Missouri weighs heavy on my heart. With such devastation, we cannot simply tell those victims of the single deadliest tornado in history to do it themselves. The long relief effort must be shared by concerned and generous souls. I know Joplin is a resilient town, and the body of Christ is in action in that place. However, we should not expect them to rebuild all by themselves. Any support you can give would help so very much. I plan on investing some of my savings gained by doing DIY projects, to assist in the on-going relief effort, and organizing further assistance for the cause. I know of many great places where you too can help. If you are moved to do so, email me at fish.gregory@gmail.com and I will connect you. Thanks.

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Sobering Videos of Joplin Tornado

May 24, 2011 1 comment

Here are some videos of the tragedy in my hometown of Joplin, Missouri.

This first one shows the actual tornado. It is 2 mph shy of EF-5 status, but they are still evaluating. The death toll is rising over 120 right now. It’s impact was devastating, for lack of a better word.

This next one is 6 blocks from my in-laws’ house, right across from an old car lot and cabin they own, which was leveled. This is real audio from 20 people in a small cooler that survived thanks to the clerk who let them in and was the last to get in himself…one hero among many in this town. All that’s left of this Fastrip is basically this cooler area.

Last, a fitting song from Casting Crowns with images from this horrible disaster.

The relief efforts are in full swing, despite the dismal weather conditions. The church is doing its part and people are helping people. The road to recovery will be long, but I know the people of Joplin, and they will rise again, with God’s help.

Pray for Joplin

May 23, 2011 2 comments

Joplin is my hometown. I moved there in ’94 from Santiago, Chile. I lived there all through high school and college. My family is there on both sides. I have many friends there.

My parents were on the highway. Thanks to a bathroom break they avoided being blown off the pavement like many others ahead of them. My in-laws received some damage at the house, being a few blocks from total devastation. Two of there properties down the road are gone. But they are fine.

A couple of friends lost their homes. Reports are still coming in. It’s unreal to see my dear Joplin on Good Morning America and other national news. Cell service is spotty, those with a connection are using facebook as a information highway– people checking on people.

Chopper footage here: http://youtu.be/rv3COQ6gv-8

Reports are saying this could be an EF 4 that took out 30% of the town.  St John’s hospital looks like a bomb went off. Home Depot and so many other places are leveled. Memorial Hall is a triage center as Freeman Hospital is accepting life-threatening cases only. The power is out and traffic is a mess. I know that local churches are mobilizing all sorts of rescue efforts and creating shelters, etc. At least 89 are dead and hundreds wounded.

What is needed? I’m sure water, cots, blankets, that type of thing. But also prayer. It’s a powerful thing…more so than this ferocious tornado. If you believe that than pray for this city in the coming months. It’s a city of much faith. The home of Ozark Christian College and Christ in Youth (CIY) and many other great organizations. That faith is shaken, but while vehicles, buildings, and homes are taken away, you can’t take faith away.

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