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Ordained by National Association of Christian Ministers


As of October 15, 2015, I am legally ordained by the NACM, meaning that I can perform church rites and sacraments, such as baptisms, legal marriages and funerals. I do not expect to be doing a lot of this, but it is real and something I take seriously. I am not looking to step on any “real” ministers toes, and realize that not every church may accept my status. The state of NC does. I have not attended seminary, but did have to undergo examination by the NACM, and organization that professes very conservative doctrinal beliefs, and am quite happy to have received their approval.

Backup Strategy-2015

My main computer is my laptop running Windows 10. I have this divided into two partitions, Drive C:, which has the OS and programs on it, and drive D: which has my Dropbox folder and “expendable” and temporary data, which can easily be replaced (television shows, etc. Most of my critical data is saved in Dropbox, so it is immediately backed up. I also use FreeFileSync to back up some of the D: data to an external hard drive, and I use Macrium Reflect to back up my Windows partition. I’m planning to replace my hard drive with an SSD soon, so hopefully I will be able to move my entire system (Windows & installed programs) in one fell swoop, and also copy my D: data from the external drive. As a worst case, I will do a fresh install of Windows from an ISO that I downloaded and re-install my software.

“Take 4? Take it back!”

Here’s one of my early efforts at using the GoPro to video myself playing guitar. (The purpose is for me to be able to evaluate my technique, rather than to entertain others) Like many people I really don’t like seeing myself on camera much. I can’t help but think I look like a former pastor, Donald Winters, who recently passed. Or maybe I look more like a Bassett Hound.


While this wasn’t a perfect performance I do think the sound of the guitar is pretty. The simple study is called Boat Song.┬áI’m actually playing Part 1 of a duet. Part 2 is being played by a recording which came with the Aaron Shearer method book I’ve been using.

The camera angle is wider than I’d like, unfortunately this is what the GoPro action camera is designed for. I’ve since re-read the manual and changed the settings from 720p to 1080p which will make the field of view slightly ┬ánarrower in future recordings.