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Dec 27, 2013
During my trip to Neuchâtel Switzerland I made several 360º panoramas. Click on the image for an interactive view. Enjoy!
Dec 25, 2013
At the recent Hdi New Testament dedication with over 3000 people in attendance, all copies of the New Testament sold out and more had to be flown up. I managed to rouse myself to be at the hangar at 5am to photograph the boxes of New Testaments being loaded for the 6:30 flight. 14 Boxes, 45 copies per box, 672 New Testaments in total.
Dec 19, 2013
I started with Wycliffe Bible Translators working in the joinery at the Ukarumpa center in Papua New Guinea. One of my employees was Tobi and I ran across his photo on Face Book at the airstrip in Ukarumpa. Read the story here of how God parted the clouds for Tobi's people, the Awa, to make way for a delivery of Audibibles.
Dec 11, 2013
One aspect of moving to Africa we had to prepare for was clean drinking water. We decided on The Outback Water Purification System by ESP Water Products. It wasn't cheap, but can you really put a price on safe drinking water for your family? After having amoebas and stomach yeast infections from non-filtered water, The Outback is money well spent I assure you.
Designed for disaster relief filtration in the field, I suppose technically it's a three stage filter system if you count the pre-filter net (catches leaves, sticks, bugs and other big things). The water then travels through a 0.5 micron sediment filter, then finally through the Multi-media Bacteriostatic Removal Cartridge... a 'makes-bad-water-good' filter.
The public water supply here in Cameroon can be quite dirty, with brown grit coming straight out of the tap, rapidly clogging our sediment filter. So I constructed a pre-sediment filter from a locally purchased bucket and 5 ceramic filter candles. The candles are advertised to work in and of themselves, but I'm not willing to risk my family's health on a two dollar filter. It strains the main sediment, is easily cleaned and cheaply replaced- good deal!
I then made a frame to support my new bucket-filter above my pre-filter net. A pre pre-filter? It was good to get back in the shop and work with wood too. Lacking good hardware I decided to take the longer route in construction methods, and although it took a bit longer, all joints are mortise and tenon. Therapy.
It takes a bit of time for water to travel through the ceramic candles, but as long as we keep an eye on the water level in my homemade bucket-filter, we never run out and always have crystal clear, great tasting, and safe, drinking water.
Interestingly I found not one single "testimonial" on ESP's website about the waters taste, but only about their great customer service. So I'll sing it's praises here, the water tastes great. We previously had Katadyn filters which have a definite aftertaste that we don't like. With The Outback, there is no aftertaste and that equals mmm-mmm good!
Aug 9, 2013
Aug 5, 2013
It's often the case that in the countries where we've lived (outside the US), that we've struggled where to spend our leisure time. In the States (NC) we'd go the beach, or simply to the mall in Hickory and let the kids jump on the...jumping, thing (huge air bag, harness, long bungee cords, lot's of bouncing). Or during the summer we liked to go biking as a family on easy to access trails in Statesville.
But here in Yaounde we have yet to discover what all is available to do on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon for the family.
One thing we have found is the American School of Yaounde (ASOY). And no, we don't send our kids there as it's close to $20,000/child/year. During the dry season, we like to go swimming on a Sunday afternoon right after church. And it seems that most Cameroonians like to do their activities later than Americans, so we usually have the pool almost all to ourselves the entire time. It's a nice way to unwind and relax till late afternoon, and there is little enough traffic on a Sunday so as to not undo what was done.
Here is a pano of the pool, click here to interact with it in all of it's digital 360º glory:-)
Jul 22, 2013
Recently I have gotten into spherical panoramas. That is, panoramas that allow you to use your mouse to see fully up/down and side to side, for a fully immersive photographic experience. This is the next best thing to actually being there yourself.