Category Archives: Technology

The Connected States of America (video)

I like how one of the captions in the video said “imagine redrawing the map [USA]  based on the way people connect with each other”. Fascinating visual on the connections our communications and “virtual” community create.

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source YouTube


Texting Trends around 2010 (infographic)

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Successful Tweeting

So tweeting updates @ Kids Camp 2011 was a huge success! The parents loved it! I didn’t tweet a ton like I had wanted to (I ended up only doing about 4-5 tweets a day), but the parents thought that was an incredible way for them to stay connected and “see” them involved and know they were having fun!

Also, I normally use to do our ministry videos @ Hayward Wesleyan, and I used it @ camp and it worked great! The great thing about Animoto is that the videos are created online and are obviously viewable online and are able to be exported to YouTube and downloaded as well. So not only were the Twitter updates awesome, so were the videos that we produced each day!

Tweeting @ Kids Camp 2011

Okay, so I’m gonna try and experiment. The Twitter.

I don’t use Twitter very much because the people in our area (and the teenagers) do not tend to use it. I do have a Twitter account (@jdmavis), but it is mostly filled with my blog posts that some people find helpful to receive through the Twitter feed.

This summer, however, I plan to use the Twitter for Kids Camp 2011. In an effort to connect with parents back home who might want to read and hear (and possibly) see what their kids are up to, I plan to post and update thoughts and happenings @ Kids Camp.

So if you want to “follow” me on the Twitter and get updates throughout the week from Kids Camp 2011, click on @jdmavis (I’ve already started!).

441 Drops of Water (video)

This is “mechanical artwork”! Great for countdown video background?!

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source Vimeo

Something New and Revolutionary from Google!

I use Google services, pervasively. Gmail is my email client of choice, along with its built-in contacts database. Google Calendar is what I use for my personal as well as professional calendar. YouTube and Google Maps, most all of us have interacted with. Others include: Google Docs and Google Reader. These “cloud-based” services that Google offers syncs perfectly with my smartphone. All of these services Google provides for free. They are like a perpetual Santa Claus.

So it’s no surprise to most of us if Google comes out with something new:


400 Years of the King James Bible (infographic)

I’m only a month late on this.

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What an iPad Was Made For!

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Commenting on the Internet

I’m not a frequent commenter on blog posts. I read a lot of blogs, but I don’t normally comment. I know bloggers get frustrated at the lack of comments when they know that hundreds (or thousands) of people are reading their posts, but if I don’t have something to say, I don’t. If I have an opinion I might think about sharing it, but typically, someone has already voiced my so I move on.


Alternate Reality

45% of kids say they feel more comfortable online than offline. The reason? “It’s easier to be who you want to be, because nobody knows you and if you don’t like the situation, you can just exit and it’s over.”

Children's Ministry Magazine May/June 2011 pg. 20 Group Publishing

It’s a Book! (video)

Funny. I don’t think we are quite in danger of losing books, yet. However, the more our children interact with “screens” rather than “paper”, I wonder if this will be more applicable in the coming future?

In Hayward, WI, each middle and high school student is getting either an iPad or a MacBook laptop computer this next school year. Emerging technology is cool (the students are really excited), but I see the students using these devices more for personal use (i.e. Facebook and YouTube video watching) than for educational reasons. I could be wrong. In fact, I would be pleased if I were wrong. I’ll let you know!

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History of Computing (infographic)


How Much is a Website Domain Name Worth?

Back in December 2010, I got an education in the value of website domains.

Up to this point I had purchased 2 domain names: and Both of these domains cost $15 a year to own. I had came across an article that encouraged people to purchase their last name as a domain name (i.e. mavis) to use as an extremely relevant and future-proof email address (i.e. I thought, “Cool! I can use this as my email address, my wife could get her own as well, and my girls could get one when they get old enough… all personalized.”

So I looked up and contacted the owner of the domain to see what it would cost to purchase. Here is my educational lesson (the emails in italics are mine, the emails in bold are from

Hi. I’m interested in the “” domain name… Would you be interested in selling?

how much you want to offer?

not sure… how’s $40?


Sorry, it sounds like you know something I don’t, and the jokes on me. Could you start w/ a $$ amount and give me an idea so I can laugh at myself with you?

Go to and type in for free domain name valuation and you will get an idea. is a five character .com domain name and it is single word.

$97,000 … okay, now I see why you’re laughing! Is the value because it’s a single word and only five letters? I don’t think I’ll be interested in that… someone else with that kind of money can purchase it!

Yes, single word .com domain names are high in value. A company offered us $50k years ago and we didn’t even consider selling it.

If Galileo & Darwin had Facebook…


Cell Phone Usage (infographic)

I just recently acquired an updated smartphone which has a whole lot more features  than my old one: meaning, I can now use “apps”. Additionally it has the ability to check and do many things on the go: facebook, email, text messages, and lots of multimedia stuff.

In light of my recent acquisition, I thought this infographic would be appropriate for my new reality (and maybe others):