New Illustra DVD Released: “Call of the Cosmos”

first_img(Visited 697 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Illustra’s newest DVD showcases Psalm 19 in multiple ways.A new feature-length DVD has just been released by Illustra Media, producers of The Privileged Planet. Here is the trailer for “The Call of the Cosmos” —Psalm 19:1 famously says, “The heavens declare the glory of God.” The tools of modern astronomy enable us to see that glory as never before. As usual, Illustra brings ancient truths to glorious modern life through fantastic images, narration and interviews, and expansive music. The DVD includes seven episodes woven together that answer questions and explore mysteries about the universe and man’s place in it:How big is the universe?Are there really more stars than grains of sand?How could God care about humans on such a “pale blue dot” in a vast universe?Hear what a famous agnostic, author of God and the Astronomers, admitted about his agnosticism.Learn about beautiful auroras and how they connect to the earth’s habitability.Watch how a total solar eclipse unlocked secrets of the universe.What did astronauts say on the first trip to the moon?Be inspired by a collection of the finest space images, Scriptures and music.Those familiar with the short classic “Powers of Ten” will enjoy the opening presentation of a journey to the limits of the universe, with probably the most accurate portrayal of the large-scale structure of galaxy clusters and superclusters ever made. Each episode flows into the next seamlessly, allowing viewing by chapters separately or as one hour-long visual adventure.Quicksleeve cover. Obtain bulk copies on sale.DVD’s are declining in popularity, but not as fast as expected. There is still a significant demographic that enjoys having hard copy. There are two formats for obtaining this film in DVD format: (1) in a standard clamshell case, you can have it as part of your video library. (2) In quicksleeve format, you can obtain small copies in bulk for ministry handouts. For a short time, there is a sale on The Call of the Cosmos where you can buy 50 for $75.* Consider buying bulk copies to use as Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers or handouts to unbelievers. You can also share this trailer with people on social media by embedding the link at the end.December 24 will be the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 crews’ reading of Genesis 1 from the moon. This is a perfect time to enjoy and share The Call of the Cosmos with your friends, family, and acquaintances.*If you subscribe to RPI’s Newsletter and to Illustra Media’s John 10:10 Project, you will get notifications of when the sale prices are available. As of this writing, you can order at the sale price now at Go2RPI.com.last_img read more

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Germinate Film Fest offers unique way to share and learn about agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseSome may be curious why Ohio, or anywhere for that matter, would host a film festival around the topic of agriculture. Yet, it is not difficult to see how influential video and other media can be in today’s society and there is no question agriculture needs to find new ways to reach out in informative and entertaining ways. With this in mind, Ohio State University Extension is hosting a truly unique event this month with the Germinate International Film Fest in Hillsboro, Aug. 16 and 17.“The Germinate International Film Fest is entirely focused on agriculture, rural communities and our natural resources. This is really the first film festival of its kind anywhere that is truly focused on this type of content,” said Brooke Beam, with Ohio State University Extension in Highland County. “We’ve had a great turnout of individuals who wanted to apply and submit to the film festival. We are really excited to share this with everyone. We have over 70 entries that will be included. We have everything from a local fifth grader who made a film about his steer that he is taking to the county fair to feature length documentaries that have been shown at multiple film festivals around the world. We have a diverse content we have to share and we are exited to host folks here in Hillsboro, Ohio. We also have such a wonderful agricultural community here to highlight.”At the event, attendees can learn about agriculture from the perspective of agricultural producers, researchers, and rural community members. The event will also be a forum for open discussion about agricultural, environmental, and rural community development topics important to the public. The films curated for this event highlight the resiliency of rural communities and the individuals who are making these communities thrive.Visitors can attend live film screenings and participate in hands-on workshops on video production, photography, agriculture, natural resources, astronomy, and community development topics. The films that will be included in the festival have been selected based upon both agricultural content and quality.“To be selected for the film festival, it needed to be something relevant and timely. All of the films have been screened by Extension educators and folks from the Ohio State University Theater Department. They have been screened for agricultural content and the filmmaking ability. It is a two-part review process they have gone through,” Beam said. “The quality of the films has been excellent. This is a great opportunity to come see some world-class films right here in Hillsboro.”The films cover a broad range of agriculturally related topics from soybean production to sharing the roads in Amish country. Common themes among the films — especially the “shorts” — are research, conservation, local foods and production agriculture. The Fest also features longer documentaries, a tour of Bell’s Opera House, visits to the Hillsboro Farmers Market, and more.“We have a photography exhibit and a virtual reality experience. One virtual reality film is a tour of Antarctica from the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State. We have a couple films from Netflix. We have two dinners — one in the decommissioned firehouse downtown and another locally sourced dinner at Karnes Orchard. We also have some workshops, a drone demonstration, and a beef taste testing program to learn how beef production influences taste,” she said. “We have a wide variety of things to get everyone a taste of different aspects of agriculture and natural resources in the region.”The preparation process for the event has been challenging, but has all come together.“It has taken quite a bit of effort to make this a reality. It has been a discussion for about a year and the planning started back in February, but it should be a great event for everyone of all ages,” Beam said. “We have some great partners here. Southern State Community College is letting us use their state-of-the-art theater and some of their lecture rooms. We are also conveniently located between Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati, so it is not a long drive from anywhere in central Ohio.“We have tickets available. We have one space that holds 400 and another that holds 88 so we can hold quite a few folks. I know some filmmakers are coming from California and other states so we are hoping for a great turnout. I would encourage everyone to order their tickets in advance so they know they have a seat saved.”The Germinate International Film Fest hopes to pair the art and science of movie production with the art and science of food production in a way that appeals to those who love both food and films.“As media and technology advances, agricultural producers and anyone who wants to share a story need to be able to understand how to create their own video and multimedia. Having an opportunity for producers to submit things like this and participate in a film festival helps us start to expand our abilities to create video production and help us share our stories with community members. Research has found that individuals who are not from an agricultural background think documentary films are trustworthy sources of information, almost equal to the news. So being able to understand how consumers are influenced by films is important to talk about so we can understand public perceptions and the things being discussed in films,” Beam said. “As we look at media trends, by 2021 it is estimated that 80% of the Internet traffic in the U.S. will consist of videos. So if we can encourage more folks to make videos — and if they have a place like this that is friendly for ag to showcase our work — maybe we’ll get to see more positive things representing the agricultural industry in the future.”For more information on the Germinate International Film Fest visit u.osu.edu/germinateinternationalfilmfest/.last_img read more

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The Tyranny of Consumerization and the Weapon That is the iPad – Not!

first_imgTags:#Analysis#enterprise#NYT IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Stories about the plight of IT remind me of commercials that feature the haggard, overextended information worker who really could manage the work if he had eight minds working for him at the same time on the tasks at hand. With each new device comes another load of work to support the people who bring in the new smartphone or increasingly, the iPad. The work is ever mounting. A Computerworld story does a good job of explaining the issues that come with the iPad and supporting Apple products in an enterprise environment. But we take issue with the belief that the iPad and iPad 2 usher in a tyranny over the belabored IT professional.The article quotes Dave Codack, vice president of employee technology and network services at TD Bank Financial Group in Toronto where he and his group support about 81,000 workers. He says the end user is dictating what devices are used, not the enterprise. These people expect IT to support them as they use the devices for their work.This situation is not going to change. It’s only going to increase as more people use devices to get their work done.We see this as more of a liberation than a tyranny. Why? Four reasons we can think of right now:The Desktop Age is a Memory: The tyranny of the desktop is over. Workers can work anywhere, really. iPad 2 will accelerate a shift in the concept of work. People still need to do their jobs but why not work from your living room chair instead of the desk underneath the fluorescent tubes?Autonomy: Apple recognizes that people want independence. They want a social experience that is elegant and fast. They want work recognition but desire working independently in a connected manner.Features: As ComputerWorld points out, the iPad 2 has two cameras, super processing power, better graphics and it’s lighter than the iPad. The new processing power will mean apps work faster. Speed and communication? Priceless.App Development: The iPad 2 proves again what we all know. The Web won. Apps that are built on infrastructures such as Amazon Web Services exist in an ecosystem that caters to countless numbers of communities who each need tools for specific purposes. Apps are there for everyone. I’d suggest that the iPad 2 is liberating for people. That’s not a unique view but it reminds us that the entire workforce can benefit from a cultural shift that the iPad and consumerization ushers into the organization.That cultural shift can also extend to IT. In the enterprise, IT can be a flat service that is self-serve for the people who have the right identity credentials. This may be what needs working on more than anything within the enterprise. IT needs better ways to program the support that is needed for an iPad and consumerized community that looks for freedom in the way they do their work. The big issue is not the iPad. It’s identity and supporting people in a manner based on who they are and what they do. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… alex williams 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

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