Friday, April 20, 2007

myth box

MythTv is a complicated beast - there are at least 40 software packages that need to be installed.

Having done that, I have discovered that although there is a myth-setup program, you need to first find some obscure documentation that tells you to run a script to establish an initial SQL database.  Now, I knew that an SQL database was used, so the cryptic console messages were not all that cryptic.  Nevertheless, it took a bit of finding to locate the script, and without detailed instructions on how to invoke it, and with which options, I would have been all at sea.

That done, I was able to run the setup program, and input the tv channels according to my previous experimentation.

However I can't get a picture.  I can still run kdetv and watch no problem, but for some reason Myth is not reading the tuner card correctly.

Moreover, since re-booting, I can't start the myth backend anymore - a permissions problem, I think.

There is part of me that thinks that this geek-ish project is deliberately hard to implement - a sort of geekiness test.  If you can't do lots of tweaking and configuring of scripts and config files manually, don't bother applying!

No time for more now.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

How holy does he have to habitually hanker for?

Holiness is a strange concept - the idea of being set apart, different, special.

Yet after my post yesterday on Holy week, I spent a large part of the day in activity, whilst holy-seeming, also could be seen as pretty mundane and ordinary.

One of the things that occupies me for not a little amount of time every week is the selection of hymns and Psalm settings. This is because I hope to underscore the message of the sermon helpfully with hymnody. Hymnody often is more memorable than Martin mumbling, even if from the pulpit.

Multiply that by three - for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter services - and then throw into the mix a brass quartet who don't like playing music in sharps (2 sharps in concert pitch becomes 4 sharps transposed for a B flat instrument) not to mention not wanting to have to transpose new pieces, and that puts a very limiting influence on the choices you can make.

Making those choices whilst considering the most helpful hymnody for the particular sermon texts and allowing for the vagaries of musicians' repertoire has resulted in a lengthy day (yesterday) of seemingly mundane work.

But it is also holy work, because it has to do with holy things - the preaching of God's Word and the administration of the Sacrament. Therefore it is worth the effort to do it well, even if it seem mundane.

Holiness. Yes, a strange concept!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Holy Week

We call this holy week, but what is holy about it?

* Is it the holy - days that schools are having?
* Is it the holy - days that business has closing on Friday and next
* Is it the holy food that has been marketed since January -
chocolate eggs, bunnies, and other shapes?
* Is it the holy food that avoids the shame of the name "cross" by
being labelled "Easter buns"?
* Is if the holy presence of a family get-together?
* Is it the holy 4-day weekend for people who want to go camping,
watch football live, or similar?

It is none of these. These days are holy, set-apart, because on them we
remember, and to some extent, re-enact, the events which brought about
our salvation.

* In Dimboola, we shall re-enact the institution of the Lord's
Supper, as we do at every Eucharistic Service, saying, "Our Lord Jesus
Christ, on the night when he was betrayed ..."

* In Dimboola, we shall re-enact the passion, as told by Saint John
in chapters 18 and 19.

* In Dimboola, we shall mark the stations of the cross in the main
street, not as historicity, but as a useful exercise in personal piety
and devotion.

* In Dimboola, we shall move from a firelit vigil to a dawn-breaking
celebration of Easter - the vindication of the one tried at a kangaroo
court and tortured and executed for no crime.

That makes it holy.