Zoom Q3 Handy Video Recorder

zoomq3Would you like a simple and relatively inexpensive way to video record yourself playing music or doing something else that requires good sound quality?  Josh and I used to record ourselves playing piano and drums using the Web camera in my laptop, but the sound quality was bad.  We looked into buying a new microphone to plug into my laptop, and there are some options for that.  However, for just a little more, we found the Zoom Q3 Handy Video Recorder, which records the audio using two good microphones, plus records the video, all in one little package that you can take anywhere.  It’s like a mini digital camcorder or Flip recorder, only with good microphones for recording strong sound like musical instruments.  We bought one, tried it out, and liked it a lot:

Zoom Q3 Handy Video Recorder (Metal Blue)

We also found it easy to post the videos you make on YouTube.  If you would like to see an example of a video recorded with the Zoom Q3, then check out this YouTube video of Josh and I playing piano and drums:

Josh and Mark playing Piano and Drums

Scoutmaster Minute – Family Life at the Holidays

As some of you may know, I became an Eagle Scout in 1984, almost 30 years ago.  During that time, Scouting has stayed mostly the same, but it has changed a little bit.  In particular, there is one Eagle required MB that they did not even have when I was a Boy Scout.  Does anyone know what it is?  [Answer = Family Life]

I think it’s interesting and just plain awesome that Scouting added this MB and made it Eagle required.  We had badges to make us think about being a good citizen in the world, the nation, and our community.  And, with this addition, we finally have something that makes us think about where it all starts, right in our own home.

For some, your parents and siblings are your best friends, and for some, not so much.  No matter what your situation, I challenge each of you to take advantage of this holiday season to really improve your relationship with your family.  That may mean spending some quality time with them, offering them some words of encouragement, making handmade gifts, serving them in some way, or just giving them a great big hug.

Of course, we’ll all want to spend time with friends, and we’ll all get caught up in the craziness of the holidays.  But, please don’t let it all go by without growing your relationship with your family in some way.

Scouts and Campfires

campfireOur Girl Scout troop recently had a great time at a campfire.  At that time, I realized something important about campfires.

When most people think of campfires, they think of the fun they have, like singing songs and making s’mores.

However, there is also something important happening, at least at your typical Girl Scout or Boy Scout campfire.  The youth are leading and participating in the event, which means they are developing courage and confidence, and maybe even learning how to lead groups of people.


Scoutmaster Minute – The Boy Scout Handbook

How many of you have ever tried to build a model – maybe it was a Lego model or one of those models that you glue together – any kind of model?  Good.  Now, how many of you read and used the instructions to make sure you got it right?  Good.

How many of you are Boy Scouts?  Hopefully, everyone here.  Now, how many of you have read most, if not all, of the instruction manual for Boy Scouts, known as the Boy Scout Handbook?  So, what do you think might be wrong with this picture?  The Boy Scout Handbook – read it, know it.  It will teach you not just how to be a better Scout, but how to be a strong, smarter, and more prepared young man overall.