And, after last evening's crackling and popping during Dokan's lovely Shakuhachi ... and other recent technical non-difficulties ...
... just out of the box ...A NEW COMPUTER!
I carried it home from the store just after sending Dokan off to his plane back to America. This new laptop should have more than enough capacity to handle our new Hi-Definition Camera
(donated to us a few weeks ago) and our Samson Microphone
, which seem to have together overloaded the old workhorse. The new machine will be dedicated exclusively
to our netcasts, and not have any other role or software on it. I have spent much of this afternoon installing and setting up, so we should be ready to go! All is testing fine. Both picture and sound should be crystal clear from today.
This is a first step on our TREELEAF 2.0
project next week.
Soon after our return, we will also move to TWO-WAY VIDEO
for our ZAZENKAI'S ... SEE EACH OTHER, SEE AS ONE
... as explained here ...
I believe that this change, perhaps for our very next Zazenkai next week (or the week after, as I am still learning how to do it), will REVOLUTIONIZE
how we come together and experience ZAZENKAI AS A COMMUNITY!
(Thank you Kyonin).
I also plan to have a COMMUNITY 'KUYO' MEMORIAL SERVICE
upon our return, expressing gratitude and putting to a peaceful rest our old computer ... and remembering so many other bits of hardware and software that have served this Treeleaf Sangha over the years ("Kuyo" is actually a traditional ceremony in Japanese Buddhism, to remember old tools and such
) ... so please look forward and join us for that.