Day Eleven: Technical Difficulties

Day Eleven saw the Pritchett family off to the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace for another attempt at some education. Despite protests beforehand, the kids paid attention and learned a bit about the presidency and American politics. And we got to see the bulletproof presidential limo.

In the evening we headed over to Faith Community Church, where we found a pretty impressive technical setup with multiple projection screens. The only problem was that my laptop couldn’t “see” the projector over the extra long video cable. It would not switch into projection mode because it did not see the projector. After a bunch of messing around with the help of Faith Community’s great tech team, we discovered that we could go into projection mode using a short cable and my backup projector and then swap the longer cable in without leaving the mode. It all worked just in time.

Tonight is my last presentation before flying home from San Diego tomorrow. Landon Norton, one of our Ministry Relations reps, will be flying in with his family to take the RV on the next leg of its journey around America.

I have really enjoyed being on the road with my family, and it has been fantastic meeting so many people at the evening events. If you are anywhere near San Juan Capistrano, California, I hope you’ll come out and join us tonight at Ocean Hills Church.

Day Nine: Cars

After ancient artifacts, I decided to do something on the kids’ list. So we went to a go-kart racetrack and arcade. It was pretty empty on a Tuesday afternoon, so they got to do all the racing and game playing they could handle.

In the evening we were at the beautiful New Life Community Church in Artesia, California. I was impressed by the large wall of windows in the sanctuary looking out onto a huge lawn. I was surprised to hear that it was designed to allow drive-in attendance, and that some people still show up for services in their car.

After the presentation a Logos user brought me his copy of Fire Someone Today to sign. Even better, he was wearing a Facilitates Serendipitous Discovery t-shirt!
Next stop: Faith Community Church in Irvine, California.

Day Eight: Ancient Artifacts

The Road Trip RV is using Anaheim, California as home base for this week’s events. I wanted to get something a little more educational than roller coasters out of our free time during the day, so after lunch at In-N-Out Burgers we headed north to the Getty Villa for some Greek and Roman art and artifacts. The Villa staff kindly found us parking among the tour buses, and I got a new sense of appreciation for bus drivers. It isn’t easy taking a huge vehicle up those narrow driveways.

The steep, winding Malibu Canyon Road slowed us down (and frustrated sports-car drivers behind me, despite my frequent use of turnouts) but it didn’t keep us from the Evangelical Free Church of the Conejo Valley. There I met two Logos 1.0 users and got some very encouraging feedback: one user stayed late afterwards just so he could tell me in person how ‘your software changed my life and teaching.’

What a privilege it is to have a job building tools for Bible study! And to have such wonderful people as customers.

Next stop: New Life Community Church in Artesia, California.

Logos Curry 2006: Green Monster

We mentioned our Sixth Annual Logos Curry Cook-Off last week and promised recipes of the top three curries.

James Van Noord’s curry “Green Monster” was another excellent curry, garnering the third most votes. Here are James’s curry making notes:

My base recipe can be found at AllRecipes.com.

My modifications (with thanks to Vincent and Eli for pointers):

  • added lime juice
  • added kafir lime leaves
  • added bird’s eye chilies
  • added extra green curry paste
  • I didn’t use as much lemon grass as is called for. I fished out most of the lemon grass before lunch.
  • I used 14-oz cans of coconut milk

I tripled this recipe for the cook-off.

Day Four on the Road: A Great Evening!

What a great evening! After a nerve-rattling ride over some bumpy, narrow state highways (“Windy Levy Road Next 3 Miles”), and a trip over the feels-too-high-and-narrow-for-this-RV Antioch Bridge, we arrived at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Pittsburg, California.

Pastor Maurice Bates and everyone at the church really put out the red carpet for us. They had prepared a big spread of food for us, and they recorded my presentation on both audio and video. Attendance was great — our largest group yet! And after I demonstrated Logos Bible Software 3 they sent me off with a big basket of snacks and drinks for the road. I felt like a celebrity!

There were some more familiar names to meet in person, and Dean Forbes (co-editor of the analyzed Hebrew text) came, too. Best of all, there were lots of people there with a real interest in Bible study. It was a fun and encouraging evening.

Next stop: Evangelical Free Church of the Conejo Valley in Newbury Park, California.

Personalized Upgrade Discounts

One of the cool web features we’ve built for the roll-out of Logos Bible Software 3 is an online upgrade tool that gives personalized discounts based on your customer account. The tool reads your licenses, shows all the upgrade paths available to you, finds the discounts you are eligible for, and posts a chart showing all the new books and resources you’ll get with your upgrade.
Here’s how it works…

Visit www.logos.com/upgrade and enter your Libronix Customer ID. If you’re like most users, this is the email address you used to activate your first Libronix-based product. If you’re like me and can’t remember that far in the past, you can either guess until you get it right or click the Help link on the upgrade page for directions on how to retrieve your Customer ID.




So I just “Enter Customer ID, click Go!” (sound familiar?) and behind the scenes, the upgrader tool finds my licenses in the Libronix activation database, calculates all my upgrade options and pricing, and presents me with this fine-looking page.



Let’s go through this item by item…

  1. Validation of my Libronix Customer ID. Everyone needs some validation from time to time.
  2. This text lets me know which Logos Bible Software Series X base package is licensed to me (in my case, Pastor’s Library – RA). My upgrade options are calculated from my ownership of this collection. I’m also provided with a few details about the upgrade process. Since I have a DVD drive, I will definitely want to choose the DVD option as it makes installation more convenient (and it holds more rebuilt resources!) than the 7 CD-ROM package.
  3. The product chart shows all the upgrade options available to me and how much I’m saving. Sweet!
  4. A list of the discounts I qualify for (they have already been applied to the prices above). The additional 25% off the upgrade price is very nice. And a limited time offer, by the way.
  5. Chart showing the new books and addin modules I can add to my library by upgrading to each of the available collections. This is just the top of the chart…it goes on and on.

From here, I just decide which collection I want to upgrade to, add the DVD version to my cart, and check out. My new licenses will be sent by email within seconds; the discs required to install the new Logos Bible Software 3 engine, books, addins, and data files will come as fast as the good delivery people find my house. I can even choose UPS Next Day Air Early AM if I just can’t wait!
As you can see, we’ve tried to pull together on one page everything you need for a smooth, easy, and dare I say bargain-priced upgrade experience. Not convinced? Here’s one last very cool feature of the upgrade page…




As you hover the mouse pointer over each title in the chart (with a few exceptions) you’ll see a little preview window that shows a picture of the bookcover and a brief blurb about its contents. You’ll also see the retail price for the book or product.

This one happens to be New International Greek Testament Commentary Series which has a retail price of $660.00 but is included when you upgrade to the new Scholar’s Library: Gold!
We added these preview windows to make it easier than ever for customers to get a handle on the contents of a collection…and see just how much value is inside!

If you haven’t done so already, give the upgrade tool a whirl and see what upgrade options you qualify for and how much you save!

Day Three: Making friends, eating olives

Olive Pit OlivesThe whole point of driving around in a big billboard is to get attention. It has been working: day three started with a visit from a pastor and his wife who were staying in the same RV park. Later that morning a couple of girls stopped us so that they could pray for us, and at a gas station a man shared his testimony and took product information for his pastor.

On the road, I only needed to see one billboard to know that our first stop was going to be the Olive Pit, in Corning, California. An olive tasting bar, burgers, shakes, and RV parking. How could I resist? A succession of billboards, starting more than thirty miles away, only built my anticipation.

When I left the freeway the family wondered why. When I pulled into the Olive Pit, confusion turned to delight. We sampled an incredible array of stuffed olives, and Jacob and I had burgers loaded with sliced olives. Yum!

In the store, yet another stranger turned friend—introducing himself as a Bible student and talking with us for a while. Then we loaded up our olives, jams, and pickled garlic (the kids insisted) and headed to Central SDA Church in Sacramento, where I presented Logos Bible Software 3 and got to put some faces to names I already knew.

Next stop: Mount Zion Baptist Church, Pittsburg, California.

(Folks at the office: I wanted to share a bit of the road trip experience with you, so there is a case of olives on its way. Save me some of the ‘Dynamic Duo’ – jalepeno and garlic stuffed!)

Day Two on the Road

Day two was a long haul! We had a late start after stopping for some maintenance issues. We then discovered that I-5, from Portland, OR to Redding, CA, is beautiful, mountainous, and under construction. The RV crawled up the slopes and barrelled down the other side. It was high-adventure driving for this RV-newbie.

We arrived 20 minutes late at Shasta Bible College where a patient crowd was waiting. I was happily surprised to see twice as many people as had RSVP’ed. Most were already Logos users, and I gave them an overview of the new features in Logos Bible Software 3 while still feeling like I was bouncing around in the driver’s seat!
Next stop: Sacramento!

Logos Curry 2006: Fire and Nice

We mentioned our Sixth Annual Logos Curry Cook-Off last week and promised recipes of the top three curries.

David Kaplan’s curry “Fire and Nice” was second only to Bob’s first-place effort. Here’s the recipe. David’s notes are a little more involved, but the curry was really yummy so it is worth the effort.

  • Three pounds chicken tenders – DO NOT CUT UP
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • Two tablespoons Habanero powder
  • Two 15 oz. cans of chicken broth
  • 5 large onions – cut into large chunks
  • Three medium heads of Broccoli – using only the flowerets.
  • Two very large red apples — Peel and cut into ¼” thick slices. DO NOT DICE UP.
  • A Boat load of curry powders — three different kinds. One was a Jamaican Style by “Spice Right” where the first ingredient was ginger. One was a “Miami Spice” curry powder where the ingredients are unknown, all it said was “A Blend of Natural spices including Tumeric”. The other Curry powder was from the bulk section at the grocery store. I never measured the curry powder, just kept dumping it in until I saw the color I wanted and it smelled robust.
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • one tablespoon Garlic powder – not too much. It will overwhelm the other flavors.

First I put the chicken tenders in a huge bowl and dumped in a boat load of curry powders and mixed it up real good. Then I let the tenders sit for about 15 minutes mixing every five minutes. It was kind of like doing a rub.

Then I put the chicken tenders and vegetable oil in a large soup pot and cooked them until firm – stirring often.

Then I added the onions cut into large chunks. (This is for texture in the final product). and more curry powders. Cook for another 15 minutes stirring every three minutes or so.

Then add in the Chicken broth, garlic powder and the Habanero powder, cook for another 20 minutes. Stirring every five minutes.

Then add in the apple slices, and broccoli and more curry powder and cook until you can’t discern that there was ever any broccoli in the recipe (about 45 minutes). Stir vigorously every ten minutes or so. There will be a few small chunks of apples still discernable. The chicken will be fairly chunky still, but a lot of it will have broken down into the mix.

All the while you’re cooking – keep tasting, and salt and pepper to taste.

Then put it in the fridge over night. It tasted better the next day.

Day One on the Road

The Logos Road Trip is underway!

After some hectic last minute packing, I hit the road today with my wife and two children for the first leg of the trip. We made it to Portland, OR with just enough time to grab a bite to eat before setting up at Life Christian Center.

Scott Lindsey, Logos’ Director of Ministry Relations, was visiting Portland with his wife, so he joined me and made the bulk of the presentation. Scott spends a huge amount of time on the road demonstrating Logos while I am in the office, so I really appreciated a chance to see him in action. He did a great job introducing Logos Bible Software 3 to a mix of existing and new users, one of whom drove over an hour to join us.

Thanks to everyone who joined us, and especially to Life Christian Center for hosting us. Tomorrow night: Shasta Bible College in Redding, California!