Monthly Archives: October 2011

Planning Center New Layout Preview

Starting Oct 31, 2011 we’ll be gradually rolling out a beta version of a greatly updated Planning Center and we wanted to give you a preview of what to expect. You’ll start to see the beta switch sometime in November, and by December, all users will be able to switch back and forth until mid-January when the change will become permanent.

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Steve Jobs, the biography by Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs, the biography by Walter Isaacson, went on sale this week. In an interview, Isaacson commented on the effect Jobs’ cancer had on his life focus.

He talked a lot to me about what happened when he got sick and how it focused him. He said he no longer wanted to go out, no longer wanted to travel the world. He would focus on the products. He knew the couple of things he wanted to do, which was the iPhone and then the iPad.


(CNN) — Upon being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs put off surgery for nine months against the advice of his doctors while he tried to treat the disease with a special macrobiotic diet — a decision he later regretted, his biographer said.

When asked why he didn’t have the surgery right away, Jobs said, “I didn’t want my body to be opened,” according to an interview with the biographer, Walter Isaacson, that aired Sunday on CBS News’ “60 Minutes.” By the time Jobs was finally operated on, the cancer had spread to the surrounding tissue, Isaacson said.

But his mortality also motivated Jobs, who died October 5, to create some of Apple’s boldest products in his final years, Isaacson told CBS’s Steve Kroft.

“He talked a lot to me about what happened when he got sick and how it focused him,” said Isaacson, in a transcript of the show provided by CBS News.

Steve Jobs’ take on faith, afterlife

Jobs initially resisted cancer surgery

Remembering Jobs as an innovator

The world remembers Steve Jobs

“He said he no longer wanted to go out, no longer wanted to travel the world. He would focus on the products. He knew the couple of things he wanted to do, which was the iPhone and then the iPad. He had a few other visions. I think he would’ve loved to have conquered television.”

Isaacson’s book, “Steve Jobs,” goes on sale Monday. In the “60 Minutes” interview, Isaacson described Jobs as a driven, eccentric and sometimes cruel man who grew more reflective and fatalistic in his later years.

“I saw my life as an arc and that it would end, and compared to that nothing mattered,” Jobs told him in one recorded interview. “You’re born alone, you’re going to die alone. And does anything else really matter? I mean, what is it exactly is it that you have to lose, Steve? You know? There’s nothing.”

Adopted as a baby, Jobs recalled as a child once confronting his parents in tears about why his real parents had rejected him. His parents sat him down and said, “No, you don’t understand. We specifically picked you out.”

“He said, ‘From then on, I realized that I was not — just abandoned. I was chosen. I was special,’ ” Isaacson said. “And I think that’s the key to understanding Steve Jobs.”

Always something of a rebel, Jobs often thought the usual rules didn’t apply to him, Isaacson said. He went through a period as a young man where he didn’t bathe regularly — his managers at Atari made him work the night shift because his co-workers complained about his body odor — and drove a Mercedes with no license plate because he didn’t want people tracking him.

Jobs also was a Buddhist and a spiritual person whose religious beliefs were altered by his cancer diagnosis, Isaacson said.

“I remember sitting in his backyard in his garden one day and he started talking about God. He said, ‘Sometimes I believe in God, sometimes I don’t. I think it’s 50-50 maybe.

“But ever since I’ve had cancer, I’ve been thinking about it more. And I find myself believing a bit more. I kind of — maybe it’s ’cause I want to believe in an afterlife. That when you die, it doesn’t just all disappear. The wisdom you’ve accumulated. Somehow it lives on.’ ”

Isaacson’s book is based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years, as well as interviews with more than 100 family members, friends, adversaries, competitors and colleagues.

Simon & Schuster says that although Jobs cooperated with the book, he asked for no control over what was written nor the right to read it before it was published.

Isaacson, a former chairman of CNN and the former managing editor of Time magazine, which shares a parent company with CNN, has written biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Henry Kissinger. The 656-page Jobs book retails for $35.

Pro Tools 10 Announced

Avid has announced Pro Tools 10 – an update to their cutting-edge audio production software that now includes sharing to SoundCloud.

Tro tools was launched together with the new Pro Tools|HDX digital audio workstation, delivering greater performance, higher sound quality, and innovative new capabilities that set new standards for audio post and music production.

Both are designed to provide the most capable, highest quality, scalable solutions to meet the evolving needs of the industry, and deliver better performance, faster workflows, and easier collaboration than ever for professional users.

Pro Tools|HDX

The Pro Tools|HDX system enables customers to mix bigger, more complex productions, with the rock-solid performance and stability that Pro Tools|HD customers have come to expect. This new system represents a milestone in Avid’s development of DSP-accelerated hardware, delivering up to 5x more DSP per card, over a thousand dB of additional headroom, and up to 4x the track counts and 2x the I/O compared to its Pro Tools|HD Accel predecessor. And as customers’ needs grow, the system can be scaled to increase track counts, power, and I/O, using up to three Pro Tools|HDX cards and multiple Pro Tools HD Series interfaces.


With SoundCloud baked into Pro Tools, audio producers from all fields can share their sounds privately with collaborators for feedback or share polished works to the world. So an artist working on a track can send it away for immediate feedback and keep on iterating all while avoiding the steps of exporting and uploading to FTP.

Pro Tools is one of the most popular audio production software choices for recording, composing, editing and mixing both music and sound used by leading music studios and Hollywood sound editors.

Show the World How You See the Summit

Since 1995, we’ve heard stories and seen creative artwork that depicts your experience with The Global Leadership Summit. So as we celebrate another great season, we’re intentionally inviting you to submit your creativity through our first international t-shirt design contest.

Based on a recommendation from Summit faculty alum, Blake Mycoskie, founder of Toms Shoes, we are hosting a crowd-sourcing design contest with 99designs, Tuesday October 18th – Friday October 28th.

Use your creativity—visuals or words—to help depict what the Summit has meant to you. What image comes to mind when you think of this worldwide movement? Is there one visual or a collage of photos? Is there a word or a phrase that best describes your experience? If you’re not a designer, please comment below and share your story to aid the brainstorming process.

Then step up to get involved with the design of the 2012 Summit international t-shirt concept:

1. Share. Please help us connect with artists and creative-types by emailing, tweeting, facebooking, and blogging about this opportunity.

2. Design. This is your chance to show the world how you see and experience TGLS. Submit your t-shirt design at You’ll need to create an account and then search The Global Leadership Summit for contest specifics. To sweeten the deal, prize money will be awarded, including complimentary tickets for 4 to the Summit 2012.

3. Vote. Check back at 99designs each day for updates and to help choose your favorite t-shirt design. Who knows how we might be giving away t-shirts in the coming months?!

Here are a few of the words that our Summit team lives by (if it helps inspire you!), and be sure to check our Facebook page for stories from leaders around the world:

      The Global leadership Summit exists to transform Christian Leaders around the world with an injection of vision, skill development, and inspiration for the sake of the local church.

The Global Leadership Summit has become a unique two-day leadership development event that is unashamedly Christ-centered, intellectually challenging, and results-oriented, with a diverse faculty line-up that will create disequilibrium for the sake of transformation in the Church.

In 2011 over 160,000 people will share this experience in over 400 cities around the world.

Lead Where You Are has become our rally cry to inspire leaders in all sectors to serve others for the sake of the local church.

Thanks for reading, and thanks for helping us spread the word!

The winning design will be announced on Tuesday, November 1 (which also happens to be the In-Conference deadline for the 2012 Summit).

The Way Movie – Free Resources

Download – Father and Son Trip

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Download – Miracles

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Download – Reasons

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Download – The Camino

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Download – Trailer

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