5 Year Push of Longhaul Preacher

5 Year Push of Longhaul Preacher

From Monte Pescador

What started out as a podcast on God, family, and family fun then turned to voiceover work for income and is now in trouble, in need of upgrades to continue but without enough saved income to do it. Can you help?

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Update #15

about 1 month ago

And that's it. Thanks to the few who shared, the one who donated, at least that showed someone was looking. Appreciate the effort. Won't be trying this again anytime soon, and it is obviously time for me to clean out my Friends list on Facebook.

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The first upgrade is obvious: Replace the computer. According to the recording industry, most brand-new Windows computers will only last 3-5 years before software upgrades require more than the computer can handle. This time we are aiming for Apple-based computers, 5-8 year lifetime in the industry, and changing from using Adobe products ($350+ a year) to using Apple software (e.g., Logic Pro and Final Cut Pro) for podcast and voiceover production.

The second not-so-obvious upgrade, it turns out, is the interface. I was already intending to do this upgrade before the quarantine but can no longer afford it. The voiceover standard is the Focusrite series of interfaces, cheap and effective with two issues, faulty software and a disposable electronics design. While I am not sure if it will actually need replaced yet, having not attempted it on a Mac, it is badly glitching on the old Windows computer at this point.

Any other upgrades, beyond the initial goal, can easily wait, being icing on the cake, and would give back to you in many gifts I have started to think about.

What Should Motivate Me?

Aside from the gifts I would like to give to those who contribute to this effort, before the quarantine and during came the idea to adjust the podcasting into a virtual church, a church that could be conducted online up to and eventually including worship and praise, sermons, Bible studies, and much more. This would also lead Longhaul Preacher as a sub-company to be moved over to the nonprofit Dirt 'N' Nails Farms Inc., away from At His Feet PBC, any funding coming in, thereafter, being used for mission and ministry. The goal of DNN is nothing less than sowing seeds of hope: Hope for homeless families that need more than just a transition housing program to break the generational cycle of homelessness. Hope for the hungry who find less and less nutritious foods in food banks and meal centers.

Like the rest of the United States during the pandemic, DNN has been run to the bottom of the saved up donations.

So, this is a two-fold attempt at recovery: To bring back Longhaul Preacher just when it is getting a popularity in podcasting and voiceover work and to bring back DNN from closing after years of helping others start and maintain community, neighborhood, and shelter gardens.

Let's get to work, sowing seeds of hope for the hungry, the homeless, and the hopeless.

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Monte Pescador posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #18

And that's it. Thanks to the few who shared, the one who donated, at least that showed someone was looking. Appreciate the effort. Won't be trying this again anytime soon, and it is obviously time for me to clean out my Friends list on Facebook.

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Monte Pescador posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #17

It literally took me having to complain to Phobio's Support email address to get their attention on a weekend that they are 7 business days post inspection and, therefore, 8 days late as of today. It got an immediate response. I now have a $30 gift card emailed to me for Apple products.(and yes, I did not trust them and immediately put it into my Apple account). BUT....

My mind always works on the "next step."

As you know, I am holding on for dear life for the Alienware to continue working, hoping to pick up a new Apple Silicon computer when they get released starting at the end of October., in particular looking at the MacBook Pro 13" in Apple Silicon form, but the fact that the software developers can get a Mac Mini Apple Silicon computer now to start work on software has me thinking: Did I miss something in not pursuing that programming career 30 years ago? I started looking around and I REALLY need your feedback on a couple of ideas that I might work on (with what "spare time" I have no idea) if y'all think they are ideas with any kind of merit.

First, there is a shockingly limited amount of assorted Christian games in the App Store. Sure, there are a lot of them, but most run along the same themes over and over again: Trivia, play a biblical character through a known storyline, the ol' "match three" games with a biblical theme etc. To guys like me, I am sorry to say, such games are a little boring, even the trivia ones. I have a few ideas to spice things up, but it would take one thing I do not have under my belt, I admit, a graphics designer for the characters and backgrounds.

The second idea I got on my way to Phoenix with my wife for GCU Residency 1. (I'm a doctoral student if you didn't know.) We're driving both vehicles to deliver some stuff to in-laws via the truck (it doesn't have a back seat for Freya to sit in), and it occurs to me that while there is a Map app and a Google Map app (better in my opinion), what is truly missing is a Convoy app, something to keep a pair or even a group of drivers/riders/runners/whatevers on the same track and knowing when someone pulls over. Shouldn't be that difficult considering most of the work for GPS is already done for a person. Just need to set it all up between apps that already exist like Find Phone (family mode) and Google Maps (or Apple if forced to).

PLEASE tell me what you think.

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Monte Pescador posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #16

As the saying goes, there is good news and bad news, but in this case it is also confusing news.

Let's start with the bad news. The bad news is Phobio, Apple's trade-in subcontractor, has completely dropped the ball. It is now officially past the 3-5 business day thing from the inspection, way past the 3-5 business day promise from the acceptance of delivery (already two days late from actual delivery), and almost a full week past Apple's posted 2-3 week expectancy. Given how much time it has given me to thoroughly vet what my next move will be, what the next computer will be, and the speed of Apple's subcontractor does not reflect on Apple (good for you, Apple) at least for this former contractor.

Experience means a lot when dealing with people.

So then there's the "good news." I managed to land another piece to the puzzle of switching to MacBook Pro, an iPad Pro. Believe it or not, this is big. The latest OS X has a "Sidecar" function that turns an iPad into a second screen and allow control of the computer through the iPad, so not only could I read my script from the iPad Pro, I could also control Logic Pro X to start and stop the recording and even do editing as needed while in the booth instead of having to go in and out. The grant pays for the pad.

So I'm going to push out this campaign to the end of October at this point for two reasons: 1) Only one person has contributed (thank you!!!) and 2) I am now waiting on the new Apple Silicon MacBook Pro 13" rumored to be coming at the end of October. We shall see. Meanwhile I'll baby this old Alienware as much as I can.

Thanks to the three or four people who have been sharing per week. It would be great if you could make it a daily thing. And for those of you who have not been sharing, ... Why not?...

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Monte Pescador posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #15

So... currently the laptop replacement computer is on hold, still waiting on Apple's trade-in subcontractor, Phobio, who have claimed "3-5 business days" and are currently on day 6 from the actual delivery to their facility, day 4 if counted from the day they actually acknowledged the arrival of the package two days later, and even that was at the end of the day.

End of rant.

Okay, so here's the thing: Apple announced that they are going to be doing a 2 year transition of all Apple computers back towards Apple proprietary chips. For you Mac fans out there, you might remember the PowerPC chip. The thing was a masterpiece, cool running and powerful, until Motorola gave up working on it. Apple switched to Intel out of necessity, but it has always been on the lookout to restart that revolution. Apple Silicon, as it is called, is already being used in the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch and has been clocked at being more powerful than the current Intel models.

Apple intends, last heard, to release the first two models, a MacBook Pro model everyone is expecting to be the 13" version and MacBook Air model, before the end of the year. Given Apple's current schedule, there will be an announcement, likely at an event on October 27, of this release.

So this is where I am at with the question: Should I wait for the Apple Silicon to come out, possibly having some amount of software issues as well, or should I get one of the Intel models and move forward, waiting to get the better Apple Silicon 5 to 7 years down the line. Or do I spend even less and muddle along 2 years until Apple Silicon has been properly established? Let me know what you think in the comments.

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Monte Pescador posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #14

Never expect a quick turn-around with Apple trade-in's via Phobio, their contracting company. First trade-in delivered Monday after getting lost by FedEx due to Phobio's own shipping label being addressed wrong. It didn't register as having been accepted on site until the end of Wednesday and I had to call them about that to even get that much done. They told me 3-5 business days "upon delivery." So Friday I look again. At the end of Friday, it is finally registered as having been "inspected." So they mean 3-5 days upon their acceptance of the delivery which is two days after delivery, one more day than the delivery should have been because their own shipping label is wrong. Not a great way to do business.

On the other hand, this is a great example of what not to do as a business owner, and I take all such setbacks as a lesson on what not to do.

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Monte Pescador posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #13

The clothing levels are now, unfortunately, removed since Fundly discontinued it's partnership for those items. Thanks to the donor who purchased those items; they should still be on the way if not there. Apparently it was costing the partner company too much to keep up with.

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Monte Pescador posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #12

Utterly frustrating. I collected things to trade in and checked them with Apple. Two things I could get refunds for towards the purchase and there was no notice anywhere on the fine print about it taking 3-5 business days from receipt of item to process. On top of that, the company that does this for Apple wasn't even printing the correct address on their FedEx shipping labels, meaning the first trade-in took longer to get there than expected. So, I won't have the new computer to record August's podcasts until... September. Have to baby the old Alienware until then. Could use a lot more help with shares, folks. Please share!

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Monte Pescador posted a new update:
4 months ago

Update #11

I have just been told that all masks and shirts and the like are going to be removed completely by the end of this month (July, 2020), and I will need to remove those levels by the 24th (making sure I understand that date, but that's how it sounds). If you are interested in the T-shirt or masks, this is the time to post a donation. Beyond that, thank you for your support and please continue sharing this campaign with others.

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Monte Pescador posted a new update:
4 months ago

Update #10

Why not just do loans?

Great question and it has a two-fold answer: 1) Income for Longhaul Preacher is just barely starting to trickle in and the expenses of the pandemic did not help this situation. Timing, obviously, was wrong since the old computer I am currently using is 5 years old, what is considered the average maximum life span for a Windows audio production computer, and, sure enough, it is starting to fail badly. Since loans are based on income, this is just plain a bad situation for getting loans to pay for the replacement equipment.

2) This one is a little more tricky since it isn't something I knew before I became an adult nor is it the way I have lived as an adult until very recently: God really doesn't like frivolous use of money and this includes the use of loans. We are not to owe one another. This makes life in the 21st century difficult, for sure, trying to avoid those nasty things like mortgages and auto loans in particular, and let's not even start on student loans, but there you have it. If possible, God doesn't want His children owing each other. And, let's face facts, that is just one of the reasons out there for people to not like one another.

So, no, I would much rather not take out loans, but this crowdfunding campaign is not going as quickly as I had hoped and the computer is failing faster than I would have initially feared, so I will be taking out loans and hoping the crowdfunding campaign ends on a high note or I can pay the loans, whichever comes first.

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Monte Pescador posted a new update:
4 months ago

Update #9

Since I am not stuck in the position of searching for a loan to get the computer, the old computer apparently a lot worse off than I had first thought, I am adding one further bonus to the campaign: A return to video podcasts. I had been scaling back to audio-only as much as possible since podcasting really is more for hearing than for viewing, but the new Mac will give me a lot of interesting new opportunities... or should I say old opportunities since that is where I started Longhaul Preacher to begin with. So should the crowdfunding campaign manage to pay for the new computer by the end, 52 more days, I will be turning around and going back to editing video podcasts, dropping the audio-only format entirely.

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Monte Pescador posted a new update:
4 months ago

Update #8

We think there might be a work around to get back to recording again, though it is a risk without the right amount of money to do it with. Please keep praying and PLEASE KEEP SHARING! Crowdfunding does not keep going without sharing. Thank you.

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Monte Pescador posted a new update:
5 months ago

Update #7

An increasing state of emergency for the websites owned by my wife, mother-in-law, and myself pushed forward the plan to get the websites moved to a different host. Cause the usual huge number of problems, but it is moving forward.

The new Longhaul Preacher website (longhaulpreacher.space) is in motion. Will likely take the entire week to get it finished. Have fun watching.

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Monte Pescador posted a new update:
5 months ago

Update #6

Had someone ask me about the studio itself and whether or not this funding had anything to do with that. Unfortunately, no, it does not. It also has very little to do with the remote site in Cortez beyond making the computer part of the studio "portable" for on-the-road stuff. If this takes off, which we hope it does, we would like to move out to the country, out of the current insanity that is city living, and then I would build a proper studio, but we don't intend to do any permanent construction here, at least for the time being. Thanks for asking. No, this has everything to do with the hardware element and the age of the current hardware.

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Monte Pescador posted a new update:
5 months ago

Update #5

The first donation is in and we are on the way. It will take many hands and shares to get it done, though, so keep sharing this with everyone. Thank you.

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Monte Pescador posted a new update:
5 months ago

Update #4

Post-Pandemic restart to the crowdfunding campaign. It has been five years since Longhaul started, and apparently the computer agrees. It is time to replace equipment. Spread the word. Let's get going again down that long road home.

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