✔ Minecraft: How to make an Office Cubicle


How To Make An Office Cubicle Hello! Today, I’ll show you how to make an office cubicle. You can combine lots of these to make a big cubicle office! :] (Music by Liltommyj) I’ll be making this with a blue clay theme, but you can use the materials you want. (Music by Liltommyj) It’ll of course need a chair.. A desk.. A computer with a mouse.. (Music by Liltommyj) A plant.. A trash bin.. Oops.. (Music by Liltommyj) (Music by Liltommyj) Let’s make a calendar to decorate the desk! (Music by Liltommyj) It’s a design I recently came up with, I find it pretty useful! (Music by Liltommyj) If you have decoration ideas for the cubicle, feel free to add them! (Music by Liltommyj) Line them up and vary them a tiny bit for a boring-looking office! 😀 Leave a like if you want me to do an entire office with lots of cubicles and other awesome details! See you next time! (Subtitled by Decimalize)

What is Aquaponics? How it Works & Why an Aquaponic Setup Can Fail


I have another exciting episode for you and
we’re here in Hawaii, on Oahu actually, and today we have a special episode for you
guys all about aquaponics man I’m excited for this episode actually to share with you
guys. This place here is actually called Aquaponics Place. This is a store that specializes in
aquaponics, all the different parts you’ll need for aquaponics, the plants, the fish,
the different, you know, tubs, bins, totes. Everything you need to do an aquaponics system
in your home so that you can start growing your own food today. You know, especially
here in the islands it’s very important to, you know, have a backup plan in case the
ship doesn’t come in. To be able to grow your own food and as much as I like growing
food in the soil and dirt, you know, or the red dirt here, aquaponics systems are great
because now instead of just having vegetables you can also grow your own fish. Whether you
want to keep fish as pets or whether you want to have them as a food source they can grow
a lot of fish and a lot of vegetables to eat, a very well balanced diet. So anyways, what
we’re going to do today is we’re going to go into the aquaponics place and share
with you guys exactly what aquaponics is if you don’t know about it and share with you
some of the components of the system and share with you guys some of the fish that they offer
here. Share with you guys some of the pre-made and pre-built systems you can actually buy
and bring home, anywhere here on Oahu. So we’re here inside the aquaponics place
and if you guys are an aquaponics geek, this is your hang out man. They got all these different
valve things and siphon things and screens and they got all kinds of fittings and they
got basically everything you need to do aquaponics at home. I mean even on the mainland, a store
like this is just unheard of. I’ve never seen a store dedicated to aquaponics. I think
there should be a store like this in every city across the nation so that people can
actually start growing their own food and it makes it easy for people to get all the
supplies and parts, fittings, all this stuff you know because normally you have to go around
to five stores, maybe a plumbing store, a hardware store, a swimming pool store and
a pond store to get all the different things to get a system together. I like that this
is literally a one stop shop to get all your aquaponics needs met. And I’m glad they’re
here on Oahu so that everybody on this island can be growing some food today. What we’re going to be doing next is actually
share with you guys how the aquapoincs system works specifically, so that you’ll be able
to know how it works, and then more importantly be able to set one up and grow food for you
and your family. So now we’re going to share with you guys
what an aquaponics system is and it’s pretty much right here as you guys can see we got
a big tank on the bottom and this is simply a fish tank. It’s holding fish, there’s
lots of fish growing in there. The tilapia that you can eat or just keep as pets and
then what happens is the fish are living in the fish tank and they are getting fed with
the fish food which is the only input in this system. The fish eat the fish food and then
guess what, they create waste much like us right. The fish make the pee and poop and
then that basically gets in the water and then what they do is they take the water and
they pump it up into this top bed. They pump the water up and then the water filters through
this rock here, the cinder, and it basically filters down and goes back in and comes back
out and strains back into the tank there. You can see where it’s all spraying out.
What the plants do is the plants actually filter the fish pee and poop and put it back
into the water. So that’s the simplified version we’re going to talk about in a little
while the more complex version and how this system and why this system really works. It’s
actually a, there’s one big lynch pin that many people may not be aware about in an aquaponics
system that we’ll cover in just a little bit. So next we’re going to show you guys
some of the different edibles that you can grow in an aquaponics system to feed you and
your family. Alright so in this system they got a couple
cool things. First soybeans, yes you can grow soybeans in an aquaponics system. They got
some little Kales right there in addition some mizuna, one of my favorite leafy greens,
especially to grow in the winter time. Also the lettuces, of course the lettuces will
do well in an aquaponics system but they can’t be in full sun. They like it a little bit
shady. Let’s see here, in addition they got some of my favorite, this is the shiso
or also known as perilla and this is a purple shiso. I grow this in my garden every year
and evidently it will do well under an aquaponics, in the cinder right here, check it out, this
basically acts like a bio filter here and this cinder actually unlike other metas that
can be used for the aquaponics has a lot of surface area because they’re literally like
little sponges. In addition it looks like they got a little tomato over there and a
whole bunch of chives growing in this bed. So, this aqauponics system here they got a
whole bunch of strawberries that are currently in the greenery or leafing stage. They’re
seasonal so they’re not producing berries at this time. In addition they have a nice
large egg plant that’s been there a while and also they’re growing lilikoi or passion
fruits that’s growing out of the aquaponics system over and over and over and up the chain
link fence. I think it will be great one day when they have all this lilikoi or passion
fruit with hanging fruits to eat and also show the massiveness of the plant after it’s
been growing a while in the aquaponics system. Other plants that can be grown in aquaponics
are something like this, the basil, looks like it’s doing quite well. They also have
some parsley here and besides the parsley they got the red Russian kale, one of my favorite,
the kales right here. In addition they got the green malabar spinach. I like the purple
Malabar spinach but they got the green Malabar spinach so it’s planted maybe about a month
ago. It’s doing really excellent, this is definitely one of my picks for what I would
grow in the aquaponics system because the Malabar spinach is what’s called a perennial,
edible vegetable. You know some vegetables and some plants actually go through their
life cycle like the lettuce or like the kales but with this guy, this will continue to grow
and keep putting on food for you so you can eat day after day, year after year without
having to continually replant like you do with the lettuce. Over next door here we got
things like more basil, and look at this, this basil’s been growing here a while and
this basil straight up has like woody stems on it. It’s quite old, doing quite well,
although it looks like it does have some still (06:44?) on there that they may want to do
something with but doing quite well and it’s nice and tall there. In addition they’ve
got the Calo or the Taro here which is also grown in the aquaponics system in addition
they got a few beets over there and some rosemary. I know one of my favorite things to grow in
Hawaii for sure is this guy right here, this is the okra, look at those little babies man,
fresh okra, fresh okra is absolutely delicious and I love eating them, especially when they’re
young babies. So over to this bed a few more things they
are growing, things like celery right here. Definitely looking really nice and vibrant
here. Also they got this plant, look at this guy, this guy’s a nice woody stock, really
thick, it’s going to seed and these seeds are actually high in Omega 3 fatty acids as
are the leafy greens that you can eat. This is also the shiso or the perilla. This the
green variety, definitely would encourage you guys to grow the shiso green and the purple
as well as basil as like an herb bed but also don’t forget to grow your leafy greens.
So here’s some collard greens here, I would probably choose the Georgia southern collards
here in Hawaii if I was growing them and let’s see here, here’s a nice large parsley plant,
looks super delicious, looks like it’s growing quite well. So you guys just saw some of the different
leafy greens and edibles that you can grow in an aquaponics system and I always want
to encourage you guys to try and grow different things and experiment because that’s what
this is all about. See what you can get away with, of course some plants are going to do
better than others and of course that depends on how big your system is, how well it’s
draining or not draining which we’ll talk about in a little bit. Also how much sun you’re
getting or how much sun you’re not getting. Very important factors are considered when
selecting different vegetables and herbs to grow in your system. Now besides just the
leafy greens and you guys know that I’m all about my leafy greens, my show is called
growing your greens and I want to encourage you guys to eat two pounds of leafy greens
a day. You know they are one of the healthiest foods on the planet. The most nutrition with
the least amount of calories. As you guys know, standard American food, fast food, junk
food, is very high in calories but low in nutrition the greens are very high in nutrition.
Another thing that’s actually pretty good in nutrition for the calories specifically
and for the protein are the fish here. So whether you want to grow your fish and eat
them or you want to have them as pets, you can definitely do that in the aquaponics system.
In just about 10 months, on average, and it depends on the size of your tank and how much
you’re feeding them and what not. Your fish, the tilapia will grow into full size and you
can catch them and eat them. I think they’re fun we’re going to go ahead and go fishing,
see if we can catch a fish here. Think you got to be pretty quick to get one of these
suckers. Not that quick. Alright, I’ll try number 2 let’s see if we can do it. I got
a strategy this time. I’m going to corner them against the wall. Alright! Check it out,
I caught a fish! But I’m going to be nice and let him go. I think if I had the aquaponics
here. I would mostly grow the fish for my pets instead of eating them. I got enough
greens to get enough protein a lot of other nutrients in my garden besides the fish personally. Alright, so now that you guys saw what you
could potentially grow, the plants and the fish. We’re going to kind of dive more in
and explain how exactly an aquaponics system works and the different methods of growing.
We have two different kinds of set ups here. They have like, basically a system that has
just like a flood and drain, kind of floods it and then it drains it maybe some of you
have the system where they’re just constantly feeding it water and the system that you choose
to have is going to have is going to be dependent on the plants you’re growing so for example
some crops can be grown in a system where the roots are constantly in water such as
the lettuce or such as water crest. Whereas most plants are not going to like that level
of water and have the roots wet all the time. They need to get proper aeration. So there
needs to be a flood and drain system where the roots aren’t constantly staying wet.
So now we’re going to go ahead and show you guys both those different systems and
how they do it here at the Aquaponics Place. So this is the first system that we’re going
to show you guys and this is the easiest system to make. If you think of your bathtub, if
you fill up your bathtub with water and it gets too high it has that overfill valve right
so you can never overflow your bathtub and it won’t like leak on your bathroom floor.
Well, this system, growing the lettuce in constant water works pretty much the same
way. So what many systems use is they may use like some kind of raft system and they
generally put this on like some kind of Styrofoam but they choose not to use the Styrofoam here
because the Styrofoam beads will break off, get into the water and contaminate your system.
So they actually have a nice piece of plastic here and let’s go ahead and lift this guy
up. So what’s happening is water is getting pumped in over here on this side and if you
look on the backside, I don’t know if you can see that there but there’s basically
like that overfill drain on your bathtub that’s sucking the water in so water never overflows
but always stay a constant height. The water is kind of being a little bit aerated due
to the flow of the water in and out and you can see in these little net pockets they have
here these little lettuces are growing these little root hairs out and in these net pods
the plants are just set in the cinder and that’s actually just to hold the soil and
also another reason that we’ll talk about in a little bit but these lettuces will grow
really well like this and another thing that will grow well like this also is the water
crest that likes to have it’s roots wet. So now we’re going to show you the 2nd kind
of system they have here. This is a system that actually drains out the water and actually
drains it fairly fast so that the roots are not staying wet because most plants do not
like their roots wet. They will succumb to root rot, possibly other diseases if you that
and that’s all made possible with this guy right here. It’s actually called a bell
siphon and how this works is simple. So we’re going to go ahead and give you guys a close
up to show you exactly how this works. Alright, so how this system works is we got
a grow bed with all the little cinders in here and then they got this little, kind of
mesh thing that does not allow the cinders to go in and they have their overflow tube,
much like the other overflow tube in the lettuce bed. So when the water level that gets pumped
into this bed gets high enough, which is almost there now, what’s going to happen is the
water levels going up and if we look, pull these rocks back here, you can see the water
level right here is getting higher and higher and higher and if we just let it get this
high and go into the overflow tube which it’s almost going to reach in a minute, it’s
always going to stay at that level. Now, this is what happens exactly in the lettuce bed,
the water always stays at a certain level and it’s almost overflowing now. And it’s
just about overflowing now so can check it out so you can see the water running over
the top into the tube there which then returns the water to the fish tank down below and
now you have the water always at this constant level. So what this guy does which is the
bell siphon valve, it basically creates a vacuum or a suction to pull the water faster
than it would just normally drain out. So, for example the water’s draining out here
but it’s never going to go below this exact level that you’re seeing. Now this is the
standard bell siphon that they offer here. Just looks like that it’s basically just
some pvc with a cap on the top. They put some little holes on the bottom, you know, in a
nice shape but actually they have a cool one which is for display purposes only which actually
has a clear top on it. So I don’t know if you’ll be able to see this on the camera
but what we’re going to do is we’re going to go ahead and put this guy over the drain
tube and once again it has cut outs on the bottom. We’re going to put that over the
top and I don’t know if you guys can look in there but what’s happening is this is
creating a massive suction. Look at this water draining out very quickly right. This water’s
draining out very quickly so now the roots are not sitting in a constant water supply
so that they will not get the root rot and it’s a special siphon that siphons the water
out until it’s all siphoned out and then basically it will slowly fill up again until
it’s full. When it gets full again then it siphons all the water out fast again. So
this way you’re getting a drain and flow without any additional appliances or electricity
or anything. It’s all happening on suction. This is definitely an ingenious way to make
this happen and then it’s just kind of cool to look at the water as it’s working in
there and see if it’s sucking or if it’s filling or if there’s air bubbles or if
it’s sucking air or what man. Definitely so cool. Let’s go ahead and fill this guy
back up so this can continue to work how it should. So you guys just learned what you can grow.
Then you learned how to do it are the 2 ways you can accomplish this. Next I want to get
into the Nitti gritty the bare bones of how the aquaponics system works. It’s actually
fairly simple but yet complex on some levels so pay attention to this part. It’s probably
the most important part of this video in my opinion. So as you guys know what happens is you feed
the fish, the fish poop and then the poop is pumped up through and then put into the
top here so that it can filter down and there’s a few components to this system. Number 1
is they got a very simple screen here. So this screen catches all the solid waste you
know cause we don’t want that solid waste going into the gravel bed and get all funky
and stuff like that right. You can then take the solid waste and this is solid fish poo.
(Joking) But this is solid fish waste you can probably wash this out. I’d probably
put it in your garden and use it as a fertilizer. So this is going to catch all that stuff.
Now the non-solids then are going into the cinder bed and what happens is the plants
just don’t absorb those nutrients directly. There’s a middle man involved you know,
when buying things I like to cut out the middle man whenever possible but in this system I’m
afraid you cannot cut out the middle man or the system will not work and it will crash.
So the thing that you’ll need to know for this system to work is, and the middle men,
what they are, are in this bottle here. It jumps starts the system. Now the middle man
will occur naturally but by jump starting the system, you’re guaranteed a system that’s
going to work more effectively and work right the first time. This is actually simply called
organic digesture. So this product reduces the ammonia, phosphate, nitrites and nitrates
actually in there and they do this by a very special way using beneficial microbes, bacteria
and enzymes will break down the bad stuff in the fish poop and make it bio available
for the plants to absorb. So without this critical component, that will also occur naturally
if you don’t want an add it like this. Your aquaponics system can work properly and flourish. The other thing that’s very important is
the medium so they got this cinder here and you know the cinder if you look at that closely,
kind of looks like a sponge. There’s all different cracks and crevices, so this gives
the bacteria and the mirobes a place to live in this system so that they can flourish and
break down the solids from the fish to make it plant absorbable. So yeah, as you guys
know that have been watching me for a while, I’m really into microbes and beneficial
fungi and bacteria and that is truly what makes the aquaponics possible but if you’re
also a home gardener in the ground it also makes a standard garden in your ground possible
and will thrive as well. So now that you guys learned how this system
works, let’s talk about the inputs required to grow the fish and all your plants. Basically
what you need to do is you need to feed the fish so that they can create their bio solids
or their poop to feed your plants plus you need to have the bacteria so all these things
are pretty much a one-time investment. Once you got all those guys going, you’re only
going to need to buy 3 additional things to keep your system going. Number 1 (00:19:00)
you’re going to need the fish food of course, so you know, the fish pellets. They’re maybe
$33.00 for about 40 pounds of food at this time in bulk and I always encourage you guys
to buy it in bulk for the best price. And you’re literally just going to take some
and you’re going to feed the fish. We’re going to throw a little bit of it out there
and check it out, they’re eating back there. But you know the fish food’s all you’re
going to need to keep the fish happy so that they create their poop and their pee because
they are living in water so you’re not going to need to provide that but the few other
things you will need are Number 1 you’re going to need what’s in this little
bag here and what’s in this bag is some special stuff and let’s go ahead and put
the bag back in there for you guys but what’s in the bag is this stuff right here. This
is actually oyster shells so it’s often used, oyster shell, for like (00:19:44?) and
gardening but what this is, this is a PH balancer. So you can use the oyster shells which acts
as a PH balancer so that the fish have the right PH to live in properly. Another thing
you may need depending on where you live are heaters. The tilapia like to grow and live
in the temperature that Hawaii is naturally so you do not need additional heating in Hawaii
but in other places in the country, you may need to actually use heaters to keep your
water warm enough or your fish are not going to do well, they’re not going to grow fast
and they’re not going to make it at all. Another thing you will probably need here
and what they recommend at this aquaponics place is the iron chelate so the iron chelate
helps keep your foliage green. It’s a nutrient that is not provided by the fish food that
will encourage and ensure your plants ae healthy. Now the other thing that I would personally
experiment with that they’re not yet doing here, and hopefully one day they will, is
the rock dust minerals. I would experiment with the aquaponics and adding rock dust minerals,
which will add 70 plus different trace minerals into the water which will also give nutrition
and provide nutrition for your fish but also more importantly for the plants, you know
and for them and so the plants and the fish will have more minerals and be more healthy.
When their more healthy they’re going to grow bigger, grow larger their also going
to be more bug resistant in the case of the plants. Probably disease resistant and have
a stronger immune system in the case of the fish. So I don’t know exactly how much of
that stuff to add but it can be done cause I have heard about people doing it before
and I would highly encourage you guys to look into that and add some rock dust, even in
small amounts to add some of those trace minerals back into your system so that you can grow
some of the most nutritious food ever. So now that you guys know how this system
works, we’re going to explain the anatomy of the system or the parts that you need to
do it and you know here at the Aquaponics Place they’ll supply you with everything
you need including the plants, the fish the containers and the pumps and everything to
do that and as you guys can see behind me, there’s a standard system behind me. Now
the system prices can range from a couple hundred dollars to a thousand or more dollars
depending on how large you want your system. Of course I would always encourage you guys
to buy the biggest system possible because the biggest system that you can buy will produce
more fish and more greens for you to eat faster just in case you need to eat out of your garden
exclusively and not the grocery store. So it’s really simple how these systems work.
You got 2 big tanks, you got the bottom tank which is where the fish live and then you
basically got some concrete blocks that they stack up to make legs like a table. Then they
have basically a 2×4 wooden frame that’s of course the grow bed up top. They have the
bed up top they fill it with the cinder and you plant your plants, I mean really aquaponics
is really that simple. Now whether you buy a constructed set up like this which is all
looking nice and professional or whether you get a standard, what’s called an IBC tote
on Craigslist for $100 dollars, $200 dollars depending on where you live, and cut it down,
it’s really that easy to do an aquaponics system. Even if you’re renting, have a condo
or you know, don’t have land or in ground space, aquaponics system is an excellent way
to use some of the extra space that you have and you don’t necessarily need a nice full
sun spot if you want to grow tomatoes yes, you will need a nice full sun spot but even
in the shade here in Hawaii something like the lettuce and the herbs are going to do
quite well so that you can start providing food for you and your family instead of being
dependent on the grocery store. So did I tell you that the Aquaponics Place
will sell you everything you need including your kit, your fish and yes even your plants.
They got starter plants here for sale and what I’m going to show you guys next is
actually how they start their starter plants actually in an aquaponics system. This is
actually unique cause I’ve never seen this being done anywhere I visited with all the
different aquaponics systems I’ve seen. I’ve never seen anybody do it like this.
So it’s really cool so pay attention to this section if you’re going into aquaponics
and you want to start your own plants from seed. Aquaponics makes it really easy. Alright so this is how they start their seeds
in the aquaponics system. Really cool so you don’t have to use any space, use any kind
of soil. What they got is they got standard seed slot here, standard slat and what they’ve
done is they’ve filled it with Rockwell which is a poplar hydroponics growing medium
that they also do sell here and in the poplar they basically just put the seeds in the little
holes and because this is a flood and drain table, the, you know, this gets wet and then
it drains out so it’s not constantly sitting in water which then you could get, you know,
seed rot but in this way this will get just enough water so that the little seeds can
germinate into little baby plants. Once they germinate, get a little big then they’re
going to transplant them into little individual containers that are next door. So let me go
ahead and show you those guys next. So once they got those little baby plants
started from seeds or actually you can do cuttings like this you’re going to basically
put plants in the little containers here, right, check it out, little containers and
these containers once again have the little holes at the bottom and it’s just growing
in the cinder there and then you just basically bury this down in the aquaponics bed here
just deep enough so that it gets enough water. Enough plants will get fed and once again
they got that bell siphon valve here that’s flooding and draining this so like the roots
aren’t staying constantly drenched in water, it’s getting enough water and this is literally
an automatic watering system for all the baby starts. This is super ingenious. So it looks
like they got, they got here water crest probably my top pick for growing in an aquaponics system.
Water crest is one of the most nutrient dense vegetables on the planet. In addition they
got the kale another yet nutrient dense vegetable. I believe you guys should be eating at least
several times a week. They got the shiso, I love the shiso especially the purple one.
You guys can’t see that, oh there it is. They got a green shiso, they got the chives,
they got some corn growing under the aquaponics. Now probably my favorite crop to grow if I
was here in Hawaii. I’d the water spinach or the Ung Choy. It’s actually, classified
as, from the USDA, as an evasive obnoxious weed so you’re probably not or supposed
to grow it anywhere else in the United States cause it could get in the waterway, all this
kind of stuff but you can grow it here in Hawaii and it will grow fabulously under an
aquaponics system like this and you can literally just take cuttings and replant it. You’ll
have a whole mass of food that will continue to grow day after day, year after year and
the great thing about the Ung Choy is that it will have the nice mild flavor it’s not
strong or bitter, you know, like kale. Some people might not like and it grows real simple
and real easy. I’m all about like sharing with you guys and the best of what I know
to make gardening and make growing food at home really easy. So hopefully after watching this episode,
you now know what aquaponics is, what you can grow, how to grow it and why it works.
I think these are very important fundamental pieces of knowledge that everybody should
know how to grow their own food in this day and age. Whether you live in Hawaii and food
might stop coming in or whether you want to have a backup plan in case trucks stop running,
there’s a financial collapse or whether you just want to eat the healthiest food possible.
Based on the current agriculture system, in my opinion, they’re not growing the healthiest
food possible. To do that you must do it yourself at home, pick it and eat it fresh for higher
levels of nutrition, plus you can add things in like the trace minerals that are not in
foods today. If you are here in Oahu and are interested in getting your own aqauponics
system, I would highly recommend the aquaponics place and you can check them out and learn
more about them on the aquaponicsplace.com. Hopefully you guys enjoyed this episode coming
at you from Oahu, Hawaii. Once again my name is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com.
We’ll see you next time, and remember keep on growing.

Brick Calculations — Engaged Piers


Alright, so now that we’ve worked out how many bricks we have in our dwarf wall the next thing we need to work out is how many bricks through need for our engaged piers and we put our engaged piers to support our wall make a little bit stronger it also provides support for our bearers when we go to put our bearer and joists in so we need to know how many bricks we need in our engaged piers so first thing to work out is where our engaged piers are going to go, and how many that we need So we go back to a plan view and our original dimensions now what we actually need to do is work out. What our internal dimensions are so You take 110mm off each side for a brick and get our new internal dimensions you don’t need all of them you don’t need these two long sides, but you definitely need these 4 short sides So now what we do we’re going to look at each short side by itself so I’m going to take this one here 2150 first. Oh Sorry, our bearers are going to run that way bearer has generally run the long dimension of the building this case It doesn’t matter because it’s equal but they generally run the long dimension of the building So formula is the building length divided by the bearer or our joist spacing plus 1 so as I said I’m going to take this one first this length here and our bearer joist spacing is going to be 1.8m so 2.150 /1.8 +1 Okay Gave us 1.194which we’re going to say 2 always round up in this case plus 1 that gives us three engaged piers along this side So let’s put those in one there on there and one there so there’s our three okay So now let’s still keep going down and look at this one here. So 2.390 /1.8 In this case we don’t need to add the one because we’ve already got this one here so we’re just going to put 1 there and 1 there, so there’s our 2 there and We have a line I have to put one in here a little bit later Okay, so that’s that way done and What we can then do is just replicate whatever’s on this side of the building Same has to happen on this side Okay, this one is not super critical because that Bearers is actually going to be running this way But we try and keep everything in line So everything is evenly spaced Okay, now let’s work our way across this way, so this one’s 2.150 again so we know we’re going to need 3 for that however I’ve already got 2 so we just need to drop another one in the middle there and similarly on this other side We know we needed 2 there before so we can just drop one in there and We need one on this corner, and I tend to put one going each way on the internal Corners Sorry there must be the next step So if we just replicate what’s on these walls up here again keeping everything in line and We’ll end up with that many, and I put one second one on the internal corner So there we go, we have 1,2,3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 engaged piers Okay, so we now we’ve got 17 piers now, how many bricks are in each pier, so if we take the height of our wall which you might remember from the previous video is 516mm so 516 the height of one brick and one brd of mortar which we refer to as a course a course of Brickwork is 86mm high or 0.086 metres high so 516 / 86=6 bricks high for this wall, so then it’s just a simple matter of 17 piers, 6 Bricks per pier Gives us a h102 bricks For this this particular wall, we could of course then allow some waste if you wanted to or you could add the original amount and you could add that to you Dwarf Wall total and then work the waste out at the end So there you go that’s how we work out how many engaged peers we need and how many bricks we need for the engaged pier

Google Play Sustainable Growth: Learning Series from Developers (Sustainable Growth Day ‘19)


[MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER 1: For us on Android,
openness and responsibility has come together. I will design in
a way that speaks to you, that understands you. SPEAKER 2: And so what I want to
talk about today is the deeper psychology behind how these
products and services change our daily behaviors. And I believe that we are
on the precipice where we can use these
habits for good, where we can help people
live happier, healthier, more productive,
more connected lives. SPEAKER 3: MyFitnessPal
benefits from the power of engaging with our community. In other words, how we use
community-minded tactics to engage our users
for the long term. SPEAKER 4: Our mission has
helped 300 million people. It’s part of why Duolingo
is used by so many people. SPEAKER 5: And
this basically came from having more
content in the app and creating a more independent
progression for each skill that you’re learning. SPEAKER 6: What we really
want to build is basically a lifelong learning product. So we really want
to think about how we can bring learning to
people and integrate it into their lives. SPEAKER 7: As app
developers, we’re not there to somehow take the time. We have to somehow
deliver that value. SPEAKER 8: But at
the end of the day, you still want to ensure
that you’re providing value to your users with your app,
whatever your app may be, and that your app and
monetization design complement that motivator. SPEAKER 9: So instead of
focusing on the actions and trying to narrow that
gap between intention about what you want
to be and action about what you can do about it. SPEAKER 3: So if we listen
to those super-engaged users in our forums, the
more passive members will benefit and want
to keep coming back. SPEAKER 2: The
only reason you do any behavior is for one
reason and one reason only– to feel something different. So the solution
to that discomfort is found with whatever solution
we’re building for our users. [MUSIC PLAYING]

Marks of Real Church Growth (Selected Scriptures)


Well, it’s been a few weeks ago that we started
a little series on how to recognize a real church, a true church. In all honesty, there are a lot of places
that call themselves churches that really don’t deserve the name. There is a long list of locations called churches
where, I guess you could say, the tares assemble, not the wheat. Maybe there are a few of weak wheat stalks
mingled in, but it’s essentially a meeting together of the tares. Some of them are fairly successful and the
successful assembly of the tares will eagerly market their skill in tare development. It can be very seductive to those who are
motivated to see the church grow. And if you want to build one of those assemblies
of tares, and see it develop, you could be a successful tare pastor by imbibing all of
the strategies of the tare development folks. However, if on the other hand you want to
lead the true church of Jesus Christ, then the strategies are very, very different, very
different. You will remember when we started this little
series that we began in Matthew chapter 16 and verse 18 where Jesus said, “I will build
My church,” “I will build My church,” and we talked about many of the features of Christ
and His church, something of the headship of Christ, and something of the nature of
the church. But the question that I want to address tonight
is how does Christ build His church? By what means does Christ build His church? Now we know that God has determined to use
human means to accomplish His ends. He pours the preaching of the gospel through
humans, we are given the responsibility to preach the gospel to the ends of the earth,
and He makes us the living illustrations of the power of the gospel. And by letting our light so shine before men
that they may see our good works and glorify our Father who is in heaven, so we not only
are responsible to communicate the message, but to be living illustrations of its power
to transform. God does all of His missions in this world
through human means. Yes, we are served by divine power and aided
in invisible ways by the angels who were sent as ministering spirits, but God has determined
that He will do His kingdom work through human means. And so the question is, By what means does
God employ people to build His church? And I will honestly confess that I have never
met a faithful, diligent, passionate pastor or church leader who didn’t want to see the
church grow. Obviously we want that. We want the church to grow. We want people to be converted. We want saints to be built up and made strong. We desire that. That’s a very normal desire. In fact, that kind of desire can drive people
into the wrong categories. It can drive people to buy into some of the
tare development strategies and abandon the things that they ought to be doing, to see
the church grow legitimately. I just remind you of the words of Jesus, “I
will build My church.” That’s not in doubt. His church has already been identified in
eternity past. Their names have all been written down in
the Lamb’s Book of Life. They are all identified, and in John 6 it
tells us that the Father will give those to the Son, the Son will receive them, keep them
and raise them in the end. He will build His church. No one will fall through the cracks; no one
will be left out. We also talked in our opening message about
the fact that there are people who say the church has failed. Well, what do you mean by the fact that the
church has failed? You mean that God has failed to redeem His
elect? Or do you mean that God has failed to provide
a redemption that’s adequate for His elect? Or do you mean somehow those whom God chose
and named and for whom Christ died have not been able to be gathered in because of some
human failure? I really don’t think you mean any of that
if you say the church has failed, because there’s only one way the church could fail
and that would be to fail to be obedient to the pattern that God has established. And if that’s the case at a given church,
well, God will find some others to do His work to gather in His people. Another way to look at it–that the end has
already been determined. Those who would be saved were known to God
before anyone ever existed. And their names were written down. They’re the elect. What God purposed to do, He will do. So He will build His church. He will gather in His people. And again, that begs the question, How does
He do it and by what means does He do it so that we can be used by Him in the doing of
it? And if He does have a means by which He does
it, has He revealed it to us? Well, the good news is He does have means
by which He builds His church and He has revealed them to us; and the answer to those questions
is, They’re not vague. It’s not an obscure answer. It’s not debatable. It’s not complicated. It’s not even difficult. With all of the conferences and conclaves
and strategies and books and seminars on quote/unquote church growth, you would assume that somehow
this is a mystery that was left out of Scripture and we don’t have enough information and so
all kinds of things have to be developed from a human perspective to build the church. Nothing could be further from the truth, and
yet there are pastors and church leaders and groups of people all over the place who chase
every church- growth strategy, every church-growth fad offered by every clever entrepreneur and
marketer, reading every imaginable survey, every analysis of cultural perceptions, trying
to do everything they can by every device to increase the number of people in their
building. So it really is time to make a choice. You can try the world’s strategies and collect
tares, or you can follow the divine means revealed in Scripture and gather wheat according
to God’s plan. Now I guess the truth about what I’m going
to tell you is this is nothing new, this is basic. And it’s pretty much a pattern found in one
important book in the New Testament, that’s the book of Acts. So turn to the book of Acts. This is very, very obvious, and yet it can
be so easily overlooked. The book of Acts is given to us by the Holy
Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who gives life, who
regenerates, who gives life to the church. And the Holy Spirit has given us the book
of Acts, not just as history for the sake of history, but history for the sake of instruction;
history to establish a pattern, an example, a practical reality. This is not theory. This is neither just history nor is it some
kind of theory, this is a practical illustration of how the Lord builds His church and nothing
has changed. We can really pick up the story in the first
couple of chapters. It doesn’t take long before everything becomes
clear. But the church begins to be built, and that
is defined in chapter 2, verse 39 as the Lord begins to gather His children, as many as
the Lord our God will call to Himself. Now remember, the process of building a church
is the Lord calling the elect to Himself. So the church grows as the Lord gathers His
children–first among the Jews referred to in verse 39 as “you and your children,” and
then the Gentiles, “all who are far off as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” That’s how the Lord builds the church. He gathers His own elect. That’s redemptive history. Now the book of Acts shows how this begins
in the case of the church. In chapter 1, verse 12, the followers of Jesus
return to Jerusalem on the mount called Olivet, near Jerusalem, the Sabbath day is a journey
away. They entered into the city, went to the upper
room where they were staying, that is Peter and John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas,
Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon the zealot, and Judas, not
Iscariot, but Judas the son of James. And they are all there with one mind continually
devoting themselves to prayer along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus and with
His brothers. At this time Peter stood up in the midst of
the brethren, the gathering of about 120 persons was there together. So as the book of Acts begins in Jerusalem,
they’re about 120 followers. We know there are another 500 who saw the
resurrected Christ in Galilee, but here in Jerusalem, the church is launched. And this would be the first church, the Jerusalem
church of 120 people. You come to chapter 2 and verse 41 and you
begin to see the explosive growth of the church. On the Day of Pentecost there were added about
three thousand souls. Oh in one chapter the church has gone from
120 to three thousand. You come down to verse 47 of chapter 2 and
God is adding to their number day by day those who were being saved. So three thousand on one day, the day of Pentecost
under the great preaching of Peter, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and then day by day, by
day, by day; it’s an imperfect tense meaning just that, “day by day, by day, by day.” And then you come to chapter 4 and you read
in verse 4, “Many of those who had heard the message”…This would be Peter’s second sermon;
there is an amazing response…”they believed and the number of men came to be about five
thousand.” They start out with a hundred and twenty,
then you have three thousand, then people being added day by day by day by day, and
being saved. And then again, there are five thousand men
plus women. What is the number? Is it twenty thousand in a matter of days,
a few weeks? And by the way, the statement regarding five
thousand in chapter 4 and verse 4 is the last , next to the last, I should say, identification
of people in numbers. It is the last indication of numbers. And the reason I hedge a little bit, if you
look at chapter 5, verse 14, all the more believers in the Lord–multitudes of men and
women were constantly added to their number. So, technically speaking, 4:4 is the last
time a specific number is mentioned. And yet there are more numbers being added,
they’re coming too fast to count. So the last official number is 4:4, and then
it’s just a matter of more and more without numbers. You come into chapter 6 and verse 7, “The
Word of God kept on spreading, the number”–again they use the word “number” without a number–“and
the number continues to increase greatly in Jerusalem and a great many of the priests
were becoming obedient to the faith.” This is a fast, explosive growth in days and
weeks. You come in to chapter 9, just for some further
illustrations, in verse 31, the church now grows throughout not only Jerusalem, but starts
to spread into Judea and now it grows into Galilee where it started with five hundred
who were gathered there. And then it goes into Samaria, and they’re
enjoying peace, “being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and the comfort
of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase”–again growing fast and furious. Chapter 12, verse 24, “The Word of the Lord
continued to grow and to be multiplied.” Chapter 16, verse 5, “So the churches were
being strengthened in the faith and were increasing in number daily.” And now we’ve jumped outside of Israel, we’ve
left Jerusalem, we’ve gone into Galilee and Samaria and now we’re in to the Gentile world,
we jump into the Gentile world with the end of the ministry of Peter, and the beginning
of the ministry of Paul in chapter 13, so in 16 the church has gone into the Gentile
world and it continues to grow. In chapter 17 and verse 12, the church is
continuing to grow; many of them believe in Berea, along with a number of prominent Greek
women and men. Chapter 19 and verse 20, we read again the
same kind of pattern, “The Word of the Lord was growing mightily and prevailing.” And if you want just to jump to the end of
the book of Acts, the final verse: chapter 28, verse 31, the apostle Paul has been preaching
the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness unhindered–that’s
how the book of Acts ends. The church is just exploding in the world. Now that’s the story of the book of Acts. It’s the story of the growth of the church. It starts with 120 and it reaches incalculable
numbers very soon and all they can say is more and more and more and more and more increase. That’s the story. Now let’s go back and see what were the marks
of that growth. What were the elements or the features? Why was it that the church grew so rapidly? Let me give you point number one, a very important
point. The church proclaimed a transcendent message,
the church proclaimed a transcendent message. Now remember this, the church starts in the
heart of Judaism in the city of Jerusalem, a very confined, defined religious environment. It spreads outside of Jerusalem where everything
was most intensely connected to Jewish religion into Judea where maybe things were a little
more lightly held. And then in to Galilee, and then it jumps
into the Gentile world and everywhere the gospel goes, it meets a new culture. And as soon as it gets out of Israel, it starts
meeting new history, new tradition, new religion. There’s religion everywhere. In fact, it’s not the kind of religion that
we know in the world today where one religion dominates the world, or one or two dominate
the world–Christianity or Islam or Hinduism. It’s not that kind of world. It’s not a world with a few religions. It’s a world where there are multiplicity
of gods, multiplicity of forms of worship–tribal stories, histories, cultures are defined by
families and tribes and towns and cities and countries that are very, very different. It’s not a global village. It’s not a world that has been sort of commonly
normalized by media. There is no media. People live in their own little worlds with
their own families, their own small tribes and people groups, and have all their own
convictions and all their own beliefs. And yet, here goes this message, the preaching
of the cross, and it transcends all these cultures. There’s so much talk today in the realm of
church growth about contextualization that you’ve got to figure out everything that is
inimitable to a given group of people, not only their religious background, not only
their sort of cultural acuity, not only their sensibilities in life, but all the nuances
of their style and their wardrobe and their pop music and their cultural adaptations. And once you’ve sort of analyzed all of that
and figured all of that out, then you can kind of find a pathway in, but short of that
you’ve got no hope. Now that would be…that would be sort of
the first talk that you would hear at a contextualization conference. There’s no sense in going into the world with
the simple biblical gospel. You’ve got to find the points of connection
or you can’t plug into the socket and start the power flowing. Nothing could be more alien to the truth about
what happened in the book of Acts. Gospel is gospel; the story is the same and
it’s a hard sell. You’ve got this: a man who was a Jew, by the
name of Jesus, was God in human flesh and the only Savior. And oh, by the way, the Jews rejected Him,
had the Romans execute Him, so His own people didn’t receive Him. But by the way, this Jew rejected by His own
people who claimed to be God, crucified by the Romans, is God, is the only Savior, and
you have to repent of your sins and believe in Him or you’re going to hell forever, no
matter what else you believe. That was the sell that the early evangelists
had to make. And for the Jews, that whole idea was offensive;
it was a stumbling block, and to the Gentiles it was…What?…foolishness (1 Corinthians
1 and 2). And yet, they’re saddled with the responsibility
to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature, that’s a great commission
in Matthew, or if you want, the great commission in Acts 1:8–you’ll receive power from the
Holy Spirit and you’ll be witnesses of Me in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the uttermost
part of the world, and this is the message. You’re going to go and you’re going to preach
Christ. And that’s what Peter did in Israel, and that’s
what Paul did everywhere he went on his missionary journeys. There was one message, one simple gospel message. It all started in Acts 2:41. Peter preached the gospel, which was offensive
to the Jews, but they received the Word that day and were baptized and numbered three thousand
souls. And then they were baptized. And the message never changes in the book
of Acts. Everywhere the preachers go they preach Christ
crucified, buried and risen from the dead. Oh, by the way, that crucified Jew rejected
by His people is a lie. He came out of the grave and He is the only
hope, He is the only Savior. Was the message received? I just gave you the history. Starting in chapter 2, on Pentecost, to the
end, chapter 28, verse 31, you heard me say that the Word was preached and the church
was growing and they ran out of usable numbers–explosive growth for a message that is unacceptable
to the Jews, detestable to the Gentiles. Paul says it’s a stumbling block, it’s foolishness,
he says, “And still I came and preached Christ and Him crucified.” “I didn’t come in human wisdom,” that is such
an important portion of Scripture, 1 Corinthians chapter 2, where Paul makes that confession:
“I was determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, fear, much trembling. My message, my peaching were not in persuasive
words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power. Your faith needed to rest not in the wisdom
of man, but in the power of God. God knows who He will save. God will call whom He will through the preaching
of the gospel by the power of the Holy Spirit–that’s all they need to know. The modern cry today for this contextualization
really is a curse. The apostles and the prophets, the early preachers
of the early church, took their transcendent message from Jerusalem to Rome, from the biblically
literate, to the biblically illiterate, from slaves to slave owners. From people who couldn’t read and write to
people who wrote books and gave lectures. From the bond to the free, from the male to
the female, the Jew to the Greek. They crossed hard national, social, cultural
lines and the message never changed, never changed. It was always the same message, the Word of
the Lord concerning Christ, the gospel. And by the way, once the gospel was preached
and then letters were sent to the churches that were established in the Gentile world,
as well as in the Jewish world, the letters written adapted not at all to cultural expectations. In fact, the letters of the apostle Paul to
the churches of the New Testament, the letters of Peter, the letters of John, James and Jude,
are as relevant to you today two thousand years later in America as they were to the
people who read them when they were first written. That’s the transcendent nature of the message. This idea that you have to somehow contextualize
the gospel for every zip code is shameful. The message of Christ’s church is transcendent. The letters that Paul wrote were sent to baby
Christians. You say Romans is hard for you and you’ve
been a Christian a long time? How about if you were a Gentile with no knowledge
at all of the Old Testament? None. And yet the assumption was that these baby
Christians were getting something they could understand and apply. The message of Christ’s church is a transcendent
message. Today it goes to the ends of the earth. I never cease to be amazed about that. From time to time I tell you that. This pulpit at Grace Community Church right
now, even as I speak, is being heard across this planet. We don’t do anything to change our style. The message is the same. I ask these preachers all the time when I
speak to them, “Can your message go to any person? Can it go to every person? Can it go outside your zip code, outside your
town, outside your state, outside your country? Can your message go anywhere in the world? If it can’t, then you need to take something
out of it and put something in to make sure that it can. Does your message ignore all that is trendy,
all that is faddish, all that is pop culture? Does your message just bring heaven down in
its full beauty and truth? Can you take your sermons anywhere in the
world and preach them? Or should there be a warning label on your
CDs, ‘This message self-destructs five miles from where it was given? Or within three months after it was given?'” That’s so basic. You know, that’s one of the things that has
defined the ministry of this church. We understand the transcendent power of the
message of the gospel to cross the world. That’s why our congregation looks the way
it does. The world is here on Sunday morning, the world
is here. The only context you need is a biblical context. Now there’s a second element in the growth
of the early church. The first was a transcendent message. The second is a regenerate congregation, a
regenerate congregation. Is it too obvious to say that the church is
an assembly of wheat, not tares? I say that and you say, “Well of course.” But you don’t understand. There is a lot of…a lot of tare collecting
going on. What do I mean by that? I mean people who purposely are trying to
gather non-believers together by giving them something that they want and then calling
it a church. That’s not a church. It’s an assembly of non-believers being given
what non-believers want. That’s not a church. To call an assembly of non-believers a church
is preposterous because the church is made up of believers. “I will build My church….The Lord adds to
the church daily those who are being saved.” If you’re not saved, you’re not part of the
church. I was reading this week about one of these
contemporary contextualized churches that is designed to make unbelievers happy. And they were talking about how comfortable
homosexuals feel in that environment. I don’t think homosexuals would feel comfortable
in the true church, in the assembly of the redeemed, until they came to Christ–then
they’d be fully embraced and loved. There’s a serious defect in a so-called ministry
content to be proud of its ability to make unbelievers feel comfortable. An unbeliever should feel alien, outside looking
in and I hope attracted to the beauty of the transformation that that unbeliever sees in
the lives of the people who make up the true church. I’m grateful when unbelievers come because
I want them to hear the truth and I want them to see the church, but they’re not the church. Modern evangelicalism seems to exhaust itself,
to wear itself out with every imaginable and unimaginable means to attract and to collect
non-Christians into a building and then call it a church. Go back to Acts 2 for a moment, and let’s
see how this unfolds in the book of Acts. Let’s…let’s meet the church. Three thousand saved in verse 41, and then
in verse 42 they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ doctrine, the
apostles’ teaching, to fellowship, the breaking of bread, that’s the Lord’s table, and prayer. Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe. Many wonders and signs were taking place through
the apostles. All those who had believed were together,
had all things in common. In other words, they held lightly to their
possessions and their money, and they gave it away to somebody who needed it. They began even selling their property and
possessions and sharing with all as anyone might have need. And day by day with one mind in the Temple,
breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness,
sincerity of heart, praising God, having favor with all the people, and the Lord is adding
to their number day by day those who were being saved. That’s a church. It’s a group of people who come together for
the purpose of hearing biblical truth, the apostles’ doctrine, fellowshiping, sharing
common life, coming to the Lord’s Table, celebrating the cross, praying, worshiping, sacrificing
for one another, praising God. That’s a church. One mind, one heart, one soul. We see the same kind of thing in chapter 4
and verse 31, they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. They began to speak the Word of God with boldness
and a congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul, not one of them claimed
that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them. In other words, it isn’t that they did a communist
thing where they threw everything in a pot and divided it up equally, that would be communism,
socialism, or Marxism. But what they simply said was that when they
had something and knew somebody had a need, they sold it and took the money and gave to
meet the need. Generosity–this is a church. Church is an assembly of regenerate believers. And you can see the manifestation of their
regeneration in this: they love the Bible, they love sound doctrine, they love fellowship,
they love to celebrate the cross around the Lord’s Table. They love prayer. They love communion of the saints–the one
heart, one soul, one mind, holding one…everything in one common hand, as it were; and the Lord
is adding to the church daily those that are being saved. That’s a church. It’s an assembly of regenerate believers,
totally devoted to Christ, joyfully, sacrificially true worshipers gathered for spiritual purposes
and the Lord adds daily those He is saving. That’s a church. I’m glad when a non-believer comes and sees
that, and I hope he has the experience of 1 Corinthians 14, falls on his face and says,
“God is in this place.” I’ve told you before that the church is really
the earthly expression of the disciples’ prayer, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth
as it is in heaven.” Where’s that going to happen? Where’s heaven going to come down? Where’s the kingdom coming to earth? Where’s God’s will on earth being done as
it is in heaven? In the church. This is a taste of heaven. The idea is not to make the church as much
like the world as you can, but to make it as much like heaven as you can, and heaven
is where God is honored, Christ is exalted, and people are there who love Him and worship
Him. That’s a church. It’s really a spiritual crime to invent some
kind of thing that makes non-believers feel comfortable and call it a church. We have to give an account to God who have
been called to shepherd the church. You say, “Well, what about evangelism? The church gathers to worship and be the church,
the church scatters to evangelize. There’s a third element that we see in the
growing church in the book of Acts, and I guess you could say a transcendent message,
a regenerate congregation, and a valiant perseverance, a valiant perseverance. The church while wanting to reach the world
doesn’t seek to be popular with the world. There’s always this tension in a true church. Go back to chapter 2 again, and verse 46. They were day-to-day continuing with one mind
in the Temple, breaking bread, taking their meals, gladness, sincerity of heart, praising
God, and then this in verse 47, “Having favor with all the people.” People were seeing their transformed lives. They’ve never seen anything like this. Such love, such joy, such peace, such fellowship,
such generosity, such kindness that they were in awe. In chapter 3 we see something of the same
thing. You remember Peter heals the lame man and
the lame man with a leap, verse 8, stood upright and began to walk and entered the Temple with
them, with Peter and other believers, walking and leaping and praising God. That must have been interesting. And all the people saw him walking and praising
God and they were all taking note of him as being the one who used to sit at the Beautiful
Gate of the Temple to beg alms, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had
happened to him. That’s the right thing. The world should look at us and the world
should be stunned with the integrity of our lives, with the manifest love and joy and
praise. There should be a wonder and an amazement
at the life of the church, at the character of the church, the transformation of the people
who make up the church. We see it again in chapter 5 and verse 13,
the apostles did many signs and wonders, and all the church was gathered in Solomon’s portico,
which is in the Temple area. And verse 13, “None of the rest dared to associate
with them; however, the people held them in high esteem.” They were alien but the people had this high
regard for them. You know, 1 Timothy 3:7 says, “If you’re going
to be a leader in the church, you have to have a good reputation with those who are
outside.” Well what does this mean? That they see the evidence of the gospel having
transformed our lives. Where’s all this joy, peace, love, generosity,
sacrifice, contentment? Where’s this coming from? So that on the one hand; but there’s also
going to be a necessity for a valiant perseverance on the part of the church, because while they
are stunned by our transformed lives, they reject our doctrine, they reject our message. That we find all the way through the book
of Acts. And I don’t need to take you through the whole
account, but you know it doesn’t take long until Peter is arrested; it doesn’t take long
until James is executed. It doesn’t take long until persecution breaks
out led by a man named Saul, who’s breathing out threatening and slaughter against the
church, who gets papers and starts chasing Christians to capture, imprison, and execute
them. And as Paul then is converted on the Damascus
Road and then begins his missionary journeys; everywhere he goes he runs into plots by the
Jews and the Gentiles to kill him. So this is how the world views us. On the one hand, they should be in awe of
the integrity of our lives. They should be in awe of the joy and peace
and comfort and hope and love that marks us. It is that love above all, isn’t it, because
that’s how men know that we belong to Christ (John 13:35). The world is impressed by the integrity and
the character of the individual believer and the believers collectively. But on the other hand, hates the narrow, condemning
message of the gospel. Sinners hate to be called sinners. Sinners hate to be threatened with eternal
punishment. Sinners hate to be told that their works are
useless, that the only way of salvation is through faith in Jesus Christ. So the church has to understand that, and
that’s what feeds this valiant perseverance. As soon as the church becomes worried about
the way the world looks at our theology, it changes the theology. And I’m telling you, that is the history of
the church. I will just tell you from the academic standpoint,
all the Ivy League schools in America were founded to train preachers and they were founded
on the truth of the Word of God. And it didn’t take very long before all of
them abandoned that and became very early in American history bastions of anti-biblical
ideas. Why? Because they caved in to the expectations
of the world of academia. As soon as the church decides that it can’t
offend the world with its theology, then it compromises. We have to live in that valiant perseverance
of a tension between them, remarkably impressed by the character of our lives and deeply resenting
what we preach and what we teach. In a measure, they may be impressed by us,
but they may throw us in jail for our message. I think this is coming in our own country. I was telling the students at the Master’s
College that the process is pretty simple. First you have a government, a nation, a society,
a culture that rejects the Bible. The next step is if you reject the Bible,
you have no foundation for morality so you come up with a new morality which is to turn
the old morality on its head. So you reverse everything. That’s the second step. Evil is good and good is evil. Fornication, adultery, homosexuality, homosexual
marriage, abortion, whatever it is, that’s acceptable in the new morality. Once you’ve rejected the Bible, you turn morality
upside down. The third step is you cry for tolerance–tolerance,
tolerance, tolerance. The next step is, the people who won’t give
tolerance are not tolerated, so it turns to intolerance. And the fifth step is persecution. That’s where it’s going and it’s going pretty
fast. I think we’ve worked through the rejection
of the Bible; we’ve worked through the reversal of morality. We’re working past tolerance toward intolerance. And following the intolerance, for those of
us who will not cave into this, is going to come the persecution. That’s going to put the pressure on the church
and the true church will be faithful to its message no matter the price. And that’s what we see in the book of Acts. Does that empty the church? No, it doesn’t empty the church. It builds the church. Pick it up in chapter 4, “As they were speaking
to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came
up to them being greatly disturbed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming
in Jesus the resurrection from the dead, and they laid hands on them and put them in jail
until the next day for it was already evening,” verse 4, “but many of those who heard the
message, believed and the number of men came to be about five thousand.” Persecution doesn’t stop the church. It doesn’t stop the church. Herod’s persecution or the persecution of
the Jewish leaders can’t stop the church, nothing can stop the church because Christ
said, “I will build My church.” Go to chapter 12. Herod, of course, launched persecution in
chapter 12, verse 1; laid hands on some who belonged to the church in order to mistreat
them. He had James, the brother of John, put to
death with a sword. Murders James. Puts Peter in prison, that’s in the next section
of the chapter. Down in verse 20 he’s very angry with the
people of Tyre and Sidon. Verse 21, he decides to elevate himself on
an appointed day, “Herod put on his royal apparel, took his seat on the rostrum, began
delivering an address to them. People kept crying out, ‘The voice of a god
and not of a man.'” That’s what he wanted, it was Herod Day and
he was going to make the most of it. “And immediately an angel of the Lord struck
him because he didn’t give the God the glory; he was eaten by worms and died. Kind of a tough ending to his big day. What’s going on in chapter 12? Christians are being imprisoned. James, brother of John, executed with a sword. Peter thrown in prison. Verse 24, what does it say? “But the word of the Lord”…What?…”continued
to grow and to be multiplied.” The gates of hell cannot prevail against it. The power of God demonstrated in that early
church is in the face of persecution and execution, persecution and execution. So here we are, living in this tension as
believers in the world, respected as individuals, respected personally and yet our message is
resented. Our message is hated by the world, and while
they may respect us, they will persecute us because they hate our message more than they
respect our person. So what marks a growing church is a valiant
perseverance. I think we’ve lived that out here at our own
church. We’ve…we’ve put our lives by the transforming
power of the grace of God on display for the world to see and they’ve seen it. And I think they see the remarkable work of
the Holy Spirit in the lives of true believers in our church through the years. But at the same time, there is a resistance
and an animosity toward the message. That’s how it has to be. But you can’t compromise the message to put
an end to the animosity of it. That’s to abandon your calling. And if you lose the message, then you’re not
useful to the Lord at all in building His church. Let me give you one more. I could go on and on and on. That’s what preachers always say when they’ve
just run out of material. But I actually could. There’s another element. Let’s just say a transcendent message, a regenerate
congregation, a valiant perseverance, and let’s talk about an evident purity, an evident
purity. Chapter 5, you know the story of chapter 5,
don’t you? Ananias and Sapphira–two professing Christians
but phony. Sold a piece of property, made a promise they
were going to give it all to the Lord, made that public, told everybody, lied. Kept back some of the price with his wife’s
full knowledge; they were complicit in it. Brought a portion of it, laid it at the apostle’s
feet, went up front in a big demonstration–“We’re giving everything from the sale.” Remember earlier we read that people had property;
they were selling it so they could meet the needs. Remember now, the Jerusalem church is made
up of people who lived in Jerusalem and other people who just came for the Passover and
were converted. Why would they go home? There’s no church. There’s only one church in the world. So they stayed in Jerusalem and they lived
with people. And they made the best of life as strangers
in Jerusalem. They had to be cared for. Their needs had to be met. That’s why people were selling things, to
meet their needs. So these two want to get on the bandwagon
and they come up and they lay this supposed full price at the apostle’s feet and Peter
says, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, keep back
some of the price of the land?” While it remained unsold, didn’t it remain
on your own? You didn’t have to sell it. After it was sold, wasn’t it under your control? You didn’t even have to say you were going
to give it all. Why did you conceive this deed in your heart? Why did you lie? You haven’t lied to men but to God. And as he heard these words, Ananias fell
down and breathed his last and great fear came over all who heard of it. “Did you hear what happened at the church
the other day? This guy dropped dead at the offering.” What?! Yes, and that’s not the rest; the rest of
the story is even worse. There elapsed an interval of three hours,
which gives you an idea of how long their services were. And his wife came in, that’s how it should
be, not knowing what had happened, and Peter responded to her, “Tell me whether you sold
the land for such-and-such a price?” “Oh, yeah, that was the price.” And now she lied. Peter said to her, “Why is it that you have
agreed together to put the Spirit of the Lord to the test? Behold the feet of those who have buried your
husband are at the door.” They literally took the guy out three hours
earlier, buried him and were coming back when his wife showed up. Immediately she fell at his feet and breathed
her last. And the young man came in and found her dead
and probably said, “Oh no, not again,” and carried her out and dug another hole and buried
her beside her husband. Great fear came over the whole church. Fear of what? What were they afraid of? God’s holiness, right? God’s discipline. God’s hatred of sin. They say that will scare people away from
the church; people die there. People die in that church, you don’t want
to go there. And that’s verse 13. “None of the rest dared to associate with
them.” That was the end of the strategy to bring
in the neighbors. However, the people held them in high esteem. That’s what I told you, right? They respected their character, didn’t want
to go anywhere near that place. However, how wonderful, verse 14, “And all
the more believers in the Lord, multitudes of men and women were constantly added to
their number.” What? The church grows when the church is pure. The church grows when the church is pure. That’s why Matthew 18 tells us to go to one
who sins and confront and go back with two or three witnesses and tell the church and
follow up. The Lord desires the holiness of His church. You’d think that this is the plan to stop
church growth, kill people in the service. And then scare the town. Just the opposite. Godliness is the church growing, flourishing–the
transcendent message, regenerate congregation, valiant perseverance, and a very evident purity. You know, I’ve known these things for a long,
long, long, long time. I have not tried to serve as a pastor here
through these years on my own or trying to figure out strategies. I’ve simply tried to follow the pattern of
the book of Acts and to recognize these very simple realities, simple only in the sense
that they’re simple to articulate, simple to express. But they are the profound means that God uses
to grow a church, and He has done it, He has done it. And in reality, you know, there is the church
that is…well, there’s Grace Church on Sunday night, the super-elect. There’s Grace Church on Sunday morning. There’s Grace Church on live stream, online. There’s Grace Church by CDs, by downloads. There’s Grace Church influence going through
our missionaries and all the men that come out of the Master’s Seminary and college and
serve the Lord all over the world. And, you know, I think in many ways the Lord
has blessed us so profoundly to be useful as He builds His church. And it’s not because we have some strategy. When four thousand pastors come here to Shepherds’
Conference, I know there are some of them every time who are looking for some trick. How do you get this many people to come, say
on a Sunday morning? How did you pull this off? And they’re poking around trying to find the
magic, and there isn’t any. The Lord builds His church by His means. And we’ve tried to be faithful to those means
so that He will let us participate for His glory and our own joy. Our Father, we come to You again at the end
of this day with grateful hearts for all that You have done through the years here at this
church since its beginning. So remarkable that You brought it into existence,
and You have kept Your hand on it for over half a century. And You have found this beloved, blessed congregation
of people useful to You because they’ve been faithful to the means by which You build Your
church. We feel in a very real sense like we’re sort
of reliving the book of Acts. And that’s how it should be and that’s how
it is for many other faithful churches around the world and has been so through the centuries
since the church was established on that Pentecost. Thank You, Lord, for using us. You didn’t have to. Thank You for doing that. And then promising that You will give us the
joy of rewarding us forever in Your presence–we are grateful. We want to be a true church. We want to be part of the church that You
build, all for Your honor and Your glory. Thank You for that privilege and that blessing. Amen.

Inside Roblox | What’s It Like to Work at Roblox?


The biggest opportunity we have now is to create something that the world hasn’t seen… There’s this future where all humans will be able to play and socialize together – and be in these interactive, immersive environments, and we’re working as hard as we can to make that a reality. Platforms like Roblox allow people to do things together – and doing things together is an incredible way to make friends. It’s a way for people to connect deeply and learn about each other. It’s really the vision of connecting everyone around the world. Anyone could go out and paint. Anyone can go out and record a video on the web. And why can’t games be like that, right? That’s our vision. To enable that for everyone. The attitude of ROBLOX is really one around cutting the bloat out of the gaming industry. You don’t need a 100 million dollar studio to build a truly fantastic immersive 3D experience for a user. Just because somebody hasn’t done it before doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Just because it’s hard doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do it. That’s really baked into our culture. When my brother and I were 14-years-old, we started playing on Roblox. When we were 16, we were making our own games. Now we both work at Roblox, helping to improve things for players and developers around the world. What I love about working here is having a positive impact on players and developers just like I was. If you’re a self starter, you will succeed here, and you will be able to solve the problems that you’re most interested in, and you will get that time allocated to you. It feels great to be listened to and to be able to affect change from the bottom-up instead of the top-down. We are growing super fast, but we are very profitable. And that’s a truly privileged place to be, especially in Silicon Valley. Unlike the rest of the gaming industry, we don’t have crunch time We don’t have content deadlines, we’re not content deadline driven. It’s definitely more important to get something out right, than to get it out quickly. We want to make sure that we’re putting our best product out there. We work really hard. We also go home, we also have dinner with our families. It’s just super unique in the rest of the tech industry and the rest of the gaming industry especially. There is still tremendous headroom for this company. I get to say, “Hey, come join this incredible ride where we’ve already done a huge amount of incredible stuff, but the opportunity in front of us is still just as big as at that early stage startup.” I think Roblox is so unique in that we can be passion first and that we are trying to build for engagement. And I think this is really one of the biggest things for me, that I align with this company morally, knowing that we truly build for immersive experiences and not for just our wallets is something so unique and incredible. And being a part of that, it gives me hope and passion for the entire gaming industry.

Installing ManyChat Growth Tools On Your Website


Hey friends! This is Dan at ManyChat. I’m
here to introduce you to this focaccia bread which looks delicious! You know what else
is delicious? Getting Messenger subscribers, and as it turns out we have a tool that makes
this really easy. We have all these overlays, and this bar overlay, and a couple of other
growth tools which are really powerful. And if you don’t have these installed yet, this
is the video for you. So, I’ve set up a bar overlay already here just to test on my own
site. And this is, again, you just click on growth tools on the left side of your dashboard
here and it will expose all of these different types of growth tools. To create a new one.
It’s really simple. You just click click new growth tool and here are all the different
types. Right now, don’t worry about all these different types, just we’re going to focus
on this one test that I have set up for you. The point of this video is to get you comfortable
with setting up growth tools on your website. My only goal is to get you to get these on
your website. The reason why this is important is because our growth tools magically convert
traffic into subscribers, and that’s what these things are for. So, whether you have
a website that gets traffic, or you have a Facebook page that gets traffic, or you have
Facebook ads where you can buy traffic, these widgets, these growth tools are going to help
you grow your subscriber base. And this is actually one of the most important parts of
Messenger marketing as having people to market to. So, let’s go check out this one growth
tool that I have set up already. Check this out, it’s a bar overlay and I’m sure you’ve
seen this around the internet before. It pops over at the top of your website. And I’ve
already set this up for my own use case. So, I have expertise in B2B software as-a-service,
and one of the biggest things that plagues software-as-a-service companies is churn.
So, I have this offer at the top of my website that says, ‘Hey, do you have some questions
about how to cut your churn in half?’ And what what I give my subscribers an option
to do or people who hit my website, is send me a question. And I’m going to show you how
to set this up on your website. So, this is the initial state. This is where you set up
all of your your basic parameters. So, when should this display? Well, I haven’t set to
set to display or a pop-up as soon as 30 percent of the web page has been scrolled. Also, I
show this to the same user over and over again, but you can show it to them only once, you
can show it to them and delay it so that it shows only after three more hours of passed.
In other words, we have we give you a ton of flexibility about how to show this to people.
Also, if somebody manually closes it the next time that they load the page, when is the
next time that you want them to see this? Really useful, really flexible tools here.
So, to edit this is really simple. To edit the headline, you just click into the box
here. It’s a visual editor, and then if you want to edit the call-to-action button you
have to make sure you’re using the checkbox plug-in. So, it’s the button type with checkbox.
If you just use the send to Messenger plug, and this is what it looks like, and that’s
pretty cool too. But I like I like the cop I like being able to adjust the copy on this
button, and this actually bypasses. If somebody clicks on this on your website this actually
bypasses the welcome message, and goes straight to the campaign that you want to send them
to. So, that’s another hack here, is using the bar overlay with the checkbox plugin sends
them right to the campaign. So, let’s go to the submitted state. So, after they click
the button this is again this is somebody this is somebody who is in your traffic. Somebody
who’s hitting your website, for example. As soon as they click that button this is what
they’re going to see. And again, you can customize this too. For this case because, I’m asking
them to send me a question. The next step that I want them to take is to open Messenger,
and again I’ve tailored this button copy which I just click right in here to edit to tell
them to open Messenger. If they click this button, this will actually open Messenger.
Com on their browser. And again, you can also put in a redirect if you wanted to so that
when somebody clicks that initial button, that call-to-action, it could redirect to
any URL. So, if you want to track conversions using your own tools that’s another way to
do it. So, let’s that we just covered the submitted state, which is great, and then
the opt-in actions. So, this is one of the most critical parts of setting up your growth
tool, which is what is going to happen when somebody clicks that button, that call-to-action
button? Well, you want to to Messenger conversation with them. So, this is where you set that
up. So, I’ve already set up a message here and you can just click edit right there. I’m
not going to edit it right now because I don’t want to save. I don’t want to lose any changes,
but this is what it’s going to look like when somebody hits that button. Alright I have
a couple of of these quick replies set up with some actions on those quick replies,
and I’m going to show you live how this is supposed to work. Also, if you want to, this
is one of the most powerful parts of any of these overlays is that you can subscribe people
to sequences as soon as they hit this growth tool. So, this is what it would look like
for your user or for your subscriber. I’m just a person. I hit Dan’s website. I see
this bar overlay at the top of his website with an offer that makes sense to me. I click
the Messenger button in one action. I’m taken now into a Messenger conversation. And you
know, if I interact with that Messenger conversation at all I become a subscriber in ManyChat,
and I get subscribed to this sequence. So, anybody who’s been using Infusionsoft or any
of these kind of marketing automation platforms you already see how powerful this can be.
So, I’m not going to harp on it too much. Let’s go to this setup. A without this part
things just aren’92t going to work. The next thing you want to do after you’ve set up the
opt-in actions and submitted state in the initial state, is head over to this setup
screen. And you want to install the JavaScript snippet, and if there’s one place where I
think people get hung up it’s this. This is not a difficult part of the task if you have
a web designer they will know exactly what to do right away. So, all you have to do is
give them this JavaScript snippet and they’ll don’t know exactly what to do with it. So,
excuse me install JavaScript snippet. Click on that and this is what you want to do. You
want to whitelist any domain that this is going on. So, for this case, it’s going to
be stealth PDX.com ad. And I’m also going to add http stealth PDX.com, and one more
thing, https PDX.com. Now, the reason why I’m using the secure http as well is because
I’m going to show you how to install this JavaScript snippet on Squarespace as well.
Now Squarespace, I think last time I checked comes with an SSL certificate on every domain.
So, what you can do is, what’s going to end up happening, is you’re going to have a secure
connection. And if you don’t specify this https right here in the whitelisting process,
it won’t show up on your site. That’s just a little hack that I wanted to show people.
Install the JavaScript snippet. This is where the magic is happening. So, copy code to clipboard,
and this is where things get a little tricky. Again, if you have a web designer don’t even
watch the next part of this video. Just send your web designer this script and say, ‘Hey,
I need this installed.’ They’re going to know where to install it. But for all of you who
want to attempt to do this on your own, this is how you do it. I’m going to FTP into my
wordpress build right now. I have a live site. I use transmits. I’m on a Mac, and I love
this the company that makes this piece of software. Where you’re going to want to put
this as in your header.php. So, I’ve already found it. If you’re using WordPress you FTP
in your public_HTML, you want to grab the domain name that you set up. You want to go
to wp-content themes, theme that you’re using, and then you want to grab the header php file.
So, that’s because you’re trying to insert this code into the head. So, let’s go ahead
and open with Adam, this is the the text editor that I I like to use. Again, I just copied
and pasted that code that we got from ManyChat, this right here copied. And I’m going to just
install it right here. So, see this closing head tag, I’m going to put a return there
and I’m going to paste in the ManyChat code, just like that. So, as you see, the script
is right here and it’s right before the closing head tag. I’m going to click save on that
a command S on a Mac. I’m going to go back, and it looks like transmitted has accepted
that change. I’m going to go over here and head over to my WordPress install and just
double check inside the theme that this has been changed. So, I’ve got the theme header.php
open inside of WordPress. And there it is, there’s the script. So, as of now I have the
ManyChat script installed in my head, and that’s all that you need. That’s all that
you need to get going with growth tools. It’s actually that simple. The next part is going
to be actually testing it. So, let’s head over back, let’s head back here, and let’s
save this. And I think this is all setup. I don’t think that there’s any reason why
this shouldn’t work right now. Let’s just go to active. Let’s activate this growth tool,
and as of right now, this should show up on every single page of my website because I
haven’t chosen to show it on only certain pages, or exclude it on certain pages. Keep
in mind that you can also hide these on mobile devices. When it comes to the bar overlay,
this thing is amazing. This shows up really well on all devices. This is one of the most
robust growth tools that we have, simply because it spans across all the different devices
and it works really, really well. So, let’s go head over to my website. And I want to
show you and see this thing work in real life, and even better when you’re doing testing.
This is a really little hack that we discovered. When you’re testing your growth tools, test
them inside of an incognito window in Chrome because you’re going to be able to refresh
that page over, and over again, and hopefully the growth will continue to show up because
of the way that our cookies work. So, let’s go over here let’s refresh the page. And alright,
let’s go ahead and scroll about 30% or so, and see if that overlay pops up, and there
it is. Look at that beautiful overlay. It’s just, it looks so nice and it’s pretty responsive
too. Let’s go ahead and click the CTA here, send me a question because I definitely want
to send Dan a question. Do you see that just popped up in Messenger? And let’s just go
home, let’s just open it using the links to show you how it works. Alright, this is awesome.
Let’s take a look at this. So, this is the message that we programmed into the bot to
send when somebody clicks on that call to action. You have these two awesome quick reply
buttons. And what what I did is I actually set this up so that if I click on either of
these, it will tag me with a tag that I’m using for marketing segmentation. We’ll get
into marketing segmentation a little bit later. But if you’re already doing email marketing
and marketing automation, you know what I’m talking about. So, in this case I’m going
to go ahead and say I work at a SAS. Okay, so, and then you could start a conversation
from here. This is how cool it is. It’s almost like having live chat in Messenger on your
web page without having it like, directly on the page. I mean this is as close as you’re
going to get to Messenger live chat until they come out with that feature. So, right
now we’ve just demonstrated the use of the bar overlay and I’ve also just showed you
how to get this installed on a WordPress website, and for all your Squarespace users out there,
I know a lot of people are moving from WordPress to Squarespace. I’m going to show you quickly
how to set up that JavaScript snippet in Squarespace, and that will be it for this one I think.
So, just give me a second to get that set up. Alright, I just opened my Squarespace
dashboard in another window, and I’m back here in the ManyChat dashboard to grab this
installed JavaScript snippet thingy. This is the code that we want to copy into Squarespace
and this is how we do it real quick. Go just go to your dashboard, go here to settings,
go here to advanced, and then I think it’s code injection. And you just drop it right
here in the header. So, this is awesome. How easy this is, you just press save and as long
as your domain is whitelisted in ManyChat using that Process earlier in this video,
you will be able to use all of your many check growth tools on Squarespace as well. Now,
look at this form that we, just like this pattern that we just did. If you have an advanced
theme in WordPress, or you have another you know, another kind of platform that you’re
using for your for your website, look for something that looks like this. You’re going
to look for any kind of advanced settings, or you know anywhere where you’re going to
be able to edit the code of your website. Go to advanced, look for something like code
injection, or header, or you know theme files. Go to that place and it’s probably going to
have something like this in there somewhere, somewhere we can edit the header, or drop
code into the header. And that’s where you want to put ManyChat code so that you can
use those growth tools on your website. Alright, hopefully this has been kind of useful for
you guys, getting started with growth tools. I can’t wait to show you the rest of these
growth tools because the bar overlay widget is just one of many. And once again, growth
tools are designed to turn traffic into subscribers, and subscribers and Messenger are very valuable
if you run a business. Ok look forward to showing you those.

Best Organic Fertilizers that SuperSize Plant Growth in My Vegetable Garden


This is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com,
I have another exciting episode for ya and you know every episode I have is basically
my life gardening lifestyle I mean I live a gardening lifestyle, half my day or more
sometimes or actually out in the garden after I’ve finished with doing the things I have
to do and must do in life because this is my joy, my pleasure, I like to be out in the
garden and get some fresh air and also build some muscles by carting some of these soils
around and whatnot.  So what I’m doing today actually is enriching my raised beds for the
upcoming seasons here and thought I’d share the process with you.  Specifically “Dear
John, do I throw out the soil every season when you’re growing?”  No man, don’t throw
out the soil, the soil is the most important thing you got.  As you can see behind me,
the soil actually dips down so I filled this up to the top and over the season it just
kind of compresses down and earthworms are eating some of the organic matter and it just
compresses down, so I don’t till it up, I don’t like to till, what I do is just add
stuff to the top layer and kind of mix it in just a little bit and try not to disturb
any of the existing soil in there, to destroy the precious beneficial microbes and fungi
and other alive elements in the soil.  So I’m going to be adding new stuff, and another
question I get a lot is “John, what do I add to my soil?”, so whether you’re starting
a new raised bed or filling it up adding to your raised bed you know what I’m going to
show you now is what I use.  You may use some or all of them, some of them I am experimenting
with and some are tried and true and definitely would recommend them.  I will let you know
which ones they are, one by one.  So let’s see, so currently we’ll start off with what
I’ve filled these beds with, some of these beds here are actually derived compost from
Simona compost, it’s primarily the mallard plus compost, it’s mainly made from food scrapes
and yard waste and clippings, everything from everybody in the county.  This is our OMRI
certified for use in industrial production agriculture.
  In addition I have added it some different
points of biodynamic high test compost, which is Demeter, certified or listed also from
Sonoma compost and that makes up probably of 99% of what’s in here.  I’ve also added
things like rock dust, cal powder, and some other things in the past.  What we’re going
to do now is re-enrich for the new growing season.  While yes, there’s still lots of
nutrition in the soil, I want my plants to have everything it needs, it’s like if you
go to a buffet, a shmorgeshborg, you could just, there’s all kinds of food in front of
you man and you get to choose what you want to eat.  I want to give my soil everything
and put everything into my soil so the plants could choose what they want to absorb.  Say
you go to a fast food place and they got 3 options you know you got, I think actually
In and Out burger is like this.  You got a hamburger, a cheeseburger, and French fries. 
I don’t think they sell much else, a coke.  You don’t have too many choices, but imagine
you go to the buffet you have all these different things so I like to just flood my soil with
organic nutrition that’s going to encourage the beneficial microbes and bacteria and fungiis
that are in there, because they are the ones that help break down some of the nutrition
so that the plants could absorb it and let the plants choose.  So that’s what I’m going
to show you guys today, which ones I use.  Let’s start over on this side.  What I like
to do is I like to put all of my different soil medians in little buckets and these are
actually about 1 gallon recycled buckets that I pick up for free.  This actually, I don’t
know what this had in it has a label there.  But different things, I did these from like
a local health food store that they get almond butter and bath salts and some of these, and
they basically would throw these out or recycle them.  I like to take them and reuse them. 
So I want to encourage you guys to reuse and recycle, it is just smarter and actually these
buckets come in quite handy when I’m enriching my bed because I get to put one item in each
bucket and then I sprinkle it on uniform ally to mix it in and I’ll show you that process. 
  In these little buckets, we got all sorts
of cool stuff.  So right here what I have is the worm casing so worm gold, worm casings
and in my estimation these are some of the best worm casings.  I mainly like these because
they are not only worm cassings, they are like 97% worm cassings and just a small percentage
of the rock dust minerals, and also some kelp meal in there as well so definitely really
good quality worm cassings also they are very high in kyantanase content because these worms,
unlike many worm cassings can be fed manures, these are fed vegetative stock so when the
cassings have high kyanase content which breaks down the kyntene and the insect shells like
the avids and the white flies have shells, exoskeletons that are made of kyntene and
when they have the kyantene enzyme it breaks down their shell.  So it’s like when you’re
an insect and you’re eating that plant it’s like pouring acid on your skin, it’s going
to melt, and then guess what it’s going to go to somebody else’s garden that didn’t use
the high quality high chitinase cassings, all worm cassings are not created equal. 
Now aside from the worm cassings, I’m also adding my favorite thing and if you don’t
use anything else, you want to definately use this one at least minimally, this is the
rock dust.  
In these little buckets, we got all sorts of cool stuff.  So right here what I have
is the worm casing so worm gold, worm casings and in my estimation these are some of the
best worm casings.  I mainly like these because they are not only worm cassings, they are
like 97% worm cassings and just a small percentage of the rock dust minerals, and also some kelp
meal in there as well so definitely really good quality worm cassings also they are very
high in kyantanase content because these worms, unlike many worm cassings can be fed manures,
these are fed vegetative stock so when the cassings have high kyanase content which breaks
down the kyntene and the insect shells like the avids and the wyflies have shells, exoskeletons
that are made of kyntene and when they have the kyantene enzyme it breaks down their shell. 
So it’s like when you’re an insect and you’re eating that plant it’s like pouring acid on
your skin, it’s going to melt, and then guess what it’s going to go to somebody else’s garden
that didn’t use the high quality high kyantenase cassings, all worm cassings are not created
equal.  Now aside from the worm cassings, I’m also adding my favorite thing and if you
don’t use anything else, you want to definitely use this one at least minimally, this is the
rock dust.  This is the really fine powder that’s the azomite rock dust which I like
so much; I also have used other rock dust in the past as well.  Now if you can’t find
a horicultural grade rock dust because it can be very hard to find, if you go to any
big box store, or even most local nurseries, you ask them for rock dust and they’ll look
at you like “Huh”? Or they’ll say “Oh you mean ironites?”  No, that’s not the same
stuff man, you want a wide spectrum of ground up rock dust basically and most nurseries,
places don’t have it so check my where I have a video where I have lowest prices on dust
(delived?) so you can get it shipped directly to you at the lowest price I found, other
than that you can go to a local rock and stone quarry and mine stuff out the ground.  You’re
going to want the rock dust, rock powder, and their finest grade material that’s pretty
much like a dust.  This is actually, literally flour like consistency, its fine like a powder. 
We need this in you know, a small powder form so that it’s most available for the microbes,
the microbes can’t break down pebbles and things like that.  So aside from the azomite
rock dust powder I also have some rock dust powder that was sourced at a local farm, they
have their own quarry here and they grind their own rock dust, and this is a lot finer
texture but there is some fines in there too.  Now you might be thinking “John, why do
you have 2 different rock dusts why isn’t one enough well you know every different kind
of rock?” no matter where it’s from is going to have a different make up of minerals. 
So this one may have a lot of certain minerals and this one may have other minerals so I
want to put all the different kinds of rock dust that I could get as possible so that
my plants have all of the different minerals and once again they’re in a schmorgeshborg
and they get to go to town and eat whatever they want, get nice and fat because nice and
fat plants equals nice and fat yields and more food for me to eat.
  So aside from the rock dust, I got the next
one here which is also another good source of trace minerals because this is actually
from the ocean.  You can also use some things like ocean solution or C90 for your minerals
which I feed in later in foliar feed; these ones actually go in the soil.  This one’s
actually kelp meal, so actually if you go to the health food store you can buy kelp
meal and sprinkle that on your food and I recommend that as an excellent alternative
to salt, it’s much lower in sodium, but also has a lot of the other trace minerals in it,
so it’s good for us and it’s also good for it to put in our garden and soak them in our
soil with.  Next we have these 3 items right here, and these are the John and Bob’s products. 
So I think we got the Soil Optimizer here, and basically these some of these products
are food for the microbes, some of these are actually mild fertilizers and actually the
next one is the trace minerals and the microbes so let’s get into that one next.  The John
and Bob’s product that I like the most is actually called Minerals and Microbes, it’s
once again rock dust, trace minerals, and the beneficial microbes that are going to
help break down and allow your plant to absorb them more effectively.  This one is actually
called the Nourish Biosal and so on the John and Bob products I’m currently experimenting,
this is my first growing season using them.  I’ve read up a lot and I’ve been testing them
in small amounts and I definitely agree with whole principles of the John and Bob’s and
so far, I’m having good results.  It’s totally inconclusive at this point because I’m not
sure, haven’t really used it a full growing season.  The last bucket of stuff I got is
this stuff right here, it’s the Sonoma Compost Biochar, and Biochar is 100% carbon.  If
you’ve done your research, there is this soil called Terrapreta soil, a really dark rich
soil and they used to add Biochar to it.  So now, I’m starting to add the 100% carbon
to my soil.  That being said you want to do Biochar in moderation, you don’t want to
put too much Biochare because Biochar charcoal, which is what this is used in air cleaners
all the time because charcoal will absorb odors and so also it will absorb the nutrition
in the soil, but it’s good to have there in any case in my opinion.  So I’m gonna add
just a little bit of Biochar to this whole raised bed to inoculate my soil with some
Biochar to put some carbon back in my soil in a big way.  These items I’ve put in small
amounts you know, 1 gallon buckets.  And there’s no real rhyme or method to how much
I’ve put in I just go okay, let’s use a little bit of this, a little bit of that and just
like make an elixir in like the witch’s brew you know.  Some of the things I like to use
more of like I like to do a lot of rock dust and especially depending on how much of that
I have in inventory right now and how much I don’t.  I don’t have a whole lot of kelp
meal and it tends to be very expensive, whereas, I have a lot more rock dust so I’ll put a
lot of rock dust and a little bit of kelp meal.  I always recommend if you don’t know
what you’re doing (this is very important), read the label, read the directions.  I’m
not good for reading directions but I could have the gardener intuition and could like
know what I should be using, and I do kind of look at the labels to get some kind of
general guideline before I just start throwing stuff in because if you throw too much in,
you know in general, more may not be always better depending on what you’re going to put
in.  You know I’ve thrown in 50% rock dust before and thrown in a large high percentage
of worm cassings with no problems.  But I don’t necessarily recommend you do that, you
want to add these things supplementaly into your garden bed.  So actually, these are
my supplements and let’s get into the main components of my soil that I’ll be adding
in for this upcoming season.  First, we have this one right here; this is Biodynamic Demeter
listed compost.  So this is actually from Sonoma compost, this is actually called the
High Test Biodynamic compost.  In Biodynamic compost, they put in some like tinctures or
whatever like do all this kind of stuff and it’s actually composted longer than their
standard OMRI listed organic high test compost.  So I like to use this stuff sparingly, I mainly
like to use the Mallard Plus but optimally I like to mix the Mallard plus with this and
you know one to one and that would make a awesome blend today because I’m just enriching
my beds.  I’m using this guy, and this is basically bacteria based compost, this is
made at high temperatures and has a lot of bacterial matter.  Now to be really good
in your garden besides the bacterial matter, you need the fungal matter man.  So that’s
what we’ve got next right here, we’ve got some fungal dominated compost man and this
is the bomb stuff right here.  This in my opinion is what most people are missing in
their garden, and this is the good stuff the good shit man.  Mmm nice smell.  And this
is the Boogie Hummus here and basically this is a wood chipped based hummus, so what they
did was, as I said the regular compost is with the bacterial process with high heat
and it breaks down over time.  How this works is this is fungal dominated compost, so they
take literally wood chips and they sit it in a pile for months and months and years
and years and it basically just composts down and breaks down over time.  So this is a
low heat process so the low heat process, so the low heat process creates different
micro-organisms and encourages different micro-organisms in this mixture instead of the high heat mixture. 
So I’m going to add both these together so you know optimal growing results so we’ve
got the fungal dominated and the bacterial based dominated compost and once again this
is the Boogie Hummus.  I haven’t seen the tested results from the Boogie Hummus yet
but I’m highly confident it is quite active in all the different microbes.  Besides it
just being the soil and it just plays for the plant to put its roots, and the plants
roots grow between the soil not through the soil, the airspace in the soil, it’s also
going to have a lot of the nutrition, bacterial, and fungal microbes that make the whole system
work, that make the plants roots work.  The plants have been on earth for millions of
years and they’ve learned to work in a system of this whole soil microbiology.  So besides
the soils I’ve got this last one here.  This is also very important, I have been primarily
growing in the compost and I do notice that in the summertime they do dry out a little
bit so what I recommend for people and new gardeners is Mel’s mix, Mel’s Bartholomew
who got the square foot garden method going.  He basically recommends 1/3 of compost, 1/3
of vermiculite, and 1/3 of coconut core, or Pete moss.  What we’re going to add in here
is a bag of stuff I got, this is actually coconut core, and some pearlite which is similar
but not exactly the same thing as the vermiculite.  Also I actually used enriched with the rock
dust here.  So we’re just going to go ahead and add this one bag in and adding just some
amounts of coconut core, I could add a lot more but I don’t want to displace too much
of the other stuff I’m adding to my beds.  It’s going to help the water retention so
that my garden doesn’t dry out as much in this upcoming summer season.  I know what
you might be thinking; you’re thinking “John, should I add all of those to my garden?” Well,
you know what; let me tell you the beneficial ones.  The beneficial ones are #1 a compost;
you want to try to get a good quality bacterial based compost (hopefully locally) and also
fungal dominated compost.  Those are the most important.  Next in my opinion, the
most important, the rock dust of the ezomite you want trace minerals in there.  If you
want to stop there that’s great, if you want to keep going you probably want to add the
coconut core or the Pete moss, and then you want to add the vermiculite.  Then that’s
probably like all you need is as the base line.  If you want to take it to the next
level then add the worm cassings, then I’d probably add the kelp meal.  Each of these
different nutrients you’re adding in I mean, literally what I’m going to be doing next
is mixing these into my soil and it’s almost like baking a cake right, if you leave that
one ingredient in a cake out it could mess up the whole recipe.  This is what I’ve found
what really works and it’s only going to help the beneficial microbes.  Several of the
products are going to populate the microbial, and fungal and bacterial action in the soil
even more including these two composts and the microbes and minerals product and that’s
what you really want to do.  I always encourage you guys to do the best you can but at minimum
do the compost, the rock dust, and the work cassings basically to sum it up.  The other
ones if you’ve got extra money to spend you know buy it and try it and see my videos when
I actually go over the results on some of the John and Bob’s products.  Now we’re going
to mend my raised bed, as you can see I’ve taken out the irrigation system and kind of
draped it over the side temporarily so I can get in here and work this cause what I like
to do is just layer on all of my nutrients and all of the different amendments that are
going to add and kind of mix in with my hands, I like using my hands in the soil I don’t
like using spades or shovels I like to just kind of get my hands dirty (well I’ve got
gloves on because I’m a wuss like that).  But anyways we’re just going to mix it all
up and layer it on and just kind of mix it and fluff it all in and at the end we’re going
to make sure it’s level with the top so that it has a nice finished look in my garden. 
You know for me, if you have a raised bed garden in my opinion for the most part you
should always fill it up to the top because then if you fill it up to the top there is
most soil and most different nutrients in the soil so your plants could have that schmorgeshborg
that we want them to have.  So first what we’re going to do is we’re going to go ahead
and add the worm cassings and what I like to do is I like to just take a bucket, and
this bucket makes it very convenient to just shake a little bit of it out over the whole
bed so we get this stuff evenly distributed.  Now we’re going to add the kelp meal and same
thing, this bucket here is going to serve as the L part of the bed so we’re going to
put about half of this stuff in there (oh, a little bit too much).  I just like to just
kind of go along and evenly distribute it in the bed.  Next we’ve got the Biochare,
and some of these materials you know do tend to clump up so I like to just get my hands
in the material with the gloves on and actually just break it up into nice, fine particles
before you know spreading it in.  Be aware that the carbon or the biochar will definitely
stain your hands black so you might want to wear some gloves for that so we’re just going
to break that up a little bit and spread this out a little bit in my garden.  Next we’ve
got the rock dust, this is a very fine powder so you may want to use, and actually I encourage
you guys to use a dust mask so that you don’t breathe this fine particulate in or minimally
hold your breath or put a handkerchief over your nose and mouth so that you don’t breathe
while doing this.  I’m going to choose to hold my breath today.  Can’t breathe uhh,
alright after the dust cleared, I can inhale now whoo.  Next, we’re going to use a second
rock dust (not totally dust but a little bit dusty), going to spread this guy out.  Next,
we’ve got the John and Bob’s products; I believe it’s the Nourish Biosoil.  We’re just going
to go ahead and shake this stuff out, don’t want to shake too much out in here, you need
very little of these products here. 
Next we’ve got the John and Bob’s Soil Optimizer, once again we’re just going to shake this
stuff out just a little bit everywhere (just like baking a cake).  Next we’ve got the
microbes and minerals maximized by John and Bob’s and this actually tends to clump up
a lot, so before we actually dump it in there, I’m just kind of squeezing this up in my hands. 
This is one of the funest things I like to do while I have gloves on anyways is just
squeeze these up and just feel the soil man.  Squeeze it up in a nice fine particulate so
that it’s evenly distributed in your soil instead of big large clods.  Did you ever
have like dirt clod fights when you were a kid?  We used to have dirt clod fights and
chuck them at other kids, that was not a nice thing to do but probably everybody does that
when you’re a kid.  We’ve got this in a fine texture here, we’re just going to once again
we’re just going to take it and just kind of sprinkle it daintily throughout my raised
bed.  So those are all the ingredients that I’ll be adding.  You know the main single
ingredient that I’ll be adding is I’m going to add the 3 bagged products.  Now you know
once again I’m going to say this is what I’m using at this time based on what I have quote
unquote what I have in stock or what I have extra bags of.  You know if I only had compost
I would use the compost and the rock dust without anything else.  That being said these
are maybe things beneficial for you to use.  I mean once again my goal is not to be gardening
on the frugal I mean that’s one of my goals but it’s not one of my highest goals.  My
highest goal in why I’m growing food is to make nutrient dense food and so I want to
have the highest quality food because in my opinion the food you eat becomes you, and
when you eat the highest quality food, you’re going to be the highest quality person you
could be.  So I want to have the highest quality health and highest quality everything
and I could only do that by growing my own food, adding all these minerals and different
things in my soil because frankly most conventional agriculture even organic agriculture is not
taking it to the level that I am.  #1 It maybe unsustainable, adding some of these
things in large quantities to fields.  Some of these things can be very expensive to add
so I mean I think every farmer should add minimally like sea water to their drip line
or when they’re watering, and I definitely think that they should add the rock dust that
alone, should make an amazing difference, plus you could use some of the other things
like the fungal dominated compost and compostees that I’m getting ready to add later in the
season.  So next let’s go ahead and add those bagged products.  Now we’re going to
add the coconut corn pearlite.  Next we’ve got the big boys, here’s the high test biodynamic
compost.  Now biodynamic compost is actually fairly rare.  I’m lucky that I have a local
source, I’m really glad for that, and this gets added into much higher quantities. 
It’s basically going to get added all the way to top off this whole bed actually. 
And now we’ve got the Boogie Hummus, now I want to take a second to talk more about the
Boogie Hummus you know, there’s an episode I did while back at my friends place and actually
the title of the video is called Super Size Your Vegetables With Wood Chips and Rock Dust. 
My friends in Oregon, all they’re growing in their compost is wood chips that they grow
on their own property.  You know I don’t have a large property where I can actually
sit and compost wood chips for like 3 years to make this stuff, so I’m getting it from
the Boogie Brew Company the Boogie Hummus.  This is some really good stuff, so we’re going
to go ahead and add that stuff in there and hopefully this will supersize my vegetables
along with those trace minerals to get me optimal growth…and maybe even optimal girth. 
Okay so the main deal is once you’ve got all of this added you’re probably going to have
to add more later but just to show you guys, I got to roll up my sleeves and take my gloves
and just get these big particles and just break them up because I don’t want big chunks
in the soil.  So I’ll be here with my hand just kind of going through and breaking up
any large chunks of stuff.  What I’m doing is just basically just waxing on and waxing
off, much like that movie, wax on wax off.  I’m just going along the surface not to disturb
the underneath soil layers and I’ve never really seen anybody do this so you don’t have
to do it like this but this is just how I like to do it you know this is my garden Zen
meditation you know, wax on wax off….I like waxing off more than I like waxing on.  We’re
just going to go ahead and mix all of these different amendments all together so we have
a nice evenly distributed mixture, and you can see that because of all the different
rock dust patterns have a different color and you can see the pearlite get mixed in,
so definitely really cool.  As you guys can see I’ve got the soil pretty much filled up
and it’s a little bit high and saying real quick is just the way I do it doesn’t mean
you have to do it.  Another alternate way to do this is to have a nice large wheelbarrow
and mix all of your different soils all up in there and then fill that on top.  I kind
of like to get my hands in there in the soil and mix it all up even if I’m mixing something
in the wheelbarrow I prefer to mix it up with my hands instead of using a shovel I mean
I just like digging in the dirt much like I’m a kid again.  The final step you see
is like all uneven, I really like to have that nice finished look especially in my front
yard garden even in my backyard garden or wherever I garden I just like it to look nice
and neat and tidy like Europeans.  So what I’m going to do is what I call Screech., Screech
is not the dude that was in Saved by the Bell sitcom thing, it’s what I do to my raised
bed after its full I take like a 2 x 3 and what we’re going to do is just going to take
this down and I like to kind of run it all the way across the bed although I have a trelless
in there.  I just take it and squeegee it across the top so that I could make sure the
top is completely level and all the soil is level, it gives you that nice and finished
look.  I’m going to go ahead and Screech the top of my bed to make the soil level and
I’ll be back at ya in a minute.  So now you guys could see that I’ve got this all Screeched
out and I’ve got my irrigation drip system back on top.  One of the things I actually
like is the sub soil irrigation system I’m going to hopefully test real soon.  With
that system you got to just move all that irrigation stuff and you have the flexibility
of being able to freely plant wherever you really want with the wicking action that it
has.  I know you guys might be thinking, you country gardeners “John why the hell are
you screeching the bed and making it look all pretty?”  This is actually at the sidewalk
in the front of my house, I mean I want this to look nice and pretty and neat for me and
for people that come over and look at it, the people driving by.  You know if I did
live in the country and had 40 acres and had no neighbors and I didn’t really care, I’d
probably just do a close enough job and just leave it but you know it’s in my front yard
and I’m going to be looking at it a lot and just kind of like OCD like that.  I guess
the last step I like to do is just take my hose and I like to spray this down evenly
with water and prep this bed and get it ready for the new plants that are going in.  The
soil is actually dry, and I find if the soil has been dry for a long time the water tends
to run off instead of soaking in so I want to get the water soaking in the soil so when
I do plant the (starts?) it doesn’t run off and soaks in much better.  Once the soil
does get wet it tends to hold the water better than when it’s fully dried and kind of just
runs off.  Alright, so we’ve wetted it down enough and I mean that’s pretty much it. 
Now we’re ready to plant out for the new season.  So for those guys that were wondering that’s
how I enrich my bed, I use a lot of different things.  Now, you don’t necessary need to
use all of these things for great gardening results  you know if you just get some bed
compost and start doing it you’re going to be great but if you want to improve, I always
live my life by a principle called CANI (C-A-N-I) It stands for Constant And Never ending Improvement. 
I want to always improve what I’m doing and get that much better, if it means I got to
spend a little bit of extra money and some things to add to my soil to make that much
better so I can have more nutritious produce, I’m going to definitely do it.  That being
said you know you need to figure out where you’re at.  At the bare minimum I’d recommend
compost and the rock dust and then you know from there you could add in the vermiculite,
the coconut core or Pete moss and then the worm cassings and you might feel comfortable
stopping there or adding different varieties of rock dust and getting more crazy like I
do.  Hope this sheds a little bit of light on what I do to enrich my raised beds after
each growing season and some of the things I use.  Of course it varies depending on
you know what I have in stock you know I have these other things like zyolites and all kinds
of different things in the past but these are some of the basic things that I generally
always use.  So I hope you guys have enjoyed this episode and it was quite enriching to
you like it was enriching to my raised bed.  Once again my name is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com;
we’ll see you next time and remember….keep on growing!

‘Shampooches Dog Grooming’ Gets Fresh New Look | Small Business Revolution: S3E4


– We’re about to surprise the
lady who runs Shampooches, the dog grooming business. – Alicia’s going to be so
excited, we want to help her prove to her daughters that a woman
can run a successful business, but we want to give her a
little bit more of that balance and marketing is going to
make a huge difference. – We also want her to freak out, because, well, she has no idea we
are here, so here we go. (upbeat music) Hey, how’s it going? – Hey. – We are here to tell you that
you guys have been selected! – Shut the front door! – Yes! – Welcome to the Small
Business Revolution! – Oh my gosh! – We’re going to cry. – [Ty] Congratulations! – [Alicia] I love you
guys so much right now. – [Amanda] Congratulations! – [Announcer] Small towns
across the country are fighting for their survival with the
odds stacked against them. But what happens if we join that fight. If we dedicate a little
money, a lot of experience and thousands of hours of
work into one small town, focusing on the businesses at
the heart of their Main St. What started as an idea
became a national movement with over 30,000 towns nominated
for the $500,000 makeover and more than a million
votes cast for the winner. – [Mayor] Good evening, Alton,
IL, how is everybody tonight? (crowd cheers) – [Announcer] Now in our third season, the team is taking on its
biggest challenge ever. The town is three times bigger
than any we’ve helped before and the hurdles Alton
faces will put to the test the very idea of Main St. America. So Amanda Brinkman and her
team of marketing experts at Deluxe are going to work
for the people of Alton, IL and they’re not alone,
new season three co-host Ty Pennington will be working
with the team to rehabilitate the town’s buildings while
a whole cast of experts helps rehabilitate its businesses. Every episode we’ll be working
with a new small business to see if we can change the odds, if together we can start a revolution. – As far back as I can
remember we’ve had dogs, I feel like it teaches my
kids how to be compassionate and have empathy and responsibility. You can’t help but want to
care for and nurture a dog and they love you unconditionally
and humans don’t do that. Whenever I was about 13,
my best friend’s aunt owned a kennel and grooming salon and they taught me to
groom on the weekends and I’ve just been doing it ever since. Come on you can do it. I’ve wanted to open my
own salon for years, I mean I’ve talked about it nonstop, finally I just took the leap and I opened Shampooches in 2015. Are you the best girl, Bitsy? Now my kids can come in after school or Saturdays they bring lunch
in and they eat with me. – You going to let Sissy have a turn? – I like it here because
I want to help her and the dogs are very playful and sweet. – Yeah, I’m happy that she opened this because I think it’s cool
that she could accomplish it. She did a real good job. – I feel proud of her, I feel really proud of
her that she works hard. – Reggio, hey, you are just a hairy beast. So we’re going short like usual? – [Owner] Yes. – Yeah. People think that they can
groom their dog at home and they try and then they
bring it to me to fix it. Are you ready, Biscuit? I feel like it takes a
special kind of person to know what a dogs thinking, it takes a lot of patience, you almost have to have a sixth sense. – We love our dogs like
they’re our own children, trust is huge, Alicia has this sense
of making us comfortable and our pets let us know that
they our comfortable with her because they run right to Alicia, and Alicia greets them first
and then she greets us. (laughs)
– Yes. – I can tell that Alicia loves
my dogs just like I would and she treats them just like I would, we will never go anywhere else. – I think the most challenging
part of owning a business is the business side of it. I know that I’m a good dog groomer but I’ve never ran a business. We just kind of jumped in and
hoped that we could wing it and that’s what we’ve been doing. I don’t really go about doing
the books and the marketing. I haven’t set a realistic budget, and it’s all because I’m
here 50 or 60 hours a week just grooming, so I have no time to do it. And then income tax time I’m
sitting on my couch crying with receipts everywhere and
it gets really stressful. I haven’t had a Saturday
off in over a year. We haven’t ever had a family vacation because we work so hard, my husband and I we put everything we have into Shampooches and my kids, there had been
times when they were like, oh my gosh, mom, why
are you working again, can’t you go back to more
normal job so you’re home more. I always tell them if they
work really hard and pour their heart into something, it’s
always going to be worth it. This is what mommy wants to do. – We see it time and time again, small business owners with
a passion for their work, but not so much love for the fundamentals
of running a business. This can cause big problems down the line, not the least of which is burnout. After 60 hour work week,
what business owner is eager to go home and
start on the numbers. But there is a way to find balance and who better to lead by example than Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins, a master groomer, voted best groomer in all of Chicago. Jennifer manages to balance her passion with something equally
important, being a boss. – So I feel like they have a lot of real estate to work with. – So lucky to have a stand-alone building – Gotta do something about this though.
Wouldn’t even know it’s Shampooches. Hello. – Hey.
– Good Morning. – How are you?
– Good, good to see you. – You too, welcome back. – Hi, Alicia.
– This is Jennifer. – Really nice to meet you.
– You also. – So I know we’ve been
telling you about her but she’s a pretty big deal. – Holy smokes. – Yeah, she’s going to have a
lot of good advice, I think. – I’m excited, so you want the tour? The grand tour? – Yes, we do, I do. – [Amanda] This is where people come in. – [Alicia] Yep, this is just my lobby. – I think there is a lot
we can do out here though, to create a little bit more
of a welcoming-waiting area, let’s talk about the bunny. – Okay, his name is Sir. Rudy. – It does take up a lot of space out here – Yes. – I feel like this is a
great space for some retail. – And this is our wet room, it is like a coat closet, it’s so tiny. – So I do see electricity next to water, kind of a big no-no in dog
grooming business setups. – This is my grooming
room, my table is old, needs a lot of work,
probably just replaced. – So the most important thing is safety, there’s some safety issues
on any time your equipment is not in really good shape. – So right across the
hall is where I will put one family’s dogs, I
don’t have a kennel bank. – Have you ever thought
about boarding or daycaring, I mean it seems like she
had a lot of space here that something like that could
be a nice revenue source. – I just feel awful leaving
them alone all night. – Actually boarding and
daycare is much more profitable for staff cost than grooming. – Than grooming. I’ve only been doing it for two years so all the advice and
constructive criticism. – Bring it on? – [Alicia] Let’s do it. – Just walking around we’ve
already got a lot of ideas for Alicia, but if we’re
going to talk shop, I’ve got to get some hands on experience with this whole grooming thing. Also I would like to play with a wet dog. – Do you just want to jump in head first? – Let’s do it.
– Alright. – Okay, and I just press this? – [Alicia] Yep, just hold it down and tell her how good and pretty she is. – You’re so good and pretty! (laughs) I think this is, this
might be my new look. – [Alicia] Do that and then suds it up. – You’re going to be so
clean, how am I doing? – [Alicia] You’re doing great. – Would you say I’m a natural? – I would say you are a natural. – Alright, I did it.
– You did great! For a first time, I give
you an A for effort. – The hesitation in your
voice is saying mediocre, like that’s what I’m hearing. – I feel like you did a
thoroughly mediocre job. (laughs) – Okay so how are you just
feeling about business right now? Do you feel like you breath
easy, is it month to month? – I don’t know if I will ever breath easy, but I am not sinking. – So in services based
business it feels like the two ways to increase
your profitability is to either do the grooming
faster or charge more. – Or add on services and
actually that’s the way most grooming businesses manage
to stay above that water line because there is a limit
– Right – To what you can do in a day because grooming is very
hard work, physically. – I think we need to make
that one of the goals, other ways that we can add
revenue to the business. – Yeah, that sounds awesome. – How many dogs a day
are you doing right now? – Between five to seven on a weekday and then weekends, sometimes
upward to 10, 11, 12. – And you’re doing that in
how many hours in a day? – Well that depends, yesterday, I was here a little over 11 hours, Saturdays, sometimes are
12 maybe even 13 hour days. – It’s really not
sustainable for you to work 12 hour days everyday, you
have two young children – Right. – And I know I’ve been
there, it’s really easy when you own a small business
to be here all the time and then you don’t really
have a life anymore. – But I don’t want to get
faster, because they trust me so I don’t want to throw
them on my table rush through and then throw them
down and loose the trust that I worked so hard at building. You know I say how important
my clients are to me, I’m referring to my K9 clients, I’m here to please them,
and work with them. – I love that about you, Alicia, because I’m actually kind of the same person. – And I think people don’t
realize the attachment that we get to their dogs. I’ve had a rough couple months, I’ve lost two incredible dogs as clients. – Four this month, it’s been awful. But you communicate that
you have that attachment and that’s why they come to
you because they know that you’re going to take good
care of their loved ones. She has the heart for the work and that is most of the battle when
it comes to pet grooming. – Mh-hmm, it’s really just
kind of the surrounding wrapper of the marketing, the
operations, her efficiency that we can help with
that I think are really going to set her up for a
greater level of success. – I think what’s awesome about
Shampooches is you have to really trust that person,
that business, when you’re dropping off a loved one,
someone you care so much about. So those businesses make
us feel cozy and homey, that’s really what makes a neighborhood feel like a neighborhood. – This kind of personal touch business is great for a community, but it can be hard on the business owner
because it’s not an app or that widget you can mass produce, you never make a dollar you
don’t earn with your hands. It’s our job to help figure
our how Alicia can maximize the hours in her day and hopefully
not work so many of them. Okay, so I think that we have
identified our key goals, the first one being growing the business and we’re going to accomplish
that through two things, so marketing and making
sure you’re findable online but then also adding
additional revenue sources. So let’s talk about the
marketing side a little bit, so just do a quick search
around dog grooming, right now you have to scroll down pretty
far before you get there, in fact it’s not even on the first page, we want to make sure that
you are showing up online the way where if they are just searching for the category you’re popping up. And the really important
part of doing that will be making sure
that you have a website. A lot of businesses feel
like a Facebook page will be sufficient, we disagree,
we feel like the website is a place for you to truly
tell your whole story. – Okay. – So let’s talk about
the other side of growing your business which is
additional revenue sources. – Pet taxi is a no brainer because it pays for itself and then some. It’s a really great service
to draw in more clients and you’re going to be able
to compete with mobiles you’re going to be able to bring in people who are shut-ins
or who are elderly. – You also have your
pet taxi wrapped, right? – It’s the best money I
ever spent on advertising. – [Alicia] Wow. – Okay, let’s talk about
the daycare and boarding. – People really do need these services, daycare is actually one of the industries that has just gone through the roof, it’s almost pure profit and
the dogs have a great time. – I bet.
– They love it. – I love this revenue
source for you as well because there’s no competition
around it right now, right? – We did find out from the
veterinary database nationally that you have over
6,000 dogs in this area. – So let’s talk a little
bit about the add-ons. – My number one add-on
service is brushing teeth. We spend almost nothing in
terms of product and time and we make a couple thousand
dollars extra a month on it. – So I currently do teeth brush service, but I do it for free, so. – We should change that. – Well that’s very nice of you, but part of that is as
we’re going through this, I think we want to build in
what you want to be taking out of the business and we need
to aim high enough from a revenue perspective to
get you that income. What kind of profit or cash
are you bringing in each month? – So I’m really bad at
this, about keeping up with my books and all of that,
I don’t necessarily know. – Have you actually
broken down your expenses? Do you know how much of it is personnel, how much of it is so on? – No, I haven’t. – But at the very simplest
terms, how much money is coming in and how much are
you putting out to operate it? – I don’t know exactly how much. – Do you know how much money you make? – I don’t, I have no clue how much I make. – That is a huge problem, do
you know how much you need to bring into your household every month in order to keep your household a float and are you paying yourself
that amount of money? – I am not. I don’t have a fixed amount
that I pay myself at all. I haven’t in the last two years. – Do you even give yourself
the same commission that you give to your employee? – Absolutely not. – So there you go. You have a lot to be proud of here but you need to value
yourself and put a real value on your time and do all your financials. – She’s working far too hard
and too many hours to not be taking home a salary that
she can even account for. – She won’t survive being
a small business owner if she doesn’t get her
numbers under control. – I guess the whole time I’ve
been in business I’ve just been telling myself as long as
I can pay my bills, I’m okay. It’s a struggle I guess,
thinking of myself as a business owner as
opposed to a dog groomer but it’s part of who I am now
so I feel like if it fails, all of that was for nothing. – It’s going to be a lot of
work but it’ll be worth it. – Right. – Shampooches gives us
an exciting challenge, because in a lot of ways this
business is a blank canvas. We have a stand-alone
building with great bones but no design or even paint on the walls and an excellent groomer with a big heart but no website or marketing
materials who just needs the knowledge to run her
business more effectively. The Deluxe Team will handle
the marketing end while Jennifer and Alicia lead the
charge on shoring up operations and Deluxe will hire local contractors and work with Ty on livening up the space. – So our opportunity is to
inject what we know about her, into her brand and the
other thing about her logo, this is Bailey, her beloved dog. Our challenge is to bring
out Alicia’s love of color and just simplify it and potentially even still pay homage to Bailey. Obviously her clients, being her dogs, she treats all of them like
family, we want to make sure we always brought in that playful feel from her business cards
all the way to the website. – Dog owners love to see their
dogs in the pictures online and in any media so we want to incorporate a dog gallery into every page. – [Alicia] Yay! – These are awesome. – Yeah.
– Yeah. – And that’s just the start but I think the environment here,
especially when you’re dealing with pets should be a little bit more fun. – Right, like warm
inviting colors whenever they presented the mood
board to me, they nailed it. – That’s what were trying
to do, trying to add some character here, with the colors
that we’ve already started but instead of walls maybe more windows that you can see through – Yeah. – See where the actions going on. – Yeah, like an open concept. – So this building, totally
blank in terms of flow, I love it, it gives us a
little more wiggle room in terms of painting her story. – While local contractors
take over Alicia’s space she’s heading down the road
to Maeva’s to meet with Deluxe’s VP of Small Business
Services, Damon Fieldgate and get a better handle on her books. – Talk about setting goals,
what are you goals for this business, what income do
you want to derive from it? – Like how much? – Yeah, how much do you want to earn? – I don’t know, because – How much did you earn before
you started this business? – Working for someone else
– Yep. – I would make between 50 and 60 thousand. – Okay, when I look at
some of these figures, you’re nowhere near this 60,000. – Right. – And you are working your butt off. – Mm-hmm. – You know, I feel that the time is right for a price increase. – I think what I feel
guilty for as far as raising my prices is, do I raise
my prices just because I’m a business owner and I need
to compensate for my time, I guess that’s what I struggle with. – Yes, yes you do. – I knew that would be the answer but, – Look, you’re doing this
to generate a business and generate an income for yourself. – Right. – Don’t lose sight of that in the whole I want to be a good service
provider for clients. – Mm-hmm. – [Amanda] Talking finances is always hard but it does get easier when
sales go up and there’s a lot more we can do to bring
customers through the door. – When you go to her about,
there’s no website listed. – In terms of the content and the imagery and the voice talk about
how that’s coming together. – In doing research we found
that one of the largest concerns that potential
customers have with groomers is their dogs safety, so we really
wanted to design a website for them that was going to
put the owners mind at ease. – Very smart. – Last year, when we worked
with Discover Learn & Grow, we discovered this was one of
the highest trust decisions and with Shampooches we found
that dogs come a close second. – So all we have to do is
communicate what is already there. But in terms of operations, Shampooches could be
running more efficiently, so while her space is
still under renovation, we’re sending Alicia to Chicago
to see what she can learn from the well-oiled machine
that is, Love Fur Dogs. – Hey Jennifer!
– Alicia! – How are you?
– So good to see you. – Immediately when you first
come in to Jennifer’s lobby she has a lot of different retail, so definitely gave me some ideas. – This is our bathing area and then we go in here for blow-drying, hey Toby. – I would have never thought
to have a separate drying room and I have the space to have a drying room so I think that’s
something that I’m going to try to implement in my salon as well. – I think she could see here that carefully segmenting our space
we can do a lot more dogs. – [Amanda] Having seen
Jennifer’s shop in action, Alicia can now guide
what is turning out to be the biggest renovation we’ve ever done. – It’s a huge transformation that’s going to happen to that building,
we’re going to put in a window so people can see
their dogs being groomed. – When you can see through
a place into the other room you realize, okay I can
definitely leave my loved one here because I can see what’s
happening back there instead of being like I have no idea what’s going on behind closed doors. – [Amanda] And the renovations
aren’t just about customer experience, they’re about
growing revenue by helping Alicia groom more dogs in a day
without sacrificing quality. – So we can put a bigger
washing station into a different room, she can
get larger dogs in there, it will be a huge
difference to her business. – But with all these balls in the air, we got a voicemail from Alicia pumping the breaks on one
of our new revenue ideas. – [Alicia On Phone] Hey,
Julie, I was thinking about the doggie daycare and
I think that right now that’s probably not
the best decision to go at Shampooches grooming but for right now I think that we should just focus on adding the pet taxi service to my salon. – So that’s not
– Wow. I wasn’t expecting that. – No, that’s not the best news. – Well, I’m glad she’s thought
it through, it sounds like it wasn’t an easy decision,
but we’ll go with it. – When we work with small business owners, we don’t always agree with their decisions but the truth is no one
knows their business better than they do and actually
it’s exciting to see Alicia making bold
decisions about her salon. It does mean that we need
to put all our energy into these other
potential revenue streams. – Leashes, collars, apparel
definitely, anything that they can wear that’s increasing
that brand awareness. I love the bandanas, I can just
imagine the happy little dog trotting out and he’s got his bandana on. – And back in Alton, Alicia
is preparing to take advantage of the attention and new customers
this makeover will bring. – I hired a new groomer named Emily and she started Monday, she’s incredible. – That will really help
increase your capacity. – We can’t wait to get back
to town and see the space transformed, but over the last
few months we’ve gotten to see Alicia transform as a business owner. She’s setting goals, trusting her gut, and developing the
understanding to get from where she is to where she wants to be. We’ve just got a few surprises left to deliver to set her on her way. I love the new sign, you can
tell that Shampooches is here. – [Jennifer] Love the
colors, it’s so bright. – Hi!
– Hi guys. – It looks amazing. – Thank you.
– Oh my gosh! – I love it. – I already see cars
drive by and slow down and they’re like what is this
and they go look at the sign. – There you go. – And they wrapped my car so
we’ve got a legit pet taxi. – I love it. – Driving around being a soccer mom, advertising for my business. – Yes, when you own your own business you’re never not working. – [Alicia] Right. – It looks so great out here, let’s go see some of the changes inside. I can’t wait! Oh my gosh! – [Jennifer] Oh this is so nice. – [Alicia] So nice and we have – [Amanda] Oh, how cute. – [Alicia] Then we have the
retail that we started so far, I haven’t gotten everything in yet. – [Amanda] What’s happening
with Sir Rudy Bun Bun. – [Alicia] He is at my house. – [Amanda] That’s awesome – [Alicia] Yeah. – This is great.
– Absolutely amazing. – [Amanda] I love this, you
can see into the grooming room. – [Alicia] Right. – The whole space just feels
– so much bigger. – People don’t trust the grooming
shops where the can’t see – Right.
– You working on the animals. – And I love these angles of the color. – Yeah. – So fun and vibrant. – It is.
– Very, very stylish. – Great.
– Love it. – Alright, let’s go see the new washroom. – Well first we have the
new washer and dryer, they dry a load of towels
in 20 minutes or less. Compared to the six hours
that I was spending before. – A washer and dryer isn’t a very kind of sexy new thing to get – It’s vital. – It’s vital to the business,
it’s going to lead to greater efficiency of your time, too. – [Alicia] Right. – As well as. – Oh, wow. Oh my gosh, I don’t even
recognize this room. – I know.
– Isn’t that great. – The room has been working
great, it’s laid out perfectly. – This is like restaurant
quality, these are amazing. I can’t even believe
this is the same room. – Then I can show you
guys the new kennel room. – Oh my gosh, this is great. You’ve got great capacity
here now and you’re going to save so much time not
standing there at your table. – Right.
– Hand drying dogs. – The place looks amazing, it
looks like a completely new shop and I’m so excited about
how well it’s working for you. I’d love to show you some
of the marketing stuff so we can continue to
bring in new customers. – [Alicia] Yeah, I’m super excited. – Okay, so we landed on this logo. – It’s great.
– Love it. – We still have our adorable Bailey, but this particular
approach to illustration will make replication on
multiple items much easier. So let’s see what that looks
like on your new website. – [Alicia] Aww, look at Cooper. (laughs) – You’re going to see
throughout this site your real customers, your real clients. We really trust word of
mouth as human beings and we want to make sure we’re using your customers feedback, you
have great testimonials and we already have
one here from Jennifer, so to be able to say
that the president of the Illinois Pet Grooming Association is advocating for you and
endorsing you is huge. – And it’s quite genuine. – Well, thank you. – It was my favorite
moment when I first met you you started talking about
how the dogs are your clients and I could just see it in your eyes and I’m like yes, she’s got it. – Your dog clients
obviously love you, too, but they’re harder to
quote on the website. So then we have a Frequently
Asked Questions page, this will really help
with search authority, so when people might
be typing these kind of questions into a search engine, you’re going to have a higher
likelihood of popping up as the person answering the question and this is the Request an
Appointment page and it allows you to get a little bit more information versus having to spend maybe
another 10 or 15 minutes on the phone gathering
some of that information. – Perfect. – And that will just automatically populate as an email to you. – I’ve been taking notes this whole time, just so you know, mentally, (laughs) because my website doesn’t have all this. – So then we get into, if
you click on Dog Grooming, we have your categories and
again you took Jennifer’s advice and these ad-ons
your charging for them now. Either you’re being clear about where they’re being included in a package, but even just having this on the website and we’ll get you a poster to put here, a placard here where it’s the same thing. It takes away some of
the awkwardness of having to talk about it, but if
someones researched you on your website they know
that those things aren’t just something that you throw
in but that you charge for. – Right, mm-hmm. Looking at the website, it’s
legit, my husband said the other day, man, it feels
like you have a real business and I was like well, duh. But it definitely makes it
seem more like a business. – It absolutely does. And I think nothing says
legitimate business more than having your own
branded bags and packaging. – How cute is this tissue paper. – Yes, you like that?
– Look at that! – Another test of a great
logo is what it looks like on a tee shirt, but you can’t
be the only one being branded so now we’ll make sure
that your clients are, too. – Oh my gosh, I love them. – Another opportunity for them
to be trotting around town with your brand would
be these custom collars. – Wow.
– Those are awesome. – Don’t they look great? We got you great toys
that you can sell as well. There are so many things you can brand and they’re unique to your business. – Yeah. – Alright, and then we
noticed that you could perhaps use a few more equipment carts. – Yay! – We got you two brand new ones. – Awesome.
– Nice. – But if you got these really
great equipment carriers, you need more supplies, right? – Right. – Alright, so
– Oh my gosh. – Oh, wow.
– Goodness. – These are the best.
– Yeah? – Awesome.
– Oh, wow, I’m so excited. I love it. Any small business
owner wants to feel like what they’re doing is real. Grooming is fun, but it’s not my hobby. It’s a real job, it’s a profession, you have to know what you’re doing. So anytime someone
acknowledges that, is amazing. And everyone at Deluxe and
Small Business Revolution, they’ve made me feel like
what I do is worth while. So it’s been great. – We’ve created branded cards
for you with your logo inside – Thank you. – That you can send to clients
when they get a new dog and then we talked a lot about
how hard it is when you lose a client, so we’ve created
sympathy cards, when it’s hard to know what to say, that
have a really lovely message inside and again where you
could write a personal note (dramatic music) – So, while filming, my family lost our dog of ten years. My daughters grew up with her. She was their protector, my best friend. We miss her every single day. Every day this is Bailey’s dog shop, we’re going to keep
Bailey’s memory alive, yeah. – This now has become a
beautiful tribute to that extraordinary relationship
because you have built this amazing tribute that Bailey
inspired and now you’re going to share the love that you have with Bailey with other people and other
dogs, it’s just beautiful. – Thank you. A dog comes into your life
to teach you about love and they leave your life
to teach you about loss. – The grief that she’s feeling is what makes her good at
her job, she really cares. Grief and joy, you can’t
have one without the other, you can’t really love if you
can’t really feel that loss. And it’s a lot better way
to live, painful as it is, than to live flat without those things. – I see the exciting things
that happened to myself and my business but at
the same time I associate Bailey so much with what I do, I wanted her to be a part of the show and my website and she’s not, but it’s a tribute to Bailey. It’s a fresh beginning
that she wasn’t part of but still my love for
dogs is because of her. – [Narrator] Lovett’s is
a family run restaurant and a staple in their community. – It becomes soul food
when you have that love and that passion for doing it. – [Narrator] But keeping
it in the neighborhood is keeping them in the red. – They’re the light at the top of the hill but at the same time they’re
not turning a profit. – [Narrator] Can the Small
Business Revolution team help them attract more diners but stay true to the owner’s vision? – If you can’t be right there with it, then I’m gonna be for shooting it down. – Let’s go see inside
– Oh yea! – Oh my goodness. – [Narrator] On the next episode of
Small Business Revolution: Main Street – Alicia started Shampooches because she loves her canine clients. Not because she’s an expert on logo
or website design. Visit deluxe.com/Shampooches to learn about how the Deluxe team helped her get online, with a brand as friendly as her doggy spa.