Sliding one's way to a title

During the last year I've found myself in the odd position[1] of handling the slides during Sunday Zoom services for a local church.[2] This allows the pastor to do his stuff and the music director does hers and the lectors to do theirs.[3] However I don't know what to call what I do. Should it be slideserver? Any suggestions?

[1] Odd because I'm one of the ship's resident humanists
[2] This also includes modifying the slides week to week from what the pastor gives me, doing sound checks, handling technical problems. I have a bit of fun searching museums' online collections for pictures that are appropriate and legal to use.
[3] The choir director (not to mention the choir) have been very frustrated though they've managed to separately record and merge some anthems to be played during the service.
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  • SojournerSojourner Shipmate
    Slider?
  • How long and/or impressive do you want your title to be?
    Technical Director
    Zoom Co-ordinator
    Tech Magus
    Grand Mistress of the Visual Displays
    Supreme Governess of That Which We Know Not Of
  • BroJamesBroJames Purgatory Host, 8th Day Host
    Iconomage?
  • Alan29Alan29 Shipmate
    Pixifer?
  • EnochEnoch Shipmate
    'Slideshifter'?
  • snowflakesnowflake Shipmate
    Think "Net Spinster" might be apt enough!
  • Fawkes CatFawkes Cat Shipmate
    Is this an Anglican (or Anglican-derived) church?

    If so, then Slidesman.
  • BoogieBoogie Shipmate
    I am also a slidesman!

    Unsplash.com is a great source of free-to-use images @Net Spinster 🙂
  • Nick TamenNick Tamen Shipmate
    Fawkes Cat wrote: »
    Is this an Anglican (or Anglican-derived) church?

    If so, then Slidesman.
    That’s the word I thought of too. :lol:

    Though fwiw regarding Anglican-derived, I’ve never heard “sidesman” in the (American) Episcopal Church. I’ve always encountered “ushers” in Episcopal churches, much as in other American churches. “Sidesman” is a word I learned on the Ship.

    Illustrator?

  • Leorning CnihtLeorning Cniht Shipmate
    edited April 28
    Projectionist?
    Space Cowboy?

    Projectionist is probably the closest word we actually have for "person who runs the slideshow in a zoom meeting". You could call yourself "technical assistant" or something nebulous and meaningless, if you wanted.
  • DavidDavid Shipmate
    Luminatrix?
  • Pixifer , absolutely. Otherwise “she who must be obeyed.”
  • Nick TamenNick Tamen Shipmate
    Pixifer , absolutely. Otherwise “she who must be obeyed.”
    Or, for she who just be obeyed, Pixitrix.

  • Nick TamenNick Tamen Shipmate
    Oops. Must, not just.
  • When I've had slides handled by others during COVID times, it is always some variation on "IT specialist". "Compere tech" once. A "deus ex machina" joke or two with diabolus and daemonium replacing deus. Computers also being called "confusers".
  • Gramps49Gramps49 Shipmate
    Considering how you see yourself as a humanist, I would go with media consultant/slide image specialist.

    Frankly, I find the term humanist vague, though. Having been a lifelong member of the church, I always understood "humanist" to be one who values human reason over revelations of divine power.

    However, when I got my master's in counseling, I was referred to as a humanist in my approach to psychology.

    It was a bit confusing when I first got that tag.
  • If we must be boring, "media specialist." But IMHO you ought to pick the jazziest title you like.
  • ZappaZappa Ecclesiantics Host
    Personally I'd go for a Latin title. It's a fine way to reveal your essentiality to the process ... it has gravitas, mystery and meaninglessness all wrapped in one.

    But my Latin is buggered. Sorry. Can't help.
  • Consecrated PowerPoint Acolyte of St Thomas the Doubter
  • Many thanks for the multitude of interesting suggestions. The church is Lutheran btw. So far I've managed to keep my name out of things.

    Slidesdaemon may be suitably off-putting though so many good choices: Luminatrix, Pixifer, Slidesman, Pixitrix, ...

    PowerPoint Acolyte is probably out because I'm using Keynote.

    Admittedly with light and Latin I could go with Lucifer.
  • Nick TamenNick Tamen Shipmate
    Many thanks for the multitude of interesting suggestions. The church is Lutheran btw.
    Ah! Then maybe you should go with lysprogramleder or
    bildebærer (Nowegian for “light show presenter” and “picture bearer” respectively, or so Google Translate tells me). If you go with bildebærer, you could get an assistant from Build-a-Bear.

    Or perhaps go with the German Luzifer. :wink:

  • Amanda B ReckondwythAmanda B Reckondwyth Mystery Worship Editor
    Zappa wrote: »
    Personally I'd go for a Latin title.
    Me too. Unfortunately the Romans didn't have projectors.

    But I'd go with proscriptrix (she who posts notices).
  • But if Rosetta Stone can tell me that the Latin word for "computer" is computatorium, then surely we can create a Latin title for Net Spinster that includes slides and projectors!
  • I think part of the problem may be that audio and video already come direct from the Latin.
  • BoogieBoogie Shipmate
    We are the AV team.

    We have a rota of four. Two ‘on duty’ at a time. One on the sound desk and one on the visuals. I prepare all the visuals.

    Nobody notices us until something goes wrong, then - even preachers - say ‘tsk, technology, we hate it don’t we?

    No we don’t - and your service goes to pieces if the electricity goes off, so show some gratitude!

    We don’t even have hymn books any more, so they are sunk without us.
  • Fawkes CatFawkes Cat Shipmate
    Boogie wrote: »
    We are the AV team.

    Nobody notices us until something goes wrong, then - even preachers - say ‘tsk, technology, we hate it don’t we?

    No we don’t - and your service goes to pieces if the electricity goes off, so show some gratitude!

    We don’t even have hymn books any more, so they are sunk without us.

    So everyone sings the hymns they see on the screen? The screen that you control?

    I see potential for you to take revenge should the preacher-man get too far out of line.

  • KarlLBKarlLB Shipmate
    Boogie wrote: »
    We are the AV team.

    We have a rota of four. Two ‘on duty’ at a time. One on the sound desk and one on the visuals. I prepare all the visuals.

    Nobody notices us until something goes wrong, then - even preachers - say ‘tsk, technology, we hate it don’t we?

    No we don’t - and your service goes to pieces if the electricity goes off, so show some gratitude!

    We don’t even have hymn books any more, so they are sunk without us.

    Proud technophobes are a right royal pain in the arse.
  • BoogieBoogie Shipmate
    Fawkes Cat wrote: »
    Boogie wrote: »
    We are the AV team.

    Nobody notices us until something goes wrong, then - even preachers - say ‘tsk, technology, we hate it don’t we?

    No we don’t - and your service goes to pieces if the electricity goes off, so show some gratitude!

    We don’t even have hymn books any more, so they are sunk without us.

    So everyone sings the hymns they see on the screen? The screen that you control?

    I see potential for you to take revenge should the preacher-man get too far out of line.

    :lol: :lol: :lol:
  • BoogieBoogie Shipmate
    edited April 29
    KarlLB wrote: »
    Boogie wrote: »
    We are the AV team.

    We have a rota of four. Two ‘on duty’ at a time. One on the sound desk and one on the visuals. I prepare all the visuals.

    Nobody notices us until something goes wrong, then - even preachers - say ‘tsk, technology, we hate it don’t we?

    No we don’t - and your service goes to pieces if the electricity goes off, so show some gratitude!

    We don’t even have hymn books any more, so they are sunk without us.

    Proud technophobes are a right royal pain in the arse.

    Fine if they don’t use us.

    But they do, and I work hard at getting just the right images in the right places. Sensitively, and well.

    At the moment singing isn’t allowed so we are playing YouTube hymns (awful).

    I enjoyed the wholly online services - you could fast forward the awful hymns and boring speakers! ( We produced them but the content was from the preachers - a mixed bunch, our Minister is on sabbatical)

    To be fair, I often get kind and grateful comments from congregants, and some preachers.

  • Amanda B ReckondwythAmanda B Reckondwyth Mystery Worship Editor
    But if Rosetta Stone can tell me that the Latin word for "computer" is computatorium . . . .
    Yeah, and Rosetta Stone walked the streets of ancient Rome and overheard everyday conversations as well as theatrical productions, deliberations in the Senate, etc.

    I somehow feel that had the Romans had at their disposal a machine that can be programmed to carry out sequences of arithmetic or logical operations automatically, they wouldn't have called it a computatorium. Come to think of it, they did have something they called an abacus.

  • But if Rosetta Stone can tell me that the Latin word for "computer" is computatorium . . . .
    Yeah, and Rosetta Stone walked the streets of ancient Rome and overheard everyday conversations as well as theatrical productions, deliberations in the Senate, etc.

    I somehow feel that had the Romans had at their disposal a machine that can be programmed to carry out sequences of arithmetic or logical operations automatically, they wouldn't have called it a computatorium. Come to think of it, they did have something they called an abacus.
    :lol: My parents tell me that abacus was one of my first words
  • People forget that before mechanical computers, a computer was someone who computed by for instance using the abacus. Though the OED suggests that usage goes back to Middle French (1573).
  • Amanda B ReckondwythAmanda B Reckondwyth Mystery Worship Editor
    My parents tell me that abacus was one of my first words
    Personally it was a while before I got past aba aba aba. But once done, I did turn into somewhat of a cuss. :grimace:

    [Miss Amanda will get her wrap.]
  • LydaLyda Shipmate
    People forget that before mechanical computers, a computer was someone who computed by for instance using the abacus. Though the OED suggests that usage goes back to Middle French (1573).

    If you saw the film Hidden Figures, you may remember that the NASA ladies profiled were called "computers".
  • TelfordTelford Shipmate
    But if Rosetta Stone can tell me that the Latin word for "computer" is computatorium, then surely we can create a Latin title for Net Spinster that includes slides and projectors!

    There is no latin on the Rosetta stone
  • snowflakesnowflake Shipmate
    My parents tell me that abacus was one of my first words
    Personally it was a while before I got past aba aba aba. But once done, I did turn into somewhat of a cuss. :grimace:

    [Miss Amanda will get her wrap.]

    😏
  • BroJamesBroJames Purgatory Host, 8th Day Host
    Lyda wrote: »
    People forget that before mechanical computers, a computer was someone who computed by for instance using the abacus. Though the OED suggests that usage goes back to Middle French (1573).

    If you saw the film Hidden Figures, you may remember that the NASA ladies profiled were called "computers".
    My paternal grandfather was a computer working for the Admiralty. He did calculations for navigational tables. As a child I was familiar with scrap paper which on the used side was printed with columns of figures and occasional star names.
  • BroJamesBroJames Purgatory Host, 8th Day Host
  • I still have my log tables from A level maths. The slide rule was returned to my father. I can't remember when I last used either. Computers are so much easier.
  • snowflakesnowflake Shipmate
    Back in the day maths teachers always went, "you know you're not going to carry a calculator around everywhere with you!", and look at us now.
  • Fawkes CatFawkes Cat Shipmate
    edited April 30
    I still have my log tables from A level maths. The slide rule was returned to my father. I can't remember when I last used either. Computers are so much easier.

    I was in the first year allowed to use calculators in O level maths. With ten minutes to go in my mock exam, I discovered that an interesting feature of the Texas Instruments TI-30 was that when the battery started to run down it would give wrong answers.

    It turns out that you can check all the answers in an O level maths paper with log tables in 10 minutes.
  • Amanda B ReckondwythAmanda B Reckondwyth Mystery Worship Editor
    The slide rule was returned to my father.

    Ah, memories, memories. In high school we wore our slide rules on our belts as status symbols.
  • ZappaZappa Ecclesiantics Host
    BroJames wrote: »

    I thought treasurer's reports were bad enough but this is My Worst Nightmare.
  • BroJamesBroJames Purgatory Host, 8th Day Host
    I imagine it required great care and precision, and was checked by multiple people. It’s really important to know that your ship is ‘somewhere in the Atlantic’, and not to have your navigational observations tell you it’s in Salt Lake City.
  • questioningquestioning Shipmate
    Telford wrote: »
    But if Rosetta Stone can tell me that the Latin word for "computer" is computatorium, then surely we can create a Latin title for Net Spinster that includes slides and projectors!

    There is no latin on the Rosetta stone

    There is on this one!
  • jay_emmjay_emm Shipmate
    For serious conversation, '(zoom/slide/ohp) projectionist' seems to be ready for use.
    Slightly different skillset emphasis to the cinema variety, but I think that you can easily argue that you are fundamentally covered by the word.

    I like slidesperson, but only when you don't want people to take you seriously.
  • GalilitGalilit Shipmate

    Ah, memories, memories. In high school we wore our slide rules on our belts as status symbols.

    How???
  • SojournerSojourner Shipmate
    Yes I wondered about that too; shoved down front of trousers I can imagine but way too large for pocket of the average 1960s school uniform
  • Sojourner wrote: »
    Yes I wondered about that too; shoved down front of trousers I can imagine but way too large for pocket of the average 1960s school uniform

    A small cylindrical one would fit in a pocket.
  • SojournerSojourner Shipmate
    They didn’t do small cyindrical in the late 60s/early 70s
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