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Why not just sit in the oven for three months?

8 May, 2008 (6:53pm) | Blog | 5 comments

It would seem that summer has officially started. It’s only hitting around 70 degrees, but I’m sweating more water than I am drinking. I give it about three weeks before I turn into a raisin.

The worst part about this is that this is only the beginning! Normal summers here generally tay in the 100 degree range. I know what some of you are thinking.. “I love summer! I love basking in the blazing sun and scorching the skin off my face! I love having to take a shower right after getting out of the shower! That’s my favorite! How on earth can you not like summer?!”

Read the above paragraph again. That’s why.

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Sleeping In

23 April, 2008 (9:39am) | Blog | 2 comments

Why is it that as soon as you decide that you want to wake up early, you suddenly find that you’re body wants twice as much sleep as usual? Seriously. What is up with that? I decided about a week ago that I was going to try to get up early and go running. Guess what? Every single morning since then I have waken up with about five minutes to get ready and leave for work. It’s like my body said, “What? You want to wake up early? Not on your life! Check this out… SNOOZED!!”

So much for that plan.

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Are you ready to get convicted?

21 April, 2008 (8:56pm) | Blog | 1 comment

Has anyone ever heard of Paul Washer? I’ve heard a couple of his sermons lately, and they are ridiculously convicting. Seriously, to the point of making you uncomfortable. If you are a Christian, and you have an hour to spare, check out this sermon. Let me know what you think.

“We have turned salvation into nothing more than a few simple steps and a superstitious prayer at the end.”
-Paul Washer

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The Blair St. Mugwumps

19 April, 2008 (6:36pm) | Blog | No comments

I am in Eugene with my sister visiting my brother and sister-in-law. We went to the “Saturday market” and there was this band there that was the coolest band ever. They’re called The Blair St. Mugwumps. They play instruments like the banjo, jug-a-phone, duck call, harmonica, kazoo, etc. It’s pretty freaking awesome. We decided to pool our money and buy their CD(which came in a paper bag, by the way.)

The Blair St. Mugwumps

The guy in the picture, I have decided, is the coolest looking guy I have ever seen. Also, the dude playing the jug-a-phone was pretty sweet too.

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Why I want to visit Italy

15 April, 2008 (2:40pm) | Blog | 6 comments

In Southern Oregon, there is a lot of coffee shops. Seriously, every street corner has a drive through espresso shop. It’s kinda ridiculous. That wouldn’t be so bad if the coffee tasted good (to be more specific, that would be heaven) but it doesn’t. It tastes like someone got dirt and espresso grounds mixed up and attempted to make a Starbucks version of a classic 10 year old prank.

<Rabbit Trail>

When I was a little boy (not yesterday.. the day before) we used to play outside behind our pool. The ground there was pure dirt, and we would spend the day digging ditches and making mud sculptures. One day we decided to pull a variation to the classic “pee-in-a-cup-and-try-to-sell-it-on-the-street-corner-as-lemonade” gag using mud water as hot chocolate.

</Rabbit Trail>

And now, on with the post.

These “coffee” shops gained their popularity, not through great coffee, but through skanky baristas.

Pardon me while I hurl.

Okay, where was I…? Oh yes. Skanky baristas and mud-water coffee. Granted there are a few good coffee shops, but those are few and far between. The best moments of my life (at least the coffee drinking parts, which is most of it) are spent in Portland at Stumptown. If you enjoy good coffee and are ever in that section of the world, look them up.


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Everybody say W00t!!1

3 April, 2008 (2:23pm) | Blog | 1 comment

After a long time of procrastinating, I have decided to write another blog post.


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Being Unproductive

18 March, 2008 (10:02am) | Blog | 6 comments

I originally started this blog back in March of 07, so I have been blogging for about a year now. This will be my fifteenth post. I don’t know about you, but that seems pretty pitiful to me. That’s 1.25 posts per month. There are some blogs that I read that post that much per day. Lately, I have been making a conscious effort to find things to write about, but it seems like the more I think about it, the harder it is to come up with something. It seems like back when I started this blog, I was coming up with stuff left and right. Then I actually looked at how often I was posting. I only posted one per month for the first couple months.  I succeeded at posting two per month for July and August and then I stopped. No posts for a whole month, and then only two more in October. From there I dropped all forms of creative writing for a grand total of three months. After that was when I decided to actually put effort into blogging, but things were feeling like they were slowing down. I could have sworn that I was having longer pauses between posts than ever before. Then I looked at my archives and, lo and behold.. this will be the first month ever that I have posted three posts! Party time!

Why does it seem so hard to do the things we are committed to doing?

Anyway, that was my really long winded tale of woe and deception, but I see a parallel..

“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
2 Peter 1:5-8

Why should I make every effort to do these things? To “escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires” (v. 4) and keep from being unproductive in my faith. It says nothing about these things becoming easy. But if we persevere, we will not be unproductive.

So regardless of how unmotivated I am to exercise my brain and meditate on the Lord, I am now making a commitment to persevere. Starting will faith, and ending with love.

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14 March, 2008 (9:52am) | Blog | 2 comments

Read this post. I can’t count the number of times I’ve thought to myself “I don’t really want to do good, but I am anyway.. does that mean I’m being a hypocrite?  Shouldn’t I want to serve God?  I should probably just sin because I feel like I’m faking this goodness anyway…”

“Hate what is evil; cling to what is good”
–Romans 12:9

It doesn’t say “Love what is good” or “Have a desire to do what is good”.

God commands us to cling to what is good.

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“Actual” Movies

7 March, 2008 (11:52am) | Blog | 1 comment

In the early days of cinema, there was a branch of film that appealed mostly to children through the humor, playfulness, and innocence of animation. Pioneered by Walt Disney, this kind of art has been widely loved and adored by all ages, parents and children alike, for many generations. In spite of the fact that we generally enjoy animation, most people generally looked upon those movies as “cartoons” (rather than “actual” movies) that were geared for kids. Not adults.

Pixar has been the leader in educating the stubborn adult public that a cartoon can be just as enjoyable and full of meaning as a “real” movie. Sometimes even more so. But still, even Pixar films are for kids. The change is that they are also for adults.

This mindset has been in place so long that when an animated film comes out we automatically think “Oh, yay! A fun family film! Honey, get the kids, it’s movie time!” Slowly, though, we are more and more going to see animated (mostly Pixar) films without bringing the kids, and accepting that we can have a good time and get just as much food for thought out of The Incredibles as we can The Godfather. (Don’t judge me for comparing those. They’re both good, and you know it.)

With the rising acceptance of animated features as “actual movies” instead of “kids movies” more and more filmmakers are willing to add more adult themes to their “cartoons” than, say, 25 years ago. This cannot be more evident than in the recent Oscar nominee Persepolis — a film geared specifically towards not-kids.

Persepolis is an animated film about dictatorship, revolution, communism, and capitalism. And coming of age. Does that strike you as an odd subject for a cartoon? Here’s a hint: It’s not a cartoon. It’s a movie.

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Well, it did.

25 February, 2008 (11:10am) | Blog | 1 comment

Where I live, the art scene is very sparse. And, by “sparse” I mean “the general public here would rather burn slowly in hell for all eternity than subject themselves to such torture as sitting through a movie like 12 Angry Men or Koyaanisqatsi and complained that Michael Clayton didn’t have a plot”.

A perfect example of this is when No Country For Old Men came out. I went to see it with my brother, and (surprise, surprise) Our local theater was showing it in theater 5. Theater 5 is the one where they move all the movies to that they have to keep showing, but nobody is going to see them. Really, I’m more surprised that it was showing in our town at all than that nobody wanted to see it.

Back on topic.. my brother an I were two of maybe 10 people in the whole theater watching the movie, and everyone else that was there was talking through the movie exclaiming how much they didn’t get what was going on. When the movie was over I was sitting there reeling from the magnificence of what I just saw when somebody mentioned “That movie was so weird. It made no sense.” the reply from another movie goer was “Yeah, it’ll probably win best picture.. hahaha!!

Need I say more?

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