5/30/2008

Step Up 3: This Guy is Uh-mazing...

I'm not even going to write any kind of introduction for this clip of a guy's audition for So You Think You Can Dance. Just watch and enjoy...

Just Like a Tattoo...

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about getting another tattoo. So, as I do with most things I'm interested in, I've been searching for ideas. I ran across these pics on EW's website. I think any of these would work...





iTunes Receipt: Part 10...

Oh yeah... Musical morsels made for minding... Here's my latest purchases on iTunes...

  • In Love With a Girl by Gavin DeGraw

  • Watching Airplanes by Gary Allan

  • No Air by Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown

  • Amie by Pure Prairie League

  • Violet Hill by Coldplay
  • 5/29/2008

    What About the Novelty Music Paparazzi...

    Here's my favorite clip from a show that I've just been introduced to. Who knew David Bowie could be so hilarious...

    DCCC -or- I've Been Thinking...

    I've been doing a lot of thinking lately. (Surprise, surprise...) Here are some of the (unfinished) thoughts that have been running through my head...

  • My opinion on some controversial issues may be slightly changing...

  • I'm not sure that there's any better response to a student who is dealing with the fallout from some bad choices than that of simply loving them where they are...

  • Leaving anything (job, home, relationship, etc.) is tough...

  • What if I'm not finding what I'm looking for in a job because I'm looking for the wrong thing...

  • I really have been blessed with some amazing friends...

  • I'm ready...

  • I'm not ready...

  • The more I learn, the less I know...
  • 5/28/2008

    Web Wednesday: Hawaiian Punch...

    It's Web Wednesday!

    Have you ever been punched in the face in real time? What about in super slow motion? Well, these people have. And it looks awesome! Kind of like their skull moving first, then their skin. Please to enjoy, super slow motion punch to the face.

    Editor's Note: Hold on until 1:02. That's when the action happens...

    5/27/2008

    Thar She Blows...

    Going to the gym is one of my 5 disciplines...

    Honestly, it helps keep me sane. It helps me work out the aggressiveness that sometimes builds up inside of me. And, believe it or not, it actually serves as a quiet time when I can think without the distractions of TV or music. Editor's Note: Although, I did bring my iPod
    tonight.


    However, since the end of January, I've let circumstance get the better of me and I've fallen out of habit with my regular 4 times a week gym routine. Tonight, I made my return.

    I got offline (from playing poker with Taff) around 10-ish and headed out. I got back around 11:30pm. When I walked into the house, McGill was still up, so I sat and talked for a few minutes. Then, I went to my room and dropped off my stuff. After sitting on the bed for a few seconds, I felt my mouth begin to over-salivate. So, I calmly walked to the bathroom. On the way there I could feel the saliva start to increase. Upon reaching my destination, I got down on all fours and prayed, "God, please don't let this happen..."

    And then, it did...

    It was like a fire hose. This was the first time since April of 2005 and the second time since I was 12. I have to say, even though I hate it beyond what words can say, I felt so much better after...

    And I plan on going back tomorrow. Just thought I'd share...

    Editor's Note: Just to clarify, I puked liked Linda Blair on ipecac...

    5/26/2008

    You Both Sing the Same Wrong Words to Amazing Grace...

    For some time now I've known that I have an addictive personality. This is why I've had to be choosy as to what I let into my life. I know that, if I let the wrong things in, it'll be too tough to get them out.

    This is why I've never tasted alcohol or played World of Warcraft...

    But I've let something in that might be around for a while. And I'd like to invite you to join...

    For the past couple of weeks, Taffy, Dom, and I have been meeting up late at night to play a few rounds of online poker at pokerroom.com. Here's what's awesome about it: It's free! You start with $1000 in play money and, if you lose it, you can recharge it twice a day. Editor's Note: I'm up $3300 today! If you want to play, just go to the website and register for free.

    So, what do you say? Are you all in? Our goal is to get enough people together to have our own private table. If you want into our game, just text, call, comment, or email me.

    Shuffle up and deal...

    Man Vs. Book...

    I've written before on how awesome I think Bear Grylls is...

    Last week, while in Borders, my eyes fell upon the above gem. Should any of you want to earn my eternal adoration, I would love a copy.

    Seriously... We'd be BFFs...

    The Book Bin...

    While on my Salem trip, I ventured across the street from Governor's Cup to The Book Bin, a used (and new) book store.

    After seeing the movie, Definitely, Maybe (certified 3.5 Yarmulke™ rating), I developed a curiosity regarding used books. For an explanation as to why, just see the movie.

    Here's a sweet book i found while scanning the humor section's shelf...

    Looks kind of old, right?

    I opened it's cover to find this inscription...

    I'm not sure what it said. But I could tell it was written in 1919.

    So historically sweet...

    Governor's Cup Coffee Roasters...

    Things have been a little busy for the past few days (thank you, Lord), so I haven't been able to blog as I normally do. But I've got some time today, so I figured I'd post some things I've been holding on to...

    Rickwell, I know you'll love this one.

    Two weekends ago I was in Salem, Oregon. In between all of my planned activities, I had the better part of a Saturday to roam around and explore. One of the places I ended up was called Governor's Cup Coffee Roasters.

    I had been the day before for a meeting, but wanted to go back to spend some time reading and journaling on my own.

    To say that this place was great would do it a disservice. I was amazing.

    Twice a week, they use this machine to roast their own coffee beans. The guy that brought me the day before said that, if you're in the place when they're doing this, your clothes smell like coffee for two weeks. With a very satisfied look on his face, he then remarked, "It's heaven."

    Here's a view from my seat of the back of the house. I loved sitting beside the counter, as it gave me a sweet view of the baristas and baristos (male form of barista) in action.

    Here's a view of the drink I ordered, a hazelnut americano. Now, I know I've become known as somewhat of a hyperbolist, but I want to preface my following comment with this: I'm not using a bit of exaggeration.

    This was the finest cup of coffee I've ever had in my entire life.

    A great atmosphere, a great cup, a great experience...

    5/22/2008

    We Have a Winner...

    Congrats to David Cook, American Idol: Season 7's winner!

    This, of course, means that I didn't correctly predict the winner.(Which put my predictions at 5 for 11) But the guy who I wanted to win did. So I'm stoked! Finally, a rocker won!

    Sweet...

    5/21/2008

    Web Wednesday: Shotgun, No Blitz...

    It's Web Wednesday!

    And today's edition comes straight out of childhood. Have you ever been in a situation where someone calls shotgun on the way to the car, only to realize that they have no idea if their call is in accordance with the universal rules of shotgun calling? Well, worry no more.

    Here are the official rules. Go forth, with this knowledge, and rule the world...

    5/20/2008

    I've Got a Crush On You...

    What? Two American Gladiators posts in two days!?! Oh yeah. Why? Read on...

    As I watched last night's episode of American Gladiators (which shall, henceforth in this post, be referred to as "AG"), I decided that, out of all of their musclebound, spandex-clad, television warriors, only two stand apart as being attractive. Those two are...

    Gina "Crush" Carrano and Jennifer "Phoenix" Widerstrom

    Here's some background info on Crush and Phoenix...

    Now, before you start leaving comments like, "Josh, how could you find these amazons attractive in any way?" or "Josh, you must be hyped up on 'roids to think these "ladies" are hot." (a common misconception) or "Josh, they could beat you up on your best day.", let me strike preemptively and list out my reasons for thinking it a good idea to want to date either one of these feminine fighters...

    Josh's Reasons for Wanting to Date an American Gladiator
    1) Free tickets to the show... (If you grew up in the 80's, and you're a dude, you have to love this show. It's the law.)

    2) I'd no longer have to go to the gym to build up my own musculature for the purposes of "defending my woman". In fact, I'd probably begin to invite guys to hit on her, just so I could then watch her hit on them...

    3) I'd finally get the chance to run around in one of those giant hamster balls...

    4) I'd get to meet Hulk Hogan...

    5) I'd no longer have to be the one asked to open the jar, carry something to the car, or lift anything...

    And there you have it: five inarguable reasons why I have a crush on these two AGs.

    I love logic...

    5/19/2008

    Body Double 26: The Youth Worker Who Cried Wolf...

    As a kid, I loved American Gladiators. In fact, I dreamed that one day I would be able to run around inside a giant hamster wheel while wearing spandex. Oh well. One out of two ain't bad...

    All of that to say, just a few nights ago I watched the season premiere of the New American Gladiators. That's when the good Lord brought a Body Double to my mind.

    Let me first say that, this isn't originally my body double. I saw it on another guy's blog. But I can't remember who it was. So, maybe if he reads this, he can comment and I'll credit him.

    UPDATE: It was Jared Kirkwood. Full credit to him.

    Here it is...

    American Gladiator Wolf and PDYM Guru, Doug Fields could be spandex-clad brothers...

    I don't care how much McGill says they look nothing alike...

    5/18/2008

    They Do That VooDoo That They Do So Well...

    Perhaps you might recall only a few short days ago when I wrote of my excitement to visit Portland's VooDoo Doughnuts. Well, this past Thursday was the day...

    To say that this place was a hole in the wall would be an exaggeration. It was smaller. And to say that it was a bit... PG-13 would be an exaggeration. Actually, no. No, that would be right on.

    I was going to take a picture of a rotating display case of the doughnuts, but there was one in the shape of a... Well, my mom reads this blog.

    So, you'll have to make due with this picture. What doughnut did I select?

    Oh yeah. Doughnut + Fruit Loops = awesome...

    So great...

    5/17/2008

    Because at Least Veronica Has Wallace...

    Perhaps you haven't heard, but one day, I plan on saving the world.

    And the longer I've thought about this, the more I've come to realize that I left one key element off of my list. My sidekick.

    Here's four that I would consider...

    Bert 'Sock' Wysocki from Reaper


    Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother


    Charlie Kelly from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia


    Burton 'Gus' Guster from Psych

    5/16/2008

    I Love the World...

    I started seeing this commercial sometime in mid-April. I think Discovery launched it along with their new logo. After seeing it a few times, the song got stuck in my head. After singing it a few times, I decided that I loved the message it was sending.

    I do love the world! And it is an awesome place! And I would love to light someone on fire...

    5/15/2008

    Worship the King...

    Last weekend, I had the great pleasure of leading worship for a junior high group...

    But my relationship with worship music hasn't always been an amicable one.

    I got my first guitar when I was fifteen years old. I used to take it to church with me on Wednesday nights and the intern for our youth group, Bryant, would show me one chord each week. I think the first one I learned was a "D", then a "C", then "G". After a month or so, he told me to practice switching between the chords. Once I got that down, he gave me some worship songs to help me work on my rhythm.

    Bryant eventually finished his internship, so he moved on. After that, my Sunday school teacher, Terry, began working with me on my playing. He even went as far as helping me buy my first "nice" guitar. Once I had a few songs under my belt, my youth pastor, Mark, asked me to lead a few songs for the group. So, quaking in fear, I got up in front of all of my friends, and sang and played a few songs.

    Sometime around my sophomore year, my friend Billy Webb taught me my first non-worship song, Sweet Home Alabama. After that, I started working pretty exclusively on other "secular" songs.

    Fast forward a couple of years to my ministry experience during college. It didn't take long, once the youth pastors I worked for found out I played guitar and sang, for the command to be handed down. "Hey, you play guitar and sing! You should be in charge of forming a youth praise band!"

    This came to be a sentence that I grew to fear and loathe. Music was always something that I loved and enjoyed in my personal life, but never really had a passion for in ministry. This combined with the fact that I've always had a little bit of an automatic push-back when told to do something, made for a bad relationship between worship music and I.

    That all changed once I arrived in Orange County. I met Taffy during the first week of my internship. After about five minutes of conversation he asked me if I played guitar or sang. I replied, rather reticently, that I could if he needed me to.

    So, within a few weeks, I found myself at a worship band practice and then onstage leading during a weekend service. But it was on that stage that everything changed.

    I still remember stepping off stage after my first time leading and saying, "Wow! That was actually fun!" After that, I led at least twice a month for the next two and a half years.

    Once I moved down to San Diego and began pastoring a Middle School group of my own, I wasn't able to lead as often as I would have liked. (I had two incredible volunteers that led for me.) And so, other than the occasional opportunity in big church, music became purely extracurricular again.

    All of that to say, this past weekend was amazing. To be able to lead Jr. Highers in worship again felt like a missing piece of me was returned.

    Here was our set list:
  • My Glorious
  • Dancing Generation
  • From the Inside Out
  • Mighty to Save

    It was a blast. And I can't wait to do it again...
  • American Idol: 5 for 10...

    It looks like it really will be a battle of the Davids...

    With last night's elimination of Syesha Mercado, we'll go in to the American Idol finale with who most people agree were the two most talented contestants this season. Editor's Note: Even though I had originally predicted Carly would be in the top two...

    I can't wait to see who comes out on top! I want David Cook to win, but I think it might end up being the monchichi...

    5/14/2008

    Curious Josh: Painkillers...

    This is the second post in the series. For the first, go here...

    Have you ever wondered how painkillers work? I mean, how do they know where the pain is? And how do they go to the right place? And how do they stop it? Oh... You haven't. Well, I have. And I found a sweet article that, much like Clarissa, explains it all. Click here for the article. Here's a short clip...

    First, we need to make a distinction between the two main classes of painkillers, which are used for different situations and function via different mechanisms.

    The first class is the narcotic opioid drugs. These are the heavy-duty drugs, like morphine and codeine, used to treat severe pain. They relieve pain in two ways: first by interfering with and blocking the transmission of pain signals to the brain, and then by working in the brain to alter the sensation of pain. These drugs neither find nor kill pain, but reduce and alter the user’s perception of the pain. They’re kind of like having an optimistic friend that says, “Hey man, everything will be cool. Nothing’s wrong. Here, look at this shiny, distracting thing!”

    Web Wednesday: Meow...

    It's another fine Web Wednesday!

    Today's edition comes to you from Car and Driver magazine. Have you ever been pulled over by a police officer? If so, you may have felt nervous about whether or not you're following the proper behavioral etiquette. Well, worry no more. Car and Driver has talked with officers and written a feature on what you should do when being pulled over.

    You can check it out here. Thank me later...

    5/13/2008

    VooDoo Doughnuts...

    This weekend, for the first time in my life, I'll be traveling to Oregon...

    I'm stoked for the trip for many reasons, but chief among them is... you guessed it: food related.

    A while ago, on The Food Network, I saw a feature on VooDoo Doughnut. Specializing in weird and oddly flavored doughnuts, I think it's safe to say that there's not anywhere else that makes doughnuts quite like these guys.

    So, on the front end of the trip, I'll be hitting it up. Pictures, as well as a review, are sure to come...

    Mario Kart Should be Rated MA...

    Another great find on digg.com. Who knew Mario Kart could cause such destruction...

    Josh In the Sky With... Well, Nothing...

    And now, yet another story from my past that shows how dumb I am... Editor's Note: Feel free to read the first one here...

    The above picture is of my home church, specifically the old steeple. When I was in fifth grade, I would come every Wednesday night for our RAs program. Usually, after it was over, I'd have to wait for a little while for my mom to come pick me up.

    So, one night (more than likely because I was dared) I decided to try and climb up the steeple. I stepped inside and placed my back up against one side of the brick with my feet against the other. Then, I began to shimmy. I shimmied up to the roof and stepped off onto it.

    However, this posed a slight problem. You see, not only am I afraid of heights (as I've mentioned many times before on this blog) but, as it turns out, shimmying up is a whole lot easier than shimmying down.

    So, an adult had to go and find a ladder to help me get down.

    If only I had been as cat-like and ninja-ish as I am now, I would have been able to get down myself...

    5/12/2008

    Weird Cell Phone Picture: #15 (A Little Too Casual)...

    Two weekends ago, I went with a former small group student to see Iron Man for a second time. For those that know me, this should come as no surprise. The movie was so awesome the second time through, that I decided it would be the world's greatest idea to rent the video game. So I went to Blockbuster...

    After grabbing the game from the shelf, I was greeted by this guy at the register...

    Now, I've heard of casual dress Fridays at the office, but wear your pajamas to work Sundays?

    But, who knows? Maybe he got called in in an emergency and was told to come "as is"...

    5/10/2008

    American Idol: 4 for 9...

    Yes, I'm behind on my American Idol reporting. I've been on the road quite a bit, and have had a hard time finding the time (and motivation) to sit down and write. But, here it is, three days late.

    Jason Casto is gone...

    I know that I predicted Syesha would go before him. And I know that his elimination brings my average down to a disappointing 44.4%. But I don't care. The only reason I thought he'd make it into the top three was because of his looks. Vocally, he's about as talented as any "good" singer in your home town. If he does make an album, it'll be big amongst his family, friends, and that small demographic of people who buy CDs for the pictures that come inside the lyric book.

    Syesha has to know that she doesn't stand a chance against the Davids. It's just a matter of time...

    5/09/2008

    Important Thoughts #11...

    I'm not sure if you ever take a look over at the right column, but under the heading "On My Shelf..." is a list of books in my que to read. The book I'm reading at present is always on top. I wish I could say that I always read in the order I list them, but it seems a usual occurrence that a book jumps to the front of the list.

    Right now, I'm about 2/3 of the way through In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson. Editor's Note: I'll probably write some type of review or reflection on it once I'm done.

    Today's Important Thought comes from within its pages...

    "I think many people have the mistaken notion that faith reduces uncertainty. Nothing could be further from the truth. Faith doesn't reduce uncertainty. Faith embraces uncertainty."

    To say that my past few months have seen some uncertainty would be a gross understatement. And, after coming out of the darkest part of it, I wish I could say that I'm sure of what God has next for me. I wish... But I can't. I'm no more certain of what God has next for me today than I was in February. However, I think the difference between February and now is that I'm more comfortable living in the uncertainty. Editor's Note: Please note that I said "living in" not "living with". This was done with quite a bit of intention.

    Perhaps we need uncertainty to have faith. After all, isn't that what faith is? Choosing to trust in something without the complete reveal?

    I hope that God has used these past few months to grow my faith. I hope that, for the first time in my life, not knowing what's next has propelled me into a deeper dependance on Him. I hope that I can begin to see uncertainty as an opportunity to run harder towards God rather than a curse or banishment from Him. And I hope that you can too...

    5/04/2008

    Body Double 25: Charlotte's Web...

    While I was home in SC this week, I had the distinct pleasure of watching LOST on my friend, Micah's, rather large HD TV. This, of course, was a joy. Except, every time Rebecca Mader, who plays Charlotte (one of the freighter folk), came on screen I couldn't help being reminded of something that scared the underoos off of me when I was a kid.

    So, here's the Body Double: I think Rebecca Mader looks like Rocky Dennis, as portrayed by Eric Stoltz in the movie Mask.

    Now, before you say how I'm a "terrible person", or accuse me of "not having a soul", or saying how "beautiful" she is, or how Rocky Dennis "saved you from a burning building while simultaneously curing you of polio", let me go ahead and say that I don't think Rebecca's a bad looking lady. I think she's kind of pretty. I just think she looks a little too much like Rocky for me to be able to hang out with her.

    If you still think I'm crazy, tune in this Thursday night and try to think about anything else. I think we've got a Body Double...