6/28/2008

BSMT: 2nd and 3rd Vote Result...

It looks like we've got two winners that will be joining Iron Man in the semi-final round of the Best Summer Movie of 2008 Tournament!

In our second vote, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull triumphed over The Love Guru with an 8 to 4 vote. Which means it will move on to face Iron Man in the semi-finals (good luck). Meanwhile, Get Smart advances past The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian in one of the biggest landslides I've ever seen in the tournament, 12 votes to 4. It moves on to face the winner of the Wanted vs. The Dark Knight battle (as if we don't already know who that will be).

The fourth vote begins this Monday, June 30th and will be between The Happening (certified 1.5 yarmulke™ rating) and WALL-E (certified 5 yarmulke™ rating).

Until then, see you at the movies...

6/27/2008

Models Are so Hot...

I was sitting in the church office yesterday when Josh walked in and said, "Hey, you wanna do something?"

HSM is beginning a new weekend series this weekend called "Save the Planet" and, in an effort to encourage environmental stewardship, will be doing a Bottles for Bibles drive during the rest of the summer. Josh wanted to have some type of art projectish type of thing to help promote it. So, he asked if I could work on some ideas. I pitched him a few and we landed on one that I'll be building tomorrow.

It'll be a six foot tall version of what you see in the above picture. The pictured version is made of straws and saran wrap, while the actual size version will be PVC pipe and super wrap (you might use this stuff when moving a palate full of stuff).

I'll take a picture when I'm done for comparison's sake...

Weird Cell Phone Picture: #17 (1 Up, 2 Down)...

Tons of my friends have written about the opening of Saddleback's new Student Ministries building, The Refinery. But I wasn't sure how I wanted to properly convey my excitement. That is, until now. And here's the reason why I've decided to weigh in...

In an effort to help save the planet and conserve water, The Refinery will be using these special toilets. As you can see from the sign, you are encouraged to flush up for #1 and down for #2.

For some reason, I thought that seeing #2 in print was hilarious. Who am I kidding? It's because I have the sense of humor of an 8th grader...

6/25/2008

Web Wednesday: R & D...

Dum, Dum, DUUUUUUUUMMMMM! It's a late edition of Web Wednesday!

This edition was birthed from my immense nerdiness. So, I started watching Battlestar Galactica this season (after being "prodded" by Rod). Not only is it an awesome show, but it contains a hidden surprise.

After the credits, when the producers' logo comes up, there's always a sweet animation. Here's a "best of" of R & D's animated logos. Enjoy...

6/23/2008

BSMT: Second & Third Votes...

This week brings us two votes at once. Think we can handle this kind of responsibility? I do. I have faith in us...

For a brief explanation of how the tourney works, check out the first vote post...

This summer's second and third votes will be between Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull vs. The Love Guru and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian vs. Get Smart. Usually, I don't like to post the vote until I've had a chance to see the movies myself, but I haven't been able to make it to The Love Guru yet. Maybe tomorrow.

These polls will be open from today, June 23rd through Friday, June 27th.

But until then, make sure you vote for which movie out of each face-off that you liked more...


6/18/2008

Important Thoughts #12...

I've been going through all of my stuff for the past few days. Today, I threw out a ton of old magazines. But on top of those magazines were two notebooks from conferences I've been to. So, I figured since this is the first year in the past three that I missed attending the Willow Creek Arts Conference, that I'd browse through them.

What I found were two important thoughts that I knew I wanted to share...

The first comes from Dewitt Jones, who spoke at last year's Arts Conference...

"The best way to give ourselves to God is to give ourselves to each other."

And the second comes from Colin Powell at Willow's 2007 Leadership Summit...

"Don't let your ego get so close to your position that when your position goes, your ego goes with it."

The first is, what I think, a beautiful way to look at our relationship to God and how it affects our relationships with those around us. The second is something that I've struggled with since January. Well, it might not be such a struggle now. But three or four months ago... Ugh...

My Name is Earl...

I'm in the midst of a pretty big task at my apartment. So while I'm hard at work, I've got the TV on for background noise. But there's two problems: there's nothing good on TV during the day and all of my DVDs are in Orange County. So I went to Blockbuster to see what I could watch without watching it. (Background noise, remember?)

So I picked up season 2 of My Name is Earl.

After watching (kind of) 2 episodes, I've decided that it's one of the best written comedies I've ever seen. (Well, listened to.) It's got great one liners, continuity, and Jaime Pressly.

Rent it, listen to it (maybe even watch it), love it...

Web Wednesday: The World According to Calvin's Dad...

Winner, winner Web Wednesday dinner!

I love comics. Not just comic books, but also daily (and Sunday) news strips. And one of my favorites was always Calvin and Hobbes.

Yesterday, I ran across a gem. It's a collection of things that Calvin's dad told him in response to some of his questions. For the whole page, click here. Here's a short clip...

Q. Dad, will you explain the theory of relativity to me? I don't understand why time goes slower at great speed.
A. It's because you keep changing time zones. See, if you fly to California, you gain three hours on a five-hour flight, right? So if you go at the speed of light, you gain more time, because it doesn't take as long to get there. Of course, the theory of relativity only works if you're going west.

6/17/2008

Does Anyone Know What This Is...

With The Refinery opening this weekend, everyone is pretty much zeroed in on making sure everything is in place for a great launch.

This, of course, reminded me of a picture that has been on my camera for a while.

One night, a few of us went to The Refinery to christen it with its first ever basketball game. Now I didn't play, as I am about as athletic as a frozen yogurt. So I sat on the stage of the junior high room with David Hughes and made fun of everyone else while they ran around and got sweaty.

At some point I walked backstage and saw this...

I have no idea what it is, but it looks totally scary. Whatever it is, I hope it's gone by this Saturday...

6/16/2008

Comfort Food At Its Finest...

After driving back to San Diego today, I found myself a little down in the dumps. So I decided to make myself a dinner which would leave me feeling awesome. Actually, I wanted a dinner that would make me feel awesome by making me feel bad. So I went to the store and picked up supplies...

Here's what I made/bought:

Chili (with a ton of Texas Pete added in) Cheese Dogs (2)
Cool Ranch Doritos
Diet Sunkist soda

Here's what's on tap for dessert:

Ben and Jerry's Cake Batter Ice Cream

Needless to say, I'll be hitting the gym for a run tonight. Oh, it was so worth it...

iTunes Receipt: Part 11...

This edition of iTunes Receipt will be called "music that I know Julie Hibbard will like". So Julie, download away...

  • A Bad Dream by Keane

  • Starting All Over by Corey Crowder

  • All We Are by OneRepublic

  • The Seeker by The Who

  • Your Love by The Outfield
  • Pardon the Interruption...

    I’ve written about some of my pet peeves here before. But, I’m not sure I’ve ever detailed that which is chief among them.

    I cannot stand to be interrupted.

    It’s not that I think what I have to say is any more important than something someone else has to offer. It’s simply a matter of courtesy. It’s probably got something to do with some buried insecurity from my middle school or high school days. But, when someone interrupts me, I feel devalued. As if that person is saying, “What you’re saying isn’t important. Here, let me save the day with my conversational offering which is infinitely more substantive than yours.” Editor’s Note: Of course I realize that, in normal conversation, interruptions occur. It doesn’t bother me every time. It’s mainly when I feel that what I’m saying is important. And yes, I realize this is a completely subjective standard by which to determine when to be offended. And yes, I also realize that I think that almost everything I say (even the most stupid of offerings) is important.

    All of that to say, I take personal offense when I’m interrupted, especially continually.

    And that is why I have had a word written on my hand since after lunch on Friday. That word is “DIP”. Let me explain…

    On Friday, I went to lunch with two of the guys that work at the church office. We dined at a Peruvian restaurant (I’d never had Peruvian before) and were slowly seated. It was a rather long lunch, as the service was quite slow, but I didn’t mind. The conversation was tremendous.

    We left the restaurant and went back to the office where one of the gents parted ways with the other and myself. The two of us walked back to his office where he said to me, “Do you know that you’re an interrupter?” I replied, “I noticed that at lunch. And I hated it.” I explained to him how it was my biggest pet peeve.

    And so, in keeping with a custom I began in high school, I wrote myself a note (in initials) on the webbing of my left hand. “DIP”, which stands for “Don’t Interrupt People”.

    I’ve decided that, if I feel devalued when this offense is put upon me, then I am devaluing others when I do it to them. And so, it now joins the long list of personal flaws that I am taking action to improve or, hopefully, eradicate...

    The Tony Stark...

    It’s no secret that I loved the Iron Man movie (certified 4.5 yarmulke™ rating). After all, I saw it three times in the theater. But, what was it about this masterpiece of American cinema that made it so perfect? Was it the incredible acting of Robert Downey Jr.? Was it the top-notch special effects? Was it the Nick Fury cameo after the credits? No. In this post, I’d like to offer my opinion on what it was that made Iron Man so successful.

    It was Tony Stark’s goatee.

    Look at it. It’s perfect. It stands alone, in total uniqueness, as a monument of what tremendous facial grooming can produce. Look at its sharp contours. It’s points. Its separations. I would challenge anyone to find a better example of what makes a man successful.

    I now have a new goal: to grow my own “Tony Stark”. Add it to the bucket list…

    BSMT 2008: 1st Vote Result...

    Dear readers, we have our first victor in the battle of Best Summer Movie: 2008.

    Iron Man prevailed over You Don’t Mess With the Zohan in a landslide victory of 8 votes to 1. Editor’s Note: Whoever voted for Zohan needs to contact me personally. I’d like to meet you face to face and anoint you with oil as I pray over you.

    This, of course, means that Iron Man will go on to face the winner of the Indy 4 vs. The Love Guru battle.

    The next vote will start next Friday, June 20, and will be a dual vote. It will be between the aforementioned Indy 4 vs. The Love Guru, and Prince Caspian vs. Get Smart.

    Until then, see you at the movies…

    6/12/2008

    Hulk SMASH...

    Just in case you didn't know, The Incredible Hulk comes out this Friday.

    Now, I know what you're going to say. "Dude, the Hulk movie that came out a few years ago was stupid." To which I would reply, "No, you're stupid. That movie was awesome! But its tone wasn't right in delivering the Hulk to the mass public."

    But, this time, everything will be different. Finally, Marvel has become its own film studio. They're slowly taking control of their characters' licenses. What does this mean? It means that the people who care about Marvel characters more than anyone will be in charge of telling their stories to the public. It means we won't ever have to worry about ending up with garbage like this, this, or this. Ever again.

    It also means that Marvel can begin to build a universe, the universe, that its fans have been dreaming of forever! A universe where its characters live in the same world. A universe where Nick Fury shows up in Tony Stark's apartment. A world where Stark Industries provides weapons to Gen. Thadeus "Thunderbolt" Ross to take down ol' green skin. A world where its possible to, one day, see all of our favorite heroes in the same movie!

    And personally, I can't wait! This is the stuff I used to dream of while I sat on the floor of my room and read through stacks of comics I got as hand-me-downs from a buddy in elementary school.

    So, in preparation for this Friday's incredible movie, check out all you need to know about the jade giant here.

    See you at the movies...

    6/11/2008

    Top Ten Cartoons of the Eighties...

    To say that, when I was a kid, I was a fan of Saturday morning cartoons would be a gross understatement. I used to get up at 6am every Saturday, grab the TV Guide and a highlighter, and highlight all of the shows that I wanted to watch that morning. I would then set the VCR to record all of the shows that I liked that were on at the same time as those that I would watch. I still remember the first Saturday morning that I didn't wake up in time to go through this process. I saw the clock on the VCR, got upset, and threw the remote against the fireplace.

    Cartoons of the eighties are the best that have ever been made. Since then, only a handful of shows have been produced that are on par with them. Cartoon Network, while doing a lot for cartoons, pretty much killed off Saturday mornings.

    And so, I wanted to make this list as a celebration of such an awesome part of my childhood. And so, without further adieu, my list of the top ten cartoons of the eighties. I'd love to see your opinions on the list and ideas for shows I might have left off...

    10) Inspector Gadget



    9) Muppet Babies



    8) He-Man and the Masters of the Universe



    7) MASK



    6) The Real Ghostbusters



    5) Ducktales



    4) G.I. Joe



    3) Thundercats



    2) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles



    1) Transformers




    Honorable Mention

    Alvin and the Chipmunks



    Captain N: The Gamemaster



    Visionaries



    Silverhawks

    Mac Attack...

    Two Monday afternoons ago, my Mac freaked out...

    I downloaded the newest software upgrade, installed it, then restarted. And that's where it stayed: in the restart phase. So, I went online (on someone else's computer) and made an appointment with a Mac genius at my local Apple store for the next morning at 8:20am. So, the next morning, I showed up at the store and explained my problem. The genius told me to do a restart off of an operating system install disc and even printed some directions for me to follow. So, I went home happy.

    Except, when I got home, I realized I couldn't restart. (After all, that was my original problem!) So I went back to the store. Upon my second visit, the (same) genius told me that all I had to do was to hold down my "option" key while I restarted. (Information that would have come in handy upon my first visit.) I said that that was nowhere on the paper that he printed out for me and he said, "Oh, sorry."

    So, I returned home again. I tried the new restart, and it looked like it would work. I left my computer in my room and went to hang out with the McGills. When I returned a few hours later, I was greeted with a soul-crushing "Reinstall failed". So, I tried again. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough disc space to complete the restart. So, I called the geniuses one more time.

    I went back to the Apple store (this is the third trip in a day) to try and get help again. This time, they helped me remove some useless programs from my mac and completed the reinstall and restart. I decided to stay at the store for this round, just to make sure that everything worked. So, I sat at the genius bar for three hours. But it worked. PRAISE THE LORD it worked!

    So, all of that to say: I love Apple's customer service! They're super helpful, patient, and (from watching three hours' worth of other customers interactions) they care enough about their customers to make sure they get the best help possible. Even if that means sending them to another service provider.

    So long as I have the funds, I'll be an apple customer for life...

    I Love the World: Part 2 (Video Game Edition)...

    I posted a couple of weeks ago on how much I loved this commercial from the Discovery Channel. This morning I found a video game version of it. Check it out. Boom-Dee-ah-da...

    Oh yeah, here's the lyrics:

    I love the mountains
    I love the clear blue skies
    I love big bridges
    I love when great whites fly
    I love the whole world [Les Stroud]
    And all its sights and sounds
    Boom-dee-ah-da, boom-dee-ah-da
    Boom-dee-ah-da, boom-dee-ah-da
    I love the oceans
    I love real dirty things [Mike Rowe]
    I love to go fast
    I love Egyptian kings
    I love the whole world
    And all its craziness
    Boom-dee-ah-da, boom-dee-ah-da
    Boom-dee-ah-da, boom-dee-ah-da [Richard Machowicz]
    I love tornadoes [Joshua Wurman]
    I love arachnids [Bear Grylls]
    I love hot magma
    I love the giant squids
    I love the whole world
    It's such a brilliant place
    Boom-dee-ah-da, boom-dee-ah-da [Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage]
    Boom-dee-ah-da, boom-dee-ah-da [Stephen Hawking]
    Boom-dee-ah-da, boom-dee-ah-da
    Boom-dee-ah-da, boom-dee-ah-da
    Boom-dee-ah-da, boom-dee-ah-da...

    Web Wednesday: Stop or I'll Shoot...

    Oh look, it's Web Wednesday again!

    For many years now, I've wondered how I could combine my love of guns and condiments. I've tried loading my shotgun with spicy brown mustard, but it didn't quite accomplish my intended goal. I've tried using bottle of Heinz ketchup as targets for practice, but the resulting visuals and clean-up just freaked out my neighbors. But, today my dreams have become a reality.

    I give you The Condiment Gun...

    Mom, I want one of these. Did I mention how much I love you...

    6/10/2008

    John Adams...

    I've said many times over that, had I not gone into ministry, I would have been a history teacher. Why? Because I love history. I also love to tell stories. Plus, there's the whole "dedicating my life to working with kids" thing... All of this combined with my love of movies and TV makes me incredibly excited to crack open this little beauty that I purchased tonight...

    HBO's John Adams on DVD

    I watched 3 episodes when I was home in SC towards the end of April. It's UH-mazing! I can't wait to see if Adams and the rest of the founding fathers are successful in their attempt at declaring independence.

    Don't tell me how it ends...

    People Let Me Tell You 'Bout My Best Friend...

    I used to think that I was an introvert...

    Well, any chance of that being true has been blown apart over the past six months. In fact, I spent so much time by myself during the month of February that I knew a decision had to be made to change my circumstances. The combination of my solitude and lack of opportunity to minister to others on a regular basis led me to return back to my second home.

    I began making my weekend treks to Orange County in mid-March. The chance to volunteer at the church I did my internship at while being around people who I've come to consider family was too good to pass up. But I was extremely surprised that I found what I did.

    While I knew that my friends cared about me, I really think that I had no idea how much. And, in the past two weeks, this has become incredibly obvious to me.

    I'm blessed beyond what I deserve to have friends I can count on. My hope and prayer is that I can learn from their example and become as good of a friend to others as they've been to me...

    6/09/2008

    BSMT: First Vote...

    Here we are kids, we've arrived at my favorite part of summer: movies. And, just like last summer, I'm inviting you to be a part of helping determine this summer's favorite.

    Here's how it works: In the above picture, you'll notice that this summer's movies have been set up in a tournament bracket. As each movie is released, I'll post a survey for you to vote between two movies. You're not voting for which movie you thought was better quality, you're voting for your favorite. The winning movie advances in the tournament on its way to being crowned 2008's "Part of the Process Best Summer Movie".

    This summer's first vote is between Iron Man and You Don't Mess With the Zohan. Editor's Note: So far, I've seen Iron Man three times and I regret seeing Zohan three times over.

    So, here it is. Which is your favorite: Iron Man or Zohan? The voting will be open from today, June 9th, through Friday, June 13th. The winner will go on to face the victor in the battle between Indy 4 and The Love Guru.

    Vote away...

    6/06/2008

    An Arm and a Leg...

    I snapped this picture at the intersection of Lake Forest and Rockfield.

    Don't buy gas here. It ain't cheap. This is officially, as of 6-04-08, the highest I've ever seen gas.

    Sheesh. If gas is this bad in the O.C., I can't imagine what it is in San Diego...

    6/05/2008

    Weird Cell Phone Picture: #16 (And All of the Birds They Dance Below Me)...

    On Monday, I was able to spend time with the McGills at the Spectrum. There, right in front of (or, I guess, behind) Barnes & Noble, we saw this sign...

    So I say, "Yeah right. A bird's just going to attack someone for no reason." Then, we saw a bird attack a man's back... Without him even knowing. Sweet...

    I guess I'll have to take signs at their word more often...

    6/04/2008