6/29/2009

Some Thoughts...

A few of my friends occasionally write some blog posts that are a kind of thought dump. So I thought I'd type out some random thoughts that have been trickling down my Plinko board of a brain for the past week or so...

  • When I lived in San Diego, someone in my apartment complex left a copy of Here's Johnny! by Ed McMahon in the laundry room with a note that said "take if you want". So I did. After McMahon's death last week, and after reading of his service of our country in two major wars (WWII and Korea), I really want to read his book now...

  • I really dislike when singers start a word that begins with "O" with an "H". It's not "Hokay"! It's "Okay"...

  • I'm actually embarrassed by Governor Mark Sanford. I might write a whole post on this later...

  • A guest speaker at my home church said something two weeks ago that has stuck in my head ever since. "If I'm still reacting to my past, I can't relate to my present properly." Still processing how to live that one out...

  • Then, this past week, he said something else that I liked. He said it in relation to our relationship with Christ, but I think it applies in all of our relationships. "You can't enjoy someone you don't know." Still working on that one too...

  • I'm guest teaching at my college roommate's church again this Wednesday night. I had a great time when I taught back in January! I'm a little nervous about this time though, as he (my roommate) and his wife are gone on a missions trip and no one I know will be there...

  • I've got a new round of interviews coming up for youth ministry positions. I've got a good feeling about this round and I really hope that God has one of them picked out for me...

  • I'm loving watching the show Bones. Anyone else watch it? Own the DVDs? Want to let me borrow them...

  • I'm finding myself with the itch to go back to school again. Hopefully the next place I end up at to serve will be able to allow me to do some school on the side...
  • 6/25/2009

    Michael Joseph Jackson: 1958-2009...

    Wow... As you've no doubt heard by now, Michael Jackson has died at the age of 50...

    On a day already saddened by the passing of another American icon (Farrah Fawcett), this news somehow stings all the more. For those of us who were alive in the 80's and witnessed his fame at its height, there will never be an equal.

    As I think back to my childhood, MJ was one of the first cassette tapes I was ever given. He was the first musical artist that I ever remember lip synching to, and was probably the beginning of my love for music. On top of that, I have such a vivid memory of Thriller (the music video). When it first premiered on television (on every major network in primetime) and ran on MTV constantly, I couldn't watch it because it scared me so much. I would run to my room, shut the door (then crack it), and watch the TV through the crack. Even now, seeing that video transports me back to my old house, standing behind a door, holding the doorknob above my head.

    And now a new memory will be entered alongside all the others. Where was I when I heard of his death? I was at my Great Aunt's house cooking dinner for my family. I got a text from a former student, but I thought he was mistaken. Then, the news came over the TV.

    I'm not sure that there will ever be another entertainer quite like him. His music will live on, inspiring other musicians (as it did me), forever...

    6/24/2009

    I'd Be Lion If I Said I Knew Where This Came From...

    As I was digging through some old stuff tonight, I found an old drawing I had made. Here is that drawing...

    But, for the life of me, I can't remember when I drew it! My best guess is that I did it when I was working in Hilton Head, SC at a church's day camp. I kind of think it was there because what I found was a xerox of the drawing and I think I might have given the original to one of the kids that I taught that summer.

    Oh well, it kind of doesn't matter. It's still cool to find old art that I've done...

    6/23/2009

    The Proposal and Year One...

    Oh hey... I just noticed that my reviews for both The Proposal and Year One have gone live at youthministry.com. Click on the link to check them out. Remember to rate and comment too...

    6/22/2009

    I Heart Exploring...

    I love exploring the wilderness...

    Don't get me wrong, I don't think I'm at the level of Lewis and Clark or anything. In fact, I'm pretty sure everywhere I've ever been has already been discovered. But I love being in the woods or jungle and just walking around, seeing what's to be seen.

    A while ago, I was asked by a friend to help him film a video involving sending a mannequin in a kayak down a river. (Awesome. I know.) This required me to walk alongside the river for a good 50 or 60 yards to find where the start of the scene would be taking place. I was amazed at all of the vines, rocks, nooks, and crannies I found. I was also amazed at my reflexes when I narrowly avoided stepping on this little guy...

    I think it's a salamander. But I'm not exactly sure.

    But, then again, that's not the point of exploring. The point is to see what you can see.

    And I really love doing that...

    6/19/2009

    Power Rankings: 11...

    Power Rankings are a pointless and futile exercise, kind of like running. Unless I write them. Then they're like P90X for your soul...

    1. My Nanny She had open heart triple bypass last Wednesday, but came home two days ago. I can't even begin to say how relieved I am that she's home safe. Speaking of surgery, why is it that doctors always schedule it so early in the morning? I mean, if I was a doc, I'd want to sleep in... (link)

    2. Which Wich I just ate at this place for the first time on Thursday for lunch. I'm not kidding around when I say that it was like Jesus himself returned and threw a party complete with confetti and streamers in my mouth. I'm talking about "I woke up this morning and immediately wanted to go and eat another one" kind of good. If you've got one near you, go. If you don't, go to the nearest one. Seriously... (link)

    3. New Posters for Sherlock Holmes At this point, I think it's safe to say that I want to start a bromance with RDJ. I mean, we could sit around and talk about all things awesome. You know, stuff like Tony Stark's goatee. We'd probably end up being BFFs. He'd end up telling me all the secrets from the set of Weird Science. Sigh... (link)

    4. Conan O'Brien Have you watched him since he's taken over the Tonight Show? He's given me new hope that pasty white, freckled, red heads can host popular late night talk shows. Oh yeah, and Triumph returns tonight with an appearance at Bonaroo... (link)

    5. The Real Bat Man I will learn to do this. I hope I don't knock myself out more than three times... (link)

    Did You See That...

    This afternoon, my brother and I delivered some food to my aunt and uncle. On the drive home, I did a double take and asked him if he had just seen what I saw. This is what I was amazed at...

    Now, I didn't take this picture. I wasn't fast enough. So I had to find it on the internets. But this is the car...

    I mean, this is not something that is typically seen in South Carolina. I'm used to seeing trucks, monster trucks, low rider cars, motorcycles, and monster trucks. This thing was like seeing Pac-Man going down the road chasing after a blue ghost.

    But still, awesome...

    6/17/2009

    Web Wednesday: Invisible Rope...

    It's Web Wednesday!

    I saw this video last night and loved it so much that I immediately wanted to try it! So simple... Yet, so funny...

    Please to enjoy...

    6/16/2009

    Primarily Pi Pizza...

    Back in March, I posted on a restaurant that was coming to my neighborhood called Primarily Pi Pizza...

    It opened in early June and I finally made it in for lunch today. Even though they didn't have a $3.14 lunch special (bummer), they did have an awesome atmosphere with some sweet decor all around like these...



    Not to mention all of these fun facts about Pi...


    But best of all was the BBQ chicken pizza that we ordered...


    Great atmosphere, great food, and they had Diet Dr. Pepper! I'll definitely be going back for more! You're welcome to come too...

    6/15/2009

    Cap is Back...

    I've posted a few times on my love for Captain America...

    That's why, when marvel killed him off in March of '07, I was wicked bummed (part of that was due to the fact that I couldn't find the incredibly valued issue anywhere).

    Well, as is often the case in comics, Marvel is now bringing Captain America back to life.

    "The tenor of the world now is when we're at a point where we want to believe in heroes. Someone who can lead the way," says Marvel Executive Editor Tom Breevort. "It just feels like the right time."

    So, anyone want to help me find the July issue of Captain America Reborn? In 50 years, when I sell it for ten grand, I'll split the profits with you...

    6/12/2009

    Power Rankings: 10...

    Power Rankings on the internet are like Jeff: that guy who managed the Max, stole Kelly, and later cheated on her. Unless I write them. Then they're like Zack, your true love who you're meant to be with and also appeared on NYPD Blue...

    1. First Picture of Mickey Rourke as Whiplash Like I said, anything new that's released from Iron Man 2 will more than likely take the top spot in the weekly Power Rankings. This doesn't count as post #7, since I've already posted on it this week... (link)

    2. Good News Everyone! Futurama is Back! One of the best written, imaginative and funny animated television series ever created is getting new life on Comedy Central. Once again, a show FOX cancels gets rescued when it's discovered people actually loved it... (link)

    3. Zack Morris on Jimmy Fallon Zack was on Late Night and brought his whole bag of tricks with him: acid wash jeans, high tops, highlighted hair, and giant cell phone. He also added his name and Jessie's to the list of Bayside alumni committing to appearing at a reunion. Awesome... (link)

    4. Waitress at a Waffle House Fires Gun at Customer for Throwing Waffle I said scattered, covered, chunked, topped, and diced! Not scattered, covered, chunked, topped, and smothered... (link)

    5. Facebook Vanity Name URL Land Rush Starting at midnight EST tonight, you'll be able to claim your very own vanity URL for your Facebook account. So stay up late so you can get facebook.com/ilovejobros or someone else will... (link)

    Bonus!

    6. Death Metal Parrot I'm afraid of birds. And after finding out they're such a fan of death metal, I think I'm scared of death metal now too... (link)

    6/11/2009

    The Hangover...

    Oh look, my review of The Hangover just went live at youthministry.com! Sweet. Click the link to check it out. Make sure you rate it and leave some comments as well...

    6/09/2009

    First Pic Of Mickey Rourke As Whiplash In Iron Man 2...

    The English translation of the tattoo on his stomach is "I'm On a Boat"...

    Wow... Iron Man 2 is going to be incredible. It's still a year away (release date: May 7, 2010), but as pictures and plot points are slowly released leaked my expectations are continually met and exceeded.
    On top of Tony Stark's Goatee, the sequel has Mickey Rourke appearing as Whiplash. [See above picture.]

    I heard about the picture's release from Jon Favreau's twitter, and was directed to USAToday. The above image is in HD (so you can click on it to embiggen), but if you want it without the black border, go here.

    By the way, this is post number six so far on Iron Man 2. And we've still got a year to go...

    6/03/2009

    Web Wednesday: Cryptic Canvas...

    It's Web Wednesday!

    Today's entry comes courtesy of Lisa Bee. As a movie geek, I spend a lot of free time reading about, watching, thinking about, and writing about movies. Which makes this all the sweeter for me...

    This is a painting that contains clues to movie titles. It also allows you to answer some (by clicking on them and typing the answer) and then save it to come back to later. After trying for a little bit, I'm at 18 out of 50.

    Enjoy...

    6/02/2009

    Up...

    My review of Pixar's Up is live now at youthministry.com! Click the link and check it out! Make sure you rate it and leave some comments as well...

    6/01/2009

    Yes, I Talk To Myself About the G.I. Joe Movie...

    Oh summer movies... How you own me.

    Right now, an internal struggle is happening within me. A... debate, if you will, over the movie G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. It's been going something like this...

    "OMLGG! G.I. Joe movie!!!"

    "But dude, did you see who's directing it? Stephen Sommors. Stephen Sommors, dude! He made Van Helsing!"

    "But he also made The Mummy... And that wasn't totally bad."

    "But you've seen how they make Cobra Commander look here and here. There's no way that they're going to respect anything from the cartoon..."

    "But you know they can't translate things directly. It'd look crazy..."

    "Right. But have you seen the poster?"

    "Touche."

    "And don't get me started on the "accelerator" suits. G.I. Joe is supposed to be the best operatives on the planet. They don't need Metroid suits to get the job done! Why do they need suits but Cobra doesn't?"

    "Because... because... umm..."

    "Mmm hmm..."

    "You know that this is pointless, right? You know you're still going to see this movie no matter how bad they mess it up?"

    "Well yeah, but... Shut it you..."