January 2006


general27 Jan 2006 02:48 pm

Kind of an odd week i guess… obviously pretty busy since i haven’t updated in a long time… basically, pretty much no one else has been in the office all week so i did my best to get the bulk of my office work done Monday through Wednesday so that i could work from hom Thursday and today… which i did, but it meant that i had to be very heads down and focused, hence i neglected the blog… anyway, the highlight of the first half of the week was when i was joined at the office by my wife and the boys with ribs from the brand new Famous Dave’s down the street… good times… good lunch… and now that i have a moment, i’ll pick up where i left off…

let’s see… Get a Haircut and Get a Real Job… yes, by the way this is a reference to George Thorogood, big fan of the southern rock licks am i… anyway… here’s the thing… i have both… and i’m not entirely happy with either… the barber shop that i go to has managed to give me a different barber each of the five times i’ve been there and none of them since the first guy has been able to follow directions… i have a simple haircut… i’m not too picky… my hair is really thick, full of cowlicks and it grows like weeds… so, if it’s cut too short, it’s really only a few days before it’s grown back out… and i don’t want to have to comb it every morning… apparently shave the sides, tight fade, short on top, means try to make me look like a Q-Tip… dirty rat… NO TIP FOR YOU!… and then there’s the job… there are times when i enjoy what i do, but they’ve grown fewer and farther between… basically i look at code all day, write code, pull information from a database, figure out the best ways to put information into a database… that kind of thing… and a lot of times i get really ridiculous projects that have to be done in a day because no one decided to tell me about it the month or so ago when they first decided that i would do it… actually, to be honest, the last couple projects have been pretty fun… i’ve been working with Bible search tools on one and Google Maps on the other and that’s been pretty interesting… but overall, it’s kind of sad to know that if i stay where i’m at, i literally stay where i’m at… i’ve been here for five years now and i’m basically in the same position with annual pay increases… and my position has a ceiling that i reached a long time ago… and while my plans and hopes are to transition into a full-time writing career at some point in the future… i’ve started looking at tax stuff and it’s sobering to see that approximately 98% of my income is not related to writing… still a long way to go and it’s tough enough to find the time to write as much as i currently do… oh well… one step at a time, right?… while i’m talking about jobs… a big fat hooray that my dad got a job… he’s been unemployed for about seven months now, but he starts a new job on the 1st… amen… my brother in law, though is still trying to find the right “I Love Lucy” scheme to make a fortune without working… he seriously needs both a haircut and a job at this point…

oh, right, the End of the Spear… i almost forgot… good thing the soundtrack is in my review list this week… so here’s the scoop… my church rented out the theater well, you know, one screen of the theater… and we got to pay $8 for a $6.75 matinee ticket, but it’s all good… so we file in, they actually bumped up the showing time on us announcing Sunday morning that it was twenty minutes earlier than previously advertised… so this bumped up our timetables and dropping the boys off and basically ruining their nap… anyway… we got there in time… we file in… it’s fairly crowded (i was told later that we sold 133 of the 170 seats)… and after a little bit, the lights dim and we’re ready to watch the film… about this point i started to wonder if we were going to have any previews etc. since we rented out the place and just when i decided that no, we probably wouldn’t… the trailer for Miami Vice came on… interesting choice, with the sounds of Encore/Numb by Jay-Z and Linkin Park filling the ears of all us church folk… next up was The DaVinci Code… really interesting choice… i wonder if this was someone having fun with us or what… personally, i was upset that it’s still the same teaser that’s been showing for months now – the one that basically just pans out to reveal the Mona Lisa at the end… the movie’s been in production for a long time now, you can give us a little more, can’t you?… well, the trailer drew a number of “boos” and hisses and i was somewhat ashamed to be part of this crowd… but i suppose that’s another story… there were a couple more trailers… X3 and Apocalypto, both of which were “church approved” apparently… then the film began…

Now, i’ve seen Beyond the Gates of Splendor already, so i was well aware of the storyline… and i expected that they would really try to make it hit home, even harder than the documentary did and to some degree i think that worked… although, i didn’t get the sense of sympathy towards the tribe that i expected… sure, it’s really sad and savage and i knew all that before (and by the way, have sympathy for them already), but the film seemed to fall short early on and continually with that aspect… if i had done it, i would’ve worked harder to get the audience to be more compassionate towards the tribe… there were a few moments where Mincayani made statements that revealed a desire to break the cycle, but overall the pull for the audience loyalties was largely set on the missionaries… again, this isn’t a bad thing, but i think it’s short-sighted to assume the audience can’t be emotionally attached to both parties, and if, i’m honest, the story tells of missionaries who cared more about the tribe than themselves and it’s odd for me to watch the movie and have to struggle to care as much about the tribe, because i’m stuck on the missionaries… maybe that’s just me…

Overall though, the movie moved pretty well… the subtitles weren’t as annoying as i feared they might be (who goes to a movie to READ?)… but the story came through pretty well despite some technical things like the never-aging tribesmen… and a few gaps in time that were a little confusing i guess… the soundtrack, as i’m reminded right now, works really well… didn’t hear it much during the movie, but it’s giving me chills and rushes as it’s playing right now… and i suppose this is a good thing, but it seems they went out of their way to avoid showing any gore, despite earning a PG-13 rating… i was wondering why the rating at the end… so, i guess the bottom line is, that it’s a pretty good, pretty powerful movie, despite some nuances… of course, those issues are easy to sweep away given the sentiment of the film, but if i had to give it a rating, i’d go with a 3.25 of 5, how about that?…

Well that sure chewed up a lot of time… this is cool though.. .i just got a screener for “The Second Chance” with Michael W Smith sent to me via UPS… coolness… also, and this one’s a total surprise, i got a copy of Bambi II on DVD… i have no idea why, but hey, the boys will love that…

So, i still have a couple topics to write about… “The Miracles of Jesus” and “My Enemies are Men Like Me”… but i’m so out of time… here’s the latest bit of updates for the TRu and my CMCentral Reviews… let me just say that January STINKS for new music… after this week’s reviews i will happily wash my hands of the whole month… well, except that i have P.O.D., Avalon, and Jennifer Knapp still on the way… anyway, here’s what’s gone down…

theTRu

  • Feature: 2oo5 The Year In Re:TRu (part one)
  • Walk TRu: Lisa McClendon – Live at HOB New Orleans
  • Walk TRu: Charlie Hall – Flying Into Daybreak

    CMCentral

  • Charlie Hall – Flying Into Daybreak
  • Brother’s Keeper – Beyond Beautiful
  • 4Him – Encore… For Future Generations
  • Joanna Martino – My World
  • The Listening – The Listening LP
  • FFH ® – Voice From Home
  • The Second Chance: Original Soundtrack
  • Vicki Beeching – Yesterday, Today, and Forever
  • by the way, the ® is there because FFH ® feels the need to put it everywhere… it’s on the binding of their CD for goodness sakes… that was perhaps the funniest thing i’ve seen all week… Anyway, i think i’m done here… i have four more reviews to write for CMC, 3 for HHftS, 3 for Sphere, a RunDown, and more parts to the Re:TRu… have a good weekend…

    currently listening to:

    Karen Clark Sheard – It’s Not Over… Live in Detroit
    Lisa McClendon – Live From the House of Blues New Orleans
    Michael John Stanley – The Crimson Element
    End of the Spear Soundtrack
    The Urban Sophisticates – The Coward’s Anthem
    Viktory – Believe It Now
    Lightheaded – Wrong Way
    TobyMac – Welcome to Diverse City
    TobyMac – Renovating Diverse City
    Scribbling Idiots – Idiomatic Mixtape

    keeping an eye on…

    peace… love… bdg…

    general18 Jan 2006 12:25 pm

    EDIT: Dare i even attempt to predict the Superbowl?  MAN…

    EDIT: NP- Pigeon John – The Art of Falling Off 

    Anyway, this weekend i’ll see The End of the Spear… also i’ll watch the Steeler’s LOSE (can’t STAND that team)… and the Panthers win…  or maybe quite the opposite… have a good one of it…


    ah, back to work… funny, work today is less stressful than the weekend was to some extent… or less frustrating at least… first… to tie up the loose ends from the last entry…

    Missions?… i’m apparently a member of my church’s missions counsel/board/team… this actually came as a slight surprise to me as i attended my first meeting last week and was welcomed to the team… maybe that doesn’t make much sense, but i offer some of my time to the church as a publicist-type person for outreach plans and programs… missions being one of our outreaches, i decided to attend the monthly meeting and get some notes jotted down for potential write-ups or promotion, etc… i initially thought that i would be a fly on the wall, but now i’m in the group… it’s not a bad thing, just a surprise i guess, and i do like it… my sister-in-law is a missionary with her family in Thailand, so it’s not like i don’t have any interest in missions or anything…

    the Adam thing and the “fall” of man…hmm… this is a big one… okay, so a while back i posted a question about whether or not Adam and Eve were “perfect” before they sinned… i think most people assume that they were simply because they got thrown out of the garden after they sinned and it was the first or original sin… however, i recently (well, maybe not-so-recently by now) started thinking about it and i’m thinking differently than i always had before…

    first off, this trail of thought stemmed from me stumbling on one of my old steno pads… i used to carry around these steno pads everywhere, thinking that every good writer needs to have something to write on at all times… i thought that if i could keep this thing with me, i’d end up with a wealth of thoughts and words that i could later go back to and expand upon… well, in theory it’s true, but practically speaking, i’m not very organized, and i never have the time to go back and follow up on things… anyway, after i managed to have a few dozen of these notepads in play i finally gave up and they managed to get strewn about the house and i stumble upon them now and again…

    anyway… this particular one that i happened upon on that day included in it a page that simply stated “There is no free will in Heaven”… and from there, this whole thought process untangled… i remembered why i had written that, which was that Heaven was a perfect place, no sin, no sorrow, no desire to sin… and from there i thought about free will which is the source of our ability to sin combined with our sinful nature which causes us to want to sin… and then i made a random leap and combined the two as one force working together towards the common goal of our demise… and if we weren’t going to want to sin, it’s quite possible that this is because we don’t have the choice to sin, hence there is no free will in Heaven…

    from there i came to Adam and thinking about how one can sin if they aren’t already conditioned to sin… conditioned being having a free will capable of choosing to sin and a sinful nature, bent on making the wrong choice… therefore, if Adam had a sinful nature and thus the capability of sinning, then he wasn’t perfect at all and the fall of man was simply a matter of time…

    for instance, before i was old enough to drive, i could’ve made an argument that i was a perfect driver… i mean, i had never gotten a ticket for any type of violation, i had never been in an accident, i had never broken down, or run out of gas, nothing like that… i was in fact a perfect driver… or was i?… perhaps more accurately, i was an untested driver… and i think that’s the key… i think perfection is proven with a test… Adam, when he was tested, failed, proving that he wasn’t perfect… Jesus, when He was tested, passed and proved that He was the only perfect man to walk the earth…

    i don’t know that any of that means anything, but it’s just been kicking around in my head and i thought i’d get it out… maybe, if nothing else it should stir up some accountability within each of us… to stop blaming our sins on the failures of someone else… even if that goes all the way back to the original sin… maybe we should realize that Adam was just a man too… and we are all equally capable of sinning, and equally guilty of failing tests… and no one is perfect… “no, not one”…

    weekend drama…so before i get too carried away and get close to catching up… here’s what happened this past weekend… yes… i really blew it on those picks… what a frustrating weekend of football… although, the two games i watched were very exciting all the way to the end or at least close to the end… and i only watched two, because of the next frustration of the weekend… we had some severe winds on Saturday night… severe winds… all night long… my house was creaking way too much for being less than two years old… (i guess they don’t make them like they used to)… and i discovered the net result, after coming back from church and attempting to watch the Colts game… our satellite dish had been dislocated and was no longer communicating with the satellites high in the sky… no signal… and yadda yadda yadda… i call DirecTV for some of their “top notch” customer service and spent 40 frustrating minutes on the phone which ended with my decision to finally switch back to cable… the long and the short of it, is that they wanted to charge me $70 to come out and realign the dish, a process which takes all of 5 minutes, and they wouldn’t come out for 8 days… well they got an earful and hey, now i’m getting cable tonight… the cable company was more than happy to accommodate my choice to switch and i got a sweet deal… anyway… i’m out of time for now… there are still a few topics to cover and i’ll add to that as well…

    currently listening to:

    Charlie Hall – Flying Into Daybreak
    Brother’s Keeper – Beyond Beautiful
    Joanna Martino – My World
    4Him – Encore… for Future Generations

    keeping an eye on…

    peace… love… bdg…

    general11 Jan 2006 04:33 pm

    EDIT AGAIN: perhaps i should’ve forgotten to make my picks… what is going on today? MAN…

    EDIT: almost forgot… my picks this week… Redskins in a close game that is all about defense, 24-21… Patriots in a not-so-close one 31-14… Colts in a bitter game in which the Steeler’s motto becomes “hurt Peyton” (they’re dirty players over there in Pittsburgh) 42-24… and the Bears edging out the very impressive Panthers 17-14… okay… now i need to get some reviews done…

    Sat. 14 January 1:30ish…


    a quick update to hold you over… here’s some things to read…

    The TRu

  • Walk TRu: The Listening – The Listening LP

    CMCentral

  • Delirious? – The Mission Bell
  • Derek Webb – Mockingbird
  • StorySide:B – Everything and More
  • Jonah33 – The Strangest Day
  • coming soon… “Get a Haircut and Get a Real Job”… “the Miracles of Jesus and what they mean”… “the Adam thing and the fall of man”… “Missions?”…

    keeping an ear out for…

    The Second Chance: Movie Soundtrack
    Rock N Roll Worship Circus Becomes The Listening
    FFH – A Voice From Home
    Vicki Beeching – Yesterday, Today, and Forever
    George Thorogood – Greatest Hits: 30 Years of Rock

    keeping an eye on…

    peace… love… bdg…

    general06 Jan 2006 01:29 pm

    ok, so i’ve heard the big news about Ariel Sharon who is not, as i once thought in my younger years, a girl and her mermaid friend, but rather the Prime Minister of Israel… over the past year or so, Sharon has overseen great strides made in the Middle East to ease tensions between Israel and Palestinians, including the recent turning over of the Gaza Strip… if i mess up on these details, it’s because i don’t pay enough attention, but you can probably get the gist… well, Sharon has had a stroke again, this time significantly more serious than the previous stroke and there’s a possibility that he may die… in fact, while some doctors involved have mentioned a slim chance, some news sources have already reported him dead… according to the World Tribune (link)… Sharon was “pronounced dead” sometime this morning… regardless of his current condition, the world is watching with anticipation, fear, and hope…

    Whether he lives or dies, it will mean quite a shakeup in the Middle East… many will struggle to claim his position and who knows what might happen between the I and P relations… and as i was driving home last night from work, i was listening to the news and some scholar was talking about leadership and the type of leader that would be needed to replace Sharon and how the goal needs to be a peaceful coexistence of I and P as equal states or something to that effect… and as he was talking and i was drifting away in thought, it dawned on me… here is a key player in the peace talks in the Middle East and more specifically Israel who has just suffered a fatal blow to the head… if you’ll indulge me for a second… Revelations 13:3 says that “One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound…” so, i entertained the notion for a little while, after all, Sharon’s activities of late were enough for Pat Robertson to declare that it was God’s wrath that caused the stroke… (and i suppose to set the stage, God allowed Sharon to grow quite large and increase the risk factors to make it seem more like and accident)… actually, it really doesn’t take much to draw that reaction from Pat i guess… more on that later… so i’m travelling down this path… almost whimsically and i hear that Sharon will be in a medical-induced coma for three days before they consider bringing him back to consciousness and begin full recovery… three days down and then back… i’m familiar with that timeframe… “… and the fatal wound had been healed… ” also interesting… the thoughts that occupy my commute time were now swarming so loudly that i actually missed the traffic report… and then the next sentence… “The whole world was astonished and followed the beast” …so the whole world thing struck me because i had just thought about and perhaps heard about the whole world waiting to see what would happen to Sharon… and all of this was pretty familiar because it’s a new year and Revelations is at the end of the Bible and thus at the end of the “read the Bible in a Year” course…

    Anyway… i just thought it was interesting… and i hadn’t seen it anywhere else… please know that when i imply that Ariel Sharon is the beast of Revelations, i’m about as serious as i am when i say that Bono is the Antichrist… although, if Bono visits Sharon while he’s in the hospital and then he recovers, well, maybe i’ll think more seriously about it all…

    now on to what i will be watching over the weekend… NFL Playoff Football… Wild Card Weekend, which is bittersweet since it generally means great games ahead, but also the end of the season is drawing near… what a bummer… my picks for this weekend are as follows… Redskins over the Bucs by a score of 27-17… Patriots over the Jags by a slim 21-19 margin… Giants over the Panthers 37-21… and the Bengals stunning the Steelers 24-20… there, i’ve gone and said it… enjoy the games anyway…

    in other news… i need a haircut… and i need to get a lot of work done… and i need to get a lot of writing done… and i need to do a lot of work on the TRu and stuff to facilitate all of my big plans for this coming year… and i’m tired… and i need to talk more about the other things in my head… and i need to go see what those people just put in that other room over there… and i’m hungry, but my lunch is all gone… and i’m apparently pretty self-centered right now… well.. here’s some content for you to read and hopefully enjoy…

    The TRu

  • Walk TRu: Cross Culture – Proof Positive

    CMCentral

  • Jaime Jamgochian – Reason to Live
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Soundtrack
  • Shai Linne – The Solus Christus Project
  • Chris Tomlin – Live From Austin Music Hall
  • oh, right, Pat Robertson… in his quest to make the 700 Club “must-see television,” he’s been making a lot of silly statements on behalf of God that come across as very hateful and judgemental… it’s debatable i suppose whether or not he’s simply being a prophet or not, but it seems quite clear to me that he’s just a resounding gong… yeah, and i draw that imagery from where Paul says, “without love, [we] are nothing more than a resounding gong”… because that’s the bottom line right there… there is no love in these statements, only hate, anger, judgement, etc… and to me, that puts Pat and the 700 Club among the ranks of Corrupt Christianity and GodHatesFags.com…

    oh, and there’s another news item from this week that irks me greatly… a couple hours from where i live, two young men (19 and 21) were shot and one was killed… so here’s the thing… the two were members of the church of LDS and were going door-to-door when a man ran up to them on the street fired a few shots and ran off, leaving them for dead… now, it’s not like they don’t stand out when they’re going around your neighborhood… it’s pretty clear who they are and what they’re about… but where this would’ve been instantly declared a hate crime if it were an openly gay couple, police were hesitant to decide what the motive was… i don’t know… that just strikes me wrong when authorities are so quick to defend one group with special circumstances but not other groups… i probably didn’t make as much sense on that as i had hoped i would… but i really should go…

    clicking…

    Delirious? – The Mission Bell
    StorySide:B – Everything and More
    Jonah33 – The Strangest Day
    Derek Webb – Mockingbird
    The Second Chance: Movie Soundtrack
    Rock N Roll Worship Circus Becomes The Listening
    FFH – A Voice From Home
    Vicki Beeching – Yesterday, Today, and Forever

    blinking…

     [broken image]

    peace… love… bdg…

    general03 Jan 2006 01:29 pm

    So, i’m back at work, boo hoo… and i have tons of junk to work on… mostly stats but also some fun projects thrown in here and there with unclear priorities… anyway… i’m also back into listening to music more regularly (it’s very sporadic when i’m at home)… so reviews will start coming back into the mix… my reviews from the 19th were FINALLY posted on CMCentral yesterday… and the AWOL editor has apparently returned to the helm… so next week will be four reviews from the 26th, and then four that released on the 26th the following week… i don’t know really, i’ve tried not to think about it… i do have a TON of music to listen to though… and i have to admit that this morning i listened to a Christmas album on the way to work… but it’s ok, because it was Listener and Dust’s eight song EP “Just In Time For Christmas” which i have been itching to listen to since i got it on Christmas Eve… it’s really sweet too by the way…

    Speaking of Christmas, i didn’t really get that much, but when people ask what my favorite present was i don’t have to think too hard… my wife gave me a framed copy of my first HM article… this was technically my first published piece and it was cool to see all framed and nice… what’s most impressing to me is that it reminds me that she’s really proud of me… not that i was doubting it, but this is a visible reminder of her support for what i like to do, even though it takes some of my time away from her and the boys… it really floored me and i was very surprised to see it…pop quiz hotshot what was your favorite Christmas present this year…

    so, the look has changed again, i really did the green and red just for Christmas, but i thought maybe a change would be nice… and i’m actually liking the greys right now… i thought at first it might seem a little drab, but i think it kinda seems crisp and pops out at you… there will certainly be some more tweaks in the near future… but this is it for now… and this is it for this entry… i’m off to statify my life…

    popping…

    Delirious? – The Mission Bell
    StorySide:B – Everything and More
    Jonah33 – The Strangest Day
    Derek Webb – Mockingbird

    sparkling…

    peace… love… bdg…

    general01 Jan 2006 02:26 pm

    Happy New Year!

    This is my “Ring in TRu Thousand Six” iTunes iMix… so you can all go buy these songs and party like it’s 1999… er 2006… i’ll explain more about it in the near future… off to do reviews… (some things don’t change)…

    popping…

    Delirious? – The Mission Bell
    StorySide:B – Everything and More
    Jonah33 – The Strangest Day
    Derek Webb – Mockingbird
    NO CHRISTMAS ALBUMS!!!!!!…

    sparkling…

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    peace… love… bdg…