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It’s been awhile since I first saw you

February 24, 2009

Hmmm… yeah, me and this blog haven’t really spoken in awhile.  That’s a mistake.

Quick update:  Things are going well.  Remember the whole Secret’s to Success blog?  yeah, you do.  Anyway, I hadn’t connected with my business partner and truly set that up.  We talked all about it, but didn’t set an actual date.  From there, it was easy to let it slip and slowly fade to the background as a memory.  Meanwhile, my “disciplines” have become quite the rarety as far as getting up, exercising, and accomplishing the things I need to do each day.

SO, last week, I met again with this man, and we set a date for real and it was yesterday.  Two, count ’em, two days now I have risen early in the morning, got my work out on and then been showered and shaved with enough time for a little quiet time in the morning before work.  Awesome.

Also awesome?  This video, do you remember it?

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The late night blogger

February 4, 2009

’cause that’s what I am.  apparently.

This week I am struggling a bit with some insomnia.  I’ve just been laying in bed for 2 hrs. without success and decided to get up and go ahead and write this blog.  Often times, this blog will probably contain a review or critique on some sort of media that I have taken in.  A friend recently commented to me that it seemed from my twitter and facebook that all I ever do was go to meetings and watch movies.  I thought about this and decided that was largely true.  I enjoy entertainment and I enjoy the process and patterns behind really good entertainment.  So, write about what you know, right?

Last night I finished a profound book.  It’s entitled Peace Like A River by Leif Enger.  This book effected me deeply.  I’m actually having trouble putting into words just exactly how it has made me feel.  First off, there’s the way Mr. Enger writes.  It’s nothing short of fantastic.  His prose flow together like poetry – liquid words on the page; I picked up this book nightly to read, half because the reading itself was so enjoyable.

The story is pure and simple.  You are immediately drawn to each of the characters.  Somehow, and this is the magic that writers have, you feel deeply for each character in this book.  I say feel deeply, because though you love each of the main characters, there are others you do not love, but you still feel as deeply about them – truly magic.  I don’t want to go off and sound like some sort of romantic, blushing school girl (though perhaps I’ve passed that point already) but I can’t recommend this story highly enough.

Here’s a taste, I think the author won’t mind as it will probably get you to go buy the thing yourself:  The year is 1962. The narrator is Reuben Land, the son of Jeremiah. Here’s the story of his birth when he almost died—or maybe did die.

I was lying uncovered on a metal table across the room.

Dad lifted me gently. I was very clean from all that rubbing, and I was gray and beginning to cool. A little clay boy is what I was.

“Breathe,” Dad said.

I lay in his arms.

Dr. Nokes said, “Jeremiah, it has been twelve minutes.”

“Breathe!” The picture I see is of Dad, brown hair short and wild, giving this order as if he expected nothing but obedience.

Dr. Nokes approached him. “Jeremiah. There would be brain damage now. His lungs can’t fill.”

Dad leaned down, laid me back on the table, took off his jacket and wrapped me in it—a black canvas jacket with a quilted lining, I have it still. He left my face uncovered.

“Sometimes,” said Dr. Nokes, “there is something unworkable in one of the organs. A ventricle that won’t pump correctly. A liver that poisons the blood.” Dr. Nokes was a kindly and reasonable man. “Lungs that can’t expand to take in air. In these cases,” said Dr. Nokes, “we must trust in the Almighty to do what is best.” At which Dad stepped across and smote Dr. Nokes with a right hand, so that the doctor went down and lay on his side with his pupils unfocused. As Mother cried out, Dad turned back to me, a clay child wrapped in a canvas coat, and said in a normal voice, “Reuben Land, in the name of the living God I am telling you to breath.” (2-3)

Christians don’t usually deck their doctors. That’s part of why the book works. There’s faith in it, but not like your usual faith. More strange, like the Bible.

That bring me to the two points that most attract me to this book:  The first is the “realness” or absolute honesty and integrity of the characters.  I mean integrity in the sense that the characters are who they are, through and through.  It’s also really real.  This is no dream, fantasy or some escape into a world that’s too good to be true.  There is great pain in this book.  but also great faith.  not the fake stuff you see in (forgive me) Left Behind or Fireproof (again, sorry, this is not the place to rag on those stories).

The last thing that I want to say is that this book truly ends well.  Many movies, books, and ideas start off really well, but true greatness comes from ending well.  Life is a journey, but there is also a destination and it is of great value.  If you don’t end well, the journey may be for nothing.  I am glad to say that this book ends well.  A true feat, but any standard.  I haven’t found a book that has moved me this much in a long time.  I wept at the end and immediately wished I’d never read the book just so I could have the experience of reading it for the first time again.  This book is powerful and wonderful and will remind you of why we read in the first place.  Get it.  You won’t regret it.

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Breakfast Video

January 28, 2009

No, this has nothing to do with breakfast, but this video is too awesome to pass up!

This is the unreleased making of video from Paul Blart:  Mall Cop.  It’s hilarious and fake, but the guys over at Landline TV have got something here:

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Not Personal

January 27, 2009

No, this post is not.  Only, if you know me then you know that I love working with and in film and so this is semi-to be expected.

Oktapodi

A student short film titled Oktapodi has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Shot Film.  I found it to be really cool and almost on the same level with the pixar stuff that I enjoy so much.

Check it out for yourself here:

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Fasting update,

January 25, 2009

Sometimes it’s difficult to start one of these blog posts because I’m not really sure I have anything to say.  Wow, with a beginning like that can you even wait to see what I’ll right next!?

HungryThe fasting has gone well thus far.  Mostly, I’ve been drinking these meal-replacement shakes twice a day and then making dinner for myself.  I’m very proud of the fact that I made some pulled-chicken (with Sonny’s bbq sauce!) in the crockpot the other night and used the leftover chicken stock to make a soup.  It was actually pretty cool and quite frugal of me if I do say so myself!  One of the problems has been that because I exercise great restraint for most of the day I feel the need to overindulge myself at night.  It me reminds me of that Muslim holiday where they don’t eat at all during the day but then get jacked up at night… only, I’m pretty sure I’m not having as much fun as they do and I don’t want to kill all the infedels.

Dark Knight Poster

Dark Knight Poster

Anyway, I also went and saw The Dark Knight in IMAX yesterday and I must say that the IMAX shots themselves were awesome.  Several of the exterior shots flying over Gotham and Hong Kong were done this way and it was so much more immersive than the traditional 16:9.  The movie, has so many amazing points to it I believe it totally deserves the press, accolades, etc. that it has received.

The movie is also very dark.  Hence the title, I know.  But it truly was a dark film which is unusual for an action/comic book movie like this and once I got home I had to put in the very cheesy, over-the-top The Mummy to lift my mood.

Anyway, there you have it.  I have successfully updated my blog a little bit, which really is something I wanted to do and both of you that read it now need to make sure you’re updating your blog as well.  Also of note, I added pictures to this post and doesn’t that make everything more interesting!?  Give it a shot!  I only wish that I could expand the margins on my center column here where I write, because it feels to crowded right now, but I don’t think the free wordpress.com will let you change that.   Alright, that’s all I’ve got right now.  Peace out.

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Weekend

January 19, 2009

Doesn’t get more obvious than that, does it?  Yep, this post is about my weekend.  That’s kinda weird cause I did so close to absolutely nothing it’s ridiculous that I should think to write about it, but here we are.

When I say I did close to absolutely nothing, I’m telling the truth.  Thursday and Friday were really busy days for me and so I decided that I’d take this long weekend and really dial it down a notch.  It’s been fantastic.  On Saturday I got up super late and met up with a friend for whatever a 2pm meal at IHOP (pancakes not prayer; though we did pray for the pancakes) should be called.  Then it was off for a nice drive followe by a walk back and forth over the green bridge.  It was the most perfect day for it.  The kinda that only come around 2-3 times a year.

Anyway, then I came home and we made some parmesan-crusted tipalia and salad and watched 3:10 To Yuma (which is fantastic by the way).  Then we watched Mystery Men which is not fantastic and even that is understating how dumb that movie is.  Sunday I got up had a nice cup of tea and played some music, read a book, did laundry and then some friends came over and we made pizzas!  This was aweomse and we ate our efforts at the end.  Then it was time for some football, Arrested Development, Lost, and ending with the movie Stardust.

Today is a holiday, but I feel like I should be getting something done.  So I blogged.  Misssion accomplished!  I’m going to go see Paul Blart this afternoon and try to catch up with a couple friends.  All in all, a good weekend.  And that is, afterall, the title of this post, so what were you expecting anyway!

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21 Days of Fasting

January 11, 2009

So, my church, Bayside Community, is participating in the 21 Days of Fasting to start off the new year.

I was challenged last night to really take this idea to heart and do it myself.  I’ve done fasting before.  In fact, while in YWAM, I fasted before each outreach to prepare myself for what God was going to do.  This year, in many ways is a year of new beginnings for me.  I’ve got two new companies (one of which made this awesome video) and the other of which really pays the bills.  With both, I want God to be first.  This is my desire for every area of my life in 2009.  My intention in this blog is not to be super spiritual, but since I am sharing my life on this thing, you should know this part of it.

I’m going to fast for 21 days from all snack foods/candy.  I’m abstaining from these things as a picture of how I want to live my life this year.  I want to put good things into my body, mind, and spirit and be satisfied with that.  It’s not discipline as punishment, or as a way to work myself into God’s graces, but a pleasure to cast aside the temporary fleeting pleasures in pursuit of something far greater.  To that end I’m also going to fast from any alcohol during this time.  I’m not a big drinker, but for our culture alcohol is a quick, easy way to self-medicate and I have at times been guilty of that as well.  I want to set aside this time to show God (and myself) how serious I am about relying on Him alone to be the leader of my life and the light that guides my path.

What about you?  Have you ever fasted or given something up for a short time?  How’d that go?