Monday, November 24, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
I know it is a terrible picture, but all I had was my cell phone. Those who have wondered what was beyond that door, here you go.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
It has been a while since I have done one of these. If you recall my first review was of The Sounds of Animals Fighting, now on to Shiny Toy Guns (STG). If you don't know these guys they are a synthy, popy, rocky, type music that reminds me of The Bravery with a darker tinge. Also they have a female lead singer which is nice to see. I enjoy a good girl singer. The male vocals are great as well, and the singer sounds like someone to me, but I cannot put my finger on it. I have gone through my entire iTunes library, looked it up on Wikipedia, Googled it, but cannot figure out who he sounds like. If you figure it out lemme know cause its driving me up the wall. The greatest thing about this CD is that it flows seamlessly. Another great example of a good flowing album is Showbread's "No Sir, Nihilism Is Not Practical". That is something that makes happy is when songs transition smoothly rather than just being the end of a song, and the beginning of another (Sometimes that is the best transition, but it certainly is not the best EVERY time.)
I bought this CD a few days ago hoping for what exactly I got (mostly). STG have put out a quality record. Not every song on there is a keeper but they have some genuinely good songs that are really catchy. The album kicks of with the upbeat "When Did This Storm Begin" this is a great song save for the fact that the female singer attempts to rap/yell and it doesn't turn out so awesome. (Also the f-bomb gets dropped once, but it is the only curse word I have heard on the album). They then go into "Money For That" which is an awesome song that has been stuck in my head since I bought the album. The next song is "I Owe You A Love Song" which is a great little love diddy. After that is the dreadful "Ghost Town". It is a great sing along song, but it has little musical value to me. I see this song being extremely popular with high school/junior high girls. After this song is my favorite song "It Became A Lie On You" it a great slow song. It has dark piano, guitar, and synth lines. It has great dynamics and I am excited every time this song comes up on my iTunes or on my radio in the car. The next song is the single off the album "Ricochet!". It somewhat reminds me of The Faint or a not-quite-so dreary NIN song. Super digital, and sure to be a hit. The rest of the album is great, but I don't want to ruin it all for you. If your interest has been piqued by this quasai-review go give it a listen.
I give it four Half Used Q-tips out of five.
Monday, November 10, 2008
In all honesty, I am so very tired of being called a bigot. I love people. I genuinely believe that God has a purpose for every human being. I am tired of being called an idiot because I have a different opinion. I am tired of being stupid because I am against abortion. I am tired of being hounded because of my beliefs. At the same time, what does the Bible say? "Do not be surprised if the world hates you?"
Lord, help me to be patient through people hating me because I believe what you say.
Please, readers, do not hate me for my beliefs. I will not hate you for yours. I might think you are wrong. But unless we have a fairly good relationship I will not even tell you that I disagree unless you ask me. God Bless.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Obama seems to have some good things to say about reform of government and the IRS. I also highly agree with his immigration reform plan. Something that worries me though is the $50 billion he promises to stimulate the economy. He wants to lower taxes for the every day person, but raise taxes for people and companies who are wealthier. I am unsure of where he plans to get this $50 billion. I do not think that raising taxes for the wealthy will equal that which was lost in the lowering of taxes for lower class. (I should preface this entire blog with the statement that I do not necessarily oppose raising taxes, depending on what they are going to be used for.) Secondly, he is highly pro-choice, and he is for stem cell research. Thirdly, he is for equal opportunity employment no matter sexual orientation/gender. This frightens me for churches. Do I believe that these people can be in the church? Absolutely. Women I really think can be anything but head pastors. I also believe that someone can struggle with homosexuality and be a christian. I believe God holds all sin to be equal. Homosexuality is sin in my opinion, but this does not mean that we should treat them like lepers. We need to treat them like everyone else that has a habitual problem with sin. We must confront them, bring more people to confront them, and then bring it before the church if they are unrepentant. It is always striking to me that we allow former drug-addicts, wife beaters, fornicators into the church with open arms, but we do NOTHING to reconcile men and women who struggle with homosexuality. All of this to say, that a homosexual (Who doesn't even necessarily want to be a pastor, but just wants to cause problems) gets turned away from a job interview because the church believes this person to be living in sin and is unfit to lead the church, will decide to sue. I fear for this. Homosexuals will not see that a church would not hire a person that was living in any other sin either, they will just be angry and look for monetary reconciliation.
McCain I did not do as much reading about, but did do some. I also like his immigration reform plan, as well as some of his ideas for energy reform. I am not the hugest fan of his views on the 2nd Amendment. I am not for gun control in the sense of no one should have guns, but I do not like the idea that someone can get a hold of a gun that could take down a helicopter. It is just not necessary. I don't care how big of an animal you are hunting, you don't need Barret .50cal Rifle. You just don't.
All of this to say.... I STILL have no idea who I am going to vote for....
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Recently I have been horribly addicted to eBay. Everything I have really needed (and haven't needed immediately) I have been buying on there. Clothes, electronics, CD's anything and everything. The only problem is that I am constantly checking my mail box several times a day hoping that my products came in the mail. I am sure that the people at the university PO box place are sick of me coming every day getting a package from them. I love getting things for cheap, if you have not tried eBay yet, you should cause it is amazing.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Seriously? I didn't even eat today.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
2) I am very very very ready for school to start. It is going to be a good year.
I am taking: Theology of James, History of Baptist Thought, Advanced Biblical Preaching, Golf, Self-defense, and my supervised ministry. I just went and got my books, should not be to heavy on the reading this year, but will be full of other things I am sure.
3) Back to School BBQ on Wednesday for The Refinery and The Journey. Should be a blast, if you are a middle schooler or high schooler come to Mag toomorrow at 6 for free food, then the usual Wednesday night program. Bring a friend.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Bible In A Minute
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
1. Training for Utopia - Throwing a Wrench in the American Music Machine, and Falling Cycle EP
These guys are two of my favorites from when I was growing up. When I was in middle school my youth pastor showed me some Christian Hardcore. These guys being one of the first, they are naturally one of my favorite bands. They were ridiculously ahead of their time with all three of their albums. Throwing a Wrench.... and Falling Cycle are two very different albums, but both are amazing in their own way. Falling Cycle was their first release with Solid State Records, and was a very raw just heavy album. And I LOVE it. Throwing a Wrench.... is still raw and heavy, but they have mixed in an industrial edge that was not there for the first two albums. Fun fact about these guys: They got tired of not making any money with good music, so they asked themselves, "What would sell in a Christian market?" The answer: Cheeziness. Thus, Demon Hunter was born. Lord, I miss these guys.
2. Origin - Antithesis
What do you get when you have a bunch of classically trained musicians who want to play metal, and destroy the universe? Origin is what you get. So ridiculously fast. Next time you are in the mood for some death metal/grind check these guys out. So fast.
3. Dustin Kensrue - Please Come Home
If any of you are music buffs, you will know that Dustin Kensrue is the lead singer for Thrice. A while back he decided to come out with a folk side project. What came out was one of the best albums I have heard in a long time. He just knows how to hit the core of me with his lyrics, plus I dig the Johnny Cash style music.
4. Circa Survive - Juturna
Love these guys. I really like their other album, "On Letting Go", better, but this was the only one I had in my car while driving to AZ. So I listening to it. It's a great album. I really dig their originality in every part of their music, plus I really like Anthony Green's unique vocals.
5. As Cities Burn - Son, I Loved You at Your Darkest
These guys are an amazing band. They just have so much passion. You can really feel it in the way he writes his lyrics, but then it transfers over to the music as well. But there really is no way around it, if the lyrics weren't as good as they are, this album would still be good, but nowhere near as good.
That will complete it for this installment of "What's In My Recently Played File?" Hope you guys will check a few of these bands out, if you haven't already.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
One thing that miss terribly from AZ is Eegee's. In fact one of the first things I did when I was there was go get visit the closest location. It is a fast food place that serves subs. But the subs are not what I miss. I miss the slushes. They are absolutely amazing. Imagine a really thick Icee with chunks of fruit in them. OH MY GOODNESS! So tasty. If there were things that I could live on for the rest of my life they would be: Animal Style fries from In 'n' Out, Manicotti, Steak, and Strawberry Eegees. Seriously. They are that amazing. They are only a Tucson chain, so if you are ever in Tucson, check them out. They are amazing.
So that is what Jimmy looks like. He's a great friend and I wish the best for him.
Saturday night, I was able to catch up and have coffee with my friend Steph.
(Isn't that the most forced smile you have ever seen?)
We had a nice long chat in a rad little coffee/hookah shop. It was awesome catch up with her. It was interesting because she started dating another friend of mine that has moved to Georgia, and I never got to hear the story about how they started dating, so I got to hear that tale.
Today I was able to catch up with Serena, Natalie, and Ashley.
(Left to right: Natalie, Ashley, myself, and Serena)
We got to just chill in the food court of the mall that I used wreak havoc at. So that brought back old memories as well as being cool catching up with these ladies. Overall it was a great trip and was happy to have done it, and am looking forward to the time when all these people will come visit me in CA. (Hint, Hint guys)
Saturday, July 19, 2008
The Living Room is tiny little local venue, where really only local bands played, it was the size of my apartment really. Besides being really loud, I liked it alot. I just generally think the music scene around here is way better than in CA. No one here gets upset because the songs don't have breakdowns, or because it wasn't "brutal" and I love it. Not only that, no one here will threaten to "kick your a**" for accidentally looking at them funny.
When we got there we met several friends there, Adam, Cale and Rob (Cale and Rob I have not seen since I moved). We stood outside for a while and shot the breeze to catch up. Soon after that Blues went on. Blues is a great great band from Tucson. Very original, almost southern but they definitely make it their own. You should check them out on Myspace for sure.
After them Cyrus Fell Down came on. They were FANTASTIC. They were a weird mix of like punk, but thrashy and and indie at the same time. They had a very original sound, not only that they pulled it off excellently, were very entertaining to watch, and their bass player was phenomenal. Definitely give them a listen if you can. I don't know if they are on Myspace or not, but you should check they were so good.
After Cyrus Fell Down played, we all decided to hit up Brooklyn Pizza. It was some of the better pizza I have had in my life. My first time around I had a slice of Ham and Pineapple. Then I had a slice of Meatball. Great pizza. I paid for myself and Jimmy, and it end up being only 11 bones. So it was really inexpensive as well. If you are ever in Tucson and somewhere near 4th Ave. give them a try for sure.
While we were at the show it started to rain pretty hard. I had a picture that I wanted to put in here but I will save that one for a later post. If you know anything about Arizona it is famous for its Monsoon Season. From June 15th till Sept. you are likely to see HEAVY rain at least once every two weeks, and more realistically several times. But anyways, the heavy rain and lightning had kicked in. We were driving home and we could barely see out of the windshield. I really miss the rain and lightning, it's really great to sit in a second story window and just watch.
When we got back to Jimmy's apartment complex, it was raining harder than ever so before running like heck to his apartment I tied some plastic bads around my shoes, cause my shoes are just made of canvas, so they would have been absolutely soaked, but yeah managed to get to Jimmy's room with dry feet. If you are every in a pinch and need to keep your feet dry, this seemed to work well.
So that is it for now. I will post again tomorrow, I may not have pictures though. My camera is acting funny. 'Till Then.
Friday, July 18, 2008
I’ve been trying something new lately and it’s really put a new spin on how I go through my days. Instead of waking up ten minutes before work and wiping myself down with a damp paper towel, I’ve been waking up really early and going for walks all over town. You’d be amazed at how quiet this place is without people in it. I haven’t felt this peaceful in years.
I went over to Fairmount Park the other day at around 4am and even the geese were still asleep when I got there. I couldn’t believe my luck. It’s been a dream of mine for years to see how far I could throw a goose and this was the perfect opportunity. I’ve definitely learned that you’ve got to strike fast when dealing with sleeping animals because the element of surprise is your biggest weapon. That old wives’ tale about letting sleeping dogs lie only applies if you don’t have a plan for after you wake up the dog. With geese, it’s the same story. You wake up a goose just for the fun of it, you’ll get pecked like no tomorrow. Their beaks are painful, man. You don’t want to find out first hand.
When I saw those geese getting some shuteye, I knew exactly what to do. I picked out one that looked like it might be lighter than some of the other ones. [Side note: Can we stop feeding the geese so many friggin breadcrumbs? They’re plenty fat as it is.] I decided to name it “Tosserton,” because it seemed appropriate at the time and I find that I can throw things farther if they have a name. When I was sure that Tosserton was definitely asleep and not faking it, I picked out my landing zone and went in for the throw.
Goose tossing is a hard art to master and with no means to practice, I had to rely on what it looked like in my dreams. So I got a running start, went full steam ahead, picked up Tosserton and threw him (her?) hammer-toss style as far as I could, spinning my body to get maximum torque. I was pretty freaked out about how flexible her (his?) neck was, but it ended up helping me get more distance than I would have otherwise. I’d say I got a good forty feet, which is shorter than I predicted, but still a pretty admirable toss in my opinion.
You should have heard Tosserton honking in the air. He (she?) righted herself (himself?) right before hitting the ground and ended up just gliding to safety, so I didn’t have to feel bad about hurting Tosserton. After the goose landing, I was overcome with an enormous sense of completion. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life.
I will say this: I don’t recommend goose-tossing to anyone unless you’ve had a steady series of dreams over the last twenty years about it. If you don’t have the instincts bred into you subconsciously, then you won’t be ready to do it. Leave the goose-tossing to the professionals, people. Don’t try it at home.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Tonight is the night. The Stanley Cup. It's going to be a great series this year. The numer 1 seed in the Western Conference, the Detroit Red Wings, are taking on the number 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Pittsburgh Penguins. It is going to be awesome sauce. Predictions you ask? I would love for the Wings to take it home. But, I think the Pens are on to much of a hot streak, and Marc Andre Fleury is too good of a Goalie for the Wings I am thinking. I say Pens will win it in 6.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
I just recently got my second volume of The Brak Show back from Phil. I love the Brak Show. Its very very funny. If you like random crap you should check out the Brak Show.
If you like it, you can probably borrow my DVD's.... if I know you.... and if I love you enough.... which I probably don't. Unless you have a fish named Mr. Tickles.
I have not had these DVD's for a while, so watching them all again is like watching them for the first time. Enjoy.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Well folks, today I get to go to one of my favorite places, Wahoo's. This particular one is owned by Travis Barker of +44 and Blink-182. Wahoo's is a great place. It's got some really good Mexican food. I am not a fish person, but I have heard that they have great fish tacos if you are into that type of thing. But my favorite is the carnitas red wet burrito. Mhmm. Tasty. They also have great onion rings. Probably my favorite onion rings in all the land. If you live anywhere near Norco or Huntington Beach, check them out. I know theres more locations than that, but I have no idea where.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
First, I had coffee with Dylan Hake. That is always a good time, we talk about anything and everything and it is always refreshing. For sure. Always interesting to hear what kind of stuff he is going through in his life, be it positive or negative.
Second, I got to go to Disneyland and dinner with Matthew Mayhem. That was cool. Have not seen him for a while. Now, I need to hook up with our fellow buddy Travis who I have not seen in an even longer time.
Tomorrow, is lunch with the Bean. I am looking forward to this more than I can explain. I have alot of things that I need to lay out on the table for her, and I hope some things that she will have some things to say to me as well.
If you (the reader) and I have not hung out in a while let me know. Lets get some coffee or something and catch up for sure.
Monday, April 21, 2008
The Sound of Animals Fighting (TSOAF) is a very interesting band. As is their re-release of "Tiger & The Duke" on Equal Vision Records. TSOAF is made up of so many random people it's hard to keep track. Rich, Matt and Chris of Rx Bandits , Anthony Green of Circa Survive (and formerly Saosin), Derek and Randy of Finch , Marc from Atreyu , among others. The sound is very original. You can tell that this group of guys really just wanted to get together and play some music that was different. It has a feeling that is somewhat similar to The Fall of Troy, or even possibly a little bit like The Mars Volta. But when it comes down to it, they have their own sound. While the music is interesting, I found myself waiting for the next song to begin. This is not a good thing. I liked the songs, but they seemed to kind of drag. When a song is excellent, you want to hear more, but aren't in a rush to get to the next song. That element was not present in these songs. Because this was a re-issue there are some cool bonuses, 1) Re-mixes from another album by different bands including Portugal the Man, Technology, Evol Intent, and The Optimist. All this being said one of my favorite parts of this album is the live song "Horses in the Sky" this is great because this band has stated that they are only going to play four shows total, all of which are done. So those of us who did not make it to any of those shows get a taste of it. Now my least favorite parts of the album were the interludes between songs that were performed by Technology. It wasn't that there were interludes, I would not have minded if they were good. But I feel they were rather poorly written. This is when I really wanted the next song to come, was during these 3 interludes. Overall I say this album is definitely worth a listen. Another interesting thing about this band is that they do not use their names in the credits. I am unsure how Wikipedia found all of this information out (possibly posted by one of the members?), but each member is assigned an animal rather than using their name. The Four main members that have remained the same since the beginning are The Nightingale, The Walrus, The Lynx, and The Skunk (Rich, Matt, Chris, and Anthony respectively). On this album though, there is also: Tortise, Tiger, Bear, Raven, Swan, Dog, Ferret, Octopus, Armadillo, Llama, and Hyena. Not only do the musicians get animals, but the mixers, masterers, artwork people, authors (I'll get to a point about this one), public relations, engineers, and patrons. So in all reality this band has a large amount of members (I don't feel like counting). The artwork on this album is somewhat interesting. It does not spark interest immediately in the way that "O' God the Aftermath" ( Norma Jean ) does, but it piques curiosity none the less. There also is a story that goes along with the music, I am unsure what the title has to do with the story though, because the story is about two wolves searching for something called "The Glen". This is where I believe the album could have used some improvement, if you are going to have a story along with your album there are a few things that are needed of it. 1) It needs to grab my attention. 2) It needs to be somewhat thoroughly explained. Neither of these things are present in this story.
Overall Rating: I give it 3 Carl's Jr. Milkshakes out of 5
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
On Feb. 13, 2008, Packer's church, St. John’s Shaughnessy in Vancouver (at 760 members, the largest church in the Anglican Church of Canada), voted to leave the ACC and to align with a more orthodox branch in Argentina: the Province of the Southern Cone.
On Feb. 22, 2008, Michael Ingham, Bishop of the New Westminster Diocese, sent a letter to Packer (who has been an honorary assistant at St. John's for over 20 years) and other clergy serving a Notice of Presumption of Abandonment of the Exercise of the Ministry under Canon XIX, based on (1) publicly renouncing the doctrine and discipline of the Anglican Church of Canada; and (2) having sought or intending to seek admission into another religious body outside the Anglican Church of Canada.
If they do not dispute these facts by April 21, 2008, their authority as ministers of the Word and Sacrament (conferred at their ordinations) will be revoked.
Please pray for Dr. Packer, all of the staff of St. John's, and all the members as well.
(Taken from Justin Taylor's Blog: Between Two Worlds
Monday, March 3, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008