Monday, November 24, 2008

A Case of Mistaken Identity

Today I was slightly bored, so I decided to go to the mall just check some stuff out. I was hoping for a t-shirt, or perhaps a Converge album. Unfortunately I found neither, that I could afford, or didn't have already. On the way home I stopped at my local record store, Pops. Bummer again, the only Converge album they had was 15 bones, and I am poor. So I was rummaging through the used section, and found Glasseater - "Everything is Beautiful When You Don't Look Down" for 7 bucks. I picked it up, and as soon as I got in my car stuck it into my CD player. I very quickly discovered that I mistook Glasseater for Glassjaw. Bummer City. Anyways, Glasseater is not my favorite band in the world, they are a bit emo rock for me. Glassjaw however is rad sauce. Anyways, check out Pops. They are a rad little store, kinda struggling right now, so if you live in Riverside check 'em out. They are on Magnolia right next Van Buren, right across from Olivia's.
-Chris

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Javallujah!


Interesting idea. Can be so true of the American Church. I got this from Mike Lovato's blog.
-Chris

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Water...


Find out more here.
Even if you don't have the same faith as me don't you think this is a worthwhile cause? Less that 1/4 of what we spend on ourselves every year, could save millions of lives.
-Chris

Friday, November 14, 2008

Video

As many of you know, I went to the midnight release of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King on Wednesday. Before I left for Gamestop I imagined that there would be 20-30 people and it would be laid back and just a good time. It was still a good time, but when we (My roommate, a friend of his, and me) arrived, the line was over 100 people long. When I got all the way through the line, it was just as long as it had been when I got in it, if not longer. I had a video to show you, but while I was passing by, someone uttered some curse words fairly loudly. I thought it would be inappropriate for me to show a video of someone yelling the f-word. Anyways, I just thought it was amazing that probably 300 people showed up to one video game store, just to buy a game. Ridiculous.
-Chris

The Catacombs

Anyone familiar with CBU lore is aware that a mental-health institution used to be on the grounds before it was a university. Let me make clear that this is all hear-say, I have no idea how much is actually true except for the fact that there are catacombs. During that time the said institution built underground catacombs under the campus so that they could transfer patients from one building to another with less risk of them escaping. It is a CBU student ideal to get into the catacombs. There are several entrances to these catacombs. Unfortunately the CBU staff is aware of this, and have made it very difficult for us (putting cameras over the entrances, locking doors, threatening signs over entrances), and probably with good reason. But all the same it just makes us want it more. Very very very few will ever see them, much less get in. Today, I saw. I even took a picture to share with you all. For some mesmerizing reason, the one entrance that everyone knows about (the basement of the James Building) was standing wide open. As much of me wanted to just run inside, and go exploring, I figured if the door is open, then there is someone in there. So instead I found it enough to take a picture to share with you all.
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.
-Chris

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

WOTLK

So tonight I am going to my local Gamestop and picking up World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. It comes out at midnight tonight. Does that make me a nerd? Absolutely. Do I even care? Not at all. I enjoy the game. So I have a late night tonight.
-Chris

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Broken..

I broke 1000 hits today. Yippee skippee.
-Chris

CD Review #2: Shiny Toy Guns - "Season of Poison"


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

Putting Words In My Mouth

Isn't amazing that someone voices their opinion, but they are then called bigoted, racist, idiots. They cast judgment upon people for "casting judgment". It is amazing to me how people are so divisive over opinions. I firmly and totally believe and know that no matter what happens the world is in the will of God. Romans 12 speaks as to how the Father has pre-ordained every leader of the world. This is includes Senator/President-elect Obama. Do I agree with everything that Senator/President-elect Obama is going to do? NO! Do I still think that Christ is in control? ABSOLUTELY!
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.
-Chris

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I am fighting tears because of this...


God Be With Us.
Pray for our nation folks.
-Chris