G4 from the inside: Dan Huard, Wil Wheaton

Dan Huard: Life as a TechTV/G4 Employee - Dan is the guy who screened my call when I was on The Screen Savers. If I had called after G4 took over I probably wouldn't have been on, since they've adopted a policy of no geeks and no technical questions. I also thought it was funny how Dan says that some of the new hosts have been banned from answering live calls because they know jack squat about computers. Here is a good article from Wil Wheaton about how things worked at G4 when he was there. So sad.

(Extra geeky bonus link: Leo Laporte comments on Slashdot in reaction to the post linking to Dan's article)

Happy Birthday, Emma!

Emma at her party

Today is Emma's third birthday. We had her party yesterday. The pictures are in the the gallery.

Essays and Writings

Church and State: Keep them Separated - An article I wrote for the June 2004 Adrian Christian Church newsletter.

I'm Tired of Religion - This is a message I gave to Jr. High and High School students on January 21, 2004.

LOTR, Spiritual Themes: Part I - The first of three Sunday morning messages based on the Lord of the Rings. It deals with the teaching power of stories, the gospel as a true fairy tale, and the reality of evil and good.

LOTR, Spiritual Themes: Part II - I use the One Ring to illustrate the power of temptation, and characters like Gandalf, Faramir and Galadriel show how temptation can be resisted.

LOTR, Spiritual Themes: Part III - Friendship is the theme of this message. Real friendship requires mercy and, sometimes, sacrifice.

The Bad Son: My Journey Away from the Definitive Church of Christ Doctrine - This is a paper I wrote for a class at Truman called Junior Interdisciplinary Seminar: Music in Religious Thought and Practice.

Mt. Juliet Discussion Board: Instrument thread - If you want to see me jumping feet first into a controversy, read this. It's a long, long thread, and the site admins finally locked it and deleted it. I was able to save a copy just in time.


Art Appreciation - A call for Christians to return to the fine arts as a form of expression and participation with the culture.

Christian Voters Make Tough Decisions - What criteria should Christian voters use?

Married to Reality - How viewing marriage as a spiritual discipline can help young couples succeed in their own unions.

What (Not) to Wear - A modern look at solving the age-old problem of immodesty.

Stem Cell Research: The Politics of Principle - A look at the political and moral issues surrounding stem cell research.

New Year's Drone - Sara ponders her choice of New Year's Eve activities.

Spreading Ubuntu

I was talking with a bank customer and he asked me what operating system I used at home. I told him that I use Ubuntu Linux at the moment. He said he found a deal for Windows XP pro for $160. I reached into my drawer and pulled out one of the cds that Ubuntu gave it to him. He said he had tried Redhat and Mandrake before, but had problems getting it to work with his hardware. He said he would give Ubuntu a try. I was so excited to learn that I'm not the only Linux user in town. Maybe we can start our own Adrian LUG.

Favorites from 2004

I present to you, in no particular order, some of my favorite things from 2004 and their corresponding posts on my weblog.

Bloglines - I was looking for a good, free RSS reader, and I found it in Bloglines. And they just keep making it better. It's probably the site that spends the most time in my browser. I'm up to 180 feeds now, and Bloglines makes it so easy to keep up with all the websites I like to read.

Ubuntu Linux - Ubuntu fixed the major problem I had with Linux. It's hard to install new programs when you have to compile it, or you don't meet the dependancies. Ubuntu's package manager checks dependancies, then downloads the right version from the web and installs it all automatically. This makes Linux accessible for a lot more people, and it gives the user a lot of power.

Napoleon Dynamite - A very funny movie. GOSH!!

Gmail - Hotmail upped its disk quota from 2 MB to 250. Too little, too late. Gmail has 1000 MB of space, great spam filtering, and the best user interface I've ever used for email. It even made me drop Thunderbird. The web really is becoming a platform of its own.

Podcasting - Once I got iPodder, iTunes, and MortPlayer (on my Pocket PC) all working together, listening to podcasts has been great. I listen on my walk to and from work every day. The brendoman.com podcast has been a lot of fun, too.

My new job - I'm a real live IT nerd now. This job has been just right for me.

Jon Stewart - Great show. Great book. Great job of calling the media to task.

Lil' Brudder - The heart of a champion, I tell you.

Free Culture - A great book about why copyright law is broken and the corruption in Washington is making it more broken. If it continues we'll lose important parts of our culture.

Troy - His comments on my Passion of the Christ review kept us entertained for several weeks.

They Might Be Giants in Concert - That was a fun show. Their new cd is very good, too.

My trip to California - Helping Rob move back to Missouri turned into a big ordeal. But if you're going to be involved in a big ordeal, you might as well be with some good friends.

Midwest Vacation (map) - Who knew the Midwest could be so fun?

Top 5 Worst Worship songs - 210 comments and counting.

Tivo - Mmmmmmm, Tivo.

Firefox - Firebird gets its name changed. Again. Microsoft Internet Explorer continues to have security problems. The browser wars are back.

danny.brendoman.com begins - Thanks again, Brendan.

It's been a good year. I can't think of another year in my life that's had this much cool stuff. Thanks to my family and friends who have shared it all with me. Here's to another great year in aught five.

Katamari Damacy

I got a couple of Best Buy gift cards for Christmas, and I think I might get this PS2 game: Katamari Damacy. I first heard about it from Luis, and it has good reviews. At under $20, it must be worth it.

New Gallery

I've been using Gallery for a while here, but now there's a gallery for all the the Brendoman.com authors here.

Cole Young in the KC Star

America: The Book

Sara gave me America: the Book for Christmas and it's been my favorite gift so far (although this hat was very fun, too). The Daily show is in reruns for two weeks, so this book really hits the spot. My dad asked me, "Is this all satire, or is there anything worthwhile in there?" I had to reply, "I don't like the way you frame that question." This book is fairly crass in places. It makes fun of our current government, our founding fathers, even the constitution, but it does it in a way that subtly points out where we've gone wrong. Writing this in the form of a textbook was brilliant. They even manage to make fun of textbooks quite a bit. Click on the picture to the right and you can search the text of the entire book and even browse through it's pages.


Peace on earth, good will to men.

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