And Tonight's Guest Top 5 Author is...

Mike Ferguson (Danny's younger brother, home from college in Florida for a few weeks). I asked him to guest-blog because a. I'm exhausted and b.he's really funny. (As you read his post, remember we live in Adrian, MO population 1800 and a fun factor of 0.) Send me your top 5s and you may be next.

Top five things cool for high schoolers that I wouldn't be caught dead doing

5. Going to see a movie in Harrisonville-- Unless you're dropping by
Movie Gallery because you just got done eating at the Branding Iron,
you have no business doing anything movie-related in Harrisonville.
High-schoolers, you'll be shocked when you see your first movie
theater that has stadium style seating, digital sound, and less white
trash.

4. "Roadtrips"-- Notice the quotation marks. This refers to
roadtrips that entail driving around Bates County. College students
know that real road trips mean that you go somewhere, normally several
states away. Real roadtrips usually take more than 45 minutes and
don't take place on a single weeknight after eating dinner with your
family. And you will definitely learn that roadtripping to Merwin
and Amsterdam is a complete waste of time, gas, and brain cells.

3. Any Camp that Takes Place on a College Campus-- I remember the
days of going to different camps, music camps, basketball camps, etc,
where for a week we lived in college dormitories. It was so cool. We
had our own squeaky bed and tiny closet, and a sink, right there in
the freakin room! But after spending a few semesters in said dorm
rooms, they lose their luster. This is mostly caused by a thin layer
of FUNK growing on everything, including the 4 foot pile of laundry
that you aren't going to wash. And don't get me started on roomates.
In other words, enjoy your room at home while it lasts.

2. Driving around town-- I used to do this all of the time. It was
SUPER cool before I got my license, and moderately cool after. But
now just seems silly. Whether it was cruising the strip (what's the
strip) or flipping the U or going around the horseshoe or cruising
Sonic in Butler, it all was cool for a while, but lately just seems
retarted. The retartedness of this activity goes off the scales when
you are in a 4 x 4 and listening to loud rap music. Ok, it doesn't
matter what you're driving, it always makes you stupider.

1. Talking about How Ready You are to Leave-- It's the same song you
get from every high schooler. "I'm so sick of high school and I can't
wait to leave." Most of the time it's true, and college is a lot more
fun than high school. But talking about how miserable you are, though
at the time seems cool, is only cool to you and your buddies.
Remember, it was cool to me when I did it, but looking back I wish I
would have shut up.

Thank you, Mike, for being brave enough to share your high school exploits and the lameness therein. Prepare for the comments to flow!

DVD Rewinder

The DVD Rewinder

I wish I had thought of that.

More Gmail invites

Ok, I have 6 more Gmail invites. First come, first served. personman2@gmail.com

More on the Passion

This post was written before I became an atheist and does not represent my current views. You can find more up-to-date posts on religion in my faith/skepticism category.

I was supposed to be helping Sara do some research, but I ran across these articles and thought I should share them. If no one else cares, perhaps Troy will have something to say. LeadershipJournal.net published an article by Brian McLaren about why The Passion of the Christ was not actually "the best outreach opportunity in 2,000 years." The next week they followed up with Rick Warren's response. But my favorite was blogger Mike Bishop's response to Warren. Which made the most sense to you?

Bloglines Mobile

This post was written before I became an atheist and does not represent my current views. You can find more up-to-date posts on religion in my faith/skepticism category.

While I'm on the subject of mobile web pages, I should mention that Bloglines.com has a mobile version. If I had an internet ready mobile phone, that would be a very cool way to keep track of blogs. Right now I'm thinking that I won't bother with a cell phone or a new PDA until the merger of those gadget types is complete. Current phones aren't PDAish enough for me, and most PDAs really aren't phone-y enough just yet.

Mobile version

This post was written before I became an atheist and does not represent my current views. You can find more up-to-date posts on religion in my faith/skepticism category.

I fixed the mobile version of this site. If you have an internet phone or PDA, point your browser to danny.brendoman.com/mobile.html.

Starcraft

This post was written before I became an atheist and does not represent my current views. You can find more up-to-date posts on religion in my faith/skepticism category.
Starcraft

Mike and I just finished a few games of Starcraft. I installed Win98 on one of the old computers I have so we could play some games. I installed Gunbound, but the graphics card (4 MB) in this thing is too puny. Starcraft works fine on the computer and on my network. It is such a great game. Even though it's been around for a while, I think it's still one of my favorite strategy games. When we first got Ethernet in the dorms at Truman we used to play this game until my eyes hurt.

Firefox 0.9

This post was written before I became an atheist and does not represent my current views. You can find more up-to-date posts on religion in my faith/skepticism category.
Get Firefox

If you haven't switched to Firefox yet, it's even easier now with version 0.9. It imports all of your settings from whatever browser you're using now. There are some really cool extensions available, too. I'm going to start using one called Adblock. It blocks ads from web pages. I don't mean pop-up ads; Firefox already takes care of those, I mean regular image and text ads, even the Google text ads you see everywhere. The new extension manager makes it easier to customize your browser. And the download size for Firefox keeps getting smaller, too. It's down to 4.7 MB. Go ahead, give it a try.

Kansaswolf

This post was written before I became an atheist and does not represent my current views. You can find more up-to-date posts on religion in my faith/skepticism category.

Well, I survived a week with 80 jr. high students. I made some new friends, too. I played drums in the band and the woman who was leading worship turns out to be someone who has read my blog. Jen is Kansaswolf and her blog is hosted on ebrandon.net. She went to school with Brendoman. She saw me reading some comments here on the Blog Cabin and she said, "You're Danny dot Brendoman dot com?" Once she told me her nick I remembered seeing her comment on Brendoman.com. Read this post for some funny stories from camp.

Christian Parents

This post was written before I became an atheist and does not represent my current views. You can find more up-to-date posts on religion in my faith/skepticism category.

How Religious Parents Royally Screw Up Their Children

Good stuff for me to think about as a parent and youth minister. Let me know what you think. (from The Internet Monk)

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