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Top 5 Things On My Brain

First, let me apologize for the lack of posts the past two weeks. See number 5 for an explanation.

5. Dawson's Creek While TiVo and Dawson's were the subjects of my last post, I feel I must bring them up again. For the past two weeks, my part-time job has been keeping up with my two-a-day recordings of this television show. I told myself that I would stop watching once they got to college, but that didn't happen. Yes, it is dumb. Yes, I can't believe I'm still watching. But every night after Emma goes to bed, I open up our Now Playing window and there they are, calling out to me: "What will happen with Joey and that professor?" "What about Jen and Dawson? You know they eventually have to break up. How will it happen?" I know, not the questions of the century, but give me a break -- I stay at home with a two year old. I'm not trying to reform the Electoral College or anything. (Plus, I have to do something while Danny is playing Gunbound.)

4. Vacation We get two weeks of vacation from the church each year, and we always have a hard time deciding what to do with it. Since Danny is doing two youth camps and one major youth trip this summer, we've decided to take an earlier week of vacation. We are going to Brendan's graduation, then to our old stomping ground, Kirksville, then Kansas City and then possibly to Nebraska to see Brandon and Keri (and Eden). If you know me, I am always excited about a road trip and a change of scenery. (You will also know that I start planning suitcase-packing schedules about a month in advance. I'm that anal.)

3. Sesame Street One of the few shows I can stand to watch with Emma (Dora's too repetitive, Oobi is too weird), Sesame Street is and always will be awesome. The new characters, once you get to 'know' them, are great -- Zoe and Rosita (or, if you are Emma, 'Mozita') especially. Just the other day, I got to see the sketch with "Teeny Little Super Guy", the character on a cup who spins around the sink talking to other cups. (Remember: you can't tell a hero by his size). What a great show!

2. My brother Lucas, my brother, is in the Navy and is currently in Iraq. I haven't seen him in two years, which is really strange because when Danny and I were first married, he lived with us in our very small K-ville apartment (think glorified attic). He's a fun kid with great taste in music (I'd like to think I had something to do with that, but probably not) and an even better sense of humor. So Lucas, if you're reading this, I miss you and hope you get to come home soon.

1. My mission Last week was a very reflective one, spent figuring out why I am here (when I wasn't watching Dawson's). I discovered that when I first became a Christian, I changed everything about myself, including my personality. In the last year or so, I've finally recovered that part of myself that believes it is vitally important to point out the traditional/fundamental/absolutely incorrect assumptions made by Christians everywhere. As I recently said in an email: My [current] life as a Christian is not much different than my life as a non-Christian. What I mean is that I still have doubts, I still question everything, I still don't read the Bible a lot or pray a lot or give sub-standard, one-size-fits-all Christian advice. I prefer to say "I have absolutely no idea" than to pretend I understand a person's problem or know what advice a person needs to hear. This is how I deal with the "Do unto others" idea practically. The point is that I do not deal well (you could say I abhor) with what I deem to be cookie-cutter Christian rhetoric because it doesn't work. Aaaahhhh, introspection.

Don't believe everything you read

Wired has two interesting stories right now.

Attack of the Movie Clones
Check out the website for the Godsend Institue, which claims to be able to clone lost loved ones. But look closely at the picture of the doctor on this page. Looks a little like Robert DeNiro, who is set to star in a new film about cloning called Godsend. It looks like more Blair Witch type PR. The movie comes out April 30.

Onion Taken Seriously, Film at 11
This is all about lazy journalists who have taken Onion articles seriously. It includes my all-time favorite, the Harry Potter article that passed through every evango-fundamental emailbox back in 2002.

Adobe Audition

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.

We've now got a recording set-up here at the church. A few people were saying they'd like to have a worship cd from our band, so we purchased Adobe Audition (formerly known as Cool Edit Pro) and a multi-track sound card (Echo Layla). I spent some time yesterday and this morning setting it up and learning how to use it. Here is a link to a song I made while I was messing with the new set-up. I started with a drum loop from Audition, then recording myself playing guitar, bass and lead. Then I went back and replaced the drum loop with me playing drums. This is pretty rough (and I'm a crappy musician) but it shows what is possible.

Goodbye Hotmail

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I'm beginning the process of changing email addresses. I'm tired of Hotmail. I've been using Hotmail Popper* so I could get my webmail in a regular email client like Thunderbird. It was better than speding the time logging onto the hotmail website and looking at that yucky interface, but it's still too slow. So, if you want to email me, please us my new address.

*Note: Hotmail Popper used to be freeware, but the newer versions are free trials and the software costs $18. So, if you get it, try and find an older version of it.

Meet Troy

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If you haven't yet, check out the comments on my Passion of the Christ post. And you may as well give your opinion, too.

This came in the mail

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We got a flyer in the mail today for Lowell Mason, who refers to himself as 'The Singing Midget.' He has performed over 1000 concerts at the Precious Moments headquarters in Carthage, MO. Check the website for booking info.

Have a motivational poster

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Tolkien = Chester

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Loyal blog readers,

Your help is needed. Brendoman.com, host of this blog, website of my good friend, is holding a web poll to determine the 'Chester of the Year.' A chester is just brendoslang for a very cool person or thing. The current leader is Wesley Clark, former single-digit presidential candidate. While he is probably very chesterly, he can't compare to J.R.R. Tolkien, who is running a close second. I can't stand by and watch this great author get defeated by a presidential drop-out. So please, go to the poll and vote for Tolkien. Voting ends on April 10, so vote as many times as you can, and tell your friends!

One of the geekiest things I ever did

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When I was taking ancient Greek at Truman I did this just for fun. I translated the One Ring poem at the beginning of the Lord of the Rings into Greek. Now you can read it in PDF format, or if that doesn't work, as a jpeg.

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