Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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Sometimes, for various reasons, I find the internet depressing.

And boy, I wish I knew what the 'next step' is.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Better Late Than Never

Those evil deregulation Republicans that led to the housing crisis...


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Disconnected



"I remember you when you were young and strong in your summer dress and your legs so long, my memories are only for me, I prefer them to reality."
That verse has lodged itself in my mind since I first heard it five years ago. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Social Media

Some people are so full of anger. And they must advertise it to the world.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Bit on Jimmy Kimmel


This is beyond depressing to watch. I want these to be staged so badly...


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Myth of Perfection

I don't often talk about my relationship with my wife, as it's something very personal that I don't often share with friends, much less with the anonymous world of the internet. But there is one thing I don't think I want to share, as I think it has become so essential that culture at large hear it today. It's something that is counter to mainstream culture, and what the television set and 'conventional wisdom' are selling you. And it's something that the world at large generally just doesn't want to hear because it doesn't give them warm fuzzies on the inside. What is this truth?

You will never find the perfect person.

But wait, isn't that settling?

Maybe? I don't think so. I think there is a difference. A bit of explanation.

Everyone should have a set of goals, ideas, standards, ethics, values, etc, that they wish to share with their future spouse. This isn't unreasonable. But what is unreasonable, I think, is expecting to find someone that meets each and every one of those bullet points. The only way you're going to find that is by dating yourself. In the real world you have to compromise.

Don't misunderstand, settling is a real thing, and I'm not denying that people do it. But in spectrum
with settling-for-someone-whom-you-have-nothing-in-common-with on one side, and waiting-forever-for that-perfect-someone on the other, in the middle is a vast zone that I would label 'real relationships.' The middle is occupied by happily married couples who stay the course. The closer you get towards "Perfect," the more the divorce/break up rate rises as people lump unreasonable expectations on their partner/spouse. The closer you get towards "Settling," the more dysfunctional and unhappy the relationship is, quite probably with an equal rise in the divorce/breakup rate.

And right in the middle? Commitment.

Waiting for Superman and/or Superwoman

We're bombard with sitcoms like How I Met Your Mother and Scrubs that, while amusing, accentuate the failure of the current system. Characters in said shows bounce from relationship to relationship, constantly on the cusp of commitment, but always at the very last minute finding a justifiable reason (in their mind) that the relationship could never work, so they in turn break it off only to jump right in to the next similar fiasco.

Now to the rational person, I think it's fairly obvious why this occurs. It's a television program, and if Ted Mosby met the love of his life in the first episode we would know how he met his children's mother and the television show would be over. Not much chance for syndication or future profits.

Unfortunately, though, I see this scenario playing out in the lives of those around me. Reality is being treated in the same manner as fantasy entertainment. Peers and acquaintances can't seem to find the person that is 'just right,' with whom they'll enjoy their happily ever after.

The problem is, they're searching for the wrong thing. They should be looking for someone whom they love despite their flaws, someone with whom they're willing to work through life's trials and hardships.

They're searching for the perfect person, forgetting that no one is perfect.

Get Your Ducks in a Row

My wife and I dated for four and a half years before marrying, making our relationship already statistically longer than the majority of marriages. Of those four and a half years, we were a long distance relationship for almost three and a half years. In that time we had disagreements, we both made mistakes. She's not 'perfect' for me, I think, by conventional wisdom. We don't have any overlapping hobbies, and our tastes in books and movies is often sharply different. Our taste in music is definitely in contrast, despite the fact that music brought us together.

But what we do have? Shared religious beliefs. Shared plans and values for our future family and life together. Shared financial opinions. (This one is important, and often skipped over by couples.) Shared commitment to each other. And we have a lot of fun together, no matter what we're doing. We each found someone that hits the major bullet points for what we want in a partner. The little ones? Eh. So what. She may not be able to name the seven original Dwarf Houses of Middle Earth, but I think we can work through that detail.

(I forgive her.)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Friday, December 7, 2012

Parrot Buggy

Allow my to break my update dry spell with a parrot buggy!



You're welcome.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Most Terrifying Video You'll Ever See

Personally, I'm all for sustainable living because we only have one planet, and regardless of whether or not human made climate change is real, a healthy and clean Earth is better for all of us. As a Christian I believe that we should be good stewards of the earth, and destroying it through neglect and irresponsibility is downright sinful.

Saw this video today. It's an older one, and it simplifies arguments a good deal, but it uses good old fashioned economics to make a point. It's all about opportunity cost, and the opportunity cost is simply too high given what is at stake.


Now, all that said, I'm not suddenly a bleeding heart big government liberal. I believe that people needed to be educated about the subject, and should make the right choice on their own. When things are put in perspective regarding the consequences of our actions and the burdens our children, possibly we, and certainly the rest of the human race will have to bear, I don't see how there really is a choice at all.

Be a good steward of God's creation.When it's put in those terms, no rational believer could disagree.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Disney Wars


Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Seriously, quit the whining. Disney buying out Lucasfilm does not mean doom and gloom. People need to step back and put a few things in perspective.

The Prequels Weren't Exactly Gems of Cinema

There, I said it. It's the truth, the ugly truth. But if you think Disney is going to create a super awful cheesy Star Wars as compared to Lucas, you need to rewatch the scene where Anakin Skywalker, at the age of 11, manages to, for the first time in his life, climb into a vacant Naboo Starfighter, pilot it into space, survive a dogfight, fly through a Trade Federation Battleship and destroy the thing from the inside.

I was going to go on at length about any other number of terrible, awful lines in the prequels, but really, I think the above caliber of storytelling pretty much sums it up. "Wahoooo!"

What Else Does Disney Own?

Turns out, Disney has bought out some other beloved IP's in the last few years, and no one had shed a tear. What are the two biggest names they've purchased?


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It takes a bit of crack investigative reporting (wikipedia), but in case anyone has been hiding under a rock lately, it turns out both Marvel and Pixar are owned by Disney. Here's the short list of terrible, awful movies that partnership has given us:

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Marvel

Boy, those righteous fanboys are right, Disney has completely ruined the IP's owned by those franchises. Damn you, Disney, for giving me The Avengers!


Think of the Potential

Disney World can now dedicate a portion of the park to Star Wars, AND a portion of the park to Indiana Jones. Remember, Indiana Jones is owned by Lucasfilm. You might be able to visit the Temple of Doom in a few years time, or walk into Mos Eisley's Cantina. Just think about that for a second.


And to Wrap Up...

I'm not saying there isn't room for Disney to complete destroy the franchise. There is. It could happen. But I do think there's more reason to be positive than negative, all things considered.

I mean, really, do you remember the prequels? No? Well, allow me to give you a couple prime reasons to take off your rose colored glasses, and remember that not all things nostalgic are good, and sometimes, a fresh change just might be a good thing:




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