Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A Trip to Narnia

When I was in elementary school, perhaps as early as 3rd grade, I remember reading a few of the books in The Chronicle of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. Most notably were The Magician's Nephew and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Several years ago, knowing that I enjoy reading Lewis and the Narnia books in particular, Wife bought me all 7 books in a set. I remember sitting down and anxiously rereading them, as if I was in elementary school all over again.

In December of 2005, while away on my first trip to San Diego, I watched the then newly released The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It was incredible and I loved it. Tonight I got a chance to watch its sequel, Prince Caspian. I don't know how I'd compare it to the first, but I do know this -- it was incredible and I loved it. It had a darker feel to it, which I liked, and I liked that all 4 children were back. I thought they did a fantastic job and enjoyed the tension between several of the characters. Liam Neeson reprieved his role as Aslan and thought he did well, but was saddened to hear that, to him, Aslan was more representative of "the spirit of the planet" and "more what the Native Americans would believe" than a Christ figure. Obviously he's free to take away from it what he wants, but for whatever reason that bugs me. While it can be debated whether the parallel is intentional on Lewis' part or not, the parallel is there nontheless. Again, not sure why this bothers me.

It's left me wanting's to 2010 and the release of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader!

Monday, December 08, 2008

High School Never Ends

(With apologies to Bowling for Soup)

This morning I woke up and remembered that I'd had a dream about someone I went to high school with. Occasionally I'll drop this person an email just to catch up with him. I searched the Intertubes using the Google(tm) search engine to see if the email I had for him was current, and discovered that he was on Facebook. So, I took a look at his profile.

I noticed that he had a bunch of folks from high school "friended". It was weird seeing a lot of these people that I haven't seen or spoken to in 15 years. Brought back a lot of memories. And it was cool....I could view one person's set of friends, look at one of their friends, and then look at their get the picture. It's a giant web so that eventually, I'm sure, I'd find everyone I graduated with. Or at least the ones that I graduated with.

So I asked to be friended to several folks....join a couple of groups. And I've since gotten friend requests from several other folks. Oddly enough, this seems really cool to me. Surprisingly, I've got a facebook account, myspace account, and several other social network accounts, but most of them lie dormant. I never actually thought to use facebook to find folks I went to school with. It just never occurred to me. I guess because I graduated with a group of people that didn't grow up with the internet -- it was just catching on as we were all in college. Which, I guess, would be a good reason they would be on facebook. I'm not quite sure why I'm so late to the game. My job is basically the internet. I'm pretty good at keeping up with technology. But for some reason, I never took the time to "groom" my social web sites. Maybe because it's too time consuming. I use twitter quite a bit, but basically that's nothing more than sending a message from my phone, along the lines of "sitting in Macy's, picking my nose while Wife tries on clothes". No grooming necessary. I'm a huge fan of instant messaging. Maybe I prefer these social interactions (can they really  be called that?) because they're instant.

Whatever the reason, I'm sucked in now. I'll probably addictively check my facebook account, hoping that I'm friended by someone else I went to school with. Today I got to chat with two people I haven't spoken with in a long time. It was nice to catch up with them. I hope I can do it some more.

Friday, December 05, 2008

On blogging

I don't know if I've mentioned this in the past, but a lot of times i'm out, probably at work, and I think about something I have that I want to share in my blog. But, when I finally get a chance to sit down and do it, I don't. And so my blog goes for months with nothing new.

You'd think that with a new child I'd be constantly talking about all the wonderful things he's doing and how much we love him. And that's very much true....he's incredible and does a ton of wonderful things. I need to share more. Actually, more importantly, I need to share how he is truly is our miracle baby and evidence that God is faithful. That's a blog for another day.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Asus EEE

Once upon a time, I would've considered myself a real of those folks who go out and get the latest and greatest gadgets and who lusts after those things I can't have. But, as I've gotten older, I've discovered I'm not really one of those people. That, or I've just grown out of it. I've been quite happy with all of my electronics fora  while desktop at work, my work laptop, my cell phone even. Then came the newest "cool toy"....the "netbook". These sublaptops are smaller than a laptop but are fully functioning computers. I've seen and somewhat wanted one for a while, but since being in San Diego last week with other geeks and seeing them with them, I decided I would take the plunge and get me one. So, I convinced my boss to get me one and it arrived yesterday.

What can I say? It's awesome. 8.9" screen, weighing in at over 2 lbs it's perfect for traveling. I couldn't use it for work, but it does some really coolt things that I can't do with a full size laptop. Probably the biggest gripe is the smaller keyboard. I'm surprisingly able to type as normal but the problem I run into most is when trying to capitilize a key on my left hand and using the right "shift"'s smaller and the up arrow is where I naturally want to use it. Also, using the back space button isn't as easy as on a full sized key board. Other than that, I can't think of anything really bad about the keyboard.

The default OS that came with it is a Debian derivitive called Xandros. I wasn't impressed with it, so one of the first things I did was install "Ubuntu EEE" on it. Much better! The interface isn't my normal GNOME desktop, but it's much nicer than what was on here. Plus I'm somewhat familiar with Ubuntu.

I like that it has a webcam built in and the linux distro I'm using actually knows how to use it. If I had people who would actually want to see me, I could do that crazy video chat thing. I know that when Son (that's so weird to type) gets to be about 4 years old, I'm going to buy him one of these. This would be perfect, and, as it has a Linux OS on it, it would allow him to learn linux at an early age and be much smarter than all his classmates!

So far, I rate this 5 stars out of 5. And the envy I get from all the other people on my floor at work makes it a total of 6 out of 5!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Happy Election Day!

Obviously I have my preference for whom I want to see win...let's see if he can do it!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Neither Obama or McCain are my Hope and Change....

It's the political silly season, and the other day I was driving behind a car. On the back of the car there was a bumper sticker "Got Hope?". My reply? Yes, yes I do!

Now, those who know me know I'm a political junkie. I've been reading the political blogs and eating up everything I can about this election. I'm a strong believer in our system and enjoy the privilege of partaking in it. While there are days that I come home ranting and raving about what's going on and the idiocy that does go on in our government, in the end this is an enjoyable time for me.

But I need to make something clear...hopefully those who know me best know that before I affiliate myself with a political ideology or party, I identify my self with a Person -- Jesus Christ. Above all else, that is where my identity lies.

And so yes, I do have Hope. I had Hope before the 2008 election began (it seems like so long ago). I had Hope before it became a popular mantra invoked by a presidential candidate. I had Hope starting in 1989 when I professed my faith in Christ.

You see, my Hope doesn't lie in Barack Obama or John Hope lies in Christ and Christ alone. Hope and Change! Because as I'm walking with my Lord, He's changing me each day to be more like Him!

Presidential candidates and presidents themselves make promises they can't keep...they pander to people to get their vote and give them what they want to hear. Christ, on the other hand, doesn't make promises He can't keep. He's faithful to His Word. He told us that He's the only way to God the Father. He's true to His Word and promises us we can have Life and Life more abundantly by following Him.

Don't get me wrong....I have a guy I'm rooting for in this race, and I pray he wins. But if he doesn't, I know that God is sovereign and He'll still be in control over all. Paul reminds us in Romans 13:1 "Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God." So, if my guy loses, <shrug>. God's in control and it's all according to His Will. And, in reading Jeremiah, I'm reminded that the Judeans were exiled to Babylon, but God promised to take care of them and to bring them home.

There's no one here that can provide the Hope and Change I truly need. The One who can left this earth 2000 years ago. And, unlike anyone here, He's King for eternity. That's my Hope!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

on the couch, listening to the rain

It's Tuesday night. I'm sitting on the couch, Wife sleeping beside me. I'm tapping this out using my nokia 770 and a software keyboard. I feel like following Wife and passing out.

I think I will. It's preferable to anything else at the moment....