Post #25: New Year’s and blogidemics

There appears to have been a random sort of uprising of blogs–a “blogidemic”, if you will. All these people I know are all of a sudden rushing off to Blogger and signing up. Not that that’s bad, mind you–I’m all for blogging–but it’s just sort of funny. Hopefully this doesn’t turn into some sort of weird fad.
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So how does the new format look? I used this template 1) because I like the layout 2) because it just looks cool and 3) everybody else I know is using it (right…). Hopefully this one doesn’t eat the archives like the last time I tried changing templates.
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I wrote a poem spontaneously last night…hope you like it.

[new year’s]

God’s diamond stars are out tonight,
Playing hide-and-seek behind city lights,
A lot like you and I disguise
Our wishful thoughts behind our eyes.

December’s end we celebrate,
The coming year we leave to fate;
Oh, God, I hope it’s not too late
For us to fight, not hesitate…

Ridiculous, insane we are
To try to reach just for the stars,
While heaven-bound our souls would be
If we would only try to see

Beyond the stars, the black of night.
Eternity might shed its light
On things unseen; the bitter end
Might just become a sweeter friend.

A page is turned, the morning comes,
With endings lost and startings won.
This mystery of you and I
As we all try to touch the sky…


Post #24: Good, evil, and Gandalf the Grey

At the risk of my English teacher possibly stumbling upon this, I’m going to talk about something random I noticed about Lord of the Rings and its characters. (My school is one of those that generally looks down upon anything that’s “magical” in nature, yet will discuss C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe because the aforementioned witch is “an allegory for Satan.” Harry Potter and Gandalf are bad because they supposedly glorify witchcraft. OK…) Anyhow, speaking of Lewis, he wrote something in the book Mere Christianity that made me think:

“The better stuff a creature is made of–the cleverer and stronger and freer it is–then the better it will be if it goes right, but also the worse it will be if it goes wrong. A cow cannot be very good or very bad; a dog can be both better and worse; a child better and worse still; an ordinary man, still more so; a man of genius, still more so; a superhuman spirit best–or worst–of all” (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, p. 53).

Now we see the same idea at work in Lord of the Rings (which isn’t much of a surprise since J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were very good friends). Most of the evil forces in the book are pretty much good beings that were corrupted. (On a side note, have you ever noticed that satan has to take what God’s already created and has to pervert it? Just thought I’d throw that in there.) For example: Gollum used to be a hobbit. The ringwraiths used to be men. The orcs used to be elves. Saruman used to be a good wizard (wizards, btw, according to the Encyclopedia of Arda–wow, I’m such a nerd–are really spirits in human form). Sauron, the dark lord, used to be one of the most powerful “gods” (that’s not quite right, I don’t think, but that’s the only word I can come up with) of Middle Earth. See what I mean? The more powerful they are, the freakier and more evil they become when they get corrupted. Which, I think, is why the total depravity of man is probably one of the most flattering comments on the human race that I can think of…but that’s for another post. (Hehe.)

So take that! (Muahahahaha.)
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Guys, as a general rule, look good in beanies. I haven’t found one that doesn’t. So, gentlemen, if you want to attract girls, start wearing beanies more often. *wink*
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*LiNk oF tHe DaY* online literature. They’ve got hundreds of books just sitting there waiting for you to read them. So go do it, and you’ll have an excuse to stay on the computer.

Mom: “Are you still on that computer??”
You: “I’m reading a book now.”


Post #23: And now for some completely gratuitous links…

I stumbled upon these while I was clicking around; being the bizarre sorts that you are, I figured you guys would probably like them. (Disclaimer: Some of these have some swearing involved, so read with discernment.) Enjoy.

20 things. 20 people. 20 days. For all you artistic types, this is a program where you make small art projects (24 cubic inches is the max, according to the site), send them in to the person in charge, and in return you get 20 art projects, one from 20 different people.

Booklend. This guy on the east coast lends out his book collection via snail mail. He does expect you to send them back, but he pays for your return postage and everything. Unfortunately, most of the books are checked out right now, so if you actually want to borrow something you’ll probably need to wait about a year or so. (Sorry.)

Feeling is mutual. Remember anything to disrupt the tedium? This is his girlfriend’s blog.

fifty word fiction. That’s right–a webpage of 200 fiction works that are only fifty words long. Quite entertaining.

Java Jazz. A local coffee place where some friends/acquaintances of mine are regulars.

Pike Place Market. I went here three years ago with my youth group while we were on a mission trip (it was “sightseeing day”). Two friends and I wandered around the entire market district of Seattle and had some good times. This is a phenomenal place to see in person, but the website is the next coolest thing. (Yes, this is the market where the guys throw the fish around.)

the 1000 journal project. Some guy in California had the brilliant idea to send 1,000 blank journals to random places and see what happened. One of them’s made it back to him so far…take a look at the journal gallery, some of these things are amazing. Wow.


Post #22: Funky dreams and other such weirdness
This could get really annoying really fast…my “i,” “k,” “8,” and comma keys aren’t working today (they have a tendency to do that frequently) and so I’m having to copy and paste whenever they’re needed. So this post could take a while to complete…grr.
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I’ve been having a lot of bizarre dreams lately…they’re all really vivid and really weird. The weirdest one was the other night (Friday? Not sure); I dreamed that my church was getting ready for the Christmas pageant and for some reason we were building something in the middle of the worship center. So there was scaffolding up, and a bunch of us were climbing all over it waiting for more building materials to come (or something–I’m not really sure, all I know is that we were just sitting around on this thing) and just talking and stuff. It was really interesting because we were all walking around in biblical costume–you know with the robes and the tunics and such–even the stage crew (for those of you who know Mrs. LeBeau, she was walking around in costume, too). What’s really weird is that all of a sudden I found myself in a conversation with Julia Roberts…she was in costume, too, and we were just on the scaffolding hanging out and chatting.

Know what’s really annoying? Whenever you’re in a dream, completely random things are all of a sudden normal…
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If anyone has any ideas about what my school can do for a play this semester, I will be eternally grateful. We can’t come up with anything…well, actually the drama director has something, but no one wants to do it…I might just have to boycott this year. (Not really.)
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I have no earthly idea what I’m gonna do for New Year’s. I hope I don’t end up sitting around watching TV and being bored…I visited a friend’s church (well, actually several friends go there) and I liked what the youth pastor said: Invite a bunch of friends over to your house, crank up some dance music, get you some apple-cranberry juice and get jiggy with it. Sounds like fun, but I have no idea what my parents would think of that one…
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*LiNk oF tHe DaY*Times Square! Or I could just go here for New Year’s…(yeah, right!)


Post #21: A survey about me

15 years ago I:
1. was two…
2. already knew how to read.
3. had an older brother who was 11 already
4. think I had the chicken pox for a few days…
5. lived in a house w/the street # “666”. I’m not kidding.

10 years ago, I:
1. was 7…
2. had had glasses for 2 years already…yes, I’m that blind…
3. had one of the coolest teachers in the world!
4. discovered that if I used my diaphragm to sing, it actually sounded better…something I had to learn all over again when I turned 12…
5. met my friend Caleb

5 years ago, I:
1. started seventh grade
2. already was getting depressed/suicidial (kinda scary, eh?)
3. had a year-old nephew (awwww…)
4. was in choir…there weren’t any boys in there, but we still managed to have a tenor section (thanks to some of the eighth grade girls)
5. had hair past my shoulders–doesn’t sound that weird, except if you consider the fact that I chopped it all off the next year

2 years ago, I:
1. was a sophomore!!!
2. had a class that shrank dramatically…
3. started getting interested in sign language
4. went to seattle on a mission trip and made loads of memories…
5. still didn’t have my license

1 year ago, I:
1. was a JUNIOR!
2. went to my first dance (hehe)
3. started liking this one guy friend of mine…
4. was in drama and getting sick of the song “Sick Cycle Carousel” (LONG story)
5. got a new youth pastor, Matt

Yesterday, I:
1. sat around like a lump.
2. updated the blog
3. went out to dinner with my parents
4. did some writing.
5. organized my backpack for school

Today, I:
1. woke up at 10:45 (when I’d set my alarm to go off two hours earlier)
2. am updating the blog AGAIN…
3. am destined to be really, really bored.
4. should probably go see my friend Nick, who’s stuck at the fireworks stand he’s running until New Year’s
5. need to go buy some strings and picks for the guitar.

Tomorrow, I:
1. don’t have anything to do, anyone want to go see a movie?
2. should probably clean the rest of my room
3. will probably sleep until 11 o’clock AGAIN
4. need to call Baylor and make sure they got my application
5. will check out “the very official ask jay anything thread” on CGR b/c it gets updated on Saturdays (wow, I need to get a life)

Five snacks i enjoy
1. kettle corn (yummy)
2. cheddar goldfish
3. baby carrots…
4. easy mac
5. plain ritz crackers…

Five songs I know all the words to, even without the music
1. “Worlds Apart” by Jars of Clay
2. “Center Aisle” by Caedmon’s Call
3. almost all of “Stay Together for the Kids” by Blink-182 (hehe)
4. “One by One” from the Broadway version of The Lion King musical (especially interesting since most of it’s in zulu)
5. “Violet” by the Tremolo Cowboys (great song)

Five books I like:
1. Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance by Don Miller
2. Four Souls by Mike Peterson, Matt Kronberg, Jedd Medefind, and Trey Sklar
3. Ecclesiastes
4. Psalms
5. Enter the Worship Circle by Ben Pasley

Five things i would buy with $1000:
1. $100 goes to church
2. $500 goes to a homeless shelter
3. a bass
4. presents for everyone
5. I dunno…an air freshener for the car

Top five musicians lately (not in any particular order)
1. Waterdeep
2. Josh Groban
3. Creed
4. Lifehouse
5. Dave Matthews Band

Five bad habits I have
1. talking to myself…
2. interrupting people
3. procrastinating!!!!
4. staying on the computer too long
5. doodling during class (you should see my notebooks…it’s ridiculous)

five things I would never wear
1. spandex. blegh.
2. something that makes me look like a boy
3. three little words: abercrombie and fitch
4. the clothes @ fancydeluxe.com (scariness)
5. my sister-in-law’s clothes (mostly b/c I know I’d never fit in them…lol)

Five tv shows i like
1. Trading Spaces
2. Whose Line Is It Anyway?
3. Alias (hehe)
4. Good Morning America (it’s good to watch during breakfast)
5. The Late Show w/Dave Letterman

five places i’ve lived
1. Korea
2. Missouri
3. my house…
4. that’s it. exciting, huh?

my top five biggest worries at the moment
1. my relationship w/God
2. my mom’s health
4. school…
5. guys (blegh)

my top five biggest joys at the moment
1. school, ironically enough…
2. the Bible
3. my family
4. sleep 🙂
5. friends

five things that make you laugh
1. my friends (esp. the guys)
2. freshmen…
3. Whose Line?
4. http://www.fancydeluxe.com
5. general randomness…

five things you love
1. God (there’s my church kid answer for the day…it is true, though)
2. my family/friends
3. music.
4. acting
5. learning

Five things on your desk
1. baskets of pens
2. books & magazines
3. papers I need to put up…
4. a little organizer thingy holding my stationary…
5. my computer

Five facts about you
1. i’ve always had this thing where i want to be a CIA agent…
2. i think bass players are among the coolest ppl in the world
3. i don’t like my current church (for several reasons)
4. when i was little, i wanted to be a scientist
5. i want to learn how to run sound

five things you can do
1. remember really random things
2. “speak” sign language
3. origami
4. yell really, really loud
5. sing tenor, alto and soprano. i’ve sung baritone ONCE, and that was in harmonizing with a song i was listening to. it was scary.

five things you can’t do
1. understand calculus
2. run the world (that would be frightening)
3. go without doodling while I’m taking notes in class…
4. run fast
5. sew

five things you say the most
1. shoot!
2. that’s just lovely…
3. what? and/or huh?
4. wow…
5. nice…
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*LiNk oF tHe DaY* Prophetik. This great clothing company…they make t-shirts that are Christian without being “Christian t-shirts.” (Did that make any sense?)


Random quizzes
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Find out which Remember the Titans character you are! Made by: Dannielle Albert

Which Veggie Tales character are you?

this quiz was made by Karen

“We reject the false doctrine that the church could have permission to hand over the form
of its message and of its order to whatever it itself might wish or to the vicissitudes of the
prevailing ideological and political convictions of the day.”
You are Karl Barth!
You like your freedom, and are pretty stubborn against authority! You don’t
care much for other people’s opinions either. You can come up with your own fun, and
often enough you have too much fun. You are pretty popular because you let people have their
way, even when you have things figured out better than them.

What theologian are you?

A creation of Henderson