Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas 2008

Isaiah 7:14 (King James Version)

 14Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.


I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. I encourage everyone to take time today and reflect on the precious gift we received from God., His only begotten Son. And then reflect on the wonderful gift Jesus gives to each of us. Salvation to all who ask.  Have a wonderful Christmas!

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Thunder, Thunder, Thunder, Thundercats Ho

Imagine Brad Pitt as Lion-o, Vin Disel as Panthro, Hugh Jackman as Tigra. Then check out this (fake) Trailer for a Thundercats Live action movie. Also featured are Gigi Edgley (Chiana from Farscape) as Cheetara and Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara (of Spy Kids fame) as Wileykit and Wileykat.

Friday, December 19, 2008

In Memoriam: Majel Barrett Roddenberry


Majel Roddenberry passed away today. While every trekker knows of her work in ST:TOS, ST:TNG, ST:DS9, ST:V, she was also involved in getting other Roddenberry projects to television. And she was genuinely a nice lady. I had the privilege of meeting and talking to her in person a few years back when she was the guest of honor at the Gen Con Game Fair. She walked right up to us while we were siting in the atrium of the Hyatt and asked us about the game we were playing. We talked for several minutes before she moved on. Very friendly. 

The story says she passed away from leukemia.  Please pray for her family.

Star Trek Universe Loses Majel Barrett Roddenberry

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

What I Did On My Summer Hiatus

Well most of what I did was participate in our annual Vacation Bible School. We split the kids up into teams and each team was color coded. Here you see the team flags green, red, yellow, blue, orange and purple.
I think one of the favorite activities was eating. Here you see people lined up at the food stand.
The Blue Team prepares for action!
The Spirit of Competition was thick in the air
If we could only bottle the energy the kids have!
But not everything took place in the hot summer sun
We had plenty of skits in the air conditioned Fellowship Hall
The last day we did something special and arranged for a "blow up amusement park"
We also used part of the property to set up a paintball range. A big hit with the teens.
The girls play "Super Volley Ball".
They worked together much better than the guys.
The Green Team teens relax and chow down.
While VBS was a day shorter this year, we still managed to do more, holding it all day instead of just in the late afternoon like previous years. It certainly drained me.
But we are already planning for next year!
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Monday, December 01, 2008

Pay No Attention to the Embedded Object Below

For my friends and those who supported me through NaNoWriMo. No. I do not know when I will get around to killing you. You cannot rush these things. They take time.

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Friday, November 28, 2008

It's Over and I Can Reclaim My Life

As you can see I have met the NaNoWriMo Challenge and prevailed. I can not begin to tell you the feeling of accomplishment I have. Now If I just had some cover art.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

NaNoWriMo is Going Well. Too Well.

If you've noticed the NaNoWriMo widget in the lower sidebar, I am more or less on track with the NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth.  In fact I will probably surpass the word count I stopped at last year by Friday. I am pumped and psyched and wanting to get through this.  Some participants have already completed the 50,000 word challenge.  I just hope that I can stay on task and finish this year.

By some strange quirk of fate, the co-worker I sit next to after our department moved to a new area is also doing NaNoWriMo only she finished hers last year where I fell short. This year we can encourage each other. I think support is making all the difference this year.
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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

In Memoriam : Michael Crighton

Micheal Crighton, author of Jurassic Park and Andromeda Strain has died at the age of 66. He past away Tuesday after losing his battle with cancer.
"Through his books, Michael Crichton served as an inspiration to students of all ages, challenged scientists in many fields, and illuminated the mysteries of the world in a way we could all understand," his family said in a statement.

I remember reading "The Andromedan Strain" and not being able to put it down. His imagination and writing inspired me and does to this day.


Michael Crichton dies of cancer
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Watchmen Film in Limbo

I read "The Watchmen" graphic novel and thought what an incredible piece of comic art it was. Writing and drawing were superb! And I thought "Man, this would make an awesome film!"

Over twenty years later the dream has been realized and a complete Watchmen film is in the can awaiting release by Warner Brothers on March 6th, 2009. Or is it?

This is not the first attempt at making a Watchmen movie.  Another film was planned by Fox back in 1991. They hired Larry Gordon to produce it  but the project stalled.  Gordon  made a deal with Warner Brothers in 2006 but apparently Fox held the legal rights to the property  and has moved to completely block the release of the film.  Keep your fingers crossed and pray they get it resolved because the biggest losers in this will be moviegoers.

Rorschach in action!

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

1000 Words

Here are some photochopped images of Barack that I made and posted over at Dane Bramage.


And don't forget; The Obamanation.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

In Memoriam: George Carlin

George Carlin is dead. More at Bleepworthy Comedy King George Carlin Dead at 71
Most older people will probably remember him for his routine about the seven words you cant say on television. Sadly though today you could probably hear all seven in an hour of Spike TV programing.

George was far more liberal than I can really stand but you have to give him props for his contribution to comedy.
Much more than a "footnote in legal history," as Carlin often referred to himself for his role in the seven "filthy" words case, the comic was the first-ever host of Saturday Night Live, a four-time Grammy winner and a touchstone for generations of writers and performers.

Carlin was due to receive the 11th Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in November. The honor was announced just last week, around the time of his final performances, at the Orleans in Las Vegas. According to his website, he had dozens of shows booked through the end of the year.
In the 1990s and 2000s, Carlin returned to Hollywood as a revered elder statesman—a revered elder statesman with an always-young mind. He appeared in the Bill & Ted movies, earned two Daytime Emmy nominations for the children's show Shining Time Station and starred in a short-lived sitcom, The George Carlin Show. He found a kindred spirit in Kevin Smith, and vice versa, and appeared in three of the filmmaker's dialogue-driven comedies: Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Jersey Girl.
Carlin is survived by his second wife.
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say peace to george..

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Quizzes for Thursday!

I found this while pimping my TT.
This That & The Other Thing: Thursday Thirteen #24: Fun Quizzes To Try On Blog Things
So here are som quizzes...

You Like Names That Are Popular and Modern

You prefer names you've heard quite a bit and know well.

It's possible that you like the idea of naming someone after a friend.

You taste in names is very mainstream. You don't like odd names at all.

You rather share a name with someone you know than be stuck with a weird name.

Some female names you might like: Amber, Erica, Kristen, Lauren, Megan, Tara, and Vanessa

Some male names you might like: Brett, Christian, Jason, Kyle, Logan, Scott, and Trevor

What Your Fridge Says About You

You tend to be a very hedonistic, greedy person. You have trouble saying no to what you want.

You are not careful with your money. In fact, you rarely think about how much you are spending.

You are a very adventurous person. You love to try new things, and you get bored very easily.

You try to be responsible, but you don't always succeed. Your heart is in the right place though.

You are likely single - and a workaholic.

Ouch! That one hit close to home!

What Your Soul Really Looks Like

You are a warm hearted and open minded person. It's easy for you to forgive and forget.

You are a grounded person, but you also leave room for imagination and dreams. You feet may be on the ground, but you're head is in the clouds.

You see yourself with pretty objective eyes. How you view yourself is almost exactly how other people view you.

Your near future is in a very different place (both physically and mentally) from where you are right now.

For you, love is all about caring and comfort. You couldn't fall in love with someone you didn't trust.

You Would Be a Pet Fish

Relaxed and laid back, you prefer to sit back and observe what's going on around you.

You are secretly very wise and intelligent, but few people take the time to learn about you.

You don't mind if the world doesn't understand you. You're having enough fun trying to understand the world.

Why you would make a great pet: You're peaceful and nice to be around, but not very demanding

Why you would make a bad pet: Let's face it... the only person you're truly interesting to is yourself

What you would love about being a fish: Swimming around aimlessly without a care in the world

What you would hate about being a fish: Being used as bait or food for bigger fish

You Are a Auditory Learner

You tend to remember what you hear, and you have a knack for speaking well.

You excel at debating, foreign languages, and music.

You would be an excellent diplomat - or rock star!

You Know Your States

You got 7/10 correct.

You've got a pretty good handle on US geography.

There's a good chance you've visited at least a dozen of the fifty states.

You Are Smores

Unusual and unconventional, you make your strange ways work for you.

You've got personality - no one's denying that!

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Monday, June 09, 2008

In Memoriam: Bo Diddley

'Musical legend Bo Diddley died last week at 79.
Somehow during my youth I missed Bo Diddley. I had heard of him and as I got into music later on I knew of his contributions to Rock, R&B,  Jazz and Rap in terms of influences. But I never sat down and listened to Bo.

His survivors include his children, Evelyn Kelly, Ellas A. McDaniel, Tammi D. McDaniel and Terri Lynn McDaniel; a brother, the Rev. Kenneth Haynes; and 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Please pray for his family.
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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Cross Post: Photos from TT #81

Thursday Thirteen #81

13 Things About Dane Bramage
13 Photos Scott Emailed Me

I am taking a breather today. My friend Scott emailed me 13 pictures to post for a Thursday 13. This was a no brainer. If you like it then it was my idea and I accept your kudos. If you hate it it's Scott fault and I'll forward your hate mail and be blameless! Anyway here are some pictures of work done by an artist who uses nature as a media. The life sized bear is made from pine needles and the sculptures are carved from antlers.

  1. Scott's accomplishments include writing a newspaper column, authoring a book, and driving a truck from coast to coast. Unfortunately, counting is not among his accomplishments so rather than make this a Thursday 12, I am re-posting a shot of Scott's best side.

This pine cone guy could be the real deal or a hoax. The guy could be a great artist waiting to be discovered or somebody is yanking my chain. You decide. But the last paragraph in the email said, "I know the artist would love to hear from you. Just to know where his art is being seen around the world. He said he would reply to every email and print out every letter for his scrapbook. You can write him here at[email address removed]. His Name is Richard Carpenter." I removed the email address so if you want it email me.