Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Again and again

THE STAR WARS SAGA IS COMING TO 3-D! Whoohooo! Starting in 2012...aww, man. Also, a number of books are coming out for "anniversary editions." Makes me wonder-what's all this excitement with re-making the old? Why not write new ones? I'm not one for anniversary-edition things. I'd rather see the authors write NEW books and for NEW star wars movies to come out. (Although we know that's not happening anytime soon.) The next new book (that I'm interested in) is coming out in November-until then, reprints, reprints, reprints.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


My favorite kind of music, hands down, are obscure alternative rock/Christian songs that you would never hear on the radio. I don't understand why people put pop songs on their iPods, when you can just turn on the radio and hear them playing all the time! 
Most pop songs I love, and then I get sick of them. (like Dynamite, Replay,  and Meet Me Halfway)
Some songs I hate them, love them, then get sick of them again.(Like Bulletproof.)

Those songs are good, but they're just played wayyy too many times. After the first million times, then it starts getting tiring. Second million, you don't listen to the song anymore. After that, you're covering your ears and running away so you don't have to hear it. 

My favorite bands are Paramore, Switchfoot, Pillar and Rise Against. Ever heard of them? Look them up on youtube, or maybe I'll post clips of them here.


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Different Types of Blogs

This service has made it possible for many types of people to get "published", a way to get ideas out that is different from anything else. There are several main categories of blogs in my mind.
Complaining Blogs. This is one of the most popular kinds. It is exactly what it sounds like. On complaining blogs, you can hear people gripe about Apple, Crocs, Justin Bieber, and life in general. If you are funny, you might be able to get a fast following, but be careful, or you might just be seen as a whiner.

Photo Blogs: Photo blogs are a popular Blog Of Note choice. They aren't my favorite, though.  If you run with this type of blog, be sure to take pictures of something original, not just pictures of your pet dog. If the pictures aren't funny or beautiful, no one has any reason to look at them.

Inspirational: Some of my posts here are in this category. If you have something meaningful to say, you might get a bunch of followers who respect your view of life. Your posts might be quite long, but luckily, no one expects you to post every day.

Comic: There are very few of these on the blogosphere, because they take a lot of time and talent. The ones you can find, however, are like finding a gold mine.  These would be my favorite, but they take a long time to update because posts can take many hours to do.

Adventure: These blogs are fast paced, fun to read, but can be short lived if just about one trip. Blogs about interesting jobs go here too.

Journal: These are great ways to stay in touch with family+friends. These are a lot less commercial than above, and don't expect a large following, but these blogs can take the place of journals and help you improve yourself! My personal favorite.

What category does mine fit in? Well, my three main kinds of posts are a.) inspirational b.) about Star Wars or c.) about writing. Hmm. Let's just say my blog won't be picked for Blogs Of Note anytime soon.
What kind of blog do you write?

ps. That picture is of my brother at the USS Midway in San Diego. Why did I include it? It just felt like a good picture.

Monday, September 20, 2010




Much better .



For a second there I thought the Bay Area was going to be deleted. This would make the weekend trips to San Gabriel a lot quicker.
That's MUCH better!(for those of you who don't know, the area that was deleted is pretty much hilly desert with nothing in it.) That would make the trips up to HMB SO much shorter!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

An(other) Encounter With Death

As many of you busy bloggers out there know, it can take a real effort to log on to blogger and actually write a post.  I was planning to do this earlier, but I had to think a while on what to say.

One of my neighbors died this weekend. We'll call him Liam. Liam and his family lived across the street from us. They lived on College Street as long as we have.
Liam died last Sunday of a scuba diving accident. He got stuck in rocks and his air malfunctioned.
That makes two widows on College Street.
Liam wasn't the first person I knew who died. But you can never get "used" to it. I always can't believe it at first.  To me, death is something where one day they're there and the next day they're gone, and sometimes you forget and expect to see them and you don't. 
Whenever someone dies, I always think the same thing. Stars, this is America! People you know aren't supposed to die in America. This is only supposed to happen to people who live in dangerous places like, I don't know, Skid Row?

I'm not going to go on and on about how Liam is in a "better place"(and he was Christian!). That's nice, but it's already been said a bunch.  I want to say something else, something that's both scary and assuring.
Liam's family was very safe. They hardly went anywhere or did anything risky. Liam had just taken up scuba diving and only went once a month. My mom said "I never expected anything like that to happen to him in a million years."

So you never know what's going to happen. Sure, some things are riskier than others, but God is in control, and he'll take you home when he decides you're done here, whether or not you jump from airplanes or just stay at home sewing.

God will take you when he needs you. And it can happen when you're sleeping, driving, walking, or scuba diving. But it will happen at His appointed time and place. It's okay to a.) dread it or b.) look forward to it, but you have to be resigned to trust God and do his will.


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

 We all get jealous sometimes. Some people get jealous because of things,  like phones...or clothes...or things.  I do feel a little envy when I see them, but I get over it fast. (The two things I was not able to get over. A pair of boots, which I now have, and a budgie. Want!) 

But I get jealous over opportunities. Some people get all  the breaks.

For example, our church, Saddleback church, has reached their goal of sending a missions team to every country in the world! (cue applause)
I helped by going to the Dominican Republic(last year) and Mexico(this year, who remembers!)
My brother went to Costa Rica on his second mission trip last month.

So to celebrate, Saddleback is making a coffee table book and documentary titled "To Every Nation" And my brother is getting interviewed for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 Ooh. When I first heard it I was so jealous I could scream. C'mon, I'm a(admittedly spotlight-hogging) human. Come on! He's going to appear somewhere where people will really see him.

But when I think about it, he really deserves it. He's the middle child, and he never really gets much spotlight otherwise. He's the one who went on the trip. He gave his testimony to 200 pastors who came from all over South America. And he has a real impromptu sense of humor!

So good luck, bro, you deserve it. 

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing., 1 Thessalonians 5:11

*He really is funny. He's the "class clown". I can't wait to watch his interview.

*Come to think of it, they didn't say that the interview would absolutely be put on the documentary. But I bet it will.

**And if you don't understand the significance of this documentary, consider that our church is the 8th largest in the world, with over 20,000 weekly attenders.
*** Have I ever mentioned that I've always wanted to be in a documentary?

Friday, September 10, 2010

I Wanna Be Like The Atmosphere-

I occasionally post little writing compositions of mine here. Here's another(quite possibly far fetched) one. I dunno, these are just what goes on inside my head. It's my take on theology.

In school, I am taking Comprehensive Earth Science. Today we had a very interesting lesson, so interesting I took four pages of notes*(three and a half more pages then I normally take, folks:)). It was titled Earth System Interactions, and it was just cool. It was about the 5 "spheres" in earth science and how they relate.
And just in case you are not taking Comprehensive Earth Science, here's a refresher: Cryosphere(ice), Biosphere(life), geosphere(earth), hydrosphere(water) and atmosphere(air surrounding earth.)

The one I think is the most important is the atmosphere. Why? It's what stands between earth and space. It's the first to receive whatever enters earth from space and the last to encounter whatever comes out from earth. It's the boundary between abundant life and eternal, empty void.

Scientifically, it's the main thing that controls and distributes heat, which fuels all the other spheres. It absorbs some, reflects some, transmits some. It controls how much energy enters the earth surface. It is made of nitrogen and oxygen and other gas. It makes all the difference.

Do I make a difference?
 Am more important than a bunch of gas? To most of the world, I'm not. 

I think God made us to be kinda like the atmosphere-We are in contact with God. God pours his love into us so we can distribute it to others. Unlike the atmosphere, we aren't in control of distribution. God makes his will known. We absorb some, reflect some, transmit some. 

How much are we reflecting?
How much are we transmitting?

Like the atmosphere, God uses humans to control how much love enters and leaves the earth. To many, we(Christians) are what stands between others and an eternal empty void.  Sometimes we just absorb all the love(Yeah God, thanks for all the love! Thanks for everything! It's great!)
Sometimes we reflect it.(Uh...God, I don't want to go talk to that homeless person. So yeah, I'm just going to pretend I didn't hear you.)

We've got to transmit it. Because we are more than
5 × 1018 kg of 78.09% nitrogen, 20.95% oxygen, 0.93% argon, 0.039% carbon dioxide, and small amounts of other gases.

No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.
Matthew 5:15

Like I said, that's my take on theology. Tell me what you think(if it's good. Cause, yah, you know, I don't have much of a self esteem).

 *No Ms. McCawley, I am not counting this post as part of my notes. Does this look like notes? Does this look like it's written in purple gel with green highlighter? Does this look like it's in my blue striped Comprehensive Earth Science notebook? Good.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Midichlorian Rhapsody

The last part made me tear up a bit. :) Both trilogies have a lot of action, but I, II, and III have a more personal and emotional level that is touching, though a bit creepy.


YOU. MUST. BUY. Grated Hits.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


One of my favorite things about writing is you are able to translate your feelings into words and you can always use your feelings and experiences.

Like for my novel, I've been having problems writing the introduction. The book starts out with the teenage main character feeling anxious, restless, irritated, bored, and lonely.

Just like the way I'm feeling now.

I'm having a rough time at school. I don't feel like I have any friends. And I don't feel like my life has any purpose right now. Rain pours on my head wherever I move and sad, synthesized music fills the hallway.(Kudos for anyone who gets that reference.)

Inside my wracked, miserable self, my inner writer is saying gleefully "Yess! This is perfect!
Now just put your feelings into the main character's words and that dreaded scene will be done!"
(I hate writing introductions. I really do. I know my characters already! Why can't the reader?)

Here I come, dreaded scene. I feel better already.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

From Amusing Planet

Liu Bolin is a 35-year-old artist from Shandong, China, who has a special talent to blend himself into any surroundings by covering himself with paint. This human chameleon works on a single photo for up to 10 hours at a time, to make sure he gets it just right. Sometimes passers-by don’t even realize he is there until he moves.
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"Some people call me the invisible man, but for me it's what is not seen in a picture which is really what tells the story," Mr Bolin says. "I experienced the dark side of society, without social relations, and had a feeling that no one cared about me, I felt myself unnecessary in this world. Mr Liu says his work is also a protest against the government, who shut down his art studio in 2005.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

 planets.jpg planets image by melsul29 
Destiny is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of choice.
It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.
-William Jennings Bryan