Christmas Time on TV

One of the great benefits to the TiVo is that you can find all of those old Christmas shows that are rather kid-friendly.  In fact, it’s amazing that there are SO many old shows out there.  Of course, my favorite was and is ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas’.  My dad and I always watched it together; he got so tickled at the song lamenting how bad a person the Grinch was.  I mean, there’s just something humorous about saying you wouldn’t touch someone “with a 39 1/2 foot pole” or “You’re a triple decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich with arsenic sauceeeeee (silly music following)”.  Also, I always really liked the clay / still figure animation Santa Claus / Rudolph films by Rankin & Bass.  (more…)

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Published in: on December 12, 2008 at 6:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

Court Decision: Disappointed with Amazon.com

Earlier this week, I was scanning an ariticle from CNN.com in which the Supreme Court reversed an 11th Circuit Court of Appeals judgment on whether a man was “pandering” child pornography.  The 11th Circuit said he was not.  The Supreme Court reversed that, and said “Yes, he was”.  Thus, a Mr. Williams will go to jail 5 or more years.  (more…)

Published in: on May 25, 2008 at 1:39 am  Comments (2)  

Recitals and Narnia 2

Well, Isaac’s “reward” for surviving the music recital was that he and I would go to see Prince Caspian.  Good job by Isaac: he did a great job at the recital!

As for the movie, it was a good show, though quite different from the first.  That is basically because it is quite a different story.  Although there are definitely Christian themes throughout the movie, it does not implicitly tell the story of Jesus’s sacrifice for even a single person’s wrong: that was The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  Both Isaac and I noticed several differences from the original book which were presumably done for the sake of making a good movie, and which I basically agreed with.  For example, very little time was spent on the relationship and training that Caspian received from Dr. Cornelius; similarly, although a bit more time was given to the Pevensees searching out the old ruins of Cair Paravel, it seemed to go rather quickly.  Overall, I enjoyed the show.  I am thrilled that the translation of Lewis’s books to the “big screen” continues.  Hopefully it will continue through The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and, perhaps to my favorite book in the series: The Silver Chair.

Hopefully Prince Caspian will do well at the box office like its predecessor did.  If so, that may encourage Disney to keep going!

Published in: on May 18, 2008 at 7:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Expelled 2

I found a description of “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” on Yahoo.  They did a decent job explaining the premise of the movie.  And even managed to get in a sort of back-handed compliment — or perhaps a back-handed slap at Michael Moore & his sympathetic critics (my emphasis):

” … EXPELLED doesn’t spend most of its time debating intelligent design and evolution. Instead it focuses largely on how the debate itself and its proponents have been ignored or pushed out of classrooms and academia. Filmmaker Nathan Frankowski inserts both original animations and clips of famous films (including PLANET OF THE APES and THE WIZARD OF OZ) to further illustrate his point. Though critics may find fault with EXPELLED for its one-sidedness, it’s no more biased than any of Michael Moore’s critically lauded documentaries.  “

How about that?!  Note: Moore’s “documentaries” were “critically lauded”.  Interesting that it’s a one way street in Hollywood and the movie reviewing media.

By the way, E:NIA has made over $7 M in 4 weeks.  It has dwindled to just over 400 theaters, but all in all it’s not bad considering that a) it is a documentary, b) advertising for the movie is virtually non-existent, and c) apparently, the trailers shown in theaters did not do the movie justice or portray it properly (I only heard about these second hand).

Good movie!

Published in: on May 14, 2008 at 1:51 am  Leave a Comment  

Finishing Up the Strange Interest … For Now

I think that I finally just had enough of the creation-evolution debate; this is my reason for looking into it even more!  I like to browse the books on Amazon.com a lot.  This debate has been an interest of mine for sometime, so I look at several books related to this subject.  What gets very wearisome is looking through the comments on the books.  It is generally pretty easy to find excellent reviews by which you can “size up” a book: I appreciate thoughtful readers and their comments a lot.  What is majorly annoying is the condescending and arrogant ones — sadly, usually on both sides.  So, I decided to investigate “the other side” for myself. (more…)

Published in: on August 7, 2007 at 2:03 am  Leave a Comment  

Talk About a Strange Interest for me … Evolution

My posting is at an all time low at the moment … almost 3 weeks since I posted on July 10!  Anyhow, a strange leftover from our vacation to TN involves my determination to understand both sides of a debate that I have already chosen sides on:  Biological Evolution.  With that said, I have some background info. first: (more…)

Published in: on July 30, 2007 at 2:31 am  Leave a Comment  

A Familiar Voice

I’ve been pretty negative about the state of the world lately.   In fact, I found myself so distraught that I needed to speak with a familiar voice.  I decided to call a mentor from my days at Tennessee Tech; he’s not a faculty member there, although I suppose he could be, if there were a Christian Studies department.  My mentor, Paul, has a calm, reasoned way of looking at any issue that I have ever brought to his attention.  For example, after 9/11, I felt compelled to call him in order to get some perspective (particularly about Islam) in order to make sense of that situation.  I think that we all seek a source of some familiar comfort when we are troubled. 

Anyhow, I called Paul (and wife Barbara — a lovely person, I might add) to just visit and find out how they are doing.  (more…)

Published in: on May 2, 2007 at 4:06 am  Leave a Comment  

Homeschoolers Beware … Democracies in the West

Well, the world has finally turned on its head.  I’ve been loosely following a story of a homeschooling family in Germany on WorldNetDaily.  The latest story (see the unfolding story using links at the bottom of the article) shows that Germany is returning to its post WWI, pre WWII roots:  the destruction of unwanted minority groups in their country.  How sad that this should happen in the “progressive” West.  And, oh by the way, since when have individual Christian families been a threat to anyone?  Hopefully Germany will come to its senses.  Or, perhaps the well behaved Christian homeschooling families (in this case, who also want to be good German citizens) will be the baby thrown out with the bathwater of reigning in separating Muslim subcultures in Germany and other western European countries.

Published in: on April 15, 2007 at 12:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Christian Man … and a Coach

(Note: for a MUCH more concise article that expresses my views, please see Kim’s Blog!) I haven’t cared much about the National Football League (NFL) the past few years.  However, I always kept at least a distant glance on the Indianapolis Colts.  Peyton Manning, who was a quarterback for the University of Tennessee for 4 years, is their quarterback.  I suppose that this has made its way into the culture so much that no explanation like that is necessary.  Anyhow, I began keeping up with NFL a lot more last year when I got into fantasy league football. 

Now, of the NFL teams, the Colts are my favorite.  The Tennessee Titans came to Memphis around ’96 and moved to Nashville in ’98 (if memory serves).  However, I’ve never been much of a fan.  When Manning went to the Colts, I picked them to follow.  That was a LONG intro for what I really want to talk about:  Tony Dungy.  (more…)

Published in: on February 6, 2007 at 10:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Thanksgiving Visit

Thanksgiving was a bit different for us this year.  Due to the unplanned trip we made in October, we spent our first Thanksgiving here instead of visiting family in Tennessee.  The good news was that Kim’s parents came down to see us.  (more…)

Published in: on November 28, 2006 at 4:24 am  Comments (3)