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…)

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

Farewell to Darren: A Good Friend

We had some very sad news on Friday.  My friend Darren was killed in a car crash at work on Friday, May 30, 2008.   It is hard to believe how this happened: (more…)

Published in: on June 1, 2008 at 9:00 pm  Comments (2)  

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  

Introducing … The Introducing Series!

A few years ago when I was in grad school, I was talking with friends at the Christian Student Center about some now long forgotten philosopher, and a studious friend remarked that I should read an “Introducing” book about the person.  He explained that they were a series of well written short introductions (something like the “For Dummies” series) that were illustrated.  Yes, a comic book of a sort.  So, my curiosity was piqued and I decided to check one out.  I have recently been diving into these books again, and felt it was worth a detailed post. 

I have found my friend’s advice to be right on target.  For the most part (there are a few lemons out there), these books are an indispensable guide to get an appreciation of many subjects.  In particular the religious guides, philosopher biographies and the mathematics and science books are very good.  (more…)

Published in: on May 7, 2008 at 2:08 am  Leave a Comment  

The crack in the floor — not in the family, that is.

Well, our washer overflowed a couple of weeks ago.  I was persuaded to stay at home the morning that we found out to wait for the ServPro people come to tear up our wood floor hallway.  Did I mention that, anytime Kim says, “I think something’s wrong with …” there is surely trouble afoot!  Anyhow, while tearing up the 12′ x 3′ section with a 3′ x 3′ inset to the half bath, a lady worker said, “Oh, you have a crack in your floor.  It looks pretty bad.”  Ouch. 

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Published in: on March 4, 2008 at 5:02 am  Leave a Comment  

TiVo — A Good Thing or a Bad Thing? And, Some Content Comments

I having been enjoying the new TiVo — Thanks Kim!!  It has been great to set what I will watch on TV, and more importantly, when.  I have also been thinking some about TiVo’s place in the world.  I have already started becoming a packrat with shows; fortunately, there is only so much disk space available.  There is always network transfer to the PC and then DVD burning, though. (more…)

Published in: on January 19, 2008 at 5:04 pm  Comments (2)  

Almost Settled

Well, now it has been nearly two months since I took a new job and we are almost settled.  The old house is officially off our hands as money has exchanged hands and funds are transferred to the bank account!  It has been a whirlwind at times.  Now the tough part is underway: getting established in a new place.  We are starting over in a new church, new homeschool situation, new house, new area, et al.  (more…)

Published in: on December 14, 2007 at 2:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

In the Land of the Living

This post is to give official notification that this blog, which has been on life support, is about to return to the land of the living. 

More to come about recent life events.  Hopefully in the next two weeks!

Published in: on November 8, 2007 at 1:35 am  Comments (1)