Monday, May 31, 2010

My Second Favorite Thing About Russia

Russia has a seemingly infinite supply of backdrops for dystopian stories (and there's plenty more where that came from). 

If I ever committed to writing a dystopian novel, I would tour Russia for inspiration of the setting.

More from the following location (which would also make for a perfect map in Half-Life 2) at the englishrussia blog.

In case you are wondering, my favorite thing about Russia is Elena.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Brush Your Teeth

It does more then keep your teeth white, it also prevents heart disease (BBC)

On a side note, anyone have any suggestions on what makes for a good Turkish Coffee pot?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Beautiful Stirring FIFA World Cup Video: United

The imagery in this video is gripping. It has a way of grounding you in the reality of the overwhelming tension and brokeness of our world.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

"Sundays Coming" Movie Trailer

A little humor in preparation for tomorrow:

"Sunday's Coming" Movie Trailer from North Point Media on Vimeo.


I think Ignatius would fit right in as the youth pastor there.

In case you hadn't seen the "Acadamy Award Winning Trailer" that provided the inspiration (I hadn't):



Thanks Dave A for the link!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Chasen brings it JellyMan Style

Remember "Aicha Aicha" by the one and only Jellyman?

Here's a reminder in case you forgot:



Now, listen to the first 30 seconds of Castaway by Chasen:



I'm sorry Chasen, the resemblance was too close for me not to do this. Love the song. Great lyrics!

Black-clad Ninjas Chase off Muggers in Australia

If Kangaroos weren't enough, here's yet another reason to live in Australia...unless you are prone to criminal activity.

Full article at BBC.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Epic Bilbo Baggins Bag End (doll)House (Pics)

In honor of Elena and I finishing the Lord of the Rings trilogy:


Check out all the glamour shots of this amazing replica, inside and out.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Caffeine (Free Mac App)

Click the empty espresso cup icon on the menu bar and it fills up with a steaming shot of espresso. Cute. But it is also very functional. When on, your computer screen won't dim or go to screen saver.

Caffeine is a must have app (for free, why not?) Perfect for when watching your favorite youtube shows or a great movie.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Trent Reznor Collaborating with Wife for Summer 2010 Release (Vid)

With this sweet new synth:



The mysterious synth... was created to produce eight tones tuned approximately to one note, each tone slightly different in pitch to produce a complex and natural choral effect." (www.motherboard.tv)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

43 Ways To Ruin Your Finances By Age 30

Sarcastic and witty, but also the best comprehensive list of wise tangible advice I have seen. Depending on your financial fitness, some of these may be more obvious then others.

Check it out.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Best of YouTube Comedians: JulianSmith

This guy cracks us up - though I can understood his humor isn't for every (ie. he can be kind of loud)

The first time I became aware of his channel was when I posted Grandma Like Whoa. Little did I know, the Techno-Jeep video I posted almost 4 months ago was some of his work too. 






Friday, May 07, 2010

The Generous Mr. Lovewell

And who is Mr. Lovewell? He's an idea. He's a movement. He's the hope that the little things can add up to a big change He's what the Bible has already called us to do...love one another. Look for the best in people. Give people a chance regardless of status, race or gender. Mr. Lovewell is the understanding that the gospel is for everyone. Some may receive it, some may reject it, but, from where we're standing, all that should matter is that the Gospel applies to us all. Who are we to demand the outcome before we decide to contribute? Do we wait and tip the waitress only if she's done a great job? Or do we tip her even when she's having the worst day? That's what God's grace is...unconditional. Grace leaves no room for "I've earned this" or "I deserve this." What a concept! To love and be loved no matter what!
 -MercyMe

I'm all about this project. Genius. Browser their website and see the pictures and read the stories.

And don't forget to check out the album:

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Crazy Tech: Creepy Bionic Tentacle & Autonomous Space Shuttle

  • It's modeled after an elephant trunk, but I can't help think Matrix (Slashgear.com). Sorry for the nightmares:


  • The crazy part isn't simply that this is a top secret autonomous space shuttle, it's more the fact that they launched it and have no idea when it will come back - the space shuttle will decide when it wants to com back. (Wired.com)

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Russian Leader Abducted by Aliens

Funniest news article you will read today, and this is the BBC!

Mr Ilyumzhinov, a regional president, claims he was abducted by aliens. MP Andrew Lebedev is calling for an investigation:
MP Andre Lebedev is not just asking whether Mr Ilyumzhinov is fit to govern.
He is also concerned that, if he was abducted, he may have revealed details about his job and state secrets. (BBC)
I seriously did a double take of the URL to make sure I wasn't on The Onion

The Raven (Vid)

Here's another 6 minute epic short film made on a small budget by a South American director. This time it's Ricardo de Montreuil from Peru


THE RAVEN - 720 HD from THE RAVEN FILM on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Flickering Pixels - Together Apart

“The human psyche isn’t designed to withstand the full gravity of planetary suffering. Numbness and exhaustion are natural reactions. Feeling helpless and hopeless is nearly inevitable. The heart can only stretch so far so many times before it is worn thing and wrung dry. This is empathy at a distance…
Direct service to people around us heals our feelings of helplessness and apathy. It is quite possible that the needs in some far-off place are greater. But you aren’t there. You’re here, and there are needs galore in your own backyard. We do what we can, where we are, and watch the world change life by life
Who do you know locally that is in need? Practice compassion with them and be made whole again.” 

-Shane Hipps in Flickering Pixel ( Pg 110)

How pressing of a need is the fatherless boy next or the lonely widow when images and sounds of horrific earthquakes bombard our emotions on a daily basis?

It makes the distant closer while making the closer ever more distant

I read this excerpt in the days following the earthquake in Haiti. I couldn't help but think how new technologies were used to connect us with the disaster. In every news report, in every form of media, donating to Haiti was merely a text message away.

Does this allow us to instantly "do our part", and put our hearts to rest, the minute we see and hear the horrific news?

Sunday, May 02, 2010

The Future of Catalogue Clothes Shopping?

iPad Shopping Mock Up from Jesse Rosten on Vimeo.

...and other commercial orientated uses of the iPad:
  • I have a feeling we will be seeing iPad Kiosks popping up everyone from restaurants to retailers. Could make for a cool consumer experience in a multitude of venues. 
  • ...Speaking of which, how about a waitress using the iPad as a Point of Service System:

    Best of YouTube Comedians: GoRemy

    GoRemy has a special place in my heart, as he created the first YouTube video Elena ever showed me (playing a pivotal role in winning my heart).

    We recently rediscovered his work, when I had a craving to watch "Eggs Over Easy: The Rap" (see Honorable Mention at the end of the post). We were pleased to see he has remained active the last couple years.

    I posted one of our personal favorites, his ode to Tabbouleh, when Elena made it for dinner.

    First YouTube video Elena ever showed me:


    This is one of Elena's favorites (behind Tabbouleh):


    My personal favorite:


    Honorable Mention:
    Hummus: The Rap
    Eggs Over Easy: The Rap
    Hey There Khalilah

    And a little iPad humor just for good measure:
    If Alexandar Graham Bell Invented the iPad

    Check out his website and follow him on the social networking medium of your choice.

    Saturday, May 01, 2010

    Sweet Molecule Viewer

    Excuse the geek out moment. My Chemistry prof would appreciate this:

    CanvasMol

    Do I get some extra credit for this find Michael? At least some kudos points?

    Flickering Pixels

    This book will get you thinking about technology without making you feel guilty unless you get your Amish on.

    It helps you process what role technology plays in your life while also equipping you to engage it responsibly.

    In so doing, it empowers you to take control of technology in your life, instead of being carried along by it's powerful current in our society.
















    I'll post a couple of my favorite quotes with some reflection in the next couple weeks.