Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Pot Pourri

- I was a big Steelers fan growing up, but I am really pulling for the Arizona Cardinals to win the Super Bowl this weekend. I guess it goes back to always rooting for the under dog.

- Facebook! is it just me or does it seem everyone in the world has discovered facebook in the last month and sent out friend requests. I have been getting around 2-3 requests a day. And I can never remember just by their name what stage of life I know them from until I either look at their picture or see who our common friends are.

- I am currently going back through some of the chapters in the book Simple Church. Man, what a great book! I think it should be a must read for any church leader.

- Does the downward economy loom in the back of your mind like a dark cloud like it has been in mine? I wonder how much further down it will go.

- My daughter Emma is watching me write this blog post... I still can't believe how much she has grown in the past few years. (She just reminded me that in 3 years she'll be in the middle school youth group!)

- Today, after watching a sermon online, I was reminded how much of a blessing it is to be in God's service. May I never lose sight of what an honor it is.

- I am really craving a double-double cheeseburger from In-N-Out right now!!!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Are you a dreamer?

I saw this on a friend's blog. May I always be a dangerous man that acts on my dreams...

(ht: Mike)

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

A couple good documentaries

Ok, my wife says I'm a geek, but I have a confession to make. I am addicted to documentaries. Yep, some of those same films that may have put you to sleep in your high school history or science classes are what I say is a recipe for a good time. Over the holidays, I was able to watch a few great ones that I'm sure would drive most to a deep sleep, but I loved.

The first doc that I saw was probably one of my favorites of the year. It's titled Helvetica and was great! Being someone who loves doing graphic art, this film really intrigued me. the film covers the dominance of the typeface (or "font" if you will), helvetica, since it's invention in switzerland. It is amazing to see the rise and widespread use of helvitica through the modernist period and the revolt to it in the 60's-70's by non-conforming designers. It will amaze you at how much the typeface is used throughout design and how timeless it really is. Warning: this movie is for true documentary fans...sleep factor for nonfans could be high.

The second doc is one tht has been around for a long time. Hoop Dreams. This film was made in 1994 and followed two inner city Chicago boys through out high school in their journey to the dream of getting out of the ghetto through a career in basketball. While this film is older, it is a great look into different socio-economic communities and the desperation in some areas. It is a film that really evoked some strong emotions and makes you truly want to reach out to the inner city youth. While it is a long film (almost 3 hours) it is very riveting. The sleep factor for non doc fans is not really high excet for the length of the film. BTW- this film can be seen free on Hulu!