New episode up...
This is pretty fun. I'm trying to keep the entries short so that you guys can read them off the screen and it not be a drag, but long enough to be interesting. The plot (such as it is) thickens.
Justice or revenge...
Either way this
sounds good ta me...
For Release Monday, June 27 to New Hampshire media
For Release Tuesday, June 28 to all other media
Weare, New Hampshire (PRWEB) Could a hotel be built on the land owned by Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter? A new ruling by the Supreme Court which was supported by Justice Souter himself itself might allow it. A private developer is seeking to use this very law to build a hotel on Souter's land.
Justice Souter's vote in the "Kelo vs. City of New London" decision allows city governments to take land from one private owner and give it to another if the government will generate greater tax revenue or other economic benefits when the land is developed by the new owner.
On Monday June 27, Logan Darrow Clements, faxed a request to Chip Meany the code enforcement officer of the Towne of Weare, New Hampshire seeking to start the application process to build a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road. This is the present location of Mr. Souter's home.
Clements, CEO of Freestar Media, LLC, points out that the City of Weare will certainly gain greater tax revenue and economic benefits with a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road than allowing Mr. Souter to own the land.
The proposed development, called "The Lost Liberty Hotel" will feature the "Just Desserts CafÃ©" and include a museum, open to the public, featuring a permanent exhibit on the loss of freedom in America. Instead of a Gideon's Bible each guest will receive a free copy of Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged."
Clements indicated that the hotel must be built on this particular piece of land because it is a unique site being the home of someone largely responsible for destroying property rights for all Americans.
"This is not a prank" said Clements, "The Towne of Weare has five people on the Board of Selectmen. If three of them vote to use the power of eminent domain to take this land from Mr. Souter we can begin our hotel development."
Clements' plan is to raise investment capital from wealthy pro-liberty investors and draw up architectural plans. These plans would then be used to raise investment capital for the project. Clements hopes that regular customers of the hotel might include supporters of the Institute For Justice and participants in the Free State Project among others.
I don't think commentary is necessary here.
root beer is god's gift
my senses swirl around me
summer heat drains me
flesh sticking to my van's seat
I need more AC
weakness, sin, man's flesh
all of these things overcome
by bountiful grace
Is this man crazy? He is STILL on this who Iraq/9-11 kick. Didn't he get the memo
The third entry in my fiction thingy is up. W00t!!!1!!1
This girl is either A)dead or 2)at a really cool party. I feel sad for the parents either way but THIS IS NOT NEWS!!!
Well I'm 2 for 2 on this new fiction thing.
Click on Scott's Brain to see what you should be diggin' on.
Newest Unfinished Project...
Though I hope I can finish this one. I started what amounts to a fictional blog at my fiction blog (is that life imitating art?). It's a deserted island diary.
Take a look.
Fifth Amendment? What’s that?
A business wants some property so that it can build a research facility and the government says “Here take this property. Never mind that someone’s living there.” And the Supreme Court upholds that decision.
Not to be a doomsayer, but where do we draw the line? Sure the public would benefit form the research done, but is that “public use”? If the government takes some land to build a strip club or a strip mall would that be public use too? I mean it would sure be an economic benefit to the community.
And apparently Justice John Paul Stevens doesn’t think that four of his colleagues operate by either precedence or logic. Nice. That’s not how my Mom taught me to talk about my playmates.
Solar Sail vehicle lost… or is it?
"The booster's failure means that the solar sail vehicle was lost," said spokesman Vyacheslav Davidenko. "The Russian navy is searching the area for the debris of the booster and the vehicle."
Several hours before the announcement in Russia, U.S. scientists at the California-based Planetary Society said they believed they had detected signals from the $4 million spacecraft and that it was in orbit.
Later, however, the Planetary Society, which organized the mission, conceded that if the rocket failed during first-stage firing, then "this would mean that Cosmos 1 is lost."
Things that make you go hmmmmm.
I mean I don’t want to go all conspiracy theorist here, but we’re trusting the Russians now? Weren’t they our enemies for like ever?
I can envision this clearly.
The Russians launch this solar sail satellite (I love alliteration) knowing either a) that it will full well work and will thus take advantage of it for their own nefarious purposes or b) it’s actually a decoy and they’re launching a platform weapon into space.
Pfc. Ivan is sitting at the weapons console and Cpt. Stanislov is looking over his shoulder.
The launch was successful Captain.
Good. I will notify the Admiral and he will begin phase two of Operation Stormcrow. America will be ours before you can say double vodka on the
Or maybe the signal that the Planetary Society detected was random space noise. That could happen, right?
My brain is stuck. I'm trying to write some fiction but nothing is coming.
There's little better than...
... my wife's lasagna
... lying on the hammock with a cold drink and a good book.
... bowling strike after strike.
... drinking Hershey's Syrup straight.
... a good cup of coffee.
... being greeted by my kids at day's end.
... the smell of a used bookstore.
... snuggling with early morning light coming in through the window.
... tickling all of my children simultaneously.
Inspired by Douglas
Oh and thanks to some incredibly generous people my transportation situation has been fixed.
Okay not so much a review as just some thoughts:
Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman - Genius, especially in the Wayne as playboy. He was awesome as the Bat, though as some have said the voice was a bit overdone.
Michael Caine as Alfred - Quite good, but what else should one expect.
Liam Neeson as Ducard - Very convincing as a madman out to cleanse the world of crime and society gone bad. Loved the beard.
Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes - Not outstanding but serviceable as the romantic interest. I wanted to see more of her as ADA.
Gary Oldman as Jim Gordon - I really hope that once in his position as commissioner he shines more. The only real sour note was his line about the car. My favorite moment was when he chased up the stairs after Wayne without knowing who it was that got the drop on him and the escalation "speech" at the end.
Cillian Murphy as Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow - This man's eyes are fantastic. He plays a good psychiatrist and a better nutjob. I must seek out his other films. (I would've seen him in 28 Days but someone "borrowed" my copy.)
Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox - As Wayne/Bat's Q he was superb.
The fight scenes were to frenetic and close to make any sense. That and a stunt Batman pulls at the end that is a bit out of character were the only sour notes. Okay that and the fact that the Dark Knight was not the World's Greatest Detective, but there's another movie or two for him to prove himself. Okay and there are a few plot holes/things set up and then ignored.
LOVED the Batmobile. Except for the stupid "stealth mode".
The jokes were appreciated by the people I saw it with. They were very James Bond-ish.
The ending was perfect (I don't want to spoil it).
The Scarecrow was very good, but perhaps a bit too understated. A reaction to the WAAAAY over the top villains in the previous flicks? I think so.
Ras suffered from a lack of the Lazarus Pit, something central to his character though I suppose they could introduce it in the next one.
I loved the gritty realness of it. I love the way that Gotham starts out as a World's fair city of the future, light and expansive and the further the movie progresses, the smaller and darker it gets. I love that the gadgets were realistic at least.
The love interest seemed a lot more real/less contrived than the past Bat Babes though I still didn't care nearly enough about her.
The Bat Cave was fantastic!
Overall, I love this movie. It's certainly not the best comic adaptation ever (Score Spidey 2 for that, followed closely by Supes), but it nails a good part of what makes Batman/Bruce Wayne a fascinating character. Add a dash of Basil Rathbone for the next iteration and it'll be perfect. It is as Devin at CHUD.com said a bit uneven, but not to the degree he says it is. Go see it and judge for yourselves!
Batman Begins (2005) is an 8.5/10
Well my weekend started and ended with a bang.
Friday Leigh and I watched “The Wedding Singer”. This is in my opinion Sandler's best flick and carries a solid 8/10 for me. I could watch this once a week. How can you not love Drew Barrymore. And it makes fun of every 80's cliche without being mean about it.
Saturday we got a ton of work done around the house. Saturday night I saw “Batman Begins” (Thanks Rob!) which was truly awesome (8.5/10).
Sunday we had church and the guest pastor gave an awesome sermon on our “owner mentality” (Leviticus 25 and Matthew 21). And we had a great cookout with our small group (which led to a challenging discussion on my need to get a second job).
Then Monday came. The engine on my truck decided to violently expel my oil filter causing a large hole to appear. This will in all likelihood necessitate either a new engine or a new vehicle. Looks like I needed that sermon to remind me that the truck wasn’t really mine and that I need to rest in God’s ability to send something better my way.
More about the Batman and Christian Bale’s awesomeness later.
Fun with binary...
From the weirdly funny mind of Tim Burton:
Click the poster for a trailer.
Batman Begins and Low Fundage...
In spite of this fundage funk that I am currently in I will (thanks in total part to a friend of mine) get to see this flick on Saturday. This will be the first movie I have seen in a theater since Constantine. That's depressing considering the number of movies I want/ed to see. Oh well...
Anyway I'm pretty psyched. I've heard that the second half isn't as good as the first, but I've known since I saw Equilibrium
that Christian Bale was tha' man. Yes it's derivative, but it steals/borrows some wicked cool stuff (Equilibrium that is).
As far as the fundage funk goes I have some things in the works that may fix it. They aren't things I want to do, but one does whatever one has to do to keep body and soul together.
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Posted a few new blogs. They're all spiritually related to varying degrees and always great reads.
Ben was preaching in Romans 13 and he said something to me that lit up my brain like the horseradish I had for lunch.
I can't give a precise quote, but he said that love was the wing of a butterfly and the law is like the little cells that make up the wing.
I'm riffing a bit here (don't know if he went this far) but that such a thing of beauty as a butterfly's wing, in order to serve its purpose (to be strong enough to fly) has to be very strong, yet able to bend enough without breaking. Those cells have a structure to them, very precise and ordered. We wouldn't necessarily (I wouldn't at least) equate a rigidly structured machine, with a piece of fragile artwork, but in a butterfly wing you have just that.
The law is cast (literally in some cases) in stone. It is inflexible, unforgiving, and unchanging. But without that law we may not know how to love truly. We could make fumbling attempts (and often do). We may even hit upon it from time to time, but God's law lays it straight out for us. It tells us not to hurt our beloved, not to cast it off for something new and shiny. Without the law we wouldn't know how much we need God's love in the form of grace.
The law enables us to fly to our Father. The law encourages us to be soft and caring. To do for those that we love (which by the law is everyone that we meet and even those we never will) as much as we would do for ourselves. We must feed them, clothe them, give them a place of rest and healing.
I've been told that no one should need a book to tell them what to do, but I look at the entirety of human history and I see that almost without fail (in "Christian Kingdoms" and secular ones) we do need to be told. We are like my two year old son, flailing at the thing we once cuddled because it no longer pleases us, won't cooperate with our grand schemes, or just because we are plain tired.
We need someone big to step in and show us how to love. The parent needs to be stern, big enough to hold us until we stop kicking, crying, and biting. He needs to be willing to discipline us harshly and tell us clearly why he's doing it. Then he needs to kiss us tenderly and forgive us our tantrums.
I have no doubt that from time to time my son will hate me for the sternness that I have to show him. He'll resent me "laying down the law". I know that I frequently resent God for asking me to do something I can't. One day though he will understand as I hope to that behind all of this rigidity and fierceness is a love that surpasses even the whisper of a butterfly's wing in tenderness.
- Learn your motivations and talent for work.
They have a free test that gives you some interesting information as well as some jobs you might be suited for.
INTEREST IN JOB CONTENT
(Those tasks you want to perform)
Preferences for Donald fully support being perceptually, subconsciously, and consciously aware of fantasy, symbols, symbolic relationships, abstract ideas, options, and choice of options as they relate to creative or innovative activities. Perception triggers ideas in Donald's mind, a process that just happens - a process often called intuition. It is not a conscious effort to logically "come up with" creative ideas; instead, the process is best identified with the statement that "a thought struck me." A quote by Carl Jung probably makes complete sense to Donald: "Art is innate in the artist, like an instinct that seizes and makes a tool out of the human being. The thing in the final analysis that wills something in him is not he, the personal man, but the aim of the art."
TEMPERAMENT FOR THE JOB
(How you prefer to perform tasks)
Donald prefers and needs change and variety. Change is motivating, stimulating, and energizing. Donald looks for new options, challenges, assignments, acquaintances, relationships, and even new careers in new places. Donald tires of sameness, repetition, and routine even in activities that were interesting at the start. Once things become routine for Donald, this becomes a motivation to move on to more interesting things.
APTITUDE FOR THE JOB
(Expression of performing tasks)
Donald's preferences and motivations are derived from understanding the deeper or 'real' meaning of ideas and words and uses them effectively in written or oral communication. Literary in this factor means intentional search for ideas expressed by the minds of others for one's own use, assimilation, learning, etc. The source can be books, other publications, historical documents, research information, drama, movies, television, the "information highway" or internet, etc. Emphasis is on communication: picking up information from minds of others or communication aimed toward the minds of others. Journalism and writing are major activities. Literary activity is not exclusively intellectual, academic, or cultural. It may be an end in itself as in a bookworm for instance. And literary activity is not always accompanied by communicative activity, written or oral. On the other hand, communicative activity need not be literary in the classic sense. And one need not be persuasive to be communic
(How you relate to people, in priority order)
"Mentor: a trusted counselor or guide." Donald is interested in and consciously prefers to consider the existence, meaning, purpose, potential, and destiny of mankind, people, persons, and self; with self-felt, self-accepted responsibility to influence and/or cause good, growth, and gain in the lives of all concerned. Donald has intuition and philosophical curiosity that causes an awareness of personality, intentions, emotions, ethics, values, and moods of other persons, and of self. By itself, this is not benevolence. If Donald is highly motivated for benevolent activities, this trait is compulsively central to personal and vocational activities. If there is a lack of personal motivation, then the preference for consideration tends to be more philosophical or academic in nature, but still service oriented.
(How you relate to things, in priority order)
Donald is not motivated toward processing activities, no matter what is being processed or who is doing the processing. There is no natural preference for this sort of activity.
(How you relate to data, in priority order)
"Synthesize: putting two or more things together to form a whole; the combination of separate elements of thought into a whole; the operation by which divided parts are united" (Webster). Donald is motivated by seeing the big picture so much so that (s)he, attempts to see all parts of the picture in that larger context, then sees all parts relative to each other, but still within that larger context. Perception and thinking are therefore holistic and conceptual. Philosophical and intuitive processes are involved. Scientific, managerial, and/or literary preferences may also be involved. Other mental factors in this section are subordinate, secondary, or complementary to this primary motivational attribute. This is an overview and scanning activity that includes ideas, concepts, theory, fiction, hypothesis and assessment. -----
(How you relate to reasoning, in priority order)
Donald is strongly motivated to apply thinking to the big picture through holistic ideas, concepts, options, and strategies. This does not mean, suggest, or imply that thinking is kept only in a holistic context but it does mean that the first and constant priority or preference for consideration and focus are on the big picture. (Example: Donald more likely prefers to be an executive rather than a manager, and more inclined to be a manager rather than a supervisor.) Considering how pieces of the picture are brought in to the big picture stimulates motivation for the activity.
(How you relate to the applied usage of math)
Donald prefers to consider math extending more toward theory, abstract concepts, experimental applications, etc. Because of the moderate motivational level for this theoretical activity, it is not likely that it would be satisfying as a primary vocation or have too heavy an emphasis. However, it remains a valuable asset that extends normal capability beyond usual activities.
(How you relate to the usage of language)
Donald is highly motivated to consider creative writing and communicating at professional levels. Preferences are holistic, conceptual, imaginative, and creative. "Ideas trigger more ideas" can probably be said about Donald. High motivational levels for this worker trait indicate an interactive combination of literary and philosophical traits. As Dean W. R. Inge said, "Literature flourishes best when it is half a trade and half an art." That probably makes a great deal of sense to Donald. Motivation at this level indicate preferences that probably include writing fiction, poetry, scripts for movies or television, advertising copy, marketing copy, teaching creative writing, etc.
YOUR TOP CAREER AREAS
11 Dramatics: interpret, portray roles
12 Training Services: human resource development
13 Promotion/Publicity: advertise, market, promote
14 Interview/Inform: gather, dispense information
15 High School, College, University; teach/counsel
16 Creative Entertainment: imagination; spontaneous
17 Kindergarten, Elementary Education: teach, nurture
18 Consulting, Business Services: evaluate, influence
19 Technical Writing: logic, terminology, explanation
20 Radio, TV Announcing: poise, vocabulary, delivery
is really interesting. Apparently there is a sculpture that was put in the CIA's sculpture garden that is a code of some sort. Three-quarters of it have been solved but the last part hasn't. The sculptor who made it with the help of the then head of the CIA's encryption department is surprised that it has taken this long to solve.
Even when it is
solved the creator says that there's more to it yet.
I find this interesting and very appropriate. The head of the CIA wanted more art around teh place so he had something create something like this.
Of course the CIA has probably solved it completely and they're waiting for someone outside to solve it as they did with the first three-quarters. At least I hope so.
I didn't know somet things when I took the below quiz so I shall provide answers (or links to answers here for those clueless like me).Who is Karl Barth?Who is Bishop Spong?
(Once I read this I did a little forehead slap.)Should you spell baptize with an "s" or a "z"?
| You scored as Reformed Evangelical. You are a Reformed Evangelical. You take the Bible very seriously because it is God's Word. You most likely hold to TULIP and are sceptical about the possibilities of universal atonement or resistible grace. The most important thing the Church can do is make sure people hear how they can go to heaven when they die.|
What's your theological worldview?
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Okay so I've done some reading (Blue Like Jazz
and A History of God
both in part), some thinking, and a lot of talking to folks I know. I have decided that for the present time I can safely say this.
I believe that Christ lived a sinless life. I believe that he was both God and man and that there's' no possible way to understand how that is. I believe that he was crucified to death, that he rose again under the power of God. I believe that all of this was necessary to save my sorry ass (and the rest of me).
I'm not sure how infallible the Bible is but I don't worship it so I'm okay with that. I don't know how long it took God to create the Earth and frankly at this point that needs to be at the bottom of my list of things to be concerned about (ditto the Flood). There are convincing arguments both ways which I presently interpret to mean that no one really knows and we're all just frantically hoping that our interpretation is right.
God isn't going to take care of my every physical need (which sucks because I really don't want to give up DirecTV....okay so that's not a need), but he's done a more important thing than that (see Christ). There isn't one life path that God wants me to follow, but there is one destination that He wants me to get to and only one person who can get me there (and that ain't me).
God loves me (and so do a whole raft of people out there) precisely as I am though they all would like me to be a better father/husband/friend more so that I could be a blessing to others than to earn any blessing for myself.
There's probably more but that's a really good starting place.
I'm working on a script (just to play with the concept of screenwriting). It ain't finished but give it a looksee. Scott's" Brain
Funny as hell!!
Okay so hades isn't humorous. Being drowned in a lake of fire isn't laughable. But this site almost killed me. Not too build it up too much and perhaps it's because I haven't had a good laugh in a while but it's gold. Zug
Man there just aren't enough songs about cowboys, guns, beautiful women and dying in the desert these days. I miss this man.
Feeling pretty good today…..
In spite of the heat and lack of AC in my truck, in spite of my spiritual doldrums, in spite of the fact that I have no real vacation coming any time soon, in spite of the fact that I don’t have anything to really write about right now (at least not the kind of writing that my time at work allows), I feel pretty good today.
My wife loves me.
My friends love me.
Lots of folks are praying for me.
I’m making enough to pay the bills (mostly).
I’m finding some interesting hobbies and people to do them with.
I like my job.
I’ve made contact with one of the two people that I’ve been looking for over the past few years (still looking for Bill).
My kids are happy, healthy, and a joy no matter how complicated they make things (or perhaps because of how complicated they make things).
I got a new awesome CD (I heard it on NPR: Singers, Songs & Sessions
Let’s hope the trend continues.
More to come later today!
Pac Man in the real world...
Players equipped with a wearable computer, headset and goggles can physically enter a real world game space by choosing to play the role of Pacman or one of the Ghosts.
A central computer system keeps track of all their movements with the aid of GPS receivers and a wireless local area network.
The Human Pacman was developed by Adrian David Cheok and his team at the Mixed Reality Lab, National University of Singapore.
Merging different technologies such as GPS, Bluetooth, virtual reality, wi-fi, infrared and sensing mechanisms, the augmented reality game allows gamers to play in a digitally-enhanced maze-like version of the real world.
It has been selected as one of the world's top 100 high-impact and visionary technologies and will showcased at the Wired NextFest 2005 in Chicago, US, which runs from June 24 to 26.
Wow. I also heard something about a version of Quake like this. And to think we used water guns or just played tag.
Questions, always with the questions…
Okay so one of the blogs I’ve been reading quite a bit seems to sum up some questions I’m having in a book he’s reading.
In his “Christianity Without Christ?” post he’s reading and analyzing part of Marcus Borg's The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith
...the "emerging paradigm" ... is the product of Christianity's encounter with the modern and postmodern world, including science, historical scholarship, religious pluralism, and cultural diversity. Less positively, it is the product of our awareness of how Christianity has contributed to racism, sexism, nationalism, exclusivism, and other harmful ideologies. (p. xii)
For the emerging paradigm, the bible is the historical product of two ancient communities [and] was not written to us or for us. The emerging paradigm sees the Bible metaphorically, by which I mean its "more-than-literal," "more-than-factual", meaning. It is not very much concerned with the historical factuality of the Bible's stories, but much more with their meanings. The emerging paradigm sees the Christian life as a life of relationship and transformation. Being a Christian is not about meeting requirements for a future reward in an afterlife, and not very much about believing. Rather, the Christian life is about a relationship with God that transforms life in the present. In this paradigm Christianity is one of the world's great enduring religions... -pp. 13-14.
This feels pretty much like where I am right now.
Leigh and I are watching Kent Hovind’s video series on the Creation right now and I have to say it ain’t helpin’ (though we’re early in it yet and I am giving it as fair a shot as possible). I agree with him that evolution/the Big Bang seems completely ludicrous, but so does the idea of a 6,000 year old Earth. If God didn’t create the world precisely as the world says then where does that leave the Bible? Same questions about the Flood and the other more fantastic/miraculous parts of the Bible.
I need not only to know what I believe, but what Christianity would have me believe if I am to call myself Christian. And if one can believe whatever one wants and still call one’s self a Christian then what’s the point. Like Syndrome says “if everyone's Super... no one will be.”
So there you go.
Hit Me Baby One More Time…
Yeah I watched most of this show last night. The Loverboy segment was just sad. I’m not too happy that I managed to see part of Flock of Seagulls, but missed Arrested Development. Tiffany’s voice has matured nicely, but she has the fashion sense of Cojo on ‘shrooms.
Don’t have a clue what I’m talking about? NBC has a summer show that brings back groups from the 80’s and 90’s to sing one of their big hits and a hit from today. Not a bad concept really, especially if they choose people like Vanilla Ice that have really dropped off the radar and they make sure that at least one of the performers still has “it”. The winner gets $20,000 donated to a charity of their choice.
Arrested Development won last night. For me it was close between them and CeCe Peniston.
Along these lines I watched the Eagles “Farwell” concert. Speaking of a group that still has it, they sure did. It was a great show and I think that was because of the fact they keep their harmonies so tight.
That’s it for this brief trip down musical memory lane.
Also feel free to post a comment about your choice. This is part serious/part tongue in cheek.
So I called to make an appointment to get an address change on my license and the guy's like, "What time do you want to come in?"
And I'm like, "Ummmmm 12:00?"
And he's like, "No the times are blah blah blah."
I'm thinking, Okay buddy if there are set times why not help a brother out and tell me that up front.
Days when I don't like my job (few and far between these days) I think about what a real Hell job must be: cleaning out gook from oil tankers, telemarketer for Bob's House o' Liver, Paris Hilton's husband. Then I remember the DMV; the uniforms, the offices they work in, the bureaucracy, and I thank my lucky stars.