Tuesday, May 30, 2006

I know what I want to do for my birthday

They've created a real life Mario Brothers game. You are strapped into a bungee harness and you can jump 12 feet in the air to avoid ba-bombs, smash goombas, and collect coins and power-ups. Where do I sign up?

Friday, May 19, 2006

Does it get much better?

So I just faxed off a form that will give me some free reading materials from a certain vendor. I just needed to shared my stoked-ness with you. They are sending me my choice of reading materials and I got to choose six titles: The Church on the Other Side, Brian McLaren, SoulSalsa, Leonard Sweet, Suprising Insights from the Unchurched, Tom Rainer, Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church, D.A. Carson, Church Re-Imagined, and Preaching Re-Imagined by Doug Pagitt. They are paying me to expand my library - how cool is that? Also in my bean-beverage job, they are providing me with free beverages and beans with which to make my own beverages. So I get paid to consume tasty bean-beverages whilst reading the provided materials - life is freakin' sweet.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Some things that make my life a little easier

PookMail: So you know those online forms that make you give your e-mail address in order to get something? It's especially bad if they promise to e-mail you the cupon or whatever so you can't give them a fakie e-mail address. Fret no longer, pookmail is here. What you do is give them an address like: tinathellama@pookmail.com and then if you need to check that e-mail you go over to www.pookmail.com and enter your made up e-mail address and the e-mail should be there for you. At the end of the day all the pookmail e-mails will be deleted and any future spam will not go to your inbox. Sweet!

Freebies: It's nice to get free stuff, for pretty much doing nothing but asking for it. I found a website that is contstantly updating with freebies that you can sign up for (use the above tip to avoid all the spam). I've gotten a free swiffer, free dog food, free contact lens solution, free post-it notes, free starbucks double-shot, free Stix candy, and that's all I can remember. Go to: this site and look for the things that you want. It takes a while to get the ball rolling since most of these will arive in 6-8 weeks, but then you get a neat little suprise in the mail every once in a while and since people don't write letters anymore it make the mail a little more fun to go and get.

Blog Aggregator: Ryan beat me to this topic, but I will add that I love using a blog aggregator. I use www.bloglines.com since I move computers every once in a while and it allows me to take my blogs with me. I can put all the blogs and news sites that I keep up with into one place and then see when there are updates. It's great and I love it. I was able to catch up with most of the blogging that I had missed during finals in just a little while and it was all in one place waiting for me. Joy of joys.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Done with one thing and on to the next

I'm sorry it has been so long since I've given you the pleasure of reading my words. So here's the scoop: I was writing papers, then taking finals, then my dad was here for a visit, and now I'm starting my summer jobs. I've been a busy kid.

Papers: The first one was a "Statement of Faith" which pretty much means that I got to write what I believe about stuff and why (it was limited to 30 pages or I would have had to write more). My goal was to describe God, creation, humanity, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the church in terms that would make sense to an unchurched person . . . after several edits, I'm still not happy with it, but at least I'm thinking through how to translate church-ese into . . . ya'know . . . English.

The second paper was for my Church History class; in it I examined the role of the invention of the printing press in the Protestant Reformation. I will make autographed copies available upon request. Ok, so maybe it's not that interesting, but what I really wanted to explore needed this background, so I had an excuse to start down the path. The change in language from the written word to the printed word radically changed the way that human beings use language, which changed the way that we think. The advent of the internet has (I believe) produced a similar change in the use of language. Therefore the changes in thought that we see are less about philosophy (postmodernism) than they are about the tie between language and thought.

Finals: Lots o' writing essays - you know you want to, all the cool kids are doing it.

Dad's visit: It was fun to start my vacation with my dad around. We saw some Memphis stuff (not too much to see). Had some Memphis food (catfish and ribs are tastin' soooooo goooood). And he helped me to do some computer repair and play some video games and bake some bread. We both pretty much chilled and enjoyed it.

Summer Jobs: Yes, jobs: plural. In order to make some scratch I need to work full time this summer, but in order to get to that level I need two part time jobs. So I now work for the local religious printed resource peddler and the nautically themed bean-beverage purveyor. As soon as I put my dad on the plane it was time to get to work. I worked all day Friday and Saturday and will continue the trend come Monday. I just can’t wait to get me some paychecks.

Now you are up to date. I’ll try to have some pith or wit or guff on my next outing.