Saturday, October 29, 2005

Just in Time for Halloween

Dark themed Quiz Dump:


What Kind of Goth Are You?
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Girl Name: Czarina Batty

Guy Name:Father Vlad

*You have a heart
of solid coal*

You wish that you could
change your ways, even though you have done
nearly everything right. You try to hard to be
accepted by others.

What Is Your Goth Name? (Updated!)
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Your death will be murder....Most likely because
your a very social person and everyone knows
you, but there is one person lurking in the
shadows that is so jealous of you or is so
obsessed they end up killing you...There are
many ways of being depends on the
person, but your death will either be slow and
painful (like being stabed to death) or quiek
and painless (like a gunshot to the head).

How Will You Die And Why? .:Beautiful Dark Pics:.
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dark vampire
A Dark vampire

You are a dark vampire you have lost the spark, and
the will to care about the kill any more you
cry black hollow tears, you use to be feared
and your name spread fear across the land among
humans and vampires alike. For this reason you
are alone, you regret this but you know it is
too late. You became like that because you
became attached to someone and now they are
gone you dont see any reason to exist!! It is
almost like you live for other people/vampires
when you loose this you will again be powerful
and free. You have to learn to live for
yourself and not for others and realise that
the whole world isnt against you!!

What sort of vampire would you be and what is your story?(great pics)
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Friday, October 28, 2005

Productivity Drop-out

I knew it was going to happen, and I did not take any corrective measures to prevent it either. I have not got a lot acomplished this week. I essentially got by with the bare mininum of stuff I HAVE to do for work, and other random stuff I need to get done, just didn't happen. Like I said, I knew that was going to happen, and that is all because of this:
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Battlfield 2 came out on Tuesday (I had pre-ordered it back in August) and the game is freaking awesome. It has a 20 mission single player mode (and #16 or what ever I am on now is super annoying), but what really makes it is the online play. It has the same command post capturing style of Battlefront (which stole from Battlefield 1942). The maps are really nice, and allow for some really cool moments like, taking a patrol boat and ramming it up onto a beach head, while firing a gernade launcher and taking three people out, or being a paratrooper. I don't think it is that much of a problem that i have not got a lot done this week, because overall I think I have been very productive, the problem is what happens next week:
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Monday, October 24, 2005

A really good weekend

Sadly, Abigail was gone this entire weekend :(
But despite her absence, I had a really full and fun weekend. It started with going around taking pictures for a scavenger hunt, in hopes of winning a copy of Battlefront 2 for my brother. It yielded some interesting pictures like this one:
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Then I had a lock-in Friday night/Saturday morning. Twenty-Five teens showed up and it was a good time. Of course the lock-in rule of something getting broken held true, as we ended up breaking an exit sign (but it was while trying to help out by moving playground equipment outside for the pre-school. Ten teens stayed up all night, and by the early morning I was the only adult left awake. So by 8:30 that morning I was home and asleep. I had to get up at 3 though,because I had plans to meet a youth from Corydon at Circle Center Mall downtown. This was my first experience at driving in REAL downtown city traffic (Louisville doesn't count). It was really cool to see the youth and I enjoyed talking with her. I then came home and met up with brother we went on a hunt to rent a copy of Land of the Dead (and found a VHS tape at Marsh of all places), and get a pizza. Land of the Dead is definatly a decent Zombie movie. If you enjoyed other recent Zombie releases like Dawn of the Dead and 28 Later, then you should watch this one as well. Afterwards, we then shot hordes of Zombies in Timesplitters. Saturday morning I did the church thing, and I actually got to go to Sunday School for the first time in almost 2 months (It is good when all the youth teachers show up!). Afterwards we ate left over pizza and digitally shot more stuff before going off to see Doom. It was a serviceable brainless action movie, though the bungled a few things that could have taken it from servicable to good. I came back finished up the Scavenger Hunt photos and then went to do youth group, which was easy because all we were doing was watching the Princess Bride (on account of the Lock-in) and that effectivly ends a very busy weekend.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Ok Creative Peoples. . .

Coming up in November, I am taking the youth group on a retreat. The theme is "Who is God?" and we wil focus on the different aspects of the Trinity and how they reveal the picture of who God is. On Saturday night the topic will be God the Son. Now the main aspect of God's nature that is going to come out of that is God's love manifested through Christ. Of course, for that to be true then who Jesus is has to be true, so I am planning on talking about C.S. Lewis's bit about Jesus being a liar, lunatic, or the real deal. As a way to introduce that I wanted to use a skit of some sort but I could not find one, so I wrote my own. Honestly, I am not sure how good it is, or more importantly how well it works. I would love to hear some of your opinions after you read over it. If you are signed up on blogger then leave a comment, if not then Please email me your thoughts

I was there

Jesus: (standing on chair, addressing the crowd): Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Forever he who ask receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks the door will be opened. I tell you the truth, whoever has my word and believe him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned. I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me-just as the Father knows me and I know the Father-and I lay down my life for the sheep. The reason my father loves me is that I lay down my life-only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have the authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father. (steps down and exits)

Pharisee: (approaches from Stage right): I was there. I heard it all. Well not all of it, because I was to disgusted to keep listening, but I heard enough of Jesus preaching to know that he is nothing more than a charlatan. He is a liar to his very core. This Jesus of Nazareth travels the land, acting humble and pious. They say he can perform great miracles, but I do not believe it. Miracles are from God and this man must be from the devil, to make such odious lies against God. It is clear that he creates elaborate hoaxes just to get more followers, and more money I am sure. I am a Pharisee. I have devoted my life to understanding the books of God’s Law and the writings of his holy prophet. I know the prophets predict the coming of a Messiah, one will deliver Israel. This man is not it. The messiah will come as a glorious conqueror not as some roving vagabond magician. I have seen him with my own eyes and heard his lies with my ears. Jesus is a liar, I know I was there. (moves down stage right and freezes)

Doctor: (approaches from stage left): My diagnosis is accurate; I can assure you of that. I observed him with my own two eyes, I was there. I heard the story of this prophet, of this Jesus of Nazareth. I went down to the temple in Jerusalem to hear him myself. Delusions of Grandeur are what the young man suffers from. He is crazy, a raving lunatic. I once heard him say that if the temple was destroyed he would rebuild it in three days. Absurd! It took years to build the temple, everyone knows it would be impossible to even lay a foundation in three days! He is constantly talking as if God is actual Father. Even more this Jesus keeps insinuating that he is going to have to give his life up for some higher purpose. he is out of his mind. It is obvious that he suffers from some sort of massive inferiority complex, and he is compensating this by believing that he is chosen by God for some great task. Now I will give it to him, this Jesus fellow is remarkably charismatic. That is no doubt where the reports of all these miracles come from, he has seduced people into thinking they are healed. He is crazy and he has a following, and trust me that is a dangerous mix. Trust me I know, I was there. (steps back and freezes)

Woman: (approaches from stage left) I have seen him. The messiah! The chosen one of God! He is real and he is here! I know I was there! I am simple woman from a simple family. My sons work in the fields all day as I am constantly busy at home. Life has been so hard since my husband died in that accident a few years ago. With every passing day, I felt myself losing hope, losing life. Then I heard the stories about this man Jesus. I heard that he was doing amazing things. Making the blind to see, the lame to walk, the crippled to stand straight, he was taking broken people and making them whole. I thought maybe if I saw him, If I touched him, then maybe, just maybe I would be whole. The emptiness that has been feeling me since my husband’s death would leave. I thought he could heal me. I journeyed to hear him speak on the banks of the Sea of Galilee. I have never heard anyone talk like he did. I have heard the teachers of the law preach many times, and it often seemed like they were talking just to be heard, but Jesus was different. He talked as if he was the son of God, and that all who believes in him would have eternal life. I was not sure what to make of that, and then he looked at me. My eyes met with his, and I truly saw the face of God. I can not describe what I saw, other than say it was love. . true love. I believe right then and there that this Jesus was the Son of God, and I felt such joy and peace as I listened to him and believed in him that the emptiness in me disappeared. I have never felt so alive, so full. Jesus is my savior. I know this because I believe and I was there.

Pharisee: Jesus is a Liar,

Doctor: A lunatic

Woman: A savior

Pharisee: I know a lot of people have opinions about who Jesus is

Doctor: but you have to believe me

Woman: because you see

All: I was there.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Cyber Drama

highly doubt that most people who read here have the same Internet diet of webcomics, video game sites, and other web pages that delve into general geekery, so you have no doubt missed a week of "news" that no one really cares about (if you look hard enough you might be able to find a story buried deep in a real site like or but I doubt it). Anyway, there is the guy named Jack Thompson. If you have ever been flipping through cable news channels and there was a talking head "specialist" talking about how evil video games are and how he has sat in cells with kids who have killed because they were inspired by a video game, that was probably Jack Thompson. The guy is apperently half crazy and a big jerk.
Last week, he made a "modest proposal", where he outlined a video game he wanted to see made where a father, who's son was killed by a violent gamer in turn goes violent on the video game industry and starts offing developers and gaming publishers. He even offered to donate $10,000 to the charity of choice that the owner of Take Two Interactive (the company that created Grand Theft Auto, and Jack's arch rival). So he makes this offer, and the Internet goes ablaze. Some just take to making fun, others actually try having "intellegent" discussion with Jack. After all of this breaks out, another organization that wishes to keep violent video games out of the hands of kids, publishes an open letter to distance themself from Jack Thompson, because they think he has gone to far (and is crazy). As you can imagine, someone cllaed Thompson on this and a group of modders programmed a mod for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas that created Jack's game. Of course, he balks and claims the whole thing was satire. While, I can see how is offer could be considered satircal, you don't offer to give money to a charity as part of a satire. That is just really freaking low. However, in the end Thopson got Punk'd because the cool guys at Penny Arcade, went ahead and donated the $10,000 to the charity of choice of the president of Take Two, in Thompson's name. Since he is a crazy lawyer, and over all just got made out to look like a complete dumb butt (which was all his own fault), he will no doubt be sueing someone over this soon for character defamation or some crap like that.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Sounds like a good reason to upgrade . . .

Serious Sam II is coming out (finally, I remember Stephen talking about a sequel junior year). Now I believe it only on PC and X-box, but just the introductory paragraph from this review has me sold:

Don't bother looking for some high-concept, genre-busting masterpiece in Serious Sam II. You won't find any fancy bullet time, night vision, friendly squads to control, or lame cut-scenes trying to push character development and storytelling. Here's what you do get, though: dynamite-toting clowns on unicycles, kung fu cadavers, wind-up rhinos, zombie stockbrokers, witches, pit bulls, spandex-clad kamikaze bombers, football-playing orcs, and a giant mutated mechanical lizard that chomps cigars and launches rockets.

Any of you with an X-box or Uber graphics card in the P.C. please let me know how this game is. To steal from the daily show, here is your moment of Zen.
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Thursday, October 13, 2005

I'm a terrible person . . .

because I find this picture more smurfing funny than horrifying:
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This just is not some perverse work of fan art,but an actual Belgium magazine ad. Apperently there is also a 90 Second comercial that goes with it, where it depicts a graphic and near genocidal attack on the smurf village. The ads are made by UNICEF to try and increase their fundraising for African war relief. The point of using the smurfs is to show that acts of war can happen anywhere and effect the most innocent people. I think it is brilliant advertising, and I bet it is just a matter of time until this picture ends up on the Internet with the word OWNED! splashed acrossed it (though it would be more clever if someone put SMURFED!)

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

That's neat . . .

There are at least three or four people I consider friends who I think will some day reach greatness of some sort. Now I don't think anyone I know will be front page tabloid material or any thing like that, but I expect to some day see them on the Nightly News as an expert in their field, headlining some conference somewhere, or seeing their book in a bookstore, something like that. I say this because someone I know (definatly a distant aqaintance) has their own nationally released CD. Jerry Wise was the SCF worship leader my freshman year, and someone I knew and associated with. Naturally, I have not seen or talked with him for years, but it is cool that someone I know has a CD. For the UE people who read here, I am sure this is probably old news to you (so why didn't you tell me?)

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Good Guy until the End

You are a Samurai.
You are full of honour and value respect. You
are not really the stereotypical hero, but you
do fight for good. Just in your own way. For
you, it is most certainly okay to kill an evil
person, if it is for justice and peace. You
also don't belive in mourning all the time and
think that once you've hit a bad stage in life
you just have to get up again. It's pointless
to concentrate on emotional pain and better to
just get on with everything. You also are a
down to earth type of person and think before
you act. Impulsive people may annoy you

Main weapon: Sword
Quote: "Always do the right thing.
This will gratify some people and astonish the
rest" -Mark Twain
Facial expression: Small smile

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I guess I am just destined to be good. Seriously, I am currently playing through "The Suffering" which is a FPS horror game, that puts the player in control of a death row immate escaping from a haunted prison. The game is full of good and evil choices (with little voices tempting you to kill people) and I seem to always choose good without thinking about it. Oh well, better inherently good than inheriently wicked.

Saturday, October 08, 2005


So it is no surprise that I saw this movie ( the big surprise is that I didn't see it on opening day). A lot of different sources have declared this movie "the next Star Wars" (in fact some of declared Serenity better than Star Wars). I really liked the movie. It was fun, great characters, witty banter, and several of those "wow" moments. I have never seen the show Firefly, on which the movie is based, and I did feel a bit that I was jumping into the middle of something. However, the movie does stand alone on it's own and there are only one or two parts that I felt like I would understand better if I had watched the show (speaking of which, I really do want to get the Firefly DVD set now). Overall, the movie did not remind me of Star Wars though. Certainly some elements have a Star Wars like feel, but for the most part the movie reminded me more of Star Trek the Next Generation, only Han Solo is the captain. If you like movies that involve shooting, spaceships,and martial arts then you need to see this movie. If you just like fun movies,then you should probably also see this one.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

A Natural 20

Smart Paladin
59% Combativeness, 10% Sneakiness, 64% Intellect, 72% Spirituality
Valorous! Noble! Or possibly just a self-righteous jerk (but with the brains to keep you alive!)... You are a Smart Paladin!

Paladins are holy warriors. They are valorous defenders of the light.
Unfortunately, most of them are so ardent in their defense they tend to
meet sticky ends faster than you can say "rampaging red dragon." Many
people look up to Paladins, while others just consider them stuck up,
overbearing, or self-righteous.

Fortunately for you, unlike most Paladins, you're pretty smart.
Which means that you're more likely to fall into the "admired"
category, rather than the "obnoxious" or "dead" categories.

Much like the crusades, you manage to combine violence and
religion, though unlike the crusades, you add a healthy does of
intelligence. You may be a staunch defender of the faith, a valorous
champion of the weak, or the stuff that jihads are made of. Which ever
one you are, just be happy that you�ve got the smarts to back it up and
make it work.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 56% on Combativeness
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You scored higher than 1% on Sneakiness
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You scored higher than 48% on Intellect
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You scored higher than 97% on Spirituality

Hopefully, I will get to play this smart Palidin soon (either in Faerun or A galaxy far, far away). In high school my absolute favorite thing to do was roleplay. With a group of friends I played the Star Wars RPG and it rocked (if you are truly bored, you can read about here.) I got to do so my freshmen and sophmore years of college as well (still bored you can read about here.) Then after that, with the occasional one night (and never finished) adventure in both Star Wars and D&D I didn't get to play anymore. I convinced Abigail to play the D20 Modern RPG with me exactly twice (sigh). Anyway, I really miss roleplaying. I love being part of an interactive story. Fortuantly, Indianapolis has some venues I can play in (sadly most seem to play on Sunday night). However, there is a game store north of here that is hosting games during the week, and as soon as they get started I am going to play in one. It will either be D&D or Star Wars, and I can not wait.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

heh. . this is funny

Here is what you need to do. Go to Google and type in the word failure, then hit "i'm feeling lucky" (this takes you to the first page that is found). It is hilarious what page it opens (someone at google is very clever).

In other news (but not quite as funny) I was somehow able to get Star Wars Battlefront 2 for $20 this weekend. Blockbuster had a thing going where if you bring in two games to trade you can preorder any game for $30. I decided to do that. The stipulation was that both games had to be able to be resold for $7. I had a game that I had traded for (and that was just awful) that I knew probably wouldn't fly, but I thought I would try anyway (I brought a backup game just in case). So anyway they accepted that game. Now the person ringing me up credited my account for the two games, THEN rang up the $29.99 deal, but the games were already on there so the $10 and some cents credit was then deducted from $29.99 (that wasn't suppose to happen!), and in the end I played $20.21 including tax for a brand new game.