Archive for December 2006

tEchNoLOgY

December 30, 2006

So I’m trying to branch out a little. Beginning to read random articles about stuff I have no knowledge of, but can be interesting/informative to read. Here’s 2 good quotes from THIS article on the use of technology in film making. (Told you this was random.)

It’s not a question of new film making techniques or technologies. Indeed, over-reliance on special effects can detract from a film’s impact: witness the way-too-long battle scenes in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, McDowell said. “It’s time for us filmmakers to restrain ourselves and use the tools to do sophisticated storytelling as opposed to just look what we can do if we just press this button.”

“The thing I love about the Media Lab is that it’s never about the technology. It’s about what you do with it, at a human scale.”

Christmas Observation

December 29, 2006

As we exit the Christmas season and gear up for 07, allow me to make a brief, simple observation. You know those inflatable santas and snowman, right? Yeah, well, they are everywhere. (Hang on, that’s not the observation.) Perhaps I see more of them b/c I’m living back in the true South again…sorry, Louisville, KY, you don’t count…remember, you have restaurants that serve unsweet tea. A crime! Anywho, here it is: Most inflatable snowman and reindeer and santas I saw were in yards of trailers, mobile homes, or smaller homes. Now for some of you, you might say, “Well, duh.” Others, you may be offended b/c you’re the person in the neighborhood who decks out their yard with lights and these inflatable creatures. Fine, more power to ya. But seriously, I drive by these run down houses and think to myself, “Where in the world do they get the money to buy these 15 inflatables up in their yard?!?!” Think about it. I bet if they sold all of them, they could put a dent in their car payment or 2nd mortgage. And yeah, I know it’s not just redneck yards that participate in it…but I bet 80% of these things are in such described yards. Ok, now that you’ve wasted 45 seconds of your life reading this, get back to work or family. Chow. Happy New Year.

Is It THAT Good?!?

December 28, 2006

I like my White Chocolate Mocha like everyone else…but c’mon…is is THAT good? Would you stand in line for over 30 minutes for 1 cup of (overpriced) coffee? These people did. I snapped this pic with my camera phone 2 weeks ago while working at a Verizon kiosk at North Point Mall in Alpharetta, GA.

Insane.

Props to Aldi

December 27, 2006

Last week I went grocery shopping at this German based discount food store. Dana had told me about it and so I went and stocked up on a few weeks worth of groceries. Having four kids, we look to cut cost just about everywhere. Dude, props to Aldi! I cut my bill in half. No joke. Off brands? Oh yeah, stuff you never heard of. But until I get sick from whatever it is their selling me, I’m hooked.

Quite a unique experience. You bag your own groceries (bring boxes, they don’t give you bags…though you can purchase big plastic bags for 10 cents, paper bags for a nickel…and re-use them) and usually there’s only 2 or 3 people working in the store. They never have to bring in buggies from the parking lot because to get a buggy, you pop a quarter in the locking mechanism, to get your quarter back, you return the buggy to the front.

I didn’t quite leap for joy like these folks, but I did enjoy the 50% off my grocery bill. Props to Aldi.

If you want to see if they have a location near you, here’s their website: LINK

Merry Christmas, Free Adjustments, and Surprise – It’s a Baby Shower!

December 21, 2006

I like things out of the norm. Shakin’ up. Different. And so it was with our small group Christmas party last night. We threw a surprise baby shower (not all the fluff fluff stuff though – suitable for guys to be present) for a relative of one of the couples in our group. This family just moved here from Mexico and she is pregnant with their second. She was very very surprised that we made our Christmas party a time of gift giving to her. Isn’t that what this is all about though? I love it. Also, last night, we had Dan, the chiropractor in the group, spontaneously giving out free adjustments. I had never been adjusted before so I cautiously allowed him to pop my neck and shoulders and arms. Dude, that was crazy. My joints, bones, whatever it was sounded like someone was playing with bubble wrap. Fun stuff.

Merry Christmas to all. I hope your get-togethers are as eventful as ours.

Healer Horse

December 20, 2006

Man regains sight after horse headbutt
Tuesday, December 19, 2006

A man who was blinded in his right eye by a piece of shrapnel in the Second World War has had his vision restored after being headbutted by a racehorse.
Paddock security guard Don Karkos, 82, was putting a collar around the neck of My Buddy Chimo at Monticello Raceway in New York State when the accident happened.
He said: “I’ve been seeing doctors all my life, and they’ve always told me that nothing can be done.” Experts believe the blow could have knocked a dislocated lens into place.

Heard this on Paul Harvey today. Great story. Can you imagine being blind in one eye that long…and then, BAM, headbutted by a horse restores your sight!?!?! Crazy. (Yes, I fully expect some wackos to create a following for this horse…declaring it to be a miracle worker…TV show to come.)

Here’s the full story: LINK

Religion: Unknown

December 19, 2006

I had a doctor’s appointment today and noticed something interesting. When I first arrived, the lady behind the counter asked me to look over a sheet of information she had printed out. It had my basic info: name, address, social, d.o.b., etc. As I scanning the page, I noticed one category that read, “Religion: Unknown.” So, with that information in mind, here’s a multiple choice question for you:

What was my reaction to noticing this?

a. “Uh, ma’am, have y’all not updated your software since the 80’s? This offends me. You know good and well you cannot list someone’s religious preference on their bio sheet. I expect this fixed immediately or I’ll be glad to report you to the Medical Board of GA.”

b. “Excuse me, ma’am, I’m a little surprised. I’ve been here before and you should know who I am by now…but apparently you don’t. Everyone knows I am the grandson of a famous Baptist minister in Eastern Alabama. His father and his father and his father were all Baptist. I grew up in a Baptist church. You should know this. My religion is obviously Baptist.”

c. “Hey, yo, you, what’s this all about? Check it. I’m part of new church plant up in Bartow County, yo. Religion? C’mon now. You serious? We all just a bunch of Jesus Freaks, yo. It ain’t about no religion. You know that. C’mon now, get that off there.” (I then proceeded to invite her to our Sunday morning service starting at 10am with freshly brewed coffee and stadium seating.)

d. I said nothing and thought quietly to myself, “This would make a great title for my next post.”

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