November 30, 2007

It’s time to enjoy this (at least) two year old video that has almost become a yearly tradition for me.  Two years ago, I stumbled across it and it made me laugh and smile and giggle with glee for about 15 minutes.  Then I bought the CD.  Please enjoy responsibly.

The YouTube Wizards in Winter Video.


November 30, 2007

Here is an interesting article about Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass.

Three favourite quotes:

“After a rocky start, the studios now seem to view the Christian market as it would a difficult girlfriend: elusive and hard to please; ultimately, you keep your distance but still take pains not to irritate her.”

“Hollywood is in somewhat the same position as Las Vegas these days. It went from being the capital of sin to Disneyland, and now it’s landed somewhere in between.”

“You can almost see Pullman cringing at the standard Tinseltown crypto-Buddhist babble. Be Spiritual. Praise the Divine. Offend No One. Then say, Ommmm.”

Interestingly, the article is titled “How Hollywood Saved God” (same link as above).


November 28, 2007

If you’re looking for something to pass the time, I’d like to recommend FreeRice.

Basically, you play a vocab game and ads run across the bottom off the screen. The longer you play (or: the more words you get right), the more ad revenue they generate, and the more rice they’re able to donate through United Nations! For every word you get right, they donate 20 grains of rice (it was 10 grains, until yesterday). You increase your vocabulary and people who need it most get fed. Win-win!

Ryan and I were interested in how the math works out… On Monday, the website generated over 180,000,000 grains of rice. There’s about 7250 grains in one cup of rice. So Monday promised about 24,000 cups of rice. One cup of rice after it’s cooked will feed 2 to 4 people. So Monday fed 1 cup of cooked rice to between 48,000 to 96,000 people.

I think that’s worth a few minutes of your time learning vocabulary…


November 27, 2007

Other than normal Hollywood-hyphenate activities, Ryan’s been working almost feverishly on a quasi-documentary of a group in Brazil known as Ray of Hope.

Ryan’s business partner, Justin Monroe, along with other members of our community, traveled to Brazil early this year to document the progress that Ray of Hope has made in the jungles of the Amazon.  Ryan just recently put the finishing touches on three videos documenting three different villages in the region.

Check them out!


November 27, 2007

Phil Cooke’s most recent blog about the latest ORU news is just… really good. Here are some of my favourite quotes (emphasis mine):

“…I think an even bigger event happened today. The culture of fear that has enveloped ORU for decades has been lifted. Now, the school is free to pursue its destiny. Professors, staff members, and students can feel free to have a voice in the future of the university without fear of retribution from the top. The day to day functions can move forward from an academic mindset, rather than a ministry mindset. I hope and believe that the school will remain true to it’s spiritual heritage and calling, and perhaps the events of today will help it more than we think.”

This is extremely important.  If he’s right, it absolutely does mean a new era at ORU, as the kids over at SaveORU.com suggest.

And about Richard:

“I actually think today’s decisions will give Richard a freedom he’s never had to pursue his calling, rather than his father’s. At 60 years of age, perhaps we’ll now find out what Richard is really capable of from a ministry perspective, and in that, I hope he’ll do very well.

As Ryan noted, this jives with Richard’s prophecy.

Regarding a new president:

“I hope the Regents select a new president that has respected academic credentials, is a gifted fundraiser, understands people, is a strong leader, and most of all – has a compelling vision for the future of ORU. If that man or woman is out there – and I believe he or she is – then the future of Oral Roberts University is assured.”

We agree!  Good stuff Phil.


November 27, 2007

When I first moved to Vancouver in 2004, I was super-excited that for the first time, I was going to be living in the city in which the Olympics were going to be held! But then I fell in love and then I moved and then I left that neat fact behind.

Perhaps it’s a good thing. The Vancouver 2010 Mascots were recently unveiled. They’re more than a little weird. So I thought… Until I got to Sumi.


P.S.  Thanks Darren!  Hello Kitty does cabaret?!  Are you kidding?!


November 27, 2007

…we must end this strike soon!