WIZARDS IN WINTER

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.


TARNISHED GOLD?

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).


FREE RICE

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…


RAY OF HOPE

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!


ORU LAWSUIT: PHIL COOKE SUMS IT UP

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.


VANCOUVER 2010

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.

Sumi!

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


WGA STRIKE: FOR THE CHILDREN

November 27, 2007

…we must end this strike soon!


ORU LAWSUIT: REGENTS VOTE UNANIMOUSLY TO SEPARATE!!

November 27, 2007

…the ministry and the school! Wow!!

Also, Mart Green, founder of Hobby Lobby and Mardel Christian Educational and Supply chain, has promised to give ORU a WHOLE LOTTA MONEY! With what seems like good strings attached…

Check it all out here: Tulsa World.

Key Quote: “Pearsons promised that faculty, staff, student, and alumni would be involved in the presidential search process.

Thanks to Steph!


DEAR SANTA…

November 27, 2007

I’ve been a good girl this year. Ask Ryan! I learned how to make lattes and cappuccinos and I learned all about the business side of the film industry! I wrote a screenplay and did some voicework! I also 1st AD’ed several short film projects!!

Because I’ve been a good girl and a good wife, I’d like to suggest the following toys for your giving pleasure:

  1. digital SLR camera (canon or nikon, I’m not picky)
  2. new mummy bag for camping (20’F or below)
  3. terrycloth bathrobe
  4. Barnes & Noble gift card
  5. REI gift card
  6. Best Buy gift card
  7. long tank tops
  8. stopwatch for running (small and simple)

I’ll add new gift ideas as I think of them.

Thanks Santa! And Merry Christmas!!

Youthfully yours,

Gillie


ORU LAWSUIT: ALUMNI ASK FOR SEPARATION

November 27, 2007

Interesting article – interesting thoughts – from TulsaWorld.


ORU LAWSUIT: REGENTS NOW MEETING

November 27, 2007

The kids over at SaveORU.com linked to this page where you can send these groups on the Board of Regents an email:

  • All members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors
  • George Pearsons, Chairman, ORU Board of Regents
  • Billy Joe Daugherty, Executive Regent
  • Oral Roberts
  • Richard Roberts
  • Natalie Bounds, Alumni Relations Director

I’m a little skeptical that they’ll actually be reading these emails by the end of today, but it might be worth a shot!

What should you say?  Ask for quality, academically-experienced, accountable leadership.  Some say to ask for the separation of ministry and education.  Ask for truth.


GOD STILL LOVES US

November 26, 2007

dot org!

I saw this banner ad on an industry job site while job hunting…  a strange place for a unique contest.


WGA STRIKE: LATE SHOW WRITERS ON STRIKE

November 25, 2007

dot com!

I already posted an excerpt from their blog, but I have to give another shout out.  And announce that I’m adding them to our blogroll.


7 MILES

November 25, 2007

Jogged it. Ran it. Walked a few bits. Walked often, but short bits. We do the “run for 5 minutes and walk for 1 minute” thing.  Or is it 10 minutes running…?  Halfway through, I was given a bit of banana and I ate it, but it didn’t fare too well in my tummy. And then I got stitches. I think next time I’ll refrain from eating while I’m running. I also had to pee for the last half. Very annoying! Anyway – still, I finished and am proud of myself.

Next week: 8 miles.


ORU LAWSUIT: WHAT THE BOARD OF REGENTS NEED TO CONSIDER…

November 25, 2007

Mark Lewandowski, the current ORU provost is quoted here as saying that the new ORU president must have “solid academic credentials, leadership skills and a strong Christian faith.”

We agree.

In a letter to George Pearsons, Ryan and I wrote: Read the rest of this entry »


WGA STRIKE: LATE SHOW IRONY

November 25, 2007

From their blog, a Late Show writer had this to say.

Why We Fight
By Steve Young

I was one of the last people in the United States not to own a cellphone. I’m just not that chatty, and ordinarily I’m at the office or at home or somewhere with my family. My wife and teenage daughter have cellphones I could borrow on the rare occasion I needed one. Read the rest of this entry »


ORU LAWSUIT: MISC LINKS

November 25, 2007

More on Trent Huddlestein.

Weekly emails between “Stef” and Richard.

Where do the regents’ loyalties lie?

Test of faith.


ORU LAWSUIT: RICHARD RESIGNS

November 24, 2007

Richard Roberts has tendered his resignation as President of ORU effective Friday, November 23rd, 2007. According to a statement by George Pearsons on the ORU website, “the Board of Regents will meet Monday and Tuesday, November 26 and 27, 2007 to determine action in the search process for a new president.” NY Times. Associated Press. CNN. And of course, Tulsa World.

This announcement came almost immediately after Trent Huddleston, a senior accountant for ORU, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday, November 21st, alleging “that he was ordered to help school president Richard Roberts and his wife ‘cook the books’ by hiding financial wrongdoing from authorities and the public.”

Regardless of this action by Roberts, Cornell Cross, quoted in this “hot off the press” article from JJ the AP writer, believes that “the culture of fear that has been allowed to fester at ORU has to be looked into.”

Thanks to the kids at SaveORU.com for the info.

Ryan and I have mixed feelings…


ORU LAWSUIT: UPDATES…

November 21, 2007

The underage male comes forward… saying he was Chloe’s BF.

Cornell Cross puts his money where his mouth is…  with a lawsuit of his own.


STOP BIG MEDIA…

November 19, 2007

dot com.   Here’s a quick videocular explanation.

This feels really important.