August 29, 2008

FLOW – Ryan and I typically try not to contribute to the bottled water industry; use a filter on our tap water and we just get cups of water at cafes (not bottles); but this is still a scary prospect.

REAL TIME – I think we can see the punchline coming from a mile away; but that still doesn’t mean this little indie won’t pack a solid, er… punch!


August 29, 2008

According to my new favourite last name, one of ORU’s lawyers was sick this morning, and the hearing was postponed.  Two key quotes:

A new date has not been set for Trent Huddleston’s the case against ORU and its leaders, originally filed in November.

And, regarding enrollment:

ORU announced preliminary fall enrollment figures Friday, showing a decline of about 3 percent, or less than 100 students, from this time last year. The university hosts about 3,000 students.


August 29, 2008

This could just as easily have been titled:


(from the dudes who brought you Scary Movie)

But it wasn’t.


August 28, 2008

This website is the world’s biggest show and tell.  According to them.  On this site you can learn neat things like “How to Build A Solar-Powered Trike” and “Canning Dilly Green Bean Pickles.”  They even have neat contests to keep people motivated.  It seems like they’re really into “green” ideas – which is cool.  So many neat ideas!!  I could explore for hours!


August 28, 2008

Here’s a few random links:

  1. A poorly shot, yet still interesting, video from “Media Day.”  Stay tuned afterward to learn about bird diets.  J/K.  It’s a link from this article in The Oklahoman.
  2. There’s room for 800 more students, according to K. Flasch.
  3. Muchmore quotes from ORU leaders about the new school year in her TulsaWorld article.  Key quote:

Fagin told listeners at the chapel Friday that the university plans to have a new president in place by next summer. A search committee, with the help of a consultant, has received 100 applications and is narrowing the list. The final candidates will visit the campus, and the trustees will decide who is offered the job.

“A word of warning to whoever he or she may be: You better hit the ground running,” Fagin said. “We’re not in maintenance mode. This place is moving on all fronts.”

Seems like things are moving forward positively for ORU.


August 27, 2008

…from Trader Joe’s make me happy.  Only $4.49!


August 25, 2008

A while ago, when Ryan made me aware of Dr. James Dobson’s remarks about a speech Barack Obama gave back in 2006 entitled A Call To Renewal, I listened Dr. Dobson’s radio broadcast here and then I watched Obama’s entire speech (at the links here).

Dr. James DobsonWhile I may disagree with Dr. Dobson’s take on Obama’s statements, I must “be willing to speak in fair-minded terms.”* And so I’ve carefully removed from this post any statements I’d like to make about how Dr. Dobson could possibly be “using faith as a tool of attack.”*

People in public service have a duty to find balance between their personal beliefs as an individual and their constituency’s beliefs as a community. Otherwise, it’s not a democracy; it’s a monarchy. Regardless of our religious affiliations, it is impossible for mankind to always agree implicitly and wholly with others within his or or community. Even within this nations’ church communities, individuals need to find balance between the “beliefs of each and the good of the whole.”*

Those in public office have a duty to engage with what Obama calls a pluristic society. Just like those of us writing screenplays will write better, more authentic and accessible stories when we include more than our own point of view, those in public office must find balance.

But this prescription is not for everyone. Those who do not find themselves in a public forum, while they must balance their individual beliefs with the community consensus in order to find peace (think local church or community center), they should feel quite free to engage in peaceful activities that promote those views to which they hold most strongly. There is a season for everything. A season to fight and a season to reason together.

My strong hope is that Christians would not fear Obama (or McCain for that matter), tolerance, balanced discussion or even their Muslim neighbour; but that Christians would rationally think and humbly pray about what it means to make a loving choice in response to the dissonance and pluralism in this world. The Bible says “seek first the kingdom,” not “defend first the kingdom.” The kingdom is capable of defending itself. Ours is to love and obey God, and to love our neighbour as we love ourselves.

* All quotes from Barack Obama’s speech in 2006 entitled A Call To Renewal.


August 25, 2008

A Thousand Years of Good Prayers – This looks relevant for North America.  The US and Canada at least.

Max Payne – This looks like something out of a Frank Peretti book.  Anyone remember Frank Peretti?


August 22, 2008

…before we know what it is.

Yesterday, I went for a 6.5 mile bike ride. Took about 29 minutes. Nearly two thirds of the way through, I heard a strange noise coming from my gears. I looked down, going 10 mph, and tried to decipher the problem. But the gears were still changing fine. The chain was still catching. So I kept riding, satisfied that I’d figure it out when I got home. While I continued, however, I began to imagine the potential problem:

  • broken bike stand
  • bent derailure
  • bent gear wheel
  • some other unusual problem that I wouldn’t be able to figure out

I need a new bike, I thought. I need a new $300 dollar bike. One with arm rests on the front for the long stretch of flat road, good gears, lightweight. I can’t keep riding this old thing (we’d got it from a bike tech friend who’d snatched it off of craigslist to repair and resell).

At the next light, I finally decided to check out what the strange noise was. When I finally discovered what it was, I felt sheepish. My rear reflector had come loose and was bouncing against the tire. I finger tightened the bolt and kept going.

I admonished myself that while I was busy buying fancy new bikes in my head, solving a problem I didn’t have, I was about to lose my protection. So often that’s true in life: we imagine that behind the symptoms we experience there’s a huge problem that needs to be solved; and while we’re busy cogitating on how to solve that problem, our defenses are down.


August 17, 2008

It has been said that the upcoming film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus might have trouble finding an audience because distributors aren’t sure it’ll be a hit. They’re also afraid that because Heath Ledger died during production, audiences will superstitiously avoid it.

But look at who they’ve got in it! Christopher Plummer – a powerhouse of an actor (I’m serious!). Tom Waits will be playing the Devil! That will be superlatively interesting. So if that’s not enough, they’ve found the following men to fill in for the conveniently not-yet-shot scenes when Ledger’s character goes through the imaginarium:

Seriously! This is going to be a smörgåsbord of fine male acting! They’ve also got the magical-looking Lily Cole to play Doctor Parnassus’ daughter. I don’t know if the actor-supplements will effectively “support the story” as we’re all supposed to be doing as filmmakers (I don’t even really know the story); but I do plan on seeing this film if only for the same reason that I usually enjoy live theatre: the acting should be terrific!

P.S. In other news (speaking of fine acting), it’s rumoured that they’re considering Daniel Day Lewis to play the Joker in the prequel to The Dark Night. That will be interesting.


August 17, 2008

After working at Peet’s Coffee & Tea for five months, I developed a real appreciation well-foamed milk.  Steamed milk just doesn’t cut it.  Steamed milk is just dishwater.  Steaming is what you do to the milk to create the silky, smooth milk-foam.  Milk-foam is the result of good chi.  And yesterday, I create such milk-foam.  It made for a fantastically awesomely foamy cappuccino.  Yum!


August 16, 2008

Good things are happening at ORU these days. It’s good to share something happy. 🙂

The dept has been reduced to only $19 million and a huge number of renovations to the dorms have been completed, according to ORU grad and good friend, Krista Flasch, reporting for KJRH. Key quotes:

ORU spent more than $10 million in campus-wide renovations, from simple changes like landscaping to upgrading electrical systems.

Roommates Twyla Reimer and Sarah Dugan discovered some pleasant surprises. “We’ve got all these new renovations, including the micro-fridges. And new carpet, a new shower, which is incredibe,” said Reimer. “And they’re really nice,” said Dugan.

Tulsa World had Justin J’s take on it as well.


August 16, 2008

Otherwise your Facebook status just might be compromised!  Read it from the bottom up.


August 16, 2008

I wanna ask him why it might be that my Spock-like husband wholly prefers Macs.  According to his argument, it’s just not logical!


August 13, 2008

Richard Roberts is getting a severance package.

This Associated Press article by Justin Juozapavicius quotes former ORU regent Harry McNevin:

“It sends the message that it’s more about money than winning souls.”

I’m not sure what kind of message it sends; because, frankly, I’m just not sure what is typical under these circumstances.  But then again, these aren’t typical circumstances.

Should a resigning university president get a severance package?  Probably.  Should a university president, resigning amidst a cloud of litigation, get a severance package?  Idunno.

Robert’s lawyer, Frank M Hagedorn, implies that Richard may have been promised one.


August 13, 2008

Is it really worth it?


August 11, 2008

…just found it’s way to my inbox.  Maybe you’ve already seen it.  Maybe not.



August 11, 2008

This morning I intended to only run 4.0 miles; but I missed my turn and consequently I had to run 2.5 miles further.  Freeways.  They kinda get in the way.  Grrr…  Ah well, my mistake only cost me a little extra time, and I gained a better run.  Sometimes mistakes and detours can benefit us in unforeseen ways.

I remember a college professor’s story about how a school van’s flat tire caused a field trip of students to avoid being caught in the middle of a savage tornado.

And so we rejoice in all things!


August 10, 2008

Don’t worry.  Get Happy.


August 10, 2008

…for potential Christian filmmakers, from Phil Cooke.