Monday, December 31, 2007

Baptism Cannonball

This video has probably been floating around out there for awhile now, but I just ran across it today.

Lately I've been running into a lot of blogs from angry Christians. They seem to feel that their ministry is to point out everything that's wrong with everyone else's ministry. I'm not going to link to any of their sites here because, well...I don't want to give them any more traffic. They don't deserve it. The first thing I thought when I watched this, after I stopped laughing, was how a bunch of these folks would probably think this is horribly sacrilegious. I might have even thought that a little myself. But that's wrong! We should all be so excited about showing that we stand with Christ that we would cannonball into the baptismal! It's an exciting thing, after all! This kid obviously made that whole church smile, and I think God probably smiled biggest of them all.

Monday, December 17, 2007

The Dark Knight

After months of little glimpses here and there of the new Batman movie, "The Dark Knight," the first real trailer is now out. So if you haven't seen it yet, here ya go.

When it was announced that Heath Leger was playing the Joker I thought..."seriously?" It didn't seem like a good choice to me...but at least it wasn't Sean Penn (which had been rumored). But now I'm officially creeped out. This isn't the giggling buffoon portrayed by Cesar Romero, or the cocky clown of Jack Nicholson. And I have nothing against Romero or Nicholson. I love their portrayals for other reasons. But this is just plain scary. I can't wait.

I don't think we need to worry about nipples on the bat suit

Two New-ish Blogs

I wanted to announce that I have two other blogs that I've started recently that I haven't mentioned yet here.

The first is SquonkArt. I started it earlier this year to give me a place to post some of my drawings. I've always enjoyed drawing, but have never been a really good artist. I'm trying to develop my skills a bit more, and just devote more time to I figured trying to keep a blog current would help me spend more time drawing. It hasn't worked out that way yet, but I'm still trying.

The second blog is SquonkSL...which stands for Squonk's Second Life. Second Life is an online virtual world completely created by it's users. People create their own identity...or avatar (mine is called Squonk Lockjaw), create the world, interact, buy and sell name it. The blog is simply following my avatar as he explores the world. There are a lot of interesting things in Second Life...a lot of nasty things too. We're just exploring the cool stuff.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Muppets, Hockey and the Dentist

To my kids, what determines whether or not a restaurant is good or not all hinges on the answer to this question, "Do they have toys?" When I was a kid Happy Meals were not a permanent part of the menu. But now, other places have toys too. And, of course, I am very jealous because I love those toys as much as the kids do. But never have I been more envious than after my son's recent visit to the dentist. He came home with a pack of Muppet Hockey trading cards.

A few years back there was a whole NHL and the Muppets campaign in Canada. Every now and then a few items from this campaign make it stateside. I remember spotting a few Kermit in a hockey uniform dolls in one of those claw grab arcade games once. So now I want to know where the Kids Dentist Prize Surplus Store is so I can get my hands on some of these cards. My son is wise beyond his years...he knows better than to let Daddy near his.

Anyone else find it weird that the dentist is giving away hockey related stuff? I mean, I doubt hockey is a sport most dentists would encourage kids to take part in.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Bat Flake

I work with a bunch of creative people. It's kind of a tradition around the office that many of them make snowflakes out of coffee filters at Christmas time. My favorite this year, Brandon's "Bat Flake." That sounds like a title out of MAD Magazine, doesn't it?

Here's the folded up version, so you can see how it was cut out.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Viva Knievel

This evening I was driving in downtown Denver when I spotted an electronic news ticker on one of the buildings. My eyes went straight to the words "Evel Knievel Dead at 69." Being a kid in the 70's I was very familiar with Evel Knievel...daredevil and inspiration for one of the greatest toys ever created. I mean check out the video below. I had one of these when I was a kid, they were great! I want one of these for Christmas! I'm serious.

Knievel is certainly a unique figure in American pop culture history. I have to admit, as I became an adult and learned more about him (watching Biography and such), I didn't think too highly of the man. In interviews I'd see he came across as a very angry person. I mean after watching an interview with him I actually feared that he might one day spot the negative review of his movie "Viva Knievel" I posted on the web, then hunt me down and drag me back to Butte, Montana to wash his motorcycle with my face.

After hearing of his passing tonight, I began searching the web for information about him. I was surprised to find a video on YouTube from earlier this year where he stood before a crowd at the Crystal Cathedral and told how he had accepted Christ. It's a pretty amazing clip.

But "Viva Knievel" is still one of the worst movies ever made. Sorry Evel.