Video: Reality Meets Gaming

This video is wicked fun.  I'd be more inclined to learn a real instrument if this is how you played it.  But taking the time to master Rock Band seems like a waste of time.


My Girl Friday (#3)

 “Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.”
Albert Einstein

I bet Einstein once used gravitation as an excuse for his many affairs, but it didn't work.  But if gravitation isn't the cause of love, then I cannot blame it for the lack of either.
Which is helpful for me to remember for these four reasons:
      #1  Every time I think I'm falling in love, I'm probably just tripping things up.
      #2  Apparently love is not that easy.
      #3  I thought I was a zero gravitation guy living under the gravitational pull...but apparently it doesn't matter...so...
      #4  If I believe you're out there, I'd better just get up, dust myself off, and keep on searching...

I'm attempting to defy gravity.  Wanna meet at a moon bounce?


Video: Lady Trashes Cat

I don't like cats.  And it's not just because I'm highly allergic to them and they can trigger my asthma and kill me...oh wait...yeah that's exactly why I don't like cats.  Well more accurately I don't like housecats, because lions, panthers, bobcats, tigers and lynxes are awesome!
But no matter how much I dislike housecats, or tabbycats, or alleycats, etc I still could never do this:

I feel I should also say I don't care for most house dogs.  I don't care for pet hair all around the house.  Goldfish are a perfect family pet, because they don't make messes and if you forget to feed them you just wish them farewell down the toilet.


Fare Thee Well: Bobby Thomson

The Shot Heard Round the World
October 25, 1923 - August 16, 2010
"Now it is done. Now the story ends. And there is no way to tell it. The art of fiction is dead. Reality has strangled invention. Only the utterly impossible, the inexpressibly fantastic, can ever be plausible again."


Believe 2011

If you know me you know I love CIY (Christ In Youth).  I choose the Bible college I attended largely because of it's proximity to CIY's headquarters.  One of my main college goals, over graduating even mind you, was to have an internship with CIY.
Not only do I absolutely love their summer conference MOVE, but I believe they have the best middle school event in the nation: Believe.  Believe is an incredibly powerful 2 day event that tours the nation specifically for middle school students.  A Believe event is high energy, meeting students at their emotional, social and cognitive levels, which can impact the lives of middle schoolers for years to come.
I remember my first Believe event over 10 years ago, being stunned about the vision some had for a middle school program.  The following year I took my first group of middle schoolers; one of many more.  I'm looking forward to this coming spring and taking a gang of students to the Atlanta conference for a weekend.


The Sadness of Fearing Failure

"I'm here to tell you that the fear of failure is the engine that has driven me throughout my entire life. It flies in the faces of all these sports psychologists who say you have to let go of your fears to be successful and that negative thoughts will diminish performance. But not wanting to disappoint my parents, and later my coaches, teammates and fans, is what pushed me to be successful ... The reason nobody caught me from behind is because I ran scared. People are always surprised how insecure I was. But I was always in search of that perfect game, and I never got it. Even if I caught 10 of 12 passes, or two or three touchdowns in the Super Bowl, I would dwell on the one pass I dropped ... If I have one single regret about my career standing here today, it's that I never took the time to enjoy it.''
-- Jerry Rice, in his Hall of Fame speech Saturday night.

As a 49er fan Jerry Rice is one of my favorite NFL players of all time.  I was sad having to see him toward the end of his career in the uniform of a Raider and Seahawk.  But I find this quote from his NFL Hall of Fame acceptance speech even more sad.  
I think everyone has experienced this kind of 'motivating' fear before, and it never brings real life.  The greatest NFL wide receiver to ever play the game never enjoyed what so many would do for free because he was constantly afraid to disappoint someone.  If I was being really honest, I would say that I live this way fairly often.  
I'm constantly evaluating most of everything I do under the lens of "what will [insert name] think".  I'm afraid of disappointing people with the clothes I wear, the lessons I teach, trash in my car, and on and on and on; even down to what I'm typing up on this here blog post.  It's exhausting to keep up with. 
I really want to live a life where I don't look back and regret having missed out of real life.  So I'm going to try and make it through the next hour...& morning...& day...& week...& year...& life...believing I'm defined by a God who already loves me and not my fears.