Shaky Connection

31 May

Hey, my apologies for not having been on for the past few days. I just got back from my vacation from Thursday to Monday and I just haven’t made time. I realize that, right now, I don’t really have time to blog. I have friends, games, fun projects, the rest of school, swimming, family visits, shows, and various other things consuming my time. This blog was to help me alleviate my mind and to give me some Brain Space, and it’s done just that, but now it’s become a chore and a worry and a stress, and I don’t want that. So for now I have to sign off. I will be back, you can count on that, but not until I have more time. I may blog intermittently, but it will likely be scattered, like my mind. It’s been really fun, but I just can’t make time for it, I have too many other things to occupy my time with. I think I will officially start my blog when I’m done with school, when I actually buy my own site. My plan is this. I will blog from time to time, maybe even figure out a day to do it regularly. There’s this feature on here that I’ve seen that might allow me to choose when I want a blog posted, so I might pick a day where I type up blogs for the week and set the dates for them to publish. My hope is that by the time I’m done with school, my blog will have gotten enough followers that I will feel that it’s worth it to buy my own site. I also need to talk to people like Rob Shepherd, to see what they did to gain such a following and what blog advice they have for me. So I guess, that’s it: signing off for now, will do posts randomly, and will likely buy my own site eventually. I gave a link to Rob Shepherd, but another guy you should check out if you’re into games, especially Minecraft, is Captain Sparkles. Check out his YouTube Channel, his Facebook Page, his Twitter Account, or his account on Twitch.

Christ in the Movies: Captain America

23 May

Captain America has a number of goodies about Christianity. Heck, it’s going off of the idea that is all throughout the bible and that is this: someone small and insignificant, after some unusual circumstances, becomes great and amazing. David was a young boy who was able to slay the giant Goliath with nothing but a slingshot, Solomon was a simple God seeking man who asked for wisdom rather than for possessions, Jesus was a carpenter who died on a cross to pay for our sins. You see this archetype in a lot books and movies. Not only does Captain America illustrate this through character development, but it also has a very physical change as well. He’s a good guy who stands up for what’s right, people attack him anyway, and he faces continual opposition for years, and dies to save countless lives, sort of. He didn’t actually die, but he was sacrificing himself to save others. Total Jesus stuff right there. And think about the bad guy. The bad guy is the Red Skull, who has a red head. I don’t know about you, but that sounds familiar . . .

Oh yeah, that’s how we view the Devil. Captain America is going toe to toe with the Devil! If that says not symbolism of Jesus, then I know not what will. Also, the shield is God, his transformation to a super soldier is the baptism of Jesus,  and that makes the scientist John the Baptist. Plenty of goodies in Captain America.

Anything I missed that really sticks out?

Christ in the Movies: Indiana Jones

21 May

My pastor Rob Shepherd has made several references to movies for biblical purposes, like how Iron Man in Iron Man 2 had a corroded heart like how many of us have a corroded heart that is selfish and needy and stuff of that sort. So I figured that I could come up with my own movie examples. I will talk about at least 1 movie each day and this will go on for as long as I have a movie to talk about.

Indiana Jones; this is filled with biblical references: The Ark of the Covenant, The Holy Grail, all of the biblical references they make throughout about how the Ark defeated armies and how the Grail held the blood of Jesus. Heck, with the Holy Grail, there’s this thing where you have to pick the true grail or else die (either good health or rapid aging). Dude! That is totally saying that Jesus brought us life and that he is the way, and don’t worship false idols! And The Ark? That shows that some things are just beyond us. Also, the ones who died from the Ark were those that looked at it and into it and junk, which has this whole thing about blind faith and awesome stuff like that.

You might be thinking, “Dude”? “Junk”? Why are you using these nonsense words instead of something more elegant? Well, it’s been a while since I’ve seen the movies, but I do have some of the information. Also this is my blog, and I will speak in whatever non-sensical matter which I choose…gibledy-flaggeldoodle.

What are some other biblical nuggets from the Indy movies? Heeble-da-gerk! Also what is your favorite non-sensical term/phrase to say? Jaggle-fraggle-baggle!

Books I’ve Read

18 May

I’ve read some good books over my short 15 years. My kinds of books are romantic, action, adventure, fictional, mystery, comedies. If it’s a combination of any of those then I’m typically alright with the book.

“A Series of Unfortunate Events” is a great series about three orphan children and their evil distant cousin. The Baudelaire children’s parents died when their house burned down. As they are a rich family the children are the inheritors of a large fortune, one that their distant cousin Count Olaf is eager to gain. Violet is the inventor, Clause is the book-worm, and Sunny is a baby who has fairly sharp teeth. Great series.

Yet another fantastic series. If you haven’t read the books or seen the movie yet and you are really irked by movies that don’t stick to their source books, then watch the movie first or else you won’t be able to enjoy it comparatively. That’s how it was for me. This is a story about a boy named Percy Jackson. Percy Jackson is a demigod, but more specifically a son of Poseidon, which is a no-no because the gods passed a ruling that the Big Three (Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades) aren’t allowed to have kids due to their excessive capability. He has a protector, a satyr named Grover, and a friend named Annabeth who is a daughter of Athena. Their whole focus is to stop the rise of the Titan lord Kronos. Good stuff.

Last but not least is Eragon. I spent an entire month or so reading this book when I was, like, nine. I remember hour after hour sitting in this weird curved chair thing we had just reading this story. Great story. Then, like plenty of other great books, Hollywood happened in the worst way. I’ve noticed something  rather strange and that is this: if a movie is just particularly horrible, I will actually black-out. This is why the one time that I watched Eragon is but a very vague memory to me, and what I’me remembering is mainly things from the trailers. I wish I could say the same for the movie of A Series of Unfortunate Events, but that movie was just so awful because of how jam-packed everything was and thus how little of the true detail it contained. They took essentially a murder mystery and made it into a crunched comedy. There has been only one movie equally as horrible as the Eragon movie, but I can’t even remember what it was.

What’s a great book you’ve read?

Inspiration

15 May

Inspiration: defined as “to produce or arouse (a feeling, thought, etc.)”. Inspiration can come from anywhere. It can come from a deep and meaningful lecture or sermon, or it could come from something random and dumb that a passing stranger said. Some forms of inspiration don’t even need words, such as a scenic landscape or a happenstance event. Inspiration is brought about by many things and has the potential to bring about many more things. One could be inspired to write a book or to produce a film. One could be inspired to take care of the least of these or to do something fantastical. The thing about inspiration is that it can’t be forced. Inspiration can only be brought about by inspiration. A person can not write a book without the inspiration of an idea and the proper phrasing and story-telling techniques. A film can not be produced without an idea for something to film being inspired. Anything can inspire anything, but not everything will inspire something.

Another term associated with inspiration is epiphany. An epiphany is a sudden realization. If a student is writing a paper, but doesn’t know what to write, the student may suddenly discover a great idea for something to write on and thus is inspired.

My point is this: inspiration is one of the greatest things to have ever been invented. It can not be seen or heard or smelled or felt or tasted except via the person experiencing it and what they produce as a result. Take comedy. The best comedy is not typically some guy throwing words together and saying, “Oh hey, this is actually funny,” but rather somebody seeing someone else do something stupid and thinking, “That’s be great to tell all of my friends about.” I’ll give one more example, take my blog posts. I can not force them. I’ve tried. I’ve gone through and thought about how to make a blog post on this or that, but then I get an idea to start working on something, and before you know it I’m typing line after line of text about inspiration and it’s wondrous complexities.

So what’s something that’s inspired you and what did it inspire you to do?

Rip Off

11 May

We get ripped off a lot. The definition of a rip off is as follows:

n rip-off

1. Slang an article or articles stolen
2. Slang a grossly overpriced article
3. Slang the act of stealing or cheating

For example, several years ago I bought a Superman game. This was shortly after the release of Superman Returns. I thought This is cool, I’m going to beat up bad guys and use heat vision and freeze stuff and fly… The game has a bunch of puzzle stuff like sudokus and junk. How do sudokus and puzzles have anything to do mainline with Superman, a guy with kick-butt super-powers? It doesn’t. I was very disappointed that I’d spent $30 on an action game and had gotten a sudoku.

There are plenty of times where we are cheated out of our money or something is overpriced. Gas prices at this point are a rip off, several toys these days are a rip off because they break easily, most everything at most amusement parks is a rip off (because what costs $4 at Walmart cost $20 at Disney). So why are there so many rip offs? It’s because businesses have made a point to sell us what we don’t want so that we have to buy more stuff to try to actually get what we want. It sucks, but it’s true.

Sometimes though, like in my case with the superman game, the rip off is due to our own lack of attention. Believe it or not there are people who view Christianity or even religion in general as a rip off. They think that religion is saying that you believe in God or gods and suddenly your life gets better. They view religion as a genie that will grant their wishes just for the asking, and when they discover it’s not that way they quit. Other people think that it takes away too much of their time. Christianity isn’t a genie, nor is it a waste of time. Christianity is about having faith and loving people around you. To be honest, Christianity is about living life with a sense of morality: don’t have sex unless your married, don’t sleep with someone else’s wife, don’t kill, respect your parents, etc. Simple stuff. The only other thing is to be thankful to God for everything you’ve got.

What’s a time where you’ve been ripped off?

The Realm of Dreams

9 May

For the past week my dreams have had a lot of clarity; they have had more clear cut images and been realistic rather than random and unrealistic. It’s actually been depressing when I’ve woken up because the dreams were just fantastic.

On Monday I had a dream about the Cinderella musical being approved for another performance and so we were all looking for our costumes.

For pretty much Tuesday to Sunday I had dreams about a girl. I had apologized to her in the first dream for lying to her and she forgave me. In the other dreams the two of us have been hanging out (with some other friends) and in one she even hugged me (or I hugged her, but the point is that she was fine with it and it was amazing). My heart has been melting every time I fall asleep at night.

I don’t know if these dreams have been prophesies, but I doubt it. I don’t think that we will be repreforming Cinderella, and I don’t know if I will ever be as happy as I was in those dreams. Maybe what God is telling me is that better times will be in my future, he was just using things I knew to represent that. I don’t know, but that is the beauty of God: he can show us greatness, yet have something other than what we expected in mind for us that is just as good if not better.

What’s the best dream that you have ever had?