Tuesday, October 25, 2005

The Reason We're Not Going to Movies Anymore

I've heard a lot of stuff over the past year or so that says that more and more people are not going to the theater to see movies. I even heard a radio talk show talking about why Hollywood is losing a ton of money in the theaters. I recently found an article talking about why original ideas are no longer necessary to Hollywood studios, and that those can be left to indie films. Obviously they are in the business to make money, so I say to everyone, "Stop going to the theaters to watch the regurgitated plots and characters and filling these people's pockets!"

If we keep going, even if we hate the movies, they don't care. As long as they continue to get paid, they'll keep making this garbage. How much more do we have to endure the endless sequels of thoughtless time-robbing films before we realize they're not going to stop simply for the sake of "good art". Instead of spending twenty bucks on two movie passes and a popcorn, go out and buy a DVD or two of good movies and watch it at home. After you've purchased this movie, you can then watch it again and again and never give Hollywood another penny for that movie. Sure, you won't get to see the Daredevil sequel the day it comes out, but if you give your eight bucks to see movies like this, you deserve to not own your money anymore and are only aiding the intellectual terrorism of the artistic world.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Write A Novel In A Month?

Some of you may be wondering what that little image of the guy running with an oversized pencil under my profile may be. (If not, you should be)

Jason enlightened me the other day about a magnificent contest that goes on every year with people from all over the world as participants. The challenge: beginning midnight November 1st and ending midnight November 30th you must write a novel with at least 50,000 words.

"What is the prize", you are probably asking yourself right now. "What do I receive for my effort?" To which I reply, "Nothing."

Well, it's not exactly nothing. You get the satisfaction of knowing that in one month you have created what many people attempt to do in years, yet never can seem to get around to doing.

So I have accepted the challenge. I have picked up the gauntlet. I will join with thousands and tens of thousands of people attempting to write 1667 words a day until I reach the pinnacle of NaNoWriMo.org's goal. The final product does not have to be edited. It doesn't even need to be good. For those who have always wanted to write a novel, a story, or anything, I urge you to take the same challenge...if you think you can.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

More From Our Founding Fathers

I submit again that our Founding Fathers were more than mere Deists. I shall let the words of Benjamin Franklin speak for himself.

In this situation of this Assembly groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the Divine Protection. -- Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a Superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? or do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance.

I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth -- that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings that "except the Lord build they labor in vain that build it." I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall be become a reproach and a bye word down to future age. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments by Human Wisdom, and leave it to chance, war, and conquest.

I therefore beg leave to move -- that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that service.

~ Benjamin Franklin Constitutional Convention
delivered Thursday, June 28, 1787, Philadelphia, PA

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Images of Megachurches

I thought this was very interesting. Slate did a piece on megachurches and had some good photos of some of these giant places of worship. It makes me wonder what people get out of it or have to give besides more money, but it also makes me appreciate the simplicity of what Cascade Hills is doing. May God be glorified despite all our human vanity and selfish desires.

Images of megachurches

Sunday, October 09, 2005

New Part Time Job

I would just like everyone to know that I am now working for "The Man". That's right, I am now working in the Media section of Best Buy. Not only will this allow me to share my affinity toward video games, movies, music, and things of that ilk, I may also have a nice discount on these and many other electronic gizmos I may need or want. I am thankful to God for giving me a job (at higher than minimum wage) that will allow me to continue working with the people of Salem and bringing the Gospel to broken lives.

This will also keep me from getting kicked out of my apartment.