Injustice at the Olympics – Pt. 2

My rant continues…

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Injustice at the Olympics

So I’m about to write one of the most vulnerable posts ever. I have been watching a lot of the Olympics lately. Including women’s gymnastics. (Insert your laughter here…unless of course, you have been watching it too). And there have been a few unsettling things.

  1. How can China make up ages for girls who are like 9 years old? Seriously, we are supposed to believe that they are all 16?
  2. The jacked-up scoring system. Anybody watch Nastia get silver even though she tied a Chinese girl? Poor Bela Karolyi. I think he is on the verge of a repeated heart-attack as he has to watch what is happening.

So I’m seriously laying in bed right now and I’m surprisingly bothered by what I saw tonight. It reeks of unfairness and injustice. Why is nobody doing anything about this?

Then that I realized that God could probably care less about who gets which medal and that there are no end to the things that are going on worldwide that are bothering Him much more than I feel right now. Yet I’m not really thinking of any of that. And honestly, I can’t remember the last time I laid in bed pissed off about something like that either. God reminded me of Revelation 6:9-11

“When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, ‘How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?’ Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants and brothers and sisters were killed just as they had been.”

Talk about injustice. Here I am bothered by women’s gymnastics. So I realize that I still have a ways to go until my heart lines up with Jesus’ heart. But I pray that moments like these would push me to care more and more about the things that God cares about.

Sweet Mac Software

Image and video hosting by TinyPicThis is for all my Mac friends out there. I’ve come across a few FREE programs that are really sweet and have enhanced my Mac experience. Here are some of my favorites that I would recommend:

  • Warp (makes it so you can switch between Spaces in Leopard by dragging your cursor to the edge of the screen) download it here
  • Quicksilver (access any file or program on your computer with a quick command shortcut) download it here
  • Breakaway (makes it so your speakers don’t play audio when your headphones accidentally get unplugged. This can help you save-face at Starbucks so that people don’t have to discover your secret love for the Jonas Brothers) download it here
  • Camino (this is my favorite web browser. it looks more like mac software than Firefox and runs well) download it here
  • Smart Sleep (you can better control the settings of how your laptop sleeps and acts on low battery) download it here
  • Time Machine Editor (allows you to control and change the increments of how often TimeMachine backs up your data) download it here

To Write Love On Her Arms

This weekend we brought in Jamie Tworkowski from “To Write Love On Her Arms.” I interviewed him in our Third Format services and it was a very powerful weekend. We about doubled in our attendance and we showed a lot of people that the Church isn’t afraid of talking about issues like depression and suicide.

In addition, it was great to hang out with him and get to know him and his heart for people. You can tell he isn’t from Arizona because he’s wearing a long sleeve shirt in August (see pic below – this was taken before he stole my water). I love how TWLOHA are being the Church to people that have been turned off to the Church. If you haven’t checked out what they are doing then I would highly recommend you stop reading this and check them out. I’m serious. Click here.

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Site updates

I’ve been tweaking a few things on the site and I wanted to let you all know. Didn’t notice anything different you say? Let me explain a few updated sections for your blogging enjoyment.

First, you’ll notice that the sidebar has been cleaned up a bit and now is more obvious and easy for you to subscribe. Look on the right hand column and enter in your email address or click on the light blue box that tells you the number of readers so that you can get automatic updates whenever there is new content on the site. I would recommend this.

Second, I’ve updated the pages at the top of the screen. The “About Me” page now includes other links to things I do online and more up-to-date info about me. I will be updating this more as my family is soon changing. I’m also looking for some better pics for it. The “Reading List” page is always being updated with every book that I read and I recommend that any readers out there check that part frequently; and the podcast page now includes a link that actually works. Sorry about that.

So hopefully this makes things easier to navigate and more efficient for our communication. Happy blogging.

Is Something Missing?

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So I read an article in the Arizona Republic today about air-guitar competitions. Yes, you read that right. Air guitar. What are they playing? The air. And boy are they excited about it.

I saw this on TV awhile back and thought it was a joke. Now I realize I’ve been missing out on an entire industry of rock. Have we become this bored and over-saturated as a culture that we’ve turned to this for entertainment? As one contestant boldly proclaimed: “It’s what America needs right now.” Really?

What goes into air guitar competitions? I’m glad you asked. According to the article:

There definitely is technique involved. Judges, who openly down real beer during the competitions, look for stage presence, energy and authenticity. They also look for “airness.”

Authenticity and airness are a complicated formula. They look to see that competitors actually play the song. They look at wardrobe, which often includes fringed sleeves, tight pants and sunglasses. They look at shtick.

They interviewed a guy named Julian Vican about his aspirations of air-guitar-greatness. He recently competed in a contest where “A shirtless man dressed as a Viking ripped air and ripped off his plaid kilt to reveal a fur thong. He got points for the surprise factor.” Julian said this about his prep for the events:

“It’s kind of fun,” he said of the goofy nature of air guitar. “It’s like, ‘What am I getting nervous about?’ I don’t actually have to play the song.”

Brilliant. Now there is a competition worth watching. Hats off to our ever evolving culture of entertainment. If this is what America needs right now then we are in worse shape than I ever imagined.