Friday, December 29, 2006

Josh & Joanna's Wedding

Hey all! Here is a little post to hold you for a while... I did some editing of Josh & Joanna's wedding, as well as organizing the cameras and stuff... and below is the video for your enjoyment! Let's see... some production info...

It was a four camera shoot. 2 Panasonic AG-DVC80's, 1 Sony PD150, and 1 JVC palmcorder (Josh's little one chip...). The Sony was the rear centerline, the 2 Panasonics were cross shooting the stage from right and left and the JVC was behind the minister with Josh & Joanna facing it. It turned out pretty well, especially with only one person to run camera! My friend Jonathan ran back and forth between the Panasonics to change framing. Thanks again Jonathan and be sure to check out his site!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Feature Item Of The Week - Episode 1

- Sorry about the video quality... it was shot on my digital camera! Also, the graphics aren't my best... I just wanted to get the video out there... it's late!

Monday, December 25, 2006

of driving and Christmas miracles...

I hope everyone out there had a very merry Christmas! I know I did! Thank you to everyone who helped make it possible, you know who you are!

Anyway, I have some new things I want to try... well, just one thing really. It's called "featured item of the week." It will pretty much just last until I run out of my showcasing my Christmas presents. I will get more into that later.

Do you ever just love driving? I mean, you are just driving along and the music seems to go perfect with the drive... the wipers move to the beat of the song... I get those moments sometimes. I had one tonight. It was awesome! I just love to drive! It's as if there is some connection between you and the car that just clicks... Ok, a little too "zen" like for ya? Let's move on...

Oh! I never gave you an update on my jury duty (thanks big S)! Well, I showed up bright and early, a good little citizen of the great and mighty U, S, and A, to do my very proud work and obligated civic duty of being jury #__. After sitting through a nice little informative session by Cheryl (I think that's her name... she was hilarious!), and watching a video on jury duty that seemed to be some high school kids senior project in 1986, I found myself sitting in a room with 59 other people waiting to hear if we were even needed.

So I grab a magazine... thumb through that... read a little of my book I brought... jot some notes regarding things to do... grab a soda... and a few hours later, our friend Cheryl comes in and says that "she has heard from the Messiah, and he said, let My people go" and out we went! Dang! Jury duty is a piece of cake! A piece of crumb cake!

I was just thinking tonight of where I will be in one year... If everything goes as planned in my head right this moment... I'll be in Tulsa, OK, with my wife Jenni, living in a 2 bedroom across the lot from my friends Josh & Joanna and Adam & Nancy, and Maggie & Dannielle. I'll be doing video editing somewhere (most likely), and Jenni and I will be nuzzling on the couch watching the yule log channel (the channel that you watch if you don't have a fireplace).

Is that really where I'll be in a year? Who knows?! I like to think that... I guess mainly because I like to plan out big stuff as far in advance as possible!

Ok! Onto the Featured Item of The Week!

This week is the Sigg bottle from the Sigg company in Switzerland. It is amazing! I have had my eye on this for a long time, but never was able to purchase one, but it must have been a Christmas miracle! Anyway, it is pure aluminum, it features a super light construction, virtually indestructible, and unleakable (is that a word?).

What I love about it the most is that it has a baked on crack resistant liner that is resistant to energy drinks, fruit acids, and soda. This way, it never tastes nasty and it's easy to clean!

Anyway, watch the video (coming soon) for a more animated description. Thanks!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Just thinkin...

Ok, I have a bunch of unrelated stuff coming up, so be warned...

When I was is in NYC just a few days ago, I saw a sticker on the back of a car, that said "Zipcar." I didn't know what it meant, so I wrote it on my hand... That's what I do when I need to remember something... just write it on top of my hand... anyway... Zipcar...

When I got home, I looked up Zipcar online, just Googled it and I found it's site (insert hyperlink here). I'm still a little fuzzy on the whole thing... but this is what I found out.

You have to be 21+ yrs. old. You apply online... you get your Zipcard... You reserve one of their hundreds of cars, for either a couple hours or the entire day (online or on the phone). You walk up to the car, hold your Zipcard to the
windshield, the doors will unlock and you get in. Then you drive away, doing whatever you needed to do. Just return to the reserved parking spot you picked it up at and the gas, insurance and XM radio are included.

It's less like a car rental, more of a car sharing... I can see it as like a bunch of friends buying a car that you all reserve at various times. Now, this isn't
everywhere, it seems to be just in the larger cities, like San Francisco, Minneapolis, Chicago, Toronto, Chapel Hill, Ann Arbor, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland.

An idea on price would be $35 per month for 4 one hour reservations, and $301 per month for 10 two hour trips, 2 three hour trips, and 2 daily/24 hour reservations.

I like this idea a lot! I mean, I don't think I would ever need it, unless I lived in New York City. This would be nice... just when you want to drive around in a car, to get away, you can, and you still don't have to own a car!

If anyone has tried this or has heard more about it, please leave me a comment.

Let's see... next topic... oh! I doesn't feel like
Christmas to me! Does it feel like Christmas to anyone else? The weather is just so mild here... not cold at all. I mean, it's Christas Eve! To me though, it feels just like a regular Sunday. I don't really know why, I just don't have a Christmas "feel." Oh well, maybe it will come.

Oh, this is also my last Christmas at home! That's weird to think about. I mean, just earlier today, I was running around the house with my toy gun, and I'll be getting married in 145 days! Do I have to stop playing "cops & robbers?" I think not! This way I'll always have someone to play guns with!

I think it's really interesting to see traditions kind of change. That's pretty vague... but I have recently been thinking of how different I do things than my parents have or are doing now. The first thing that comes to mind is mine and Jenni's wedding rings. They aren't really the normal, I also paid a little extra. But see, my parents are about bargain, and I usually am, but this is something really important to the both of us and when you find something so perfect, you can't help yourself!

Jenni's ring is just so... her! It's perfect! And my band... I love it! I thought that I would want just a plain gold band, that's what I've always wanted, but when I was trying some on, a different kind caught my eye. It's tungsten carbide. It's a dark, kind of gun metal looking, polished on the sides and brushed in the middle, a heavy weight and buttery smooth to put on (with that comfort fit rounding

I just think that it's interesting that I like that ring. I really thought that I would want yellow gold. That's what I've always wanted, but I just totally fe
ll in love with this other ring. Same thing with Jenni, she thought she wanted a plain band solitaire, but I showed her this new ring and she flipped out! I mean, she really loved it! Now, it looks way better in person than in the picture, so please ask her to show it to you.

To move on though, a lot of my friends are getting titanium rings. I like them, but they feel too light for me. But I guess my generation is pulling away from the traditional... at least in that respect.

But also, this pull from the traditional can relate to other things, such a
s cars, apartments, places to live... whatever!

Things at home have been going really fast, but really slow at the same time. Each day, even though I usually wake up a little on the late side, seems to be full of things to do. I'm so busy trying to edit and put a DVD together for Josh's family, and work on a video for my Dad, go to jury duty, spend a day in New York, do some crazy last minute Christmas shopping... it's just a lot! I'm also trying to read some books, organize my computer and learn a little bit more of Adobe Illustrator. At least I have my computer so I can do all of this stuff!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

A day in the city.

I just got back home after spending a day in New York City with Jenni and her family (and Maggie & Danielle). I had a good time. It wasn't the usual NYC trip for me though. I'm used to taking the ferry in and riding the subway around. They like to drive into the city, drop the girls off so they can shop, then Jenni's Dad plays taxi driver. If he can do it, then great! But I know that I would much rather just walk around. Although, being in a car today was nice because I took like a million naps, it was warm, and it was dry. It was like a moving base camp! But it was nice, I don't usually do shopping trips, I like more of a sight seeing thing.

I guess I like to walk around instead of driving because it makes me feel more like a local. I don't know how I would do, living right in the city, but I like to think I would enjoy it. Today, i walked around by myself, just looking at stuff, trying to blend in, grab a meatball hero like a pro, and I think I did pretty well!

If I did live in the city, I don't think I would own a car though, I would probably just leave it at my parents house and take the subway, the bus, walk, or ride my bike when in the city.

Oh, also I love watching the bike messengers do their thing. One of them was just sitting there waiting for traffic to go by doing a perfect track stand! I mean perfect. He wasn't even moving back and forth, he had perfect balance! But if you just look at them, they seem to have their own style. I don't think I could do that though, they just know the city like the back of their hand, and they are really good at squeezing through impossible places.

Well, I guess I better get going. It is getting late... or early if you look at it the other way...

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Neat info.

I came across some neat info from my friends at Gizmodo, Engadget, and Lifehacker.

Do you know how you can chill a can of coke in 2 minutes (Lifehacker)? I do! Read on!

"That would be about 20-25 minutes in a freezer. If you put [the can] in a bucket of ice, that would halve that time. If you put water in that ice, it'd be cold (+- 5c) enough to drink in about 4-6 minutes, if you put salt in that water, you'd reduce the chill time to just over 2 minutes. Agitating the can in the water, rolling it around, reduces the chill time even more.

The fastest possible way is to grab a CO2 fire extinguisher and unload that sucker on the can."

Pretty cool huh?!

Anyway, let's move on. I think you should check out this new "interactive web radio" called Musicovery. It's really interactive and you can play different music based on mood. You just figure out what mood you are in and it will just start playing music relating to that mood. Try it out!

Today so far was a good day. I woke up at around noon, started to get dressed, check my email, then my mom calls my cell phone from the house phone to tell me she needs me to drive her to get her hair done. It was just funny she called me! Maybe I should get her started on IM'ing!

Then, after I came back, I made myself some chicken nuggets and a lean cuisine mac & cheese. Now, I'm on my computer in my room, doing a little blogging while watching CSI: NY streaming from the CBS website. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.

Well, I better get going. See ya!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

If I had a million dollars...

I came across this really cool "gamers" cabinet online and thought I would share it with you. If I had enough money for a PS3, XBOX 360, Wii, old XBOX

It's Peanut Butter Christmas Break Time!

I know I haven't posted in a while, but I have just been so busy! I was studying for finals, finishing my senior project, and getting ready for Josh's wedding. Oh, for those of you that don't know, my roommate Freshman and Sophomore year, Josh, got married last Friday and I was his best man. I was also coordinating the video crew and camera setup. I had to round up a couple of cameras and thanks to those who let me borrow your camera.

So, last week was a long week. Fun though. It was a week of staying up till 3:30 or 4 every night, then getting up around 9 or 10 am. Oh, I also had an interview at an ad agency in town (Tulsa) for an internship that maybe could lead up to a real job out of school! I'll keep you posted.

Anyway, so I'm back at home now. It's really nice to have a real break. Christmas break is always great because there is no homework at all, being in between semesters and all. Some things on the menu for the break are: edit a rough cut of Josh's wedding video, do some pre-wedding counseling, jury duty, and I think that's all I can think of for now...

Oh, I also want to learn some more about Adobe Illustrator, and read some small books that I never got around to reading. It should be a good break to catch up on rest and relaxation. So far I haven't done much. I've imported the footage, some of it at least, into my computer from Josh's wedding, did a little reading, and I'm getting ready for a little paintball action tomorrow.

I have really gotten hooked on paintball again. I pulled out my markers to make sure they still work, yep, they work ok. I had to shoot at a tree because there were no birds or squirells to shoot at, but my Tippmann seems to shoot on target. Also, I need one of those CR2032 watch batteries for my laser scope to work. It's alright without it though. Also, there is this site called, Special Ops Paintball. They have the coolest stuff on there! I really want to get some add ons to my marker, but I don't want to get THAT into paintball. I can just as much fun with my stock marker and equipment... I don't really need a new barrell and stuff, but it would be nice. I mean, there is a ton of stuff I want for my paintball fix, but I don't really see myself getting much of it if anything at all.

The one thing that I really do want, would be a barrel, they are also pretty cheap I guess. I got really hooked on paintball when I made a new friend, a friend of Josh's. Him and another guy are into paintball, then we found out that another of Josh's groosmen was into paintball. Over break, all of us are going to collect our paintball equipment and bring it back to school to play a few times. Should be fun. I haven't played woodsball in a long time.

Christmas shopping... It's really hard to shop when you don't have any money. I need to start selling plasma again... That is always good steady income. Nothing like being hooked up to a machine messing with your blood for an hour in a shady part of Tulsa with cold hard cash in your pocket. It's a blast. I guess Christmas is going to have to be creative this year...

Oh, just because I can't get you something nice for Christmas doesn't mean you can't get me something nice! Be sure to check out my wishlist to the right. It's the first link on my sidebar, called "My Wishlist."

I feel as if I'm forgetting something... I'll just post again if I remember it. Take care and Happy Holidays! Er... Merry Christmas! That's better! Don't get me started on that crap...

Friday, November 17, 2006

What's new? Not a lot I guess.

I don't really think there is anything new going on with me... Oh, my senior project, I can share a little bit of that with you.

For part of my senior project I'm doing a documentary/feature piece on one of the local fire stations in Tulsa. It's station 29, the fire station that is practically right next to campus.

Anyway, I've been visiting them quite a bit. I got some footage on two seperate occasions. On the first day, a Thursday, I stayed their from 1pm to 9pm. Then this past Sunday, I stayed there from 6am to about 9pm as well. I had a lot of fun! It's actually a lot like college! They have a good time. Also, the eat really well! They certainly know how to cook!

So I have been hanging around, talking with them, watching tv, joking with them... I even ran up the tallest citiplex building with them! It's 60 stories and every shift (they work every 3rd day) they run up the stairwell. I did alright! I got some footage too.

They have nicknamed me "Spielberg" and some of them call me "The Kid." We have a good time. After I got off work on Wednesday night (I run camera at Church On The Move), I swung by the station. We watched some TV and they heated me up some dinner.

That's the main thing I've been up to.

It's hard to believe that almost another semester is almost done. Well, that's about it. I better get going, I need something to eat! See ya!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Video shot with Panasonic HVX200


I went to Walmart last night to see if they had the Zune in... wait a minute... There are probably some of you that don't have a clue what I'm talking about. The Zune is the new MP3 player that is supposed to be the rival for the iPod. I mean, I like my iPod alright, but it's time there was some real competition.

Anyway, I went to Walmart, expecting to see them sold out, but they had a few still in the case. I'm interested to see how it plays out. Mostly in sales I mean. I l would love to have one because it's got some great features that the iPod doesn't have.

Anyway, I really want a brown one! They look cool in the pictures, but they look even better in person!

If anyone has one, tell me what you think. I read a lot of reviews and watched videos on it, but I want the general consumer viewpoint.

Like I said, I have an iPod, but this looks to be a serious rival. I'm going to go over some basic pros and cons that I see with it, keep in mind I don't own one yet though.

The main thing is, it is not Mac compatible. I certainly hope that it will be in the future. It's doesn't affect me directly because I have a PC but I read online something that stood out... Most Mac owners are really big into music. With the Zune being a music player, they should have catered to Mac users as well. I don't believe in this all out war of Mac vs. PC. Both have features that I really like. Although, with the new Intel Macs, if someone buys a Zune, they can boot in XP and use it there, but still go back to their OSX when they want to compute stuff.

Zune pros:
- 14 hour battery life (same as 30GB iPod)
- Screen orientation vertical and or horizontal
- Larger screen than iPod
- Wireless connectivity to transfer songs & pictures to other Zunes
- Plays .wmv, .mp4, h.264 videos
- FM Tune
- Earbuds have a magnet on them to attach and not get tangled
- Preloaded music, videos, and pictures
- Cool pouch instead of the iPod slip case
- Recognizeable with XBOX 360

Zune cons:
- Doesn't want to touch my purchased iTunes songs
- Slightly larger in pocket size than iPod
- No scroll wheel (may actually be good, I saw a demo video, but I'm just used to the scroll wheel)
- Not able to use as a hard drive

Overall, it would be a nice breakaway from the "white earbuds." They are becoming too popular, it's more of a fashion statement. The Zune could be something to really rock the boat of iPod users everywhere.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Just some random updates.

There was a podcasting seminar/luncheon today that I was invited to. I came along to watch and listen, but my teacher also wanted me there in case I had anything to comment about. I have been giving him some insight into the world of blogging and podcasting, mostly from my age groups mindset.

There was some stuff that I wanted to bring up, but I never got the chance. Plus he hit most of the info I wanted to say as well. I'll just post it on here so if anyone out there is interested in podcasting, you can get some help!

First off, I want to cover some basics of blogging. The two popular websites that people have their blogs in are (that's what I use) and Wordpress. From what I know, they are both pretty good. That's really all I want to talk about blogging. Blogging is like a really simple podcast.

**Note** Don't forget, you can grab my blog's RSS feed to get new posts when the come out!

Anyway, if you are looking for some good podcasts, I suggest you go to podcast alley. They have a huge list of them that you can rate, comment and find almost any podcast.

Ok, so you want to get started in podcasting? I am only going to give you one solution. I only give this one because this is the way that I highly recommend unless you are really tech savy and have a great knowledge of various software and equipment and you have great quality equipment at hand.

I say, go out and buy an Apple laptop. And make sure you get iLife 06. Done. That's everything you need to make a podcast, except for the content. Why Apple laptop? They have a built in microphone and the new ones have a built in camera. Why iLife 06? The new Garageband, iMovie, iWeb, and iTunes are perfect for starting a podcast. In Garageband, you can add artwork or movies to the audio tracks... it comes with built in sound effects and jingles... it has a speech enhancer (reduces noise)... one click iWeb publishing... iWeb has great website templates that look like pro websites and are very easy to customize. iTunes lets you put your "baby" out there for the world to subscribe to. It's a one box solution to podcasting for beginners and pro's alike!

Check out some of my favorite video podcasts from my links on the side bar. Izzy Video - DV video tutorials. Geek Brief - Gadgets, tech tools & toys. DriveTime - A weekly video blog produced during his daily commute (camera in car). Those are just a few of my favorite.

Well, that's all, I'm done talking about podcasting for now.

Be sure to check out my Froogle page. There is a link in the side bar. It's just a wish list of stuff I want. Please feel free to add any of those things to your shopping list!

Well, that's good for now. Have a great day!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

I haven't run that much since high school!

I just got back a little while ago from a long run. Well, long for me anyway. According to Google Maps and Jenni's odometer, it was about 9.5 to 10 miles. I ran from ORU to downtown Tulsa. It is a ghost town down there! It took me about an hour. Anyway, I haven't run that far and that long since I was running cross country in high school. It felt really good too! I mean, my legs hurt pretty bad and my lower back is kind of sore, but I told myself that I was going to run to downtown and I just had to do it. I did have to stop, just about 5 times, each about a 1 minute break though. One of them was like 3-4 minutes because I got some water and went to the bathroom. Jenni picked me up when I was done too. It's nice having someone pick you up because you can go harder and faster because you know that you don't have to run back!

I passed a few other runners out there and they were all really nice. I don't know what it is, but there has to be a connection between exercise and friendliness. Although, I have met some athletes that are real jerks so... Anyway, as we would run by each other, we would each give a little wave to each other, sometimes not even making eye contact, just waving. Some people would say hi and other small pleasantries, but not too much. We are running after all, have to keep track of your breathing! I also ran with 3 other people for a little bit. I just caught up to them and asked if I could join and they said sure. They were training for the Tulsa Run.

Well that's about it. I think I'll leave you with a haiku, or just a poem, I don't really know what the difference is.

feet pounding.
heart beating.
lungs pumping.
oh, another runner.
head up.
fix stride.
straighten form.
wave hello.
lose form again.
drudge on.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Then why not just get an SUV!?

This morning, I was walking across the lower lot at ORU and happen to see this yellow Dodge Viper RT/10. I have heard of other sightings made by my fiance (that's so weird to say!) and by my brother and my roommate. But this time, I got to see it. So I decided to get a better look.

I had a temp tag in the back window and it was more clean than anything I can imagine. Ok, not that clean, but very clean none the less. There was a little brake dust on those big monster wheels but that's about it. As I was walking
around the car soaking it all in, I heard the doors/alarm shut off. So the owner must be close. I waited a second then spotted him. I told him I liked his car but I also like the Lotus Elise. He said he was looking for an Elise until he drove the Viper. He said nothing compares. Ok, I have never driven a Viper or even rode in one, but I do know this.

Actually, wait a second. I don't know the year of it, but it looked to be between a 93 and a 96. I checked the 0-60 times for the Viper RT/10 and it gave 4.5 for the 93 and 5.0 for the 96. Um... doesn't the Elise cover the same ground in about 4.6? Yeah! But wait the Viper has between 400-450 hp and the Elise only has 190. Something isn't right...

It must be the weight. The Viper weighs around 3400 lbs and the Elise is only around 1900. That's a little bit of a difference. Also, in Motor Trend, the Viper goes through their slalom course at 68.1mph while the Elise goes through at 73.2mph. The $193,000 Track Ready Ferrari Challeng Stradale goes through at 72.7mph. Hmm...

Ok, you may be wondering what I am so upset about. Well, as I was leaving the Viper and it's owner, I asked him if he has ever been to the track (race track). He said no and I told him I went with a buddy in a Lotus Elise. I asked if he was interested. He said no. He doesn't want to burn up tires or go too fast. He did that with his M3 already (so he says). He said that it's scary enough as it is. Now, if he is reading this, then please don't take this the wrong way, but you're wrong. Scary enough as it is... ever drive an Elise through traffic?

That's scary. The Viper and the Elise have similar specs, except for the top speed obviously, but the Elise doesn't even try to be about speed, it's about the handling. And it still pulls 4.6 seconds in 0-60! The Lotus is much smaller so that even a VW Beetle looks huge next to you on the highway. I get hit by a Hummer... ok, bad example. I get hit by a car or something, the Elise is done. You get hit by the same thing, that 3500 lb monster will protect you a little more.

Also, I love Vipers! That's not my problem. My problem is just this, if you buy a fast car I really think that you should take it to a track, a controlled environment, and see what it can do. You can go fast legally and safely instead of risking your neck on the street. I understand that some people just want to "baby" their cars, I completely understand that. But only if it of some antique value or something. But to buy this fast car and not use it to it's potential seems silly to me. To his credit, he has been there done that with another car, but since this is a different car, I think he should take this out too! Oh well, that's just one mans opinion.

I'll leave you with this quote:

But the fact is, remove straight-line grunt from the equation, and the Elise 111 R is a more rewarding steer than the Ferrari. Savour the moment. Cars that change your life view don't come along every day.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Mountain Biking, finally!

Wow, I haven't mountain biked in like a week or two. I went last night. I just got my bike repaired last week and haven't been able to test it out. It seems to have been working much better! I mean, much, much better! That could be a bad thing though, because that means I can't blame the fact that I'm slow on my bike anymore... No, last night, I was feeling it. I was really doing well.

Also, Nick and I rode down this hill (Elwood Rd.) on our bikes. We got up to 48mph! On our bikes! You can't believe what that feels like, unless you have a motorcycle I guess... But we could have gotten pulled over for speeding! Can they do that?

Don't worry Mom, we had our helmets (hanging from our handlebars) and only 2 or 3 cars passed us and Nick's rear tire blowout didn't slow him down too much. Good times...

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

I raced in a Lotus Elise on Sunday.

A friend of mine has a 2005 Lotus Elise. British racing green. He said he would be going to the track on Sunday. He asked if I wanted to go. I did. I went. I brought some video equipment (just a camcorder). I leave you with this video.

Friday, September 15, 2006

I found some cool stuff!

I found an ORU student directory (phonebook) from 1977-1978. I thought those years sounded familiar, so I looked up a certain name and this is what I found...

Is that cool or what?! Also, I hope this is ok with him... and Dad, email me if it's not... but he sent me this, and I believe that it is also from '78.

Well, that's it for now.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

A little taste of Fall.

Woke up today. Hot. Well, warm anyway. That's because they turn the air conditioner off at night. I guess that's supposed to save money or something like that. Anyway, I got up early today, on my only day to sleep in (except Friday), because Josh needed Cassidy and I to get fitted for tuxes. He said we could go at 9am. At like 8:45 he came into our room and said, oh, they open at 10. Great! Wait, I'm going off topic...

Ok, so I woke up and it was hot. We opened the window to try and cool things off. It didn't feel very cool outside either though. So Cass and I got ready to leave, trying not to move too much for fear of reapplying deoderant. We rode down the elevator and walked out the door and you know what was there to meet us? 65 degree air! It felt absolutely georgous! I have been longing for cooler weather! It's overcast too, which makes it feel a little cooler. Not cold enough for a jacket though. Well, not for me anyway.

So I'm just waiting to go to my next class. Not much to do right now. Senior project is getting kind of stressful, I think only because I haven't sat down and pounded out the details yet. I just have an idea as to what I want to do. It helps me to be more detail oreinted sometimes.

My body still aches. My elbow bumps everything and everyone. I'm constantly saying "Ow!" And if I sit for too long, my leg (knee pit with rug burn now turned to semi scab) hurts when I start to walk. I have to really stretch it out and break the scabs so it doesn't hurt as much.

Back to the weather. It's nice an cool today, but it's supposed to steadly climb to 91 by Saturday.

Apple has a special keynote today. Rumor has it, there is a new iPod to be unveiled. The iTunes Music Store is down saying that it is being updated (rumor has it a new movie store). Also the online Apple Store is down for the moment. I guess because they are adding the iPod. There are some more stuff that are supposed to be released but those two are the biggest news to me. We'll see how things go.

This just in! I'm reading updates from the conference... new iPod features... new games (bejeweled, tetris...) 60% brighter with control... new headphones... 3.5 hrs of video playback... games for sale on iTunes for $4.99... games will work on your 5G video iPods (yeah!)... $249 for 60GB and $349 for 80GB!

Ok, I gotta go to class, just check for more information. I'm sure it will be posted soon!

Friday, September 08, 2006

Random, but good stuff!

I know it's been a long time since I posted, but I haven't been able to sit in front of a computer very long to just do nothing. The semester is already off to a fun, but fast start. Here are some topics I want to cover in this post... Worship, Taking time to smell the roses and my most recent injury.

First of all, worship. Over the past two years, I have really gotten into worship. Worship at church, chapel, in my room, in the car, wherever. The majority of it all has been from the beginning of this past summer till present. I've never felt such strongs feelings about worship ever before. I see as something much different than I used to. There is a song by the Newsboys that really gets me going every time. It's called "He Reigns." Here is an excerpt from the lyrics:

It's the song of the redeemed
Rising from the African plain
It's the song of the forgiven
Drowning out the Amazon rain
The song of Aisan believers
Filled with God's holy fire
It's every tribe, every tongue, every nation
A love song born of a grateful choir
When all God's children sing out
Glory, glory, hallelujah
He reigns, He reigns
All God's people singing...

I love the lyrics and I love the song. I hope you get to hear it sometime.

I also want to share one my greatest moments worshipping with you. I didn't want to say anything for seeming like I'm boasting, but I feel that it may help someone draw closer to God as well.

Anyway, it was a Saturday night service at Church on The Move sometime this summer. It was just Jenni and I and we were in the big church, around 8,000 - 10,000 people. We sang, had the sermon and the pastor, Willie George, asked the musicians if we could play a song again one last time before we left. I honestly don't remember what song it is but I would if I heard it. Anyway, the band started to play... I started to feel something in my stomach. A stirring inside of me was like, "You have to stand up, you have to stand up and stretch your arms to God." Everyone was sitting down, I think we were just supposed to sit there and enjoy it. I was sitting there and just waiting for the exact right moment, I knew the song was building and as the chords and notes built to the climax, I was just waiting for the deluge to come. As soon as the climax hit, I jumped out of my chair, and threw my hands into the air as far as I could stretch. I was on my tip toes just reaching for God. In my head, I saw one person in the biggest church I've ever been in, standing when everyone else was sitting. That person was me. It felt so exilerating! I didn't do it just to be the only person standing, but I did it for me and for God. After the song played about twice, they asked everyone to stand as we closed. I can't even begin to explain the feeling though. I felt so vulnerable, but sometimes, you have to feel like that. Put your trust back in God. Who cares if people are watching. You just have to let it all go and see what happens.

Ok, moving on... This part is the "taking time to smell the roses and my most injury." They are tied into each other.

On Thursday, I went biking with the guys. That means Cassidy, Nick, and Sean. It's a really nice day weather wise and there is no one on the trails. They all start to go a little faster, so I speed up. I now don't think anyone else went faster though. So I was going kinda fast, I missed the line I thought I was on, hit a rock or something and fell off. It was a pretty graceful fall though so it was ok. That time, I just got some thorns in the arm. A pretty normal injury for me.

So I keep going, truckin' on, now trying to regain the pride I left dripping from a thorn bush and wham! Down I go again! This time, it's a full blown endo. Left elbow, bruised and cut. It's a nice raspberry now. So I fell twice... who doesn't fall now and then... I'm starting to think that this mountain (Turkey Mountain, more of a hill but Turkey Hill must have been copyrighted...) does not want me on it today. I give a quick prayer to my guardian angels just to make sure they are on their toes and I clip back in... ready to make a comeback!

So we bike another mile or so, through some tough rock gardens and we make it to the top of "Lip Buster." No, I did not name that hill that. That's its official name. So I'm like, hey, I'll rush down and when I get to the bottom, I'll take pictures of you guys! Great idea! I take off, probably faster than I have before, and things feel weird from the start. I'm in the wrong line, but I can't seem to get out of it. Next thing I know, my leg is all cut up and the area behind my knee is skinned like road rash! So I get up, finish the descent and blow my whistle, signalling for the other guys. They finish and we meet back and the lot.

My leg is hurting now, I get a better look at myself and I notice that I almost probably met Jesus. But all is well, it's not my time. So I get back to the room, limping in agony from the raw skin touching clothes every time my leg bends or tendon tightens. The shower was brutal. I haven't felt pain like that in a long time! Really, I can't remember the last time I felt pain like that. So I get cleaned up and hop in bed, trying not to move. I'll go to the nurse in the morning. I kept waking up in the middle of the night because it was hurting and so was every other part of my body.

I got up on Friday, went to the nurse, but some Bacitracin (I think it's just triple antibiotic) and gauze on, wrapped it in ace bandage and I was hobbling off to chapel. It hurt so bad on Friday I had to walk so slow! I stretched it out (with much pain involved) so I could ride today at class.

Today was a good ride. No new injuries, well, major ones anyway. But I did kind of jam my left thumb. Well see how that goes.

Anyway, walking around slow all day Friday really made me take in the scenery. I know that there isn't much at ORU in the way of trees and stuff but there is enough. I realized that God made all of this. He made people. I got to watch people doing their thing. Some are in a hurry, some slow, some just clueless.

I just recommend you guys to take some time and literally slow down so you can get a different view of life. Things will look different and it's very interesting. Hopefully it doesn't take a fall like that to make you do it though!

Take care! Ride hard!

Monday, August 07, 2006


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ORU is blocking my pics...

ORU must have gotten a new web blocker internet filter thing because I can't view my pictures on my blog from on campus; it's labeled as "Media Search." I don't know... anyway... I'm sent two emails to the administrator, but have gotten no word back. Maybe they're just busy... who knows!

Anyway, I need a way to be able to view my pics right?! Or at least other people on campus need to! I mean, my blog is so important to the rest of the world that I think people would go crazy if they didn't get my new pics! Pandamoneum (did I spell that right?)!

Josh's blog seems to be working fine though. I asked why. He gave me one word. One magnificent word. Photobucket. So I made an account, and as you can see below, it works. I'm working on the sizing of the pics, so bear with me the next few pics. I'll try one in a sec to make sure it works again.

That's it for now. I'll let you know about my findings. Also, for those of you not on ORU's campus, I'm glad you can see the pics just fine, but it's driving me crazy!!!!!!!!! Ok.... deep breaths.... remember what .... the doctor told..... you.... he he hu.... he he hu... (like lamas, I don't think I spelled that right either...)...

*Whoa! Can you use any more elipses in a post?!

The calm before the storm...

*I typed a ton, but Firefox froze b/c of my full screen quicktime... and I lost my post, so I'll try to recreate it.*

I'm waiting...
For a time that will never come...
For a day that doesn't exist...
To hear those eight precious words...
"You can now move into your new room."

Hah! You all thought I was gonna get all Ghandi on you! Nope, just being dumb. I just dropped Jenni off at the aiport a while ago... I'm bored out of my mind! And I'm loving it!

I'm also packing up all of my stuff into boxes to make the move on Wednesday fast and easy. I tried talking to the hall director and the RA and they both say I can't move anything up early. Uhh!

Anyway, what is a guy to do when there is nothing to do? And he has two 17inch LCD monitors and sweet speakers? He watches movie trailers from Apple!

So that's what I'm doing now.

Here are my thoughts on some of the trailers that I liked.

"The Departed" - Crime/Drama/Thriller. This film has an all star cast! Let me name a few: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Martin Sheen, Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Anderson, and Alec Baldwin. I'm loving it already. I suggest you at least check out the trailer. Hopefully it's as good as it looks.

"Babel" - Drama. Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett. I'm excited already! Brad is also sporting the overgrown (but not Castaway style) beard. I like him better with the beard because it makes him seem less Hollywoody... 3 films in one! Check it out!

"Children of Men" - Adventure/Drama/Sci-Fi/Thriller. My favorite BMW films wheelman takes the helm of this sci fi, but strangely down to Earth thriller. Interesting story, silly at first but it grew on me... Clive Own, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine. I seem to enjoy this trailer more if I have my nice speakers turned up; turn yours up, it'll make a difference.

"School for Scoundrels" - Comedy. I might see this only because David Cross and Ben Stiller are in it. Yes, Jon Heder is the star, and I think he's ok...but... Well, I feel bad for him. He's typecasted now. It's gonna be hard for him to break out of his Napolean character, although, this film takes a giant leap into getting hime out. I think it will help shed new talents, not just "Gosh!"

"Employee of The Month" - Comedy. Any film about Costco is gonna be good! Jessica Simpson, Dane Cook, Efren Ramirez (Vote for Pedro), Dax Shepard (Without a Paddle), and Sean Whalen. Looks like it will be funny, hopefully not raunchy, but I'll have to wait to get reviews on it; I won't be first in line, or even second.

"The Science of Sleep" - Comedy/Drama/Fantasy/Romance. If any of you liked/loved "Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind," you are gonna love this too (I think?)! Directed by genius Michel Gondry, you're in for a crazy ride! Nobody I really recognized, but looks great! You just have to watch the trailer to appreciate it!

"The Prestige" - Drama/Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Thriller. I am really starting to like Hugh Jackman! I mean, he makes a perfect Wolverine, but I think he's got great well rounded acting skills. Cast: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, and Andy Serkis. This film seems to be very interesting, dealing with magicians... what is real and what is an illusion... Decent trailer too. I also think it's funny how Jackman and Johansson are doing this film as well. I mean, they are also both starring in "Scoop." Anything going on here?

Open your mind, shut your mouth. - Test Pic

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Friday, August 04, 2006

More Pics

Old pictures...

Here are some pics I thought you would like. I was just searching through my hard drive and found some neat ones.

Class field trip.

On top of the LRC.

Running camera at chapel.

Just about a year ago, I was starting the Institute.

Me directing TeleNews (student News program)

Video of me on the LRC.

Last day at ETV.

As you can tell, today is my last day at ETV. I really enjoyed my time here! There was nothing that I didn't like doing. But the next week or two are going to be very relaxing. I'll get to sleep in, move into my new room, set up the room leisurely, play video games and computer games... ahhh... I can't wait till 5pm!

I also learned a lot here at ETV. I learned a lot about graphics (After Effects) and editing (Avid). My time here has really been spent well. I want to thank my bosses, Anna, Candace, and Dakson, for helping me learn so much and answering all of my questions. Those three work so great together and will help anyone if you just ask. And my fellow coworkers, you guys are great, I hope we all learned from each other and gained some new ideas for projects because you guys brought so much to the table.

I never got so much hands on experience in my life and I'm glad I worked here this summer! This was probably one of the best summers of my life! Except for those countless summers spent with the family, either driving to Florida or flying to the Grand Canyon or getting to see the world over in London and Romania.

I have just been so blessed to be surrounded by great people. My family, who encourages me to do my best and is prouder when I do and my teachers, who push me past the point I thought I would never be able cross, and my friends, who are supportive and excited about the work I do (or at least they pretend to be excited when I show them a video I edited 100 times!), and for Jenni, always being there even when I wasn't and the Institute took over my life for a year. That was a tough year on everyone but I made it and it's time for bigger things. In a year, I will graduate, be married, moved out, and starting my new life with a new family, Jenni and I, and I am excited to say the least! These are wonderful times! Embrace the change and you will live happier!

My last day at work!