the limits of imagination

BaymaxIt's funny how different things are when noticed for a second or third time. It seems that the more familiar a person becomes with something - like a story or a picture - the more detail is found, or the more lessons can be learned.

The other evening, there was a broadcast of Disney's "Big Hero 6", a Marvel comic which was "disney-fied" in 2014. I remember going to see the movie in the theater, and even though the story and animation was good, at the time it didn't strike me as something to get too excited about.

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redesign or relocate?

Last week I reported to Typepad that there were a couple of bugaboos with the blog design composition area. I would select some desired changes, save them, and then go view the changes to the blog on the live site.

But -- no change.

So I submitted a help ticket to report my issue. And a bunch of helpful people tried to tackle the problem.

After a week, I tried submitting a post, and the problem was still not resolved.

I mean, no biggie, right. After all, it's not like I have hundreds of people reading my little mud puddle on the great information highway.

But paying good money for where you set up shop, and it's been around for over 10 years, so you'd think you'd get a little help. (Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the attempt to resolve the situations, but it just seemed like it wasn't going to work.)

I was left with a big decision. Do I redesign or do I relocate?

I really didn't want to relocate unless I absolutely had to. I would have to transfer all the posts I've made (now over 1700) and that process would surely have its fair share of headaches. Then there would be the decision of where to go. Ugh... After 10 years, I figured I would explore a little on Typepad and see if there was another template I could modify.  It took a little hunting, but I found one, and it seems to be taking shape fairly well. Let me know what you think...

 


true love

Shepherd1Dear God,

Help me today to understand what love really means.

I don’t mind the red and pink, the plentiful chocolates, and construction paper hearts. I don’t mind that the florists are having a lucrative day. I don’t mind whatever romantic comedy will be coming out in theaters, whatever beautiful heroine falls in love with a hunky hero even though they started out as enemies. I don’t mind the corny poetry and sappy love songs and interminable kissing. I think love is allowed to include all of these things.

But I need for love to be so much more.

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what a wonder...

I'm not really into rock music, but this one and it's stunning video is pretty amazing.

 Many, Lord my God,
    are the wonders you have done,
    the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you;
    were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
    they would be too many to declare.

Psalm 40:5 (NIV)


Whoo hooo! It's Friday

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And it's the end of another week! Party with The Batman Lego Movie -- It's fun and awesome!

Update: I caught the movie at my favorite movie theater - The Alamo in Winchester.   I think it's every bit as good as "The Lego Movie" and the message about doing things as part of a team is well done. 

Even though the Alamo is my favorite theater, they have recently switched to all reserved seating - which now means that you can't just walk into the theater and sit down. No, now you could pick your seat and end up having someone siting next to you even though you might have selected one that was fairly free of other people at the time of ticket purchase. (Granted, it could end up like that anyway if the movie is popular and new and the theater gets sold out. But that happens after having purchased a ticket and you sit in a fairly unoccupied area of the theater. I know, I'm nuts, but I like my space.) So unless you're willing to purchase an extra seat to give you some space between yourself and whoever shows up beside you, you'll find yourself being invaded by whoever picks the seat beside you.  For me, that meant some guy in a long trench coat and a cowboy hat who was an open mouth eater. And beside him was a group of two men, two anklebiters, and a woman; the men were drinking Corona beers and ignoring their noisy children (one boy was constantly saying "Batman wouldn't do that...") and a mother who appeared as though she had checked out once the lights were lowered and the movie began.  So I'm guessing I'm going to have to look for another theater -- or just wait for the movie to appear on pay per view and watch it at home. 


there is a cloud

I call songs like this "meditative community worship".  Lots of repetition mixed with lots of metaphors that create spiritual pictures and remind of a rich spiritual relationship believers have with one another and with God. (The allusion to Elijah and the coming rains of 1 Kings 18 ["...there is a cloud beginning to swell..."] is particularly nice, though I guessing today's young worshipers would not understand  it without a reference or introduction.) These songs are good, but I still think they're on a much different track of the worship genre of music.  I guess this is where I'm old school. Compared to such songs as "What A Friend We Have in Jesus" and "How Great Thou Art", they're lacking depth.  Still, if they are stimulating a new generation to adore the Savior, my prayer is that they will be the stepping stones that bring brothers and sisters in Christ to greater and greener pastures of growth and devotion.

NOTE: This is NOT an endorsement of the ministry of Elevation Church, a mega-church in North Carolina. I listened to the song and found it an interesting work. I would suggest, however, that you research the ministry of Elevation Church with a focused mind on what God's Word says.

 


the elephant man

The death of John Hurt reminded me of the many characters he portrayed in his acting career: the man who "birthed" the alien from his chest, Olivander in the Harry Potter movies, Oxley in the last Indiana Jones movie, and so many others.  But I remembered the one film where he was so totally lost in the recreation of an historical figure, that he seemed to become the person - John Merrick, the Elephant Man.

Hurt was one of those rare actors who made the characters he portrayed so memorable that when he appeared in the movie, you really couldn't see anyone else in the role.


but, why?

OK. Here's what I think.

If a newspaper cannot give a reason why something happened, then it fails in providing a complete story.

The other night there was a shooting and a stabbing incident at a local convenience store. The first story our local newspaper published was very skimpy on details. Somebody was stabbed, somebody was shot, one person went to the hospital and one person fled the scene of the incident.  Understandable that details would be lacking.

The follow-up story the next day provided a few more details, so a little more clarity.

But there still has not been an answer to one very important question - WHY?

All the details in the world are fine, but if the WHY? question is not answered, the story is incomplete.

Reason is extremely important. Knowing who shot who and who stabbed who and how the individuals were apprehended are nice, but there really is no full story unless the reporter can give a reason WHY things happened. Why was there an altercation to begin with? What happened that would cause two men to grab a weapon and use it on another person? Reasons often complete the story; mysteries are solved when the reason for the incident is explained.

Hopefully someone working at the local newspaper will keep checking for reasons for this incident. Inquiring mind still want to know WHY?