Monday, November 29, 2004

They've done it again.

U2 and their new album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb is brilliant. I can't say that it's their best album or anything close to it, but that doesn't mean it isn't any good. I still like the old school U2 like Joshua Tree better; however, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb is quality music. They have some intelligent words that not too many bands have. Collective Soul is intelligent music as well. Moreover, this newest album is the most spiritual and religious of U2's collection.

U2's How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb Posted by Hello


Yahweh, Yahweh
Always pain before a child is born
Yahweh, Yahweh
Still I'm waiting for the dawn

Take this city
A city should be shining on a hill
Take this city
If it be your will
What no man can own, no man can take
Take this heart
Take this heart
Take this heart
And make it break

Only U2 can write such music and still get away with it in the secular music department. Good on you, U2!

She Gathers Rain

Collective Soul's self-titled album Posted by Hello

She Gathers Rain

Today she dresses
For the change she's facing now
And the storm that's raging
A safe haven she has found

She doesn't care
What the prophets say anymore
For the love she had
She has no more

So she gathers rain
She gathers rain
To rinse away all her guilt and pain
She gathers rain
She gathers rain
To wash and cleanse and make her whole again

To what?

I'm trading my sorrows, I'm trading my pain
I'm laying them down for the joy of the Lord

I'm trading my sickness, I'm trading my shame
I'm laying them down for the joy of the Lord


Yes, Lord, yes, Lord, yes yes Lord, yes, Lord, yes, Lord, yes yes Lord, yes Lord, yes Lord, yes yes Lord. Amen.

Okay, any song that says "yes" that many times within ten seconds needs to be taken out of the worship song book. I don't care if the rhythm and tune is catchy. Trash it. It doesn't even say what the lyrics are chanting yes about!

Things that happened during the four-day weekend.

1. I drank a pint of Arrogant Bastard Ale last Thursday. I drank it all within an hour's time. I felt it for the next three hours until I fell asleep. I didn't feel it when I woke up, though.

2. The Incredibles for the third time. Still a great movie. Oscars to this Pixar flick.

3. I saw Alexander. Simply, do not watch it!

4. Saved! It was great for the first 30-45 minutes. I enjoyed all the mockery and jokes about high school Christians and everything that is involved with them. It doesn't have anything to do really with Christianity, but more to do with the Christians. The movie did throw in some theology and philosophy and insight for us to think about. It wasn't anything good, though - in fact, it sucked. The rest of the movie moved a little slow since they had to stop commiting to the constant mockery and actually had to develop the story, which wasn't spectacular. The story wasn't terrible, but I've seen better high school teen movies. The acting was fine for the most part. I had no problems with Mandy Moore or Macaulay Culkin, and I loved Jena Malone...but that's because I think she's totally cute, so I'm bias. Terrible views on Christianity, though. Idiot. Overall, it was an entertaining watch. I laughed at all the bagging on Christians, but I questioned if I should be laughing. Oh, well. I won't go into that since it can get messy. I laughed a lot at the part where Mary started saying profanities out loud in a very tabboo manner. Super funny.

5. Hockey was fun, and I realized this weekend that I'll be back in the Bay Area in two weeks. Ew.

6. I'll say it again: Do not watch Alexander! Yes, not even at the dollar theatre!

I play catch up.

The moment my cell phone alarm went off at 3:30 am Wednesday morning, I groaned within my thoughts as I reached over to stop the rhythmic, but anything other than soothing, beeping. I thought about the day ahead while I threw my clothes on, mostly about how I had to drive from La Mirada to Santa Cruz.

I picked up Oli and Nem from Biola and headed through LA to Ventura, where we stopped at my place to rest some. I mainly wanted to drive early in the morning to beat the morning rush; I knew there wouldn't be any traffic the rest of the way up. The trip took about six driving hours. Adding up all the stops and the resting in Ventura, we arrived at Kuya and Chesney's house at around 2:45 pm. Not too shabby, eh?

Ahhhhhhh...Thanksgiving weekend! This is what all the hassle of traveling was all about. The five days consisted of two moves in the theatres, a couple dvd viewings, a lot of SWG and HL2, two different Thanksgiving feasts, roller hockey, and old home vidoes. A ton of family, as well. I found the break very relaxing and enjoyable for the most part. Even though most of the day was spent sitting around, I found that sitting around was what I needed. To sit around and not worry about tomorrow is perhaps one of the best freedoms from regular everyday life I can find.

I realized how fortunate some of us are that we can gather on certain days and have a dining table just blanketed with so many provisions from God. There are many who do not have the blessing from God to be given such luxuries like eating to our hearts' desires. There are many who do not have the comfort to worship the true God in places where everyone can hear our voices of praise to Him. There is much to be thankful for, and I'm glad that I live in a country where I can be openly express my gratitude to God for all He's given me.

Before Oli, Nem, Anne Marie, and I made our way down to So Cal, we witnessed and celebrated Caleb's dedication. That was entertaining, and very good way to end the Thanksgiving weekend 2004. Here's a picture of my excitement for Caleb.

Monday, November 22, 2004

Old obsession returned!

I have it. It's MINE!

Oh, such beauty! Posted by Hello

For those caught in the CS craze back at Biola three years ago, this post is for you.

Half-life 2 must be one of the most beautifully made games for its time. Nothing compares. Well, except maybe the lighting effects in Doom 3. Half-life doesn't quite cut it as far as that goes. Even so, Half-life 2 has lived up to its hype and even more. In my book, at least.

Okay, okay. I haven't actually finished the game yet, but it looks very promising. I tried out the Counter-Strike: Source game as well, which is basically CS completely re-done in the HL2 engine. It looks amazingly awesome, seeing that the original CS just looked horrid. It still plays the same way, and I'm caught in the CS rave once again. Heh.

Many nights will be spent with this new game. I have found my WarCraft III replacement. I am just a gamer it makes me sick sometimes. But only until I stop thinking and start playing again. Mwah hah hah hah!

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Fight for your land.

So ends the World of WarCraft open beta. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the game, and it was different than any online rpg I've ever played. I tend to like it better than Star Wars Galaxies, but I think that's because I like the medieval, magical setting of it all rather than the sci-fi environment of SWG. It's a personal preference.

Anyhow, running around areas becoming a stronger Tauren Druid was very entertaining. There was an epic battle between the Alliance and the Horde before I logged off, and that was glorious fun! Nothing better than defending your lands from the invading enemy. My character sucked, though, so I died a lot. Enjoy the retail version, you WoW obssessers. It is indeed a good game to invest into. If you have the time, that is. :)

Speaking of people who defend their land, I was watching 24 tonight. Jack Bauer is a freakin' amazing person. If there is a man like him in real life, he should be named Man of the Year (given there is such a title). Sure he seems to only go through one day of hell every few years, but what he puts up with and does to serve his country for that 24-hour period is enough to respect him for a life time. Jack Bauer is the man. He sacrifices everything for the sake of the greater good of his country, and that is something we should all look up to.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

By golly, it's late!

I bought the new album by Collective Soul (see previous post), and it's pretty good from what I've heard so far. There are two songs on there that are of the Collective Soul greatness, and that's almost worth the buy.

I watched The Beach tonight. It's a pretty good movie. I can't say that it's amazing because it just gets too crazy in the end. I have never read the book, and I'm sure it's wonderful; however, the movie just didn't follow through to the end. The setting was awesome, though. I really miss the tropics now, and maybe that's why I liked the movie some. I had a soft spot for the environment that I've been missing for a while now. DiCaprio did a good job as an actor, though. The French girl was cute. Definite points to add to my viewing pleasure. The French girl, that is.

Here are a couple links to some interesting reads from the daily blogs I visit:

Examining the Job Narrative from Andrew Nichol's blog Philosophical Poetry. A good commentary and summary on the book of Job. It's a bit of a read, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks, Andrew.

A.J.'s most recent post on his website. A.J. has one of the most unique and best sense of humor that I know. It's just so different that it's enjoyable.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004


Collective Soul came out with a new album today! I'm so psyched that I may go out and buy it tonight. Maybe.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Beautiful Letdown

Switchfoot's The Beautiful Letdown Posted by Hello

Beautiful Letdown

In a world full of bitter pain and bitter doubt
I was trying so hard to fit in
Until i found out
I don't belong here
I will carry Your cross and Your song
But I don't belong

Two lines.

"Nyssa, it was nice having you [at the Bible study] tonight." -Lem

"Thank you. It was nice being had." -Nyssa.

Then followed a strange silence, and an uneasy laugh from Nyssa as she realized what she just said.


Okay, so I didn't go to church today, and I feel terrible for not doing so; nevertheless, God's plans for my day was somewhat unexpected.

I didn't really do much today except call artists for a project due Tuesday. I never got call backs from them, so I came out with no results today. The evening had much more in store for me, and it got better as it went on.

Chrissy, Nyssa, and I went to Bible study tonight, and it was very good. I can't say that the study was anything new or incredibly stimulating, but it's just a Bible study, so I'll let it fly. :) The life application lessons were all there, and it served as a strong Bible study.

I almost got brave enough to speak out and put in my two cents, but I hesitated, and the moment passed. I need to work on that, for I believe it will make me better as a person and it will make the other students better as people. Anyawy, here is the passage that we studied.

Philippians 3:12-16 (NIV)

12Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

15All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

I wanted to write down what I would have spoke up on since I didn't at the house. It was on the last verse. The NIV isn't the best version for this verse, for it doesn't emphasize the right word that I felt was very important. The word in this translation is "only," but the word in other versions are "however (NASB)," "but (NLT)," and "nevertheless (KJV)."

Paul was pressing the idea to the Philippians to reach the goal that God has set for us. He says to not look back at our past lives and forgetting the sins and mistakes we have done before and to look forward and reach for the perfection that is Jesus. Yet in the last verse in this passage, he says, "However, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained" (NASB). After the encouragement of looking and going forward, he directs us to not forget what we have learned so far in our faith in God. We shouldn't lose sight of our past lessons and teachings, yet focus on the goal set in front of us. He tells us to look back only for God and nothing else, and thus we see God in our past and our pressing future.

I think that point was missed in the Bible study, but that's alright. We still benefitted greatly for tonight, and I am encouraged. After I got back home, I talked with Jane for two and a half hours about systematic theology and the Reformed doctrines. After the talk, I went to my room and chatted with Chrissy more about Reformed theology and God. Actually, I'm still chatting with her as I write this.

So ends this journal. I hope that I'm not far off on my point, and if I am, please correct me. I am still a young Christian learning as I go.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

On Ocean's 11.

"While watching [Ocean's 11], I almost had to walk out of the theatre because there was so much hotness going on!"

-Julie Sullivan during Business class.

Monday, November 08, 2004

I'm so torn!

Halo 2 comes out on Nov. 9 (tomorrow).

Half-life 2 comes out on Nov. 16.

World of WarCraft comes out on Nov 23.

U2's new album and the Goo Goo Dolls's new album comes out on Nov. 23 too.

This is very tragic for me as I cannot buy all this stuff. I am left with the decision of what to get, and it kills me!

Oh, what the crap! I'll get them all!!! Mwah hah hah hah!!!

Getting Halo 2 will require me to also get an X-box with four controllers. I'll also need a 5.1 sound system to enhance the gaming experience, and I'll have to get a bigger, better tv.

Getting Half-life 2 demands a better graphics card.

World of WarCraft will need a monthly fee to play online.

I'll break $1000 easy for all my new material possessions! It will be a good month.

Saturday, November 06, 2004


This post has some spoilers to The Ring.

A couple years ago, Dustin pointed out to me this: While the girl was in the well, the mother pushed the round stone over it to cover and trap the girl. But if the girl saw a ring-like shape because of the light seeping through the cracks, that means that light was coming in from all sides of that cylindrical object. Wouldn't that mean that the stone slab was too small to cover the well, and in result would have just fallen through and crushed the girl?

I'm inclined to agree with Dustin. Heh. However, who cares about the physics of it all? The movie is made to scare people, not entirely fit with the law of physics.

That's it. For memories sake, remember when I posted this? Good times.

Movie Time.

So I watched a couple new movies this past week, and I thought I'd let people know what I thought about them. So here it goes:

The Grudge: Hollywood has found another Japanese movie to remake for the American audience. I had some high hopes going into this movie because I loved The Ring so much. The story was new; the story was unique from all the rest. The Japanese do have the talent to create pretty wacko stories, and Hollywood's version of The Ring was actually a little toned down compared to the insaneness in the Japanese version Ringu. The remake was done much better in my opinion.

Anyway, onto The Grudge. The Grudge did its main purpose: It scared the pee out of me. In that area, it blasted The Ring out of the water! It had much better tense moments which actually did lead further into a jump scene or just something nasty. The Ring lacked the follow through. I felt tense throughout the movie, but left me hanging after each scene. It was nice to have The Grudge tempt me to close my eyes or look away at some parts. Very well done. However, the story was incredibly lacking. Character development was also lacking. I didn't feel attached or sympathetic for Sarah Michelle Gellar. Actually, I felt more attached to the Japanese detective than I did with Sarah, and his role is only minor. Though I did like Bill Pullman's character. Anyhow, whatever. The story and character development was more to be desired. The Ring had better structure.

I guess it's a bit silly to compare the two movies since they don't really have anything in common. If you're looking for a great scare, go watch The Grudge, but don't expect no loop holes or flawless explanations to the curse. The best thing I loved about this movie is that it took every spot you would go to feel secure, private, and safe and completely destroyed it. I didn't want to go in my bed, shower, or upstairs to my room for a couple nights after watching this movie. It sucked.

The Incredibles: Ray Edison said it best: "And they've done it again." Short and simple, Pixar has lived up to Toy Story and Monster's Inc. in its new box office hit The Incredibles. I didn't expect anything less from Pixar. The movie is fun, adventurous, and, of course, contains all those family values and important lessons in life that every kid movie must have. It's not a bad thing. In fact, it's better. Disney and Pixar always do a great job of creating movies enjoyable for all ages. Though there were a few scenes that were a bit tense for some small children, most of the time the kids were cheering and oooh-ing and ahhhh-ing at all the COOL SUPER POWERS! The older aged people just laughed at the silliness, subtle humor, and the reaction of the kids. Good stuff.

The story is well done. It's not terribly intricate since it is a kid's movie, but it wasn't anything lame. Pretty predictable, but like I said, it's a kid's movie. The characters in the movie were portrayed awesomely. The superheroes still acted like regular people even when they were out on a job. The parents argued which way to go and the kids complained about long car trips. It was all cleverly meshed together, and the audience loved it all.

Go see this movie. Pixar still has it in them. It's not until they break their groove by making a movie like Pocahontas was for Disney will they start to head down hill, but I don't think that will be anytime soon.

The end.

P.S. One more thing. I also caught Spider-man 2 at the dollar theatre last night. It was interesting seeing the differences between that movie and The Grudge. I hadn't seen a horror movie done by Sam Raimi (I don't entirely count the Evil Dead series as horror, sorry guys) until The Grudge, so comparing the differences between the Spider-man movies and The Grudge was fun. I can see where the intense and scary moments of Spider-man 2 came from now. Anyway, I found it interesting at least.

Now ends my movie dorkiness.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

It's gonna get interesting.

Four more years of Bush. I can't say that I absolutely think Bush is an amazing president, but I am relieved that he is president over Kerry. He is the better choice, and boo on everyone who voted for Kerry for the sole purpose of getting Bush out of office...regardless of you thought Kerry would make a better president or not.

I watched Bush's acceptance speech, and it was good. I felt patriotic and hopeful of the next four years, but only time can really tell. He seemed a little different in his approach, and perhaps he won't be so aggressive this next term.

"Reaching these goals will require the broad support of Americans, so today I want to speak to every person who voted for my opponent. To make this nation stronger and better, I will need your support and I will work to earn it. I will do all I can do to deserve your trust. A new term is a new opportunity to reach out to the whole nation. We have one country, one Constitution, and one future that binds us. And when we come together and work together, there is no limit to the greatness of America."

Let's all hope that we can all unify for the sake of our country. This quote was one of my favorite parts of his speech.

Onto other news, my new session has started. Joe Gosen is one creative and fun teacher, and Picture Editing looks very promising under his leadership. Basic Business feels like every other GE class here at Brooks - boring and in not very high caliber. Good thing we don't pay for them. Or maybe we should so we can start getting better teachers for these classes.

I still yet to see Luke. I should start searching for him or something. I'm tired, though. I think I'll go take a nap first.