Monday, June 27, 2005

DK (updated!)

Update: The pictures are now uploaded for all to see. So sorry that it took me so long to finally get them on the web. The combination of laziness and computer difficulties (both hardware and software) don't make for convenient situations. Anyway, I used Flickr to upload the pictures, so go HERE to view them. Sorry if some pictures are out of focus or motion blurred or off color, but I didn't try so hard on this event photo-wise. It wasn't like I was getting paid to do it. :)

For the most part, it was fun to look through them. If you guys want higher-res shots of any of these pictures, just e-mail me with a list of the filenames of the pictures (ex: DSC3485 or DSC3251) I didn't think you guys wanted all 91 pictures, and if you do...too bad. There are also pictures that I didn't upload, like the extra 15 of Libby Moothart (I don't want to hear it, Jon). So if there's a picture you want that's not on Flickr that you remember being taken on my camera, mention it to me.

Gerry Fisher also posted some pics on the web, so you can take a look at those as well. Go HERE.


-3:56 am, Saturday, July 2, 2005


Hurray for Dustin and Katie! They are married! Congrats to you kids. Have fun in Hawaii.

The wedding was quite fun. I was one of the groomsmen, so I got to dress in a tux and look slick and more attractive than I already am. It was AWEsome!

No, really. It was a great time, and I always enjoy weddings of my friends and family. It is one of the most beautiful things to see two people become one before God, family, friends, and the church. Marriage is such a beautiful example and wonderful imagery between the marriage between Christ and the church, and it reminds me so much of the unity of God and His Three Persons. I am sad to see this country degrade the idea of marriage to something so dull and simplistic. Marriage is so much more than promising each to be life partners; it is disgusting to watch the view of marriage become so shallow.

Dustin and Katie's wedding was one of beauty, and no one could define "beauty" better than Katie did yesterday. It is always that way. The bride is always beautiful; I don't know what it is about that.

The best part of the wedding was when I pulled out my liquor flask and spiked my punch with some whiskey. Sorry, Dustin: "No alcohol" rule or not, I'm drinking. Heh. After the reception, some of us went to BJ's and hung out for a while, which is where the weekly picture is from. More pics will come up soon.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Lifehouse, baby!

I went and saw Lifehouse in concert yesterday. Excellent show. Their music live is much better than any of their recorded stuff, and they know how to rock out for us fans. Their song line-up was great starting with Spin and "ending" (meaning a pause between their last song and their encore) with Everything. They played a good balance of songs from all three of their albums, but naturally most of the songs were from their third. Take Me Away, Come Back Down, and Sick Cycle Carousel are just a few of their hits, and they also played a new song which hasn't been recorded. They returned to the stage for their expected encore to end with Hanging By a Moment and some slow, beautiful song that isn't on any of their albums. I think someone told me it was written even before their Lifehouse days, but I'm not sure.

Lifehouse has some very good songs, and their lyrics speaks volumes of their Christian beliefs. References like "You make me walk on water/And you will catch me when I fall" and lines like "I got nothing else to lose/I lost it all when I found you/But I wouldn't change a thing" really can't be about anything else but God. That's my interpretation of their songs, though. Maybe I reach too far, and some anti-religious kid would reject any of those thoughts as being remotely true.

While we're talking about music, Coldplay's new album X&Y is an excellent buy. I like their other two better, but that doesn't mean that it isn't a bad cd. Not at all! X&Y is still top notch stuff. Dave wrote a good review on the album. Give it a read, and give X&Y a listen.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Completely and totally!

Guess what, guys...Michael's innocent! I find it quite amazing that the jury found him not guilty on all counts. I thought he was gonna get it on the alcohol charges, but alas! he came out on top. Honestly, I'm quite relieved about it all. I would like to think that Michael Jackson isn't a sick freak - he's just plainly a freak.

I went up to Santa Maria on Monday to photograph the happenings of the trial as the jury was still deciding their verdict. Little did I know, along with two other of my friends I went along with, that they would actually come to a decision that very day. We had a good guess it would happen, but as the day went on without anything really happening, we started to lose hope that the day would be even remotely interesting.

When the announcement that the jury came to a decision, everything started to speed up. It's nice when actual news happens, at least from a media standpoint. We like news. That is usually not the case for me because I don't like to wish newsworthy events upon people. Newsworthy events, by our country's definition, seems to be on the misfortunes of people. However, the deciding of the verdict is not a misfortune; the verdict is more of a relief for everyone. This trial has gone on for a long time, and the end is finally here. It didn't matter what the verdict was, everyone was glad that it was ending. Everyone was especially glad that Michael was innocent because it means that Michael didn't molest a poor little boy and scar him for life. It also means that the fans were happy, and the media was happy because the fans were happy. I think we would have all died that day if Michael was found guilty. The media had a good guess that the fans from all over the world would have jumped us. With good reason too. The media hasn't been making a good image of Michael lately. The media can be real jerks sometimes...most of the time.

It was a good experience taking photographs like this again. Very refreshing, and I missed doing this sort of thing. As crazy and freaky as Michael's hardcore fans are, it was cool to see so many happy people celebrating together. I'll a few pictures later.

Sorry about no weekly picture for last week. I just didn't go out and shoot anything or find anything I thought would be worth posting as a weekly picture. But you can look at this! (It's a tadpole!)

Thursday, June 09, 2005


"I am a year old."

-Lem's blog

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Oh, that silly Kenobi!

I forgot to mention this:

*WARNING! This post contains movie spoilers regarding Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

As I watched Episode 3 of Star Wars, I was puzzled with Obi-Wan's phrase "Only the Sith deal in absolutes," but didn't think too much of it until I noticed that it really got to some people. Maybe not "really," but people gave it more thought that I did. Some people think it was Lucas' way of stating that the Star Wars philosophy is morally relativistic. Others made a parallel of this scene with Jesus. Others, like my buddies Jon and Phil, think it's just crap like other lines written into the script.

The whole Jesus comparison was rather shocking to me, but I guess it shouldn't be since anyone will take a jab at God and Jesus when they can...even if it's a incredibly weak and scrawny one. The comparison is terribly put out of context, though. Context, people! Context! The verse, if you're wondering, is Matthew 12:30.

I decided that the whole "absolute" line is just poorly dialogue line because it doesn't have any backbone to it. Ten minutes into the lightsaber duel, Obi-Wan is yelling, "Anakin! Palpatine is evil!" I wonder what Lucas was trying to pull with the whole thing.

I like Phil's comment about this: "Clearly you can't have a good movie that is morally relativistic, but you can try."

Just things...

A real post hasn't been written in a couple weeks. My bad.

I just watched Requiem for a Dream, and now I want to go kill myself. Well, it's not that depressing, but it was a very effective movie. I haven't seen such a strong, intense movie about drug use since Traffic. City of God is a very good movie as well. Staying on track, Requiem for a Dream is a great movie; however, I don't want to see that movie ever again. I also don't want to ever touch drugs.

Moving on, there are other things in my life that I neglected to post about, namely my parents' graduations. Congrats to them both! I'm truly and honestly proud of both of them. Kuya and Oli wrote more about these events.

I also saw Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith again with Chrissy because I liked it so much the first time. It was just as enjoyable the second time around, except it did seem to drag a little at the end. Since it was mostly fixing up plot holes and inconsistencies between the first and second trilogies, it was kind of dull seeing it again the second time. I did, however, appreciate the acting more now movie since I focused more on watching the actors act this time around. Obviously, they did a much better job than the first two episodes, but I kind noticed more the relation between the behaviors of the first movies leading up to this one. In that way, I understand why Anakin was so child-like in the second and why Obi-Wan looked like a jerk in the same episode. Nevertheless, I'm still not that impressed with Hayden Christensen's acting abilities. I need to see some of his other work.

I'm such a movie dork.

Oh yeah, I forgot to write that I might join up with the youth band at the church I attend here in Ventura. That's pretty exciting for me because I always prayed to get involved with the church community somehow, and this may be the opporunity that God has presented. I say that I "might" join up because a lot of the members are leaving this Fall to go to college (just graduated from high school this year), so the band might just end if it can't stay on it's feet. We'll see how it goes. It's in God's hands.

I think that will be it for now. It's kind of late.

Saturday, June 04, 2005