September 30, 2011

IF - Hibernate

SN - Peter Beneath the Waves

Thanks to Timothy for the sermon recap and Brooke for the bullitin as I missed church this past Sunday.

September 29, 2011

Big Bend Video

A video I made of some of my recent trips to Big Bend national Park.  Music by The Decemberists, Fox and the Bird, and Ryan Bingham.

September 27, 2011

IF - Ferocious

Ever get the feeling your cat imagines itself as a ferocious smilodon attacking a herd of platybelodons?

September 20, 2011

September 19, 2011

Darwinian Theory of Beauty

I really enjoyed this presentation by Mr. Dutton.  He is taking beauty seriously by recognizing the concept of beauty as being hardwired into the human heart (and dismissing the whole ‘eye of the beholder’ notion).  Of course, we disagree about how that hardwiring came about…  

IF - Mesmerizing

September 16, 2011

We Own a House!

After a long hot summer of fighting for it we are now proud owners of a great little house.

September 15, 2011

The Profound Recession

When the 2008 housing bubble burst we started calling the economic fallout a ‘recession’. We used the term recession rather than depression because the last time we were in a big depression there were guys jumping out of windows and widespread woe and want in this country. We didn’t want to conjure a similar outcome with a slip of the tongue so we insisted that this time it was merely going to be a recession.

Well we are two years into this recession with things looking grimmer than ever. I just read an NPR article stating that we might be heading into a profound recession. Is there any economical distinction between a profound recession and a great depression? It makes me wonder if the next time our global economy is in the dumps that we will hesitate to call it a recession and revert back to the comfort of a great depression.

(I just realized that diction actually interested me for once)

Ways Different Christian Denominations See One Another

So I made this chart after seeing the incredibly clever and funny one on people in higher education (link here).  No disrespect or dissention intended – merely using humor to offer another viewpoint on our differences. 

September 13, 2011

SN - Reaping Angel

The harvest is the close of the age, and the reapers are angels. - Matthew 13:39

September 12, 2011

Nice Videos on the Ground Zero Memorial

Click here for a couple of videos explaining the architecture of the ground zero memorial as well as the other buildings in the area:

Also, here is a website showing all the major memorials for September 11th that have been completed so far: 9/11 memorials.

September 9, 2011

IF - Boundary

It fascinates me what can constitute an urban boundaries.  In a large number of cases the natural terrain influences the artificial development such as the mountains and ocean in Rio.  But the artificial can bound the natural – a prime example being the parks in New York City.  Here is an illustration I did of Bryant Square park from directly above:

Bryant Park in NYC

September 7, 2011

Move by Rick Mereki

Great little film about the wonders of travel:

MOVE from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

They made two others: LEARN and EAT.


SN - The Mustard Seed

I have always had the (bad) habit of sketching during sermons so I thought I would try to make them a regular feature on my blog.  Last week Saji preached on the mustard seed parable.

And a bonus one showing a watcher blowing his trumpet.

September 2, 2011

IF - Mysterious

Anytime I read a great book or look upon a great work of art or study a great work of philosophy, I feel like I am getting just a glimpse of the mysteries of reality - as if looking through a keyhole into an expansive room.