Category Archives: Humor

Google Fools Day!

This has become an annual event in itself. How will Google pull a prank each April 1st? Last year, they said they were offering free DSL and even gave illustrated instructions to connect via your toilet. This year, I’ve see a couple of them.

First, if you use Gmail, you’ll see the latest “time” feature which supposedly lets you set the time back on your emails (but only can go as far back as April 1, 2004 – the date that Gmail was launched because dating a Gmail email prior to when Gmail existed would cause some kind of universal implosion).

Secondly, there’s an announcement of a partnership deal between Google and the Virgin company named “Virgle” which promises a new colony on Mars. There’s even a video up of the two founders of Google explaining it, and a second welcome video from Richard Branson, founder of Virgin. You can take a test to see if you are qualified to become a Virgle pioneer and then apply online!

Well done Google, well done.

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Preparing to Scare

So, it’s devil’s night.  Not all of my Halloween’s were  scary. I remember one Halloween, my friend Brian and I decided to walk to his house, then drop off Jim on the way home. We were walking past a big open area next to a local elementary school when all of the sudden these huge spot lights came on shining down on a massive collection of teen’s egging and creaming (our term for spraying shaving cream) one another. It was hilarious to watch them scatter into the woods. Of course, by the time Brian and I returned from our walk my house was covered in toilet paper and shaving cream.

Halloween is such a great holiday. We dress up like superheros and get rewarded with candy.  Of course, my trick-or-treating days have long since past. But it’s great fun. This year, the girls are dressing up like Cinderella and Mulan (and our dog Spike is going to be Snow White).

This is Mel and my second favorite holiday after Christmas.  We love spending October watching halloween movies (Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown is a must), and decorating with pumpkins and skulls. We never pass out candy, as we are too busy helping the girls haul in their own treasures. Lately, we’ve been going to Lake Odessa with them because it’s a bit nicer neighborhood and the girls grandparents live there.

It seems odd I guess that we get this much joy out of Halloween, but we do. Oh well, happy haunting!

Quote of the day

“I wish my first word as a child was ‘quote’ so that right before I die I could say ‘un-quote'” – Steven Wright

Steven Colbert, Presdient 2008

Steven Colbert has announced he will run for President in the 08′ election. He will be running on both the Republican and Democratic ballot in South Carolina, and South Carolina only. The Charleston native doesn’t understand why candidates need to run on more than there home state ballot. Most people think this is a joke, but according to the New York Times this morning, his team did consult both state parties prior to the announcement.

His latest book “I am America” seems to butter him up for the bid. If you want a good laugh, go to youtube and watch him interview himself on the book release. Awesome.

Harry Potter’s Christian Roots

J.K. Rowling at her Open Book Tour on Monday

On monday, author J.K Rowling opened up about the Christian themes in the Harry Potter series. For any reader of the books, this is not a huge eye-opening statement. Anyone even a little bit familiar with the Bible and Christian themes. I think her open admission is awesomely funny, when considering the Evangelical backlash she’s received over the years. Ha ha ha, it makes me just smile.

Here’s an article from MTV.com by Shawn Adler –

HOLLYWOOD — It deals extensively with souls — about keeping them
whole and the evil required to split them in two. After one hero falls
beyond the veil of life, his whispers are still heard. It starts with
the premise that love can save you from death and ends with a
proclamation that a sacrifice in the name of love can bring you back
from it.

Harry Potter is followed by house-elves and goblins — not
disciples — but for the sharp-eyed reader, the biblical parallels are
striking. Author J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” books have always, in
fact, dealt explicitly with religious themes and questions, but until
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” they had never quoted any
specific religion.

(SPOILER ALERT! The rest of this story discusses the conclusion of “Deathly Hallows.”)

That was the plan from the start, Rowling told reporters during
a press conference at the beginning of her Open Book Tour on Monday. It
wasn’t because she was afraid of inserting religion into a children’s
story. Rather, she was afraid that introducing religion (specifically
Christianity) would give too much away to fans who might then see the
parallels.

“To me [the religious parallels have] always been obvious,” she
said. “But I never wanted to talk too openly about it because I thought
it might show people who just wanted the story where we were going.”

Indeed, at its most simplistic, Harry’s final tale can in some
respects be boiled down to a resurrection story, with Harry venturing
to a heavenly way station of sorts after getting hit with a killing
curse in Chapter 35, only to shortly return. (Read how Rowling revealed the characters’ fates to the “Harry Potter” movies’ stars here.)

But if she was worried about tipping her hand narratively in the
earlier books, she clearly wasn’t by the time Harry visits his parents’
graves in Chapter 16 of “Deathly Hallows,” titled “Godric’s Hollow.” On
his parents’ tombstone he reads the quote “The last enemy that shall be
destroyed is death,” while on another tombstone (that of Dumbledore’s
mother and sister) he reads, “Where your treasure is, there will your
heart be also.”

While Rowling said that “Hogwarts is a multifaith school,”
these quotes, of course, are distinctly Christian. The second is a
direct quote of Jesus from Matthew 6:19, the first from 1 Corinthians
15:26. As Hermione tells Harry shortly after he sees the graves, his
parents’ message means “living beyond death. Living after death.” It is
one of the central foundations of resurrection theology.

Which makes it a perfect fit for Harry, said Rowling, who was talking about those quotes for the very first time.

“They’re very British books, so on a very practical note Harry
was going to find biblical quotations on tombstones,” Rowling
explained. “[But] I think those two particular quotations he finds on
the tombstones at Godric’s Hollow, they sum up — they almost epitomize
the whole series.”

As the one to bring together all three magical Deathly Hallows,
Harry, in fact, becomes the “Master of Death” by novel’s end, able to
bring back the spirits of his parents, his godfather, Sirius Black and
his old teacher Remus Lupin. It’s a conclusion that ends Harry’s
three-book-long struggle over questions about the afterlife, which
begins when Sirius falls through a veil connecting this world and the
next at the end of “Order of the Phoenix.”

“Deathly Hallows” itself begins with two religiously themed
epigraphs, one from “The Liberation Bearers” by Aeschylus, which calls
on the gods to “bless the children”; and one from William Penn’s “More
Fruits of Solitude,” which speaks of death as but “crossing the world,
as friends do the seas.” No other book in the series begins with
epigraphs — a curious fact, perhaps, but one that Rowling insists
served as a guiding light.

“I really enjoyed choosing those two quotations because one is
pagan, of course, and one is from a Christian tradition,” Rowling said
of their inclusion. “I’d known it was going to be those two passages
since ‘Chamber’ was published. I always knew [that] if I could use them
at the beginning of book seven then I’d cued up the ending perfectly.
If they were relevant, then I went where I needed to go.

“They just say it all to me, they really do,” she added.

But while the book begins with a quote on the immortal soul —
and though Harry finds peace with his own death at the end of his
journey — it is the struggle itself which mirrors Rowling’s own, the
author said.

“The truth is that, like Graham Greene, my faith is sometimes
that my faith will return. It’s something I struggle with a lot,” she
revealed. “On any given moment if you asked me [if] I believe in life
after death, I think if you polled me regularly through the week, I
think I would come down on the side of yes — that I do believe in life
after death. [But] it’s something that I wrestle with a lot. It
preoccupies me a lot, and I think that’s very obvious within the
books.”

That, by the author’s own acknowledgement, “Harry Potter” deals
extensively with Christian themes may be somewhat ironic, considering
that many Christian leaders have denounced the series for glamorizing
witchcraft. When he was known simply as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the
Pope himself condemned the books, writing that their “subtle
seductions, which act unnoticed … deeply distort Christianity in the
soul before it can grow properly.”

For her part, Rowling said she’s proud to be on numerous
banned-book lists. As for the protests of some believers? Well, she
doesn’t take them as gospel.

“I go to church myself,” she declared. “I don’t take any responsibility for the lunatic fringes of my own religion.”

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Andy Samberg – Punched!

This is awesome. My fav. part is with the foo fighters.

nice

Steven Colbert and Jon Stewart at the Emmy’s