Monday, February 18, 2008

Remember the 70's and beware of 2225

When My brother and I were kids, we would go through the JC Penney Catalog and the Sears Catalog and vote on every page. "What is your favorite thing on this page?" It would come down to having to decide between something like the Snoopy Snow Cone Machine or Battleship (g4 hit!), the Blue Hot Wheels 1970 Chevy El Camino SS 454 or the 1972 Red Matchbox Flying Bug, The Evel Knieval's Stunt Cycle or GI Joy with the Kung Fu Grip!

We also had a ritual every year that included reflecting back and remembering what idiotic things we believed about ourselves. For instance, looking at a class picture, Brandon or I would say, "Man, I thought I was so cool in fourth grade. Look at my feathered hair. How gay was that? It wasn't until we reached our twenties that we realized that every year consisted of an accumulation of folly that would only reveal itself after we were done with it.

In twenty years, I wonder how hard people will be laughing when they see pictures of the coolest people's clothing from the year 2008? What's with the furry boots, the shaggy hair, the low cut jeans. Remember parachute pants, hi-tops, moon boots... When will it end?

A recent hysterical blog post from Johnny Virgil's Fifteen Minute Lunch, most likely in response to Rolling stone's Jancee Dunn post about 1975 JC Penney Fodder, has spread to emails and has made its way into a pdf, onto Snopes, and has even morphed into a youtube posting:

From the Montgomery Ward Catalog!

Monday, February 04, 2008

Lost- It is All About Faith

For the past four months, I have been watching Lost, both on DVD and on my PC. In fact, I have been editing old episodes and extracting incredible themes from the show that I will eventually use in sermons. I am not a TV guy. I haven't watched TV in a decade thinking mostly that it is twaddle. But, Lost is different. The show creators Damon Lindelof, J. J. Abrams and Jeffrey Lieber really delve into serious spiritual themes and draw from philosophy across the ages. A few of the main characters include John Locke (there is an episode called Tabula Rosa), Daniel Russeau (she hold the institutional memory of the lost inhabitants), and Desmond David Hume.

If you are Lost when it comes to Lost, please do not try to watch the show in some kind of randomn way. With Lost, it is all or nothing and those who try to enter into the shows rich and complex story line without starting from the beginning, will be LOST. However, if you want a really good taste of lost's last three seasons, watch this openning episode of season four. It gives us a 40 minute summary of three seasons. When you are done with that, rent season one on Netflix, or fo and buy it. It is worth it.

Friday, February 01, 2008

More Josh Garrels

Josh Garrels is an amazing artist. I have been playing his new album Over Oceans on a loop. If you loathe "stock" music and want some soul, some groove, some rhyme, some deep theology, some well crafted poetry, all wrapped up in song, check out Josh Garrels. He has an amazing ability to write and sing beautifully.