It's interesting how movies and stories provoke thoughts that you wouldn't come up with on your own. Everything around us has the possibility to effect us for good or bad. I beleive God speaks to through all kinds of stuff. He'll use anything to tap us on the shoulder and snap us out of our wanderings. Our hearts are prone to wander but thank God that God is good and he continues to draw us deeper and closer to Him.
It's fascinating how addicted we can get to a movie or TV show that constantly keeps us in suspense and fascinated, intreguing... The thoughts that develop out of our desire "to know".
I finally watched the third matrix film Matrix Revolutions. Took me a while to get around to it because I spent a good 5 years avoiding movies, TV and video games. So I've been checking out what I've been missing.
There are certain movies and TV shows out there that capture the attention of the public. The Matrix did it by drawing people in by the "mystery" of the matrix. J.J. Abrams did it with Lost, by only giving the people enough to stick around for the next episode, but using the mystery to continue to draw the people in, week after week. "Lost" people are crazy about the show, they're a different breed. A new series out there "The Fringe" is filled with the unexplained. I have a few friends that host a weekly video podcast report on the show, discussing what the heck is going on and what the heck "could" be going on. One of the reasons why I think the last matrix movie bombed so bad was for one, it didn't live up to the suspense of the mystery (I personally enjoyed it though ;D), the other is that the mystery was solved, it was over, it's not what people wanted. But they knew.
The crazy thing about all of this is, the greatest life questions haven't been answered, even if we've come to have faith in what we believe to be true, there's still the vastness of the unexplained, the unveiled knowledge that is there but has been hidden. God is always drawing us into mysteries, drawing us further, by faith the knowledge of God comes. By faith Jesus abides in our hearts (Eph 3:17), and only by the spirit true revelation comes (1st Cor 2:10-16). The difference in seeking by means of the spirit vs seeking by means of our 5 senses is access, the five senses do not have access where the spirit can take us. God is definitely the God of mysteries. The cool thing though, is the vastness of God, to us an unending ocean of knowledge, not a knowledge obtained by the senses... The knowledge of God, by and from the one who sees all and knows all, nothing is out of his knowing. Thank God for the spirit, otherwise we'd be stuck trying to figure it all out by our 5 senses, bleeeeehhh....
¶ 3:00 AM
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Well folks, I've decided my body needs some attention, it needs something more than the luxuries of this life. It needs care, true body care. So I've decided to give my body a little present and it's a little known device called the Jump Rope. Yes folks, that's right, I'm getting back in shape again working the same methods Rocky did to get in shape (minus the egg drinking) before winning the historic fight against the infamous Apollo Creed.
So wish me well, this is all part of a journey one must take to achieve washboard abs. Or you could go the simple rout and do this
¶ 8:53 AM
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Flying to Charlotte today for a friend's wedding. Havent been back to the Carolina's in 2 years. This should be interesting.
¶ 11:45 AM
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I've developed kind of a hobby of trying out independent games, I have a lot of respect for anyone that (in his/her free time) has the drive to make a something of quality, and am particularly fascinated with those who do this outside the bounds of industry, knowing that although they pour their heart and soul into a project, they aren't get paid. They're doing it for fun, to be challenged, and the coolest thing is, because there's an open realm of freedom for the imagination (which isn't always a good thing either! (lots of messed up games out there)). Anyways, that being said, I was searching around and saw a "tempest" clone (heh clones...), I was curious to see what it was like. I never played the original, however... I did play "Tempest 2000" on the Atari Jaguar. The Jag was a game system that was a complete failure, only putting out a handful of games worth playing. Anyways.... So I tried out this free game. Looked cool, but the gameplay sucked and didn't feed my need for nostalgic retro gaming. So... I found Tempest 2000 and had as much fun with it as I did back in 1994 (I was 14). I originally bought the Jaguar after believing the lies Atari gave out claiming the system to be a truly 64-bit gaming experience (flippin ridiculous). Pretty much almost all the games sucked, but Tempest 2000... Baby... The game itself was (almost) worth buying the jag for. I still haven't played a game in it's class that could compare. And the music (especially back then) was unbelievable. anyways, all that being said (and what a nice train of thought and action leading up to the topic at hand) I feel sad for all those that didn't get to play this game, and if you're crazy like me, you'll head over to ebay and bid on the jag and the game.
Was talking to a fellow server of mine at the ol Lobster shop about open source apps and what not. I'm actually getting to the point where I'd rather not buy anything and support open source projects I utilize. Here are a few open source programs I am currently using, and have used (quite a bit).
Gimp: This is probably the open source program I've used the most. It's pretty much the open source contender against graphic manipulation programs like photoshop. It also has cmky support through plugins. I used this program to design this site and numerous websites.
Psycle: I've spent a good amount of time with music apps, creating all kinds of music, from orchestral to rock, to electronic. This is a cool app I use for my electronic music. It's a tracker program (old school), similar to midi. It's a vst host, and it has support for midi controllers. Very similar to buzz tracker, you can make your own "machines" (virtual synth, instruments and effect plugins). So along with buzz machines there are tons of options out there. I enjoy creating music in a tracker environment. May be a little different for other folks though. But it is capable of creating some quality tracks. A bit buggy at times, but it's a pretty good set up for.... FREE! continuing...
Audacity: This is a tight wave editing program that I use quite a bit, to lay down quick tracks. Also capable of hosting vst's, has lots of option. One thing that erks me though, is there is no vst gui support, has something to do with the GNU/GNL license. So thats a bummer, but other than that, it's pretty solid. I use waveosour also (cause it's not under the GNU/GNL, so it's got vst gui support yay!!)
7-Zip: This is file archiver app with an awesome compression ratio. Works with tons of file archiver formats (zip, rar, ace, etc...), all the norms. Very useful, and becoming more popular.
anyways, theres a few. More to be found out there, sourceforge.net is the best place to start looking for open source stuff. It's nice, and free (but support does help)
¶ 9:37 PM
Well, here I am, sitting here at "The Blue Bottle in downtown Muncie In, sucking much bandwidth (there is no connection at Bekah's house). Just to throw a few specs. 3 gigs ram, 250 gig hardrive, amd turion 64 X2 (2.0 Ghz) 128 video memory. It's nice to finally be able to connect with the outside world, and to store all of my media (I'll have a not so cluttered photo gallery up soon).
And here's a few other purchases (it's nice to have a few bucks to buy some much sought after items) I'm proud of.
a pair KRK Rokit 5's (got em for half off, amazing deal).
They're studio reference monitors, they sound amazing with my XV-3080