1 + 1 + 1 = 1 (And them’s the facts, Patrick.)

Because yesterday was Trinity Sunday and this is one of my favorite videos, so I’ll take any excuse to share it…

Hoping to get back into this blogging business more full-time now that it’s summer.¬† ūüôā


On this lovely Autumn morning, a few things must be said:

  1. Hi.
  2. I hope this post finds all my fellow bloggers in good health and spirits.
  3. Just wanted to post something Ike because I kinda miss you all.

Of course, sometimes deciding what to post is the most difficult part.  Lately, the world has seemed a very serious and tragic place, judging by the news, and my propensity for silliness occasionally feels out of place.  Still, sometimes silliness has its place.

It’s about balance, really. ¬†Nothing is 100% joy or sorrow, not one passing second of our lives. ¬†Every emotion in existence is ringing through the atmosphere at light speed, guided by unseen paths to weave a tapestry of unimaginable complexity.

So, for anyone who needs a smile, these are for you.

And lastly, the one and only rap song in the world that I enjoy listening to.  Because if anyone were record such a glorious parody of rap as a genre, of course it would be the goofballs in Relient K.

Peace to you all.  Enjoy your weekend.

Copyright Infringement


The Wizard of Id.  One of my personal favorites.  (Used with permission.  Original: johnhartstudios.com)

Ocean sounds… ¬© Beginning of Time, God. ¬†All rights reserved.

Nah, He’s pretty generous. ¬†Creative Commons more likely.

Actually, at this point, the sound of the ocean is probably public domain. ¬†But I’m not an expert on intergalactic and inter-physical-spiritual-universe copyright law, so don’t take my word for it.

If We Enjoy Smashing Each Other, Then By All Means

Smashing other people with things is generally unkind, and often considered rude.  And so, for the most part, we humans avoid smashing each other despite our relative insanity.  However, there remains one major exception to these rules.

In video games it is considered quite all right to smash other people, crash your car into theirs, shoot them, burn their houses down, lock them in rooms for long periods of time (looking at you, Sims), etc.  Why?  Because you can shoot the police when they try to arrest you!  And if the police kill you, no biggie.  You can always reload from your last save.  YOLO no longer applies when you can live as many times as you want.

And we do want to, many times. ¬†According to Wikipedia, the video game industry raked in an estimated $81.5 billion last year, which is a heck of a lot of moolah. ¬†Granted, not all of that is revenue from Grand Theft Auto and the like. ¬†But you gotta figure a lot of it is. ¬†And when you give gamers the option to do extremely violent and illegal things in video games or give them little choice to do otherwise, rest assured they will. ¬†I can’t imagine extreme gore has any positive psychological effects, especially when you’re the one perpetrating it.

However, I digress.  The act of smashing things itself can be, admittedly, rather cathartic.  Think of a punching bag.  Take away the gore and the act of killing people, move the entire affair to a stadium with a cheering crowd and a cast of characters from across the gaming universe, and what do you get?

You get a game that is insanely fun (esp. with four players), and quite nicely demonstrates the way in which smashing can be harnessed to less M-rated effect.

The reason I bring up smashing in the first place is, well, as an analogy. ¬†See, the bloggers I’ve met who often write about God and His existence or non-existence (which I will here forward refer to as The Final Problem) always tend to fall into two camps: Christians and atheists. ¬†It is no secret that we have differences, and while they are sometimes handled admirably, sometimes some smashing gets done in the comment threads.

SO, with all that in mind, here is a plan I’ve come up with (which originally arose via the inspiration of Tricia while I was over at Colorstorm‘s blog):

  • Anyone reading this whose focus in blogging tends toward The Final Problem or who simply feels strongly on the subject is invited. ¬†(Either to Ark‘s house, because he has cool wildlife and plants and stuff, or to Wally‘s house, because if we all descend upon the very small town in which he lives, it might freak people out, which would be fun.)
  • Surely amongst all of you we can salvage a Wii, four controllers, and a copy of SSBB. ¬†These must be brought, along with stuff to make dinner. ¬†(As we always say at my church, ‚ÄúThere is a sign-up sheet in the Commons.‚ÄĚ)
  • On a yet-to-be-determined date, we will all get together, have a massive Super Smash Bros. tournament, and then with the smashing out of our systems, discuss The Final Problem politely over dinner. ¬†GENIUS.

C’mon guys, don’t you think that would be SO MUCH FUN?

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‚ÄúYes, I realize how unfeasible this is, despite how much fun it would be. ¬†But if any of you all would seriously like to do this over the internet, I will find someone who has a Wii and join you. ¬†Bring it.‚ÄĚ

P.S.  I call dibs on Link.



The countless people wishing for snow… They got it. ¬†And then some. ¬†A foot of it.

IMG_2610 I must confess to being among those people.  And while I was gladdened by its appearance, it had some unwelcome side effects.

  • Monday:¬†my choir’s annual Valentines’ Day Cabaret: postponed to March.
  • Saturday:¬†the restaurant where my brother cooks and at which we planned to eat: closed.
  • Sunday: piano recital:¬†postponed to next week.

Not to mention schools being closed and the road conditions. ¬†We’re not used to this much white stuff. But the irony is that practically all the reasons my grandparents came into town for the week did not happen. ¬†No Cabaret, no piano recital, no restaurant. ¬†I suppose the moral is be careful what you wish for. However, ever the optimist, I maintain it was still lovely to see them. ¬†And the sledding was pretty awesome. ¬†(I set a personal distance record. ¬†ūüėÄ ) So, consider this an official announcement: due to inclement weather, I have decided to postpone my birthday until March. ¬†(Do I have to pick a day? ¬†Oh fine then… how ’bout the 18th.) ¬†Thus, last week has been entirely, officially, and totally canceled. ¬†It never happened.

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Two more things I must add:

  1. My posts may be scarce and I may be slow in responding to your comments. ¬†I’m trying to avoid the internet as much as possible for Lent. ¬†(And I will write something about that at a later date.) ¬†Thank you for your patience.
  2. You must watch this video. ¬†It has joined David, I’ve Got Cake as one of the two videos I could literally watch over and over and over and over again and not get sick of and still laugh at.

Stay warm, folks.  God bless.