TV Episodes as Real Life: Meeting Cody

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Last week I blogged about my adventure to Disney Hollywood Studios to ride the upgraded version of the Star Wars ride, Star Tours.  As I was slowly making my way round the park I found myself wondering if I would run into anyone I knew (after it happens to you in Times Square you begin to think it could happen anyplace).  It didn’t quite happen as I expected it to, but rather reminded me of someone I’ll be visiting later this week.

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Governing is hard…

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In the wake of the election earlier this week, I’ve been thinking some about the question of “what happens now?” as the status quo of the last two years appears to be maintained between the White House, the House of Representatives, and the Senate. I honestly thought that the American people wouldn’t re-elect the President, that things had become difficult enough for many people that they felt something else was needed; I was very wrong. Rather than point fingers, assign blame, or subscribe heavily to the mantra of the news media that Republicans need to “soul search” and become more moderate as a result to be successful, I kept thinking about something else: relationship.

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The Terrible Privledge…

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In the Avengers, Tony Stark has this great conversation with Bruce Banner wherein he explains the function of the miniature arc reactor in his chest, that it was the thing keeping him alive but also what powered his Iron Man armor.  Tony knew that it was a terrible privilege to be him, to be Tony and Iron Man; he accepted it, embraced it, and turned his greatest weakness into what enabled him to be a hero.  Hoping to alter the way that Bruce sees The Incredible Hulk, the billionaire, genius, playboy, philanthropist allows someone else to see him as a bit more human and a little less “larger than life”.

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One Day…

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One day He’s gonna erase the boundary between the Earth and the realm of the Heavenly” – All the Way Alive, The Orange Country Supertones

Two weeks from now, For the Glory, the new album by The OC Supertones, will release; on election day, actually.  Fortunately for me, thanks to helping fund the new album efforts on Kickstarter, I got the album early.  While it’s no Supertones Strike Back, it’s a good release that will grow on me with time.  As I’ve been listening to it, the line cited above from the first track on the album keeps coming back to me.  Maybe it’s because I’m reading C.S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy with a small group right now, maybe it’s because I tend to be a geek of galactic scale, but I love that image.

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Life as an Episode of Touch, Part III

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Sometimes small events in life happen that turn seemingly unconnected events into a noticeable thread or pattern; so it seems to be with my recent travel on metal birds in the sky (or airplanes if you prefer).  I’ve previously written on how sometimes my life seems to be like an episode of the FOX TV show Touch.  It’s a show everyone should watch, as it effectively tackles the nebulous idea of destiny in the small and “insignificant” happenings in life.  This trend that I have noticed keeps happening.

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Burn II: The Notice Strikes back!

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A few weeks ago I wrote about a practice in the show Burn Notice called “sliding cards”.  Sliding cards – I was told – is the technical term for the name and description of characters that often appears on screen in Burn Notice.  This facet of the show often causes me to wonder what my description would be and led me to blog on it.  That post prompted a discussion with one of my good friends where he essentially asked “What would Jesus put there?”

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Death Stars and X-wings: When God doesn’t speak in Hollywood Special Effects

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The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”  Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.  When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.  1 Kings 19:11-13

When I attended the Quitter Conference a few weeks ago I came with a secret ambition, a hidden desire known only to a few people, something that I wanted to see happen, something I thought I needed to have happen.  I came into the Quitter conference with high expectations because I was doing something new, stepping out into the unknown.  I wanted, I (thought) needed a “Death Star scaled” epiphany.  I wanted something big to happen; some sort of connection, meeting, telling my story to the right person at the Quitter conference…the right puzzle piece in the right place so that my dream could be taken to the next level and I’d have a direction to pursue in a new way since I will be losing my current job soon.    That didn’t happen.

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The Dark Knight Has Risen: A Trilogy’s Fitting Finale

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It’s rare that I can go see a film I am really looking forward to, watch it, and then write about it; but I seem to be doing it more and more. I generally have to go see such a film more than once, and sometimes, more than twice.  I’ve got a lot of respect for folks like John Nolte, John Hanlon, and Christian Toto at Big Hollywood for their skill and ability to do what is a greater challenge for me.

How do you end a series of films like Nolan’s Batman, especially when there is such expectation because of the across-the-board excellence of the previous film?  You end it where it began, so the circle is complete.  That’s what Nolan did by bringing the League of Shadows (Assassins) back into the picture and tying the final film to the previous one via the character of Harvey Dent, whose presence is still largely felt in the consequences suffered by the characters, and to the first film by resurrecting the League.

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When 30 Weeks Became 30 Years: Creating Margin in Life

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A few months ago I turned 30.  Conventional wisdom tends to spout that reaching such a milestone is something important, something to be celebrated.  I took the day off to wait for the cable guys to visit me and set up cable in my apartment.  On that day thirty years prior, I was born at 30 weeks development.  While the irony and relative gravity of this realization got through to me I didn’t give it much thought until a few months after when visiting with my friend Andy Piscotti.

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After Quitter: Mind what you’ve learned, help you it can…

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Two weeks ago I jumped on two flights to travel down to Nashville, TN to spend 36+ hours in a new city to attend the Quitter Conference.  The Quitter Conference is a conference hosted by Jon Acuff, the author of the book Quitter and a member of the Dave Ramsey team at Lampo Press.  It’s 36 hours of Acuff and friends extrapolating principles from his book and expounding on them; finding passion, chasing dreams, and then some of the practical ways to do that (not to mention obstacles that need to be overcome).  It’s a chance to hear from a pervayor of wisdom like Al Andrews – the Kenobi to Acuff’s Skywalker – and dream chasing success stories like Jeff Goins, Matt Chambers, and Ali Worthington. Additionally, the band Seryn played a show for the attendees; the band reminds me a lot of Madison Greene, which is a great thing, but Seryn is a bit less tribal sounding.

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