Thursday, September 29, 2011

Movie Trailer Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011

The Adventures of Tintin
This does look like quite a fun adventure.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Definitely a tear-jerker

New Year's Eve
Continuing the New York theme

The Muppets
Fond memories of the old muppets movies...don't think I've posted a trailer from the new one yet

Fireflies in the Garden

'Nother tear-jerker, sorry

Bonus #1:
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Greatest Star Trek series? Yes, I do think so.
Bonus #2:
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
'Fireflies in the Garden' reminded me of the 'Grave of the Fireflies', the only animated movie to ever make me cry.
Bonus #3:
Grave of the Fireflies (full movie) 
If you have an hour and half to kill, here's the full movie (no embed link, sorry)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

My Treasure Hunting Company Makes Big Discovery!

So I bought stock in Odyssey Marine Exploration (OMEX) back in 2008. I mean I had some money to burn and why not buy stock in a veritable modern-day treasure hunting company!? Odyssey has discovered some cool wrecks before this, and though this may not be their most romantic discovery this is by far potentially their most profitable…which is good for investors like me :)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Dead Sea Scrolls Going Online!

A win-win for Christians, Jews, and to a lesser extent Muslims, as well as literary scholars and aficionados everywhere.  A big blow to skeptics and Biblical conspiracy theorists everywhere.  Can’t wait to peruse them!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Movie Trailer Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011

Sorry for the wait to all 2 or 3 of you :/

Man On The Ledge

The Grey
Qui-gon Gin doin' his thang

J. Edgar
Leo in a biopic

The Thing (redband trailer)
Love the original.  This looks just as sci-fi'y scary.

Chalet Girl

This actress is killing me...
Bonus #1:
Terra Nova (tv show)
Here's hoping it's actually a good show, and if so doesn't end up like Firefly did on Fox :/  Why not warp back to a comfortable, post-Ice Age, familiar time like 10,000 years ago though?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Getting the Most Out of Your .edu Email Address

       I still actively use my Virginia Tech student email account.  I never graduated Mason transfer alum) so I can only presume I’m considered a student still, albeit inactive for a while.  This got me thinking about the ancillary benefits of having an active .edu email address.  The first thing that popped into my mind was being able to sign up for Facebook.  Of course that is so 2006 or something; but here are a few special benefits exclusive to owners.
             Hulu will give anyone a 1-week free trial, but only students get the 1-month free trial (apart from the invasive Hulu Plus/Facebook account link).  Head over to the Hulu Plus sign up page, use your .edu email address, and enjoy the benefits of streaming TV to the max…or plus.

             For all you liberal democrats students out there…half off a New York Times digital subscription (including smartphone and tablet apps) :)

            I buy things from  Perhaps you do too.  Just use your .edu email to get 6 free months of Prime (I just said “Prime” because it sounded like I said Optimus Prime).  Didn’t know about the Amazon Instant Video thing either.  Check it out.
 Amazon Prime is a membership program that gives you and your family unlimited fast shipping, such as FREE Two-Day shipping and One-day shipping for $3.99 per item on all eligible purchases. Amazon Prime members can enjoy instant videos: unlimited, commercial-free, instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows through Amazon Instant Video at no additional cost. 

        Pretty cool software for free. 
RipTiger is the fastest and easiest application to record streaming videos, songs and TV. RipTiger is capable of converting recorded videos to MP4, AVI, WMV, FLV and optionally transferring them to your iPod or any other digital video player.

             Dropbox is an online storage repository for file storage and sharing.  Pretty neat little app in the cloud (just don’t put anything critical or too personal on it as a word of caution).  Anyways, basic sign up yields you 2GB of storage.  Sign up with your .edu email and get bonus storage as well as additional referral bonuses as well.  Schweet!

Search Engine Optimization
             Search Engine Optimization, or SEO, is a sub-business of web development that focuses on optimizing a web site’s online presence (typically through hyperlinks from other websites) by pushing it to the top of the most popular search engine result lists on the Internet (namely Google).  The higher your website appears on a search engine, the more likely users are to click on it and go there – which in terms of online businesses means more traffic and likely more revenue.
            The reason I have SEO on this list is more indirect, but still relevant. It is no secret that search engines give much greater weight to websites that a linked to from .edu and .gov domains (more so .edu).  This greater weight typically leads a site to be higher on a search engine’s result list for a particular relevant query from a user.  By owning a .edu email address, you most likely have access to the university’s information network.  Whether it’s a particular webspace you have access to, forums, or other resources, linking to a particular site with SEO in mind could work to your advantage.  Just be careful not to abuse this as JCPenny painfully found out last year.  Hiring college students to post links to your site ain’t gonna fly with Google.

Alumni Correspondence
             If your school is somewhat near where you live and/or work, using your .edu address to send emails can sometimes work to your advantage when contacting a known alum of that school.  An alum reading an email with their alma mater in the domain surely will invoke a sense of pride and affinity.  This could work in your favor if it’s a matter of a job application, favor needed, or your asking your girlfriend’s dad out to dinner so you can ask him for permission to marry her.  Nobody cares about a hotmail, yahoo, or email.
its like moving away from your best friend... it really sucks. there is nothing good of it

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Time to kill and just had lots of money

If I had time to kill and just had lots of money (as the song goes), I would buy me one of these ICON FJ40's in a second...  Flippin' awesome.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Gripes of “Advice"

Being married does not automatically make you wise on marriage or relationships.  Anyone can get married.  Further, getting married relatively quickly or young does not make you more mature.  In most cases, the opposite seems observably true.

Being a parent does not automatically make you wise on parenting or mature.  Making a baby is probably one of the easiest things human can do (queue Geico tagline).

Being a Christian does not automatically make you wise on life.  You may be saved and regenerate, but unless you’ve been “walking” a long time, be temperate on the amount of “advice” you give on spiritual matters.

Not smiling all the time does not mean one in deep despair or confused.  In fact, people that smile all the time or always act like things are cheery obviously are good liars about what’s really going on in their lives.

Just because someone doesn’t “pull the trigger” on marriage doesn’t mean they’re immature in their faith, possess major character flaws, or are being selfish.  Sometimes it does mean those things, but the person’s general character will clarify whether it’s the case or not.                                    

When God doesn’t answer prayer or our plea’s for guidance and knowledge of his will for our lives, it does not necessarily mean we’ve done something “wrong” , are lacking in faith or maturity, or sought him in the “wrong” way.  God simply may not answer them; in his own unknowable and transcendent sovereign volition.

"Blind" faith that lacks reason is foolish.  Don't promote it or put it on a pedestal.  Adherents to that will buy into whatever faith is most attractively advertised to them.  Advising people to have more "blind" (even if not specifically mentioned) faith in lieu of "thinking too much" is dangerous.

A Galaxy’s Glory?

This beautiful picture of the relatively “nearby” galaxy NGC 3521 was featured in a piece by recently.  What strikes me is the title of the interpretation by the writers.

A galaxy's glory
This picture of the nearby galaxy NGC 3521, released Aug. 10, was taken using the FORS1 instrument on the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile. The large spiral galaxy lies in the constellation of Leo and is only 35 million light-years distant. This picture was created from exposures taken through three different filters that passed blue light, yellow/green light and near-infrared light. These are shown in this picture as blue, green and red, respectively. (ESO / AFP - Getty Images)

I’m ok with media going “neutral” on stuff like this (meaning not mentioning “God” or religion), but come on.  A galaxy’s glory?!  Reminds me of a verse.

“They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator...”  -Romans 1:25

I know they’re not intentionally exchanging a truth for a lie (well maybe some people do), but the lack of proper source acknowledgement (ironic coming from a reputable media outlet) is sad.  Perhaps I’m nit-picking, but you can’t help but see the ironic misdirection here right?

“When you wish upon a star, you’d better hope you know who stars those are.”  -Scaterd Few

Sunday, September 11, 2011

My 9-11 thought

Lord may we understand how millennially long-suffering you've been of the sin of us collectively and individually; as you continually gracefully resist manifesting the righteous and just physical and spiritual wrath each one of us wholeheartedly deserves in light of your holy perfection. Rather you sent your Son as a ransom for our insurmountable offenses against your the name of love. “Why” is lost in an endless sea of amazement, from a sinner like me.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sump Pump Do Your Thang!

So glad I have a good-performing sump pump on a day like today!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Movie Trailer Thursday - September 1, 2011

A collection of the latest and greatest movie trailers from the ‘Net every Thursday.

What's Your Number?
Apart from the de-sanctification of sex, any movie with both Spock and Bilbo Baggins in the trailer deserves a posting

A Dangerous Method
Any movie with both Magneto and Aragorn in the trailer certainly deserves a posting

I Lol'd when Laugtner voiced over, "Sometimes I feel different..." Any movie with both Ellen Ripley and Doc Oct in the trailer deserves a posting

Seven Days in Utopia



Bonus #1:
Portal: No Escape (short film)
Super awesome short film based on the gamecould make for such a cool 4-minute video


Started a Twitter account, if you haven't already noticed to the right.   

Wanted to start it off right...