Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Jeremy: have you recently had to defend your conviction that listening to secular music or even christian rock music is okay?
Adam: No, when I first got back into town, lots of folks who knew I was on a Christian radio station asked me questions about Christian bands, but over time that has stopped mainly because I wasn't being exposed to the bands people would want to talk about so eventually everyone just let it go. I can't think of anyone who has even mentioned it in the last year...have you had an experience like that?
Jeremy: a leader at our church is a "Christian music only" kinda guy, and so we were talking about why he thinks that the other day. it was really him talking the whole time, so its not like i had to defend why i think its okay to listen to rage against the machine. it was kinda frustrating, but I think God is telling me to let it go, because its not really a big deal. he doesnt expect the other leaders or even the youth to only listen to christian music, but you can tell that he frowns upon it. i dont think i have had to stick up for my music convictions in a long time, so it was kinda like deja vu.
Adam: When I was like a junior in high school, I went through this period where I was hanging out with these Christian Music only types... and I got all pumped about it and was destroying my secular CD's and what not. That lasted for maybe a year and one day I realized that 'hey I am a giant hypocrite...' here I am burning Sheryl Crow albums and smashing Beatles discs while I watch secular TV shows, and movies. Since then I have not thought to much about it...Following Christ is not some sort of ritualistic list of "Do Not's". in fact Following Christ is a very short list of "Do's"
1. Love the Lord God with all your heart mind and strength 2. Love your neighbor as yourself... to the point of dying for them.
Do not listen to Rage Against the Machine is not on there... though you could make a case that some of the things Rage stands for are opposed to God. So maybe your friend is right, maybe we should only listen to Carmen and Casting Crowns...
Jeremy: his main thing that he always repeats over and over is: "many things are permissible, but not all things are beneficial" catchy, i know, and there is definitely truth to that. my big thing is legalism. if you get so caught up in the do and don'ts of the christian faith then it becomes more of a religious act than it does a sincere passion for loving God.
sure it means well, but jesus taught more against the ways of the Pharisee than against the ways of the heathen. back in the day, i remember feeling guilty for not smashing my secular cds in the dorm room when some guys on the hall were doing it, but that just pissed me off that they would expect me to do something like that without really having the scripture to back it up. i do believe that everything we do is intended for the glorification of God, and so i try not to listen to any music that is intentionally against the characteristics of God. every now and then a sublime song will play, and i feel maybe that i should not listen to that, and rage is borderline also. but other than a "guilt" trip, ive never had a strong conviction that listening to secular music is wrong.
and of course it goes deeper than that, cause you have artists like dashboard, and bob dylan, and the rascal flatts(dont worry, im not a fan, but it plays into the discussion), where their lyrics dont really portray the black and white of the gospel, so we can't tell with certainty that they are christains just by listening to their music or even seeing them in concert. He says that bands like switchfoot and the like have a huge opportunity on a stage to share the gospel and if they dont do it, he almost considers them a fake. but ive heard christians artists from the stage say almost the exact opposite: "sure, we can sing about god, and we can even preach from a concert stage, but if we're not loving people we encounter its all just fake". and thats all that really matters. showing the love of christ. so that was the can of worms that we were discussing on sat. it wasnt even really about secular bands. it was about christian bands that have gone "mainstream" and have appeared to cover up their faith.
Adam: Well that irks me. One, Christian bands that crossover are put under huge pressure to tone down the Jesus references so that they will appeal to a larger audience. Two, when I type up a fact sheet and don't title it Jesus Loves you am I fake? Three, Christ is a personal relationship and so conveying a personal issue to a large audience is hard to do in detail. Four, not all of us are called to be preachers and evangelists; though all are called to witness, not all of us are called to do it in public. Five, Art is an expression of our creative natures... thus art is an expression of the Creator who created us... so it would be redundant to say that Art had to tell you that it was glorifying God since by its very nature it is glorifying God, and does not cease to do so just because an artist tries to bend it in an aniti-God manner... in fact, God is even more glorified because he has given the artist the free will to do with the talent that God created what ever he chooses.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Adam and Jeremy Say: Pirate Disco for Lisa Hannigan Proves that Shaky Cam Works for more than just over hyped monster movies.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Here is the Big Man himself caught in the act... oh it gets better...
Here is Pastor Jason after like three root beers... and people trust this man with their children's eternal souls... scoff!
K-Dog has an older brother, but for this picture we found this old lady on the side of the street fed her some raw lemons and let her stand in for said brother... what on earth... I will say this is my favorite bad photo of all time..
And then this happened... totally throwing off my theory... except for the fact that of these four photos this is the only person who actually consumed alcohol... all the others were completely sober... Dub was sober too... but that beer he is the only thing that differentiates this man's photo from the rest of the group... (I admit its not a great photo but in comparison...)
So there you have it... no pop up flashes... always shoot from distance greater than three feet... and make sure you subject has had one or two to loosen them up... if you want to see photos I have taken that are not bad check out my photo blog... well at least I think they are not bad.
Kimya Dawson, who's "heart-on-sleeve-hippie-indie-folk" made the soundtrack for Juno (GO SEE IT YOU LAZY BUMS) worth dropping fifteen dollars on, will be at the Plan 9 in Carrytown Friday January 25th. The entire Richmond office plans on being there and you should as well... if you haven't heard Kimya Dawson or the Moldy Peaches by now you have a problem and should correct that immediately... if you have then I expect to see you January 25th at Plan 9 (7PM.)
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
Adam and Jeremy Say: Women Shouldn't Vote Or Should They (warning: article contains humor and may offend humorless people)
Jeremy - That's crazy! What's your reasoning?
Adam - In past presidential elections the media reported that there was a significant portion of women voters who voted for the candidate they found more attractive... soccer mom types no doubt... then yesterday I was listening to NPR and they had these three women on who voted for Hillary in NH because she was a woman... I feel if women are going to vote for candidates based on such ancillary issues that they really should not have the right to vote... obviously I am over stating my case here... not all women are crazy like this and so making a broad ban on all women voters would be too much, but I really think this strikes a significant blow to the credibility of any candidate that wins an election like it was a beauty contest.
Jeremy - Hmm....did the media give what percentage this "significant portion" of women it actually was?
How about this; as men, are we going to not vote for Hillary just because she is a woman?
Adam - Well if by "we are not going to vote for Hillary just because she is a woman." You mean that we are not going to vote for Hillary because she is a cry baby socialist scum bag then yes I guess I could see your point.
Jeremy - So, I'm just saying, that men also might have some bias for not voting for a female candidate just because she is female. if we can prove that all men vote with such pure reasons, then we might have a case. I'm guessing that there are probably just as many men that agree with Hillary, but won't vote for her because she is a woman, as women who will vote for her just because she is a woman.
As far as the attractive thing, its a fact of life. Some people will get votes just because they look better. Where did I hear it said that Lincoln would never have won an election during the years of television? Nevermind where I heard it, but apparently, if people knew what he really looked like being tall, lanky, and ugly, he never would have been voted president.
Adam - Honestly I see your very rational point... but the very irrational part of me still thinks that something is out of whack here.
Jeremy - Well yeah, people are out of whack. Men and women. Sure women can be a little more whack than men, but....we still have to let them vote.
Adam - But cant you just see Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry sitting around a pub in Philly saying:
PH - "Well I know all men are equal, but where does that leave women?"
TJ - "Women? Women are crazy... we should never let them be equal to men."
PH - "Don't you think that may be bias?"
TJ - "Last night my wife backs the wagon right into the side of the garage... do you think I am going to let a woman who can't even park a wagon have any say in running this country?... shoot they shouldn't even vote."
PH - "Yeah could you imagine who they would elect to run this country?"
TJ - "I am guessing it would be a toss up between that pretty boy George Washington or that douche bag James Madison."
PH - "Madison is a total jerk but he dresses so stylishly..."
TJ - "Yeah and I hear Washington is really good in the sack."
PH - "No shit."
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Adam and Jeremy Say: What Happens When You Mix Kanye West, Will Ferrell, and Juno? Funny Funny Things
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Okay, so I'm not a huge fan of the song, and the lyrics don't really fit the video, but the video is awesome none the less.
A little background on this clip for those that don't know. Not long after these pictures were taken, the father had a severe heart attack. To sumarize, he survived, and his doctor said something interesting. He said, "Your son saved your life."
See, while his son was growing up confined to a wheel chair and only being able to speak through a computer by noding his head, one day after his dad took him on his first jog, his son was able to communicate to him, "I FEEL ALIVE".
Basically that inspired the father to start doing this more, and eventually he was able to complete triathalons with his son.
Back to the point of the story. If he has not been inspired by his son to do all that stuff, his body would have not have been healthy enough to survive the heart attack.
With that being said, enjoy the clip.
P.S. Sure we've all made fun of cripled people before, but maybe you can back up from that for a moment and really think about how we should treat people.
We woke up at the butt crack of dawn to head over to the Columbus airport so we could catch our 6AM flight. Since we were leaving from grandmas we didn't have access to a computer to check in so we headed to the airport without the online check in assuming that we could check in there. Once again we get there one hour early (5AM) alas when we get there we find out that Skybus has seven different flights leaving before 7AM and thus there is a super huge line waiting for us. Right away we were worried about making our flight so we talked to an airport official about our situation; you see Skybus policy is that they will not check in bags for a flight thirty minutes or less before the flight. The airport official tells us to stay in line. then we see a Skybus girl (I will call all Skybus employees Skybus girls because I don't think one of them was old enough to drink and they were all female) and we told her about our situation and once again we were told to stay in line, finally we spoke to a second airport official who was directing the line and they also told us to stay in line.
You may have guessed this but by the time we reached the Skybus girl at the counter she tells us she can check us in but she can't check our bag. Oddly enough we found this to be an issue. So we ask "What should we do with our bag?" seemed reasonable... answer: "leave it here." At which point through the red challenge flag... you want us to leave our bag here? Come on that's crazy talk, and because it was so early the UPS store had yet to open so we did not even have the option of sending the bag to ourselves... after a several moments of frantic "serious? is there anything else we can do?" exclamations me and the wife mutually decided that we needed to speak with a manager. Let me spell this out for you Shakespeare style.
Adam: I need to speak to a manager.
Skybus girl: (dumb founded stare, drool drips down chin) Okay (turns to right and hollars down to Skyburs girl at end of the counter waiting on other customers) Suzy can you talk to these people?
Skybus girl manager: Do you want me to talk to them about why they are missing their flight? (rolls eyes like we can't see and hear everything going on.)
Adam: Are you serious? don't roll your eyes like that! We can't help that your system sucks. (then we stand and wait... and wait... and wait until finally Skybus girl wipes the crust out of her eyes.)
Skybus girl: Yeah you are going to need to go down to her line to talk to her (after ten minutes of waiting. We quickly head over to Skybus girl managers line... now I know its not polite but we cut into the front of the line.)
Skybus girl manager: You are going to need to go to the back of the line.
Adam: What? (I turn around to the rest of the line and ask if it would be okay for us to cut in line... and of course when the six foot four bearded man with the crazed look in his eye makes such a forceful request everyone is okay with the idea ((I don't know what I would do if I was short.))
Skybus girl manager: How can I help you (like she just didn't slight us twice in the last fifteen minutes.)
Adam: Yeah we are going to Richmond and we need to get our bag on the flight.
SGM: Let me see your tickets; (scan tickets) I'm sorry I can't check you into this flight.
SGM: It's too late to check you into this flight.
Adam: Seriously I have been waiting here for the last fifteen minutes and forty five minutes before that I waited in your line it's not my fault your system is a complete mess... what am I supposed to do about that?
SGM: The website states that you should be here two hours ahead of time, but if you came up when you got here would could have pushed you through (tell me that is not the ultimate insult... at this point I am on the verge of going King Kong)
Adam: Urgh... can we get a refund or another flight?
Adam: Can I speak to your manager?
SGM: No they will not be in until Wednesday.
Adam: Can I have their number?
Adam: So what am I supposed to do?
SGM: I don't know, sorry.
Yeah then everything goes red and I do my best King Kong impression... its a little foggy now but my wife tells me she was not pleased by my behavior...
I won't bore you with the details but we finally get the ear of an airport employee who cares... Brian is supper nice and understand... alas Brian can't give us our money back, but he is willing to help in any other way he can. He then tells us that we should talk to the Skybus Grand Pu Ba; Brandie (yep she spells it just like a stripper;) and he will get hold of her for us. To say the least we were confused by the existence of another manager on the premises because Skybus Girl Manager told us there was none... but wait... there is actually another manager on site... we were lied too! Hm... so Brian gets this new Skybus Girl Grand Pu Ba on the phone and she says she will come down as soon as possible... the phrase "come down" automatically makes me think of a queen up in her ivory tower so this is not getting off on the right foot. Apparently she comes down at some point, but instead of meeting us in the lobby area with Brian she goes to Skybus ticket counter and "waits" for us... while Brian heads off to find Brandie my wife spies a frumpy squat little woman with long brown hair heading off to Chili's for breakfast with Skybus Girl Manager...
An hour later the pair come out and Brian informs us that Miss Frumpy 2007 is actually Brandie... based on my previous negotiating tactics the wife decides she should handle this one alone... fifteen minutes later she returns red in the face... Frumpy was zero help... apparently we are the only ones to miss our flight that morning and she can't help us... but we can send an email complaint to the Skybus website... great, thanks, have a nice life.
At this point we are out the Skybus airfare... which was not the ten dollar tickets mind you... plus the other carries in the airport don't fly direct to Richmond so its either $300 for a flight to BWI or Norfolk that lands at 3PM (It's currently 8AM) or $600 for a flight that will get in to Richmond at 2PM via Philly... not appealing options so we decide to rough it in a rental car and drive the 8 hours back to Richmond... not happy... out another $150... In conclusion yes I realize that we did not help the situation by only getting there an hour early, but honestly I do not think I have ever been treated so poorly in my entire life... and that includes Blockbuster Larry. Customer service is not hard and sometimes you cant help a customer but you can communicate the issue to the customer... "Oh I am so sorry you can't check your bag because homeland security requires half an hour lead time to make sure all baggage is safe for air travel, but we can put it on tomorrow mornings flight to Richmond." "Wow I am so sorry about this but we can't take your bag, if you want I can book you for tomorrow mornings flight to Richmond." " I understand this long line is a real hassle and I am sorry you missed your flight." Really "Sorry" is the very least they could say... needless to say Adam and Jeremy will not be flying Skybus and we do not endorse the use of this tyrannical airline... I hope you head our warning and stay away from this flying nightmare.