Archive for August, 2006

Don’t Believe the Hype!

August 30, 2006

Back in the day (1988) Public Enemy released a classic, “Don’t Believe the Hype”. It has the typical P.E. militant flare with Flavor Flav obnoxiously chatting through out (See video below). If you read the lyrics of this song, you will probably have the same thoughts I had “what in the world?”. Well the past few days have had me singing the chorus of this song because of the whole Ernesto hurricane/storm thing that got our whole region here in South Florida all worked up. All of the local TV channels were spouting possibilities and saying “hope for the best, prepare for the worst” (I know this because my mom was watching it!). Well, as you all know this “storm” was very similar to a typical summer storm down here in the muggy south. This raises a question from me. Is the news being reported really news anymore? For crying out loud, World War III is taking place, Iran is starting to creep the rest of the world out and all our news people can talk about is a measly tropical storm? Even Fox News and CNN were using this Ernesto thing as a lead story. So what is real news?

Don’t Believe the Hype!

August 30, 2006

Back in the day (1988) Public Enemy released a classic, “Don’t Believe the Hype”. It has the typical P.E. militant flare with Flavor Flav obnoxiously chatting through out (See video below). If you read the lyrics of this song, you will probably have the same thoughts I had “what in the world?”. Well the past few days have had me singing the chorus of this song because of the whole Ernesto hurricane/storm thing that got our whole region here in South Florida all worked up. All of the local TV channels were spouting possibilities and saying “hope for the best, prepare for the worst” (I know this because my mom was watching it!). Well, as you all know this “storm” was very similar to a typical summer storm down here in the muggy south. This raises a question from me. Is the news being reported really news anymore? For crying out loud, World War III is taking place, Iran is starting to creep the rest of the world out and all our news people can talk about is a measly tropical storm? Even Fox News and CNN were using this Ernesto thing as a lead story. So what is real news?

Don’t Believe the Hype!

August 30, 2006

Back in the day (1988) Public Enemy released a classic, “Don’t Believe the Hype”. It has the typical P.E. militant flare with Flavor Flav obnoxiously chatting through out (See video below). If you read the lyrics of this song, you will probably have the same thoughts I had “what in the world?”. Well the past few days have had me singing the chorus of this song because of the whole Ernesto hurricane/storm thing that got our whole region here in South Florida all worked up. All of the local TV channels were spouting possibilities and saying “hope for the best, prepare for the worst” (I know this because my mom was watching it!). Well, as you all know this “storm” was very similar to a typical summer storm down here in the muggy south. This raises a question from me. Is the news being reported really news anymore? For crying out loud, World War III is taking place, Iran is starting to creep the rest of the world out and all our news people can talk about is a measly tropical storm? Even Fox News and CNN were using this Ernesto thing as a lead story. So what is real news?

An Instant Classic.

August 28, 2006

I have been hearing about a movie that really never got any publicity. What have I been hearing? Words that have been used: great, amazing, fantastic, brilliant, etc. When a movie is talked about by friends and acquaintances like this I usually just shrug it off if I haven’t heard anything elsewhere. Boy am I glad I took their advice this time. “The Worlds Fastest Indian” is a genuine classic. After watching it, this movie became a top fiver for me. In there with “Braveheart”, “Antwone Fisher” and “O Brother Where Art Thou?”. Anthony Hopkins stars in this based on a true story masterpiece. It’s quirky, emotional, engaging and most of all captivating from open to close. I won’t give it away because if I told you the story you may say “so what!” because it doesn’t sound that impressive. I will say this, you remember the feeling you had when you watched “Forrest Gump”, like you love this guy, you get this guy and you want to know every thing about him? Well, that’s what I felt in this story. Don’t sleep. Run out to the library or Blockbuster or order it on Netflix, NOW!

Friday Night Lights.

August 26, 2006

Friday August 25th was opening night for high school football down here in the Sunshine State. If you aren’t familiar with prep football in Florida, let me fill you in. There are other sports in the schools (like basketball, baseball, softball, etc.), but football bank rolls them all. Each game played at home brings in big bucks for the local school. For the past four seasons I have had the tremendous opportunity to be the team chaplain for the Jupiter High School football Warriors. What started as a conversation between myself and the head coach has ended up being an incredible opportunity to be available for the players as a counselor, encourager and spiritual advisor. Every Friday afternoon during the season we have a team meal and coach has me lead the team in prayer. He asks that I remember the Jewish kids on the team. I pray that God uses this opportunity to glorify himself. I pray that He uses the time I have spent with the young men from this program as a seed planting that will one day bear tremendous fruit.

Day 60

August 23, 2006

Well, we are pretty much into our third month with the no TV experiment and it’s still going pretty good. We have been taking in a heavy dose of films lately, including some oldies (Breakfast at Tiffanys, Uncle Buck) and some relatively new movies (The Hurricane, Mr. 3000). I continue to do daily research on any upcoming web-based tv shows or broadcasting companies that will be utilizing the web. Every week iTunes has some freebies. This is where we were introduced to a new show called Psych. Very cool show about a young guy who was raised by his dad to memorize everything he can in a short period of time. So he basically has a photographic memory. The show is about his meandering with the local police department where he poses as a psychic. He solves crimes ala Monk, which makes for very entertaining viewing. If you haven’t seen this show yet, get the free pilot download here.
Football – I’ll be honest, I don’t have a plan for the upcoming football season. All of my friends keep reminding me of this by asking “dude, what you gonna do come football season?” I don’t know. The NFL is very stingy when it comes to broadcast (no web at all). As far as the NCAA goes I’m not sure if they have a web based situation yet. If they were smart they move in that direction. Could you imagine picking the school of your choice, season packaged for like $50. I’d totally buy a University of Miami package. Anyway, if you hear anything you know I’m all ears!

Greatest Music Video, Ever.

August 19, 2006

I have read a lot about OK Go’s latest video (ON TREADMILLS). People are saying it’s brilliant, genius, the greatest music video ever, etc. I won’t disagree with the brilliant and genius ideas, but greatest ever, doubt it. Ok Go is a pretty interesting band and have been creative. As a matter of fact their popularity has gotten them in the corporate adverising ranks, read here. There is only one music video that has set the standard with creativity, hilarity and brilliance. Years ago the Beastie Boys released their video “Sabotage”. This video receives my vote for greatest video, ever.

15 Most Influential Websites, Ever.

August 16, 2006

Today I came across an article that gave their 15 most influential websites ever. There are a few surprises here. Like, what in the world is friendsreunited.com or easyjet.com? I just find it interesting to see that the web is only 15 years old and some of the sites that I frequent are only 2-3 years old! What will be the 15 most influential for the next 15 years? Any thoughts? Which sites are missing from this list? Where is NBA.com? Seriously, they have taken the whole sports entertainment on the web to a new level, always on the cutting edge. Or what about apple.com, orbitz.com or imdb.com? Oh, and who can leave out eharmony.com? (The last one was a joke.)

1. eBay.com Founded 1995
2. wikipedia.com Founded 2001
3. napster.com Founded 1999
4. youtube.com Founded 2005
5. blogger.com Founded 1999
6. friendsreunited.com Founded 1999
7. drudgereport.com Founded 1994
8. myspace.com Founded 2003
9. amazon.com Founded 1994
10. slashdot.org Founded 1997
11. salon.com Founded 1995
12. craigslist.org Founded 1995
13. google.com Founded 1998
14. yahoo.com Founded 1994
15. easyjet.com Founded 1995

CRACKED is back!

August 15, 2006

As a kid me and my friends used to buy and read CRACKED and Mad Magazines. Well Alfred E. Neuman is still running strong but CRACKED was whacked a couple of years ago. A CRACKED story that I remeber was when they spoofed the Dukes of Hazard. They were the Dorks of Hazardous. The writers and artists of the magazine were often crass but always hilarious. Although I haven’t read or bought the magazine for years but I was interested in the ressurection of the former infamous magazine. Here is the article.

Speaking of CRACKED, on thier website they put together the 10 best Will Ferrell skits……enjoy!

Vacation Update.

August 10, 2006

Today (Thursday, August 10th) I had a personal breakthrough. God really spoke to me this morning in my quiet time. I have been reading “Spiritual Leadership” by Oswald Sanders. I am in the chapter that talks about leaders and prayer. I was moved. The area of my personal life that has been the most needy has been my communication with my God. I feel like I have been going to Him just for needs and basic prayer stuff. Well this morning I was challenged by a statement Sanders makes….”God-given conviction leads us beyond the prayer of hope to the prayer of faith.” I want to pray in faith. The Bible says “without faith it is impossible to please God.” I want to please God.