July 2008


8/1 – UPDATE: ScottyP took photos at Obama’s event.  Here’s the link.

If you haven’t seen the latest Jib-Jab video, check it out. It inspired this blog post title.

On to the point of this post — Obama was in Rolla today. Did anyone go? What were your impressions?

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UPDATE: This looks pretty awesome. I can already tell that Tom Riddle as a kid is going to be creepy.

I’m a full-fledged Harry Potter fan. Does that make me a nerd (or the anti-Christ)? Anyway, per MuggleNet, the teaser trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is supposed to be released on AOL (those corporate jerks) tonight at 8 p.m. Central Time.

I’m sure someone will post iut on YouTube, so I’ll update this post as soon as it’s available. In the meantime I leave you with a few pics of the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows where I might have, sort of dressed up.

Enjoy.

Gryffindor and Slytherin

Gryffindor and Slytherin

Walburga Black (the screaming portrait of Sirius's mother)

Walburga Black (the screaming portrait of Sirius's mother)

Professor Trelawny

Professor Trelawny

Kreacher

Kreacher

More later.

This political post is going to be totally inconsistent with my last post where I pondered whether or not politics was a worthwhile pursuit or not. What can I say? I’m fickle like that.

Congress is approving a massive bailout for homeowners facing foreclosure.

I own a home on a fixed-interest mortgage. I spent a lot of time pouring over my finances making sure we could afford the home we have. I’d even say we live in less home than we can afford because it seemed like a decision that would offer us a little more peace of mind.

If people are being rewarded for making unwise decisions, then I, who chose to live within my means, should get help with my mortgage too. You know, as long as people are getting handouts and all and poor choices don’t have consequences.

There.  I said it.

What if we (Christ-followers)all stayed home on election night?
What if we put our time, money and energies into helping needy people and spreading hope to a fallen world instead of advancing political agendas?
What’s the worst that could happen?

I don’t want to create the impression that I’m 100 percent sold on this concept, but it’s been simmering in my brain for a few years now, and it’s definitely growing on me.

Fire away.  I can take it.

I hope reports that Christian Bale beat up his mom and sister aren’t true.  If they are. it’s starting to become a little creepy how negatively this movie is affecting the lives of its actors.  Coincidence or curse? You tell me.

Regarding yesterday’s post, I think the overwhelming consensus (although I’m not among the majority) think this movie is  better than Batman Begins.  The tribe has spoken.

This is probably an unpopular thing to say, but I liked Batman Begins better.  Don’t get me wrong, The Dark Knight was more than worth the price of admission, but the movie got a little slow toward the end.

I think The Dark Knight was probably a better made movie, as far as production value, but I thought the Batman Begins story was a lot more interesting.

That said, and I don’t want to seem like I’m jumping on the bandwagon here, but I call it like I see it, Heath Ledger will win an Academy Award for his Joker performance.  It was the creepiest movie villain I’ve ever seen.  Creepier than Hannibal Lecter.

Who else has seen The Dark Knight?  Did you love it or hate it?  Was it better than Batman Begins?

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve worked from home a few times and discovered the wonderful world of daytime television advertising. I know what you’re thinking, but I assure you I really was working. The only stuff I watched was midday news, I promise.

But, I digress. Basically, for those of you who don’t watch TV much during the day, the commercials prey on two kinds of people: old people and poor people.  From a strictly business-sense, it’s pretty logical because those are two of the three types of people (the third is stay-at-home moms) who are most likely to be at home watching TV during the day.

What particularly caught my interest, and got me thinking about writing this post, was the obscenely high number of debt counseling, “evade your debt using a slick lawyer” and “you shouldn’t have to pay that high interest mortgage you signed up for” commercials.

Our culture has been doing such a stellar job when it comes to personal finances.  On one hand, you have companies who exploit people in desperate circumstances (stay classy, you loan sharks out there). On the other hand, we become a society of out-of-control spenders, seemingly oblivious to the consequences of our poor choices.  Why pay now when you can file for bankruptcy later AND keep your stuff?

This kind of makes me wonder whether or not we should really be considering bailing out all of the people facing home foreclosure. Is bailing out people who acted foolishly and stuff with debt they can’t afford just reinforcing to them that decisions don’t have consequences, that the government will bail you out?

Don’t misunderstand me.  I know there are lots of folks who are burdened with debt not their fault like medical bills, etc, but it seems like the majority of people with out-of-control debt dug their own trench.

So here are my questions:

  1. Do you live above your means?
  2. What types of things do you do to save money (if anything), be thrifty and live within your means?

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