31 October 2008

Sad day for Elisha

Through the course of life we gather dear friends to us. These friends stick with us through our hard times and best times. They console us when we cry, cheer us when we race, distract us when we nervous and accompany us when we are alone. They are always there for us. They add flavor and color to our lives. Today Elisha decided to day, at least I think. Elisha, my 80gb iPod Photo is no longer working. This time I think it is for real. Before, when he thought about dying, he would show the "sad iPod" icon () and his hard drive would spin and skip over and over again. This this I get a "sad folder" icon () and the hard drive doesn't start up. I think this is the end (though I will try him again in a few days). He served as a good friend. He was five years old though, so it wasn't totally unexpected. I guess this means no music while running, good thing I have nice running earphones. :? (that is me smiling and forwning at the same time with a dimple I don't have on my cheek.)

(images courtesy of Apple.com/support/ipod/earlier)

28 October 2008

The Promise of Eli is done!

After 2 years, and with less dialog, "The Promise of Eli" is finally done. It even has a second chapter, "Eli learns his lesson". I am so happy it is finally done. If I told you recently "children need less dialog" it was because of these chapters.

12 October 2008

Craters of the Moon National Park

Friday when I got out of class I came home and half jokingly said "who wants to go to Craters of the Moon?" Kevin said "right now". I thought about it for a minute then realized that the road to the park will probably close soon so now would be the best time. "Yes," I replied. Within half an hour we were in the car with our cold weather gear and on the road. It wasn't really cold in the park, though a little brisk. The whole area is a cooled lava field complete with caves that you can walk through, and trails all over. We didn't go far into the caves because we didn't have a flashlight and cellphone light only goes so far. Perhaps we will return in the near future to actually go through the caves.

06 October 2008

The TV Monster

Back home I didn't have TV, well at least not live TV. We had a TV to watch movies on but no antenna, no cable, no satelite. I once had a roommate back home who told me "I thought I would die without TV, but now I realize I can get more done without TV". It is crazy to come to school and see how many people think they cannot live without TV. Those same people will often admit that TV doens't really help them to learn (they don't watch those shows) and instead distracts them from their other responsibilities. The same can be said for many other media forms, from movies at the cinema to music downloads from the iTunes Store. I was in a Sunday School class several weeks ago when the question was posed "how can we move away from the world?". Someone suggested monitoring what we watched on TV, I suggested getting rid of the TV. Dead silence filled the room. Someone raised their hand and said "you can't just get rid on the TV." Media has saturated our lives so much that we are convinced we cannot live without it. On my mission I noticed that the TV set has become a very prominent item in homes. In most homes I have seen all of the living room furniture is positioned to face the TV. This makes conversation difficult. The living room TV isn't just sitting there either. It is often surrounded by a massive wood structure the artistically draws your attention the the TV set. Kitchen tables are often rotated and posistioned so the certain seats have a clear unobstructed view of the TV. I am not meaning to sound like I hate the TV, but I do hate how much we shun social interaction to watch it. Computers are little better, the same goes for music listening device. We complain that the media is becoming corrupt, but who is making us watch the media?