Archive for May 2007

Freaks and Geeks

May 31, 2007

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Maybe the most underrated TV comedy ever… Freaks and Geeks aired from 1999-2000 on NBC. The hourlong show — sometimes called a “dramedy” — was critically acclaimed and won an Emmy in 2000 for outstanding casting for a comedy series. It was nominated for outstanding writing for a comedy series in 2000 and again in 2001.

I thought of the show because I saw an article about how a bunch of the cast members are in the new movie “Knocked Up”, written and directed by Judd Apatow who was the Exec. Producer of Freeks and Geeks.

What I loved most about this show was its realatibility… I felt like it was telling my story… an awkward and entertaining journey through puberty!

Watch this gem entitled, “You have a beautiful body…” I am going to track down some of the DVDs on Netflix right now.

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Happy Birthday Fifi!

May 29, 2007

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“Fifi” eats carrots as she joins Sydney’s Taronga Zoo’s chimpanzee family to celebrate her 60th birthday, in Australia, on May 21. Fifi, the oldest member of Taronga’s chimpanzee family, and her extended family received a special vegetable cake, fresh leaves, watermelons and extra coconuts to mark this important milestone.
(AP/Mark Baker)

I guess cigars were out for Fifi. She didn’t get to be 60 by puffing on stogies. I am not sure how ice cream would have gone on here vegetable cake… I hear she is lactose intolerant!

Bollywood Superfriends Dance-off

May 26, 2007

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I don’t like to just cob stuff off other people’s blogs, but this was WAY too good to pass up!

It is like a psychedelic, low budget combination of Aladdin, Grease, and Saturday Night Fever.
Amazing… and painfully long. Don’t miss the fight scene at around 3 minutes.

With their super-powers and super-dancing uniting for good, the world is a safer and happier place. Who wouldn’t dance? 

(Hit to Marko and Ian from YS)

I am officially a heretic… are you?

May 24, 2007
You scored as Emergent/Postmodern. You are Emergent/Postmodern in your theology. You feel alienated from older forms of church, you don’t think they connect to modern culture very well. No one knows the whole truth about God, and we have much to learn from each other, and so learning takes place in dialogue. Evangelism should take place in relationships rather than through crusades and altar-calls. People are interested in spirituality and want to ask questions, so the church should help them to do this.

Emergent/Postmodern
 
89%
Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan
 
68%
Neo orthodox
 
54%
Classical Liberal
 
50%
Roman Catholic
 
39%
Modern Liberal
 
36%
Charismatic/Pentecostal
 
36%
Fundamentalist
 
25%
Reformed Evangelical
 
18%

What’s your theological worldview?
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Hail to the Chimp!

May 23, 2007

No, this is not a commentary on the current administration!

Local Demographics

May 21, 2007

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Our local paper, The Courier News, is publishing a week long report focused on demographics and test scores in education. Sunday’s paper gave a breakdown of elementary schools in Elgin and District U46.

My son is fast approaching two, but still years away from school. However, I am always interested in anything to do with our local community. My wife and I moved to Elgin in order to live in a more diverse context, so we (and our children) could have a broader perspective on life.The people moving out of the house we bought were doing so in part because of the growing number of Hispanic and low income families in our neighborhood. Yes… white flight. Yuk.

Well, the newest report confirms that our area is diverse! The report details that of elementary students who attend a few blocks from us (Highland School) 70.8% of qualify for free or reduced lunches. That means their combined family income is less that $34k annually. It also detailed that 68.2% of these students are non-native english speaking. That means we (I) better start learning spanish!

The Courier’s report focuses on how income levels and language barriers (especially spanish) are directly correlated with lower test scores. That seems like an obvious connection… but what are we doing about it? Are we working toward teaching students english? Maybe, but not hard enough.

We are hoping to help be a part of the solution in some way. I am a proponent that students should learn both english and spanish right away. One of the schools on the east side of Elgin is doing just that, and trying to mix classes with 50% of students whose native language is english. Pretty cool.

Dare I say it… could we offer testing in spanish and english? I wonder if this could be a helpful solution, at least for primary grades as they are still learning english. Then, I think we should also begin to test the all of the students in spanish when they get into middle and high school. Conservatives would have a fit over this, huh?

This whitey and his family are staying put, and trying to learn from those who are different in background, income status, color and language. I think the best attitude is to be humble and realize that those who are different from us have a lot to teach us.

“The kingdom belongs to the least of these…” –Jesus

Lurker Appreciation Day

May 17, 2007

My friend Mark Riddle posted that today is Lurker Appreciation Day.
I am not sure if he made this up, but I like it!

I wanted to make sure that I said a big THANKS to the growing number of you who faithfully read my blog (nonsense). It makes me feel special. Now, get back to work, they are not paying you to surf all day!

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