When I became sexually active (which I’ll loosely define as when I started trying to kiss and touch girls), here’s what I’d been told: School: there are tons of diseases you can get so don’t have sex Parents: If you have sex, make sure you use a condom to protect from aforementioned diseases as well … Continue reading “Teenagers, Sex, School Sex Ed, and The Church”
Check it out! Someone recreated a church with legos and it is very accurate.
The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu My rating: 4 of 5 stars While reading The Lives of Tao I kept having this nagging feeling in my head that there was something familliar aobut this story. Then it hit me, it seems as though Wesley Chu was given the writing prompt, take Scientology and make … Continue reading “Review: The Lives of Tao”
Elantris, Part 3 of 3 by Brandon Sanderson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Well, I’m done. That is one heckuva first-time novel for an author. I have a feeling this Sanderson kid is going places. Joking aside, it was a well-done novel that leaves the world open for a slew of books in the … Continue reading “Review: Elantris, Part 3 of 3”
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood My rating: 4 of 5 stars I wanted to read this book before talk of the TV show caused the plot to enter the wider zeitgeist and ruin it for me. I’m going to put any big spoilers in the spoiler tag, but this is a book from the … Continue reading “Review: The Handmaid’s Tale”
Tithe by Holly Black My rating: 3 of 5 stars Another book from that Humble Bundle that had a bunch of Simon and Schuster YA books. This book was OK. Not my cup of tea, but not bad. As I said in my status updates, Ms Black is pretty good at subverting my expectations. I’ll … Continue reading “Review: Tithe”
Bible Adventures by Gabe Durham My rating: 4 of 5 stars It was interesting to read about this game from someone that had a similar upbringing and encountered it for the the first time at church, as did I. It was always a weird thing to exist, especially since I didn’t know at the time … Continue reading “Review: Boss Fight Games Bible Adventures”
Welcome to a new set of posts in which I take a look at the t-shirts I’ve accumulated and comment on why I have them and what they mean to me. It was the 1990s. I was fully into my Christian revival and the USA was into swing music. I was at a concert to … Continue reading “T-Shirts: The W’s”
God Is Disappointed in You by Mark Russell My rating: 4 of 5 stars When I was a kid I was a huge Bible nerd. I read The Picture Bible at least 5 times front to back (one of my first comics, now that I think about it). I’ve read MOST of the Bible a … Continue reading “Review: God is Disappointed in You”
WordPress sent me my Jetpack stats email for 2014. Here’s what they said: Post with Most Views in one Day 2014: Using Digikam from the Point of View of a Lightroom User (10 Sept – 216 views) 76 New Posts 13 day streak – best streak Day of week with most posts? Wednesday (15 posts) … Continue reading “2014 Blog Stats”
The Forbidden Knowledge of Enoch by R.J. Von-Bruening My rating: 3 of 5 stars Disclaimer: I got this book for free as part of Good Reads First Reads I asked for this book because I find it interesting that it’s actually mentioned in by canonical books in the New Testament, but the book itself did … Continue reading “Review: The Forbidden Knowledge of Enoch”
Apparently my old stomping grounds of Ft Lauderdale have passed an ordinance making it illegal to feed the homeless. WTF, Florida? Anyone who is active in church should be fighting this with civil disobedience. They can’t arrest all of you!
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book has answered so many questions I had growing up reading the Bible. Assuming the acceptance of what the gospels said Jesus did- a lot of it is now put in perspective by understanding the world … Continue reading “Review: Zealot”
On 6 Nov I went to my 2013 concert. Because of time and money concerns, Danielle and I typically go to a maximum of two concerts a year, and usually just one concert. I was completely unable to resist seeing Five Iron Frenzy in their first tour since breaking up nearly a decade ago. I … Continue reading “Five Iron Frenzy and Reel Big Fish Concert in Silver Springs, MD”
When you’re part of a dominant class you don’t realize how differently you see the world. Sure, I’m ethnically Hispanic and have suffered humiliation and financial consequences over one overt racist incident. But by and large the world is my oyster. I’m a man and racially I’m white. In fact I’ve had coworkers come to … Continue reading “Why Is Pop Culture so Anti-Woman?”