Sunday, June 27, 2010

Races This Summer

Need a little incentive to work out? Something to train for? Or just looking for something fun and exhilarating to do with friends?

Join the Facebook Event (Races This Summer) to stay in the loop.

Here's the basics:

Homer's Classic (Aug 7th $12):

Oktoberfest Road Race (Sept 18th $11):

Elena and I are doing the 2 mile run at Homer's and the 5K run at Oktoberfest. But we'll all hang out and cheer you on if you go for a longer race! :)

We can figure out carpooling and meeting up in the weeks before the race when we know who is committed to what.

I'm excited! Keep up the training!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

3 Idiots Racks up Awards at Bollywood "Oscars"

Handily the best movie of the year.

If you have talked to me for any amount of time in the last 3 months you know I have been raving about 3 Idiots.

As such, the headline "3 Idiots movie dominates annual Bollywood awards" on The Asian Reporter caught my eye when I was downtown last night. 3 Idiots won 16 out of 31 awards, including best director. Also winning 8 of the 12 technical awards including best screenplay, best cinematography, and editing.

We pre-ordered it online from Amazon the night we saw it, back in March. However the U.S. release has been repeatedly delayed into oblivion. In desperation I began scouring the internet until I found a copy with English subtitles on eBay.

Keep an eye out for a screening party in the coming weeks hosted by yours truly! If you read this and are interested, please let me know.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Who is God and What's His Church all About? (Video)

A great conversation piece to start a dialogue with anyone. Show a friend and ask them what they think.

Courtesy of a good friend doing great work in Salt Lake City at Missio Dei.

Monday, June 21, 2010

A Lesson in Community

Be encouraged and challenged as Kurt humbly shares what he has learned from his experiences at Barberry. 

Kurt helps lead a small group at Clear Creek Community Church, which is one of the handful of churches in the area that has been seeking to embrace our apartment complex with loving arms.

I'll let him tell you the rest:

"I have had the privilege of serving along side the team at Barberry Village for a couple of years now and the impact to my soul has been huge. Until just a couple of years ago, when I first heard of the "mission to the village", I had never given much thought to the community beyond the Compassion Rockwood event held annually at PLS and that was just one day a year. The only thoughts if any that would come to my mind, was “it’s not my backyard” or “this” is a rough community. I would continue to drive through the area, sometimes daily, without much thought about the individual lives that reside there. My world was 4 miles away in a “different” community.

My first opportunity to visit Barberry came at a community meal that my small group offered to provide and serve. I had apprehensions about what to expect while there. To my soul’s relief (first to discover that my fears were silly), I met wonderful people who really just wanted to reach out and find other souls to relate to. To me, that’s what serving at Barberry is, reaching out to meet other’s where they are. Since that first meal, I have really enjoyed the sense that showing up at the community is about meeting other people, getting to know them and finding out that they are my neighbors in this world we’re all trying to survive in. Many of us are experiencing the same hurts, frustrations and challenges in life, some of us just have a prettier picture to hang on the wall for others to see.

Since serving at Barberry, my “community” has grown. I recognize that I need to reach out to neighbors closer to home, I need to be open to meeting new people and reaching out to souls wherever I am and not to “drive” through life with such a narrow focus on myself. Barberry has taught me to open my eyes to those that Jesus died to save. ALL! I with to thank the team at Barberry Village and those in the community that taught me what God’s community is all about! People loving people no matter where they are."

Originally posted at the Barberrian Villagers blog.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Coffee & Tea Prevent Heart Disease

Result of 13 year study on 40,000 people reveals those who drank more than six cups of tea a day cut their risk of heart disease by a third.
"It's basically a good news story for those who like tea and coffee. These drinks appear to offer benefits for the heart without raising the risk of dying from anything else," said Professor Yvonne van der Schouw, the lead researcher."
And my favorite part of the whole article:
"However, it's worth remembering that leading a healthy overall lifestyle is the thing that really matters when it comes to keeping your heart in top condition.
"Having a cigarette with your coffee could completely cancel any benefits, while drinking lots of tea in front of the TV for hours on end without exercising is unlikely to offer your heart much protection at all." (BBC)

Friday, June 18, 2010

The Legacy of Racism Apart from Grace, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation

McLellan didn't just get beaten. According to a police report, the two attackers, one black and one Filipino, also put out cigarettes on his neck, poured beer and peed on him and whipped him with his belt while saying "How do you like it, white boy?" and "This is for enslaving our people."
-Story at the Seattle Weekly

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Question for my Christian Brothers and Sisters:

How does your faith relate to your education?
Your answer can be a past, present, or future perspective from your own life.

More questions to help you process:
How does it affect your view on learning, what is it's end purpose?
How does it impact your choice in choosing to continue your education and in what?
How does it refine your approach to learning, how does it affect your understanding of the means to the end?
How would your goal, purpose, and approach to education change if your life was void of your faith?

This question is a continuation from my previous question about how your faith and job relate. Please contribute your thoughts on that post as well if you missed it.

A little background on my purpose behind this series of questions: The series grew out of a desire to understand how Christians with different from different contexts understand the relationship and application of their faith to different areas of their life.

I greatly appreciate your participation!

Friday, June 11, 2010

This Sets a New Standard for Charity

"Instead of taking funds from wealthy Americans, the kids at Restore are actually growing crops and selling them in order to donate the money to American charities! Why? Because Bob Goff wants to instill dignity and purpose in the lives of his students."
"Apparently, with the help of Restore, a number of these young men have started growing & selling their own crops. After hearing about The Mentoring Project, they wanted to give a small portion of their profits to our work."

"Basically, Restore International is turning charity on its head. They are saying that the privilege of financial progress and the joy of financial generosity shouldn’t be reserved exclusively for the global north. And, maybe if we gave the global south more opportunities to experience the joys of giving, they’d be more likely to pull their own countries out of poverty." (Don Millers Blog)

I highly recommend you check out Restore International. A good starting place is their short introductory "Our Work" video.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Question For My Christian Brothers and Sisters:

How does your faith relate to your work? 
More thoughts to help you process:
Did it affect the type of work that you do? 
Does it affect the way you do the work?
How does it redefine your works significance?
How do you think the work that you do, how you do it, and it’s significance change if your life was void of your faith?

Saturday, June 05, 2010

David Trusov's Magical Disappearing Act

Fun with a green screen, or something like that. Keep your eye on the magazine.

This Guy Has His Priorities Straight

"I drive this car so I could buy a Mac"

Trek in The Park Summer 2010

Atomic Arts is back at it again in July with the episode Space Seed!

Woodlawn Park
Corner of Claremont and Oneonta in NE Portland
Saturdays and Sundays at 5:00pm
July 10+11, 17+18, 24+25, 31 and Aug 1

Read my reflections from last summers episode: Amok Time

Let me know if you are interested, I will start organizing a group in the next month.

Friday, June 04, 2010

HTML5. Is This the Future of the Web?

Surfing the web is going to get a lot more stimulating once dev's start taking advantage of this stuff.
Back to finishing off my last homework assignment ever... for undergrad at least. 

Thursday, June 03, 2010

What Causes "Eye Floaters"?

You know, those little squiggles you sometimes see floating through the air. I've always wondered, now I know.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

A Devastating Reminder

A car is not a living room - it is a dangerous and lethal piece of machinery.

Baby dies in accident when thrown from car.

It should be understood and treated as such, no matter how comfortable and safe your car is made to feel. This will prevent you from falling under the illusion that it will never happen to you or the others in your vehicle.

Take a moment to watch this beautiful seatbelt advocacy video and ponder why it is that you wear a seatbelt and make safety a priority when operating a vehicle.

Seatbelt Advocacy Video

Hint: It's not just your own life that you are protecting, and I don't mean other people who are possibly in your vehicle.

Okay, I will just tell you the answer. You are also protecting the lives of people who depend on you, who care for you, and love you. Now just watch the video.