Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I'm Still Sort of Moved by Your "My Word is Stronger than Oak" Thing...



"Fool-hearted" or "Who farted", which one? I'll let you decide...

Not a true spoonerism, but close enough. I think I've used all of them anyway... this is even stupider than I'm used to...

Mellow day today. I edited two (extra) interview transcripts for Piranha today, now I'll format them in Quark, create hot tips sheets for each, and rejoice in the additional income it will provide in the next week or so. I usually only do one interview per month, but this month I've done 3, which is nice. Are you happy for me? You are? Good, now we can move on...

I also added some content to the Rug Care Central website today. Mom emailed some feedback with some tweaks for the content, which I will implement once I'm done here...

Dang, this is boring, sorry! Here, this will liven things up...





This, my friends, is a 100 foot tall, 10 story, 10,000 square foot treehouse near a place called Crossville, Tennessee. The main tree that it's built around is an 80-foot tall white oak tree that is 12 feet in diameter at the base, but the treehouse also envelops six other nearby trees as well.  Its builder calls it "God's Treehouse" and says God told him in a vision to build it. You have to go check out all of the pictures, they're in this article here. Notice the "No Smoking" sign in the last pic there... yeah, no kidding. I can't imagine the City Gov't would approve of such a thing. God's Fire Trap!

Ah, well, if God told him to build it, then I guess all is well... he even built a chapel inside it... well, you know what my dad always said... having dreams is what makes life tolerable...

There, now I can drone on about boring stuff for another few minutes... you can endure! Sometimes life is hard for no reason at all!

There's been a meeting called for Friday night at the church to discuss plans for the Christmas drama this year... uh oh, pressure's on. I need to have at least some ideas by then, if not a script of some kind. Wish me luck! I'm thinking of having everyone dress up as clowns, bum-rush the stage, shout "Merry Christmas," initiate a pie fight, then leave. Whadaya think? I might be able to find some scripture to support it...

That reminds me, I finally decided what I'd love to be for the costume party we're having for Maggbert on Halloween, mere days away. Now all the good costumes are gone! I want(ed) to be a Civil War Soldier - I thought that would be awesome. I wish I'd thought of it weeks ago, when I still could have rented the costume... I guess I'll have to go with Plan B... Computer Gaming Nerd. I already own that costume...

Speaking of which, I did some gaming today, so I might as well provide a report...

Dave's Amazing, Ridiculously-Interesting Gaming News Report:
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I finally installed Battle for Middle Earth II and gave it a spin - it's an RTS game with a LOTR theme. I didn't make it through the tutorial. It was pretty, but the controls and scrolling were jumpy. I could predict much frustration as a result, so I bailed. Before I uninstall it, I will patch it and see if that helps...

Also, I played the demo for the most recent Wolfenstein game. A solid shooter, but it didn't feel quite right. If you've played FPS games before, you know that if firing the weaponry doesn't "feel" right, it distracts from the experience. It wasn't horrible, but I doubt I'll buy it. Glad it was the demo.

And finally, I installed and played some Left 4 Dead, which is a FPS with a zombie theme. This one feels right, and it's fun. It's definitely a keeper, and I'm sure between now and Halloween, I'll log some quality time with it. No intensity, no victory...

And finally, a Gamer Nerd Funny Picture...



OK, I've appealed to the geek segment of my audience enough for now. Time to branch out again... And now, a hamster farm-inspired fish aquarium...


It's only $6500! Pocket change! It's quite cool, actually. But for that kind of dough, I'd rather buy a car...

Todayve in History: October 28
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- October 28, 1636: The university that would become Harvard University is established, becoming the first college in the US. (When once there was sound, now there was silence...)

- October 28, 1886: The Statue of Liberty is dedicated by Pres. Grover Cleveland. (Greatness, no matter how brief, stays with a man...)

- October 28, 1929: Black Monday on Wall Street, when the market crashed, triggering the Great Depression. (After this, it's just babies and memories...)

Among those celebrating birthdays on October 28 are: Jonas Salk (1914), Bill Gates (1955), Julia Roberts (1967), and Joaquin Phoenix.

                                                                                           
Sorry about the bouncy camera on that one... to me, it's worth it to see something like that - something that likely won't ever happen again. It's PGA pro Vijay Singh, and it was during a practice round for this year's Masters. Apparently, it's a tradition for players to practice skipping the shot across the water on that hole (a tradition started by Lee Travino), mostly because the crowd loves it when they try. So it was intentional, and not a missed shot. That it went on the green was awesome. That it went in the hole was ridiculous. Too bad those rounds aren't televised - we'd have a decent video of it instead of a half-dozen shaky-cams...

OK, I'm done. Until tomorrow, remember, I'm glad you're back. Now I don't have to stab you...

18 comments:

Bob said...

Title is from Jerry Maguire!

Bob said...

"this is even stupider than I'm used to" = Invincible

Bob said...

"well, you know what my dad always said... having dreams is what makes life tolerable..." = Rudy

Bob said...

OMG, i laughed so hard at the "health/mana faucet" :DDD

thank you for that!

and thanx for the "Torchlight" reference ;)

David Wagner said...

15 points for Bob! I'd give you extra points for liking the faucet pic, but that probably wouldn't be fair....

Bob said...

plus, Krista would completely lose it! :D

Krista said...

"Sometimes life is hard for no reason at all!"-- Remember the Titans

"No intensity, no victory"-- Any Given Sunday

"Greatness, no matter how brief, stays with a man"-- The Replacements

And the theme is they're all Football movies... :)

Crystal said...

"When once there was sound, now there was silence" - We Are Marshall

"After this, it's just babies and memories" - Friday Night Lights

"I'm glad you're back. Now I don't have to stab you" - The Longest Yard

That golf shot is pretty amazing!!

Good Luck with the Christmas script :)

logankstewart said...

I agree, that Health/Manna bath tub was great. As was the lucky hole in one. Heck, the tree house was pretty sweet, too. And that beginning picture. So, four cheers for greatness!

Abbie said...

aww, my favorite kind of movies!!! :) the inspirational sports ones, and they just all happen to be football related :D haha, good job Krista!

Dave, that golf shot was awesome! and I would totally love that fish tank - if I bought it at a thrift shop, not at that price though! Lol

Good luck on Friday night...maybe you can try to incorporate your novel into a christmas play... like a questing party sent from Herod to discover the messiah or something like that... err, nevermind, thats too similar to the detective one... you'll think of something! or someone else will :P Good luck!!

havah said...

Really unusual top-photo...Nice!

"fool-hearted" of course.

Amazing tree house. I wonder where they put the fire-extinguisher?

Good luck with your Christmas production script. I could never do such a thing. My brain would dry up and blow away.

Ahem. So. How does a Gaming Nerd dress, exactly? High quality digital pics will suffice.

Cool tanks. I wonder how much it would cost to get a few goldfish bowls, and some pipes and sealant from Lowes?

Awesome golf putt! Wow! I used to be a golf-watching addict back in the day. Just saying...

David Wagner said...

25 points for Krista! We have a new leader! ROOAR!

I think I'll make a list of all the remaining speed round quotes for the whole month, and drop the list on you last-minute-like, and watch the scramble! MUAHAHAH!!!

15 points for Crystal! BOOM, like that!

Abbie: I hope to think of something... we'll make it work. It always seems to work out somehow. God's cool like that...

Logan: 4 cheers! That's a record for one post, I think! Thanks.

Havah: Anything I wear day-to-day is a gaming nerd costume, sadly... and are you sure you don't want to reconsider your choice on the spoonerism? [Dave cracks a window...]

Abbie said...

yeah, he is :)

i like the list idea!! do it... :)

havah said...

No need to reconsider: I already know the answer to the second option. :p

Avari said...

That's what I'm talking about! ain't nothing like living in the trees. I am going to do that one day. Except.... it will look a little more like the ones in Lothlorien. :)

I liked your post today... more than I usually do. I dunno why, maybe because that tree house sparked my dreams once more......

Paula Titus said...

Incredible tree house! Although it reminds me of what could pass for a real house in some hillsides of Appalachia.

Wicked cool fish aquarium. :)

Maggie May said...

stab us? you are a weird priest.

cool beans.

Joseph said...

/me runs in front of Dave as a beige blur.