Friday, June 27, 2008

Google Life

My life according to Google
Type in the following and choose from the first page.

1: Type in "[your name] needs" in the Google search:
-Josh needs support to learn how to express his anger appropriately.

2: Type in "[your name] looks like" in Google search:
-Josh looks like he's picking his nose.

3: Type in "[your name] does" in Google search:
-What Josh does when he's supposed to be sleeping. (!)

4: Type in "[your name] hates" in Google search:
-Josh hates you all equally.

5: Type in "[your name] goes" or "..has gone" in Google search:
-Josh goes for his first HIV test.

6: Type in "[your name] loves" in Google search:
-Josh loves Unicorns!

7: Type in "[your name] eats" in Google search:
-Josh eats a teabag.

8: Type in"[your name] has" in Google search:
-Does anyone know if Josh has a girlfriend?

9:Type in "[your name] died" in Google search:
-Josh died laughing.

10. Type in "[your name] will" in Google search:
-Josh will rock you!

11 Type in "[your name] asks" in Google search:
-Josh asks his dad to be his best man on a bonding trip.

12 Type in "[your name] says" in Google search:
-Josh says Scalia is being hysterical about Guantanamo.

13 Type in "[your name] wants" in Google search:
-Josh wants Fergie to take it all off.

14 Type in "[your name] was arrested for" in Google search
-Josh was arrested for Distribution of Marijuana with Intent in Spring 2005.

15 Type in "[your name] wears" in Google search
-Josh wears what he feels is comfortable for him.

Monday, June 23, 2008

The Conference And The College

This past weekend, I went up with a group from my church and my parents to the Maine Conference UCC's Annual Meeting up at the University of Maine at Farmington. Overall, it was a good meeting. In the past, I'd would go to this with my parents and get "I changed your diapers when you were a baby." Thank God no one said that exact phrase to me this time but I did see people hadn't seen me in years. This year was good because there were an equal number of people who knew me as I am now from the seminary so this was great.

Friday night, my father and I thought it would be a good a idea to go grab a beer somewhere. We couldn't find a bar anywhere. In a college town. Do you see the irony here? Here's some more: according to a professor of the school I met, UMF is 75% women and their mascot is the "Beavers."

The major issue of the weekend was a vote on a resolution to authorize one of our commissions to "discern" on the conference becoming Open and Affirming. I spoke up and said we'd been thinking about this all my life and a vote to basically think about it some more is stupid and a waste of time. No one had the guts to back me up at the time (Though people told me privately afterwards they agreed with me) so the motion passed as is. Open and Affirming is a program started by the UCC to officially welcome people to our churches no matter their sexual orientation, race, body weight, number of fingers or whatever. About a dozen churches here in Maine are O and A. On the Conference level, I don't know any except Massachussets but I'm sure there are others.

Saturday night, a rock band from the local church performed at a dance. They called themselves a "Christian Rock" band but they played Classic Rock all night. The most religious song they played was "R.O.C.K. in the U.C.C." which I thought one of the seminary students came up with the YMCA-esque hand motions for but my boss says, if that's so, than it was her that ran with it...

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Mash Game

Behold... My Future
I will marry Jennie Garth.
After a wild honeymoon, We will settle down in Maine in our fabulous House.
We will have 13 kid(s) together.
Our family will zoom around in a Green Batmobile.
I will spend my days as a Pharmacist, and live happily ever after.
whats your future

No Cost For Awesomeness?

Yesterday because our apartment was being fumigated, I was downtown a lot. After work and lunch, I went the local bookstore and they finally agreed to put the copy I left on the shelf and then we'll see how that goes! I've alerted my friends in town so it should go well. Now if Borders agrees to a similar deal, I'll be all set...

After that I went to see Kung Fu Panda with Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie and Jackie Chan to name a few. While the movie wasn't "Shrek funny," it still had me laughing pretty hard in places. There was this girl about 4 or 5 years old you was laughing hysterically during most of the film...

Last night was my church's pot luck and Annual Meeting which meant no dance group and no money for me but I did get dinner. For the most part, the meeting was straightforward until the end when we discussed the new capital campaign and whether to allow alcohol in the church. The former issue was settled fairly well (The goal amount was increased by more than some wanted.) but the latter still is on the mind of many. (At least the ones I've seen today...) I agree alcohol should not be served at church functions but I think allowing it at wedding receptions and Seminary functions should be considered which proper guidelines established...Honestly, the food wasn't as good this time as the last pot luck but that had more children in attendance so less experimentation was done that night...

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Mood: Kind Of Irked.

For a couple weeks now I've been editing my free author webpage provided by my publisher. I was kind of irritated to have to edit HTML but I did it. Recently, I thought there must be an easier way to do this. I discover in the help section that there's a web editor function! Yay, right? Wrong. I can't see the damn buttons that they say are there. I read the help section again and down at the bottom of the page it says that you must have IE 6 and that IE 7, which I had, can't see it. It doesn't mention any other browsers so I download Firefox 2 and try that. Not surprisingly in hindsight, this doesn't read it either but I love the spell-as-you-go function so I'll keep it around while I sulk...

In cheerier news, as I mentioned on Twitter, I finished reading Buried by Robin Merrow MacCready. (I borrowed the copy I had given to my mother.) Overall, I liked it. The mystery of what happened to Claudine's alcoholic mother seemed fairly obvious to me halfway through given the repeated clue mostly found at the beginning of every chapter. Given that, however, the climax was still jarring. I only recommend the book to those readers that enjoy Young Adult fiction as it probably wouldn't interest you otherwise.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Book, CD, But No Movie

Recently, I finished an "autobiography" of sorts. I read John DeLancie's I,Q, written with Peter David. To me, it was as if Dave Barry wrote a Star Trek book. This was easily the funniest book of the genre I have ever read and I enjoyed it immensely.

On Thursday, I went out to one of the few nearby towns on the busline to a job interview. Because the street, I was told to get off at wasn't clearly marked, I missed my stop and took a tour of the town. But the interview itself was fairly laid back and we spend awhile discussing my book. (They wanted me to know they already ordered a copy.) The director mentioned she thought she'd read a review somewhere either in the big city paper or one of the local weeklies. I was flabbergasted but I think now she was mistaken. (Sidenote: one of the weekly publications she thought she might have seen it in not-so-coincidently told me today they haven't but want to!)

Due to some shit that went down after I came home from the interview, I was pretty bummed out so today, I went to leave a copy of my book at the local Borders to see if they want to at least put my book on the shelf and picked up Jewel's new CD, Perfectly Clear for an awesome price. It was billed as a "Country album" but only the last three songs or so really are more country than I'm used to from Jewel and even those aren't really bad. I would say "'Til It Feels Like Cheating" is the "most Country" and she didn't even write it! I loved how she even sings "more Country" than usual. If you like Jewel a lot and country at least a little, you definitely should pick this album up. She even yodels a waltz!

Thursday, June 05, 2008

The Price Of Stupid

I'll write more at a later date but I so had to share the following video:

Monday, June 02, 2008

Out Of My Crystal Skull

We went to the Old Port Festival yesterday. The weather was infinitely better than the year before. Sadly, this meant it was way more crowded. I got in line for pizza and, apparently, because the line was so long, my aunt got worried so went to go looking for me! (She is my father's sister...)

We got tired of crowds so we went to the movies and saw Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I thought it was really good. If you've seen the other movies, and I keep encountering more and more people who haven't, the formula is fairly intact despite the later date (1957) but it had some new twists. Cate Blanchett played a Soviet scientist from the Ukraine and I freely admit it gave me some character ideas...I must comment on one thing: in the previous films, the fedora was glued, stapled, whatever to Ford's head. The hat blew around the ground to great effect on more than one occasion which I think is kind of cool. And finally, my only real nitpick per se is that John Williams' score wasn't heard enough...

I'm getting some media attention soon. I'll keep you posted when it happens.
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