Sunday, October 29, 2006

And so it ends...

You know, I never thought I might actually close this blog down, but the time has come. Marriage has created new responsibilities but also new opportunities. That being said, while this blog is going to no longer be updated, Random Intolerance is my new home. Elle would announce the same on her blog, but all the access info and software is on her computer, which is on the fritz. Hopefully you will hear more from my wife at the new site, and I'll post a little more. I'm not going to blow up this blog until I can figure out how to move all my posts (all 1043 of them) over to the new blog. Until then, this will serve as an archive of all my stuff. Please update all your blogrolls and bookmarks to reflect this change. Thanks to all my readers and I hope you'll follow me over to the new blog!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

24 Trailer

Random Thoughts goes video with the 24 trailer. Take a look. Heck, even John will want to see this. You have to watch a Toyota commerical (see Swede, Toyota has good taste in the shows it sponsors), and then hit the play button again to see the trailer.

Update: Video removed due to complaints.
My laptop at home still won't load blogger or any blogger sites. What in the world is going on? I tried dumping all my files and cookies. Nothing. I tried rebooting. Nothing. It's annoying not being able to read your own blog at home, where most of my ideas for posts come. Not that I have had a lot of ideas as of late, but the point still remains. If anyone has any clue as to what in thee world is going on, let me know.

Update: It's fixed now.

Monday, October 23, 2006

For some stinking reason, my own computer won't let me on to blogger. This is crap.

Lutheran Carnival XXXV is up at Theonomy. The next carnival host is The Markel Family. Posts are due by November 3rd. The carnival should be up on November 5th.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

The Midwest Beerfest was a success. We went, we drank, we did not drive home. You don't get drunk there unless you really try. Only one of us seemed to be trying, and it wasn't me. I paced myself and still only used half the tickets I had. Of course, going to the seminar added six more samples. My wife enjoyed the beer, I enjoyed the beer, and saw a friend I hadn't seen in a while. One of the local pastors showed up in his collar. Fun was had by all. Everybody came over to our apartment and we fed them. It allowed everybody to sober up. Everybody went home, and now I'm here typing.

The Chargers are playing the chefs tomorrow, it's a 12:00 start, and I have a potluck and voters meeting to go to. You can imagine how happy this is making me.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Posts for the Lutheran Carnival are due tomorrow at 7 pm CDT (0000 UTC Saturday). Please make sure to use the format.

Why is it the stuff you think no one will comment on gets tons of comments and the stuff you think will get comments doesn't?

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

The response to my idea of an online journal was underwhelming, so I'll let someone else eventually come up with the idea. I think I would write for it, but running something like that is just too much. Besides, the Lutheran Carnival is plenty for now.

Speaking of the Lutheran Carnival, posts are due Friday at 7 pm CDT. I am giving serious thought to making the posts due 0000 UTC Saturday so the time doesn't change on a worldwide basis. Of course, when we fall back, the time would change, but that's because UTC doesn't change.

Now that that's confused you, I must make note that at least one of the Lutheran reality TV junkies replied to my post with numbers. I would reply he should crunch the numbers between, say, January and May of last year and see how it turns out. The reason why I bring this up is because I could have been a major stooge for 24 last year, but I wasn't. I made a few posts reminding people that it was coming, but that was about it. Oh, and now I am part of an organization called Blogs for Bauer (proudly, I might add. I fully endorse them. Yes, that endorsement on the right sidebar is mine). I could have posted all 24, all the time, but I didn't because a) that's not what most of you want to hear about and b) complaints from a certain Englishman not to be named who was saying I was ruining plot lines for him during Season 4.

I endorse International Talk Like Jack Bauer Day.

The point is, I could turn this thing into Random Thoughts of 24 (with the occasional thigh shooting), but I don't. 24 is something I like, but it doesn't domineer my blog for the five months it's on. I could start my own separate blog if I wanted to do that. Maybe I should.

Anyway, enough complaining. I've decided the first non-Lutheran blog to become Blog of the Week (or longer) is Blogs for Bauer, because they alerted me to the 24 trailer. How many men does it take to stop Jack Bauer? I don't know, but it's more than a Chinese freighter has, I know that.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

I haven't blogged much as of late, but that's because married life is keeping me busy. I am enjoying it. I have found it is much better than being single by a longshot.

One of the reasons for the paucity of posts is because I am no longer publicizing my struggles. I've just decided any problems I may or may not have will be discussed with my wife. I found talking to her is much easier than blogging about them.

That being said, I have a new pet peeve: reality TV blogging. Please people. If you want to watch the stuff, fine, but don't expect me to be reading your posts anymore. I've seen two good bloggers turn to mush because of reality TV.

It is a dangerous thing to be WELS and reading about magpies.

I have a new idea for something, but I just don't know if it is viable considering the participation we have for the Lutheran Carnival. That being said, however, I wondered if anybody would have any interest in writing for a "journal" of sorts. It would be a four times a year thing absolute maximum. More likely than not, once a year would probably be good. I was just thinking about this while reading the Daystar Journal (I do it so you don't have to), and I wondered what if bloggers decided to take write something substantial with references, and post it on the internet? I thought there might actually be a demand for such a thing. The only problem is that, while I have the idea, I don't think I could even remotely consider running it. I am Mr. Scientific, and I don't have a clue as to how theology journals are run. I know how to use a modified version of the APA method, and being comfortable with that, I would require such, thus driving everyone else mad but Kletos Sumboulos and I. Anyway, if you think this is a truly viable idea, let me know. Let me know if you think I'm off my rocker as well.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

I am frustrated. I haven't been the best at advertising carnival dates as of late, and it shows. Submissions are down. Nobody is reading the main carnival site. Basically, I am once again asking the question as to whether keeping this thing running is worth it. I need everybody's help. I need people to advertise the carnival. I need people to encourage their fellow bloggers to submit to the carnival. Considering the time the hosts and others have put into this, help me make it worth their time.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Have you ever been in a situation where you just can't seem to keep your foot out of your mouth? I sometimes get that way when it comes to church, especially when I get nostalgic for the LCMS. There are times I wonder whether or not I should go back and once again have all the things I miss. Then I normally remember all the things I don't miss, and my mind calms in the end. I do fight for some of what I miss, but I also found fighting can make you say things in a less than constructive manner.

It seems like a lot of bloggers have gone the way of the Dodo bird. Josh doesn't have a link on my blog since the first three or four months of my blog, when I didn't have links. He was the first blogger I linked to, and I'm very sorry some DPs can't stand the fact there are men out there who are not going to comprimise. I'm also sad to see Chaz suddenly disappear. It makes me glad that I'm out of the LCMS. Now if some WELS people see what I wrote ...

On a sad note, a fire in a hops wharehouse wiped out 4% of US hops production.

If you need to waste time, go here.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

The Motley Magpie is now updating their website, and they will post all twelve of their issues soon. Think Gottesdienst with a bad case of indigestion and a willingness to fart in the room just so you know it. Elle and I were discussing some of the articles in the first issue and we are now wondering how. There is nothing in that first issue that was anything close to being a reason to get thrown out of the WELS.

There is a passage in Ecclesiastes which says, "With much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief." (1:18, NIV)

It's tough to blog when you cannot talk about the things most on your mind.

Anyway, I have to go think some more about life, the universe, and everything.