Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A personal best

Now, I know I'm odd and remember weird things. I also know that my brain keeps track of bizarre things.
I just wanted to post that I topped my personal best of three sneezes in one second by four in one.

Chock this up for TMI, but I was quite proud of myself for having survived.

Also, I was going to post a video or two of slow-motion sneezes, but I thought the better of it.
Instead I'm posting this video just because I am.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Daddy Strikes a Loving Blow for Galactic Domination

And, hot dang, what a find. *Kudos to Ben for the find and FB share.

Friday, September 17, 2010

500! This deserves a nerd admission

Hello, 500th Entry, let's do something exciting for you. And what can be more exciting that telling the blogosphere that I got to meet my favorite historian?! Yes, I am a nerd; I have a favorite historian. But, when you got it, flaunt it. Thus I'm going to share the story quick.

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a presidential historian who loves baseball. She was in Baseball by Ken Burns, which is where I first heard of her back when I was 15. I thought she was awesome. Come to find out she writes great history, too.

She gave a lecture yesterday at UVU and I went an hour early so that I could get a good seat. Then she signed books:

Like the uber nerd that I am, I told her that she was my favorite historian, that I first heard of her in the Baseball doc. We talked for like 10 seconds about the Red Sox winning the World Series and about the 10th Inning premiering this month.

I was on cloud 9.

Missionary Beatles Equation

The Missionary Mall has a new ad campaign with a lovely poster. I know what they're getting at, but I wonder if they stopped to think about the significance of the equation.
Cue blurry picture taken while at stop light:

"We're more popular than the Beatles!"
So according to this reference this is situation according to Missionary Mall:
Missionary Mall  > The Beatles
And as was misunderstood in that John Lennon scandal:
The Beatles > Jesus
Missionary Mall > Jesus

I'm fairly certain they weren't shooting for this.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall

There's this really wonderful thing called The Moving Wall. It's a really amazing thing, especially considering the fact that not everyone gets to go to D.C. to see the original wall.
It was in Spanish Fork over the weekend and I went on on Sunday night.
I wish that I'd had a better camera to take pictures of what happened while I was there. A vet was standing by the wall next to a group of names from his company that all died on the same day. He held a picture of his company in his hands and told stories. At first it was just his family, children and grandkids. Then people started gathering. By the end, I'd wager there were 50 more of us around, listening to his stories and looking at the wall.

It was wonderful to listen to him. And hard to know that he went thru what he went thru. And I was really glad that he was willing to tell his story.

The edge of the group of people
The end of the list

Sunday, September 12, 2010


There's a fever going around.

Thank you, Andy, for the heads up.
And don't forget to vote in the poll!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Lyrical Elements


Wednesday, September 8, 2010


I unintentionally made things very awkward in my class yesterday. We were talking about how Portuguese has a nifty trick at describing people in certain semantic situations. So I did a literal translation of a bit of it:
"My mom is with heat."
Yipes. Awkward.
So I correct it with what Portuguese speakers mean:
"My mom is hot."

Oh man.