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and now for the sports (or at least the Cubs)

May 30, 2008 Leave a comment

Believe it friends. This is the year.

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our small attempt to save the planet

May 30, 2008 2 comments

I posted a while back about suffering from “ecoanxiety” – the fear that I’m not doing enough to reduce my family’s ecological footprint. While we still aren’t ready to move to the Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, we’re taking our baby steps to do what we can where we are. So what are we doing?

  • Almost every bulb in the house now is a compact fluorescent. Not perfect, but better.
  • I have become an absolute Nazi about turning off lights. The kids are learning.
  • We bought the reusable shopping bags. And it isn’t too bad. I’m also trying to remember to decline the bag if I only have a couple of items that I can carry out in my hands.
  • Still struggling with leaving things plugged in, but the phone and ipod chargers get unplugged as soon as they are done.
  • Thermostats stay at 72 in the summer. Usually around 66 in the winter.
  • Whenever possible we take the smaller, more fuel-efficient car.
  • We’re recycling everything we can think of.

It isn’t a ton in light of what we could be doing and my anxiety is only slightly lessened by what we’ve done, but it’s a start – right?

mark your calendars, tom coburn and i agree, kind of

May 28, 2008 Leave a comment

I’m not a Tom Coburn fan. I disagree with much of his agenda and I don’t think he has done much to help the image of Oklahoma on the national scene (except perhaps with the crossword crowd).

Yesterday he did a town hall meeting in Tulsa where (among other things) he called the FAA “chicken” – not terribly grown-up, but I’ll let that slide.

According to the Oklahoman, during the meeting he made the following statement during an exchange about immigration.

Our nation is in a mess,” Coburn replied, “but it doesn’t have anything to do with immigration. It has to do with career politicians who are afraid to defend people and who refused to stand up for the principles that made this country great. Immigration is a symptom, but it is not the disease. The disease is cowardice in the U.S. Senate.

On this, Dr. Coburn, I completely agree.

So could you please tell me who you were defending when you held up the Hunger Free Communities Act? Or when you voted against Biden Amdt. No. 4245? Or now as you are holding up the reauthorization of PEPFAR?

Just curious.

crazy church statement of the moment

May 21, 2008 Leave a comment

Man, I could fill a book with these.

Part of the volunteer work I do with WN is to help them connect with congregations. In looking around at web sites for churches in OKC, I came across this statement. I will refrain from naming the congregation because, quite honestly, they probably aren;t the only one in town that feels this way. They’re just the only ones with enough (insert euphemism here) to say it out loud.

We ARE what YOU once were.
We believe what you once believed.
We worship as you once worshipped.
If YOU were RIGHT then,
WE are RIGHT now.
If WE are WRONG now,
YOU were WRONG then!!!

Wow. Nothing says Jesus loves you more.

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Prince Caspian

May 20, 2008 Leave a comment

We took the kids to see Prince Caspian this afternoon. It’s one of the five films on my must-see list for the year and it didn’t disappoint. It didn’t hurt that we went to the new Warren Theater in Moore and saw it in the best digital video and audio available. The only bummer was the blackout that occurred about two-thirds of the way through the film and the twenty minute wait for things to get going again. Although two good things came out of that 1) we got to see one of the best parts of the film twice and 2) we got free passes for another movie for the inconvenience. Thanks to the Warren folks for doing the right thing.

On to thoughts about the film.

Good stuff

The action sequences were frequent and incredible. One of the best one-on-one sword fights since Gladiator. The film does a good job of being violent but avoiding being bloody or too much for most kids.

Performances – the “children” again were great. Eddie Izzard as Reepicheep was brilliant.

The look – every background and set were perfect. The creature effects and weapons / armor were as well.

Not so much good stuff

I didn’t like the actor who played Caspian. He just never sold me.

I felt like it was a little long. Of course this may be due to the 20 minute wait and 10 minute rehash, but even with those it felt like the peak happened long before the end of the film.

All in all – I loved the film. I have heard several people and critics (not to say that critics aren’t people, but. . . ) say that the first film (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe) was better, but I don’t think you can compare the two films. They are two different kinds of narratives and have to be told in different ways. I applaud the director for making that choice and not caving to the temptation to try and make the same film over. I’m bummed about some of the changes they had to make, but that’s the cost of adapting to the screen.

Looks like I’m two for two. Indy is next! And we get to go for free!

rebooting

May 19, 2008 Leave a comment

As I have been thinking about this blog and what I would like for it to be and what it currently is, clarity struck and I realized that part of why I wasn’t posting much was that this had become too much “stuff I find on the internet” and not enough of just me. Which was boring even to me, so I haven’t messed with it much.

So

For better or worse, I am readjusting in an attempt to create something that reflects me and my world and the thing I care about and who I am. Plus stuff I bump into as I wander the internets. So hopefully all of the folks that stop by because they are looking for Geof Manthorne or the name of the OKC NBA franchise will have something else to check out as they pass through.

We’ll see. Or at least I will.

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Oh sweet bloggitty goodness

May 5, 2008 Leave a comment

Today I learned of a new wordpress template designed for photoblogging. I have kicked around starting a photblog for a while now and this was the motivation needed to kick my inertia into motion. The template is called “monotone” and it changes colors to compliment whatever photo is featured on the page. It also has a cool archive function that allows you to see thumbnails of all of the archived images. My plan is to post a new image every day that I have taken on that day. After school ends this week. So for now I put up some old images just to play with the theme. I already love it.

Stop by lvimages.wordpress.com and watch the work in progress if you are so inclined.