Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Back to the Future- "Sweded"

For those of you who do not know what it means to "swede" a movie you really, no REALLY need to see Be Kind Rewind.

Atari- Pitfall

Do you ever feel like you're walking but going nowhere? There are dangers wherever you travel, yet you don't give up? Well, don't be discouraged, though you may come across alligators and even scorpions, in this life you might even find a little gold and diamonds along the way.
Remember Pitfall? It was fun! Did anyone ever reach the end of this game? Was it possible?

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Sample and Hold by Neil Young

I made a post a few days ago and talked briefly about the Vocoder. Here is an example by Neil Young from the 1980's. The video is homemade (not by me.)

Friday, July 25, 2008

The Dark Knight of 9/11

Is there a connection between these images? What does Batman have to do with 9/11? Is Gotham City really New York City? What does the Joker have in common with another prankster who goes by the name of bin Laden? Is there a connection? Was 9/11 our Dark (K)night?

Thursday, July 24, 2008


This is a vocoder built by the band Kraftwerk.

The first time I ever heard someone use one of these contraptions was in a song called Freak-A-Zoid, by Midnight Star. Kraftwerk was actually the first band to use this technology. It's been incorporated by other artists such as E.L.O. Herbie Hancock, Pink Floyd, Neil Young...

Do you remember the song Mr. Roboto by STYX? Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto? That's an example of the vocoder. To learn more about vocoders click here: vocoder.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Cathedrals and the Transcendence of God

Why would anyone ever want to worship in a big ol' ugly cathedral? One reason I believe people are attracted to Gothic architecture is because it communicates the transcendence or "bigness" of God. To quote John Piper, people go to the Grand Canyon not to feel big about themselves but to be overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of it! (my paraphrase). A lot of modern churches do a pretty good job (using architecture and liturgical forms) to communicate the immanence or closeness of God but they are not doing a very good job communicating the transcendence or even the holiness of God for that matter.

Neil Young and Springsteen-All Along the Watchtower

Dr. Neil's guitar sounds like bombs bursting in the air! Shock and awe! This may be the only time I've ever seen Springsteen upstaged by anyone. But what can you do with Neil in a situation like that but turn 'em loose!

Paul Washer on Total Depravity

If you have not heard of Paul Washer yet, I encourage you to check him out. He's a polarizing preacher. It's hard to be neutral with the message he proclaims: You either love it or hate it.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Hooters- 500 Miles

Just goes to prove not everything that came from the 80's was bad! Actually, this may have come from the early 90's because there are some clips from Tiananmen Square. Okay, I take back what I said, nothin' good came from the 80's except for Wall of Voodoo.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Saturday, July 5, 2008

The Discovery: Beyond the Jesus of Flapjacks and Grilled Cheese

My good friend Josh Via has a new book that he's written. It's called The Discovery: Beyond the Jesus of Flapjacks and Grilled Cheese You can buy it over at Amazon.com. I'm ordering my copy right away because I absolutely know this is going to be a wonderful book! I would strongly encourage you to get it and read it as soon as possible. In other words...get it while it's hot!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Blue Ridge Bulldozer

Back in the spring I took some pictures in my yard of flowers that I may use for potential paintings. Silly Lilly came from that session of picture taking, along with this little fellow: The Blue Ridge Bulldozer. He may not be very tough but he's got a lot of heart!

Summertime-Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

Few songs are truly brilliant...this one sparkles! Happy 4th of July.