Thursday, June 21, 2007

Greetings from sunny Florida

Well this week we're getting a much needed vacation. The first part of the week we spent in Jacksonville. As some of you know this is where Amy is going to school. She's working on her Doctorate in Worship Studies through the Institute of Worship Studies. We went to a alumni seminar and heard Brian McLaren speak. I just want to take a moment to talk about Brian. He is an author and Christian activist who really has an important message. One of the things that excites me the most about his writings is a way to look at the Church so that it is not beholden to political activism (e.g. the rise of the Christian Right) but rather as an active movement for the betterment of the world in general. Read some of his stuff. It will really get you to think.

After that we drove across the state to the Panhandle of Flordia, in between Destin and Panama City. We're staying with some VERY generous friends who own a beach house in an interesting little planned community called Watercolor. It's a little like the Village in "The prisoner". As a matter of fact in the next community over they filmed several of the scenes for "The Truman Show" That being said the beach here is pristine. I have literally never seen ocean water so clear.

You can bike almost everywhere around here and the place is just absolutely beautiful. Check out more photos on my flicker set. I'll send some more updates later. Also look forward to some photos from the Naval Air Base at Pensacola.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Four eyed monster

I just got finished watching an interesting movie on the tubes. It's called Four Eyed Monsters and was created by a couple living in NY. The movie is about the couple's relationship and it's existence related to creativity, and in essence the relationship of the world to new mediums in general. The full movie is showing for the next week on Youtube. Go check it out.

After you've watched it go check out their website and podcasts as well. The marketing phase of their story is just as interesting if not more so than the movie itself. I'm always amazed at people who not only have the creative knack but also have the ambition to go sell themselves and their product as well.