Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Reinventing Church - 12:One

Okay, I'm a bit annoyed that my last raft of posts have been so self-important. Maybe in reality they haven't been - but I feel like they have. That's the important thing here. I've been pondering my pride this past week or so. Perhaps there'll be a post on that in the next week or so. Then again, probably not.

The past two days have been spent lugging furniture around the house. We got new carpet installed and so everything had to be moved onto hard surfaces so the carpet-guy could tear the old stuff up. It strangely reminded me of that "the floor is lava" game I used to play as a child. Now the carpet is down but most of the furniture hasn't been put back yet. As a result I currently have a bookshelf living in my bathroom:

If only books and water got along I would probably keep it this way.

But that's not what I wanted to blog about! I want to blog about my church because I am excited!

My church is going through a period of... what would you call it? Re-learning how to worship or something. Lots of people there began to feel like the Sunday night service was becoming a performance and we were missing the point. My pastor has been blogging about it over at The Bean Bag.

I actually missed this feeling that many others were having (again, self-absorbed?), but I can understand why they were feeling that. Recently our services have been really stripped back. No lights, no music, no announcements, no tea-and-coffee afterwards. That sounds a bit boring, but I've found it to be a really positive difference. The entire thing is more God and community-focused as church should be.

Instead of a traditional sermon, Ralph (my pastor) has been leading talks with the whole congregation, getting imput, and asking questions. We're all bringing the things we've experienced during the week and taking them to God. Now we're slowly adding back the things we used to have, but in different ways. I'm so excited.

I just can't get over how perfect that church is for me. I never thought I would find a place like it. You have no idea.

(Also John you'll have your post about YouTube popularity soon, don't worry. This was just on my mind tonight.)

Thursday, 25 September 2008

RoboFillet got Doodled

That is a picture a guy called Jessetalks drew of me. I nearly fell off my chair when I found it. I feel really egotistical putting it up and bragging about it (is "bragging" the right word?) but I was really flattered-slash-astounded that someone would actually do a drawing of me.

If you didn't notice, he's using a picture of me I've posted previously.

Um... regular, less pretentious posts will resume soon. I swear. I'm writing these reviews of stuff for uni, so I'll probably post them after I hand them in.

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Meeting Liiv7

Today I had coffee/extended lunch with fellow YouTuber Liiv7, who is up on the Gold Coast for a holiday with her family. Oh, and Mitto was there too =P

Be incredibly jealous, becuase Liv is great, and lots of fun.

Mitto and Liv.

Me. Gorgeous Pretentious.

Liv and I. Perfect grammar.

I also briefly caught up with (that is to say, bumped in to) a good friend from high school who I hadn't seen in years. I'm hoping to catch up with her properly soon!

OH LOOK, AN UPDATE-SLASH-EDIT:
I also took some video of the occasion. I uploaded it to a shiny new secondary account called BlackDuckFails. I assure you, however, that neither Liv nor Mitto fail, only Black Duck (and we love him).

YouTube Side Column Image

YouTube has just (as in a few days ago) allowed partners to add a 300x250 px image to the side columns on their channels.

Here's mine at the moment advertising my twitter:

I really like it, but I'll keep swapping it around I think, because making them is fun. It's like a single-panel comic!

Monday, 22 September 2008

The Pow-Wow

Greg wanted to see pictures of the pow-wow. Indeed, the picture you saw in the previous post was one of gnomes for sale in a store. I was hesitant in letting the real pictures go up on the internet for security reasons, but after getting permission from the head gnome, here they are:

Attempting to make the world a better place.
The red ones are jolly. Must be the 'shrooms.
And there you have it; the pow-wow of gnomes. Sometimes they plot wonder and joy, sometimes they plot the destruction of their enemies.

Sunday, 21 September 2008

Last Night at a Party

 
This photo is made of win.
Yes of course I'm wearing a vest and a tie.
No, it's none of your business.
KthxPIE.

Saturday, 20 September 2008

Gnomist

People are so gnomist these days. What was once looked upon as a cute or even quaint addition to the garden is now seen as ugly and kitsch. KITSCH!

I suffer this gnomist attitude everywhere I go. I am shocked and sickened.

I was purchasing some gnomes from the local Bunnings. Bunnings has only a small selection of gnomes for sale - they are one of the few retailers who sell them at all! I bought two of them for a short film I'm making for uni.

I got to the checkout with a gnome tucked under each arm and what does the lady say?! She says:

So who's the gnome-lover then?

I tried to laugh it off. Hahaha. But really inside I panicked. "I'm buying them for a film I'm making!" I say. What kind of film she asks? A film about gnomes I reply. She scrunched up her nose at me. Scrunched up her nose!

Disgusting.

I had to go back and buy duplicates (because they will be needed for movie magic purposes). Thankfully I didn't meet that woman again.

However, when I got home my parents were shocked that I would buy that many gnomes. My father is a registered gnome-hater and new ones pop up in the garden to keep him under surveillance. This is no joke.

So now I have a little pow-wow of gnomes in my room. I like to think they are conspiring against all the gnomist so-and-sos out there. Gnomes are wonderful and lovely. Treat them with love and you will live through the night, because they carry little pick-axes and shovels.

The end.

Friday, 19 September 2008

TRAVELLING IS FUN AND EXPENSIVE!

As per title except that I really really love it and will never stop ever. Here is a message to the people who I'm going for: Thank you for talking me into doing this.

Clicky!
The internal struggle that went into deciding whether or not to post that image was legendary. It will go down in the annals of [SENTENCE REDACTED].

In the end I decided on a compromise. The compromise was to cut cut cut away the times of my departure and arrival so as not to get swamped by the zillions of paedophiles.

I have a fun story about gnomes for you tomorrow. You will love it I swear.

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Song Title Game - Relient K and David Crowder*Band

Yes. I know, a quiz. Lame central. But the person I got this off is cool! She really is! And so where her answers! Also the content monster is getting really pissed off with me. I need to post something. Anything.

I'm constructing this entry in Google Chrome by the way. I'm not sure I'm sold on it, but I like the idea of it. Yay Google. May you never turn evil, or else we're all screw-diddly-ewed.

The rules are:
Choose a singer/band/group.
Answer using ONLY titles of songs by that singer/band/group.

I'm doing two bands, because I can do whatever I want!

Band(s) I chose: Relient K & David Crowder*Band

1 Are you male or female?
Relient K: "Bee Your Man"
DC*B: "Turkish Delight" (WTF?)

2 Describe yourself.
Relient K: "Who I Am Hates Who I've Been" and "Like a Lion (Always Winter)"
DC*B: "Undignified"

3 What do people feel when they're around you?
Relient K: "Chap Sick, Chapped Lips and Things Like Chemistry" (I wish! =P)
DC*B: "Everything Glorious" (Lololololololololkillme)

4 How would you describe your previous relationship?
Relient K: "Less is More"
DC*B: "A Conversation"
(How does one describe something that does not exist?)

5 Describe your current relationship.
Relient K: "I Need You"
DC*B: "Soon...Be Lifted or Hope Rising"
(Again, same problem)

6 Where would you want to be now?
Relient K: "Breakfast at Timpani's"
(Yes, that's how they spell it. It's a pun. Gosh.)
DC*B: "End of October"

7 How do you feel about love?
Relient K: "The Best Thing"
DC*B: "A Beautiful Collision"

8 What's your life like?
Relient K: "Apathetic Way To Be"
(Right now anyway. I'm doing a song-title quiz instead of my homework!)
DC*B: "The Lark Ascending or (Perhaps More Accurately, I'm Trying To Make You Sing)"

9 What would you ask for if you had only one wish?
Relient K: "The One I'm Waiting For"
DC*B: "(Repeat/Return) or When The Seventh Angel Sounded His Trumpet, And There Were Loud Voices In Heaven, Which Said: 'The Kingdom Of The World Has Become The Kingdom Of Our Lord And Of His Christ, And He Will Reign Foreverandever Etc...'"

10 Say something wise.
Relient K: "The Only Thing Worse Than Beating a Dead Horse is Betting on One"
DC*B: "I Can Hear The Angels Singing/(...andeverandeverand...)"

Wow. You can kind of tell I was clutching at straws for some of those David Crowder*Band ones. Not all of them, but some of them. I'll leave the figuring out for youuuuu.

Tomorrow (potentially today, if you are being technical) I am going to an art exhibit for uni. I'm not really looking forward to it, to be honest.

I have no idea why I told you that. That probably belongs on Twitter.

BYE!