Personal Update


These past few weeks I haven’t been updating as regular as I wanted .  Well there has been a reason for that I was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma (skin cancer)  on my face.  I had it removed and just recently learned that they got it all.  In fact I just came back from having the stitches taken out.  So my mind has been on other things and unfortunately the blog has suffered for it.  But I am back and focused once more with a cool new scar, not quite Bond villain, but it has promise.  So thank you for your patience. 

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Movie Review: The Croods


So the Croods, first let me point out that what ever the Croods are the history, or prehistory, they portray isn’t meant to be accurate to the earth’s history.  So if your concerned that the Croods are teaching some form of Darwinian evolution lets just say you are really going to have to look hard for it.

But what does Crood teach, because unfortunately if your a cartoon made by an American company you must teach something you can’t just entertain.  Well to see that you have understand the story of the Croods.  The Croods are the last of the cave dwelling people in the area. The rest of the families have died through one calamity or another.  And how have they survived well by following the father of the Croods portrayed by Nicholas Cage who teaches if it is different or unknown then run back into the cave and cover the opening with a rock.  Needless to say this irks the eldest child a daughter Eep, voiced by Emma Stone, to no end.  She wants to explore to see new things and so every chance she gets she rebels against her father and goes as far from the cage as she can.

It is on one of these trips she discovers Guy voiced by Ryan Reynolds.  Guy is different he isn’t as strong as the Croods but he has technology such as fire, a belt, shoes, and best of all he has new ideas.  This fascinates Eep to no end and she wants to know Guy more not so her father Guy represents everything he is against but it is all moot because the Croods life is about to change via catastrophe and Guy is their only salvation.

So what does it teach?  Dads are hide bound backward thinking jerks who just want to keep their kids down and not let them or the rest of the family have fun.  In fact the only time Dad becomes cool is when he has a new idea.

But that isn’t the only thing the Croods teach, it also teaches that in the world there is a sense of wonder about it and an uniqueness that is meant to be appreciated.  It also teaches that by helping each other you can survive challenges.

Bottom line: The Croods is a funny film about families and survival there are some good things and if you’re a parent emphasize those parts while at the same time show how fathers aren’t what is being portrayed in the movie.

The Croods get three stars.

Catechism


Q. 81. What is forbidden in the eighth commandment?

A. The eighth commandment forbids whatsoever does or may unjustly hinder our own or our neighbor’s wealth or outward state.

But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
1 Timothy 5:8

Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,
but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
Proverbs 28:19

Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags. Proverbs 23:20-21

Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.
Ephesians 4:28

Earworm Wednesday: These dreams Heart/Allison Krauss


 

Okay I’m back and since it is Wednesday we have to have a song.  And I am going to confess this isn’t the song that has been lately running between my ears.  No that song was More than a feeling by Boston.  I think it is because I  am hearing it every time a certain yoghurt commercial   comes on.  And frankly I can’t find any covers that do the song justice.  Not to mention I was creeped out by a worship band doing that song, in a church, badly.

So here is one of my favorite Heart songs done by Allison Krauss.

OS Woes


Well my main desktop Windows operating system otherwise know as Satan!   Has decided to remove my linux partition and corrupt my grub configuration file.  So I have spent the weekend remaking my desktop.  The linux partition was easy to recreate but the windows of course has taken the most of the time and I am still not done.  I would go completely linux but unfortunately there is still a few needed programs that linux doesn’t have.  So once the desktop is finished the normal posting will continue. 

Catechism


Q. 80. What is required in the eighth commandment?

A. The eighth commandment requires the lawful procuring and furthering the wealth and outward state of ourselves and others.

Know well the condition of your flocks,
and give attention to your herds, Proverbs 27:23

If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you.  Leviticus 25:35

You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake  Deuteronomy 15:10

“You shall not see your brother’s ox or his sheep going astray and ignore them. You shall take them back to your brother. And if he does not live near you and you do not know who he is, you shall bring it home to your house, and it shall stay with you until your brother seeks it. Then you shall restore it to him. And you shall do the same with his donkey or with his garment, or with any lost thing of your brother’s, which he loses and you find; you may not ignore it. You shall not see your brother’s donkey or his ox fallen down by the way and ignore them. You shall help him to lift them up again.  Deuteronomy 22:1-4

 

Frenetic Friday


Okay let’s just get it over with Happy Single Awareness Day!

There feel better?  Oh and here let remember the man whose day this is based upon.

valentine saint

How’s that chocolate tasting now?

Next Culture Wars:

Facebook has decided to add a new gender(s) to their list.  Yes no longer are you male or female now you can explore your possibilities.  feh

Kansas has OK’d a bill that would add right to refuse service to gay couples based upon religious views.  This has raised the ire of the gay rights supporters saying that this would make them second class citizens.  Yes it is so much better to make religious people into second class citizens.  Because it is after all about tolerance unless your religious that is and especially if you hold to orthodox Christian beliefs.

Now for the moment of WHAT?

There is in central Virginia a congregation that believes in baring more than just their souls they want to bare their bodies too.  Yes they are nudists and hold services with none or little to none on during worship.  The pastor says: “it’s not about the clothes, or lack thereof. He says it’s about baring his soul to Christ and leading his flock down that path of righteousness, no matter what they’re wearing.”  Somehow when I read my bible worshipping in the nude isn’t really listed going down the path of righteousness.

Have a good weekend worship God this Sunday.

Movie Review: Dear Mr. Watterson


Between November 18, 1985 and December 31, 1995 there were 3150 cartoon strips by Bill Watterson featuring a little boy named Calvin (after John Calvin) and a small stuffed tiger named Hobbes (after Thomas Hobbes).  Watterson was following in the tradition of other great newspaper cartoonists such as Walt Kelly (Pogo), Windsor McKay (Little Nemo), and George Herriman (Krazy Kat) in creating a cartoon that took imagination and fun and illustrated it in the guise of a normal boy and his beloved toy.

This film looks both at Calvin and Hobbes and Bill Watterson and talks with Watterson’s cartoonist contemporaries about his work how it affected their work and how his view of art influenced him on whether or not he would license his characters the same way Charles Schultz did his characters.

This is a film of a fan, which is obvious from the very beginning of the movie.  But I didn’t mind I too am a fan of Calvin and Hobbes as I consider it one of the last great newspaper cartoon strips.  In fact with the newspapers slowly going out of business one of the first things that go is the comic page.  When I was a child the comic page was usually five complete pages that had no ads attached to them.  And the comics on that page were huge.  One strip could take up half the page and the art work on them was amazing.  This film also comments on that and the laments of the artists that see this art form disappearing with the digitizing of cartoon strips.

Also this film shows where Bill Watterson grew up and you can see in the town and the woods around the town where his ideas of the woods where Calvin and Hobbes wander came from.  You also see some of his first work in the town newspaper and his high school where his art work sprinkled the year book.

I really enjoyed this film and I enjoyed learning more about Watterson and how his comic about a mischievous boy and  his stuffed tiger has transcended the popular culture in which it was created to become an endearing symbol of fun and imagination.

I give this film four and a half stuffed tigers out of five