The Next Idea

So you all heard my last idea with the bookstore, but the unfortunate thing, is that that isn’t too possible. besides everything else, small bookstores that are specialized just don’t survive.

well, the other day the wife and i were heading out to a friends house for a birthday and i thought of something that I could do. here’s the next idea:

If you are like me, you are in the process of building your library. Man men that are young and just getting their feet wet, they know there are a lot of books that they should really get, but there are two problems. the first is that we never have the money to get what we want or need. if we were to get the books that we should have and paid cover price for each one, we would have to have a lot more money than we do.

the other problem is not having the time to search for the deals that would make those purchases affordable. We could spend the time continuously browsing the book sellers for deals, but we just don’t have that time. We haven’t exactly got to the point where we’re looking for specific books too often, instead we’re looking for a long list and get whatever is cheap.

well, here’s where my idea comes in. I would come up with a monthly email newsletter that would provide a listing of what was on sale at the different book sellers for abotu $2 a month. The email would cover the major book sellers, stores and websites, and provide the people with the best deals to better build their libraries. I would also have a part of the newsletter that would let people put a book up for sale under the E-Yard Sale section. They would email me with the book name, condition, price, and their email address, and I would put it on the next newsletter. I would not be involved in the selling process, just a place to post the ad.

people would pay for the year, and get a month free if a friend signs up on a recommendation.

so what do you think? think it could fly?

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An Evening with Derek and Sandra

So this past weekend the wife and I made our way out to the old alma mater for a concert by Derek Webb and his wife Sandra McCracken. Lee and I got there early and were able to hear Derek sound check to ‘Let It Be’, which was really cool. Sandra opened up and sang a couple songs that i’ve heard and a couple coming out on her new album. Then she brought her ‘band’ out, which was Derek, and sang a couple songs with him.

then after a break Derek came out and played a looong set, talked for awhile between each song, and it was great. It was like a VH1 storytellers. So he has a new album coming out on December 26, and sang a few songs off of that. it is basically going to be a call to the church to be actively involved in meeting the needs of the people around them. he did have one song that was anti-war, which was good and understandable, but I don’t if i’d agree with everything that it was based on. but it was a call for the government to wield the sword wisely.

then there was another love song called. “I Hate Everything But You”. he talked about how hard it is to write a good love song and to be honest. he said most pop love songs are ‘i’m great, your great, we can be great together…’ and his songs are more honest like, ‘i’m a train wreck, your a train wreck, together we’d be a trainwreck but God can work through us.’

the album sounds like its gonna be another great cd, i just have to wait until december 26th.

sorry for no posts

hey everyone,

sorry for not posting in awhile. it isn’t that i haven’t had the opportunity. there are plenty of things i’d like to post on, including thoughts on the testimony of Paul in Philippians 3, how the wife is, about Bruce Demerest’s book ‘The Cross and Salvation’, and other things. But the truth is i’ve been really busy lately, with everything that is going on with the Mrs., with school bearing down, with work picking up, and with my own recent sickness. So with all that to say, i probably won’t be able to post until after this weekend. One bright note is that I get to go see Derek Webb on Saturday, so I have that to look forward to. so until then, peace out.

T-Bone

Serenity- A Movie Review

Last night the little lady and i went out on a date to The Grove in LA. Its a really cool shopping area just south of Hollywood. They had this huge three story Barnes and Nobles that had huge escalators and then the whole store opened up on the third floor. it was a pretty cool place. then they had this big fountain near the entrance and little kiosks all around and a trolley that would run up and down the streets. When we got there we were able to see the sun setting over LA from the seventh floor of the parking garage. It was a pretty cool site.

Anyhoo, we went to a pretty well known Theater there to see the new Sci-Fi flick, ‘Serenity’. Now, I know, I know, many of you really don’t like Sci-Fi movies, but give this one a chance.

Over the last five or so years the Sci-Fi movie genre has been suffering. Hollywood has gotten obsessed over big budget, huge effects, and massive sets. The results have hardly translated into success on the big screen. We were left with over budgeted movies like I-Robot, War of the Worlds, nevermind the Sci-Fi movies that have just blown and no one ever saw like Starship Troopers, Event Horizon, Red Planet, or Solaris. The Sci-Fi movie has been endangered. It looked to be back with The Matrix, but the second and third of that series managed to mess that up. With all that said, I believe ‘Serenity’ is a sign of a resurgence with well made sci fi movies that worry more about story and plot and suspence than big explosions and endings that could never be predicted (which have tended to en absurdly just so no one could figure it out).

Serenity isn’t a big budget movie, infact the director, Joss Whedon, tried to cut corners to save money. He is the creator of shows like Buffy The Vampire Slayer (of which i am certainly not a fan), Angel, which I understand to be a well made show that never got the viewers to satisfy the networks, and the show Firefly, on which this film finds its basis.

One refreshing thing is that this movie offers no huge actors. There are no ‘childish’ characters placed in the movie just to market at a further date (aka Jar Jar Binks). And there is no gratuitous sex scene to ruin it. There is no over the top swearing or gory voilence to make you feel dirty when your done watching the movie. Instead, Whedon focused on the story, creating a very imperfect world for the movie to operate in.

As I was watching this movie, I kept being reminded of this must have almost what it felt like when Star Wars first came out. It certainly wasn’t the biggest movie on the radar. It wasn’t the most publicized, but it was what the movie scene needed. The main character, Mal, reminds you of Han Solo, a guy who thinks he’s out only for himself, but really cares about what is going on. Similar to Star Wars, it has an empire that is in control, but unlike Star Wars, there is no official rebellion. It is more of a submit or get shut out of everything atmosphere.

But it is not a perfect movie. There is one particular scene that almost ruins part of the movie, but it was partially baled out with a one-liner. What it is, is a sign to come of a new way Hollywood will make movies. Not concentrating on big budgets, bit more on a good plot and story.

If anyone likes sci fi, I’d say set aside some time this weekend and go see this movie. It is just such a great blend of suspense, creativity, humor, and action. I know I’m going to go rent Firefly to get the background, and then sit back and wait for the next chapter in what is hopefully a great series to come.

Thoughts from episode 4

well, i didn’t think he would. I didn’t think Jin could actually speak english. that whole dream was a little weird. the other guy was in a chicken costume from his old job, and the guy was the camera man that was video taping him when everyone found out. but i’m glad that a. he didn’t blow the whole thing up and b. that everyone doesn’t hate him.

as far as the other group goes, i hate that ‘hot lips’ chick. it looks like she’s been ruling out of fear rather than compassion like Jack. But it was funny, part way through i said to Leah that Sawyer and her were going to hook up, and then the scenes from next week show that starting to happen. its just like in Willow when Madmardigan and Sorsha hook up. Two strong personalities brought together by their hate and softened by their love…. ahhh….

anyhoo, it looks like the other group has been pretty ravaged, but i’m not sure by what. I was sort of thinking that maybe it was cannibalism, since ‘hot lips’ seems crazy enough to do that. But then I think they had to be killed by ‘the others’ since she was so crazy about making sure they were from the plane too. And because she was yelling at them for talking. she just didn’t want anyone else to die.

it was also interesting to see that there was indeed another hatch, confirming my suspicion that there are more hatches on the island.

well, next weeks episode looks like it will be another one where we find out a lot more like lasts weeks. last nights was more of a catch yourself up episode.