Beer pong anyone?

Cheryl’s mom visited us from downstate last weekend to attend the Women of Faith conference here in Rochester. Since she wasn’t going to be able to give Josiah his birthday presents on his birthday, she brought them with her to give to him while she was here. He got some nice things: Transformers, a fishing pole, etc. But his favorite thus far has to tbe the Beer Pong game that she got him for the Wii! Ok, to be fair, it isn’t actually beer pong. The game is called Game Party and it has a handful of mini-games included such … Continue reading Beer pong anyone?

Play ball!

On a whim I took Josiah to the Red Wings game last night. We hadn’t been since Opening Day, which is downright shameful. It was “Kids Eat Free” night too, so I figured what the heck. He was randomly selected to be the honorary coach of the Red Wings for the night. That means he was able to go out on the field with the Wings manager before the game and turn in the lineup to the umps. He had a blast slapping high-fives with the managers and umps. He got a free t-shirt out of the deal too. Good … Continue reading Play ball!

Pick the Derby and win 100 Grand!

Today is the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby. And each year we have a little friendly contest to pick the winner. You don’t have to know anything about horse racing. Just pick a name and root for your horse to win the derby! The winner get’s 100 Grand so claim your horse now! 1 West Side Bernie (30-1) 2 Musket Man (20-1) 3 Mr. Hot Stuff (30-1) 4 Advice (30-1) 5 Hold Me Back (15-1) 6 Friesan Fire (5-1) 7 Papa Clem (20-1) 8 Mine That Bird (50-1) 9 Join in the Dance (50-1) 10 Regal Ransom (30-1) 11 … Continue reading Pick the Derby and win 100 Grand!


As if I needed another reason to never step foot in another McDonald’s again. Check out how absolutely filthy this one in Adelaide, Australia is! To be fair, this video was taken at 3AM in the heart of the city’s entertainment district. So the droves of (likely) intoxicated young adult patrons are probably more to blame than the overwhelmed staff. But this place is just McNasty! Continue reading McNasty!

Wii finally got one!

Josiah’s prayer last night… Dear Jesus, Thank you for this day. Thank you that I got to see my friends. And thank you that we finally got a Wii! In Jesus Name, Amen. Yeah. We’ve been talking about it for a long time. Probably felt like an eternity for the little guy. But we finally got one last night. (Thank you Uncle Sam!) We spent the evening working our way through Wii Sports. Best game system ever! Josiah’s favorite is probably the bowling game. He’s really good at it! Mom and dad simply can’t hang with him at the bowling … Continue reading Wii finally got one!

Shake it like a Polariod once again!

If you were distraught over Polaroid’s decision to discontinue all of its analog film production in 2008 there is new reason for excitement! A group of folks calling themselves The Impossible Project think there’s still a buck to be made in vintage Polaroid film. So much so that they have purchased all of Polaroid’s old manufacturing equipment and signed a 10-year lease on the factory building. Their intent is to begin production on Polaroid film for the purpose of selling it to vintage collectors and hobbyists. The task comes along with some challenges.Namely, they only have 12 months of research … Continue reading Shake it like a Polariod once again!

Stan Lee must be spinning in his grave!

Admittedly, I thought the Stephen Colbert issue was kind of funny. But now Marvel is just out of control. President-Elect Obama is set to appear in a special “Innauguration Day” edition of “The Amazing Spider-Man.” As if that idea wasn’t just a bit campy to begin with, check out this description of the comic’s storyline! The comic starts with Spider-Man’s alter-ego Peter Parker taking photographs at the inauguration, before spotting two identical Obamas. Parker decides “the future president’s gonna need Spider-Man,” and springs into action, using basketball to determine the real Obama and punching out the impostor. Obama thanks him … Continue reading Stan Lee must be spinning in his grave!

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Louis Armstrong – The Night Before Christmas Tonight – after attending the early Christmas Eve service at Artisan and sharing a meal with close friends – we’ll be starting a new Christmas tradition by reading this classic poem to the kids before bed. Although, I’m sure it won’t sound nearly as cool coming from me. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas warmly spent with close family and friends. Continue reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Recap (2008)

Once again, I had alot of fun digging up tunes for this year’s countdown. I hope it was an enjoyable part of your soundtrack for this Christmas season. Here’s the rundown: 1. Rosie Thomas – Why Can’t It Be Christmastime All Year? 2. Ben Folds – Lonely Christmas Eve 3. Sixpence None the Richer – The Last Christmas 4. Jack Johnson – Someday at Christmas 5. Bright Eyes – Blue Christmas 6. Sojourn – Amen, Amen 7. Over the Rhine – All I Ever Get For Christmas Is Blue 8. Bing Crosby – It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like … Continue reading The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Recap (2008)

The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 12

Ah Satchmo.  Born into poverty. The grandson of slaves. Abandoned by his father when he was just an infant. A major financial supporter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The voice of jazz. One of the good guys. One of my favorites. This version of “Christmas in New Orleans” appears on the 1996 compilation Christmas Through the Years. Louis Armstrong – Christmas in New Orleans Continue reading The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 12

The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 11

While Sufjan Stevens may be falling well off pace in his goal to record an album about each of the 50 states, his behemoth Songs for Christmas release has provided enough material to include him in each “12 Tunes of Christmas” countdown from here to Kingdom Come. In this tune Sufjan recalls his “worst Christmas ever” as his enraged father throws their gifts in the wood stove. Yeah, it’s not exactly a happy holiday tune, but the good news for young Sufjan, and the hope of mankind,  is that “in time the Lord will rise.” Sufjan Stevens – That Was … Continue reading The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 11

The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 10

Since December 25th will mark the second anniversary of the Godfather of Soul’s death, it would seem appropriate to pay homage to him in the countdown. This song comes by way of Tamara’s reccomendation. It first appeared on his 1966 release James Brown Sings Christmas Songs. It has been more recently made available on the 20th Century Masters Christmas Collection. James Brown – Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto Continue reading The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 10

The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 9

Another voice that is synonymous with Christmas is that of Ella Fitzgerald. “The First Lady of Song” is one of the most influential jazz singers of all time. She won 13 Grammy awards in her 57 year recording career and received honors from Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. This song comes from her 1967 relase Ella Fitzgerald’s Christmas on Capitol Records. Her second Christmas album. Ella Fitzgerald – Sleep, My Little Jesus Continue reading The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 9

The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 8

With the onslaught of snow we’ve received here in Rochester this past weekend it truly is beginning to look a lot like Christmas! And we simply cannot have a Christmas countdown without the croonings of Bing Crosby! This song appears on the 1986 compilation Bing Crosby Sings Christmas Songs. Versions of it can also be found on a number of Bing’s other Christmas releases. Bing Crosby – It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Continue reading The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 8

The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 7

Over the Rhine and Christmas are pretty much synonymous in our household. So of course it was a only a matter of time before they made the countdown. This song appears on their second Christmas release Snow Angels. The Seattle Times calls the album “”the best soundtrack since A Charlie Brown Christmas for feeling melancholy and lovesick in December.” If you don’t own it already – and you should – you can listen to the album in its entirety here. Over the Rhine – All I Ever Get for Christmas is Blue Continue reading The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 7

Put another check in Artisan’s plus column.

I briefly mentioned this in another thread, but I think it merits its own post. If for no other reason than to help generate outreach ideas for other churches out there. Artisan Church has opened their doors to host the Long Season Farmers Market. The market will feature about 15 vendors and will be held from now through May – when it’s a wee bit too cold in these parts to shop for locally grown fruits and veggies outdoors. I think it’s a really unique way to collaborate with other organizations and raise the church’s visibility. It’s also  great fit … Continue reading Put another check in Artisan’s plus column.

The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 6

As we reach the halfway point in our countdown I thought it might be nice to take time to reflect on the peculiar tension that exists within the gospel message. Joy to the world, the Lord has come! (Yet is to come!) I think this song captures that tension gorgeously. “Amen, Amen” appears on Advent Songs, a 2007 release by Sojourn. Sojourn is a music ministry of Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, KY. You can download the album for free on NoiseTrade. Sojourn – Amen, Amen Continue reading The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 6

The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 5

Today’s tune is a recent rendition of an old country music Christmas staple. “Blue Christmas” was written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson and first released by Ernest Tubb in 1948. It was later made exponentially more popular when Elvis Presley included it on his 1957 Christmas album. This version is by Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes and is available on the Saddle Creek release A Christmas Album. Proceeds from the sale of the album benefit the Nebraska AIDS Project. Bright Eyes – Blue Christmas Continue reading The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 5

The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 4

In the spirit of John Lennon’s holiday proclamation that “war is over (if you want it)” comes this little diddy from Jack Johnson. Viewing this song through gospel colored glasses brings some additional Christmas warmth to the lyrics as well. This song is part of the Brusfire Records’ Christmas compilation This Warm December. It features songs by Brushfire artists such as Jack Johnson, G Love, and Matt Costa. It also introduces the sweet-as-bubblegum stylings of Zee Avi – the latest addition to the Brushfire lineup. Jack Johnson – Someday at Christmas Continue reading The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 4

The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 3

Today’s tune goes out to all the expectant mothers our there. Having recently welcomed our second child into the world, I can appreciate how extra special Christmas is when you’re anticipating the birth of your little ones! After an extended hiatus, Sixpence None the Richer returns with a full album of Christmas classics and a handful of new tunes. A new album of original material is reportedly in the works. You can also download their four-song EP My Dear Machine at NoiseTrade. Sixpence None the Richer – The Last Christmas Continue reading The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 3

The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 1

A Very Rosie Christmas gets my vote for Christmas album of the year – hands down. I love her rendition of “Christmas Don’t Be Late” by Alvin & The Chipmunks, and her version of “Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel” is downright stunning. This anthemic tune seemed like the right fit to kick off this year’s countdown. So “hang that mistletoe and grab your favorite girl” because we’ve got some great music ahead to help get  you in the Christmas mood! Rosie Thomas – Why Can’t It Be Christmastime All Year Continue reading The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 1

Super Obama World

The folks over at ZenSoft have released an online video game titled Super Obama World. It’s patterned after the Super Mario Brothers franchise and offers a satirical look at American politics. You play as Barack Obama as you collect American flag pins while trying to avoid lipstick-covered pigs, lobbyists, snow machines, pit bulls and Sarah Palin on your way to the White House. There are also some great little quirks about the game that make it fun to explore; such as that infamous “Bridge to Nowhere” and the fact that knocking off Saks Fifth Avenue employees earns you 150,000 points. … Continue reading Super Obama World

Guitar Praise!

Christian kids with music-Gestapo parents won’t have to be disappointed by yet another Christmas with no Guitar Hero under the tree. Not this year! Just in time for the holiday, the folks at Digital Praise bring you Guitar Praise – a less attractive, less fun, Christian sub-cultural version of its more popular heathen counterparts Guitar Hero and Rock Band! Teens can get their praise on to over 50 tracks from some of today’s hottest Christian acts such as Bride, dcTalk, Petra and Whitecross! I’m kidding. Not about those bands being on the soundtrack, but about them being some of today’s … Continue reading Guitar Praise!

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

So here’s a great way to bring a little added meaning to Halloween. Each year UNICEF raises funds through their “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” campaign. Kids are given little collection boxes that they can take door-to-door with them to collect change for kids in need. After it’s all said and done, you can dump the change in your local COINSTAR machine and the money will automatically be sent to UNICEF. Don’t worry about getting the boxes in time for Friday’s festivities.  You can download and print out this canister wrapper and make your own. We talked it over with our five-year-old … Continue reading Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF