This one's good.
Random and pointless, but enjoyable.
This one is extremely inappropriate, mom and dad don't watch :-) or at least don't judge me.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
This one's good.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Anybody who missed Obama's speech at the DNC should take some time and watch it. Up to this point I am very undecided as to which way I am going to vote. I like Obama (who doesn't?), but I cannot help but feel like I am being manipulated by the media, by his skin color, and by his great orating. Although I still maintain these speculations, I was very impressed by his speech. I like the idea of taxing more heavily the small (top 5%?) percent of Americans who make most of the money and relieving the rest of us of some of the burdon. I like the idea of opening more doors to people to go to school, get health care, obtain employment etc. I like the idea of investing in a long-term energy solution rather than off-shore drilling to temporarily disguise the underlying problem. I love how Obama focuses on our responsibilities as Americans not just our rights (he always couples job opportunities/college education/health care to those who are willing to work). Obama definetely stikes some chords within me.
This in mind I still don't like the idea of a bigger government. I don't like the idea of having the gov't less involved in moral issues and more involved in economic ones. I don't like the idea of gay-marriage, abortion, and so forth. I'm still unsure whether Obama needs more experience before being elected. I also don't like McCain's VP choice, but that's heavily influenced by how much i was pulling for Romney.
I'm looking forward to the Republican's response at the convention this week. I hope this election doesn't turn into a high school popularity contest. I cringe anytime I hear a democrat make fun of how "old" McCain is (*cough* John Kerry *cough*). Physical appearance, age and things of that nature should play no part in who we elect. I plan on hearing out both sides so that I can feel informed (According to my bro-in-law this means not watching Fox News :-) judging whether I actually believe them or not, and then voting my heart.
here's Obama's speech to watch:
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Mel, Myself, and some of our family hiked the backside of Mount Timpanogos last Saturday. It was a long hike but very fulfilling once we got to the top. Here's some pictures of that incredible experience. I suggest everyone here in Utah does this at least once.
We went on the most beautiful day possible.
I'm all about the bandana when hiking. Here we signed the book of life :-)
How beautiful God's creation
Is she eating a rock??
There's all ya'll WAY below us :-)
We really did have that much fun :-)
Proof of how long this hike was is all over Uncle Allan's back.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
The first time evolution was taught to me I contracted an odd fascination with it. I read an article about a month ago about Mike Einziger (the guitarist for Incubus) and how he is in correspondence with Ken Miller, a professor at Brown University and a foreman in evolution/intelligent design debates. Ken Miller has this "rock star" image and style about him. He is well versed in recent research and popular scientific thought and portrays them in a way that's understandable to everyone and oddly entertaining. I just finished watching a lecture he gave on evolution at Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Check it out if you have time it's very interesting and fun, complete with clips of him on the Colbert Report.
Also here is the link to the article about Mike Einziger and Ken Miller
Saturday, August 9, 2008
I spent some time these past three days watching scholars debate the legitimacy of the evolution theory and trying to come up with an alternate theory. I firmly believe that evolution is the mechanism by which God created and still creates life. This said I also would quickly amend that view if, after I die, God tells me otherwise. The evidence supporting evolution is quite robust. I myself believe in a God of understanding, one who's purpose is our eternal progression. Progression in my mind includes learning and understanding who we are, where we came from, and who we will be. With all the fossil records left for us to study, plant life that has obviously evolved through natural and artificial selection, and many other species which have many indications of natural selection's hand in play, I find it hard to believe that God gives us these evidences if the theory is false. God does not confuse, instead he enlightens and magnifies, so theories of dinosaur bones coming from different planets or other ideas of that nature trying to debunk evolution seem inconsistent with the construct I have of who God is.
Anyway here's a debate that I found particularly interesting and fun (believe it or not). The reason I liked it is that the guys supporting evolution are Christians! Imagine that. Watch if you're interested. There's eight videos, here is the first.