Monday, April 26, 2010

Eyjafjallajokull Volcano

Just thought I'd share a link someone shared with me with pictures of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruptions. The power of nature as created by God - these pictures are awesome, terrible, cool, amazing, scary, and wonderful. Prayers, hope, and goodwill to all, especially the Icelanders and Europeans, affected by these eruptions.

Hope you like the pictures.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Church Sign: Death and Taxes

A local church here in Huntsville has a sign up that reads:

Death and Taxes - Are you ready for both?

My answer to that is: only for death. It's April 15th, and I still need to finish my taxes. Hopefully, all you mature, independent, patriotic citizens of these United States are a little better off than me in those particular pursuits (maturity, independence, patriotism, etc.).

For what it's worth, here I am blogging at midnight. I have to laugh because there just aren't any good excuses.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Not that it matters much over here at the Realm, but Ken was good enough to (re-)lay-out our sister-blog, The Dorkman Cometh, as we're hoping to get more author visits and spread the word about our fine, ingenious and socially-relevant novel on a larger scale than it has been.

Also, today and tomorrow we will have been at ALLA, the Alabama Librarians Association conference held here at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, AL. In case you passed by, Ken was the one with the "DORK" shirt!!!

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Monday, April 05, 2010


Has anyone else watched or been watching any of this little BBC show called Merlin?

One of my son's really into fanstasy stories, and I told him about Merlin a few months ago while watching the show last year Sunday nights on NBC before football started. Since, NBC has dropped the show, but the SyFy Channel scooped it up. Anyhow, he watched his first Merlin show last Friday and really loved it.

The premise is essentially a reboot of the King Arthur legend beginning when Arthur and Merlin were in their teens a la Smallville and the Superman saga -- in fact, the show's producer commented that Smallville was quite an influence for Merlin. In the show, King Uther Pendragon, has outlawed all sorcery in Camelot. Meanwhile, Merlin is a magical being serving a snooty but good-hearted Prince Arthur for the good of Camelot that comes under all kinds of attacks that are going to take some of Merlin's magic to defeat. The building of the Arthur/Merlin friendship is a key part of the show. Also, Camelot regulars Guinevere and Morgana are invloved, and guest appearances by Lancelot, an imprisoned magical golden dragon, and some of the other figures in the Camelot legends should be expected.

I haven't watched too many episodes, but each one I've seen has been really entertaining and totally family-friendly -- unless you're just dead-set against the "magic" issue, which I realize some people are or you're very hard core on limitations to the Arthurian legend because this one takes its liberties. Also, most of the actors and actresses in the series are newcomers, so you're seeing them essentially as the role they're playing, which is cool.

Also, for anyone interested, Year One of Merlin comes out on DVD beginning April 20th. I ordered it for my son for Easter here at Amazon. If you're looking for a fun, family-friendly show, check out Merlin - Friday nights at 9:00 p.m. CST on SyFy. I recommend it!

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Sunday, April 04, 2010

Happy Easter!

Sunday comes! Jesus lives! The Resurrection and the Life. Believe!!!

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Saturday, April 03, 2010

Where I Fall Short

Just a very, very few of the areas where I fall short:

Love for others. Honesty. Hard work. Friendliness. Loyalty. Faithfulness. Personal discipline. Pridefulness. Anger. Parental guidance. Spiritual discipline. Listening. Broken vows. Dietary concerns. Being a neighbor. Hard-heartedness. Prioritizing. Competitiveness and fair play. Showing grace. Boundaries. Stewardship. Following through. Foul language. Sympathy. Lustfulness. Kindness. Self-indulgence. Bearing others' burdens. Protecting my own heart. Prayer. Apathy. Love for God.

So I confess, work on, and pray about those things where I'm the one holding the hammer and driving the nails. On the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter, those sins haunt me. But for all those things... Jesus died. And Easter Sunday's coming.

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Thursday, April 01, 2010


After receiving my message from management of having my Pandora music cut down to 40 hours per month, I was informed by oft commenter and pal, Douglas, about Grooveshark. It's sort of the next step up from Pandora, in my opinion, as listeners can create their own playlist. It's like having my own Ipod at work. Bannerman! I've got one ninety [*edited - now up to 111]songs long right now, and I'm gonna list if for you -- in order -- and see if you can get a little list going that's better than mine. It certainly doesn't have to be as long as mine. Also, you're welcome to flame me for some of my poorer choices.

1. Burden, The Connells
2. Slide, The Goo Goo Dolls
3. Bare, Matt Nathanson
4. The Lust, the Flesh, the Eyes, and The Pride of Life - 77s
5.Pickin' It Up - Hot Hot Heat
6. I Was Wrong - Social Distortion
7. Nod Over Coffee - Mark Heard
8. Love Your Mind - The Choir
9. Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
10. Train in Vain - The Clash
11. Just Like Heaven - The Cure
12. Deep End - 77s
13. Shimmer - Fuel
14. Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds
15. I Don't Like Mondays - Boomtown Rats
16. The Best of Jill Hives - Guided by Voices
17. When the World Gets Weak - Warren Zanes
18. Since Your Gone - The Cars
19. Where the Streets Have No Name - U2
20. Don't Forget to Dance - The Kinks
21. The Waiting - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
22. That Ain't Right - Pete Droge and the Sinners
23. Where Do the Children Go - Hooters
24. Dulce Et Decorum Est - Matthew Ryan
25. Hold on Hope - Guided by Voices
26. Wither, I'm a Flower - Whiskeytown
27. I Must Be High - Wilco
28. All These Things That I've Done - The Killers
29. Bent - Matthew Nathanson
30. If You Don't Love Me (I'll Kill Myself) - Pete Droge
31. I Don't Love You - Lost Dogs
32. Middle of the Road - The Pretenders
33. Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order
34. There She Goes - Sixpence None the Richer
35. Breathe - Michelle Branch
36. The Adventure - Angels and Airwaves
37. What's My Age Again - Blink 182
38. Lurgee - Radiohead
39. Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
40. Hard Luck Woman - Kiss
41. Can't Help Falling in Love With You - Lick the Tins
42. It Could Be Worse - Matthew Ryan
43. Waiting to Derail - Whiskeytown
44. Left of the Dial - The Replacements
45. World Class Fad - Paul Westerberg
46. Truth Is - Sister Hazel
47. Jam - Toad the Wet Sprocket
48. Easier - Glen Phillips
49. When You Say Nothing at All - Allison Krauss
50. Does Your Mother Know - ABBA
51. Wolfgang - Pete Droge and the Sinners
52. Mr. Brightside - The Killers
53. Big Brown Eyes - Old 97s
54. Fallen World - Altar Boys
55. The Sunny Side of the Street - The Pogues
56. Camera One - Josh Joplin Group
57. That Much Further West - Lucero
58. Disappointed - The Connells
59. Saturday Night - Bay City Rollers
60. Nearly Lost You - Screaming Trees
61. Thunder Island - Jay Ferguson
62. That Thing You Do - The Wonders
63. Wedding Day - Rosie Thomas
64. New Madrid - Uncle Tupelo
65. Garden Days - Jolene
66. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend - The Ramones
67. Basket Case - Green Day
68. Superman's Song - Crash Test Dummies
69. Alcoholiday - Teenage Fanclub
70. Ain't That Enough - Teenage Fanclub
71. Stone Cold Yesterday - The Connells
72. Always Saturday - Guadacanal Diary
73. Compositions of the Young and Old - Bob Mould
74. Girlfriend in a Coma - The Smiths
75. Vacation - The GoGos
76. Bonzo Goes to Bitburg - The Ramones
77. I Know You Know - Friendly Indians
78. Offer - Vigilantes of Love
79. Now as the Train Pulls Away - Bill Mallonee and Vigilantes of Love
80. Sing Me Sweet - Matt Nathanson
81. Welcome Back - John Sebastian
82. Do You Believe in Magic - The Lovin' Spoonful
83. All She Said - Toad the Wet Sprocket
84. P.S. - Toad the Wet Sprocket
85. Angels We Have Heard on High - Sixpence
86. If She Knew What She Wants - The Bangles
87. It's Raining Again - Supertramp
88. Brim Full of Asha - Cornershop
89. For Blue Skies - Strays Don't Sleep
90. Back into Your World - Son Volt
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91. Feel the Pain - Dinosaur Jr.
92. Competition Smile - Gin Blossoms
93. To Call My Own - Golden Smog
94. Speed of Sound - Coldplay
95. Sick of Myself - Matthew Sweet
96. A Little Is Enough - Pete Townsend
97. Do It for Love - 77s
98. You Know That Is Nothing New - Vigilantes of Love
99. In a Big Country - Big Country
100. Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations
101. December - Collective Soul
102. Accidentally in Love - Counting Crows
103. The Things We Do for Love - 10cc
104. Blue Jean - David Bowie
105. Secondhand News - Fleetwood Mac
106. Surrender - Cheap Trick
107. Don't You (Forget about Me) - Simple Minds
108. Back on the Chain Gang - The Pretenders
109. Save It for a Rainy Day - The Jayhawks
110. First Date - Blink 182
111. That Thing You Do - The Wonders
okay, I'll stop adding - at least to the post - now :) ]

I list all these, not so you know what a goober I am with my musical choices, but rather so that you can see that Grooveshark's catalog of songs tha you can choose through is extensive. And all types of music are available. You want classical, R&B, soul, rap, country, Christian, metal... they're all there. You want 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s... all there. Like Pandora, there's a "Radio" button you can hit, and it has some kind of formula that tries to see what your tastes are and add songs that are similar. Actually, there are a lot of features as I'm just getting started. Anyway, wanted to let everyone know.

Let me know what I should add to my list as well.

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