August 17, 2006

Testing Testing

I've started a new blog to take advantage of the new Blogger beta: smallreflection.blogspot.com Great new stuff, Blogger team. Keep up the good work!

August 13, 2006

Necessity of War

The world has lost it's mind. A so-called "truce" for peace in the Middle East? Not for long. Is war terrible? Absolutely. But a terrible necessity. There has been a subtle trend, fueled by the common messages of media outlets everywhere, toward the loss of distinction between terrorist agressor and victim. I've actually heard people say there was no such thing as terrorism before the creation of the Jewish state. How such insanity can be believed is incomprehensible. Israel has the right to their homeland, and they have the right to act in its defense. When attacked by radical "Palestinian" terrorists, Israel has the duty to protect itself by offensively going to the heart of the enemy and crushing it.

Equally incomprehensible are calls made by our President and Secretary Rice for an "immediate cease-fire," as if this would help matters. Israel is facing an enemy who openly spouts their so-called "religion" of hatred and violence, an enemy who is known to have the sole goal and purpose of wiping Israel off the face of the map. How can we call for a cease-fire between these parties? If Israel were allowed to continue to put pressure on Hezbolla, the terrorist agressor could eventually be vanquished. Instead, we cry, "peace!", allowing nothing but a brief interlude for the enemy to recouperate, rearm, and regroup.

"What can men do against such wreckless hate?" Theoden asked. A wise answer returned: "Ride out, and meet them."

June 22, 2006

The Intern

I am now an intern at North Star Marketing-Communications! I just finished up my second small project this morning and I'm getting lots of great experience, mainly right now with Adobe inDesign. I'm working with the Creative Director, who goes to my church, too. Design is a blast. Cool beans.

June 10, 2006

Strummin'

I've been teaching myself on my Dad's guitar for awhile and I've really been having fun with it. I check Musician's Friend every now and then, and I started thinking about getting one of my own. After going around to several shops, I made my decision, bought by my parents as a graduation present—Alvarez AD60SC. I've tried a lot of different guitars and talked to several people, but Alvarez really has really amazing quality and beautiful style for the price—which is why the owner of the shop where I bought it had so much Alvarez stuff. I would highly recommend it.

May 22, 2006

DaVinci Mania

The movie is out. Supposedly not that great, but still getting top spot at the box office. Lots of people are confused, some are scared. For those not strong in knowledge of Christianity and church history this fictional story subtly mixed with reality can really sound possible. Focus on the Family has launched a full mini-site on the DaVinci Code, with tons of stuff debunking Dan Brown's conspiracy theories. Be informed. Know the truth.

May 21, 2006

Uru Live Returns

YES! Uru Live is back (Check out the CNET article)!! I never thought I'd see this day! I am so happy for all the people at Cyan and I really hope this takes off. I know you guys wanted to try something fresh, but there just isn't anything like Myst and I'm thrilled to see the dream of Uru near realization. I don't know if I'll have to the time to really get into it, but I hope the following is huge. Cyan, show the world your dreams.

May 16, 2006

MacBook Arrives

My MacBoook is here! I may wait for one revision, but this baby is it—my dream machine. Widescreen, higher res, firmer keyboard, Intel core duo, beautiful looks, and a nice student-friendly price tag. And I can do Windows if need be. What more could a design student want?

April 06, 2006

One Mac to Rule Them All

A new day has dawned. Macs can now do Windows, too. It's called Boot Camp, and everybody's talking about it. Check out Walt Mossberg's article. Any of my slightest hesitations at buying a Mac are now gone without a trace. This will truly make Macs the most amazing, versatile machines out there. What more could you want? I just bought the Battle for Middle-Earth on sale for $15. I couldn't pass it up. The bad thing was, it's a PC game. Not a problem anymore. I know some Mac game developers are feeling a bit of pressure about now, but I'm totally stoked that I can now use Windows for apps that don't run on OS X. For Apple, I'd say the future looks bright.

April 03, 2006

DaVinci Deception

If you haven't heard about the DaVinci Code you've had your head in the sand for the past few years. I know lots of people have it on their favorite books list and the movie's getting hype, but simply, it's nothing but fiction. There's a good new article over at Breakaway about why this is just another attempt to paint Jesus as someone He totally wasn't.

March 03, 2006

Battle for Middle Earth II

The demo was...awesome. I never bought the first one and was really bumbed to hear no demo was coming, but now I'm getting a taste of the finest strategy game I've ever played. The interface is so intuitive, simple, and clean. The action is great, the detail, Howard Shore's music is just so wonderful...and it's a Rings game :-D. It's time to get back to growing my Goblin horde.

And congrats to Cyan for their Myst V awards from Game Industry!