Thursday, December 28, 2006

USB Missile Launcher


This is just too cool. A USB powered Nerf missile launcher. If you actually have time to play with one of these at work then you have too much free time.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Those with special needs can still drive gas guzzlers

Any day of the week you can pull into a parking lot and find a car parked in a handicap space. Usually the vehicle is an old buick something. Well, in Dallas, TX people who need special handicap parking spots drive huge hummers that even I would need help getting into. At first glance I thought it was some dummy parking illegally in a handicap spot. Nope, in the distance I could see the little blue sign hanging from the rear view mirror. I couldn't help but to laugh out loud.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Samantha has a new favorite place

Samantha has fallen in love with the heat lamp in the bathroom. She just hangs out in the bathroom for hours at a time.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Los Angeles-area Boy Scouts can earn "activity patch" in copyright

As an Eagle Scout myself I'm always interested in hearing what changes the boy scouts are making. When I read this I laughed out loud. A copyright activity badge? Wow!

Engadget
Los Angeles-area Boy Scouts can earn "activity patch" in copyright

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Los Angeles-area Boy Scouts (this author used to be among them) will now be able to receive an "activity patch" in respecting
copyrights . Different from a merit badge, The Associated Press reports that "an activity patch is not required to advance in the Scouts. Instead, they are awarded for various recreational and educational activities, such as conservation or volunteering at a food bank." Scouts will get a primer in copyright law, will have to identify five types of copyright, and will get to visit a movie studio to learn about "how many people can be harmed by film piracy," as defined by the
MPAA . Boing Boing also adds that a movement is underway to educate the Los Angeles Area Council about their concerns of potentially pushing the MPAA's agenda. Jay Neely, an Eagle Scout (as is this author), writes on Boing Boing : "If it's as one-sided or erroneous as your post worries it will be, I'd like to get other current or former scouts to take part in a concerted effort to write the Los Angeles Area Council with our concerns." So basically, this ain't over yet, Hollywood. [Thanks, Rollins] Read - The Associated Press Read - Boing Boing


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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

The Peabody Hotel

Last night Gina and I had dinner at The Peabody Hotel in Memphis. We missed the famous entrance of the ducks.

Help save Santa

This car was last seen heading west on interstate 40 just outside of memphis. If you look closely you will see santa hanging from the trunk. It looks like it was closed on him. You may be his last chance. The driver was a really old lady.

Christmas Travels

Yesterday Gina and I began our road trip from Louisville, KY to Richardson, TX. We spent the night in Memphis. Of course we didn't fully check out to see if it was a pet friendly hotel. We just snuck samantha in one of our bags. As you can see our cat samantha sits wherever she wants whenever she wants.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Ala. woman at heart of campaign to raise aid money for Malawi


I'm so very excited this morning for my friend Colleen. Her year old non-profit organization entitled "Watering Malawi" was just featured by the AP. I love that the article starts off by pointing out a very important fact. "Colleen Burroughs was worried about the people of Malawi long before Madonna created an international sensation by adopting a child from the African nation." This is true for many other organizations as well I bet. Sorry Madonna, you can't take all the credit. Here is a link to the article and her site.
http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&q=colleen+burroughs+watering+malawi&btnG=Search+News
http://www.topix.net/content/ap/0372496774381563127609658669613792880262
http://www.wateringmalawi.org/

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Katie Couric interviews photojournalist Linda Solomon about her work with the Salvation Army


Linda Solomon is a photojournalist that volunteers with The Salvation Army. This year she ran a project called "My Holiday Wish". She met with children who live in Salvation Army shelters and armed them with cameras. She asked them to take photos of what their holiday wishes were. The results are painful and hopeful. Check out her website at http://myholidaywish.org/. To watch the video interview please visit http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/i_video/main500251.shtml?id=2252538n
Eye To Eye: Linda Solomon
Only On The Web: Katie Couric talks with photojournalist Linda Solomon about her work with the Salvation Army and what homeless kids wish for this Christmas; then Couric files her notebook.

The smiling spud


My friends Bill and Aimee Buchanan never cease to amaze me. One of their youth group kids found a potato that looks like its smiling while washing potatoes in preparation for a fund raiser. Most of us would laugh and stick it on the youth group wall until it started growing things. Their church decided to auction it off on ebay and put that money towards their fundraiser for Darfur. Who would have ever know that a week later they would have been featured on CNN. Check out this media coverage.
CNN
PC(USA) - News Service
Biblical Recorder
Holy Vignettes
Asheville Citizen-Times

These are just a few. People can't pay for this kind of media attention.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Jersey Marketing

I love seeing jersey marketed on uhauls.

Monday, November 20, 2006

First frost and snow flakes

I was very happy to awake this morning to our first real frost with a light dusting of snow as well. I love that stuff!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Variety.com - VHS, 30, dies of loneliness

This is the end of an era. Some of my favorite movies are still on VHS. I've been too cheap to upgrade to DVD. I know I'm not the only one.
Variety.com - VHS, 30, dies of loneliness

Friday, November 10, 2006

Disney's Magical Express

I'm back at disney for another event. It's a ruff life. I'm not complaining one bit. This time I was able to get a reservation with Disney's Magical Express. They pick up your bags in baggage claim for you and deliver them straight to your room for you. Its a pretty sweet deal. The only downside is you have to ride on this bus with tons of screaming kids with disney music piped into the sound system really loud. It's almost too much. We just dropped off all the kids at one of the other properties. Off to the coronado.

50,000 miles

Yesterday was a milestone for my Impala. I hit the 50,000 mile mark. Its been a terrible first 50,000. I've had water leak after water leak. I'm positive that I purchased a factory lemon almost 4 years ago. I'm in the midst of pursuing legal action.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Faith Hill is a PISSED!

Please tell me Faith Hill was kidding. If not she is loosing it.

YARMUTH WINS!


I'm pleasantly surprised that John Yarmuth beat Anne Northup. If I have to hear her talk about how much money she has brought to this community I'm gonna gag. Its not just about the money Anne. The dollar signs don't give you a free ride to go back to Washington. That's just not how it works. I expect more from you than just money. I expect someone to represent me and my families values. Thanks for your service but I believe your out of touch.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

One of the most grand dessert presentations I've seen in a while

These are a few videos of the dessert presentation I experienced at The Waterfront Seafood Grill. It was a lot of fun. I think the hair on the back of my head burned a little.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Networks make strange decisions

How does a network keep someone like Tyra Banks on the air and then cancel so many other quality dramas after just one or two weeks. I just saw a commercial for her show and it just made me mad. She is such a freak and her show is right up there with Jerry Springer.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Oh how I love dessert

Last night we had a delightful dinner with Nancy and John Marshall. They are the owners of The Episcopal Bookstore in Seattle. It's the largest and most successful Episcopal bookstore in the country. It has a long and very well respected history because of their leadership. They shared with us the ups and downs of being an independent bookstore in the Amazon age. If your ever in Seattle stop by their shop and visit. You can find them online at http://www.episcopalbookstore.com. Bill and I treated them to a very nice dinner at the Waterfront Seafood Grill. As you can see we enjoyed a little dessert as well. I had a walnut chocolate chip cookie sundae with creamy vanilla ice cream on top. Yummy!

Saint Mark's Cathedral Bookstore

One of our first sales calls we went on was to Saint Mark's Cathedral Bookstore. This is a photo from inside Saint Mark's.

Sales presentation with Amazon.com

Yesterday my boss and I met with the amazon.com book buyers at one of their various offices in Seattle. I believe one of the Amazon staff told me beyond the main headquarters they have 4 other office spaces around town. I was very impressed with the quality of the Amazon staff. They know their stuff. One of the staff mentioned the possibility of Amazon creating a Christianity landing page within books. I offered some suggestions as to how I see that best being set up. I was asked to put my thoughts in writing and send them in. I will probably do it but I'd rather them higher me as a consultant to help with the development and ongoing marketing of religious books throughout the year. I can dream, can't I? Maybe my ideas will be so good that they offer me a job?

Mt. Rainier

As we were flying into Seattle we had a great view of Mt. Ranier.

Fall Festival

This past Saturday Gina and I attended a fall festival at Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church. These are a few photos of my friend Garrett playing one of the games.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

RIP?

We just passed this house that has all those traditional halloween RIP headstones scattered all over the front yard. They had everything from RIP Tiny tim, Osama Bin Laden and even that crazy north korean Kim Jong. The picture isn't great but you get the idea.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Always use protection


I got a good laugh out of this advertisement for firefox.com that I found this evening. Firefox is the safe alternative to Internet Explorer. You should give firefox a chance.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

TJ Max, good deals or krap?

This evening after the movies we stopped by tj max. After about 10 minutes I had one question on my mind. Is TJ Max full of great deals or krap? I wonder if the corporate folks actually think they present quality products? I wonder what its like to work for a company that pedels krap mixed in with a few good deals?

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Lindsey Wilson College Singers

Last night Gina and I went to the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary here in Louisville for a concert. One of our college kids from Central Presbyterian is now a freshman at Lindsey Wilson College. She is a member of their choir now. This is a picture from the Alumni Memorial Chapel.

Red Cross takes over millionaires row

Today the Red Cross held a lunch at Churchill Downs for volunteers. It was really nice. It was very interesting to see how the other half live life up in thw clouds of millionaire row. Its really high up.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

War times


War times
Originally uploaded by Drewsyboy.
Seeing an 18 wheeler drive by with military vehicles on the back is not something you see everyday. I guess it speaks to what's going on in our world.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Neon Cross


Neon Cross
Originally uploaded by Drewsyboy.
Here at Lake Junaluska there is a neon cross up on a hill. Here at the Terrace Hotel they have a TV channel dedicated to this cross. They have a camera that is pointing at it 24/7. This neon cross reminds me of some lyrics from a David Lamotte song called Butler Street. The song goes like this...

There's a neon cross on a mountain
Saying 'sinners best beware'
That means that somebody went to the trouble
To run power way up there
These mountains speak to my spirit
I guess it kind of blows my mind
To think that someone could look at the vista
And think God needs a neon sign

The old man asked me if I was saved
I turned to check his eyes
I didn't see any concern there
And it's sad that I wasn't surprised
No, he was just trying the secret handshake
Where you push until push comes to shove
His hands were deep in his pockets
And his eyes said nothing of love

Sing me a song about Jesus
But please don't sing about the poor
It’s already been a long day; I really don't want to hear anymore
Sing me a song about Jesus
That will make me feel happy inside
Sing me a song about forgiveness
That will make this lifestyle feel justified
Sing a song about Jesus

Ran into Jesus this morning
He was down on Butler Street
He was carrying his bedroll
He was standing in line for something to eat
He got splashed by the muddy water
When the shiny hubcaps rolled by
He brushed himself off and chuckled and looked over at me
And said, "hey, there but for the grace of God go I"

Sing me a song about Jesus
But please don't sing about the poor
It’s already been a long day; I really don't want to hear anymore
Sing me a song about Jesus
That will make me feel happy inside
Sing me a song about forgiveness
That will make this lifestyle feel justified
Sing a song about Jesus.


David LaMotte, “Butler Street,” from Hard-Earned Smile, Ó 1997 Lower Dryad Music.

It's a beautiful day at Lake Junaluska


Thursday, October 05, 2006

Male Restroom Etiquette

Male Restroom Etiquette

I can't tell you how many times I've wondered how I might improve upon my bathroom etiquette. This video is scary and funny all at once.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Ruby Tuesday


Ruby Tuesday
Originally uploaded by Drewsyboy.
Greetings from Ruby Tuesday in some random city in tennessee. I'm on my way to Lake Junalaska, NC for the Christian Education Fellowship conference. It should be a busy week.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Kitchen sink


Kitchen sink
Originally uploaded by Drewsyboy.
The time has come to replace our kitchen sink. I have 0 plumbing experience when all is said and done. I've done some research, purchased the sink and various other supplies. This should be fun!

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Three-year-old buys pink convertible on eBay - Tech News & Reviews - MSNBC.com

We all hear the stories about how we need to be vigilant on the internet when it comes to our security and safety. Who would have ever thought we needed to protect our financial data from our three year old children. This story is too funny!
Three-year-old buys pink convertible on eBay - Tech News & Reviews - MSNBC.com

Friday, September 29, 2006

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

A new way to control R/C planes!

If I could buy all the toys and gadgets in the world this would be near the top of the list. This guy developed a camera that mounts onto the cockpit of a remote control plane and transmits to a headset worn by the flyer. Makes flying awesome!

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Saturday, September 23, 2006

Louisville Flooding on Saturday September 23, 2006

This footage was filmed from my front porch in Louisville, KY around 12:15 in the morning on Saturday September 23. The water was coming down so fast that it was running past my house like a river.

Flooding

Louisville is having some serious flood issues. I got called into the red cross thi morning around 7am. They are expecting continued widespread flooding throughout the region. We are currently working on setting up shelters throughout the area. This is going to be a long weekend. I can just feel it.

Friday, September 22, 2006

jesus the musical

Just when you thought you had seen it all. Then you find something like this. Scary!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Bounty hunter Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman arrested - REALITY TV - MSNBC.com

Why in the world is Bounty hunter Duane "DOG" Chapman a higher priority for the mexican authorities than drug dealers and murders that are hiding out in mexico. This is nuts! Free DOG!
Bounty hunter Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman arrested - REALITY TV - MSNBC.com

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Its been quite a treat to stay at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge this week. Gina is in the midst of planning Faith in 3D 2008 with her colleagues David Burroughs and Betsy Boyd who represent the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and The Episcopal Church. I'm lucky to just be here as a spouse vacationing. I've spent my days lounging in the pool and reading some books. Yesterday I went and saw World Trade Center at the movie theater. I was really wanting to see it so I decided to go on my own. It was really good. It was neat to learn more about the hero's that stepped up on September 11, 2001. I was hoping to see Mission Impossible 3 but it looks like its already out of the theater.

Its been a long time since I've posted. Life has been very busy. Its been a very busy summer. Talk to you all soon!
Andrew

Thursday, July 20, 2006

What to do about gas prices?


What to do about gas prices?
Originally uploaded by Drewsyboy.
Gas prices seem to go down a little and then up a lot. Then down again and up a whole lot more. I just filled up and was shocked.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Cop butchers National Anthem

I think we've all been at talent shows where a certain performer has just destroyed a song. Buddy, its the national anthem. Maybe you shouldn't have volunteered.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

2006 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women


Yesterday was the kick off for the PW gathering here in Louisville. I've been working in the exhibit hall meeting and greeting the ladies. Its quite an interesting event full of interesting people. We're lucky to have a few friends in town that are serving on leadership at the gathering. Its been a lot of fun to visit with them.

Chelsea-Handler.com

I'm pretty sure that my new favorite show is The Chelsea Handler Show on the E Channel. Its one of the most random shows I've seen in a while. I would place it right along side with Campus ladies. Check it out when you have a chance.
Chelsea-Handler.com

I'm free, didn't get picked

On Thursday afternoon I was released from serving on that particular trial I mentioned a few days ago. From what I could figure out the trial is about a woman who died from complications related to chromes disease. It looks like my ticket out the door was being to emotionally connected with a family member that was severely effected by chromes. Its a good thing I was released. The trial is scheduled to run through the end of this month at the least. That would be at least a month our of work. I just can't imagine how any company could go without one of its member longer that the two week commitment. It's a lot to ask of anyone.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

I got picked... :(


I got picked... :(
Originally uploaded by Drewsyboy.
This is the view from courtroom 703. If you look closely you can see the huge bat from the louisville slugger museum. I've been selected in the initial jury pool for a case that is set to run through July 31st potentially. We have a break for about 15 minutes before the lawyers start asking questions and eliminating jurists. I can't be out of work for a month! Yikes! Maybe I will get cut.

Jury Duty, Day 2 - Sitting and waiting

I've entitled this posting sitting and waiting because that's all I've done so far. I arrived this morning bright early in order to get a good seat and grab something to eat. At 9:00am on the dot a staff person read off the first list of 13 jurors that had been selected for a case. The names were read and the individuals followed one of the sherrifs out of the room. About 30 minutes later that same women came back into the room and asked for our attention once again. She informed us she was about to read off a list of 40 jurors that would need to go with another sherriff. Once again I was in the clear. Gotta go, that woman is back.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Jury Duty, Day 1


Jury Duty, Day 1
Originally uploaded by Drewsyboy.
This morning I reported for jury duty for the first time. Just an orientation today. I begin more active service on Wednesday.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

The Bicycle Camera Mounts were a total success


Over the last few weeks I took a stab at selling these Bicycle Camera Mounts. I found instructions to make them a few months ago and the rest is history. I sold my first 8 in around a week. I've ordered more parts and made 35 more. You can find more information at http://www.buckspot.com or http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=010&item=200003840814


Sunday, June 25, 2006

Circuit City Bubble Truck


Circuit City Bubble Truck
Originally uploaded by Drewsyboy.
This afternoon I was driving home from the grocery store and saw this weird looking truck in the distance. As I got closer I started laughing. It was a circuit city delivery truck that's shaped like a bubble. Very interesting!

A Prairie Home Companion Movie


Yesterday afternoon Gina and I had the pleasure of seeing A Prairie Home Companion the movie. We both agreed that it was a really good movie. After years of hearing this show on the radio in the car as a kid it was really neat to have a visual of the theater. Its an amazing cast as well. If you have a chance go and check it out.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

We're in Kentucky


We're in Kentucky
Originally uploaded by Drewsyboy.
After 13 days in Birmingham, AL we are almost home. Thank the lord! It was a great few weeks but you can only stay in a hotel for so long. There are certain limits.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Exhibit Hall


Exhibit Hall
Originally uploaded by Drewsyboy.
The exhibit hall has been pretty fun this week. As always the feeling of a family reunion.

Joint Worship


Joint Worship
Originally uploaded by Drewsyboy.
On Sunday the cumberland presbyterians and the PC(USA) worshiped together in the large arena.

Congo Choir Tour


Congo Choir Tour
Originally uploaded by Drewsyboy.
Last night The Congo Choir Tour performed at the Peacemaking dinner. You can learn more about them at http://www.pcusa.org/worldwide

Saturday, June 17, 2006

PC(U.S.A.) Moderator Elections


PC(U.S.A.) Moderator Elections
Originally uploaded by Drewsyboy.
The 217th General Assembly convened yesterday and elected a new moderator.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Outgoing Moderators Preach at closing worship

This morning The PYC outgoing Co-Moderators Nathan Ballentine and Patricia Massey preached at the closing worship. They did an amazing job of sending out the participants. Not just to go home and remember but to go home and do. Make a difference today.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

PC(USA) - 217th General Assembly (2006)

Presbyterians are beginning to arrive in Birmingham, AL. I already ran into my Aunt Dusty who is a commissioner this year for the first time. For updates throughout the next week please visit the following link. This years assembly is very tech savvy. Live feeds, photos and the works.
PC(USA) - 217th General Assembly (2006)

Condoleezza Rice: Southern Baptist Convention Speech

Last night Robert Hay was invited to introduce our preacher The Rev. Clyde Carter. During his introduction he mentioned an interesting fact that Rev. Carter was the pastor of I believe Westminster Presbyterian Church here in Birmingham and that he followed Condoleezza Rice's father was the pastor at that very church. This afternoon I was reminded of that story and just randomly googled Condoleezza Rice. I very quickly found a speech she gave to the Southern Baptist Convention this morning. She opens her remarks with a story about why she is Presbyterian and talks about her Presbyterian family history. Its a great little story. Check it out when you have a chance.

Scoop: Condoleezza Rice: Southern Baptist Convention

Co-Moderator elections were followed by a powerful worship experience at 16th St. Baptist Church


Yesterday was a very full day at The Presbyterian Youth Connection assembly. For the fourth time in the Youth Connection assembly's history Co-Moderators were elected. Casey and Nancy are going to do an amazing job. I will share more information about then in the coming days.

Being in Birmingham we had to take advantage of the rich history that occurred here during the civil rights movement. We had the opportunity to visit the Civil rights museum and then worship across the street at The 16th St. Baptist church. We were truly blessed to have The Rev. Clyde Carter as our preacher. He was one of the original FREEDOM riders. What a gift we all received through hearing his life story and experiences.










Monday, June 12, 2006

It's NOT ALL Fun and Games - Theology of Recreation

That's the title of the workshop I'll be teaching this week at the PYC Pre-Assembly starting tomorrow morning. Please keep me in your prayers. This is a wonderful workshop written by Lynn Turnage who is a great Rec. leader and educator. I'm not a very big rec guy. I love to participate and I stay away from leadership. In many ways this is a good learning experience for me. Pushing me to learn new things and all that good stuff. I feel good about leading the games but I still need to work on the second half of the workshop which is where we do some debriefing.

Tonight is the opening worship and celebration. Its time to get this baby started!

Sunday, June 11, 2006

"Me Church"

My friend Robert posted this recently and I just had to share. What's truly scary is that this video reflects what many people think the church should be.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

The 217th General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church (USA)

This morning Gina and I left our comfortable home and our cat Samantha for Birmingham, AL. This is the location of this years General Assembly gathering. Its been a pretty ruff first day. Upon arrival the hotel didn't have us booked until Monday. Then Ginas corporate credit card was denied. What a pain.


These steps of the Birmingham Convention Center will be filled with Presbyterian Youth starting on Monday and then Commissioners will arrive starting on Wednesday. It should be a crazy few weeks.

Sea Girt Army Camp has Mass Casualty

This evening at 7:39 pm I received a page letting me know that there was a Mass Casualty at Sea Girt Army Camp in New Jersey. Supposedly there are 30 people with Apparent food poisoning. I guess that's what army food does to ya.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Duck Tape Prom Outfit Contest @ www.ducktapeclub.com

Dear Friends,
I received an email from my friend Mich Phillips this morning. One of the kids in her youth group has entered a duck tape prom outfit contest at www.ducktapeclub.com. There is a scholarship up for grabs. Lets show some support. Here is the note I received from Mich.

Online voting is from June 16th - 25th. Please cast your vote then!

Hello friends and family

Please check out this website and vote for one of my youthÂ’s entry in the duck tape prom outfit contest. There is a scholarship up for grabs.

www.ducktapeclub.com

Click on contests --------- Prom------------State of MO You can also check out different states too.

Emily & her boyfriend are #3671.