Microsoft Surface ›

I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but, Microsoft did something that has the potential to be cool. The Surface is like the iPhone on steroids and parts of it look very familiar. One thing tho, kudos to Microsoft for finally making a good website thats not blue and pulls you into the product.

Bigger than Mom and Dad

I’ve just come across this quote by Lisa Simpson in my Moleskine. I wrote it down a while ago, I don’t really remember why, or what struck me about it at the time. But when I read it this time I felt compelled to come here and post about it.

The quote:

I’m no theologian, I don’t know who or what God is. All I know is he is a force more powerful than Mom and Dad put together, and I think you owe him!

What struck me about the quote as I read it was the nature of Lisa Simpson as she looks at God. It’s very child-like something which I think can be missing in the way we all look at and think about God. We are told to do it by Jesus in the Bible (Mark 10 v 13–16) where he said

I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.

and I think it is important to do so. Approaching God like a little child would their Dad brings with it that obedience and reliance that we should have. A child has to rely fully on their parents to supply them with everything they need and to give them help and guidance. If we can look to God in this manner and with these qualities then it will serve us well in seeking Him, obeying Him and ultimately glorifying Him.

Smash!

Well, I have a bit of good news first. My neck is getting better, it’s still a bit sore but I have gone all day without having a painkiller. The bad news, is that last night my car was smashed up. It was parked down a side street with many other cars and obviously ticked someone off, along with two others, as someone deemed it a good idea to mangle my windscreen wipers and take a brick to the windscreen. Thought you might like to see some of the affects the brick had!

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car smashed-01

Apologies for the pictures, I don’t have a working camera anymore so they were taken with my phone.

Neck

Well, simply put on Thursday night I somehow managed to sprain my neck! Stop laughing! It really hurts! I didn’t actually know it was possible to do such a thing, but I’ve done it and it flipping hurts. Anyway, as a result I’m not able to do as much work as I have been since after 30 mins being sat at my desk it gets quite painful and I have to move and do something else where my neck is more supported. As a result the small amounts of blogging I have been doing recently may get a bit smaller, at least for the next couple of weeks. Hopefully, I will be able to formalise a few of the posts I have sitting waiting to be written while I’m resting my neck. Anyway, please stay tuned.

Paprika ›

Thanks to Kahled at Broken Kode I think I shall be checking out an anime film called Paprika. I recently watched an anime called Spirited Away and actually really enjoyed it. I’ve always had a kind of interest in some of the Japanese “cartoons”, but I’ve never really gotten into it too much as I’ve not really known where to start. By the sounds of Khaled’s thoughts on Paprika it will be one of the few films I know of that I want to check out.

Anyone know of any other anime movies I should check out in the mean time?

The Big Game (Again!) ›

It’s got to that crucial stage of the season, the deciding game. I know I don’t post about football, or soccer for you Americans, but this game can’t go by without some kind of comment. My team, Nottingham Forest, are sitting third in League One, one point behind second placed Bristol City. It we do better than Bristol that second spot is ours and with it promotion. Here’s a nice little run down on the events that popped up in my feed reader this morning.

Designing for God

Design can be a funny thing. It can be the most frustrating, painful process, but it can also be the most rewarding satisfying and challenging process. The last term has been very enjoyable in terms of my design work. It began with the frustration I had been experiencing in my work for the first term of the year, even stretching back into the second year. But it improved and by the end of the term I was enjoying my work, looking forward to working on it and it was showing in the my work. Today I got my results for the final project of last term, the CU one which I showed samples of the work here, and well I was pleased with them. But thats not why I’m writing this.

I’ve been thinking back about the difference of my work last term and the terms preceding it. Initially I started with what the project I was working on was, the identity, website and posters for the Christian Union at my University. When designing for something or someone of that nature there is only one thing you can do, bring it to God. The only way that the design of the CU identity etc., could do the job it needed to do was for me to take it to God, to pray about it and make him the focus of everything I did. In doing so it enabled me to not work for my own ambitions, not work for the University or my tutor, but instead to work for the glory of God. Something which I think we all aim to do, I know I did, but I think now I’m starting to understand what it really means. What it really means to give your day to day work to the Lord, to keep Him as your focus, the reason you are doing it, using your talents which He gave you to do what He intended them to do and to try my hardest to bring glory to Him.