Thursday, November 15, 2007

On Smart Posters, Family Gaming, and Skipping Class to Kill Bambi's Dad...

Today is Deer Day in Michigan. November 15th, the day that people can finally point their rifles at the antlered creatures and then widely miss them only to scare them into oncoming fenders across the state. Admittedly I'm not a hunter (no moral objections, only practical ones), but the fact that my boys have today AND TOMORROW off of school for the opening of rifle season strikes me as a bit over the top. Of course everyone throughout the Midwest is a little culture blind to it, but can you imagine how we would feel if we found out that in California kids get the day off of school for Oscar nominations, or the first 2 days of "Plastic Surgery Season"? Just a thought.

Let's Roll...

TV

Marie Osmond is back on Dancing with the Stars after her dad passed away last week. She is quoting Ecclesiastes as her inspiration as she randomly opened to the part about "a time to mourn and a time to dance" At the risk of sounding callous wouldn't this be more of the latter? Isn't the point of this passage that we should be willing to endure the seasons of our lives and that things are always changing? I don't know. I know it's not my place to judge (although the same scripture does mention there being a time for throwing stones) and I imagine in the same situation I would probably do the same thing. It just seems a weird scripture to use for justification, though it's nice to see the scriptures get some props.

Movie

Got my first glimpse of marketing for the new Get Smart movie today. I think the poster looks absolutely amazing. Simple, yet conveys exactly the right feel. I still think Carell is the perfect choice for Maxwell Smart and can't wait to see what he does. Here it is:


Music

Arrested Development is back! No, sorry, the Bluths won't be showing up in your TV listings again. The mid 90s hip hop act that tried to show that their genre of music could actually be positive has decided to reappear. If you remember any of their tunes it would probably be the instantly catchy "Tennessee" which I still think was way ahead of it's time (10 points to anyone who can name their other two Top 10 hits). After a decade off (well not really off, just away from the US) to let the times catch up they have now just released a state side album called "Since the Last Time". You can check out more and listen a bit at their official Website.

Game/Tech

Wife O' Dice and the boys surprised me yesterday with Super Mario Galaxy, the latest from America's favorite plumber, and it is astonishing! Right now, I have to say (and I know it's partly because I'm geeked and you will think I'm crazy) it is the best video game I have ever played. Not only did I get the game but because she pre-ordered it I also got this cool Super Mario Galaxy collectors coin and Mario himself (voice actor Charles Martinet, and yes I did know that name without looking it up) gave me a phone call. One of the many things I love about the game itself is that it allows a second player to "help" by stunning enemies and gathering "star bits". Zack and Wiki did something similar and I love this new trend that lets parents and kids work together in this way. If you've got a Wii, hook me up with your Wii number and I'll send you my star progress (I'm sure you are dying to know.)

Faith/Culture

This article caught my eye today, especially after posting about this one only a few days ago. Sigh.

Randomness

Saw that the AP withdrew and corrected the Paris Hilton Drunk Elephant thing today. So something I posted as ironic because I couldn't believe how much the truth sounded like a joke becomes doubly ironic as the truth is that it probably was just a joke. I feel as if the universe might collapse on itself from the sheer weight of all that irony (there is an irony/ivory headline joke in there somewhere but I don't have the motivation to find it). Gotta love the internet.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

On Tall Kids, Family Trees, and Zebra Racism...

I read today that the tallest living American (a 7 feet 8 inch man) was 5 feet 4 inches tall at age 9. That seemed incredible to me until I realized that my son is just about 5 feet tall and he is 8. He has a full 6 months before his birthday and then another year of being 9. Seeing as he has grown 5 to 6 inches a year he may just be 5'9" before his 10th birthday. GULP! I'll keep you posted on his height and how it directly corresponds to our monthly grocery bill (don't forget there are three more potential circus freaks coming up behind him as well).

Let's Roll...

TV

Entertainment Weekly and TVLand got together and listed the Top 50 TV icons of all time. I've got a few issues with the choices of course but overall it's a decent ranking. I'm pleased to see Dick Van Dyke and Homer so high, but can't believe Mr. Rogers didn't even make the top 50. Why is the original cast of SNL ranked #15 as a group but Jennifer Aniston singled out of the Friends cast? Shouldn't Mulder and Scully be on here somewhere as well (even as a team)? James Gandolfini strikes me as a bit of a hot iron pick, especially as high as he is, and I know it may not be an easy pick right know but if you make this list in 20 years I'm guessing Jeff Probst might be a good choice. The only two names I didn't recognize were #68 Don Cornelius and #82 Ted Knight. 10 Rollin' points to the first person who can tell me who they are, and while you're at it, how they both ranked higher than Jerry Mathers? 86?! The Beave is 86th?!

Movies

I just voted for the People's Choice Awards. I always love it when the People's Choice noms come out, because they are the exact opposite of the Oscars, ie movies a lot of us have actually seen and enjoyed because they were fun. This year's noms are no different. Best movie noms? Bourne 3 (YES!), Pirates 3 (uh... no.), and Transformers (ok) Another great example, how about this category; Favorite Leading Man: Jamie Foxx; Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson; Joaquin Phoenix. The day you see "The Rock" up accepting his Oscar give me a call, so I can come make sure the LSD wears off before you jump from the roof. Somewhere between Oscar snobbery and the PCA tom foolery someone needs to produce a nice balanced award show.

Music

In a recent Project 86 blog from front man Andrew Schwab he mentioned that they just recorded a Christmas song, and that we should be scared to know such a thing. Scared? I'm pumped! The more modern rock Christmas tunes around the better the Christmas playlist for The Fuse will sound in a couple weeks. Just hurry up and get it to me so I can get it on the air.

Gaming/Tech

The Check Mii Out channel debuted this past weekend on my Wii and I've already downloaded Mii masterpieces like Charlie Brown, Miss Piggy, and an incredible version of Chicken Little. I know it may not sound like much to you, but remember these people are creating these characters from a very limited amount of options. It's astonishing to me what people can make. I can't wait to vote in the different contests the first of which is already up challenging Mii artisans to craft "Mario without his cap". As Mario would say, "It'sa Mii, Mariooooooo, Woo- Hoo!"

Faith/Culture

Snopes (the go to place to see if that email forward you got is true or not) posted today the story of Lowe's Christmas catalog renaming Christmas Trees, Family Trees. Lowe's says it was a misprint, but as careful as stores have been recently to be "inclusive" it seems a bit fishy. At the Dicer house we used to use a fake family tree but this year we are going straight to the family tree farm to cut our own down. Hmmm, doesn't seem to work for me. By the way, if you want my full opinion on the supposed "war on Christmas" just ask. I think it's ridiculous that we get wrapped up in whether or not the greeters at our local Wal Mart say "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays". In fact, if I owned a store, I'd likely instruct my employees to keep it pretty generic as well. But even I can see that calling it a "family tree" is a bit over the top.

Randomness

Is a zebra white with black stripes or black with white stripes? 90% of people asked in a recent poll (on the Wii) said white with black stripes (as did I). Upon further review I think we are all wrong. I discussed this with a friend recently, who was the first to challenge me on it to the point where we Googled some pictures. I never realized how evenly stripes were distributed across a Zebra's body. In fact, the only distinguishing parts (nose, tail, mane) are BLACK. Is this some sort of Ethno-centric mindset that led me to picture these animals as white with some black striping? Does the Zebra exist solely to point out these racial tendencies? Probably not, but I must admit if asked again I would change my answer. A Zebra is a black animal with white stripes.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

On Being on Wynonna's Christmas Card List and Binge Drinking Elephants...

I got my first Christmas card of the season today. I'm not so much surprised that it came so soon as I am who sent it to me. Today I received a Christmas card from Wynonna Judd. OK, fine, I'm in radio, but Wynonna Judd?! And this wasn't one of those prefab printed kind either, It's a full-on personally signed with a handwritten note Christmas card from a Judd. Sometimes my life just weirds me out. By the way, does this mean I'm supposed to send one back? I'm not completely up on my Christmas cards from B list celebrities who I have no personal or professional contact with protocol.

Let's roll...

TV

I love it when new game shows hit prime time. Every since "Millionaire" hit 7 years ago I have established a tried and true habit with them; watch them like they are the best thing to ever hit TV for about 10 episodes and then never watch them again. This article highlights what is sure to be the next big game show idea and it has me extremely intrigued. Whoever finds a genuine way to involve every viewer in the game with the possibility of winning real prizes will have a guaranteed hit on their hands. (10 points to anyone who can name 5 other prime time game shows I fell in love with and quickly discarded.)

Movies

HBO is filming a movie about the 2000 election and recount. I know it was only 7 years ago but it seems like a lifetime. Is it a result of 9/11 that everything before then feels so ancient. I do, however, remember vividly sitting up all night and watching the returns come in and watching Florida turn red then blue then red then nothing. It was a surreal experience as was the several weeks that followed. An even handed look at this event on film would be incredible. Now, as to whether or not that's what this will be is still to be seen.

Music

Jekob and Rachael Washington have a new album out today as "The Washington Projects". You may or may not remember this brother and sister from a group called "Souljahz" A group whose debut album (and eventual only album) was a wonderful genre blending ride. If the sibs can pull off the type of music they did with Souljahz I can't wait to hear it.

Gaming/Tech

Check out my other blog, thediceisright.com (a likely landing place for anytime I feel like doing more of an article style post), for a review of my favorite new Wii game "Zack and Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure". You can also check my review out at HollywoodJesus.com as I will be doing stuff for them occasionally as well.

Faith/Culture

Winning the "Ya THINK?!" award for the day is this article on screen violence affecting young viewers. Something about it leading to greater levels of aggressive behaviors later in life. This should not be news. Children are designed to be sponges, it's how they learn crucial life skills so quickly. They take their environment and make it part of themselves (a process that dies down as adolescence begins). As a parent it is my goal to shelter my kids and then teach my teens how to think for themselves. It blows my mind that anyone would be surprised that watching violence (or experiencing it) as a child would have ramifications later in life.

Randomness

This has to be a joke right? I mean mega props to Hilton if this is true, to bring light to the plight of binge drinking elephants in India (more so to the people whose lives and property they destroy), but am I the only one who sees the Irony in the headline "Hilton looks to stop Elephant Binge Drinking Problem"? That's a joke headline, to think it's a real story is simple astounding.

Monday, November 12, 2007

On Salad Dressing, Karate Kid, and Fighting Terrorism Over Dial Up...

We had some friends over this weekend and needed to run get some ranch dressing for the dinner salad (we like to pretend like we eat healthy when guests are due.) Anyhow, wife o' Dice was getting ready to put the newly purchased dressing on the table when she realized that the "Best by" date was over a week past. Now, I'm not a usually a stickler on these sort of things, but knowing the local grocery store is leaving stuff on the shelf like that seemed a bit outside of my comfort zone. Plus I'm always up for a little confrontation, so I grabbed the Kraft Ranch Dressing and headed back to the store to straighten things out. As it turns out, the entire Kraft dressing family needed induced, as they were all well past there due dates. As the store clerk and I started checking the dates I could tell she was getting more and more nervous and she started mumbling things like "Kraft usually does this themselves" and "I guess they haven't been here in a while". I couldn't have cared less, it's not like I had the FDA on speed dial, I just wanted some dressing that wouldn't kill our company (I'm not the world's best host, but I know that death by botulism doesn't rank very high on the hospitality scale.) So after pointing out a bottle of Cantalina best used by July 24th the nice lady upgraded my purchase to "Ranch with real Bacon" and said it was a dollar more expensive but "not to worry about it". I haven't.

Let's roll...

TV

Have you caught "Denver and the Mile High Orchestra" on "The Next Great American Band" yet? Every Friday I am awed by how tight and captivating these guys are. I've always enjoyed them, but now I'm a flat out fan. Plus how can I not root for someone that one of the judges described as "Flanderish". 10 Points to the first person who can name the other two groups on this show that I'm rooting for.

Movies

The academy narrowed down the field for the feature length animated film award. These aren't the actual noms but the three that do get nominated will come from this list. I'm all out rooting for Ratatouille of course (a film that should be nominated for best picture by the way) but would love to see "Meet the Robinson's" and "The Simpsons" join it. I've also heard great things about "Surf's Up" but haven't had a chance to see it yet.

Music

Heard these guys on the Relevant Podcast (a great one to download if you do the Podcast thing) and found the video on youtube. I could do without the dancing girls toward the end but everything else about this is genius. I need to rewatch the original Karate Kid, like immediately. Their name is No More Kings (a "Schoolhouse Rocks" reference by the way) and the song is called "Sweep the Leg, Johnny" and was directed by Johnny himself, William Zabka.


Game/Tech

Here's a great article on how many parents won't play video games with their kids. Yeah, why would you want to have fun with your children, that's crazy. Playing the Wii with the boys has been a great time for us to hang out and bond. Though I was a bit taken aback by the dad who plays Halo with his 10 year old. Maybe he thought it was rated T for 10. "Wow dad, great headshot!" "Thanks son, I'll let you stick the next noob with a nade." "Aw dad, you're teh roxors."

Faith/Culture

This article claims that abstinence based sex education is ineffective, which to me is like saying teaching kids that 2+2=4 in math is ineffective. "Our kids keep getting the answers wrong, maybe we should just quit teaching addition." Look, not having sex remains the only sure fire way to not get STDs and/or pregnant, and whether or not teens choose to wait, even after knowing that, is on them. You teach it because it's true not because the student agrees or follows through.

Randomness

What if 24 had shot in the mid 90s? Find out here.
(Warning: This parody contains offensive language consistent with 24 the TV show)

All to Wiki I surrender...

Some ways into Zack and Wiki:The Quest for Barbaros' Treasure you will find yourself stumped. When (not if) this occurs you will press 1 on your trusty Wiimote and be ushered into Granny's presence for some help. Now once you are here, let the music play, go ahead, let it go for a while, recognize anything? That's right, the creators of Z&W have used the classic hymn "I surrender all" as background music. Even the straight old school piano arrangement of it feels like I'm back at my small town Midwestern church in the 80s trying to decide if I should go to the alter and get saved again, except in this case it's a freakish clown puppet morph creature named Granny and not my local pastor who beckons. Once you are here though, kneeling in this space (yes, you read correctly, to summon Granny, Zack kneels to the ground and folds his hands in prayer) beseeching this clown puppet hybrid to give you a hint, it will all make sense.

You see Zack and Wiki is a game that will humble you. A game that will make you feel like the smartest person to ever have lived and at the same time crush you under your inability to shift that one last paradigm that puts all the puzzle pieces in place. If you haven't heard of this treasure of a game yet, let me set the stage. Budding pirate Zack and his floating monkey bell Wiki (I'm pretty sure that monkey bell is not a species, but what else do you call a monkey that turns into a bell when you grab it's tail) are on a treasure hunt. A treasure chest awaits in each level if only they can solve the often Rube Goldbergian puzzles that threaten to keep the booty at bay. These puzzle increase in difficulty as the game goes on which elevates both the level of wonderful befuddlement and immense conquering satisfaction upon completion.

Put simply ZW:QFBT is fun. The puzzle design, the sense of humor, even the innovative use of Wii motion controls, all combine for one of the most enjoyable and fresh gaming experiences I've had in a while. There is also an often overlooked multi player feature in which others can write stuff on the screen and become a more active part of the puzzle solving. A feature that in our house has made Zack and Wiki quite the family affair. Add this to the fact that you can snag the game for a budget price and this is one you definitely don't want to pass up even if you will feel completely lost half the time.

In fact, that feeling is much of what makes this game so engaging and powerful, a feeling that resonates with the real world. People often ask what the answer to life is, as if there is some easy explanation for how this whole thing works. There is no more an easy explanation for life than there is and easy explanation for Zack and Wiki. It's a process, a journey, a discovery. "Now wait a second", I hear you saying, "aren't you one of those Christian type guys? Isn't Jesus the simple answer to everything?" Well, He's the answer for sure, but simple? Not so much. And explanation? Not at all. The process of solving this puzzle is about submission and following. It's about letting others write on your screen a little bit. It's about understanding your place in each environment and the tools you've been given. It's about dropping to your knees, admitting you're lost and seeking guidance. It is about "I Surrender All". And the treasure at the end of this level might just be more than a pirate boy and his pet monkey bell could ever imagine.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Winona, OJ, Mario, Gary Coleman, the Early 90s Have Returned...

My wife broke up an elementary school fight today. She was driving the boys home from school and saw one of Austin's classmates getting pushed around by a bully group. She got out and took care of bidness. My wife is the sweetest most joyous person I know but if you are out of line, watch out (Remind me to tell you the "ZEKE, DID YOU ORDER THE CODE RED!" story someday)

Let's roll...

TV

New episodes of Lost begin Monday. Ok, not new full episodes, but mini webisodes (or mobisodes if you will). You know, those shortened things that shows will put online to get you back interested. This may actually be the only new Lost we get to see for a while if the writers strike continues, so enjoy them. With 24 already postponed indefinitely I'm afraid Locke and Hurley may be next. The good news is that these little morsels will include the main cast and should be worth seeking out, the bad news is that I'd much rather watch Lost on my big screen than my small one. Come on writers and studio heads, can't we all just get along?

Movies

The Trek casting continues today with the announcement that Winona Ryder will be playing Sylar's er.. Spock's mom. I trust you JJ, I really do, but Winona Ryder? I guess she was ok in the most underrated Adam Sandler comedy of all time, Mr. Deeds (OK the only underrated Sandler comedy ever made) .So if you are keeping track at home here's the score:

Kirk - The hunk from Princess Diaries 2








Spock - Sylar from Heroes








Bones - Eomer from Lord of the Rings








Sulu - Harold from the Harold and Kumar movies (I cant believe that word is plural)








Scotty - Zombie killer from Shaun of the Dead








Villian - The Incedible Hulk









Curiouser and curiouser.

Music

The Christmas music is coming hard and heavy into the Fuse this week. Some cool Holiday stuff from Relient K, Jars, and many more. Here's the question, when do you think we should start playing it? Traditionally we have started a few songs after Thanksgiving and worked up to all Christmas music on Christmas Eve and Day. Thoughts?

Game/Tech

4 more days! 4 MORE DAYS!





Faith/General Culture


Continuing our trip into the early nineties, the OJ Simpson trial (season 3) is underway. Is it just me or does simply the phrase "OJ Simpson Trial" send you running to the store for a length of rope and a sturdy beam? The original Simpson verdict is one of only 3 "Where were you when it happened" moments of my life (10 points to anyone who can name the other 2) so it's weird to see him back in court. I get the sense that he and Mike Tyson get together every year to plan there weird and outlandish actions. How great would a Tyson Simpson sitcom be? Seriuosly.

Randomness

Ever wanted a game cube that was previously owned by Gary Coleman? Act today because tomorrow it will be gone. Seriously, why buy a new one for $99 when you can get one signed by Arnold for somewhere north of $500?

Thursday, November 8, 2007

On Heroes, Bad Moms, and Hot Miis...

You know how annoying parents can be when their kids accomplish something. Well, you will now. Austin and Justin brought home their first report cards of the year and both had perfect cards. Austin is reading and doing math at a 5th grade level (he's in 3rd) and Justin is reading at a 2nd grade level and doing math at a 3rd grade level (he's in 1st). In fact Austin's reading comprehension test score puts him at an acceptable level for a 7th grader. Which actually works out nicely considering he looks like he should be in 7th grade anyway. Point being, I sure am glad I married that Jennifer gal, she's a smart one.

Let's Roll...

TV

Incredible interview with Tim Kring, who called EW from the picket line (Tim is writer/producer for NBC's "Heroes"), where he basically admitted the second season has been boring so far and that he made some crucial mistakes in plotting (pronounce it plodding if you like) and execution (which is exactly what needs to happen to the seeping eye twins). If you ask me, I think it's pretty cool for a head producer to come clean like this, hopefully the show can turn it around like Lost did after stumbling into season 2. If this week's episode was any indication they are already heading in the right direction again.

Movies

Director extraordinairre Brad Bird had some cool stuff to say in a recent interview. You probably know him by his amazing work on Incredibles and Ratatouille, but he did a traditionally animated film called "The Iron Giant" that is a must see as well. Anyhow, he talked just a bit about directing a live action film to be released in 09. The dude knows how to craft a story and I, for one, can't wait to see what he has up his sleeve.

Music

I just downloaded "Phase" for my Ipod. It's a rhythm based game that takes your own library and creates "Guitar Hero" type paterns to play along with on your Ipod. As someone who loves music that would never appear in any major releases of these type of games it's incredibly cool to have one that incorporates the music I choose. The effectiveness of it seems a bit sporadic (Chasen's "Crazy Beautiful" and Inhabited's "Hush" played amazing while Brit Nicole's "Holiday" and Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" seemed a little off) but when it works it is incredible fun. It keeps high scores and has both single and marathon modes depending on how long you have to play. I never thought there would be an Ipod game worth the 5 bucks they charge, but being able to scroll my wheel to Toby Mac's "Boomin'" and score points for it makes it hard to discourage.

Gaming/Tech

Nintendo announced that the planned "Check Mii Out" channel will be available for free download starting November 11th. Everytime they announce a new channel I think it sounds absolutely stupid and then I end up getting addicted (I swear the Ninty boys could make doing taxes fun). Anyhow, the new channel will allow user to upload there custom Miis and download others (Mii's are the. It will also feature contests for celebrity Mii look alikes and votes on which Miis are the coolest. Basically it's "Hot or Not" for the Wii crew. Here's my plan: Ridicule it now and then set my alarm early on Sunday so I can download it before I go to church.

Faith/General Culture

I'm sure you have heard by now about the girl in India who was born with 4 arms and 4 legs (By the way, if I had a son born with 8 limbs there is no way you or anyone else would keep me from naming him Peter Parker Dicer). After reading about her successful surgery (Besides the removal of the extra limbs, her deformed pelvis and spine were corrected, and redundant extra organs removed) it really struck me how "Dr. Frankenstein" modern medicine has become. I don't even mean that in a bad way, just that we understand the body so well that we can take it apart and put it back together in a different way. Here's to wishing Lakshmi (which is the name for the Hindu Goddess with 4 arms, see I'm not the only parent with a sense of humor) a speedy and full recovery.

Randomness

I steal my children's Halloween candy. Whew, I feel much better now that I got that off my chest. Bad parents everywhere are uniting in such admissions at truemomconfessions.com. When that piece of peanut butter toast fell PB side down on the floor, did you give it back to your 3 year old, even after seeing a few strands of dog hair in the midst? Just type it into the confessional and watch as other parents click "me too" so you don't fell so bad. Here's my favorite recent confession. OK, some things are just unforgivable.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Welcome to the Show...

Welcome to the new Rollin'!

Each weekday this blog will contain links and thoughts from my afternoon radio show on 101.7 The Fuse. I'll still be overthinking everything from pop culture to faith culture just more specifically related to what we cover on the show and also in new Rollin' with Dice fashion.

Most Dice have six sides and I am no different, we will run down the pips from 1 to 6 each covering a different side of my life and interests.

Movies

Check out the new trailer for a film called "What Would Jesus Buy?" It's produced by Morgan Spurlock (the guy who almost killed himself with Mcfood in "Super Size Me") and though it looks like it takes some jabs at Christianity, it seems to make the point that some Christians have been making for years (while still buying our Jesufied apparel albeit) which is that Christ and consumerism do not mix well. Check out the trailer and let me know what you think. Also note the font used for the title text on the poster, look familiar?

TV

The writers strike heads into day three and it looks like it's getting nastier and nastier. It may be just a few weeks before everything on TV is in reruns except for Reality Shows. Is it just me or is it funny to see these famous actors picketing? And if these are our best writers shouldn't we all be lining up to see what funny things they have written on their signs? Honestly though, it may seem easy to make fun of rich people fighting rich people about the percentage and division of their relative richness, but it's all fun and games until I miss an episode of Lost. For a great rundown of your specific shows and how the strike will affect them hit this link

Music

Radiohead recently put their album online and offered fans the freedom to pay "whatever they want" for it. Well, the results are in and turns out 62% of them didn't really care to pay at all. Of the 38 percent who did pay the average amount was around $6. In America only 60% took the album for free and the average price for the other 40 was $8 something. When you really think about this it's actually pretty amazing that anyone paid anything at all. Remember it was perfectly legal for these people to pay nothing and take the album, yet still almost 40% of people decided to pay anyway. For someone who works at a "pay whatever you want" radio station (ie listener supported) this is encouraging news.

Gaming/Tech

The XBox 360 beat Nintendo to the punch today in releasing something that I can't believe the Wii didn't come with to start out, an automatic parental timer. As a parent of four boys who all get 45 minutes of game time it's a chore to constantly reset timers and keep track. Now parents can make sure little Timmy doesn't play more than his alloted 30 minutes of Bioshock or Grand Theft Auto.

Faith/General Culture

Russel Crowe recently expressed interest in being baptized. His reason? "If I believe it is important to baptize my kids, why not me?" He plans to do it at the chapel he built at his house (what you don't have one?) My curiosity is killing me on this one. I would love to pick his brain about what it would mean to him and what his beliefs are. It's easy (and even appropriate) to find flaw in the nebulous spiritualism many celebrities play with. But seeking truth and faith is always a great thing and the true seeker will find. Here's to hoping Mr. Crowe is on the right track and that what he does that day, will truly echo in eternity.

Randomness

Ever just wish someone in Portugal would dedicate a blog to finding the ugliest picture of Mickey Mouse? Well, today is your day. Welcome to Ugly Mickey.

See ya' tomorrow