Archive for November, 2005

Just a few seconds after walking in the door of my apartment after church this morning, my phone rang. The caller was an obviously distraught Elvenyukiryu—my good friend from high school. She had just learned that an 18-year-old friend of hers from work had earlier in the morning murdered the parents of the 14-year-old girl he was secretly dating, and then fled with the girl, either having kidnapped her or taking her willingly. (Follow the story as it breaks: html | rss.)

For some reason yet to be determined, this young man took a seriously wrong turn in life that culminated in the death of two people, the possible kidnapping of a minor, orphaned children, and friends left in a world that doesn’t make sense anymore—shattered lives all around. What possesses an otherwise normal and well-adjusted person to commit murder?

And yet, what depths of sin exist within all our souls? Is not the evil necessary to commit murder present within us all in one form or another? Is it not only by the grace of God that such evil is restrained?

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I have this spiffy new computer that is able to run Apple’s music creation app GarageBand, so on a random whim this weekend, I decided to fire it up and try my hand at music making. Of course my actual ability to play music myself is somewhat limited, and I don’t really have any good way of recording sound onto my computer right now, so I dived into the included music loop library and dragged and dropped until I had something that resembled a techno song. The result? Well, listen for yourself, and let me know what you think:

Download “Digital Phoenix (Unfinished Demo 1)” [4.28 MB]

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Over the past several weeks I have been working on a batch of hard cider. Now that it’s bottled and completing the final stages of the process, it’s time to think of something to call it—some sort of brand name or something. Any ideas?

2 Cases of Cider

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