6.13.2014

Update: Lack of Posts

Here's the deal.

You may have noticed that I didn't even get around to Top Ten Tuesday this week. This is due to the fact that, since I received the job position I was shooting for, I now work 8 hours a day. Not only that, I also have Geometry and Chemistry to work through before the fall semester.

As a result, my blog has suffered greatly during this last week. In fact, I have more free time during the school year than I do now. And I'll be without electronic access next week to boot.

All of this leaves me with a few options.

1. Write posts on Saturdays and schedule them for later.
2. Consume any free time I get for the purpose of posting.
3. Throw together a post if I have a quick minute.
4. Stop posting altogether.

Obviously I'm not going to pick the final one, but I will make an attempt at the other three. As I just briefly mentioned a moment ago, I will be without electronic access next week, leaving me to blogging the old fashioned way - notebook and pencil. If I have the time, and if I don't put it off, I will write the next episode of Pond Wars.

I apologize for all this procrastination. (If you read through my recent posts you'll notice that the undertone is composed of laziness, half-hearted lists, and lame excuses.)

I will try harder.

- HyperLinkzer

6.07.2014

Saturday Stuffs: Tumblr

I'm still behind on Pond Wars. :P

I don't really have any excuses. I'm just not motivated. *sigh*

But for now, here's some funny pictures. The theme is Tumblr - the place between Twitter and Blogger where short thoughts, pictures, quotes, and the like are shared. However, many users have taken it much farther and turned it into a very strange place with very strange people (though a good deal of sane members still remain).

Enjoy. :)











- HyperLinkzer

6.03.2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Will Be In My "Beach Bag" This Summer


I dunno about you, but this category scares me.

I don't go to the beach. I hate sand. O_O Seaweed is gross.

Eugh.

Maybe I'll just watch a video of an ocean. Yes. That'll be just fine. And while I'm at it, here's the books I would read:
  1. Sovereign by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee. Get used to Dekker being at the top of all my lists. :P Third book in the Books of Mortals series. Only 49 truly alive followers remain loyal to Rom. This meager band must fight for survival as The Order is focused on their total annihilation. Misunderstood and despised, their journey will be one of desperation against a new, more intensely evil Order. As the hand of this evil is raised to strike and destroy them they must rely on their faith in the abiding power of love to overcome all and lead them to sovereignty.
  2. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. That's right, I still haven't read them. I do plan on it though. :) They're just so long...
  3. Raising Dragons by Bryan Davis. Well, actually, I would like to read all three (or is it four?) sets in this particular universe. Looks super cool. :D The kids at school call Billy “Dragon Breath” for good reason. His breath is bad! It isn’t the normal, morning-mouth bad; it’s the hot-as-fire, “don’t-you-dare-get-near-me” bad. Trouble erupts when his hot breath sets off the fire sprinklers in the boys’ restroom at school, and his parents learn that they’ve kept their secret for too long.
  4. Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey. Yep, I posted this one last time. I didn't quite finish it, but it is so cool! Lots of good stuff in there.
  5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. I read this when I was quite a bit younger and didn't really understand it, so I believe it's time to take a closer look. :) Follow the adventures of young Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto, as their Kansas house is swept away by a cyclone and they find themselves in a strange land called Oz. Here she meets the Munchkins and joins the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion on an unforgettable journey to the Emerald City, where lives the all-powered Wizard of Oz.
  6. The Chosen by Chaim Potok. I started it a while ago but put it down due to busyness. It's really interesting though, I was learning some cool stuff about Jewish culture. Two fathers, two sons and the pressures on all of them to pursue the religion they share in the way that is best suited to each. And as the boys grow into young men, they discover in the other a lost spiritual brother, and a link to an unexplored world that neither had ever considered before. In effect, they exchange places, and find the peace that neither will ever retreat from again.
  7. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien (sorta). I have heard that people who have read this book have the potential to become Lord of the Rings nerds. I accept the challenge.
  8. Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper. I actually have no idea what this book is about. I went to my grandparents church recently and he (Piper) was the local pastor, so when I saw this book in my house I thought, "Hmm hey I know this guy maybe I should read this how bad can it be?"
  9. Socrates Meets Jesus by Peter Kreeft. My siblings read this and said it was pretty cool. What would happen if Socrates--yes, the Socrates of ancient Athens--suddenly showed up on the campus of a major university and enrolled in its divinity school? What would he think of human progress since his day? How would he react to our values? To our culture? And what would he think of Jesus?
  10. The Boneman's Daughters by Ted Dekker. Got it for my birthday and it's been collecting dust ever since. :P WARNING: Dekker writes many books for adults, and judging from the synopsis, you should definitely ask your parents before reading this book.
As you may have noticed, this "Beach bag" list generalized into a "Books I want to read" list. No matter, it's all the same to me. :) Mwahahaha.

AND NOW because it's late at night and I had too much sugar, I wanted to show you a BRAND NEW smiley face that my friend accidentally invented about twenty minutes ago:

:O_O:

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

I PRESENT TO YOU

THE SURPRISED GUY LOOKING IN A MIRROR

No need to applaud me, all the credit goes to the creator.

This incredible innovation has led to a breakthrough in smiley faces! See for yourself:

:)_(:
Happy guy looking in a mirror

:(_):
Sad guy looking in a mirror

:D_D:
THE AWESOME REVERSED MIRROR IN WHICH A HAPPY MAN BECOMES A SAD ONE or vice versa I guess


:E_E:
Vampire looking in a mirror and becoming a guy with buck teeth

:/_\:
Disturbed guy looking in a mirror

:P_P:
ANOTHER REVERSED MIRROR IN WHICH
UHM
Yeah you can try to figure out what to call it I can't do it right now

- HyperLinkzer

5.31.2014

...yeah.

It appears that I will not, in fact, be able to keep up with the proposed schedule. :P

Therefore, I'm shaving it down to just a few stuffs.

PLAN B:

Monday: nothing
Tuesday: TTT
Wednesday: zip
Thursday: zilch
Friday: Pond Wars*
Saturday: nada
Sunday: diddly squat

*Still trying to get the voices to sound right, and then there's all the background sounds I need to conjure up. So it might just be on-screen debates until I can figure that out. :( We'll see though. *hopes*

Of course, if I ever have something else to post, I have five empty days to do so. I know it's not as exciting and fun-filled as my other master plans, but I just can't deal with 4-5 posts in 7 days.

Lemme know what you think. If you have an idea for a really quick/easy post series I could throw together on Saturdays or something, I would love to hear it. :)

Actually...

...you know what....

Saturday: Funny stuff!

I have tons of hilarious pictures I can share with you guys, so stay tuned for that. :D

Also, on a completely unrelated note:

Check out Studio C on YouTube or click here. Studio C is a really really funny sketch comedy show, with episodes running about half an hour each. I will mention that they are not Christian, but they are Mormon so it's clean comedy. And they are hilarious. So yeah. See for yourself.

- HyperLinkzer

5.27.2014

Top Ten Tuesday Freebie: Top Ten Books I Have On My Shelf


Greetings everybody!

It just so happens that the first Top Ten Tuesday subject is whatever I want it to be. :P So I just picked something generic and I'll stick with it.

Here goes....
  1. Saint by Ted Dekker. Dekker is by no small margin my favorite author of all time. Carl Strople, the most effective killer in the world, struggles to retain fleeting memories that betray an even more ominous reality. He's been told part of the truth—but what's the rest? Invasive techniques have stripped him of his identity and made him someone new—for this he is grateful. But there are some things they can't take from him. The love of a woman, unbroken loyalties to his past, the need for survival. From the deep woods of Hungary to the streets of New York, Saint takes you on a journey of betrayal in a world of government cover-ups, political intrigue, and one man's search for the truth. In the end, that truth will be his undoing.
  2. Eldest by Christopher Paolini. The second installment of the Inheritance Cycle. Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems. Before long, Eragon doesn’t know whom he can trust. Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle―one that might put Eragon in even graver danger. Will the king’s dark hand strangle all resistance?
  3. Curse of the Spider King by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper. This is the book that introduced me to the Underground, for which I am extremely grateful. :) The Spider King's minions are crossing from Allyra to Earth to hunt for seven unsuspecting thirteen-year-olds, who are royalty from a foreign world. Stopped once by an ancient curse, the dark forces are determined to finish the job. The Seven's only hope for survival is a remnant of exiled Elves intent on restoring their kingdom―but can they be trusted?
  4. The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. I have always admired The Chronicles of Narnia for their literary quality, but this particular one stands out from the rest. The finality of the ending left me very content. During the last days of Narnia, the land faces its fiercest challenge—not an invader from without but an enemy from within. Lies and treachery have taken root, and only the king and a small band of loyal followers can prevent the destruction of all they hold dear in this, the magnificent ending to The Chronicles of Narnia.
  5. Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey. I read part of this one for school, and so far it's very interesting. Pearcey passionately argues that Christianity is truth about all reality, not just religious truth, and that to keep it privatized is stripping it of the power to challenge and redeem the whole of culture. (Note that this is a philosophical-thing-type book, not fiction.)
  6. Tales of the Bounty Hunters edited by Kevin J. Anderson. This book gives some interesting background to the bounty hunters on the bridge of the Executor. In a wild and battle-scarred galaxy, assassins, pirates, smugglers, and cutthroats of every description roam at will, fearing only the professional bounty hunters-amoral adventurers who track down the scum of the universe...for a fee. When Darth Vader seeks to strike at the heart of the Rebellion by targeting Han Solo and the Millennium Falcon, he calls upon six of  the most successful-and feared-hunters, including the merciless Boba Fett. They all have two things in common: lust for profit and contempt for life. Featuring original stories by Kevin J. Anderson, M. Shayne Bell, Daniel Keys Moran, Kathy Tyers and Dave Wolverton. (WARNING: Not a Christian book and is not suitable for all ages.)
  7. The Wrath of Darth Maul by Ryder Windham. This author is my favorite of the Star Wars authors. Forged by rage. Honed by the dark side. Taken as a child and trained in the ways of the Sith, he became the apprentice to the greatest evil the galaxy has ever known. After years of plotting in secrecy, he and his Master will take revenge on the Jedi Order, and the once-mighty Republic will tremble. The savage story of Darth Maul has been shrouded in mystery . . . until now.
  8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It isn't technically on my shelf - I'm borrowing it from a friend. :P It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. (WARNING: Also not a Christian book, and it contains a good deal of foul language. :/ )
  9. My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. This one's a devotional book, really. I will just say this: It. Is. So. Cool. Lots of thought-provoking passages and stuff. If you plan to read it, go buy a highlighter. Compare what you read to your personal beliefs, but keep your mind open to hear what Chambers has to say.
  10. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. No book list is complete without this world-famous classic. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.
There you have it. :) Yes, I know it's 11 PM on Tuesday, but IT'S STILL TUESDAY! For myself, anyways. :P I thought it was Monday for half the day today so yeah...

Check out the Broke and the Bookish at their website: http://www.brokeandbookish.com

- HyperLinkzer

5.24.2014

Summer Plans

I just finished my spring semester.

On Monday, I shall commence with some sort of schedule. After some consideration, my "final cut" is as follows:

Monday: Open
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesdays
Wednesday (June): Open
Wednesday (July): Camp NaNo updates
Thursday: Pond Wars (with audio)
Friday: Random Fridays
Saturday: Open
Sunday: Short devotional (if available)

*In July, during Camp NaNo (in which I plan to participate), I will have to nix either Pond Wars or Random Fridays/Top Ten Tuesdays. Haven't decided which yet.

Whaddya think?

- HyperLinkzer