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Sunday. 2.3.13 5:24 pm
Now I'm only posting because I feel like I have to.

Dishonored is a very fun game.

I'm sort of stoked about what I'm seeing coming from Ubuntu; new phone software? If it looks like the preview then that'd be pretty cool.

Happy Sunday guys.

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Color me obsessed
Saturday. 2.2.13 6:12 pm


I got this CD at a white elephat gift exchange this Christmas. I never got around to listening to it until this week, mostly because I didn't expect to like it much. This is, however, not the case. My tastes in music don't really overlap with the Christian music genre (which seems to largely be emo rock or country). While these probably aren't songs I would listen to by themselves, they're quite good within their context and they're pretty catchy to boot.

I looked this one up and apparently it's a cover of a super old hymn. Like, fourth century stuff. That's pretty rad.

Should I not always have my God on my mind?

One of my roommates went on a date today. He's been pretty excited about it for several weeks now; he will likely come back as a boyfriend. I should've heard one way or another by now, but he never does things in a timely manner. It doesn't matter anyway, everyone pretty much knows she was going to say yes. I'm headed to have celebratory dinner with them in about an hour.

I doubled on a date with them last Saturday. It was pretty cool. We drove down to where his parents live (about 45 minutes away) and hung around. The entire city is lined with paths for golf carts, so we took turns driving around while we talked about life and made up game rules:
-The passenger must be referred to as Joobulayah
-When we pass over a curb, everyone must shout "YEEHAWWW"
-When we pass people on foot, my date must greet them in Olde English fashion
-When we turn left, my friend's date must scream as if we're crashing
I think there were a few more, but we stopped playing when the golf cart's battery died. Great date. We also climbed a tree and ate some great food that the dude's parents made for us (it was their first time meeting the gal)

(I'm sorry for all the pronouns, I'm trying to leave out names. The only people in the story are me, my friend, and our two dates. Clear?)

It's really interesting how we do dating. It isn't just "don't have sex." As disciples, we're trying to seek after and emulate God, and that means a lot more than following a list of rules. And that isn't exactly a new concept to most people, but the way we apply it to our lives can can seem...well, crazy. And that shows in how we handle dating relationships. A lot of focus on trying to be holy, which means having physical AND emotional purity. In other words, we keep the center of our relationships on God and not each other (or ourselves, which seems a little more obvious). We should be getting our peace and our security from God, not from each other.

We end up with lots of careful thought about how we handle ourselves, getting lots of advice from peers and older disciples, etc. Sounds pretty stressful and limiting, but honestly it is SO refreshing. Breakups are still hard, but they're almost completely drama free. There isn't any ambiguity about my relationships with girls. It's just...nice. It makes sense.

I'd better get off, gotta get dressed and head out. Peep ya later.

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Electrodynamics
Friday. 2.1.13 1:11 am
Greetings, mortals.

I keep saying this, but I'm going to say it again: I really need to start keeping a more convenient journal for random scrawlings. I reckon I could scrounge together some good poetry from the junk that rattles around in my noggin, but I never write any of it down and I don't have the ability to call it forth at will.

I used to be so book-minded. I read almost constantly in elementary school, and almost as much in middle school. I could still crank through a novel pretty quick in high school but I tended to do other things. Since I got to college...I've maybe read a dozen books all the way through. Not counting reading for class.

And I think it shows. I certainly like the way I've grown up, the areas I've matured in, and just the general way I've turned out. But one thing I still miss is being able to keep my nose in a book for hours on end. I used to know so many stories. I've forgotten more characters and plot points then most people ever learn about. Or maybe not. I dunno, I just feel like that a lot.

I enjoy stories. I like telling them almost as much as I enjoy knowing them myself. Lately I've been reading a bit more...I re-read the Night Angel trilogy, which is pretty neat. I was trying to read A Song of Ice and Fire, but honestly it can get pretty long-winded and there's a lot of stuff in there that I'd rather not read. I'm trying to read Les Miserables, which is partially the reason I'm in this wistful mood. It's also quite long-winded, and archaic, and I barely understand most of the context (I'm a non-expert on both French culture and history) but for some reason I quite enjoy it. It reminds me of when I read The Count of Monte Cristo...not that they're similar. I should re-read that too.

Read more, kids. It's good for your brain.

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Too little, too late
Thursday. 1.24.13 6:00 pm
I hate when I do this. I forget to post for over a month and then I have all these COOL and/or TERRIBLE things to share but there's so much that I don't know what should get precedence whatever shall I do?!

...and unfortunately now isn't the time to remedy that. I'm trying to be responsible and finish (or mostly finish) my homework before I head off for Bible Talk. Gotta be responsible, ya hear?

So in the meantime...here's a not-actually-random scripture:

"Donít be selfish; donít try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Donít look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had." Philippians 2:3-5

See ya around

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