This week’s edition of Check this out! is a couple days late because on Friday, when I usually post the week’s internet goodies, I was riding a horse to see a waterfall and eating bad pizza. This week I lost a friend, celebrated Thanksgiving with (part of) my ministry family, finished my NaNoWriMo novel, and traveled to Jarabacoa for some R&R. Happy December and RIP Paul Walker.
- Married men: your porn habit is an adultery habit at The Matt Walsh Blog – Matt Walsh telling it like it is. Also, I hear a lot of really sad statistics about how early children are exposed to porn, and how so many men struggle with a porn addiction. I wonder what is being done to keep porn at bay. Surely someone is doing something, right?
- All I really need to know about teaching I learned from teaching without a light switch at between worlds – One teacher tells about her experience teaching in Burkina Faso and what she learned as she taught using a chalkboard and a box of chalk. We get too fancy sometimes when we just need to stick to the basics.
- You Won’t Be Seeing Coca Cola Ads For A While. The Reason Why Is Amazing at Sunny Skyz – I love when people (or companies) use their insane amounts of money for insane amounts of good. Go Coke!
- Owning Cats Can Inflict Permanent Damage To Mental Health But Nobody Bothered To Warn Us. at Distractify – 34 sad but true facts about cats.
- ‘Predator mode’ scares off burglars at Stuff.co.nz – These jokers picked the wrong house to break into it. This young woman wasn’t giving up her stuff or safety without a fight.
- Thanksgiving blaze destroys 4th Heidelberg Project house in 2 months at Motor City Muckracker – The Heidelberg Project in Detroit is a street full of art installations made from things found on the streets of the city. I have been a few times and it’s a really cool place. I wish people would stop burning down the houses. 😦
- Hairspray on DVD – To continue celebrating my birthday, some friends came over last Saturday and one of them brought his projector and sound system! We watched Hairspray on the wall of our living room and it now the only way I ever want to watch movies.
- New Girl Season 2 on Netflix – This show never fails to make me laugh and warm my heart.
- Jack the Giant Slayer on Megashare – The giants were so well done I wanted to vomit. They were gross but in a good way. Isabelle’s voice was super yell-y, but she was fine as far as damsels in distress go. Stanley Tucci is ridiculously talented and didn’t disappoint as the egotistical royal. Nicholas Hault was a pretty Jack but I quite enjoyed Ewan McGregor as Elmont. I only have one question about the film – female giants? How do they get more giants without girl giants? Do I want to know?
- Jack After Wisdom Teeth Removal by Jack Barth on YouTube – These are always funny. This is a long one, but I just watched a little bit at a time when I needed a quick laugh throughout the day. “I’ll tell you what, Dad, I feel like a million bucks.”
General good finds:
- “My 10 word Gospel for the week is, ‘The brokenness of many things; the restoration of all things.'” – Jared Ruark
- “Q: Would you trust me to: 1) Do an appendectomy on you… because I was ‘excited’ about helping you in your time of need? 2) Treat your child for leukemia… as long as I had prayed about it? 3) Pilot that 737 taxiing down the runway taking your family home for Christmas…. because I felt that was a good way for me to ‘serve people in the name of Jesus?’ No? So ‘willingness’ to help is not enough? ‘Excited to serve’ doesn’t qualify me? How about if I prayed about it? Would that convince you? Listen, positive attitudes and desire alone don’t prepare you to minister effectively in the city either. Don’t take my word for it: “It is not good to have zeal without knowledge.” (Prov 19:2) Ah. To know and understand both people and their social context. That demands not only theological competence, but cultural competence. Like two wings on an airplane, both are necessary.” – Jeff Cook