Facebook Throwdown

| 29 April 2009

Calling all Facebookers!

Last night, I was belittled by my wife because of the number of our Facebook friends. She has 115 and I have a paltry 105. Well, I can't stand for that, now can I?

Please, I beg you, if you, my dear reader, are a Facebooker, please befriend me (Peter M. Lopez) here.

I realize I only need eleven to take the lead, but I want to close the door on this discussion forever.

I will be forever grateful!

I Officially Feel Like An Adult


My wife and I will celebrate our five-year anniversary in a couple of months.

I have a child about to turn one year old.

I have a law degree, and I have tried numerous criminal cases with a person's life literally in my hands.

I am 35 years old, and I have run my own business for 9 years.

But, I have never really ever felt like an adult until the other day. I went to the corner convenience store because the ice maker in our fridge is out, and I asked the clerk for a bag of ice.

"That will be $2.26."

I was stunned. "Well," I thought, "that's probably for a 20lb bag. Okay."

Wrong! It was $2.26 for a little 10lb bag of ice. Are you kidding me? That ice better be made out of Evian, or Perrier.

The last time I can remember having to buy ice by the bag it was $1.07, that is $.99 plus tax. No such luck anymore.

I know things are kind of crazy right now economically speaking, but this is ridiculous. And I've never considered myself thrifty (I think my wife and parents can attest to my former spending habits), but, as a matter of principle, I can't continue to pay $2.26 for a bag of ice.

So, it's official, I now feel like an adult.

-- From My iPhone

Blogging From Bethel

| 25 April 2009

If any of you follow my other blog (Beauty of the Bible), you know that my wife and I were recently in Redding, CA at Bethel Church for a children's pastors' conference (she is the children's pastor at our church).

During the conference, I blogged about the experience to the extent I was able. Here is a directory of those posts:

I also learned of three other blogs which might interest you about Bethel Church:
Check them out, I think you will find them worth your time.

Fuel Cap Follies

| 14 April 2009

Have you ever left a gas station and left you fuel cap door open? It's pretty embarrassing to realize you drove down the highway with it open, isn't it?

Well, apparently you can do that with airplanes too. Just as we were about to take off from the Lubbock airport (midway down the runway), the pilot announced that the fuel door was open, and we had to return to the gate to close it.

I suppose it's better that he realized it when he did, but I don't really know anything about aviation mechanics, so...

I wonder if pilots make fun of each for something like this?

Or, if as pilots are passing each other in the air, they try to point to the other's fuel door and mouth through the window, "DUDE, YOUR FUEL DOOR IS OPEN! ... YOUR FUEL DOOR, IT'S OPEN..."

-- From My iPhone

Disneynature's New Movie - Earth

| 08 April 2009

I want to thank Erik Lokkesmoe at Different Drummer for asking me to write about Disneynature's new film Earth.

Earth opens in theaters on Earth Day, April 22, 2009, and, if you purchase a ticket for opening weekend, Disney will plant a tree in your honor.

Earth is the story of three amazing families and their journey across the planet we call Earth. The story is a year in the life of a family of polar bears, humpback whales, and African elephants. To me, the movie seems to be a cross between March of the Penguins and Blue Planet, both of which were incredible.

The film is rated G and is a production of Disneynature, the BBC, Greenlight Media and the Discovery Channel.

I realize movie trailers can be deceptive, but I doubt if that's the case here, and it looks like it will be great. I know Disney catches a lot of flack from Christians, but this appears to be a worthy project and cause.

You can watch the movie trailer here (Apple - Trailers) and here (Disneynature trailer).

Castle is the Best New Show of the Year

| 07 April 2009

For the first time in a long time I am excited about a new television drama: Castle.

For the last few years, my wife and I have only watched Grey's Anatomy regularly. Not anymore. After only a few episodes of Castle, I'm hooked.

I saw the previews and thought it might be interesting, so I set up to record it. It had slipped my mind, and I didn't watch any of the recordings for three weeks. I sat down one Saturday and watched all three episodes straight through. I loved it.

It is the most smartly written cop/legal drama since the original Law and Order series. I watched The Practice and Boston Legal for a while, but my interest in both faded quickly. And I'm not a fan of cop dramas generally, but the prospect of a writer following around a detective for story material was too much for me to pass up.

Admittedly, the plots are somewhat predictable and formulaic, but the dialog surrounding them makes the show extremely watchable.

The underlying story lines are starting to develop: female becomes cop because of family tragedy, dislike between cop and ride-along writer develops into romantic tension, yada, yada, yada...you get the idea. But don't watch the show for the stories (which are well above average), watch for the wit. You will be glad you did.

If you've missed the first few episodes, you can watch them for free here: Castle (free episodes).

Awards Shows, Ineed!

| 05 April 2009

I am not a country music fan. Nevertheless, my wife (who was very nearly a country music star herself) is, and she is watching the Country Music Awards (CMAs).

My issue is not with the CMAs per se, or awards generally, but with the award shows in particular. And not just this award show either.

Maybe it's just me, but it seems that there is hardly any time at all devoted to the actual awards. In any given three-hour-long award show there are only about 15 minutes of actual awards.

How about 30-minute awards shows with coverage of the concerts and after parties on E! or some other such network?

And David Copperfield in a cowboy hat is just funny!

-- From My iPhone

MySpace is Not My Space Anymore

| 03 April 2009

Well, it's official. I canceled my space on MySpace. Whew! I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders.

Here's why I did it:

1. Spam. I'm tired of emails posing as friend requests that direct me to some spam blocker (of all things), virus protection or other hijacking defense when what I really need is defense from MySpace hackers. Not to mention the friend requests from the MySpace front pages directing traffic to "my other site."

2. Ads. If I wanted to watch videos, I would go to YouTube. My favorite ads are those for "Christian Singles in your area." I have never seen any of those women in church...

3. My Attention Span. I can't keep up with both MySpace and Facebook. And now with the pressure to tweet on Twitter, I don't think I can handle any more social networking.

4. It's So 2007. I was listening to Mike and Mike the other morning, and one of the emailers said Facebook was so 2008, and that Twitter was the latest and greatest thing. If Facebook is so 2008, what is MySpace. A week ago, these guys didn't even know what Twitter was, now you can join the 1000+ followers of Greeny & Golic's tweets.

5. Profile Pimping. It seemed like every time I would visit a friend's MySpace profile, the profile was different. The profiles were unrecognizable from one day to the next. One day I would come across a pleasant, soothing, silent profile, the next it was like a postmodern art exhibit (with surprisingly loud music). No, I think I prefer the whitespace on Facebook.

Now I have to track down all of those pesky (now dead) links I've scattered around to my MySpace profile.