Batman VS Superman: Special Effects (Before and After)

Zack Snyder:

This is a look behind the curtain and what my amazing VFX team is able to achieve… they are simply amazing.

Technology is amazing.

Stagehand: Living Platforms

Federico Viticci:

Once you move past the perplexity caused by indirect manipulation of the character, you’ll start to think the way a god-like puppeteer would think about his creation. Should I swipe this platform down to combine it with the upcoming chains of coins underneath, or elevate it to make Frank jump and skip three platforms in a row? What if a jump is too high and I lose control of Frank, causing him to fall into a lava pit I didn’t see coming?

Link to download.

For Sale: PlayStation 4 (Uncharted Edition) + Matching Headset

I just bought this PS4 only a few months ago. The package will come with he Uncharted 4 game and matching wireless headset. It’ll be a great deal for anyone who’s interested.

Reasons For Selling

  • First: I don’t play it as much as I should, and when it comes to technology, I’ve always believed in letting it go while it still holds value.

  • Second: I’ll be buying the Nintendo Switch in a few weeks, and even though it’s two totally different consoles, I only have time for one.

  • Third: I’m always looking to minimize my possessions. That’s the biggest reason I’m selling it. I can’t justify having a Nintendo and a PS4.

This is a steal, and I don’t expect it to be available for long. If you’re interested, get in touch.

Filed under: Garage Sale, in memory of my grandma (One of her favorite pass-times was going to garage sales).

The Relaxing Sounds of an Arctic Icebreaker

10 hours video of Arctic ambience with frozen ocean, ice cracking, snow falling, icebreaker idling and distant howling wind sound. Natural white noise sounds generated by the wind and snow falling, combined with deep low frequencies with delta waves from the powerful icebreaker idling engines, recorded at 96 kHz — 24 bit and designed for relaxation, meditation, study and sleep.

This is why I love Kottke. He digs through the cracks of the internet and finds things I would otherwise never see.

SuperBowl Trailers (2017)

Here’s some of my favorite trailer’s from last night.

Stranger Things: Season 2

A Cure For Wellness

Ghost In The Shell


Pirates of the Caribbean

Fast and he Furious 8

Raising Money For Bolivia

$235 of $2,300 has been raised

In July, Cross Church will be traveling to Bolivia (one of the poorest countries in South America) to build a church from the ground up, and my plan is to join them. The amount needed per person is $2,300 (flight expenses, hotel room, food, insurance, visa, etc.). This mission trip is something I consider extremely important—not just for myself, but for every life that’ll be impacted during the process. Mission trips mean everything to me, and it’ll be a core focus of mine going forward. This is just the beginning.

Pastor Brandon always tells us, when he’s discussing one of his visions, that he has audacious faith”. I never knew what that meant until now. This is the biggest challenge I’ve ever set for myself, and it’s the most I’ve ever asked from my readers. The goal to raise $2,300 sounds crazy, but I didn’t build this site to be mediocre. I believe, with all the stories I’ve written over the past decade, that I’ve surrounded myself with people that want to change the world, and that mission starts now.

This is a video recap of last year’s trip to Bolivia.

Cross Church Notes: Fresh Start (Weeks 1-5)

Fresh Start (01/07/16)

If you can change the way you think, then you will change your world.

The Do-Over

  • Romans 12:1
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:23
  • 1 Galatians 5:16
  • Romans 12:2
  • Matthew 23:27
  • Galatians 2:20
  • Romans 6:6
  • Matthew 27:23
  • James 5:20
  • Proverbs 11:30

Three things for a successful do-over

  • Do not be conformed (following the same pattern of this world)
  • Be transformed (changing shape, what happens on the inside)
  • Renew your mind (forgive, make new)

Why is renewing the mind and working on the soul so important?

  1. Until we renew the mind, we cannot find God’s purpose for our life.
  2. The soul is the root of the problem.
  3. This was Christ’s example.

This is exactly why we fast. When we fast, the body is not happy. But fasting without prayer is just a diet.

Fresh Start (01/14/17)

  • Romans 12:2
  • Proverbs 4:23
  • Romans 8:5-6
  • Philippians 4:4-9
  • Philippians 3:1
  • 2 Corinthians 10:3

It is of the utmost importance that we start with protecting the soul.

How to renew the mind

  1. Start by rejoicing in the Lord
  2. Don’t be anxious about anything
  3. Pray out of your thankfulness
  4. Do your part so that he can do his part
  5. Think on these things”
  6. Apply the word of God

This peace makes no sense. It’s a peace that transcends all of our understanding.

Does the way I see it” line up with God’s truth?

Fresh Start (01/21/17)

  • Romans 12:2
  • Proverbs 4:23
  • 2 Corinthians 10:5
  • Proverbs 23:7
  • Luke 6:45
  • Proverbs 18:21 — The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
  • Romans 10:17

How does the enemy enter my soul

  • It enters through the body.
  • Then, it moves to the mind.
  • Then, it moves into the heart.
  • Then, it comes out of the mouth.

We listen to know what’s in the heart.

If all you’re feeding yourself is lust, you’ll be filled with lust. If all you’re feeding yourself is fear, you’ll be filled with fear.

How to have a balanced diet of soul food

  • Start tracking what you are eating now.
  • Get rid of the bad.
  • Begin filling yourself with the good.

Fresh Start (01/28/17)

  • Romans 12:2
  • Romans 6:14
  • Romans 6:18
  • Romans 7:15
  • James 1:1
  • Corinthians 2:16
  • Luke 19:10
  • 2 Peter 3:9
  • Philippians 2:5
  • Matthew 9:36
  • Luke 23:34
  • John 14:27
  • Colossians 3:2
  • 1 Peter 1:13
  • Luke 11:13

Before a tattoo is on the skin it’s already on our mind. And our heart. Who have we let put tattoos on our heart?

We must put on the mind of Christ.

Just because I sit in a garage, that doesn’t make me a car—and if I sit in a church, that doesn’t make me a Christian.

The mind of Christ is focused on

  1. Salvation
  2. Humility and obedience
  3. Love and compassion
  4. Forgiveness
  5. Peace

How do I put on the mind of Christ

  • Renew my mind
  • Feed my spirit
  • Surround myself with the right people
  • Get my mind prepared
  • Ask the lord for it

Fresh Start: Three Life Principles (02/05/17)

  • Philippians 4:9
  • Philippians 4:8
  • Philippians 3:13
  • Hebrews 12:1

Three Life Principles

  1. Accent the good
  2. Punctuate the excellent
  3. Dismiss the bad

Accent the good

  • You will gravitate towards your most dominate thought.
  • If it’s in your mind, for an extended time, it’s only a matter of time before it gets in you heart.
  • Sometimes we turn natural occurrences into a crisis.
  • You can recognize the bad without giving it recognition over your life.

Punctuate the Excellent

  • Look for people and events to punctuate. Saying thank you is a good way to start.

Dismiss the bad

  • You can’t drive down the road looking backwards.
  • Don’t let the past hold you back from your future.

Macklemore - Kevin Feat. Leon Bridges (Music Video)

Deeper Service (02/02/17)

(Here’s the audio track of the service.)

  • Joshua 3:4-17
  • Joshua 4:8
  • 1 Peter 2:5

If you want to get to the promise of God for your life, you’re going to have to deal with the sin in your life.

We hinder the power of God because of our sin but also because of our lack of expectancy.

Where is your child-like faith?

A God of the impossible, that’s what he specializes in.

You are in the inside of a miracle.

When people speak against you, don’t let your knees buckle.

Crossing the Jordan is just the beginning. You still have to conquer the enemy and possess the land.

To possess the promise god has for you, you have to trust Him to do the impossible, and you have to to be willing to fight for it.

If these stones could speak, they would say:

  1. Remember what God has done for you.
  2. Tell the next generation.
  3. Let your life be living stones.

Your miracle is not in your past, it’s in your future.

The enemy operates through complacency and through fear, so he wants to terrify you and paralyze you when God is trying to do something new.

When you’re longing for time, that’s often a representation that something is lagging behind in your heart and walk. You’re not running at the speed of his purpose for you.

If you keep longing for the same, you’ll miss what he’s doing now.

There’s a different kind of peace when you’re in the will of God.

You have to know your purpose in each season.

Some rocks are to be forgotten, some rocks are to be remembered, but none were made to hide behind.

The Misunderstood Genius of Russell Westbrook

Sam Anderson:

Triple-doubles are difficult and rare. You don’t stumble into one — it takes a special kind of player, a dominant generalist. Even the outliers capable of achieving them tend to get only a handful per year; Magic Johnson, the modern king of the stat, got 18 in his best season. A triple-double is not a statistical parlor trick, like hitting for the cycle in baseball. It actually captures the essence of basketball, the way the game allows every player to do everything on the floor whenever the opportunity arises. To get a triple-double, a player has to control the action physically, strategically and socially; he has to become a funnel through which the energy of an entire game pours.

Westbrook has always had the potential to ring up triple-doubles, and in past seasons he has put together impressive flurries of them. This season, he has gone bananas. Some games, it feels as if Westbrook’s stats are moving in fast-forward — as if he is pulling numbers out of wormholes that only he can access. One night, Westbrook generated 10 assists in only 15 minutes; another, he finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 22 assists — totals not seen since Johnson himself. For years, the popular narrative stressed how much Durant was sacrificing to fit in next to Westbrook. It has become clear that the opposite was certainly just as true.

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