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Again today I was "assaulted" on Twitter by the "christian" right.
There are true Christians in the world. I've met a few myself. They actually TRY to live their lives to emulate the Christ they were taught about and love. And then there are the "other" kinds of "christians". Those are the ones who don't have a capital "C" in their names. They're the ones who show up to church on Sunday for the free coffee, donuts, or to just be "seen" there so they can look back and say, "Oh how I love God", or to be standing in that social circle outside the church when all the juicy gossip starts making the rounds!
I'm tired of people telling what great "christian" they are, while they deride people for their color, or beliefs or the situation they have found themselves in life. I'm tired of being told that "I" am a terrible christian because I'm not out there preaching the word of God every minute of every day to whoever comes my way. Well let us set a few things straight.
I don't have the time to be a christian right now, because I am taking care of my 95 year old mother who is in end stage chronic heart failure. I don't have the time between changing her bed sheets, her cloths and helping her change her underwear to be witnessing the greatness of God & Jesus. I don't have the time to be witnessing to my neighbors between cooking the 6 to 8 meals a day I have to cook for her to find something that she will eat, or between the every 4 hour doses of morphine so that she's not constantly in pain, or between the 10 to 15 times a day I have to empty the commode and mop the floor.
I don't have the time to Praise Jesus in song, or time to commune with the local congregation because other than my mother being in the last stages of her life, I also have a semi-handicapped brother who also needs help. My brother, although he is able to care for himself, would forget to eat or just eat pretzels all day long if I wasn't here to make sure that once in a while he got a decent meal.
Don't tell me that you're a christian, when you are deriding the poor.
Don't tell me that you're a christian, when you are defaming your neighbor.
Don't tell me that you're a christian, when you are interpreting the WORD OF MAN and telling me it's what Christ said, because the bible you are reading and interpreting was written YEARS after Christ died - and was written BY MEN.
Don't tell me that you're a christian, when you are on your way home from church on Sunday, and see that dirty on the side of the road and mutter the words "lazy bum" under your breath.
Don't tell me that you're a christian, when you are doing absolutely NOTHING to make one single person's life easier but your own.
Don't tell me that you're a christian, when you are cheering when the hangman pulls the handle on a fellow human being.
Don't tell me that you're a christian, when you are whining about how much money goes to feed the poor while you're dining out every night at some posh restaurant.
Don't tell me that you're a christian, when you are looking down your nose at anyone who doesn't fit YOUR ideal of what a christian should be.
You may THINK that you are a christian, but I'm here to tell you pal, you're nothing but a cyst on society. No one cares about what you think, or do, or say... because we know that in the end, the only thing that will happen to you is that you will become the latest gossip subject when you are dead and gone.
A true Christian is not in what he says or does, but in how he embodies the ideals that he believes Christ stood for.
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From: Robert Greenwald
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- Constitutions Of Classic Cocktails: Epic Drink Mixing Poster [Infographic]
- Spectacular Starry Night Musical Interactive Animation
- A Simple Pocket Guide: Dating Dos & Don'ts
- The Disney Effect: 9 Popular Movie Posters Disneyfied
- Superhero Street Art: Stunning Works Of Art In Public Spaces
- Lomokino Attachment: Turns Your iPhone Into A Badass Lomo Camera
Posted: 13 Feb 2012 12:00 PM PST
When you go to a pub, bar or club, do you ever think to yourself that it would be mighty cool to know all the ingredients for pretty much every drink and cocktail? It's a common misconception that every bartender knows all of the drinks by heart. They too have cheat sheets that are hidden on the inside of the bar. If you ask for something really uncommon or complicated, I am sure you will see them look at it. Even though they have a cheat sheet, you don't, and that can be a little bit annoying if you are home and just want a nice drink to wind down on a Friday evening while listening to some soothing music.
Researching the preferred recipe on the Internet is not only time consuming, but it can also be quite tricky to get the right one if you have no clue what the name of it is. I guess that is why the awesome people over at Pop Chart Lab decided to create the ultimate and most epic cocktail chart poster ever made. It's grand in every possible way, and you will find pretty much every drink you can think of and want in this badboy.
Now you can purchase it for just $36 and put it either in your kitchen, in your bar at home or even in your living room. It will be super simple to have a glance at it and just make the drink you have the urge for right then and there. No more looking on the Internet or researching books of any kind to make sure you are the server of your own drinks. It measures 27″ x 39″ so it will fit that living room quite nicely. Sometimes even a poster can make a revolution in your home. This one certainly does. Also, make sure you check out the "making-of" article about this really cool poster. It is definitely worth the $36 to get this thing, considering the amount of time and energy that went into making it. Amazing!
Posted: 13 Feb 2012 11:00 AM PST
There are so many people who are inspired by Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night. It's no surprise really since it's such a beautiful painting. The last time I wrote about it was when someone recreated Starry Night in bacon. Even though that interpretation looks deliciously tasty, this one is a tad bit more sophisticated and fun, in a geeky kind of way.
Petros Vrellis created his own tribute to Starry Night by making an interactive, musical animation that beautifully flows and looks almost magical. The touchscreen allows the user to manipulate the image and the synthesized sound. When the user stops touching the image, it returns to its original shape.
Petros used openFrameworks to create this visualization, and there are about 80,000 particles which move around with a fluid-like algorithm. This is truly stunning, and it's one of those things that I wish I could experience first hand. These pictures don't do it justice; you really have to see the video to get the full effect. Even the music is a perfect complement to the visual experience. You can read more about how he created this by going to Creative Applications Network. Brilliant!
Posted: 13 Feb 2012 10:00 AM PST
If you are at that intersection in your life when you are gearing up for a date, you know it can be hard to know what to do and what not to do when the time comes and the show is about to start. You most likely feel a little bit stressed, worried and of course quite excited. If you haven't been on a date for quite some time, things can get a little bit… well, complicated. As always, not to worry. There are always ways to get back in the loop and know the rules of engagement before you're dressed up and on your way to pick up your date. All you really have to do is have a look at this little guide that could potentially make your date a true success… or a total disaster.
It is provided by CollegeHumor (of course) and has some tips and pointers that will boost your confidence right before the showdown. It's a 10-part tutorial about how to make your date a marvelous success, so just follow the steps one by one and absorb the different scenarios, and you will be fine. Well, on second thought, maybe you shouldn't consider pocketing this thing and running through it like clockwork. By the looks of it, you might just end up catching a police ride home, which is never a good impression to start with.
Pick a nice restaurant, bring umbrella, open up doors… all sounds like good advice. But I guess we all knew that already, right? If you didn't, you are probably not ready for a date anyway. Your date needs to feel like all the attention is on her, so if you don't even know these few initial steps, a date shouldn't be booked for yet another year down the calendar. If you are clueless to the whole dating schematics, and you still want to go on that date, I am sure this little guide will come in really handy. Just don't blame me if things start falling from of the sky seemingly by themselves at the end of your date. #JustSaying
Posted: 13 Feb 2012 09:00 AM PST
Walt Disney movies always have that signature Disney look. After you've seen a handful of them, you start to recognize the style, and you can tell in an instant from looking at a movie poster whether or not it's a Disney film. I call that the Disney effect, and in the artwork below, you'll see several movie posters redesigned with that effect.
As much as I kick and scream every time my son drags me to another Disney movie, I have to admit that some of these posters look even better than the originals to me. I really like these a lot, and the artists who created them obviously have some mad illustrating talent.
These were created by Old Red Jalopy and Next Movie. The Old Red Jalopy website reads, "We are committed to delivering new, original and exclusive poster artwork, stuff you won't find anywhere else." These are definitely original. The poster for Predator is definitely my favorite one. Also, now I'm even more excited to see The Hunger Games. I wish it was coming out this weekend. Who would have ever guessed that seeing a collection of disneyfied movie posters would be so much fun?
Posted: 13 Feb 2012 08:00 AM PST
Street art has evolved so much over the past decade. I remember back when it was associated with vandalism and ugly, territorial graffiti. Wow have times changed, and now, for the most part, instead of conjuring thoughts of pointless, destructive tagging, street art reminds us of all the beautiful artwork found in public spaces all over the world.
The Guinness Book of World Records even recognizes street art, and we recently featured the World's Longest & Largest 3D Art. This street art below by Fintan Magee caught my attention because of this super cute superheroes design painted on a street corner in Melbourne, Australia.
As you'll see, he's completed several designs with the superhero theme, but he's also got some other designs that are equally as impressive. Fintan is based out of Brisbane, but I wish he would come to Atlanta and put some of his designs around this city! That would be awesome. We've got a few brick buildings downtown that could really use some jazzing up like this. You can keep up to date on his work by viewing his Flickr Photostream. You can also see more on his website.
Posted: 13 Feb 2012 07:00 AM PST
It's somewhat of a known fact that amateur photographers love to get their photos to look dusty, old school and charming. It could possibly be one of the reasons why Instagram has become so successful since they launched their photo editing service online. There is one more step you could take if you want to make your photos look really gritty and cool, and that is to utilize the power of the Lomo camera. It's basically a low-end camera that has a bunch of flaws that it uses to its advantage. Light seeps into the camera making your photos look graded and beautiful. Sure, it's a game of chance that your photos will get the right look, but in the end it is definitely worth it.
There are other ways to indulge in the whole Lomo science without having to abandon your iPhone. This new approach is called the Lomokino 35mm Super attachment mod, and it will revolutionize your entire photo album. Not only will it allow you to take really cool and edgy looking photos, but you will be able to direct your very own Lomo movies with it as well. All you have to do is turn on the video function of your iPhone, snap on the attachment, and start shooting your videos.
This accessory starts at 65 Euro, and depending on what else you want, it goes a little higher in price. However, for that price, you get a new toy to add to your amateur photos and movies that will impress everyone. The Lomo community has grown strong over the last few years and more and more gadgets, attachments and accessories are being launched pretty much on a daily basis. Join the fun and start evolving as a photographer. Who knows, it might be this little accessory that will help you snap the photo of the century. You never know, right?
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