December 22, 2009

Missionaries

I found this video from Mormons Made Simple a few weeks ago:




I thought it was very cute.


Right now, most of the boys I met at school last year and a few others that I know, are preparing to serve or severing missions. My cousin, Thomas, is in Paraguay, along with many of the guys from my on campus ward last year. My good pal, Gary, is in Texas and my friend Matt is serving in Utah for a little while before he heads out to Belgium. They are all doing well and enjoying their time in the Lord’s service (all while staying very busy). I won’t see or talk to any of them on the phone until 2011, and I miss them, but know that they are all doing the right thing.


December 12, 2009

Keeping You Safe

I check the mail every day. Often, about 1/5 of the time, we get mail for the people who lived here before us. One young lady, neglected to give the post office her forwarding address, instead giving us her new address to write on each piece of her mail that comes our way (because we are nice enough to keep doing it). With the others, I just write wrong address and toss it back into the outbox.


Yesterday, we got something a little more special. When I saw that it wasn’t for me or one of my roommates I left it on the counter to deal with later. A couple hours later, one of my roommates, Kristen, told me to give it another look…this time flipping it over and holding it up to the light. Thinking that the poor girl had just gotten a speeding ticket or in an accident, I hadn’t thought about her getting a letter from Salt Lake’s district attorney. Turns out it’s not so innocent after all. Her crime? Two felony charges, one of forgery and one of identity fraud. There is also another name in there, so I don’t know if that’s who she defrauded or an accomplice or something.


It was pretty impressive. I would say that maybe she is just a witness but we are under the sneaking suspicion that she was evicted or got out of here in a hurry based on how much stuff someone left in our apartment when they moved out.


While justice appears to be the loser in this battle, you can sleep soundly knowing that iTunes will never let you down when it comes to keeping you safe from profanity.


While I was making sure that I have every worthwhile children’s song in the world (which I do), I saw this. Do you see anything wrong with this picture?



staredout

December 9, 2009

No Two Schools Are Exactly Alike

But all three of the BYUs and LDS Business College are almost exactly alike. While Provo’s new found 0 degree weather is making it more like its Rexburg contemporary, that’s not what I’m talking about. It’s more of a cultural issue.


I got an advertisement on FaceBook recently telling me to check out a series called “Business at the BC” made by a group of students from LDS Business College in Salt Lake City, Utah. While it does have some real commercial elements to it, overall it has a really funny plot, hilarious characters and many things I can relate to as a BYU student. If you are a BYU or LDS BC student, alumni or aspiring student, check it out. It’s very well done. They are on FaceBook at the LDS Business College Alumni & Students page and on YouTube.


December 4, 2009

NBC: Don’t Get Too Crazy Now!

*Spoiler Alert*
If you haven’t watched NBC’s 12-03-09 episodes yet…do not read!
(Unless you don’t mind…then go ahead.)



When Thursday’s episode of Community started I was a little worried about where it would go. After all, a television show about an STD fair at a community college could go anywhere. I was glad when it turned out to be a perfect parody of government run health programs (this becomes clear as the fair falls apart and things get crazy). On top of all of that, I really liked the scene where the girls get in trouble for trying to break into the dean’s office.



Check out the clip below (maybe not with kids in the room). Annie makes some good points.





Not only is that hippy counselor just like a councilor in real life (making a big deal out of non-issues) but Annie is right. Widespread STDs didn’t just fall out of the sky one day, our post 1950s culture helped them reach every country and community around the world.



If more than a million abortions are performed year after year, and teen births are once again on the rise, anyone can see that middle and high school health programs are obviously not helping. While some people blame abstinence only education, I have never heard of a public school that holds to those ideals.



I also thought it was interesting that the same evening featured an episode of “Parks and Recreation” that was anti-strip clubs, a “30 Rock” where Tracy Jordan is trying to convince his wife let them have another child, and on a more different note, an episode of “The Office” where, no matter how disappointed the students were about not getting their tuition paid, at least they graduated from high school.



While it may not have been NBC’s funniest night (though there were still plenty of laughs), it was a refreshing change from their usual left driven quips.



In other good news: Amanda Knox was finally found guilty of murdering her roommate in ‘07. Say what you will about the problems with the Italian legal system (that’s why you should only commit crimes in the US, I guess) but as soon as they released the information about the perverted stories on her MySpace page, and began discussing the nature of the crime, which were shockingly similar, I believed she was guilty.


Youtube & You

This past year I’ve started subscribing to a lot of conservative vlggers on Youtube. Now, I can get my fill of FilmCow, Neil Cicierega and DaxFlame while watching true conservatives get a chance to go over recent news and provide their opinions. Often, I trade these videos with a couple of my friends, but I want to make sure everyone knows about these guys. So here…we….go…



Steven Crowder


I first heard about Steven when he released his undercover video documenting the ills of socialized healthcare in Canada and I’ve been hooked ever since. He provides his viewers with sketch-like comedy combined with normal vlog type footage (him talking). When it comes to his videos, I have too many favorites to list. You will just have to check him out for yourself.





Veritas Visuals



Subscribe to this channel and you will get the first looks at every new ACORN video that is released. That’s right. This channel belongs to everyone’s favorite pimp. Not only will you be able to see longer versions of the videos than they play on the news, but you will also be able to find a few other editorials done by James O’Keefe. Because each of these videos is so special, you will be able to check out a montage video below.





Live Action Films



If you like uncover videos, then you will love Live Action Films. They are working to not only reveal the injustices of abortion but the corruption of Planned Parenthood as well. They are working hard to promote an understanding of life and alternative options while furthering the anti-abortion debate.





How the World Works


This is straight up video blogging about political news stories from Lee Doren. He makes regular videos in which he discusses news as well as the occasional refute of liberal youtubers. He has also made a rebuttal for the now world renowned “Story of Stuff.” I recommend you check that out for sure! The only weird thing is that he looks and talks like my Pearl of Great Price professor…it must be his non-evil twin.




Those are the main channels that I wanted to direct people to. However, if you have time, check out Bureaucrash and JDLaporte001. They’ve also got some great videos. If you have any favorites that I didn’t mention here, feel free to leave a comment. I would love to check out some others.


December 3, 2009

A Major Award

So this post has taken me a long time to get to because I’ve been busy and not at the top of my game.

A few months ago I entered a drawing on one of my favorite blogs, So About What I Said, and I WON!


I was so excited to get the package. Everything was wrapped up so cutely!

But I know what you are wondering…what did you win? I won…


No…not dark circles under my eyes…bows! They are really cute, and handmade by Olivia Reyes.


The package included two smaller bows (as seen on my head), one big bow (which I couldn’t take a picture of on myself, sadly), all of which I was expecting, as well as…





Three matching scrunches! I wanted to take a picture of them on myself as well, but had the same problem as the large bow, in that I would need a little help with that.

So sorry about the crummy pictures. They don’t do the prize justice. However, Olivia has much better pictures of the things she makes, in her etsy shop. Make sure you check it out!


Also be sure to check out Melissa Blake’s blog!