The Language of Redemption & Grace

20 12 2010

I was watching this video over at Andy Cenci’s tumblr:

Something Makoto Fujimura says near the end…

“We have a language to celebrate waywardness…but we do not have a cultural language to bring people back home…”

And it’s haunting me.

As Christians, we need to engage culture.  And I think personally, that often, we need to engage culture where it lives, using its language and its structures as a way to breed familiarity, a feeling of safety, and to let people know that we’re all in the same boat, and that we all need the same forgiveness.

So I find it intriguing that what Fujimura says is that perhaps, at least in the arts, we need to search for the other voice;  that other language that is so shocking, so amazing, and so different than the current culture’s voice-so we may begin a transformation, rather than a simple engagement.

I don’t know what I think about it, but I present it to you so I can sleep. 🙂

P.S. – Andy is the newest staff member at Parkview.  He is one of the Student Ministries Directors.  He’s awesome.  (So is Alison too!)  🙂





“Turbo” Amazes, Rips Off Street Fighter 7 Alpha CE

8 10 2009

Okay, so there’s not really a game called Street Fighter 7 Alpha Championship Edition. HOWEVER, if there was, it would probably look like the awesome “Super Turbo Arena 2” that is the gamersport played in the year 2051, as portrayed in the amazing action-short “Turbo”.

Check out this trailer:

Any gamer who has a pulse HAS to be excited to see this kind of thing. Personally, I’d love to see a feature-length version of the same story.

Mind, you, the story is a little played out: “kid with dead-end life is good at something. Really good. Has a family member with a disability though and needs to be responsible for him. Girl rival sees talent and gives dead-end kid encouragement and a chance to succeed. Epic battle against the evil reigning champion for all the glory ensues. Cut to black.”

So yeah, it’s pretty much Karate Kid for the Street Fighter/virtual reality set. But honestly, does that sound bad?

No. It sounds like awesome meat piled high on an awesome burger with a side of awesome fries.

Not to mention, I’d give a body part to be able to play this game. The time is coming though, and it’s not as far as 2051, says this OtakuDad.

To see the entirety of Turbo (and you should), check it out at Vimeo.


Oh, and ladies? I hear there’s a guy from Twilight in there. I have no idea, because I don’t dig on vampire porn. But yeah. Figured you should know.





"Turbo" Amazes, Rips Off Street Fighter 7 Alpha CE

8 10 2009

Okay, so there’s not really a game called Street Fighter 7 Alpha Championship Edition. HOWEVER, if there was, it would probably look like the awesome “Super Turbo Arena 2” that is the gamersport played in the year 2051, as portrayed in the amazing action-short “Turbo”.

Check out this trailer:

Any gamer who has a pulse HAS to be excited to see this kind of thing. Personally, I’d love to see a feature-length version of the same story.

Mind, you, the story is a little played out: “kid with dead-end life is good at something. Really good. Has a family member with a disability though and needs to be responsible for him. Girl rival sees talent and gives dead-end kid encouragement and a chance to succeed. Epic battle against the evil reigning champion for all the glory ensues. Cut to black.”

So yeah, it’s pretty much Karate Kid for the Street Fighter/virtual reality set. But honestly, does that sound bad?

No. It sounds like awesome meat piled high on an awesome burger with a side of awesome fries.

Not to mention, I’d give a body part to be able to play this game. The time is coming though, and it’s not as far as 2051, says this OtakuDad.

To see the entirety of Turbo (and you should), check it out at Vimeo.


Oh, and ladies? I hear there’s a guy from Twilight in there. I have no idea, because I don’t dig on vampire porn. But yeah. Figured you should know.





Randomness (+1)

7 10 2009

DorkMasters Logo beta 1

So yeah.  I’m willing to bet no one is checking this anymore, so any audience I had, I’ve lost.   Then again, if anyone’s RSS-feeding, then this will definitely surprise you.  So if you’re that person:  Hey there.  Gotcha.

But…It’s been a while.  Let me explain what’s been stopping me from writing:

I’m LAZY.  Sure, it’s not just that, because I’ve got SO MANY ideas, that honestly, I don’t know where to begin.  But more than that, I’m just too indecisive and unmotivated to choose one and just plunge into the topic, and damn the rest.  But I’m here, so I’m trying to get that started again.

Let me tell you what’s on my mind lately, in no particular order, and with no agenda whatsoever.  But with the idea that if I purge my brain a bit, perhaps something will dislodge and allow my brain to think in a logical, (semi)concise manner and allow something noteworthy to come out next time on this blog:

So first off, I’m shopping for a new podcast.  As I like to listen to podcasts while working, driving, doing dishes (man, it’s tough without a podcast), laundry, or just to wind down before bed, I prefer something in audio-only form.  Video podcasts are awesome, but I’m finding about 20 minutes to be my cut-off.  I rarely have 20 minutes to sit and watch something (meaning ZERO multitasking) so audio fits the niche well, by being something I can focus on, while still doing something other than holding the iPod, or generally not distracting me while driving. 🙂  So any suggestions would be great.  I think I’ve listed podcasts I listened to previously, but just to avoid suggestions of the heavy hitters, I already do:

This American Life, Radio Lab, 1UP’s Listen Up, Rebel FM, Out Of The Game, and A Life Well Wasted (The last being very rare, but AWESOME…check it out, if you haven’t yet.  It’s Geek culture with This American Life/Radio Lab treatment.  Amazing stuff.).

So, yeah, suggestions welcome there.

Next on the non-agenda: I’m thinking of retrogaming.  I want to play something I haven’t yet (or never finished), but have no idea.  Preferably something from the Sega Genesis or Super Nintendo era, although I’m not against going 8-bit either.  Again, suggestions welcome.  My typical genres are RPGs (fave on Genesis: Shadowrun, and SNES: Final Fantasy III), but I’m up for anything if it’s considered certified gold by you fine folk. 🙂

Combining the previous two, I’m considering (without much detail yet) creating a podcast that would be bi-weekly or even monthly (let’s be realistic, right?) talking all thinks dork, (video games, retro games, movies, webcomics, Geek television, etc.) and getting some fun people to talk.  The point being that while there’d be a topic or semi-structure intended with each podcast, that the people would be the focus, and that the personalities would be the most important thing.  So if we got off topic, but it was fun and interesting, then by all means, that’s where it goes.  (I’ve found those to be my favorite types, next to the super-slickly-produced works of art like ALWW, TAL and RadioLab.)  So yeah, I’m considering calling it “Dorkmasters” which to me is funny because 1) the nom de cyberspace “dorkmaster” is one I’ve used for years, and 2) it makes me think of “Bassmasters” which was a hugely popular and terribly boring (if you’re me) fishing show.  So, Dorkmasters would be similar.  Only interesting if you’re into our particular brand of geekery, but if the shoe fits, put LEDs on it and make it transform into a cool gun or something.  I don’t know if that last analogy fits, but you get the point.  (Or you don’t, in which case, Dorkmasters probably isn’t for you.)

Finally,  since OtakuMom won a LCD TV for our living room last year, I’ve dreamed of a linux box that would allow me to stream hulu and other online video to my TV, so I wouldn’t have to drag my wife to the computer for our weekly Office watching, or to watch Netflix streaming (which is amazing).

Eventually, I hope to remove the need to have cable, with all the internet content.  Saving, hopefully, some money.  (Although I’d still be paying Comcast for the internet, so yeah…)

I’ve got two old (OOOOOOoooold) crappy eMachines Pentium machines that I’m hoping to hybrid into that machine, and I’ve even gotten an Ubuntu install disc, but I can’t get the darn thing to install correctly.  But then again, time being what it is for an OtakuDad these days, I’ve not spent more than a couple hours on the project yet.  But I’ll definitely update once that’s something more than a half-cooked idea.

Soooooo…  Yeah, wasn’t that worth reading?  No.  Well, you did anyway.  And I told you I’d probably say “gotcha” to you.  So once more, Gotcha.  Ideas and comments welcome, and I’ll hope to write more.  This was fun.  Although I want a little more structure next time (I’m sure you do as well).

See you soon (hopefully), intertubes.

-OD





Film Review – Dangerous Calling

10 03 2009

Dangerous Calling

So it was one of those days.  I had recently (within the week) written my blog post about my perspective on the relatively nascent Christian film industry, and my feelings about how many Christian films lose the art for the sake of the message.  Some people agreed, others thought that perhaps without the main focus being the message, that the films then became something other than Christian film entirely.  And I also somehow gained a follower on Twitter that week, that seemed like spam at first.  The name was “DangerousCallin” and seemed to only be hyping a film, Dangerous Calling by the “Daws Brothers”.  I had heard nothing of this film or its makers, but the idea alone sounded–well, a bit ludicrous:  a thriller (meaning murder and suspense, people…) based in the world of church politics.

However, I saw that the “tweeter”(?) had offered to let someone have a copy to review, so I figured, what the heck… I’d see if he’d send a copy my way so I could check it out and give it a fair shake.  He read my post about the criticism of Christian film, and agreed to send me a copy for review.  (So, for full disclosure, I received a copy of the film for free, for review purposes.  This is commonplace in review circles, but just to be completely transparent, I want to throw that out there.)

It sat on my nightstand for literally over two weeks, as I had other things to do, and I honestly didn’t expect much of the film.  After all, Christian film had burned me in the past, and I figured that if this guy was sending me a copy after reading my article, it probably ditched all semblance of Christianity, and tried full-out to be simply a slasher film aimed at pulling in unsuspecting Christian audiences, or very light intrigue on top of a preachy film…one or the other, right?   Read the rest of this entry »