Moving (Maybe)

18 01 2010

I’m testing out Dreamhost (I like their back-end abilities, as well as their green cred, and honestly, their cost) and may, within the next couple weeks, be moving OtakuDad to its own domain. More to come as changes occur!

This also leads us closer and closer to the reality of the “Dorkmasters” podcast… ūüôā





Book Reviews Are A-Comin’

11 05 2009

Well, you speak and I listen. (Except for the one person who said they don’t want to read reviews of books. Sorry, dude. Feel free to disregard this and future book posts.)

So yeah, while I didn’t get a very impressive turnout for the poll, (I get 70+ unique pageviews a day, yet less than 10 people responded? Huh?) the results are encouraging enough for me to say that I will occasionally (as I read books I find interesting enough to write about) do book reviews.

UnChristian - Kinnaman and Lyons

UnChristian - Kinnaman and Lyons

 

 

First up, will be “UnChristian” by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons. This book, created by and with the vast and reliable research power of The Barna Group, takes an honest look at the modern church, and more importantly, the image problem that it has as a representation of Christ. I’ve only begun this book, but I’m quite excited about it.

 

 

 

 

Another book I’m reading currently, that I plan on writing about, is “Crazy Love”.

Crazy Love - Francis Chan

Crazy Love - Francis Chan

The author, Francis Chan, presents a view of Christianity, or really, of God, that makes us reexamine how we live our lives. Are we really recognizing the one true God? The creator of the universe? (As Chan puts it on the back cover: “The God of the Universe-the Creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies, and E-minor” (I love that quote.)

 

Are we truly living while keeping in mind that it is THAT God who created us, THAT God who loves us, and THAT God who deserves everything from us? Do we do this daily?

What’s great, is that while I wasn’t planning it at all (I really didn’t know too much about both books prior to getting them), both books really converse well with each other, and really converge in a purpose-questioning, life-changing way.

Anyway, I’m sure you can tell I’m enjoying both books. In fact, if you’re the type who ISN’T planning on reading the book reviews, let this be the review for you: Get both books. You will not regret it. One takes a hard, honest look at the current problem, and one takes a hard, honest look at the solution.

Again, I’ll have more detail when I finish the books, but I’m encouraged by what I’ve read thus far.

Down the line, I’ll be reviewing a couple books by an old friend of mine, David A. Zimmerman, starting with “Comic Book Character” and “Deliver Us From Me-Ville”. ¬†And hopefully more. ¬†(I’m open to suggestions, if you’ve got a book that you’ve been interested in reading, but weren’t sure if it was worth it…I’ll be happy to take that plunge for you!)

So, look forward to that in the coming weeks. In other future news, I will be reviewing Mega Man 9 as well. Keep your eyes peeled! (What does that even mean?)

I’ll leave you with a quote from the first chapter of “Crazy Love”, not from Francis Chan, but a quote he uses by A.W. Tozer, (and one I find quite true, and humbling if one meditates upon it):

 

What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing to us…. Worship is pure or base as the worshipper entertains high or low thoughts of God. For this reason the gravest question before the Church is always God Himself, and the most portentous fact about any man is not what he at any given time may say or do, but what he in his deep heart conceives God to be like.

 

 

 





Book Reviews Are A-Comin'

11 05 2009

Well, you speak and I listen. (Except for the one person who said they don’t want to read reviews of books. Sorry, dude. Feel free to disregard this and future book posts.)

So yeah, while I didn’t get a very impressive turnout for the poll, (I get 70+ unique pageviews a day, yet less than 10 people responded? Huh?) the results are encouraging enough for me to say that I will occasionally (as I read books I find interesting enough to write about) do book reviews.

UnChristian - Kinnaman and Lyons

UnChristian - Kinnaman and Lyons

 

 

First up, will be “UnChristian” by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons. This book, created by and with the vast and reliable research power of The Barna Group, takes an honest look at the modern church, and more importantly, the image problem that it has as a representation of Christ. I’ve only begun this book, but I’m quite excited about it.

 

 

 

 

Another book I’m reading currently, that I plan on writing about, is “Crazy Love”.

Crazy Love - Francis Chan

Crazy Love - Francis Chan

The author, Francis Chan, presents a view of Christianity, or really, of God, that makes us reexamine how we live our lives. Are we really recognizing the one true God? The creator of the universe? (As Chan puts it on the back cover: “The God of the Universe-the Creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies, and E-minor” (I love that quote.)

 

Are we truly living while keeping in mind that it is THAT God who created us, THAT God who loves us, and THAT God who deserves everything from us? Do we do this daily?

What’s great, is that while I wasn’t planning it at all (I really didn’t know too much about both books prior to getting them), both books really converse well with each other, and really converge in a purpose-questioning, life-changing way.

Anyway, I’m sure you can tell I’m enjoying both books. In fact, if you’re the type who ISN’T planning on reading the book reviews, let this be the review for you: Get both books. You will not regret it. One takes a hard, honest look at the current problem, and one takes a hard, honest look at the solution.

Again, I’ll have more detail when I finish the books, but I’m encouraged by what I’ve read thus far.

Down the line, I’ll be reviewing a couple books by an old friend of mine, David A. Zimmerman, starting with “Comic Book Character” and “Deliver Us From Me-Ville”. ¬†And hopefully more. ¬†(I’m open to suggestions, if you’ve got a book that you’ve been interested in reading, but weren’t sure if it was worth it…I’ll be happy to take that plunge for you!)

So, look forward to that in the coming weeks. In other future news, I will be reviewing Mega Man 9 as well. Keep your eyes peeled! (What does that even mean?)

I’ll leave you with a quote from the first chapter of “Crazy Love”, not from Francis Chan, but a quote he uses by A.W. Tozer, (and one I find quite true, and humbling if one meditates upon it):

 

What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing to us…. Worship is pure or base as the worshipper entertains high or low thoughts of God. For this reason the gravest question before the Church is always God Himself, and the most portentous fact about any man is not what he at any given time may say or do, but what he in his deep heart conceives God to be like.

 

 

 





Poll/Question

7 05 2009

Would you folks be interested in book reviews? I’m reading a couple now (and have read some interesting ones in the past) and are wondering if it’s the kind of thing you’d read or ignore. Let me know here, via Twitter at @LarryEisner, or on Facebook. Everyone that reads, I’d love a “yes” or “no” to the question: “Would you be interested in book reviews?”





Yeah, I know…

9 04 2009

It’s been a while. ¬†But given the impending death of a cat known for more than half my wife’s life, preparations for Good Friday and Easter, I’ve been a little busy. ¬†Trust me, you all are not the only ones wondering about my writing…(sorry, Heather!)

But after Easter, I’m pretty sure you can expect something very soon. ¬†In the meantime, imagine me as both people in the above picture, and enjoy these other failures as well:

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Doctor Octoroc Needs Your Help!

18 12 2008

Hey there, readers! ¬†Well, this is the kind of thing I have to admit, that I absolutely love the blogosphere (which is different from the Blagosphere)…when one blogger notices a problem with another blogger, and reaches out to help.

Ein - Doctor Octorocs puppy

Ein - Doctor Octoroc's puppy

So, any of you¬†who checked out or downloaded Doctor Octoroc’s Christmastime “8-Bit Jesus” over at his site, Doc needs some assistance. ¬†His six month old puppy, Ein, has gallstones¬†(kidney or bladder stones? ¬†I an not a doctor. ¬†Good thing Octoroc is…)¬†that are too large for him to pass, and therefore requires surgery. ¬†No, Doc Oc is not asking for you to pay for the surgery. ¬†Instead, he’s asking that if you liked the album, and if you were considering buying the physical copy, that he needs you to pay in advance, instead of when it comes out. ¬†See, he doesn’t have the cash to create the CDs, but will with your contribution of $15. ¬†So, it’s giving, yes. ¬†And it’s giving during the holidays, in a sense of cameraderie and fellowship, but it’s also a two-fer, because on top of the sense of giving, you’ll also get the physical CD (with more tracks than listed on the site) of “8-Bit Jesus.” ¬†You can read more about this situation and learn how to donate, by clicking this sentence.

So, let’s help a brother out, and take some pity on his dog, eh? ¬†I can’t do it right now, but I plan on doing it after Christmas, when I’ve got a little more cash to spend.¬†¬†Let’s support some cool chiptune interesting-ness (of course it’s a word!) and help someone out in the community as well!





OtakuDad Gets Around. Film at 11.

20 11 2008
Okay, not really, but I can dream, right?

Okay, not really, but I can dream, right?

So, as of about one hour ago or so, I’ve been approached by a longtime friend who is an editor for a site (which will remain unnamed for now, until things are finalized), to write game reviews as well as cover general news in the industry, as they are looking to expand their coverage.

I’m very excited about the possibility, and while I cannot be specific about a lot until things get finalized, I can definitely say that if this ends up happening, I will be able to cover a lot more topics than I previously could as I should have access to some hardware that at the moment, is too next-gen for OtakuDad’s pocketbook.¬† (That almost rhymes internally by the way…OtakuDad Pocketbook. Us nerds gotta keep track of that stuff.¬† I could shorten it to OtakuPocket.¬† Or PokeTaku?)

And to be clear, the picture adorning this story is a joke, as the position would not be paid (at least at the time of writing).¬† But I’m excited for the opportunity to write in a professional-fashion again, and let me assure you loyal readers that the the quality/quantity of posts here shouldn’t change anytime soon.¬† This remains my personal site, where I’ll give more opinionated and more open-ended stories that appeal to me, rather than what a specific readership of an established site would be interested in.

I’ll be sure to keep you OtakuPeeps updated as soon as more details emerge.¬† If you are the praying sort (and why wouldn’t you be?) would you pray for this opportunity for me?¬† Thanks!