Wednesday, 31 October 2012

The Next Three Years in Cinemas

Earlier this morning, the announcement that Disney was buying LucasArts for four billion dollars hit the internet. The news was all over the world after just a few hours, with "George Lucas", "LucasArts", "LucasFilm", "Star Wars", and "Disney" all trending on Twitter.

But the big news that made people sit up and listen was the announcement that Disney was going to create at least three more live-action movies in the Star Wars franchise, starting with Episode VII, to be released in 2015.

The Problem with Halloween

There's been a lot of talk about Halloween and the problems with it, especially in Christian circles. Not just because it's a widely celebrated pagan holiday, but because of what it says about us.

For one thing, I'm Australian, I don't even want to know about Halloween, and I certainly don't want to be invited to participate in Halloween events. At what point did we start celebrating American holidays? Next it'll be Thanksgiving, and then it'll be the 4th of July.

On top of that, it's barely a real holiday. It's more a chance for consumerism than it is for celebration. Most people have no idea of its pagan roots, its Christian influence, or any other part of its history.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

The Best Part of Leadership

Last weekend I had the honour of leading a junior youth camp, and while I'd been a leader in a lot of areas, officially and unofficially, for a long time, this was a big change for me.

The camp was no different to any other, the kids were mostly normal, and the stuff that happened was fairly routine. But there was something really significant about what happened to me.

Monday, 29 October 2012

My Rubik's Cube

This is just a fun little story I like to tell people. See, I've always had a bit of a fascination with puzzles and logic, and one day I decided I was going to solve a Rubik's cube. But I also have this thing with tutorials. I've never used a tutorial to accomplish anything in my life. I will use them to expand on a pre-existing accomplishment though. Like, in a video game I'll get past the main storyline on my own, and then do the side quests with some help, or I'll solve a Rubik's cube on my own, and then learn to do it faster with some help.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Dash for Cash

I can safely say that leading a youth camp is one of the most terrifying things anyone can do. In our youth group, we like to play a game on camps that we call Dash for Cash. Simply put, the leaders have cash prizes duct taped to their shirts, and the kids keep the money if they can pry it off the leaders. The leaders can keep the cash if they survive the onslaught for ten minutes.

It was my first time leading on a youth camp and I knew this game was going to be played. But it wasn't until I was being taped up that it really hit me. All the kids were waiting for the starting horn, nearby, but out of sight, while all the leaders were taped up with amounts ranging from $10 to $50, and a whole lot of "Bad Luck"s and "Try Again"s in the middle.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Poetry Friday - Live Your Life

You can only be as scared as you’ll let yourself be.
But you’re constantly crying out to God; “Why me?”
Do one thing wrong and the plate will fall,
Sending delicate treasures all over the floor.
A monster is flying up high all above you,
Sending shadows across the walls all around you.
You hide amongst excuses of “No, I can’t.”
But you know that you’re bigger than some tiny ant. 

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Make It Count

As the Year 12s finish their schooling and move off into universities, colleges, or full-time work, one of the biggest problems is that they don't know what they want to do. I hear that from a lot of my classmates actually.

One response I heard to that question was "What if money was no object?" What would you like to spend your life doing if you didn't need to make any money?

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Perspective Changes Everything

Public transport brings out the crazy in people during the day when all the normal people are at school or at work. Today I met a very interesting man, an extrovert much like myself. In fact, I hadn't been at the bus stop for more than a second when he interested himself and started talking about who knows what.

He was approaching fifty years old, ridiculously polite, and interested in Doctor Who, alternative medicine, and conspiracy theories. He spent a fifteen minute bus ride talking to me mostly about 9/11 and the conspiracy theories surrounding the event.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Muck-up Day

Some time ago, I heard the story about one class of Year 12s that pulled off what may possibly be the best Muck-up Day ever. For those of you who don't know; Muck-up Day is an Australian thing where on your very last day of High School ever, the Year 12s get to basically do whatever they want. They dress up, have water fights, you name it. Sometimes it goes too far, and there's violence or vandalism, but sometimes there are very clever jokes and pranks. This story is a good one fortunately. It is pure genius.

Once You've Been to India

Anyone who has been to India before will get this.

What is Time?

Recently, I was thinking about time, and how we perceive it. What struck me as interesting was how many different ways people think about it. Some people think there are an infinite number of pre-determined timelines happening in parallel universes, some people believe that we are destined to follow one unaltering path, some believe that our one and only timeline is like a river that can divide and go off in any direction.

Interesting how different opinions can be about what is seemingly a simple subject. I began to think about it, and I came to a very simple conclusion.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Chapter Two

Three years ago I went to India on a missions trip that changed my life immensely. I had been depressed my whole life, I had very few friends, if any at all, I was bullied by my classmates, I wagged school and thought about suicide occasionally. My life was not in a good way, but worst of all, I didn’t know Jesus.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

My Bestie

When I started this blog; I told a friend of mine I was going to write all about them on the internet for everyone to see. So here it is: My Bestie:

Friday, 19 October 2012

The Power of Social Media

For the first time in the history of media, the power has fallen into the hands of the public, the citizens, and the ordinary. Social media gives every day people a chance to be heard in a world where traditionally, we only hear a handful of important people.

Earlier this year; a nine year old Scottish girl named Martha Payne started a blog online called NeverSeconds, on which she would judge and rate her school lunch each day and write a review of it. Each day she took a photo of her lunch and updated her blog.

Poetry Friday - You

I love you because you are you.
No one is better at you than you.
You are the youest you you can be.
And no one is youer or more you than you.

I love that you are so good at you.
No one but you could be as you as you.
You are the youest you there is.
And no one but you can be you like you


I was walking home one day after school as I vented to myself in my head over something that I found upsetting, when I realised that I don't really have anyone to vent to. Occasionally I have a little venting session with my mum, but she talks too much.

It was then that I thought it would be a good idea to start a blog. It seemed I was always thinking about something that I just wish I could tell someone. An achievement, a problem, something that makes me happy or something that makes me angry. I figured I could share it with the internet. And even if no one reads a single post on this blog. At least I will know that it's out there, and off my chest.