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Best Friend Test: Take at Your Own Risk

21 Jump Street: best bros

21 Jump Street: best bros

I have plenty of good friends. I thank God that I have always had good friends throughout my life to be there for me—except during middle school and that sucked. However, because of how much middle school absolutely sucked, I am eternally grateful for all the friends that God has blessed me with, especially the ones that were there for me when I needed them the most in very challenging phases of my life (that’s you Andrew during high school, and you Tim during undergrad).

However, the other day I was thinking about what kind of test I would give someone who would like to apply to be one of my best friends. Well, it isn’t perfect but here are some questions I would include in a test for someone applying to be a best friend (talk about being a borderline narcissist):

BEWARE: If you are not a nerd, or have no sense of appreciation for nerdy and geeky stuff, you should stop reading and go to the gym…or something.

1. If there was to be a duel between Lord Voldemort, from the Harry Potter series, in his fully restored form, and Darth Sidious aka Emperor Palpatine, the Dark Lord of the Sith, who would come out of that battle victorious? Please expand on your answer.

2. One of your other, more ignorant friends makes the following statement: “Man, I love Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, and Dragon Ball GT and I truly believe that GT is the true end to the Dragon Ball series.” How do you respond to this?

3. What is the greatest branch in the United States military? Actually never mind that. Let’s be more specific. What is the greatest branch within the United States Army? BONUS POINTS if you can tell me why God loves this branch the most?

4. If you had to name one video game whose multiplayer experience revolutionized multiplayer gaming forever, which game would you pick? [Hint: If you are about to pick a game published on a PlayStation system you are INCORRECT—just give up now]

5. Back to Star Wars [Knowledge of Expanded Universe is a must]. Name the only two characters in the Star Wars universe to start out in the Light side of the Force, go to the Dark side, become full “Darths” of the Sith, and then redeem themselves by coming back to the light? You may research this question for ½ credit.

6. What is the greatest musical that was turned into movie that was also a musical? You will lose much respect if you get this one wrong.

7. Yes or No. Did you cry at any point in the last 45 minutes of Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King?

8. What is the greatest ethnic/national cuisine? For half the credit you can answer what is the second greatest ethnic/national cuisine?

9. What is the greatest country on the Earth? For ½ credit, what is the most evil country on Earth?

10. Do you agree with the final Confederate charge at the Battle of Gettysburg being named after General Pickett (“Pickett’s Charge”) or are you of the opinion that it should be “Pettigrew’s Charge” since the North Carolinians at Gettysburg, under General Pettigrew, outnumbered the Virginians under General Pickett at the very same charge? State your case.

11. Who was/is the greatest president in American history? This one is a deal-breaker.

12. Who was the greatest statesman in world history? Even if you are wrong, you may receive partial credit if you defend your answer well.

13. Do you lose all control and laugh out loud when you watch the movie “21 Jump Street” starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum? Do you have a soul?

TIE-BREAKER [you always need a tie-breaker]: What is my favorite color?

I will release the correct answers to these questions next week (or later this week if I get the time).

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Star Wars…or Mickey Mouse & Co.: Galactic Adventures

The news are everywhere. It doesn’t matter where you look and where you read your news. Star Wars is such an icon in 20th-21st century America that the news that Disney had acquired Lucasfilm from George Lucas, at the price of $4 billion. As if that wasn’t enough of a shocker, Disney also released that work is already underway for the development and 2015 release of Star Wars: Episode VII…or Mickey Mouse: Coruscant Adventures.

Alright so we all know Star Wars won’t be about Mickey, Donald, and Goofy. We know. The questions that the fans are asking are centered around the matters of canon. The truth that many people aren’t aware of is that beyond the film, the Star Wars universe is a collection of dozens and dozens of novels and graphic novels series. If it counts for anything, I myself have spent the last six months catching up with the “Fate of the Jedi” series which picks up around 45 years after Return of the Jedi.

The issue with canon isn’t about the canon being sacred or kept from change. It has changed many times. From crazy changes like the day that George Lucas stated that the Clone Troopers would eventually become Storm Troopers to more moderate changes like the way in which the Force is portrayed in The Force Unleashed game series, canon alterations have taken place all throughout the series. However, at the end of the day, Disney will most likely decide to start clean and work on something fresh and free from past mistakes known to the George Lucas team of Lucasfilm, Lucasarts, Lucasbooks, etc.

The other big questions are more focused on the artistic side of the endeavor of launching a new trilogy/series of Star Wars films. Critical questions like who will be the director are already flooding the web. There are already rumors that it won’t even be a trilogy, but a series of character-focused movies in the manner of Marvel’s The Avengers.

Finally, there are some doubts and concerns regarding how this impacts the relationship between Star Wars films (Lucasfilm), Star Wars video games (Lucasarts), and Star Wars books (Lucasbooks) which have always walked together hand-in-hand.

In the end, as fan, I am with George Lucas what he believes is best for the series. Even though I have become attached to many of the events and characters found in the series Post-Trilogy, I also agree that decisions were made and turns were taken along the way that weren’t the best choice for the direction of the Star Wars universe. If this is meant to be a fresh start, then let us pray it is for the best. May the Force be with us all…and Disney.

Is the future uncertain for Star Wars? Then again, the future is always in motion…didn’t some famous say that?

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What you do with where you are.

[The beginning to this post may lose you for a second, but hang in there–it should all clear up along the way]


Starkiller stands in front of the infamous cave at Dagobah, the very same cave that Luke Skywalker will walk into in years to come. At the entrance stands a small but ancient creature, Yoda, once Grand Master of the Jedi Order, now reduced to a dweller of this swamp planet. Starkiller notices the green alien and asks:

You guard this place?

Yoda: “Oh ho. No, only a watcher am I now. ”
Starkiller: “Then you’ll let me pass?

Yoda: “Brought you here, the galaxy has. Your path clearly this is.


It has become routine, in the last year or so, for me to fall into a cyclical state of chronic depression. Maybe depression is too hard of a word–maybe I am giving myself either too much or not enough credit. I can safely state, however, that the last year has been full of emotional and spiritual trials. I have dealt, and continue to fight, with feelings of forsakenness, loss, desperation, misguidance, fear, and anxiety. I wish I could say today that I have conquered all my enemies and these feelings that come and go. But that isn’t the case. I am still fighting them even now.

It isn’t always clear where these feelings come from. At times they come from immediate situations that develop around me, only to find out that they are connected with other feelings and experiences from the past. At other moments I find myself falling apart because of moments long ago, only to see that the present is what is actually haunting me. The source is never quite clear, only that the struggle inside is certainly true and real.

At the end of each day though, before I head to bed to hopefully rest and recharge for tomorrow, I always know that God is sovereign. It may be ironic that a believer in the sovereignty of God struggles with so many feelings and emotions attached to uncertainty of tomorrow. That is understandable. However, I would be lying if I said that I don’t struggle with such feelings. Nevertheless, I know God is sovereign. I know God is in control. I know, without a doubt, that my life rests in the hands of my Lord and my Savior King.

So what in the world do the quotes above have to do with this? As a Christian, I don’t believe in luck or fortune. I don’t believe in “the will of the universe” or the galaxy. I don’t believe in randomness or that some force outside of God controls the events of daily life.

However, in the quote above Yoda appeals to a higher power.  Feeling doubt about whether he should enter the cave at Dagobah, Starkiller asks Yoda whether he will stop him. To this Yoda states “brought you here, the galaxy has. Your path clearly this is.” What this means is that whether you meant to be here or not, you are here now, therefore, there must be a purpose to you being here–pursue it!

God is a person. He isn’t a universal or galactic force without a face or personal will. Regardless of the events of daily life, God is sovereign and He has brought me to this place that I find myself in; therefore, my path clearly this is. There have been many moments in my life when I have been completely lacking of any understanding to what God is doing with me: why am I here? What does He want from me? Where am I to go now? What I am supposed to be doing with the now? I am certain there will be more times in the future when that will also be the case.

The victory lies in what you do with where you are. You are here. I am here. What will you do in the place that God has placed you? Will you stand still? Or will you pursue the will of God for you in this place? That is the daily challenge of the believer. That is the dilemma of every living saint.

It doesn’t matter what may be bringing despair, anxiety, or depression to me at any given moment. What matters is that I live in the hands of a loving God that has a purpose for my life and a purpose to where I am right now and the struggles I am fighting. Therefore, I will accept the place God has brought me to, and embrace the path He has placed me on. And if I am ever unaware of what path I am to follow, I will stop pretending He isn’t there, and simply go talk to my Heavenly Father.

Be blessed.


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Lacking some creativity in your card-giving? I gotcha.

The warm and long days of summer hurting your creative and card-giving spirit? It’s all good. StarWars.com’s got your back. Just head on over to the Official Star Wars website and you can get hooked up with these silly and loving e-cards. It helps if you are a Star Wars fan to begin with. Have fun.

This and more available at http://www.StarWars.com

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