Wednesday, February 28, 2007

B, P, and the other 24 letter people

so, harper's has confirmed it. BP is far and away the most environmentally friendly and ethical oil company of them all so fill 'er up with BP.

...on a side note, concerning my lack of blogging here is my schedule:
+6:00 a.m. - leave for carpentry.
+1:00 p.m. - leave carpentry and head directly to the Somali center.
+7:30 p.m - return home from Somali.
+7:30 p.m - 10:30 p.m. Play with bunny and girlfriend and hopefully guitar, eat, sleep.

oh, and we don't have the internet at the house. the weekends these days are spent playing music and preparing for grad school (researching schools, preparing portfolio material, looking into taking classes such as physics, calculus, and drawing for pre-reqs, studying for GRE, reading about architecture, etc.).

Monday, February 26, 2007

Lent vs. House this was one of the most random things that's happened to me in quite some time.

I'm sitting at my desk doing my feeble attempt at working diligently & a calls gets tranferred to me from a woman who says she's a realtor & needs a clarification from a Methodist pastor. Now...she's talking so fast without taking a breath that I wasn't able to tell her that I am NOT a Methodist pastor, per se, and honestly I was kind of interested what sort of clarification a realtor might need from a Methodist pastor.

Anyway...she proceeds to explain that a man she's working with says he's a Methodist & according to Methodism it's forbidden to do business, in this case closing on a house, during lent.

I didn't think the Methodists forbid anything, really, but I'm pretty sure that this one is an excuse by this guy. However...since I am not authorized to speak as a representative of the Methodist clergyperson I said that although I work at a Methodist church and have never heard this before, I can't say for certain.


Although...maybe since it's Lent I shouldn't be working? Hmm...

Saturday, February 24, 2007

How Many Ferrys Does it Take...

In these United States of America there are...

...35 brian ferrys

...26 Scott Ferrys

...10 Todd Ferrys

...15 Cheryl Ferrys

& only 1 Meka Ferry.

(Actually, there are supposedly zero Meka's but I'm pretty sure there's one)


Wednesday, February 21, 2007

My American Idol Pick

I'm going on record early...Sanjaya Malakar is my pick.

A King & a Kingdom

One of the most beautiful, and I would say, most often obscured facets of God's way is that followers of Jesus are at the same time apolitical and political. That is, we are sojourners and aliens on the earth with a home and allegience that transcends any national boundaries or political parties. We are a people of a nation but it's not a nation with physical boundaries. It is a nation made of people from every earthly nation, from every language, from every tribe. "You are citizens with everyone else who belongs to the family of God." // Ephesians 2.19 CEV

But Jesus' message was political in the sense that it has implications on the way we as a people function in our world and affects the way we view the nation and authority under which we reside whether that be the United States, China, Portugal or Kenya. As Derek Webb sings on his album Mockingbird:

my first allegiance is not to a flag, a country, or a man

my first allegiance is not to democracy or blood
it's to a king & a kingdom

The idea that the Christian is not necessarily committed or forced to associate or endorse one particular party is lost on way too many of folks who claim to follow Jesus. Our faith informs our political view but is not limited to one party or another, though I know that people from both parties will argue that theirs is the correct party for Christians.

Martin Luther King, Jr. said this about his lack of endorsement of a particular presidential candidate: "I never came out with an endorsement. My father did, but I never made one. I took this position in order to maintain a nonpartisan posture, which I have followed all along in order to be able to look objectively at both parties at all times."

Faith informs political conversation and views but is not limited to one party or another. I'm going to stand with Martin Luther King, Jr. and attempt to look objectively at both parties at all times because my allegience is not to a flag, a country or a man, or democracy but to a King and a Kingdom. It's a beautiful truth.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Meka's Birthday/Baptism Weekend

yeah, so, sabrina and i will begin our 4-year master's in architecture program in the summer of 2008. seriously. bottoms up.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Paper Clips

First, let me ask this: is it necessary to have an image with every post? Because that's just not possible for me, so I feel quite inferior.
Secondly, I now understand Todd's rubber band thing from a few years ago. I now have paper clips with me at all times--I come home with at least four paper clips a day. It's weird.
Finally, I just finished one of the best books I've ever read (see recommended books to left)--it's just about a must read. I also just began reading a book by Michael Ondaatje. He wrote The English Patient...and he's Canadian. Is that okay?

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Better Together 2.11.07


Here's the message from worship on Sunday: Better Together

this is our living room. my new piano. john wayne and the glowing earth. pretty out of tune...both john wayne and the piano- but a lot of fun and not bad for 50 smackers. it is incredibly heavy so when we move, if we can't move it in tact, we are thinking about using the inside harp as a wall piece and turning the piano frame into a bar because the whole panel where you rest the sheet music swings up and we could throw in some lighting and bottles and and glasses and whatnot. chug-a-lug.

trapper john

meet trapper john. the most lovable, scampish, rapscallion of a bunny this side of odessa. sabrina has built him a hell of a hutch and he is already doing very well on his litter box training. yeah, who knew you could litter box train a rabbit?

Monday, February 12, 2007

Why I Don't Blog

This is why I don't blog...
All of this research needs to be graded tonight--and Heroes is on in two hours.

God's Gonna Cut You Down

This is interesting. Certainly an all-star cast. Anything ole Johnny sang has some extra weight.

I think it's kind of cool that they exhumed Keith Richards body to make an appearance in the video.

"Sinners make the best saints."
-Bono's painting on the wall.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

the ferry homestead... if the Yurts don't work out there's always Micro-Compact Homes. These things are extremely neato but not exactly palatial inside. I think they sleep a Yorkshire terrier & a 7 year old. And they're not available in America. Details, details...

The team of researchers and designers based in London and at the Technical University in Munich developed the m-ch as an answer to an increasing demand for short stay living for students, business people, sports and leisure use and for weekenders. The m-ch, now in use and available throughout Europe, combines techniques for high quality compact 'living' spaces deployed in aircraft, yachts, cars, and micro apartments. Its design has been informed by the classic scale and order of a Japanese tea-house, combined with advanced concepts and technologies. Living in an m-ch means focusing on the essential - less is more. The use of progressive materials complements the sleek design. Quality of design, touch and use are the key objectives for the micro compact home team....for 'short stay smart living'..."

micro compact homes

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Rockie Rockie

Super Bowl Ads

So the ads are always a big dealio during the Super Bowl. You can check them all out here and vote for your favorites here.

And the question of whether it's worth the bagillion dollars a second to have your ad play during the Super Bowl? Well...we're still watching them today, eh?

And can I just say that it's about time somebody made a swimming movie! Oh yeah.

My top 5:
(1) The Chevy Tunes (Appealing to my audiophile tendencies)
(2) Paper, Rock, Scissors (Someone getting hit in the face with a rock is just funny)
(3) Grand Theft Coca-Cola (Redemption & life transformation via bubbly sugar water)
(4) Fist Bump (People getting slapped in the face is just plain funny)
(5) Garmin Navigation (Good Godzilla homage)

I was slightly amused at the careerbuilder commercials but I'm quite tired of the "Cube dweller gone crazy" genre. Don't get me wrong, a chubby guy doing a dance or other such wacky behavior can elicit a chuckle. Anyway...

Monday, February 5, 2007

Did you ever know that you're my hero?

Alright Scotty, I watched some of Heroes tonight at Sue & Rich's on the hot new 32" LCD HD TV and I don't get it. Not only do I not get what's going on, I don't get why it's good. So...the challenge is for you to blog your defense of why it's so fantastic. I mean, it's not like it's the Greatest American Hero or anything. Now THAT was a great show.

Seriously, the show felt painfully slow, convoluted, vague in a bad way and just plain boring. Now, I do acknowledge that my steady of diet of the first 5 seasons of 24 very well may have warped my perception of what is fast vs. slow.

Help me understand why Heroes is great?

Congrats to the Colts

Well...that was a crazy game and I am stricken with sadness that NFL football is gone for a while. Ho least the Bengals will be busy in the courtrooms. Ouch.

Here's a website about Tony Dungy & Lovie Smith from a faith breakfast thingy they had on Saturday morning. I can't imagine how devastating it is for Tony Dungy to be a suicide survivor of his son. There has to be a lot of bittersweetness.

Thursday, February 1, 2007

This is what a snow day looks like in Georgia. I'm not entirely sure why we closed today, but who am I to argue with the central office?

Give Me The Bird

So one of my favorites, Andrew Bird, has a new record being released March 20th called "Armchair Apocrypha." Not soon enough. Here's a pre-release, leaked cut from the record: Heretics

He also has a cover of Dylan's Oh Sister, which is pretty nifty & a few other tunes here.

Oh, Fat Possum, give me the Bird.