12/07/2006

short film: rare exports

last night we took the boys for an evening of romping at the Lakes Mall.

For a mid-romp break I wheeled them down to the Santa Island.

It was quickly apparent that we could either get poorly-lit mediocre pictures of our boys crying on Santa's lap, or we could send them to college in 17 years. But not both.

Now I know why 1 5x7 and 4 wallets cost 35 bucks...

11/24/2006

still going...

This morning I changed 4 diapers (full and overflowing) before the boys had been a walk for 1/2 hour. Is it possible that the people at huggies are engineering little bugs like "rotavirus"?

And these stomach viruses that babies get are supposed to not really have an effect on adults.

Yet as I try to work on this Sunday's sermon for my friends at FBC, my frequent (and hurried) trips up stairs beg to differ.

Oh well, it's nice to have a good excuse to fall back on.

11/21/2006

firm is good

well, lindsay ellis says that posting funny videos doesn't count for blogging.

So here is a quick update.

Went to Los Angeles last week to sell music for stock20

It was a pretty good trip.

Came back to explosive diarrhea from the twins.

The diapers can't contain it.

So between 5-8 times per day-per boy, we change all clothes and launder some brown onesies.

Poor Isaac's bum is so sore.

He makes a sound like gurgling thunder, then goes and hides under the table because he doesn't want another changing.

It's a stomach virus, so as long as their squirting, they can't be around other kids.

I never thought I'd be so happy to find a nice firm log in Will's diaper, but he made one this afternoon. This is good news. It means the end should be near.

Hopefully in time for playing with the cousins over thanksgiving.

11/11/2006

mmm.... pigeon tastes like chicken

11/10/2006

And you Think Our Campaings Get Nasty

here are my questions:
1. Are these two trying to capitalize on the popularity of hockey? (Listen to the crowd cheer)
2. Is the sign in the upper left background a "no big bird" sign?

11/09/2006

Absa-stinkn-lootly-amazing

"Amateur" by Lasse Gjersten

11/08/2006

11/01/2006

The Computer Guy

This one is dedicated to a friend of mine who will remain nameless.
We'll call him "Shtony Shpetty"


Via: VideoSift

Don't forget to write my brother (David) in for Governor of MI

A campaign video for the Michigan 2007 elections

10/16/2006

so much could be said about this, yet so little needs to be:




When was the last time your class saw how "HOT" God's Word is? Open this authentic looking "bible" and begin to share the scripture for the day as real flames are seen coming from your "bible". This full size book comes with a battery operated ignition system. All you supply are the batteries, lighter fluid and composure as your class gets excited. (special note: Fed-Ex shipping is available if you absolutely have to have the Fire Bible for this Sunday!)

Only $44.95!


special thanks to matt fulk for this prize.

10/11/2006

do you have your anniversary memorized?

this guy
recited pi to the 100,000th digit from memory.
It took 16 hours (bathroom breakse included).

10/04/2006

turning 30 the good way

my awesome wife surprised me with a trip to the cabin--accompanied by my father and two brothers.

It was the first time I've ever been surprised--and the best present ever.

Andrew photo-journals well about it at his blog.

here are some of my pictures.














9/25/2006

Ants herding a caterpillar

This is amazing

9/21/2006

9 months of gestation in 20 seconds - New Version!

I'm famous (well, not really because nobody knows it's me) but the music featured on this video is one of my stock20.com compositions.

It's number 2 on youtube right now and it was on CBS and NBC

9/02/2006

danielmatic returns!

sorry for the long silence.

I was traveling for stock20, and now I'm on vacation with my family.

Here are some random updates.

1. neice Maya, gets more amazing every day: http://mybabysecret.blogspot.com

2. newphew Addison had his first day of school: http://inthespacebetween.blogspot.com

3. the former pirate posted for the 1000'th time.

6. I finished my first orchestrated composition for my music company.
click here to download the file (but only if you will listen on good speakers or headphones).

5. Isaac and Will went to the zoo:


more pictures at their site.

8/11/2006

Blessed are the peacemakers

Im honestly having trouble understanding this.

Casualties in Lebanon over 1000
Casualties in Israel about 100

As the numbers keep climbing they maintain a 10 to 1 ratio.

A majority of Lebanese killed are civilians.

The US says it's working for sustainable peace.

The US is supplying, and at times, expediting weapons to Israel.

So friends, help me if I'm missing something.

But shouldn't there be an outcry from the people to our elected officials:

"Do not send our bombs to Israel"

Shouldn't our military strength be leveraged to stop killing?

Did I miss the efforts made by Israel to find resolution through diplomatic intervention and multi-national census?

Do we think that this will improve the tense relations between the Arab and Western world?

Seriously, what am I missing?

Because right now, I am so ashamed to be an American.

8/09/2006

did you see this amazing picture of maya on angela's blog?
been meaning to post it for a while.

8/02/2006

A day in the life...






Andrea got called in to work so today was a ruddboys morning.

9:00 bottles (only one per day now)
9:20 cherios (every morning, 2 bowls, split three ways)
9:30 banana (cut into little pieces)
9:40 wagon ride to walker park
9:45 park exploration (sidewalks, wood chips, trees, squirrels, etc...)
10:15 sprinklers come on (get soaked)
11:15 load wagon (cry for a minute)
11:30 get home, water plants, strip to diapers (just the boys)
11:40 diaper wrestling while Dad gets lunch (pictured)
12:00 lunch
12:30 naptime festivities (different daily, today's described below)

Daniel: "alright it's getting close to naptime."

boys keep playing, acknowledge with grunts
a little later

Daniel: "ok, get your blankets, it's naptime."

boys get blankets


Daniel: "I'm going to the kitchen for three minutes, then it's nap time"

The boys race down the hall together.
Upon reaching the nursery they close the door and laugh.
They've baracaded me out.
They quickly put as many books and toys into their cribs as they can (i discover upon entry).
I stand outside the door and inform them that they forgot their blankets.
They open the door slowly.
I put them into their beds.
They pretend they are going right to sleep.
I go down to my office and listen to them play.

7/29/2006

welcome Adeline!















congratulations james and charity

7/22/2006

Rueters:

Israel's 12-day-old onslaught in Lebanon to cripple Hizbollah has claimed 355 lives, mostly civilians. Hizbollah attacks and rockets have killed 34 Israelis.

Envoys from three European countries hold talks in Israel later in the day ahead of the arrival of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in an intensifying bout of diplomacy aimed at ending the fighting.


New York Times:
"The Bush administration is rushing precision-guided bombs to Israel at the Israelis’ request, American officials said. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she would go to Israel tomorrow and then meet Arab and European envoys in Italy."

Daniel:
Hmmm.


Rueters article
NYT article

7/14/2006

what a little daniel *could* have looked like

picture courtesy of aunt gigi's fast finger


when my boys are old enough to understand genetics (in a year or so), I'm sure that they will appreciate their good fortune in bypassing a few unfortunate traits that may have been passed along (like my 20/200 hypermyopia).

but for now, Daddy puts the "spectacular" in spectacle... and that's just fine with Will.


ps. did you see Isaac's haircut?


7/11/2006

but i thought thomas the train was my friend!







pictures from some contest via boingboing.com

wow, wow, wow

you simply must view the "average home boy" rapper video demo.

I'm not sure if I ever seen anything like this.

As a side note, my big brother david -also a white middleclass, muscular, fruit-loop eater, was also rapping during this era. Of course I am not suggesting any kind of uncanny resemblance. But I will suggest, that if *some other person* were to make such a suggestions, I would not find it to be completely ludicrous.

7/06/2006

great idea... ?

Do you think this is real?

I personally like Mark Twain's 20 year plan better.

6/26/2006

quick updates

FAQs

1) Yes, my dad really did eat a dog.
2) Yes, I am going to post pictures of the aforementioned "contraption", I just have to get my music done first or my employees will revolt.
3) Yes, you are allowed to send in your two dollars more than once.

see you soon!

6/18/2006

"Dirty Healthy Rats!"

Isaac forward this article to me via e-mail, hoping that I would reverse the ban on toilet-play.

the article
http://www.wired.com/news/wireservice/0,71185-0.html?tw=rss.index

6/15/2006

isn't this ironicle

I've personally verified this Microsoft conspiracy to keep a republican in office:

If you're a Windows user, open Notepad and type in this phrase, without the quote marks and with no carriage return: "Bush hid the facts". Now save it and open it again.

source:
http://blog.wired.com/27BStroke6/index.blog?entry_id=1502576

a conversation between my dad and I




dad: "here's a picture of a dog we ate."
daniel: "wow! ...can you send me that for my blog?"
dad: "sure."

thoughtful pause...

daniel: "I can't believe you ate a dog!"
dad: "it tasted like beef jerky"

thoughtful pause...


daniel: "what kind of dog was it??"
dad: "a dog that made too much noise while I was preaching."

thick silence.

daniel: "is that *why* you ate a dog?"

dad: "I don't know...
it was just making a lot of noise.
Then it got quiet...
...Then later, we ate it."


note: out of fairness to Rev. Dr. Bill Rudd, this did occur in a different hemishphere on a medical missinos trip.

some people just need a hug

So, I met this guy.

He was one of those "just want to punch him in the face" kind of people.

Something about demeanor was very antagonistic...

...as if he had been placed on this earth, just to attract aggression.

I don't think anyone had ever given him a chance.

You know, treated him like a human being...

who needed to be loved unconditionally.

Sometimes a little love and understanding, can really change things.

It did for Bob.

my older brother Andrew happened to be nearby, ready to document this story with a camera.

you can read it here.

6/13/2006

Language Skills: (cross post)

The boys are learning new ways to communicate.

They're mastering the essentials of sign language "more" "please" "eat" "cup"

They are beginning to verbalize many things.

Isaac is unable to say, "outside"
He can only shriek it (with exuberant delight).
But it is clearly the word "outside", accompanied by a race toward the door and wild pointing.

Will now shrieks too, not as recognizably, but we get it.

When Isaac sees a dog he points and says "doug"
When Isaac sees anything moving on the grass he points and says "doug"

Will likes to say Mama or derivatives beginning with M and ending with Mahh or Meee.

But what ever Will lacks in linguistics, he makes up for in passion and delivery.

He has all the non-verbals right.

He shrugs his shoulders and raises his open hands.
He nods his head to emphasize an authoritative syllable (this non-verbal will be hereafter represented by this symbol: ^).

Sometimes, in utter frustration, he drops his hands to the ground and lets out a huge sigh, synchronized with slightly rolling eyes. [I have had an UBELIEVABLY long day!]

****

Isaac loves to say "Hot."

I originally explained that he could not have my coffee because it was "hot." I put a little extra sizzle on the word "hot". I wanted "hot" to be clearly dangerous. As if the word itself might burn him.

Isaac loves danger. ...and so he loves to say "hot" --with sizzle.

Every morning he comes to the couch where I (and/or Andrea) have parked with my coffee.

He points to the coffee and says. "Haaaaaaaa ot!"

Daniel: "Hot Coffee"

Isaac: "Hot daw ee"

Will: (waddling over with outstretched pointer finger)

"Ma.. Mammeeee!"

Daniel: "Hot Coffee" (with a little more emphatic enunciation)

Will: "Ma.. MAAMEE!" (with corresponding escalation)

Daniel: "Good job will, try again: 'Hot Coffee'

Will [with some serious passion, and forceful pointing]:

"MAAA! MAAAMEEE!"
^ ^^ ^ ^^

He'll argue with me until lunch if I let him.

****

At lunch a few days ago, I came up from my office to find Andrea working with Isaac on "apple sauce."

Andrea: "Apple Sauce"

Isaac: "daawwwce"

Andrea: "APPLE ...sauce"

Isaac: "ANdle daawwce"

Will [clearly annoyed with Isaac's ineptitude, and punctuating each sylabil with a severe and rhythmic tilting of his forehead.] :
"maaaw MAHHH!"
^ ^

Language Skills: (cross post)

The boys are learning new ways to communicate.

They're mastering the essentials of sign language "more" "please" "eat" "cup"

They are beginning to verbalize many things.

Isaac is unable to say, "outside"
He can only shriek it (with exuberant delight).
But it is clearly the word "outside", accompanied by a race toward the door and wild pointing.

Will now shrieks too, not as recognizably, but we get it.

When Isaac sees a dog he points and says "doug"
When Isaac sees anything moving on the grass he points and says "doug"

Will likes to say Mama or derivatives beginning with M and ending with Mahh or Meee.

But what ever Will lacks in linguistics, he makes up for in passion and delivery.

He has all the non-verbals right.

He shrugs his shoulders and raises his open hands.
He nods his head to emphasize an authoritative syllable (this non-verbal will be hereafter represented by this symbol: ^).

Sometimes, in utter frustration, he drops his hands to the ground and lets out a huge sigh, synchronized with slightly rolling eyes. [I have had an UBELIEVABLY long day!]

****

Isaac loves to say "Hot."

I originally explained that he could not have my coffee because it was "hot." I put a little extra sizzle on the word "hot". I wanted "hot" to be clearly dangerous. As if the word itself might burn him.

Isaac loves danger. ...and so he loves to say "hot" --with sizzle.

Every morning he comes to the couch where I (and/or Andrea) have parked with my coffee.

He points to the coffee and says. "Haaaaaaaa ot!"

Daniel: "Hot Coffee"

Isaac: "Hot daw ee"

Will: (waddling over with outstretched pointer finger)

"Ma.. Mammeeee!"

Daniel: "Hot Coffee" (with a little more emphatic enunciation)

Will: "Ma.. MAAMEE!" (with corresponding escalation)

Daniel: "Good job will, try again: 'Hot Coffee'

Will [with some serious passion, and forceful pointing]:

"MAAA! MAAAMEEE!"
^ ^^ ^ ^^

He'll argue with me until lunch if I let him.

****

At lunch a few days ago, I came up from my office to find Andrea working with Isaac on "apple sauce."

Andrea: "Apple Sauce"

Isaac: "daawwwce"

Andrea: "APPLE ...sauce"

Isaac: "ANdle daawwce"

Will [clearly annoyed with Isaac's ineptitude, and punctuating each sylabil with a severe and rhythmic tilting of his forehead.] :
"maaaw MAHHH!"
^ ^

6/06/2006

Let's Clear the Air

I hate rumors so let's just address them straight on.

1: Yes, I have been walking around my neighborhood wearing a large wooden structure with two children attached to it.
2: No, I do not believe (nor have I been proclaiming) that God has any immanent plans to destroy the earth with a flood. (I even saw a rainbow this morning).

Now that we've settled this, let's move on to some important business.

You may want to review this just in case.

5/30/2006

WWWJC -- What Weapons Would Jesus Choose















pictured above, an actual screenshot from the game


Here's an interesting article on the new "Left Behind" video game. (courtesy of rick p.)

My favorite excerpts:
**
For Christians, the idea of salvation isn't a game.

Unless, of course, they're talking about "Left Behind: Eternal Forces," a much-anticipated Christian video game in which gamers battle the bad guys with tanks, guns and prayer.

**

It's been in development for three years, and 40 computer whizzes are honing the game for its release. It includes 500 interactive Manhattan city blocks - "Probably the best representation of New York that's ever been in a video game," Frichner said.

Frichner won't say how much the company has spent creating "Left Behind." But, in an industry where making a top-notch game can cost $10 million or more, Frichner and Co. are banking on "Left Behind" being the best- selling Christian video game ever.

**

"Left Behind" doesn't hide its Christian message. Gamers playing as the good guys (Command Tribulation Forces) will find that praying before battle increases their chances of success. Scripture-laden scrolls give supernatural boosts. And, because gamers must fill their armies with regular New Yorkers who could just as easily swing to the dark side, there's a lot of virtual evangelization going on, too.

**

"From the New York Times review: Combines Tom Clancy like suspense with touches of romance, high-tech flash and biblical references."

*************************

This reminds me of the spam I received last week from the "Crusader Christian Financial Group." Why religious organizations continue to highlight the darkest hours of church history in their names and mascots, I just can't understand.

For that matter, I wonder what other nations (especially those we occupy) think of all our highschool mascots that have to do with warlike-barbarian-conquest (Warriors, Norsemen, Vikings, etc...)

hmmmmmm

don't believe me? Check out the games official site: http://www.leftbehindgames.com/

5/24/2006

wow


angela daniel david andrew

James Bean donates this treasure from his hard drive. How it came into his possesion I do not know. You can probably only imagine how "special" my childhood was...

5/20/2006

Isaac the Tiger & Willasaurus Rex:

It started about a month ago when will Started growling while wearing his dinosaur pjs.

The game evolved (as did the depth of Will's roar) to:

Mom or Dad: Oh No! It's a Willasaurus!
Will: Roar!
Mom Or Dad: Ahhh! {with frantic movement} SO SCARY!!!

Now Will Roars the moment he hears: "Oh NO, Oh, Scary, Scare, Saurus, etc..."

Isaac decided to get in on the game a couple weeks ago.

His roar isn't as advanced as Will's but it's coming along. We call him Isaac the Tiger.

Tony Petty captured this well and put it on his photoblog (see below)


Willasaurus REX







and here's a good picture of Isaac
(although not roaring, he is wearing stripes)






5/18/2006

quick update 4 my homies

sorry for more silence.
it's been hectic.

Will went to the ER last night/this morning.
Auntie Aimeee RN made this easier (she was working third shift), but it was still very traumatic for our poor little "Saurus".

He's got some kind of respatory infection.
We go to the doctor tommorow.

Andy, Jaelyn, and Addison visited last week to welcome Maya.
This was wonderful (but we missed Lynn).
Grandma and Grandpa Lampiris are now settled in Muskegon.

World Domination Headquarters (in my basement) is buzzing with activity as we recently redesigned www.stock20.com, and our preparing for our 6month anniversary.

This is now a viable company, but I am yet to get a paycheck (soon).

5/11/2006

interesting article

sorry for the silence. I think I've lost interest in bloggin (as a writer--I still like to read though).

Anyway, here's an interesting post from an interesting author:

health in the us vs. the uk

Summary:
Report shoes that Americans have significantly more health problems than their socio-economic counterparts in the UK.
It's suggested that this may have to do with work-habbits/stress etc...

I think we need to find better (and slower) ways to live & share our lives.

5/04/2006

ok, it's safe now

I'm allowed to talk about my amazing niece.

Maya arrived. She is beatiful, pefect, intelligent, and has a great sense of humor.

Angela and Ryan are clearly wonderful parents.

I'm so happy.

pics here

5/02/2006

retraction

nothing exciting has happened. If you read something exciting here earlier today, please forget you ever read it.

We have our people everewhere and we know who you are. Tell no one!

4/11/2006

My Best Post Ever!

Check out Andrea's pictures of Isaac and Will: here

4/08/2006

Miscellaneous Updates and Funn-duggery



Sorry for the Silence:
last week was "birthday week" - had to spend lots of time celebrating, then catch up on work.




No More Budget Parenting Tips:

sorry, but the public outcry over newsprinted bottoms was too great. We can't handle that kind of negative press.

However, if you want to get rid of junkmail, try swapping credit card applications in return envelopes. Send Visa the Mastercard Info. They'll pay for the postage, They'll pay somebody to open them up, and they'll pay for the time it takes to figure out it's for the wrong company. If everyone does this, they'll eventually stop trying to enslave every american in debt.

Make Your Own SUV Commercial:
Chevy would like you to go to there website and help them advertise their gas-greedy, luxurious, vehicles.

You make your own commercial (through their website) and e-mail it to your friends.

I like the commercial made by our friends at Rocketboom.com

Rocketboom's Chevy Tahoe commercial (watch here):
note: I wouldn't be surprised if Chevy removed it soon.

3/30/2006

Budget Parenting: Money Saving Tip #1

Thinking about getting a shredding machine so identity thieves can't get your credit card numbers out of your garbage cans?

Well, don't waste your hard earned money. Instead, use the following system to save time and expense:

1) place all of your "shred-able" documents in a bin by your diaper changing table.
2) Use the documents as wipes, tucking them securely into the rolled up dirty diapers before throwing them away.
3) Now you've saved money on wipes, AND the shredding machine you didn't need to buy.

Any thief who STILL finds your credit card numbers, probably needs the money very badly. You should accept this as a legitimate charitable donation.

3/29/2006

Way to Go Phil


Some of you remember a post about my friend Phil's crazy dog-powered car.

While concerned about the power transfer loss of it's treadmill based design, and skeptical about its wood construction, I was proud of Phil for looking for ways to pass a cleaner earth down to our kids.

His wife Missy informed me that the original design was powered by (many) hamsters.

Phil, your idea has stuck with me.

I've been thinking about getting one of those push-powered lawn mowers, and wondering if someone might invent a larger version with a dogsled attachment.

Great for dog lovers, great for the environment.

Does anyone have some welding equipment to build my friend Phil a zero-emissions dog powered lawnmower?

meanwhile, this guy is distributing his "dog powered scooter"

3/27/2006

Warning Signs 4 (grand finale)

This is one of my favorites. Photographed by James Bean on a car that we rented together in Florida a couple years ago. [fyi: I voted for the economy car]

This warning sign is on the handle of a release cable *inside* the trunk of a convertible Mustang.

Maybe the readers will help us find a new interpretation, but we could only come up with one.

Note: The release handle *must* exist to thwart evil intentions. Otherwise the stickman would not instruct us to RUN.
















"If Bad people lock you in the back of a trunk, pull this release, leap from the car, and run away!"


There are only a few ways this could have come about. Here's the most likely one.

Vonda works at Ford. She's not real bright, but she's connected to the right people, 30 years deep in seniority, and she usually gets her way.

Vonda watches a movie on a Thursday night. In that movie, some character endears himself to Vonda's heart.

Sadly, this character is killed by mobsters after being hauled away to some isolated location in the trunk of a car.

Vonda looses a half hour of sleep as she thinks "if only you could open the trunk from inside the car!"

The next morning, Vonda takes Gordon (chief engineer for safety devices) aside and makes it perfectly clear, that this tragedy will not happen in a Ford Mustang on her watch.

Gordon, not realizing the depth of Vonda's resolve, jokingly notes that the handle would have to be made from "glow in the dark" plastic so you could find it in a dark trunk.

"Excellent, I want to see a CAD rendering on my desk Monday." Commands Vonda as she turns and walks away from disoriented Gordon.

.:That year, millions of dollars of wasted expense are passed along to Ford consumers.

.:A struggling "glow in the dark plastics" company in Armpit Falls, Arkansas survives one more year before closing it's doors.

.:Section 374b of The Mobster Handbook is updated, instructing kidnappers to remove the interior release with a pair of wire snips, whenever a Ford Mustang is used.


update: well according to Chris on Seth Godin's website here's the real story

But, the difference with the FORD handle, is the stick figure is running away, which makes it a lot more fun.

3/23/2006

3/22/2006

please take a moment

more in the "warning sign" series coming soon.

But if you could take a moment to investiage this.

And then perhaps consider doing this. (or something better)

Things are getting worse in Darfur

3/18/2006

Warning Signs Part 2

Emergency instructions from Airtran:
(pictorial interpretation by Danielmatic)



"If there is an emergency (or if you feel otherwise inclined to do so) here is one good way to dismantle the aircraft."




"If the plane is being evacuated and you do not want wish to exert any effort in helping others, simply stand on the ground, waving and pointing your arms. This will also benefit those who are under the false impression that it would be best at this point to climb on top of the plane, instead of placing their feet on solid ground."





"If your plane makes a successful emergency landing in the high desert (near a mountain), exit the plane in a panic. Once you get to the bottom of the inflatable slide run like a banshee into the desert where you will have plenty of food and water. By spreading out in the wilderness, everyone has a much greater chance of being found quickly. "


3/16/2006

warning signs

lately, I've been fascinated by warning signs.

Here's one that I saw on a water heater.















It's pretty complex, but I think you get the idea.



Then I saw this one on a moving van while driving to the Flint airport.





































"Packing Tape Should Not Be Used For Painful Practical Jokes."

I agree, I'm just not sure why this is on the side of the truck.

someone in this company is obviously carying scars from a bad college experience.


Tommorow's Edition: "Emergency Instructions from Airtran"

3/15/2006

quick update

hey friends. Sorry for the silence.

I've been pretty swamped preparing for a last minute trip to LA to promote stock20.com

it went well. I will regale you with stories and photos later.

for now, here is a tasty treat (stock20's recent demo):

I prefer that you listen to this on an mp3 player, good headphones, or good speakers....

www.stock20.com/media/200603-stock20-demo.mp3

-Daniel

3/07/2006

Quote of the Day:

"well... you didn't call during a commercial..."
-Anthony Petty (indicating his lack of interest in continuing our phone conversationl)

3/06/2006

the best news story ever

I do feel bad for the guy who got the stiches, but other than that, I'd say the higher primates have it coming (especially the lawyers and politicians).

Go Monkeys!

read the story here

summarized article highlights for my lazy friends:

A petitioner complained that the monkeys were attacking lawyers and their clients and snatching their food.

Delhi suffers from a serious monkey menace, with scores of animals seen across the city.

The monkeys are mostly seen around top government offices.

*

Delhi's monkeys have gained a notorious reputation for invading homes, schools and government offices.

The monkeys who have moved into residential areas and official enclaves due to Delhi's shrinking forests, are said to have become a security threat.

Two years ago, the ministry of defence found some of its top secret documents scattered all over the place one morning.

It was blamed on the many rhesus monkeys which flock around the colonial-era building.

*


3/03/2006

In a collaborative effort of The Daniel Rudd Media Group, and the James Bean Chancel Choir, the Super-BLOG is happy to offer you this small piece of tranquil reflection and meditation.

Be sure to listen with a good set of speakers or headphones (or put it in your ipod)

The Doxology

This will probably appear in the Starr Commonwealth Spiritual Development Video which I am about to complete.

**ps. Updated the boys blog with a video today (it's a view weeks old, but never before seen)
www.isaacandwill.blogspot.com

2/26/2006

"That's my Dad"


I've always been quick to (proudly) say: "that's my dad"

today my dad was surprised by the president of Grand Rapids Theological Seminary showing up at his church to award him "Distinguished Alumni of The Year."

I'm so proud of him (Not just for this)

I wish I could be there watching it in the second service right now, but Isaac has RSV (no hospitalization), and Andrea's on her work shift.

In addition to his earned doctorate at GRTS my dad also holds an honorary doctorate from Cedarville University.

Eclipsing both of these honors, Isaac and Will think very highly of "Bompa".

Last night, (Saturday night--when most preachers are working up a sweat over their sermon) my dad was here putting Will to bed while Andrea and I took Isaac to the medicenter.

Later that evening I was rocking Isaac to sleep on the couch. As my dad was leaving he called out, "I love you" --just as I was whispering the same thing in Isaac's ear.

The irony of that moment was great, so I enjoyed it for a moment. Then...

...I leaned close to Isaac and told him, "That's *my* dad."

2/17/2006

It's all Slipping Away

We have a tradition: Couch time.
Most mornings, I get up with the boys and spend the first hour with them, before mommy or the babysitter takes over (if it's a workday).

Couch time is special. We play. We cuddle. One at a time as the other waits in their corner of the couch.

But like the Starr Spangled Banner at professional sporting events, couch time gets shorter every morning.

Isaac just wants to get down and crawl.
Will doesn't want to be left out.

Tommorow we're going to listen to "The Cat's in the Cradle" together.

Then I'm going to look them in thier little eyes and say, "you guys are the dad"

2/12/2006

2 new videos

2 new videos have been released at Isaac and Will's site:
www.isaacandwill.blogspot.com

2/10/2006

Creativity

Remind us to know that the more we create out of love of an idea, the better our work, our lives, our influence, becomes.

-A simple Prayer from Ray Bradbury

I came across this while reading through some of the old "Backburner" Posts from my brother Andrew.

2/09/2006

Guilty Pleasures

I've been "tagged" by my wife who was tagged by my sister (who turns out to be quite the lush) who was tagged by my brother.

So, with great hesitation I make my confessions.

I offer you my guilty pleasures:

1. thinking positive thoughts all day.
2. humming cheerily as I work (mostly inspirational music).
3. straightening things up around the house.
4. refilling the windshield washing fluid containers at local gas stations.
5. paying just a little bit more than I need to on my taxes (just in case).
6. using my imagination to "replace" cusswords with appropriate substitutes (like dang, or poo) while watching TV or listening to the radio.

Well, now that you know. I hope we can still be friends.

I tag my good buddy Vanilla Ice. And his biggest fan Dick Cheney

2/06/2006

2 New Videos from The Boys

this is from Will and Isaac's blog, but worthy of a double-post.

Finally, more video clips:

If you liked Andrea's soup story/picture, you'll love the motion picture version. Shortly after, we were able to capture will in one of his "dramatic moments."

"Souper-boy"

"The Many Faces of Will"

-Daniel

If you can't stream them, you might try "right click > save target as" *download them to your hard drive, then find the file and play it.

2/03/2006

Bono Rocks (in so many ways)


"Look, whatever thoughts you have about God, who He is or if He exists, most will agree that if there is a God, He has a special place for the poor. In fact, the poor are where God lives."

A very small slice of a very excellent homily, given by Bono at the national prayer breakfast in washington.

read the rest of it here

1/21/2006

lost in translation




does anyone remember:
AYBABTU?

Sometimes foreign exporters do not fully understand the nuances of the languages they are translating too.

Sometimes they choose correct words, but not the right words.

>>

I bought some violent gifts (airsoft guns) for some of my buddies this Christmas (Phil M. don't worry yours is on its way, had to send it back)

It's funny, because everyone buys them so they can shoot each other (like paintball).

But the manufacturers don't want to get sued so they say the guns are for target practice only. Most have a sticker that says: "do not aim at animals or humans"

On James Bean's gun, some japanese translater wanted to make the point by expressing how many joules of energy are released by these weapons. But there must not have been enough room to fit it all on the sticker.

...if only there was a way to say "animals" and "humans" with just one word!

This may be my favorite translated sticker yet.





1/19/2006


I can't imagine ever getting tired of hot-n-ready pizzas.

However, I have gotten bored of picking them up.

Try this little trick to spice up that process (it's had mixed reviews so far).

When the teenager behind the counter opens the box and says, "how does this one look?" Take the box firmly in your hands (allowing her to still retain at least a finger on it).

Lean in a bit. Then lean in some more.

Then start to take deep (noisy) breaths through your nose.

Allow these snorts to rattle in your throat a little bit.

Make sure that your face is so close to the pizza that the cashier will expect you to come back up with greese on your nose.

Then step away, look thoughtful, shake your head slightly and reluctantly, and ask to see another one.

crusty little faces

aren't the worst of it.

when my boys are sick, they have a hard time sleeping.
But they need to sleep to get better.
But they won't sleep if I'm in there.

So I stand on the other side of their door.

I can't leave.
I can't go in.
I just suffer.

They cry like abandoned orphans.
They think they are all alone.




We're starting lent early and giving up those bacteria farms known as "nurseries".

1/14/2006

and so ends my career in medicine

I think I just lost the only patient in my practice.

Andrea's ear was bothering her yesterday so she asked me to take a look at it with my otoscope.

I was more than happy to oblige, since she is the first person to actually *request* my services since I purchased my $9 diagnostic tool at Walgreen's.

I've been locating at healthy eardrums whenever people will let me (mostly Andrea, the boys are completely uncooperative), and I've been studying pictures of infected eardrums on the internet.
With this substantial training supporting my diagnosis, I insisted that Andrea go to the medicenter on her way to work (since Walgreen's will not let me prescribe antibiotics).

Well, apparently the "professionals" at the medicenter did not find an infection. They said there was just pressure and she should take a decongestant. To add insult to injury, Andrea took their word over mine.

And so ends my medical career.

Thankfully, I didn't go down like the surgeons who sent this patient home with the pictured souvenir:



(full story here.)

>tomorrow I'll make another hiatus from my "day job" when I fill in for my friend Jerry at his church. Hope that goes better...

1/13/2006

....those rudd boys

Andrea has become quite the photographer since recieving her digital camera for Christmas.

This photo was taken after the buddies got in trouble for hoarding toys.

Whenever they treat each other in unkind ways we make them go to the laundry basket and pray together.









If you haven't been to their site, you're missing some of Andrea's great posts and photos.

For my contribution, I'm working on some videos for their site which will be released in a week or so.

And if you haven't looked at some of their old pictures for awhile, you should definitely take a stroll down memory lane by visiting their first website.

I am a human again

From last thursday at 6am (when I left for a video shoot),
until Wednesday when I handed the (mostly) completed DVD into the hand of my client,
I have been a machine.
I had mimimal sleep.
I had minimal time with my boys.
I had minimal contact with other humans.
Even my bathing habbits were minmalized.
I consumed large quantities of cheerios and coffee.

But I made the deadline. The clients were happy. And now we can buy diapers for another month.

So I'm back to being human. I got to spend all of Wed. afternoon, and yesterday re-aquainting myself with my family.

My boys and I are back to our regular morning routines.

Later today I'll hang out with some friends, and lay down some new tracks for stock20.

When the final revisions are completed I'll post a link to the video.

Sorry for the absence.

1/03/2006

Sorry for the silence. My schedule won't even out for another two weeks.

In the meantime here are some shiny trinkets for you blogavores.

Christmas was great andrea has some great posts.

Andrea and I published an online christmas update (with some great pictures of the buddies).

My friend Josh Bean tied the knot on new years eve. Much fun and dancing ensued. James Bean claims he has video.

My mom is now a digital photography and graphic design guru – spreading her photo-montages and msn slide-shows all over the civilized world. She's pretty good (and this with all her other talents).

My dad (nearing 60 years of age) tore up the basketball court when I invited him to our friendly Sunday night game. He scored his share, stole the ball incessantly, and distributed assists like cheap candy on halloween. (and phil got a little too personal with keith—that's all I will say about that)

The buddies are having a hard time tonight – we just found at that there playmate from Sunday was diagnosed with strep throat today. Isaac and Will adore their cousins and will do anything to emulate them – no significant temp yet, but we'll see.

Stock20.com plods along, still ranking low in google as as source for royalty free music (in spite of my shameless psuedo-googlebombing).

Google continues to amaze me. Gmail is the greatest. Google Maps kicks mapquest's lower hemisphere, and Google Earth is incredible (go ahead, take a look at my house. I'm kittycorner from the tennis courts). Now there is Google Moon. Try zooming in as close as you can. (and btw: your enjoying google's bloggin software right now.

There have been no updates to the Homstarrunner website for almost a month. The homestarr community is furious.