“Dare You To Move” from the album “The Beautiful Letdown”

“Dare You To Move” from the album “The Beautiful Letdown”

The Myth of Marinade

Trigger Warning
I've known about this for a while, but nobody seems to listen. I used to argue this point more, but now I mostly just chuckle to myself and let it go. By looking at the title of this post, you know where I'm going. Marinade is a silly way to waste time before you cook your meats. And how do I know this? Because science. According to the propaganda arm of cooking known as the USDA, the meats that you would marinate, mostly chicken and steaks, is comprised of mostly water. In fact, 2/3 of the weight of your meat is water. Now look at the ingredients of your favorite marinade. I'm guessing the first ingredient is some kind of oil. What happens when oil combines with water? Not a…
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Star Wars: The series that never should have continued

The Art of the Story
Having finally seen Star Wars, The Last Jedi, I have a few thoughts about the entire franchise. I'm grateful that I only paid the RedBox fee. Had I paid movie theater prices for that movie, I would have walked out and demanded a full refund. I saw enough entertainment in Rogue One to like it as a B-Side Star Wars movie. I wasn't a fan of the discontinuity of the technology and had a flashback to SpaceBalls while watching it, but as a one off, I was OK with it. I thought The Force Awakens was formulaic, and served only the purpose of passing the baton with a copy/paste of the major Episode IV themes. I maintained an optimistic thumbs up, but wasn't completely sold on the movie. The Prequels…
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There was a gun scare in my community this week and I’m angry

Life
Yesterday an alert was sounded that a white man wearing black clothes with a backpack and holding a rifle was seen in the vicinity of a Waukee school. This caused the schools to be put on lockdown, an outdoor elementary track and field event to be moved from the High School track to the elementary facilities, uneasiness among the faculty and students, and more. News reporters converged on the town. Everybody had a sense of dread, waiting for the next bit of news. And as the information trickled in, I began to become angry. Why aren't they giving us more information? Why isn't this all over the news outlets? Why haven't they hardened the schools against attack yet? The day continued on, more or less a normal day, and our…
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Switchfoot and the Art of the Bridge

Switchfoot Bridges
Anyone who knows me well knows that I have a love for the band Switchfoot. Their music, the interaction they have with the fans, the words that Jon Foreman writes, the whole enchilada. I became a fan when the album "The Beautiful Letdown" was in stores, so that would make it about 2003 or so, and since then I have purchased every album they put out, as well as any solo project that Jon has produced. I┬áhave seen them in concert several times and love every moment that I'm there. Their song lyrics are honest and they hit home with the realities of life. It is no stretch for me to say that "Hello Hurricane" was an album that helped ground me during the most difficult time of my entire…
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Buh-Bye YouTube Red. Facebook is on notice.

Airing of Grievances, Life
I've been a YouTube Red subscriber for years now. Ad-free videos, YouTube original content (which were pretty lame, to be honest), YouTube Music, and so on. It cost a little something each month, but in exchange, I had a wealth of information and entertainment in front of me. I could learn about sports, a diverse range of political ideas, woodworking tips, sermons, product reviews, marksmanship concepts, apologetics, concerts, cooking and more. YouTube has been established as the dominant medium of informational video on the Internet. My $9.99 a month was given in exchange for a world of uninterrupted content. But that world is just not worth it any longer. YouTube has been constricting certain viewpoints that don't march in lockstep with the social engineers of Google. This goes for thoughtful…
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