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Friday Five #9

Happy Friday Five!

1). Behind the Scenes of The Academy Awards.

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When it comes to the Oscars, I wouldn’t say that I “care” about them (at least not like @lkoturner does), but I do enjoy watching them. Although whenever I watch the Oscars, I find myself too concerned with everything being fair. I like it when a variety of movies win, versus one more sweeping most of the main categories. I know that’s unrealistic but I just think it’s dumb that one movie usually wins a lot of the main categories when there were so many great ones that could and should have. In fact, last year was one of my favorites since Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Django Unchained, and Lincoln all won different awards among the main categories. To me, it often seems that it’s movies like Lord of the Rings, or The King’s Speech, or The Hurt Locker that win a bunch and other deservingly good movies don’t. I realize that’s probably an overgeneralization and if someone deserves to win, they should, but for some reason I always want it to be fair. But maybe the chance of one movie sweeping is part of the fun of everything. I digress…

All that to say, with the Oscars coming up this weekend, here are a few articles from Mental Floss that I found interesting and informative about elements to the Academy Awards and movies that I never knew about (and speaking of which, Mental Floss is one of the most interesting and fun magazines I’ve ever read and I would highly recommend it):

– Way Too much information about how oscar nominees are chosen: http://mentalfloss.com/article/54560/how-are-oscar-nominees-chosen

– Why the statues are called “Oscars”: http://mentalfloss.com/article/48892/why-are-academy-awards-statuettes-called-oscars

– Why movies cost so much to make – http://mentalfloss.com/article/54440/why-do-hollywood-movies-cost-so-much-make

2). Potbelly’s Super Secret Menu. Now that I live in on the west-ish coast, I’ve enjoyed going to In-N-Out Burger a few times, but I’m always intimidating by the secret way to order food. Usually I approach the ordering counter, start to order something edgy and cool, chicken out, create an awkward moment, then get the #2 and call it a day. Well this past week, a friend of mine (thanks, Steve!) sent me this article about the secret ways to order at Potbelly, which is one of my favorite sandwich places to eat. Who knew?! Well evidently Steve did, but aside from that… Feel free to check these out because some of them look pretty gosh darn delicious: http://www.thrillist.com/eat/chicago/this-is-potbelly-s-entire-super-secret-menu-thrillist-chicago

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3). The Birth of Matt Foley. Anybody who’s ever laughed at anything has hopefully seen Chris Farley in all his glory as Matt Foley: Motivational Speaker. This rare video shows the origin of that character when Farley was performing at Second City in Chicago. Check it out below and also check out the product of its evolution to SNL here.

4). The True Identity of Andy (from Toy Story)’s Mom. Apparently there are a ton of theories out there about Pixar Movies and Toy Story. I wasn’t aware of this but there are a few theories out there such as that all the movies are connected and tell the story of our future (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZ3ez-PIptM) or that Toy Story and The Walking Dead are connected (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Dg-KC9xjcE).

They’re interesting to consider and I’m not sure if I believe them or not, but this is one I do believe. I won’t spoil it for you but it’s a heartwarming theory that’s backed up with some pretty good evidence on how Andy’s Mom connects to the Toy Story trilogy.

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http://moviepilot.com/posts/2014/02/24/toy-story-the-true-identity-of-andy-s-mom-makes-the-movie-more-epic-1247874

5). Full House reunited. This happened a month or so ago when Jimmy Fallon was still hosting late night, but it’s been on my list for a while and I thought it’d be a fun way to end this week’s Friday Five. For any of you who remember sitting down around 4pm on a weekday afternoon to catch up with the Tanner family and friends, you will enjoy this:

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Friday Five #8

Some weeks I have to try really hard to find things to make a part of the Friday Five. This was not one of those weeks. Enjoy!

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1). Bad Suns – “Transpose EP” My new favorite band. I have no idea where they’re from or anything about them but I’m totally hooked on their music. Their sound is clean yet raw, full of energy while remaining tight and catchy. Their whole EP is great but definitely check out “Cardiac Arrest” (and the remix isn’t bad either). I can’t wait for the full length album later this year. In the meantime, this is the perfect music for working out, driving, working, or any activity that can accommodate the ability to listen to music. Check it out here.

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2). The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.  I’ve never really consistently watched a late-night talk show, but with Jimmy  Fallon taking over The Tonight Show, Linds and I sat down to watch the first episode and after about 3.5 minutes, knew that we’d be watching it just about every night. Fallon is funny, fresh, creative, humble, personable, and so gosh darn cute. Despite not being able to hold it together on any SNL sketch, he’s a spectacular talk show host and happens to be multi-talented and witty, enabling him to find a way to be entertaining in any and every situation. Here’s a link to check out his first episode: The Tonight Show Ep 1 and here’s one to see some of the best clips from this past week: The Tonight Show Clips

3). Will It Beard. willitbeard is an Instagram account (as well as a Tumblr and hastag) that is one of today’s coolest new measurements for how manly or hipster someone is. Okay, it’s not really that dramatic but it’s a pretty dang cool way to see guys stick things in their beards. Check out this link for a few highlights and a video that will most likely make you lol.

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4). Olympic Curling. The first time I watched curling was 8 years ago during the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. The reason I started watching it was to make fun of it, but after only a few short minutes, I found myself totally enjoying it and now I’m hooked. It’s probably the least athletic Olympic sport ever, but for some reason I enjoy watching all the strategy and the fact that it’s so weird makes it charming and interesting. Plus the fact that I can only watch it every four years makes it sort of special.

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So, here are a few interesting articles I found about curling and how, unlike Ice Dancing, it is actually considered a sport:

– Mental Floss’ attempt to explain curling in the most simple way possible: http://mentalfloss.com/article/23982/what-exactly-curling

– USA Today officially arguing that Ice Dancing is not a sport, while Curling is: http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/02/meryl-davis-ice-dancing-olympics-not-a-sport/

5). The Most Anticipated Films of 2015. Yes that’s a long ways away, but some of these I’m real excited about (especially #10 and #5) – http://aff144.teensdigest.com/articles/511?page=0

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Insecure Leader

When it comes to modern church culture, there’s a lot of focus on leadership. And as someone who is gifted as a leader, has been around amazing leaders, has attended leadership trainings and conferences, and has a heart to develop and grow my leadership, I think this is a good thing.

So, the rest of what I write in this post is simply a thought that’s cropped up in my mind lately.

The thought is this: The Biblical leaders (who we study today to learn how to be better leaders) all seemed to be people who were insecure, unqualified, overlooked, unprepared, and sometimes totally against being the leader God was calling them to be.

A few that come to my mind include:

– Moses argued with excuse after excuse against God calling him to lead His people out of Egypt until God got angry and promised to have Aaron speak for Moses. He was a murderer, then shepherd and yet went on to demonstrate God’s miraculous power, lead God’s people to freedom, see God face-to-face, write the Torah, and a lot more.

– David wasn’t even considered by his father and brothers to be anointed by Samuel for Israel’s king until Samuel made a point to ask. He was the youngest and (by worldly standards) weakest of his family, chosen and anointed by God to become Israel’s greatest king, defeat Goliath, have incredibly victory in war, and be a man after God’s own heart.

– Paul was a former Pharisee who’s life goal was to catch and persecute Christians.

– Jesus’ Disciples were men who had ‘failed’ to become worthy of following a Rabbi and, therefore, went back to the occupation of their families. Jesus hand-picked them and they are now the founding members of the Christian faith.

– Peter was stubborn, emotional, and reckless but Jesus called him the cornerstone of the Church.

– Esther was beautiful and shy yet bold and humble as God used her in ways she might not have understood the magnitude of.

– Gideon was hiding as a farmer when an angel appeared before him and called him “mighty warrior.”

 

And all this makes me wonder if, in God’s Kingdom, strong leadership requires a certain sense of uncertainty, which makes way for humility while simultaneously forcing a total dependence on God.

A recent article from Harvard Business Review proved this exact point by showing, through a global study, that humility is a key for business leaders. Harvard Business Review: The Best Leaders are Humble Leaders

 

I think things like the Catalyst Conference and TED talks and the Willow Creek Leadership Summit are absolutely amazing. I’ve been to them multiple times and always leave feeling encouraged,  challenged, and grown as a leader. And like I said, stewarding the gifts God has given us is something I’m very passionate about.

But with so much talk nowadays about leadership and how to be a great leader, I can’t help but wonder if God sometimes desires something different. I know confidence is important and standing firm in who we believe God is and who He has made us to be. But the more I think about the leaders of the Bible, the more I wonder if more often than not, God would rather us learn more about how to humble ourselves more, so that He might become greater.

A local teaching pastor at our church today spoke on the parable of the mustard seed. He talked about how Jesus is teaching us that the Kingdom of God about smallness and slowness. So, the greatest way to bring about the Kingdom and grow ourselves more towards the person Jesus made us to be, is to: small things, done the right way, over time. In a world of “now” and “bigger is better”, Jesus teaches us to think small and slow, because that is what leads to true power. At one point, he said: “Seek Obscurity.”

Similarly, a teacher and pastor I respect was talking to a room of pastors and preachers when he said: “Strive with everything you can to not be known.”

 

He must increase, but I must decrease. – John 3:30

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Friday Five #7

Happy Valentine’s Day! I wish my Friday Five was all about love and hearts and flowers, but it’s not. So, if you want a break from all the chocolates and terrible romantic comedies, here you go: Enjoy!

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1). What Little Girls Wish Daddy’s Knew. Unlike most guys I know, when Linds and I found out she was pregnant, I really wanted a girl. There were a variety of reasons for this, but one of the most significant ones was that I wanted to try my best to be a great dad to a girl in today’s world. I see so many girls that go through life with a lot of hurt from their relationship with their dad. Obviously I won’t be anything close to perfect when it comes to raising Eva, but I know that I’m going to love her to the best of my ability and pray that God uses me to model a fraction of His love for her through my fathering her. Anyway, this article got me excited about all the things I want to do and continue to do in order to be the best dad I can to my little girl. – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tara-hedman/what-little-girls-wish-daddies-knew_b_4581782.html

2). Key & Peele “Non-Stop” plug. Despite this being a shameless plug for Liam Neesons’ new movie, I love Key & Peele and thought this was hysterical! (my thanks to Scott for sending me this)

3). Yahoo News Digest App. I feel a little judged when the app tells me I’ve only read 4 of 9 articles, but in every other way, this is a great app for catching up on the goings on of our planet. I’m generally not someone who cares about the news, but with this app, I find myself enjoying reading articles, watching videos, and seeing tweets about some of the top stories. The design and ease of use it pretty great and even though I wouldn’t read a newspaper front to back or watch the news on TV, it’s easy to say: Sure, I can read 9-ish short articles about current events. Plus it’s free.

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4). Cosmopolitan Commercial. It’s obviously a little obnoxious at times…but like Kramer’s portrait, I can’t seem to look away. Super creative and high energy. I have a lose-hate relationship with Vegas but if given the chance, this commercial might have locked in where I’ll be staying the next time I go.

5). The Color of our Universe. Evidently, the light emitted by 200,000 galaxies makes our universe a shade of beige. Scientists call the color “cosmic latte.” Mmmm…delicious.

Cosmis Latte

 

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Friday Five #6

Happy Friday to you all!

Thanks so much for checking out this week’s edition of Friday Five. Each week I try to post 5 things I find interesting, funny, or just plain random.  Hope you enjoy!

“Keep it real!” – George Costanza

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1). Portlandia. I realize I’m a little late in the game since the show has been around and popular for a couple years, but I’ve just recently been watching Portlandia and absolutely loving it. As with any sketch comedy show, the comedy can be a little hit-or-miss at times, but when it hits, it’s pretty brilliant. With the hipster movement becoming such a prominent part of our culture (despite the nature of hipsters wanting to stay hidden from anything popular or noticed), Portlandia does a amazing job at taking the quirkiness of hipster-life and making it hilarious. I couldn’t pick just one clip to post so enjoy all of these:




2). The 1975. It’s been a while since a band really caught my ear but that all changed with The 1975. Hailing from Manchester, U.K., they have an extremely catchy and unique rock sound with high energy synths patterns, very groozy, and danceable drums, and the kind of melodies you’ll find yourself singing along with, even if you can’t be confident of the words. Check out their songs “Chocolate”, “Sex”, and “Girls.”

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3). Reggie Watts: Teach. It’s no secret that Reggie Watts is my hero and one of the most talented and hilarious people I’ve ever seen. His combination of humor, music, and downright weirdness is a mix that I find addictive and unlike anything else out there. If nothing else, his hair should be enough for you to want to be his best friend, like I do. For more Reggie Watts goodness, check out this video. Otherwise enjoy his first “Teach” video below (FYI: The “Cheetah” joke make me almost spit the coffee I was drinking all over my laptop):

4). Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Some of you might have seen the Super Bowl commercial featuring Jerry Seinfeld and George Constanza, which I thought was hilarious, but that was only the tip of the ice berg. Seinfeld’s online series is one of funniest and most poignant video series I’ve seen. Not only do you get to laugh out loud throughout each video, you also get to feel like you’re hanging out with some of today’s biggest comedy stars in a super casual environment. And I’m not really a car guy, but it is fun to learn a little bit about the various cars they drive. I think each episode is worth checking out (especially the ones featuring Larry David, Brian Regan, Sarah Silverman, and Louis C.K.), but here’s one my favorite one:

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee – Michael Richards

5). CarMax slow-clap Superbowl Commercial. Ironically, I found this in a list of the worst Superbowl commercials from this year. I happened to have been driving from Los Angeles to Phoenix during the big game this year so I relied on dem internets to provide a list of all the commercials I missed. I’m not sure why this one was on the worst list but I loved everything about it from the 90’s movie theme, Rudy, and the kid wiping out off his bike. Enjoy lol-ing:

CarMax Slow Clap Commercial

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