A Bodey in Motion

Building momentum, one step at a time

Quick Hits of the Week

  • If you’ve set a goal, but you don’t make a plan, you’re just daydreaming. If you want to get out of debt, you have to create a monthly budget and plan how you get there, or you just won’t. If you want to operate your own small business, you have to craft a business plan so you understand how profits are made and reinvested, or you won’t be in business for long. Teachers plan curriculum for the coming semester. Engineers design before they build. And on, and on. Don’t fail because you lack a plan. Jesus touches on this in Luke 14, and Joseph Sangl does a good job of covering the topic of how any goal (especially financial) requires planning to come to fruition.
  • Monday’s post was about our trip to Phoenix Comicon last weekend, but I didn’t get to throw in all of the cool things we got to see. So, here’s a list of the extras:
    • Skullastic – Creator of awesome school supplies (who wouldn’t love a ‘Planner of the Apes’), and owner of their very own Short Bus Mobile Store. Lots of fun stuff.
    • GameChurch – It looks like these guys have modeled their ministry after Craig Gross’s XXXChurch, which is a great place to start.  I’ll be keeping an eye on these guys.
    • Poorcraft – “The essential comic book guide to practical urben and suburban frugality!” You know I have to love that. There’s even a quote from Matthew 25 in it. My son has been reading it daily since he got back from the show.
    • Blunderbuss Wanderlust – I wanted to highlight some of Chris Herndon’s work, since he was so good with my little girl.  “Colonel Vector has a blunderbuss gun with a peculiar recoil.  When he shoots, he gets kicked back in time 600 million years[…]  With each subsequent shot, Victor moves through geologic time” and if you like time-traveling and strange beasties, this is for you. It looks like a story worthy of Commander McBragg himself. Quite.
  • The idea of immortality here on earth has always been a subject of fantasy and horror. There are stories about vampires (yes, even sparkly ones), and movies like Highlander. Charles Spurgeon once wrote, “Oh, if we could not die, it would be indeed horrible! Who wants to be chained to this poor life for a century or longer?” Is an extraordinarily long life really worth having? Ronald Bailey comes at it from the naturalism point of view as he reviews Immortality by Stephen Cave, discussing how pursuing a longer life results in civilization (and how science could apply to the concept of the soul). At Revolution Church, we’re starting a mini-series about heaven, hell, and the afterlife this week. Obviously, I believe in an infinite life through and with Jesus, and that my life here is a only a part of His story, but it’s interesting to see how people who don’t follow Christ struggle with the ideas of eternity and legacy.

May 31, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Quick Hits of the Week

Phoenix Comicon 2012

Happy Memorial Day to all seven of you. I hope everyone will be enjoying the unofficial start of Summer today. I’ll probably start up the grill later this afternoon. First, though, I wanted to share my family’s adventure from this weekend.

The sand-person was real. The jawa was stuffed.

Who wants a free hug?

Steampunk geeks have the best toys.

Watch out Lego Spidey! You can't break Lego Doc Ock!

Where can you see realistic Star Wars scenery, Predator costumes, cool Steampunk  gear and massive Lego creations all under one roof? What do you mean you don’t know? Can’t you read the title of this post? Seriously. We’re obviously talking about Phoenix Comicon, the “signature pop-culture event of the southwest.” Not a bad way to spend your Memorial Day weekend.

On Memorial Day, we should always take some time remember those that have fallen.

Phoenix Comicon is a great show. A wide variety of things to see and do, for all ages. You can meet celebrities, learn how to build your own astromech droid, see amazing costumes, and speak to comic book authors and artists all in one weekend. Plenty of kid friendly events.  (Best of all, the people-watching is fantastic.)

I've decided that a group of astromech droids are called a beep. Look, a beep of R2 units!

My son spent a lot of his time in the video game room. This was a prototype game he got to try out.

We attended mainly because we wanted my daughter to have the chance to meet some artists. She has a bent towards art, and we’re encouraging her to develop that. Shows like Comicon are awesome for that. It’s also great for taking pictures with people in costumes, so she made time for both.

There's always time to take a picture with a demi-god...

...and a living legend who lives up to the legend...

...but my daughter knows who the real hero is.

This year we made sure that she had a sketchbook with her, and she collected about twenty beautiful sketches from some very talented people. Everyone was very gracious and patient. She loved every minute of it.

Bianca Thompson

Spike (much love for her webcomic)

Lar deSouza. She's a huge fan of his weekly UStream show, and was very excited to meet him. Honestly, meeting him was the top reason we went to the convention.

The best story from the convention for us was when we went to a How To panel on Watercoloring. I figured it would be a great place for me to learn a little more about the supplies my daughter needs, and she’d get some inspiration. Well, it went a little further than that. The panelists were Chris Herndon and Jean Arrow, and both were excellent. Less than ten minutes in, my daughter raises her hand and asks if the audience (read: she) would be able to do any watercoloring during the panel. To their credit, the panelists didn’t even blink, and immediately invited her and another girl up on stage to get some hands-on training while they conducted the panel.

It wasn't the first time I've found myself thinking, "What the hell just happened? How'd she do that?" And it won't be the last.

Huge love to Jean Arrow. Thanks, again, to both you and Chris Herndon for this moment.

The finished work.

We had a great weekend, and we’ll be sure to head back up to Phoenix again next year. Thanks again to all of the volunteers that make it happen. Special thanks to the following artists for taking time with my kids:

Jean Arrow

Spike – Templar, AZ

Chris Herndon

Lar deSouza – Looking for Group (and more)

May 28, 2012 Posted by | Art in the Rough, Comics on the Web, Marriage and Family | , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Quick Hits of the Week

  • The goal of every parent is to raise their kids to be the men and women that they’re meant to be. Before they get too old though, they need to do those things that really matter. So, if you’ve got a pre-teen, you might want to peruse this list of 50 things to do before you’re twelve, and figure out what your kid has been missing out on.

May 24, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Quick Hits of the Week

If I Had A Million Dollars

What would happen if tomorrow somebody gave you the gift of one million dollars?

Maybe it’s an inheritance, or the generosity of a rich relative. Maybe it comes from a close friend, or some random stranger. It doesn’t matter. Whoever it is hands you a million dollars, tells you it’s yours, and that they’ve made sure the taxes are taken care of.

A million dollars with no strings attached.

Think about it. Just imagine for a moment.

What would you do with a million dollars?

My wife and I discussed it, and here’s what we would do:

  1. …give 10% to our church as an offering. ($100,000)
  2. …pay off our mortgage and be finally, completely debt free. ($55,000)
  3. …set an outrageous budget for an amazing vacation or two. ($50,000)
  4. …set up a modest college fund for each of our three kids. ($100,000)
  5. …invest the rest. ($695,000)

What would you do? What could you do with one million dollars?

It’s funny. A million sounds like a lot, but it really isn’t. A few more lines on that list above and the amount left to invest would be significantly reduced. But why not buy a bigger house, brand new cars, a new wardrobe, nicer furniture, a big TV, new computers, etc.? With a million dollars you could definitely afford it all, and you’d feel rich.

The problem is, you wouldn’t actually be rich. You would have stuff, but not wealth.

Fun fact: $40,000 is about ten grand less than the average median household income here in the U.S.. If you earned only that for 25 years, a total of a million dollars will have passed through your bank account. Which means just about every one of us will earn a million dollars or more in our working lifetime.

And just like the scenario above, each one of us needs to be asking ourselves what we’re going to do with it. We should be planning where it’s going to go and how we’ll make the most of it. Sadly, we don’t. Instead we borrow to get the bigger house, brand new cars, a big TV…been there, done that.

So, what are you going todo with your million dollars?

One more thought: While it would be awesome to get a million dollars as a gift, wouldn’t it be that much more so to be the person who was giving it away?

[image from publicdomainpictures.net]

May 21, 2012 Posted by | Past and Future, Work and Money | , , , , | 3 Comments