a realistic dose of cynicism


A healthy tension.


Imagine a kite. It comes equipped with everything it needs to fly, and fly high. A lightweight frame of wood or plastic tubing for support, sheets of nylon to capture the wind, and maybe even a tail for adornment as it’s taken up into the sky. A kite, built with one clear purpose in mind. To fly.

Sounds good so far, right?

Not exactly. Just as important to the kite as the mere frame and fabric it’s made from is the string that ties it down and anchors it to the ground.

You might think that the kite would say to the string, “blasted piece of twine. all you’re doing is tying me down and holding me back. just imagine how high I could soar without you.”

But is that really the truth?

It’s certainly true that the kite could fly much higher if that bit of string weren’t in the picture. In that sense, it’s holding the kite back from what it could really accomplish.

But you and I both know what would happen if the kite managed to wriggle itself free. Sure, it’d soar high into the stratosphere, but don’t forget about the harrowing crash that would soon follow.

In fact, the string that’s holding the kite back and anchoring it to the ground is the very thing that helps it soar. It’s the string that holds the kite up, so to speak.

Now imagine setting that kite free. Free to sail into the atmosphere, gusts of wind taking it wherever they please… but always held back, always tempered, always controlled by the string.

The tension is there, but it is healthy.


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Owl City, live in Boston.


so i went to go see Owl City on Tuesday. and I know a bunch of my readership was in finals. so I thought of you when I recorded these.

And I found someone else at the concert apparently:

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Sasha 2.0. (Taylor 714ce unboxing)

so i got a new toy…

and since a picture is 1000 words, please excuse this excessively verbose blogpost.


ooh, it’s in a big box…


apparently it’s filled with packing peanuts. and apparently i’m very impatient.


what’s the most efficient way to put massive amounts of packing peanuts back into an equally massive box?


much better.


oooh, shiny. well, not really. the case is pretty beat-up.


oooh, my precious.


this picture is kinda dark. but let’s just call it understated elegance.


i don’t think i’ll ever get over how beautiful rosewood is. and so shiny.


and the other side just for good measure.

more here (Picasa)

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the great Constant [in a sea of variables]

you know that song, Blessed Be Your Name?

it talks about how one day, the sun can be shining down on us… and then the very next, we can be distraught, despairing and downtrodden.

one point behind the song is that God gives blessings and takes them away as He pleases — but in spite of it all, He’s always there; He’s the great Constant — and He is worthy to be praised not only in our highlights, but in our lowlights too.

I think a common belief is that it’s easy to praise God and give Him glory and thanks when things are good; when things are going swimmingly. And that when our life is in shambles — when all hope is lost and it seems as if God has abandoned us, it’s difficult to still give him praise and glory and honor in the face of disappointment.

I think I’m the exact opposite way.

When things aren’t going my way, when things are difficult… I find that’s when I turn to Him most. It’s when I feel like I’m being swept away by the hurricane of life that I realize just how desperately I need to hold onto Him, the solid rock. It’s because He is truly the great Constant in a sea of variables.

On the contrary… when the ride is smooth, it’s very easy for me to get swept up into complacency, into thinking that I don’t need Him. I’ve been lulled into a false sense of security; that I’ve got life all figured out.

But just as Blessed Be Your Name urges us to praise God in our sufferings, don’t overlook the fact that it urges us to praise God in our blessings too.

praying for closer walks with You…

every blessing You pour out
I’ll turn back to praise;
and when the darkness closes in, Lord,
still I will say…

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