Some Nerdiness… but awesomeness!!!

The past few days have been some of the nerdiest I can ever remember having. It all started on Monday – I was procrastinating studying for an exam I had the next day, and was thinking about the upcoming Adoleo/Anthem Concert, specifically about how hard it is to mic a glockenspiel with a full band playing. Then it hit me: A glockenspiel uses metal bars, right? I wonder if you could make pickups for one! So the next day before salt I tested it out, taking some extra guitar pickups that I had and wiring them to a plug. And it worked! So today, I built the real thing. It has a total of five pickups, two volume knobs (one for the white keys and one for the black keys) and a plug. Here’s a picture:

And here’s the back, showing all the wiring:

Needless to say, I was pretty excited to finish what is to my knowledge at least the world’s first electric glockenspiel!

I also did one other extremely nerdy thing this week: I got an iPhone. Verizon had them for $99, and I was about due for a new phone anyway, so I jumped on it. 🙂


James 1:16-18

Do not be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like the shifting shadows, but chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we may be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

I was meditating on this verse at work today, and I realized it’s not talking about all humans, as I previously assumed, but only Christians. We have been birthed through the word of truth, that is, Jesus, that we might be an offering to God. It puts the verse in a much different light, I think: We are given gifts, from our father, only so that we in turn can be a better offering to Him. God is cool.


Cranes are strange things. I’m talking about the machines, not the birds. I always see them at these huge construction sites. However, I’ve never seen one being set up or in transit. How exactly do you set up a crane? I imagine it would take a fair amount of effort to do it. And the whole transportation thing… I would imagine transporting a crane would be a nightmare – they’re heavy, awkwardly shaped, and huge.

There’s really no further point to this post. Cranes just bug me. Thanks for reading this incredibly pointless post.

The Fruit of the Spirit

So I’m kind of writing this out of guilt. Yesterday I was telling my awesome girlfriend that I was disappointed that she hadn’t updated her blog for a while – her last post was on February 27th. She wrote a blog post today, and in it pointed out that I haven’t blogged since February 26th. Fail. So I feel obligated to write this blog post. I’ll try to make it interesting.

Galatians 5:22-23:
But the Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law

Courage is not the inability to feel fear, but rather our ability to power through it. Isn’t that the case, as well, with the fruits of the Spirit? Love is the ability to show love even when you don’t feel it. Joy is the ability to rejoice in God no matter your circumstances. Peace is the ability to stay calm and know God is in control, even when you want to freak out. Patience is not the ability to not get annoyed, but the ability to not act out of your annoyance. Kindness is like love – to quote Community, “A kind person is always kind, not just when it’s easy.” The same goes for goodness. Faithfulness is PSalm 23 – “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” Gentleness is like patience – it is not softness, but instead a steady firmness – it isn’t a rod to discipline, but a hand to guide. And finally, self-control is all of the above – it is to remind us that we are not to let our feelings control us, but that we are to honor God in everything we do, not just when we feel like doing it.


You know what’s depressing? That you need a boarding pass to get into the terminals at airports, especially major airports. It’s so much fun just to sit in airports and watch people. I understand that you can do this in other places, too, but you just don’t get the same cross section of people anywhere else. At airports you have everyone – businessmen and families, people that love to fly and people that are scared to death of it, people that have been bumped off their flight for the sixth time straight and people that have never had a bad flying experience. It’s just so entertaining to watch. Now I understand the security implications that would be involved in letting everyone and their dog into the terminals- it would be far more of a mess than it already is. But Sometime I think it would be awesome to buy a round trip airline ticket to Chicago or St Louis or something – one in the morning and one in the evening, and just sped the day enjoying the layover between flights. (Or you could be lame and enjoy the city you just flew to.)

Yeah. That’d be fun. I may or may not decide to do this sometime over spring break.

Or maybe not. I just checked,  and flying is expensive. Like, really expensive. Lame. Maybe I’ll do it when I have a job. Or when I’m actually traveling somewhere.


It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. I’m such a hypocrite – I read others’ blogs and want them to blog often, at least weekly. But I don’t remember the last time I blogged – I could check, but I feel like I’d be cheating somehow. I really don’t have much to write about right now, but I’ll bore you with some short things that have gone through my head the past few weeks.

First – it snowed Thursday night. A) I was hoping we were done with snow. It’s not that I don’t like snow – I love it. It’s just that I feel cheated after a week of awesome weather. But I guess that’s Iowa. I should be used to it by now. B) Did anyone expect the snow? I went out to my car and was like Whoa, it’s snowing! How did that happen? Seriously now, had anyone heard about that before like 6:30 on Thursday? And C) People stink at driving in the snow. There was someone that decided it would be a good idea to stop dead in the middle of the road. On an uphill. On a busy street. Right in front of me. When I realized that the car wasn’t planning on moving any time soon, I had to back up, work my way into the other lane, then attempt to get up to speed on an uphill, snowy/icy, busy road. Fail, car.

I haven’t watched this week’s episode of Community yet. I should do that tomorrow. Since it snowed and stuff, I decided not to watch it at the usual time with the usual people, and since then have pretty much forgotten about it. That ends tomorrow. Or maybe after I finish this post. We’ll see.

This was a good week. Like, a really good week. Monday kind of sucked. But I think God definitely helped me get over Monday. I’m not going into further details, but I think the next couple weeks might be really good as well.

Community – An Inconsistency

I was watching some Community episodes today, and I found a problem. In Season 2, episode 12, “Asian Population Studies,” Shirley announces that she and her ex-husband, Andre, are once again dating. However, in Season 1, episode 7, Shirley freaks out about Jeff wanting to ask out Professor Slater as a reaction to Andre coming by that morning asking for Shirley’s engagement ring back, since he wanted to give it to his new girlfriend. I’m assuming this means that he was proposing to her. Hopefully you see the inconsistency here: The only way for this to have worked with overall plot is for him to have been turned down, then they broke up (making Shirley possibly a rebound?), or for them to have gotten engaged, married, and divorced in the short time that has passed (roughly 14 months) between these two episodes.

I’m probably making it clear that I am thinking way too much about something that’s fairly trivial. That’s true. Sorry.