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Day 11 – a picture of someone/something that has had the biggest impact on you

Alright,I’m back, again. Sorry for the delay. Life has gotten a little busier, and this topic was somewhat difficult to answer. I was thinking that I would have multiple pictures to illustrate each stage of my life and explain how each picture of something/someone impacted it. Instead I’m going to do two pictures of impactful things/people.

I mentioned this in previous posts, but when I was younger I loved comic books. And even now, I still enjoy reading them. My favourite superhero, then as it is now is Superman.

Superman’s personality/origin hasn’t changed much over the years; which according to most people is kinda boring. The character had a big impact on me, because of what he stands for. Where other’s have latched onto the idea of Arthurian chivalry, or Japanese samurai honor. Superman’s character is always portrayed as one that looks only for the best in people (no matter the social class, or even if they are enemies). He is all about truth, freedom, and human dignity. That’s how I aspired to be, and it was a nice reminder that Jesus lived that way too.

The picture I am going to put up is a person that has recently (the past couple of years) made a large impact on how I see Jesus, the world, and theology in general (which if you think about it, shapes how I see the world and Jesus…and vice versa).

Matt Chandler is the pastor of the Village Church. Now I have never actually personally met him…or been to the church he teaches at. However, God has/continues to use Matt’s messages to convict me in how I see the world, how I see other people, how I see myself and most importantly how I see Jesus. It hasn’t just been his messages he teaches on Sunday that have made an impact. It has also been the way he conducts his life. In the face of a brain tumour he can still say that “Jesus is more than enough”. His life is consistent with what he teaches to his people on Sunday. It’s something I’m rather thankful for, challenged by, and impacted by.

Hansen

It’s a bird! No, It’s a plane! It’s…….

Day 03 – My favourite superhero

As I created this list, one of the fun topics that I knew that I would have to put in would be this one. Now it’s no secret that I LOVE superheros and comic books. I grew up on them, heck when I was younger I wanted superpowers. Now I’m not going to go all fanboy on you (although, I’m not entirely too sure I’m knowledgeable enough to actually do that). However if you were to ask me which of the two giant comic book companies that I preferred (Marvel or DC) I would unequivocally say that I enjoy DC superheroes much more. Sure Marvel’s Spider-man and X-men characters are much more human and relate-able, but there’s just something about DC superheroes that are just enjoyable. There is just something about them that stirs up emotions of excitement that Marvel superheroes never could.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike Spiderman or other Marvel characters, it’s just that at the end of the day, if I were to choose a collection of comics to read I would choose DC characters.

There are many DC characters that I really enjoy. Some of my favourites include: The Flash (Wally West, but moreso Barry Allen), Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner and Hal Jordan), Batman, Green Arrow and the Blue Beetle. However there is one character that stands head and shoulders above them all. If anything he’s the one that kick started the superhero craze. He’s died once, and come back to life. I would argue that he is probably one of the most iconic characters DC has. He is none other than Superman.

Alex Ross has some of the best comic book art I have ever seen

Many people find him boring, too one dimensional…too goody goody, righteous, invincible…etc. And I can see their points, but that’s what I like about him. That is what draws me to him. When I was younger, one of the biggest reason that Superman was (still is) my favourite superhero is because he inspired hope. He essentially personified truth, justice, hope and freedom. And in a way, many writers still write him as such (while trying to make him more human). It would be a lie to say that when I was younger I didn’t want to do the same. When I read comics, I would often imagine myself doing what Superman did. Inspiring hope…personifying truth, justice and freedom. As geeky as that sounds, I believe that all children and younger people have huge dreams of doing something similar.

So yes, Superman is my favourite superhero. Not because I can relate, but because of what he represents, inspires and fights for. And to me, that is what a superhero should be.

Things that made me smile today:

– listening to a brilliant message by Tim Keller (convicting but joy bringing) reminding me that true spiritual growth isn’t instantaneous, but rather it can/is a slow process that may not be noticeable but it still happens.

-starting an IBS (inductive bible study) on 1st Timothy

-shoveling the snow

– writing this blog post and remembering why I enjoy comics and Superman in particular

Hansen

Day 06 – 30 interesting facts about yourself

alright here goes. Hopefully I can come up with 30.

30) I was born in Hong Kong
29) I came to Canada when I was 4
28) I have been to Kazakhstan
27) I tried fermented horse milk (it is gross, an interesting thing to try, but ew)
26) I have eaten horse meat
25) I have tried a chocolate covered cricket
24) I have tried a chocolate covered meal worm
23) I have tried a deep fried scorpion
22) I have tried a deep fried pupa
21) I have tried a deep fried grasshopper
20) I have been to China and Hong Kong
19) I worked at a fish plant in PEI
18) I enjoy cooking…even though I’m not that great at it
17) I played piano, but i haven’t played in 10 years
16) I do not have an attention span that allows me to play video games for long periods of time
15) I love to travel, but I tend to get airsick really really easily
14) I traveled to England
13) I traveled to Malaysia and Singapore
12) I want to try a raw, freshly chopped octopus
11) I am applying to go teach English in Korea
10) I have tried donkey meat (it was really good :D)
9) I tried Kvass while in Kazakhstan (its a drink made by fermenting bread….I really enjoyed it)
8) I laugh loud enough that most people can hear me across a large room, or in another room altogether
7) I still enjoy reading comic books (my favourite superheroes being Superman, Green Lantern, and the Flash)
6) I want to get into ministry (still don’t know in what capacity, but we shall see)
5) Apparently I like to not like music everyone else likes but instead I look for artists that aren’t that well known and then get everyone else hooked on them (D.Choi πŸ˜€ )
4) I worked at a restaurant in England where the owners tried to get me drunk because after work the beer would be free for the employees (I gained so much weight that summer πŸ˜› )
3) I was a security guard at one point
2) I often have dreams where I get superpowers or am a superhero…but I always wake up before the vanquishing of the evil foe is complete
1) I also make youtube videos (although that has been put on a hiatus while this 30 day blog challenge is going on). And they really aren’t that good.

Wow, just realized that much of my 30 facts involve food. oh well, I enjoy food, eating it and making it πŸ™‚

Hansen

30 day challenge

I have been inspired to do this. So starting in December I plan on doing the “30 day”blog challenge. In this challenge I will have 30 specific topics to blog about ( I will show you the list at the end of this post). Ideally I would like to do one post a day and have it done by 30 days. but in all likelihood that may not be plausible. I will try to at least finish it within the month….or a little into the next month. So look forward to December, and also I do plan on updating at least a couple more times before December rolls around.

Here is the list:

Day 01 – Your current relationship, if single discuss how single life is.
Day 02 – Where you’d like to be in 10 years.
Day 03 – Your views on drugs and alcohol.
Day 04 – Your views on religion.
Day 05 – A time you thought about ending your own life.
Day 06 – Write 30 interesting facts about yourself.
Day 07 – Your Myers Briggs Personality Type and if you think it fits your personality.
Day 08 – A moment you felt the most satisfied with your life.
Day 09 – How you hope your future will be like.
Day 10 – Discuss your first love.
Day 11 – Put your ipod on shuffle and write 10 songs that pop up.
Day 12 – Bullet your whole day.
Day 13 – Somewhere you’d like to move or visit.
Day 14 – Your earliest memory.
Day 15 – Your favorite blogs.
Day 16 – Your views on mainstream music.
Day 17 – Your highs and lows of this past year.
Day 18 – Your beliefs.
Day 19 – Disrespecting your parents.
Day 20 – How important you think education is.
Day 21 – One of your favorite shows.
Day 22 – How have you changed in the past 2 years?
Day 23 – Give pictures of 5 girls who are famous who you find attractive.
Day 24 – Your favorite movie and what it’s about.
Day 25 – Someone who fascinates you and why.
Day 26 – What kind of person attracts you.
Day 27 – A problem that you have had.
Day 28 – Something that you miss.
Day 29 – Goals for the next 30 days.
Day 30 – Your highs and lows of this month.

This should be fun,

Hansen

My top 5 video game theme songs.

I love soundtracks. If anything I LOVE video game theme songs, the reason for this is most likely because it is very rare that i hear really bad themes. I hear forgettable ones, but nothing really horrible. Now this list is definately not definitive, in fact most likely I’ll probably end up making another one (like a just missed the cut list or something) but here are my top 5 (loose) video game theme songs.

5) The Final Fantasy Prelude

This I think, is the definitive final fantasy music for me. Everytime I hear it, I know I am playing final fantasy. I love how relaxing it is, Β how dreamlike (fantasy like….) it is. With this prelude, Square-enix is announcing to those that are playing “You are about to be sucked into a massive magical world, where you are the hero trying to save the entire planet from a maniacal madman. So level up and save it.”

4) Mega Man II theme

I admit, I have never actually beaten a mega man game. Yet I grew up on them, I was never any good at them. But I did love the theme. Everytime I heard it, for some reason I would forget why I hated the game…and then I played it, and then I remembered. haha. The music, in all it’s 8bit glory, was designed to get the adrenaline pumping, and that it did. πŸ™‚

3) Double Dragon

Everytime I hear this theme I know I am in for some serious electronic, programmed fun. I mean, the song just screams “I am full of action, and awesome!” One of the best songs, for one of the best games (though not one of my favourites) ever. Love it.

2) Tetris

bet you didn’t see this one coming. I’m not sure what you can say about this theme. All I know is, everytime I hear it, I start picturing tetris blocks falling and begin to imagine the full lines disappearing. And for the most part I think that is what makes a truly unforgettable video game theme, something that can conjure up images from a game that hasn’t been played in years. Classic. So Classic.

1) Legend of Zelda

I had a hard time choosing what would be number 1. It was pretty difficult to choose between super mario, or the legend of zelda. In the end this won out simply because it’s so much more epic. It’s like a theme that would be played before an epic movie (like Braveheart). It just conjures up a sense of adventure, danger, drama, and excitement. PS: Check out Rabbitjoints version, it’s pretty awesome too.

There you have it, my list of top 5 favourite video game themes. Again, it’s not my definitive list, because Out of the ones that weren’t on here, they could honestly be changed with any of them (The Street Fighter II world warrior theme for instance) so I may do another list….”the remix” or something.

What are your favourite theme songs?

Hansen

Geekin’ it

One of my favourite comic series to read has been the DC elseworld comic “Kingdom Come”. I love, not only the storyline, but most importantly I love the artwork.

first the storyline:

It is essentially set in a future where the DC heroes that we grew up with (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman etc.) have grown older. The world that they were used to have changed. Whereas, before the heroes would apprehend the bad guys, the world began to accept a more violent type of hero. One that took life rather than preserved it. Essentially the heroes of old come out of “retirement” to deal with the new heroes when a catastrophe happens. It is a clash of different heroic cultures that eventually breaks out into all-out war.

Of course my summary is very brief because I didn’t want to give away too much of the story. I love the character development of each of the heroes as the story progresses.

Now for the artwork. In all honesty, even before I read the comic it was the artwork of Alex Ross that drew me in. Most artists that draw for comics, draw them in a pretty cartoony way. But Alex Ross adds so much realism to it. In all honesty the way that he draws the big three (Superman, Batman and Wonderman) is simply epic. But me talking about it really doesn’t do it justice, so instead here is a drawing he did with the Kingdom Come characters:

Alex Ross by far has to be my favourite comic book artist out there. Every single one of his drawings have so much depth and character to it. He even makes Gatchaman look awesome as a more realistic looking character and less anime-y

Yeah, so this post was pretty geeky, oh well.

Hansen

Top 5 fav. video games

So I’ve decided to add my favourite video games. I’m not a huge huge gamer but I do enjoy it. Throughout my years I’ve played many games, some I’ve enjoyed and some not so much. So here are my top 5 favourite games, that I’ve played.

5) Kirby Superstar or most Kirby games for that matter.

I love Kirby. Kirby is awesome, he absorbs powers and so freaking cute. The game is difficult, but not frustratingly so. The controls are easy and straight forward, and the controls are very good.The later games offered like….a billion different powers that you could absorb. It was always fun trying each of them, and of course some were WAY more effective than others. Plus the fact that Kirby turns the enemy he swallows and spits out into stars is also pretty cool.

Normal Kirby....is....so cute

4) Mario Kart

I LOVE Mario Kart….in any form. Seriously. Its fun. I don’t really have anything else to say.Gameplay is good, the power-ups are so much fun, and the stages are really fun too.

Zoom zoom zoom!

3) Metal Slug

Despite the fact that Metal Slug gives me so much frustration, I still love it anyway. It’s one ofΒ  my favourite series ever. and I’m so glad that SNK ported the anthology to the PSP. Now (whenever I get it) I can play it on the go. It’s bullets flying everywhere insanity fun!

blow up the giant crabs-like-things!

2) Disgaea series

This is the first, and only RPG to crack this top 5 list. I really enjoy the character designs, and it’s ridiculously outlandish power-ups + the pretty much unlimited leveling up system. And for some reason I really like the fact that instead of the typical classic JRPG hero (just typically good and without that much of a personality), the Disgaea heroes,…..many of them are anti-heroes with outlandish personalities. Which = a hilariously fun series to play. Plus the Prinnies are hilarious!

Prinnies explode when you throw 'em!

1) Katamari series

I have never really played a game quite like this. You basically have a Katamari, which is a gravitational ball of sorts, and roll over stuff to make islands. Sounds lame but it’s a wacky wacky concept, and it’s so much fun to play. The characters are really funny too. If I ever get a PS2, I’ll be sure to pick up the Katamari games for it. Because it will most likely be fun….definately be fun!

A Katamari in it's full glory πŸ™‚

There you have it, it is my top 5 fav. video games.Β  I know it’s pretty nerdy, and really the choices for 3-1 are probably way out there. But really, they are so much fun. the Controls are fantastic, and the characters are unique, plus these are games that have a sense of humour, plus if I recall the soundtrack for each game is simply fantastic, which I love. πŸ™‚

Honourable mentions (aka they just missed the cut):

Patapon 2: I never really liked rhythm games, but I found this game fantastic.

Grandia: such a great RPG.

Lunar Silver Star Harmony: Again a great RPG.

Super Mario Bros series: classic awesome.

Monster Hunter: despite all the frustration it gives me because of the camera and slow pace and difficulty, it’s still a fun game with massive amounts of upgrades and whatnot.

Street Fighter and King of Fighters series: Oh man oh man oh man oh man, these 2D fighters are classic, the characters for each are mostly amazing designs (Terry Bogard, Kyo Kusanagi, Fei Long and Ken rock my world haha) the controls are good and its all in all a goood game.

Hansen