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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

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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 10 – Discuss your first love

Well, because this is such an open ended question, I will treat it as such. The word love, in different contexts means completely different things. I don’t love my friends the same way I love music. I don’t love music the same way that I love my purple sweater vest (which by the way is awesome!). And if I did love all of those the same way…..well that would be cause to have an intervention/beat down from all my friends.

When I saw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, that was what got me hooked on the super hero genre. Β What’s there not to love about these four mutated, talking turtles from the sewers of New York? I loved them when I was little, and I still get a kick out of the cheesy one liners . Plus that show had one of the best theme songs….of all time. Naturally my love for TMNT, transferred over to the Power Rangers, which I must say didn’t age as well as the Turtles but on occasion I still watch it. And yes, Power Rangers also had quite the awesome theme song as well….a full 3+ minutes of epic theme song…. πŸ˜€

I first fell in love with hip-hop music because of Mars ill (shout out to Jerry Bolton for that). There was just something about the intensity of manChild’s delivery that hooked me in, the creativity and imagery within the lyrics and the always chill beats from Dust that I just love. Since then I’ve discovered other artists that blow my mind just as much, but Mars ill is the one that hooked me into a genre I never thought I could love this much.

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

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

My top 5 super-powers I would want to have if this was a comic book

Wow, take a deep breath. That was an unnecessarily long title for a blog post that may or may not be really really short. Anyway, this is my top 5 super-powers I would enjoy having…if I was a comic book character.

5) Green Lantern’s power ring

Ok I know that’s not technically a super-power, but rather it is an accessory that grants super-powers. But seriously? Who wouldn’t want a ring that could create anything (for defense and offence) that is only limited by the imagination and willpower? If I had that accessory, I would create unbelievable robots (getter Robo? Gundam? seriously the Japanese have the coolest robot designs). If its that great how come its not higher? well its got a ridiculous 24 hr charge to it….which makes sense so that the power won’t be abused. But really it could be dangerous if one does not remember to charge it. Plus like I said its an accessory. It still makes it on the list because it grants powers but it loses something because of the charge, its weakness to yellow(although I don’t think that’s an issue anymore) and for the fact it is driven by willpower.

4) Morphing

Not like the Power Rangers (although that would be pretty cool). But the ability to change your body into anything or anyone (like Plastic Man or Mystique off the X-men). It could be abused, but for espionage or infiltration, nothing could beat it.

3) Super Speed

I would love to run so fast that I wouldn’t break the surface tension of the water, allowing me to run on top of it. Also it would be sweet to be able to run fast enough that gravity isn’t an issue (allowing you to run up the side of a building). Faster than the speed of sound. Like Sonic, Quicksilver and the Flash.

2) Healing factor

Yeah that would be sweet, if I were a super-hero I don’t have to worry about dying by bullets with this power.

1) Flight

I would love to fly, it would save on the airplane ticket and there would be so much freedom in the air. Seriously. It would be amazing!

So there are my top 5 super-powers. Some I believe needed more explanations while others were pretty self explanatory.

Next up: My top 5 songs?….maybe….

Hansen

Further ahead: My favourite Bible passages….like way further ahead.