Friday, February 29, 2008

North Korea Discussion!

Yet another fascinating discussion is currently going on in Nathan's comments!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

The beginning of the end

So, yesterday I found out that Mervyn's cut me. Yup, I put in my two weeks but they cut me off before that. Nice, huh? And they didn't even have the decency to actually tell me; I found out by going to get my schedule, and mine wasn't there. Everybody else's was, except mine.

The scheduler wasn't in yesterday nor today and everyone else, including the store manager, is saying that they don't know anything about it. (Either she's lying to my face or management really is as out to lunch as they always seem to be.) So I've been told to call the store tommorrow, when the scheduler is in (don't you love how I have to wait to find out if I'm fired or not?). But, it doesn't even matter. I took a look at the books, and I'm not scheduled. I find it slightly strange that the mere scheduler can make such decisions without the store manager's approval, but either way, I'm done with this place.

On the other hand, Monday and tonight I began saying goodbye to everyone. My last day will be Saturday. It's proving nasty, saying goodbye....

I wonder if there will ever be a time when I don't have to say goodbye any more....

Spencer

Kidnapped American aid worker feared dead in Afghanistan

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Based on a True Story cross-post

Since our good friend Nathan has posted some dinosaur track photos, it looks like the comments will provide an interesting discussion platform. :-P

Sunday, February 24, 2008

My New Title

All hail, His Paleoness!

...in short, blame Nathan. :-P

May the world behold...

...the *ahem* mighty intelligence of Mervyn's management. I give you a sign from the refrigerator door in the break room, with original spelling, punctuation and grammer intact:

ATTN: ASSOCIATES:
DO NOT LEAVE ANY FOOD,OPEN CAN, BOTTLES.IF NO NAME OR DATE ON THEM. IT WILL BE TOSS OUT EVERY DAY.

REMEMBER YOUR PARENTS ARE NOT HERE TO CLEAN AFTER YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THANK YOU

;-P

Where is everybody?

Come on! Where are all you guys? This is ridiculous; I've got some posts I want serious comments on. Hurry up!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Disneyland Martial Arts Festival: Olmypic Style Tae Kwon Do

February 16th, 2008 - Anaheim, California
Finally, as promised!

My dad found the way to the Anaheim Convention Center without any trouble, but I did think it strange that no sings whatsoever were anywhere in the area. The whole event was very unorganized; I believe this to be the fault of some form of management, or the plans, or whatever. They didn't seem to take it seriously really (But maybe they never really "prepare" the convention center for particular events with promotional signs, etc., much?), and there was a woeful lack of chairs, so much that there was little seating and they had to bring more out, disrupting the show a little I thought. It was about forty-five minutes after the event was supposed to have started (10:00) that they finally let us start coming in.

It was no matter to me, however; I had found my classmates, and chatted the time away. I got a good photo or two as well.


One of our best students getting ready for her performance!


I had come, of course, to see the event as a whole, but specifically to see our Demo Team perform. The night before in class I had been treated to a special performance, so I knew what to expect. And I was dissappointed not once. (Please do excuse some of the photos; even with flash, they kept on turning out dark.)


My Demo Team!


The demo was spectacular. I enjoyed all of the different schools, but, of course, my heart was stuck on mine. :-D I was wowed again and again, and it brought me back to that first time I'd seen something like this, last September.


My favorite part involved the use of the staff. I had stayed late several weeks before to watch these two students practice this very same routine. I knew it was going to be good!


Getting ready to "kick" the staffs into the air.



I don't know if you can see it in this one, but here they've thrown their staffs into the air to their partner, in turn catching their partner's staff in mid-air.


Another amazing part was the nun chuk routine, led by my instructor, whom, as you all know, I call Stonewall (at least on the blogosphere, ;-P).


Waiting for a burst of music to bring them out of their dormancy.



Hee-ya!


Next up was a move similar to the one in the last demo I attended; get a bunch of people to curl up in a line on the mat, have someone hold a board at the end, run, jump, fly over them, and break the board! Stonewall's execution of this was the most impressive, as expected. I don't have any pictures of this particular moment; I was way too busy clapping, and they likely wouldn't have turned out anyway. Just before Stonewall's "moment," I acted on my earlier observation that the crowd wasn't cheering loud enough. Many of our students were there, so why not? I waved my hands and shouted, "Come on, louder!" At this a burst of applause and cheering broke out, and Stonewall did his move with seeming effortlessness, and beauty.


Spar, spar!


Another really fun aspect was watching my friends compete. Here are a some medal winners amongst my pals.


Sparring stance!



Smile!



Go for the gold!



I wasn't the one who posed this picture. Honest!




Lookin' cool. 8-D




Here she is again, with the owner of my school (first time meeting him actually). Don't you just love the mouthguard? :-P



And here's an interesting little story for you. Friday the 15th when I arrived at class, I was surprised to find the place filled with...well, Korean people! It felt like I was in Korea, seriously. Long story short, they were visiting our school and performing for us, and our team performed too (as I mentioned earlier). Soon I was interested to see that all the little Korean children had presents for our demo team members. This may sound cheesy, but it was pretty amazing at the time.

Since I wasn't even on the mat at that time (waiting for my class to start on the sidelines) I expected nothing, but, lo and behold, at the prodding of a Korean master or instructor of some sort, a kid came up to me and gave me a little wrapped package! (I would later open it to find a really spiffy Korean TKD keychain. I love keychains. 8-P) I felt bad that I couldn't give him anything back, and felt even worse that, when he left, I realized that I had no idea who he was, couldn't effectively communicate with him, and on top of all that, couldn't even find him just seconds later. (Okay, you try telling one Korean kid apart from about twenty others--it's a lot harder than it sounds!)

I might have met with him later; you see, just because we were in our uniforms, some of us (2, actually) on the sidelines were called in for pictures. Perhaps we're an object of interest to Koreans, I don't know! I can just see them talking amongst themselves, "Ha ha, look! Americans practicing our own martial art! Who'd a thunk?" I ended up being in one picture with a Korean boy who came up to me and said, "What's your name?" in what I considered pretty good English. I replied, "Spencer," and something clicked in his head as he reached out and touched the part of my uniform where my name is written in their language. This may have been the kid, I'll never know....

And back to my "real" story. I ended up in another picture with a fellow who I had earlier noticed. Why had I noticed him, picked him out from the rest of the Korean crowd? Because he looked quite a lot like actor Jang Dong-gun, who played Lee Jin-tae in what you may remember as one of my all-time favorite films, Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War. After the "shoot," I asked him what his name was. Later that night I realized that I didn't think I had it right; I knew the first part of his name was "Min," but the second part...it started with an "S," was all I could remember. So, influenced by the Tae Guk Gi character name Jin-seok (Jin-tae's younger brother in the movie) I dubbed him Min-seok (pronounced Min-sock) in my head. Then I said to him, "You look like Jang Dong-gun!" He seemed to understand what I said at least somewhat, but just to remain clear I said this again. He said something akin "Ah!" in a happy exclamation, and then, after a moment of what seemed to me to be him searching for the correct word, he says, "Movie!" I affirmed this, and he seemed pleased by this, thanking me more than once if memory serves me (I don't really have any solid evidence to back it up, but I suspicion that Jang is a sort of Korean hearthrob, so perhaps it was a complement? A moment later, another Korean guy said something about "Jang Dong-gun" with a laugh, so maybe I'm right here.)

We then parted after a thank you or two, etc. It was really very interesting. We can't even speak the same language, but, at least for a night, it almost felt like we were friends; same with the Korean boy. It was a pretty nifty experience, I'll tell you that. (I was also impressed with their manners and friendliness.)

The next day I was pleased to see him at the convention, and made a point of now getting a picture of him! I did address him as Min-seok, asking him if this was correct, and lo and behold, it was! Name sounds like Jin-seok, face looks like Jin-tae! Sweet!


Behold, the mighty Min-seok!




Me and Min-seok. (I'd wanted a shot with the both of us, but it was actually his idea first!)




And Jang Dong-gun as Lee Jin-tae in Tae Guk Gi for reference (on the left).



And a few fun ones.


Here a former coworker of mine tries on a medal!




It's Stonewall!




And, last but most certainly not least, my master!



All in all, I had a great time. I came home with a black samurai sweater, to boot. 8-D

Maybe I'll spar next time....

Spencer

P.S. Wait a minute...while getting that photo of Jang Dong-gun...I was convinced. Total hearthrob.

Origins Conference Summary

In short, I had a blast at the conference today. It started last night and continued on into today (see link in last post for speaking schedule). I won't give a point-by-point summary of the entire conference, but I will give a few personal thoughts of my own.

I was able to meet three scientists, and all three of them were extremely impressive, to say the least. I ended up speaking to all three of them, but particularly two (to the point of getting contact information). With the astronomist/physicist, I spoke of string theory, and to a microscopist, I questioned some theoretical ideas about the formation and existence of radiohalos in granitic rocks.

I purchased some books and things as well, two of which I was able to have signed, and two to complete my collection of material from another conference a few years back.

Universe by Design — An Explanation of Cosmology and Creation
Creation vs. Evolution Debate
CD
RATE Premier Conference: Thousands...Not Billions DVD
Thousands...Not Billions Study Guide
The Frozen Record: Examining the Ice Core History of the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets
Evolution: The Fossils Still Say No!


I hear that the conference will be released in video format (it was filmed). I'd highly recommend you all to get it!

Spencer

Origins Conference: Creation Research Society

I love Creationist Conferences. :-D

Thursday, February 21, 2008

CollegePlus! Scholarship Essay

Well, without further ado, here it is. Let me know what you all think!


Accelerated Distance Learning

Better than all the rest?


Spencer _____

Accelerated Distance Learning. Just what is it? Some new scheme, prone to eventual failure? Another newfangled way to "earn" one's education? Or is it something more? Something...better?

Why is it gaining ground? Why are many beginning to blaze its trails? What they say, is it really true? Save time? Money? Avoid the pitfalls of traditional colleges? To find the truth and the answers to these questions, we're going to have to dig around a bit.

The “Accelerated Distance Learning” (ADL) method, as popularized by Global Leadership Institute founder Brad Voeller, combines the use of independent study, credit-by-examination, portfolio assessment, correspondence and online courses, community colleges, internships, and anything else that can help the student get a degree in record time, all the while having spent only a fraction of the cost of your usual college. ADL is new and cutting-edge, and with an emphasis on individualized learning, it has the upper hand over traditional educational institutions. Free from the limitations of your everyday college, students have a better opportunity to learn what is more up-to-date, more relevant, and more useful to their own personal career needs, plus the chance to gain knowledge from a global perspective.

In today’s “information age,” the old ways of the academic institutions are proving to be more and more inefficient and inept. On a moral basis, the prospect of a student struggling to survive the depravities of dorm life are proving unpalatable to Christians homeschoolers. With little knowledge having been gained and much morality having been lost by those who graduate, things are ripe for change. It's time to find the best path to true success, to learn more, to learn better, and to spend less time and money in the process.

If new opportunities and approaches are open to the student, why not pursue them? Why be imprisoned by the pressures of the day? Why allow peer pressure and modern cultural trends to control your education, your future life? Wouldn't following the path of the better, quicker, and less expensive degree make more sense?

In an age when following the crowd and "fitting in" are deemed more important than learning and education, there's little wonder why we live in a society with an emphasis on the traditional methods. If true learning was really valued as it should be, then the most effective ways to obtain knowledge would be pursued, not simply the kinds conforming to people's comfort-zone mentality. Trust the professionals, leave it up to the professors, they say. Spend a fortune, spend years1, throw away your own discernment and place yourself in the power of those who make it their business to mold and shape young, impressionable minds to conform to the status quo.

On another note, in your traditional classroom environment, personalized learning is neglected in favor of mass teaching techniques. Being bound to a class schedule is perhaps not the best choice for a student. Why be constrained by the perspective of one college, or one professor? Why be held back by the pace of other classmates? Why not opt for the better, more individualized options of accelerated and distance methods? Why not learn what is best for you and your future career, and why not learn it at your own speed instead of being bound by "everyone else"?

With all this going for it, you'd think this fantastic new method of obtaining one’s college education would be the preferred path. Though the ADL method is gaining ground, let's face it: it simply isn't encouraged or discussed much by the secular world. So why is it up to the Christian homeschool community to promote it?

Well, therein lies the answer. ADL also has one more advantage, one more feather in its cap--particularly to those same Christian homeschoolers. It's the age-old war of the worldviews, and both sides--both armies--desperately desire victory. In the age of liberal humanism, colleges of the day are much more than neutral educational establishments. They are training centers, indoctrinating our nation's youth with ungodly ideas, evil propaganda, and sinful ideologies.2 An Evolutionary view of science. A liberal view of history. A loose view of morality. An atheistic view of the universe. The enemy, with their academic stranglehold, continually pump out more misguided young men and women, more drones. More and more we see the decline of true morality; faith3, integrity, chastity, chivalry, femininity. More and more we see the advancement of sin and godlessness; drug use, illicit sex, violent crimes, rape, murder, even shootings.4

No, this is not just a purely neutral education. This is philosophical indoctrination of a most vile sort. As said by the great theologian Robert Lewis Dabney, "To educate the mind without purifying the heart is but to place a sharp sword in the hands of a madman."5

The very use of "higher education" is to prepare one for their future career, their life. How can we allow the very people who are in rebellion against God lead the fruit of our land in the pursuit of knowledge? Proverbs 1:7a says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge” (KJV). If we surrender this fundamental area to the enemy, can we really expect victory?

The thing is: we can’t. If we wish to "fight the good fight"6, to further the cause, to prepare our hearts and minds for the struggles of our own part in this war, we must be trained in the bootcamp of righteousness. Accelerated Distance Learning gives us the opportunity to do just that.

To the student, who desires learning; to the eager, who wishes to save time; to the thrifty, who wishes to save money; and to the Christian, who desires to save his soul, Accelerated Distance Learning is better. For each and every one of us.



Footnotes

1 Eisen, David, College: The New Four- Six-Year Degree, MSN Encarta Lifelong Learning, < http://spotlight.encarta.msn.com/Features/encnet_departments_adultlearning_
default_article_CollegetheNewSixYearDegree.html?GT1=10392 >

2 Kurtz, Howard, College Faculties a Most Liberal Lot, Study Finds (Washington DC: The Washington Post, March 29, 2005), p. C1, cited in Wightman, Scott & Kris, College Without Compromise, (St. Louis, MO: The Homeschool Sampler, 2005), p. 29.

3 Boyd, Bob & Geri, Issues in Education radio show interview with Dr. Brian D. Ray, excerpted in Homeschoolers Grown Up: What do the Facts Show?, (Johnson City, TN: Homeschool Headquarters, 2004), p. 6, cited in Wightman, Scott & Kris, College Without Compromise, (St. Louis, MO: The Homeschool Sampler, 2005), p. 29.

4 Seamen, Barrett, Binge, What Your College Student Won’t Tell You: Campus Life in an Age of Disconnection and Excess, (Hoboken, NJ: John & Wiley Sons, Inc., 2005), cited in Wightman, Scott & Kris, College Without Compromise, (St. Louis, MO: The Homeschool Sampler, 2005), p. 31.

5 Douglas W. Phillips, ed., Robert Lewis Dabney: The Prophet Speaks, (The Vision Forum, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, 2001), p. 17.

6 1 Timothy 6:12, KJV.

2008 Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Spencer _____, who wrote the winning essay and qualifies for a full-year scholarship with CollegePlus!

Also, congratulations to our four finalists:

Kelsey Erbeck
Spencer _____
Jenny McCloy
Brooke Parsons
We would like to extend our grateful thanks to all of the participants for their hard work and diligent efforts in excellently researching and writing about the exciting topic of Accelerated Distance Learning.

All of the essays were carefully reviewed and compared to the criteria listed in the essay guidelines. Those that met these initial qualifications were then subjected to a more in-depth scrutiny, where content, format and style were considered. Through this process, four finalists were selected as most accurately compared the traditional route with distance learning, winsomely exposited the advantages of distance learning and convincingly utilized the research materials they cited throughout their essays.

Look for the winning essay in an upcoming issue of Acceleration!


:-D

Breakaway, by Kelly Clarkson



Grew up in a small town
And when the rain would fall down
I'd just stare out my window
Dreaming of what could be
And if I'd end up happy
I would pray (I would pray)

Trying hard to reach out
But when I tried to speak out
Felt like no one could hear me
Wanted to belong here
But something felt so wrong here
So I prayed I could break away

I'll spread my wings and I'll learn how to fly
I'll do what it takes til' I touch the sky
And I'll make a wish
Take a chance
Make a change
And breakaway
Out of the darkness and into the sun
But I won't forget all the ones that I love
I'll take a risk
Take a chance
Make a change
And breakaway

Wanna feel the warm breeze
Sleep under a palm tree
Feel the rush of the ocean
Get onboard a fast train
Travel on a jet plane, far away (I will)
And breakaway

Buildings with a hundred floors
Swinging around revolving doors
Maybe I don't know where they'll take me but
Gotta keep moving on, moving on
Fly away, breakaway

I'll spread my wings
And I'll learn how to fly
Though it's not easy to tell you goodbye
I gotta take a risk
Take a chance
Make a change
And breakaway
Out of the darkness and into the sun
But I won't forget the place I come from
I gotta take a risk
Take a chance
Make a change
And breakaway, breakaway, breakaway

And thus an era ends

I turned in my two weeks notice today.

It was sweet....

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Post 501!

And for this special occasion, I am going to announce some great news. No, the bank hasn't contacted me back yet. But there is something else I've been up to lately, that you guys don't know about yet. You see I've been so busy that I haven't bothered to blog it yet....

I'M GETTING MARRIED!!!!!!!

So, watcha think? :-P



....



GOTCHA! Yes folks, I'm still as single as ever. :-) Haha, sorry, couldn't resist. But, I did win a CollegePlus! scholarship! I can't believe I won the contest. Here's what they sent to me in an email I received just a few minutes ago:

Dear Scholarship Contestant,

We would like to extend our grateful thanks to all of the participants for their hard work and diligent efforts in excellently researching and writing about the exciting topic of Accelerated Distance Learning.

All of the essays were carefully reviewed and compared to the criteria listed in the essay guidelines. Those that met these initial qualifications were then subjected to a more in-depth scrutiny, where content, format and style were considered. Through this process, four finalists were selected as most accurately compared the traditional route with distance learning, winsomely exposited the advantages of distance learning and convincingly utilized the research materials they cited throughout their essays.

...

We would like to particularly congratulate Spencer _____, who wrote the winning essay and who qualifies for a full-year scholarship with CollegePlus! Well done!



My mouth dropped open when I read that last paragraph. I said, "Holy cow!" involuntarily, which brought my mom in from the next room. "What?" she asked. My only reply was, "I won the scholarship!"

I still can't believe it. I didn't even like the thing much when I wrote it! :-D This does mean that, since it has to be used by March 31st, that I'll no longer be online very much; I'll be in college land, advancing on my career. :-P

Wow. Paleontology, huh? So this is it...hmmm.

I'm liking the looks of 2008. ;-D Now if only the bank gets back to me with a yes, that means I've got a good job, am getting started on college, and have a paleo internship. Things have never been so good.

...

I just got called! I was here writing, and I had to stop to talk with them...wow.

I need to go to work now. Whew, I don't feel like doing that!

Spencer

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

In Canada, the Schiavo case with an outrageous twist

Murder yet again?

Make sure to check out the link on how to actively help with this issue.

Spencer

Castro resigns as Cuba's president

*jaw drop*

...

I can't help wondering...is he dead and it's being concealed?

Monday, February 18, 2008

Good news!

No, I haven't been hired (yet!), but they did call me today to "verify" my social security number for (guess what?) a background check.

Now if they'd already cut me off their list they wouldn't be doing that now, would they? :-P Now I can only hope that they don't notice all my DUIs and possession charges. :-P

Spencer

P.S. Since they said during my interview that I'd hear in either a "week" or "midweek" this week, I might hear tommorrow. I expect to at least hear by Wednesday, Thursday at the latest. Prayers!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Return from Korea land

Had a blast at the convention. Prepare for pictures soon!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Tommorrow...

I'll be gone for much of the day likely. Local Martial Arts Festival (to give some of my readers an idea of where it is, it's near Disneyland as Disney has sponsored it). My Demo Team will be performing. I can't wait. :-)

I'll tell you all later of the interesting night I had at class, too.

Out,

Spencer

PALAEOBLOG: New Bill Stout Murals at SDNHM

Well, Dr. Ryan is a little late--the murals already made it into the latest issue of Prehistoric Times, but still...they're so beautiful....

I'll have to get down to San Diego some time....

No Enemies You Say!

From Doug's Blog:

“He has no enemies, you say!
My friend, your boast is poor;
He who hath mingled in the fray
Of duty, that the brave endure,
Must have made foes. If he has none,
Small is the work that he has done.
He has bit no traitor on the hip,
He has cast no cup from tempted lip,
He has never turned the wrong to right,
He has been a coward in the fight.”


Excellent, excellent. Reminds me of Jesus's oh-so-true words in Luke 6:26a, "Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you!"

Spencer

University shooter interested in 'peace and social justice'

I don't know what to say anymore. What can I say?

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Love List!

In imitation of Nathan's post on his blog, Based on a True Story, I've decided to write my own list! In no particular order:

Books
Learning
Dinosaurs
Bones
Chivalry
Tae Kwon Do
Healthy food
Friends
Family
Good movies
Reptiles
Sharks
Magazines
Music (Celtic Woman!)
Bigfoot/cryptozoology
Insects
Civil War
World War 2
Military History
War
Doing what's right
Taking care of people
Spiders/arachnids
Cephalopods
Geology
Fossil Mammals
Paleontology
Museums
Creationism
Lego
Plastic Soldiers
Coins
Stamps
Posters/maps
Dragons
Current Events
Korea
Combat/fighting
Knives
Guns
Science
The color black
The Bible
Jesus/God
Militaria/surplus
Documentaries
The Vision Forum
Working out
Old dead things
And, last but not least, one mystery topic that shall remain such.

Spencer

News

Hello,

Time for a news round; things have been getting backlogged around my blog...say, do you like the nickname Quad B for my blog (four B's)?
Feds: U.S. defense analyst leaked secrets to China

U.S. deficient against Muslim insurgents, study says

6 Gitmo detainees to face trial for 9/11

Violations of 'Islamic teachings' take deadly toll on Iraqi women


Berkeley to Marines: You're 'not welcome in our city'

Reputed mobsters rounded up in U.S., Italy

Court overturns Texas ban on sex toys

Sorry, you’re too fat to eat here

PALAEOBLOG: New African Theropods

PALAEOBLOG: Velafrons coahuilensis, New Duck-Billed Dino from Mexico

PALAEOBLOG: Pygmy Dino Inhabited UK Tropical Islands

PALAEOBLOG: What Did A Dinosaur Eat?

PALAEOBLOG:Nemicolopterus crypticus, A New Arboreal Pterosaur

PALAEOBLOG: Komodo Hatchlings vs. Juveniles


Dr. Paleo Ph.D.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Good news

Things went well with the interview. I'd say, very well. I may have to work at a branch that is farther from my house, but I'll find some way to get there. I want this job really bad.

I think I did well; I'm pleased with the outcome. I just have to wait a week now....

Spencer

Final Word

Dear readers,

I'll soon be leaving for my interview. I'm going to leave you all with a little verse that has been helping me throughout this whole thing, and I hope that you will leave me with your prayers.

"Ye shall not fear them; for the LORD your God he shall fight for you."
Deuteronomoy 3:22

To those who may think I'm making a big deal out of this, this is not just a job. This is my career, my life, my passion, that we're talking about. It's my calling in this life, the battle I must fight, the army I have enlisted in. This is a lot more than a bank to me. This is me.

...

I will not even acknowledge defeat. I will not know it. This is the war of the ages, and I will partake of victory.

This is mine. I want it, I am going to get it. Step aside. I'm on my way. And I'm ready.

Spencer

Whatever for?

Today I woke up to a phone call for me. It was a grocery store that I'd applied to weeks ago, but already been turned down on. They wanted me for an interview. I came, thinking, with two interviews in one day, I had good chances at getting a job, finally.

Well, guess what? They tell me no because I can't work weekends. I had that on my application. What a waste of my time.

Now I'm not too happy. I'm afraid the bank is going to do the same...but I can hope, against all reason, can't I? If that falls through....I am screwed.

Spencer

Sunday, February 10, 2008

American Aid Worker Seized in Afghanistan

ALERT

It's times like this that I wish that there was a civilian militia that could be called out for special reasons like this...so I could actually do something. Give these guys some lead.

I feel very angry right now. And I wouldn't mind knowing why the disgusting media isn't reporting this far and wide, either. If they have, it's been little. Why haven't I heard about it every day then?

The Taliban must be crushed. Find the people who did (and do) this, and deal with them with whatever means necessary. Hunt them down...so that they may not go unpunished.

People, please pray for this dear woman and her driver; that they will be safely found.

Spencer

Saturday, February 09, 2008

The Spencerfoot Monster!

BREAKING NEWS

From the Southern California Urban Bigfoot Study Center comes a new set of photos, just released. The mysterious yet legendary creature, known as Spencerfoot, has not been seen for years. Assumed to be some sort of humanoid primate, the giant creature with a penchant for martial arts has apparently turned up again, this time appearing at a local Southern California Tae Kwon Do studio! Only moments ago the monster was seen by dozens of terrified people. Now we bring you the story! (Stay tuned as the story unfolds, we will have continuing coverage!)


Here the creature turns as he apparently becomes aware that he has been seen. It is unknown what initially drew him to the Tae Kwon Do studio, let alone the mat! (Or if he may return!)



Now exhibiting his famous trait of shyness, the Spencerfoot Monster hurries away as small children and people run screaming about.

Unfortunately, no more photos were collected, and no evidence. No hairs were recovered, and the giant footprints left on the mat were sadly not suitable for making casts. Thankfully, no one was badly hurt in the encounter, although one man was briefly hospitalized due to shock (he has since been released). According to all eyewitness accounts, Spencerfoot rarely gets violent, and only when what he sees as his food has been threatened.

Will the mystery of the Spencerfoot Monster ever be solved? Are there more out there, or is there just one? One last giant of a dying breed? Will he be seen again? Will he be caught? Or will someone shoot him down? Where does he live? What does he survive off of and eat? His occasional raids at Southern California bookstores seem to have no clear objective. Perhaps the creature has a high intelligence? Perhaps, shockingly, it possesses it's own language, or even a written one? No one can answer these questions, as of yet. But, one thing is for certain....

The Spencerfoot Monster has returned!

Friday, February 08, 2008

Man planned Super Bowl gunfire, feds say

Well, maybe there is a little humanity left in this world....

Excuse my cynicism.

And at that I'll keep this short. Need to get going anyways....

Paleo

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Five shot to death at City Council meeting in Missouri

This has got to stop. It seems constant anymore...the poor people, and their families. My prayers and condolences.

It's disgusting that our right to bear arms is quashed by the leftist in leaderships. Arms for all, for a better America.

Romney suspends presidential campaign

My apologies to my readers, but I'm about to say what I said to myself when I heard the news.

Yes.

Persecution Project: Fellow Believers in Dire Need

The latest newsletter from the Persecution Project Foundation, an African/Sudan Christian outreach ministry (about the only such I would recommend):

Dear Friend of the Persecuted,

Our brothers and sisters in Kenya urgently need our help.

For years, Kenya has been a relative island of peace in a sea of civil war, terrorism and genocide. Millions of families from Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia and other neighboring countries have found refuge there.

Kenya also has served as a hub for countless charities and nongovernment organizations who serve those nations daily with desperately needed humanitarian relief.

Now East Africa’s “safe house” is imploding.

Roving gangs, armed with machetes, clubs and torches, have slaughtered over 1,000 people and displaced more than a 300,000. They’ve burned homes and shops. Brutally beaten and raped.

Reports show terrified men, women and children fleeing to police stations and churches, trying to find safety. But the mobs burn them, too, and everyone inside.

Members of our field staff and other ministry partners live in Kenya. People that have supported us in our ministry to Sudan through the years now rely on us to help them.

Please take time today to pray for Kenya. Pray for peace. Pray for healing. And I urge you to consider sending a special gift to PPF, so that we can assist our church family in Kenya. Thank you for your love for the church!

Brad [Phillips, brother of Doug Phillips of The Vision Forum, Inc.]


I got an email several days ago about the need for donations, too. About time we do something, wouldn't you say?

Spencer

Ward's now welcomes Homeschool buyers

Finally! It's about time!

WARD'S understands the special requirements and needs of Homeschool families and is dedicated to serving these special needs for science.


I must've said "Ooh!" about two dozen times last night as I poured over their new catalog.

Rock on.

Dr. Paleo Ph.D.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

A Pollish Question

I've spontaneously decided on asking a question to all of you, my loyal(?) readers. Spontaneous is right, I know, but here goes!

Name your "favorite" figure in history. I know it may be hard for some of you to choose, as it is for me, but just don't worry about it, pick one (choose for whatever reasons you like, but I'd prefer it to be someone you liked because you deeply respected and admired them, etc).

And, just for fun, Dr. Paleo-designated title will be issued to the first person who guesses mine, as well.

And let those comments fly!

Spencer

Monday, February 04, 2008

Week #3 of the Job Hunt

In mere minutes I'm going to make some job calls...ugh, if I believed in luck I'd ask you to wish me some. But I don't. I believe in something better.

Wish me...providence?

Spencer

Death photo of war reporter Ernie Pyle found

When Ernie left this earth, our boys truly lost a friend.

God bless you, Ernie. May you rest in peace.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

More News on the Job Front

Things are beginning to look grim. Tommorrow I plan to call three places I turned in my applications at. I don't know if I'll even get interviewed at any of them. Two I don't think are good shots. One, however, looks slightly better, but I'm not expecting much.

I do have an interview coming up, though. I know someone who got an interview at the very same place, and they weren't hired. They already have told me that I need to come with a resume (?) and a dress shirt and tie. And they want weekends, or at least that's what the official application speel said. I'm really hoping I can shoot this one, but it looks...grim, what can I say?

Things are getting...bad. If all of these fall through...I'm pretty much dead meat.

Spencer

Military: U.S. killed 9 Iraqi civilians in raid

Today in History - The HistoryNet

1690 - The first paper money in America is issued in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

PALAEOBLOG News

Montealtosuchus, 80 Million Year Old Croc

Rhynochocyon udzungwensis: New Tanzanian Mammal

Saturday, February 02, 2008

5 shot at clothing store near Chicago

If I say anything right now, it'll be vicious, and since I don't even feel like it anyways, I won't say anything.

Spencer

Friday, February 01, 2008

Yet Another Goodbye

Of all things, I hate saying good-bye.

It happens a lot at work. It's usually no fun. Sometimes, it doesn't matter much. Other times, as bad as it sounds, it can be a good thing.

Usually it's nasty, particularly when some of my favorites leave. Occasionally a guy will leave (most of my coworkers are women so it's usually women that leave, of course), and it's not something that's usually a big deal. I mean, I can remember one time I was sorry to see a guy go, but that's because we got along so well (he believed in Christianity and was also a major martial arts/samurai fan). So, though I often miss people when they leave, I don't really "miss" the guys.

Last night was different. It was my Master's last class last night. A cake was brought in, and he made a quick speech. Things were fun at this point, so it wasn't really that bad.

So class began. (It was a hard but fantastic class, but since it was my second killer class in one day, I felt like I was dead when I woke up this morning. I've probably never been this sore, but that's just weakness leaving the body, eh?)

After that, he spoke to us again. He asked us all to give the new master the same level of respect that we had previously showed him. Besides being a great Master and teacher, he's always been really, really funny, and very kind. I wasn't happy to see him leaving.

I'll always have fond memories of what I'll probably turn out to call "my Master" (Stonewall was telling me we all have our "own" masters). I remember the time when I was having extreme difficulty getting each of the moves of my first testing requirement (a series of blocking maneuvers) to flow; he kept on showing me, and at one point it just flowed. I have no idea what he did, or what I did, if anything. It just worked!

I'll always remember his analogy, which he would speak of during said blocking maneuvers, that if you learn the basic moves (the letters), you can then make more complex moves (words), then even more complex ones (sentences), and then you can do the most difficult of moves (pages).

One time he must've read my mind. It had turned out to be a private class; no one else had showed up. I had been thinking that I could do most of the moves okay, but that I had difficulty in the speed, efficiency, and everything associated with the energy. In short, I often would get tired! He then made the analogy (I'll always love his analogies!) that if you have good wheels (like a Mercedes, he said) you still need gas. So, what he meant was that even if you've got a good kick, you still need that extra level of energy to keep on going!

I think it was this class that I remember him telling me that the both of us, as we were kicking a weighted bag, that we'd have to make it move all the way across the room (it moved just the slightest amount with each kick). I was dreading this as I was already running out of "gas," but then he relented. I'm not sure if he literally relented or never meant to make me do that in the first place. Next he explained to me that if I get used to kicking, my feet won't get red anymore--that is, you get used to it, sort of like a callous or something I guess.

Yet another time, again in an accidentally private class, he told me to kick him. (What follows is, in hindsight, like a scene from so many movies.) "What?" is something akin to what I must have uttered. He kept on insisting that I kick him. Not to keen at attacking my own Master, I gave a half-hearted kick. After moving out of the way he told me to, in essence, go all-out. I then realized what he was getting, and attacked him with kick after kick. He avoided every single kick I could throw at him effortlessly. I tried all the harder when I saw that I couldn't even touch him, but to no avail. The only time I we even touched was when he lifted his leg to counter attack, and when I came down from what I think was a side kick, I landed on his leg a bit. Neither of us were hurt, and my "hit," which was completely accidental, didn't even count. He's full of energy and is as fast as lightning!

And now back to my narrative of last night....

In every class, when it ends, we all shake hands and bow, in a line according to belt rank, with the Master, the Instructor, and then every other class member. I got in a quick "God bless you!" as this was occurring (I know that my Master isn't religious, but sometimes I have this habit of feeling the urge to say something like this I'm parting ways with someone.)

After a minute or two, I got a moment to say a real good-bye. I thanked him for everything, we shook hands, and I actually gave him a hug. (I can't remember the last time I hugged a guy, outside of family. In fact...I don't think I ever have!)

He's going to another part of the state to teach an Olympic team; we all think it's a great opportunity for him and that it must've been an honor to be chosen, but last night he tried to make it seem like less of an honor.

I'll likely get to see him at the up-and-coming Mixed Martial Arts tournament that Disney is sponsoring (at the Anaheim Convention Center), and he'll at least come to all the testings, so I'll get to see him then.

Still, I'm sad to see him go. And, though I don't say this often about guys, I'm going to miss him.

Spencer the yellow belt