Posted by: Drew Wilson | August 9, 2010

Jars Of Clay…new single now, new album soon.

Jars of Clay have always made pretty amazing music. Maybe their songs are not always the most radio friendly because they dig deep and take on topics we’d rather not explore fearing it may expose our weaknesses. Their music and lyrics have a way of cutting right through all my defenses, especially their new single “out of my hands”. You can listen to it on the front page of their website. (jarsofclay.com)

I’m excited about their new project “the shelter”, I’m linking you to an article where you can get a peek at the album artwork and check out some info on the upcoming album. One of my favorite parts is the meaning behind the album title. Check it out here.

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Posted by: Drew Wilson | August 3, 2010

Its Shark Week!

http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/shark-week

Click there to see whats going on this week during the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.

There’s even some fun games like “shark yourself” where you can transform a picture of you or a friend into a shark. I did it…and it was pretty creepy so I’m not sharing hahaha. There lots of fun stuff there, check it out!

Posted by: Drew Wilson | July 23, 2010

Check out this band: The Almost

Ok, so i know this band is not brand new. They’ve been making music since 2007 and Aaron Gillespie has was part of the band Underoath previously. Underoath was a very heavy rock band but Aaron wrote some music in his down time and decided to make his own side project which be came “The Almost”.  They’ve got a great rock sound with a pop flavor too, i dig it and maybe you will too.

Check out the song “hands” below.

Posted by: Drew Wilson | July 22, 2010

Opt-Out of Credit Card Offers?

I haven’t done this yet but it looks pretty legit.  From all appearances it looks professional and official but I would still like to know if anyone out there has done this and seen any success. They say you can choose to stop offers for 5 years or permanently.

www.optoutprescreen.com

Let me know if you try this out or if you have in the past.

Posted by: Drew Wilson | July 21, 2010

Coffee filters…Macgyver style

Another random yet interesting article I found. Check this one out.

http://shine.yahoo.com/event/green/12-alternative-uses-for-coffee-filters-1956097/

Enjoy.

Posted by: Drew Wilson | July 20, 2010

To Spank or not to Spank, that is the question…

So, i’m not a parent but i still found this interesting. see what you think.

http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/parenting/to-spank-or-not-to-spank-2040290/

Let me know your thoughts, share a comment!

Posted by: Drew Wilson | July 16, 2010

Where’s Ashton? I think I got Punk’d…

Wow, I’ve never had such a frustrating ordeal over such a seemingly small issue.

It all started with me getting a ticket for having my inspection sticker out and not having my current address on my drivers license. That ticket started a chain reaction of annoying and time wasting events.

My first trip was to get my car inspected. It was after five but this place was still open which sounded like a good thing to me, but when i pulled out my insurance i realized it was out of date. No current insurance, no inspection and its after five so the insurance place is closed. Ok, so I had no luck today but tomorrow I would try again.

The next morning I went to the DPS office to update my address. I waited in line with about 5 other people who were also waiting oustide the building previous to 8am. When it was finally my turn we went through all the paper work, signed on the dotted line and when i tried to pay with my debit/credit card….that transaction ended. They only take cash or check, which i had neither at the time.

Not wanting to waste the morning i went and got an updated insurance card and got the inspection done. Check one off the list.

My next trip to DPS was successful, i came with check in hand on my lunch break. Now i’m really feeling like im on a roll.

So this morning I head to the court to get my ticket dismissed.  Again, there before 8, waiting on the doors to open with a few others. Once inside i submit the ticket, my temp license (with current address) and a receipt for inspection. Turns out the receipt for inspection was not good enough because it didn’t have my vehicle info on it. (In my head i’m screaming “just look at my car! its like 10 steps outside, with a brand new inspection sticker on it!) But on the outside I took my paper work and tracked back to the inspection place to get a new receipt.

Finally with another trip back to the courthouse, I put my paperwork through the tiny slot and now I’m no longer a wanted man. haha.

I’m pretty sure I spent more in gas money than the ticket would have cost to just pay out.

Posted by: Drew Wilson | June 28, 2010

Parenting in the internet/mobile age

Here’s an interesting article with some good ideas and suggestions on how to handle your children as they enter into the online and smart-phone era. Kids don’t always handle complete freedom well and will access to the internet constantly available, maybe some parents could use strategies on how to best guide your family in appropriate use.

Common Sense Rules of the Road for Parents

1. Model good behavior. If we’re on our Blackberries or iPhones at dinner, why will our kids listen to us when we tell them to turn theirs off?

2. Pay attention. We have to know where our kids are going online — and what they’re doing there.

3. Impart our values. Cheating, lying, being cruel — they’re all non-starters. Right and wrong extends to online and mobile life.

4. Establish limits. Phone time, video download time, destinations. There’s really a right time and place for everything.

5. Encourage balance. Get kids involved in offline activities — especially where there’s no cell service.

6. Make kids accountable. If they have a privilege, make sure they earn it.

7. Explain what’s at stake. Let kids know that what they do today can be abused by someone tomorrow.

8. Find ways to say “yes.” That means we have to do some homework and know the sites they visit, the songs they download, etc. — and find ways to use technology that lets us say “yes” more often than we say “no.”

9. It’s not rocket science. Learn to text, send a mobile photo, set up a Facebook page, upload a video. Or have your kids show you how. It’s impossible to guide what you don’t understand. Not only that, but think of all the anxiety you can avoid by knowing how things work.

10. Lighten up, embrace their world, and enjoy the possibilities together. None of us want digital divides in our relationships with our kids. It’s up to us to join the fun and help them seize the potential.

Click here to view entire article with video.

Posted by: Drew Wilson | June 24, 2010

Heart Condition

Realizations can be a great thing. Maybe one day some particular truth of God really just clicked in your head and you experienced a deeper understanding of God and who He is. It makes you excited, it validates your belief and satisfies you in a way that only God can.

Realizations can also be not so exciting. Like when you realize, long after the fact, that you’ve made a mistake.

In the past I’ve worked hard to keep a right attitude, to avoid pride and seek to be humble and act with humility. It seems recently though, when dealing with difficult circumstance (and sometimes people haha) that I’ve let my heart become the victim. It’s easy to let your self be hurt and want revenge. The whole “I’ll show them” routine. Its also easy to be let down and allow that to begin a destructive season of apathy.

So as I stand in the hole, its not easy to repair all the digging I’ve done, but I believe the remedy begins in the heart.

A part of Psalm 51 shares the secret.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

When we have heart issues, the only place we can turn to repair our attitudes, apathy, pride etc. is God. When I can’t get energized to serve him the only thing I can do is look to Him.  I’m confident that God’s amazing glory will reignite the flame in my heart and lead me to live with passion for the God who loves me and calls me to follow Him.

Posted by: Drew Wilson | June 18, 2010

Nacogdoches’ World Cup Claim to Fame: Clint Dempsey

Clint Dempsey started his soccer career as a young boy in Nacogdoches. Now he’s one of the best players out there, being highlighted for his talent in college, MLS, European Professional Soccer and now the World Cup. (even cooler to me is the fact that I played soccer with him growing up in nac= my new claim to fame)

Yahoo Sports did a article on Clint recently, you can see it here.

Also check out this awesome video.

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