An illustration

I remember listening to a sermon by Dr. Timothy Tennent while we were in India, and I’m guessing the metaphor was highly contextualized, but the illustration stuck with me – not the details, but overall point. He talked about how there were some mango farmers who were overseeing some mango trees. They would focus on the ones that were closest to them, focus on trying to get some of the mangoes that were super hard to reach on the top of the trees closest to them, argue about what was the best way to wash the mangoes – should they dunk? should they sprinkle water? – but all the while, there were trees overrun with mangoes just outside the circle of trees they focused on, ripe and ready to be picked. Why didn’t they go and get those mangoes?

Not the same point, but in the same vein: “While churches are debating whether a whale swallowed Jonah, the state is enacting inhuman laws against the oppressed.” – James Cone


I hit my 30-pound weight loss goal today. I tried to think back to when the last time I was at this weight… admittedly I haven’t been doing the best at tracking my numbers. It may have been in 2015 when I did a DietBet in Feb-Mar of that year, which says I got down to 217 pounds. I listed 215 on my 2013 Driver’s license, but who knows if that number was accurate.

I’m not sure how I feel about this. Definitely glad that I hit this number. There’s still more to go. Wishing I could go back and tell a younger self what to do differently. Wishing I knew what I do know about what works for me – DASH diet was terribly difficult to follow, low processed carbs helpful, OMAD fasting isn’t that bad if you do it regularly. And it helps having someone help you along the way.

Onward and upward. (Or is it downward?)

The Temptations – My Girl

For no reason whatsoever.

Revenge of the Fifth

I watched the third. Anakin is still too angsty. Emperor Palpatine with a lightsaber results in absolutely terrible choreography, at least before Yoda shows up. But then there’s this:

I don’t know. Also, after watching a few episodes of The Clone Wars, it’s infuriating how much difference in quality there is between the show and the films. Sigh.

May the 4th be with you, too

Better than the first. Acting was better, even if the script still wasn’t great. The acting… It’s coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere.

Amidala’s attraction to Anakin is confusing. Why? What’s the basis? Physical attraction? Persistence? Because they need them to get together to make Luke and Leia?

I could have used a little more subtlety in Anakin’s feelings toward Obi-Wan. More of a slow burn than a “I hate him” speech.

Also, I’m wondering how much better this story could have been if it was written from chapter one. How much better the reveal could have been if the Palpatine was revealed to be Sith without nearly as many clues. Also, could it have been pulled off without losing the turn of Darth Vader being Luke’s father in Episode 5.

How much fluff could have been removed if only.

Also, CGI Yoda is still weird.

May the 4th be with you

Is it a stretch to think that the story’s not that bad? Am I watching with rose-tinted glasses? Peacetime is often boring. So, sure, a trade dispute is boring. But if it’s relative peacetime, with no Sith around for a millennia, then starting with something as innocuous as trade makes sense.

What is Palpatine’s motivation?

The podracing scene felt a little like the whole side quest in The Last Jedi. A little unnecessary, but not as much – at least it highlights how force-sensitive Anakin is. It’s character development, even though it could have done without a shot of the alien selling food in the crowd.

Ineffective democracy and beauracracy paves the way for an Emperor to take over. No parallels in modern society at all, of course.

The acting is bad. So, so bad. And the racial tones… why was ever Jar Jar a thing.

How many parallels?

This movie was far worse than I remember… bad acting, unnecessary parts, dull characters… but at least everything seemed intentional – we know what it’s moving toward, definitely better as a prequel than a first chapter. If George Lucas started with this… who knows what would have happened.

Bye, bye, Li’l Sebastian

Rest in peace, Ted.