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Adam Lambert, Mad World

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Carrie Underwood, I’ll Stand By You

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Phillip Phillips, Home

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Jordin Sparks, I Who Have Nothing

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Katharine McPhee, Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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Lee DeWyze, Hallelujah

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Kelly Clarkson, Respect

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Reuben Studdard, How Can You Mend A Broken Heart

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Fantasia Barrino, Summertime

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William Hung, She Bangs

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We’ll end with Daughtry’s performance of Home.  While it was not a song he sang in competition he did come back the following year and perform it live on the show.  It would also be the walk off song for those eliminated in season 6.

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globeAbout 6 weeks ago our tech guys registered (linked? signed up?) Treading Grain with Google Analytics.  I’d forgotten about it until this weekend.  It was interesting to see what posts generated the most visits, how long folks stayed on the blog, the various articles they read, etc.  Surprising to me were the countries represented by the visitors to Treading Grain.  Overall, folks from 58 countries viewed at least one article on the site.  Here are the top 25 countries who had (multiple) residents visiting Treading Grain over the past month or so . . .

  1. US
  2. UK
  3. France
  4. Australia
  5. Germany
  6. Canada
  7. India
  8. Brazil
  9. China
  10. Italy
  11. Japan
  12. South Korea
  13. Mauritania
  14. Russia
  15. Thailand
  16. Uganda
  17. United Arab Emirates
  18. Argentina
  19. Spain
  20. Mexico
  21. Sweden
  22. Norway
  23. New Zealand
  24. Philippines
  25. South Africa

A great video.  All the more (sadly) amusing as I’ve heard a number of clergy who should know better (but apparently don’t) use these very analogies.

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From Church Leaders:

What you may not have realized is we have our own special code language. If you’re going to communicate with other Christians, you need to memorize our code words and their definitions. What exactly are these code words? I’m glad you asked. What follows is a guide to understanding Christian-speak. Think of this as the Rosetta of the Christian world.  A few examples: 

Do Life—Christians don’t simply live life. No sir, we do life! And don’t you DARE confuse the two. Living life is boring and shallow, while doing life involves thrilling, exciting, awesome things, like Wednesday night Bible studies.

Authenticity—Ahh yes, authenticity, the Bigfoot of Christianity. Everyone talks about it and searches for it, but no one has ever actually seen it. I suspect this is what Bono (our favorite maybe-Christian) was referencing when he discussed not being able to find what he was looking for. It is essential that you always be looking for new ways to be authentic, regardless of whether you actually know what authenticity is. There is a theory that authenticity can be achieved by drinking coffee out of a Mason jar, but that theory has not been definitively proved yet.

Love On—When someone is going through a tough time, we don’t simply love them. We love ON them. Granted, to the average observer, this term sounds vaguely creepy and stalker-like, but it most certainly is not creepy. Loving a person involves sending them a condolence card. Loving ON a person involves gallons of sweet tea, a five-pound green bean casserole, a book written by Beth Moore and a coffee mug with the “Footprints” prayer on it. We take care of our own, gosh darn it. Kind of like the mob, except without killing people or putting horse heads in people’s beds.

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From Mollie Hemingway over at The Federalist:

Here are six other Grahams you’d probably rather see run for the highest office in the land before Lindsey Graham.

Heather Graham: She was great as Rollergirl in Boogie Nights but also as Daisy in the satire Bowfinger. She’s a children’s rights activist and a sex symbol.

Franklin Graham: This evangelist and missionary is president of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief organization. He’s also Billy Graham’s son.

Alexander Graham Bell: Technically not eligible to run for president on account of only being a naturalized citizen and also on account of being dead, he invented the telephone. He was an out and proud eugenicist, but so is Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, so he might be able to pick up her supporters.

The telegram: A message or communication sent by telegraph may be outdated, yes, but it is still far more useful than Lindsey Graham.

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Amusing.

I’ve recently created a series of illustrations called HIPSTORY – the iconic leaders of our times seen as modern-day hipsters. I often find myself thinking about the differences between these world’s greatest leaders, their beliefs and motivations, and our self-centered generation.

The ‘Y’ generation is constantly looking at fashion and style as their way of self expression while steering away from the big ideologies. HIPSTORY wishes to reimagine the great leaders of modern history and place them in a different time and culture  –  ours.

It was not easy to illustrate all these leaders; it took me a few months to complete the project, but the effort was worth it. It is my hope that this series will encourage us to reflect: upon our leaders, our society, and ourselves.

Check out the pics here.