Hidden messages within modern commercials

Today’s post is another one regarding the degradation of our society away from the core values of morality.

While I was in the break room this morning I happened to catch this 30 second car commercial. For one, it shows how no one actually communicates anymore. Instead, people find themselves consumed by their devices (or better put; vices). The thing that I took away from this commercial however was the last thing the driver had to say.

He said, and I quote… “I have a brand new putter you don’t even know about. It’s awesome.” The way in which he said it, implying that it would remain a secret did not sit well with me at all.

Having pointed that out, I like how this commercial is so subtle with its none car insurance related message. First of all, we see the nice car, the beautiful healthy kids and pretty wife, as well as the insane amount of gadgets everyone in the car has. As a result it is very easy to assume that this is what success is supposed to look like.

Because, honestly… this family seems to have it together when you consider those aspects of the visuals we are presented (new car. Tons of expensive toys, etc.).

But, I digress.

Not only is this family disconnected as a result of being connected to their vices. It also implies through the driver’s final statement that there is a level of dishonesty, resentment, or even an intentional withholding of information within the family unit. Despite the fact that this family appears to have it together based on their material possessions, we can clearly see that the spiritual integrity of their relationships as a family is not founded in having open and honest dialogue.

I don’t know about you, but I would prefer honesty over luxury any day. Unfortunately, in this day and age we are constantly force fed this type of subtle propaganda to no end.

The sad truth is that this commercial is a success simply due to the fact that so many people within a family unit can relate to something as subtle as making a several hundred dollar purchase in secret while knowing that every financial decision can and does affect the entire family unit.

In short, if you are a covetous  person who prefers the pursuit of self interest over the values of honesty within your family unit, then this car insurance is for you.

But… who are we kidding. I am clearly ignorant, and I am just overthinking things. What’s the harm in shoving this down millions of people’s throats on constant repeat?

Probably nothing.

the Etsy store reached 2,500 sales

Last week I posted a blog about updating the analytics for my Etsy store to help increase traffic. It was a major undertaking, considering the fact that I have something like 60 listings. While I was in there doing all of that silly boring work on each listing to help generate more traffic, I decided to change up the look and feel of the store as well. All of my listings got totally revamped.

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And with that, I just wanted to announce that all of that hard work over the course of last week paid off. The traffic to my store has tripled and seems to be staying consistent. With that, I woke up this morning to having reached more than 2,500 sales. That’s pretty cool considering the store is only about a year old. I don’t remember when I started the store, but I am pretty sure it was close to around this time last year. Looking back on it and the three patches I started with I am surprised at how much the store has grown.

I wonder what it will look like this time next year…

The Netflix Original: Atypical

This post is my personal reflection on having watched a few episodes of this show.

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Over the course of the last 4 or 5 months I have almost completely stepped away from television entirely. When I say almost, what does this mean exactly? Well, for anywhere between an hour to an hour and a half each day that I go to work I have a lunch break. There is a television turned on 24/7 in said break room. With that, I occasionally get my dose of nonsensical shows like Judge Judy and the Jerry Springer Show. Generally however, I do not watch the television in the break room. I rarely ever find myself glancing at it unless it is on something like global news or the local weather.

Having said that, I honestly do not remember the last movie I went to the theater to see. I think it might have been Interstellar (though I could be wrong), which should tell you something about my slow decline away from mainstream media considering the fact that it came out in 2014.

In the midst of this personal trend choice I have stepped away from traditional social media as well. Outside of this blog, my bandcamp account, and my Etsy store, I don’t really interact online very much. No more Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Tumblr. I just didn’t have time for it. But, honestly, not having time for it isn’t the real reason why I have started to step away from all of it.

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I have started to step away because I am becoming sensitive to what I take in. Most everyone knows and understands the phrase “desensitized“. And as a culture, watching movies, trolling social media, and television has desensitized us in a much bigger way than most of us are willing to realize or admit.

I have gotten to where I realize that the degradation of our society and the demoralization of our Christian values is a result of the desensitization of our society itself through the aid of mainstream media.

Now, I realize that what I just said is in no way a ground breaking truth. I think deep down most people already know and realize this fact, plain and simple. The only difference is that I am trying to do something about it on a personal level with Christian based intention.

So… what exactly prompted me to post this blog and start getting on this rant about some silly Netflix show?

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Well, I was actually in the middle of writing a science blog about how space is fake, but… I recently broke the rhythm I had going by watching a few episodes of a Netflix original show called, Atypical. I think I managed to watch three episodes in a row.

What prompted me to watch this show was the content and the relevance is currently has to my life.

Sarah and I are in the processes of becoming foster parents. This means that we have the potential of caring for a child with special needs. With that, this show seemed like it was worth having a look at. With that, let’s take a look at what this show is all about.

Atypical is a heartfelt comedy that follows the struggles of a family as they raise and care for their teenage son with autism. Seems wholesome enough, right?

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Sadly, this is not true. After having watched just three episodes I quickly saw a trend within the show that did not settle well with me as a Christian. Although, on the surface this is a loving show that gives the general public a glimpse into the true realm of what it means to care for a child with special needs, it had a much deeper story than that. One that is easily and intentionally overlooked.

What I mean by that is this; If we take away the core story of autism, what are we left with?

Sadly, the answer is degradation and the desensitization of our society. This show promoted drug use, premarital sex, adultery, theft, lying for the benefit of self interest, and more. As silly as that sounds it is absolutely the truth. Please tell me how something like that can be calcified as wholesome?

Some of you may be wonder how I came to this conclusion. Seems a little harsh wouldn’t you think? Well, the way that the show is laid out is quite nice. You see, when we are presented with these sins within the show, we are presented them in a way that implies that these sins are justified as a result of the daily struggle associated with the challenges of raising a special needs child (It is okay that you sin. life is tough and it is natural to need a release from time to time).

There is a constant sexual tension between almost all of the main characters playing minors in the show. In one scene they are buying condoms. In another scene they are at a strip club to get a look at breasts. The list honestly just seems to go on and on.

Basically, what this show told me had a lot less to do with autism and a lot more to do with the fact that it’s okay that you live in sin. Again, we understand that life is hard and as a result it’s natural to fall into these types of things. The lust of the flesh is real and life is hard. So, why fight it? Just give in and let life happen. That is what the story of this show really came down to.

So, with that… I can’t help but look at what this world currently deems to be wholesome. All it does is affirm the entire reason why I have started to step away from it all in the first place.

Because, let’s face it. If I am okay with something as wholesome as constant sexual tension between minors, promoting drug us, theft, and adultery for the sake of saying these things just happen because life it tense… then where do I really draw the line?

What we think become what we say. And what we say becomes what we do. Since it starts with thought, shouldn’t I take every thought captive in Christ?

2 Corinthians 10:5 – Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

At this point some people will probably tell me I am being over dramatic. I’m sounding like a morality Nazi. And honestly, maybe I am. Having said that, I am in no way condemning anyone (christian or otherwise) that enjoys going to the movies, watching television, or listening to music that promotes the desires of the flesh. Every believer is in a different place and I understand that. However, all I can account for is myself. When it comes to that great day of judgment I am going to have to take account for Me.

With that, it seems like I ought to be more sensitive to what I taken in rather than more desensitized. And the more I step back and actually evaluate what the world is trying to force me to take in, the more I realize that it isn’t good in the most subtle of ways.

Because remember, shows like the Netflix original Atypical aren’t in any way subtly making you comfortable with your daily sins, leading you to have an unrepentant heart because you grow to feel that daily sin is natural and okay. No, in fact it is quite the opposite.

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Constantly pushing the sins of others in my face while presenting them as the natural reaction to daily struggle is the last thing that I need in my daily walk with Christ. All that will lead to is complacency and a desire to compare myself to those around me rather than comparing myself to the one that maters, Christ.

But, what do I know. I’m over reacting… how ignorant of me.

Aytpical is a super heartfelt and wholesome show. You should go watch it.

We are reaching a place in society where you are either hot, cold, or riding the fence. And if taking a side by choosing to no longer ride the fence makes me seem delusional, then so be it.

This show, just like everything that seems to be placed in front of us these days is nothing more than a degradation of Christian value and moral.

Rant over.

Final summary: atypical – a show about the justification of sin in daily life. 

He’s going the distance. He’s going for… NASA

As of this month, NASA’s Curiosity Rover has apparently been on the surface of Mars for five years covering a distance of almost 10 miles on the alien terrain. With this new update from NASA and the announcement of five long years of success and counting for the Mars Rover, I decided to chime in.

Now, there is the obvious question; who took this photo seeing as to how Curiosity is the larger of the robots supposedly roaming Mars? The shot is taken from above, which rules out any of the other robots as an answer, let alone the fact that their locations are vastly spread apart.

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But that isn’t today’s post. No, today I wanted to ask a different question. But before I ask my question, let’s watch this one minute video that breaks down the basics of how the rover is actually driven by sending signals from earth and back.

So basically, in a nutshell we are to believe that NASA is sending a signal through earth’s atmosphere, across the vacuum of space, through Mars’ atmosphere, and back.

Okay, here we go…

Mars is literally supposed to be 33.9 million miles away. The closest is has ever gotten is 3.5 million miles away. Please tell me how you expect me to believe that you are sending a signal that far while also calculating the exact location the signal needs to hit in order to reach its destination when taking into account that you are spinning 1,000 miles an hour. Let alone the fact that Mars is traveling a speed that is supposed to be 66,500 miles an hour while also spinning at about 960 miles per hour as well. Couple that together with the fact that it can take anywhere between 4 to 24 minutes for the signal from earth to reach its destination. Let’s just say that by the time the signal from earth gets there, the rover and the planet are no longer in the same location.

Then there is the issue with the axis rotation of both planets. What happens when the signal being sent and the location of the receiver are on opposing sides as shown here?

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Now, before you get your panties in a twist and start spitting silly things at me like “they have satellites for that dumb-dumb“, take a look at this. In this NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory video link we have NASA claiming that they can send a signal through the freaking sun from earth to Mars and back. Sure, the file may lose some of its data, but we can always “photoshop” that back in later… which is why they take a vacation that week. This still doesn’t change the fact that they are claiming they could send data through the sun if they wanted to. Give me a freaking break people. Someone, please show me that awesomeness in real life. I want to see someone send a signal from one side of the earth to the other without going around it. No, instead… let’s do what NASA does. Send the signal through the planet. If they can do it with the sun, should be no problem, right?

If they can send a signal through the sun while still only losing parts of the data, then wouldn’t they be able to send a signal through the earth as well? Because, heck… seems to me that when the earth and Mars are in awkward positions like the illustration above, that’s all they’re doing.

That signal will just go right on through… don’t worry about it.

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Anyway, this rant has run its course. I am not claiming to know anything. All I am getting at here is this. Based on the information that NASA presents to us about what they are actually capable of with the aid of modern technology, we should be able to do a lot more as a civilian civilization. For example, if we can send a signal 33.9 million miles away while passing said signal information through the freaking sun, then why in the universe do I live in a world where I sometimes lose cell phone reception? Seems to me like the human race should already have that one solved.

But hey, who am I kidding. I’m ignorant and just don’t understand science and math. If I understood me some learnin‘, this stuff would add up. Heck, better yet… why not just do some research on your own? A great place to start would be Devon Island’s Roving the Arctic.

Space is fake.

Either that, or NASA needs to start up its own cell phone provider company to help fund projects. Seems like their coverage would be out of this world.

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Noah is pretty much as legit as it gets

Well, after nearly 6 and a half years I have somehow managed to find my way back into a studio recording. You have no idea how good it feels to be laying down tracks again after all this time. One of my friends from church just so happens to be as legit as it comes, and that’s all there is to it.

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I hung out at his house for a few hours today laying the groundwork for a Deathcore song. I had a lot of fun. It may seem silly, but I got a lot of emotional release out of today’s session. Although this is not typically the genre I have recorded and toured in the past, I am extremely excited about this project. Tentatively, right now the goal is to record a 3 song EP and self release it on bandcamp. From there who knows what will happen… all that really matters is that right now we are having fun with it, and that’s what counts.

Here is a little taste of what we laid down. I recommend putting on headphones. My cellphone’s mic recorder doesn’t do it justice otherwise.

Anyway, this dude is my new hero… apart from Jesus of course. More on this adventure as it develops in the near future.

Updates to the store are overwhelming

I just wanted to give a real quick store update. I have been hustling on the store upgrades. I finally have the embroidery patches and button-pins totally updated. It feels good to have the bulk of the work completed. I am very happy with how the look and feel of the store is coming together.

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You will also notice that those business cards finally came in. I am happy with how they turned out. I got them for two reasons. One, to pass out when the opportunity randomly arises. But mostly, I got them so as to help generate traffic to the site via the store by adding the card to my outgoing orders.

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The next major store related task is going to be the screen print punk patches. Once I get that portion of the store updated to match the rest of what is going on, I will be done messing with it for a while. I don’t know if you noticed or not, but as a designer I am a stickler for continuity and consistency. With that, I have still yet to take the new photos for my punk patches. I still have yet to decide how I will do that while keeping the same theme going.

If you haven’t already, be sure to go visit the store and take a look at the updates that have been going on.

Space, the final frontier of discrepancies

I am no scientist, nor do I claim to have any bit a smarts in me wee-pea-brain. But, I can’t help but look at the following images and ask myself if NASA seems to have some continuity issues here. Observationally speaking, the images below don’t really match up.

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I just can’t help but notice the dissimilarities here. Look at how much closer those rings seem to have gotten while also becoming more in tune with how they would act if gravitational attraction on a cosmic scale were an actual factor. What I mean by that is this… the photo on the left seems to suggest that the rings are somehow offset from the sphere, and as a result somehow defy the way that gravity is supposed to act in the vacuum of space.

Come to think of it, I have looked at Saturn a few times in my life through a telescope. And not once have I ever observed its rings in a geometrical formation around the sphere such as the 2016 NASA photo seems to suggest. No, instead I have always observed it to be much like what we see in the image on the left (offset; defying the centrifugal momentum gravity would place on the rings). Why is it that this inconsistency exists? Why is it that what NASA shows us regarding this celestial body does not match what we can actually observe on our own when looking through a telescope? Apparently, the more expensive your telescope, the more it effects where the rings are positioned in relation to Saturn as a sphere.

Seems logical…

But it doesn’t stop there. If you go back and look at any of the images from 1960 and compare them to today’s NASA images, there are a lot of things that don’t seem to line up. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that the “quality” of a photo changes the way that the image will appear. I understand how focus works. I’ve used a camera. That will however… not change the shape or features of the image to the degree that we see here.

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Apparently, when you increase the resolution of an image the shape of that image and its features also change. I didn’t know that was how it worked. How ignorant of me. Speaking of shapes… the science people of today seem to suggest that the earth isn’t actually round at all. None of the planets are, apparently. Nope… they are oblate. And according to good ol’ Neil, the earth is pear shaped, because that makes sense.

If that is true, then why are all of the NASA images of any planet showing us something perfectly round? As you can see in the photo on the left of Jupiter, it doesn’t appear to be a perfect circle (which goes along with what scientists tell us about the shape of the earth and other heavenly bodies today). Why then are all of the photos of every planet including the earth perfectly spherical in shape today? They are either round or they aren’t. They can’t be both. Someone needs to get with Neil and Bill to clear all of that up.

Anyway, I feel like this rant has run its course. I just don’t feel that the drastic differences we see in the above images should exist over such a short amount of time. Something has got to give. Either the images from the 60’s were forged… or the images from today are forged. And since I can look through a telescope on my own and see roughly the same thing that was shown in the 60’s, I am inclined to agree with them. On the other hand, I can drop today’s NASA images into Photoshop and by changing the opacity to show where most NASA “photos” have been cropped, edited, or cloned in some way (making them no longer a photo, but a composite – which is a fancy way of saying, drawing). With that, I am more inclined to believe that the images provided to use today are the ones that are fake.

Having said that, here you go… rant actually over. Space is fake.

Someone explain these inconsistencies, please.

And if your attempt of an explanation is simply Googling one phrase, clicking the first video you find, and sending it to me… nice try, but no thanks. If you actually started looking closer at this stuff, you would be asking these types of questions, too.

But who are we kidding… right? I am ignorant.