#1078 – Star Wars: Rogue One

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 22, 2015 by scotthiga

Other than the trailer for The Force Awakens, the most exciting news out of Star Wars Celebration centered on Star Wars: Rogue One.

Director Gareth Edwards was there to share an early teaser trailer as well as the first synopsis for the movie. Rogue One will be set just prior to Episode IV and focus on a team of Rebels stealing the plans for the first Death Star.

In a world without Jedi, Edwards had this to day about his film.

God’s not coming to save us. We are on our own. And we are going to have to do this ourselves. We have to turn it around… It comes down to a group of individuals that don’t have special powers.

The spinoffs will be a part of the Star Wars Anthology series, of which Rogue One will be the first. I’m definitely excited about the prospect of seeing Rebel soldiers fighting for their cause against the overwhelming strength of the Empire, as they steal the plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon.

In honor of Rogue One, here are some Bible stories filled with thievery.  Continue reading

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#1077 – Trailer Roundup

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 21, 2015 by scotthiga

In the past five days the Internet exploded with trailers for upcoming nerdy blockbusters, well at least movies that studios hope will become blockbusters. The best of the bunch was the trailer for The Force Awakens. Star Wars still trumps everything, as evidenced by the 88 million views the trailer received in its first 24 hours online. Check out the other trailers below.

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#1076 – Timehop and Tough Times

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on April 20, 2015 by scotthiga

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Timehop is one of my favorite apps. It compiles photos and social media activity for today’s date from years past. So when I check my Timehop today, it will show me what I posted and what pictures I took on April 20 in previous years. It’s fun to see what I’ve been doing in the six years since I signed up for Twitter. It’s also a lot of fun to see pictures that I’ve posted, to be reminded of memories I’d forgotten.

As I’ve been going through Timehop recently, though, it hasn’t been all fun and smiles.

There are some seasons and some memories that I would rather forget. Unfortunately, as I go through Timehop, I can’t help but remember the difficult season I went through two years ago. Continue reading

#1075 – The Force Awakens Trailer

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 17, 2015 by scotthiga

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I woke up on Wednesday excited for Thursday. I was looking forward to sleeping in on Thursday and waking up to watch The Force Awakens panel from Star Wars Celebration. It wasn’t until later in the day that I realized I would be at a conference all day on Thursday. Not only would I have to wake up early, but I was also going to miss out on the panel.

So I was sitting in the conference’s second session yesterday, refreshing Twitter to see what was happening during the panel. When I saw the first tweet about The Force Awakens trailer I freaked out in my seat. I couldn’t leave the session and I couldn’t watch the trailer. I was pretty much distracted and unfocused for the rest of the session.

You can watch the trailer (again) below.

When I finally saw the trailer I was blown away. I keep getting more and more excited and my faith in J.J. Abrams keeps growing and growing. The trailer was awesome and managed to raise my anticipation still without giving too much away.

Below are some screen shots and some thoughts about the trailer. Continue reading

#1074 – Christian Conference Nerds

Posted in Uncategorized on April 16, 2015 by scotthiga

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I wrote this post a few years ago about the Catalyst Conference. I am back at the same conference and I thought I would share it again

 

This week I am at the Catalyst West Coast Conference in Orange County. I love the Catalyst Conference and its focus on next generation leaders. I have attended numerous conferences over the years and have definitely witnessed Christian Conference Nerds. Below are some characteristics of Christian Conference Nerds.

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#1073 – Look Up

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on April 15, 2015 by scotthiga

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Some of our favorite nerdclinations tell us to lift our eyes and look up.

We’re told to look in the sky because it could be a bird, it could be a plane or it could be Superman.

Star Trek encourages us to look to the stars and hope for a future in which humanity has eliminated poverty, injustice and disease.

Gandalf tells Aragorn to look to the east and up a mountain for his salvation from the Uruk-hai.

Looking up is an act of hope, lifting up our chins so we don’t hang our heads so low.

Looking up keeps us from being downcast, sullen and disengaged.

Looking up prevents us from being down in the dumps and can lift our spirits.

All those clichés about the position of our heads can be true, but they depend what we’re looking at. Continue reading

#1072 – Ant-Man Trailer

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on April 14, 2015 by scotthiga

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With all of the excitement over Daredevil and Avengers: Age of Ultron, it’s easy to forget that Marvel has another movie coming out in July.

Ant-Man joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe on July 17, two months after the Avengers are going to surely going to dominate the box office. Hank Pym and Scott Lang aren’t as recognizable as Tony Stark and Thor, but the new trailer for Ant-Man certainly creates some excitement for Marvel’s smallest super hero. Check it out below.

I haven’t been unsure about any of Marvel’s projects for the past seven years. Ever since Iron Man came out I have been on board with the MCU. Ant-Man is the first project for which I have some reservations. It had a troubled production and Ant-Man just isn’t as cool as Captain America, Daredevil or the Guardians of the Galaxy. However, this trailer has me more excited than I was. The size changing action looks really intriguing and I think that Paul Rudd can pull off the anti-hero as well as Chris Pratt.

Check out some screen caps and other thoughts about the Ant-Man trailer. Continue reading