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#1083 – Guest Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 29, 2015 by scotthiga

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Avengers: Age of Ultron doesn’t come out for two more days in the United States. However, it came out last week in other parts of the world and my friend Wilko was lucky enough to catch it. Wilko is one of the first people I met through The Christian Nerd. Even though he lives in Namibia, we’ve actually spent time together in real life. Wilko agreed to share some of his thoughts about Age of Ultron, which you can read below.

This past weekend I had the pleasure of watching Avengers: Age of Ultron. It was a great superhero flick with all the key elements to make it enjoyable: fantastic heroes, powerful baddies, great fighting scenes with their fair share of explosions, witty conversation and a decent plot to tie it all together.

In short, it’s a movie that I hope you’ll get to catch on the big screen.

I had a chance to watch it a week early, so Scott asked me to jot down some thoughts about it. (Spoiler free thoughts that don’t exceed any info not found in the trailers, that is.)  Continue reading

#885 – Jon vs the RPG

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on July 11, 2014 by scotthiga

We’re finishing off this week with a guest post from my friend, Jon. Jon was one of my first students when I got hired and now he is an amazing leader in our ministry. He makes me proud every day and I am happy to share this vlog that he made specifically for The Christian Nerd. You can follow Jon on Twitter here.

 

#883 – The World Wrapped Around Our Eyes

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on July 9, 2014 by scotthiga

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Today’s guest post comes to us from Dr. Doug Lee. Doug is the worship leader at our church, a great coworker and a wonderful friend. He is incredibly passionate about helping people worship God more fully. You can follow him on Twitter or check out his blog: Whole Life Worship.

I’m an old-school nerd. I’m caught in a time warp that left me in somewhere between the 70’s and 80’s. I grew up with the original Star Trek (Kirk, Spock, McCoy), the first Star Wars (Luke, Han, Leia), and the great trilogy: Back to the Future. Scott calls me “Yoda,” but I wonder if that’s a compliment about my wisdom or because I’m a decrepit fossil!

So forgive me for referring to a movie that is now 15 years old, but as an old-school Christian nerd I think it is one of the best spiritual movies ever made. This movie is the best in uncovering Jesus’ Kingdom perspective.

No, it’s not Left Behind. (gag me!)

I’m talking about The Matrix.

There are a lot of cool things about The Matrix (like being able to defy gravity, learning Jiu-Jitsu from a download to your brain, and having an unlimited supply of weapons), but I think the most profound part of the movie was when Morpheus tells Neo: “The Matrix is the world wrapped around your eyes.” Continue reading

#882 – Worth It

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on July 8, 2014 by scotthiga

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This guest post is brought to us by Ron Offringa. Ron is one of my oldest friends, we just happened to start our friendship while he was one of my students. Check him out on Twitter or his work at the Android blog Droid-Life.

I love taking pictures with my iPhone. It’s super easy to use, and best of all, it consistently takes incredible images. I’m regularly blown away by how much detail my phone’s camera is able to capture. I’m also blown away by all the apps that are out there to edit and enhance photographs. Outside of the built in camera and photos apps, I regularly use Instagram, Path, Flickr, Over, Frontback, Snapseed, Big Lens, and Camera Noir to take and enhance the pictures I take with my phone. On top of all of those apps, I obsess about how to manage and store all of the photos I take.

This past year I’ve been learning as much as I can about film photography. I’ve always enjoyed taking pictures with my iPhone, but I wanted to try using film. My dad gave me my mother’s old Yashica MG-1 and I started shooting. The Yashica MG-1 is a rangefinder, which means when I look through the viewfinder I’m looking above the lens, not through the lens. Almost everything on this camera is manual, including focus, ISO settings for the film (which is called ASA on the camera because it’s so old), advancing the film, and aperture (how much light goes through the lens and hits the film). In fact, the only thing that I can’t control manually is the shutter speed.

It’s a lot of fun to use, but there’s a big risk involved with film: I never know what kind of photograph I’m going to get. If my settings are wrong then the moment will be lost and I won’t be able to do anything about it. On my iPhone (or any modern digital camera) I can instantly see what my photo will look like and adjust accordingly. On my iPhone I can tap to focus instead of lining up a small yellow diamond in the rangefinder to determine focus. On my iPhone I can also take hundreds of photographs in a short period of time, whereas my Yashica is limited to the rolls of film I have with me. So why would I want to use the Yashica if the iPhone is so much easier to use and lessens the risk of losing a moment? Continue reading

#338 – Guest Review: The Avengers

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 2, 2012 by scotthiga

It’s my first guest post! Wilko is a friend who I met through this blog and happens to live in a country where The Avengers was already released. Read his spoiler-free reflections below and check out his blog TheGamingChristian.com.

There are several reasons why I think I’m blessed to be living in Namibia, this third world country of mine. Reasons such as the sheer variety of different people living together peacefully (upwards of 60 local languages), the fact that we were given the time, while the West only received the watch, and the fact that Simba and Mufasa live right outside my bedroom window make for a blessed life here in the depths of Africa.

However, God’s true blessing for this country was revealed last week when The Avengers hit local cinemas.

I thought it would launch weeks after its international release, which is a common occurrence around here. Instead, The Avengers was launched here on 27 April and I had a chance to watch it. I wouldn’t dare spoil it for you, but let me tell you that this movie is everything I had hoped for and so much more. I think the director did a terrific job of putting some of the greatest superheroes of all time not only into one movie, but into one functioning body without neglecting the character development of each hero. The acting, as expected by the names on the cast, is top notch. The storyline is typically Marvel, but solid enough to keep you in your seat, while the CG and camera work are incredibly well done.

For me, all of those elements thrown together with a good dose of humor, made for the best movie experience of the year.

Below you can read some of my reflections, and I promise I will keep it spoiler free. Continue reading