Smashing Pumpkins – Mayonaise

Music for your Monday.

This one’s an oldie, but a goodie. I have to admit, growing up I was a HUGE fan of the pumpkins (I still am). Not only because they were from Chicago and sported an Asian (James Iha) in their band, but for the simple reason that they rocked. Their songs are as classic as classic can be. But of the many songs I love, Mayonaise has to be one of my favorite. Enjoy.

Smashing Pumpkins – Mayonaise (Live)

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AHMIR

music to get your mondays movin’

AHMIR – The Climb (Miley Cyrus cover)
*yes. that’s Miley Cyrus. don’t hate. just listen. good stuff*

and just for kicks and as a throwback to my 90’s. here’s AHMIR with AJ Rafael, another SICK musician.

AHMIR ft. AJ Rafael – I Thought She Knew (N*sync cover)


Kina Grannis – The Only Exception (Paramore Cover)

Music moves. So in order to help ya get your week started: Music on Mondays.


Jesus Would’ve Built a Farmhouse Table

Actually, I don’t know that for sure. But it’s probably a safe bet to say he would’ve swung a hammer on a warm saturday afternoon. Yes, even on the Sabbath. That’s how gangsta he is.

So, it’s been about 10 months since my last post. I guess that’s enough of a break for me to get the itch. I’ve had the itch for quite some time now, but it was never brought to fruition. UNTIL NOW! Now I have something to show for my 10 month hiatus. Now it doesn’t look like I’ve been chillin’ all summer and taking it easy…real easy…too easy. I have a beautiful dining room table to show for my year. Hmmm… really? That’s all you did for the last 10 months? Why, Yes! Yes it is.

Well, without delaying it much longer, here we go – a step-by-step (sorta) through my furniture build adventure. Props go out to Ana White for her blueprint on this. And I gotta say, there’s nothing more fulfilling as a dude than to wield a power tool and a hammer and have something to show for it.

All the supplies laid out. Got the wood precut from LOWE’S. I wouldn’t recommend getting it precut, because you could probably do it better on your own, but I thought it’d save me some time…regrettable decision. They didn’t cut ’em with precision, just ran those suckers through for a rough cut – so ugly in fact that I have to sand the ends.

Step 1 – precisely measure and screw the legs together. this is probably the most important parts, because if you get this wrong, the whole table’s gonna be wobbly and uneven.

Step 2 – screw in the side skirt and the end skirt. use glue liberally for a sturdy build. be sure to check for square!

Step 3 – screw in the support beams underneath. make sure you are precise about the depth of these from the top of the side skirts – that will be the difference between an even table top.

Step 4 – drop in the long planks for the table top. screw liberally for a sturdy table. i like the screw hole look, so not afraid to use ’em.

Step 5 – and BAM! 5 hours later, I had a table in the dining room. just had to prep for staining. sand down (with the grain, not against) rough spots. take a hammer and chisel and whatever else to the table if you want that “worn” look.

Step 6 – stain. used a sock and an old t-shirt for an even coat. i think it’s better than a brush, because you can control the amount of stain better and you don’t get those ugly brush hair marks. oh! there’s the bench, which was just a smaller version of the table (same build process, which took about 1.5 hours). just put 1 coat of Dark Walnut Minwax stain for a nice dark stain that shows the wood’s character really well.

Step 7 – applied 3 coats of a Satin finish polyurethane with light sanding (220 grain) in between each coat. let the last coat dry for a good 24 hours for a good seal.

There’s the finished product. 6.5 hours of total work outside and 2 days of painting/sanding/drying. What do I have to show for it? A farmhouse table and a matching bench. I always built junk from wood and scraps ever since I could pick up a hammer, but I’ve never built a real piece of furniture that real people can sit on and use. Looks like I’ll be doing more of it real soon…next project? A lil’ bench for our “foyer” area.


Millionaire Jesus

Read the article from CNN.com. Was Jesus Wealthy?

Gold chains, diamond rings, Mercedes-Benz, & country club memberships. Reads like a Christmas wish list for a prominent Hip-Hop artist, doesn’t it? Actually, this is how the Prosperity Gospel portrays Jesus. If he were to have lived in our day, the Prosperity Gospel says this is what he would’ve had. That’s because they read their Bibles and all they can see is a Jesus that was given the finest of gifts at his birth. All they read is the narrative of how Jesus wants all his followers to be rich, so that they can help others. What’s so wrong with that? Money itself is not evil, right? It’s the love of money. Surely gifts aren’t evil, right? It’s the love of gifts over the Giver. But to the thousands that stand on the Prosperity Gospel, I beg you to listen to the testimony of Scripture. What does Scripture say about Jesus? Was Jesus rich? or was He poor?

His parents, Mary & Jospeh, were not rich – Luke 2:24, “and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the LORD, a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” (Lev 12:8, “And if she cannot afford a lamb, then she shall take two turtledoves or two pigeons…”)

Jesus’ greatest sermon warns against wealth – Matthew 6:19-21, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

His Disciples were called to be poor – Matthew 16:23-26, “Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lost it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” (Luke 14:33, “So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.”)

His Disciples committed to a life of poverty – Luke 5:27-28, “After this he went out and saw a tax collector name Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.”

Jesus blesses the poor – Luke 6:20-21, “And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: ‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.”

Worldly gain are worthless in itself – Luke 9:25, “For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?”

If Jesus was rich, why does he pray for daily bread? – Luke 11:3, “Give us each day our daily bread.”

Jesus tells the rich young ruler to give up his riches – Luke 18:22-23, “When Jesus heard this, he said to [the rich young ruler], ‘One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.’ But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich.”

Jesus commends the poor – Luke 21:3-4, “And he said, ‘Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.'”

The wealthy aren’t mocked as ‘King’ – Luke 23:36-38, “The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine and saying, ‘If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!’ There was also an inscription over him, ‘This is the King of the Jews.'”

The cross was a crude curse, not a form of reprimand for the rich – Deut 21:22-23, “And if a man has committed a crime punishable by death and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, his body shall not remain all night on the tree, but you shall bury him the same day, for a hanged man is cursed by God. You shall not defile your land that the LORD you God is giving you for an inheritance.”

Jesus was a humble servant – Mark 10:35, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Philippians 2:6-8, “[Christ Jesus], though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”)

The prophesies about the Messiah weren’t exactly glowing commendations – Isaiah 53:2-3, “He had not form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Reading the Bible as a whole narrative of Redemptive History, we are pointed to the fact that out of humble origins, God’s raises up a Kingdom of Priests. And not the other way around. In fact, any man-made attempt at glory (riches & reputation, i.e. Gen 11) is judged, for man is not god, God alone is God. It seems irresponsible and completely irrational to come to the conclusion that all God wants for us in this life is to become wealthy & healthy, so that we can give more and more to others. That’s certainly true to an extent, but if we read the testimony of the whole Scripture, then we can’t but help to see that it was Jesus, who came to us as a humble and lowly servant, “that God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is LORD, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil 2:9-11)

In that way, Christmas is a season not only to remember and celebrate the abundance we currently enjoy, but ultimately to remember and celebrate the gift we received in the city of Bethlehem over two thousand years ago, in joyful anticipation of the culminating joy and riches we will inherit with the second coming of Jesus in the age to come.

We are poor, yet we are rich in Him for God is our great and mighty reward. He alone is God, there is no other, not even money, not even my well-being. Grace through Jesus Christ is the gift of God to us in this life, for GRACE is God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.


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1 is a Lonely Number

amazingly bright child. watch ’til the end, you’ll be glad you did.