Welcome to the lab - this is where I test new features and products, either C5 plugins I want to play with or fun things I'm developing myself. Inevitably that means the site will be a mess, and for that I do not apologize! This is my sandbox, my playground, and like most workshops there are always projects "in progress". Still, if you are hear to read one of my bi-annual blog posts I bid you a fond "Welcome!" and wish you the best. - Ryan
In about one month, my daughter will have her 4th birthday. I fear for her. My son is rapidly approaching the age of 6, and I certainly fear for him as well. I fear for their purity in a world that sees young ladies as eye candy instead of image-bearers of the living God.
Whether from apathy or shame, the issue of modesty and appropriate attire does not appear to be a popular topic within the church, even those who hold to reformed doctrines. It's not hard to see why - few things are as messy to discuss as issues related to sexuality, especially when the discussion involves revealing one's own temptations. Sure, it's easy to discuss being tempted by money, nice stuff, even fear of witnessing - somehow those sins are expected and the understanding is that everyone can identify with the struggle. They almost seem harmless because of their commonality.
According to Variety, one of my favourite actresses is set to star in a film about a condition I know a little something about:
Milla Jovovich will star in writer-director Julien Magnat's psychological thriller "Faces in the Crowd" for Forecast Pictures, Radar Films and Minds Eye Entertainment.
Story centers on a woman who barely survives an attack by a serial killer and wakes up in hospital with a head injury that leaves her "face-blind." No longer able to recognize faces, she must navigate a world in which facial features change each time she loses sight of them. All the while the killer is closing in, determined to eliminate the potential witness.
[The screenplay] deals with the real-life neurological disorder called prosopagnosia.
I am really looking forward to seeing how they attempt to reproduce the experience of face-blindness in a way that those without prosopagnosia can understand. Recognizing faces is such an inherently natural ability for most people that they can't even form a conception of the problem. Unlike colour-blindness, which we can all understand having seen black and white photos and TVs, face-blindness is very hard to reproduce. How do you visually portray a lack of detail?
Last season (or 2 years ago?) an episode of House MD dealt with prosopagnosia by blurring the entire face, which conveys the effect, but not the experience of face-blindness. It's not that we don't see the facial details ... it's just that we can't retain them well, especially in varying contexts.
Filming on this project starts in March, so we likely won't see "Face In The Crowd" until 2011. So to speak...
Last night Wesley and I got to go to the Maple Leafs home opener. If you're a hockey fan or live anywhere near Toronto, you understand that these tickets are impossible to get. Often, it's not even a question of money but availability when it comes to high profile games like the home opener, especially against the hated Montréal Canadiens. In this case, we received the tickets as a gift from my Dad's boss.
We had an awesome time, and Wesley consumed far more junk food than I ever would've thought physically possible for a boy of his size. For most of the night he was bold and outgoing, cheering loudly talking to people and making his way through crowds without fear.
As we consider the special nature of this gift, I took the time to remind Wesley of the most important and most precious gift that we've ever received. The grace of God made available through the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ is the ultimate example of an awesome gift. Worth far more than we could ever hope to earn or pay, it was a gift given in love with the goal of instilling delight in the goodness of the giver and the goodness of the gift.
I was surprised and delighted (and humbled!) when Wesley became quiet for a while on the subway on the way to the game and then with concerned look on his face turned to me and said, "Daddy, these people on the train don't know Jesus!" How incredible that where I saw strangers, stereotypes and potential dangers, Wesley saw a large group of people who are in need of a Saviour.