Monday, December 24, 2007

Emily's Future Education Plans

I am an official student of Middle Tennessee State University. I was accepted into their Masters of Education/Administration and Supervision with a concentration in Library Science program. I don't take classes until Summer 08. Should be all online with an occasional trip on Saturdays to the campus in Murfeesboro, TN.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Good Times.


Milton's Use Of Contrast To Demonstrate Exaltation and Humbling in Paradise Lost

My Paradise Lost Essay. Long labored over, many times rewritten, much cut from the final version for reasons of relevency. Enjoy.

John Milton's Paradise Lost is about the fall of both angel and humankind. Milton recounts both Satan's expulsion from heaven and Adam and Eve's fall as punishment for the transgression of their only commandment. A primary theme present in Paradise Lost concerns exaltation and humbling, derived from scripture: "For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted" (New Revised Standard Bible. Lk. 14:11). Milton develops this statement into a major theme of Paradise Lost, demonstrating it, specifically, with contrast. The fall and degeneration of Satan is contrasted with the humbling-actions of the Son. Self-exaltation and humbling is also demonstrated by Milton through contrast of Eve's rise and fall. Eve, seduced by Satan, aspires to be a God herself through the pursuit of knowledge; but with her transgression, Eve becomes not divine but humbled, attaining knowledge she did not desire and idolatrously falling reverent before a tree.

Milton often presents stark contrast between the Son and Satan. Satan's self-exaltation and comparison to the Son serves only to contrast the two. Prideful and envious, Satan refuses to bow before the Son. Quite the opposite, Satan opposes the Son and his right to lordship. Speaking to his compatriots, Satan exclaims: "Our puissance is our own, our own right hand / Shall teach us highest deeds" (V. lines 864-865). This statement is a direct challenge to the authority of the Son, himself uniquely ordained to sit at God's "right hand" (V. 606). Satan arrogantly argues pretensions of equality with the Son. However, this opposition leads not to greater standing for Satan, but lowlier. A failed assault upon the throne of God is ended with the expulsion of Satan and his compatriots. Satan is not merely exiled, however. Milton again contrasts Satan and the Son by specifically having the Son himself enact the apostates expulsion (VI. 862-865).

The Son and Satan are contrasted further in their respective acts of volunteering. Unlike Satan, the Son truly is exalted, not through self-boastfulness, but, as appropriate, through self-sacrifice. When God calls out for a volunteer willing to die for man's sins, not one steps forward except for the Son, requesting the burden weigh on him. The Son states, "Behold mee then, mee for him, life for life / I offer, on mee let thine anger fall" (III. 236-237). In becoming man, lower than divine, and willingly suffering death, the Son is performing the ultimate act of humility. In showing "unexampl'd love" the Son is truly deserving of God's grace (III. 409). Quoting Luke, Milton writes that "thy Humiliation shall exalt" (III. 313), and, that "All knees to thee shall bow" (III. 321). Acting so selflessly, the Son is not fallen but exalted even higher than before.

Satan is a volunteer as well, but, unlike the Son, he acts out of selfishness and vengeance. At a meeting in Pandemonium, the fallen decide to try and tempt mankind, God's newest creation. To undergo this perilous journey, Satan opens the floor for a volunteer to present himself, asking, "whom shall we send" (II. 402)? When silence follows, the only one to volunteer for such a quest is none other than Satan himself. He exclaims " I abroad / Through all the coasts of dark destruction seek Deliverance for us all" (II. 463-465). But Satan does not volunteer so as to sacrifice himself for others. He does so to exalt himself.

What seems like a humbling act is in fact a bid for glory. Satan's true intentions are outlined by the narrator and also in Satan's own words. Milton writes that Satan volunteers in "transcendent glory rais'd / Above his fellows, with Monarchal pride / Conscious of highest worth" (II. 427-429). Satan is not sacrificing himself for his kin, let alone for human kind, in fact, he is not making a sacrifice at all, not intentionally at least. He is acting out of pride and arrogance. Satan wants everyone to think he is the best. His own speech is laden with self-exaltation. He makes it clear that his actions are not without motive. Where he should be discussing his humbling, Satan exclaims, "Wherefore do I assume / These Royalties, and not refuse to Reign" (II. 450-451). Satan wants to be thought of as equal with God, which, in fact, he achieves, but only initially (II. 478-470). Satan is claiming ruler-ship over Hell, himself the king. Furthermore, he prevents all others from volunteering after him, stating "None shall partake with me" (II. 467). Satan wants all the glory for himself, and no one is going to rob him of his chance to shine.

Inevitably, Satan's exaltation leads to him being humbled. The fulfillment of his quest is only achieved through the degeneration of his being. Whereas the Son humbles himself for just causes, and is exalted, Satan exalts himself with malicious intent and is laid low. As Satan returns from his journey, he calls forth his companions to glorify his works, to bask in his successful temptation of human kind (X. 468-471). But when he has made his speech, and stands "expecting / Thir universal shout and high applause / To fill his ear," instead he is greeted with "A dismal universal hiss" (X. 504-506, 508). Though his comrades meant applause (X. 545), Satan receives only "the sound / Of public scorn" (X. 509). Self-glorification leads to Satan being humbled by his peers. And Satan is still cast lower, soon after physically humbled as well. Far from being the king of Hell, Satan is transformed by "a greater power" and "punisht in the shape he sin'd" (X. 515, 516). Satan unwillingly becomes a serpent and throughout eternity is forced "to undergo / This annual humbling" (X. 575-576).

The humbling act of the Son, and the false humbling of Satan are contrasted further in the reason for the acts as well. Readers come to understand that the correct form of humbling oneself is not misery, greed, or self-pity, but rather self-sacrifice. Satan volunteers to undergo the journey to raise himself higher, but is ultimately humbled. The Son, however, sacrifices himself for others and is thereby exalted in his selflessness.

Milton also demonstrates exaltation and humbling with Eve, contrasting her rise with her fall. Eve is tricked by Satan into transgressing God's only commandment, eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Eve aspires to be equal with God, indeed to become a goddess herself via the acquisition of higher knowledge. However, through her folly, Eve becomes not deified but humbled, rendered lower than she stood before (V. 540, VIII. 640).

Knowledge of good and evil is advertised to Eve by Satan to be enlightening, not oppressive. Eve is made to believe she is ignorant, that knowledge is desirous to attain. Satan explains to Eve that her "Eyes that seem so cleer, / [. . .] are but dim" (IX. 705). Eating the fruit, though, will render her eyes "Op'n'd and cleered, and ye shall be as Gods" (IX.707). Eve is led to believe that knowledge is a welcome gift, that it will make her better, a God. But knowledge is not desirable, as expressed by Raphael to Adam earlier on.

Knowledge is as food, and needs no less
Her Temperance over Appetite, to know
In measure what the mind may well contain,
Oppresses else with Surfet, and soon turns
Wisdom to Folly, as Nourishment to Wind. (VII. 126-130)

Raphael likens excess pursuit of knowledge to gluttony. Though knowledge of good and evil seems as though it may be desirable, as Satan fallaciously suggests, in fact, mankind should control its aspirations and not venture outside their appointed limits. Unfortunately, Eve is tricked to believe the contrary. Eve's aspirations are founded on a false understanding of knowledge. Before eating the fruit, Eve comes to believe that knowledge of good and evil is for the best. She explains: "For good unknown, sure is not had, or had / And yet unknown, is as not had at all" (IX. 756-757). This pretense leads to her transgression. It is knowledge that Eve seeks with self-exaltation. When eating, the narrator explains that Eve was "Intent now wholly on her taste [. . .] nor was God-head from her thought. / Greedily she ingorg'd without restraint" (IX. 786, 790-791). Eve seeks superior knowledge gluttonously, and with false hopes, in attempt to become a god herself. Soon after, Eve, along with Adam, discovers the true nature of knowledge. Adam explains, after eating the fruit himself, that knowledge is not what it seems. He says to Eve that they were "False in our promis'd Rising" (IX. 1070), explaining that "since our Eyes / Op'n'd we find indeed, and find we know / Both Good and Evil, Good Lost, and Evil got" (IX. 1071-1072). Now Eve understands. True her eyes were dim, as Satan remarked, but that ignorance was for her own good. Eve, with the intention of better knowledge, exalted herself to a god. And knowledge she did obtain, but not as she had hoped. Knowledge of good past and newly-found evil left Eve humbled where false exaltation had aspired different. Again with contrast Milton demonstrates a theme of exaltation and humbling. Eve tried to become a god with intentions of higher knowledge, but that knowledge, far from her beliefs, led her to a more humbled state of being.

The last point I would like to discuss is another contrast Milton makes, again between the rise and fall of Eve. Full knowledge is not her only humbling, indeed, immediately after she partakes of the fruit she becomes humbled quite contrarily to her aspirations. Though Eve tastes the fruit with the intent of deification, instead she becomes humbled, lowly before the very tree by which she hoped to become exalted. When she has finished eating, Eve hails the tree, beginning, "O Sovran, vertous, precious of all Trees" (IX. 795). She continues her idolatry in worship of the tree, saying she owes it "song" and due praise" (IX 800). Lastly, Eve bows to the tree, "from the Tree her step she turnd, / But first low Reverence don" (IX. 834-835). This action is a far cry from Eve's intentions. Self-exaltation led not to godhood but humbleness before a tree, lowlier than man and idolatrous to worship.

Milton, referring to a passage in Luke, demonstrates a theme of exaltation and humbling with the use of contrast. The self-exaltation of Satan is contrasted with the status of, and his humbling by the Son. Milton further contrasts Satan and the Son through the individual volunteering acts of each. Whereas Satan volunteers for a despicable mission in exaltation, the Son volunteers to save all of mankind out of humble self-sacrifice. Milton also contrasts exaltation and humbling with Eve. Though she desires knowledge, in ignorance, and transgress God's commandment in order to become herself a god, she soon is made humble by the very knowledge she sought. Eve, though aspiring godhood, is also humbled in worshiping a tree, quite the opposite of her intended exaltation.

Works Cited
Milton, John. Paradise Lost. The Complete Poetry of John Milton. Ed. John T. Shawcross. Revised ed. New York: Anchor Books, 1971. 250-517.

The Holy Bible, New Revised Standard Version. London: Collins Publishers, 1989.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

I must get out of here!

This is how I feel right now...time to go home to bed...wish I had not consumed three cups of coffee tonight - might make it difficult to sleep...

Holland's in the Paper

The last line of the news brief was added casualy by my editor, just a side note I guess, but cute none the less.

Isn't he so good looking...Hans? Actually, Gretchen?.... :)

Culpeper Times

Jamie's paper has as of today launched its new website.
It's pretty coolio, you should check it out:

Peter Jackson to Produce Hobbit Movies

New Line has finally decided to make two movies based on the Hobbit for 2010 and 2011 releases.
Fortunately, they also got over the whole "Peter Jackson sued us for money" thing and have appointed him to be the producer of both films. No director has been named yet. Ian McKellen has also said he would like to return as Gandalf.
Cool, eh?


Rowing Photos

Hey, so my coach Bob uploaded a few photos from our last crew race in Georgia.
To see them follow the yellow brick road.
The password is "stroke".
I took a ton of pictures with his really awesome camera that day, a few of them are on here.
If I remember right the camera was an E30 with a huge lens.
The zoom was like 200 something but really wasnt that close up.
I was kind of disappointed with the zoom, actually, the lens being so big and all.

Anyway, my favorite photograph I took isn't on here for some reason. It was a freaking amazing shot too.

Tommorrow I'll post some of the ones I'm pretty sure I snapped.
*hint* they're the best photos in there.

And yes it is 3:10 in the morning.
How many of you are writing Paradise Lost essays all night and all day and all night again?

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Next-Generation of Animation

I've posted up a new article on Invisible Studio. Its the second to last article I wrote for my feature writing independent study. Its pretty accesible and extremely interesting so please read it.

The Next-Generation of Animation

Deep Thoughts by Hans

The other day, I was driving 15 mph and 35 mph at the exact same time...It leads me to wonder, how could this be?

bee 97.5

"one day i was sick;

two days i was better."

--- deep thoughts, by the bee.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Final Fantasy Goes Next-Gen

Square-Enix is continuing to milk their Final Fantasy cash cow. The newest titles are of the "Final Fantasy XIII" nature; I say "newest" because there are actually three titles in this new world that Square has created. These three titles accumitively are known as Fabula Nova Crystallis. It works in a similar way as the Final Fantasy VII stuff Square did a couple years ago, where they released I think four different properties under the name.

Back to new. First, we have Final Fantasy XIII itself, exclusively for PS3. Watch the awesome trailer below.

And yes, those are in-game graphics. Meaning when you play the game that's what you're going to see, all the time. XIII is the hallmark of the compilation.

Second, we have Final Fantasy Versus XIII, also exclusively for PS3, and is a side story to XIII set in a different world. Versus XIII is being developed by the same people who did Kingdom Hearts. You can watch the trailer for this below.

Awesome, no? The last title, supposedly, will be Final Fantasy Agito XIII, which is for cell phones and is guranteed to never be released in the US.

P.S. I would make the trailers smaller in size but then you'd lose some quality and then just won't do. This post will be past the list on the right soon anyway.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Word Of The Year


P.S. "FTW" means "For the Win."

Friday, December 14, 2007


How could I be a wannabe, given that I actually live in the northeast? I am a BE!!!

I think it is Griphin, correct?

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Where Aren't The Wild Things?

The Motion Picture.


Hans' Log

Location: Jeffersonville, VT
Time: 6:35 am EST, in the year 2007 AD
Temperature: 2.9 degrees farenheit

Yes, two-point-nine degrees...not twenty-nine degrees!!!

Read it and weep to all of you southern pansies.

p.s. I hope my car starts

Hans out

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A favorite Christmas tune


This is, of course, one of my all-time favorite church Christmas songs, but this rendition is wicked, wicked should check it out.

Hans out

Don't look now John Anderton

Check this out

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Hilarity Ensues

Qwantz Comics of Pure Awesome!
They're all the same but different!

It's all becoming clear, now.

I just spoke to Finn, and it appears that he only refused to let Jillian break up with him OVER THE PHONE...However, when they spoke in person he actually allowed it to happen, although he put up a solid fight - luckly, though, not to the death!


The Goulds

Is it just me, or do they all look the same?

I think they are clones like the movie multiplicity, but to a higher degree of physical change.

Speed Racer Movie

The Wachoski Brothers are making a Speed Racer movie. These are the same guys who did The Matrix and V for Vendetta. The first trailer finally came out.


Channel 21

So Hans Called last night about Holland's new job. I guess he didn't know, and Holland's not the type to always share exciting news, so I'm posting the this so everyone knows. Holland has officially quit Thought Equity and is now the Technical Director at our local Govt. Access Channel, Channel 21. He'll be shooting, editing, and producing programing here in Culpeper. The station is right across the street from my work, for everyone that was here in Thanksgiving it's downtown. We are really excited, he starts monday and between our bosses and our flexible schedualing we hope to not need to do any kind of day care. Sometimes my dad will watch Clive if need be but for the most part we should be able to work our scheduales around eachother.
Just wanted to announce Holland's new job.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Awesome Hypothetical Question

The question: How many 5 year-olds could you take on at once?

The specifics:

- You are in an enclosed area, roughly the size of a basketball court. There are no foreign objects.
- You are not allowed to touch a wall.
- When you are knocked unconscious, you lose. When they are all knocked unconscious, they lose. Once a kid is knocked unconscious, that kid is "out."
- I (or someone else intent on seeing to it you fail) get to choose the kids from a pool that is twice the size of your magic number. The pool will be 50/50 in terms of gender and will have no discernable abnormalities in terms of demographics, other than they are all healthy Americans.
- The kids receive one day of training from hand-to-hand combat experts who will train them specifically to team up to take down one adult. You will receive one hour of "counter-tactics" training.
- There is no protective padding for any combatant other than the standard-issue cup.
* The kids are motivated enough to not get scared, regardless of the bloodshed. Even the very last one will give it his/her best to take you down.


Lets awesome that causing death is the least of your worries.

I put my number at 50.

How many 5-year olds could you take down?

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Real Camo-Suit in War Situation

This is an authentic image of someone using a prototype camo-suit in a real war situation. It was leaked onto the internet and rumors are spreading like insanity trying to figure out what it all means. Crazy, right?

50 Million years from now...

watch out!

hey all.

just to forewarn you...

finn takes issue with the spreading rumor that

he REFUSED to accept his girlfriend's breakup.

he states that he "FOUGHT" it, but most certainly


prepare yourself for the wrath...

Christmas Quote is a website that host IRC Chat room transcripts. People who say either dumb or funny things are posted up on Most of these things are really really bad, meaning they have lots of horrible words and serious explicit content.

Fantastic Christmas Quote from

Tscully: It's Christmas. We show up at my grandmas house. I'm 14.
Tscully: It comes time to open the presents, she brings out this little square-shaped flat present, wrapped in christmas paper.
Tscully: I wonder what it is, what joyous gift from grandma could be so small in volume?
Tscully: I open it, and see the words "AOL Internet Trial CD" on the cover of a cardboard disc holder, with a 14-day AOL trial CD inside.
Tscully: Confused, I asked her what it was.
Tscully: She proudly proclaimed "I've bought you fourteen days of free internet!"
Tscully: And that's why I hate christmas.

Also, another hilarious quote. Makes you wonder just HOW much they know.

Stormrider: I should bomb something
Stormrider: ...and it's off the cuff remarks like that that are the reason I don't log chats
Stormrider: Just in case the FBI ever needs anything on me
Elzie_Ann: I'm sure they can just get it from someone who DOES log chats.
*** FBI has joined #gamecubecafe
FBI: We saw it anyway.
*** FBI has quit IRC (Quit: )

for more awesome IRC Chat Quotes, go to

Be warned, most of them are seriously not for the age group willing to swallow small toy pieces nor the geriatric. Seriously, no joke.

World War Country Poll

I want you all to be very very serious about this poll. Just honestly answer the question. For instance, something you shouldn't do would be to vote for "other" than post in the comments that you would win. Don't forget, NO Nuclear Weapons.

Who would win an all-out World War if there were no nuclear weapons?

United States of America
South Korea

(View Results)

Create a Poll

After you have voted, you can view results here

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Where shall I begin?

First, Jill's mom clearly has excellent taste. Just like Emily's sister and Seth's chick friends from that art-type school in Philadelphia who stated that I am both cuter than Seth AND younger looking. Don't deny it, Seth!!! Did you guys really think that I would be able to restrain myself from responding to that? I mean, who amongst us could, really? That said, why is it that I am basically the only Haverkamp boy who can't seem to hang on to a woman? That is a question to stump even the most intelligent members of our generations...

Second, I had a totally great time snowboarding this morning. I literally live at the base of the mountain, and the runs are much longer than at the Bolton resort, which is where I rode last year. I did a few runs with the girl from my town that waited on York and I when he was up helping me move - she is pretty cool and we have become friends. She was also a competitive, sponsored, snowboard cross racer some years ago out west; which explains how she literally dusted me on the mountain today. It was awesome. It is going to be so great this winter. The bad news is that now I am really quite tired, and have an entire lecture to put together for tomorrow morning, plus I am being observed teaching my second class tomorrow, so need to be on my game. There is always coffee.

Nice looking coffee cake Evergreen, wish I could have had some.


morning special

thats right hannah,
foust, may and i made an awsome grandmas coffee cake,
sure better than any pumpkin pie,
love ev

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Hans is Cute

according to Mama Frere. good job hans, you've been accepted into the Frere family! (and that's a good thing, since i am now a Frere myself.)

Say again???

OK, am I losing my mind, or am I the only person who has no recollection of Fletcher ever touting the greatness of the sun?

Also, Fletcher, understand that medical-type research studies like the one you mentioned are published all the time, and most of them can be taken with a grain of salt for a million reasons.

The only thing I know is that I will be out in the sun tomorrow morning on the mountain, on my snowboard, ripping it up...Don't worry, I will be placing a sign on my office door before I leave tonight that states "Dr. Haverkamp will not be in office hours this morning"...don't worry, it's worth it - most likely will not get fired.


Cancer from the Late Shift

Apparently, there is this new study that has semi-proven that working the late-shift increases the chance that you will receive cancer. I guess it has some link to do with how the Sun is as awesome as I've always stated. I'm sure tomorrow the #1 spot on my "things that are awesome" list, water, will be shown to be even more amazing than we once believed; and that by drinking carbonated drinks your whole life will make you grow tails or something crazy like that.

Read About it Here

Invisible Studio: Seamless Presentation

Hi everyone,
I've finally posted on my blog that big article I wrote for my independent study.
The article is about seamless presentation in video games.
You should check it out.

Monday, December 3, 2007

thailand pics

the first pic is of the 5 year olds, the second and 4th are of the 4 year olds,
and the 3rd is of the 1st grade class,
love ev

my new roommate's stuff

my new taos roommate is a real go-getter.
she is a graphic designer and a searcher of peace.

here are some links that may be of interest.

the first is for her box of year-round celebration-wide gift cards. they're nice and super affordable.
like, less than $.50 a card.

the other is a push for everyone to "pause" during the same minute on december 22.


Sunday, December 2, 2007

Beartato Virus

Another Great! Addition by Nedroid


Pandora Christmas

Via Hilary:

type in "christmas instrumental" for a new station.

you'll want to whip out your electric guitar;
major jammin' Christmas tunes that will rock your Christmas world!

seriously... especially "Christmas jam" by trans-siberian orchestra and their other ones.
a dope "o holy night" as well.

hope joy peace love

Merger Irony

Check out this article from Next-Gen Biz that came out Friday.

Riccitiello is the CEO of Electronic Arts:

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According to Riccitiello, most of the consolidation in the videogame industry has already taken place. Instead, he points towards non-traditional business models based around casual gaming, microtransactions and subscriptions as potential means of growth.

"Is it ripe (for mergers), or has it already been picked? I would argue that it's been largely picked," he told Reuters.

"That doesn't mean it's done. I think there will be more consolidation to come. But let's just say a lot has already happened," said Riccitiello, who was instrumental in EA’s recent move to acquire “super developer” entity BioWare/Pandemic.

"There's a lot of growth in what is the non-traditional arena, so that would be microtransactions, subscription revenue, ad revenue, new types of models, casual games," he added.

- - - - - - -

Now, that my friends, is irony.


Awesome early season storm on its way!!! is the forecast for Vermont during the next two days!!! Gonna be awesome.

Statement as of 3:28 PM EST on December 02, 2007
... A significant winter storm will impact the north countrytonight through early Tuesday morning... ... Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 1 am ESTTuesday... The National Weather Service in Burlington continues the WinterStorm Warning until 1 am EST Tuesday for the entire north country.Storm total snowfall amounts of 6 to 12 inches are expected acrossmuch of the area by Tuesday morning. Locally higher amounts arepossible across the higher terrain of northern Vermont andnorthern New York. Snowfall amounts will be a bit less acrossportions of south central Vermont due to more mixed precipitation.Occasional light snow will become steadier this evening and maybecome heavy at times overnight. The snow will taper off a bitduring Monday... and then redevelop later Monday afternoon andcontinue into Tuesday... especially along the upslope regions ofthe Adirondack and Green Mountains. The snow will likely mix withsleet tonight into early Monday morning... especially acrossnorthern New York and central and southern Vermont. Some freezingrain may also mix in across the Saint Lawrence valley and southernVermont.Please stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio... your local media... orgo to www.Weather.Gov/Burlington for further updates on thisweather situation.

Activision and Vivendi Merge

Two of the largest video game publishers, Vivendi and Activision, are now one, officially making the new publishing company the largest 3rd party games publisher in the world. Electronic Arts (EA) has been overthrown of this position for the first time in many years. "3rd party" publisher means anyone not Nintendo, Sony, or Microsoft, because these are 1st party as they develop consoles as well.

Essentially, Vivendi purchased Activision. And then merged Activision with the entire Vivendi Games division. The new company, fully owned by Vivendi Universal, is now called Activision Blizzard. The reason? Because Vivendi Univseral is and has always been the full owner of Blizzard, also known as the developer of Warcraft, Starcraft, Diablo, and the insanely successful World of Warcraft. Activision is no joke either. They are the owners and publishers of Tony Hawk, Spider-Man, Call of Duty, and most popular of late, Guitar Hero.

The name "Activision Blizzard" is clearly indicitave of the key players in the merger. Vivendi obviously wants to create a hihgly recognizable and profitable label to put on their games, besides all the other studios involved in the merger. Also included in the Activision Blizzard label are all the other development studios beneath Vivendi and Activision, including Sierra Games.

Heres what this all means. The world is getting smaller. And more importantly, the video game world is getting smaller. What were once two highly successful companies that produced fantastic strings of games, are now one behemoth of world-eating destruction. Five years from now I wouldn't be surprised if Electronic Arts and Ubisoft also becomes absolved by the Activision Blizzard label. And the world will implode.

I'm just saying, this is fricken ridiculous. No company should be allowed to become this huge. I can't possibly see any good result from this conglomoration.

On the other hand, if you have any saavy at all for stocks then you are guranteed to make a fortune off of this if you invest right, on day one. Speaking of which the merger isn't expected to be complete in mid-2008, so you've still got time.

Press Release

News Story

Fascinating critic commentary coming shortly.

Sandy needs address'

Ok, so apparently, Sandy needs all of our address', so email them to her today if possible.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Marina Beluga Whale Dies

One of the Beluga Whales at the Georgia Aquarium died today after getting sick around Thanksgiving. The Beluga Whale had stopped eating and become disoriented.

I knew I didn't like this show

York Pottery Studio Sale

It was a beautiful day in Norris and thousands turned out to see the show. Millions of dollars crossed hands and York is taking the family to Europe for Christmas...actually--it was good day and a successful show. York's pottery is looking awesome and many customers came back from a far and a number of church people showed up as well. A few pictures that capture the yurt.

Sinfest Comic

Awesome new Webcomic I discovered, here are two hilarious examples.

Gamespot Downfall Update

Apparently over 400 people have ended their subscriptions at Gamespot. Also, many are vowing to never read a review on that website ever again. Fascinating stuff really.


Comic 3: Allegiance

*Click to Enlarge*

If you don't get it, feel free to ask in the comments.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Potential Movie of the Year: Juno

Everyone, watch this movie trailer.

Now that you've done that, does it not look amazing? I mean seriously, we have the following awesome cast:

Kitty Pride
Dwight Schrute
Jonah Jameson

and last but not least

Sydney Bristow

Also, the plot, that looks good too.

A Review Lynching

Kane & Lynch: Dead Men is a somewhat anticipated 360/PS3 game. Gamespot has recently had a Ridiculous amount of advertising surrounding the game throughout their entire website, crazy promotional stuff up the wall. However, in the review of the game on Nov 13th 2007 by Jeff Gerstmann, the score was rather subpar, with a rating of 6. The writing style and language used throughout the article was rather blunt as well.

Ok, so big deal? Yeah, exactly, that's what everyone thought until today. Jeff Gerstmann, a 10-year veteran to the Gamespot website (subsidiary of CNET), has been fired. The rumor going around, via apparent sources within Gamespot, have revealed that Eidos, the creator of Kane and Lynch was extremely upset about the poor review after the mass advertising Gamespot hosted. Eidos was apparently out for blood.

Penny Arcade even posted their latest comic a day early because of this fiasco.


What does this mean for the press within the gaming world? Probably not much. However, it may mean much for the website Gamespot. Subscribers to their site may quit, as well as long-time staffers. It could also bring out a conspiracy into the world of money for game reviews. This news may bring about a wind of change, so keep your trigger fingers at a ready.

The facts that support the game for which he was fired:

1: Video Review for Kane and Lynch has been pulled of their website, or at least the links have been taken down. You can see the video review here

2: "On the Spot" was canceled today. That could be because of protest from within the Gamespot staff, and because it was practically run by Jeff who took over for Rich Gallup in June.

last day

well, I am ready to plan my next trip back to thailand,
it was are last day at school, and it feela like we have known them for a very long time,
everybody was crying, all of the 6th grade girs, and my 1st grade teacher said to not forget them, and to come back when and if i came back to thailand,
the 4 year old teacher prateeyn has invited all of to stay at her house for free when we come back,
really hard to leave , i have already fallen in love with all of them, even the 6 and 7 year olds were crying,

also the dragon lance movie looks really cool, but why don't they make it with real people?
love ev

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Dragonlance Movie

'nuff said:

Here is the movie trailer

What do I have?

Have you ever heard the song "Cry in my Heart" by Starfield? Well if you haven't, you should, only so that you may laugh while doing so.

Here are the lyrics to the song

Now, notice these lines:

For what do I have
If I don't have You, Jesus?
What in this life
Could mean any more?

Upon listening to the lyrics, I was as befuddled as Harry Potter on his first day at the Hogwarts School of Magic. I thought me myself, almost chronologically in this order, the following:

I don't have Jesus
I have alot
There is everything that means more to me than Jesus

Now, I could be getting the lyrics wrong. If through the analysis of the lyrics, someone notices that they are trying to say something other than what I interpreted, than please inform me. But if what I believe they are trying to say, is just that, than by golly... wow.

If I were to believe this, would it not mean that Jesus is the following:

A. Most important thing to me
B. More important than family
C. I don't have anything but him

For the people out in the world that believe Jesus is a cool dude who died for our sins, than great, I don't blame you for loving the guy. But, there is always more than Jesus, there is always more out there than one entity, belief, thought or feeling.

Comic 2: Assumptions

Fox Hunting Audio Slideshow

Yo, Yo, Yo
Jamie's first Audio Slideshow is completed and up:
Fox Hunting

It is really, really good - if you can't hear the sound, try it with headphones (its a small paper and their software does not produce an optimal file for all speaker systems).

Comic 01: Burning Down the Forest

*Click to Enlarge*

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

National Sarcasm Society

..... Awesome....


Inciting Emotion

Now, I don't know how many of you think about this, but how often do games affect ones emotions and actions? The following is an interesting article written by a guy on the Playstation Forums about his recent encounter while playing the much beloved Assassin's Creed.

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"I was playing Assassin's Creed today, riding through the Kingdom on my way to Acre, and something remarkable happened today.

To start off, I've never been much of a "politcally correct" person, and not someone to protest against violence. I came across a fairly large French encampment towards the West side of the map, and found close to a hundred soldiers in total doted throughout the site. Section of tents by section of tents, I killed them all, usually about 5 or 6 at a time, usually by assassinating one or two, then facing the rest by sword.

Then, I came across two tall outposts made of wood. I climbed the first one, to find a guard cowering in fear at the top. I didn't really notice what he was doing, being so used to killing the soldiers on site at the moment, so I grabbed him and threw him off, to his death.

I ran to the next outpost, climbed up, and found one soldier at the top. He was down on his knees, cowering in fear, holding his hands in a pleading manner. I was about to throw him off like the last, but I stopped and thought about it. I literally sat, staring at the screen, and the soldier's pleading face for 5 minutes. I turned around and climed down the ladder, to kill some other Franks by the tent.

Now, you don't have to put much thought into this. Hell, I'm not even putting much thought into it, but it's interesting. It made me think, that's all, not necessarily about anything, just think."

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On a side related note. I've played this specific game for many a hour, I love the heck out of it. I know for a fact that even if an enemy will cower in fear and put away his sword while he pleads for his life, if I leave him alone and go attack others around him, then the enemy previously cowering will change his stance and resume attacking me. Now, I don't know if the writer above knows this, but does that even matter anyway? Can't we hope somewhere deep down that by saving his life, than he in return will do us a favor and leave us alone forever? Or better yet, switch sides? Although this kind of thing hasn't really happened to its full potential in video games to date, you better believe that every AAA title released is slowly progressing towards a more realistic emotional platform.

Currently Listening to: Eureka Seven - Wish Upon a Star

Waste of Time?

I've noticed a really interesting string of articles over various websites over the psat few days. They all deal with Guitar Hero or more"active" video games. Here are the three articles in chronological order:
For the record, the NYTimes article is the worstof the three. The woman has no idea what shes talking about. She uses so-called "professional research" make her decisions for her instead of making her own analyses and decisions herself. Chris Kohler on the other hand, from Wired, is a pretty intelligent guy, aside from having plenty of common sense. Gamespot as usual does a fantastic job with an objective, more "news-like" article.

And here is the real question: Are we asking the right questions? Is this the right question: Why play Guitar Hero when you can learn how to play a real guitar? Or is something like this more apt: How is Guitar Hero effective in its own light? What does the game achieve for itself, and, as a video game?

Life and Death

Sexy Videogameland, an amazing blog just posted up an article about the game "Life and Death"

Read it here

from thailand

hi, so to leave we need about 120$
2 more days of school.
a double edge sword,
want to ,b ut ready to leave, also,
kids are cute,
somai, said today she loved me,
the kids pretend cried,
i told them to stop the faking, they can save that for fri,
i 'm running down to the store to get beans for all the water bottles i've saved for
shaker instruments,
lvoe, me, your mom and me

201 Post!

This is post is number 201!1one1!!1 Can you believe it?exclamation point

Finn's previous post (Games' Contribution to Society) was number 200 marking a milestone in the blog.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Games' Contribution to Society

I just read a very insightful article over at Gamasutra. The article is actually a summary of a lecture by an award-winning indie game designer. He has alot of good things to say about video games as a medium. I would highly recommend everyone read it. I know what your reactions are going to be and I can appreciate them as they are. I happen to agree. Though I do disagree somewhat with some of his statements about World of Warcraft. The beautiful thing about this article is that its not an attack. Its a fairly objective analysis of video games as a medium and their meaning therein. Check it out.

P.S. Grammer:
Notice how I used a single apostrophe with no ending S in "Games'." That's because "games" is plural, and plural possessive nouns recieve no S at the end. Singular nouns ending in S do, however, recieve an apostrophe-s at the end. Except for Jesus.

Just another obsessed fan

Hey dudes,

Most of you probably know that I have been somewhat enamored with Avril Lavigne for several years, here is a link of an interview by the super talented pop star.

Hans out yo'

Thanksgiving Creed

This will be funny to anyone who watched me play Assassin's Creed during the Thanksgiving break.

*Click to Enlarge Image*

how to play volleyball in thailand

yes, how to play volleyball in thailand,
you stand and hit the ball over the net,
you serve, rotate, and go to 21 pts,
the boys against the teachers today,
and we lost by only 1 pt,
yes only 1 pt.
i can serve great, but only alittle in front of the boundry line,
and that was not to be allowed,
so, i didn't serve real well,
but i did make one relaly good hit over the net,
and true save,
i had another teacher take pics,
i hope they show all the action,
and thrill and real passion for the sport,
and you thought i never did any sports?!
well, i do, and have, and did,
lveo ,mom

Monday, November 26, 2007

Running low on Virtual Space?

If you need more GB for all the information you are generating, than go here and pick out a super-large hard drive for super-cheap.

Tiger Direct

They also have a bunch of other things on the website for incredibly cheap.

Definition of Cyber Monday:

Cyber Monday is the Monday after Black Friday, when online retailers will be looking for their biggest sales from those who checked out products over the thanksgiving weekend, and will now be ordering them Monday at work.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Top 100 Wiki is possibly subjectively the greatest site on the internet. Now, you, yes you, can view the Top 100 hits on Wikipedia. org. Find out just how weird stupid American's can be.

Wikipedia Top 100 Hits

Notable Numbers:

13. Vanessa Anne Hudgens
43. Zac Efron

There are 6 hits dealing around Naruto

This is funny

26. Adolf Hitler
27. Britney Spears
28. Kanye West

Maybe the news should talk about Adolf Hitler more often

The winner for the most surprising hit goes to:

15: Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)

Saturday, November 24, 2007

full moon rising

i'm here. in my new home.

after a grueling day of back-bending, wrist-twisting, up-to-my-knees in mouse pooplets squatting, packing, loading, tossing and cleaning day, i'm here.

and i have to ask myself--- why did i just waste 6 months in the valley when i could have been here? i thought i owed it to the people there, to the place, to develop the social worker within.

well, because of my determination and persistence (you can't fault me for trying to put a positive spin on it!), i missed 6 of what i was just so fortunate to have witnessed upon driving into my ice-covered driveway, and that is this---

a yellow full moon rising. from behind what, you may wonder? oh, from behind the big powdered mountain that is taos that juts up from the plateau 12 o'clock directly smack dab in front of my door stoop. that's right. it's incredible.

the windows of my house face due east and due west, so i'll have the sunrise, sunset, moonrise, and moonset.

for a girl who has been quite despondent, dejected, discouraged and forlorn, it is fair to say, this is the most exhilirating moment i have experienced in quite some time.

i absolutely cannot believe i live here. the snow-covered stick fences everywhere, the xylophone-shaped rows of icicycles frozenly-dripping behind my awning's buddhist prayer flags, the tibetan-like plateau, the mini-grand canyon that is the rio grande cutting through, and my new mountain.

if someone doesn't visit me, you will all die.

now, for the second order of business, i must get onto ebay and order a set of queen-sized sheets for the bed i discovered in my room today. i don't have any that big. so it's going to be the sleeping bag for awhile.


Friday, November 23, 2007

End of the Story Correction

The picture and paragraph below are actually posted by Dad. Thank You

End of the Story

And so, we have reached the end of the turkey and the weeks events. The normal routine starts and we return to our homes and our places in the sun. Kat has gone to work. Noah and Jill have bussed back to Brooklyn. Hans is leaving at nine on Saturday, and shortly thereafter, Dad, Finn, Will, Gram and Stan, Fetcher, Seth and the Girls will head for home. Hannah will still be with Holland Jamie and Clive. We thank them for being such good and gracious hosts and for taking us in and caring for us all so warmly. IT has been a great thanksgiving. We have missed those who couldn't be here--you are always on our minds and hearts. This is a dynamic family and I love you all for who you are and for what you contribute to the world. Gratitude for you is what makes thanksgiving special.

rub it in

rub it in why don't you frits!

if only my day were even remotely similar...

i went to bed still stuffed with a great thanksgiving late-afternoon meal (yes, even poor little hilary had someone to eat turkey with, and this is truly the last positive note of this post) and awoke to begin my packing to move to taos. i tore open my hindu orange curtain and quite promtly bugged my eyes and fell my jaw--- for what to my wondering face did appear, but pounds of white fluffy sticky snow all covering the earth ---

just in time for my move up the mountain!

great. a bit scary. just what i need.

no one answered their phones so i kept quiet,
pondering this foul luck in my heart!

but belongings in the car and little car up the hill, only to struggle to find the right door to fit the hidden key to wetly slide into the room not at all prepared for my coming, and then the tears did drop.

but i took a deep breath and puffed up my chest and got through my day.
all negative thoughts now go in a bubble to be blown away.

now i'm gonna watch a flick or two so that i leave all the cleaning for tomorrow.

well, except the no-less-than-hundreds of mouse droppings i scraped off the back of my landlady's t.v. it was absolutely disgusting, and i've grown quite accustomed to this guano-of-sorts.

happy beginning of the holiday season everyone!

i know i'm having a greeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaat time!

wish you could join me frits!


Yep, this Haverkamp family is already decking the halls so to speak. The tree, a lovely white pine, standing approximately 7.5 feet tall 10 feet in circumfrance smells great. The christmas music-listen for it- is playing on our recently rewired surround sound filling the house with good cheer. Choclate chip cookies are cooling on the counter, sour dough bread is proofing on the stove and mom is making magic popcorn. What's that you say? You don't know what magic popcorn is? Please, let me tell you. Black kernals turn magically into white popped corn. It's better than the non-magical varieties. All is great. Though it is possible Stone Soup the cat (and master) of the house is skeptical! Well, gotta run, Shrek three is beginning and the boys have nearly finished the popcorn.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

from thailland

hhi, jsut read all the comings, eatings , faces and pics of the haverkamp blog,
thanks for them, from us,
i wish we could do the same,
sounds g reat about Christmas,
keep adding, it is good to see, lvoe, ev and mom

Storefront Family

A larger family image to fest your eyes upon.

ThanksgivingDinner and Random


Thank you for your postings of moods and stories of creatin and life events and the humor and passion of the truth b eauty and harmony of the haverkamp events of life.
We ate at four and there was way too much food but it was all good and now the table is full of uneaten food, the pies will be eaten later and the family is watching Happy Feet. The sunset is very beautiful and a lame cow is slowly meandering home before the moon shines full. In ratitude for the love and beauty of you all and for this day and its rhythms. Be still and know of peace.

Ahh naps

In the beginning the Great Spirit breathed over the great nothing until it twisted and swirled and crashed and dove and split into the heavens and the earth and the Spirit laughed at the wonder of it all and to the heavens and to the earth the laughter was beautiful. Born in the laughter fromEverything that is in All Things' was a seed kept warm in the folds of heaven and earths touch until it grew and expanded and the Everything that is in All Things soared in the wide open space between the heavens and the earth. Where ever the shadow of the Great Eagle's wing's spread dry land lifted out of the waters and when ever the Great Eagle's song peierced the air plants of every shape and kind sprang free of the dry land and blanketed the earth in a graceful dance of green. When the Music Behind the Dance played in the blanket of green the notes sprang free of the firmament and eploded in the heavens beyond and settled there in a great twinkling symphony of light that brought upon the land and the waters its first morning and its first full moon and the Music Behind the Dance wept tears of joy. The tears fell from the Eternal and some struck the waters and in the swirl with the deep became all the creatures of the sea and some tears struck the dust of the earth and life was watered and flowed free into all the beasts of the land and the Eternal wondered aloud at the bounty of Joy. Then in wonder the Maker of All Things scupped up some dust wet with tears and made of it an image of itself the Potter and breathed its Spirit into the empty vessel filling it with laugher, wonder and joy and the image took life as a gift and rose in awe of it all. "Earthling i will call you,' spoke the Lord of Life, 'and Male and Female you shall be. Be free. And in freedom love and care.' And then the One rested and so do we when we have ate much of the land and the sea, danced much to the music of the land, cried much in reponse to the beuaty of creation, soared much in the realms of the imagination,- yes, and so do we- so that we might be free and in freedom love and care. And so the Great Spirit napped and so do we for they are good.

p.s. a very neat little animation of creation

Thanksgiving Days Gathering

The host at 14502 Racoon Ford Rd.

Storefront in Culpeper...option for the Haverkamp Studio Arts Emporium

Noah is taking these pictures.

A fun time being had by all--
relatively smooth happenings--
two turkeys and all the stuff--
dinner planned for about four.

Echo's birthday chocolate pie.
Gift opening for the six year old.

what if...

ok, i just talked to york.
and now i'm having my doubts about the $20 max.

what say we change it to $50???

just so we know the gift will be really nice; $20 might be a little tough to work with.


Christmas Gifts

Happy Thanksgiving Day Everyone:
I hope your day is a peaceful and fullfilling one, of family joy love and good food. The Jamie, Holland household is full of family and Finn's friend, Will, and dogs and cooking and conversation. I have talked with York and Frits and will call Hilary very soon when the sun rises in the west.
As to Christmas--here is the definitive response: the gift exchange goes forward, at about $20.00 per gift. Take time, be thoughtful, creative, personal and meaningful. In addition, we are suggesting that every person or family unit or child or some combination thereof, come up with a personall offering, such as a play, a musical production, a dance, a reading, a presentation, a demonstration...etc...and then when we are together, perhaps in the evening, if this works out for everyone, we will have this kind of sharing. I think this will be a good combination of doable gifts that do not belabor the process and sharing of who we are.
So, there you have it.
Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the day. Treasure each other. Give thanks for our many blessings and gifts we each have. Love completely and fully. Love dad///

merry Christmas

from mom,
so this is my maternal oppinion,
yes, i do love, Christmas
and i do anticipate it each year,
it was kicked off by my mom and dad
with wonderful mornings and presents,
never what sally coburn got,
but we would line up our new stuffeed animals,
and our new outfit under the tree, with them folded neatly in their box
surrounded by tissue paper,
so, i never have felt deprived, or for want,
i sound like little women, which i am reading,
anways, not that depraved, or wanting,
but then it came time to start our own traditions with you guys,
the first Christmas was spent in buff and showered by family and girst,
and the second one, alone in syr,
with noni
and waiting for hansy.
we had a wonderufl full one,
so surprised,
not forgotten and almost overwhelming,
then from then on, nama switched places and som e of my favorite gifts from her
were a box of stamps and stationary,
a new nite gown, still all upstairs ,
new slippers and one big gift, like a tv or something,
not to complain then you see,
and alsways the gifts from bob and g,
always equal value,
some expected and some not ,
so, what do we do,
we have , dad and i gone out for one nite,
even got a babysitter for the last35 years and bought a huge toys are us
load of toys,
you only got presents on Christmas and your bd,
we love d it
we labored over what to buy each
what was under the tree,
in case you didnt' know we helped santa with that,
even though he alwasy came and did the leaving .
we smiled at litterlaly everything there,
now that includes
brislte blocks,
bikes, galore,
boots, cow boys hate,
bow and arrows,
and not too m any clothese,
but ususaly something if you really needed them,
mostly likely a nite gown or the pjs , nama made the boys each year with
the ehlp of laura broutfourd,
you do remember her , right ?
so, what to do now,
i do truely love the sharing idea that seems to bring much fun and merriment and smiles.
and i know alot of thought from each about each giftee,
anway, what i want for Christmas is lvoe, and smiles,
if it is gifts then let it be so,
if it is good, percolating coffee let it be,
if it is a long walk in the snow,
with ice crystals forming on our eye brows , then let it be,
but most of all laughs and smiles,
and calls to and from the totems,
and the seth'sys if they cna't come,
so please, let it be,
as that once famous singer , sang, let it be
and let it be with joy and smiles
and lvoe,
bc all the other stuff with go and come,
but on the ohter hand, we do like our presents and our giifts
and i can name many that i would not want to be with out,
and have relaly relaly appereciated,
and loved,
so, you decide,
and do it with Christmas in mind , but moslty with you guys in mind,
and all i want for Christmas is you guys to see each other when you can and watch you laugh,
all of you, and kiss the kids
and eat, and share, and be who we are
the best we can be in this world,
sounds like i'm a volunteer,
so, happy thanksgiving,
and let your conscience be your guide,
lvoe always. mom and me

Happy Turkey Day

while you all are going to be eating a good old american feast,
mom and I will be eating rice, rice and more rice, but since your t day is actually tommorow and the day after thanksgiving for us we will be in chaing mai, where there is apperently, italian(pizza mmm) and indian and all sorts of food , or mabye just some squid on a stick...
save me a plate ( be home in a week or so)

so getting to christmas, should i not bring an awsome,
amazing (original thai made) present for my person from thailand......
love ev
p.s. i just don't get how you people write so much,
pics were really cute, made my day,
-by the way hannah, i've made awsome RR enchilades.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

for those of you who just don't get it (frits and york)


a couple years ago, fletcher helped me hunt down an old computer game i used to play with meredith and mindy back in oneida. he (and i think travis, or nathan, or one of those guys) downloaded a thing or two on my computer and bam! there it was! my old "life and death" surgery game... huge pixels (or is it few?), turquoise, red and black only. no mouse. those were the days. anyways, i got big time into this game. evergreen joined me for awhile. and then i was stumped. i hit a wall, a dead end, as solid concrete as can be. so, what to do? i joined a chat page specifically for this game. i needed answers. but first, i had to create an account. they asked me if i was born after 1985. ha! they asked for a name. therein was born... dr pax. (pax means "peace" in latin, for all my educationally- (or google-y- challenged friends). it also means "kiss of peace." love it. my bird is white with shards of turquoise and his name is paz. i live in espanola, so the spanish version only made sense. i live 2 miles from the first european colony in the united states, by the way. pax out...


A slightly flacky, spongy bread with a touch of sweet smelling lemon and orange loaded with sucullant golden raisens and candied fruit topped with a generous blanket of powedered sugar. Serve while slighy warm witha cup of tea or coffee. Yes, stollen. It is good.

christmas debate

ok, as the christmas season starts officially tomorrow, or friday maybe, i think we need to make a decision.

is is spirit-filled offerings only?
$20 gifts?
a combination?
or something else?

let's either vote or let the matriarch and patriarch decide.

and no hans, that does not mean you!

from peace-keeping dr pax and her little bird paz


Some Fall photos...