October 9th, 2007

jim

Stained Glass Masquerade

Casting Crowns - Stained Glass Masquerade



Is there anyone that fails
Is there anyone that falls
Am I the only one in church today feelin' so small

Cause when I take a look around
Everybody seems so strong
I know they'll soon discover
That I don't belong

So I tuck it all away, like everything's okay
If I make them all believe it, maybe I'll believe it too
So with a painted grin, I play the heart again
So everyone will see me the way that I see them

Are we happy plastic people
Under shiny plastic steeples
With walls around our weakness
And smiles to hide our pain
But if the invitation's open
To every heart that has been broken
Maybe then we close the curtain
On our stained glass masquerade

Is there anyone who's been there
Are there any hands to raise
Am I the only one who's traded
In the altar for a stage

The performance is convincing
And we know every line by heart
Only when no one is watching
Can we really fall apart

But would it set me free
If I dared to let you see
The truth behind the person
That you imagine me to be

Would your arms be open
Or would you walk away
Would the love of Jesus
Be enough to make you stay

[chorus]

(do I dare to sing this in church? do I have the courage? would anyone even get the point?)
  • Current Mood
    pensive pensive
jim

On algorithms

Algorithms: Business by Numbers (from Economist.com)

This is actually a wonderful article.  It explains why algorithms are significant and important in contemporary business.  It does so with complete technical accuracy, but does it in a manner accessible to the novice. 

I may have to get reprints of this one.
  • Current Mood
    contemplative professorial
jim

Movie meme

Swiped from wibble42
[01] -- Look up TEN of your favorite movies on IMDB.
[02] -- Click the "trivia" link in the sidebar.
[03] -- Post a fun and random bit of trivia from each film.
[04] -- Tag five people!

I won't tag ... do it if you want ...
  1. The Blues Brothers - Before the falling-Pinto scene could be filmed, the filmmakers had to get an "Air UN-worthyness certificate" from the Federal Aviation Administration for the Pinto. This was done by conducting preliminary drop tests to ensure that it would not behave as an airfoil and drift from its target line, but would drop "like a brick" when dropped from a great height.  (Photos from the actual drop show up on the Nth Anniversary DVD, which I own.)
  2. The Princess Bride - The fencing masters that Inigo and Westley talk about studying are all real fencing masters from the 14th to 16th centuries (although the styles of fighting they are using have little to do with what those masters actually taught).
  3. The Hunt for Red October - During filming, several of the actors portraying USS Dallas crewmen took a cruise on a real submarine. To train for his role as the Dallas' commander, Scott Glenn was installed as the "commander" of the real sub and gave orders to the crewmen as the real captain would.
  4. The Great Escape - During the climatic motorcycle chase, John Sturges allowed Steve McQueen to ride (in disguise) as one of the pursuing German soldiers, so that in the final sequence, through the magic of editing, he's actually chasing himself.
  5. Miracle on 34th Street - Despite the fact that the film is set during Christmas, studio head Darryl F. Zanuck insisted that it be released in May because he argued that more people went to the movies during the summer. So the studio began scrambling to promote it while keeping the fact that it was a Christmas movie a secret.
  6. Toy Story - Early scripts for the film featured a Barbie Doll in a prominent role as Woody's love interest. The original ending sequence, in which Buzz and Woody chase the moving truck, was scripted to have Barbie drive her Corvette off the truck and rescue Woody and Buzz from Syd's dog, a-la Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). Mattel, the company that owns the Barbie character, declined on the basis that they thought the film would be a failure and that they didn't want Barbie to have a defined personality, preferring to let children imagine Barbie's personality traits on their own. Thus, Barbie was dropped from the script, and her character was reworked into that of Bo-Peep. When the film proved a huge success, Mattel did allow Barbie to appear in Toy Story 2 (1999).
  7. Aladdin - During the course of recording the voices, Robin Williams improvised so much they had almost 16 hours of material.
  8. Schindler's List - The person who places the flower on top of the stones in the closing credits is Liam Neeson and not Steven Spielberg, as some people think.
  9. White Christmas - The "Sisters" comedy act that Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye perform was not originally in the script. They were clowning around on the set and the director thought it was so funny that it was written in.
  10. Remember the Titans - The film is made more accessible to non-fans of the sport of football by careful music editing - whenever the Titans complete a key play or turn the game in their favor, the music changes to upbeat rock.