12 September 2009

132 Libraries of Congress

"To our knowledge, there is no company that does the level of vital records preservation that FamilySearch does," said Brother Nauta. "The records FamilySearch contains currently, when digitized, would equal 132 Libraries of Congress or 18 petabytes of data---and that doesn't include our ongoing acquisition efforts."

What! 132 Libraries of Congress! I looked it up: 18 petabytes is 18,000 Terabytes! This is really an amazing work the LDS Church's Family History Department is engaged in:

03 September 2009

Principal apologizes for showing Obama video in school

The plot thickens. Shame on you Utah Eagle Forum for turning everything into polar issue. Lame.

Video Courtesy of KSL.com

Call it people's veiled racism

Call it people's veiled racism, call it complete paranoia. I don't know, but this is so ridiculous. "Don't indoctrinate my children with your brief speech Mr. Anti-America President!" I'm ashamed. Now to research whether this is happening in other states or just our conservative hotbed.

Video Courtesy of KSL.com

29 August 2009

John Yettaw

An interesting account. Who knows what the future will bring for Aung San Suu Kyi?

19 August 2009

All of These Words

New song of mine. Lyrics:


All of those words make me feel as if
I am floating through endless space, alone.

So I try to find those kinds of words
That I know when I play XBOX, alone at home.

I wrote it after told me a kid in her new class explained that reading a book with hard words seems like you're floating through space without any gravity. Ha.

17 August 2009

Concerning this blog

I have noticed little activity on the blog recently. So I want to put it forward to the readership: are the posts not very interesting or do most of you prefer not to leave comments? I guess I'm just curious what the general feeling is among you.

Drop a comment, be not afraid.


14 August 2009

Awesome kid

Watch the whole thing. A really neat interview with President Obama and Damon Weaver from Pahokee, Florida:

11 August 2009

FLDS Crafts

I stumbled upon this wonderful site as I was researching Mormon fundamentalism. Very interesting stuff. They have a lot of diverse products from baby "hemlets" to nail gun belts to FLDS Hair Styling DVDs!

There surely are a lot of intense claims by all the Mormon fundamentalist factions that began to schism after the Manifestos of Wilford Woodruff. An interesting topic for me to research. Take a gander:

24 June 2009

28 April 2009

Did You Know 3.0

I found this on the lovely blog of Eleanor Cleverly (mi hermana), and had to share it with those not familiar with her intriguing posts. Data is overflowing the earth, and what do we make of it?

27 April 2009

Swine flu: we're at Phase 4 now. Whoa.

Now this may not turn into a 1918 situation, but still: not cool. Let's all keep our eyes open and don't forget to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Also: wash you hands frequently! Seriously, people.

24 April 2009

My new blog: Water, Blood, & Oil

I've started a new blog titled: Water, Blood, & Oil on WordPress. The blog will be for my spiritual experiences and various meanderings, also my creations that feel like they need another place of presentation. This blog is fun, and quirky, and usually a good place to discuss lots of random things. This new blog will hopefully be more focused and maybe even reverent (hmm...). Anyhow, hope those who are interested in spiritual discussions and meditations will give it a shot.

Love you all,


Arnold: My Man

05 April 2009

General Conference: Shazam!

Elder Richard G. Scott's talk, in the Saturday Afternoon Session of General Conference, was a really moving account of his personal experience with God, especially his reckoning with the loss of his wife. Take a look, especially if you missed it. I was in the Conference Center for his talk and was moved very deeply in my heart.

What a great weekend for myself and family.

20 March 2009

Drive (Reprise)

I know I posted this a while ago, but I still like it. This is a digital media poem I wrote/created after my experience in December 2007 concerning my mental health struggles.

09 March 2009

The Publicity Dilemma

This is an excerpt from a commentary posted on the Church's Newsroom in response to recent buzz over the depiction of Mormon temple rites on an upcoming episode of HBO's Big Love. In a word: wordimus:

"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as an institution does not call for boycotts. Such a step would simply generate the kind of controversy that the media loves and in the end would increase audiences for the series. As Elder M. Russell Ballard and Elder Robert D. Hales of the Council of the Twelve Apostles have both said recently, when expressing themselves in the public arena, Latter-day Saints should conduct themselves with dignity and thoughtfulness

Not only is this the model that Jesus Christ taught and demonstrated in his own life, but it also reflects the reality of the strength and maturity of Church members today. As someone recently said, “This isn’t 1830, and there aren’t just six of us anymore.” In other words, with a global membership of thirteen and a half million there is no need to feel defensive when the Church is moving forward so rapidly. The Church’s strength is in its faithful members in 170-plus countries, and there is no evidence that extreme misrepresentations in the media that appeal only to a narrow audience have any long-term negative effect on the Church...

Now comes another series of Big Love, and despite earlier assurances from HBO it once again blurs the distinctions between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the show’s fictional non-Mormon characters and their practices. Such things say much more about the insensitivities of writers, producers and TV executives than they say about Latter-day Saints.

If the Church allowed critics and opponents to choose the ground on which its battles are fought, it would risk being distracted from the focus and mission it has pursued successfully for nearly 180 years. Instead, the Church itself will determine its own course as it continues to preach the restored gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world."

Full statement here.

02 March 2009

Bottled Water Drinkers Are The New Smokers

"A year ago we quoted Giles Coren of the London Times writing "Mineral water is a preposterous vanity." This modest and self-effacing food critic now takes credit for the government taking action about it.

"For make no mistake, this is all my doing. Since I first made my stand against bottled water in 2006 – incorporating penalty points for serving it into my restaurant ratings, vilifying its producers and mocking its consumers – consumption of the stuff has plummeted (probably) Far more restaurants than ever before offer tap water first and then bottled only as the Bling-Bling alternative. Punters who opt for the Perrier or Badoit now do so with a blush and an apology to diners at the next table.

"In 2008 drinkers of bottled water are the new smokers."

Coren concludes, in his usual style:

"From the restaurants’ point of view it is just a clipping system. It’s more free money. The mark-ups are bigger even than they are on wine. You’ll pay £4 to £5 in most posh London restaurants for stuff no different, no different at all, from what you brushed your teeth in that morning (not leaving the tap on while doing so, I hope). The result is billions of unnecessary food miles, nonbiodegradable waste, millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases, more urban pollution, hell in a handcart." ::Times Online"

Also awesome:

"Mineral water is a preposterous vanity. It is flown and shipped around the world, from France and Norway at best, from Japan and Fiji at worst. It is bottled in glass that is mostly thrown away and is stupidly heavy to freight, or in plastic which never, ever, decomposes and just goes to landfill or ends up in one of the “plastic patches” the size of Texas currently gyring in our oceans.

Food snobs and restaurant critics make a big song and dance about mineral waters they like and don’t like. New York’s Ritz-Carlton even caters to the whim of abstemious punters with a dedicated water list and sommelier.

The vanity of it! While half the world dies of thirst or puts up with water you wouldn’t piss in, or already have, we have invested years and years, and vast amounts of money, into an ingenious system which cleanses water of all the nasties that most other humans and animals have always had to put up with, and delivers it, dirt-cheap, to our homes and workplaces in pipes, which we can access at a tap.

And yet last year we bought three billion litres of bottled water. 3,000,000,000 litres! I have no idea how much that is. But it seems a lot. Especially when we were fooled into buying it because of labels that said “pure as an alpine stream”, “bottled at the foot of a Mexican volcano” or “cleansed for three million years beneath a Siberian glacier”. What morons we are. ::Times online"

From treehugger.com

24 February 2009


I based this work off a previous manipulation of a picture from some military site. This recent attempt is a piece depicting modern warfare.


08 February 2009

FrontRunner South Demo Using Google Earth 5.0

Here's a little demo I did using Google Earth 5.0 explaining where the University Ave Station for FrontRunner South will be. More to come later as I map out UTA's map of the whole project.

Click here to download the GE tour file (note: you will be GE 5.0 to view this).


16 January 2009

'War on terror' was wrong

"Seven years on from 9/11 it is clear that we need to take a fundamental look at our efforts to prevent extremism and its terrible offspring, terrorist violence. Since 9/11, the notion of a "war on terror" has defined the terrain. The phrase had some merit: it captured the gravity of the threats, the need for solidarity, and the need to respond urgently - where necessary, with force. But ultimately, the notion is misleading and mistaken. The issue is not whether we need to attack the use of terror at its roots, with all the tools available. We must. The question is how."

Read the rest of this great editorial by Foreign Secretary of the UK, David Miliband, by clicking here.

Just a Couple Awesome Videos

Talk about Millenial parallels here:

And of course I delight in Keifer Sutherland:

14 January 2009

Afghan Girls, Scarred by Acid, Defy Terror, Embracing School

Afghan Girls, Scarred by Acid, Defy Terror, Embracing School

Amazing stories of courage in this article on The New York Times website. Read it if you have a spare minute or two. The importance of girls and women receiving education is essential in combating terrorism throughout the world.

10 January 2009

Target Samples

Samples I "designed" while in the Produce Department at the Super Target in Orem, Utah.

Photos taken on my mobile phone.

09 January 2009

Jason Chaffetz vs. Stephen Colbert: Bam.