Friday, January 30, 2009

Introducing Chuck


If you're the observant type, you may have noticed this photo as my current profile picture here on blogger. This is Chuck, my puppet. I've been a huge fan of Jim Henson and the Muppets for as long as I can remember, but I had never really tried puppeteering until about a year or so ago. I designed and built Chuck myself and have been really enjoying the experience of playing this character. Hopefully this blog will be one way that I can showcase some of the things I'm learning as well as make you laugh or smile or whatever your reaction may be. 

But instead of me just telling you about him, why don't I let him speak for himself. Now, Chuck can be a little shy around people he doesn't know, but he's agreed to make a video introduction for this blog so you can get to know him a little better. So, without further ado, here's Chuck.. Enjoy!
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Monday, January 26, 2009

Photo Album: Meerkats


I can't believe I've been blogging for over a week and am just now posting my first picture. Here is a shot of a couple of Timon's cousins in their home at Busch Gardens Tampa. Animals are one of my favorite subjects of photography so expect to see a lot more of them here as time goes on.

Monday, January 19, 2009

President Obama

This week will see the truly historic inauguration of President Barack Obama. As someone who supported Mr. Obama over the course of this past presidential campaign I am pleased to see him finish up his transition to power and become our 44th president. I can only imagine what it must feel like for so many to finally see someone who looks like them in the highest office in the land, but as for myself I can say that I am proud to see my country taking yet another step toward living out the principle that "all men are created equal" (even if there is still quite a ways to go). If what we as a nation and as a world in general are going through right now is any indication, President Obama will have to face many difficult challenges over the next four years, so I wish him and the team that he has assembled all the best and hope that all of us, no matter who we voted for, will do the same.

In honor of the occasion, here is a look back at the historic election that brought us to this moment through the eyes of one of the most trusted names in fake news:

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Welcome!

Hey blog-reading people! Welcome to my brand new blog! As you may have notices, it's called "Life, Laughter, and Lots More" and is called that because all the other names I came up with were already taken. Anyway, on this blog I'll be sharing some of the random and not so random thoughts, images, news, links, ramblings, and other things that come to my mind whenever I feel like posting. I'm currently studying photography so expect pictures to be a big part of what I do here. Also, I'm a big fan of animation (particularly but not limited to Disney and Pixar), puppetry (especially the Muppets), and comedy in general so don't be surprised if they get mentioned every one in a while either. Last but not least, I am continually trying to live out my faith in Jesus in my life, and I'm sure that that will find its way into my postings here as well. So, with introductions behind us, I hope that you will enjoy whatever it is I feel like writing.