"So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth." Revelation 3:16
For the longest while I couldn’t understand this analogy. I remember a preacher once saying that the water in Jerusalem was lukewarm that it gave people a pukish feeling when consumed. Still didn’t get it.
What made me realise this? Tea. Yes, the simple nonsensical beverage - chai. Having recently taken to drinking green tea - i’ve come to love it slightly hot. (I used to disdain any hot beverage before)
Any tea drinker would be familiar with the nauseated feeling you get when you drink your tea after its cooled down to the point of being neither hot nor cold. It is simply disgusting. You make a face and immediately ask for it to be re-heated. One would either drink iced-tea or hot, even warm tea. But nothing in between. It’s a struggle to swallow a beverage in that odd-a-temperature. Your gag reflex gives way. It’s neither hot, nor cold.
I reckon this is the logic behind the analogy that Christ was trying to make as well.
It’s very rare for me to crack up at ads. But here are a couple that made my sides hurt.
I was watching a movie with my mother and there was a commercial break in between. The movie itself was about ghosts, spirits and what not - so this new Cadbury Chomp ad was very placed. I laughed out loud for a good two minutes, my parents thought i had lost it.
This one is subtle - but humourous none the less.
Does it bug you too when you see digital abbreviations used, especially when the accepted abbreviation is just ONE letter different?
I’m always fascinated by multiple-interpretation logos. Took a second glance at the iheartradio logo today and noticed that every element of the name is depicted in the logo as well. It’s wonderful and not very easy to do that.
The stick figure - also as an ‘i’
the big red heart, obviously!
radio waves around the stick figure
Additionally, showing the i as a stick figure/person is a lovely touch. Could be the listener, could also be the RJ.
Simple and good design!
I love it! i mean.. i heart it.
At church last Sunday, I heard the pastor say: "Prayer is not a gift, it is essential."
Immediately I was reminded of a counter statement made by another preacher on TV many moons ago in the same vein, although probably harsher: "Prayer-less-ness is not a weakness, it is a sin."
Continuing on the subject of prayer, the pastor said, that God was not impressed by our vain repetitions, or our eloquent words, or our idle babbling. He is only interested in our heart.
That got me thinking about writing too. It would seem extremely shallow if it isn’t from the heart. How many slogans, copy and presentations are from the heart, anyway?
Seems like we’re spending too much time being pretentious. But it would take more time to dig deeper into one’s heart to see what one would find.
I just watched a great documentary on Maurice Binder and I feel like I can relate to the man. I kept nodding throughout, whenever anyone recalled one his quirks, because that’s usually what I do as well.
So, I’m not crazy.
To be so persuasive, a smooth talker, a good salesman that you could:
"Sell ice cubes to Eskimos"
"Sell a pair of spectacles in the valley of blind"
"Sell a comb to a bald man"
"Diplomacy is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they actually look forward to the trip."
The counter logic is:
"To not be able to sell a glass of water to a man in the desert"
A while back I began corresponding with the admissions department of an Art University in San Francisco, CA. I had been enquiring about one of their courses. After going back and forth with questions and answers, the contact person at the University sent me a rather funny email:
“I wonder if you are a US citizen or Permanent Resident since your English is very good. If so, I cannot help you with your admissions procedure, because I only work with International Students. I will reassign you to the right admissions department and they will follow up with you. So please let me know your status.”
I was taken aback at this email. It’s one of those times when you’re not sure whether to feel flattered or offended. Does she expect every person who is born or bred in the US to have a strong command over English? Does she also expect every person outside of the US to communicate only in broken sentences of English?
Hard to believe that there are still people in such positions who would make such naive assumptions about foreign individuals.
Parodies are always fun to watch. Carly Rae has sure made a name for herself with this catchy tune but even more because groups around America have choreographed hilarious moves to this song.
The Harvard’s Baseball team on a boring ride to one of their matches did this:
Shortly after, SMU Women’s rowing team responded with their synchronized-swimming-like moves. None of them seem to have two left feet.
There are plenty of other parodies by sports teams that went viral on YouTube throughout last year and even the year before. But my favourite parody is not by a sports team but beats them all. It’s by the US Marines stationed in Afghanistan. My favourite bits of the video - watch 1:26 and 2:31 and CALL ME MAYBE!!!!!!!!!!