I presented this talk at Sacrament Meeting on Sunday, July 10th, 2016 to the San Lorenzo Valley Ward.
Brothers and sisters, it is a privilege to address you today. As you know, I have been called to the California Arcadia Mission in Los Angeles County, and I will be leaving this Saturday.
I've been waiting for nearly three years to write this post! Yesterday, I finally received my call to the California Arcadia Mission. That's right! I'll be serving just six hours away from home!
It's been almost two months since I last posted, so I thought I'd write a little update (for anyone who actually reads this).
My progress towards completing my missionary recommendation has finally come to the end, almost. I just need a few more things to get done paperwork-wise, but I've begun assembling and packing my luggage and received my Patriarchal Blessing. I'm getting close!
If you'd like to get email updates from me while I'm in the mission field, use my contact form to let me know. I'll try to update as often as possible.
That's it for now! Thanks for reading.
As a result of the massive overreach of the Twitter Trust and Safety Council in banning the accounts of conservatives, I have decided to leave Twitter to the worms and continue microblogging elsewhere.
After doing some research, I've found Plurk to be satisfactory for my needs, and thus you will find me here: http://www.plurk.com/websterhamster.
Once upon a time, in a brand-new (to me) bedroom very near (still in it), I accidentally stumbled upon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and the Brony fandom. I had been playing modded Minecraft, and in the Feed the Beast launcher was a texture-pack called the Love and Tolerance texture pack, intended to be played with a modpack that turned players into ponies and made the world colorful and magical.
I thought, “Seriously?” and then promptly began to research the show. I read about the adult men (and women and teenagers) who adore the show and practically worship it. I heard the now-familiar arguments in favor, and against, non-demographical interest in such a thing. And then, I went to YouTube and took the plunge.
I will admit that my taste in anime is eclectic and perhaps eccentric, but I really enjoyed some of the shows that came out in 2015 - especially the ones that had great music.
Here are my favorite anime songs from 2015! They're from anime that started and/or ended last year, so some of them may still be running.
As I've been reading the Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson, I've been thinking about the comparisons it's received with The Lord of the Rings saga.
The similarities in passion evident in the writing between Erikson perhaps reveal a critical element that makes a high fantasy story truly epic: purpose and intent to exercise real-world skill.
Tolkien was a philologist, Erikson an archaeologist and anthropologist. Tolkien's tales are full of linguistic marvels, while Erikson's exude mystery and depth with their complex civilizations, societies, and customs. History is everywhere in the Malazan world.
The key isn't a skill at storytelling, although that's important. It's what you know outside of the fantasy world you're creating that you can flavor it with that gives it the zest and color needed to make it feel tangible and nearby.
If you're a fan of fantasy and haven't heard of them, I strongly suggest the Malazan Book of the Fallen. It's a truly amazing series.
Merry Christmas, everyone! I've been really busy, but I couldn't let the modern celebration of Christ's birth slip by without a post.
This Christmas season, I've witnessed many random and spontaneous acts of kindness, from a lady paying for an elder gentleman's groceries to others giving gifts at work. I love it! It's how the world should always be.
Why is it that people feel like they should be extra nice to strangers around Christmas? What's with this Christmas Spirit thing, anyway?
It's said that the secret to a successful life is to do what you love.
As you may be able to tell from The Machine, I love a lot of things - video games, politics, animals, technology, philosophy, books, etc. I'm an eclectic man.
That's why I turned the Evening Breeze page into the Creative Endeavors page; it's now a place for me to share my on-going projects, such as the late Evening Breeze radio show and my current Ryan's Creative Enterprises business.
Do what you love. It's fun, trust me.
I'm a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the California Arcadia Mission.