May 17th, 2002

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Star Wars

dum-dum-dum-duuum-duum.....

OK, that was supposed to be the magestic "Star Wars" theme, not commentary on the movie. Use your imagination. I *did* go to see the new "Star Wars" movie last night, mostly because I've got plans this weekend that will not include time for movie-watching. I quite enjoyed it. But I think when it's all said and done, Episodes 4, 5, and 6 are going to be the good ones.

Prior to going to the show last night, my wife asked me to refresh her memory as to what happened in Episode 1. I couldn't, because I don't really remember the movie. I know the backstory enough to *know* what happened, but I don't remember seeing it happen in the movie. Yes, Episode 1 was enjoyable for me to watch. Just not memorable. I think Episode 2 is going to end up being the same way.

On my way to work this morning, I realized what it is. I like the idea of "Star Wars" more than I like the implementation. I enjoy the story, the mythology, the visual effects. But the two recent movies are more of a means of conveying the skeleton for the mythology, in my mind. Several of my friends have recommended "Star Wars" books to me. I expect that I would enjoy them much, much more than the recent movies.

Don't get me wrong -- I'm not really complaining. I'm glad to have seen the movies. I enjoyed them. I just think that at this point, "Star Wars" had become to big for a movie -- even a movie with all of the power of ILM behind it -- to contain.
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Prayer Journal Computer Program

I'm very much in the early, early, early stages of thinking about this. "Some day," I'm going to write a computer program to serve as a prayer journal. I don't know when I'll get a chance to do some real design or begin developing it, but I can go ahead and start gathering requirements now. In the past, I've had various degrees of success using a written journal, in various forms, as part of my prayer life. I thought I might enjoy using a specialized computer program to help keep a prayer journal. I know I'd enjoy writing such a program.

Would you use a computer program as a tool in your prayer life? If not, why not? If you already do, what is it? If you would use such a program, how would you expect it to work? What would you want the program to do? What sort of features would you like it to have in this program?
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