Eugene Cho

how the spelling bee made me afraid of death

spellingbee

In honer of the 2008 2009 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee witch is going on wright now [June 2-4] in Washington DC, I give you two heelarious videose.

How did this simple contest that began in 1925 turn out to be a global phenomenon?  Just check out the TV coverage on the event including live prime time coverage on ABC and ESPN.

Truthe be told, I’m a goode speler myselfe.  Read the rest of this entry »

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best parenting advice

This is the most hilarious and visual parenting advice for you new parents.

For the first year of our new church, the only children were our two daughters [then 2-years-old and 1 month].  We’ve since been privileged with another kid [son] but the early years were difficult for our children because they really didn’t have anyone to hang out with at church.  I still remember preaching with my baby daughter on my back during the early months.

The children’s ministry has since grown immensely as we average about 70 infants and children spread between the 9.15am and 11am services [no children's ministry at the 5pm].  Since the beginning of the year, we’ve had numerous births with more babies coming.  So, I thought it would be pastorally wise to give these new and expectant parents [and blog visitors] some heartfelt parenting advice.

View these visual instructions carefully: Read the rest of this entry »

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the greatest drummer in the world

Need inspiration?

Because if you do, this might be one of the greatest things that you’ll ever witness. Such great skill, passion, and joy…

This is the beauty of art.

Whenever I get in a funk, this is one of those videos I turn to in order to be inspired. I give you the “Greatest Drummer in the World.” Make sure you watch the whole thing!

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shame on you: david letterman & jeremiah wright

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My head has been buried in stuff so I haven’t been tracking with too much current news with the exception of the North Korea (and Laura Ling and Euna Lee) stituation.

But as I was reading through my RSS reader this morning and read Scot McKnight’s blog about inexcusable comments by David Letterman and Jeremiah Wright (two separate stuff), I was pretty downright disgusted myself.

First, heres’ the news about Letterman’s completely inappropriate comments/jokes about the Palin family (via ABC news):

Letterman’s “Top 10″ list Tuesday night focused on Palin’s recent trip to New York, and included several cracks: “Bought makeup from Bloomingdale’s to update her ‘slutty flight attendant’ look,” Letterman said.

But it was a line in Letterman’s monolog that set off a firestorm: “One awkward moment for Sarah Palin at the Yankee game, during the seventh inning, her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez.”

Palin was in New York with her 14-year-old daughter, Willow.

I’m shared before on this blog that I don’t like Sarah Palin in that kind of way…but I completely agree with her and her husband. Absolutely unacceptable. David Letterman: While I enjoy the few occasions I get to watch your show, this is inexcusable. Shame on you. His explanation (apology

You have to wonder if the folks Read the rest of this entry »

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susan boyle and the lesson we should all learn – again

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Have you seen this video of Susan Boyle – from Britain’s Got Talent? She has a very unique story: 47 years old, charity worker, and never been kissed or on a date; Currently unemployed; and her previous singing experience was limited to the church choir and karaoke!

She was starved of oxygen at birth and has learning difficulties as a result. At school she was slow and had frizzy hair. She was bullied, mostly verbally. She told one newspaper that her classmates’ jibes left behind the kind of scars that don’t heal.

She didn’t have boyfriends, is a stranger to romance and has never been kissed. “Shame,” she said. Singing was her life-raft.

She lived with her parents in a four-bedroom council house and, when her father died a decade ago, she cared for her mother and sang in the church choir. [source]

I guess I have a soft spot with these things – but what I love the most isn’t just merely the discovery of someone with extraordinary talent but the humbling and inspiration that takes place…in all of us. There are lessons to be learned.

Notice the sneers, looks, judgments, and assumptions that nearly everyone makes – including the respective judges.  The change of “perception” (judgment? -> wonder) in the faces of the judges – especially Simon Cowell – are a sight to see.  And to be fair to them, I get it…

Why?

It’s pretty simple – she isn’t pretty. She doesn’t look the part.  She doesn’t look like an entertainer.  She doesn’t look Read the rest of this entry »

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greatest rock, pop, and roll?

It’s been an intense week so let’s lighten things up with a question in hopes that many people contribute.  The question is simple:  

Who’s the greatest band/musical artist of all time?

I grew up as a huge Elvis Presley fan and he’s still up there for me.  But, the more and more I listen to U2, I wonder if we’re possibly listening to the ‘Greatest Band of All Time.’  Clearly, it’s not the most creative answer since there are zillions of fans but  they are good in so many ways:  talent, charisma, content, convictions, performance and something we don’t appreciate enough:  longevity.  To be able to do it year in and year out over a course of decades is very rare.  

Update: Here are my Top 7. Clearly, I’m a little biased… Read the rest of this entry »

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the acoustic ninja & your favorite indie musician?

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Quest had the joy of hosting the Acoustic Ninja – Trace Bundy – for couple of his songs yesterday.  If you’ve never heard his music, do yourself a favor and check him out.  He does things with the guitar that is unbelievable.  I first heard Trace when he played a show at Q Cafe several years ago.  Since then, I’ve been following his career from afar.  By chance, I emailed him to ask him if he’d be willing to stop by Quest the next time he was  in Seattle and he graciously obliged.  While I certainly appreciate his gifts as a guitarist, it’s the story behind his gifts and music that resonate with me.

Question:  Who’s an indie musician you’ve been enjoying and following?  Share their website if you’ve got it…

Trace has a show in Seattle at the Triple Door on March 5 for those who are interested.  My favorite is a song entitled ‘Missile Bell‘ which I couldn’t find on YouTube but it’s a beautiful redemptive story of a village in El Salvador that comes back to their war torn land with hopes of rebuilding their lives.  The first thing they do is to build a church.   As they near the completion of building a church with scraps and pieces of stuff, they realize they don’t have a bell for the church.   They eventually decide to use a missile shell for a bell for the church.  It’s a beautiful image of the possibility of redemption…

Another one that he played yesterday was ‘Long Song’: Read the rest of this entry »

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best movies of 2008

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As I’m surfing through a list of the best films of 2008, I realized that Minhee and I didn’t get out very much.  In fact, I don’t think we went out and saw a single movie together.  Part of it is time and most of it is finances.  We realized that going to see a movie now costs us about $50-$60 a pop: $20 for the movie tix and $30-$40 for a babysitter and well, no movie is worth $60.  Which is another reason why the DVD is my best friend.

But we are trying to watch a film this week while we’re on vacation and have the services of our parents but to be honest, I haven’t heard of most of these films.  

Here’s a list from the American Film Institute [AFI] on their Top 10 Films of 2008 and so I have to ask:   Read the rest of this entry »

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the greatest song and ensemble?

Do you remember the song, “Do They Know It’s Christmas” by Band Aid? When this song came out in 1984, it instantly became one of my favorites.  I couldn’t stop listening to it.  It was on my Sony Walkman 24-7. 

Of course, there was the U.S. version via We Are the World a year later but this original Band Aid ensemble and song is my favorite.  Seeing this again reminds me how difficult it is to have ‘staying power’ as musicians and artists.  It’s so easy to flame out after several years.  Amongst the featured musicians, Bono [U2], Sting, and Paul McCartney seem to be the only artists that still have thriving careers. 

Who was your favorite artist from the original Band Aid ensemble?  Mine was… Read the rest of this entry »

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the movie that influenced you – the sequel

Yesterday, I asked this blog community to post some of their most influential films.  Reading people’s contributions got me thinking all day about some of those films.  I shared four on my entry yesterday and am adding a few more to comprise my Top 10 ‘most influential films’ today for the heck of it. 

One of the films is JoyLuck Club because it hits home in many ways. I just couldn’t measure up to my older brothers.  I’m embarrassed to say that I cried like a baby when I saw this film since this hurts my street cred as an ultimate fighter angry asian man.  But oh well.  Here’s the ‘Best Quality Heart’ scene from YouTube.  Anyone else?

In the upcoming weeks, we’ll have to share our lists of all time favorite films and ‘favorite chick flicks.’ Anyway, here’s my Ten Most Influential Films in no particular order.  Feel free to add a few more on yesterday’s entry or here. Read the rest of this entry »

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the movie that influenced you?

A month ago, I asked my readers a simple question about “the book that influenced you” and was encouraged by peoples’ responses since there were books I hadn’t even heard of.  So, in that vein, I’m asking another simple question today to balance out an intense blog week with posts about abortion and oppression of women.  I want to thank folks for engaging in such thoughtful and respectful dialogue.  One of my hopes in blogging is to create a level of Community and Conversation – all while hoping to direct people to the life of Christ.

In addition to “regulars” sharing their answers, I am especially inviting the lurkers and quiet blog readers to chime in. No one will bite your head off.  This is your chance to join in and become one of the cool people.

Here’s the question:

What are the films that have influenced you the most and why?

I’m not necessarily asking for your favorite films or what you think is the most influential film to impact cinema but rather, the film that influenced YOU.  Read the rest of this entry »

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thank you for the financial bailout

After doing some more reading and research, I concluded the bailout was not not a good idea.  But when you propagate fear into people and the system, everyone does what people normally do:  they [both individuals and lending institutions] look out for #1.  And for that reason, while I didn’t support the bailout, I acknowledged it was necessary…to alleviate the fear and anxiety. 

What do you think of this bailout?  Were you in support or against?

But, I hope folks realize the problems are bigger than this bailout.  Who will bail out the corruption and greed of our country…of our hearts?

But to reconcile any anger, frustration, or anxiety you may have, I give you this video of a U2 song [ONE] that will bring great joy and harmony to your heart.  This cover comes to us through the friendly people of BoA [Bank of Abuse] Read the rest of this entry »

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batman – the dark knight

Am I the only person in the civilized world that has yet to see The Dark Knight?  Every person that has seen the film says only great things about the film.  So, couple questions for you:

  1. On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate the Dark Knight?
  2. Does it rank in your Top 10 movies of all time?
  3. And if you answered Question #2, you must answer this question.  What film do you remove from that list to accomodate the Dark Knight?

Now, I have to be honest here.  Read the rest of this entry »

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bill gates’ last day, jerry seinfeld, and shoes

Two must see videos here.  The first is a hilarious video of Bill Gates shown at the CES earlier this year as part of his final keynote speech. If you haven’t heard, Billy is no longer a full-time employee at Microsoft.  The second is the first video of Microsoft’s new 300 million dollar advertising campaign featuring Bill and Jerry Seinfeld. Read the rest of this entry »

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recycling gone bad

This re-post is dedicated to all my friends, congregants, blog readers, and websurfers that are advocating for all things Green.  Environmentalism and recyling is good…to an extent.

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I’m all for simplicity. I’m all for resourcefulness. I’m all for recycling and re-utilizing old clothes for current usage.  But this is just not right…an example of recycling gone bad. Read the rest of this entry »

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christ is big in my blog

Whew.  I can breathe easy now that the salvation of my blog has been confirmed via this Wordle resource that documents the content of your [mostly recent] entries. I am super proud, righteous, and ecstatic to share with you that “C-H-R-I-S-T” plays a big role in my blog despite my harshest critics that think I am a pagan.  I’m a Christ follower and I have proof here: Read the rest of this entry »

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exclusive photos and review of the prototype iPhone 3G

I have a special treat for my blog readers.  I had a chance to play around with the prototype iPhone 3G today.  As you know, on June 9 at the WWDC, Apple and Steve Jobs released info, specs, and prices of the new iPhone 3G to be offically released to the rest of the “average public” on July 11.  

But I have connections.  Here are some pics and commentary: Read the rest of this entry »

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rapper xzibit mourns son’s death

Some of you may think I’m on some sort of celebrity binge.  I’m not [and I don't subscribe to TMZ] but when I stumbled onto news about the death of Xzibit’s baby son, it sucked.  For folks whose musical taste lean towards Rick Astley, Xzibit [Alvin Nathaniel Joiner] is a rapper, actor [Gridiron Gang], and TV personality [Pimp My Ride].  Sadly, couple of you will be offended that as a pastor, I’ve chosen to blog about an artist with “questionable” lyrics and expressions.  If that’s the case, you’re missing the point…by a lot.

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stuff, connect, info

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Wow. Blessed are the artists that help others reimagine the Gospel. #HeIsRisen #questchurch Amazing Resurrection celebration service. Especially love celebrating Communion every Sunday. Today, hosted a super Feast with bread from many different countries. #HeIsRisen Don't rush too soon to the empty tomb. Reflect on the cross. Thank you, Jesus, for your life & love. Thank you, Jesus, for you have redeemed this day of injustice and violence to be "good." You are truly the Light of the world. #GoodFriday Layover. San Francisco. Having grown up here, my heart still flutters. No other city like it. A quick, busy, & meaningful 26 hrs in Wash DC but managed to go for an hour walk for this view. One of the greatest monuments in the world. A true American hero. #AbrahamLincoln

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