So I’m bored…

As is tradition, I wanted to start this blog out commenting on how I hope that I will start blogging more in the future…

Phew, now that that is over, let’s get down to business.

Alot has changed in my life since I last blogged. For instance, I am married, I have a college degree, I have a full time job, and I live in a new apartment. Before I said I would blog more about being engaged, obviously that did not happen. Let me sum it up… It was pretty awesome, but being married is cooler. Maybe some time I will talk about what it was like compared to what it is like now. Plus I’d like to talk about the wedding. Speaking of weddings, I’ve been doing wedding photography lately too. It’s a fun gig, when I am less lazy I’ll post some samples of my work – they’re pretty baller pictures.

I digress to what I was talking about before… which was nothing.

My aspirations to go to grad school have not sizzled out. I still very much want to. Right now I am trying to learn German and French on my own before I start applying. Hopefully when I have more time I can study for the GRE too so I can take that bad boy. As of now, working is pretty good.

What do I do you ask? WELL THANKS FOR ASKING. I work for a place called MARCO Promotional Products. I produce product videos and write for social media. Check out one of my latest videos right here.

Also as I had mentioned, I am married! I now share an apartment with Megan Thoman! It is pretty great, I really don’t have anything to complain about. Alot of people talk about how it is really hard to adjust to living with someone. Or I hear people say you really get to know someone after you marry them and have to live with them. I have found neither of those to be bad. She is still the same person and I didn’t find it hard to adjust at all – I don’t really think I needed too. There is so much I could go into about how awesome it is. That is for another time and place (and another blog category.

Cool bro. that’s enough blogging for now.
Check out my revamped personal website and my business website.

Also did I ever mention how I started a fan site for the game Ingress? Well I did, and I kind of lost interest in the game real fast, so it kind of died. But I bought the domain name, so maybe I will do something with that website later…
Keep an eye out.

Sincerely,
That guy who writes this blog

I’m an Adult!

I feel like I should really rename my blog like “procrastinating from blogging” or something like that. Honestly, I feel like thats all I ever talk about. So the real question is, am I really too busy or am I just lazy…?

Instead of just talking about that though, let me just get right to it. Obviously, alot of things have probably changed since it has been like half a year. For starters, I am a college graduate now. Woo! I don’t have may paper yet though, so I’m not sure if that means I’m not really a real college graduate. Also, I have a real job now. I got a job with a business where I produce videos to market their products. Last but not least, I am getting married in one week!!!

So in a week I will be on my honeymoon with my amazing new wife. Then After that I will be back home in Oshkosh, then I will be moving into my new apartment in a couple weeks. Its like I am a real adult!!!

Anyways, thats all my life right now. Besides that, I have a few other things to talk about. For one, I have been watching the TV show Supernatural a ton. I also caught up with Breaking Bad. And I started watching Game of Thrones (I’m only to like episode 5 of this though). What I have been watching the most of is Supernatural – I’d say its a pretty awesome TV show. I am right at the end of season 5. I don’t like talking about TV shows too much though because I’m afraid to give away any spoilers. All you need to know is, you should watch this. Eric Kripke is pretty cool. Thats why I have to get caught up on Revolution too. I heard that Kripke left Supernatural i season 6 though, so I am not super excited to see what happens to the show then.

I don’t like blabbering that much. So I’m gonna cut it off about right now. I hope to write more, and soon I will have plenty to write about. I will soon be a married man!!! Only 7 more days!

A little teaser

So….
I havn’t blogged in a while…
Because I have more important things to do, pretty much. Yeah, times is hard. I’m doing school and stuff, so its hard to find the time to blog. In the future though, I will have no excuses.

Why you ask?

First off, that was very kind of you to ask why and show genuine interest. Anyways, the reasoning is because I am graduating in like 5 weeks! Holy buckets! Now you are probably wondering why I am just writing this “teaser” thing then. The answer is simple. I realize I have not blogged in a long time, so I should. Also, I had a couple of seconds because I am waiting to play AOE. YES I KNOW!!! THEY RE-RELEASED IT!!! Age Of Empires 2 HD!!!! Yeah, I’ve been playing it – alot! And so right now I’m basically waiting for my friends to get out of a game on steam so that I can play with them. Seeing as that I had nothing else to do, I started blogging.

There you have it, a teaser. And by teaser I mean a really short blog post that really does not tease anything at all besides the fact that I might blog again some time soon.

Until next time,
thanks for reading.

-me

I moved (…to a new domain)!

So, as many of you know (because I have so many readers and followers) I useto be colmonkey.wordpress.com. If you are observant, than you will notice that I am actually now at colmonkey.andrewthoman.com. andrewthoman.com is my online porfolio/personal website, so I decided to put my blog on my own domain. This is exciting for me, and for you! Because now I can add any widgets I want and any themes (I can even write my own widgets and layout!).

All in all, this is just a simple move. I figured if I was ever going to my my blog, I should do it now. Before I start blogging alot. So that way, by the time I start blogging alot and maybe a couple people are following my blog, they will not have to be confused by a domain move.

So for now on, look forward to this being my new url (colmonkey.andrewthoman.com), which is easy to remember because it is just my name. Also, hopefully look forward to more blog posts, since now I am not scared to post alot.

Sincerely,

Me.

Kyle Kohl: A Great Man

Kohl, Thoman, and Walters at the phone bank

from left to right,
Chris Walters, Andy Thoman, Kyle Kohl

Kyle Kohl, otherwise known as the Gandhi of professional wrestling, is one of the most influential people who have ever existed. There are several reasons why one could argue that Kohl is perhaps the best person alive, but none as good as the argument that he is simply really handsome. That’s not it though, there is no end to the number of feats he has under his belt – his black belt.

Aside from being extremely attractive and being superb in the martial arts, Kohl has contributed to his community in his short two hundred and sixty-five months on this earth more than most have in a life time. At the age of sixteen, Kohl was the youngest person ever to receive the Noble Prize in Chemistry. He received his noble prize for his amazing advancements in sewage waste treatment. His research is estimated to have saved the lives of literally millions of people. Perhaps every single person has been affected by Kohl’s life because of this simple fact. Not only had that, before receiving his noble prize, Kohl achieved his Ph.D by the age of only thirteen. That is quicker than Doogie Howser was able to achieve his Doctorate of Medicine.  Kohl studied astrophysics for two years, until he decided to switch to Theoretical Chemistry Engineering and finished his dissertation in 2004. Overall, Kohl has proved himself to be a tremendous influence to the field of Chemistry in a whole, and has given back to the world through his selfless studies.

One would think that Kohl had achieved enough in life already. This was not true for him. Even at the age of eight, he had been in his local newspaper several times for such things as: saving babies from drowning, giving motivational speeches, raising huge amounts of money for numerous non-profits, and the list goes on forever. One aspect of Kohl’s life that is very notable is that of his high school career. Though he had already achieved multiple masters degrees and his Ph.D, he decided he wanted to live a normal teenage life. During his high school career, he was able to bring his football team to state as the quarterback and kicker, and win ten different national awards for forensics. During his involvement at Model UN at his school, many world leaders would attend their meetings to try to inquire of how Kohl operated in his decision making processes and how he interacted with others. Finally, after graduating high school he decided he would grace the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh by going for a four year degree.

While at UWO, Kohl has managed to blend in with the crowd by looking like an average college student. Appearances are deceiving though, because Kohl continues to be heavily involved: with the college radio station (WRST-FM), Film Society, Titan TV, and Residence Life. One of his previous residents, Joseph Peralta, said of him, “He is by far the best CA [Community Advisor] on campus.” Not only that, Kohl continues to hold up a 4.3 on a 4.0 grading scale. Kohl does not make the Dean’s list; it is the chancellor that makes the Kohl list.

Overall, there is no argument that Kyle Kohl may be one of the most influential persons to ever walk the face of the earth. There are so many ways that he has managed to help others around him, and even impact so many more people than he will ever understand. This one goes out to you, Kyle Kohl, Gandhi of Wrestling.

What is Sacrifice?

So during the teaching portion of Church today, the pastor said, “You have to give some up to follow Christ, but to choose not to follow Him you are giving up much more.” Now I’d like to change that to “You have to give some up to follow Christ, you have to give up everything not to.” Obviously I am a Christian. So I’m about to get really Christian in this post, so I hope you enjoy it. (Bear in mind, I am free writing, so I did not go back and re-think or edit anything).

Anyways, I was thinking about this saying, and it got me thinking about some other things. First my thought it what do you have to give up to follow Christ. And I would be willing to argue that you have to give up a substantial amount – all your aspirations and desires. Now this isn’t to say it is wrong to have aspirations and desires, but I think they should only be derived out of a desire for living for Christ. This meaning that even if I have aspirations to live a good moral life, or even do good deeds to other people, without it being for Christ it is still selfish. Now I think people should live good lives and do good to others – don’t get me wrong. What I am saying is, there is a difference when you are doing it to appease your guilt or obligation to humanity versus doing it as a act of service to the Creator of the world. Now I know what you are thinking, “isn’t that still an obligation?” Well, yes, yes it is. On the contrary though, I think an obligation to the One who created me is better to an obligation to others who were created by this Creator as well. All that to say, you have to give up what you desire to follow Christ – you should only desire Christ (this in turn leads to more, etc.).

The second thought I obviously have is, “what am I giving up to not follow Christ?” My answer is simple like before – “everything.” Why do I say this? It is because of my theology obviously. I believe in original sin and the fall, and I believe that humans from birth are enslaved to sin and selfish impulses. Remember, these impulses can manifest themselves into “good deeds” by having obligatory feelings towards yourself or others (idolatry against the Creator). Obviously, these impulses are not always (and mostly are not altruistic acts of obligation), they are usually acts of greed, selfishness, and pride. These words sound strong, so let me decipher what I think they disguise themselves as: money, comfortableness, false security, fleeting fun, apathy, etc.. I digress, being a slave to fleshly impulses – the things I just mentioned. Choosing not to follow Christ means a life chasing after meaninglessness, so you are giving up everything (aka meaning and purpose). I also think it means giving up eternity with God after death. In its simplest form, this is why I think we have to give up everything to not follow Christ – we have to give up everything that truly matters in the scope of eternity.

So, this have been my short free-writing rant. To sum it up, to follow Christ you have to give up some (everything that you desire now), but to not follow Christ you have to give up everything (all that really matters throughout all eternity). I hope you find some stuff in there you can agree with and some you can argue with. Let me know both, cause even after I am finishing writing this I am not sure if I agree with every word I said (or at least the way I worded it).

Last Semester of Undergraduate Studies

This is my last semester at UWO as a Radio/TV/Film student… well, that I know of (I guess I could fail a class or something). Anyways, I figured it has been a while since I have blogged about nothing. Alot of things obviously are quickly progressing in my life, so I have more to talk about, like the fact that I’m getting married this summer, I’m doing an internship, and I’m graduating this Spring.

So far so good this semester, I don’t have too much homework as of yet. And I think even though I have a bit of senioritis (or however you’d spell that) towards certain things, overall I’m pretty motivated where it matters – my work. I have been really good at not procrastinating on like anything this semester – and I mean anything. I have been getting my readings done, my homework done, yeah… I’m a straight up baller when it comes to school. I think one variable that really aids to this fact is I really enjoy the topics of my classes this semester: Religion and Television, Advertising for TV/Radio, New Media Theory and Practice, and Women and Religion are all interesting classes. Then I have a couple more on top of that; I need to finish my Spanish, because my degree is a Bachelor of Arts. I love learning Spanish, but I am so bad at it! Also I am taking outgoing career prep for RTF (radio/TV/film) students. And last but not least, I am taking Comprehensive Study Skills!

The last semester of my college life (until grad school) and I am taking Study Skills! Nice. Obviously this is because I needed one more credit to graduate, but its alright cause the class is easy. And who knows, maybe it will be beneficial in Grad School (probably not, because its all common sense). But speaking of that, I really need to get working on applying to grad schools. If you didn’t know, I really want to get my PhD in Theology. I am a bit lax as of right now though, because my fiance has a semester left of school, so I am going to take a year off from school and just work. But I need to get working on deciding what school I want; right now I have it narrowed down to like five schools: Chicago Divinity, Vanderbilt, Fuller, Yale, and Princeton. I did have a professor recommend to me Harvard the other day, I don’t know if would be up my alley, but I figure I should look into it anyone – who knows, maybe I’ll love it. To be honest, I’m not too invested in Yale, Princeton, or Harvard right now. But I’m not sure, maybe after more research in the schools I’ll change my mind.

All in all, life is moving fast. We’ll see where I go. For now, I am just taking it one step at a time, trying to enjoy it while I’m here.

Engaged For a Month

So, I have been engaged for a month now! And I havn’t been posting like I promised… In fact, I havn’t been blogging about anything like I promised…

School has been more busy than I thought, but that is besides the point. We have started to plan the Wedding quite a bit. I’ll tell you what we have: July 13th, we are getting married in our hometown, we sent out some safe-the-dates, we have our wedding colors, and many other small things (she even has her wedding dress, I can’t wait to see it!). We have alot of stuff done, but we still need to figure some stuff out.

I have to say, if there is one thing I have realized, its that I don’t know how to plan wedding, haha. I havn’t been alot of help, but I want to be. I don’t really know what to do. But I love being a part of the planning process, even if I am not how to. I think it is a ridiculous when guys have this stigma that they don’t want to help plan at all and that its all the girl’s job. Because it is both of our wedding and it should be a special day that we both plan. It is the hallmark for the rest of our life together, kinda.

Besides wedding planning, it is really fun being able to have a fiance now instead of just a girlfriend! I know not a lot has changed, but I think it has changed in a sense since we know we will be married soon. One of the hardest things I have noticed about it is waiting! At least before we were engaged (even though we were still already planning on marriage some day), it seemed like some distant future thing. Now that we actually have a date that is like 5 months away it is super exciting! So it is like a constant anticipation. I find myself constantly thinking about the fact that I can call her my wife soon, that I will be her husband. We will live together, eat together, do life together! I cannot express how much it has changed my thought process, because that is constantly on my mind.

Anyways, that is just to catch you up on some of the way this has been turning out. So hopefully I will actually hold true to my word about blogging and start blogging more. Then I can get into more specific stuff, talk about what I am thinking in the ups and downs. But for now hopefully this makes sense because I wrote it all right before going to sleep and I didn’t double check anything!

Anger Towards Bold Speech

So I was reading some scripture today and I came across a line that struck me with some thought. I think it is common for people nowadays to recognize that people get angry when someone speaks their mind boldly. But what about in past times? In Galatians 4:16, the apostle Paul writes, “So have I become your enemy by telling you the truth?” (NASB). I have not looked into this point more to see why there was this feeling of hurt or whatever it may have been, but my first assumption after just reading over it once is that Paul was talking to the Church of Galatia and rebuking them on say ways they were living their life and they got angry at him for it.

Now whether you think what Paul was saying is true or not is beside the point, I thought a more relevant question to ask is if its right to correct people if you believe what they are doing is wrong. And in the same manner, if you truly believe what someone is doing is wrong or is hurting them self or others is it right not to correct them.

I’m going to try not to get on a rant about how our culture is all about tolerance and doesn’t know the meaning of tolerance. I am more trying to think through if I think it is ok to not correct someone if I believe I have the truth. That seems morally wrong to me. I think it is easy to say for an obvious extreme situation. Say someone believes it is right to sacrifice living children. I’m going to correct them very sternly. Then I start thinking of a little bit more of difficult questions. What if someone is addicted to drugs and is not harming anyone but him/herself. Is it right for me to tell them it is wrong to do drugs if that is how they find satisfaction? That I think is a little harder to answer. And the choice gets really difficult when it comes to disagreements on what is truth. Say I have a disagreement with someone about a theological subject, for example say I disagree with someone who thinks a Christian must speak in tongues to be a true believer. If we both have biblical evidence, but I strongly believe without a doubt I am right should I not try to correct them.

This last question is where it gets a little sticky, in my opinion. First, the first two examples off the top of my head I think I would try to correct the person, in a helpful way. I would not just yell at a drug addict, I’d try to explain how it is harmful and offer my help. For my last example though, I think I may refrain from trying to correct them. I’m not entirely sure though.  The New Testament seems to strongly discourage arguing, “ The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged” (2 Tim. 2:24 NASB), and “Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Cor. 1:10 NASB). There are more passages that talk about arguing, but I think out of these alone I can see that there should not be divisions.  At the same time though doctrine is very important, ”Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you” (1 Tim. 4:16 NASB). I think this shows that is very important to make known what you believe to be Truth, and to seek to better discover/understand Truth.

In a perfect world, I feel like it would be easy to say that no person should get mad when others disagree with his/her belief, at the same time constantly disagreeing to encourage intellectual growth among everyone. In my opinion, I think it is very wrong for people to be offended because someone disagrees with one of their opinions. In my example above about that theological disagreement, I think it would be wrong of me to not try to convince someone. But it would be equally as wrong for me not to expect them to try to convince me. I would need to be open to the idea that I could be the one who is wrong in the situation and am solely seeking to discover and further correct doctrine for both me and the other person. That is as close to a conclusion as I think I can get, but I hope anyone who reads this lets me know what you think. I did not mean this blog to be so specific to Christians. I would also ask people who are not Christian what your thoughts are about trying to encourage truth among everyone by correcting and being correcting in incorrect thinking.