Signum Regis has released a new music video, “Ministry of Truth,” from their album “Undivided,” which came out this past November. The video features a professional cast and was shot on location in Argentina, an entire hemisphere away from the band’s home in Slovakia.

There’s a new episode of The Empowered Parent Podcast, and we’re discussing the new movie Sound of Hope: The Story of Possum Trot, which revolves around a small church in a small east Texas town that decided it was going to take the Biblical command to look after widows and orphans quite seriously.

Twenty-two families adopted 77 children out of the Texas foster care system, and not just any 77 children. They asked for “the ones no one else wants.” Listen as we discuss our thoughts on the film. 🎦

Empowered Parent Podcast graphic for Sound of Hope movie discussion episode

It’s so cute getting the spam email from [MyDomain] IT department about my email password expiring soon.

I am the [MyDomain] IT department.

In today’s episode of “Old Man Yells at Clouds”:

I resent the branding “Cheetos Crunchy.” They’re just Cheetos.

That’s all we had until some ad exec dreamed up pumping air into them and peddling that trash to the masses who they also thought were too dumb to differentiate between “Cheetos” and “Cheetos Puffs.”

Being an adult means you can start The Princess Bride at 10pm on a Friday night if you want.

I’m somewhere between a third and halfway through Rob Kroese’s “A Grift Too Far,” and if this thing wasn’t already off the rails in the first 20 pages, it most certainly is now. 📚🤣

On friction, and ownership

Some time ago, I was going back and forth on my choice of blogging platform. (Totally a #FirstWorldProblem.) WordPress was working fine, but felt heavy, which to be fair, it has become in some ways, at least for my own use. Not that that should detract from its versatility as a content management system, but it felt like a little too much for a personal blog.

Photo of MacBook Pro in a gray room, by Blake Connally on Unsplash was living here on, and while I was treating this as my main blog, it was essentially being mirrored over at, run by the aforementioned WordPress. Mid-May, I stopped doing that, committing myself to going forward.

Well, kinda. More on that in just a moment.

I have a future plan, months down the road, for as a professional site. More on that when those plans come to fruition. I think in the mean time it may become just a landing page or a one-page personal site, a la what you find at and other such sites/services.

I flirted briefly with moving to I love the simplicity of text files and images synced from a Dropbox folder. This was directly related to my earlier post about decoupling the domain from And by the time you’re reading this, the domain should be reconnected, because I’m staying put.

In the end, moving from to Blot was simply trading one kind of friction for another, and the tradeoffs ultimately weren’t worth it to me. There were some minor things design-wise I wanted to do, and moving from the Kiko theme to Matt Langford’s Tiny Theme for allowed me to do those in short order. Matt is very active with the theme’s development, and has made all sorts of customizations possible, so I’m set for the road ahead.

Own your own domain, own your own space

I have long been an advocate for this concept: have your own domain name, and own your own space on the Internet. Own your own email. Stake out a homestead. Sure, you can use other services—you can see the ones I’m on at the bottom of each page on this site—but ultimately, everything is on your home base. Those in the know call this POSSE, which stands for Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere.

So yes, micro posts and photos you may see here you may also see on my Twitter or Instagram feeds, but they were here first, and even if those services were extinguished tomorrow, my posts remain here.

This is, after all, a personal blog, my little corner of the Internet. And thanks to the work Manton has done with, it’s a lot like blogging was in the early days, only without the hassle of hand-coding the HTML & CSS yourself (unless you feel like tweaking things). So my posts can just be posts, without a title, should I feel like they don’t warrant one, because that’s how it was back in the hand-coding days. (The dates for each post contain a permalink for the post.)

There’s still a lot of work to do. Lots of clean-up from imports I never did, and this is ongoing as time allows, what with work and family. But the place has been given a new paint job and tidied up a bit, so we can keep cleaning up the basement. 😃

I’m sorry, we are nearly a quarter of the way through the 21st century, and if your automated mailing system can’t handle that my full first name has 11 characters and it chops off the last one, I’m not taking anything you send seriously.

And yes, I absolutely turned a Jack Carr book signing in to my own personal Jack Stewart book signing. Had to get his autograph on my copy of Outlaw, his awesome Clancy-esque thriller. 📚

And what a trooper, coming straight from the office to hang out!

Great seeing Jack Carr at Half Price Books again. I’m thinking Jack is going to need a bigger venue in Dallas in the future. Happy pub day, Jack!

Clearly the people complaining social media is toxic and awful are not following the right people online. Because I am crying from laughter from my Instagram feed today.

People are hilarious.

At one point tonight, the Mavs had a 48-point lead, the largest lead in NBA Finals history in FIFTY years. I was a toddler the last time a NBA team led by that much in a Finals game.

Dallas' 122-82 victory was the 3rd largest margin of victory in NBA Finals history.

If that was the last game the Mavericks win this season, man, what a high note to go out on.

The Meta Quest commercial with the soon-to-be dad assembling the crib is sweet, but WHY IS HE NOT DOING IT IN THE NURSERY?


Seeing The Goonies on the big screen with a couple of my Goonies.

Spending the morning watching this kid do his thing on the lacrosse fields. Complete team effort in the first matchup, resulting in an 8-1 win. Tougher competition in the next game.

This is what happens when you sell out. Now the only thing Deep Ellum about DEBC beers is the name. What a shame.…

(Via Brent)

I’m living in Office Space.

Stars win on the road in Edmonton, and Angel Hernandez retires from umpiring in the major leagues on the same day?!? God is good, y’all. God is good.

I really appreciate the dad-nerd humor in the AutoZone commercial about the slow-starting car:

“It just needs a charge. Don’t worry, it’s free.”

“Are you sure it’s free?”


It’s now more punk to be a practicing, Bible-believing Christian, than it is to be an actual punk rocker.

And politics aside, what a story of God’s grace and mercy Dave Mustaine is.