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Khloe Kardashian Adopted

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Khloe Kardashian Adopted

—Breaking news this morning online as a never released episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians got leaked with shocking news. In the never before seen episode Bruce and Kris were heard talking in the kitchen about how happy he was that Kris adopted Khloe in August of 1985. Bruce was heard saying that Khloe was by far his favorite of the bunch including his own daughters Kendall and Kylie.

It is unclear whether this is news that all the siblings knew but didn’t want released or if nobody had any idea that she was ever adopted. The big winner in all this news is James Harden. While yes he is dating a Kardashian she doesn’t share the blood as the rest of them. Hopefully that will be enough to not ruin his career. I know you may be thinking what about Lamar? It ruined him. While yes that may be true, Lamar was unstable to begin with.

We have reached out to every member of the Kardashian family including their 3rd cousin Bagrat, but have yet to hear back from any of them.

Some have doubts that this story was “accidently” leaked and are claiming it was actually a media ploy to boost ratings for the show. While we can’t confirm that, we can say it doesn’t seem to match with the Kardashian’s character. They seem like the last family who would ever leak private things in order to boost ratings.

All we know for sure is that this news explains a lot about Khloe.

 

Dreams

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Dreams

I know you are not supposed to talk about yourself if you want a successful blog, but I am going to bend that rule today. I need some help from my reader. You know who you are. What am I supposed to do with my dreams and your dreams? I will explain what I mean by that below.

I want very few things more than being someone who talks for a living whether that be blogging, podcasting, and/or radio. It is my dream. However, my dreams confuse me. I am at the point of my life being 22 years old where I don’t know how to tell if this is something I am meant to do or something I simply want to do.

For example: If you went down to the steel plant and interviewed everyone there and asked “Would you rather work here or be a famous actor?” 99% of people would say “Be a famous actor.” That would sound like a lot more fun to them than being at the steel plant 7-3:30 every day. I feel like I am in the same boat. Being a blogger sounds like a lot more fun than my current job. I can’t tell if the reason I want to blog is because I am called to do it or because it seems like more fun than working at the steel plant? Am I one of the few who has the skill to be a famous talker or I am one of the many who is delirious thinking they have what it takes, but really don’t?

I don’t know you find out the answer to my last questions which is why I am writing this today.

My main point is to ask you guys what you think? If you tell me to stop writing and that I suck, I will appreciate the feedback. Not that I will stop writing because I really like to do it. It will just let me know that I haven’t achieved my goal yet and I still have a lot of work to do. If you tell me I’m good, I will also appreciate that. It will be nice to know that somebody likes what I am doing and it will help encourage me along the way.

Now that I have written all this I think I have made a discovery. I think the way you know is by what you do when someone tells you, you will never make it. Do you quit and give up on it just like that or do you work harder and come back stronger like Michael Jordan in high school?

If you quit your job to go become a famous blogger I would call you stupid and let you know you made a big mistake.

If you keep your job to pay your bills and blog in your free time because it’s your passion then I think you are making a great decision. I think every second on this earth you do what you like to do in a responsible way is time well spent.

Maybe I am crazy. Maybe you are crazy to. What is really crazy though is watching Netflix 4 hours a day and not chasing after your dreams. We can either die having seen House of Cards 4 time through or we can die knowing that we chased after our dreams even if we didn’t reach them.

Chase after your dreams no matter how crazy they are. Unless you are my friend who raps. You need to quit and find a new dream. You are a terrible rapper.

 

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After The Office Power Rankings

I was watching The Office blooper reel the other night with some friends and I made the comment that Ed Helms has had the best career post Office (Turns out I was wrong). It got me thinking about the top 20 characters on it and what order they would fall into now that we have had a couple years since the show ended. Below is my opinion based on some facts such as money earned, box office hits, number of projects, how often you still see them, and other things I make up that I deem important.

20. Paul Lieberstein (Toby Flenderson)

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He has to be number 20. You can’t do any Office list and have him finish anywhere but last. I have too much respect for Michael to put him anywhere else. After The Office he hasn’t been seen too often. He was an executive producer on the show the Newsroom. It’s something, but executive producer seems like a title they give out when they don’t know what else to call you.

19. Leslie David Baker (Stanley Hudson)

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Fallen Stars, Austin & Ally, The Exes, When Duty Calls, Marry Me, Wish I Was Here. I took the time to list everything on his IMDb page. That tells you all you need to know.

18. Creed Bratton (Creed Bratton)

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Creed was a former Grass Roots band member way back in the 60’s. After The Office his IMDb page doesn’t look much different than mine. He has done things, but we all have done things.

17. Kate Flannery (Meredith Palmer)

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She was in something called Cooties. Do you need to know anything else?

16. Melora Hardin (Jan Levinson)

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She has done quite a bit of work. Unfortunately, most of it happened prior to The Office. She has appeared in a few T.V shows most notably Transparent, but everything else on her IMDb page are brief appearances. No matter what she does though, I will always love her for her role as Trudy Monk.

15. John Krasinski (Jim Halpert)

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Who would have thought that he would be in between Jan and Kevin on any list ever?

14. Brian Baumgartner (Kevin Malone)

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I love Brian Baumgartner. However, besides playing in some celebrity golf tournaments he hasn’t been up to much. He has had a lot of guest appearances on numerous shows but hasn’t done anything worthy of him not being number 14 on the list.

13. Oscar Nunez (Oscar Martinez)

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He had a little run on a show called the Bench, but besides that he has been sitting on the bench. Yes, bad pun intended and yes, they pay me for brilliant lines like that.

12. Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute)

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He popped back up again with his show Backstrom, but quickly went away as it was cancelled. He did have an awesome appearance on the Adam Carolla Show, one of my favorite episodes ever. Unfortunately appearances on the Adam Carolla show don’t exactly make you rich and his paying gigs are a lot like Brian Baumgartner’s hair. Few and far in between.

11. Jenna Fischer (Pam Beesly)

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She got very lucky to have recently been cast in the show You, Me, and the Apocalypse. Otherwise she would be hanging out with Toby in the rankings. The fact that it is still currently on air gives her a slight the edge over Rainn Wilson.

10. Phyllis Smith (Phyllis Vance)

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Like Jenna, Phyllis was saved recently. Being cast as the voice of sadness in the movie Inside Out was a big get. With a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes that is enough to place her in the top 10. Albeit number 10.

9. David Denman (Roy Anderson)

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He has been busy since Pam broke off their engagement. Showing up in Parenthood, Mad Men, True Detective, and as co-lead in the upcoming T.V show Outcast. He was the biggest surprise to me on this list. He also recently married Mercedes Masöhn and that counts for something. Well done David. Well done.

8. B.J. Novak (Ryan Howard)

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His IMDb page is quite impressive. While I don’t think any of parts have been that big, the movies he has been in are real movies. He also wrote a book called The Book with No Pictures. Add that to dating Mindy Kaling and you will find yourself at number 8.

7. Ellie Kemper (Erin Hannon)

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She started slow after The Office but with the release of her Netflix show the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, she made up for lost time.

6. Zach Woods (Gabe Lewis)

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If it were up to me he wouldn’t be this high since he single handily tried to ruin The Office. Unfortunately, he is in Silicon Valley, Playing House, and has had features in to many other shows to name. You can’t argue with his body of work. I wouldn’t have believed you if you told me in 2010 that he would have the career he is having, but he is. Nice work Zach!

5. Angela Kinsey (Angela Martin)

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I was prepared to put her around 18 on this because I hadn’t seen her since The Office. When I got on her IMDb page I realized why. She has been in The Hotwives of Orlando and Las Vegas. Not exactly in my wheelhouse. She also has 2 other shows with real roles as well as 3 projects she is currently working on. With a net worth of 12 million she has made it and has earned her spot in the top 5.

This is where it gets tough. The Final Four.

4. Craig Robinson (Darrel Philbin)

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He is another surprise success for me. Not that I haven’t seen him around, but if you would have told me during season 1 that he would become a A- list celebrity I would have yelled liar and bid you good day. With Hot Tub Time Machine, Mr. Robinson, and 6 more projects set to come out next year he finds himself in a well-deserved spot at number 4. Unfortunately the only thing keeping him out of the 3 spot is his 6 million dollar net worth.

3. Mindy Kaling (Kelly Kapoor)

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Obviously we all know about the Mindy Project, but she also a New York Times best seller. Her new book Why Not Me, by all accounts is a fantastic read. I couldn’t decide whether to put her 3 or 4, but her 15 million dollar net worth was good enough to edge out Craig Robinson.

2. Ed Helms (Andy Bernard)

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How crazy is it that Andy became an A list celebrity? Having recently starred in We’re the Millers, Vacation, and Stretch, he has found himself at number two. He also has four projects he is working on that are set to come out next year. I can’t forget to mention his net worth of 20 million which helped is ranking quite a bit.

1. Steve Carell (Michael Scott)

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Of course. Could it be anyone else at number 1? The way I judge acting is by asking the simple question. Could I do what he does? There are a lot of shows where I think I could that. For example, I could play Nick Cannon on Real Husbands of Hollywood. I could also play Booth on the show Bones. What I could never do in a million years is play Michael Scott. Steve Carell is just too good at acting. His net worth of 50 million sealed the deal and landed him in the top spot.

 

 

Social Media

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Social Media

If you’re like me you have a list of things you want to do with your life ranging from traveling the world to washing your car. If you’re like me you also have excuses on why you aren’t doing them. The first excuse is, I don’t have the money. The second excuse is, I don’t have time. It’s the worst catch 22 of all time because if you bust your butt working you don’t have time to do anything and if your lazy you have all the time but no money to do anything.

I base a lot of my life on statistics and data. For example I am not afraid to fly because the data says I am more likely to die in a car which I use every day, than in a plane. I understand that planes do crash, but as a whole, it is safer than driving.

Today I want to look at the time aspect of time and money and use some stats to help me with it. I will be using the averages of numbers to do it. I always tell people stats like the average person eats 22lbs of nuts each year only to have the person respond “I don’t like nuts.” That is fine you don’t like them but as a whole people eat 22lbs a year. That is a made up stat by the way, but I wanted to make a point.

Here is some data:

The average American lives to be 72.

The average person ages 12-72 spends 3 hours a day on social media.

That breaks down to 21 hours a week, roughly 91 hours a month, and 1,092 hours a year.

In other words by the time you are 72 you will have spent 65,520 hours in social media which translates to 2,730 days or 7.5 years.

7.5 years is slightly more than 10% of your life.

If that doesn’t make you want to delete your FB, IG and Snapchat I don’t know what will. If we work 8 hours a day and sleep 8 hours day, we only have 8 hours left. Using 3 of those 8 hours or 37.5% of our day everyday on social media is insane. All we do on social media is read posts and look at pictures from people we really don’t like, only to go back on an hour later and re-read/re-look at the same stuff. I can’t tell you how many times I look at the same IG post on a daily basis. Don’t even get me started on FB because I look at the same posts over and over every day. I would like a study to be done so we know how many hours people waste looking at something they already looked at.

Don’t think I want you to get rid of your FB, IG, or Twitter because if you’re reading this you probably found it through one of those platforms.

My theory behind why we spend so much time on social media is because we don’t like to think. People wake up in the morning and turn the T.V on. Then they drive to work listening to the radio. At work they turn on Pandora, then drive home and listen to an audio book. When they get home they turn on the T.V again, and like I mentioned while doing all this they spend 3 hours on social media. At no point during that day did you ever have to think or get to daydream. You had someone else’s thoughts going through your head the entire day.

If we had to stare at a wall every day we would go crazy. Social media allows are brains to be just active enough to not go crazy, but not active enough to be productive. Spend enough time on FB and it will put you in a trance like state.

If you’re wondering how to limit your social media time here’s how.

1.Get the Social Media Shutdown app where you set a daily timer for how long you want to spend on social media. For example: If you set it for 2 hours, once you go past 2 hours it blocks you from all social media for the rest of the day. This app doesn’t really exist at least not that I know of, but if you’re reading this and know how to make apps I will gladly pay for this.

2. Use the 8-8 rule. Don’t use any social media platform before 8am or after 8pm.

3. If you are on IG and you look at a picture more than twice give yourself a 2 hour penalty until you are allowed to check it again.

4. Get real life friends and do real life stuff with them. It’s crazy that when we are with are best friends instead of talking with them, we sit on our phones and read FB status from people we don’t like. Spend time with your real friends! If you went up to a lot of your FB friends on the street, let’s say for example this one is named Rachel and you said, “Hi Rachel” she would say, “How do you know my name?” She doesn’t know who you are so why are you spending time every day reading about her life. That was just an example, at no point in my life have I seen one of my FB friends named Rachel at Taco Time on a Tuesday night around 6:33pm and said, “Hi” only to have her say, “How do you know my name?” It was a hypothetical situation.

5. If you re-read a FB post more than once grab a frying pan and knock yourself out with it. When you wake up remind yourself that you didn’t care about their dinner the first time you read about it, let alone the second time.

Imagine what you could do with your extra 3 hours every day. Let say you only cut back to 1.5 hours a day. Imagine what you could still do. Maybe you always wanted to learn how to play the piano but never had time? Now you do, although don’t learn how to play the piano, that is stupid. I would rather you spend the time on social media. What if you always wanted to learn how to knit? Again, don’t do that either. You can buy knitted scarves for $5 at the store, don’t waste time making your own. You might even have enough time to write horrible blog posts such as this that nobody will ever read. The possibilities are limitless!!!

 

Self Help Bible

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Self Help Bible

From 7th-12th grade I went to youth group every Wednesday night. I was at the very first gathering they ever had where there was less than 40 people. I was also there when it had over 300. On paper it was the greatest youth group in the county (Not country). People thought God must be doing amazing things for it to grow that large.

I hated that youth group. I used to dread having to go and the only reason I would go is because my friends would be there. I never really was sure why I hated it until last week when I had a breakthrough.

Recently I started leading a small group to help try and improve it. It has gone from 300 people down to 100 which is a good thing. It needs a solid foundation before it gets too big. The last couple weeks we have talked about great topics such as how to treat women, worship, and idols. The topics have been fantastic. How we have talked about them has been horrible.

What we have done is strip away the power of the Bible and turn it into a self-help book. We treat it like it was written by Steve Harvey and has some good ideas for life and women. We treat it like it should be located in the advice section at Barnes and Noble. We discussed looking at women in their eyes, not staring at their boobs/butt, and treating them respect. All of which are good things. However, there are 100’s of books that say the same thing.

The Bible is not a self-help book. It is a Book that is road map for life as we keep are eyes on the Creator. We went through a 60 minute group without reading a single Bible verse. Not one! Somebody paraphrased a few verses in their own words to make a point. That’s it.

In Matthew 9:12-13 Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick…For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

When Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick,” He was not implying that the religious crowd were acceptable before God and didn’t need the forgiveness of sins He came to provide. Rather, He was getting at the point that there’s one thing worse than being sick, namely, being sick and thinking you’re well! Then you won’t go to the doctor for the cure. At least the crooks knew they were spiritually terminal. By confessing their sinfulness and by accepting God’s cure (His undeserved mercy through Jesus), they were made well. But those who thought they were spiritually well were terminal without knowing it.

We spend all group having what could be a biblical discussion of topics but instead we take the Bible out of it. The difference between the Bible and other books is simple. It’s Jesus. When we strip away Bible verses, which were left for us as a way to read the Word of God, we take away the power of what we are saying. People should look at me funny when I say things because I am somebody who sins frequently and makes 25k a year. What do I know? They should want to hear God’s word and how it affects me.

I don’t have the power to change anyone’s life. I am an electric hedge trimmer. I can trim hedges all day only if I am plugged in to the outlet. The second I am unplugged is when I become basically useless. People’s lives can be changed through me, but not by me. I am just a tool. The true power of transformation comes from God.

I don’t need the Bible to tell me how to treat women. I don’t. I can find that info elsewhere. What I do need is the Bible to point me to the power of God and that He sent His Son to die for my sins. I need it to truly have life change and for the power it holds. I need it to grow closer to my Creator.

I beg churches and people to start treating the Bible as a Holy Book again. Stop taking only the principles out of it and applying them to the world. Stop paraphrasing stories as if your friend told you them. Stop trying to strip the power away from the Bible. I don’t care what you have to say on a topic. I care what Jesus had to say on it.

I’m sure Steve Harvey writes a really good book that we can take tidbits from. However, we have something much greater. We have the road map to eternal life. We have the Bible. We have God’s Word.

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