Archive for June, 2012

Southern Living claimed it was, and Serious Eats gave it a nice write-up here.   So when I found out I was coming to Russellville for a week of professional development my one goal (besides learning new and better ways to engage my students in learning), was to eat at CJ’s Butcher Boy Burgers.  I accomplished that goal on the first night here.

I’m pleased to report that CJ’s serves up an incredible burger.  The fresh-ground beef is sitting balled-up in a glass butcher case when you come in.  After you order (you only have two choices by the way, the single burger or the double burger), They take out a ball of meat, slap it on the griddle, and flatten it with a burger press.  All right in front of you.  While the cook is doing that, another worker takes a potato and cuts the fries.  That’s right, the potato making your fries isn’t even cut until you order.    And it all comes together into a perfectly cooked, juicy, flavorful package at the end.  Also their chocolate malts are good.  When people think Russellville, they usually think Feltner’s Whatta-Burger.  Don’t get me wrong, Whatta-Burger is good.

But CJ’s is better.

Is it the best burger in Arkansas?  I don’t know.  There’s too many out there I haven’t tried.  Arkansas Burger Company in Little Rock makes a great one, and on my birthday I had the feta and pesto burger at Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro in the River Market (The patty on that thing was at least an inch and a half thick and perfectly cooked all the way through.  How did they do that?), and it was pretty awesome.  But CJ’s definitely deserves to be in running.  If you find yourself in the Russellville area sometime, you’d be doing yourself – okay maybe not your heart, but definitely your stomach – a favor by stopping at CJ’s.


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You may remember this post from a few months ago where I claimed Amnesia: The Dark Descent was the scariest video game ever made.  I stand by that claim, but it appears that there may soon be a rival for that crown.

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs

Yes.  It’s the sequel to the scariest game ever made, and I can already tell it’s going to be frightening by the fact that the title makes no sense but still creeps me out.  Then, of course, there’s the trailer:

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Guess who turns another year older today?

Illegitimate son of Henry VIII, Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset (b. 1519 – d. 1536)

Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somers...

Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset, Henry VIII’s illegitimate son, 1534-5 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

French painter, Nicolas Poussin (b. 1594 – d. 1665),

American singer, Waylon Jennings (b. 1937 – d. 2002),

American paleontologist, and notorious bad-boy, Jack Horner (b. 1946),

American actor, Jim Varney, aka Ernest P. Worrell (b. 1949 – d. 2000),

Professional baseball player, Wade Boggs (b. 1958),

Rapper and actor, Ice Cube (b. 1969),

Dr.s Howser and Horrible, Neil Patrick Harris (b. 1973),

Canadian fencer, Josh McGuire (b. 1983),

and me (b. 1980).

Helios and Phaeton with Saturn and the Four Se...

Helios and Phaeton with Saturn and the Four Seasons (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Besides my birth, interesting historical events that occurred on June 15th include: King John putting his seal on the Magna Carta in 1215, Pope Leo X threatens to excommunicate Martin Luther in 1520, George Washington is appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army in 1775, Arkansas becomes the 25th state in 1836, and near-Earth asteroid 2002 MN misses the Earth by 75,000 miles in 2002.

Whew!  That was a close one!

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I use this post every year on our anniversary.  I hope that doesn’t seem like a cop-out, but I really don’t think I would be able to a better job with a new post.  This is how I feel. 

My wife gives me a hard time for allegedly not smiling during our wedding.  She’s probably right.  I don’t know for sure, because I only have the vaguest of recollections about that day.  I do know that if I wasn’t smiling it wasn’t because I was unhappy; it was because I was entirely overwhelmed with the enormity of what was happening.  Truthfully, sometimes I still am but I’ve never once regretted it.

Today marks the seventh eighth ninth year since we spoke our vows.  It’s hard to believe that seven eight nine years have passed since that day.  The flow of time is a funny and mysterious thing.  I’ve been trying to live up to those vows ever since.  Sometimes I’ve succeeded and sometimes I’ve failed.  Hopefully, as more time passes and I get better at this husband thing, the successes will far outweigh the failures.  Even so, she has stuck with me, and even seemed happy to be there most of the time.  I know that I find no greater joy in life than sharing it with her, and I believe she feels the same way.

I’ve heard it said that men tend to marry women like their own mothers.  I hope for my son’s sake that it’s true.  There are not many things that I want more for him than to fall in love with a woman that makes him a better person in every way.

Happy Anniversary, Nancy.

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Nintendo Wii U controller @ Electronic Enterta...

Nintendo Wii U controller @ Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s that happiest time of year again for gamers.  The Electronic Entertainment Expo where tons of new games and consoles are announced is going on right now.   Of course as a Nintendo guy, I’m very interested in the Wii U, their HD successor to the Wii complete with touch-screen controller.  Although I have to admit that nothing has really blown me away so far except for a kind of cool looking survival horror game called ZombiU.  And I’m certainly very interested in Resident Evil 6 and Assassin’s Creed III.  The game I’ve been most impressed with, however, is Playstation exclusive The Last of Us.

That looks awesome.  Not “I need to buy a Playstation 3 now” awesome, but awesome nonetheless.

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We’re doing something a little different at church this summer.  Every Sunday night of June and July, we’ll have a different guest speaker.  They’ll be mostly preachers from the surrounding area, but I noticed at least one Harding professor on there.  Here’s a link to all of the info on our church website.  I also thought it would be a good idea to post the flyer here.  Our Sunday night worship begins at 5:00.  This is something that’s a little different from anything we’ve done in the past.  If it interests you, we’d love for you to come.  If it interests you, but you can’t feasibly make it to Beebe, Arkansas (I’m looking at my two views from Iceland here!), you’ll be able to stream the talks from the ‘Sermons’ tab on the church website.

Summer Lecture Series Flier

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