One Faith, Many Paths: Charity L. Martin

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This month, I’m interviewing one of the Leaders at Autistic and Aspie Amino, a community on the Amino social media platform. She said on her profile that she is Christian, so I thought she’d be a perfect candidate for this project. By the way, if you haven’t downloaded the Amino app, do so! It’s a great platform. Anyway, on to the interview:

1. What was your childhood like?

I had a wonderful childhood. I have wonderful parents and wonderful siblings

2. When were you diagnosed with autism? 

I was professionally diagnosed at the age of 9 with Asperger’s Syndrome.

3. Were you raised Christian, or did you decode to become Christian as an adult?

I was raised in a Christian home, and I was saved at the age of 7.

4. What is your occupation? 

Part-time retail.

5. What evidence can you give for God?

John 3:16-17 and Genesis 1 gives the Biblical proof of the existence of God. In my personal life, I’ve seen him protect him from various situations and the fact that I’ve seen miracles in my life.

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40 Years of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

attack of the clonesThe Phantom Menace, despite what people said about it, actually did well at the box office. This is why I say Star Wars can do no wrong. They can make a movie that is almost universally considered one of the worst movies ever, and it can still make great returns.

In the original trilogy, Empire Strikes Back was darker than A New Hope. Temple of Doom is the darkest of the Indiana Jones movies. That pattern continues here as well. And it seems George Lucas learned from his mistakes in The Phantom Menace. I could see why he wanted total control over these movies. Even though his name was still associated with the original trilogy, Lucas had people that would tell him if his ideas didn’t work. Here, he doesn’t have to worry about that. I’m not saying that’s a good thing, but I’m saying I can see his reasoning.

One thing I like about this movie is that Jar Jar Binks is barely in it. He’s not the overbearing klutz he is in the previous movie  He still makes mistakes, but it’s more frightening because Emperor Palpatine doesn’t even have to use Jedi mind control to coerce him. In fact, a lot of the deception that Palpatine weaves is done through his own charisma, not mind control. That’s why he’s such a great villain. He knows when to use his powers and when not to.

I like that the relationship between Obi-Wan and Anakin has matured to the point where they’re now trading witty banter. I especially love the scene where Kenobi laments to Anakin “Why do I have the feeling you’ll be the death of me?”

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Jason’s Jukebox: Pink Floyd

pink floyd1967 was an excellent year in Rock history.  Jefferson Airplane released their landmark album Surrealistic Pillow. The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. And two forces that would change the genre forever debuted: Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd. This time, I’m ranking all 15 of Pink Floyd’s studio albums.

The five members of Pink Floyd are:

  • Roger Waters–vocals, guitar
  • Syd Barrett–vocals, rhythm guitar
  • David Gilmour–vocals, guitar
  • Richard Wright–bass
  • Nick Mason–drums, percussion

Of all the five members, Nick Mason was the only one who appeared on every album.  Roger, Syd, and David each had solo careers in addition to their work in  Pink Floyd.

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Couch Potato: The Return of Duck Tales

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This August, an old favorite cartoon of mine is getting a new lease on life. Duck Tales is returning to TV on August 12, and will start on September 23. I thought this would be a good time to introduce the cast. The show was based on comic books created by Carl Barks, who originally created Donald Duck’s nephews while working at Disney’s animation studio. However, he eventually branched out into what he is most famous for–creating comics featuring Donald Duck and his family. All the characters live in the town of Duckburg.

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One Faith, Many Paths: Alyssa Huber

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This month for my One Faith, Many Paths series, I have decided to interview Alyssa Huber. She is the main admin of the Facebook group Christians With Asperger’s and also has her own YouTube channel, where she has films that she has made to help others understand autism.

1) What was your childhood like? Like a dream world, in my opinion. I was always in my own head and very imaginative. I was obsessed with aliens, superheroes, and cats.  I would pretend the fort my dad built was a spaceship, and I made a little “hotel” for my alien toys in the sandbox. My supportive family (mom, dad, and two brothers) accepted my oddities. My bane was social confusion (mostly as I got older), stubbornly refusing to socialize (more people means less time in my world) and sensory problems like having to wear itchy clothes or tolerate noisy/busy environments.

2) When were you diagnosed with autism? 12 years old, in middle school when my teachers noticed I was “odd”.

3) What evidence can you give for God’s existence? I feel him in nature. I can give no evidence sufficient enough for humans, who are we to understand?

4) What inspired you to use YouTube as a means of advocacy? I wanted to make a documentary on Asperger’s to simply share my experience, and it got bigger than I ever expected it to. I realized by the reactions of viewers (Aspies, undiagnosed aspies, NT’s related to/friends with Aspies, etc.) that it has been quite helpful and much-needed, and I could do more of that on my channel by continuing to make videos on Asperger’s Syndrome.

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Farewell, Adam West

adam west BatmanI never needed to say I was Batman. I just showed up.”–Adam West in an episode of “The Big Bang Theory

This is a post I’ve been dreading even though I knew I’d have to do it eventually. With the news last week, I knew I’d have to make a tribute to Adam West. This was a person I would have to make a tribute post for because he was an important part of my childhood.

When I was in fourth grade, a new TV network started in New Orleans, WNOL-38. (It eventually was bought out by Fox and currently the WB/CW network) For its first two years, it was your basic channel that had syndicated reruns. One of these was the Batman TV series from the 1960’s starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin.

It was this show that introduced me to Batman, the Dark Knight. Each weekend, they would air both parts of the original episode back to back. Each week had a great old movie star or TV personality guest star as the villain. There were famous comic book villains such as the Riddler (Frank Gorshin), the Joker (Caesar Romero) or Catwoman (Julie Newar, Lee Meriwether, and Eartha Kitt) . The show even had its own villains like King Tut (Victor Buono) and Egghead (Vincent Price). It was fun and action-packed. I loved how the fights always had sound effects printed on the screen, just like a comic book.

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Film Freak: Star Wars 40th Anniversary: The Phantom Menace

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The prequels are often considered the worst part of the Star Wars saga. In fact, many fans would like to pretend they don’t exist. As I said in my review of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, fans don’t get to decide what’s canon. The films exist and it’s time someone said something positive about them.

Let’s get the negatives out of the way because they’ve been said to death. Was Jar Jar Binks annoying? Yes. Was Jake Lloyd bad? Yes, but so was everyone who treated him so badly afterward. Hate the film, that’s fine. but don’t tear down a kid like that in the process. Were the midichlorians a bad explanation of The Force? Yes, actually I would’ve preferred no explanation at all. The Force is magic, and magic isn’t cool once you explain how it works. It ceases to be magic at all.

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