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I was thinking today about Thriller and how it is like our own little Halloween Anthem. It is probably the greatest music video ever and the song isn’t too shabby either. I am put together a bunch of sweet Thriller wannabes for your viewing.

1. Of course the Thriller himself.

Due to YouTube and Michael Jackson being gay, I can’t embed the video on here. You’ll have to go to this link to see it.

2. The inmates from a prison in the Philippines having a ball doing the Thriller.

3. One of my personal favorites……sweet sweet Bollywood Thriller.

4. We got us some Counter Strike Thriller

5. World of Warcraft Thriller

6. University of Washington students throwing down the Thriller.

7. Thomas the Tank engine Thriller?!?!?!?!?

8. The Nittany Lion THRILLER?!?!

9. I don’t even know what this is, but fast forward to 2:30

Share your sweet thriller vids.

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I’ve read a lot of books in my time. Some good. Some bad. Some funny. Some sad. I remember I read a bunch of “series books” when I was younger. Encyclopedia Brown was a series of books that I read. Encyclopedia Brown is kid that solves crimes. That is about all that he does. I also read a lot of John Grisham and Michael Crichton books growing up. In High School, I would come home from whatever I did that night and go into my room and lay on the bed and read. My mom or dad would come in to tell me to go to bed (AJ would be sleeping with the lights on) and I’d be like “ok I’m about to finish the chapter”. They would re-enter about an hour later and just shut the light off.

I read pretty avidly til my mission. I also read on my mission, but mostly church books. Some were allowed. Some weren’t. When I got home I read some books, too. The PROBLEM that I am having nowadays is that I don’t find time to read and I keep buying books. I buy them and then read them all at the same time. It’s ridiculous. Here are some of the books that I am currently reading:

1. Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling by Richard Lyman Bushman. I love this book. I think it’s great. Unfortunately, if I read more than 5 pages in 45 minutes my head will explode from information overload. Good book though.

2. Come On People by Bill Cosby. I was watching some news show one day on MSNBC or Fox and ole Cos was on there talking about this book. I got up, drove to Barnes and Noble and bought it. It’s a great book. I think Bill Cosby is a good guy trying to help the Black community out by helping them realize that they have to be better parents to their kids. Good message.

3. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I bought this when I bought The Giver. I remember reading it in 6th grade, but the only thing I remember was the trial when Atticus Finch gives them the business. I think this book helps kids realize that racism is horrible. I’ll let you know my updated opinion after I finish it.

4. The Reagan Diaries by Ronald Regan. I’ve been reading this one for awhile. It’s a different read for sure. Ronald Regan kept a diary everyday for the 8 years he was president. That is pretty good and it inspires me to keep a journal too.

5. An Approach To The Book Of Mormon by Hugh Nibley. I don’t know if you’ve ever read Hugh Nibley books or talks or articles, but they are always interesting no matter who you are. The last chapter I read in here talked about Lehi’s times and what the culture was at the time and how we can see that culture in the Book Of Mormon. Interesting.

Alright, those are 5 of the books I am reading at this time. It’s hard to find time to finish all these books AND play my mandatory 15 hours of Rock Band a week AND my mandatory 1.5 hours of RON (Rise of Nations) a night. It’s tough to be me.

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The Giver

So, about a week or two ago a group of us were talking in my apartment about books we used to read when we were little. I used to read tons of books I was little and they did too so we were spoutin off titles for about a half hour. One of the books said was The Giver. I don’t remember in which grade I read The Giver, but I remember it was pretty young. (Read Tyler’s blog post on the real Giver.)

Anyway, one of the girls in the group was like, “oh, I didn’t like that book. It was weird.” I was like “What the?! The Giver is AWESOME!!” when in reality I didn’t remember too much of the book. I vaguely remembered some parts of the book, like how the Community didn’t see color, how things were super orderly and kind of how Jonas escaped. That was it.

Well, I went out and bought The Giver (and To Kill a Mockingbird, but that is another story). I’ve been reading it and while reading I’m thinking to myself “how do elementary kids understand this? How did I understand it?” Then I started wondering “What do kids nowadays read? Do they even read?” I have no idea.

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Mmm yes It’s business time.

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