Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Reproduction of Earthquake Prophecy flyer.

The day is nearly over, it is safe to say that this has been another false prophecy. Only now I have been given the flyer myself and can reproduce it here. Note: This reproduction is intended to display what has been claimed so it can measure up with what has happened, it is not intended to scare or frighten anyone. With an hour to go this is already considered to me to be a dead prophecy.


Earthquake Prediction PDF

Important questions come to mind, such as...

1| Why no warning about February 22? The lady claims to have heard warning of this, and expected it on the 23rd, but no flyer? Not a peep until now, where it is used as "validation" that she is hearing from God.

2| Why is God so angry with us, what has Christchurch done that, say, Auckland hasn't?

3| Isn't this the age of grace? Yet the Lord would decide to go all Old Testament on us?

4| Anyone else given the same vision to validate it?

5| Did the ironing get completed?

It was all a big have and this lady, Kathy R. can join Ken Ring on the failed prophets wall of shame.

Ironing Board 'Prophet' is Wrong

There is no doubt in my mind that the woman who I now dub the "ironing board prophet" is wrong on her massive earthquake and death by drownings prophecy.

I'm not surprised, it was, for me a slam dunk the moment I saw her reaction to the media. If you were a true prophet of God, would you not want to spread your message using every available medium? Surely TV is a prime medium for those who you haven't reached with the flyer drop. I certainly would be staking my claim to the airwaves if God has spoken to me, with the aim of warning as many people as possible, not hiding behind some lame excuse of being poorly represented, I would care less anyone who mocked me for my message.

Deny, no comment, block, abuse. The typical M.O. of a false prophet or charlatan.

She should be more careful the next time she does ironing, obviously the steam is causing hallucinations.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Satan's False Prophets.

"And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:" Acts 2:17

The passage above demonstrates that as we head into the end times, there will be an increase in the prophetic. A mass outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
It makes sense that Satan, the prince of darkness would want in on this. His wannabe prophets can be observed making their mark on our earthquake sequence. Ken Ring is such a person, his prophecies are vague enough that an aftershock can fall on any day of the month and still fall into the range he has set for his predictions. Since he never gives magnitude and depth he is always "right." Harold Camping is another of Satan's false prophets who caused great distress by predicting that himself and his followers would be raptured on May 21 this year, leaving the unbelieving world to judgement by earthquakes (starting in New Zealand) and fire on October 21. He has since found it necessary to backtrack, claim a spiritual rapture, and continue to declare October 21 to be the day of fire.

This is the dead give-away that a prophet speaks for Satan. They get it wrong. God's holy prophets do not miss a beat. This is what the Lord says concerning false prophets:
'Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves... Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.' Matthew 7:15
A false prophet such as Ken Ring or Harold Camping may very well have a genuine belief that they have an advanced warning from God. They may be sincere in their mission to warn the people and share what they fell God has laid on their hearts. However they are being led astray by lying spirits and demons. Only God knows for sure who is being led astray and who is a merely a charlatan.

Now Christchurch has another prophet lining up to stake their claim to some God-given foreshadowing. From what I understand this has circulated as an email and gone viral, spreading like wildfire into email and snail mail boxes alike.
So where does the latest "prophet" fall in this war between the Godly and demonic? I'm not sure yet. A false prophet often needs to be debunked by their prophetic failure, hung out to dry by their owns words a la Harold Camping and Ken Ring. However, a false prophet can often be identified if their message contradicts the Bible, or if their message is not consistent with the God of salvation. Doom merchants often ignore or misplace God's love an mercy,a dn are quite adept at spreading the fear and paranoia without also giving the other side of hope an redemption.

If anyone has the email, please forward it to me ( so I can reproduce it here, annotating it as the prophecy either gets validated or debunked.

I'm certain that it will be debunked. Merely a nightmare experienced by this woman and not a prophecy from God. I've had plenty of those myself as earthquakes and the aftershock sequence play on my mind, although I have not seen a nightmare quite like this. This, I'm almost certain, is all there is to it.

We shall see.

False prophets should be grateful that we are not in Old Testament times and we are in an age of grace, a horrible fate awaited those who spoke on behalf of God without actually having heard from Him. "A prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death. You may say to yourselves, 'How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?' If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously..."-Deut. 18:20-22

Monday, September 12, 2011

World Cup Fever

Slight change to the blog layout to support the All Blacks bid for world cup glory.

It's finally here. The rugby world cup has come around again, affording the All Blacks another chance to lift the Webb Ellis. The opening spectacle was a far cry from our last cup, where we opened up the tournament by towing a large rugby ball on the back of a trailer. It was a true sight to behold, thank you to the organisers, for throwing some red and black into the mix for us.

The feeding frenzy is in full swing. It's not always a true indication of how the teams will play each other in the quarters and semis, this early in the tournament it is usually the top teams in a minnow bloodbath. However, so far the USA has got within ten points fo Ireland, the Japanese nearly upset the French and likewise the Welsh were within a whisker of beating the defending champs South Africa in pool play.

It's going to be an incredible six weeks as New Zealand turns on the party. Wether we win or lose the coveted cup, I don't mind. Getting the change to see this kind of rugby, with teams you only ever see at the world cup, being part of the party even in such a small way, this is what it is all about.

However, I have a good feeling that this year will be the year. Go the All Blacks!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Farewell, Bronskis Dairy

Sad news is not far from the headlines around here after the earthquake, and although it came as no surprise, the demolition of Bronskis Dairy on Ferry Road was a sad loss for the community.

Wasn't it just a dairy?

No, it wasn't just a dairy. It was more than a dairy, and not just because of that tagline, but because of the awesome murals that adorned the walls. Unfortunately it never crossed my mind that one day they would be gone, so I didn't get photos. Fortunately another blogger took these as part of a building murals series...

The building had an iconic mural splashed across the front of the building. It features a mob of 1930's type Chicago mobsters, presumably to let potential robbers know they could "fuhgeddaboudit" and to the side a couple of old ladis having a good ole laugh.

The mural was well known around Christchurch. It was painted on the dairy back int he day when all their competitors could do was paint up their shop fronts in big tobacco livery. It was one of the first buildings to get featured on the fledgling CTV television back in the day. A dairy I grew up around, went to to spend my pocket money, made a grey neighbourhood colourful.
Now it's gone.

I hope they rebuild the dairy. I also hope that some kind of mural will go up in honour of this one which we have lost. Preferably, this one! A plain boring 'normal' dairy just wont do. This is Bronskis, it is more than a dairy.

The old ladies need to smile again.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Eastgate is Open!

Normality of sorts has returned to the eastern suburbs with the welcome news that Eastgate has reopened. I went down to take a look at the mall for the first time since the Feburary earthquake ripped it's guts out. There are a number of very significant changes down there, not just the fact that half of the mall was demolished. The mall food court area has been braced with millions of support like structures both on the roof and the walls. They appear to have been turned into some kind of feature. I quite like the ones on the wall, they're steel bars and some even have lights embedded in them. The roof ones are wood and are not as nice, they are in fact, quite ugly. It looks like someone has gone and glued millions of little popsicle sticks to the roof. The escalator to the first floor is still behind the construction zone, and there is a new kind fo escalator out the front. This one is rather weird because the steps do not move! A helpful shop assistant informed me that they call this new kind of manual-stepping escalator stairs. The scaled-back Eastgate is temporary, however temporary in this case may mean a few years. My money is on at least five before they're ready to rebuild the lost parts.They're certainly building it with some nice features that I hope aren't lost when the mall expands again. Shops that open out on to the car park provide the new mall with some nice glass frontage that has been lacking since the concrete gulag was constructed in 2001. Change the name back, and this scaled down mall would be idyllic. This video below would be appropriate for the occasion.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Photoshop Tuesday: Lunar Havoc

Turning my photoshop skills to the Bay Area. I turned this rather mundane image of the Golden Gate bridge....

Into this:
The idea came to me at work. A phenomenally large moon over the Bay Area. Then I wondered, what would be the result? so I had to have the moon play havoc with the tide, as it would. This scenario is enough to make Ken Ring blush!

I sampled two other sources for the moon and the sand. I used a smudge and burn technique to colour the sand so it looks like as it would if the ocean had suddenly been ripped from it. The removal of the washed-out look was achieved by adjusting the colour balance.

Monday, July 18, 2011

This is Going to be Harder...

I feel a wave of discouragement hit me this week as my dream to work for the amazing animation company known as Pixar hit it's first snafu.

I'm getting a clear picture of what my life could look like from Google Earth. I find nice apartments, the Pixar HQ and a faith community, that are within a nice walking distance triangle from each other. I got a message from the church podcast about new things happening in 2011. Things were falling into place, it seems.
However, immigration visa problems have hit. Hard. Turns out that getting a permit to live and work in the USA could be my biggest hurdle, besides actually landing the dream job. My only hope is the H1B visa, which is the one where the company itself nominates the employee for the visa. To get this I have to be exceptional, a real cut above the rest.

I'm determined to be, of course. I am planning some real wacky and out-of-the-box ideas for a showreel that is out of the ordinary, fresh and original. I can't say what these ideas are, but they're very close to what Pixar want to see in a reel and what I've failed to see in reels so far.

So it's discouraging to see that crossing over tot he land of opportunity takes more than an a ticket across the Pacific and sheer determination. It also takes the scissors of iron and steel, to cut the fierce red tape of immigration.

God help me!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Eastgate Reopening on 26th July

This is fantastic news. Eastgate shopping centre will reopen on the 26th of July having been shut by the devastating February 22 Earthquake.

Countdown and The Warehouse have both opened in recent months, adding a little bit of normality into our quake ravaged lives. The reopening of the rest of the mall will be the finishing touch. I cannot wait to go back to the mall, I can't believe how much I have missed it, then again you don't really appreciate something until it's gone.

The centre is smaller now. Many shops will not be back immediately, as they needed to be demolished. In the short term a car park has been made on the site where they once stood. How many years it will be until they rebuild those shops is anyone's guess. I reckon we'll be looking at four or five years at least.

This blog was inactive at the time of the quakes, so nothing in the past before the reboot dealt with what we went through. Getting these shops back is a ray of sunshine bleeding into the darkness of a very long, cold winter.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Why Kids Movies Rule

Kids movies rule. I'd rather watch the latest 3D animated feature than the dull dross served up to more "adult" audiences. They got Cars 2 this summer, while adult audiences were served The Hangover 2. The more infantile movie here is Hangover. Cars is a thoroughly fun and entertaining film for everyone.

The newer movies, pushed by Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks, are aiming to entertain adult audiences as well as the young ones. I'd call them a guilty pleasure, but I feel no guilt about enjoying them. They've got great stories, witty and sharp dialogue and animation is just so cool. There is nothing like seeing a computer-drawn car burst to life on the big screen and, recently, with the 3D screens, jump out at you. There is a clever use of vibrant colours and wacky set designs that draw you into another world. Escapism. An hour and a half passes by all to quickly and then, it's back to a grey, wintery night.

I can see why this is the dream job that I chase. To be a part of bringing that big, vibrant world of animation to life.

Animated features do 3D better than live action. They don't treat their audiences like idiots and as a result, a near 30 year old like myself can enjoy them as much as a ten year old. It didn't always used to be like that, but it is now.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Chasing the Dream

I have sent away fro a Natcoll enrolment pack, it is the start of a long journey toward my goal of becoming an employee at Pixar.

It's a dream that gets rekindled in me every time I see one of their films, although now I am determined more than ever to make something out of it. I can't push trolleys for the rest of my life, I need more, I want more. A more fulfilling purpose, where I can use my God-given passions and abilities.
I asked myself, just where can I go to work every day and be happy? This is where. Making feature films a world away from the drudgery of trolley collection. Even the monotony of moving the 433rd node into position 9870 to make a character smile is more exciting than that. I know that animating is hard work full of repetition, but it is hard work full of repetition, that turns into Hollywood gold. The feeling of achieving something great, that will endure for generations.

Not to mention the fantastic facilities that are available at the Pixar campus, and a work life ethic that values and encourages creativity and out-of-the-box thinking. This is why they make hit movie after hit movie, and haven't slipped up. 12 feature films with critical and/or box office success, a record in the industry like no other, an envy to their rivals.

I am willing to do what it takes to get there, Long hours of study and work ahead of me. I really really want to be a part of their team. I ask for your prayers and support for this journey. It will be quite an experience.

4D Rebooted

The old Gazza4D is gone. I decided to reboot the blog and start from scratch. All those old political posts wont fit here anymore.

G4D 2.0 is now focused on life, entertainment and faith. One major new component will be me posting here about my journey towards working for Pixar, which is my dream job. You can see in this photoshopped image tot he right that I'm mad keen on the prospect of one day landing the gig and moving on over to Emeryville, California.

What to expect from the new Gazza4D:

  • The Pixar Journey - What I'm doing towards the goal of Pixar Employee
  • At the Movies - Film Reviews
  • Graphical Deviation: Photoshopped pictures and logo designs
  • InFaith - Musings about all things connected to my faith
  • Life - Work, Home, and anything else which does not fit the above criteria.
What NOT to expect from the new Gazza4D:

  • Politics
  • Bible thumping
  • nonsense
Out with the old, in with the new. If you have a blog and would like to be linked, then let me know. I've removed all my old links since most of them are now dead and/or broken blog sites. Welcome to the future, enjoy your stay. :)