Welcome to The Tonight Show
I'm your host Chung Lao.|
Christopher M from Toronto, Canada. You've seen his
face before on IPF. Chris has written a couple of
pieces for us, as one of our columnists.
I have found Chris to be a very interesting and talented writer, meaning one who can articulate
his thoughts/opinions well. Chris runs his own web blog,
I encourage you all to check out, especially all you song lyric fans.
August 2, 2004
Chung Lao: Hey Chris, how's it
Christopher M: Hey Chris. It's going quite well.
Thanks for asking.
Chung Lao: That's a heck of a
name man, I have to tell you.
Yes, indeed it is. Fifteen letters worth of last name and an
eleven letter long first name. I won't even bother going into
my middle names. But then, I've had it for quite some time
now, so I guess I'm more or less used to it.
The Calgary Flames lost in Game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup
Finals. How many Tampa Bay Lightning flag burnings have you
To tell you the truth, I wasn't all too upset by the Flames'
loss. Of course, I was disappointed that a Canadian team
didn't win, but I was also a little relieved. When the cup
returns to Canada, I'd like the Leafs to be the team that
brings it back.
What do you think of IndaPhatFarm.com?
I'm likin' it, Chris. IPF is one of the few sites that I
visit daily. I think you've brought together a very well
balanced selection of content. You and your fellow webmasters
are to be commended.
No real hobbies anymore. But I do enjoy reading and listening
to music. I also occasionally write just for the fun of it.
Name some countries you would like to visit, and why.
I would love to do Europe. I'd probably start off in England,
head down to Spain, Portugal and France; maybe Germany. Then
Switzerland, Italy and Greece. If I had the time and money,
I'd also love to visit Egypt and Israel. And eventually,
India, Sri Lanka and Japan.
Most of the European countries I just mentioned are the places
where the foundations were laid for what I'm studying.
In fact, it's almost an unwritten rule that a student of
architecture will eventually visit those countries.
I'd like to visit Israel because that's where Christianity was
born, India and Sri Lanka for the cultural connection and
Japan just because I've always found Japanese culture
What are some of your favorite reads? (Books, Magazines,
The only two magazines I read more or less regularly are TIME
and MaximumPC, although I have been known to peruse the
occasional copy of National Geographic or Popular Mechanics.
Some of my favourite books are The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.
Lewis, The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, The Four Loves, also by
Lewis and the Bible. Yes, the Bible.
Give us your overall opinion of George W. Bush.
Honestly, I haven't followed his life or term in office very
closely, but I get the impression that he's the kind of person
that doesn't always think before he speaks. As for his
leadership ability, I think I'll wait a bit before I pass
judgment on that.
Did the United States commit a grievous error when it
I guess it depends on whom you ask. Personally, I believe
that forcing regime change on a country is not a good way to
go about things - it should be the peoples' choice. I am
certainly glad that Canada stayed out of the conflict.
On the other hand, I have also heard of how the gospel has
finally begun to trickle into the country. (And I don't mean
the proselytizing that some are doing.) Whether the invasion
of Iraq was a wise decision or not on the part of the United
States, I think the will of God will still prevail in the
lives of the Iraqi people.
While we're on the situation in Iraq, give us additional
reasons why anti-American sentiment seems to be at an all time
high around the world.
I'm not sure if it would be correct to describe the current
climate as an all time high in anti-American sentiment. I
think America has just become more aware of how the world
really sees her.
What Biblical scripture speaks to you the most?
There are a few: Jeremiah 29:11, Matthew 6:33 and 1
Name someone you admire, and why.
I'm going to cheat a little. The two people I admire the most
are my mother and father. I'm overwhelmed whenever I take the
time to sit down and actually consider how hard working and
self-sacrificing they are. And they put up with me. Much
kudos to them for that.
Using Microsoft Paint, please draw a picture for us.
I don't really have a favourite film, but I'll name a few that
I've really enjoyed:
It's a Wonderful Life, The Matrix, Fight Club, Glory, The
Prince of Egypt, Forrest Gump, M:I, The Lord of The Rings, The
Usual Suspects, American History X...
I can't think of any more right now.
Tell us about your abilities in the kitchen.
I can't tell you much about my abilities in the kitchen
because I don't really have any. I can make a very simple
breakfast, and that's about it. Oh, yes... Spaghetti. I did
that once. It was good.
What is something you can't stand in a person?
I'd have to say that arrogance is the one thing that irks me
One thing I have noticed about you is that you are into
song lyrics. Name a couple of your favorite song
Okay, here goes:
Keith Green, DC Talk, Jars of Clay, Barenaked Ladies,
Newsboys, Dave Matthews Band, Ben Harper, Billy Joel, Louis
Armstrong, George Gershwin, Gus Kahn, Bob Dylan, Reuben Morgan
and Rich Mullins.
In your opinion, was the movie, "The Passion of the
Christ" too commercial, or do you think it actually made a
I think it did make a difference for some people. Everyone I
know who saw the film told me that they were deeply moved by
it. However, there were some disturbing aspects about how the
film was marketed. The official souvenir nails, for example.
Where's a good place to eat in Toronto?
My mother's kitchen. The food's very good, and no one leaves
Dream Car, and why? (Include pics)
Right now, it's a toss-up between the Lexus SC430 and the
Nissan 350Z. But honestly, I'd never buy either; both are a
little too showy for me. If I had to buy a car right now, I
think I'd go for a black Accord Coupe.
Is the glass half full, or half empty?
The glass is always half full.
Are we living in the End Times?
Honestly, I don't know. But does it even matter? After all,
we're supposed to be ready for His return regardless of when
or where we live.
Tell us about your site,
digitalmud started out as a place for me to try out various
website designs. Just something I did every once in a while
for fun. Anything I wrote was secondary to the aesthetics of
the site - the text was just filler. Then about a year ago I
found out - much to my surprise - that people were actually
visiting to read what I was writing. So now the site
functions as a blog, with me and a few friends writing every
so often. Unfortunately, life's been keeping me rather busy
of late and I haven't had a chance to write much.
All right, it's time for one of my scenarios. Ok, here
goes. You are currently living in a country far, far away,
where your brother is the head of state. After a short period
of time, you come to realize that your sibling has become a
mass murderer, with the blood of hundreds of thousands on his
hands. Dissent is growing against him, but the whole country
fears his wrath, as the architects of previous assassination
attempts met their end hanging from meat hooks.
However, being his brother, you have complete access to him,
more so than almost everyone else. The question is, do you
plan and execute an assassination?
That's a pretty interesting question. And I'm not sure of the
answer. I think it would depend on whether killing my brother
would actually make a difference.
From what I've seen and learned so far, regimes such as the
one you've described are never the result of just one person.
It takes many people to establish and maintain that kind of
government. And they don't all have to be "evil"; just
complacent or self-serving.
So, I'm not too sure if the death of one figurehead would
result in true change. I'm grateful that I don't have to make
such a decision.
leave us with a parting thought.
Unfortunately, I'm not really one for eloquent parting words.
So, I'll quote St. Francis instead. I'd by satisfied if even
a fraction of this was achieved through my life:
Lord, make me a channel of your peace;
where there is hatred let me bring your love,
where there is injury, your pardon,
where there is doubt, true faith in you;
where there is despair in life let me bring hope,
where there is darkness, only light,
and where there is sadness, ever joy;
O Master grant that I may never seek
so much to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand,
to be loved, as to love with all my soul!
For it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
in giving of ourselves that we receive,
and in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Thanks Chris. Great Interview. Next up on
The Tonight Show is Eber Rosario. Keep it locked in.....
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