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I don't have a pet. Dog, cat, fish, bird, rock... nothing. That's not likely to change in the next 5-7 years, if ever. There are lots of reasons, actually, butWhy I don't have a dog

Argh. Well, I finally upgraded WordPress to 2.3.3. I’d been putting it off because I was afraid it would break things. It ended up being worse than I thought. I’m still findingUpgrading broke half my stuff!

Just in case you missed it, the direct-to-DVD continuation of the Stargate SG-1 Ori storyline, "The Ark of Truth," is to be released next Tuesday, March 11th. You can apparentlyStargate: The Ark of Truth

On further reflection there is one more thing I want to say about The Prince Of Egypt. The second trailer (included on the DVD) paints the film as a "triumphFollow-up review: The Prince of Egypt trailer

GateWorld - Staite talks Atlantis Season Four Stargate Atlantis's newest recurring guest star is ready for the show's fourth season, which enters production this February in Vancouver, British Columbia. Jewel StaitePaging Dr. Kaylee!

H&R Block - Top 10 Overlooked Credits & Deductions Here's a good list to keep in mind as we get ready to pony up for Uncle Sam's benificence. [tags]US taxes, april 15th,H&R Block - Top 10 Overlooked Credits & Deductions

[caption id="attachment_1690" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Salt Lake City - distant storm at dusk (click for bigger view)"][/caption] Last week I went on my first trip to Salt Lake City, Utah. I willMy Utah trip, or how I could have died at 6400 feet

The Seeker: The Dark is Rising - In Theatres October 5, 2007 It's a dicey proposition to see one of your favorite books translated into film. Many of Tolkien's fans wereThe Seeker: The Dark is Rising

Uncommon Lifestyles and the Truth About the 4-Hour Workweek: An Interview with Tim Ferriss ∞ Get Rich Slowly This article spurred a long night of reading about virtual personal assistants andOutsourcing your life, and the 4 hour work week

I mentioned this a while back, but this guy decided to use the power of the internet to break Star Wars up into 15 second segments and have people submitStar Wars, like you've never seen it before

It's hard to do better than the Bible for your source material, so this movie had an edge already. In some ways it lived up to (and exceeded) expectations; inReview: The Prince of Egypt

This is one of a series of articles I wrote for The Coalition of Awesomeness blog some time ago. The blog has since gone to an unfortunate (but very awesome)The gift of music

While I'm spending time in the BSG universe, here's a clip from the prequel series, Caprica. The series debuts next year. Apparently it will not take place in space much, ifCaprica clip

This time I followed the directions to delete (almost) all the WordPress files on the server before uploading the new versions. That seems to work much better than overwriting them. SoUpgrade successful!

Where do you fit? [caption id="attachment_1210" align="aligncenter" width="410" caption="Do you hit the tri-fecta?"][/caption] Come on, if you read this blog it's pretty much a foregone conclusion that you're at least a geek.Geeknerddorkdweeb

Video games and simulations

To continue with the theme of my last post…

Clark Aldrich talked about the similarities of video games and training simulations in one of his blogs for ASTD’s Learning Circuits:

Computer games must teach skills that are actually used and improvised upon, not just parrotted back on a test, which turns out to be even harder than telling a complicated story.

He goes on to give a great example, taken from Half Life 2, of the training provided by the game. The game is an example of a simulation—not one we’d ever run across in real life, hopefully, but simulating an imaginary world and situation. If we applied those same ideas to simulations of real-life environments, we’d have some amazing training.

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