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FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH | Bryce Zabel: Produce or Perish! | USC School of Cinema & Television CNTV589 Bryce Zabel is going to be a professor at USC. If his classBryce Zabel: Those who can, teach

When this movie came out I saw it in the theater and was blown away. I still remember the feeling of exhilaration I had during the launch sequence, and theReview: Apollo 13

If you were the head of a movie company, which movies would you choose to spend $1.5 million per 30 seconds to advertise during the Super Bowl—an event watched primarilyTuesday TubeWatch: Super Bowl Movie Roundup

Let's face it... some stereotypes exist for a reason. Even among native English speakers, in general, programmers are not known for their English skills. I know a few who buckProgrammer English

Orci & Kurtzman Tackle Man of Steel - Slice of SciFi Bryan Singer is in talks with writers for the next Superman movie, "The Man of Steel". Unfortunately, we have toSuperman returns... again

I mentioned in a previous post that I was experimenting with [tag]Podcasting[/tag] for [tag]training[/tag] purposes at work. I thought it might be nice to share what I've learned so far,Podcasting for corporate training example - how I did it

My wife cheats. There is no way she's done this without cheating. See, it started out innocently enough. She started putting up cute little statuses on Facebook about the things our kidsCheater!

I got up this morning and read an email that referred to a comment made on Twitter... that's a Tweet, for those who've been under a technological rock for theTweet

Star Wars: Video Catch the trailer for the August 15th Clone Wars movie. This debuted with Speed Racer tonight. This. Looks. Awesome. Click through and watch it.Star Wars: Clone Wars Theatrical Trailer

Generally speaking, women are nuts for Valentines Day. Generally speaking, men don't get it. We participate, frequently against our will, but we don't really get it. Why is there a specificValentines Day!

Through watching the Randy Pausch lecture (mentioned in my previous post) I discovered a great free tool for learning how to program, called Alice. What's different about Alice is thatAlice: Through the Monitor (or Creating new worlds for Novices)

John Williams is probably the most well known film composer in history. He owes much of that success to the Star Wars series, but Jaws, Superman, Close Encounters of thePre-prequel-era Star Wars music tribute

So our water company had a break in at one of their tanks recently and while they're checking to make sure the water hasn't been contaminated, they've issued a "DoFact checking the easy stuff

Well, we finally got 10 votes on the first poll, and after a close race between "Good" and "For the sake of Humanity, make it stop!" it looks like thePoll: The Fifth Cylon

Our National Savings Rate Is Embarrassing [Fool.com] January 17, 2007 Wow... this was surprising to me: ...consider these historical numbers for the U.S. personal savings rate: * 1984: 10.8% * 2001: 1.8% * 2003: 1.4% DoU.S. National Savings Rate breaks a bad barrier

Sodium: A real blast at pool parties

Sodium Party

This site is great! Science with a kick. I love it.

Sodium metal reacts rather badly with water. That makes for some great videos!

The site has the same kind of crazy fascination with chemistry that my friend had as we were growing up. He even made nitroglycerin once (and he’s now a pharmacist… scary).

From the main Sodium page:

As with any reactive element, sodium’s character is changed completely when it’s . . . → Read More: Sodium: A real blast at pool parties

Eye-movement tracking & Web Content

F-Shaped Pattern For Reading Web Content (Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox) This is the same eye tracking idea I talked about in a previous post. The focus this time, though, is reading patterns.

Scan patterns seem to have a tendency to follow an “F” pattern, which is pretty interesting to me. I figured it would look more like a bunch of skinny rows as people read the headlines. Seems that after the first two, they don’t even . . . → Read More: Eye-movement tracking & Web Content

Fight trolls with math!

Timez Attack

I am really impressed with this game. It’s engaging, the graphics are great, it has a cool adventure environment, and it teaches math. Seriously cool.

As you (a small monster) run through the world, you meet up with puzzles that teach you multiplication. For example, you have to get the question right in order to open a door. It’s not timed, it’s not threatening, and you have a sense of achievement when you . . . → Read More: Fight trolls with math!

Switch/hub/router/patch panel — terms defined

Ever want to know the difference between a switch vs. a patch panel vs. a hub vs. a gateway/router?

HiveMinds :: View topic – New Network

Hiveminds is a great web/tech board with some really knowledgeable (and nice!) people. They’ve pulled my butt out of the fire more than once when I got stuck on a coding problem.

Working in the buff

United Press International – NewsTrack – Some telecommuters work in the nude

For your sanity, I will stay silent on which category I am in…

Stop everything

There is a lot going on in the world these days. The pace of life is increasing at an amazing rate. The progress we are making is incredible, and there is great stuff happening every day.

But progress at this rate is a double-edged sword. Yes, we have unprecedented access to information, conveniences, and services, but it’s also very easy to be overstimulated and distracted.

This is more evident now than ever before, but . . . → Read More: Stop everything

Web 2.0 or Star Wars?

Cerado’s Web 2.0 or Star Wars Quiz Sadly, I got a 38.