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Yesterday (well, technically today) I posted that The Avengers was one of three movies that I would see even if I had to sell my mother to the Russians, withReview: The Avengers (2012) (no spoilers)

First, sorry about the absence of new posts lately. Plenty has been going on, I've just been too tired to write about it. Anyway... on to the review! The Rocky seriesReview: Rocky II

The Simple Dollar » Live Free: Seven Pieces Of Open Source Software That Transformed My Life Okay, "life transforming" might be a little extreme ... but then again I haven't triedLife Transforming Open Source Software

AAA has nothing on these guys

Yesterday I read an article in the ZDNet Tech Broiler attempting to make the case for the studios to release first-run movies direct to streaming options (specifically Netflix and iTunes).Movie Theater vs. Home Theater (part 1)

Last month's podcast was such a great success that I decided to do another one. When I say it was a great success, I mean that it was successfully uploaded andTIDBABSH the second, part the first

Well, here we are with more sci-fi news. This time it'll be a mix of things old and new. Strap on your propeller hat and hang on, 'cause here weSci-fi rumors and news catch up

We've got a firm street date for the new Babylon 5 movie! In fact, you can start ordering now!! As a reminder, here's the early description from JMS, as I reportedBabylon 5: The Lost Tales pre-ordering

In my last post, I mentioned a definition of e-Learning I wrote a few years ago. For the record, this is what I said: How do you define e-learning? What areDefining e-Learning

Monkey Bites The post is missing a few details (perhaps because they aren't available), but it looks like the popular Eudora email client from Qualcomm is being completely re-written, using theEudora goes Open Source

Apple - Trailers - The Dark Knight I can't believe no one told me this trailer was out. Okay, visually it's an extremely boring trailer. Pretty much, it's the bat-symbol with aTrailer: The Dark Knight

No one has written a super-hero theme song yet that beats the one from the 60s Spider-man cartoon. Don't get me wrong, there have been some great themes written, butSpider-man dances (and so does The Flash)

Jim Mirkalami - the actual story revealed - Quit Your Day Job A while ago, I deleted a comment left on an old post. I thought it was Spam, but IJim Mirkalami - the actual story revealed - Quit Your Day Job

My wife can't figure out what I do online for hours at a time. I can't blame her for being confused. Sometimes I don't even know how so much timeWhat's in YOUR browser?

The Players: Dad - in the upstairs office, working Mom - ...indisposed 3-year old, aka "Little Mommy" - playing in playroom 2-year old, aka "Stinky" - playing in playroom So I'm sitting in my office,Little Mommy drops the... um... ball

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.