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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)

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

Smallville will be back for an eighth season next year! But without Lex, and without Lana. Michael Rosenbaum and Kristen Kreuk are calling it quits after this year. Apparently they'reSmallville, Dr. Who, and Torchwood facts and rumors

Dr. Horrible's Sing-along blog I made a quick mention of this once before after seeing the trailer. I just saw the first act (which was so popular it brought down theDr Horrible's Sing-along blog

Pennsylvania Gas Prices - Find Cheap Gas Prices in Pennsylvania Now this is a useful site (assuming you live in PA, anyway). Not only can you find the lowest (and highest) gasPennsylvania Gas Prices - Find Cheap Gas Prices in Pennsylvania

Hana Gittleman's "covert" site This site gives you the chance to join in on the Heroes storyline and become a part of the story. There are links to other websites fromHeroes Viral Marketing

Okay, I get distracted for a little while and suddenly there's new stuff in the Star Wars universe. I can feel the geek in me slipping away... But at least IStar Wars trailers

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!

New York Times columnist David Pogue has had two extremely good posts lately. One is aimed squarely at general computer users, and both are of great use to technical writers. InTechnical writers, pay attention

To continue in the vein of dissatisfaction with training, let's take a look at the experience this high school student in Singapore is having with e-Learning (found via Corporate eLearningWhere are the humans?

Andre Agassi survived his battle with 8th seed Marcos Baghdatis tonight to move into the third round of play. I only saw about half of the final set of this match,Agassi: Still alive

The New York Times reported last week that Abdul Qadeer Khan may have sold plans for a nuclear weapon: American and international investigators say that they have found the electronic blueprintsKhan set us up the bomb!

Two "robots" found on YouTube today... One: paint this dark grey and it would be the coolest homemade AT-ST (All Terrian-Scout Transport) Halloween costume on the block. Just add a WookieYouTube robots

Back in May I posted a list of the movies I wanted to see this year. So far I've seen 7 out of the 10 I was shooting for, plus2011 Movies - The Final Push

(Originally posted Aug 06, 2005 on my older blog) Sci-fi western with an attitude, and a healthy dose of mystery and character building. I am catching Firefly on DVD. I didn't watchReview: Firefly

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.