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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)

This is quite simply one of the best Star Wars trailers I've seen. The problem is that it's the cinematics associated with the game, and no in-game footage, so the actualIf only the Star Wars films were like this...

I'm not even exaggerating. This blows my mind. There are certainly cakes that are unbelievably beautiful (and this is not one of them), but the level of detail on thisThe best cake I've ever seen

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

...there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying... Glory to God - Merry Christmas to everyone! (I've sung Handel's Messiah a few times,And suddenly...

Every once in a while people post interesting stuff on Facebook, instead of just the inane time-sucking games and narcissism that usually goes on there. Speaking of narcissism, here's a pictureFound on Facebook - episode 2

AAA has nothing on these guys

Two years ago we caught my then 2-year old daughter slathering herself (and the rug, and the covers, and the bed) with Desitin cream. My resulting distress was recorded inWhat is it with this kid?

Slice of Scifi - Science Fiction TV / Movie, News, Interviews & more - Jay's Doctor Who Update Well, Doctor Who's second season will air on Sci-Fi in October, as previouslyFuture Imperfect: Doctor Who on Sci-Fi

If you're not a parent or don't want to talk about the logistics of sickness, move along... nothing to see here. You've been warned. So after Thanksgiving dinner was over and weNot for the queasy - where to get sick

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

Will at Work Learning: Take the Original Learning Research Quiz I took this quiz a couple of years ago after seeing Dr. Thalheimer at an e-Learning Guild event. I thought IInstructional Designers: do you know what you think you know?

I'm pretty impressed with the CommonCraft videos. They've found a way to make YouTube a marketing and profit center for themselves, and a lot of their work is in theTips from CommonCraft

Chain Factor Okay, this is the most addicting waste of time I've come across in quite a while. So far my high score is just short of 170,000. Waaaaaay too muchAs addicting as chain smoking...

I'll be jotting down my initial thoughts of the shows I watch that premiere this week. Tonight, I intended to watch the NBC shows Chuck, Heroes, and Journeyman. I missed Chuck,Initial thoughts - Premiere week pt 1

Review: Finding Neverland

Finding Neverland wasn’t boisterous, or exhuberantly full of wonder. It was, if anything, understated and simple in its execution. Despite the drama of a crumbling marriage, oppression, depression, and death, there were no histrionics, no yelling, no overwrought grief – these things were just facts of life to be dealt with. This was a movie where the actors checked their egos at the door and let the story be the star. And I think that . . . → Read More: Review: Finding Neverland

Adding Technorati Tags to posts

SimpleTags – A WordPress Plugin for Technorati Tags

Found a [tag]plug-in[/tag] for [tag]WordPress[/tag] that makes it dead easy to create [tag]Technorati tags[/tag]. Easy enough that I may actually do it! And those of you who know how lazy I am, will truly appreciate the gravity of that statement.

[tag]SimpleTags[/tag] is a WordPress plugin that will allow you to easily generate Technorati tags at the bottom of your blog entries. There are several plugins already available . . . → Read More: Adding Technorati Tags to posts

Agassi’s last first round win

Andre Agassi began the end of his professional tennis career tonight with a great match vs. Andrei Pavel.

Like many people, I’ve been watching Andre Agassi for almost his entire career. Along with a very few others (including Sampras, Conners, and McEnroe), he has brought the sport to new heights of both talent and popularity. He’s also had his slumps. But when he was “on,” he was remarkable to watch.

As his body . . . → Read More: Agassi’s last first round win

Corporate Learning Forum – why?

Corporate Training & e-Learning Blog: Corporate Learning Forum is HERE!

In the blog above, Jenna Sweeney talks about a new listserv for corporate training professionals – the Corporate Learning Forum.

I received an “invitation” to this forum at work. Maybe I’m being dense, but I don’t get it. Why would I want to pay $50 a year to be a member on a listserv? Why should I pay for the privilege of being bombarded by . . . → Read More: Corporate Learning Forum – why?

CEOs – taking more than their share?

Corporate Training & e-Learning Blog: BIG for 2006: LCMSs, Podcasting, and Outsourcing I ran across this quote while looking for something totally unrelated – examples of podcasts as currently in use for internal corporate training – but it blew me away. I knew the split had grown, but holy cow…

The ratio of average CEO pay to average production worker pay: 1982 – 42:1 1990 – 107:1 2001 – 525:1 2004 – 431:1 At least . . . → Read More: CEOs – taking more than their share?

Odeo podcasting

Well, I’m working on podcasting technology for work, so I figured I’d better get my feet wet and learn how to do it. As such, here is a lame example of me talking into a microphone for 16 seconds (approximately):

Incidentally, this player is Google’s, as seen in Gmail. Not the prettiest, but it’s the only one I could figure out how to use with WordPress, so far.

As podcasting hosts go, Odeo.com . . . → Read More: Odeo podcasting

Review: The Upside of Anger

(This will be a short one, but only because I’m tired. No reflection on the movie.)

The Upside of Anger is about a woman full of anger and the effect she has on her daughters, and their progression toward healing. It manages to be funny, touching, dramatic, and very real. I’m actually having a hard time figuring out why I didn’t like it as much as I might have. In talking with my wife, I . . . → Read More: Review: The Upside of Anger

Stargate SG-1: Over and Out?

GateWorld – Cooper: SG-1 will go on

On the heels of the long-running series’ landmark 200th episode, the Sci-Fi Channel has chosen not to renew Stargate SG-1 for an 11th season. This is coming as a shock to some fans as we approach the mid-point of the series record-breaking 10th year in production – the longest continuous run for any science fiction television show. Oddly it seems to be a shock to the people working . . . → Read More: Stargate SG-1: Over and Out?

Review: Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man’s Chest

I’m a little hesitant to review this one, because it doesn’t feel like it would be fair to do so until I’ve seen part three and the end of the story. But I’ll put down my initial thoughts anyway.

This is a fun movie. I’m glad I went to see it in the theater, and I’ll definitely go see part three. The special & visual effects were great, especially for Davy Jones and his crew. . . . → Read More: Review: Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man’s Chest

Review: Hellboy

I wasn’t feeling well today, and there wasn’t much on the tube, so I tuned in to the only movie playing that I hadn’t seen before: Hellboy.

In sci-fi, comic book, geek circles I had heard that this was a pretty good movie, and from the previews it seemed like it had some decent special effects and some humor in it. It even spawned a cartoon and I think they’re making a sequel. So I . . . → Read More: Review: Hellboy