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In the last month or so, it seems like Murphy is camped on my front step. Computer - dead. Motherboard, presumably, is fried, based on research. Car inspection - over $500 moreUnexpected costs, things that have broken lately, and lessons learned

Doctor Who To Return For Fifth Season In 2010 - Slice of Scifi I can't say I really understand why they are doing this. Does everyone really need a full years'Doctor Who Takes a Vacation

Earlier this year I had the windows in my house replaced. This cost more money than I had on hand, so I took the loan offered through the company whoSaving money thru the power of cluelessness

'Highlander: The Source' Final Nail in Franchise Coffin - OhmyNews International I just had to pick a few of the favorite quotes from this review. Most of the reviews I've readMore on 'Highlander: The Source'

Another year has gone by, and more fathering lessons have been learned. Hopefully my kids have learned a bit, too. For my part, I've learned - perhaps more than in otherHappy Fathers Day

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?

Vanguard − The "Dilbert" guide to personal finance This list from Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, is about 2 years old, but I just saw it for the first time,Personal Finance advice from "Dilbert"

Hey... just a quick note to anyone following this blog in a feedreader or email that if you don't get any more posts from me by Tuesday, you might wantMigrating feeds

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

Over Memorial Day weekend, my wife and I foisted my 2 kids on my parents and ran for the hills, totally taking advantage of my parents' generosity to spend 6Double Review: Narnian royalty return to take down Indiana Jones

Wink - [Homepage] Just ran across this free application that could be a replacement for Adobe Captivate, if you're looking for a quick and dirty way to create software demos. DidReplace Adobe Captivate for free?

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

Yes, I know stupider isn't a word. It applies to Netflix nonetheless. I'll start this off by admitting that I don't have Netflix. I have used it at other people's housesNetflix becomes stupider, Warehouse 13 returns

Everybody dies. Some of them more than once. Usually, that kind of statement is either a joke or a major spoiler, but then, this is a time travel movie, so IReview: Stargate: Continuum

CLO: Survey: One-Third of Candidates Commit a Top Interview Don’t This article is aimed at executive search interviews, but most of it really applies to any interview. Make sure you don'tInterviewing mistakes

Heroes: Last minute notes!

Interviews & Features – NBC’s Heroes: The Show’s Secrets Unmasked! | TVGuide.com

The show finally premieres tonight at 9pm! I just ran across this TVGuide.com article with some interesting news. For one thing, there will be no “let’s get everyone together and form a team” moment (a la X-Men), and there will be no lack of action. Tim Kring has promised that things won’t be dragged out for 4 or 5 episodes without anything major . . . → Read More: Heroes: Last minute notes!

Elliott Masie & Josh Bersin: Learning Trends

Learning 2006 – Josh Bersin & Elliott Masie Dialogue

Josh and Elliot, two “thought leaders” in the learning industry, get together and talk about the things they’re seeing in the learning industry. It’s at least partially a teaser for Josh’s presentation at Elliott’s Learning 2006 conference, but there are some good things being said.

For example, Elliott, not for the first time, makes the beginning of a case to make a job in the learning . . . → Read More: Elliott Masie & Josh Bersin: Learning Trends

NBC’s Heroes pilot online

LiveDigital: NBC’s Heroes pilot

I don’t know how this got there, but if you want to watch the Heroes pilot episode in a really bad, small, flash video format, there you go. I’m not going to watch it until it airs on September 25th.

[tags]Heroes, NBC, TV, superheroes[/tags]

Heroes web comic

SCI FI Wire | The News Service of the SCI FI Channel

Tim Kring, creator and executive producer of NBC’s superhero drama Heroes, told SCI FI Wire that the the series will be accompanied by a Web comic at NBC.com that will become an integral part of the show itself. “Just to give a little spoiler to everybody, the audience should look for the idea of the comic book to play a huge part internally . . . → Read More: Heroes web comic

Harry Potter and the Paper-Cut Terrorist

Writer’s Blog: J.K. Rowling vs. Airport Security Somebody in the TSA has got to get a grip.

[tag]J.K. Rowling[/tag] tried to return home recently and had a run-in with [tag]airport security[/tag]:

Airport security tried to stop her from taking the unfinished, handwritten manuscript of the last Harry Potter book on board the plane as [tag]carry-on luggage[/tag].

What the heck is going on here?! What was she going to do, threaten to read the pilots to . . . → Read More: Harry Potter and the Paper-Cut Terrorist

Heroes – the dark side

SCI FI Wire | The News Service of the SCI FI Channel

The latest info coming out about Heroes just bolsters my impression that this is going to be a good show.

In particular, the show will explore the themes of temptation and the duality between good and evil. “It’s one of the things that we’re really fascinated with, … this idea that all of these people have free will,” Kring said. “They are just . . . → Read More: Heroes – the dark side

Are Google’s day’s numbered?

It’s time to reconsider Google | News.blog | CNET News.com

It really might be time for some people to reconsider Google – at least Google’s search and Google Maps. They are no longer so far ahead of the curve that it’s a no brainer to stick with them. The competition is picking up.

I’m not quite ready to switch myself, but if I lived in a region that was covered by online traffic updates, I’d . . . → Read More: Are Google’s day’s numbered?

Google Earth gets even cooler

Images: New visions from Google Earth | CNET News.com

This is really great! The already wildly cool Google Earth is getting additional information laid on top of it, so you can get information on selected locations from The Discovery Channel, US National Parks, a UN Environmental Agency, Jane Goodall’s institute, and more.

The new information will be available either as overlays (in the case of trails or ape roaming territories, for example) or clickable pop-up . . . → Read More: Google Earth gets even cooler

Podcasting for corporate training example – how I did it

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, the process I went through, and for better or worse, the result.

The point of this exercise was two-fold: to experiment with the technology and tools, and to introduce potential uses of podcasting to a training industry audience focused in a [tag]manufacturing company[/tag]. The original . . . → Read More: Podcasting for corporate training example – how I did it

Review: The Aviator

I’m of two minds about this movie. On the one hand, it was extremely well done, especially the directing and acting, and the subject was enticing and kept my interest. Unlike many films, my “armchair directing” has failed me: I don’t know what I would have done differently.

On the other hand, it was freakin’ long. Too long. At just under 3 hours, it’s a huge investment to spend the time to watch this movie, . . . → Read More: Review: The Aviator