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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 securityHarry Potter and the Paper-Cut Terrorist

Diabetes breakthrough Before you get too excited, let me say this: from my read of the article, it's a long time before humans could benefit, and even when they can, you'llA cure for Type I diabetes?

Looks like I am officially blogging. I am too cool for words. (Ironic, isn't it.)Check it out...

In the 7 day challenge, today’s topic is: Share a photo I took this week and tell you about it. This is actually getting out of hand. It's a little embarrassing. [caption id="attachment_1463"What I see every day - 7 day challenge

I'm reading a lot more comics/graphic novels now than I ever have. Sadly, that's not saying much, since I only read individual unconnected issues at a time - I neverAn attache case, an underground government, and a Spider-Man on the edge

I thought I was done with posting about Watchmen. But then I found this: There are a huge number of these Marvel vs. DC clips, and a lot of them areTuesday TubeWatch: the final Watchmen-related post

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

I just finished recording with my wife the inaugural edition of my completely new and wonderful conception: the "Things I didn't blog about but should have" podcast. That's right, you canComing soon...

Human Brain Transplantation Protocol Approved To Reverse Nerve And Brain Damage This is one of the coolest science pieces I've come across ever. You know why brain injury is so bad? BecauseHuman Brain Regeneration

That's not a euphemism. I actually felt the earth move last night. We had an 3.4 earthquake at midnight last night, with an epicenter about 5 miles from my house.I feel the earth move under my feet...

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,Review: Hellboy

Cheap trick. No, not the band. Seems like Deanna has the same sense of humor as Brother Cavel. But... we get another week of voting in, and everybody's back in play!BSG: The Last Cylon... not so revealed

Like The Matrix, you cannot be told what this is. Words cannot describe it. It must be experienced. You must immerse yourself in it to feel the awesomeness. Soak it in: Seriously,The most awesome thing to come out of India - ever

Creating Passionate Users: REAL motivation posters This is stuff I've talked about with co-workers years ago: the "fake-ness" of motivational posters. The examples Kathy created are hilarious and truthful. ThereCreating Passionate Users: REAL motivation posters

I think it's official: I'm addicted to Kathy Sierra's blog. Yesterday she made a great (if a tad long) summary of some pretty basic points she made earlier in the yearInstructional Design reminders

Review: The Machinist

Wow.

I’ve never seen anyone lose that much weight for a movie before. [tag]Christian Bale[/tag] was a walking skeleton in this movie. It hurt to watch the man move. Even [tag]Tom Hanks[/tag] looked healthier in Castaway.

Unfortunately, that was probably the most impressive thing about this movie. It seemed to move too slowly, lingering on shots that didn’t really have a pay-off. It was successful in making me curious about why Trevor, the main character, hadn’t slept in a year, but that’s really all it was: curiosity. I never really cared why he hadn’t slept.

Normally in a movie like this, I’d be going back over it in my mind, piecing together the “reality” vs. the “imagined” sections of the film. As I write this, less than an hour after seeing it, I’ve found that I really haven’t thought much about the structure in that way.

One thing they did very well was make me feel that Trevor was very fatigued, and that anything could have been [tag]hallucination[/tag]. I also felt relief along with the character when he finally gets to sleep (we presume). In the end, though, it wasn’t enough to engage me in the story.

Five stars for Christian Bale’s commitment, two and a half for the movie.

[tags]machinist, insomnia, fatigue, insanity, film, severe weight loss[/tags]

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