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In my last post I asked for some help coming up with films for my annual New Years Eve triple feature. I got some great responses (though very few actuallyReview: New Years Eve triple feature

[caption id="attachment_1036" align="alignright" width="285" caption="Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"][/caption] I haven't read the books. In general I've tried to avoid reviews and other spoilers for the film (though I didReview: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Before jumping into the new stuff, just a quick note on the second episodes of shows that started last week... Heroes - an improvement. I both enjoyed and was annoyed byPremiere weeks 2009, part 2 - SGU and Clone Wars

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

Seriously, where else are you going to get a combination like that? I've got three video clips for you today, and one of them is not fiction. See if you canFirefly is back, Singing Batman, and Cyborg Rats

I know you didn't notice, but I did. This site was down for about 20 hours due to a glitch that showed I had overspent my bandwidth allocation. I hadn't,We're back, and better than ever in "We're back, and better than ever!"

I'm pretty sure my wife will have no problem confirming this: I'm addicted to The Sing-Off.  Last year's show blew my mind with the talent involved. This year matches thatThe Sing-Off: recap and predictions

There are a lot of challenges that instructional designers and trainers face in developing and delivering courses in a corporate environment. For instance, usually there is barely time to getChallenge students?! Are you crazy?!

I had the opportunity to visit the blog connected to Oprah's "A New Earth" course on Eckhart Tolle's book. I've been looking at this training experience over the last fewOprah's Online Training - Part 3: The blog

It's 2am. I'm finally about to go to sleep. Before I can get into the bedroom, though, I hear my daughter whimpering in her bed. Usually, this means she hasAre all 3-year-olds like this?

Yeah, I got this from a chain mail, but it's the first one to make me laugh out loud in a few years, so here you go...   A Lawyer and aHow to make $490

Unions had their day. They were a good idea when the worker was truly being exploited. These days, there are still areas where a union is probably useful, but forWhy I hate unions

Okay, the term "Web 2.0" is utterly useless, but you gotta admit, there's some cool stuff out there. Instead of listing all the cool apps that will make your life wonderful,Web 2.0 applications / free conferencing

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!

I've got a swirl of thoughts going on in my head at the moment. This one's gonna ramble. Hopefully it comes out making some kind of sense. I want to endI want to end my life, but I'm too lazy

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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