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Bryce Zabel's FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH: Santa's 2007 Movie Smackdown! Bryce has put together a fun poll on which Christmas/holiday movies make the cut for annual viewing. Which ones can youThe Santa Smackdown!

I subscribe to news alerts from both CNN and the New York Times. I find the differences in their content interesting at times. The New York Times alerts pretty consistentlyBias in News Alerts?

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

Well, I was on the live session tonight (read about my experience with last week's recorded session). For the most part, as I expected, the experiences were the same. ThereOprah's Online Training - live experience review

NBC.com > Heroes "They thought they were like everyone else... until they woke with incredible abilities." When I first heard of this show, I figured it would be an X-Men rip-off,Heroes preview

Recently a study looked at students who had Facebook on (even in the background) while studying vs. those without Facebook use, and compared their grades. Facebook users came out withShocking news! Distraction causes lack of focus!

I talked about this one before, but I had to mention that I just watched a Mythbusters episode on the Discovery Channel that confirmed that impairment is at least asImpairment while driving on phone > drunk driving

Here's a tip from my sister-in-law. Pretty impressive savings. This is the perfect time to shop for next year's winter clothes. We shop at department stores like Macy's andShop Ahead

This is the kind of stuff that keeps sucking me back into the world of Star Wars gaming. I LOVE this stuff. I have no idea how the actual game experienceStar Wars: The Old Republic - cinematics

SciFi.com: Science Fiction Movie and TV Reviews Oh, man ... I loved this show when it aired in UPN's fledgling season (kind of ironic that it would be released at theNowhere Man on DVD

Unlike the companions in this episode, I will not be trying to prevent spoilers. I'm gonna lay it all out there, so if you haven't seen the episode, don't readReview: Doctor Who: The Impossible Astronaut

Easy Meal Prep Association and Meal Assembly Directory I'm looking for ways to live cheaper. I got a tip in the comments of another blog to check out a Meal PreparatoryIs a meal preparation service a good deal?

I just found an interesting review of estimation strategies for creating e-Learning courses. Pete Blair has graciously posted a few free resources that could come in handy, one of which isCourse development estimation

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. ForHeroes: Last minute notes!

My company has recently shut down all access to YouTube. I get that. I completely believe that many people are using company time and bandwidth to watch all sorts ofI'm a casualty of war

Does a sex offender live near you?

National Sex Offender Registry

Familywatchdog.us is a pretty impressive site. Not only does it provide an extremely important service, but it is a great use of technology. It also shows how a little information can be used to make your life very public.

The purpose of the site, as you might guess, is to let you know whether any registered sex offenders live or work within a certain distance of the address you enter. The . . . → Read More: Does a sex offender live near you?

SkillSoft buys NETg

[article no longer available]Thomson Announces Strategic Realignment of Operations; Company to Sell Education Businesses – MarketWatch

[tag]Thomson NETg[/tag] and [tag]SkillSoft[/tag] have been trading 1st and 2nd place in the [tag]enterprise e-learning[/tag] space for years. Yesterday, SkillSoft announced it is purchasing its biggest rival for about $285M.

NETg Sale Agreement Signed * Thomson has agreed to sell NETg, a leading provider of continuing corporate education and training, to Skillsoft PLC (SKIL) for approximately $285 million. The . . . → Read More: SkillSoft buys NETg

‘Halo’ – Game Over?

Variety.com – ‘Halo’ pic loses its studios

[tag]Fox Studios[/tag] and [tag]Universal Studios[/tag] have backed out of their deal to finance the [tag]Halo movie[/tag], based on the popular [tag]video game[/tag] by [tag]Bungie[/tag] and [tag]Microsoft[/tag].

The studios exercised their option to back out right before a deadline that would require an advance payment to Microsoft, who also would receive 10% of the movies profits.

While the exit of two studios would seem to imperil “Halo,” . . . → Read More: ‘Halo’ – Game Over?

Eudora goes Open Source

Monkey Bites

The post is missing a few details (perhaps because they aren’t available), but it looks like the popular Eudora email client from Qualcomm is being completely re-written, using the Mozilla Thunderbird code-base as its engine, and released to the public as open source.

Eudora is a well-loved if somewhat outdated email client that many people (Qualcomm claims millions of users, which sounds accurate) continue to use just for its unique feature set. Eudora . . . → Read More: Eudora goes Open Source

Stephen Colbert, a Greenscreen, and ILM

Star Wars: Community | ILM’s Greenscreen Challenge Entry

Stephen Colbert, of the Comedy Central’s Colbert Report, issued a challenge to the public at large to put his lightsaber antics in front of a greenscreen into a full battle with monsters.

ILM picked up the challenge and ran with it. The result: butt-kickin’ Jedi political commentary.

And it came in second place!

Go to the Colbert Report site to see the winner, and some other great . . . → Read More: Stephen Colbert, a Greenscreen, and ILM

Review: Heroes Ep 1-3

I’ve been holding off on posting my thoughts until I felt I had a real grasp for quality of the show. Well, I can now say that I firmly believe this to be the best new show of this year. Heroes has it all: drama, mystery, suspense, action, and special effects.

After the first episode, I was impressed, but it still seemed like it was missing a bit of the punch I was hoping for. . . . → Read More: Review: Heroes Ep 1-3

Stargate SG-1 ends its run on Direct-to-DVD

Slice of Scifi – Science Fiction TV & Movie News, Interviews & more » BREAKING Stargate SG-1 News

This is both great and disappointing.

On the one hand, we get to see the end of the Ori storyline. That’s excellent. I’m glad they figured out a way to make that happen.

On the other hand, it’s direct-to-DVD. That just screams “second-class”. Hardly fitting for a record-breaking, high quality TV series.

There will be a total . . . → Read More: Stargate SG-1 ends its run on Direct-to-DVD

Torchwood trailer

YouTube – Torchwood – First proper trailer

Someone has posted a preview trailer for Torchwood, the Dr. Who spinoff series. It’s basically a character list and some special effects, but I like the look of it. I’m still in.

[tags]Torchwood, Doctor Who, John Barrowman[/tags]

VeinViewer

From Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS newsletter comes news of a new tool to help doctors and nurses.

Projected Vein Locations: This weekend I saw a fascinating new “performance support” system – one that helps doctors and nurses find veins easily when drawing blood or inserting an IV. At Wired’s NextFest in NYC, I had a chance to demonstrate “The VeinViewer” by Luminetx. Using near-infrared beams, the device locates veins and arteries below the skin and . . . → Read More: VeinViewer