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?
[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
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?
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Eudora is a well-loved if somewhat outdated email client that many people (Qualcomm claims millions of users, which sounds accurate) continue to use just for its unique feature set.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
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
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
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
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]
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