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Argh. Well, I finally upgraded WordPress to 2.3.3. I’d been putting it off because I was afraid it would break things. It ended up being worse than I thought. I’m still findingUpgrading broke half my stuff!

I find a lot of stuff that I want to share, but that doesn't make it into a blog post of its own, for whatever reason (usually a lack ofLinkList: Sci-fi edition

Hydrogen Technology Applications Whoa. You'd think if this was really viable they'd be talking about it all over the news. Well, I'm going in with skepticism, but holy cow, it sureHydrogen Technology - New unlimited energy source?

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.Review: The Aviator

New York Times columnist David Pogue has had two extremely good posts lately. One is aimed squarely at general computer users, and both are of great use to technical writers. InTechnical writers, pay attention

Afternoons with Amit: How to watch TV online...legally See, that's the kicker - doing it legally. Anyone can find illegal TV. Given the option, though, I'd much rather support the companiesTV online - legally

It's possible that you've noticed that I don't post a lot here anymore. This blog has admittedly fallen mostly into disuse. This should not be a surprise to anyone. It occursWhere I've been

Quicktime trailerI post this in remembrance of a hapless rabbit in a very early Simpsons episode. (Mike, you'll know exactly the scene I'm talking about when you reach the endTrailer: Hancock

What kind of a movie can you make with $5000 and some talented friends? If you choose wisely, apparently a pretty good one. Trailer 2 - The Hunt For Gollum [2] by HuntForGollum ThisA return to Middle Earth: The Hunt for Gollum - Tuesday TubeWatch

We're heading back toward another season of Doctor Who! Matt Smith will reprise his role as The Doctor starting on Easter weekend (April 23rd). Also returning are companions (and newlyweds)Doctor, Doctor, gimme the news...

I don't understand. NBC Universal is canceling three of the best Sci-Fi shows in recent memory. Journeyman, The 4400, and The Dead Zone are all goners. What's the deal?! All threeNBC Universal nailing the coffin shut on Sci-Fi

You never know what's going to make an impact on your kids. I don't mean an immediate "wow!" impact, I'm talking about the long term stuff. It may not even2 voices + 4 spices = 1 big impact

So here we have week 4 of Stargate Universe and week 3 of Sanctuary. As I mentioned last week, on SGU they're heading for a close encounter with a star. It'sSyFy shows reviews: SGU and Sanctuary

The full trailer for Doctor Who's sixth season is out. Watch it: This bit did it for me: Off-screen, scary sounding alien: Fear me. I've killed hundreds of Time Lords. The Doctor (notTwo lines, and I'm sold

Am I awesome? Well that's sort of a silly question. Of course I am. I'm me, after all. But is it possible that I'm getting more awesome? I can't say for sure, butAm I getting more awesome?

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