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So today I had an eye doctor's appointment. Apparently I have totally awesome vision while I'm wearing my glasses. The lady was actually joking when she put up the lineIt just seemed odd

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Abyss & Apex : Fourth Quarter 2007: Wikihistory Okay, if you've ever participated in an online forum or newsgroup, you've gotta read this mock-forum discussion of the International Association of TimeForum update on time traveling interference with Hitler

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I don't follow football. At all. Never have. Most of the time I'm surprised to learn that the Super Bowl is on. I used to appreciate the commercials and watched mostlyWhy I loved last night's Super Bowl

What follows is a guest post from my wife, who has had a bit of a difficult week so far. I have come upstairs to ... get AWAY from our 2It's Not Fair!

My kids have been watching Signing Time on our local PBS station here for over a year now. They love the show so much that we got them one ofTuesday TubeWatch: Signing Time

To continue with the theme of my last post... Clark Aldrich talked about the similarities of video games and training simulations in one of his blogs for ASTD's Learning Circuits: Computer gamesVideo games and simulations

AAA has nothing on these guys

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

Other heroes may be dark, brooding and intelligent, or invincible super-nice guys, but no one is as fun to watch as Spider-Man. More than most other super-heroes, he seems likeRadioactive Spider Blood - Tuesday TubeWatch

Newsflash: Time May Not Exist | Physics & Math | DISCOVER Magazine Every once in a while I read articles like this to remind myself that there is a lot thatLook out for the edge!? What edge?

The Second Chance DVD Steve Taylor is no stranger to controversy. His music in the '80s was unabashedly pointed at issues of hypocrisy and general laziness within Christian communities and itsReview: The Second Chance

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?

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 point would be that you could use that information to help safeguard your children. I put in a few addresses of places I’ve lived or have relatives, and was pleased to find that there were few sex offenders nearby — though concerned to find the ones I did.

Technically, the site is also very impressive. It uses information gleaned from the national sex offender registry, in combination with Google Maps, to pinpoint your address, and any offenders and school addresses in the local area and display them in a easy-to-use format. Offenders are even color coded by type of offense. Clicking on a colored flag launches a new window with a picture and details about the offender. This is a huge leap forward from the Megan’s Law websites I’ve seen run by the state police, which provide information in list format.

[tags]sex offenders, children, safety, Google maps, AJAX[/tags]

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