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This is one of a series of articles I wrote for The Coalition of Awesomeness blog some time ago. The blog has since gone to an unfortunate (but very awesome)Who do you serve, and who do you trust?

Timez Attack I am really impressed with this game. It's engaging, the graphics are great, it has a cool adventure environment, and it teaches math. Seriously cool. As you (a small monster)Fight trolls with math!

Torchwood Lights Up May - Slice of SciFi In a recent interview with SciFi Wire, writer-producer Russell T.Davies (Doctor Who) stated that filming for the 13-episodes of Torchwood, the Doctor WhoTorchwood - Doctor Who spinoff

Ohio Board Undoes Stand on Evolution - New York Times (free subscription required) The Ohio Board of Education voted 11 to 4 Tuesday to toss out a mandate that 10th-grade biologyOhio Board Tells Students, "Thinking Isn't Important"

It's a popular debate lately: are these social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc.) bad for us? Recently an Oxford professor, Baroness Susan Greenfield, made some rather provocative speculations aboutTuesday TubeWatch: Social networking will eat your brain!

(Man, I'm actually burning through my movie picks this year. This is awesome - big thank you to my parents for babysitting.) Tonight my wife and I settled in for theReview: Captain America

Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Last Outpost - TV Squad [tag]Wil Wheaton[/tag] has taken to doing reviews of old [tag]Star Trek: The Next Generation[/tag] episodes. He's only done a fewWil Wheaton reviews the show that made everyone hate him

This is quite simply one of the best Star Wars trailers I've seen. The problem is that it's the cinematics associated with the game, and no in-game footage, so the actualIf only the Star Wars films were like this...

Andre Agassi began the end of his professional tennis career tonight with a great match vs. Andrei Pavel. Like many people, I've been watching Andre Agassi for almost his entire career.Agassi's last first round win

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

Through watching the Randy Pausch lecture (mentioned in my previous post) I discovered a great free tool for learning how to program, called Alice. What's different about Alice is thatAlice: Through the Monitor (or Creating new worlds for Novices)

As I off-handedly mentioned, I went paintballing on Saturday. This was a group outing with a bunch of men and teens from our church. It was also the first timeBattle wounds

Let's face it... some stereotypes exist for a reason. Even among native English speakers, in general, programmers are not known for their English skills. I know a few who buckProgrammer English

Last month's podcast was such a great success that I decided to do another one. When I say it was a great success, I mean that it was successfully uploaded andTIDBABSH the second, part the first

We've got a firm street date for the new Babylon 5 movie! In fact, you can start ordering now!! As a reminder, here's the early description from JMS, as I reportedBabylon 5: The Lost Tales pre-ordering

BSG: The Last Cylon Revealed!

The preview makes it look like Roslin is the last Cylon, but is that just trailer-trickery?

Get your vote in now, before all is revealed next week! (A few names on here are pretty much out of the running now… this is an old poll with Agathon newly added as a possibility.)

Who is the fifth Cylon?

Kara Thrace (Starbuck) (17%, 15 Votes) Anastasia “Dee” Dualla (17%, 15 Votes) Lee Adama (Apollo) (14%, 12 Votes)
Felix Gaeta (9%, 8 Votes)
President Laura Roslin (8%, 7 Votes)
Karl Agathon (Helo) (6%, 5 Votes)
Dr. Gaius Baltar (6%, 5 Votes)
Admiral Bill Adama (6%, 5 Votes)
Vice President Tom Zarek (5%, 4 Votes)
Callie Tyrol (5%, 4 Votes)
Starbuck’s New Viper (3%, 3 Votes)
Doc Cottle (2%, 2 Votes)
“Baltar’s Lawyer” (name escapes me) (2%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 87

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Don’t forget to tune in to Battlestar Galactica on Friday night (as if I have to remind you).

Double Review: Narnian royalty return to take down Indiana Jones

Over Memorial Day weekend, my wife and I foisted my 2 kids on my parents and ran for the hills, totally taking advantage of my parents’ generosity to spend 6 straight hours at the local megaplex. The order of the day was blockbuster fantasy adventure in the form of the latest sequels to 2 successful franchises. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian won the coin toss for the opening feature, leaving Indiana Jones and the . . . → Read More: Double Review: Narnian royalty return to take down Indiana Jones

Things overheard in my house lately

“Can you tie this to my eyebrow?” [referring to a balloon]

After throwing a blanket over her own head: “POOF! She was gone.”

3-yr old: “You can’t tell me that!” 2-yr old: “Why?” 3-yr old: “You’re not a grown-up!” 2-yr old: “YES I AM!” 3-yr old: “NO YOU’RE NOT!” 2-yr old: “YES I AM!” 3-yr old: “YOU’RE NOT A GROWN-UP; YOU’RE IN A BOOSTER SEAT!!” 2-yr old: “What?” 3-yr old: “You’re in a booster seat. . . . → Read More: Things overheard in my house lately

Star Wars: Clone Wars videos (and an Obi-Wan debate settled)

I just recently found out that two of my brothers-in-law didn’t know anything about the new Clone Wars movie or the TV series it’s setting up. This post is for them…. but there’s a nice treat at the end for those who know all the rest.

First, the basics: as I said back in August…

As most people know already, there are two Star Wars TV shows in the works, one live action and one . . . → Read More: Star Wars: Clone Wars videos (and an Obi-Wan debate settled)

TV updates: 24 and Smallville (w/spoilers)

The networks released their schedules for next year this week. No surprise: Smallville and 24 are both reappearing in the schedules. However, there has been surprising news/rumors about both shows…

24

Jack is back, and as an appeasement from the long wait since last season, we get a 2-hour movie on November 23rd:

24 is also scheduled to return full time in January of 2009. (A spoiler is below.) However, to reward fans who have . . . → Read More: TV updates: 24 and Smallville (w/spoilers)

Forum update on time traveling interference with Hitler

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 Time Travelers.

I love this bit:

At 02:29:49, SilverFox316 wrote: PS to SneakyPete: your Hitler paintings aren’t worth anything, schmuck, since you probably brought them directly here from 1907, which means the paint’s still fresh. Freaking n00b.

It’s not that long, and pretty funny. Click . . . → Read More: Forum update on time traveling interference with Hitler

Doctor Who – The return of Gallifrey?

Doctor Who — Theories, Facts, Speculations – Slice of SciFi

Over at Slice Of Scifi, they’ve got a post (linked above) that lays out a lot of evidence gathered throughout the last 3+ seasons of the show, and comes up with this hypothesis:

Overall for the Season we will witness the return, in some form or other, of Gallifrey and learn of how the Time War really ended.

I gotta admit, that’s a real possibility, . . . → Read More: Doctor Who – The return of Gallifrey?

Star Wars: Clone Wars Theatrical Trailer

Star Wars: Video

Catch the trailer for the August 15th Clone Wars movie. This debuted with Speed Racer tonight.

This.

Looks.

Awesome.

Click through and watch it.

How to spend less on gas

10 Simple Changes That Save Gas | The Wisdom Journal

All 10 of these tips are good, and relatively easy to accomplish. Here are first five, with my own thoughts. For the rest, and the original commentary, click through the link above:

Make as many right turns as possible. UPS and FedEx both think it’s important. Look into it. (Hint: less time sitting idle.) Smooth rides. Don’t floor it ’till you brake it. Smoothly accelerate . . . → Read More: How to spend less on gas

Movie news roundup – Sci-Fi and comics lovers, rejoice!

Lots of news and some rumors hitting the net lately… here are the best of the bunch for Sci-Fi and comics lovers:

The next Stargate SG-1 film titled Stargate: Continuum now has a July 29 DVD release date.

Marvel has announced that Iron Man 2 has been confirmed for release in 2010, in addition to a movie about Thor. Also reported: the Avengers and Captain America (with Matthew McConaughey as the lead?) in 2011.

Also . . . → Read More: Movie news roundup – Sci-Fi and comics lovers, rejoice!