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CommonCraft videos make me want to hurt myself. I can't help but think "why didn't I think of doing this?" Lee and Sachi have done a great job creating a successfulTuesday TubeWatch: CommonCraft

"Dude," (for some reason this conversation frequently begins with "dude") "you're the most technical person I know. How can you not even have a cell phone?" This conversation (orThe Neo-Luddite Geek Technologist

[caption id="attachment_1745" align="alignleft" width="224" caption="From last year, but the same pose."][/caption] It's "rest time" at our house.  It used to be "nap time" but the naps have given way to justMy daughter gives concerts to no-one

New season, new Doctor, new show runner, new companions... lots of change this year. How'd it turn out? (as with the reviews of previous years, I'm going to try toReview: Doctor Who 2010

Hey... just a quick note to anyone following this blog in a feedreader or email that if you don't get any more posts from me by Tuesday, you might wantMigrating feeds

JMSNews J. Michael Straczynski, the creator/writer/producer of Babylon 5 and Crusade, has been writing for television for twenty years. He's been pretty successful at it, too. He doesn't just write forJMS deluged with attention

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

March was a weird month. I actually got outside and did exercise. That's how weird it was. Doesn't sound weird to you? Talk to my doctor. (Actually, if you do talkMarch out

Interesting premise for this one: two people live in the same lake house, one in 2004, the other in 2006, and yet, with the help of a mailbox-cum-time portal, theyReview: The Lake House

YouTube - Will It Blend? - Glow Sticks I can't believe I haven't seen this series until now. There are quite a few of these "Will it Blend?" segments and it'sThe Amazing GlowShake

I had the opportunity to watch 2 TED talks tonight. Both of them were about the power of technology and its relationship to... well, relationships. The intertwining of connection and isolationTwo TED talks: Turkle and Whitacre - Internet Connections and Isolation

Writer's Blog: J.K. Rowling vs. Airport Security Somebody in the TSA has got to get a grip. [tag]J.K. Rowling[/tag] tried to return home recently and had a run-in with [tag]airport security[/tag]: Airport securityHarry Potter and the Paper-Cut Terrorist

Pennsylvania Gas Prices - Find Cheap Gas Prices in Pennsylvania Now this is a useful site (assuming you live in PA, anyway). Not only can you find the lowest (and highest) gasPennsylvania Gas Prices - Find Cheap Gas Prices in Pennsylvania

If you thought he was gone, you weren't paying attention. He's back! He's opinionated! He's Australian! He's spent more time thinking about pop culture than is probably healthy! And that last bitTIDBABSH 2: Part 2: Return of The Australian

[caption id="attachment_795" align="alignright" width="227" caption="Is Watchmen unfilmable?"][/caption] I've seen the trailers. I've seen a bunch of clips. It looks good. The visuals are great. Hard to say much else about it,Quick thoughts on Watchmen: unfilmable?

Dark Knight takes it slow, plus Robot Chicken and Terminator

The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight

Christopher Nolan, director of The Dark Knight, has stated that he’s in no hurry to make the second sequel to Batman Begins. He has reason to be cautious. Historically speaking, the third installment in a franchise has been, shall we say, lacking. Superman III, Spiderman 3, Terminator 3, Batman Forever, Rocky III, Police Academy 3… need I go on? Nolan’s got the right idea:

“I don’t know why they’re hard to do,” Nolan said. “Maybe there’s so much expectation to them. But I wouldn’t want to do one if it weren’t going to be as good as the first or second. That’s not respectful to the fans… The worst thing you could do now that you’ve gotten the plane back in the air is mess up the landing.”

Thankfully, Nolan is pushing back on Warner Bros., who want to jump ahead, to hold off until he has something worth making.

Interestingly, he also noted that the recently released DVD will not have any deleted scenes including Heath Ledger’s wonderful performance, nor will it have any outtakes. He said he’s not holding back, he just doesn’t have any deleted Joker scenes. He also feels that including outtakes is disrespectful to the actors, who work hard and trust the director to include their best work.

Finally, come January we may get the chance to see The Dark Knight on the big screen one more time. It appears that it’s being re-released to help generate Oscar-buzz and DVD sales.


Speaking of sci-fi action franchises starring Christian Bale… the first full trailer for Terminator: Salvation has been released. Go see it!

"You and me... we've been at war since before either of us even existed."

"You and me... we've been at war since before either of us even existed."

It’s interesting to note that at some point John Conner says that “this is not the future my mother warned me about. Something has changed.” Maybe it’s that better Terminators have been invented than the ones that were sent into the past to kill her or him.  That would explain some of the stuff I’ve been hearing about the Terminator TV series (which I haven’t gotten around to watching yet, unfortunately).

This looks like it will be the darkest entry in the series, which makes sense given that this is the post-apocalyptic time period. All out war with the machines. It will be a special effects extravaganza. Hopefully the story holds up as well.


If you know who Ron Moore (creator of the new Battlestar Galactica), Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy, Angel, Firefly, and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog), and Seth McFarland (creator of Family Guy) are, you’ll love this Robot Chicken clip.

Oh, yeah… you also have to realize this is meant for adults, and that it’s way more offensive than most stuff I post here.

And you have to be in the US (sorry… nothing I can do about that. I don’t own Cartoon Network.).

So… if you meet all those criteria, enjoy this!

Robot Chicken pushes the envelope farther than even Family Guy. But I can’t deny it’s funny…

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