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Ever since "Ikea" popped up on one of my Pandora stations months ago, it's been one of my favorites. Every time I hear or see words like "Ikea," "Thor," or "Norsemen"Tuesday TubeWatch: Ikea and Jonathan Coulton

I've been excited and worried about this one for a long time. Green Lantern is an exceptionally hard character to pull off in live-action. More than most other super-heroes, theGreen Lantern - first trailer

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

Thor. So... Thor. Let me tell you... my back was so Thor after I spent all that time sitting in the theater. Thank you! Tip your waiters! Okay, seriously. I saw Thor tonight. AndReview: Thor

One or two of you may have noticed the frequency of posting here has dropped quite a bit in the last few months. I thought I'd comment on why... It's aWhere I've been

I've fallen really behind on posting lately. Given the upcoming holiday there probably won't be much for the next few days either. But I wanted to quickly throw a fewQuick Notes on Entertainment News

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

I mentioned in a previous post that I was experimenting with [tag]Podcasting[/tag] for [tag]training[/tag] purposes at work. I thought it might be nice to share what I've learned so far,Podcasting for corporate training example - how I did it

Why Religion is an Important Part of Personal Finance ∞ Get Rich Slowly The topic of the linked post has (almost) nothing to do with my post here. It's the commentsSome people have REALLY short fuses

Note: Link contains profanity - Mel Gibson clears up that mystery about whether he's an anti-Semite. By Timothy Noah Well, this is really disappointing on a few levels. Gibson made someMel Gibson: man vs. movie star

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

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_1288" align="alignright" width="446" caption="Look at that fifth set!!"][/caption] Holy cow... this is just insane... What kind of a monster athlete do you have to be to play a single set ofLongest tennis match in Grand Slam history!

free wi-fi hotspots wifi cafes coffee shops hotels airports RV Parks (Okay, so I'm slipping in one more post before the new year...) If you're looking for free wi-fi connection anywhere inFree wi-fi hotspots

Three is one better than two, right? Well, it may sound glamorous, but they're giving me a headache. See, it just doesn't add up. And things need to add up. I'm tryingHanging out with triplets can be a headache

Tuesday TubeWatch: CommonCraft

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 successful company that uses simple tools to explain some rather complex topics, and they make the videos fun to watch as well (skip to the bottom for the funniest).

The trick, and where they excel, is taking those complex topics and boiling them down into something simple to understand without losing the value of the training. That’s not always easy to achieve.

Early on, their efforts focused on technology. Their video on RSS is still one of the better, and most accessible, explanations for those unfamiliar with the topic.

While their production quality has increased since then, that basic style has served them well and become their brand. They have videos explaining Wikis, Blogs, Podcasting, and many more, all released for free on YouTube. One way they make their money is by selling high quality versions of these videos to companies.

They’re now doing videos on all sorts of topics – not limiting themselves to technology topics. Want to understand how to save money? How we elect a President in the US? Why to use CFLs instead of incandescent bulbs? They’ve got those.

And of course, they also have the most important video you’ll ever watch. This things a life-saver:

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