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Looks like I am officially blogging. I am too cool for words. (Ironic, isn't it.)Check it out...

Parkin's Lot: Stupid in America Godfrey Parkin takes the notion (supported by a study) that America's public schools, on average, produce substandard education, and applies it to corporate environments. As he says,America's schools ineffective? Challenges for corporate learning

... you're probably not alone. But it's really good! I love hearing songs performed in an unexpected way, especially when it doesn't diminish the song. Parodies are one thing, butIf you've never heard Bach on a mandolin... - Tuesday TubeWatch

In my last post I asked for some help coming up with films for my annual New Years Eve triple feature. I got some great responses (though very few actuallyReview: New Years Eve triple feature

The truth, it is said, is a three-edged sword: your side, their side, and reality - and it cuts in all directions. Lately the education system is in the news aEverybody's right, everybody's wrong

Yesterday afternoon I was, as usual, working from my office upstairs. Pam and the girls were on a walk around the neighborhood, so it was just me in the house.Kids these days (or Get off my lawn!)

I'm looking to start a new blogging project online. Hopefully it'll come together soon. I'm just in the planning stages now, but one of the things I'm considering is whatThe Atahualpa Whallop

Gone are the heady, playful days of American Ninja, and Ninja III: The Domination. These days, Ninja movies are more serious business, focusing on the real historical Ninjas, like theNinjas in history

Apple - Trailers - Spider-Man 3 Oh, man. I can't wait for this. I'm impressed by how many effects shots they already have done, and it's still a year before itSpider-Man 3 Teaser Trailer (w/Superman Returns)

Back in May I posted a list of the movies I wanted to see this year. So far I've seen 7 out of the 10 I was shooting for, plus2011 Movies - The Final Push

I guess it's about time I started reading the books. I have now seen all the movies. I just returned from the final entry. The final story in a cohesive series bearsReview: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2 (spoilers)

Robert Downey Jr. has been touted as the perfect choice to play Tony Stark. When I first saw the trailer I was doubtful about that choice. I always pictured StarkReview: Iron Man

Today's videos harken back to a simpler time when the world was at war and the news of death was constant. Then, as now, the US Army combated morale dropsThe Andrews Sisters - Tuesday TubeWatch

I've posted before about the Green Lantern movie(s) in the works. No cast has been announced, no real information has come to my attention at all about the live actionNathan Fillion as Green Lantern? - Tuesday TubeWatch

[caption id="attachment_1036" align="alignright" width="285" caption="Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"][/caption] I haven't read the books. In general I've tried to avoid reviews and other spoilers for the film (though I didReview: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

When you’re being an idiot…

…it helps to have good friends to let you know.

Earlier today I was sitting at my work computer doing a seemingly endless series of mind-numbingly boring, repetitive tasks. I was annoyed that I couldn’t figure out a better way to do them, I was annoyed that the system wasn’t flexible, and I was annoyed that I even had these tasks to begin with. Both hands were bothering me a bit as a warning to . . . → Read More: When you’re being an idiot…

The Andrews Sisters – Tuesday TubeWatch

Today’s videos harken back to a simpler time when the world was at war and the news of death was constant. Then, as now, the US Army combated morale drops with women entertainers and humor. At that time, Boogie Woogie was popular.

Luckily the Andrews Sisters were around at that time, and we ended up with this (from the 1941 Abbott and Costello film “Buck Privates”):

That’s probably the most well-known Andrews Sisters . . . → Read More: The Andrews Sisters – Tuesday TubeWatch

What are we going to do today, Brain?

The same thing we do every day, Pinky. Try to take over the world!

Yeah, okay, this blog is read by people in at least 17 different countries (though really 5 or 6 are the primaries). So I’ve at least been read internationally. But is that enough? Does that make me known? Does it give me the power I need?

I say no.

Pinky and The Brain

But now, in glorious monophonic sound, you . . . → Read More: What are we going to do today, Brain?

Happy Fathers Day

Another year has gone by, and more fathering lessons have been learned. Hopefully my kids have learned a bit, too.

For my part, I’ve learned – perhaps more than in other years – that being a father is simultaneously the best thing I’ve ever done, and the most frustrating thing I’ve ever done. Thankfully the former outweighs the latter by a large margin.

I’ve got a lot of years left doing this job, hopefully, and . . . → Read More: Happy Fathers Day

Doctor Who/Torchwood news

Okay, I’ve been remiss in getting the Doctor Who news out lately. ‘Cause I know you all depend on me alone to let you know what’s going on with that show. I mean, seriously, where else would you go? BBC? Any of the completely sci-fi focused blogs out there that cover this stuff by the minute? psshh… that’d be crazy.

Anyway… here’s what’s come across my radar.

First, a minor point: when the new season . . . → Read More: Doctor Who/Torchwood news

A return to Middle Earth: The Hunt for Gollum – Tuesday TubeWatch

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

This is the trailer for a fan film based, obviously, on Peter Jackson’s take on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It attempts to cover the story just prior to the trilogy, where Aragorn (Strider) and Gandalf the Wizard try . . . → Read More: A return to Middle Earth: The Hunt for Gollum – Tuesday TubeWatch

Graphic novels are all the rage – Tuesday TubeWatch

Okay, that may be overstating it slightly, but comic book properties are getting a lot more attention in the last few years. The encouraging thing is that they are usually not being given a campy treatment, but rather are presented in a manner more consistent with the source material.

Mostly this is evident in the movies – Iron Man, Spider-man, Watchmen, X-men, The Spirit, Green Lantern, Superman, and many, many more examples have been trotted . . . → Read More: Graphic novels are all the rage – Tuesday TubeWatch

Jon and Kate Plus 8… plus 10 million… minus one

I’m willing to bet that you’ve heard of Jon and Kate Plus 8, even if you don’t watch the TLC program yourself. It’s getting a lot of publicity lately, led by a focus on the potential break-up of their marriage. For any who may not know what it is, a family with a pair of twins followed by sextuplets have invited cameras into their home and lives to follow them around and show what life . . . → Read More: Jon and Kate Plus 8… plus 10 million… minus one

If only the Star Wars films were like this…

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 actual game experience will be much different. But that’s also the cool thing about this… it’s high-resolution and looks awesome, because they aren’t dropping down to game-play resolution.

I don’t know a whole lot about the Old Republic time period, other than what I know . . . → Read More: If only the Star Wars films were like this…

If you’ve never heard Bach on a mandolin… – Tuesday TubeWatch

… you’re probably not alone. But it’s really good! I love hearing songs performed in an unexpected way, especially when it doesn’t diminish the song. Parodies are one thing, but to (somewhat) seriously perform a song in a new setting is always fun to hear.

Peter Ostroushko and the Mando Boys playing Bach’s “Fugue in G-minor” on mandolins:

Along the same lines, here’s the Scott Joplin tune “Solace”:

Love the fez and sunglasses…

. . . → Read More: If you’ve never heard Bach on a mandolin… – Tuesday TubeWatch