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This concept video was apparently leaked from Peter Jackson's production of The Hobbit. It's an exciting early look at the controversial direction Jackson may take, thematically: [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/XC73PHdQX04" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent"Leaked Pre-production video for The Hobbit!

I had the opportunity to visit the blog connected to Oprah's "A New Earth" course on Eckhart Tolle's book. I've been looking at this training experience over the last fewOprah's Online Training - Part 3: The blog

In general, as most people know, Google builds some pretty good apps, and they're mostly built with collaboration and ease-of-use in mind. As someone whose job involves figuring out howGoogle Wave - abridged

First Stargate: SG-1 went down after 10 years. Now, Stargate: Atlantis has hit the wall after five years. That's all she (they) wrote. Next up... another spin-off (in the fall,Two Stargates down, one set to go

Best Easter Bunny cartoon ever. Bar none. Bring on all contenders. Hope you have a happy Easter.Happy Easter Rabbit, Hooray...

The fall TV season is upon us. Are there any shows out there worthy of watching this year? Any guilty pleasures you've just gotta have? Anything that just drains theFlashing Forward to Fall TV

Yes, I know stupider isn't a word. It applies to Netflix nonetheless. I'll start this off by admitting that I don't have Netflix. I have used it at other people's housesNetflix becomes stupider, Warehouse 13 returns

How should I spend my economic stimulus rebate? Over at Gather Little by Little (link above), Glblguy reviews his decision with his wife about what to do with his economic stimulusMy economic stimulus rebate is going to...

This post is all about me feeling better about myself and bragging a little. If you can't handle that, well, sorry. I promise the next post will get back toStatistics and Ego Stroking

In Minority Report, Tom Cruise's character was able to interact with a very cool looking computer desktop that he could manipulate with special gloves just by waving his hands around. [captionTuesday TubeWatch: Minority Report to Sixth Sense to PHUD - Interface Advancement and Integration

Free Online Conference - Corporate Learning: Trends and Innovations : eLearning Technology I am impressed. This is a great example of putting your money where your mouth is. Tony Karrer andFree Online Corporate Learning Conference

Last year, I reviewed the first two seasons of the revived Doctor Who series. At the time, I said the second season finale out-did the first's, and that was aReview: Doctor Who 2007

People need to learn how to drive. I was in a traffic jam this morning in the right lane of the highway. Dead stop. I was not happy. Meanwhile, in the leftTraffic jams

(Yeah, I know I'm months behind 90% of the free world in seeing this one...) Okay, obviously from the trailers the special effects on this movie were going to be top-notch.Review: Transformers

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

What is it with this kid?

Two years ago we caught my then 2-year old daughter slathering herself (and the rug, and the covers, and the bed) with Desitin cream. My resulting distress was recorded in what has become my most popular blog post by far. Apparently, this is not an uncommon problem with 2-year-olds. I’m glad the post has helped others in their quest for cleaning and to help them realize they’re not alone.

Now, it’s 2 years later. My . . . → Read More: What is it with this kid?

Thanksgiving – Epic version

Thanksgiving is a US holiday where we purposely focus on being thankful for our lives, and the people and things in them. Families get together and enjoy each others company, and many have some different great traditions about going around the table and each saying something they are thankful for, or presenting some sort of story illustrating thankfulness, or just being thankful to be with each other. But a constant at every table is food . . . → Read More: Thanksgiving – Epic version

Review: The Last Airbender

The Last Airbender‘s current ranking on RottenTomatoes.com? 6%

Six percent. In other words, atrocious. Worse than 94% of all movies rated. Horrible. A steaming pile of excrement. Your mother would slap you and make extra appointments with her psychiatrist if she heard you watched this movie.

I watched it anyway.

You know what? It’s not that bad.

Now, don’t get me wrong… it’s not good, either. That script needed some serious work. This is . . . → Read More: Review: The Last Airbender

Ferguson’s Doctor Who show

Craig Ferguson’s Late Late show did a Doctor Who themed episode on Tuesday night.

Craig cracks me up. And he’s a true Doctor Who fan, too.

Here’s the “Cold Opening” and monologue:

The Doctor Who themed Twitter and Email segment:

And finally the interview with the newest Doctor, Matt Smith.

And the closing segment:

Craig is weird enough that there may not ever have been a dance number… but I kind . . . → Read More: Ferguson’s Doctor Who show

Green Lantern – first trailer

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, the effects are front and center, and extremely important to get right, but extremely susceptible to looking cartoony. They have to look realistic, and yet they have no connection to reality. The ring effects in particular should have substance, and yet not. Go too far one . . . → Read More: Green Lantern – first trailer

Clean the fan, with Ultraman

Wow! I’m geeking out! This guy managed to mix computer laptop maintenance and an Ultraman-like tribute into a catchy, funny song! He even got a Queen tribute in!

Hats off to that dude. Way to go.

I wonder if he ever got that laptop back together.

Holiday trailers – Tron: Legacy, Narnia 3, and HP:TDH

The time is shortly upon us.

The wait is nearly over.

Let the glorious holiday IMAX season BEGIN!!!

Wait… let me get my oxygen…

Okay. I feel better now. Got a little giddy there for a second.

There are three movies left in 2010 that I really want to see in theaters. Back in March I reviewed the trailers for a bunch of 2010 films and picked a list of about 12 movies I was . . . → Read More: Holiday trailers – Tron: Legacy, Narnia 3, and HP:TDH

Death of Civility

(I’m pretty much stealing this post from Walt. I didn’t ask him. Is that a breach of civility?)

So the Today show is doing a series called “Is Civility Dead?” Below is the initial segment. Sorry to those outside the US – it’s from Hulu (I couldn’t find it on YouTube). And for those in the US… only available until Sunday.

I totally agree with everything in that segment.

Did incivility exist before the . . . → Read More: Death of Civility