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The YouTube Weird Al list Weird Al Yankovic is the undisputed king of music parody. People have said his career is dead about a year after almost every album he putWeird Al Tube

There really isn't much I can say about this... it's one of those painful things that happens at sci-fi conventions. But you gotta see the third act. [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/UkTQwP2gFxU" width="425" height="350"Vader is thrilling

Alex & Emma is a thoroughly predictable love story with half-realized characters and little to no tension. Luke Wilson was boring and a bit unnatural in his acting (his brotherReview: Alex & Emma

"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

First, two rumors I hope are false... This first one I'm pretty positive is false, but here it is: apparently some bookies in the UK are looking for something to betDoctor Who rumors

My daughters and I are enjoying my new Hadrian's Walk Buff. They love the balaclava mode. I'm partial to the pirate configuration, myself. Unfortunately an eye patch is not included, but evenBuff/Not So Buff

Here's something to keep in mind... If you're ever cooking a frozen dinner in the oven, don't reach in and pull it out without oven mitts on. The plastic container getsHot Tip!

There are a lot of challenges that instructional designers and trainers face in developing and delivering courses in a corporate environment. For instance, usually there is barely time to getChallenge students?! Are you crazy?!

It's very simple, really. They brought me this: I make jokes about awesomeness all the time. That is truly awesome. The dad in that video is a friend of mine from college.Why Facebook and YouTube are cool

(Holy cow, was today Tuesday?! What happened to last week?) The new animated Green Lantern movie, First Flight was released last week. Here are the first four minutes of the film... MovieGreen Lantern: First Flight (and other Green Lantern news) - Tuesday TubeWatch

Stardust looked great from the trailers. Some really big names added to the attraction (Claire Danes, Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfieffer, Peter O'Toole, Ricky Gervais). Neil Gaiman as the writer ofReview: Stardust

Today we're having an installation of "What to do, What not to do" for percussionists. What to do Back in college I had the privilege of seeing a percussion group called NexusPercussionists: Object lesson for today

The Seeker: The Dark is Rising - In Theatres October 5, 2007 It's a dicey proposition to see one of your favorite books translated into film. Many of Tolkien's fans wereThe Seeker: The Dark is Rising

Lee has his weekly Top 5 list up over at Quit Your Day Job. This time it's the "Five songs that have left their footprint in my life." That's aFive songs that altered my perceptions

The Learning Circuits Blog: Scope of Learning Responsibility What is the Scope of our Responsibility as Learning Professionals? That's the question of the month, and it's clarified a bit in theLimits of Responsibility - ASTD's Big Question for March

Everybody’s right, everybody’s wrong

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 a lot. Specifically, Wisconsin and its government’s moves to reduce (or on the other side, protect) the power of the teacher’s unions is currently on display. And everyone is watching.

Most people (especially the politicians) are trying to simplify the argument.

Teacher benefits are out . . . → Read More: Everybody’s right, everybody’s wrong

Valentines Day!

Generally speaking, women are nuts for Valentines Day. Generally speaking, men don’t get it. We participate, frequently against our will, but we don’t really get it.

Why is there a specific day when everyone in the world is supposed to buy flowers/chocolate/some other extravagant gift for women? Do they deserve these things? Absolutely. Women (just like men) deserve to feel special and wanted. But why turn it into a commercial event?

That question answers itself, . . . → Read More: Valentines Day!

Commercial goodness

So on Sunday there was this huge block of mostly new commercials, periodically interrupted by some guys running back and forth on a field and knocking each other over for no really good reason.

This is a time when companies throw huge amounts of money at making their best commercials. Every one I’ve talked to, and every poll I’ve seen has this Volkswagon ad as the clear winner for best commercial of the night. I . . . → Read More: Commercial goodness

The most awesome thing to come out of India – ever

Like The Matrix, you cannot be told what this is. Words cannot describe it. It must be experienced. You must immerse yourself in it to feel the awesomeness.

Soak it in:

Seriously, this is one of the most inventive things I’ve seen in action movies in a long time. Hats off to the creators. Total, unabashed cheese that somehow transcends itself and becomes a beacon of awesomeness. Even with out understanding anything they’re saying, . . . → Read More: The most awesome thing to come out of India – ever

Miracles DO happen!

Last week I showed you something embarrassing: my desk.

My "Workstation"

I promised that I would show you a clean desk by Tuesday. Honestly, I wasn’t sure it would happen. I have a less than stellar record when it comes to cleaning. But I knew it had to be done, and I wanted to pressure myself into completing it.

Through the 4-hour effort, here are some of the things I found:

Bills and statements . . . → Read More: Miracles DO happen!

Peer into the mists of the future – 7 day challenge

This is it, the final day of the 7 day challenge! Today’s topic is: Share hints or details of what I intend to write about in the future.

Well, let’s peer into my crystal ball and see what fate awaits us…

Anybody know how to turn this thing on? All I’m seeing is my reflection.

Wait, wait… I’m getting something… it looks like… yeah, it’s… oh, crap it’s just re-runs of “What’s Happening Now?!”

I . . . → Read More: Peer into the mists of the future – 7 day challenge

Plastic People – 7 day challenge

In the 7 day challenge, today’s topic is: Create a blog post on a subject I’ve never blogged about here before.

Maybe this one is cheating. I don’t know. It depends on how you define the subject of this post. I’m choosing to look at it as either about self-worth or “What Not to Wear” – neither of which I’ve touched on before to my knowledge.

Yes, “What Not to Wear.” I’ve watched it. Shut . . . → Read More: Plastic People – 7 day challenge

Telling Time – 7 day challenge

In the 7 day challenge, today’s topic is: Embed a legal youtube clip that I either found today or created myself. Then tell everyone about the clip and related information.

I considered a bunch of different options for today’s post. One was a video of some birds eating berries in the snow in my backyard, but they flew away by the time I got the camera. Probably for the best, though. It would have looked . . . → Read More: Telling Time – 7 day challenge

What I see every day – 7 day challenge

In the 7 day challenge, today’s topic is: Share a photo I took this week and tell you about it.

This is actually getting out of hand. It’s a little embarrassing.

My "Workstation"

This is where I sit all day. You can only see the front portion of the desk here. The half of the desk behind the screens is almost as cluttered.

I’ve always had a messy desk. Always. Just ask my college . . . → Read More: What I see every day – 7 day challenge