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How could anyone be stupid enough to let his skin turn blue? Slice of Sci-Fi has a two lists of movie trailers. Here are my favorites from their lists. The Chronicles ofBlue Skin, and movie trailers

Here's a tip from my sister-in-law. Pretty impressive savings. This is the perfect time to shop for next year's winter clothes. We shop at department stores like Macy's andShop Ahead

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 thereHoliday trailers - Tron: Legacy, Narnia 3, and HP:TDH

Adventures of Brisco County Jr., The - Brisco date, art and tons of extras! This was a fun show. Great sense of humor, great mixture of sci-fi and westerns, and myBrisco County Jr. rides again!

Andre Agassi began the end of his professional tennis career tonight with a great match vs. Andrei Pavel. Like many people, I've been watching Andre Agassi for almost his entire career.Agassi's last first round win

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development: Its a Big @$$ table - hilarious video I love this. Great Microsoft parody. [tags]microsoft, touch screen, youtube, big ass table[/tags]Cool, new, sleek, bulky technology

Free Royalty Free Music Loops, Free Royalty Free Sound Effects A couple months ago we completed the first four podcasts our company has produced, for internal training purposes. I've mentioned previouslyFree Music & sound effects for podcasts

This is one of a series of articles I wrote for The Coalition of Awesomeness blog some time ago. The blog has since gone to an unfortunate (but very awesome)Who do you serve, and who do you trust?

This week I had two days completely to myself. My wife took the girls with her to her sister's house early on Monday, and got back very late on TuesdayIt's official. I'm boring.

Yeah, I know it's January, but I just saw this and couldn't pass it up. Wow. I appreciate the sentiment, but this is someone with WAAAAY too much time (and money)A late Christmas overload

(Originally posted Aug 06, 2005 on my older blog) Sci-fi western with an attitude, and a healthy dose of mystery and character building. I am catching Firefly on DVD. I didn't watchReview: Firefly

Where would we be without the internet? How would we ever know this kind of amazingly useful information? Toilet facts: The average person spends three years of their life on the “john”. TheYour toilet probably flushes in E-flat

Comcast ran an "exclusive" interview with Joss Whedon, creator of the scif-fi series, Firefly and it's follow-up movie, Serenity. Fans of the series have been talking about a movie trilogySerenity/Firefly — End of the line

Why Collaborative Storyboard Technology Is Mission Critical This is an excellent article extolling the virtues of collaboration for storyboarding your courses (and a little push for storyboarding itself). It doesn't specificallyCollaborative Storyboarding

I heard about a Tron sequel a long time ago, but haven't heard much about it since and forgot that it was in the works. I'm not sure how ITron: Legacy trailer from Comic-Con - Tuesday TubeWatch

The Colors of Control: Ex Machina

Ex Machina coverAn extremely long time after I started it, I just finished Ex Machina‘s 50 issue run. Brian K. Vaughn puts on a heck of a story.

This is one of those stories that I think would work well as a TV series. It would be a bit different than most series, in that it covers two time periods at once, but that’s part of what makes it compelling. The basic structure of an issue is that it starts in the past, and then moves into the present.

The story in the past covers the origin and selected high points of Mitchell Hundred’s career as “The Great Machine” – a flawed superhero with the ability to listen to and command machinery. For example, he can command a gun not to fire, a truck to drive away, or a bomb to not explode (for a while). He can have a cell phone tell him where it’s been… or tell it to shut-up. We see the “accident” that gives him this power, and watch as he learns to fight crimes, petty and large. We meet his nemesis, Pherson, who has the ability to command animals (excluding humans), and uses this power to cause destruction and death. And we see him in his final act as The Great Machine: stopping one of the planes on 9/11.

Each story in the past, however, quickly gives way to (and informs the plot of) the present. Mitchell has parlayed the popularity of his time as The Great Machine into a run as the mayor of New York City. Here we see him dealing with many social and political issues, intertwined with resurfacing issues from his super-heroic past. He’s vowed to put his past behind him, but can he ignore the ramifications of what he’s learning about himself and the true source of his power?

The government is watching him. His police commissioner is watching him. One of his ex-partners wants him back on the job as a super-hero, even if that means destroying his political career. The other will protect him with his life. He’s having dreams of his future – and visions of pain.

Can he single-handedly stop the destruction of the world, or is he fated to be the architect of its demise? Or maybe it’s somewhere in between?

It’s pretty cool stuff!

Excerpt from issue #1 - and more foreshadowing than I realized, despite its bluntness

Color plays an important role in the books. Those gifted with powers are scarred by lines on their faces that look like wire leads. Mitchell’s scars glow green. Pherson’s glow purple. White plays an important role later. Each color is part of the spectrum of control. Green for control over machines, purple for animals, white for … well, that’s a spoiler.

Even the final word in the entire series is a color: black. And it’s layered with self-reference, not to mention a kind of breach of the “fourth wall.”

Really well done. I recommend it as one of the better comics I’ve read. It’s for adults, though – graphic language, themes, violence, and visuals do appear. This one isn’t for kids. The themes explored about the nature of corruption and man’s motivations, hero worship and disappointment are pretty seriously tackled. (For more, with spoilers, about that, check out the view “from the gutter.”)

If you want to see Issue #1, DC Comics has made it available online.

Have you read it? Any thoughts?

(Btw… just because I avoid spoilers in the post doesn’t mean they aren’t in the comments.)

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