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Timez Attack I am really impressed with this game. It's engaging, the graphics are great, it has a cool adventure environment, and it teaches math. Seriously cool. As you (a small monster)Fight trolls with math!

Literary characters - some obscure, some well known - abound in these graphic novels. The main players (Allan Quartermain, Captain Nemo, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Invisible Man, andThe League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 and 2

YouTube - Torchwood - First proper trailer Someone has posted a preview trailer for Torchwood, the Dr. Who spinoff series. It's basically a character list and some special effects, but ITorchwood trailer

Ever want to know the difference between a switch vs. a patch panel vs. a hub vs. a gateway/router? HiveMinds :: View topic - New Network Hiveminds is a great web/tech boardSwitch/hub/router/patch panel -- terms defined

Back in January I wrote a bit about Randy Pausch's "Last Lecture": Everything about this recording is interesting to me: From a technology standpoint, what he has achieved and set in motion FromRandy Pausch passes on

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 slapReview: The Last Airbender

For simplicity's sake, I'm combining the statements of both daughters (currently 4 and 3). Kids: I don't like much boys. Me: Why don't you like boys? Kids: I don't know. Me: Oh. Kids: You're aBest conversation I've ever had with my kids

The Dark Knight is coming out on July 18th. Everyone has heard of that. And I can't wait. But did you know about Batman Gotham Knight, the animated DVD (also downloadable)Batman Gotham Knight

I'm pretty sure my wife will have no problem confirming this: I'm addicted to The Sing-Off.  Last year's show blew my mind with the talent involved. This year matches thatThe Sing-Off: recap and predictions

Star Wars: Community | starwars.com at Comic-Con 2006 At the recent Comic-Con, Steve Sansweet, head of Fan Relations, dropped some depressing news about one of the more anticipated Star Wars rumorsStar Wars in 3-D: Not happening soon

Well, my last sci-fi news post was a bit late, but all this news is at least recent-ish. :) First off, two bits of Battlestar Galactica related stories: The Sci-Fi channel hasMore recent sci-fi updates

I was one of the minority who didn't get out to see Night at the Museum in the theaters. I wish I would have. This is one movie I thinkReview: Night at the Museum

Well... "reviews" might be pushing the definition of the word. It's more like a couple of self-proclaimed geeks talking about the movie, which, as it turns out, is kinda fun. IfOld movies, new reviews

15 Minute Lunch: Strap in, shut up and hold on. We're going back. It's almost shocking anyone survived the 1970s. There should have been some kind of ritual suicide for lookingGrab your Hardy Boys lunch box - here come the '70s

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

Revisitation and new worlds

I’m going to revisit a couple of topics discussed here recently and then we’ll hit some new topics.

Well, after my last post I finished watching The Event. I stick with what I said about it, except for this: they did finally manage to make the title relevant, and they alluded to more about the “protectors” that showed they really did have some kind of plan. I like that they had been here before (guess that makes them “revisitors”) and that they left because of some fears about the “event” – I think that would have been really interesting to explore more, and if they’d pulled that thread in earlier it might have helped the show. Bringing that whole planet through? Very cool looking effect, but… no. It would rip both planets apart. The reveal about the First Lady? Not so much of a reveal. More like a “thanks for admitting it.” Though as my wife pointed out, it does reveal some of the silliness of the writing. Certainly she’d have been much more effective than all this rigmarole with Jarvis if the goal was to get Elias out of the way.

In the end, I do think it would be interesting to see where they would take it, but again, not too upset it’s cancelled.

Now, to revisit Green Lantern. Yes, again. They’ve released a new trailer:

I think this is the best trailer they’ve put out. It focuses less on the humor and more on the plot, with an important addition of setting context in explaining the universe. One of the complaints about the movie I’ve heard is that non-geeks won’t get it. Part of that, I think, is that they don’t understand the setting. There’s a lot of history to the Green Lantern universe that’s kind of important to understand for this film, apparently, and I think the voice-over here helps. It may be that it took too long for this context setting trailer to appear and it won’t make a big difference because people may have already checked out of this film, but I think they’re heading in the right direction with this trailer. Hopefully it piques some more interest in a few of you.

On to new worlds…. or more precisely, new trailers.

Torchwood: Miracle Day finally has a proper trailer.

I’m a little torn, honestly. I don’t know if it’s the settings or the large influx of American accents – or maybe the people at Starz got a little too involved – but it doesn’t feel as British as it should. That said, I think the plot looks intriguing and I love Gwen’s stinger at the end of the trailer.  Plus it looks like they’ve upped the effects budget, which is nice. And if I remember correctly, I didn’t really like the trailer for the last Torchwood mini-series but the show blew me away. If I can figure out how to watch this (given I don’t have Starz) I will.

I’m in the opposite position for the next trailer… I like the trailer but I’m wary about the film.

This looks from the trailer like it could turn out to be a really good Muppets movie. Very self-aware and self-referential, funny, and energetic. But there’s also something about the doe-eyed acting that’s worrisome. For some reason I’m getting flashes of the Rocky and Bullwinkle movie, and that’s not a great thing. But then there’s also the fact that the plot revolves around saving the Muppets Theater (though that’s not at all obvious in the trailer) which I think is a great idea. I’m looking forward to more on this one.

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