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The little clip shows exactly why Jar-Jar (and to some extent, the entire Phantom Menace film) is so unliked by so many. And it's hilarious. Skip straight to the 1:00 markWhy Jar-Jar is the most hated character in Star Wars

Just saw this and had to share it. I hear it's been around for a while, but it's really cool that we can track where on a computer screen the"Gaze Tracking"

Doctor Who — Theories, Facts, Speculations - Slice of SciFi Over at Slice Of Scifi, they've got a post (linked above) that lays out a lot of evidence gathered throughout theDoctor Who - The return of Gallifrey?

Doctor Who To Return For Fifth Season In 2010 - Slice of Scifi I can't say I really understand why they are doing this. Does everyone really need a full years'Doctor Who Takes a Vacation

Diabetes breakthrough Before you get too excited, let me say this: from my read of the article, it's a long time before humans could benefit, and even when they can, you'llA cure for Type I diabetes?

Learning 2006-2005 Information - Free PodCasts Video - CNN Pipeline I don't have a subscription to CNN Pipeline, but from what I'm seeing here it appears to be really interesting technologyCNN Pipeline: A learning perspective, & Blogs in learning

Kilmer plans Genius return - Movie news - Movies - Virgin.net Okay, Real Genius was a pretty funny Val Kilmer movie. For the 80's. Making a sequel 20 years later... notA not-so-Genius move

Creating Passionate Users: Re-igniting passion We can't expect passionate users, if we ourselves can't hold (or rediscover) the passion we felt for the work we chose. That is an excellent point. WhenRe-igniting passion

I couldn't think of a good category here. Sue me. Do you know? Great little tidbits of thought-provoking information about the state of the world and the rate of change, set toLinkList: Generic edition

I thought I'd give the site a new look, so I went searching for a new theme. I'm not entirely sold on this one yet, but I'm giving it aNew theme

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: TheFerguson's Doctor Who show

[caption id="attachment_638" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The Dark Knight"][/caption] Christopher Nolan, director of The Dark Knight, has stated that he's in no hurry to make the second sequel to Batman Begins. He hasDark Knight takes it slow, plus Robot Chicken and Terminator

Yesterday, I recounted the tale of the hooligans whose plans were dashed when I scared them off. They thought they escaped, but they were wrong. Let me be clear about this:Kids these days 2 (or How not to get away with stuff)

Slice of Scifi - Science Fiction TV & Movie News, Interviews & more » SCI-FI to SCI-FACT: Plasma Converter Sometimes I wonder where all the really good inventions are. Breakthroughs likePlasma Converter - the ultimate waste disposal

[UPDATE: as you can see below, I'm having some problems with CoolPlayer - like it doesn't work anymore. I've switched to the Anarchy player.] As you can see from the previousCoolPlayer - WordPress media plugin

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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