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Through watching the Randy Pausch lecture (mentioned in my previous post) I discovered a great free tool for learning how to program, called Alice. What's different about Alice is thatAlice: Through the Monitor (or Creating new worlds for Novices)

Applications are open until October 11th. Sadly, my henchmen - Butterball and The Human Chihuahua - are on vacation, and training temps at this late hour is just not a headacheAre you E.L.E. material?

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 specificValentines Day!

Urgent News Release - HostPC Community Support Forums See, this is how people are supposed to behave. I have a lot of respect for Joe's integrity. Joe is the owner ofHostPC supports competitor in crisis

Agassi's final 8 minutes on court Andre Agassi played his last professional match on Sunday, September 3, 2006. Check out the link above if, like me, you were unable to seeAgassi: Goodbye to a legend

Okay, that may be overstating it slightly, but comic book properties are getting a lot more attention in the last few years. The encouraging thing is that they are usuallyGraphic novels are all the rage - Tuesday TubeWatch

To review: I'm talking about an article on ZDNet that tries to make the case for streaming first-run movies to a home theater. In the first part, I laid outMovie Theater vs. Home Theater (part 2)

I can't believe this didn't occur to me before. I've been trying to come up with a good system of sharing gift ideas with my family for quite a while.Keep gift ideas on del.icio.us

I can't remember precisely the last time somebody took a needle and jammed it into my gums multiple times. I can't remember the date, but I vividly remember the experience.My experience with the "c" word

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

Smallville's a repeat tonight after the mid-season cliffhanger two weeks ago. Not sure where the plot is going? Come on... Chloe is still possessed by Brainiac, Doomsday is a ravingSmallville fix

I've been quiet on here for a couple weeks due to some time pressures. Lots to do during the lead-up to Christmas, as I'm sure you can all understand. IWhat I've been thinking

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

Living in a house with 3 females has apparently done me in. I think I need to turn in my man card. Either that, or I have to stop watching moviesWhen did I become a girl?

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

Review: Green Lantern / Super 8 Double Feature!

My parents came out for the weekend, which means (among other things) free babysitting. That, in turn, means movies!

My wife and I saw two movies in a row tonight: Green Lantern and Super 8.

Expectations were split for these two. I’ve been looking forward to Super 8 since the first trailer (which, btw, showed absolutely nothing taken from the movie). I had initially been looking forward to Green Lantern since it was first announced, . . . → Read More: Review: Green Lantern / Super 8 Double Feature!

My Utah trip, or how I could have died at 6400 feet

Salt Lake City – distant storm at dusk (click for bigger view)

Last week I went on my first trip to Salt Lake City, Utah. I will probably repeat this later… that is one beautiful part of the country.

But before I got there, I had to get on a plane 1800 miles away. And that plane was 2 hours from my house. And it took off at 7am. That means I had to . . . → Read More: My Utah trip, or how I could have died at 6400 feet

Star Wars: The Old Republic – cinematics

This is the kind of stuff that keeps sucking me back into the world of Star Wars gaming. I LOVE this stuff.

I have no idea how the actual game experience will be for “The Old Republic” – all I know is that these cinematics look Awesome, with a capital “AWE”. There are three now, that I’m aware of. “Deceived”, “Hope”, and “Return”.

Here’s everything I know about the story these trailers introduce:

The Old . . . → Read More: Star Wars: The Old Republic – cinematics

Why isn’t the theater filled?

I went to see X-Men: First Class over the weekend. It was opening weekend for that film. Typically, a big film like that would have a huge audience in their first few days, and I’d be worried about it being sold out by the time I got there. But I was surprised to find that there couldn’t have been more than 30 people at the Saturday evening showing I attended.

I’ve been surprised more than . . . → Read More: Why isn’t the theater filled?

Best X-Men movie?

In light of my most recent post, and the fact that I’m putting the Polls back in the right sidebar, I thought I’d open up a new poll question…

What’s the best X-Men movie?

X-Men X-Men: United (X2) X-Men: The Last Stand X-Men Origins: Wolverine X-Men: First Class

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I’m still going with the original X-Men. I think it showed the teamwork aspect better than the others, though really X2 and First Class are really close for me.

Feel free to discuss your reasons in the comments.

Review: X-Men: First Class

Magneto, Professor X, Mystique, Beast, Banshee, Darwin, Angel, Emma Frost, Havoc, Azazel, Sebastian Shaw, and… um… tornado dude.

That’s a lot of characters to pull together in one movie. They did a pretty decent job of using them all. But the focus here is obviously with the top 3 (arguably 4) names.

After coming out of this film, it’s obvious that they started writing “X-Men Origins: Magneto” and said “holy crap, we have an opportunity . . . → Read More: Review: X-Men: First Class

Christianity on TV

This is funny, but not what I'm after.

I saw an article today stating that the BBC ran a survey and received results showing it was “anti-Christian” and ageist. I don’t live in the UK, nor do I watch any current BBC shows other than Doctor Who. This article doesn’t give any numbers or specifics, either, so I really can’t confirm or deny the veracity of what it says (though I can’t say I . . . → Read More: Christianity on TV