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This concept video was apparently leaked from Peter Jackson's production of The Hobbit. It's an exciting early look at the controversial direction Jackson may take, thematically: [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/XC73PHdQX04" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent"Leaked Pre-production video for The Hobbit!

Recently Gather Little by Little posted an article on "Deal of the day" sites, such as Woot.com and Yugster.com. These are sites that offer one product per day for a4 sites to get free/cheap stuff - finding deals online

The ergonomics guys at work are gonna love me for posting this (if they ever hear about it). Dumb Little Man posted an article about fixing your posture to improve yourPosture - it's not just for prep schools

Well, another year has come and gone. In just a few hours it'll be 2009. Lots of people all around the planet are gearing up for some serious, I-can't-remember-what-I-did-last-night celebrations.Mundane New Year's Eve

My wife and I have a tradition of watching movies on New Year's Eve. We try to do three in a row. It's ambitious for a couple with two kids,New Year's Eve triple feature

Last year, I reviewed the first two seasons of the revived Doctor Who series. At the time, I said the second season finale out-did the first's, and that was aReview: Doctor Who 2007

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)Myths, Magic, and Legends – From Atlantis to Camelot

A little girl is brutally murdered on the day of Jack Nicholson's retirement. The cops pin it on someone convenient, but Jack doesn't buy it. He's made a promise toReview: The Pledge

"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

I'm late for leaving on a trip, so this will be quick. The Dark Knight Rises is a completely worthy capstone to the Nolan/Bale Batman trilogy. It turns the trilogy intoReview: The Dark Knight Rises (no spoilers)

So this past weekend I got together with my brother and a bunch of college friends for a night of poker in Philadelphia. It was the first time this groupPoker night!

No, I'm not talking about downloadable, put-it-on-your-iPod-and-go music (well, the sites do make it easy to buy the singles as a download). I'm talking about music to listen to whenFree music on the internet!

The free online conference for Corporate Learning started on Thursday (it continues next Monday and Tuesday). So far, I've only been able to attend two sessions, one presentation on Web/LearningLinks from Corporate Learning: Trends and Innovations Day 1

Looks like the footage I pointed to earlier had been edited to omit the true cause of the scale model X-Wing's demise. Here's the real, unedited, footage. [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/QgF9hBL-CuA" width="425" height="350"X-wing follow-up: the real story

Maybe I should have called this series of posts "Force Fed". While that's not exactly the truth about how it went down, that title does reflect a bit of how IStar Wars Conundrum: Original Trilogy Reflection

Review Addendum: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, pt 2 – book comparison

No, I haven’t read the entire series in the last 12 hours. I have, however, read an excellent article that explains how much of my disappointment in the finale of the movie is taken care of nicely in the book.

The article describes how Christian themes wound into the book are removed from the movie by comparing the final confrontation across the two mediums.  Even if you don’t buy the Christian interpretation (though I have to say the guy makes a great case – at least to me, but remember I haven’t read the books), the description of how the finale plays out in the book vs the film lays plain that the differences are staggeringly important.

If I hadn’t already decided to read the books, this article would have convinced me to do so.

And if I had read the books already, this large of a departure would tempt me to calling this film an abject failure.

As it is, I still contend that the movies are entertaining, though it’s disappointing that the ending felt a bit flat. It is evident, however that… as always… the books are better.

And when you’ve got a few minutes, head over and read De-Theologizing Harry… It’s a really interesting article.

 

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