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December 21st. For years that date had been discussed ad nauseum. The date the Mayan calendar ended. The end of the world. It became a joke. I thought it wasLife After the End of the World: My Dad, the Mayans, and Me

Okay... that was one moody episode of Battlestar Galactica. Fair warning. If you haven't seen the first of the final 10 episodes, turn back now. There be major spoilers ahead. So...The fifth Cylon - say what? (w/spoilers)

I just recently found out that two of my brothers-in-law didn't know anything about the new Clone Wars movie or the TV series it's setting up. This post is forStar Wars: Clone Wars videos (and an Obi-Wan debate settled)

The fall TV season is upon us. Are there any shows out there worthy of watching this year? Any guilty pleasures you've just gotta have? Anything that just drains theFlashing Forward to Fall TV

The Players: Dad - in the upstairs office, working Mom - ...indisposed 3-year old, aka "Little Mommy" - playing in playroom 2-year old, aka "Stinky" - playing in playroom So I'm sitting in my office,Little Mommy drops the... um... ball

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?

Everything old is new again. In anticipation of Tron: Legacy, a fan created this new trailer for the original Tron (1982), with a more modern look and feel. He did aNew Tron Trailer

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

This is quite simply one of the best Star Wars trailers I've seen. The problem is that it's the cinematics associated with the game, and no in-game footage, so the actualIf only the Star Wars films were like this...

Just in case you missed it, the direct-to-DVD continuation of the Stargate SG-1 Ori storyline, "The Ark of Truth," is to be released next Tuesday, March 11th. You can apparentlyStargate: The Ark of Truth

What follows is a guest post from my wife, who has had a bit of a difficult week so far. I have come upstairs to ... get AWAY from our 2It's Not Fair!

I find a lot of stuff that I want to share, but that doesn't make it into a blog post of its own, for whatever reason (usually a lack ofLinkList: Sci-fi edition

I managed to see a limited release of ABC's new show "No Ordinary Family" online yesterday. Not sure if it's still available, but if it is these instructions will getReview: No Ordinary Family - Pilot

To continue with the theme of my last post... Clark Aldrich talked about the similarities of video games and training simulations in one of his blogs for ASTD's Learning Circuits: Computer gamesVideo games and simulations

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The Good, The Bad, and The Desks

So I’ve been using the same laptop at work for years. It’s actually not a bad laptop for basic business needs – a Latitude D620 – but given that I have a tendency to work with rich media applications and run large numbers of programs at once, it was well past time to move on.

Amazingly, my boss agreed. In fact the entire department got a much needed upgrade. I now have a much faster . . . → Read More: The Good, The Bad, and The Desks

How to publish a multi-file Captivate project as a single SCORM course

I’ve done the math and the interest in this from my typical readership turns out to be slightly less than zero, but hey… it’s my blog. I write what I want to write. You can come back next time for the usual drivel.

I ran into a problem recently that took me forever to solve because I was laboring under the false notion that it was actually possible to pull off within Captivate natively. It’s . . . → Read More: How to publish a multi-file Captivate project as a single SCORM course

Quality Control Rant

Quick rant here… I’m currently pretty steamed at our medical benefits provider.

We’re in our Annual Enrollment period right now. Only 3 days left to decide which of 3 options is going to cost me the least next year.

Our provider provides a calculator that I found to be of immense help last year. It models the costs for the coming year based on plan prices and custom data I provide for what I think . . . → Read More: Quality Control Rant

Everybody’s right, everybody’s wrong

The truth, it is said, is a three-edged sword: your side, their side, and reality – and it cuts in all directions.

Lately the education system is in the news a lot. Specifically, Wisconsin and its government’s moves to reduce (or on the other side, protect) the power of the teacher’s unions is currently on display. And everyone is watching.

Most people (especially the politicians) are trying to simplify the argument.

Teacher benefits are out . . . → Read More: Everybody’s right, everybody’s wrong

What I see every day – 7 day challenge

In the 7 day challenge, today’s topic is: Share a photo I took this week and tell you about it.

This is actually getting out of hand. It’s a little embarrassing.

My "Workstation"

This is where I sit all day. You can only see the front portion of the desk here. The half of the desk behind the screens is almost as cluttered.

I’ve always had a messy desk. Always. Just ask my college . . . → Read More: What I see every day – 7 day challenge

Google Wave – abridged

In general, as most people know, Google builds some pretty good apps, and they’re mostly built with collaboration and ease-of-use in mind. As someone whose job involves figuring out how to distribute and manage targeted information and communication efficiently, I really appreciate their work. Sadly, most of the time I can’t use it with my target population, but what they do raises the bar for the applications I do work with and sometimes the features . . . → Read More: Google Wave – abridged

Three years of yammering on…

Three years ago today, at 11:48pm, I wrote these amazingly insightful words:

Check it out…

Friday, December 9th, 2005

Looks like I am officially blogging. I am too cool for words. (Ironic, isn’t it.)

Thusly did this, my first blogging experience, begin. Pretty sad, really, but there you have it. Now here we are, three years and over 400 posts later, and I figure it’s about time I looked back to see if I’ve ever . . . → Read More: Three years of yammering on…

What futility doesn’t feel like

There is nothing more perfect than the punch line of this Dilbert strip.

Who among us cannot relate? I actually considered making that my new theme on this site. There are times that it seems to perfectly capture my life.

That could be depressing, but the intent of this strip is to laugh at the depression, and that’s usually what I do in life as well. It’s amazing how well the stress . . . → Read More: What futility doesn’t feel like

Technical writers, pay attention

New York Times columnist David Pogue has had two extremely good posts lately. One is aimed squarely at general computer users, and both are of great use to technical writers.

In the generally focused Tech Tips for Basic Computer Users, he points out things that all us geeks think everybody knows about computers. There are a fair amount that I didn’t know, however, so the list’s worth a look (though the article is so popular . . . → Read More: Technical writers, pay attention