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A few things that are now probably old news for some of you have come across my reader. Sorry I didn't get to pass them on earlier. I done beenCatch up on Sci-fi news

Earlier this year I had the windows in my house replaced. This cost more money than I had on hand, so I took the loan offered through the company whoSaving money thru the power of cluelessness

If you thought he was gone, you weren't paying attention. He's back! He's opinionated! He's Australian! He's spent more time thinking about pop culture than is probably healthy! And that last bitTIDBABSH 2: Part 2: Return of The Australian

I should have known. I made the mistake, and I paid for it (literally). I saw Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in the theater. One of the biggest wastes ofG.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra - Review

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

This is just too perfect. I actually laughed out loud at a couple. Super-Social Networking: Superhero Facebook Status Updates My favorites are by far Spider-Man's and Green Lantern's. They need one forSuper status updates

I'll be jotting down my initial thoughts of the shows I watch that premiere this week. Tonight, I intended to watch the NBC shows Chuck, Heroes, and Journeyman. I missed Chuck,Initial thoughts - Premiere week pt 1

The Wachowski brothers have a firm grasp of visuals and a healthy respect for graphic novels. They also know how to write a script that challenges the viewer's perceptions ofReview: V for Vendetta

FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH | Bryce Zabel: Koppel on Iran I don't plan to get into politics too much on this blog, but I do agree with Zabel that this isTed Koppel on Iran & US involvement in Middle East

It's a popular debate lately: are these social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc.) bad for us? Recently an Oxford professor, Baroness Susan Greenfield, made some rather provocative speculations aboutTuesday TubeWatch: Social networking will eat your brain!

finslippy: Give me your worst parenting stories [Found through ParentHacks] Holy cow, this is the funniest and saddest thing I have read or seen in the last year. It's a good thingBad parenting confessions

I knew a few phrases from maybe 3 or 4 Johnny Cash songs before I saw this movie. I knew he had gone to prison (though I wasn't sure why),Review: Walk the Line

TheGoldenParachute.com: Think Dual Incomes is a Great Thing? Not Always We've had discussions periodically in my house about my wife going back to work part-time. There are a variety of reasonsIs a dual income worth it in a marriage?

From Elliott Masie's Learning TRENDS newsletter comes news of a new tool to help doctors and nurses. Projected Vein Locations: This weekend I saw a fascinating new "performance support" system -VeinViewer

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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

Changing morality to fit the technology

I came across a post tonight by a professor at the University of Georgia. He uses his response to a recent post on the NPR blog All Songs Considered as an opportunity to talk about the ethics of downloading music without paying for it. It’s a long, but good post. He makes a better argument, I think, than most posts on this topic, which normally come across as bitter and degrading if not threatening. This . . . → Read More: Changing morality to fit the technology

Two TED talks: Turkle and Whitacre – Internet Connections and Isolation

I had the opportunity to watch 2 TED talks tonight. Both of them were about the power of technology and its relationship to… well, relationships. The intertwining of connection and isolation as themes across these two videos really struck me tonight.

MIT professor and psychologist Sherry Turkle’s TED talk has gotten a lot of play in social media circles. That’s not surprising, given the topic. Her main point is that we are using technology to . . . → Read More: Two TED talks: Turkle and Whitacre – Internet Connections and Isolation

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

The power of Google

These are my site hits over the last week.

Before and after

See if you can figure out when my most popular post ceased showing up on the first page of search results.

Movie Theater vs. Home Theater (part 3)

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 out the argument they made, and then took a look at the ‘why I hate theaters’ portion. In the second part, I moved on to their ‘why my home is awesome’ argument.

Now let’s take a look at what prices would be required and a few . . . → Read More: Movie Theater vs. Home Theater (part 3)

Movie Theater vs. Home Theater (part 2)

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 out the argument they made, and then took a look at the ‘why I hate theaters’ portion.

This time I’m moving on to their ‘why my home is awesome’ portion.

But first, let me address a point a forgot to address last time. They argued that . . . → Read More: Movie Theater vs. Home Theater (part 2)

Movie Theater vs. Home Theater (part 1)

Yesterday I read an article in the ZDNet Tech Broiler attempting to make the case for the studios to release first-run movies direct to streaming options (specifically Netflix and iTunes). What they really did was take a full page laying out the case for why they don’t like going to the theater.

Their argument made the following points, frequently predicated on the reality that corporate megaplexes have mostly pushed out the smaller independent theaters:

Theaters . . . → Read More: Movie Theater vs. Home Theater (part 1)

Netflix becomes stupider, Warehouse 13 returns

Yes, I know stupider isn’t a word. It applies to Netflix nonetheless.

I’ll start this off by admitting that I don’t have Netflix. I have used it at other people’s houses from time to time, and enjoyed it, but haven’t pulled the trigger to get my own account.

Why? Because it doesn’t have what I want in its streaming library 90% of the time. I can find something to watch, sure, but usually not what . . . → Read More: Netflix becomes stupider, Warehouse 13 returns

Google+ is open – is it a better Facebook?

So I’ve been on Google+ (Google Plus) for a little while now. For those who don’t know, it’s another social media platform, like Facebook. You make a profile, then you can start making comments and posts. You see a stream of all your friends’ posts, just like in Facebook.

Let’s face it, to the majority of people it’s pretty much Facebook with a facelift.

So what’s the draw? Some reports have Google+ listed as . . . → Read More: Google+ is open – is it a better Facebook?