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JMSNews J. Michael Straczynski, the creator/writer/producer of Babylon 5 and Crusade, has been writing for television for twenty years. He's been pretty successful at it, too. He doesn't just write forJMS deluged with attention

Well, apparently you guys are really interested in my death. The last post, I want to end my life, but I'm too lazy, has been the top of the pageMaking a suicide pact

My second guest shot on the Midnight Movie Club was posted this week, reviewing the film "Return To Me" (with a stellar cast led by David Duchovny and Minnie DriverReturn to MidMo and other short subjects

Quicktime trailerI post this in remembrance of a hapless rabbit in a very early Simpsons episode. (Mike, you'll know exactly the scene I'm talking about when you reach the endTrailer: Hancock

There are some out there who would call this "weak 3" of the show. This is definitely the slowest pacing of a Stargate series yet. The premiere was good, butStargate Universe, week 3, Darkness

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

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

Well, I had planned on another retrospective post to celebrate 5 years of typing random things into this blog, but the day passed a few days ago and it doesn't5th Blogiversary

AAA has nothing on these guys

I just ran across a blog that offers "Tips for Life". In two articles, they provide perspectives on how to deal with police officers if you are pulled over forHow to deal with Cops

Why Religion is an Important Part of Personal Finance ∞ Get Rich Slowly The topic of the linked post has (almost) nothing to do with my post here. It's the commentsSome people have REALLY short fuses

Why Collaborative Storyboard Technology Is Mission Critical This is an excellent article extolling the virtues of collaboration for storyboarding your courses (and a little push for storyboarding itself). It doesn't specificallyCollaborative Storyboarding

This post is going to be like throwing spaghetti on the wall: I'm just gonna toss a lot of stuff up here and see what sticks. It worked for OscarThrowing spaghetti on the wall

Interesting premise for this one: two people live in the same lake house, one in 2004, the other in 2006, and yet, with the help of a mailbox-cum-time portal, theyReview: The Lake House

Well, here's my first post of 2007. I'm going to start off with a gripe. To paraphrase Peter, Paul, and Mary: "Where has all the QA gone?" Quality Assurance is an essentialQA - Quality Assurance or Questionable Assurance?

Where I’ve been

It’s possible that you’ve noticed that I don’t post a lot here anymore. This blog has admittedly fallen mostly into disuse. This should not be a surprise to anyone.

It occurs to me, though, that some of you may wonder what I’m doing instead of writing blog posts. (Others of you, I’m sure, couldn’t care less. But that’s not going to stop me telling you.) So here I am, back again, to tell you what . . . → Read More: Where I’ve been

Fact checking the easy stuff

So our water company had a break in at one of their tanks recently and while they’re checking to make sure the water hasn’t been contaminated, they’ve issued a “Do Not Consume” warning. The meat of the official warning, as found on the water company web site, is this:

DO NOT DRINK THE WATER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Customers are asked to not use the water for drinking, cooking, food preparation, oral hygiene or providing to . . . → Read More: Fact checking the easy stuff

Life After the End of the World: My Dad, the Mayans, and Me

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 was pretty funny myself. I dropped a joke or two on Facebook about it.

My Dad would have thought that was hilarious. In fact, he’d probably have actually done it. But he couldn’t. In his case, the Mayans were right. Despite being in . . . → Read More: Life After the End of the World: My Dad, the Mayans, and Me

Battle wounds

As I off-handedly mentioned, I went paintballing on Saturday. This was a group outing with a bunch of men and teens from our church. It was also the first time I’ve been on a paintball course in approximately 10 years. I’ve done it about 8 times that I can remember, but mostly through my late twenties and very early thirties.

I’m not horrible at the sport, but neither am I good at it. As I’ve . . . → Read More: Battle wounds

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

“Stolen” baseballs

At a recent Rangers game, a couple was caught on film denying a game ball to a crying toddler, and they have been put through the social media ringer over it since then. Here’s the video…

I think the announcer was being a little harsh, myself. It didn’t look like they were “rubbing it in” – though they certainly were oblivious. In fact, they’ve copped to not noticing the crying kid in their excitement. . . . → Read More: “Stolen” baseballs

The Nerd Badge is invalidly valid, therefore I get one

Lee posted his “Nerd badge” score recently. He failed to get it, and rightly so. Not because of any lack of nerd-dom on his part, but because of the idiocy of the test. Some guy posted a list of Twenty Things Every Sci-Fi Nerd Should Own Physically and Emotionally and it’s been making the rounds in the blogosphere recently. If you have or love 12 of the 20 things he listed, you “pass” and can . . . → Read More: The Nerd Badge is invalidly valid, therefore I get one

March out

March was a weird month. I actually got outside and did exercise. That’s how weird it was.

Doesn’t sound weird to you? Talk to my doctor. (Actually, if you do talk to my doctor, you probably won’t find out anything. He’s pretty HIPAA compliant. So… just go with it.)

The weather, for those of you who just woke up from a coma, has been unusually warm. We actually got into the 80s a couple of . . . → Read More: March out

Tommy Jordan: Parenting and Instant Fame in the Internet Age

Recently a North Carolina man named Tommy Jordan posted a video on Facebook in response to a letter his teenage daughter, Hannah, had written on Facebook. The video was intended as an “in kind” response to his daughter, but it went viral and now Tommy (and his family) is dealing with the downside of short-term fame.

I’ve watched the video, and read all of the subsequent posts he has made on his Facebook page. It’s . . . → Read More: Tommy Jordan: Parenting and Instant Fame in the Internet Age

Poker face

Once or twice a year I get the opportunity to play poker with some friends. Supposedly, one of those opportunities is coming up in the next couple of months (right, Paul?). One game is with guys I’ve known since my school years. The other is with the guys from my Bible study. In one we play for cash (only a few bucks, but still, real legal tender). In one we play for a Hillary Clinton . . . → Read More: Poker face