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I don't follow football. At all. Never have. Most of the time I'm surprised to learn that the Super Bowl is on. I used to appreciate the commercials and watched mostlyWhy I loved last night's Super Bowl

Creating Passionate Users: REAL motivation posters This is stuff I've talked about with co-workers years ago: the "fake-ness" of motivational posters. The examples Kathy created are hilarious and truthful. ThereCreating Passionate Users: REAL motivation posters

Is it the "training industry" or the "learning industry"? (Yeah, I know there are plenty of alternates to make this even more confusing, but let's stick to these two forTraining vs. Learning

Survey: Unethical Corporate Behavior Stems From Unrealistic Objectives and Deadlines First of all, the fact that this even warranted study is a heck of a condemnation of the corporate world. That,Corporate ethics

I'm of two minds about this movie. On the one hand, it was extremely well done, especially the directing and acting, and the subject was enticing and kept my interest.Review: The Aviator

Silence. That's all I was after. Just make the screaming stop (and prevent me from adding to it) - nothing else mattered. While the challenge presented by my youngest childThe Silence of the Lamb

Recently a study looked at students who had Facebook on (even in the background) while studying vs. those without Facebook use, and compared their grades. Facebook users came out withShocking news! Distraction causes lack of focus!

Orci & Kurtzman Tackle Man of Steel - Slice of SciFi Bryan Singer is in talks with writers for the next Superman movie, "The Man of Steel". Unfortunately, we have toSuperman returns... again

TheForce.Net - Latest News - Number One Star Wars Fan In The UK I really like Star Wars a lot. I've spent way too much money and time on it overStar Wars fanatacism

FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH | Bryce Zabel: Spaced Out: Hawking Colonies & Re-Booting Star Trek Bryce Zabel (Dark Skies, Lois & Clark) and J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, Crusade, Jeremiah) wereStar Trek, Babylon 5 style: Concept pitch revealed

I joined Facebook almost a year ago, if I remember correctly. I joined as an exercise for work. I was hearing a lot about how Facebook and similar social networkingI have a problem with Facebook, and it's Walt's fault

"Can you tie this to my eyebrow?" [referring to a balloon] After throwing a blanket over her own head: "POOF! She was gone." 3-yr old: "You can't tell me that!" 2-yr old: "Why?" 3-yrThings overheard in my house lately

In the e-Learning Guild's discussion community, the concept of using stories for training is being covered. At one point, Christy Tucker noted that at a previous job she had workedInterviewing for creativity

Wizard Entertainment The "New York Jedi" are making a stop at the "Wizard World" convention in Philadelphia this coming weekend. They'll even train people on sword choreography! Sounds like a funJedi training in Philly

Poorly!  *rim shot* So I mentioned before that I'd been writing some music for the last several years and some of it may show up here from time to time. ThisHow I write music

Review: Brave

Pixar has an amazing track record with its movies. The quality of animation is superb and their attention to story is a cut (or two) above most studios. Their worst “failures” are still better than most movies out there. I’d put Cars (both 1 and 2) at the bottom of their list, and I still had a good time watching them. At their best, they blow me away. Toy Story, The Incredibles, Monsters Inc. – . . . → Read More: Review: Brave

G-Force ROCKS!

NO! I am not talking about the insipid, rodent-filled name-stealer.

Why?! Why did they do it?!

Similar to Lee’s story in the blog entry that I’m blatantly ripping off, even to the point of taking his graphics, when I heard about a live action G-Force movie I could feel the 10-year old geek in me pushing and punching the 38-year old (at the time) actual geek that is me to race to . . . → Read More: G-Force ROCKS!

Tuesday TubeWatch Two-fer! Doctor Who meets Bugs Bunny!

Okay, look, here’s the thing: Doctor Who travelling to some alternate reality where he meets Bugs Bunny would be incredibly cool in a very strange, and possibly acid-induced way. It’s not happening here. But they do show up in the same post here, so … just deal with it.

First up, Doctor Who’s second special of 2009 aired on Easter:

Honestly, it looks boring. I hate to say that, but it does. I hope . . . → Read More: Tuesday TubeWatch Two-fer! Doctor Who meets Bugs Bunny!

Tuesday TubeWatch: Lego Izzard – Cake or Death?

This is a great idea. Eddie Izzard’s Dressed to Kill stand-up routine is hilarious (though profanity laced). Matching the bits with Lego stop-motion animation turns out to be really funny and inventive. These are two of the funnier bits (without profanity).

Empire Building

Cake or Death

If you can get past the profanity, the Death Star Cafeteria is also hilarious…

There’s also a bit he does about American vs. British spelling that’s really . . . → Read More: Tuesday TubeWatch: Lego Izzard – Cake or Death?

Review: Wall-E

As may be appropriate for a movie with few spoken lines, this review should be pretty short.

Amazing technical achievement. The visuals here are phenomenal. There were times that I forgot I was watching an animated film. Simply brilliant.

The story was pretty simple, which isn’t a knock. Sometimes the simple stories are the best. However, while it was heart-warming, it didn’t get to me as deeply as some other Pixar offerings. Monsters Inc., Finding . . . → Read More: Review: Wall-E

Alice: Through the Monitor (or Creating new worlds for Novices)

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 that it lets students learn the basics of object-oriented programming while avoiding a lot of the frustrations that normally come from this kind of exploration. It also makes it very easy to create working 3-D virtual worlds (it was originally conceived as a rapid prototyping tool . . . → Read More: Alice: Through the Monitor (or Creating new worlds for Novices)