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The main "event" around here lately is that this website was down for two days while we switched servers. Apparently there were issues with the process. I'm not convinced everythingThe Event

"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

Tonight the girls and I were playing games like Simon Says, Follow the Leader, and Climb All Over Dad Until His Arms Fall Off. We had almost moved into HideWeeping Angels game

I can't remember precisely the last time somebody took a needle and jammed it into my gums multiple times. I can't remember the date, but I vividly remember the experience.My experience with the "c" word

People need to learn how to drive. I was in a traffic jam this morning in the right lane of the highway. Dead stop. I was not happy. Meanwhile, in the leftTraffic jams

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

"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

First, sorry about the absence of new posts lately. Plenty has been going on, I've just been too tired to write about it. Anyway... on to the review! The Rocky seriesReview: Rocky II

2012 has an impressive line-up of films. Time travel, mutation, gods, monsters, hobbits, technology, and sheer awesomeness all combine to create an almost inescapable desire to just set up an7 movies my mother has to worry about (and a bunch more)

Aquaman has been the butt of jokes for as long as I can remember. He was never one of my favorite superheroes, but ever since I saw the character portrayedReview: Aquaman (Mercy Reef)

I've felt like I've been neglecting this blog lately, and wanted to get focused on it again. As it happens, I ran across the 7 day Challenge from Andrew Emmett'sIdentity: 7 day challenge

[caption id="attachment_795" align="alignright" width="227" caption="Is Watchmen unfilmable?"][/caption] I've seen the trailers. I've seen a bunch of clips. It looks good. The visuals are great. Hard to say much else about it,Quick thoughts on Watchmen: unfilmable?

This may be the first meme I've done on this blog. I've done a couple on Facebook, but none here that I can remember. I caught this one over atHow I've wasted my life

My parents came out for the weekend, which means (among other things) free babysitting. That, in turn, means movies! My wife and I saw two movies in a row tonight: GreenReview: Green Lantern / Super 8 Double Feature!

John Williams is probably the most well known film composer in history. He owes much of that success to the Star Wars series, but Jaws, Superman, Close Encounters of thePre-prequel-era Star Wars music tribute

Return to MidMo and other short subjects

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 Driver – in the movie, not the podcast). If the stats are accurate, many of you missed this film when it came out in 2000 (though the odds are apparently better if you were in an airplane around then). That’s a shame because it’s a great . . . → Read More: Return to MidMo and other short subjects

Review: Battlestar Galactica finale

It’s over.

For four years of my life (which, oddly enough, took six years), I’ve been watching Battlestar Galactica weekly. This redesigned joy from my childhood became an engaging, exciting, and dramatic story in my adulthood. As with any other TV show, there are excellent episodes and episodes that fell flat. A series finale, and the lead-in stories, must meet the highest standard, in my opinion – especially in an “arc” show (i.e., one that . . . → Read More: Review: Battlestar Galactica finale

Sci-fi rumors and news catch up

Well, here we are with more sci-fi news. This time it’ll be a mix of things old and new. Strap on your propeller hat and hang on, ’cause here we go…

Spider-Man 4 is apparently going to shoot in 2010 for a 2011 release. This is information gleaned from an interview with J.K. Simmons, who plays J. Jonah Jameson in the films. Sam Raimi is on-board as director and Tobey McGuire is set to reprise . . . → Read More: Sci-fi rumors and news catch up

The fifth Cylon – say what? (w/spoilers)

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… wow.

I’m not quite sure what to say about that episode.

If the episode was designed to make us feel sort of aimless and disconcerted, mission accomplished. The scenes just kind of meandered. Lots of jumping from person to person, with mostly little bits . . . → Read More: The fifth Cylon – say what? (w/spoilers)

Caprica clip

While I’m spending time in the BSG universe, here’s a clip from the prequel series, Caprica.

The series debuts next year. Apparently it will not take place in space much, if at all, which makes sense, given the title of the series is the name of the planet. Seems like it will revolve around the creation of the Cylons. I’m willing to give it a shot.

. . . → Read More: Caprica clip

Battlestar blitz – be prepared

Battlestar Galactica is returning for the second half of its fourth and final season tonight (NOTE for those recording… the first new episode is extended and will go about 4 minutes over the hour). Just 10 episodes stand between us and the final fate of Humans and Cylons—even fewer than that before we find out the identity of the fifth Cylon. If you’ve forgotten what’s happened to this point (or for some crazy reason you’re . . . → Read More: Battlestar blitz – be prepared

More recent sci-fi updates

Well, my last sci-fi news post was a bit late, but all this news is at least recent-ish.

First off, two bits of Battlestar Galactica related stories:

The Sci-Fi channel has apparently officially given the green light to BSG spin-off “Caprica” with a 2010 kickoff.

The series, which will focus on the the Earthlike planet of Caprica as two rival families deal with, among other topical issues, the broader implications of their society’s emerging . . . → Read More: More recent sci-fi updates

BSG: The Last Cylon… not so revealed

Cheap trick. No, not the band. Seems like Deanna has the same sense of humor as Brother Cavel.

But… we get another week of voting in, and everybody’s back in play! Pick your pony!

Who is the fifth Cylon?

Kara Thrace (Starbuck) (17%, 15 Votes) Anastasia “Dee” Dualla (17%, 15 Votes) Lee Adama (Apollo) (14%, 12 Votes) Felix Gaeta (9%, 8 Votes) President Laura Roslin (8%, 7 Votes) Karl Agathon (Helo) (6%, 5 Votes)
Dr. Gaius Baltar (6%, 5 Votes)
Admiral Bill Adama (6%, 5 Votes)
Vice President Tom Zarek (5%, 4 Votes)
Callie Tyrol (5%, 4 Votes)
Starbuck’s New Viper (3%, 3 Votes)
Doc Cottle (2%, 2 Votes)
“Baltar’s Lawyer” (name escapes me) (2%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 87

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BSG: The Last Cylon Revealed!

The preview makes it look like Roslin is the last Cylon, but is that just trailer-trickery?

Get your vote in now, before all is revealed next week! (A few names on here are pretty much out of the running now… this is an old poll with Agathon newly added as a possibility.)

Who is the fifth Cylon?

Kara Thrace (Starbuck) (17%, 15 Votes) Anastasia “Dee” Dualla (17%, 15 Votes) Lee Adama (Apollo) (14%, 12 Votes)
Felix Gaeta (9%, 8 Votes)
President Laura Roslin (8%, 7 Votes)
Karl Agathon (Helo) (6%, 5 Votes)
Dr. Gaius Baltar (6%, 5 Votes)
Admiral Bill Adama (6%, 5 Votes)
Vice President Tom Zarek (5%, 4 Votes)
Callie Tyrol (5%, 4 Votes)
Starbuck’s New Viper (3%, 3 Votes)
Doc Cottle (2%, 2 Votes)
“Baltar’s Lawyer” (name escapes me) (2%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 87

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Don’t forget to tune in to Battlestar Galactica on Friday night (as if I have to remind you).

3 years in 8 minutes – BSG

Catch Up to Season Four | Battlestar Galactica | SCIFI.COM

Looking for a quick reminder after the two decade wait between season 3 and the finally about to debut season 4 of Battlestar Galactica? The video at the link above is 8 minutes long, hits all the right stuff, and is kinda funny too. That’s a lot to fit into 8 minutes.

If you have not watched the finale of season 3 (I’m looking at . . . → Read More: 3 years in 8 minutes – BSG