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Video, Music, Podcasts, Audio, and Multimedia WordPress Plugins « Lorelle on WordPress This is a great annotated list of plug-ins for WordPress users trying to add video or audio of anyMultimedia Plugins for WordPress

High Voltage: Lightning Bolt Hitting Plane Taking Off Osaka - Gizmodo With all the times I've flown during a storm, I'm surprised I haven't seen this happen before. And the blogger asksVideo loop: lightning hitting plane

Applications are open until October 11th. Sadly, my henchmen - Butterball and The Human Chihuahua - are on vacation, and training temps at this late hour is just not a headacheAre you E.L.E. material?

My kids have been watching Signing Time on our local PBS station here for over a year now. They love the show so much that we got them one ofTuesday TubeWatch: Signing Time

Well, what do you know? The first trailer for X-Men 3 actually looks good! I was really worried with all the rumors I'd been hearing. Now I'm looking forward toX-3 trailer up

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 outMovie Theater vs. Home Theater (part 2)

Well, Blockbuster has been sucking me dry on this movie for a long time (it's been sitting around my house for way too long). I finally got a chance toReview: Inside Man

A few things have bubbled to the top lately... here they are: Personal Finance Tom's Inflation Calculator I was looking for a calculator that would tell me how much my current salary wouldLinkList: Personal Finance + Sci-Fi edition

The Simple Dollar » The Money Savvy Pig and My Son’s Allowance Another good idea from Trent, over at The Simple Dollar. A transparent, compartmentalized, piggybank does seem like a goodTeaching money management to kids

I've realized something about myself. I hate changing state. That's at the core of my being. I don't like the act of changing my current condition. It almost doesn't matterChanges of state

The time is shortly upon us. The wait is nearly over. Let the glorious holiday IMAX season BEGIN!!! Wait... let me get my oxygen... Okay. I feel better now. Got a little giddy thereHoliday trailers - Tron: Legacy, Narnia 3, and HP:TDH

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 isolationTwo TED talks: Turkle and Whitacre - Internet Connections and Isolation

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I recently experienced one of the things on this list. See if you can figure out which one it is: Things that don't go together easily: Oil and water Drinking and driving Fine wineThings that don't go together easily

First, two rumors I hope are false... This first one I'm pretty positive is false, but here it is: apparently some bookies in the UK are looking for something to betDoctor Who rumors

The gift of music

This is one of a series of articles I wrote for The Coalition of Awesomeness blog some time ago. The blog has since gone to an unfortunate (but very awesome) grave so I thought I’d share it here. This particular entry has a special meaning for me, and may shed some light on one of the entries on the list in a recent post.

It wasn’t my birthday, or Christmas, or any of the typical . . . → Read More: The gift of music

Daddy-Daughter Dates, and Bonding

I have two girls. They’re 6 (almost 7) and 8 years old now. They’re still at the ages when it’s cool to hang with Dad. I like that.

At the beginning of December, I decided I was going to start setting up “Daddy-Daughter Dates” – times I would spend with each one of them individually. The intent was a quick lunch out or a trip to a store or maybe bowling. It wasn’t supposed to . . . → Read More: Daddy-Daughter Dates, and Bonding

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

“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

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

Why Dads of girls watch sports

I am not a big sports fan. I enjoy watching tennis from time to time, but have even lost touch with that mostly. I like watching televised sports in short bursts. A couple of plays at a time is about the most I can handle of a football game. I can’t carry on an intelligent conversation about sports for long.

Apparently, the time is coming when that will change.

I just discovered a new blog . . . → Read More: Why Dads of girls watch sports

2 voices + 4 spices = 1 big impact

You never know what’s going to make an impact on your kids. I don’t mean an immediate “wow!” impact, I’m talking about the long term stuff. It may not even be a big deal when it happens, and you might not know of its impact for years to come.

I wrote about one of those moments on the Coalition of Awesomeness recently.

It wasn’t my birthday, or Christmas, or any of the typical gift giving . . . → Read More: 2 voices + 4 spices = 1 big impact

Review: No Ordinary Family – Pilot

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 get you there.

Given the show’s premise of a family of superheroes, the pilot episode is predictably an origin story. And that’s a good word to use, too: predictable.

It was pleasant to watch, but there were very few surprises (though there were a couple – . . . → Read More: Review: No Ordinary Family – Pilot

FINALLY, I get to wield a real lightsaber!

Yep. This is exactly how Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back would have gone if I was in it.

Autographs are $2. I gotta cover my costs.

Hearing the words “That’s how I roll, baby” coming out of my Dad’s mouth makes the time I spent looking for pictures of everyone facing the camera well worth it.

(Go make your own.)

. . . → Read More: FINALLY, I get to wield a real lightsaber!

Five songs that altered my perceptions

Lee has his weekly Top 5 list up over at Quit Your Day Job. This time it’s the “Five songs that have left their footprint in my life.” That’s a tough list to come up with. I’m glad he didn’t say 5 favorite songs, though – that would have been impossible. If we’re just looking for five songs that made a mark in my life, I might be able to do that.

In fact, the . . . → Read More: Five songs that altered my perceptions