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Wired News: Orson Scott Card Builds an Empire The above link is an interview with multi-award winning [tag]science-fiction[/tag] author [tag]Orson Scott Card[/tag] on plans for his Empire franchise. [tag]Empire[/tag] was conceivedThe Multi-media Empire of Orson Scott Card (or How To Save the Video Game Industry)

The movie lived up to the hype. And that's saying quite a bit. Jamie Foxx did an unbelievably good Ray Charles. By the end there were literally a couple of scenesReview: Ray

Well, we finally got 10 votes on the first poll, and after a close race between "Good" and "For the sake of Humanity, make it stop!" it looks like thePoll: The Fifth Cylon

Computer Tips For Everybody » Blog Archive » Create a custom Control Panel in Windows XP This is a timely tip for me, as I just received aCustomize your WinXP Control Panel

Our National Savings Rate Is Embarrassing [Fool.com] January 17, 2007 Wow... this was surprising to me: ...consider these historical numbers for the U.S. personal savings rate: * 1984: 10.8% * 2001: 1.8% * 2003: 1.4% DoU.S. National Savings Rate breaks a bad barrier

On the heels of the success of Torchwood: Children of Earth, the following clip has been released for the next Doctor Who special: The companion here is Adelaide, played by LindsayThe Doctor is all wet... on Mars - Tuesday TubeWatch

My wife can't figure out what I do online for hours at a time. I can't blame her for being confused. Sometimes I don't even know how so much timeWhat's in YOUR browser?

Today held a couple of movie 'firsts' for me. I didn't see either of them coming. The first 'first': I went to a movie alone. The second 'first': I left before itThe #1 reason to walk out of Inception is...

I'm a little hesitant to review this one, because it doesn't feel like it would be fair to do so until I've seen part three and the end of theReview: Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest

The Smothers Brothers have the classic team act perfected. They are right up there with Abbott and Costello, and Laurel and Hardy. I remember loving their TV show when ITuesday TubeWatch Contest: Smothered in Classic Comedy

In the spirit of ParentHacks, here's a trick we've used to get our kids to do many things they otherwise wouldn't. We came up with it in the car on aWhatever you do...

The Fantastic Four is all about teamwork and family, when you boil it down. Or at least it should be. Both the original movie and the current sequel, unfortunately, can'tReview: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

I can't believe this didn't occur to me before. I've been trying to come up with a good system of sharing gift ideas with my family for quite a while.Keep gift ideas on del.icio.us

“Journeyman” Creator Quells Cancellation Rumors - Slice of SciFi A couple posts ago I mentioned that "Journeyman" may not air all of its produced episodes this year. Well, it turns outGood-ish news for “Journeyman”

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?

The Star Wars Conundrum

I’ve got a problem. There are multiple layers to this thing. And it’s all George Lucas’ fault.

Well, maybe I have some part to play in it as well. But it’s mostly Lucas.

See, I have two young kids. And I want to show them Star Wars. That’s my contribution to this. There are parts of this series that are just too mature for my kids at this age. I accept that, and recognize that . . . → Read More: The Star Wars Conundrum

2011 Movies – The Final Push

Back in May I posted a list of the movies I wanted to see this year. So far I’ve seen 7 out of the 10 I was shooting for, plus caught up on 2 that I had missed once they came out on DVD. Not too bad. I’m pretty sure I’ve reviewed them all on here after seeing them.

There are a few on that list that haven’t come out yet, and there are some . . . → Read More: 2011 Movies – The Final Push

Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

There was a time when I was really into The Planet of the Apes series. I watched all the movies and the TV show, multiple times. I still enjoy the first and last films in the series (I’m pretty sure it was the last film… the one where they come back in time and Ceasar is born).

Now, as may be obvious, I barely remember the titles of the films. But I have fond memories . . . → Read More: Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

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)

Review: Captain America

(Man, I’m actually burning through my movie picks this year. This is awesome – big thank you to my parents for babysitting.)

Tonight my wife and I settled in for the highly anticipated Captain America: The First Avenger – and on opening weekend, no less! The trailers for this movie have looked awesome. Did the movie do as well?

Yes and no. Visually, I really think they nailed it. The costumes, the set designs, . . . → Read More: Review: Captain America

Review Addendum: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, pt 2 – book comparison

No, I haven’t read the entire series in the last 12 hours. I have, however, read an excellent article that explains how much of my disappointment in the finale of the movie is taken care of nicely in the book.

The article describes how Christian themes wound into the book are removed from the movie by comparing the final confrontation across the two mediums. Even if you don’t buy the Christian interpretation (though I have . . . → Read More: Review Addendum: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, pt 2 – book comparison

Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2 (spoilers)

I guess it’s about time I started reading the books.

I have now seen all the movies. I just returned from the final entry.

The final story in a cohesive series bears a huge burden. It must tie together the threads of not only its own story, but of the entire series in a satisfying way. In this case, there have been seven movies leading up to this final showdown. That’s a lot of story . . . → Read More: Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2 (spoilers)

Why isn’t the theater filled?

I went to see X-Men: First Class over the weekend. It was opening weekend for that film. Typically, a big film like that would have a huge audience in their first few days, and I’d be worried about it being sold out by the time I got there. But I was surprised to find that there couldn’t have been more than 30 people at the Saturday evening showing I attended.

I’ve been surprised more than . . . → Read More: Why isn’t the theater filled?