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[caption id="attachment_1036" align="alignright" width="285" caption="Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"][/caption] I haven't read the books. In general I've tried to avoid reviews and other spoilers for the film (though I didReview: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

This is pretty funny if you've ever been addicted to Tetris. Mike, you should enjoy this. It doesn't really get funny until about the 1:00 mark, though. [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/SYRLTF71Sow" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] [tags]YouTube,Tetris humor

I don't know about the girls out there, but I know every teenage boy has wondered what it would be like to have super-powers. What would you really do with them?Review: Chronicle (2012)

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

Lots of series finales showed up this year. Some of them were only supposed to be season finales, but the shows were cancelled. Most of the time, they didn't knowSuper-Review: Cancelled shows

So we've got a new look here at the old blog. Not too drastic, but updated. I'm not finished tinkering, so things might change again soon. See if you canCh-ch-ch-ch-changes...

This wasn't nearly as bad as the box office, and critics, led me to believe. Was it as good as "The Mask of Zorro"? No. Not really. But it was aReview: The Legend of Zorro

Okay, that's a bit extreme, but sometimes it felt like Comcast stole my vacation, at least. This is also the story of my absence from this blog over the lastThe year Comcast stole Christmas

The Podcast Challenge Michael Allen is a very smart guy, and a leader in the world of e-learning. He knows the world of training and has spent a lot of timeMichael Allen's Podcast Challenge

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)The gift of music

I Googled my head off for help with this last night and couldn't come up with anything, so I thought I'd put this out there for those of you whoFixing published audio problems in Captivate 2

Narnia Sequel In the Works - Slice of SciFi Looks like the next movie in the series will be Prince Caspian (which, interestingly, is not the second book in the series). AndrewNarnia Sequel In the Works - Slice of SciFi

Taken from the Nov 30, 2007 edition of Mikey's Funnies WORST ANALOGIES...EVER Part 2 ~ The brick wall was the color of a brick-red Crayola crayon. ~ I felt a nameless dread. Well, thereThis post is like a bunch of words on a piece of paper, except it's electronic

Looks like I am officially blogging. I am too cool for words. (Ironic, isn't it.)Check it out...

Slice of Scifi - Science Fiction TV & Movie News, Interviews & more » “The Dead Zone” Breaking News According to the shows creator/producer, Shawn Piller, the season starting next SundayThe Dead Zone: Back from the dead

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

Poker night!

So this past weekend I got together with my brother and a bunch of college friends for a night of poker in Philadelphia. It was the first time this group had been together in 4 years. I can’t speak for everybody else, but I had a great time (though I think everybody else did). Four of the six of us were the group gathered for my best gaming experience ever years ago. Two of . . . → Read More: Poker night!

Shocking news! Distraction causes lack of focus!

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 with 20% lower grades.

As stated on MSNBC:

The psychologist said the study wasn’t about whether Facebook’s good or bad, but goes more to the stereotype that younger people are fluid multi-taskers —sending text message, listening to music, reading a book, all at the same time, . . . → Read More: Shocking news! Distraction causes lack of focus!

The myth of the solitary gamer

Over on The COA we’ve been talking about gaming experiences. To us geeks, that typically means video games, in case there’s any confusion. Though this wasn’t planned, throughout the articles and comments there has been a thread about the social aspect of gaming, and a sense that the rest of the world sees gaming geeks as hunkered down in their parent’s basements eating Cheetos with only their computer for company.

Sure, there are times when . . . → Read More: The myth of the solitary gamer

ESPN goes for the heart – Tuesday TubeWatch

This thing has “inspiring Disney movie” written all over it.

Two guys grow up in Cleveland with disabilities, both physical and environmental, join the wrestling team, and become inseparable friends. There’s even a Hollywood ending. The friend who introduced this to me said, “I dare you not to get choked up.” I almost made it.

There’s a little more in the related article (which, to me, was slightly more affecting).

I said it was . . . → Read More: ESPN goes for the heart – Tuesday TubeWatch

When you’re being an idiot…

…it helps to have good friends to let you know.

Earlier today I was sitting at my work computer doing a seemingly endless series of mind-numbingly boring, repetitive tasks. I was annoyed that I couldn’t figure out a better way to do them, I was annoyed that the system wasn’t flexible, and I was annoyed that I even had these tasks to begin with. Both hands were bothering me a bit as a warning to . . . → Read More: When you’re being an idiot…

Facebook points to the past, and I consider the future

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve recently reconnected with a lot of friends from my high school youth group through the wonders of Facebook. It’s been a lot of fun. There are now over 40 of us, and over 150 pictures, many of which are proof that the 80’s should never return.

But all of those pictures are of teenagers having fun – even the couple that show us in serious mode in . . . → Read More: Facebook points to the past, and I consider the future

I have a problem with Facebook, and it’s Walt’s fault

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 networking tools could be used within a corporation as a learning and collaboration tool. I understood the theory, but I wanted to see how well it was implemented. Could I really figure out some way to bend it to fit our corporate environment? The answer, I . . . → Read More: I have a problem with Facebook, and it’s Walt’s fault