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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, plus2011 Movies - The Final Push

10 Simple Changes That Save Gas | The Wisdom Journal All 10 of these tips are good, and relatively easy to accomplish. Here are first five, with my own thoughts. ForHow to spend less on gas

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)Who do you serve, and who do you trust?

So, today's my birthday. 40th, if you're wondering. I'm feeling slightly more like looking back and seeing how things have gone to this point than I have for previous birthdays,Birthday pimpin'

Stardust looked great from the trailers. Some really big names added to the attraction (Claire Danes, Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfieffer, Peter O'Toole, Ricky Gervais). Neil Gaiman as the writer ofReview: Stardust

Argh. Well, I finally upgraded WordPress to 2.3.3. I’d been putting it off because I was afraid it would break things. It ended up being worse than I thought. I’m still findingUpgrading broke half my stuff!

The Last Airbender's current ranking on RottenTomatoes.com? 6% Six percent. In other words, atrocious. Worse than 94% of all movies rated. Horrible. A steaming pile of excrement. Your mother would slapReview: The Last Airbender

I've been holding off on posting my thoughts until I felt I had a real grasp for quality of the show. Well, I can now say that I firmly believeReview: Heroes Ep 1-3

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

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

Unions had their day. They were a good idea when the worker was truly being exploited. These days, there are still areas where a union is probably useful, but forWhy I hate unions

Smallville's a repeat tonight after the mid-season cliffhanger two weeks ago. Not sure where the plot is going? Come on... Chloe is still possessed by Brainiac, Doomsday is a ravingSmallville fix

The Players: Dad - in the upstairs office, working Mom - ...indisposed 3-year old, aka "Little Mommy" - playing in playroom 2-year old, aka "Stinky" - playing in playroom So I'm sitting in my office,Little Mommy drops the... um... ball

In the 7 day challenge, today’s topic is: Embed a legal youtube clip that I either found today or created myself. Then tell everyone about the clip and related information. I consideredTelling Time - 7 day challenge

I had the opportunity to visit the blog connected to Oprah's "A New Earth" course on Eckhart Tolle's book. I've been looking at this training experience over the last fewOprah's Online Training - Part 3: The blog

How to make $490

Yeah, I got this from a chain mail, but it’s the first one to make me laugh out loud in a few years, so here you go…

 

A Lawyer and a senior citizen are sitting next to each other on a long flight.

 

The lawyer is thinking that seniors are so dumb that he could get one over on them easily.

 

So, the lawyer asks if the senior would like to play . . . → Read More: How to make $490

Celebrity Toddlers & Tiaras

I despise the entire idea of Toddlers & Tiaras. This, however, I can totally get behind…

Awesome.

How many plugs for Tom Hanks’ roles can you spot?

Here are the ones I caught (most were pretty obvious):

Bosom Buddies (Bosom Baby t-shirt) Turner & Hooch (“Don’t be a Hooch”) Big Forrest Gump Saving Private Ryan (“Earn it!”) Apollo 13

I love the spray bottle.

Tom Hanks continues to impress.

. . . → Read More: Celebrity Toddlers & Tiaras

Our kids adore us

For those who are unaware, I have 2 daughters, ages 6 and almost-5 (4 and 11/12ths, she tells us repeatedly). Being the perfect, completely respectful children that they are, we never have to discipline them or anything. The love just oozes out the walls in this house.

Yep.

I’m starting to wonder if there is some sublimation going on, though. Little things are leaking out. They sound completely innocent in delivery, but when you sit . . . → Read More: Our kids adore us

Found on Facebook

Facebook is a place where absolutely nothing of importance happens. But you do get to see some funny, or at least interesting, posts from time to time. Here are some of the better ones I’ve seen recently:

(That was actually from fellow Coalition of Awesomeness member Dan’s blog, but I saw it through a post on Facebook, so it counts.)

OK GO has some great videos. Easily some of the most inventive . . . → Read More: Found on Facebook

Percussionists: Object lesson for today

Today we’re having an installation of “What to do, What not to do” for percussionists.

What to do

Back in college I had the privilege of seeing a percussion group called Nexus perform. It was one of two moments in those years that I just had this goofy grin stuck on my face because the awesomeness just blew me away (the other was when the drummer from the Navy Jazz Band did his drum solo… . . . → Read More: Percussionists: Object lesson for today

Spider-man dances (and so does The Flash)

No one has written a super-hero theme song yet that beats the one from the 60s Spider-man cartoon. Don’t get me wrong, there have been some great themes written, but Spider-man’s is the swinging-est.

Over the years, a few versions have been recorded, but this is probably my favorite update. And the dancing is actually pretty cool, too. I think these guys do a great job.

Then there’s this… yeah, the dancing sucks, but . . . → Read More: Spider-man dances (and so does The Flash)

Philadelphia: City of Brotherly Tasering

I absolutely LOVE this story.

On Monday night, a fan at a Phillies game ran onto the field during the game. Not an unheard of event. This is the first time for this outcome, however…

The fan, wearing a baseball cap, red T-shirt and khaki shorts, hopped a fence and scurried around the outfield, eluding two security officers in the bottom of the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals. One officer used a Taser . . . → Read More: Philadelphia: City of Brotherly Tasering

Semicolons: the only grammar related poster I’ve ever been tempted to buy

Okay, that may very well be the longest title I’ve ever written on this blog. New milestone! Woo hoo!

The Oatmeal, while not very old, has become an insanely popular site, and with good reason. It’s really funny.

I first saw it when I got a link on Facebook to How addicted to Facebook are you? and then How Long Could You Survive Chained to a Bunkbed with a Velociraptor?

Since then I’ve been pointed . . . → Read More: Semicolons: the only grammar related poster I’ve ever been tempted to buy

Stating the obvious: women can’t park

I know I’m going to get some hate mail, or at least some dirty looks, for putting this out there, but I’m just the messenger. Reality is what reality is.

Women worse at parking than men, study shows

Women are slower and less accurate at parking than men, according to a scientific study that confirms the suspicions of many male motorists.

Female drivers take an average of 20 seconds longer to park their cars but . . . → Read More: Stating the obvious: women can’t park

Better late than never (maybe): Tuesday TubeWatch

Okay, yeah, the day’s almost over, but you know how it is… things got away from me. The dog ate my homework. And then he did this:

So there you have it. Not just a dog on a skateboard… a dog purposefully riding a skateboard. There’s something very calming about that video.

Yeah, it’s been around a long time, but if you haven’t seen it before, it’s new to you…

. . . → Read More: Better late than never (maybe): Tuesday TubeWatch