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Why Americans love to shoplift meat. - By Brendan I. Koerner - Slate Magazine Meat is the #1 item shoplifted from grocery stores. That has got to be one of theSwiping a sirloin is certainly stupid

AAA has nothing on these guys

Last week, I took a business trip to Chicago. As I was showering that morning I was thinking about how the day would go, and what I would do toA Short Story

Agassi's final 8 minutes on court Andre Agassi played his last professional match on Sunday, September 3, 2006. Check out the link above if, like me, you were unable to seeAgassi: Goodbye to a legend

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 timePhiladelphia: City of Brotherly Tasering

Somewhere around 35 years ago, I caught my first episode of Doctor Who. I watched a man with a very long scarf run around offering people jelly babies in prettyThe Doctor Is In

New season, new Doctor, new show runner, new companions... lots of change this year. How'd it turn out? (as with the reviews of previous years, I'm going to try toReview: Doctor Who 2010

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 wasLife After the End of the World: My Dad, the Mayans, and Me

Andre Agassi began the end of his professional tennis career tonight with a great match vs. Andrei Pavel. Like many people, I've been watching Andre Agassi for almost his entire career.Agassi's last first round win

Today a guest post I wrote was published on the personal finance blog Gather Little by Little. Thanks to Glblguy for putting it up! I figured a couple people might wanderQuick overview for new visitors

SCI FI Wire | The News Service of the SCI FI Channel As previously reported, Fox and Universal Studios have backed out of their deal to finance Halo. While not ideal,HALO movie - on pause

I just got a comment on an old post here that is obviously from a person desperate to find a close friend. Unfortunately, it seems he forgot his friend's email address,In Search Of.... Mike Mossberg

Apple - Trailers - Spider-Man 3 Oh, man. I can't wait for this. I'm impressed by how many effects shots they already have done, and it's still a year before itSpider-Man 3 Teaser Trailer (w/Superman Returns)

I wanted to follow up on a couple of posts I made (long ago) about web conferencing. Figured it was about time I got back to it. I had the occasionFree web conferencing - ups and downs

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?

Weeping Angels game

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 Hide and Seek when I got an epiphany.

I got over it, but then I remembered that I had had an idea earlier in the week that was applicable to my current situation – and would allow me to avoid stuffing myself poorly and awkwardly into . . . → Read More: Weeping Angels game

The Birth of Gabriel Bright – DC Universe

Out of the ashes of our future destruction, a new hero has been born. Gabriel Bright. Beacon of hope. Defender of justice. Burdened, as are we all, with the knowledge of what is to come – and the responsibility to prevent it.

View now, the future we must change:

So, what you just watched (you did watch it right? I mean seriously, how hard is it to press a simple play button? That’s all . . . → Read More: The Birth of Gabriel Bright – DC Universe

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

Birthday ramblings

Today’s my birthday. Woo hoo! I managed to not die again this year!

(I’m really not sure where I’m going with this post, but I figured I might as well use this occasion to write something. We’ll see if it turns out to be interesting. You’ve been warned.)

My kids came in to wish me happy birthday this morning. That was cool (though I was a little groggy at the time). My oldest was actually . . . → Read More: Birthday ramblings

Jump through classic video games

This is pretty old, but then the subject is even older! It’s a fun look at the (mostly) 80s video games.

How many video games can you identify? There were sadly quite a few I didn’t recognize.

If you want to see some other stuff, check out Grand Master Peter’s Flash movies.

. . . → Read More: Jump through classic video games

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!

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

Am I getting more awesome?

Am I awesome?

Well that’s sort of a silly question. Of course I am. I’m me, after all.

But is it possible that I’m getting more awesome?

I can’t say for sure, but the fact that I’ve joined together with an international cadre of bloggers recognized for their awesomeness can only be a good sign.

So far our awesomeness is primarily self-proclaimed, but we’ve got the title to put us over the top as the . . . → Read More: Am I getting more awesome?

Portal – The Game. Free Download until May 24th (ps: the cake is a lie)

Portal – The Game. Free Download until May 24th. | The #1 bookmarked Freeware site.

I love Portal. I first played it at my brother’s house a few years ago, and was completely into it, until my wife wanted me to do something silly like help with our daughter or go somewhere we’d planned on and were late getting to. It’s not like I’d been ignoring her and everyone else all day or something. It . . . → Read More: Portal – The Game. Free Download until May 24th (ps: the cake is a lie)

The Neo-Luddite Geek Technologist

“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 (or a variation focusing on a different piece of technology) comes up in my life with some regularity. It happened again recently.

It’s true. I don’t have a cell phone.

(Well… technically, there is a cell phone that exists with my name on the account. But my . . . → Read More: The Neo-Luddite Geek Technologist