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Okay, the term "Web 2.0" is utterly useless, but you gotta admit, there's some cool stuff out there. Instead of listing all the cool apps that will make your life wonderful,Web 2.0 applications / free conferencing

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. WomenStating the obvious: women can't park

I've been quiet on here for a couple weeks due to some time pressures. Lots to do during the lead-up to Christmas, as I'm sure you can all understand. IWhat I've been thinking

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

One of the things that surprised me most about Dr. Horrible was the quality of the music. I knew Joss Whedon had written a musical episode of Buffy The VampireHorrible music is really pretty good

Best silent movie EVER!

This is just a list of things I saw today that you need to see. Doctor Horrible, Act 1, the 8-bit Nintendo version: Mail truck converted into a Colonial Viper (original BattlestarStuff you just need to see

Save Journeyman Streaming - Slice of SciFi All over the country, fans of this much loved, highly praised show will be streaming Journeyman’s first episode from the official NBC website. YouSave Journeyman! Stream at 10pm!

Ohio Board Undoes Stand on Evolution - New York Times (free subscription required) The Ohio Board of Education voted 11 to 4 Tuesday to toss out a mandate that 10th-grade biologyOhio Board Tells Students, "Thinking Isn't Important"

Quick rant here... I'm currently pretty steamed at our medical benefits provider. We're in our Annual Enrollment period right now. Only 3 days left to decide which of 3 options isQuality Control Rant

You know, I was going to write a whole post about the specifics of stuff I loved about The Avengers. You've already seen my spoiler-free gushing (assuming you have doneThe Avengers (2012) with spoilers, and new things on the internet

As I off-handedly mentioned, I went paintballing on Saturday. This was a group outing with a bunch of men and teens from our church. It was also the first timeBattle wounds

I spent this weekend in a house owned by my family in the mountains. We do this a few times a year. My father's family had been coming to thisThe day I was chased by a tree - a lesson viscerally learned

We've got a firm street date for the new Babylon 5 movie! In fact, you can start ordering now!! As a reminder, here's the early description from JMS, as I reportedBabylon 5: The Lost Tales pre-ordering

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

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

Review: Brave

Pixar has an amazing track record with its movies. The quality of animation is superb and their attention to story is a cut (or two) above most studios. Their worst “failures” are still better than most movies out there. I’d put Cars (both 1 and 2) at the bottom of their list, and I still had a good time watching them. At their best, they blow me away. Toy Story, The Incredibles, Monsters Inc. – . . . → Read More: Review: Brave

March out

March was a weird month. I actually got outside and did exercise. That’s how weird it was.

Doesn’t sound weird to you? Talk to my doctor. (Actually, if you do talk to my doctor, you probably won’t find out anything. He’s pretty HIPAA compliant. So… just go with it.)

The weather, for those of you who just woke up from a coma, has been unusually warm. We actually got into the 80s a couple of . . . → Read More: March out

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

Telling Time – 7 day challenge

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 considered a bunch of different options for today’s post. One was a video of some birds eating berries in the snow in my backyard, but they flew away by the time I got the camera. Probably for the best, though. It would have looked . . . → Read More: Telling Time – 7 day challenge

Best conversation I’ve ever had with my kids

For simplicity’s sake, I’m combining the statements of both daughters (currently 4 and 3).

Kids: I don’t like much boys. Me: Why don’t you like boys? Kids: I don’t know. Me: Oh. Kids: You’re a boy! We love you! We don’t like any other boys except we love you.

And that’s the way it better stay for at least 15 years.

Randy Pausch passes on

Back in January I wrote a bit about Randy Pausch’s “Last Lecture”:

Everything about this recording is interesting to me:

From a technology standpoint, what he has achieved and set in motion From a teaching standpoint, how he delivered the lecture – the design, “tech elements”, and presentation style From an emotional standpoint, how he pulls it together in the end. Absolutely perfect. From a personal standpoint, how he comes across as completely genuine and . . . → Read More: Randy Pausch passes on

Alice: Through the Monitor (or Creating new worlds for Novices)

Through watching the Randy Pausch lecture (mentioned in my previous post) I discovered a great free tool for learning how to program, called Alice. What’s different about Alice is that it lets students learn the basics of object-oriented programming while avoiding a lot of the frustrations that normally come from this kind of exploration. It also makes it very easy to create working 3-D virtual worlds (it was originally conceived as a rapid prototyping tool . . . → Read More: Alice: Through the Monitor (or Creating new worlds for Novices)