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[caption id="attachment_638" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The Dark Knight"][/caption] Christopher Nolan, director of The Dark Knight, has stated that he's in no hurry to make the second sequel to Batman Begins. He hasDark Knight takes it slow, plus Robot Chicken and Terminator

The MASIE Center - Learning Lab & ThinkTank - PodCasting for Learning Call I'm listening right now to this podcast. It's got a slow start, but there are some good ideasPodcasting for learning Podcast

I am receiving something via FedEx today. I just found this in the tracking log. 551 miles in 5 minutes! I don't know of any other method of transportation that isFedEx - Fastest trucks on the planet!

Free business cards! That's pretty cool. Via the excellent Parent Hacks site (see below) I've now found two online printing companies that will print business cards for free. You have"Free" business cards

That's not a euphemism. I actually felt the earth move last night. We had an 3.4 earthquake at midnight last night, with an epicenter about 5 miles from my house.I feel the earth move under my feet...

I don't talk much about the technical side of having a blog, but though it might look technical, this is really about the business side of blogging. One of the thingsSo long, BlogGlue

My second guest shot on the Midnight Movie Club was posted this week, reviewing the film "Return To Me" (with a stellar cast led by David Duchovny and Minnie DriverReturn to MidMo and other short subjects

I've realized something about myself. I hate changing state. That's at the core of my being. I don't like the act of changing my current condition. It almost doesn't matterChanges of state

I don't follow football. At all. Never have. Most of the time I'm surprised to learn that the Super Bowl is on. I used to appreciate the commercials and watched mostlyWhy I loved last night's Super Bowl

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 outMovie Theater vs. Home Theater (part 2)

The YouTube Weird Al list Weird Al Yankovic is the undisputed king of music parody. People have said his career is dead about a year after almost every album he putWeird Al Tube

SimpleTags - A WordPress Plugin for Technorati Tags Found a [tag]plug-in[/tag] for [tag]WordPress[/tag] that makes it dead easy to create [tag]Technorati tags[/tag]. Easy enough that I may actually do it! AndAdding Technorati Tags to posts

To continue in the vein of dissatisfaction with training, let's take a look at the experience this high school student in Singapore is having with e-Learning (found via Corporate eLearningWhere are the humans?

The full trailer for Doctor Who's sixth season is out. Watch it: This bit did it for me: Off-screen, scary sounding alien: Fear me. I've killed hundreds of Time Lords. The Doctor (notTwo lines, and I'm sold

Chain Factor Okay, this is the most addicting waste of time I've come across in quite a while. So far my high score is just short of 170,000. Waaaaaay too muchAs addicting as chain smoking...

Star Wars… they did it again!

Well, the 15,000th version of Star Wars is coming out on Blu-ray soon.

I’ll give Lucas a lot of credit. The man is a genius at marketing. He must have a huge storehouse of stuff that he can release for each new version of the movies he puts out.

This time the thing that is getting me to consider buying the Blu-ray is this deleted scenes trailer:

I foolishly thought that the DVD releases . . . → Read More: Star Wars… they did it again!

Valentines Day!

Generally speaking, women are nuts for Valentines Day. Generally speaking, men don’t get it. We participate, frequently against our will, but we don’t really get it.

Why is there a specific day when everyone in the world is supposed to buy flowers/chocolate/some other extravagant gift for women? Do they deserve these things? Absolutely. Women (just like men) deserve to feel special and wanted. But why turn it into a commercial event?

That question answers itself, . . . → Read More: Valentines Day!

“Free Pizza!!” or “How to completely bungle a marketing campaign”

A couple of days ago I received a coupon in my email for a free pizza from a local pizzeria. It was a one day deal – a free medium pizza on July 8th only. Not being one to turn down free food, especially food filled with grease and cheese, my interest was piqued. I closely examined the coupon for any hints of a catch, and found that there were no qualifications. Just show up, . . . → Read More: “Free Pizza!!” or “How to completely bungle a marketing campaign”

Slow economy affects European fascist marketing

Obviously the European fascists are being hurt by the global economic problems. In an effort save money, they’ve apparently let their entire marketing department go. While I applaud their frugality, I think their message has suffered a bit. I’ve just received this email from Burley, whom I assume is the sole survivor of their marketing holocaust extermination cuts downsizing:

We are european fascists ! Fight for racial purity ! Our time begins! We are strong . . . → Read More: Slow economy affects European fascist marketing

New Tron Trailer

Everything old is new again.

In anticipation of Tron: Legacy, a fan created this new trailer for the original Tron (1982), with a more modern look and feel. He did a fantastic job. Really great.

He said:

Wanted to make a exciting trailer with a modern feel as oppose to its original marketing in the 80s. I hope people will give this movie a try before they see Tron Legacy. Sure its dated but . . . → Read More: New Tron Trailer

Grab your Hardy Boys lunch box – here come the ’70s

15 Minute Lunch: Strap in, shut up and hold on. We’re going back. It’s almost shocking anyone survived the 1970s. There should have been some kind of ritual suicide for looking like this.

Sadly, I think I owned that entire outfit. And wore it. MOM, What was wrong with you?!

This next one… I couldn’t come up with anything better than the description on the original site…

This kid looks like he’s . . . → Read More: Grab your Hardy Boys lunch box – here come the ’70s

Heroes Viral Marketing

Hana Gittleman’s “covert” site

This site gives you the chance to join in on the Heroes storyline and become a part of the story. There are links to other websites from the world of the show as well, complete with hidden passwords and dossiers. Fun stuff.

[tags]Heroes, Wireless, HRG, sci-fi, tv, viral marketing[/tags]

The disfiguration of beauty

Dove

I’m probably way behind the times on pointing this out, but I just found this link and needed to post it.

It’s a one-minute movie showing the [tag]transformation[/tag] of a model from pre-make-up to head-shot-on-a-billboard, and is the best example I’ve seen of displaying how distorted our view of [tag]beauty[/tag] (and reality) have become. The resemblance of the finished product (and I use that term purposefully) to the real woman is almost unrecognizable.

It . . . → Read More: The disfiguration of beauty