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I just ran across a blog that offers "Tips for Life". In two articles, they provide perspectives on how to deal with police officers if you are pulled over forHow to deal with Cops

I know you didn't notice, but I did. This site was down for about 20 hours due to a glitch that showed I had overspent my bandwidth allocation. I hadn't,We're back, and better than ever in "We're back, and better than ever!"

My daughters and I are enjoying my new Hadrian's Walk Buff. They love the balaclava mode. I'm partial to the pirate configuration, myself. Unfortunately an eye patch is not included, but evenBuff/Not So Buff

There really isn't much I can say about this... it's one of those painful things that happens at sci-fi conventions. But you gotta see the third act. [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/UkTQwP2gFxU" width="425" height="350"Vader is thrilling

I think it's official: I'm addicted to Kathy Sierra's blog. Yesterday she made a great (if a tad long) summary of some pretty basic points she made earlier in the yearInstructional Design reminders

This time I followed the directions to delete (almost) all the WordPress files on the server before uploading the new versions. That seems to work much better than overwriting them. SoUpgrade successful!

Every once in a while people post interesting stuff on Facebook, instead of just the inane time-sucking games and narcissism that usually goes on there. Speaking of narcissism, here's a pictureFound on Facebook - episode 2

I can't remember precisely the last time somebody took a needle and jammed it into my gums multiple times. I can't remember the date, but I vividly remember the experience.My experience with the "c" word

The Learning Circuits Blog: Scope of Learning Responsibility What is the Scope of our Responsibility as Learning Professionals? That's the question of the month, and it's clarified a bit in theLimits of Responsibility - ASTD's Big Question for March

Superman is back. Lex Luthor is back, too. It's really good. But is it a triumph? First, a little explanation: This movie is a sequel/restart. Back in the seventies and eighties, Christopher Reeve (whoReview: Superman Returns

These are my site hits over the last week. [caption id="attachment_1897" align="aligncenter" width="234" caption="Before and after"][/caption] See if you can figure out when my most popular post ceased showing up on theThe power of Google

Bryce Zabel's FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH: Santa's 2007 Movie Smackdown! Bryce has put together a fun poll on which Christmas/holiday movies make the cut for annual viewing. Which ones can youThe Santa Smackdown!

I can't wait until next Tuesday to share this one. Does anyone else remember this Saturday morning cartoon from the late '80s? The best episode was the cross-over with "Josie and theTubeWatch extra: Watchmen cartoon

What is wrong with parents? Today, my wife and I went to see two vastly different films, Wall-E and The Dark Knight (reviews to follow). In both films, there were familiesKids in the movie theater

The preview makes it look like Roslin is the last Cylon, but is that just trailer-trickery? Get your vote in now, before all is revealed next week! (A few names onBSG: The Last Cylon Revealed!

State of the House Report 2011

So here we are at the end of another year. What did we accomplish?

Well, we aren’t dead. So we got that going for us. Which is nice.

To be sure, stuff has happened… people got sick, people got better. Some are still sick and are being treated. Birthdays were had. Gifts were exchanged. Progress was made in education. Friends were made.

Here’s what I remember: we went roller skating yesterday – the whole family. . . . → Read More: State of the House Report 2011

Review: New Years Eve triple feature

In my last post I asked for some help coming up with films for my annual New Years Eve triple feature. I got some great responses (though very few actually on the blog, which I find kind of funny).

There was jockying and substitution all the way to the moment I paid the rental fee, but we ended up with the following list:

District 9 Knight and Day Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of . . . → Read More: Review: New Years Eve triple feature

New Year’s Eve triple feature

My wife and I have a tradition of watching movies on New Year’s Eve. We try to do three in a row. It’s ambitious for a couple with two kids, but so far I think we’ve done it every year. Our kids aren’t old enough to stay up for the ball drop, so we can get started by 9pm usually.

We have some rules about the movies we choose. The following elements must be included:

. . . → Read More: New Year’s Eve triple feature

Mundane New Year’s Eve

Well, another year has come and gone. In just a few hours it’ll be 2009. Lots of people all around the planet are gearing up for some serious, I-can’t-remember-what-I-did-last-night celebrations. Others are having a simpler party with friends at their house. Still others are just settling in at home for a night focused on the ball drop, excitement, and reflection.

My wife and I are going to put the kids to bed at their normal . . . → Read More: Mundane New Year’s Eve