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Wired News: Orson Scott Card Builds an Empire The above link is an interview with multi-award winning [tag]science-fiction[/tag] author [tag]Orson Scott Card[/tag] on plans for his Empire franchise. [tag]Empire[/tag] was conceivedThe Multi-media Empire of Orson Scott Card (or How To Save the Video Game Industry)

For the first time ever, this blog is involved in a contest. This isn't like a "who's got the best blog" kind of thing, but one that gives you theWill you win?

As I mentioned in my last post, I've recently reconnected with a lot of friends from my high school youth group through the wonders of Facebook. It's been a lotFacebook points to the past, and I consider the future

Slice of Scifi - Science Fiction TV & Movie News, Interviews & more » There’s No Place Like Home Photo showing Earth (in the box) from Saturn, taken by the Cassini-HuygensWe are insignificant

Parkin's Lot: Stupid in America Godfrey Parkin takes the notion (supported by a study) that America's public schools, on average, produce substandard education, and applies it to corporate environments. As he says,America's schools ineffective? Challenges for corporate learning

We're heading back toward another season of Doctor Who! Matt Smith will reprise his role as The Doctor starting on Easter weekend (April 23rd). Also returning are companions (and newlyweds)Doctor, Doctor, gimme the news...

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

In Minority Report, Tom Cruise's character was able to interact with a very cool looking computer desktop that he could manipulate with special gloves just by waving his hands around. [captionTuesday TubeWatch: Minority Report to Sixth Sense to PHUD - Interface Advancement and Integration

Set in the 12th century Crusades and the defense of Jerusalem, this movie should have been one I loved. The crew took pains to ensure an accurate portrayal of theReview: Kingdom of Heaven

Smallville will be back for an eighth season next year! But without Lex, and without Lana. Michael Rosenbaum and Kristen Kreuk are calling it quits after this year. Apparently they'reSmallville, Dr. Who, and Torchwood facts and rumors

*BREAKING STORY* — Singer Out of Next Superman - Slice of SciFi I know Bryan Singer didn't make "Superman Returns" exactly the way a lot of people wanted, but it was*BREAKING STORY* — Singer Out of Next Superman - Slice of SciFi

[caption id="attachment_1690" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Salt Lake City - distant storm at dusk (click for bigger view)"][/caption] Last week I went on my first trip to Salt Lake City, Utah. I willMy Utah trip, or how I could have died at 6400 feet

GateWorld - SCI FI confirms Atlantis cancellation, TV movie Stargate: Atlantis has been cancelled. The show will run through its 100th episode in January 2009 and end on a cliffhanger, whichStargate to die a slow, painful death

Thor. So... Thor. Let me tell you... my back was so Thor after I spent all that time sitting in the theater. Thank you! Tip your waiters! Okay, seriously. I saw Thor tonight. AndReview: Thor

... and then nothing but disappointment. That pretty much describes this podcast. Really there is some interesting stuff discussed somewhere in there, but to get to it, you have toGrand opening...

Saving money thru the power of cluelessness

Earlier this year I had the windows in my house replaced. This cost more money than I had on hand, so I took the loan offered through the company who sold me the windows. Aside from an 11% interest rate, there were terms that would give me time to get a better loan at a lower rate, at which point I was going to pay off the original loan.

So, life happened and time went . . . → Read More: Saving money thru the power of cluelessness

Tuesday TubeWatch: You are being taxed to watch this

(Well, I assume that the cost of internet access is taxed everywhere, but maybe not. If you don’t get taxed for that… congratulations.)

I was doing my taxes this weekend, so I figured now was as good a time as any for a tax related post. So here you go… a song about taxes. Enjoy.

And ’cause I’m generous, here’s a bonus song! (I know, I know… I’m a giver, what can I say?)

. . . → Read More: Tuesday TubeWatch: You are being taxed to watch this

Does steak cost less delivered in bulk?

Earlier this week, Gather Little by Little ran an article about Omaha Steaks, and how expensive it was in comparison to the grocery store. His calculations had the meat coming in at anywhere from $38-44 per pound. Even for good steak, that’s pretty expensive.

Coincidentally, I purchased bulk steak from a competitor of Omaha, US Beef, a little more than a week earlier. This was a door-to-door sale—something I usually am able to turn away. . . . → Read More: Does steak cost less delivered in bulk?

Three years of yammering on…

Three years ago today, at 11:48pm, I wrote these amazingly insightful words:

Check it out…

Friday, December 9th, 2005

Looks like I am officially blogging. I am too cool for words. (Ironic, isn’t it.)

Thusly did this, my first blogging experience, begin. Pretty sad, really, but there you have it. Now here we are, three years and over 400 posts later, and I figure it’s about time I looked back to see if I’ve ever . . . → Read More: Three years of yammering on…

Personal Finance advice from “Dilbert”

Vanguard − The “Dilbert” guide to personal finance

This list from Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, is about 2 years old, but I just saw it for the first time, and I think it’s an excellent distillation of the basics of personal finance. It really focuses in on exactly what I’ve been reading about in the couple of years that I’ve been getting more serious about personal finance.

Everything you need to know about . . . → Read More: Personal Finance advice from “Dilbert”

Saving 12% in interest in 10 minutes

I just saved myself 12% in interest fees in a 10 minute conversation.

I’ve been working in earnest to get myself out of credit card debt for a few years now. Back when the economy was doing a bit better, I found a great deal with CitiCard to pay 3.99% on my balance transfer per month for the life of the balance. Naturally, I put as much of my existing debt on that card as . . . → Read More: Saving 12% in interest in 10 minutes

How to spend less on gas

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. For the rest, and the original commentary, click through the link above:

Make as many right turns as possible. UPS and FedEx both think it’s important. Look into it. (Hint: less time sitting idle.) Smooth rides. Don’t floor it ’till you brake it. Smoothly accelerate . . . → Read More: How to spend less on gas

What I’m going to do with my summer

Lots of movies are coming out this year that I would love to see in a theater, rather than waiting for DVD.

Here’s the list, in order of release, with release date. Boldface indicates movies I will not miss in the theaters – the others I will be disappointed if I have to miss for one reason or another:

Iron Man – May 2 Speed Racer – May 9 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian . . . → Read More: What I’m going to do with my summer

My economic stimulus rebate is going to…

How should I spend my economic stimulus rebate?

Over at Gather Little by Little (link above), Glblguy reviews his decision with his wife about what to do with his economic stimulus rebate. All of us (in the US, anyway) have the same decision to make. There are, as he points out, about 4 options:

Pay off debt Buy stuff Save/invest it Go on a trip/vacation

What do I want to do with it? Buy stuff. . . . → Read More: My economic stimulus rebate is going to…

Outsourcing your life, and the 4 hour work week

Uncommon Lifestyles and the Truth About the 4-Hour Workweek: An Interview with Tim Ferriss ∞ Get Rich Slowly

This article spurred a long night of reading about virtual personal assistants and other ways of “lightening the load” of some of the tasks we all have to do in our lives. I like the concepts. There are some things I can probably do that would help me make the most of my time. In fact, I . . . → Read More: Outsourcing your life, and the 4 hour work week