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John Williams is probably the most well known film composer in history. He owes much of that success to the Star Wars series, but Jaws, Superman, Close Encounters of thePre-prequel-era Star Wars music tribute

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 aBest conversation I've ever had with my kids

This is quite simply one of the best Star Wars trailers I've seen. The problem is that it's the cinematics associated with the game, and no in-game footage, so the actualIf only the Star Wars films were like this...

I joined Facebook almost a year ago, if I remember correctly. I joined as an exercise for work. I was hearing a lot about how Facebook and similar social networkingI have a problem with Facebook, and it's Walt's fault

Were you paying attention in those psychology classes? Do you remember the experiments where a rat was trained to press a lever to get food? It's amazing how relevant experiments on ratsGrilled cheese and the science of successive approximation

In light of my most recent post, and the fact that I'm putting the Polls back in the right sidebar, I thought I'd open up a new poll question... [poll id="10"] I'mBest X-Men movie?

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 lookingGrab your Hardy Boys lunch box - here come the '70s

The truth, it is said, is a three-edged sword: your side, their side, and reality - and it cuts in all directions. Lately the education system is in the news aEverybody's right, everybody's wrong

Well, here we are with more sci-fi news. This time it'll be a mix of things old and new. Strap on your propeller hat and hang on, 'cause here weSci-fi rumors and news catch up

Dustin Hoffman plays a down-on-his-luck anti-hero who reluctantly saves 54 people from a plane crash, including a news reporter (Geena Davis) whose purse he steals in the process of savingReview: Hero

Okay, I've been remiss in getting the Doctor Who news out lately. 'Cause I know you all depend on me alone to let you know what's going on with thatDoctor Who/Torchwood news

I just found an interesting review of estimation strategies for creating e-Learning courses. Pete Blair has graciously posted a few free resources that could come in handy, one of which isCourse development estimation

FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH: Famous Last Words I've seen this referenced many times since it was first released, but I never watched it until recently, figuring it would be depressing (plusHow to leave a lasting legacy

What’s the Difference Between Learning and Training? Don't worry. I'm not going off on another long post about this. I'm really just linking in here because it validates that I'm notWhat’s the Difference Between Learning and Training?

Jason Bourne is at it again. Chasing down his past and removing people who get in his way with some amazing hand-to-hand take downs. The Bourne Ultimatum picks up right whereReview: The Bourne Ultimatum

Best X-Men movie?

In light of my most recent post, and the fact that I’m putting the Polls back in the right sidebar, I thought I’d open up a new poll question…

What’s the best X-Men movie?

X-Men X-Men: United (X2) X-Men: The Last Stand X-Men Origins: Wolverine X-Men: First Class

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I’m still going with the original X-Men. I think it showed the teamwork aspect better than the others, though really X2 and First Class are really close for me.

Feel free to discuss your reasons in the comments.

How geeky are you, really? – 7 day challenge

In the 7 day challenge, today’s topic is: Answer one question I think people visiting my blog may have.

Let’s be honest: I have no idea what question you guys/gals may have. Y’all need to speak up more for me to discern that.

So that leaves me with a choice – I can come up with some completely self-serving question like “what’s the best post you’ve written?” or I can make up something that allows . . . → Read More: How geeky are you, really? – 7 day challenge

Buff/Not So Buff

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 even so I think it makes me measurably cooler to be around.

My wife, however, falls into fits of barely controlled chuckling whenever she sees me in it. Something is going to have to give. I leave it to you, the good people of . . . → Read More: Buff/Not So Buff

Geeknerddorkdweeb

Where do you fit?

Do you hit the tri-fecta?

Come on, if you read this blog it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that you’re at least a geek. You may be in the nerd category. One or two of you could be dorks. I’m not sure if we have any dweebs here, but I won’t rule it out.

It’s time to self-identify, people. Out yourselves.

I’ll start: I’m putting myself right at the border . . . → Read More: Geeknerddorkdweeb

Movies 2010 – must see or must miss?

It looks like we’re headed into another year of big movies. I’m getting all fan-boy giddy just thinking about what’s coming.

On the heels of Avatar, though, it seems like every big movie is being filmed in 3-D. While I’m okay with that, it means two things: feeling a little weird wearing those glasses, and higher ticket prices. Just going to a 2-D movie is more than I want to pay for movies these days. . . . → Read More: Movies 2010 – must see or must miss?

Battlestar blitz – be prepared

Battlestar Galactica is returning for the second half of its fourth and final season tonight (NOTE for those recording… the first new episode is extended and will go about 4 minutes over the hour). Just 10 episodes stand between us and the final fate of Humans and Cylons—even fewer than that before we find out the identity of the fifth Cylon. If you’ve forgotten what’s happened to this point (or for some crazy reason you’re . . . → Read More: Battlestar blitz – be prepared

BSG: The Last Cylon… not so revealed

Cheap trick. No, not the band. Seems like Deanna has the same sense of humor as Brother Cavel.

But… we get another week of voting in, and everybody’s back in play! Pick your pony!

Who is the fifth Cylon?

Kara Thrace (Starbuck) (17%, 15 Votes) Anastasia “Dee” Dualla (17%, 15 Votes) Lee Adama (Apollo) (14%, 12 Votes) Felix Gaeta (9%, 8 Votes) President Laura Roslin (8%, 7 Votes) Karl Agathon (Helo) (6%, 5 Votes)
Dr. Gaius Baltar (6%, 5 Votes)
Admiral Bill Adama (6%, 5 Votes)
Vice President Tom Zarek (5%, 4 Votes)
Callie Tyrol (5%, 4 Votes)
Starbuck’s New Viper (3%, 3 Votes)
Doc Cottle (2%, 2 Votes)
“Baltar’s Lawyer” (name escapes me) (2%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 87

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BSG: The Last Cylon Revealed!

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 on here are pretty much out of the running now… this is an old poll with Agathon newly added as a possibility.)

Who is the fifth Cylon?

Kara Thrace (Starbuck) (17%, 15 Votes) Anastasia “Dee” Dualla (17%, 15 Votes) Lee Adama (Apollo) (14%, 12 Votes)
Felix Gaeta (9%, 8 Votes)
President Laura Roslin (8%, 7 Votes)
Karl Agathon (Helo) (6%, 5 Votes)
Dr. Gaius Baltar (6%, 5 Votes)
Admiral Bill Adama (6%, 5 Votes)
Vice President Tom Zarek (5%, 4 Votes)
Callie Tyrol (5%, 4 Votes)
Starbuck’s New Viper (3%, 3 Votes)
Doc Cottle (2%, 2 Votes)
“Baltar’s Lawyer” (name escapes me) (2%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 87

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Don’t forget to tune in to Battlestar Galactica on Friday night (as if I have to remind you).

New poll on Feed Readers

I’m curious what you all use for your RSS feed readers. How do you keep track of the blogs you read?

If you choose “Other” leave a comment below and let me know what you use. I’ll add it to the poll.

Buff? Not Buff? (see more)

You rock the Buff. The wife’s chuckling stops now or she goes. Step away from the Buff. The wife’s chuckling is the best reaction you can hope to get.
Can’t we all just get along?

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Poll: The Fifth Cylon

Well, we finally got 10 votes on the first poll, and after a close race between “Good” and “For the sake of Humanity, make it stop!” it looks like the blog is going to stick around for a while.

So now I’m giving you Battlestar Galactica fans a chance to make your opinion part of public record. Four of the “final five” Cylons were revealed in the third season finale. Who do you think is . . . → Read More: Poll: The Fifth Cylon