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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

At a recent Rangers game, a couple was caught on film denying a game ball to a crying toddler, and they have been put through the social media ringer over"Stolen" baseballs

There are a lot of challenges that instructional designers and trainers face in developing and delivering courses in a corporate environment. For instance, usually there is barely time to getChallenge students?! Are you crazy?!

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

... you're probably not alone. But it's really good! I love hearing songs performed in an unexpected way, especially when it doesn't diminish the song. Parodies are one thing, butIf you've never heard Bach on a mandolin... - Tuesday TubeWatch

FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH | Bryce Zabel: Superman Returns (2006) vs Superman: The Movie (1978) Here's a great review of Superman Returns in comparison with the original Superman movie (I loveBryce Zabel's Superman Smackdown

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development: Its a Big @$$ table - hilarious video I love this. Great Microsoft parody. [tags]microsoft, touch screen, youtube, big ass table[/tags]Cool, new, sleek, bulky technology

There is nothing more perfect than the punch line of this Dilbert strip. Who among us cannot relate? I actually considered making that my new theme on this site. There areWhat futility doesn't feel like

A few things that are now probably old news for some of you have come across my reader. Sorry I didn't get to pass them on earlier. I done beenCatch up on Sci-fi news

I mentioned in a previous post that I was experimenting with [tag]Podcasting[/tag] for [tag]training[/tag] purposes at work. I thought it might be nice to share what I've learned so far,Podcasting for corporate training example - how I did it

It's possible that you've noticed that I don't post a lot here anymore. This blog has admittedly fallen mostly into disuse. This should not be a surprise to anyone. It occursWhere I've been

Is it the "training industry" or the "learning industry"? (Yeah, I know there are plenty of alternates to make this even more confusing, but let's stick to these two forTraining vs. Learning

I'm a bit behind in putting up my movie list for this year. Last year's list was full of promise, but I only got to see 4 of the 21 listed2011 Movies to Drool Over

Community Connections Forums - Bells and whistles (if you're not a member, you get redirected to the home page... sorry.) It's a little unusual for me to quote from a discussione-Learning Glitz: misunderstanding video games

Why Religion is an Important Part of Personal Finance ∞ Get Rich Slowly The topic of the linked post has (almost) nothing to do with my post here. It's the commentsSome people have REALLY short fuses

FINALLY, I get to wield a real lightsaber!

Yep. This is exactly how Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back would have gone if I was in it.

Autographs are $2. I gotta cover my costs.

Hearing the words “That’s how I roll, baby” coming out of my Dad’s mouth makes the time I spent looking for pictures of everyone facing the camera well worth it.

(Go make your own.)

. . . → Read More: FINALLY, I get to wield a real lightsaber!

The best cake I’ve ever seen

I’m not even exaggerating. This blows my mind. There are certainly cakes that are unbelievably beautiful (and this is not one of them), but the level of detail on this cake, and the obvious love put into it, is staggering!

That it has a sci-fi theme is just, well… icing on the cake.

There's really too much to take in here

You need to go to the creator’s site and check out the detail . . . → Read More: The best cake I’ve ever seen

Star Wars, like you’ve never seen it before

I mentioned this a while back, but this guy decided to use the power of the internet to break Star Wars up into 15 second segments and have people submit their versions of those segments. Then his plan is to put those segments back together into one “cohesive” movie.

Apparently he’s pretty far along with it, and now we have a trailer!

Star Wars: Uncut Trailer from Casey Pugh on Vimeo.

I gotta tell . . . → Read More: Star Wars, like you’ve never seen it before

Why Jar-Jar is the most hated character in Star Wars

The little clip shows exactly why Jar-Jar (and to some extent, the entire Phantom Menace film) is so unliked by so many. And it’s hilarious.

Skip straight to the 1:00 mark to start. You’re not missing anything but the standard film.

Star Wars, starring Benny Hill as Jar-Jar… that’s just inspired. That it works so well is proof that Lucas had lost his mind when he wrote that character.

. . . → Read More: Why Jar-Jar is the most hated character in Star Wars

Premiere weeks 2009, part 2 – SGU and Clone Wars

Before jumping into the new stuff, just a quick note on the second episodes of shows that started last week…

Heroes – an improvement. I both enjoyed and was annoyed by the Sylar/Parkman bit. It was obvious, but fun and frustrating to watch. FlashForward – again, an improvement. I like the expansion of the ‘conspiracy’ and that they’re not holding back on moving forward with the investigation. Makes it feel like it will be a . . . → Read More: Premiere weeks 2009, part 2 – SGU and Clone Wars

Flashing Forward to Fall TV

The fall TV season is upon us. Are there any shows out there worthy of watching this year? Any guilty pleasures you’ve just gotta have? Anything that just drains the life out of you but you used to love it and can’t give it up?

I used to watch much more television than I do now. I watched sit-coms, cartoons, dramas… anything but reality TV. Now I’m even avoiding shows that I would probably like . . . → Read More: Flashing Forward to Fall TV

Grab your 15 seconds of fame!

We’ve all wanted to take part in a big-budget movie, right? Sure we have. And now you have the opportunity to do just that! Sort of.

The movie is Star Wars. You know… Episode IV… A New Hope… the original… Star Wars. Yeah, that’s right. You get to be in Star Wars. Pretty cool, huh!?

Here’s the catch – you have to choose one 15 segment, and you have to film it yourself.

That’s right, . . . → Read More: Grab your 15 seconds of fame!

If only the Star Wars films were like this…

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 actual game experience will be much different. But that’s also the cool thing about this… it’s high-resolution and looks awesome, because they aren’t dropping down to game-play resolution.

I don’t know a whole lot about the Old Republic time period, other than what I know . . . → Read More: If only the Star Wars films were like this…

Tuesday TubeWatch: Death Star Trek Wars

That is some seriously well-integrated CGI. I love it.

The Stormtrooper’s “Boo-ya” at the end kills me.

To be a total geek, here, I gotta say that a beam meant to take out a planet would not stop at taking out one ship, though. And what’s the Enterprise doing just sitting there? Fishing? Totally unrealistic.

. . . → Read More: Tuesday TubeWatch: Death Star Trek Wars

Tuesday TubeWatch: MacGyvering Star Wars

[Note: recent events in my life have conspired to prevent me from putting together the vote scheduled for this week. I'll get back to it. It's not like you all seem to be clamoring for it anyway... but this does give you the chance to continue nominating entries.]

I simply can’t watch this enough times. I have no idea what’s wrong with me, but I love this. What warped genius got the idea to recreate . . . → Read More: Tuesday TubeWatch: MacGyvering Star Wars