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Date : August 2009

Sci-choanalysis

Categories: Human Behavior, Nostalgia
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Published on: 2009.08.25

I suppose it’s my Dad’s fault that I’m a science fiction nut. When I was a child, in the 1970s, he read magazines like Popular Science, which predicted an amazing future of electric hovercars, personal gyrocopters, space travel for the masses, permanent city-bases on the Moon and Mars, and tiny portable communication devices. All within[…]

Emerge + Rainmeter

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Published on: 2009.08.18

Here’s a screenshot of my desktop, as of this morning. I’m using Emerge Desktop as a Windows shell replacement, with Rainmeter for the gadgets you see at left and bottom. Keep in mind, this is only on my left monitor. I have a second monitor that’s completely empty and used for all open windows, like[…]

The Roaring Twenties (1939)

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Published on: 2009.08.13

Compared to violent crime dramas of today, The Roaring Twenties (1939) stands up very well. Sure, there have been advances in special effects, but apparently very few advances in acting, filmography, or story-telling. This film is filled with excellent examples of all those. The special effects fall short during a scene when James Cagney and[…]

Why Keyword Ads Need to Stop

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Published on: 2009.08.12

Many advertisers thought it was a great idea to advertise on the internet using key words, so they call jumped on the bandwagon. If your website mentions camera gear, the AdSense advertisement next to it will probably be something about photography. That sounds good until these same ads show up on news sites, matching some[…]

The Ten (2007)

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Published on: 2009.08.10

There are worse movies in the world than The Ten, but not very many. To be honest, I’m only rating the first 40 minutes of the movie, because that’s all I could stand to watch. My wife begged me to turn it off after 25 minutes, but I was confident that something good was coming.[…]

Cash for Clunkers: Fail

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Published on: 2009.08.08

Cash for Clunkers will actually end up hurting our economy. We’ve heard a lot about the “Cash for Clunkers” program in the past couple of weeks. Basically, it’s a government program that offers up to $4,500 in rebates to anyone trading in an old, inefficient automobile for a new car. That sounds good on the[…]

Why Not Work While at Work?

Categories: Business, InTheNews, PopCulture
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Published on: 2009.08.05

ESPN made the news today, because of its new policy limiting personal blogs and social networking by its employees. This follows close on the heels of news about the military’s new social networking policy. Quite a few people (especially employees of the above two entities) seem pretty upset by this. Naturally, they’re mad, because Americans[…]

Life Expectancy

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Published on: 2009.08.04

——————————————————————————————–I found the following chart on CNN today. (Click the image to see it on Flickr.) Of course, both the life expectancy numbers and the health care cost figures are estimates, and both are averages for each nation. They don’t refer to you or me specifically. For instance, I have no idea how long I’ll[…]

G-Force (2009)

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Published on: 2009.08.02

——————————————————————————————– (Note: This review refers to the non-3D version, which played in select theaters. I saw the non-3D version because it was several dollars cheaper, and because that’s the version you’ll be most likely to see if you rent this on DVD.) I don’t have children, so why did I see a children’s movie, G-Force?[…]

Funny People (2009)

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Published on: 2009.08.01

Fortunately, my hopes weren’t set too high when I went to see “Funny People” on opening night. Directed by Judd Apatow, the same guy who did The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, this movie’s previews didn’t promise much. But I was pleasantly surprised. While the previews made the movie look far from funny — more[…]

The Problem With Hulu

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Published on: 2009.08.01

——————————————————————————————–If you haven’t heard of Hulu, then you haven’t been paying attention. Ads for Hulu.com were sprayed across the Super Bowl this year, and every tech blog in the U.S. has mentioned it at least once. It’s the website where you can (supposedly) watch television shows and movies. Several major networks host high-quality videos there,[…]

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