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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Zombies in Plain English

Sacha ansd Lee Lefever make all kinds of useful videos, like RSS in Plain English and Wikis in Plain English, but theiur newest is really a halloween treat: Zombies in Plain English.


Why Our Cats Aren't Allowed in the Bedroom

Oh yeah. They'd do this.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

More on recent televsion

I completely agree with Rolfe- the new Dr. Who is excellent and I've seen every episode that has been broadcast so far. I'm also very fond of the spin-off, Torchwood.

Pushing Daisies is outstanding. I fear, though, that television this good will never last.

I'm still planning on watching LOST when it comes back, but my enthusiasm for it waned during the last season.

We really enjoyed Burn Notice over the summer. It was funny and smart- and we liked the McGuyver-ish bits.

Also, we enjoy the heck out of Ugly Betty. Some of the dialog is absolutely priceless.

Randy Pausch: Last Lecture

Virtual reality expert Dr. Randy Pausch is going to die from cancer in the next few months. This the 10-minute version of his"last lecture:"

If you like that, see the full (original) version from Carnegie Mellon below:
(You can skip the first 8 minutes of introduction if you want to skip up to Randy)

Fine, I'm a cheese-butt...but I liked this. And him.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Notes on Recent Television

  • Sure, Grey's Anatomy is nowhere near as good as in its first season, but it still doesn't suck anywhere near as badly as Private Practice. I'll still watch Grey's Anatomy, but I'm done with Private Practice. How does a show with such a good cast suck this much?

  • Speaking of medical dramas, I'm completely amazed that ER still doesn't suck.

  • Life is so-so, but interesting enough to keep watching for now.

  • Journeyman started out poorly but is actually improving with each episode and stays in our PVR for now.

  • Bionic Woman needs a better show title, better sound design (they even recylced that sound effect!) and better scripts- but at least the star is somewhat appealing. Teeters between suckage and decency, but I'll keep watching and hoping it moves away from suckage.

  • Heroes is weaker this season and I'm pretty sure Kensai is the one killing the older generation, but it is still one of the most entertaining hours on television. It is incredible to me that a show can rip off Marvel comics this much and not be sued, but at least they do it better than Marvel does. I mean, did you see Ghost Rider or Daredevil? Also, I sort of enjoy the immersive online content for Heroes.

  • Back to You continues to amaze. How can such a good cast and proven formula fail so miserably?

How about you? What're you watching or hating?

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Saturday, October 06, 2007

The Wallet Test

Really interesting.
100 wallets were dropped in front of hidden cameras to see who would return the wallets and who would steal them...
Results here

Friday, October 05, 2007

When Bingley met Philip

Our friend Mari wanted Bing to be the first dog her son Philip met, so she brought him over a couple of months ago. They hit it off very nicely. Bing is very gentle with small children and doesn't have a trace of aggression in him. If Philip's happy scream was a little too loud or if he handled Bing too roughly, Bing just backed away by a foot.

Each relied on his favorite sense to inspect his new friend. Bing thoroughly smelled Philip and Philip did his best to taste (the recently-groomed and very clean) Bing.