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{ Monthly Archives } May 2009


The Zombie Reporting Center mentioned a new indie zombie film, Colin, made in Britain for supposedly £45 (though this obviously excludes any hardware or equipment costs), whose trailer looks pretty great. It seems to tell the story of a zombie from the zombie’s point of view. On top of it, you can hear the Wilhelm […]

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The value of good comments

When I was at the University of Florida, I took a summer to craft a new version of a program CBD had written to allow faculty and grad students to register their preferences for classes and so on.  It was a big project that supported dozens of users and had to generate a spreadsheet.  As […]

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Bodies Are Where You Find Them

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Boy that feels curmudgeonly

I just got a free copy (thanks, Tarcher Penguin!) of THE DUMBEST GENERATION by Mark Bauerlein.  Here’s the description on the back: They are The Dumbest Generation. They enjoy all the advantages of a prosperous, high-tech society. Digital technology has fabulously empowered them, loosened the hold of elders. Yet adolescents use these tools to wrap […]

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A few bullets in lieu of something thoughtful

The first week of online classes always feels anti-climactic.  Isn’t summer supposed to be about non-teaching projects?  But then the paychecks start arriving and I log back into Moodle with a smile. Summer nerd project: file server and jukebox built in the shell of the old tv I found in the alley a while ago.  […]

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2009-05-24 Tweets

Over on the comics curmudgeon, he just used the phrase that might become the motto for my blog: “a maelstrom of insanity” # When someone devotes his whole life to hunting down a hedgehog, something’s just not right. – from Dr. Robotonik # Regarding the clown joke (caution, title spoils the punchline): http://is.gd/BIqH # I’m […]

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Then She Found Me

Jeez.  What a downer. Don’t get me wrong, I understand and appreciate tragedy as a genre.  I just don’t really want to watch it.  This film is billed as a comedy, and there are certainly funny parts in it.  But mostly it’s just people getting kicked in the teeth by life or one another (metaphorically). […]

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My favorite JoCo song today

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Spring Television Roundup 6: Those tricky mind men

Lie to Me I wasn’t sure I was going to like Lie to Me.  At its heart it seems very much like The Mentalist.  But the show grew on me because of one thing: Dr. Lightman (Tim Roth) is a massive jerk.  The show itself hinges on a creepy idea, that people who are well-trained […]

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Violence is Golden

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Spring Television Roundup 5: Running and another Whedonite

The Amazing Race TAR was pretty great this season.  There were a few unsurprising fails (as much as we wanted the Kentucky miner and his wife to succeed, they were clearly doomed from the outset).  I appreciated the relationship we saw between Margie and Luke–they showed real strength and caring for one another.  The other […]

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Dear Disney Movie Club…

Dear Disney Movie Club, You’re not special.  You’re just like any mail-in movie club.  You use the same gambit: buy a few movies from us at full price and get some free.  As with all such clubs, the only way that’s even remotely a good deal is to buy the minimum amount and then quit.  […]

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Freedom and Truth

History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving by Deborah E. Lipstadt Truth isn’t part of a cultural conversation if freedom of speech doesn’t accompany it. That’s the most salient–of many–lessons that emerges from Dr. Lipstadt’s powerhouse account of her 2000 trial defending herself from a libel suit by David Irving. I can’t […]

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by Scott Phillips It took me a while to get into this book.  Bill Ogden, a rough and tumble homesteader and bar owner in a small Kansas town, leads us through the tumultuous era of early life on the prairie, splitting his decision making between a ruthless self-reliance and business aptitude and his desire for […]

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2009-05-17 Tweets

The Ferris Bueller Fight Club Theory: Cameron dreamed the whole thing from his bed. http://bit.ly/tJTYS # Are you on BookMooch yet? Why not? http://bookmooch.com/ # I can’t stop laughing to myself because I just told somebody the clown joke. # Powered by Twitter Tools.

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