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» For $58 I could see getting this multi-position convertable laptop desk
» Text "Encryption" on a Rubberband. This is a much better way to leave passwords on your desk than that post-it note you have under your keyboard now.
» Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, Robin layed an egg, Batmobile lost a Wheel... and you can buy the t-shirt.
» Below are some photos from p2wy. He takes and posts alot of photos. Sometimes 10 or more a day. I subscribe to his Flickr rss feed in my RSS reader, and it's always interesting to check that channel throughout the day. As to why I follow this particular feed, the photographer worked at the same office as mine a while back but mostly I just enjoy the constant updated stream of photos.
Select Photo picks from p2wy (posted from 10/26/06-11/18/06)
Hopefully, p2wy doesn't mind me posting his photos and sending people over to his Flickr stream.
» Just watched the last two weeks worth of Smallville (with finger firmly planted on the fast forward button.) There was a cameo at the end of a tall, bald, slightly green tinged hero with red glowing eyes who can fly and appears to have a thing for Oreo Cookies. Oreos!
» I also just found out (old news, but new to me) that the character above will also be in the two-part Season 4 Finale episode, titled "The Joining" on the animated "The Batman" series. The episode is not scheduled yet but looks to be a few months away.
Saw Casino Royale, the new James Bond tonight. Very much enjoyed it. It's very much an Ultimate Bond in the Marvel Comics sense. The Bond formula is intact (minus one major and a couple minor missing beats). The camp has been largely stripped out. There are some dry, subtle bits of humor, and although I'm a fan of Bond camp in general, I didn't miss it in the context of this reimagined Bond. Downsides: The Ford scene, more 'naked' Bond than naked Bond girls and a certain missing letter of the alphabet. Overall, Good Stuff, Go See on the Big Screen.
» Picked-up the Marvel Legends Series 15 Modok wave, DC Reactivated's Lobo and Spider-man series' Electro, this week. Got to rip open lot's of plastic packaging... good times.
» Tina Fey was on Jon Stewart's Daily Show Monday night. It was not as electric an interview as I would have thought it to be. It did not seem that Jon Stewart was a fan of Fey. He asked her mostly about Alec Baldwin, didn't discuss her previous fake news anchorship at all, even when she brought it up. He also introduced her as an actress. It seemed odd that he didn't add writer to that intro. Fey was pretty good during the segment though and even with all that, it was still neat to see both at the same desk. Photos below.
» Pretty cool last night to see the actress who played the receptionist part in the British version of the The Office show up on Studio 60. Really the only highlight in this overly self-involved, self-important, talky-nothing-happening show. (Yeah it's really well written dialogue but NOTHING ever happens on the show, there is NO story.)
» I found this NBC news correspondent covering Darfur amusing in a Daily Show sort of way. She's covering a genocide in a light blue silk shirt, yet still putting on the Canvas Adventurers vest. Nice.
» Finally a DC Direct Action figure line so esoteric I can pass on it completely. Nice sculpts, but odd odd picks when there are so many more standard characters that could have been done.
» This is just a brilliant toy, and yes I do want one in my size ;)
» Voltron starts running tomorrow on Cartoon Network/Adult Swim Monday thru Friday at 5:30 a.m. Set your VCR's and Go Voltron Force. (Should be nostalgic for an episode or two anyway.)
Apparently you can also watch the episodes online. Find out more.
» I don't watch Lost. The reason I don't watch Lost is not because it didn't seem like it would be an interesting show. Not because the pilot didn't grab me. I didn't start watching Lost because I've been burned by this type of show before. The "grand mystery show" has only two endings in American television. Ending one, the show gets cancelled early with no mystery resolution or with a hastily constructed unsatisfing one. Ending two, the show becomes successful and the network prevents the writers from ever solving the mystery or significantly changing the status quo the show, or really altering the show formula in anyway until it has completely jumped the shark and noone cares anymore.
Currently I'm very much wondering along this track about the show Heroes. It very much looked like at first, that Heroes had a limited story with a begining, middle and end, but now Heroes is popular. You have to wonder if that popularity has caused any behind the scenes discussions along the lines of, "America really likes this show, don't change anything, keep them guessing, and try to focus more on the prettier characters." I hope that conversation hasn't occured but I bet it has.
Here's an article about Lost's problems in this area. Quote from that article below:
There is, however, a simple solution: Change the format, or at least reimagine it. When it so-called arc shows, we need something between a mini-series and an open-ended run. We need the TV equivalent of a novella: the limited-run show. Series driven by a central mystery (Twin Peaks, The X-Files) peter out precisely because they have indefinite life spans. The writers are forced to serve up red herrings until the shows choke on their own plot twists.
Puzzles are meant to be solved, not prolonged. You can only tease viewers so long before they feel like theyre being mocked.
» I also caught completely up with What about Brian over the past week. I really enjoyed the first six-episode-season of this show. The first five episodes of this second season however, have been an exercise in rebuilding the show from the ground-up. There is a Melrose-ization of the series happening. They are dropping characters left and right, they have dismantled the two main character's non-soap friendly video game business and concocted a stupid plot to force Brian to join his father's business. Brian's father is now played by William Devane, Greg Sumner from frick'n Knot's Landing. The signs along the road have left drama town and are now firmly pointing the road to full-on Soapsville. Not the destination I had in mind when I started watching the show.
» Still hopelessly behind on reading comics. I'm now 8 weeks behind, even with reading a healthy stack on my vacation this week. But if you want to know where I am read on. (SPOILERS possibly below, but only if your'e more behind than I am.)
» Clip from Jerry Seinfeld Comedian (Not funny, per se, but insightful.)
» Watched Battlestar Galactica last night. Very Very good episode. Very Very good show. Given some of the scenes in that series and last night in particular, the actor who plays Baltar is one guy who is not likely to look for another job anytime soon. Good Stuff.
Also saw the last 4 episodes of Smallville, but not the most recent one from this past Thursday. While the show itself jumped the shark a couple season's ago, I do think that Green Arrow has been handled very well. I'd love them to cancel Smallvile and do a spin-off with Ollie and Dinah. Did anyone else notice in the the Costume Ball episode that Oliver's sports car was yellow? Nice homage to the Arrowcar.
Finally watched Hellboy Sword of Storms, most of it anyway. Nice that they got Ron Pearlman and Selma Blair to do their movie voice roles. I thought the cartoon was ok overall. I would have enjoyed it more if it had a less asian mysticism influenced story. Hopefully the next one has a more European fire and brimstone influenced setting. Not bad. (Ain't No Justice League, but Sooooo much better than Ultimate Avengers.)
» 320 people stopped by the site yesterday to look at the Robin pictures. That's a flock of Robin fans.
» I have had most of the week off. It's been very nice to to unplug from the routine for a few days.
» Got a Sandisk SDMV1-R V-Mate. "works like a VCR", SD Card Memory Video Recorder. Paid $95 for it. Nice gadget. It's about the size of a Pocket PC. Plug it into your video source, use the remote to record and play back. Several different resolution settings. Records as MP4 video. Neat device especially with my double TV set-up. Only thing that I'm less than thrilled with is the remote control which although serviceable is a little wonky at times, hopefully I can set-up a learning remote or something to replace it. All and all, great way to capture video clips to play back on my TV, Pocket PC or Laptop.
Let's Go Surfing
» NBC created Comedy Clip site: dotcomedy.com. A fair amount of videos. Did anyone see the internet going toward so much video a few years ago?
» Very Nice Basic Color Tutorial
» Open Files View. Useful little App that shows all the open files on your PC.
» Tree Copy- Useful freeware App that just copies a folder structure (not the files) from one place to another.
» Very Cool Sea Horse. Apparently this was on eBay. Hopefully it ended up with an Aquaman Fan.
» Very Cool Brando MP4 video Playing Watch. 1GB of Memory. $98. I carry a Pocket PC around with me all the time, so I can't think of a practical reason to get one. Still, this looks super cool and if I came across it in a store at this pricepoint, I'd have to stand there a while to talk myself out of getting one.
» Comparison pictures of DC Direct Robin's including the new Dark Victory Robin. I don't have the KC Red Robin :(
Let's Go Surfing
» Diamond Select to release Skrull/Brood 2-pack in 6" scale with Marvel Legends (*not* their usual 7" scale)
» This is a little old, but I took a quick look on Youtube and I didn't see it up there, so for those that are interested, below are the Green Lantern and Superhero References from Grey's Anatomy a couple weeks ago. (Comic fans aren't going to like Karev in this snippet. If you are unfamiliar with the show, Karev is pretty much always played as a jerk, so I wouldn't take his comments in the clip too personally.)
» Got a really good book on Figure sculpting from Amazon.com yesterday: Creating Life-Like Figures in Polymer Clay: A Step-By-Step Guide (Paperback) $18.48. I don't know much about the topic, but this book is filled with step by step photos and diagrams. As a book at least, it's very well put together. Good Stuff.
» So, um, did anyone watch Meet the Press today? What was the deal with Elizabeth Dole? Aren't Senators supposed to be the deliberative body that let people talk in turns? Tim Russert was at a complete loss (although clearly amused at the absurdity of the situation) as to how to get her to stop talking. The Dems on the panel for the most part handled the situation with grace. Staying on message is one thing, but not even letting the moderator get a word in, is taking things abit far.
» Ordered some things on Amazon.com today. Played with their various shipping speed and delivery option combinations. Also noticed that it makes a difference what you put in your order, as one of the books I was getting would have delayed everything else by a month under most of their shipping options. Anyway, not a positive process, they would seem big enough to be able to streamline the situation abit. (Yeah I know they have 1-Click and all, but in my situation that would have pretty much been the worst option in price/delivery combination)
Let's Go Surfing
» Remember, Remember the 5th of November. Edward Lee has some nice V for Vendetta Action Figure shots on his Flickr account.
» Picked-up DC Superheroes "Batman/Batgirl" and "Clark Kent/Superman" 2 packs a couple days ago.
Clark Kent with DC Direct Lois Lane.
(I was going to take a photo of him with Perry and Jimmy from the Daily Planet wave, but he's not a good scale with those two figures, didn't seem worth the upload.)
» I know this news is a couple days old, but to everyone who posted a negative post to their blog, made a negative comment somewhere on a message board, complained to a friend, or whatever, thank you for helping make this not happen. Internet, you're full of heroes and you've done good on this!
» Battlestar Galactica, very good last night, very good show. 30 Rock, surprisingly funnier each week; they did a great brief parody of Studio 60 this week: "Did we just walk in a circle?" "Good Walk and Talk". Heroes, still loving Heroes, good show.
» Pretty cool Drive-thru prank, bit, whatever?
Let's Go Surfing
» Hey alcoholic friends check out the Cost of Drinking Calculator
» I think this is a really fun idea, Ceramic versions of Plastic Tableware. A set of Red Ceramic Solo cups and ridge edged paper plates would really be cool.
» This roof monster tutorial is really slick.
» One Click Butter Cutter. Sure this is a task that probably doesn't require this level of accuracy. Also every house in America is stocked with "butter" knives for this purpose, but this still looks neat. Perfect Pats of butter.
» Really bad in a good way, custom Ice-man Costume.
» Neat looking USB Record Player/Ripper Turntable. $225, so a little on the pricey side, but if you have a gigantic record collection, looks like it would be very useful.
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