Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Ambush Bug Returns!
The original comic was hysterical, and definitely ahead of its time and a true classic.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
One Week Until Caucus Time
And this is one of the more interesting caucus experiences with a Senate race as well, and so here's a little video from Al Franken showing how that part of the process will work here.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
The Changing Calhoun Square
In a lot of ways, I'm the type of person that Calhoun Square should try to pull in, I would think -- I live close enough that it's a reasonable place for me to stop by, and I drive by it at least once a week. But the mix of stores have really meant that I only go inside two or three times a year.
So I hope that any changes are for the better -- because the departure of ZRS Fossils removes the only store that I would have made a point of going into when at Calhoun Square.
Where No One Has Gone Before
But perhaps I'd be thinking about this differently if you could have a police box shaped casket. No, probably not.
Friday, January 25, 2008
I know that I want to see a JJ Abrams Star Trek film -- one that has the character and personality of the creator. I think that brings about the best sort of franchise work -- when it's not just putting something out there generically, but brings the talents of the people to play. That's what has worked with the better comic book adaptations -- and if you look at Star Trek as something similar to that, you should want that here as well.
But the NCC-1701 site -- where you have to dial in the shipyard cameras -- is one of the first real solid signs that we're going to have that same sort of fun, and a film isn't just a two hour trip to the movie theater, but an experience over a much longer period of time.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
The TV Multiverse
Is this the Star Trek uniform?
And I've got one comment, which given that it's a spoiler for the costume, I'll put it as the first comment on this post...
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
All Those Conventions
Monday, January 21, 2008
It's a bit daunting looking at the nine ring circus an event with 3000 science fiction and fantasy fans can be But it'll be an exciting challenge -- and I hope you check it out, and if you're willing to help -- I'm sure we'll need it.
And oddly, I think it is fitting that it would get distributed today, on Martin Luther King Day. It's perhaps trivial to compare Star Trek to the Civil Rights struggles of the 1960s -- but I think the optimism of the Star Trek future is that same optimism that we celebrate today. And one of the things I like about this teaser is that it looks at both the New Frontier as well as the Final Frontier.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
JJ Abrams Is Cool
I'll be curious to see how Star Trek is a JJ Abrams film -- my hope is that it can actually be his movie, as well as being a Star Trek film.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Getting Enterprise Right
I think there is certainly an open question about how accepting a fan audience would be to see a new cast play the same characters -- I'm happy with the cast, and I would like to see the definitive dream of a better future for mankind be revitalized for the present day.
You wonder if this will fall apart because it's tied to tightly to the original series -- Nimoy's involvement makes this a concern --- or that it'll end up so different than the Star Trek we have grown up with that it'll be difficult to accept. I don't think it's impossible to recast; after all, characters like James Bond and Batman are reguarly recast.
It'll be interesting to see -- I know I certainly plan to.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Licensing On Demand
It'll be very interesting to see how this develops. We'll see a variety of things like this, especially as the types of computers have change --- browser based computing seems to make more and more sense as we see things like iPhones, Blackberrys, MacBook Air, multiple OS environments, and so on.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Computer Science and Engineering
As most of the comments mention, part of the confusion is mixing Computer Science and Software Engineering. They're not the same, and while there is certainly some overlap -- and a software professional outside of academia is going to need some of each -- confusing the two shortchanges both.
One of the problems with any sort of computer education is that the computer industry changes a great deal -- the programming languages that you learn today aren't likely to be the ones that you will use in ten years. And it is more diverse than ever, as computers enter every part of our lives. A solid education needs to be a solid foundation for a variety of different educational paths
One comparison is how people expect that software developers are also the best systems administrators or help desk support. But they're all different skill sets -- and recognizing that is the most important part of an education.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Life Outside Your Apartment
I went to see the touring production of Avenue Q tonight here in Minneapolis. I've had the soundtrack for a while, and have hoped to see the show for a long time.
I was familiar with the soundtrack -- and as someone who grew up with Sesame Street that sort of style is very much ingrained in my brain, but it was interesting to see an actual production.
And this is something that's really most appropriate for a live production -- a filmed version would be tempted to hide the actors, and you'd lose half of the acting there. It's a great example of something that is done well as a live production, and would be something completely different in a filmed version.
They'll only be in Minneapolis for a few more days, but the tour is going to continue around the country for most of the year -- and is definitely worth seeing.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
It's a contest!
I know that some people would like a nationwide primary -- but I think there's some virtue to having a series of primaries over multiple weeks, so we can see how a Presidential candidate wins -- and loses. Because a President is going to have to deal with both of these when they are in office.
I'm not necessarily thrilled that Iowa and New Hampshire are always the first ones are out there. But at the end, it's going to be more than just the 1% of the country that decides -- and that's going to be a healthy thing as well.
Friday, January 04, 2008
One of the better political speeches I've seen..
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Guinea Pig Ipod - Goal Reached
The Guinea Pig Ipod
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