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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Off I Go!

I hope to see you over at Digital Fare. :)

Monday, August 04, 2008

The end is near

I've decided I'm finished with this blog, but don't worry--I'm not done blogging. I want to move on to something different.

I've posted a lot of things on this blog (and it was mostly Smallville for a year), but now I'm starting a new one that will be more focused on media and entertainment. That's the current plan. Still working out the idea, so I'll post the link later.

This blog will stay up more or less. I don't have much of a reason to delete the whole thing, and some of the posts will have a new home on the new blog. This site will be 4 years old this September anyway, and I'd hate to get rid of it so close to an anniversary.

Thank you to everyone who visited and a big thank you to the handful of regular readers. Please check out my new blog when it's up.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Al Gore Places Infant Son In Rocket To Escape Dying Planet

Al Gore...Gore-Al = Jor-El...Get it?

Every now and then, I love the Onion.

"He will be faster than a speeding Prius, stronger than the existing Superfund program, and able to leap mountains of red tape in a single bound. These superpowers will sustain him in his never-ending battle against conservatives, wealthy industrialists, and other environmental supervillains."


A job at Daily Planet for our young hero seems like the perfect fit.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Dr. Horrible back on Hulu

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is back up on Hulu.com. Go watch it if you missed it the first time around, and of course, it's there to re-watch. :)

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Dr. Horrible's End

I watched Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog in its entirety one more time last night, and I'm still not sure about the ending.

I like seeing Dr. Horrible being, well, horrible. The last song in Act II sets him up to go after Captain Hammer, and that's exactly what he does. Neil Patrick Harris' singing is excellent throughout the show, but his song after freezing Captain Hammer is chilling and menacing. I love it because we see Dr. Horrible as a full-fledged villain--not a bumbling mad scientist regularly beat up after botched heists.

Penny's death, however, feels like a let down. I understand the innocent bystander gets hit idea, and her death is what propels Dr. Horrible into the Evil League of Evil. Acts I and II make Penny likable enough, but her character comes across as being weak. She's timid, hesitant, and quiet. Sarah Dobbs pointed out that you even have to strain to hear Penny when she's singing alongside Dr. Horrible or Captain Hammer (both of whose words are much easier to pick out). It's not an act, there is no twist--that's how Penny's character is. I'm sad when she dies at the end, but I don't care as much as maybe I should.

We find out plenty about Dr. Horrible. His personality, his desires, and his problems are on display the entire time. Captain Hammer, while not a likable guy, is a strong character. Penny's just...there. Dr. Horrible has a crush on her. Captain Hammer wants to irritate Dr. Horrible by dating her. Penny wants to help out the city by converting an old building to a homeless shelter, but she needs Captain Hammer's influence to get the building. So when she dies I'm sad, but not that sad. Dr. Horrible has my sympathy at the end, when he puts on a confident face for the League and then back at home, we see he's grief-stricken over losing Penny.

If you haven't seen Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, I suggest you check it out some time. (Now it's only available on iTunes.) Joss Whedon's intentions aren't completely clear, but the acting and singing is superb nonetheless.

Technorati: Dr. Horrible, Joss, Whedon, Neil, Patrick, Harris, Nathan, Fillion, Penny, Act III, musical, comedy

Friday, July 18, 2008

Whedon's Dr. Horrible is simply wonderful



Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is a mini-series starring Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother, Doogie Howser, M.D.) and Nathan Fillion (Firefly). It's an internet-only thing made of up three acts. You can see Acts I and II at drhorrible.com and Act III will be up Saturday. The idea came out of the writers' strike standstill when Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly...and Dollhouse coming this fall) wanted to make something significant with less money and no major studios.

And so we get this wonderful, funny, quirky musical comedy. Dr. Horrible (played by Neil Patrick Harris) is a sub-par villain with a crush on a girl he sees at the laundry mat. Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion) is the superhero of the story, but he's not necessarily a nice guy.

The music's good, and the story's entertaining. Thank you, Mr. Whedon, for giving us something to look forward to in the middle of the summer.

You can watch it for free online until Sunday night. Then you can get it off iTunes or on DVD later on.

Technorati: Dr. Horrible, Joss, Whedon, Neil, Patrick, Harris, Nathan, Fillion, Buffy, Firefly, musical, comedy

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

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Sitting in the waiting room, she wondered why it was called a "doctor's appointment" when it was for the patient.

Honda's ASIMO scares me

ASIMO ("Advanced Step in Innovative MObility") is a robot developed by Honda Motor Company. It's not available to the public, and Honda hasn't made many of them yet, but ASIMO has been on display at conferences, most recently at the Youth Engineering Show in Newcastle, England, on June 25.

It can walk, it can speak, it can recognize faces and moving objects, and look up information on the internet. You can find a listing of its capabilities on its official site as well as a summary on Wikipedia. I'm all for using technology to improve our lives, but I want that technology to help us work better, more efficiently, and whatever else--not do work on its own.

I'm into science fiction, and I watch a lot of movies. I have an overactive imagination that's mixing ASIMO with Terminator and I, Robot, and I don't like what I'm seeing: a human-like robot that can act independently and possibly turn against humans.

ASIMO even has its own commercial, and I'm creeped out--rather than impressed--by it. Sarah Connor told us Skynet was humanity's biggest threat. I'm thinking differently.

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