Thursday, October 28, 2010

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 - should lead to the TV series.

Yet another distraction, but look at this scene from The Force Unleashed II.

It's so exquisitely acted by the digital characters. The stormtroopers move so very realistically. It's an excellent piece of game cinematics. Even the human character is rendered with exceptionally high level of craft.

E3 2010 a shot from the Star Wars the Force Un...Image by via Flickr
It makes me sad to hear about the live action Star Wars television series is on hold when a snippet of the universe delivered here is so nice. Perhaps we're waiting for the next big leap, like the "dinosaur leap" that green-lighted Episode I. This was our ability to create the dinosaurs so realistically in Jurassic Park that impressed George enough to be able to bring Jar Jar to life. {Yes, this is me being more sarcastic than Mr. Lucas deserves. I really like Jar Jar... now.  But that's a whole other post.}

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So it would be too expensive to produce right now, Mr. Lucas? Really? I'm so sorry to hear that. I would like to put my vote in for seeing the new series verses having 3D versions of the 6 movies, but I know it's a good move. We will all go see them in the theater again as they come out. I promise. And we'll bring our kids.

And THEN, when we're all excited about Star Wars again, you can launch the new TV series and we'll line up to buy the new action figures.


I haven't experienced the first Force Unleashed game but I'm interested in reading the book by Sean Williams. The story has gotten some high marks. Too bad this new installment isn't getting the rave reviews. I'm sure it's going to be pretty fun to play regardless.

Plug the big speakers in and send the kids away for the weekend kind of fun.

{Oh, that sounds so sad.}

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Get ready to put your geek back on...

Show your BonesImage by dolmansaxlil via Flickr
... because we so often leave our geek at home, right?

Don't miss Friday, "Dean of Invention" on Green Planet, a US cable station. Have it? If not, here's a link to their site where you can catch an episode. It promises to show us the things we are so used to thinking are science fictions.

This is right up Red1's alley, and mine,  too.
Bionic humans, flying cars? I'm there. Are you?

Link to pop it into your Tivo  or just read more about it.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Quote this

Actors Grace Park, Eric Stoltz and Esai Morale...Image via Wikipedia
Favorite quote of the week:

Caprica: "False Labor"

"Did your wife do that for you?"

"Yeah," he said taking a last long drag before tossing his cigarette over the railing. "Until your daughter blew her up."

I'm still not as into Caprica as I was Battlestar Galactica, but I do keep coming back to it. They're really taking their time with the characters and plots. It's very different, very refreshing, very not for the kids. It's strictly the Loren Greene version for the kiddos.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Water water every where

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At our house, we drink a lot of water. We drink it filtered from the refrigerator dispenser. You press a cup up against a lever that releases chilled and filtered drinking water into your glass.  It's lovely. We wanted more.

We change the filter in our refrigerator on schedule, but having the option at the tap appeals to us.  Ms. SF Daddy installed a PUR water filter a the kitchen sink a few weeks ago. After a couple of weeks, the thing started to completely fall apart.

It started out slow. Instead of a clean circular jet of water pouring down into sink we had a spray shooting down like the spokes of a twisted umbrella.

"We'll just have to take this back and get a new one."

We lived with it for about a week before the filter part litterally exploded on me. Water shot up at my face and  hit the ceiling.

I do not claim to be useful with a wrench by any means, but soon after that--I had to let my kids get sprayed a couple of times--I took the whole thing off and found a big gaping whole in the metal mesh that aerates the water. It looked like it was rusting.

I found the original hardware for the faucet and it's all back to normal.

In the United States, "normal" means I could drink the water straight from the tap. Sure, it's full of fluoride and chlorine, but it's quite drinkable. I'm told the chlorine keeps it from giving you gunk from the pipes. See:
The fluoride (See: is good for you teeth.

(Insert debate about these chemicals here if we want to start missing the point.)

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Excellent. Isn't that great? Even though I have a few stumbles with a few pieces of plastic we picked up at The Home Depot, we don't have it that bad. I don't have to walk miles with a  vessel of contaminated water everyday to ration out to my cooking, cleaning and drinking.

This post was inspired by Blog Action Day. I hope you get a chance to read more about the state of Water in the world.

Do you enjoy clean, drinkable water from your tap?

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Blog Action Day 2010 Prep

U.S. Army Sergeant Kornelia Rachwal gives a yo...Image via Wikipedia

Blog Action Day 2010  October 15th

I'm preparing an entry for Blog Action day. Have you heard about it? My kids try so hard to conserve water they rarely flush and have to be sent to the shower. Do we take our access to water for granted? In the US, we absolutely do. This year the Blog Action day theme is water. I bet we'll learn a lot.

This week I learned that there are people in the United States that don't have access to other basic services we take for granted.

A fire rescue team let a man's house burn to the ground because he failed to pay his fire service fee. They had abundant water to available to wet down the perimeter to protect his neighbors from the flames. The neighbors were all paid up.

Blog Action Day 2010: Water from Blog Action Day on Vimeo.

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