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"They're coming to get you Barbara."

I love a good documentary. "Birth of the Living Dead" is a set of extensive interviews and perspectives about the grandfather of the zombie genre, "Night of the Living Dead".

I was introduced to "Night" in 2006 by way of former MST3K host Mike Nelson's inaugural Rifftrax effort. The black and white print and old style multi-font title made me rub my hands together, ready to tuck into an Ed Wood or Roger Corman-esque camp horror piece. As the opening played out, I found myself thinking, "Huh! Smart for a B movie.", then "That's clever..." Then "Whoa!!" Eventually, I had to shut off Mike's commentary and just watch the movie.

In addition to kick starting the zombie genre, I think "Night" also has a hand in sparking the era of guerrilla filmmaking and ultra-realism. It is far from perfect, but "Night" is surprisingly smart and socially progressive. What I love most is that the lead is a black man whose race is not conspicuous. The role was not written for any particular race and because of that, I believe it makes more of a statement about racial equality that any Poitier film.

The documentary is well made... It could have used a few more interviewees, but they got George Romero and that is all that really matters. I expected Romero to be a brooding artist, but he was the complete opposite. His impish smile and good-natured storytelling were completely endearing. He is like a favorite grandfather. I'd have been happy if the documentary were just an hour of Romero talking, but it was sprinkled with lots of high production value niceties. Sketches... Old production photos... It did feel a bit too long, but was very enjoyable.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2507128/
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Actually, it's good to go public for most things—you never know what you're going to get. I just got a +1 from a guy named Trung Nguyễn hữu for a post I made a month ago about brewing coffee. He lives in Hồ Chí Minh, Việt Nam and works for the Black Gold coffee corporation. 
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Oh crap! No no no!!! Please don't perpetuate this shortcut to thinking!! I hated all of the popular press coverage of this study because it is completely misleading. Yes equal calorie amounts of sugar and other foods yield the same amount of energy in the body, but sugar is an energy dense food that triggers serotonin and dopamine release. Sugar affects mood. It is addictive, and encourages the brain to ingest more than the body needs. If you think kids operating on a surplus of calories don't behave differently than kids operating on normal amounts of calories then you haven't been around kids much.
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It's ADHD. It's brilliant. It's adorably animated and colorful. It's thought-provokingly ranty. It must be another Vi video :D
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Bought this and the ATB remix. You could easily launch a kickstarter to fund a full album with this promo alone!
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I'm looking for book recommendations of a specific type.

In an effort to fight my own ignorance, I'm on a mission to read those books that everyone talks about but never reads. Books that have attracted massive misperception and baseless arguments because of hearsay. The more controversial the better.

So far, I have read "On The Origin of Species", which does not say man evolved from monkeys, "Dianetics", which reads like an infomercial yet describes nothing about Scientology, and "The Book of Mormon" which does not promote Polygamy (in fact polygamy is repeatedly disparaged in the book of Jacob.)

In the queue are Mien Kampf, the King James Bible, The Quran, The Constitution... Maybe Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses.

Any recommendations?
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Brian Malone, your web blog article about Windows based on screen rulers, has been hacked by intruders. 

The URL link shown here has been hacked to go to a Thai website:
"I have used Pixel Ruler from mioplanet for a few years now."

The Thai website talks about soccer and has a prominent link to "Recommend Casino to Play" - apparently is a gambling site to hook visitors to your web-blog, redirect them to on-line gambling sites.
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In 2003 My wife and were cutting calories and sugar intake. Neither of us had heard anything about negative side effects of aspartame. When we simultaneously started having memory problems and blurred vision, the copious amounts of yoghurt we were eating was the last thing we suspected as the cause. We bought a carbon monoxide sensor and threw out expired medicines.

When symptoms didn't improve, we worried about radon, polluted drinking water, mold, poisonous plants... We just didn't know what it could be! For more than a week, severity ebbed and flowed, but the effects were significant. Apart from the yoghurt and 0 calorie sodas, my diet consisted of little processed food.

On a whim, I searched for info on aspartame and found reports of symptoms like what we were experiencing. We dropped all aspartame laden foods entirely and within 3 days, vision and memory returned to normal. We concluded that aspartame is to be avoided at all costs. Not all chemicals are bad, but food should not cause neurological problems!

I should mention we were not consuming in moderation. We were treating those yoghurt cups like "free pass treats". I was eating as many as 6 (possibly more) per day plus sodas for several days and it took days before symptoms set in. Official medical opines like this are great, but don't rely on this guy's scoffing dismissal as proof these things are safe (or my anecdote that they are not!)
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I guess this is just another volley in Vi's private pi war. Who knew?

http://www.khanacademy.org/math/recreational-math/vi-hart/pi-tau/v/pi-is--still--wrong
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"When You See What These Kids Said, You'll Want To Run. Number 5 Is Horrifying."

http://m.tickld.com/x/when-you-see-what-these-kids-said-youll-want-to-run-number-5-is-bone-chilling

Before I had kids, I would have read that list and thought "Whoa.." in a Keanu-y sort of way. As a parent, I laughed through the whole thing.

TV, movies and even books would have non-parents believe that kids are little grownups. They're not. Kids say stuff. Lots of stuff. What's more, they are perfect solipsists with zero empathy. Children of expressive, wordy parents are armed with far more verbal tools than they can use accurately. Throw that in a blender and you get that list.

My life is filled with comments like, "I'm tired of Milo (dog), can't we just throw him away and get a cat?", "When I grow up, I'm going to be a police officer so I can lock you in jail forever." And "My penis really wants to go to swim lessons."

You truly never know what you are going to get from one day to the next.


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To conflate the reality of an object with the collection of descriptors we carry in our brains for that object is giving the descriptors too much "reality" credit. Things exist regardless of our ability to sense them, but only verifiable existence is relevant. Verifiable existence involves detection of (or evidence of) qualities that can be independently corroborated on demand without caveat. (Scientific method, baby!)

Fiction is an arrangement of descriptions of qualities with no real object behind them. Does Dumbledore have a mole behind his ear? We don't know because there is no real object to examine. We accept Rowling's word as canon, so if she says yes, then that quality is added to our mental collection, but that extra info doesn't give any reality credit to "Dumbledore". Verifiable existence cannot come from independent authority.
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You all may think that I am hopelessly behind....but I didn't know this existed.   Nichelle Nichols, Walter Keonig, Garrett Wang, Tim Russ, and a lot of other Star Trek stars came together with the fans and made this  full-length feature movie!    In the Star Trek timeline it is set 12 years after Captain Kirk was snatched off of the Enterprise "C" by the Nexus.
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I am a life-long learner with deep interests in theoretical physics, astronomy, music, literature, robotics, computer science, mathematics, economics, history... in fact, what I'm most interested in is what I currently know nothing about. So, tell me something new!

I am a Solutions Architect with 20 years of IT experience. My primary focus is the full stack of web technologies, but I am also involved with Enterprise Software deployment and administration. (SharePoint, DAM, eLearning, eCommerce...etc.)


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    Computer Science, 1990 - 1992
  • University of Tennessee
    Computer Science, 1992 - 1993
  • University of Phoenix
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