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Heinlein's 'All You Zombies' Now a Sci-Fi Movie Head Trip

flogger Been wou a while.... (254 comments)

This movie was released in Austrailia, I think. I'd already seen it when a students bought me a burned DVD of it. I teach a Science Fiction literature class and "All You Zombies" is the story we read to introduce time travel. (I know there may better for introducing the topic to a bunch of high school students, but it works well with the other reading selections I use.)

Anyway, I watched it and it is worth watching. The story is mostly all dialogue which makes one think it would make a horrible movie without much action or scenery. Especially since the text is mostly cerebral. However, the movie adds some interesting aspects to the film. In the story, the temporal agent is charged of preventing disaster (terrorists?) and recruiting other temporal agents. One of the disasters mentioned in the story is the Fizzle War. The writers of the screenplay, Spierig brothers(?), did a really good job of taking the twisted timeline of the protagonist and incorporating the events of the Fizzle war to make the movie even more interesting, and thought provoking.

I'm sure Heinlein would approve of the movie. I'll probably go watch it in the theater.

It may be better than Primer... Now there is a good Timey-wimey film.

about three weeks ago

Chromebooks Overtake iPads In US Education Market

flogger Adminstration (193 comments)

Right out of the gate, Chromebooks are easier to administer at an "enterprise" level. Yes, the school district needs to "sell its soul to get the management console (domain control and device management.) Google has been helpful with support for any needs we have. Getting in touch with and help from apple for issues is near impossible.

Chromebooks come with some good tools for using existing infrastructure without too much of a learning curve. Getting teachers to open and use a spreadsheet on an ipad is a lot more tricky than opening the same file on a chromebook.

Bottom line, if you are dealing with more than 5 devices, chromebooks save a ton of time and energy.

about 2 months ago

10-Year-Old iTunes DRM Lawsuit Heading To Trial

flogger Change in operations instead of cash.... (246 comments)

I have an ipod.. If I am part of this class action settlement, I'll get 10 cents (as someone said earlier). I don;t want the dime; I want to be able to add media to the ipod without going through itunes... Want a class action lawsuit to do some good? Make it so that there are fundamental changes. of course Apple will say that it is impossible to put media on the ipod with out itunes... I know a few jailborken ipods that show otherwise.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Professionally Packaged Tools For Teaching Kids To Program?

flogger Re:Hard to beat MIT's Scratch. Free and graphical. (107 comments)

I should just Mod this up, but I'll add to it.

I work with a lot of students at my school and I've purchased a few KANO kits. They are great and appeal to kids who want to program and kids who want to make cool cases in woodworking shop... Grab one and try it out. If it doesn;t work, donate it to a local school's computer club.

I also use RPG maker (There is a free version on sourceforge I think) which can be used to make some very elaborate 2d rpg style games.... At first the kids I work with love the mapping and simple switch oriented programming, but after a while, the kids are learning scripting and the logic behind all programming.

But, yeah, Scratch is great too.

about 2 months ago

Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

flogger The Ads are too late. (249 comments)

The ads for me are always late. Here are a couple recent examples. I wanted the 5th edition D&D Players handbook. I knew about it from word of mouth within my local D&D group. I went to amazon and ordered it and a big bag-o-dice. For the next day or three, I see advertisements for stuff I have already purchased.

I frequent a blog HomeBrew Finds which is nothing more than a listing of sales around the internet. I saw a fermentor last month and ordered it. After I ordered it, I saw adds for fermentors.. .I don't need any more.

Contextual ads need to be a little more prophetic and a little less "I sold you so."

about 4 months ago

Google Testing Gmail Redesign

flogger Bring back SMS/Chat (218 comments)

Just over a month ago, Google dropped the SMS chat feature that has been present in Google labs for years. it has worked great and was the main reason I switched to gmail. Discussing it with other tech folks we can only conjecture that Google has ditched it because it was one of the ways people have found to sens SMS messages from a source that the NSA can;t track. (Create throw away email through some random VPN.) Contemplating going back to my own email server again. This new beta look might just be what pushes me over the edge.

about 9 months ago

Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Officially Announced

flogger Harrison Ford (325 comments)

With Ford's last two movies, a cardboard cutout of him in his 40's would have done a better job than he did. His performance in Ender's Game was horrendous (don;t blame the script Asa Butterfield and Viola Davis did great with what they were given.) Hopefully Harrison Ford's reprisal will be Han Solo sitting in a Laser-Rocker in the old folks asteroid telling stories of who shot first to you bantha fodderlings.

about 9 months ago

Saturn May Have Given Birth To a Baby Moon

flogger Who's the father? (71 comments)

In all the mythology I read, Jupiter was always trowing his seed around.

about 10 months ago

Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

flogger Doing it wrong... (914 comments)

Use this pill on Friday night and make the weekend seem like it last for 5 years instead of 20 minutes.
Maybe I could give it to my spouse before sex.

about 10 months ago

Mass. Legislature Strikes Back: Upskirt Photos Now Officially a Misdemeanor

flogger Without a public hearing? (256 comments)

Welcome to modern politics. Politicians do whatever they want and don;t need to consult the public at all. And when motivated enough, these politicians can pass all sorts of legislation in a day. In the recent past Illinois lawmakers introduced a bill requiring teachers to teach until they are 67; passed the bill in both house and senate; had the bill signed by the governor. All of this in one single day. Teachers union, was shocked and has been fighting this ever since, but since it is "the law" they don;t have a lot to go on. Everyone else in Illinois has been on pins and needles knowing that the government can in a day vote your career into misery.

about a year ago

Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

flogger Re:Stop the Hate Child!!! (723 comments)

Yes, I still feel that purchasing this type of equipment is a waste of taxpayer money to prepare for an event that happens maybe for one day every 5 years at the most.

5,10,15,20,25,30,35 -- seven times in 36 years. Check.

I can count the times it's snowed like this on one hand in my 36 years here.

Says the seven fingered driver.

1 year,17 hours

How much of your media do you store locally?

flogger Store all media (187 comments)

I store some of my media on the hard drive.., ripped DVDs, CDs, and yes, records...
I store some of my media in the TV cabinet... DVDs, and VHS
I store some of my media near the stereo ... CD and Cassettes and Records
I store some of my media in the closet ... 8 track tapes, floppy discs
I store some of my media on the wall ... Digital Art I've created.
I store some of my media on a linux box for streaming music at my workplace.... no pandora ads.
I store exactly one "album" in the cloud. which is about .09% of my media.

about a year ago

Desktop Browser of Choice in 2013?

flogger Been Using Opera for years... (381 comments)

Have been using Opera since the early days when Netscape was king, but bloated, and IE was a fiasco...
I even paid $30 for it... If they would have taken a free, as in beer, stance in the days of the Netscape ie battle, we might all be using it now.
Which I still do.

about a year ago

MPAA Backs Anti-Piracy Curriculum For Elementary School Students

flogger I teach... (250 comments)

I dare the administration to tell me I have to teach this curriculum to my students. I'll give my own slant on it and end up teaching anonymous proxy, torrents, ripping, you name it...

Actually as common core, students have to work more with media. As a result we are ripping DVDs and cds and editing these to meet some educational goals... I am sure that is against their curricula.
bastards. (*IAA, not the students, this time.)

about a year ago

Movie Review: Ender's Game

flogger Re:overrated, anyway (732 comments)

So you were the type of student in school that "read" the assignment but failed to "understand" what he read. Never once did Ender seek "revenge." Never did Ender want to make them "Sorry" for beating him up. He wanted them to stop, and he was willing to hurt them enough so they would never hurt him again. This is very different than revenge.

I really don't understand where you come from in thinking that this is a revenge novel. In the Ender makes sacrifices because he is going through is for the betterment of humanity.

Survival is a large theme in this novel. not revenge. There is a huge difference.

I'm glad I was not your teacher for a literature class.

about a year ago

David Craddock and Two Blizzard North Co-Founders Answer Your Questions (Video)

flogger fucking video ads (40 comments)

I have ad disabled... Why am I seeing an ad at the start of this video? Just post a damn transcript.

about a year ago

Why Is Broadband More Expensive In the US Than Elsewhere?

flogger Ease of Access (569 comments)

When all of the internet is being filtered through five or six main providers, it is easier for the NSA to funnel all of the information into its data analysis machines. Can you image the headaches the NSA would have if all the little mom and pop companies (if they were still around to do internet), would not provide for a free backdoor to the operations...

So now there are just a few providers. They get to charge whatever they want and the government will let the monopoly continue so the executives and share holders can smile all the way to and from the bank.

Fuck 'em. I'm done paying for interne@#$@#!43,

about a year ago

Rental Business Aaron's Admits Role In Spying On Customers

flogger Re:A settlement? (119 comments)

Yes you would do time.


You are not the government.

You are not a corporation.

You are not wealthy enough to own lawyers.

You are not wealthy enough to own politician.

about a year ago



NY Daily News Breaks Review Silence with Hobit review.

flogger flogger writes  |  more than 2 years ago

flogger writes "The world Premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has come and gone in Wellington, NZ. But because of a "Review Blackout," Stateside Tolkien fans are starving for first impressions of the film: Loyalty to the book, 48 Frames a second, 3d, etc. NY Daily has posted their review early. They love the visuals of the higher frame rate, they enjoy the light-hearted tone of the movie (similar to the source material), but the review warns of a Jar-Jar Binks like character."
Link to Original Source

ATDHE.NEt Taken over by I.C.E

flogger flogger writes  |  more than 3 years ago

flogger (524072) writes "The popular site linking streams of TV stations around the world has been taken down by I.C.E. / Homeland Security. Users are met with a page title of "This domain name has been seized by ICE — Homeland Security Investigations" and an image of the official looking seals. Just in time for the superbowl."
Link to Original Source

Amazon Kindle 2 now supports PDF natively.

flogger flogger writes  |  more than 5 years ago

flogger writes "Amazon rolled out a new update for the Kindle 2 (US version and world version). This update extends battery life, adds a few new "screen savers," and most importantly, native PDF support. Using a few basic PDF files I have at hand, this works very well and the orientation can be altered for a wider screen. In past articles about the Kindle, most nay-sayers complain about a lack of PDF support. Now what will they say?"
Link to Original Source

Science Fiction and Fantasy Class for High School.

flogger flogger writes  |  more than 5 years ago

flogger (524072) writes "I have been asked to help develop a literature course for Science Fiction and Fantasy literature. What do you, the slashdot crowd, consider to be appropriate selections of short stories and novels in these genres for high school students of all ability levels? I'd also like to know why you choose certain selections. This class will be "regular" class and not a class for "flunkies" to earn a credit by sitting docile and listening to lectures. The following is a course description that I have been given as a guideline. This description can change. Any ideas?
Course description:
"In this Junior/Senior level course, students will focus on the genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Students will survey the histories of these genres and recognize how world events have been reflected onto other worlds. From the early formation of the genre, with Verne, and the classics of Clarke, Tolkien, Bradbury, and LeGuin, to the contemporary works of Card, Jordan, and Vinge, the genres have been about portraying humanity in possible scenarios. These works have mirrored events throughout the troubled situations of our history and provided optimistic outcomes and horrifying predictions. Through this course, students will utilize analytical skills and reading strategies to evaluate our current situation and project into the literature of different worlds while sharing and learning of an author's insight. Possible areas of interest will be topics of the environment, energy conservation, war, social issues, and others. ""

Amazon officially announces new Kindle DX

flogger flogger writes  |  more than 5 years ago

flogger writes "Amazon announced today the release of their new generation kindle, the Kindle DX. There was speculation yesterday that this would happen. Now we have details. One of the biggest features is now the addition of native PDF ability. This has been one of the biggest detriments to the kindle family so far. Too bad it is over $100 more than a Kindle 2."




flogger flogger writes  |  more than 12 years ago Goofy. I can blog on /. Can;t concieve of why I would want to do this though...

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