Monday, March 28, 2011

TechTalk Trivia: What classic board game was used by the Allies to help rescue POWs during WWII?

Playing the Shogun (2006) board gameImage via WikipediaAnother of my various and sundry appearance on the TechTalk radio show has been archived online for long-suffering posterity. In this episode, I divulge which classic board game was used by the Allies to help rescue POWs during WWII?

I promise, this is far more useful information in the podcast than my trademarked pedagogical ponderings. I invite you to seek it out.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Louisville could be the startup hub of the Midwest

The indefatigable Terry Boyd over at Insider Louisville spliced together some older quotes from my colleague-friend-boss, Rob May, and myself explaining how Louisville could actually participate in the 21st century economy. There's a lot of wisdom (mostly from Rob) and a lot of criticism (mostly from me). I'd love to hear what other folks think of our fair city and its prospects for growing tech-centric jobs -- and whether the Louisville Digital Association is doing right by its mission.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Is Robert Heinlein still relevant?

The Worlds of Robert A. HeinleinImage via WikipediaRobert A Heinlein is considered one of the most influential writers in the history of science fiction -- but are Heinlein's works still relevant today? Thus is the question posed (and, ostensibly, answered) in my latest SF Signal podcast appearance.

Not to worry, my inane babblings are more than compensated for by contributions from Fred KiescheDerek JohnsonJohn DeNardoJeff PattersonPatrick Hester and the music of John Anealio.

As always, you you can hear my previous SF Signal audiocrimes here.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Armchair Screenwriter: How I'd pitch the Wonder Woman movie(s)

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Ally McBeal creator David E Kelly is making a Wonder Woman TV show for NBC -- here's the "costume" she'll be wearing -- so I figured now is as fine a time as any to recycle my old Wonder Woman movie pitch. I wrote this on June 9, 2009.
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A while ago, Rich Lovatt wondered whether we hadn't dodged a bullet in not getting a Wonder Woman movie. This week, Graeme McMillan over at io9 asked why Wonder Woman gets no love. Rich answered this first by saying what nobody is ever willing to admit about Wonder Woman, she's the world's most famous superheroine by virtue of seniority, rather than her actually being a great character.

Wonder Woman's origin is goofy, her powers are all over the map, and she doesn't have any great mission other than being a "warrior for peace," which is such a paradox it became a punchline--from Batman, no less--in Mark Waid's seminal Kingdom Come.

Batman, by the way, is the elephant in the room during this whole "Why can't we get a decent Wonder Woman?" movie conversation. Dark Knight blew the doors off the box office last summer, and in some measure legitimized superhero movies, largely on the basis of its dark, timely, political tones and Heath Ledger's post-humous Oscar buzz.

Thus, the world is primed for a high-profile, serious, major studio production of Wonder Woman. But, as McMillan pointed out in an earlier post, just because Wonder Woman is popular doesn't mean making a good Wonder Woman film will be easy. Nick Nadel over at Sci-Fi Scanner has 5 tips for making an awesome Wonder Woman movie, and I agree with four of them. Sorry Nick, but I'm keeping the Invisible Jet.

Okay, so enough stalling, what's my take on Wonder Woman?

Monday, March 07, 2011

Podcast: Why I don't (but do) watch 'Fringe'

One of many marketing posters used to promote ...Image via WikipediaHere's my latest SF Signal Podcast appearance, wherein I, Scott ShafferFred KiescheMatthew Sanborn SmithLisa Paitz Spindler and Patrick Hester discuss why we don't (or, in my case, do) watch Fringe.

Listen for the other contributions, which are imminently more useful than my own. If for some reason you think my comments have redeeming value, you can hear my previous Sf Signal audiocrimes here.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

From Twitter 03-05-2011

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Saturday, March 05, 2011

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Friday, March 04, 2011

From Twitter 03-03-2011

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Thursday, March 03, 2011

From Twitter 03-02-2011

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  • From Twitter 03-01-2011 http://dlvr.it/J1SZL
  • Arcade Expo Giveaway http://dlvr.it/J36PB
  • 4 Sanity Saving Tricks for Gmail http://dlvr.it/J3BKC
  • RT @PaulGrahamRaven: Yup, there it is -> RT @Eamonn_Forde: "OMG" – I've been leaked a pack shot of the new iPad #apple #ipad2 http:/ ...
  • Book Publishers Need to Wake Up and Smell the Disruption http://dlvr.it/J3JCp
  • You’re already dead http://dlvr.it/J3PBR
  • 2 of my meetings disappeared from my calendar today. Serendipitous as I must write my face off now.
  • MIND MELD: Movie Novelizations That Are Actually Good http://dlvr.it/J3VTy
  • RT @Greendrv: Get tickets for *free* Steven Levy @wired talk for Tues 4/26 7pm at Lou Free Public Lib http://digs.by/hOvWmR
  • Can You Sue Facebook To Restore Your Falsely Taken Down Fan Page? http://dlvr.it/J3cmZ
  • RT @mattstaggs: Sheen Family Circus http://t.co/7aSUXxX
  • Give Better Interviews http://dlvr.it/J3jXT
  • B to B Companies: Social Marketing and A Cautionary Tale http://dlvr.it/J3qBv
  • Are humans still evolving by Darwin's natural selection? (hat tip @sfsignal) http://dlvr.it/J3xRn
  • RT @Turner: @Backupify I'm super impressed with your service. Very well done, and way to stay on top with the incredibly elevated volum ...
  • RT @carumors: BREAKING: NO HARDWARE/SOFTWARE TO BE REVEALED TODAY. APPLE SCHEDULED EVENT "JUST TO TALK." "SO LONELY," SAYS THE COMPANY. ...
  • Google Apps customers can now purchase additional storage on the cheap http://dlvr.it/J455b
  • GreenGoose and the gamification of… er, pretty much everything http://dlvr.it/J4BH5
  • Play Along With Our Apple Event Bingo Card http://dlvr.it/J4GKd
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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

From Twitter 03-01-2011

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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

From Twitter 02-28-2011

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  • Workshifting: The Rise Of The Zealot And Fall Of Your Weekend? http://dlvr.it/HrcfB
  • I Disagree with Fred; Marketing is for Companies that Have Great Products http://dlvr.it/HrlRR
  • The Responsibility of Running a Business http://dlvr.it/HrsNR
  • How Social Media Is Pushing the Limits of Legal Ethics http://dlvr.it/HrybX
  • What’s The Real Deal With AngelList? http://dlvr.it/Hs3K3
  • Quora: What is considered a significant number of users for a free consumer internet product? http://dlvr.it/Hs8c5
  • Weather change causing major sinus headache. Meds ineffective. Time for the nuclear option: A Qdoba extra spicy burrito.
  • Lunch? Lunch!
  • RT @robmay: Worried about gmail data loss?, Backupify offers a free Pro100 account for the next 24 hrs w/ code "savegmail" http://bit.l ...
  • #Fail, #Fail & #Fail Again http://dlvr.it/HsFjM
  • Burning Chrome http://dlvr.it/HsLMS
  • LastPass XSS vulnerability found, website and browser add-ons affected (updated) http://dlvr.it/HsR2W
  • Humans Are The Routers http://dlvr.it/HsWYg
  • Digital Literacy Is In Crisis http://dlvr.it/Hsb5S
  • Sorry Entrepreneurs: You’re Probably the Rule, Not the Exception http://dlvr.it/HsgTM
  • My Post-Oscars Thoughts http://dlvr.it/Hsm4G
  • RT @5tevenw: Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self esteem, first make sure you are not, in fact, just surrounded by a ...
  • RT @Greendrv: For auction: one slightly used Soviet era Vostok space capsule http://bit.ly/frAVJn
  • The Unspoken Evil Of The RFP http://dlvr.it/HsqpH
  • Dear raging sinus headache. Fuck you. Sincerely, me.
  • You Can’t Finish If You Don’t Start http://dlvr.it/HsvZ4
  • Libyans Using Coded Dating Site Messages To Avoid Government Monitoring http://dlvr.it/HszCJ
  • Report: Coal costs U.S. $500 billion in ‘hidden costs’ http://dlvr.it/Ht2cS
  • Backing up my tweets with @Backupify http://backupify.com - Twitter backup is free!
  • Another War Entirely In The Past http://dlvr.it/Ht6kW
  • RT @digiphile: Does anyone see evidence of "Like-building" on Facebook emerging to parallel link building on the Web? SMO folks as the n ...
  • HarperCollins Wants To Limit Library Ebook Lending To 'Protect' Authors From Libraries http://dlvr.it/Ht9XY
  • How to get good at making money http://dlvr.it/HtDwD
  • Prevent your next Gmail blackout – Get a free year of Backupify http://dlvr.it/HtJBl
  • Facebook plans to resume address, phone sharing http://dlvr.it/HtMYp
  • Storm Clouds: Gmail Failure Reinforces Danger Of Becoming Too Cloud-Dependent http://dlvr.it/HtQkn
  • Douglas Adams on the definition of "natural order" http://dlvr.it/HtVBy
  • RT @Kurt_Vonnegut: I am a humanist, which mean, in part, that I have tried to behave decently without any expectation of rewards or puni ...
  • Backupify Offering One Year Free In Light Of Gmail Outage http://dlvr.it/Htb1J
  • RT @Schindizzle: Bat shit must be offended by all the Charlie Sheen comparisons.
  • RT @danfaust: I support Katee Sackhoff as Deena Pilgrim. How do we make this happen?
  • RT @robmay: Wow, over 50K uniques to @backupify website today already. May be our biggest traffic day ever.
  • Got a lot done today, but it was almost all work that was created today. task list didn't shrink near enough for my liking.
  • 4 meetings tomorrow. 3 meetings + 2 flights Wednesday. Then 2 days in Boston. Then home to have my windows replaced #killmenow
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