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The Dark Knight

I saw The Dark Knight last week. I was anticipating this film for some time and it did not disappoint. For those of you who know me, I can't simply give a "thumbs up/down" review. So if you're in a hurry… I highly recommend this movie but I must warn you that it is dark, unhappy, disturbing, and emotionally exhausting. If you're not in a hurry… My general sense of the movie is that it is dark and disturbing. I equate it to disturbing in the sense of Silence of the Lambs. The story is excellent and ......

BSG - Revision

Apparently I just watched the mid-season finale?  I guess I will have to revoke my last statement until the "actual" finale.  I have been so out of the loop over the last few months that I can't even keep the eps straight...sad!

Battlestar Galactica - Worst Ending Ever?

So I got behind on Battlestar Galactica. Then I decided since I am going to Toronto on business I will treat myself to a Zune and I will buy Season 4 of BSG from Zune Marketplace. This will give me something to do on the planes and in the airports. That was a big success. I was all caught-up and stuff except for the final episode which I watched yesterday. Wow. I can't speak negatively enough about the ending. The pace for the season was strange. The Lee Adama story was strange and, given the timing, ......

My New Zune

I finally broke-down and bought a Zune 80GB Black. The form factor is good. The button is almost as good as the click-wheel. I also bought Battlestar Galactica Season 4 (as I have missed most of it). It turns out to be about $2.00 US per episode which isn't bad at all...especially for no commercials. I am traveling to Canada on business this week and thought it might be nice to catch-up on BSG while in flight. I struggled for a long time regarding which media player to purchase (iPod, Zune, Sansa, ......

Required Features <> Requirements

Those of you who know me know that I am a stickler for using the proper word. A shovel and a spade are not the same thing. The term "requirements" is suffering a similar fate. Although requirements have come in many varieties over the decades, the current de facto standard is to capture functional requirements as use cases or some similar mechanism (user stories, for example). Unfortunately, however, I often see a bulleted list of "features" described as "requirements". Don't get me wrong, feature ......

Battlestar Galactica Returns

I watched the Season 4 Premier of BSG last night (as I am sure many of you did). I must say that I was concerned about the quality of the show given the latter half of season 3. In those episodes, it seemed to me that the show's producers / creators (Eick & Moore) took the following tack: "Dude! Our show is AWESOME! Fans love it! It is the best show on TV. Now let's change it and start making all those socio-economic and political statements we've been holding!" Well, obviously, that didn't work ......

Loyal Readers - Loyal Listeners

A few weeks ago I learned that some people check my blog every day (or thenabouts). I realized that I do not blog with any consistency or frequently. For you, my loyal readers, I promise to try and do a better job. (but don't count on it! :) ) Anyway... So today I purchased the brandy-spankin' new R.E.M. CD, "Accelerate". Like you are loyal to my blog, I am loyal to R.E.M. It totally rocks. I don't care how old those guys get, they are still great. It is amazing that they continue to redefine themselves. ......

Additional Battlestar Galactica Theories - Season 3

I speculate the following based on this article in the Chicago Tribune (enumerated for easy reference): Something happens to Thrace (Starbuck). She is on the verge of death. While on trial for war crimes, Baltar convinces Lee Adama (Apollo) that he can save Kara with his technology. Therefore, although she is not currently a Cylon, Thrace will become a Cylon. Lee will defend Baltar in an effort to save Thrace, whom he loves (which baffles me cause there is virtually nothing lovable about Thrace). ......

Tivo Schmeevo

I guess I am an atypical guy in that I don't have a big screen TV, I don't have an XBox (nor a PS3, not any other game console), I don't have a big stereo system, I don't have a recliner, and I don't own a DVR / Tivo. However, I have considered a DVR / Tivo for some time. I get involved in shows and have to miss episodes because I am at a .NET User Group meeting (or a SharePoint User Group, or other professional association) or some such. A few months ago I decided to give online TV a try. And now ......

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