Avatar 3-D - Awesome Movie

Rivals all the epics. Cameron didn't disappoint and lives up to his reputation after Titanic.

3-D takes a bit of getting used to, but the 30 minutes of previews (some of them in 3-D) helped to get used to them before the movie started.

Awesome effects and CGI. Love the six-legged animals. An extra set of arms would definitely come in handy.

I think the uplink to nature should have been in their tail though, not their pony tails. The hair is braided, so how does that uplink look if the hair wasn't braided.

Bumblebee vacationing in Mexico

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The Green Lantern

Check out the trailer for this cool new movie.

Nathan Fillion of Firefly and Serenity fame and more recently the new TV show Castle takes the title role.

It definitely looks like it's more for the fanboy than a mainstream audience.

I'm all a twitter

You can follow me @moviesinlondon for movie and entertainment info, including latest movies and box office rankings.

And follow me @jason_clements for tweets on technology, social media and whatever else gets my goat.


GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra

GI Joe trailer from France (French subtitles) shows lots of Iron Man-esque armour, called Acceleration Suits.

Can't wait!

Opens August 7.

Find a Presentation on Any Topic

This is a cool presentation sharing website and potentially a valuable source of information.

Kind of like YouTube, this shares presentation slides.

You can type in keywords for just about any topic you can think of and it will return a list of presentations on that topic.

Find presentations on anything from Writing for the Web to Twitter and Facebook to Corvettes.

You only get the presentation with the guest access, but if you sign up for a free account you can download the actual file, which could include speaker's notes as well if they were uploaded with it.

Of course the usual disclaimer for all web content is that any information has to be taken with a grain of salt and should be validated. Also, attribution should be given if any information or images are taken.

Crap In; Crap Out

Again Gerry McGovern points out that content management should be about professionally managing web content, not about the content management software:
What do you get when you personalize crap content? Personalized
crap content. What do you get when you distribute publishing
rights to people who can't write, don't care about what they
write, think metadata is a country bordering Outer Mongolia, and
will never, ever review or remove what they publish? You get the
website you deserve.
"I don't want to waste 30 minutes observing someone," Gerry quotes one engineer who participated in a workshop explaining the essential need to understand your customers by observing their behavior.

If this engineer were to waste 30 minutes observing his audience he would save 10 to 100 times that by not having to go back and fix what he should have done the first time.


Snakes on a Plane

For real this time.

Four baby pythons escaped from a container aboard a passenger plane in Australia. And when the snakes, which can grow to one metre long, weren't found the plane was fumigated and went right on flying the friendly skys - with passengers.

Have you seen the movie? Who knows how long it would take for those four snakes to multiply and overrun the plane.

You could end up like this guy.

Gives me the willys.

WILB Makes Me More Productive

WILB (or workplace Internet leisure browsing, for those acronym adverse) allows your mind to rest and makes you a more productive employee. Browsing in moderation, of course.

This is the finding from a study in Australia. Good news, eh?

"Firms spend millions on software to block their employees from watching videos, using social networking sites or shopping online under the pretence that it costs millions in lost productivity. That's not always the case."

More Than Meets The Eye

Here's an advance intro to the Autobots and Decepticons to appear in the upcoming Transformers movie: Revenge of The Fallen.

A couple of the bad guys...

"The spy"

"The Doc"

Check out the story to read more about some of the new 'bots.


World's Most Beautiful Cars

The Jaguar E-Type is always a winner in my books.

A few other beauties
The 1957 Ferrari 250 Testarossa Pontoon Fender looks remarkably like the Speed Racer, just not as pointy.

Check out all 12 as judged by a panel of experts for


Iron Man in a karate fight with Bruce Lee

Who would you bet on?

OK, this is pretty weird.

It may be old, but I just came across it and thought I'd share.

They've got this pretty down. They must have been working on this and practicing for years.

I guess with all the doom and gloom in the news everyday they have to do something to keep it light on the job.


How's that working for you? Kids and smoking

Can you believe it?

Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada doesn't think making it illegal for kids to smoke is a good idea just because the tobacco companies think it is a good idea.

"Cynthia Callard, executive director of the anti-smoking advocacy group Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada, says the very fact that the [The Canadian Convenience Stores Association] CCSA [and tobacco companies] supports such a ban is evidence that it won’t work. "

(Doesn't that remind of you someone? Hmm, let's see Jack Layton didn't support the budget just because the Conservatives created it.)

The article mentions a Statistics Canada survey that shows the percentage of youth aged 15 to 19 who smoke has leveled off at 15 per cent in recent years, after declining from 28 per cent in 1999.

"Callard says that there are limited resources available to keep kids from smoking, and those funds would be better spent on education, rather than trying to police the more than 150,000 underage smokers in Canada."

Sure, there has been a slight decline from education, but it's leveled off, so maybe it's time to consider something else.

It may cost money to enforce, but it will bring in revenue as well from the fines.

And if kids aren't smoking out in the open and they can't smoke in doors for obvious reasons from it's illegal to people won't let them to it's hard to hide the smell and the smoke, where are they going to smoke?

That's got to reduce the peer pressure factor if the kids that don't currently smoke aren't subjected to it everyday.


Playing the Role of a Real Opposition Leader

Bravo to Michael Ignatieff.

He doesn't fully endorse the new budget, but he is putting the interests of Canadians ahead of his party and quests for power.

Canadians need another election "like a hole in the head." (His words; not mine.)

And as a true opposition leader he is making sure the ruling party keeps its promises by requesting the Conservatives provide three progress reports throughout the year to ensure the budget is on track.

Unlike some opposition leaders who will remain nameless.

"Today, we learn that we can't place our trust in Mr. Ignatieff in terms of defeating Mr. Harper," Layton said.

Again, he isn't concerned with what's in the best interest of Canadians. He's only thinking about himself and his own fruitless quest for power.

Viral Video Chart

This is a good site if you want to see what popular videos are circulating around online.

A few that have been at the top this week are really good:
  1. Oren Lavie - Her Morning Elegance
  2. Cadbury Eyebrows
  3. The T-Mobile Dance
As the name suggests, it's where you can find the marketing videos that are going around, such as the Cadbury and T-Mobile ones.

You can also find some of the top music videos and Barack Obama has been featured on it a lot lately, including his inaugural address.

What Happened to Democracy?

Before the budget was even released yesterday Jack Layton was giving his seal of rejection to it.

"NDP Leader Jack Layton, also a Toronto MP, has said his party will oppose the budget no matter what. Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe has said his party will also oppose the budget." (Source)

I like the comment on yesterday's FM96 morning show that the Conservatives should copy the NDPs budget proposal and put it forth as their own. Layton would then be rejecting his own budget.

And we would be well served by a coalition government that includes these guys?

Let's hope that Ignatieff at least judges the budget fairly and makes the best decision for Canadians, not his party or his own power-hungry ego.

There is probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.

This is an ad running on buses in London, England, and may appear on buses in Canada.

I'm kind of leery of the "probably," that doesn't instill much confidence. I'd rather choose the side that makes a difference in the end.

And I think the majority of people who believe in God or a higher power would say that their belief doesn't preclude them from enjoying their life.

Also, if you believe that there is a reward waiting for you in heaven, then I think that would help relieve any worries.

I would think that those who don't believe are the ones that would be worrying.

Even if you believe that God doesn't exist, you can't deny that the Earth and the universe have been around for millions of years. So, in the grand scheme of things your life is pretty small and insignificant.

If it were me that would be something to worry about.

I'm more inclined to believe that God does exist and enjoy my life worry-free knowing that when all's said and done I can keep enjoying life even after I leave this world.


Star Wars: the abridged version (from someone who's never seen it)

It's hard to believe that there are people out there who have never seen Star Wars.

But it's become such a big part of pop culture, that even those that haven't seen it know enough to retell the story (sort of).