Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Who would you rather fight?

100% said William Shatner
0% said Abraham Lincoln

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

This is going to be sweet!

Check out the pictures of Ray Park as Snake-eyes from the upcoming G.I. Joe movie!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Good Friday?

Happy Crucifixion-and-Death-of-Jesus-Day everyone.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The End of Excess?

Here's an interesting article I read on Reuters. It's titled Households face the unthinkable: budgeting.

Here's a good quote from the article:
We get home owners coming to us in trouble, but then we look and see they have only make $50,000 a year and yet they own an Escalade," he said, referring to a Cadillac sport utility vehicle that sells for about $55,000. "And you have to ask them 'What on earth were you thinking?'

Here's one of those home owners in a snippit from a WSJ article back when the subprime thing started:

A koi pond, a 12/18 mpg Navigator, and a shrinking income. Oi.

Friday, March 14, 2008

If you could time travel, where would you rather go?

According to my poll...

The past: 0%
The future : 100%

Incredible Hulk Trailer.

This looks like it's going to be waaaaay better than the first one!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Second Life Anyone?

Last night I started checking out Second Life. It's like a MMORPG only without the Orcs. It seems pretty cool. I know that NPR has a space set up there for Science Friday. You can take your avatar over there, hang out, and join in the discussion.

If anyone else joins this, let me know.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Hello New PS.

I got my new power supply today... a day earlier than I expected. I installed it and everything seems to be working fine. I hope it lasts longer than the old one.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Sorry Anthropology Friends.

I just checked and the movie 10,000 B.C. has a rating of 7%!

I think I first saw the trailer for this movie at a showing of Cloverfield and I wasn't impressed. They have been pushing it pretty hard on tv too, which isn't a good sign.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Bye Bye Power Supply.

I think the power supply in my computer finally gave out. About a month ago, my computer would make a really loud noise when it would boot up. I thought that it may be because a fan was failing. About 1 or 2 weeks ago, I turned on my computer one morning and went to the kitchen while it loaded. When I came back, the power was off. "Hmmm. That's odd," I thought. I had to unplug the PS and plug it back in to get it to start up. That has now happened with more frequency. Last night I was going to play F.E.A.R., and the computer shut off after 2 successive tries. I was afraid that something may happen to my hard drive, so I gave up. This morning, I ordered this PS. I hope it works better than my old one. Both are made by Rosewill.

Friday, March 07, 2008

What a Snoozer.

Albert Fert, winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics, gave a talk today on "The Present and Future of Spintronics." He is the second Nobel Prize winning physicist that has visited the Physics and Astronomy department since I've been in Tuscaloosa. Fert's talk went way beyond anything I understand about magnetic materials research (which is almost nothing) and he ended up losing me at the first slide. I thought that Fert's talk would be more general and that I would be able to follow it better, but that was not the case.

I really gave up on trying to understand anything in magnetic materials talks after my first year in grad. school. I went to a few of them, thinking that I would be able to pick something up, but I just don't have the necessary background to follow it I guess. Also, talk about the benefits of one thin film of material over a different thin film of material just isn't that interesting to me. Sorry Scott Brown. :)

Wednesday, March 05, 2008


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Maxed Out.

Here you go. You can watch the very interesting documentary titled Maxed Out for free. I rated it 4/5 stars on Netflix.

R.I.P. Gary Gygax

What a bummer. The creator of Dungeons and Dragons died. Read about it here.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Moving On.

Well, we officially have to move out of our Tuscaloosa apartment by May 31. We talked to the apartment manager and she let us out of our lease 1.5 months early without a penalty. That was really nice of her!