Compare & Contrast

Our first production assignment in film school was to film and edit together a silent short, then give it a soundtrack that completely altered the emotional response of the viewer. It was a demonstration of the equally-matched emotional power of picture and sound. It was a challenging exercise.

Today, I present you with two videos, both of which use nearly the same soundtrack, but with different pictures. This inverts the exercise. Watch them both, then

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23andMe Sale!

23andMe offers ridiculously low cost, private genotyping to just about anyone. They take your spit and use it to test your DNA for hundreds of thousands of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). Many of these SNPs are reliable predictors of gene sequence, and 23andMe can tell you tons of interesting stuff about tote traits, disease risk, heredity, and more! I've found out all sorts of really interesting stuff, like the fact that my father's father's mother,

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Ruminations on Holiday Shopping

WalMart sells replacement plans for Cabbage Patch dolls.

At WalMart, I was helped by a man named Dexter wearing a long-sleeved Henley shirt.

I went to two Targets, a Giant Eagle, a Home Depot, and a WalMart today. I encountered two charity collection drives. A Salvation Army bell ringer, and a Firefighters' Union toy drive. Both were stationed outside the WalMart.

I have done something I never expected to do. I purchased an artificial Christmas

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My Mother is an Addict

My mother has an addiction. Each year, she must see how far the laws of physics will stretch. She will not be satisfied unless she manages to push them further than the previous year.

Her obsession is with Christmas trees.

Every year of my life (except last year, when we were in Italy), we have had a live Christmas tree. For the past 10 years, it has always been a particular sort of tree, an

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Garmin's Christmas Adverts

I really enjoy Garmin's Christmas adverts. They're clever and make me want to buy a Garmin. I already have a Garmin, though, and I love it. I'm taking it on my trip to Italy. Which reminds me I need to buy the maps for Italy for it before I go. Enjoy!


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It's that time of year again. So it's snowing here at and the Magic Special Buy Me Stuff for Christmas Happy Funtime Wow Wishlist Hat™ is back. I also moved the links from the right side to the left side and added a Flickr widget to the right side. It shows the latest three photos I've uploaded to Flickr. Clicking one will open it in a lightbox. If you click on the heading,

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Obligatory Family Holiday Stuff

I like most of my family. I do not waste my time on those family members whom I do not like, their pathetic attempts to induce holiday guilt notwithstanding. Funny, I haven't spoken to some of these people in over a dozen years and they still think they can guilt slash bribe me into calling them. Or visiting. Or even acknowledging their existence. They just don't get it. I really like Christmas. I'm not going

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The Take

This Christmas saw the addition of 53 titles to my DVD collection. Here they are:

  1. 9 to 5
  2. A View to a Kill
  3. Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy
  4. Batman
  5. Batman Returns
  6. Blade Runner
  7. Dial M For Murder
  8. Diamonds Are Forever
  9. Die Another Day
  10. Dr. No
  11. Family Plot
  12. Foreign Correspondent
  13. For Your Eyes Only
  14. Frenzy
  15. From Russia with Love
  16. Goldeneye
  17. Goldfinger
  18. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  19. I Confess
  20. License to Kill
  21. Live and
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Things What Scare Me


It is difficult for me to express exactly how much this man scares me. Not just from a political standpoint, but as a person. Even the look of him portends terrible things. Perhaps he smells of doom.

It isn't even the possibility, however remote, that he might be elected that scares me. A theocrat at 1600 Pennsylvania couldn't do so much damage as, say, a theocrat at One

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Super Happy Capitalist Winter Extravaganza is near at hand!

Most of you know this holiday by its much less cumbersome and more familiar name, Christmas. But let's face it: Christmas is about buying stuff for people you like and getting stuff from them, in a fantastic orgy of sales and decorations, smothered in a gooey outpouring of happy delicious good will. Hooray, Capitalism!

In the spirit of the lively exchange of gifts, I have published

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