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I should have posted a link to this sooner, but I have started almost daily writing at slashgenre.com which the short description for it is:  A different perspective on Technology, TV, Movies, Politcs, Sports & more.

I have one other friend who posts occasionally at the site.  Trying to get another friend to post but will see.  I normally try to write at least one post a day M-F or have a post from some one.  For the most part I have been able to do that so far.  Also if you are facebook would be glad to have you become a fan of it here on facebook.   Also if any one is interested in writing for the site let me know.



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Looks to be another promising summer TV series from AMC.  Since work in politics always enjoy a good tv show based around that area.  I am also a sucker for conspiracies, always had a fascination with them.  TV show poster and cast information under cut.

"Rubicon revolves around a secret society that pulls the strings on the world political stage. The series focuses on an analyst at a national think tank who discovers that his employers are not who they seem to be."


via Trailer: AMC’s New Television Series Rubicon | /Film.
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From the parts I have read from this long NYT magazine article, they make some good points about what role Obama should play in helping to continue to build the Democratic party.  The article talks about the tug and pull between Obama and the message the White House is putting out and what Democratic members of congress want to see Obama message focus on.

As a history major I found this quote from the article quite interesting,  How long lasting effects of election outcomes can have in political parties, or in the case of the 1994 election quite the shock to the party:

"It is difficult to overstate the role that 1994 plays in the tormented psyche of the Democratic Party. For those who went through them, those midterms were less a bunch of elections than a single, sudden event that they never saw coming until it was on them, like something out of “War of the Worlds.” Most of the Democrats who woke up firmly in control of American government on Nov. 8, 1994, had no memory of a time when they didn’t make all the laws, and they couldn’t really conceive of it; by nightfall, 40 years of near-total Democratic dominance in both houses of Congress had been washed away."


Via: Democrat in Chief? - NYTimes.com.

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I have been meaning to write this post for a few days now, just never got around to it. I am quite excited for the twins opening day tomorrow since it will be the first regular season game in their new stadium. The best part of is that I get to go to the game in person after all. Last Tuesday night when I was watching the Twins game, they said on the broadcast that the Twins had put a limited number of tickets on sale for the home opener since the red sox’s and I think some other groups had returned tickets.

It will be great to be able to go the first regular season game in the stadium, since I was also able to go to the first ever regular season game for the Minnesota Wild and their new arena. I will try to post my thoughts on the new stadium some time this coming week after the game tomorrow. Will certainly be interesting to see since have heard a lot of good things about the stadium.

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I originally did several tweets on my twitter account www.twitter.com/scifi451   so they form the basis of my short review.

Avatar is simply amazing. The visual effects/CGI are stunning & maybe set a new bar for movies. The story was good but not amazing. What makes it amazing is how immersed you get into the film with the world that is created & 3D plays a large part in that. Cameron created such a rich world, paid a lot of attention to details.

NYTimes has a good review of Avatar- http://is.gd/5thXn Close to what I think of the film.  One word of warning at least for me, I did not read that review until after I saw the movie, I am glad I did not read it before hand since I like to be able to form my own opinions and not have ideas on what is happening with the characters that they give hints on in the review.

A little expansion on that- From the NYTimes review-
"Instead of bringing you into the movie with the customary tricks, with a widescreen or even Imax image filled with sweeping landscapes and big action, he uses 3-D seemingly to close the space between the audience and the screen. He brings the movie to you. After a few minutes the novelty of people and objects hovering above the row in front of you wears off, and you tend not to notice the 3-D, which speaks to the subtlety of its use and potential future applications."

I agree, with that, because after awhile in the film you don't just think about the 3D it is just part of the film.  You could say that is a sign that is the 3D is done quite well.  It just becomes part of the story telling and another way to bring you further into the film and give you new and richer details on the world that Cameron is creating.

Another clip from the NYTimes review- "If the story of a paradise found and potentially lost feels resonant, it’s because “Avatar” is as much about our Earth as the universe that Mr. Cameron has invented. But the movie’s truer meaning is in the audacity of its filmmaking. Few films return us to the lost world of our first cinematic experiences, to that magical moment when movies really were bigger than life (instead of iPhone size), if only because we were children. Movies rarely carry us away, few even try. They entertain and instruct and sometimes enlighten. Some attempt to overwhelm us, but their efforts are usually a matter of volume. What’s often missing is awe, something Mr. Cameron has, after an absence from Hollywood, returned to the screen with a vengeance. He hasn’t changed cinema, but with blue people and pink blooms he has confirmed its wonder."

I tend to agree with this quote because for the most part I really was quite immersed in the movie. Once the movie gets going, for me I really was sucked into the world that was being created and shown to us.   One example of this is the so many creatures and plants that really create the world around the story that is happening.  All of these details are used to bring the world to life and with the details that the creatures and plans bring are a movie not just focusing on the characters/actors and you become immersed in the story because of all the details that they have paid attention to.

 After I left the theater, it was like going back to the real world, I had gotten really sucked into the movie and the world it created and showed for me.  So on that part Cameron certainly succeeded in creating a movie in which I believed in and was drawn into.    

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  • 11:36 @film_girl thanks for checking on it. #
  • 12:22 @film_girl Ok not sure how to convert them to AVCHD. you know how to? #
  • 12:23 @film_girl I am wondering since I record cable tv over firewire to my mac mini and it records in m2t format. #
  • 12:35 @zackstephenson Norm has not said for sure if he is going to run if I remember right. #
  • 15:09 @film_girl When reading at the AVS forum is.gd/525nv there are many mentions of lip sync issues, you had any trouble with that? #
  • 15:30 @film_girl Ok good to hear. the only other problem I read about was Mac networking issues to the BD 390. Thanks for the help. #
  • 19:13 Enjoying how I met your mother. Slapsgiving2: revenge of the slaps. #
  • 19:17 RT @NickColeman: TPAW congratulates Joe Mauer?!? Wow! Word of Joe's MVP award must have traveled fast to Des Moines! #
  • 19:18 @girlmeetsgeek a tree before thanksgiving?! #
  • 19:19 @gnader totally Agee NPH amazing. #
  • 19:28 @gnader agree. Think they do slap #4 justice. #
  • 21:05 @aaronswray can believe all you want but #favre still beat your packers twice. #
  • 21:53 @girlmeetsgeek uh change? details? #
  • 23:02 @girlmeetsgeek yes. #
  • 00:21 @DustyTrice don't you remember I already bought it. #
  • 00:24 @TwittsMcGee don't believe you are following me. #
  • 00:25 Agree it was good. RT @moryan: Really good #HIMYM episode on Monday. Might be my favorite of the season. #Slapsgiving #
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  • 12:25 @film_girl We have had a HP printer with a scanner built in, no real problems with it. Has wifi but have not used it. So satisfied overall. #
  • 12:30 @aaronswray You knew this was coming in response. #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #
  • 13:33 @aaronswray lol hate to see vikings succeed? hmm wonder why packers did not take harvin.. #
  • 14:05 for @aaronswray Packer Fans Can’t Escape Favre, Even in Iraq is.gd/51ehG & is.gd/51ejG #
  • 00:20 @XxMissMeXx wow when I upgraded to Mac OS 10.6 SNow Leopard took me maybe tops 2 hours likely more like hour and half. #
  • 01:05 @film_girl One question on the LG BD 390 is if it will play .m2t files. #
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  • 19:59 A 24 min preview of "Skyrunners" Which my cousin Joey Pollari is one of the main actors in it. bit.ly/7euFdm preview on itunes. #fb #
  • 21:27 Pretty neat- Iron Man condensed down to 3 mins bit.ly/8z2J11 #
  • 21:28 @aaronswray Ya the 4400 is a pretty decent show.. #
  • 21:30 Headline says it all- "Sarah Palin disappoints hundreds of angry fans at book signing." bit.ly/4KukYE #
  • 23:10 @cursedthing And his favorite app was??? #
  • 23:10 @aaronswray But I bet not as creepy as #favre #
  • 23:11 So cute!! RT @DustyTrice: Pic: My pit bull is a booze hound. twitpic.com/qgsfd #
  • 00:24 Grr have had to reset my comcast cable modem 3 times on saturday. any help @comcastcares ?? #
  • 01:10 @girlmeetsgeek Sounds like you might be having fun out there.. #
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  • 21:15 @dustytrice I personally think Avatar looks quite interesting. #
  • 22:10 @girlmeetsgeek James Cameron has done some good movies... #
  • 12:20 @erictnelson In MN seems like it will be nothing much on elections since know who will win Twin Cities mayor races.. #
  • 12:48 @erictnelson Agree the real excitment is from out east and how things go down out there. #
  • 13:51 @dbrauer agree I really don't care about the wolves any more. They have to show me something for me to pay attention to them again. #
  • 18:52 I respond with this image.. tr.im/DYi8 RT @s4xton: Tomorrow, do not vote for Lizard People. #
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  • 00:09 @aaronswray The US film version I assume #
  • 00:15 @acbruhaha good luck on #nanowrimo and kick that sickness that is hanging around! #
  • 11:56 @aaronswray I just finished watching the BBC version a few days ago, & it is amazing. I think even a bit better than the film version. #
  • 12:15 @DEKMinn Chicago I bet since it is closer to us, and think more bears fans in MN than any teams. #
  • 12:16 @DEKMinn or I mean that CBS beats there is more bears fans in MN. #
  • 15:37 @aaronswray #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #
  • 16:15 lol RT @DanBarreiroKFAN: So far: Favre is Jedi Knight. ARodge is Jed Clampett. #
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  • 22:39 @TH3_OP3RATIV3 Now that you mention it, you should a picture of your girlfriend in her costume. #
  • 13:57 @girlmeetsgeek best bet is to use a scanner I think. #
  • 16:00 @DEKMinn using wifi I don't know how.. your tv would need wifi itself to be able to receive.. not sure if any tv's have that except very new #
  • 16:00 @DEKMinn I personally use a dvi to hdmi cable to connect my mac mini and my tv. #
  • 19:08 @aaronswray ya I believe that big game is Detroit vs St. Louis #
  • 20:38 @aaronswray Oh do you mean #favre #favre #favre #
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  • 13:06 Strange story RT @DanBarreiroKFAN: Is that a ferret in your pants or are you just happy to see me? tinyurl.com/yhluwkb #
  • 13:54 @bcollinsmn What where you expecting when you do work for a media place in MPR? #
  • 14:40 @dakinegirl Thanks for the follow friday! #
  • 15:05 A great bit, made me laugh. "LOL: Drunk Ewoks Ruin Today Show Halloween Segment | /Film:" tr.im/DCHL #
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  • 00:04 @aaronswray Nope they are not. #favre #favre #favre #
  • 12:45 Looks pretty awesome RT @film_girl: RT @mashable New Avatar Trailer Hits the Web [VIDEO] bit.ly/DdYbT #
  • 13:50 @HitFixDaniel I had already figured most of that stuff out from previous things I had read or seen though on avatar. #
  • 18:04 @acbruhaha get well soon since you have nano writer soon. #
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  • 13:19 RT @burkcity: Halloween Costume Rental Done Right at...you guessed it Costume Rentals bit.ly/ZCfaN #
  • 13:39 @bcollinsmn Don't you mean Kevin McHale? #
  • 15:21 neat RT @jojeda: iPhone wedding cake: bit.ly/qKJgu #
  • 18:37 Dad had extra ticket to wild hockey game. twitpic.com/nbn6a #
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  • 23:40 @bcollinsmn Knowing Gaborik he misses at least 5 or 10 games this year though. Great WHEN he was healthy. #
  • 13:12 RT @JasonBarnett: Support for a public option at an all time high, according to new NBC/WSJ poll
    pwire.us/Hh via @pwire #publicoption #
  • 13:52 @aimeenj Hugs hope your night goes better than your day at work. #
  • 14:48 @aaronswray had to do this in response- #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #favre #
  • 16:13 Great article RT @dustytrice: Somebody Buy Joe Lieberman a Puppy bit.ly/AgGGF #
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