Monthly Archives: February 2010

I Don’t Know What’s Real

  Also Known As:  Thoughts on Shutter Island     There wasn’t really any way for Shutter Island to suck in my eyes.  Sorry, but it just couldn’t.  It had far too many of the automatic movie love elements, although I wouldn’t have minded a little eye candy – Leo doesn’t do it for me.  Still, a ton of important elements were there: Insane asylum – check.Insane people – check (well, that’s kind of a given).Bending of reality – check. Evil psychiatrists – check.Tiny details that become quite important – check.An ending I didn’t predict within the first five minutes – check.  Honestly, throw in some Robert Downey Jr. and a couple explosions, and I’d camp out in that theater.     SPOILERS […]

By |February 26th, 2010|MyBlog|3 Comments|

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Movie

 Let me start this review with a few disclaimers.1) I am usually a very forgiving movie-goer. Especially about movies made from books. I know that things have to change, and for the most part, I have no trouble accepting those changes. 2) This forgiveness of sins doesn’t make me a very critical reviewer. But occasionally, I see a movie which raises my ire, and for which I can also tell you EXACTLY what I thought was wrong.3) Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is one of these movies.The Quick Version: If you never read the books, you might not dislike this movie– but if you have read them, you’ll hate it.  I’ll be honest with you, I read a lot of YA and middle grade fiction. I’m not afraid of it. One of my favorite series was ANIMORPHS (why haven’t they turned THAT into a movie yet?), and I got totally sucked into Twilight (which I don’t recommend, in spite of the fact that I read it compulsively). I was a little bit late to the Percy Jackson parade, but once I started reading the books, I was hooked. Why? Because as a Classicist and a writer who works a lot with myth, I thought Rick Riordan did an amazing job of updating these myths and heroes and making them accessible within a modern world. He made me believe that Poseidon was hanging around dressed up like one of the captains from Deadliest Catch, and Hermes had embraced modern technology to make sending messages back and forth more efficient. He made me believe the gods were alive on Olympus watching reality tv.I was excited to see the movie, even when the previews showed that Percy had been cast as someone much older than 12, and the plot was a little bit messed up from the book. I could overlook it, because man, it would be awesome to see how they dressed these gods up in modern clothing and characterized them in updated ways!I was, unfortunately, to be disappointed. […]

By |February 25th, 2010|MyBlog|6 Comments|

Geek Barbie

 My sister just sent me this.    See Barbie.  See Barbie hack. Yes, everyone’s favorite 12″ fashion doll has become a computer engineer!  I… uh… wow.  My usual objections to Barbie are swept away by the awesomeness that is the mere notion of a Computer Geek Barbie. Those rockin’ pink specs are just extra icing […]

By |February 25th, 2010|MyBlog|3 Comments|
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    Geek of the Week: Jackie Ottinger – She’s a (Plastic) Brick House

Geek of the Week: Jackie Ottinger – She’s a (Plastic) Brick House

 Most of us can only dream about using our hobbies and turning them into dream jobs. For Jackie Ottinger the dream is reality. Jackie is a professional plastic brick architect. I first met Jackie when I went in search of the ever elusive Lego TM X-Wing Fighter- […]

By |February 24th, 2010|MyBlog|2 Comments|

London in Shakespeare’s Footsteps

  London. One of the most infamous, historic cities in the world. Visited by thousands and thousands of tourists every year. It has its attractions that we all know: The Tower, St Pauls Cathedral, the London Eye. But you’re planning a trip and you’ve already trodden the well-worn tourist path and you want something different. […]

By |February 24th, 2010|MyBlog|3 Comments|

Starcross: If You Don’t Read YA, You’re Missing Out

 Starcross: A Stirring Adventure of Spies, Time Travel, and Curious Hats by Philip Reeve (YA science fiction) If you loved Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker series and lament the fact that there is no spiritual successor to those books, this Philip Reeve series comes closer to that than anything else I’ve […]

By |February 23rd, 2010|MyBlog|3 Comments|


  I was out of the game, but with this latest news I had to come back. Someone needs to filter the truth from the lies.   *Cue the heroic music *     ( Real news turned into lies! )   […]

By |February 19th, 2010|MyBlog|3 Comments|
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    Politics? In MY ‘Doctor Who’? It’s more common than you might think!

Politics? In MY ‘Doctor Who’? It’s more common than you might think!

 So the Tubes have been buzzing with, of all things, an interview with some Eighties Doctor Who figures who have copped to sticking political allegories in the storylines during Sylvester McCoy’s era.  Particular attention is paid to one serial called “The Happiness Patrol”*, which is now revealed to be an attack on Margaret Thatcher’s […]

By |February 17th, 2010|MyBlog|2 Comments|

“Fear the Boom and Bust” a Hayek vs. Keynes Rap Anthem

 Here we are at the heart of the true Geek spirit, the Internet. What tends to distinguish geeks from the rest of the general population is our desire to learn things and know stuff when no one is forcing us to do so.  But how that spirit finds expression in the vastness of the […]

By |February 17th, 2010|MyBlog|0 Comments|

I’m in Love with TED

 If you knew me in Real Life, you’d probably already know that I’m dangerously addicted to TED Talks. If you are reading this and have no idea what TED is, here’s an explanation from the TED website: TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference […]

By |February 16th, 2010|MyBlog|1 Comment|