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Don't Sign Up For This
Written by Mike Noel   
Friday, 20 July 2007
Every once in a while I run across something that amazes me online. That is, something that is so sneaky at taking peoples money it's amazing. Here is the latest example: http://www.whichcelebrityami.com/. Whatever you do, DON'T complete the survey on this site. It will cost you $6/month if you do. Here's how this nefarious scheme hooks you.
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Transformers
Written by Mike Noel   
Thursday, 19 July 2007
Transformers
One of the most anticipated summer blockbusters this year is the big-screen debut of the Transformers. Back in the 80's the Transformers enjoyed wide popularity as action figures and an associated TV cartoon series. By the 90's robots lost ground to aliens, dinosaurs, and superheros in the minds and entertainment choices of kids. But the Transformers movie is almost guaranteed to propel these 80's looking robots back into the spotlight.
The movie was great. With any "remake" of something 20 years old there is a risk of coming off as cheesy or dated. Transformers avoided that. The movie has a very modern feel. The super slick CGI animations and well crafted action sequences help a lot in creating an entertaining and visually stunning movie.
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The Belgariad (volume one) -- David Eddings
Written by Mike Noel   
Thursday, 12 July 2007
The Belgariad
Back in the 1980's, when I was in high school, I read every bit of fantasy I could get my hands on. I went through all the standards: Tolkien, Lewis, Donaldson, Anthony, Brooks, etc. Somehow my fantasy reading flurry passed over the books by David Eddings. Recently I rectified that situation by reading the first three books in the five book series title The Belgariad.
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Evan Almighty
Written by Mike Noel   
Monday, 25 June 2007
Evan Almighty
I was skeptical of this movie going into it. I had two reasons why I didn't want to see it and two reasons why I did. Since there was nothing else showing and I really wanted to go out with my wife to see a movie, I decided to see it. What a great movie! It was hilarious and funny and quirky and with just enough of a message to tug at your heartstrings. This was definitely one of the best movies I've seen in a while. For those of you who might be wondering, it is not a modern day retelling of the Noah's Ark story from the Bible.
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Expendable -- James Alan Gardner
Written by Mike Noel   
Thursday, 14 June 2007
Expendable
In a society filled with perfect people what do you do with those born with blemishes and birth defects? Well, why not send them on dangerous missions to explore unknown worlds? Since they are not "perfect" they have become expendable -- Expendable Crew Members. And then how do you get rid of troublemakers and politically inconvenient people when an omniscient, omnipresent League of Peoples disallows "doing away with" someone? How about if you banish them to a planet that no one can escape from? There you have the whole Expendable story in a nutshell.
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Pirates Of The Caribbean 3
Written by Mike Noel   
Monday, 11 June 2007
Pirates Of The Caribbean 3
Pirates 3 wasn't nearly the dud that Pirates 2 was but it also wasn't even close to as good as Pirates 1. In Pirates 3 they got rid of most of the slapstick, cheeseball antics and they tried to make a story of it. The special effects and action scenes were reasonably well done with the one exception being the part when Calypso was released from her spell and grew to gigantic proportions. That effect has been done so much better in other movies. They could have done better here.
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The Call Of Earth -- Orson Scott Card
Written by Mike Noel   
Wednesday, 06 June 2007
the call of earth
A while ago I read the first book in Orson Scott Card's Homecoming series: The Memory Of Earth. It was interesting enough that when I came across the second book in the series, The Call Of Earth, it snagged me. Unfortunately it wasn't quite so good. The book dragged on quite a bit. Card expanded a lot on the concept of the Oversoul that he created in the first book. However, I think that was the problem with the book. He took it too far.
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fourth of july, 2007
Written by Mike Noel   
Wednesday, 09 May 2007
070407 design
It's been a while since I created a new Cafepress design. My Fourth of July design from last year was my most popular one so I figured I would make a new design this year. Actually, I'm going to make a few. This design uses a camo texture on the date "070407". I like it quite a bit. Here's a link to the 070407 shop at Cafepress.
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Spiderman 3
Written by Mike Noel   
Tuesday, 08 May 2007
Spiderman 3
For a summer opening blockbuster Spiderman 3 had all the standard elements: amazing special effects, great action scenes, cool villians, and cooler heroes. These elements were combined to make a reasonable movie but it just didn't hold my attention. I was looking forward to the new Spiderman movie just because I liked the other two but this one was a bit disappointing. There were too many times in the movie where the pacing slowed to a crawl and the story just became uninteresting. At least 30 minutes (of the 2:20) could have been cut out without missing any of the action or lessening the story.
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