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You know how they say April showers bring May flowers? That saying is accurate enough, but I think it’s more appropriate to say that April showers bring May blockbuster movies!!!!!!$$$$$

Starting with X-Men Origins: Wolverine, this summer is looking to be no different.  There are so many big ones that Wolverine flew completely below my radar.  Star Trek is the one that’s going to get the biggest attention from me, I think, because it’s always really cool to have a Trek picture on the big screen.  Even if it’s as terrible as Nemesis.

Here’s the list of major blockbusters coming out this year:

May 1: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

May 8:  Star Trek

May 15: Angels & Demons (sequel, I guess, to The DaVinci Code)

May 21: Terminator Salvation (hoping for the best, expecting mediocrity)

May 22: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (looking forward to this, liked the first one)

May 29: Drag Me To Hell (I believe this is a Sam Raimi horror picture, and it looks appropriately ridiculous)

June 24: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (did people really hate the first movie?  The one that was only supposed to be an action movie with a loose plot?  Really?  Definitely seeing this one)

July 1: Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (there’s three of these already?)

July 15: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (gotta be among one of the bigger ones!)

August 7: G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra (okay seriously…why didn’t anyone tell me this was coming?)

August 14: The Time Traveler’s Wife (it’s got time travel, gotta be good)

August 28: Final Destination: Death Trip 3D (I don’t think this even needs a comment)

October 16: Where the Wild Things Are (I know, not technically a summer blockbuster, but a very big movie nonetheless)

October 23: Astro Boy (see above)

*sigh* my wallet will take a beating I think.


I’m still listening through podcast #200, but so far I’ve been quite pleased with it.  The podcast is always put together very well, but #200 is quite amazing (probably because they put a lot of time in it).  I haven’t gotten to this part yet but apparently they’re giving away an ipod – so go have a listen for your chance!

On a side note, I’ve been really getting into some of the online capabilities of the ipod touch.  Unfortunately, I can really only play with them while I’m at home, where I have a wifi network.  There are some things that I’d really like to be able to do on the go.  So I’m thinking of switching to the iphone – I’m in the process of finding a way to make it happen.

Alternatively if anyone has one they’d like to donate I’d return the favour and donate an ipod touch! ;) (I know, not a fair trade but I have to try)

I’ve been meaning to write about Photojojo ever since I heard of it.  I often call myself an amateur photographer; never made any money off my photos, nor have I tried yet.  I have an iStockPhoto account but I haven’t uploaded anything.  The point is, I like playing around with my camera and trying new things.

Photojojo is a website that provides alternate activities to do with your camera.  They release a newsletter once a week with a featured link, and have things that range from board game picture frames to this week’s feature, The Photographic Dictionary.  It’s free to read every week in your inbox (and online).

The Photographic Dictionary is as it sounds: a dictionary with pictures next to the definitions.  It’s neat, and they accept submissions (though not all pictures will be accepted).  I’m thinking of trying to get a photo listed up there – I just need to pick a word that hasn’t been used yet, and take a great photo.



Metric has a special place in my heart.  Not for any particular reason, I just like the band.  I’ve got both of their first two albums (2003’s Old World Underground, Where are you now? and 2005’s Live It Out), and I love them.  I had a chance to see them play on my birthday a few years ago but I decided to pass on it and celebrate somewhere else – big mistake, I assure you.  I still haven’t seen them live.

They’ve got a new album out April 14 called Fantasies, on the Last Gang label in Canada.  I’ve only heard one track from the album, Help, I’m Alive I thought it was a great track and really lives up to their previous work.  I’m really glad that it’s not coming out until April, because it means I can set aside money to pick it up.  There are a lot of albums I’ve skipped over but I will do my best not to skip this one.

I learned of a pre-order incentive from Chart Attack: pre-order Fantasies by March 2nd on Metric’s website and you’ll get a free mp3 copy of Help, I’m Alive.  Until then, check out their MySpace page to hear it now (it’s really great I promise).

Also check out their website for a cool, free acoustic version of Help, I’m Alive.

Here’s the track list (which is unfortunately a little on the short side but I’ll deal with it)

“Help I’m Alive”
“Sick Muse”
“Satellite Mind”
“Twilight Galaxy”
“Gold Guns Girls”
“Gimme Sympathy”
“Collect Call”
“Front Row”
“Stadium Love”

I think just about everyone resorts to fancy fonts at one point or another when they want to “sign” their name at the bottom of a letter.  The only problem is that it’s not YOUR handwriting.  But now you can do it for free!!

Check out this Lifehacker article to scan in your handwriting and create your own personal font.

I haven’t tried it yet but I look forward to it.

I just learned today that Google plans to stop supporting Notebook.  This saddens me a little, because I like using Notebook – it’s useful for copying down notes of what I want to blog about.  They suggest using GoogleDocs among other Google programs, but what they’re saying is you have to spread out your information rather than having it in one spot (Notebook).

Lifehacker ran an article today about options beyond Notebook – because in all likelihood, Notebook will be shut down.  I don’t know if you’ve noticed but it doesn’t even appear on the default “more” menu, but it used to.

An alternative mentioned was something I never heard of before: TiddlyWiki.  It’s a one-file HTML document (near as I can tell) that can be viewed on what seems like any platform imagineable, and it’s very easy to edit.  It looks really neat, and it’s fun to play with.

All you need to do to edit an entry is double click.  You can even edit TiddlyWiki’s site, though I would guess that you need permission to do that.  Still, it’s something you can have fun with.

I haven’t had the chance to play around with my own copy, but I will later tonight.  This actually looks to be a slightly better tool than Notebook, but that remains to be seen.

Just a note: while Google is ending sign-ups to Notebook, you can still access it if you already use it.  It’s probably a matter of time before it’s taken down, though.

If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the space geek in your family, NASA will be giving away its space shuttles, once they’re retired.  Well, okay, that is a little misleading – they’re giving them away, but asking for $42 million to move them.  And they’re looking at schools and museums, primarily.

The shuttles will be retired in 2010 – unless Barack Obama decides to extend their service dates.  In which case, you won’t be able to get your hands on one of these shuttles.

Speaking from an Ottawa perspective, I think it would be really awesome if the museum of Science & Technology shelled out the money to get a shuttle to display in their space exhibit.  From what I remember, that exhibit is already pretty awesome – how much cooler would it be with a REAL shuttle?

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