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Timewaster Tuesday – Another fan-made trailer

Posted in Timewaster Tuesday with tags , , on May 26, 2009 by hergeek

OK, this is another really short timewaster, about 2 minutes and 50 seconds of your life, but man, it made me chuckle when I saw it.

Nate Fillion as Green Lantern?  Hells yeah!  Sign me up!

Timewaster Tuesday – Multiple SIDosis

Posted in Timewaster Tuesday on May 19, 2009 by hergeek

This one is a short timewaster, folks.  Will only take about 10 minutes of your day away, but it is a highly entertaining 10 minutes.  The attached video clip is called “Multiple SIDosis”, and it was created by an amateur filmmaker named Sid Laverents.  In his 60s when he made  this movie, it involves the use of extremely close synchronization of sound and film and multiple exposures on the film using different size and shape cut-outs for the special effects.  It is pure genius, that something like this could be made in a man’s garage with a 16 mm movie camera.  One has to wonder what his man would have done with home computer and a digital video camera.

This short film has been added to the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.  More importantly, it made me smile.  Thanks, Sid!

Timewaster Tuesday – Hey Kids!!! (Government) Comics!!!

Posted in Timewaster Tuesday with tags , , , , , on May 12, 2009 by hergeek

Just recently stumbled across a fun little archive of digital comics.  It’s the University of Nebraska – Lincoln digital archive of government sponsored comics.  Dates on the comics range from the 40’s (mostly military instruction comics) all the way up through 2006, where the government issued a series of comics the explained the economy (and, yes, it is quite ironic.)  Scattered amongst these comics are some real gems that are illustrated by some legendary talents such as Milton Caniff, Scott Adams, George Perez, Chic Young, Al Capp and even Walt Disney!  There are over 160 comics to download and browse.

Here are some that I enjoyed:

Will Eisner tells us how to maintain an M16A1 rifle

This is Ann, a 1943 comic by Dr. Seuss about the dangers of malaria

Walt Kelly’s Pogo Primer for Parents (TV Division), written in 1961, that guides parents in how to deal with TV and their children.  I loved this line from it:

“There are a few things to practice not doing.  Do not be afraid of your t.v. set.  These things are probably here to stay.  Do not be afraid of your child.  He is not here to stay, he is a precious visitor.”

Dr. Rex Morgan, MD Talks…About Your Unborn Child!  I wonder how effective a comic book was at convincing you not to drink and smoke while pregnant?

And my favorites – Smokey Bear’s Story of the Forest, along with The True Story of Smokey Bear.  I have very fond memories of these comics.  Every September we would go to the Apple Festival, the county fair in the farming community where I lived until I was six.  There was a carnival, and produce and livestock judging, and shows, and my grandfather was always working in the fish fry booth run by the American Legion, and tractor pulls and demolition derbies, and the Illinois Department of Conservation building where we would always end up with a goody bag of stuff, and I got a copy of theses comics every single year.  Man, did these bring a smile to my face when I read this.

Glad I stumbled across this site.  It made for a nice timewaster this morning while I was on a boring conference call!

Timewaster Tuesday – The Hunt for Gollum

Posted in Timewaster Tuesday with tags , , on May 5, 2009 by hergeek

While listening to NPR last week, I heard a segment on “The Hunt for Gollum”, a not-for-profit 40 minute film being created by fans and released for free on the Internet.  Upong getting home that night, miraculously I managed to remember to look up the website and watch the trailer for the short film…and was very impressed.

Fan films have been around for quite a while.  Just do a google search for Star Wars Fan Films and you get over 2 million hits.  Heck, George Lucas even embraces the fan film community by judging a contest for his favorite fan film!  Go on YouTube and search for Batman Fan Film and you will see about 1500 entries, the most ambitious of which is Grayson.

 Most fan films are a few minutes long at best.  Many are in the form of trailers for a movie. But this movie…The Hunt for Gollum…this one feels different.  This steps above the usual fan film.  The story is good, the acting is good, the cinematography and directing, effects and fighting…all very, very good.  At least as good as anything that you will see on the SciFi channel (faint praise, I know…but I did mean it as praise.)

Give this one a look.  It’s 40 minutes of fun.  I’ll be interested to see how Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema and The Tolkien Estate react to the movie.

Tuesday Timewaster – Fairway Solitaire

Posted in Timewaster Tuesday with tags , , , , , on April 28, 2009 by hergeek

Late in 2007, Grey Alien Games released a wonderful little solitaire card game called Fairway Solitaire.  I read a couple of things about it, but ignored it initially, thinking “A golf themed solitaire game?  I don’t like golf, and I don’t like solitaire.  Why would I want this?”  But seemingly everyone had an answer to that question, because every single article that I read said “Even if you don’t like golf, or solitaire, you need to try this game!”  So, being the ever obedient sheep that I am, I did.

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And boy, was everyone right.  The developers of this game got it right.  Really right.  Simple game play.  Low learning curve.  Nice sound.  Lots of “courses.”  The chase of purchasing upgrades to your equipment and unlocking achievements.  All of these led me to spending over 60 hours playing this game, on and off.  It was one of those, “Oh, I’ll just do one more course before I go to bed” and then realizing that it was 1:30 in the morning when I finally quit sort of games.

Now, I was only going to link you to the demo of the game.  That would give you 1 hour to play and see if you like it (which you will).  Then when you were hooked, you would need to pay $10 for the full game (which is a HELL of a bargain, based on the amount of play you get out of this game).  However, providence is smiling on you.

You see, just yesterday I got in the mail a coupon from Big Fish Games with an unlimited use code to get you your own copy of Fairway Solitaire FOR FREE.  Yes, that’s right, FREE.  So suddenly, this timewaster went from an hour timewaster to a 40+ hour timewaster.  And who says I don’t give you guys anything?  To get your free game:

1 Go to this link.
2 Click the  “buy now” button
3 Create your account
4 Enter the  coupon code FREEFAIRWAY
5 Enjoy!

Note that the offer says it is only good until 5/31/09.  So don’t delay.  Even if you aren’t a fan of golf or solitaire, you will love this game.  (There.  Got my obligatory “even if you aren’t a fan” message in there.

Timewaster Tuesday – Crayon Physics Deluxe

Posted in Timewaster Tuesday with tags , on April 21, 2009 by hergeek

Here’s a link to a fun little game called Crayon Physics Deluxe.  Note that only the demo of this game is free, the full version will cost you 20 semolians.  But the demo will give you plenty of time wasting goodness!

I first heard about this game back in January on an NPR newscast, and the description of the game made me go out and download it immediately.  Go out and check it out…while it looks like it would be way easier to play this game with a tablet, I had no real issues using a mouse (other than the fact that I can’t draw with a pencil, let alone a mouse.)

Have fun!

Timewaster Tuesday – Fantastic Contraption

Posted in Timewaster Tuesday with tags , on April 14, 2009 by hergeek

If you have ever been into Rube Goldberg, here is one that will suck up a bunch of your time.

Fantastic Contraption

It’s available for your Iphone, too.  Thank god I don’t have one.  Although, it could be just right for those boring meetings I keep getting dragged too…