Boiled Eggs and Brain Eaters 2014!

BEBE Logo_TransToBlackIt really snuck up on us, but Boiled Eggs and Brain Eaters (BEBE),our Easter celebration of everything zombie, is less a week away! April 20th!

We’ll be spending most of the week and all day Sunday on our sister blog, If you’re into zombies, why not join us?

Well be doing another batch of zombie cookies and likely have another go at an undead bunny cake. Of course there’ll be plenty of boiled eggsmovies and games also on the menu!

BEBE was started in 2009 and is something our family always looks forward too. If the reanimated corpses of the recently deceased can’t bring us closer together then, truly, what good are they?

Movie Review: Crawlspace

IMDB, CrawlspaceSci-fi/Horror, 86 Minutes, 2012: “Crawlspace” on IMDB

Stop me if you heard this one before: a bunch of scientists in a secret underground base are creating monsters. Something goes very wrong (or very right, I suppose) and the monsters get out. The base goes dark. The government sends in a crack squad of soldiers to clean up the mess and kill anybody left breathing. When they get there it’s more than they bargained for and everything goes pear-shaped. One of the experimental subjects turns out to be the former lover of one of the commandos. He ignores his orders to kill her on sight. The head scientist doesn’t want to see his greatest achievement killed and he tries to sabotage the mission…

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Movie Review: 47 Ronin


47 RoninSci-fi/Horror, 126 Minutes, 2007: “47 Ronin” on IMDB

The tale of the 47 Ronin is based on an actual event that took place in Japan early in the 18th century. It’s widely considered to be the most important example of the samurai’s code of Bushido. The tale describes how a feudal lord was unjustly forced to commit ritual suicide and how his former Samurai planned for almost two years to avenge him knowing that they would share, and accept, the same fate. It has come to epitomize the Japanese sense of loyalty, honor and duty and is one of the most adapted stories in Japanese culture. Some call it, the country’s “national legend”.

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Accessing SharePoint Lists with Visual Basic for Applications

SharePoint LogoSharePoint has many useful integration points with Microsoft Office out-of-the-box, but for truly deep integration you have to roll-up your sleeves and dig into some code. While there are multiple methods to do this, one of the most versatile is leveraging SharePoint’s many web services directly via Visual Basic for Applications. For those, like me, that lack SharePoint Designer access, this is often the only method available.

This method can be used in any application that supports VBA. This includes all the standard MS Office applications – Word, Excel and PowerPoint – but also other applications such as my favorite drawing suite, CorelDraw, or Autodesk AutoCAD. These examples were developed against SharePoint 2010 and MS Office 2010, but should also work in the 2007 and 2013 versions.

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Tabletop Day!

tabletopdaylogoToday, April 5th, is International Tabletop Day!

It’s an easy day to observe: just get together with people you like (or people you might like) and play some games.  Old-fashioned cardboard and plastic, look-each-other-in-the-eye games.

Everybody has a game or twenty tucked in a closet or stuck up on shelves.  Get them out!  Better yet go to your local game shop and ask about the hundreds of awesome independent games available.  Whether you have kids or not, five minutes or five hours, want to think really hard or not at all there’s a game out there that’s perfect.  Go find it!

Movie Review: The Host

IMDB, The HostHorror, 120 Minutes, 2006: “The Host” on IMDB

I’m not sure where this movie has been hiding for 10 years, but it should have come out and waved a long time ago! Classically themed monster movies are something of a rarity; especially in the United States. Luckily, as is often the case, the foreign market – in this case South Korea – is often ready to step in and pick the slack when Hollywood decides that moony-eyed-teen-love-triangles is the only thing that will sell.

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Gotta Love the Science Guy!

Here’s a wonderful look at how Bill Nye became “The Science Guy”. I love science and people like Bill, Don Herbert (“Mr. Wizard“) and Paul Zaloom (“Beakman’s World“) are much of the reason why. They nutured that love early on and then handed me off gently to the likes of Carl Sagan and Isaac Asimov.

These guys don’t just teach science, they transmit it, like a glorious infection. You can tell that, even if nobody was watching, they’d still be out there, on some street corner, talking about how gravity works. Just because it’s so damn cool that they can’t keep it to themselves.


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