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The online journal of Vermont filmmaker, Bill Simmon.

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Dumb Side of the Moon

So the plot of Transformers Dark of the Moon is that in 1961 a ship carrying special Transformers technology that could help win the Cybertron war crashed on the Earth’s moon, was noticed by observers on Earth (in the US and USSR), who then had a space race to get to the moon and see [...]

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WCAX: please stop making Vermonters look bad!

I just left a comment at Blurt that I think it deserves it’s own post. Howard Dean is guest-hosting Countdown with Keith Olbermann tonight and tomorrow night and I think this is a good occasion to call WCAX to the mat for making Vermonters look bad. WCAX is Burlington’s CBS affiliate and it’s one of [...]

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OMG Comcast sucks ass reprise

Just a quick update on last nights’s frustrated Comcast post: today representatives from Comcast customer service who read my blog post (aren’t Google alerts useful?) called and left not one but two voicemail messages on my landline offering to “help resolve the issue” and (here’s the creepy part) one on my cell phone. How the [...]

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Wait, Barack and Michelle do WHAT?

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Netflix watch-instantly service needs to cook a little longer

[UPDATE: using Safari 3.2.1 seems to have solved my Netflix problem. I just watched Word Wars. It still won't load the whole film and it still stops loading if the tab isn't active, but the browser is better at keeping the pre-loaded movie just ahead of where I am in viewing it.] Ever since the [...]

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Declare the pennies on your eyes

Emily and I had our 2006 tax returns amended last year to our great benefit and the IRS is just getting around to sending us our refund. Today we got a letter in the mail that says the refund will be coming sometime in the next 6 to 8 weeks… I think. To be honest, [...]

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PSFR tonight

AlexC was at tonight’s ill-fated airing of Poli-Sci-Fi Radio and shot some photos. I say “ill-fated” because while it was a good episode with a lively discussion, a technical glitch resulted in the show not being recorded, so there will be no podcast episode this week. Fortunately, this photographic evidence exists to prove we were [...]

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Still here!

I wrote a lengthy post yesterday about California’s proposition 8 and the definition of the word “right” as it pertains to constituations and case law and WordPress ate it and spit half of it back up. I got frustrated and couldn’t rewrite the thing. I’ll get to it soon. Been busy lately but have lots [...]

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Apple sad face

The display on my MacBook Pro died yesterday. I dropped it off at Small Dog today and I’m typing this on a loaner machine from work. The guy at Small Dog looked at my machine’s stats (17″ MBP, hi-res display, 7200 RPM 160 GB HD, 2.4 ghz Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM) and even [...]

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The Earth is farting.

Let’s talk global climate change for a minute. The dangerous lack of critical thinking skills in the general populace coupled with our inherent skepticism of anyone with an “agenda” is killing us. Recently an event was reported in the arctic ocean that could signal a worst-case-scenario of global warming. Specifically, scientists believe that the permafrost [...]

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